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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

WOYWW - Back into the Swing

Well, what a week... seems longer than usual - well it would you daft bat, you missed posting last week, duh!!!! - and here we are snooping and hopping around the world to look at each others' work desks, and getting great inspiration... and all because Julia had a fab idea...deets here.

There are two good reasons for this blog title today (1) I am getting a bit more time to spend in my "craftyoom" and my ideas are going well and (2) we are back on the road with the horse shows and we did SO well on Sunday, I am still on a high!!!! But desk first...

 Tried to get an overhead, but dare not climb and arms not quite long enough!!!! - told you she was a daft bat, folks!!! - but it's close enough to get a full half of my space in... bit untidy but it has definitely been MUCH worse, eh??!! I was making my tag for DragonsDream Tag it on, which is Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown. It's challenge #113 and was chosen by Blackdragon, so 'nough said!! tee hee... she really makes me think. Yup, the pasta machine is still out, cos I tightened it good!!

 The tag I chose is oversized, ie, bigger than the usual #8. I have got my distresses here ready spayed, so I can smooch...
 See, I have done some printing now, and am about to emboss with this wonderfully fine stuff from My Craft Studio... I love it and it last such a long time...

 Here is the whole tag, at an angle to show the texture and dimension...

 I love this stamp, the face is so soft and enigmatic... the face was slightly washed and picked out with picket fence stain, to make it look ethereal.

 The demon figure is from the internet, and depicts half angel, half demon - well the devil was supposed to be a fallen angel, eh??!! - I printed it on photo paper to give it a shiny quality, and I think the purple haze makes it look as if it is rising above the earthly city - woo, get her, waxing lyrical!!!

Full on, I am pleased with the result, though it is far more dark and menacing in real life. So there we are. If you feel like joining in, just pop over to TIO and have a go...

And before I go, here are just two photos of the boys from Sunday...

 This is Jayden, aged 8yrs 1mth, having just won his class!! Hence the red rosette. Because he won, beating 9 other children, he was entered into the championship at the end of the day, where all the ridden class winners competed for champion in show. And guess what, he came reserve champion, to a 15 year old with an 18 year old horse, but actually beating some other adults and seniors as well as children!!!! WOOO, was I a proud grandmama!!!! The judge said he almost won it outright, and what soft hands he has. He really did ride SO well and has a fab championship rosette to go with this one.

And here is my ickle star, Matthew, who is only 6 but is getting on so well. He came second in his class, but as we only have one pony, he was not able to go into the championship... awww - but his turn will come. Just look at my wonderful star pony too. She shone like spun gold in the wonderful sunshine, and so many people admired her.

To cap off the day, Freddie ran her "inhand" (that's without sadle etc, and just showing the pony, not a rider, for those of you who don't know!!). She won her class, which was for mountain and moorland breeds. She was then eligible for the inhand championship, to find the best horse or pony in show. It works like dogs at Crufts. And you guessed it... she was Best in Show, and Champion!!! We are all so proud of her...

So, remember that we lost all our proudly won rosettes last year in the horse box which was set on fire!!?? Well we now have no less than 6 to start us off again!!! 1 second and 1 merit for doing a test over and above expectations, cos the judge made a mistake!!! 1 first and championship and 1 first and reserve champion... not a bad haul for the first day out, and all in the new horse box with mum as well!!! What a wonderful day - she keeps talking about it, so it was even memorable for her!!!

Thanks for the visit. Have a great week
Love and light
Frankie
xx
PS... please pop along to the Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog to see my first guest appearance projects and give me a comment!!! Much appreciated support, taa!!
xx

46 comments:

May said...

Congrats to your grandson he done very well... Love the tag and the theme, Have a great week, Happy Easter, Hugs May x x x x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Cute Jayden on a TINY horse! Sounds like a VERY proud grandmama. Happy WOYWW from #6.

Create With Joy said...

Your tag rocks! Happy WOYWW to you!

Ramona - #4
Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

Kate said...

Lovin your tag! Awesome texture, beautiful stamping.
Kate

butlersabroad said...

I'm so happy for you Frankie, you sound so sheerful and upbeat. Brilliant news on the horsey front, the grandsons look adorable in their little outfits and the pony is beautiful.

Hugs
Brenda 13

Judy said...

Love your site.Pround gran. Love looking and listening to the lovely background music. Thanks.
Judy

Joynana said...

Your tags are wonderful and so creative. Such a sweet looking pony and handsome boys. #26

Spyder said...

Fabulous tags, every one of them. So glad you added the pony pictures, i do miss mine, even though it's been many years! Have a lovely Easter.
HaPpY WoYwW!
((Lyn)) at #22

Helen said...

Hi Frankie Your tag is fab but I have to say I have been watching the slide show of your stunning garden whilst listening to your music. I feel very tranquil now. Thank you and happy WOYWW Helen 29

trisha too said...

That tag is really GORGEOUS, and what a fun post with your horses--
can't let my daughter see this, she would be a bit envious, I'm afraid!

:)trisha
#38

Tuire said...

Your tag is gorgeous and has the feeling from Angels and Demons.
Congrats to the young Champion!
Have a lovely day!
Tuire #42

Lizzybobs said...

loving your tag what a lovely picture too. Happy crafting and thanks for sharing your music too - think i will go back to sleep now thanks - feel all calm now lv Liz #45 :o)

peggy aplSEEDS said...

a very busy desk, that face you used is really lovely and yes, i think that fallen angel image makes your tag look quite dark.
happy WOYWW, happy Easter and thanks for sharing!
blessings and hugs from #19
peggy aplSEEDS

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...thats one amazing Tag you've created...LoVe it...thanks for sharing...Mel :)

Helen said...

What a weekend! Congrats to all of them - and you! Love your tag - I omitted demons from mine ... it will post later as I didn't do a combined TIO/WOYWW today! So glad things are good at the moment. Your desk looks fine to me....!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love your tag what a great theme - might have a try myself later. Love your proud Grandma photos too! Have a great Easter. Sunshine Girl No 57

Neesie said...

No wonder you're on a high with all the awards.
I'm a little confused with the pasta machine mention so will have to go back through your posts...I'm intregued.
The tag is amazing. Thanks for letting me share all your news.
Happy Easter and WOYWW ~ Neesie #32

Beckyt said...

what a fab tag and congratulations to your grandson :)

Thanks for sharing

Becky @68
x

Ann B said...

Huge congratulations on the win, must make up a little for the loss of the others, and well done to the boys who look super-smart in their riding clothes.
Fantastic job on the tag - I love it.
Ann B
#75

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ah, soft hand really is a natural born talent and something that is sooo hard to teach or pick up. I was a pony-mad girl when I was younger, permanently smelt of horse til I was about 18! If I pass a field with horses even now, I have to go and smell them. What is it about the smell of horses, or maybe it's the leather tack?? LOL Congrats on such a successful weekend and YAY to starting off your rosettes collection again :)
Hugs, LLJ #7
PS Your tag is fantastic :) xx

Nicks said...

Thats one fab inky desk! love the pictures of the kiddies and the horses, great to see

Nick (8)

jude said...

congratul;ations on the great weekend you had Weldone!As for your tags loving them and the images.
Have fab wednesday and creative week .hugs and Happy Easter Jude x 16

Artyjen said...

What a simply stunning horse and tag too ;)
xoxo Sioux

Erika said...

Frankie love your tag and a lovely busy desk. Great pics of the boys and congratulations to Jayden. Have a great Easter and have a great WOYWW.
Erika.

tracy said...

A huge congrats to you and your family! How wonderful!! That includes the 4 hoofed one too. :) I'm LOVIN' the tag - great job! Have a happy WOYWW! - warmly, Tracy #28

Miriam said...

Lot of inky fun going on there!!

Miriam
#107

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab desk, can't beat a spot of smooch ink. My son rides too, he wants to be a jockey, he's nearly 14 and has been riding since he was 7. Take care, & enjoy peeking at the WOYWW desks this week. Zo xx 78

Judie savage-lovell said...

good to see your grandson had a great time, love your work - thanks for the peep

Hugs
Judie no 121

RosC said...

Lots of work in this tag. Love that face too - is it a Judikins stamp?
Fine horsemanship there and lots of potential at that age. They look very composed.
Smiles,
Ros. #105

SuziesImaginarium said...

Lovely card! I really love the angel stamp! Hooray for red rosettes...and winning! Sounds like a great weekend, congrats! Thanks for sharing WOYWW #31

Terrie said...

Beautiful tag! So much creative goodness going on here...Happy Easter and spring from #woyww59

Danielle said...

Lovely tag-it was nice to see it progress. Congrats on your wins this past weekend! dani133

Suzanne said...

Lovely tag, I love the vintage look.Happy easter Suzanne #100

Twiglet said...

Oh lovely pony pics - well done! Your artwork is fab - so pretty. Such a cold snowy day here - I have been happily sewing and watching the snowflakes fall.

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous tag ... where did you get the large ones from pleeeeease??? Congrats on the successful weekend, here's to many more! x

Lizzie said...

Oh what a gorgeous little pony - no wonder he won Best in Show! And congratulations to your grandsons, for doing so very well in their first show of the season!

Great tag BTW. Very atmospheric. I like the purple in the background...

I popped over from Julia's WOYWW, by the way (my link is #117!)
Lizzie

BumbleVee said...

awww... well, done all of you at the horse show... and what a beautiful pony ...... lovely....

Vee
#156

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw Frankie, pride in every word, well done all of you, it doesn't happen by accident! Your desk looks pretty orderly from here - is it the angle or are you working tidy? Glad you've found some more time to craft, it's good for you!

Peggy Cain said...

Just hopping by to check out your desk. the tag rocks and congrats for your grandson happy Easter

Hardwick Creations said...

Wow! You have been busy...Love the tag. Thanks for sharing.

SophieNewton said...

Fabulous tag, I love all the detail. and congrats with the horses x
Sophie no.71

okienurse said...

great looking desk and I love the tag. It sounds like you ave been really busy! Hope you have a great Easter. Vickie #60

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Frankie, you've created a great tag, love the dark background and the images.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your tag is so spooky! It captures the Angels and Demons theme so well! I love what you've done with it Thanks for capping off with photos from the horse show. Everyone is having a dandy time and doing well!

Barb said...

I can't think of the proper term to describe how much I love your tag! It is creative; it is dark; it is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations to you all on the horse show!

contadinak said...

Beautiful work, and I agree with you - that stamp is to die for! Like a Botticelli!