Wednesday, 29 November 2017


Hello fellow deskers.  Time to take part, albeit late in the day, in WOYWW.   If you want to know what this is all about, use this WOYWW link and head over to the Stamping Ground and all will be revealed.

On my desk this week ... to the left are a few dies from China.  Not used yet, but they look ok.  In the centre at the front is my Black Friday goodies from Inspirations.  Behind these are the first two brayer experiments.  More on these later.  To the right of the desk is my TH stamping platform.  I finally got around to using it ... and the brayer, in the same week.  Quite pleased with myself for taking the plunge.  Finally, to the front right of the desk, mainly obscured by the Stamping platform, are some Christmas bits that I assembled ready to make more Christmas cards.

So, on to the brayer attempts.  I watched a you tube video.  The lady stamped, then embossed in white, some snowflakes, and then brayered over the top.  I tried this with the right hand exhibit below.  On you tube, it looked lovely.... on my card it was a mess!  I ended up using ink Dusters to even out the ink, but the white did not stay white.  It ended up being a pale shade of the ink colour I used.  However, I used holographic embossing powder as I didn't have white!  Not sure if this would have affected it or not.  The lilac one again didn't brayer very well,  but may be it's the ink or the card I am using.  Further practice needed.  However it was fun experimenting, and I did pick up on highlighting the tree branches with a white gel pen (Mr M was quite impressed with that).

On to my last photo .... Not sure if you can make it out but Mr M has decided I need a proper crafting space with lots of worktop room and storage - especially before my Christmas present arrives! So ... this was one solution.  Unfortunately I used the grand design as scrap paper in my excitement at using the brayer!  But it involves wall to wall desk surface.  So I'm quite excited at getting a new crafty space! 

Now I'll be off for a peep at everyone's desks.  Please leave a comment when you stop by, so I know you visited and I can visit you.  Have a lovely week Heather xx 


  1. oh a proper crafting space, how fab! keep going with your brayering, it looks good. Helen #2

  2. It all looks good to me. Have a great and very creative woyww, Angela x12x

  3. I'm waiting for a sale to get one of those stamping platforms. thanks for the inspiration.

  4. I like both of your brayered pieces Heather. Can't wait to see the snazzy new space once it's completed. Happy belated WOYWW Sarah #9

  5. Hullo there Heather, love your crafty space.
    Re brayering, I’ve a brayer basics you tube, see link on tab at top of my blog.
    Holograph embossing powder is translucent ie see through, white is opaque, you can’t see through it. So yes very big difference in the two.
    Unless you’re an experienced crafter with brayer, I’d brayer before Stamping.
    Stamping amd embossing alters the versll surface of the area being brayered and will make it much more difficult to get even ice age. I’ve brayered a lot and I wouldn’t Stamp before brayering. Keep things simple is my thought in this.
    Hope that helps, but check out my basic how to brayer video one day I’ll do the second ne I promise.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
    Shaz in Oz.x #1

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  6. Oooooh, how exciting to have a new crafting space in the future! I hope you have fun designing it and watching it come to fruition. Well done on the brayering, that lilac landscape is really good, the hills look like they're fading off into the distance. I like it!
    Hugs LLJ 13 xxxx

  7. Loving the purple tree, spotted it on your desk straight away and really glad to see a closeup as I scrolled down. Lovely. Thanks for the visit BJ#4

  8. But, in contrast to Shaz, I do stamp first, if I want a white reverse out of the brayer colour. I use clear ink and clear embossing powder, the white does stain a bit. I also rarely brayer ink onto regular card stock - try it on gloss card -and keep going, just when you thin it looks all lines and uneven-ness, it blends and looks gorgeous. Re ink often and roll entire revolutions of the brayer, not back and forth. Blimey, that wasn't intended to be bossy! Am thrilled for you over the decidcated space and masses of surface...ah, it's a great life!

  9. Am sure you will find the Chinese dies work perfectly well. I have bought a few (on the recommendation of Shaz) and they are fine.
    I am not great with a brayer but I just love love love what you have done. Especially the one with the tree - gorgeous!
    Hugs & Thanks for visiting me - Neet 8 xx

  10. Wall to wall desk surface - nice! I think we would all need that, although in my case it would just mean a bigger mess! Don't even get me started on the inks bleeding through - all non-acrylic inks will do that, and unless that's the look you want to achieve, it can be very annoying! Thanks so much for visiting earlier! Wishing you a happy weekend! zsuzsa #24