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The wonderful world of Zoe is what I hope to share with you all here on my blog. Life isn't always easy, but then that's the case whoever you are. But no matter what each day brings I always try to start and end it with a smile - to look back and know I controlled my day, the day didn't control me!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Hello everyone, but especially hello to my new found friends that I met at weekend!

Well here we are, and Saturday seems so long ago now, but I'm still smiling as I remember what a fab time we had!
For those of you who haven't seen my post about our WOYWW crop, you can read and see the pics HERE.

Right firstly apologies for not getting back to many of you last week, Hydrotherapy is fantastic, but boy did it take it out of me, so I couldn't spend as much time as I'd liked to have done visiting all of you. It took me 3 days to recover, but thankfully I was well enough for the crop!  Had my 2nd session yesterday so here's hoping each 1 gets a little easier.

Okay so my desk (taken Tues before the light faded) - 

The aftermath of Saturday really, this is my 'baby' Smash book I was showing everyone, I made a start on some pages while there, but while I was at the crop I was inspired by Kyla (Lil'pidge) with her inks and from talking to Helen (Stamping by H) about this page in particular and how I wanted to see if it would take inks. Well I don't have that many inks, but I do have Melted Chocolate and Postbox red Dylusions so I had a go and the page handled it really well - didn't even seep through. I used a mask to create the sign and more ink through the mask then drew around the design with a white pen. I cut the page out from its original place in the book to go at the back because I want to say something about going out & exploring the world in the sign as a message to Keagan. At the back of the desk is a canvas and a butterfly punch, I was inspired by Pam (Pam's Space) who made a beautiful canvas while we were there, so I got this out so I don't forget to have a go for myself!

Closer look at my inked page, the diamond background is the original design and I'm loving how the ink has picked areas out and made the diamonds brighter.

When we left on Saturday Julia and Jan very kindly gave us goody bags, which contained chocolates, a beautiful mini/pin cushion and a little bag with some stash in to create something, our instructions were to make something with the stash provided and to post it on a WOYWW post, the thoughts behind was to see how differently we all used the stash. We could add/take away from it. Here's mine - 

So I took some bits away and added a few bits too. Messed it up so had to chop the side off but hey it's okay, it's the final thing that matters!

Okay I'll stop now, those of you who met me know I like to chat!

Pop over to the Stamping Ground  to visit our super coffee-making leader Julia for the key to the gateway of the world's desks! 

Take care Zo xx


Helen said...

Zoe, your Smash page looks fabulous (I may be converted after all, thanks to you!) and your card from the challenge bag is so good. What a great idea. I need to do mine soon before I see so many versions I am influenced... Hope you feel a bit (a lot) better today after the Hydro. Helen, 4

jill said...

Fab page in your book, love it. Beautiful card as well. take care jill #51

Anonymous said...

LURVE your card version. As you stopped by you can see mine is as it was when I walked out of the crop! Too much on my plate, I fear. Aw well, it was lovely to chat with you and good luck with the therapy. It sounds draining but hopefully it'll get better.

Love your baby Smash book - I think I saw it on your desk at the crop but now regret not getting my hands on it at the time. Ah well, missed opportunities....

Mary Anne (20)

Zeffy said...

Zoe it is always so inspirational to crop with friends...even though I never get much done,but the exchanging of ideas and views is always fun....I have mixed acrylic paints with water to make mists...they are not as vibrant ....but they work well Scraptastic 2013 I used sprays made with Luminarte pigments..they were fantastic!!
Zeffy 103

sandra de said...

Looks like you all had such a wonderful time at the crop. Love the page you have created.
Sa ndra @93

Jackie said...

Lovely work, thanks for sharing :)

donnalouiserodgers said...

ah that image is fab - and your work is stunning in real life (as one would expect) it was great to really meet people and press flesh eh?


dxxx a hundred and something (106)

Kate said...

Love how that sign has come out and a great card.

** Kate **

Gabrielle said...

Gosh! Love, love, love that journal page. Really think it's amazing! The card is fab too! Fancy getting a goodie bag - aren't they lovely to have thought of that?! Happy Wednesday #44

Li'l Pidge said...

Oh my, I don't think anyone has ever said I inspired them! Thanks :-x

Love your page, the colours are so rich and fabulous. Love the bits you added to the card also.

Glad hydro went well, you are right that it takes it out of you-it does u good though.

JoZart said...

Gorgeous journal page and you get a gold star from Miss for doing your homework so beautifully and quickly too.
I think that, after Dolores, I had travelled the furthest as DH took me to Donna's, Liverpool to Derby then I came down with her! I also reckon I must have been the oldest dude there too!
Jo x

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love your finished page that white pen really makes it all stant out doesnt it. Love your card too. Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl no. 57

emma mitchell said...

Hi Zoe your page looks gorgeous and the card is stunning.
Hugs Emma xx

505whimsygirl said...

So glad you had a great time at the Crop. Your card is lovely. I like the color combinations.

The sign on the first page looks great! I've wondered about making my own little Smash book - but is that just like a journal?

Hugs, Kay #18

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love what you've done with the card - that's so funky!! You shouldn't have mentioned the cut off side, it looks like part of the design to me!
And you should do more inky stuff, cos I love that sign in the book, it's so clever :D
Hope you are recovering ok after the hydro stuff.
It was so good to meet you on Saturday - I had the best day!!
Hugs, LLJ 56 xx

lisa said...

The crop sounds brilliant, I've seen so many piccies around blogland this week. Love the card you made with your stash and that journalling page is looking great. The sign really pops off the page. Have fun with it.
Good Luck with your therapy and Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #84

Daniella said...

I wish I was across the pond, so I could have been at the crop! Sounds so awesome!!!
First, I LOVE the mini smash book page!! Is that a stencil you used? I think is is awesome and I love dylusions!!
You made an awesome project from your bag!! Love the corrugated cardboard!

Gillian .... said...

Hi Zoe, your page looks fab, love the hanging sign, hope you have a good week. Happy WOYWW! Gillian #70

Anne said...

Your page is fabulous and I love what you did with the card. Clever you. it's obvious everyone had a wonderful time. Hope you not feeling worn out this week. Anne x #136

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Fabulous mini and card!
What a fun crop you all had :)
Hope your therapy is working and gets easier!!
mary Jo #115

Danielle said...

Love your mini Smash! You did a great job with the challenge. Dani#132

kay said...

lucky you meeting those lovely ladies,thanks for sharing the photos
have a fab woyww
kay #53

Paula Gale said...

so - you're doing altered art now to add to all your other talents lol... the page does look very good mind. I have alsorts of things that I don't know how to use - or have never met fresh air...

I love the card you made with Julia's bits and bobs. I saw another project somewhere and it's very different - which is the point of the fun isn't it.

Glad you got over the hydro for the crop - I know all too well how activity takes the stuffing out of you - at least we're here eh?

You take care - thanks for the visit (you are so efficient)!lol

Paula x x x

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous inkiness on your page Zoe, love the sign, it's great. Seems like you all had a whale of a time at the crop, how lovely to get together like that.
Thanks for sharing your creative space and that lovely card. Happy WOYWW and have a great end to the week.
hugs {brenda} xox #88

Erika said...

Hi Zoe it sounds like a great crop and what a great idea to get a bag of goodies and see what everyone makes. Loving your journalling page. I got a book for my birthday but I've yet to start it.
Hugs Erika. 59

Lynn Holland said...

Absolutely love what you made. What a great time you've had.
Lynn x

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Zoe
great to meet you too, I think we all agree it was a fab day. I'm not sure what a smash book is but your inked page is lovely, very subtle inking, just lovely. I haven't done my challenge yet hope to do it on Friday if my cold has gone and my mojo returned! I have become a follower so I can keep an eye on you now !!:)
janet #47

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy WOYWW. Loving the Smash Book page - I keep going on Ebay and looking at them, but then paid more off my credit card this month instead (I am so good!). I so wish I lived closer to civilization and could get out to events. A Goody Bag - that is wonderful. I love the card you made with it. Hope the hydro is helping you. Ali x #87

Gita said...

Sounds like you ladies had a fab time at your crop. Your journal page looks great, like the colors. Brigita #129

Darnell J Knauss said...

Lovely post, Zo, and so was your one about the crop on Saturday! I'm so happy for you that you were able to make it and join in on all the fun! Your take-away creation is so fantastic! It will be great to see what everyone does.

Your smash book page is STUN ning!!

Thanks for coming by to visit me earlier! Have a wonderful week! Darnell #35

Morti said...

Ooooh, hasn't that page turned out well? Thanks for showing your smash book to me at the weekend, I'd not seen one "in the flesh" before, so to speak.

I've also been inspired by Pam's butterflies - I've seen that done somewhere else before but forgot about it. The only thing that bothers me is having to dust it!!! I think it would work really well done in neutrals - from white through to black....

Thanks for stopping by!

Morti said...

Forgot to say I love your take on the challenge - not done mine yet, that's for next week!

Angie said...

That card is beautiful, love the colors and everything about it! Mind if I squirrel it away for future inspirations??
Angie #114

Anonymous said...

It sounds like everyone had a lovely time at the crop! I like your card -- the color combination is so cozy for fall or Christmas. Happy WOYWW from Laura #153

My name is Cindy said...

Smash bookpage looks great! And I lpve what you did the card, especially the little bits of ribbon (and I would have thought you'd cut the side off intentionally if you hadn't said! Happy 9belated) WOYWW Cindy

Dee's Craft Room said...

I sounds like Saturday was a lot of fun and I love the ideas you have bought away with you. The page you have created in your Smashbook looks amazing and I love you little project.

Hope this weekend is as much fun.

Dionne xx

butterfly said...

Sounds like the whole day was a real blast - and I love your "homework"! The journal page is looking just glorious - love the texture you've achieved with the inking. Belated happy WOYWW!
Alison x

Samantha Elliott said...

No! Do you really like to chat?!! I didn't get that impression at all Honey!
Love that page there you have created and your homework looks pretty...not done mine yet....I feel a scrapbook page coming on with mine! Let's see what the weather does this weekend ey?!
So, where/when do you reckon the next one is?

Tamika said...

Your card with the ribbon pieces is so cute!Your health and rest is more important than desk hoping right now take it easy!Tamika #124