Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WOYWW #282

I shall delight a lot of folks this cold, dull morning ...... I have succumbed to making Christmas cards! 
I don't usually start until after Bonfire Night but, you see, I bought these stamps ready.... and well ..... you have to try them out to see if they work doncha!

You can see them at the side of my photo, still in the wrapper - I started sorting out my 'Christmas' box and then remembered ..... It's 'What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday' and I don't want to pass.  Visitors please note all the details are on the WOYWW tab at the top of the page.
Thank you Julia for hosting and enabling this weekly meet up between friends.
That's it then .... off to visit a few desks and then start the really hard work of trying out my new stamps, using up stash bits, testing out the old stamps, hoping the inkpads haven't dried out ...... such hard work!!!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WOYWW #281

Welcome WOYWWowers.  Any questions can be answered if you click the tab at the top of the page.  

I have a shortish post - but a happy one!

I am trying to clear down some of my rubbish, junk, scrap stash at the moment .... PJ has mentioned selling the house and I don't want to be caught out.  Theory is .... remove one box .... a day ....a week .... a month ....whenever .... but remove it!

Today I opened another box and started to sort ....

There we have it!  
What? you ask .... 
.... my Honeymoon!  
My first trip abroad ... Spanish Translator book, my notebook, fading photographs, receipts, postcards and lots and lots of memories!
Where in the box was all this? 

 In this cereal box!

..... and now this box is ...... ATCs 

and all the mementoes?

Most of them are chucked but some are kept ...... especially the two photographs of two little children ......
........the youngest of whom sent me this photo yesterday  ......

Now I am off to start my journal ......

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Found my glue gun!

I have been busy trying out something new, to me new, a technique that featured on this blog.
I haven't used my glue gun in ages, absolutely ages.  I saw the post on Yogi's Blog (Art of Yogi) and decided to try it out.
Woo! Hoo!  what fun!

Here are my 'drawings', hot glue used straight onto my worksheet.

Once they had cooled down, I peeled them off the sheet and placed them on some cream card.
I never stuck them to the card but sprayed some glimmer inks onto the card and and lifted off the stencils.  

Once the paint was dry, I cut an edge up into four ATCs, or nearest as I could!  This is brilliant!  I have wanted some small stencils for my cards, something dainty ish .... not being dainty myself ... ish!

Further thoughts on recycling led me to this container .... just the size for storing my new stencils.

BTW ... I have a whole pack of glue sticks!!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

WOYWW #280

This will be short and sweet today I am afraid ... all information about the whys, whos and wherefors can be found on the WOYWW tab at the top of the page.
I am busy getting my post ready to take to the PO tomorrow.  My desk is covered in cards of one sort or another and information regarding them will be, at some point in time, found on this blog or my ATC blog.
ATCs (Stamped and Coloured, Monthly swap, Stencilled) are finished and just need envelopes and stamps.  The cards on the right are also ready to be put in envelopes and sent to various swapping Groups, mainly my own CardWorkShop Group.
The ATCs in the centre of the photo are some paintings ready to go on a Domino ATC.  This one is not quite finished but I hope to get it ready for the post tomorrow, details will follow on ATC Wannabee as per usual.
Sooooo have a good week, hope the weather is kind to you wherever you are.
Thanks for visiting.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Plantlets update

I know that this is not cards but I have been asked how my little babies are coming along so I have taken some photos today for you all .....

Remember my lovelies arrived suddenly on 3rd September ....

.... and were transplanted into larger pots .....

Here are my babies today 10th October .....

.... some of the pots still have several plants in them .....

... lots of pots ....

.... and I have more babies further around the garden ....

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WOYWW #279

Good Morning!
Good Morning!  
Why am I so happy!!!  
It's been raining!  
My garden is loving it ....  and I have to stay in and ... craft!

I am trying out some ATCs that I have seen around the web .... painted text.

So here's the desk .... my desk....
I drew out the ATC shape onto my text page, actually pages from the local free paper!
Then I painted over the text pages, ignoring the drawn shapes, each one a different colour.  After they were dry, I drew some flowers - different ones on each card - and started to paint them in.  I shall show them on my ATCWannabee Blog.

So here we go on another WOYWWeek ....WHAT!?
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UPDATE: - Cards completed click here

Friday, 3 October 2014

CWS September Swaps

Another month passes by but this time it has been my first month as owner of this wonderful card swapping Yahoo Group.  If you would like to join in with our swapping ....  check us out -

Back to the cards .....

1 to 1

I pulled out the free papers kit and sorted out some paper, card and toppers.  Placing the paper which I cut to size, I turned the topper background one turn and then placed the image topper square on.
A little heart with a bow completed the card

CMW - Grey card with green embellishments + one other.

At last I get to use my super green peeloffs!!!!
I cut a page from my paper book to size and then placed my peel offs across the paper.  This is too easy to produce such a beautiful card.

I received this pretty card, damaged in the post but I placed the flowers back as I thought they might have been originally.
Thank you Pat.

Make a card with ... Buttons.

I have several of these small cards with 'windows' down the side so when I thought of what I could make ..... one of these cards can be used.  I found buttons to match, paper ribbon and a butterfly, just a matter of putting it all together.  I found a sewing thread to match the colour of the buttons, threaded a small amount through each one and tied it in a knot.  I tied the paper round the card and attached the butterfly at the top.

Follow that Sketch
I chose a sketch that was featured here - the blog is closed now but has kept open so that we can use their wonderful sketches.
Here is the Sketch.

I gave out the sketch with a couple of card samples.  If it was me receiving this challenge then the samples would help me to make a card.

These books of papers are a wonderful idea as you have several patterns within a colour section.

So I took a plain blue card, cut some purple paper with fancy edge scissors, and the two oblongs from the butterfly paper.  I tied a ribbon round the paper, and then attached the whole to the blue card.

I received this little beauty by return swap ......

Thank you Helen.  

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Swaps

From my free paper kit I managed to make another card.

This one was much simpler, a background cut to size, one topper matted onto blue card, two diecuts - one threaded with ribbon - and a sentiment from my stash.  Very quick but good!

I received this card back, Mary reckons it is made with wall paper - it is very beautiful!
Thank you Mary.

My colour card was pink and purple.

I selected two pages from my paper book, and cut some oblongs to matt onto the card.  The first layer being pink and followed by purple followed by pink ... I think you get the idea!!!!

I used a silver gelpen round each layer, basically cos it didn't look as though the layers were straight, but the layers still looked odd - must be looking through my wonky eye again!!!
I added the sentiment using peel offs to the centre layer, so made a small bow from silver ribbon and attached it to the top left corner of the card.

I received a very pretty card back with lots of butterflies, my favourites.
Thank you Mandy.

A very good month of swapping!

WOYWW #278

I am back home now and trying desperately to catch up with everything - unfortunately we have swapped ISP and cannot believe the problems we are having!!  Orange cannot find my mobile number, has errors on the system, has errors on my account  - I think they will say anything so that they do not lose the account!!

Now I have had the moan I will show my desk .......

Full of hopefulness ....
In the centre there are pictures ready to create 'The Owl & Pussycat' ATCs  ......only to reread the instructions and find it should be hand drawn!  lol  I doubt this will make me read instructions first!!!
There are also various purchases lying around ready to use.
So hopefully I will be able to sit and craft tomorrow - DH is with Lizzie (6201 Princess Elizabeth Steam Engine) so he won't miss me!
I want to sit and visit tonight, we now have a decent catchup on the TV so we will be seeing what we have missed while away viewing different scenery.
Thank you to my visitors last week and the great comments left for me.
Have a good week.