Wednesday 6 February 2013


My desk as of late Tuesday afternoon, taken in the reflected light from the snow outside my window - enough now please, even Sorrel has had enough, she was shivering when I took her out for her walk yesterday morning.

I've been preparing for the next Vicky Stampers meeting in March when I'm doing a 'WORD' book.  This will be the first workshop I've delivered so I'm starting my prep early so I don't mess up.  I didn't have a 4inch letter stencil so used WordArt to creates the alphabet and spent yesterday afternoon cutting out the letters so I can use them as stencils.  Have started a sample piece (Japan) and just about to get inky.

To the right is the concertina card Carol showed us at last weekend' club meeting - butterflies, again, love them.  The card is decorated using the seragraph technique and chalk inks and gives a very pretty effect.  You can find out how to do this over at Splitcoast Stampers  where, if you didn't know, there are tons of brilliant tutorials.

One of the tutorials uses alcohol inks over embossed images on glossy card then a piece of plain card (uncoated) rather than the usual paper to iron off the EP.  Wasn't keen on the AI's piece, bit vivid for me, but I loved the negative it gave on the plain card (bottom left). closer look here.

Better stop before you get bored but I want to share the bag I made to go with the LillyBo quilt.  I passed the quilt on to Jozart on Saturday at our club meet but I hadn't started the bag.  Finished yesterday and ready to go postal but the PO is busy on Tuesday (all the pensioners drawing out their money - says she who gets hers paid into the bank) so it will have to wait for a snowless morning.  Anyway, enough rambling, here it is.

If you missed the quilt it is on my previous post here.

Plans for Wednesday?  Why blog-hopping of course, starting with the person responsible for my big bum - Julia over at Stamping Ground, well she does encourage me to spend a lot of time sitting on it.


RosA said...

Love your alcohol ink pages. Lovely colours! Good technique too.

Happy WOYWW,
RosA (no number yet)

fairy thoughts said...

looking forward to seeing your word book... what's the word. the inking looks great, so did your quilt I have finished mione then realised i couldn't find jo's address hope she e mails me soon

jill said...

Hope you show us the finished word book. . lovely card , jill #16

jude said...

loving the inky creations and just had peak at the quilt you made it is beautiful the bag so cute!Have creative week ahead
hugs judex46

Redanne said...

My goodness your desk is very tidy this week Ann, wish mine was! That alcohol ink technique looks interesting, must have a go at that one. Saw your quilt and it is gorgeous, so is your bag. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #35

Helen said...

Well I think your first workshop will be a success - love those letters and your hand made stencils. Happy WOYWW, Helen 14

Annie said...

I loved the quilt you made Ann and this bag is just perfect to go with it. I love the colours you used.
A x # 57

Gibby Frogett said...

Happy WOYWW thanks for sharing your desk.. look forward to seeing your finished word book - happy crafting..Gill x #50

shazsilverwolf said...

Love the bag, and just went back to look at the quilt. Its gorgeous, all those fairies, love them. Have a great week, Hugs,xx Shaz #75

ria gall said...

love the bag you have made to go with your quilt this is for such a good cause.
Wordbooks are great fun you have reminded me that I have not done one for ages
Happy WOYWW #192
Ria #75

Queenie Jeannie said...

So busy!!! LOVE your bag that matches your quilt. Fab-U-Lous!!!! Good luck with your class.

Happy Crafting!
Jeannie #4

Annie said...

Hehehe I'm chuckling at your comment on my blog.....I just have to say that it wasn't me who forgot the pocket :-)
But of course I wouldn't tell tales on that [much older] sister of mine ;-)
A x

Twiglet said...

Ha - caught her out telling tales on me!!!!!!! He he. Your bag is fab and will be perfect for that beautiful quilt. x Jo

JoZart Designs said...

Great post Ann and such a shame I won't make it to your first ever class. I'm sure it will be as good as your first ever patchwork quilt! The bag for it is super and you sew so neatly.
Love your green and gold serigraph technique sample too. It was a good day.
Must fly now, walking up to the hospital as there's never enough parking up there.
love jo x

Alison Scott said...

The bag is great, as is your quilt.
Looks like your class will be a success.
Will need to get to splitcoast stampers - another day of no housework!

Laura said...

Looking forward to seeing the word book completed...

Neet said...

I am so looking forward to your first tutorial at the club, you chose a really interesting project for us, a lot of work for you but we will enjoy it so much.
Love the quilt and the bag. Clever you, I wouldn't know where to start.
Thanks for the visit to my blog and happy WOYWW. See you soon.
Hugs, Neet xx

SandeeNC said...

Ha! You're praying for no snow and I'm praying for it to snow. We had a snow shower last week that lasted for a whole 3 minutes...glad I didn't blink and miss it! Loved the negative image too and very pretty bag for the quilt. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

lisa said...

You look as though you have been having fun with those techniques, Ann and love the quilt bag. Hope all your snow has gone now, ours didn't last long thank goodness.
Hugs Lisax #54

Caro said...

Great way of making the alphabet stencils...time consuming but it works! The alcohol ink pages really work, like you, I think I prefer the negative. Happy WOYWW! Thanks for sharing. Caro #72

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Ann well done indeed with the quilt -it's just gorgeous, as is the bag of course..really enjoying seeing so many 'firsts' for Lillybo, I must say. Your class preps are impressive and I'm very confident that you'll be just fine!

Lori said...

Love the start of your book and the bag.

Hope you get a chance to check out my blog and desk.
Have a great day.
Lori #110

pearshapedcrafting said...

Looks like an interesting effect! Love your fairy quilt by the way, Chrisx 130

donnalouiserodgers said...

as if you will slip up, looking forward to yoru class, I've msised everyone hugely, will dig deep and try to do an ATC!

dxxx 64

voodoo vixen said...

Looks like you will be well prepared for your tutorial and I saw your lovely fairy quilt on LillyBo blog, it is gorgeous and the bag is a gem too! Annette 18

Lynn Holland said...

Hi Ann
You did a great job on the quilt bag.
I'm meeting up with Anne Redfern at 2pm in the seating area at 2pm. Hope to see you there. Are you meeting Jo Of JoZart
Lynn. X

Craftychris said...

You have made a good start on your word book. Love your alcohol backgrounds and your quilt and bag are gorgeous! Have a fab week xx #125

Almo said...

Hello Ann it was lovely to meet you today at the show. Your fairy quilt and bag it so pretty, you must be very proud of it. You look very organised with your workshop prep I am confident it will go well for you. Thank you so much for your visit to my blog. Hugs Mo x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Ann inky fun you cant beat it - thanks so mcuh for popping over and happy playing well done, happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #61

Anne said...

You are very neat and organised. Your quilt & bag are lovely. I need to start mine. Sorry I'm late. Anne @89

Minxy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm so late this week.
Love the look of the concertina card, and your word book turned out brill x
Hugz Minxy #29