Tuesday, 25 January 2011


We've managed to get some good crafting in, here in California and our main quest was, at the request of our friend Mary, to make a special card to send to a US soldier who has been very severely injured.
I made two cards, one of which will be posted out to him by Mary.
Maybe it's the American experience rubbing off on me as I've made Western style cards totally away from my style but it's great to have so many stamps and so much equipment at my disposal.
Mary's craft room, in her new house, is ginormous and has an island of 7 tables for workshops so we can spread out in comfort. I thought I'd died and gone to craft heaven when I first saw it. She also has a room dedicated to die cutting and cardstock and another for all her inks, sprays, and scrapbook papers.
Here's my area of my desk where I have just finished my cards
Call in on stamping ground, the blog of our general factotum and illustrious leader Julia who started us all on this crazy weekly owning up to the state of our work desks. This week I'm crafting in a far off land  in a crafting scene of wonder and joy!
We are having a great time on the run up to CHA in LA on Friday. Good food and too much of it, good friends and lots of crafting and today we visited a variety of craft shops in the area and made a dent in our luggage allowance for the return journey. There are lots of bargains to be had with discounts of up to 70% and many sale items. 
Lots of love to all at home in England!


Cardarian said...

Hiya Jo!

You made some lovely cards - ha, ha love your new style! It must great out there - huh what good shopping!! 70% off???? Well I guess that payed for the flight! :-)
Have a lovely time!!!

Carola Bartz said...

Beautiful cards, I love them and especially the first one which reminds me of the desert. And what a gigantic craftroom your friends has, wow! I'm glad that you have such a good time here in CA.

Hels Sheridan said...

loving those cards.. and WOW at the studio... tis amazing! Hels #6

Neet said...

It seems really strange writing this on your blog when you are stood a few yards away from me. Happy WOYWW'ing Jo!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Holy cow. I nearly died and went to heaven when I read there was a room for die cutting and one for her sprays and inks. What a place. And 70 % off is a bargain you could NOT pass up. I'm so happy for you. As for the food, now you know why we Americans are all so FAT!! And look at you at number 23. Isn't CA time great??? Happy WOYWW from #10.

Tuire Flemming said...

What a craft room!!! Love your American style ;)

Helen said...

What a space!! Have a great time at CHA.

Marjo said...

OMGosh, stunning crafting areas. Lucky lucky you!

Thanks for the peek and sharing. Hugs, Marjo #7, Happy WOYWW.

Susan Allan said...

Why not make western style cards..they make a nice change. I look again with envy at the enormous workroom.
have fun
Sue xx 40

Shaz in Oz. said...

Oh,how I love the cards..and so feel for the soldier for who the first one was made.. what great sacrifice they make.. so lovely and just adore the craft space..mm too much to chose from would be a dilemma!
Shaz in oz.x

Jinny Holt said...

Wow that is a mahusive craft space.

Love the cards

Thanks for sharing

Jinny #76

Artyjen said...

Fabulous desk space to make fabulous cards! Looks like a good time is being had over there....keep grabbing those bargains ;)
xoxo Sioux

Wipso said...

Oh Jo I bet your feel like you have died and gone to heaven. What an amazing space to play in. Think it does us all good to use stash we wouldn't normally use from time to time. Love the cards.
A x

joey said...

Hi Jo

Gorgeous cards and they will be so well appreciated.

Joey xx

Dotpat said...

Those cards as you know Jo are right up my street, love em. Glad you are haveing agood time

Sue said...

Hi Jo
gorgeous cards, oh my look at that craftroom,i can only dream of such a wonderful space, have fun,have great day, happy WOYWW sue,x (30)

Ciara said...

Well yee hah! I'm green with envy at your crafty shopping trip, there are always such great bargains to be had in the US. And you must be beside yourself with excitement at the prospect of CHA. Can't wait to hear all about it :-)

sasa said...

Heaven indeed - they just don't have small craft rooms there do they!!!! Wow - just indulge and savour!!!! Lucky you. Great cards and colouring too.

Sarah (sasa)

judith@poppy cottage said...

Wow Jo, what a craft room!!!She is one lucky lady. I hope you have a fab time at CHA, come back with lots of ideas, and tales to tell, Judith xx

Cathy said...

Fab desk, looks like you've good things going on.
Cathy xx

Doone said...

factotum, yay - marvelous word -

i miss the strawberries but I can see you are indeed in hogs heaven,

I do not envy you your card brief, soldiers have My Never ending Respect for the adjustment these young men have to make to overcome their original traumas,... well none of us that haven't been there can even start to guess, they show such determination in surviving and becoming psychologically whole again despite their physical devastation. let's hope for Peace some day for us All.

On a lighter note - can't await to see your new ideas and stash.

karen said...

Great cards! Funny how being there changed your style! It is a very Western looking theme!
Have fun at CHA! I am so jealous and will be living through you vicariously!
xoxo Karen

Andria said...

Great workspace, crafty heaven.

Angie said...

Have not posted a WOYWW ...just a proud nana one ..but thought I would drop by a few friends.
Love the cards ...as will the recipient. LOL over the stash/lugage allowance ....would it be worth getting rid of clothes ...maybe have them posted back as 'used clothes left behind'??????

Mrs A. said...

Craft Room? Where do I get my tickets. Love those 2 cards. Thney just oooze cowboys and dessert sun. Enjoy rest of your trip
Mrs A. #97

okienurse said...

Beautiful cards! Love the workspace. Vickie #59

MaggieC said...

That much space is phenominal, a room just for inks etc and another for die cutting. I would think I had died and gone to heaven. The western cards are beautiful.

Simply Shaz said...

Great cards for a great cause :) What a FAB room...Love it!
Hope you have a great time while you are away!
Shaz x

lisa said...

Is that a craft room or a craft house. Wow, Jo what a brilliant space your friend has. It sounds like you are all having a brilliant time. The cards are both great, America has sure rubbed off on your style!!!!!
Enjoy your trip and can't wait to hear all about CHA and what bargains you bring back.
Hugs Lisax

dizzy said...

love the cards and no some body who would love the one with the horse.

im so jealous of the room wow defo craft heaven hope i get a key to get in lol

missing you loads and cant wait to see your craft goodies you bought xxx

Vicki B in OP NY said...

Enjoy CHA - hope I can go there someday. Happy that you and your friend are enjoying the huge studio space! Safe travels,
Vicki - a little inkling 180

ANewYear said...

Lovely cards and for such a good cause.
I would sell my entire collection of Basic Grey DP for a room like Mary's.
Have fun at CHA.

CaroleB #135

Judie aka Craftymess said...

great space here, enjoy cha

thanks for the peep

Judie xx 158

Tertia said...

Enjoy CHA I am so jealous, I can just die! That craft room looks amazing!
Tertia 137

Nicky said...

What what a craft room, I would love to go over just for the craft shopping we have so few craft shops around - you cards lots lovely ~ Nicky 17

Tracey Brossart said...

Wow what a stunning craft room, I'm so jealous...lol! And isn't Michaels just the best and even better with coupons!!

Happy be-lated WOYWW and
Thanks for the peek! :D