WOYWW 570 – New Pens

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Good morning everyone from a sunny Pembrokeshire. It is really showing how dirty our windows are at the moment! The title of this post refers to what is on my crafty table right now – I had a Scrawlr box delivered yesterday – and also to the Ink Lily pen & stamp set I ordered from Create & Craft. This includes monthly video tutorials and I am excited to finally learn how to colour properly with alcohol markers.

I only found out about Scrawlr last month and immediately ordered the latest box to try, and one of the older ones which arrived yesterday. I liked this one because of the pens included (Gelly Roll are one of my all-time favourites and the colours of the alcohol markers are gorgeous) and also the style of artwork of the featured artist. Annika Landberg mostly creates ATCs, a big love of my life.

I am continuing with the Floral & Nature Surface Design course, and got some ‘loose sketching’ done. I used the pens from the first Artful Box for this. There is definitely a pen theme this week! (If anyone is interested in learning about Surface Pattern Designs, they are offering all the courses at 50% off – Make It In Design.

I hope that everyone is ok. My health continues to be up and down, but no Covid-19 symptoms for anyone in our family or immediate friends/neighbours. Our friends in Spain were very excited to be allowed out to exercise again and I definitely don’t take for granted having the farm to walk around.

A short post today, as it is mostly business/website stuff that is filling my head lately. We are watching some good tv though. The very last episode of Homeland this week (anyone else addicted like we are?), loving the return of the Great British Sewing Bee, old episodes of Silent Witness and also Grayson’s Art Club.

Finally, a question for you all. Which stamping platform would you recommend?

Stay safe.

Ali x

ps How rude of me. I nearly forgot to add why we are posting pictures of our crafty workspaces on a Wednesday. It is because it is WOYWW – What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Join in at Stamping Ground.

18 thoughts on “WOYWW 570 – New Pens”

  1. Morning Ali. Well, it certainly sounds like no way are you bored with the lockdown! Lots of new goodies there, and an opportunity to learn how to use it all. There are so many different types of colouring implements – it’s hard to keep up… but you enjoy!!
    Take care od yourselves. Stay safe. God bless.
    Margaret #3

  2. I have the Woodware unbranded stamping platform. I bought it because the workshopeers like to use one and quite understandable expect to try out new stuff in workshops before they commit to buying. However, I don’t use it at home at all. At the Shop the big table his a little uneven in parts, so it’s useful there. Glad you’re Covid free, you certainly do not need anything else, good grief. Glad to read that business is filling your head, that’s exciting!

  3. I forgot….. I omitted to say about the UFOs for week 572….you don’t need to do more than one (!), and don’t forget to take before and after photos to show us!

  4. How lovely that you’re enjoying your crafting so much with all those goodies arriving. I’m pleased that your area is mostly COVID free, good, hope it stays that way. I think there’s been a few cases our way but we’re taking lots of care.
    Have fun with your UFOs!
    Hugs LLJ 12 xxx

  5. Looks like you are going to have some fun with the contents of your new arty box. Your surface pattern designs already look very modern and ready to be scanned and probably printed on to some fab stationary. Have fun creating while you stay safe.
    Sandra de @9

  6. Glad to hear that all is well with you and the family, Ali. Hubby went for testing last week as he had a cough, but luckily has come back negative. The colouring course sounds fun. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #5

  7. I’ve got Tim’s platform… but never use it! Glad you are able to enjoy some outside air, I haven’t been getting much exercise at all, due to it being just streets all round, I can’t be bothered! enjoy your new pens. Helen ‘#1

  8. Hi Ali, i love alcohol markers and have quite a few copics – i was lucky to buy a set from a friend for practically nothing – they can be very expensive. Looks like you are having loads of fun.Take care xxSoojay#22

  9. Hi Ali, so good to see you are making use of those things you ordered there are some great discoveries in the scrawlr box, a monthly treat for me if i’ve not already got what’s inside… Enjoy and love what you do it makes crafting so rewarding.
    Regarding the platforms I have a few but much prefer to use a block or plate. I find those with a flexible plate much easier to get an impression with especially larger stamps. I’m sure you’ll find your happy medium along your journey again. Stay safe Tracey #6

  10. Hi there Ali! Sounds like you are keeping pretty busy. I can’t believe how strict the lockdown has been in Spain. So grateful to be able to get out in my garden as much as I want. Your new pens sound interesting, good luck with the tutorials. ! Happy WOYWW, stay safe, stay well, Cindy #18

  11. I love my Misti and would recommend that one even though it is more expensive as it was the original and I know that a lot of thought, blood sweat and tears went into Ilona designing it. It has served me well throughout my demonstrating days and now that I can’t manage to use a block because of the pressure I have to put on it I find my Misti is my best pal.
    I am about to sit in our large garden and go for a stroll around it whilst the sun is out – lucky you with the farmland to walk around.
    Hugs, Neet 4 xx

  12. Hi Ali, I’ll check out the colouring tutorials – I love to colour! Not heard of Scrawl so I’ll check that out too. I have a Tim Holtz stamping platform – I mainly use it when I am bulk making a few cards with multiple stamps, then I don’t have to line everything up for each card. Glad to hear your area is pretty much free of Covid 19. I’m working from home, and avoiding going out if I possibly can. I just potter about in my garden when I feel the need for fresh air, and go in my gym to exercise. Have a lovely week and stay safe and well, Heather xx #20

  13. Wow! What a lot of lovely goodies to play with. Happy WOYWW! Stay safe and take care, with love and God Bless, Caro xxx (#17)

  14. Great post, Ali. Glad you are able to get out in the sunshine around the farm. We did sit out to have a cup of tea today but it wasn’t warm enough for a T-shirt! Your floral design is brilliant. I can see you designing wallpaper soon! It sounds such a good course. You are such a whizz with the digital stuff, too! I am glad you are enjoying the art boxes that are being delivered. It must be like Christmas opening them. I agree – love the Sewing Bee – and my hubby loves it too! Sorry you are up and down health-wise, but at least there are some “ups” in there somewhere! I’m the same really.

    Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment and I’m glad I can give you some inspiration! Some of my seeds arrived today, including the peas, so tonight before bed I shall soak some in readiness for starting tomorrow. It is a very user-friendly form of growing which I think will suit me fine – I can’t cope with gardening unless it’s raised beds so the indoor variety is better (although when we moved to our last house, all my houseplants died and I’ve never had any success with them since!!). I like the idea of being able to produce microgreens and sprouts, especially all year round, with minimal fuss. My hubby does all the outside gardening and has planted my herbs. I laughed at your account of Milky demanding her soft bed to lie on!! Spoilt? Nooo…. surely not! I read that bit out to my hubby and he laughed too! It sounds as if you’ve got your grocery deliveries down to a fine art. I’m not too worried because my hubby can pop down the road to Sainsbury’s for me. Tesco has been OK most of the time and as you say, the substitutions are usually fine, but I am fed up with them ceasing to stock favourite items and the choice is definitely less than it was, and some of the quality not great. I keep thinking I should investigate the local farmers for veg supplies – we’ve got the famous Riverford Organic Farm practically on the doorstep and they do veg boxes – we used to live in the next village to them and my hubby was quite friendly with Guy Watson who started it. He’s retired now unfortunately.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi x #7

  15. Hi Ali, I imagine you still have plenty to do in the farm. I believe they are going to run out of Emmerdale and we’ll have to go back to watching the older ones, we’ll see! Have fun with the new pens and wishing you a rather late but happy woyww and a lovely crafty week, Angela x21x

  16. I need to take a class in alcohol ink markers too. I’ve seen some amazing work done. Have a great week. Dorlene #33

  17. Hi Ali, I have never heard of Scrawlr before so I had to go and have a look. I do have the Tim Holtz Stamping platform that I like, however I don’t do a great deal of Stamping. I really must get around to using some of my stamps. Enjoy the sunshine, Angela #30

  18. Sorry for the late visit I don’t know where the days go to. Thanks for your visit. Glad you are keeping busy, here is spain we are allowed out for exercise but I have not ventured out yet. Waiting for the beach to open up again so I can have a paddle in the sea! I find pens dry up so soon in our heat so tend to use water crayons. Stay safe and you will be back in Spain before the end of the year. Ani #11

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