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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WOYWW - A blogging break down, but I am back again!

Hello dear bloggy friends!

I have been away for a very long time! Lots of things were the reason - I think I had a blogging break down!
It was the Brexit vote that hit me hard and then it was other things and somehow I just couldn't get up to blogging! I did try - many Wednesday mornings I sat down to write something for the WOYWW post but I just couldn't do it! We also went back to Slovenia and it was busy times there and now we are finally back and I think I can start again! My daughter and her boyfriend has been here with us for two weeks which has made me really happy! They will be leaving tomorrow but I hope they will come again soon!
Even though I didn't blog I did do my crafts! I have made lots of cards, even did some art journaling and of course ATCs which seem to be my favourite lately!
Anyway it is Wednesday and the first thing to do is to show what you have on your desk! Bare with me for a little explanation... Last week we spent a few days with my lovely friend Jo and her husband Dave in Liverpool! She has given up making cards and stamping and is now more interested in sewing and making quilts! So I inherited a huge amount of stamps that she has been collecting over the years! They are lovely stamps - some brand new but lots of them lovely but very, very dirty! Anybody who knows me knows I am not one for dirty stamps so I now have this big task of cleaning all the dirty ones. I bought various stamp cleaners but as my dear friend Jo recommended Oil of Olbas is the best for the job! And it does work miraculasly! So here is the pile I have already managed to clean....

This is how the oil works....here is a before cleaning picture...

and this is  after cleaning.....

I still have a lot to do -  a big Boots bag full and also a big box of stamps that still need to be done! And there is another box that was left in Liverpool that I will get later as I couldn't get everything in the car! It is a privilege to have been given all these stamps and I am ever so grateful - I think I will never have to buy another stamp in my life! Or will I???? :-) 
Here is a couple of my recent cards...

a wedding card....

A card and a present  for my daughters boyfriend...

and another 2 birthday cards.....

So there that is me done for today! I am now back in blogging mood so you will see more of my blog posts! In fact the next one will be tomorrow about my daughter visiting England!
A big virtual hug to all of you, have a lovely day and keeeeep craftiiiiiing!
P. S. Don't forget to link up to our WOYWW HQ - Stamping Ground where our queen Julia resides!


  1. Hi Dolores, what a wonderful gifting that was. Very useful tip about the Oil Of Olbas too. The Bleeding Art Tissue I've been told is also available in Hobbycrafts, as well as via Amazon. It really is so much fun- I've been doing more today, lol, as well as some on watercolour paper. Lovely cards, and it's so nice to see you back. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #6 xxx

  2. Tole sem ti totalno fouš. Cele škatle ustvarjalnih pripomočkov...Veliko uživanja ob prebiranju in čiščenju ti želim. Tvoja zbirka voščilnica pa zelo lepa. Se že veselim novih objav!

  3. So good to have you back in Blogland! Sometimes we need to step away for a while.....I took the summer off, only blogged one day a week for T Stands for Tuesday, and missed even that more than once.
    I haven't gotten back to WOYWW ...yet
    How wonderful to inherit so many wonderful stamps.
    Your cards are beautiful.

  4. Hello and welcome back to the fold. You have been missed but that's the way things are from time to time. Life just gets in the way and that's fine cos as you can see we have gone nowhere and it's always lovely to see you. Gorgeous cards as always Dolores.
    Have a great week.
    Annie x #13

  5. How lovely of your friend to give you her stamp collection and those are great cards.

  6. Happy WOYWW and welcome back. I love all of your cards - and what an amazing gift of all of those stamps. Good luck with the cleaning and I look forward to seeing more of them. Ali x #10

  7. Glad to see you back, in all senses. the cards are gorgeous! Lucky you being given hose stamps from Jo. Helen #1

  8. So good to see you back on the desks!! How lovely that Jo has given you her stamp collection, she knows you'll use it well! You've made some beautiful cards already :-)
    Take care, sending hugs,
    LLJ 11 xxxx

  9. Gorgeous cards, have fun with the stamps and a great woyww. Happy crafting, Angela x 19

  10. Hi there Delores! I'm looking forward getting to know you. Your cards are beautiful. I'm wondering if I can find that oil here in the states. Very kind of your friend to gift you her stamps.
    Chris #24

  11. Wow that was a lovely lot of stamps your friend gave to you. Your cards look lovely. Glad to have you back.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #30

  12. I love your cards and the wrapping job on that present! I don't see how your daughter's boyfriend could be anything other than stunned to receive it. Have a great week! Heather #39

  13. Oh No! The Brexit vote was definitely not well understood from what I understand! How stressful it must have been for you when it passed. I have promised myself no more politics this year but I will say this…We have really run across a bunch of stupid politicians recently here in the states and elsewhere. I love those stamps. I used to worry about my stamps being uber clean but gave up when I found out major players like Tim Holtz etc don't clean their solvent ink stamps. Thanks for visiting my desk earlier and leaving a comment. Have a great week! Vickie #2

  14. welcome back and lovely to see all of Jo's stamps have gone to such a wonderful home. I am sure you are going to create a storm.
    sandra de @7

  15. Draga D. pozdravljena in dobrodošla nazaj.
    Lepe voščilnice si ustvarila. Za Jana mi je še posebej všeč.
    Tega čiščenja se pa tudi jaz ne bi branila :). Pozdravček iz Ljubljane.

  16. Amazing how you got that stamp so clean - surprised Jo had let them get so dirty!
    Love your cards but that wedding card - it just blew me away - gorgeous!
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  17. That is a brilliant collection of stamps. I had a closer look and some of them are quite collectable now and almost impossible to get hold of. Thanks for the visit to mine, have good crafty week and great woyww, Angela x 17