Thursday, 5 August 2021

WOYWW #635

WOYWW Time over at Stamping Ground hosted by Julia Dunnit

 I am just taking photos of random things now... as no crafty things going on. Still want to take part in WOYWW so here we go 😁

Lovely ATC from Anne (Copperbeech Crafts) from our 12 year anniversary celebrations - it doesnt matter how long it takes to get here - I love receiving mail... and very "twilight zone" being a gorgeous almost edible looking strawberry as I had a punnet of berries as my snack on my desk 

And lastly in this array of random stuff

Eliza got me this candle a few months ago - it smells divine - 
I sniff it every now and again - it isn't for lighting just for smelling 😎

I hope everyone is safe and well - we are in lockdown where we are - Greater South East Brisbane in Australia. They have cancelled a mid week public holiday at short notice which is really silly as it won't change what people can do during a lockdown, and the annual show known as The EKKA (Agricultural and fun) has also been cancelled for the 2nd year in a row. Very minor compared to some countries and circumstances. I am unable to visit Eliza since she moved but we are doing facetime a lot and she has settled in to living alone very well. Hoping to get over there soon to check it all out and take photos.

Til next time lovely people
Stay safe & well
Maurs xxx

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

WOYWW #634

 Another week flies by with no crafty stuff happening... this of course does not mean I / we were not busy!  Here is my work space

Paper work for Eliza House - even though she doesn't have a mortgage we had to explain that the bills will keep coming: Body Corporate, rates, water, electricity, internet... 
I am also working through the warranties for all her new appliances: 
A/C unit, dishwasher, dryer, oven, cook top, exhaust fan, TV, etc
My purse, glasses case and the obligatory face mask atop of the pile of paper work

My work earphones sporting the "busy bee" guide Eliza gave me 
- it helps protect your cord where it plugs in to your phone. 
A good old fashioned jar of vicks - am finally getting over my cold!
The lindt salted caramel square is the last from a packet bought 2 weeks ago
 - I don't know how it lasted this long 😎

Had to fire up my little printer for work this morning...
which meant finally moving all my stuff off and putting it all away

I will try again to pop round for a visit when I can
If you would like to join in the What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday fun head over to 

Stay safe & well all
Maurs xxx

Thursday, 22 July 2021

WOYWW # 633

 A really quick photo filled turn around this week - Pop on over to Julia Dunnits Stamping Ground for all the goss 

No crafting due to Eliza House stuff - Gary has been flat out with tiling, grouting, flat packing etc
- its now Thursday!  Here is my desk right now...

Last weeks cards & mail on the printer 

Gary made me breakfast - pumpkin seed rolls with Bacon, Cheese & Tomato - Yum

Here is more photos of the Eliza House project
We decided to use the same tiles on the splash back as the floor and they look fabulous
Vanity in the bathroom

Tilers debris - we had to hire a skip to take it all away...
The work has progressed now to the point where movers came on Wednesday to relocate most of Eliza's belongings - but as both of us have had a really bad cold she is still with us for a few more days - packing clothes and kitchen stuff.
Promise - next lot of photos will be the finished result 😎

And good news this time from the family in Kent - Gary's parents did get covid but very mild due to them being fully vaccinated. His Nephew is ok - apparently still able to work - at a distance.
I wanted to share one photo from the wedding - the stunning dress

I hope you are all safe and well
Have a great week

Maurs xxx

Thursday, 15 July 2021

WOYWW #632

 Hi All - it's WOYWW Time again - popping around to visit the workdesks of artistic and crafty people around the world! If you would like to join in pop on over to Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground 😀

A bit of crafting this week with 4 cards made using my "Randomly Using Dies" technique - 

I found this image of a Leadlight Dalek on someone's FB profile and I love it

Eliza House is still in the tiling phase - apparently the trade was unwell so missed a few days 
- grouting to be completed then I will make a visit again to check it all out.

Received upsetting news yesterday - my partner Gary's family had his nieces wedding last week - the photos are stunning - everyone in red & white - however Covid has been detected throughout the guests. His 26 year old nephew is positive, his 80 year old parents who are both fully vaccinated are waiting for their results - his father sounds dreadful over the phone.   You can't blame anyone - no-one knows if they have it at the start and it spreads like wildfire. They live in Kent - UK.
We are praying and hoping everyone comes out of it the other side.
Unrelated to the wedding - his "favourite" auntie has passed - so its a very sad and stressful time

Stay safe & well everyone
Maurs xxx

Monday, 12 July 2021

Purple Dove Christmas

I have been messing about with the idea of "Using Random Dies" - I have so many I decided I just need to grab one - at random -  at least weekly 😀  So here is my first one

Rummaging around I found Bling sheet stickers and adhered this to a card base, Paper Rose sentiment die and I believe the dove was free on a magazine cover.

I am entering this creation into the following challenges

Die cuts using snippets of white & purple

Sentiment die never before used

Its Christmas card time

Stay safe & well All
Maurs xxx

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

WOYWW #631

 Happy WOYWW Day!!!

Whats on your workdesk Wednesday - an online blog hop to check out crafty peoples work spaces every Wednesday - pop on over to Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground and check it out 😀

I was very lucky to receive one of Deb's (tatteredrocks) beautiful tributes to Shaz in the mail last Friday

Just beautiful IRL - and anyone who see's it is in awe Thank You Deb xxx

As you know my time has been spent on Eliza's House in the past few weeks and we are nearing the final steps: Tiling in the lounge room and bedroom 

Just a few finish offs electrically and kitchen wise and we can start the move in 😀

I did finally get to work on a few cards

Those little fish dies turned out a bit cute - I used liquid pearls for the fins after covering blue card snippets with silver ink. Coloured card snippets for the other fish and plants etc and DP in the background. The other dies are from Creative Expressions incl the sentiment.

I am entering my You're Fintastic card into the following challenges 
NBUS # 28 - Never Before Used Schtuff 😎
Pixies Snippets Playground #406 - lots of snippets on my Fintastic Card

This card I have called Pink with Love - I recut the die I had shown previously as it didnt cut all the way through and I got brand new plates for my Big Shot which has solved the problem.
A bit of DP along top and bottom - Stampin Up inks brushed underneath the die to add a fuller colour and the sentiment die is from Gina Marie Designs

Have now started on Christmas cards and this one has to be my darkest ever - black card stock with an unbranded die, gold holographic sticker paper behind and the sentiment was a free die from a magazine.

And delivery this week - more unbranded dies from Wish - I am seriously addicted - when you only pay $2 for postage on some of them... if they don't arrive it is refunded. Then they turn up out of the blue 3 weeks after their delivery date - not every time but quite a bit!

Hope you all have a great week - I really did not get around to all of your lovely workdesks last week but will try again this week

Stay safe & well
Maurs xxx

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

WOYWW #630

 What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday is here again...

If you want to visit artistic desks across the world pop on over to Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground...

My crafty space didnt get much attention this week 

Julia had a gorgeous photo of Murphy - I thought I would pop my 2 fur babies in here
not a great photo technically but oh so cutesy 

 Eliza House is taking shape 😀

Tiling is being done this week - then electrical fitout to be completed - and we are nearly there
It is looking really good.

I love mandalas - and colouring in - since childhood - like most of us I would presume
This is a pre printed canvas done with paint pens when the mood strikes
It's like therapy and helps me settle when I am stressed or frustrated
I added the orange colour this week

Thats it for me this week
Stay safe & well all
Maurs xxx

Thursday, 24 June 2021

WOYWW #629

 It's WOYWW time again...

If you need inspiration to get crafty pop on over to Julia Dunnits Stamping Ground and have a gander at desks all across the world! It's a whole lotta fun...

I didn't get any crafting in this week - but I can share is the final fabulous ATC from our 12 year anniversary - received from Christine (aka Bishopsmate) last Friday

A lovely ATC - and heaps of stamps - which will be put to good use 😀
Thank you so much Christine!

And my postal deliveries for this week
My first elements ink pad - they are supposed to be really juicy and fantastic for backgrounds...
And I discovered Uniquely Creative and went crazy...

I think I have a couple more dies yet to come - Naughty Me!!!

Have a great week all
Stay Safe & Well
Maurs xxx

Thursday, 17 June 2021

WOYWW #628

 Drafted 15/06 - now 17/06 - completely missed Wednesday all together - time flies doesn't it...

Its WOYWWer's time again... 
If you want to know more pop on over to Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground  and check it out! 

Lots of piccies today.  The last time you were here I had a couple of card "blanks" on my desk:

I ended up using the die cut as a stencil

Then using my Derwent watercolours I did the butterfly - but it was way too pale so I ended up going over it with Chameleon fineliners
I am entering my card into the NBUS Challenge #27 as neither die has been used before

as the butterfly was a plain white snippet

The other card finished up as:

This was my Tuesday 
- I am now going through all the symptomatic side effects of headaches, snotty nose, sneezing and feeling like my arm is being punched everytime I move it - but it's all good in the end Next jab is in September

This was my Wednesday
While I was in work at the office (I now have to go in every Wednesday - another reason for late posting 😀) my wonderful partner - Gary - received delivery of the flat pack kitchen at Eliza's House and put all the cabinets together - then fitted the oven side of the kitchen:
From This
To This

He will finish off over the next week - then painters are in - finish off the electrics and the tilers will be in to do the whole house. Very exctiting to watch the progress - and yes I have lots of photos which I will put up in a separate post. We are hoping Eliza will be in the first half of July sometime 😎

Also received lots of post when we arrived home: 
Gary ordered nuts and bolts from Wish and this is what he received - LOL I really don't know what he expected for $3 - but will do my specs when they come apart LOL - or maybe a male shaker card

The new Stampin Up Catalogue - I like to highlight what I already have, what I like, what I want and what I must have... then keep an eye out for the sales and pounce

I also decided to get another normal size Big Shot - 
My old one is almost 15 years old - and yes it still works - the new one is a back up
I purchased the A4 size about 6 months ago - but it hasn't really been used yet 
 my sister uses hers for embossing folders only as the plates are so expensive to replace 
so this might be the way to go 

Finally - Randomly Using Dies - for the next week. These were all from wish - the long die I have used on the cream card - didnt fully cut at one end but thats cos my old Big Shot plates need to be refreshed. I do find however if this happens I just end up putting my sentiment label or embellishments over that area... we will see the results next week - I hope!

Stay safe & well all
I will try and get around to everyone again over the weekend - If I don't it won't be from a lack of trying

Maurs xxx