Tuesday 19 February 2013

Fame?! (WOYWW)

They say that everyone will have their 5 minutes of fame...well this week I had about 20 seconds worth as I was quoted in a Sunday Times Magazine article alongside a not very flattering photo taken in the lab at work! Fortunately only one person at work spotted it so I wasn't subjected to too much teasing.
Anyway, moving swiftly on, here is my desk as it was this morning, all neat and tidy with Alex sat watching annoying orange on the ipad. He thinks annoying orange is hilarious, although it isn't my sense of humour at all.
As my entry to WOYWW this is my desk as it was on Tuesday; covered in background papers made using my new Gelli Plate (Tim gave it to me as a Valentine's Day present!).  I have had loads of fun messing with the paint effects and had spread all my attempts out in order to choose which background I wanted to use. At the back of the desk you can see my limited collection of acrylic paints and my trusty mug of tea (almost empty and in need of a refill).  At the left of the desk is a fiskars shape cutting stencil, an embossed piece of card I used on the gelliplate and my smash book open at the page I was about to fill.
As many of you know I have been using my smash book as a diary of this year so the next page was about our pancake day fun.  I took a large photo of  a pancake for the centre of the page and used word art for the  title.  I then put little photos of the fun around the edge and annotated with my own handwriting. I am entering this into Kaboodle Doodles 'not a square' challenge.
The next page was of Valentine's Day when Tim took me out for a lovely Chinese meal (photos of the food at the top of the page) and gave me a beautiful bunch of flowers (photo at the bottom) as well as the gelli plate. For this I used a gelliplate background with two impressions and three colours of paint, and then I stamped over the top with script, music and hearts in fired brick distress ink before adding the photos (giving them captions where appropriate), part of the beer label, a peel off title and a Tim Holtz key as a finishing touch.  As a result I am entering this into SSSS 'metal-ology', Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 'I'm seeing red' and Month in Review challenges.
That is all from me for now.  Have a great rest of the week everyone.


Unknown said...

Wonderful scrapbook page! Love the heart in the center! Thank you for playing along at the FTTC.

okienurse said...

My husband says the same about the 20 seconds of fame...he can do without! It is a good picture though! Love the journal pages. I haven't really thought much about a gel plate and probably won't for a while. Thanks for sharing and have a great week! Vickie #28

Helen said...

Woo hoo, get you, m'lady!! Am amazed no more of your colleagues found it! Love the pic of Alex today, and your layout. Happy WOYWW Helen, 5

sandra de said...

Congrats on your 5 mins of fame and what a 5 minutes. I zoomed in and read the very fine print. Whole heartedly agree. I think it is a lovely pic of you and I think it should be scrapped in one of your amazing LO or at least put in your smash books. Always lovely to learn that crafters come from such diverse backgrounds and now we can add aristocracy.
Sandra @83

sandra de said...

Oops forgot to mention I love the gelli plate prints.
Sandra @83

Heathers Inspiration said...

A great article, its a lovely achievement and hope that will go in your smash book too?
Looks like pancake day was fun :0)
Great papers and creativity too
Happy WOYWW Heather # 72

Nan G said...

Gelli prints look good! Love your smash pages. Oh I love the humpy dumpies in the post below! They look so fun. Have a great week. Happy WOYWW! Nan 7

shazsilverwolf said...

Great pages & projects you have here!. Its awful when someone takes your picture and you don't get the chance to say' No you can't use that, delete it & take a better one', lol.Have a great week,Hugs, Shaz #91 xx

Anonymous said...

HEY! I saw that article! Nifty. We shall have to call you The Lady Dr from now on - I always thought women got a raw deal with the whole line of succession thing! Isn't Gelli Plating fun? I adore playing with mine but you don't half burn thru reams of paper saying "what will happen if I do THIS?" My DD loves her iPad too but we hae not been exposed to the Orange yet - she's very into the chat bots (AI based so it seems like they are talking to you) and tries to trick them into nonsensical answers. At least they are all about the typing and silent! Somehow I have my doubts the Orange is the same.....


MA (16)

Eliza said...


What a fantastic gift now that's one tuned in hubby, enjoy your gelli.


Lunch Lady Jan said...

Blimey, does this ,ean we have to call you Lady Skelmersdale?? Lol. How amazing to know your ancestors like that, regardless of whether you want the title or not. Our family all hail from Wales and are called variations of David/William/Thomas Williams...a complete nightmare when you're trying to search through the registers!!!! We were all. 'Agricultural labourers' !
I love the central pancake in the LO, it's just perfect :)
Hugs, LLJ 38 xxxx

Ann B said...

These Gelli plates are popping up all over and no wonder if you can get results like yours - very colourful.
If you were Lady Skelmersdale, or 'Skem' as its known near here, would we have to curtsy?
Thanks for visiting, just starting phase 2 of my desk hop.
Ann B

JoZart Designs said...

Love your experiments with the Gelli Plate and the super results especially your Valentine page. I am amazed at the teddie's skinny neck on the pic with Alex!
Do I curtsey now Milady? LOL!
love Jo x

scrappymo! said...

You are doing great at keeping up your journal...The pancake looks yummy!

I did not know you were a cancer researcher at Sheffield Uni...Well done you...such a much needed career!

ria gall said...

Congrats on your bit in the paper as you say nice to have a moment of fame
Everyone is going on about these Gelli plates I have never seen one so not sure what it is all about.
Love your pages
Wishing you a really great WOYWW
Ria #73

Annie said...

I Caro. It's lovely to see the results of your fun with your new 'toy'. :-)
A x # 52

Monica said...

What a busy desk. Sounds fun playing with Gelli plates they appear to be very popular. I do like how you are using the Smash book.

Michele said...

Caro.. this is great and I LOVE that you are doing a Smashbook!! Yay!! Thanks so much for playing along with our Month In Review challenge!!

MiniOwner said...

Your Smash book is looking really good. I love the pancake page - I might have to pinch that idea. :o) Thank you for visiting my blog earlier.Happy Wednesday :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@152)

Cumbrianlass said...

A great project, thank you for entering the Kaboodle Doodles Challenge

Anne said...

hi Caro love the backing papers you've made with the 'gelli plate' I keep forgetting to google it as I still don't know what it is. Lovely photo of Alex. Great pages in your journal etc. Happy WOYWW Anne x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Caro, I'm in total agreement with you ... a PhD is hard won so why would you want to give up the title of Doctor for anything else!

Pancake Day here was a disaster - my DH always makes the pancakes but this time he burned the lemon sauce and the pancakes were not up to his usual standard!?!?

Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment. I'm not at all organised in the usual way of things - in fact, I have practically a life time's worth of photos still to scrap. I came to scrapping late and now I find that if I concentrate on scrapping the old photographs, the more recent ones will never get done so I've decided to make a point of scrapping a few new ones as they are taken and fill in with the older ones, if you see what I mean.

Hope you had a happy WOYWW. Elizabeth x #58

Anonymous said...

How exciting to have your moment of fame in the newspaper! The background papers look fab!

Lauren x

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for stopping by, great photos, love the little bear by your son and I'll have to find out what a gelli plate is. Enjoy the week

pearshapedcrafting said...

Can't wait to get a Gelli-Plate! I'm booked up for an Andy Skinner workshop using one and I'm so looking forward to it! Your samples look so colourful! I love the way you are using your Smashbook - it will be a great record of your year! Thanks for visiting, Chris141

Lindsay Weirich said...

well, a real lady! That is pretty cool! How very Downton Abbey:) Love the monoprints too, I really want to try a gelli plate, I have done geleten printmaking in the past and enjoyed it! Happy WOYWW Lindsay #115

Krisha said...

You Gelplate prints turned out so pretty.
Krisha #21

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Caro,

Congrats on the article - and I think that's a great photo!

Gelli plates are popping up all over the place! Your pages look great so I'd say you definitely have the hang of it.

That pancake is HUGE.... was it really that big?

Thank you for visiting me already!

Peace, Kay #2

505whimsygirl said...

Oh Caro,
My comment didn't save and my battery is about to die....

I'd say you've mastered the gelli plate. They are popping up on so many of the WOYWW desks!

Thanks for visiting me already.
Peace, Kay #2

Craftychris said...

Loving your pages and the gelli plate backgrounds are fabulous! Alex is looking so thoughtful, bless him. Thank you for visiting me xx #138

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Fame is ok if you have earned it, and by all your hard work on your PhD you have earned it. I hope you can add lots of stories about your ancestors to the hard facts of family history. I am still doubtful about the Gelli Plate. I need to see more of it to decide whether I really need one. Thank you for your visit this week, and have a good time with your crafting. xx Maggie #42

The Gov. said...

Love the smash book idea! What a fun page! Thanks for joining us on the Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog!

April said...

I really like what you're doing with your Smash book. Congrats on the gel plate. April #130