Wednesday, 24 November 2010

It’s that day again!

For everyone that’s in the know, they’ll understand exactly what I mean by that, but for those that don’t have a clue what I’m going on about, it’s What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all converge on Julia’s Blog, grab a cup of coffee and join in the biggest and fastest growing weekly blog hop on the web.

Unfortunately I missed last weeks round of visits because I came down with germs, a really nasty chest infection that needed the help of antibiotics to shift it and I didn’t really feel like spending hours sitting in my craft room on the computer, which is what it now takes to get round to see everyone each week. But this week I’m feeling a little better, even thought it’s not gone completely and I intend to make a big effort to visit as many people as I can.

My photo shows the way I left my desk last night after a mammoth crafting secession………….I think it’s going to take me forever to get tided up after that lot!

As you can see, there’s a big muddle of inks, rubber stamps, papers and also evidence of my latest attempt to get some order into the way I store my unmounted stamps. I didn’t realize that I had so many Christmas stamps until I started to put them all together in an A5 ring binder……..and that’s without the big box of wood backed stamps.

There's a little pile of various cards on the back of the table.

The first is one that I had real trouble with, a Retro 60th birthday card.

I seem to always struggle with retro but luckily I remembered some papers that I brought ages ago for a Daring Cardmakers dare and came up with this.

Bright of what?

The next two cards are made using the new stash that I brought at Imagine That’s Forth birthday party on Saturday.

The gorgeous papers, die cut image, flowers and card candy on this 80th birthday card are all from Craftworks Cards new ‘Ooh La La!’ collection.
In addition I've added some stamping around the side edges of the card and flower using a new set of Artemio flourish stamps and a computer generated greeting.
The only other thing is that I decided to add a little colour to the image which was originally all sepia with my Promarker pens.

Next is a New Home card for my friend Tracey who lives along the road from me. She’s moving out tomorrow and I’m going to miss her loads. So will BoJangles because he goes to visit her and sleeps on her chair when I’m not around. Hope the new people like puddy cats because he's still sure to visit!

For this one I used one of the Craftworks templates for the first time, Bird ‘N’ Trees.

The last two card are Christmas ones.

I've used the beautiful Snowman Collection from Stamps Happen that I won earlier in the year.

I’ve chosen Light Blues and Lavenders to colour mine, using Promarkers and added a large Nesti snowflake and a Martha Stewart Snowflake border.

And finally, the last one is using a wonderful fun stamp from the Penny Black ‘Jolly Holly’ collection, again coloured with Promarkers.

Well, I guess it’s about time I made a start on clearing space on my table again so I can play some more today.

Oh yes, and there was one little bit of good news I have to share with you.

As some of you know, I’ve had problems with my eye sight over the last year due to a detached retina. The operation for that was a success but the outcome was that it caused a cataract to grow in my eye and ever since the op at the end of last year I’ve had very little vision in my right eye and have triple vision to go with it.
Anyway, I had to go to Moorfields hospital on Monday and I have an appointment to have the cataract removed in February, which should improve things immensely.

Right, I really am going this time and I’ll try and get round to as many as I can during the week.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Another Wednesday..........Another Workdesk!

Well, last week I was saying how mild the weather was and this week it’s the exact opposite.
I think winter has finally arrived with a vengeance because it’s now wet, cold and windy and I even heard someone on the radio yesterday saying they were taking their dog for a walk quite close to the area where I live and it was SNOWING. Can do without that I think!

Glad I’m all cozy inside and I’ve had a couple of nice, enjoyable days crafting this week, so I think I’m finally getting into it again after the upsets of past year.

I thought I’d take the photo from the other side of the table this week to give you a better idea of my space and behind where I’m standing is my computer desk and the filing cabernet where I keep all my card stock and some of my stash of patterned papers.

Here’s the aftermath of last nights crafting session……………looks like a bomb has hit AGAIN!

I’m still working on Christmas Card Orders and yesterday I made my very first step card……I’m getting so adventurous Lol!

It was made easier by the scrummy papers that I used……the MME Christmas Glitter Book and I also used my new Snowflake nestie for the first time too.

This one was made using the same MME collection of papers and the gorgeous Papermania stamp ‘A Christmas Carol’, which was a gift from a very dear friend……Thank You Lythan.

It was stamped and embossed in Gold twice and then I’ve coloured the baubles with Promarkers and cut and decoupage them over the top of the first image. The card and the topper have been coloured with Distress inks.

The last card is another step card but is still a work in progress as I still need to add the rest of the Reindeer to the steps.

The stamp I’ve used for this one is Stampendious ‘Prancer’, embossed in Gold and the papers are again from the MME collection.

This mornings task is to get all the inserts done for the cards that I’ve already made so far and then I can see how many more I need to make, so best get on.

Don’t forget to drop by Julia’s Blog and join in the weekly blog hop and thanks for stopping by my craft room.

I didn’t do too well visiting last week but I did get round a few so I’m going to make a big effort to get round a lot more before next Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

What’s On Your Work Desk Wednesday?

Isn’t it a beautiful day….the sun is shining which certainly helps lifts your sprits considering we’re into November now and would you believe that it’s 70 degrees in my craft room at the moment and there’s been no heating on today.
Bet your life it won’t last for long though and we’ll be talking about snow come next week, Lol!

Anyway, it’s Wednesday and that can only mean one thing…….What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday.
If you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, hop across to Julia’s Blog and you’ll see what it’s all about but for now here are the photos of my desk this morning.

It’s a rear occurrence for me to have the Pee Wee glitters out; mainly because I usually end up with more on me that I do on the project. As you can see from the picture today isn’t any different and the table is in a right old mess but I’ve been itching to have a go at a new technique I saw done at Ally Pally in September…….embossing with Brass Stencils and Embossing Paste.

I brought two different coloured pastes because apparently the results are totally different even if you use the same colour glitters over the top but so far I’ve just played with the White one.

Here’s a couple of close up’s of some of my efforts so far.

Well, thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog last week.
I don’t know about you but I’m finding it harder and harder to get round everyone now that we are into triple figures each week so I do my visits randomly and try to get around as many as I can. I’m sorry if I didn’t make it to yours but I’m sure that I will at some point.

See you all next week.