Wednesday, 18 May 2022


 Welcome to Crafting With Jack and What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  To celebrate the 13th Anniversary of WOYWW we are having an ATC swap with the theme “connections”.   I couldn’t seem to get to grips with the theme at ATC size.  I did think of doing a master board but, believe it or not, a simple A4 piece of card was not among my caravan crafts.    I had picked up a free magazine from Tesco, so I went through that, cutting out letters till I had the letters to “connections” multiple times.  I did choose letters in colour, but decided I didn’t like them so I had to look some more!  I actually had ATC’s ready to use, but I didn’t feel the letters worked on the backgrounds and when I saw a roll of wrapping paper in the Co-op, I decided on that.  I decided to treat the letters as part of the background and embellished with some diecuts.  I thought the blue shade worked well.

On a trip to Newark I spotted the butterfly wrapping paper which I thought would be useful.

We use a small twin tub when we are away and we have used it on top of the caravan table for the last 10 years.  The new table is not as strong and the wheels of the machine made a hole one side and a dent the other 😥.  The following evening my husband managed to spill red wine over a large area of carpet!  That has been cleaned up successfully and we thought the saying that “everything comes in threes” was completed.  Wrong!  Saturday I lost a filling and the local dentist wanted £60 just to book the appointment!🙈🙈🙈. One more shock to come, I had 3 fillings and a bill of £1211 😱😱😱.  I had to go back the following morning as a rough edge was hurting my tongue!  On the way to our new site I was cleaning my glasses and a screw had fallen out.  Luckily I have a spare pair!  Let’s hope my run of mishaps is over.

Linking up as usual to Julia’s Stamping Ground.  My email address is in my header at the top, don’t forget to leave out the dashes.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022


 Welcome to Crafting With Jack and What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  I have done absolutely no crafting at all as we spent a week with my in-laws.

It was there 70th Wedding Anniversary, the bunting above was made by a friend.  One of their many presents was a real newspaper printed on the day they got married.  Of course I would have loved to have crafted with it :)

A short post today.  We had rather a disaster with the awning, a gust of wind flipped it right over the caravan and now it has to be sent away for repair.  It was all very shocking and upsetting, but thankfully it can be repaired.

Linking up at Julia’s Stamping Ground and will be  round to visit later.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022


 A warm welcome to Crafting With Jack and What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.   Everyone links up at our host, Julia, at Stamping Ground.  You are always welcome to join our merry band.

The only crafting done this week has been digital where I made some pictures for my mermaid journal.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022



Welcome to Crafting With Jack and another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground.  You are very welcome to join the happy band simple by linking up your post too.

Frustration has been the name of the game this week.  Still waiting for Dewalt to get back to me regarding the £60 battery we bought for our son, which after 4 months stopped charging!  My old Iphone refused to erase all data yesterday and I contacted Apple this morning and the person kept trying something different until we had success!  Now I have to transfer my husband's data to my old phone and it's stuck on 2 minutes left!  Nothing is simple these days and is rather taking the pleasure out of my new phone.

Enough of that - we are getting the caravan ready for our holiday and I have been sorting out my crafting stuff deciding what to take.

I have been trying to finish a junk journal, the basics of which cane be seen here:

I used envelopes for the main construction along with mulberry paper and free pages from magazines.  You can see some embossed paper which is going in and the cover which is plain at the moment.

My craft below is where all this frenetic activity is going on.

I have also been creating some digital crafting sheets to take with me which is the picture at the very top.

Wednesday, 20 April 2022


Running late with my WOYWW post, I forgot yesterday was Tuesday :)  No picture of my desk because it's piled high with stuff I am sorting and not at all worth looking at.  ON the other hand the beauty at the top of the page is digital art consisting of two images from Gecko Galz, part of the Sleeping Beauty story from a Gutenberg book which I gave a swirly font to and I added two leaves to the corners taken from the background image.  This was finished off in the middle of the night as I was too tired to finish before I went to bed and I had to have something to show this morning!

So there I am writing my post when I realized I had another image to show, only I couldn't find it, eventually I found it and thought it wasn't quite finished so did that and here it is:

Another digital art piece from three Gecko Galz images.  Of course then I realized I had stacks to show (relax -not showing it all!).  Remember the stamping I was doing last week?

The idea was to use these for collage,  These are full size A4 sheets if you would like them.

My beautiful bauble creation arrived yesterday from Tracy - isn't she just gorgeous!  the box is cute too - in fact I was thinking of adding him to a collage :)

Finally I saw this on Pinterest, no link available like so often on Pinterest.  I really like this idea, but I am not sure I have the patience.


Wednesday, 13 April 2022



Welcome to Crafting With Jack and What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, today’s the day we can go have a peek into other craft rooms and see what people have been up to.  No need to have a tidy up, we all know what state the craft room can get into.  Mine is no exception!  I have done some digital designing.  Above is the first of four ATC's made for Gecko Galz Papercrafting challenges on Facebook and also on their blog.   I also have been going though my stamps - mostly free ones from magazines.  They are all on A4 laminated card  and I simply inked up the whole sheet of stamps, printed them out and rinsed them under the tap.    After having a look at the printed sheet I picked out the ones I didn’t want putting them in a bag for giving away and rearranged the remaining stamps.  So far I have got 4 empty A4 sheets.  I scanned all the printed sheets, thinking I may use them that way too.

This is my desk, you can see the latest printed sheet.  I have got about 6 A4 sheets left to do.  Some of the print outs were not very good, but good enough for me to see what they were like.

Yesterday I had a trip out with my sister to Abakhan.  I got some lovely bits and pieces some unusual pieces like the dried bark, beautiful ribbon that I only had half a metre of at £4.50 metre. Some metal rings for trying out weaving and some fabric.  I bought some gold flecked twine at 8p metre.  I was thinking of buying the reel, but that meant the whole lot (approx 67 metres) being measured and then wound back up. So I just bought 10 metres!

They had several different patterned trims there which were just gorgeous.  The little applique flower is to go on a scarf that was a present and somehow I managed to cut a hole in whilst I was cutting out.

I am linking up at Julia’s Stamping Ground as usual, wishing you a great week x

Wednesday, 6 April 2022


Welcome to another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday here at Crafting With Jack.  It's a day of visiting, seeing what others are up to in all the different craft spheres of the group.  If you would like to join in and show what you are working on, link up to Julia's Stamping Ground.

I have been doodling as can be seen on the top picture and trying some brush markers out.  I bought some new stash.  My husband was horrified that I had spent £10 on serviettes, but I couldn't resist them at the garden centre.  I also bought a couple of stamp sets and some nibs for a dip pen.  Unfortunately they didn't fit with the dip pen I had and now I have decided to return them in favour of a set with holder.

My workdesk, nothing really exciting to show.  Both Saturday and Sunday we celebrated birthdays. Unfortunately I lost a piece of tooth at one and spent a good deal of time at the dentist yesterday getting it fixed and the rest of the day recovering!


Wednesday, 30 March 2022

WOYWW 669 watercolours and collage

 Welcome to Crafting With Jack, I have been busy since last Wednesday with digital work for Gecko Galz challenges here, drawing, watercolours and collage.

Toadstools and birds drawn from photographs and painted with watercolour and distress markers.
A collage and a neuro art pieceThis is the third one I have done which was better than the other two, but I don't feel I have really achieved the look!

I watched a Sketchbook Revival session with Rachel Hazell.  I really liked the alphabet background she did.  A simple way of creating a background.  I watched another session with Tiffany Sharpe who was doing watercolour fodder.  Painting the tops of mushrooms and adding stalks of patterned paper.

This collage I did after watching a LifeBook taster sessions 2021 with Shay Michelle.  I didn't stick the words down because I couldn't decide where to put them.  I really liked this collage method .

Finally What's On My Workdesk Wednesday!  My collage is in the centre, on the right is a new necklace I bought yesterday, displayed artfully over the Slap it On and on the left are my watercolour containers.  My Aqua Pencils are pure pigment so this technique worked well, but the Arteza ones have a plastic coating so this was a bit of a pain to get out of the dissolved pigment.  My husband used a Stanley knife to take off all the plastic coating, solving the problem.  I am keeping the lids off making them like solid watercolour when they dry out.  I think it was worth doing.  I have several different sets of watercolour pencils from cheap ones (now binned as they were useless and not worth passing on) to Faber Castell Albrecht Durer ones, but I only have a few of those.

I bought some Hunkdory Brush Markers and I can't work out how to get a even coverage, I have only tried them on card so far, so may be I should try them on watercolour paper.

Well that's all from me.  Linking up with Julia's Stamping Ground
Have a great week x

Saturday, 26 March 2022

Gecko Galz 3


Gecko Galz 2A


Gecko Galz Challenges 2


Gecko Galz challenges

Gecko Galz challenge Monochrome with gold on Gecko Galz Group Facebook page.

Gecko Galz challenge Hexagons on Gecko Galz Facebook Group page.

Gecko Galz Challenge Sugar for my honey on Gecko Galz Facebook Group Page

Gecko Galz Challenge What's the buzz on Gecko Galz Facebook Group page.   This is the link to the Facebook page.  I am also entering in the current challenge on Gecko Galz blog page.