Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!  After a day of rain yesterday, our sunshine is back so I am hoping to get outside and into the garden for a bit of tidying up and possibly a bit of berry picking as the blueberries are ready and I watched a blackbird helping itself to some the other day.  Never saw that before in all the years we’ve had the bushes so maybe they are just discovering a taste for them.  I left it for a couple of days to let them have some since there are two packets of blueberries in the fridge and I don’t mind sharing, but I would like to enjoy some of the homegrown ones before they disappear. Today is Wednesday so I am linking up to WOYWW with this post which is an ICAD round up of all 61 cards.

If you were interested in more ICADS, and want to know more, here are the posts so far:

Day 1-9 post is here,
Day 10-18 post is here
Day 19-27 post is here
Day 28-36 post is here
Day 37-45 post is here
Day 46-54 post is here
Day 55-61 post is here
and there are a few other individual posts scattered along the way, just search for ICAD and you’ll find them.

But first here is the current state of my desk – it’s a right mess!

This photo has a bonus desk included!  Not only can you see the really messy desk in the foreground but there is also a smaller writing desk in the background, complete with cat cameo appearance by Mr G.  That desk is under the window so it’s very popular with both of them.  They really like spreading out on the green cutting mat.  The main desk in the foreground is absolutely covered in stuff as I was busy working away on some journal pages, some of which can be seen in an unfinished state in the photo, but will appear in a finished state over the course of this month, including one that I posted yesterday.

ICADS 1-61

If this is the first of my ICAD 2021 posts you are reading, my concept for the series was to focus on watercolour pigments and colours.  Each of the 61 cards featured a different colour.  Many were pure, single pigment colours, and others were mixed convenience colours.  The other criteria I set for my ICADs, was to use any leftover bits and pieces, recycled ephemera, old die cuts, collage fodder, saved tissue paper etc and not use or buy anything new except the index cards themselves.  So there has been teabags, cardboard from cat food boxes, leftover diecuts, gift wrap, tissue paper, postage stamps, thread, yarn, found poetry from old books, gel print leftovers and so on.

June ICADs

July ICADs

June ICADs 1-30

July ICADs 31-61

And here are all 61 ICADs tucked away in their new storage boxes – see what they are made of here.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading!


index cards, watercolour paint, collage, book paper printouts, tea and coffee packaging, teabags, napkins, leftover die cut elements, watercolour scraps, black pen, white pen, staples, glue, fabric scraps,


ICAD – Day 1-61

WOYWW – #635 – What’s on my desk (I’m number #20 in the linkup!)  Happy WOYWW!

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Pat Brennan
Pat Brennan
August 7, 2021 8:51 pm

Enjoyed reading and looking at what you have been up to.
I haven’t been active on WOYWW for such a long time and I lost my Artistic mojo ages ago. I am hoping for inspiration looking at prolific artists like yourself.

Lilian B #10
Lilian B #10
August 7, 2021 3:24 pm

Lovely work and so colourful I can see why the cats like to rest on you desk,

take care and stay safe.

August 5, 2021 7:29 pm

I love your beautiful ICADs, Elle – they make a lovely show of colour, and the doodly tea boxes are a triumph. I do love recycled/upcycled projects like that.

Thank you for your lovely comment, and I’m glad you enjoyed your visit this week. I did another video of the kitties coming in for their tea today and I’ll probably upload it for next week – it features Ruby playing with the suds in the sink again! Thank you for the gel press link – definitely one to follow up on. I haven’t heard of the dish you mentioned and that’s another definite to follow up on too! Thank you – you’re a mine of information this week! I’ve had a very busy couple of days but will get to it eventually.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi, Lily and Ruby x #11

August 5, 2021 6:19 pm

Hi Elle, my very first thought about your desk scene was Oh My Gosh she better hope he doesn’t decide to hop spots… I could just see everything going ahead of his paws like an avalanche. 🙂 ~Stacy #31

August 5, 2021 1:23 pm

Wow Elle, that’s an amazing way of recycling boxes I popped over and had a look, I need to hang my head in shame, I use them as is! No fancying up here! No time! But yours looks so nice, well done on iCADS and the containers! Brilliant post.
Thanks for popping over and saying hi too. Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

{Wonderful Words of Life – Shaz in Oz}
{Calligraphy Cards – Shaz in Oz}

August 5, 2021 11:49 am

I enjoyed your tea bag box tutorial very much, that’s the sort of thing that’s within my grasp! I love the white flowers on the dark backgrounds, it works so well and they’re the perfect storage for the cards. A win-win solution. Love the cat cameo too, lol!
HUgs LLJ 5 xxx

Carol N
Carol N
August 4, 2021 11:00 pm

Wow! That is an amazing collection! And such variety! Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful week!
Carol N #29

but that was my name - BJ
but that was my name - BJ
August 4, 2021 9:35 pm

I’m a bit behind the times so had to link to a few of your other pages to work out what ICAD actually stood for doh! Love the way you vary each one by colour, but I’m a colour freak so not surprising there. Super work. #Happy WOYWW BJ#24

August 4, 2021 8:25 pm

Your Icads are amazing, a huge well done! I’d have to change my tea brand to get the same boxes, I really like them. Angela #15

August 4, 2021 7:41 pm

Hi there. Oh my – I think I need to go lie down – all that work – I’m exhausted just looking at it. Well done.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #8

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