Tuesday, 11 September 2012

WOYWW 171

WOYWW 171
Plenty of space still on my desk but also quite a bit of mess as I have been splashing about with inks and paints whilst working on my altered book. 
Wondering why I'm showing my crafty desk, mystified, confused, curious or just plain nosey???... then......
Julia will open the gates of the Stamping Ground if you click HERE and all will be revealed.
A couple of my prepped pages of the book on my desk....
they still need some images or words...
The one open on my desk is nearly finished...
I decided to fill the niches with seed heads, beads, bits and bobs.

Another WOYWW meet up!
Yesterday Neil, of Neilz Expressionz who was up North to relocate his student daughter on the next phase of her degree in Preston, drove out of his way, through rush hour traffic, to meet up with lil ol' me in Liverpool City Centre.  It was a fairly short get together with coffee and as much gabbing as we could cram in before Neil had to rush off on his 5 hours journey down South to Kent. 
It was so lovely to meet such a talented guy and even lovelier that he really took so much trouble to make it happen. 
Thanks so much Neil and thanks too for my super card and generous pack of fabulous goodies which includes some  superfine detailed woodcuts of Neil's own designs.
This week the power of WOYWW works it's magic again as I'll be heading South with Donna to visit Jennie at the Artistic Stamper for a workshop! Woo hoo, can't wait!

44 comments:

Angie said...

Those prepared pages are stunning and the bead work in the niches of the other pages is so very beautiful. Glad you had fun with Neil and I hope you have a great time with Jennie too. xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm always amazed at your awesome art, and these niches are perfect. Just the things to include in a niche, I might add.

Lucky you that you got to meet Neil. and now you get to visit Donna and have a workshop with Jennie. How much better can you get?

Sorry I didn't visit last week. I tried twice and each time my computer froze and quit on me. It's been a very frustrating time, but I wanted to be sure to say hi today! Happy WOYWW from #2.

Neet said...

Love your niches Jo, and a lovely photo of you and Neil on your meet up.
What a jet setter you are this year, trips galore and you still have the ones with Donna coming up. Make the most of them all whilst you can - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Hugs Neet xx (just behind you but cannot remember the number)

Danielle said...

It sounds like you had a short, but sweet visit with Neil. And he brought you gifts, how nice. The woodies look so intricate. I would love to see how you use them. dani #18

scrappymo! said...

Your pages are just gorgeous...love the addition of the beads!
Lucky you to have met Neil for coffee and to get such lovely gifts....I always thought he seems like such a gentleman and now I am convinced!

butlersabroad said...

Amazing pages Jo, I especially like the first one with the gold sunburst, don't think it needs anything else! Love the addition of the beads and seed heads, inspired. Wonderful to meet up with Neil, and I agree with Scrappymo, he has always seemed like such a gentleman and a lovely gentle person too, that's how I see him anyway!

Hugs
Brenda 3

sandra de said...

Such beautiful pics of your pages love all the texture your have created. Are they real poppy pods? Lovely to see theUK woyww's meet up and share the pics. Enjoy those fab goodies.
Sandra @23

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Jo,

Your pages are amazing! I love the color combinations and all the dimensions. And how great to meet Neil; he is one talented guy. And he came with gifts! Lucky you!!! I know the excitement of meeting a fellow WOYWWer - there's nothing like it!!

Happy WOYWW
Hugs, Kay #33

Judys Fabrications said...

Love those pages Jo, and to meet up with Neil. Even though I'm so far away from you, the WOYWW'ers seem like friends now!Neil is a clever man isn't he, and nice with it!
Judy

sandee said...

I'm getting quite jealous of all the meet ups that are happening and I have yet to have one, pouting is just not attractive on a woman my age, lol But I am glad y'all got to have a coffee and talk, and what lovely goodies he gave you! Awesome! waving the #50 from the hills of North Carolina :)

Krisha said...

Your pages are really an inspiration, love the beads, have tons of them and have never thought to use them in my journal. Thanks for sharing!
Krisha #50

RosA said...

Those pages are gorgeous! I love all the colour combinations you have used! Happy WOYWW, RosA # 35

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Jo what a super post so much scrummy loveliness in your gorgeous pages you do colours so well and imaginatively and so excellent you were able to meet up with Neil. I saw the arrangements on WOYWW comments last week well done you! oh, and have great time with Doone (as if I need to say that)!! and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #25

May said...

Stunning artwork on your pages Jo, the colours are AmAzing.. How fab to meet Neil for coffee he is such a lovely man and his work is Fabulous great pic of you both... Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x#65

Bella said...

Stunning pages and I love what you added to the nishes.Neil is such a generous guy and I love his new stuff he gave you. I love the fact that WOYWW has made us friends all over the world and that he made all that effort to meet up.

Tuire Flemming said...

The pages are gorgeous! I really love them. Glad to hear you had some great time with Neil!
Hugs
Tuire #80

Helen said...

Love your journal pages, gorgeous colours. How lovely of Neil to make the effort to come and meet you - I met him at the Craft Barn earlier this summer. Have a good week, Helen 20

Redanne said...

Hi Jo, your pages are absolutely stunning, loving the niches and how you filled them too! How lovely to meet up with Neil too, lovely pic of you both. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #82

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

Wow what a gorgeous art journal. Love the metallic sheen and the rainbow of colours. How exciting to meet Neil, you lucky gal. Enjoy your retreat with Donna :) Pxx

mamapez5 said...

I love the colours on your pages and the seeds etc. Sounds like a good meet-up with Neil.I hope you enjoy the workshop this weekend. I'm sure you will. Kate x

lisa said...

Love Love Love your stunning pages, Jo. Those beads look amazing.
Your life is just one social crafty whirl isn't it!! I'm so envious of all these fellow WOYWWers you get to meet. Have fun at Jennie's.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #88

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Absolutely stunning pages. I love the touch of gold. I would have a room wallpapered like that if I could get away with it :) Lovely to meet Neil, I bet. I do enjoy my visits to his blog and all his projects. Having just gotten back from oop noath myself dropping DS off at Uni )Scotland, so waaaay oop) I sympathize with him - still you got to meet up so it's all good!
Mary Anne (1)

Annie said...

Another fab meet up thanks to WOYWW....doesn't Julia have a lot to answer for? :-)
And as to your artwork....wow wow wow.....it's truly wonderful.
Hugs,
A x

donnalouiserodgers said...

the book is looking brilliant,

you might want to bring purple with you to the work shop!!! ha ha (Jennie will have the full spectrum don't worry)

one day we will maybe tempt you to use other colours!!!

I am at work later, and will be chatting with Lizzie later tonight to finalise trip ETAs - will mail you after with confirmed times etc. I did email you yesterday - the emailed departure time is still what we are aiming for


dxxxx 106

Helen said...

Hi Jo What fab pages. I love the inclusion of metallic paint. It really makes for some opulent backgrounds. I also love the seed pods in their little cubbies! I wonder what people will make of all our efforts in years to come. How fab to meet a fellow WOYWWer! I am so sad to be missing the get together in October. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 5

House of Bears said...

Wow, we love the background page, wonder what you'll fill it with.

The bears @#113

butlersabroad said...

I had to pop back re your comments about Lake Michigan. I think the one thing I thought of the most while I was up North was that I can't believe that in as little as 2 months that whole area could be covered in snow! It averaged 85F the week that we were there. Hard to imagine such an extreme of temperature!!

Hugs
Brenda

Carola Bartz said...

Your papers are stunningly beautiful, Jo - yummy!!!

SueH said...

Oh Jo, those pages are just amazing and I absolutely adore the Purple one you’re still working on. In a way it’s a shame they are hidden away inside a journal. And how lucky are you to have meet up with the very talented Neil. I think of him as our very own Timmy, Lol!

Drop by my blog and you may be lucky in my birthday blog candy draw…………whatever it turns out to be!

Happy Crafting!
Sue @#117
x

Twiglet said...

Beautiful, beautiful pages - don't know how you do them but you certainly have the knack!! Great to meet up with that clever crafter Neil too. x Jo

Tertia said...

You are all so very lucky to get to meet so many of the talentedWOYWWers! I am very jealous! It sucks to live on the other side of the world.
Lovely goodies you got from Neil.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #48

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the dimension on your pages. The niche is filled with loveliness. I like how it all just flows from one thing to the next. That is so exciting that you got to meet up with Neil! Meeting up with our fellow crafters must be fun. I'm a bit out of the way for anyone to be popping by!

Annie said...

Wow Jo just love your book. I am hoping to alter one soon. What a fab city to stay in. I have friends in Merseyside and had a great time. TFS

Annie x your newest follower

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love the colours and bead details...gorgeous! And how fab to meet up with Neil, spreading the WOYWW goodness a little further :D
Hugs, LLJ #73 xx

Glenda said...

How wonderful that you got to meet Neil! He is such a talent and how very nice that he came to visit with you! Living across the pond makes it very unlikely I will ever get to meet you guys so I will just sit here and drool at all your lovely works!
Glenda #108

Katie said...

Love the colors in your journal pages! Beautiful!!

Katie 40

trisha too said...

Your pages are GORGEOUS, so rich with colors and textures. And how fun that you got to have a meet up like that!

Happy WOYWW!
:)trisha, #144

Frances said...

Your altered book is just amazing. I love the color and texture of the bits you put together. Your work is very beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing about your great meet up, very exciting to meet a fellow blogger. You are so cool. Have a great week. Frances #136

toni said...

Oooooooooooooo! I love those pages beautiful colours and love the bling those niches are superb gorgeous work xx toni

Dotpat said...

Another smashing post Jo, your book looks great. Hope you have a great time at your workshop

Sue from Oregon said...

Great post this week Jo...so cool to meet fellow WOYWW-ers

RosC said...

Hi Jo,
Great journal pages with juicy colour and 3D textures - sumptuous. The seed pods are an interesting idea which I will tuck away.
How lovely to meet Neil. I did something similar with Neesie (Denise) this week when I was up in town on Tuesday. It was great fun and we talked the handle off the ringer!
Cheers,
Ros. #157

Eliza said...

Your journal pages are amazing and brilliant, love the colours you have used and the gold just sets them off perfectly. How wonderful for you to meet up with Neil and have a cuppa, now that is something special.

Happy WOYWW
Eliza #88

Jojorenee said...

I love the purple in this! Tamika #162