Tuesday, 14 July 2015

WOYWW - Owls That !

Well we have had some shockingly wet weather for days now - low looming clouds, mist filled mornings and hours of rain. Summer - what Summer ?
As they say, it is an ill wind that blows no crafter any good as it meant that I had to ignore the weeds I could virtually hear growing in the warm wet conditions in the garden and take to my craft desk !

I had a couple of deadlines to meet with cards I needed to get made.
Much Beloved's youngest Nephew passed his driving test last week - I can so clearly recall my Sister In Law bringing him home from the maternity hospital what seems like just a couple of years ago - how did he get all grown up & having a driving licence ? Where did that 18 years go ?
Anyway a card was in order !
I used a Stamposaurus vintage car stamp, some papers that came as a freebie in a magazine last year - and even found the suitable sentiment stamp on a sheet collection that I get with a magazine every couple of months. It seems to turn out suitably bright & happy for the occasion !

Next in the card queue was my Sister.
I got to use my new JOFY stamps - along with some I already had in my collection - and I added an Owl stamp I found in a bargain bucket for £1 in The Range a few weeks ago !
My Sister loves Owls !
I love my JOFY stamps too - but I did find the detailed cutting out of the trailing vines pretty slow going !!

Then a few days after my Sister's birthday is my Sister In Law's - I always think "glamorous bling" when I think of her - hence the sparkly purples on her card !
I love this Lavinia butterfly stamp which I embossed with sparkly mauve embossing powder.

I thought you might like to see how my Owl Money-box turned out - started a few weeks ago but now also ready to be given to my Sister for her birthday !
I also finished the Journal page I started last week - spritzed on some Glimmer Mists for a bit of shine, mounted the "drop" (acquired from the bathroom of the Radison Blu Hotel in Düsseldorf - it was just calling to me to be altered & made into art !!) .

I added a thought as journaling and put the whole thing on a suitably blue & green background in my Dylusions Journal.
These colours really appeal to me !

For once my desk is reasonably tidy after all that crafty work - just work in progress for the monthly Tag Challenge Lynda & I have going this year - July's random techniques out of the hat were "Chalkboard" and "Die Cuts" - hhmm - bit of challenge to combine those two but having fun playing with ideas !

I wanted to share with you what I saw on the back of a car as we were driving into the City on Saturday evening - it caught my eye & made me laugh - I think a version of this little critter might find it's way onto a Journal page in the near future !

Well I am very excited tonight as my Parents & Auntie are arriving tomorrow for a week's stay & I have Thursday & Friday off work to head out & about with them.
I am praying that the weather improves or it could wash out our plans !!
I only get to see them 2 or 3 times a year as we live 5 hours apart - so whatever the weather it will be lovely to see them again !

Having a house full might mean I don't get to visit many desks this week - so apologies in advance if I don't make it to see you this week !
Love Ali xx


  1. You're published early,as always - but means I can get a head start as I may be out and about tomorrow too. Love the makes you've shared, but not sure I'd do all that fussy cutting of JoFY's stamps!!

  2. Lovely post this week and all your cards are great. The new JOFY stamps make great cards.Have fun with your family xx
    Lynda B

  3. I do hope your planed outings can go ahead, nothing worse than being out and about while cold and wet! I love the card you made for your nephew. I am impressed with your cutting patience as most peeps would not have tried that to start with. It really looks great on the card and worth all the effort. Love to you and your DH from us all freezing our tooshes off (but then it is winter here) this end of the world.

  4. Hi Ali, hoping the weather stays fine for you. It's nice to get out and about. Lovely cards, and the owl box is fab. Your chalkboard tags look to be coming along just fine, and that sticker on the car is very, very funny! Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #13 xxx

  5. You've been very busy. I really like the cards you've made, especially the one using Jofy stamps and the owl. That owl money box is very special. Have a great time with your parents and Aunty. I hope you have fine weather for their visit. Bar#27 xx

  6. Hi Ali, love the cards. I really like Stamposaurus stamps they are great fun.
    Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 30

  7. What great projects this week, Ali! Your little bird house is adorable, and lovely cards and journal page too. Congrats to the nephew for passing his driving test! Terrifying how quickly the time passes. I remember my niece being born and now she's a glamorous 25-yr-old!!! Where did the years go?

    So sad about Eliza, and I shall miss seeing her and lovely Yoda week by week. Her poor family.

    Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment, and for your good wishes for my continuing treatment. It's so great feeling better this week, so I can do some art!! The trouble is, chemo is like snakes and ladders, and I have to take advantage of ladder time until it's time for the next snake lol!!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #52

  8. Lots of lovely owls and journal pages on show there! Hope you have a wonderful time with your folks....hope the weather behaves itself for you!
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx

  9. You were sooo busy! What a great stash of projects, and all really lovely too. I especially like the card for your sister, with the beautiful cut-out flowers and vines. The money box is rather cute too!
    Hope you have been enjoying your week with your relatives to stay. Our weather has picked up recently - hopefully yours has too.
    Have a good rest-of-week!
    Lizzie #61