Friday, 27 January 2012

measures of inkiness

In a facebook post Hels Sheridan of Sunday Stamper fame, commented about not getting inky today well maybe just a smudge. What a brilliant phrase to use to measure inkiness. So I challenged the multi talented Hels to come up with more measures of inkiness and she set the ball rolling , how great I thought so I am now challenging any one out there to come with other phrases to measure how inky you get. Your reward well I am offering 5 Oak House Studio COLOUR CHEMISTRY (see the post below) inks pads to the person who come up with the best phrases.

Post your answers on here or on my facebook wall to be in with a chance. GOOD LUCK.
I am going to Leeds for a Papercraft show this weekend so challenge will end 6pm on Monday. East Yorkshire time

Thursday, 26 January 2012

ENJOY what you DO

I needed a few get well cards or cards to encourage friends who were facing a difficult time. This made me decide to dig out the inspirational word stamps to make some thing I could mail out to them. This was the spring board for my classes.

This weeks stamping classes have been exploring using the Oak House Studio pigment inks on Linen card.
We started by colouring the linen card with the pigment ink and then over stamped with a  selection of our palette and texture stamps. The texture of the card really stood out with ink.

We then used some inspiring sentiment stamps including the new Enjoy stamp to create cards or postcard sized affirmations to frame.

Both classes seemed to enjoy the workshop and we hope to extend the technique at next weeks classes.

If you would like to join me for a workshop check out or email me at

The Enjoy stamp will be available from Sunday when we will be at the Ross Papercraft Show at Leeds Grammar School

Farm Watch : The older bull some of us call Simon was really enjoying a good scratch again a tree yesterday. He was really enjoying it a few us stopped to watch this might beast enjoying the simple pleasures of a good scratch in the sunshine. Much to everyone amazement the tree fell over and lay there roots and all. The old bull looked puzzled and wander away look at the fallen tree very sheepishly trying to look as innocent as possible.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Well there I go missing action yet again, where does the time go.
Here is a photo Denise took of me at the studio on Friday. I was showing off the earrings I had that were made by the very talented  Suze Weinberg.
Suze had started by saying "Do you dream in blue?". Well  it obviously struck a cord with me.
You will see I am also wearing a Silver clay pendent I made to go to Artisan in 2010.

This piece is one the first I made with out the safety net of working in Tracey's studio. I wanted a piece that showed off as many of my texture stamps as possible. Then after the nudge from Suze I have added alcohol Inks to the silver clay piece and the cord, giving me something of my own to wear with all my blue/ green stuff I keep getting teased about.

In case you are wondering I was outside the studio and just on my way back in, Friday was a bit grey but you can still see I guess, why I ended working so much in Green and Blue.
I am so lucky to work in such an inspiring location in studio full of stamps, card and inks, a pair of scissors and some adhesive is all I need to keep me happy. Ok well add to that list the ability to make a cup of tea and may play some music if there is no one around to talk to.Then add a ready supply of chocolate/biscuits.

Dare I ask what are the basics you would want to have in your dream studio?

If you want to come visit the studio I have to remind you this is a place of work for me, but  you are very welcome to come along on the open days or for a workshop. I am not there every day so please don't set off without having made arrangements to meet up with me. Here is a link to my calendar so you can check out when you can next come visit the cows and me.