Wednesday, 8 June 2011

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday Year 3 (#105)

Well, what an exciting week it’s been.

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday has celebrated its 2nd birthday with a worldwide PIF (that’s a Pay it Forward of gifts for those not in the know) and it’s all thanks to Julia over at the Stamping Ground.  And because it was such a special week I even made a big effort and managed to get round to everyone for the first time, but I think it will be a one off because it took forever and a day. 
I admire you girls who manage it every week but I'm afraid I'll be going back to my random visits, by looking to see what number I am on the blog list and then visit everyone who's number ends in the same one as mine. That works well for me and it usually means that I visit different people each week.

Anyway, emails have been flying backwards and forwards us we've all been waiting with bated breath for Mr. (or Mrs.) Postie to deliver our awaited treasures.

I’m pleased to report that my wait ended yesterday when a little surprise dropped onto my doormat and inside was this lovely little card and pretty mini wooden tray/hanger from the very talented Ali.

Thank you so much Ali, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

I love that each of the little sections behind the flowers and the bird are covered in what must be hundreds of tiny little blue seed beads that make such a lush and sparkly backing and if you look closely at the picture of my desk this week you can see it hanging from the shelf where it will live until I find somewhere better (and safer) to hang it.

I think it’s also safe to show you gifts and cards I made to send to Teresa and Julia and it’s very strange because I used the exact same colours as Ali did for my gift.

I’ve made them both wall hangings that are the same, but different.

This one’s Teresa’s:

And this one’s Julia’s:

I can’t actually take full credit for the design because the idea came from a class I did at a local craft shop last year.
Mind you, I didn’t have all the materials we used in the class so I’ve had to improvise.
The first thing was the canvas for the base.
Julia’s one was fine but when I came to do Teresa's one do you think I could find a square canvas the size I wanted, not on your life. In the end I had the idea of covering a chipboard square with canvas photo paper and it worked perfectly. I also had to use the canvas paper again on one of the smaller squares and was worried that it wouldn’t emboss properly but that
worked out fine too.

They were great projects to work on and it was fun getting messy with alcohol and distress inks, as well as playing with metal and embossing folders. Throw into the mix some acrylic paint and beads and you can imagine what my desk was looking like on that day, suffice to say, you couldn’t see it Lol!

The cards I made to go with them were both the same.

I’m loving these easel fold cards at the moment, so thought I would have a go at a different shape. As you can see, I’ve based the design on the wall hangings.

So back to my desk this week and on it you can see the working of a card I’ve made for the Daring Cardmaker’s challenge this week. You can see the finished card Here.

The only other thing that might be of some interest is my big box of eye shadows. They were a bargain buy after Christmas a couple of years ago from Superdrug and I use them as chalks. The colours are great because they are real dusky shades and not colours that I’ve ever seen in chalks.

Well, that’s it from me and I’m sorry that this turned out to be a long and picture heave post but I had so much I wanted to share with you all.

Have a great day and…………
Happy Crafting!


jude said...

Sue what gorgeous pif gifts you created.Never thought of using eye shadow for chalks im sure i have big box i received few years ago and the colours are not me may just have to hunt it out!Thanks for the tip!
Have happy creative wednesday
hugs judex2

NatashaMay said...

Amazing PIF's! Love the storage on your desk. :) Happy WOYWW!

sasa said...

You are well matched in the tones indeed - great PIF and your hangings look superb. Great makes.
Have a good WOYWW,
Sarah at 7

Sarpreet said...

gorgeous PIF and you are both talented, a very busy desk, beautiful workspace, thank you for sharing, Happy WOYWW 105, #22, (please do check out my blog candy)

Kathleen said...

Wow you have been creative, love your hangings.
Kathleen x

Ali said...

Oooh so glad it arrived safely and that you like it! :)

Your wall hangings are lovely... and I love the twisted easel card. Will definitely have to have a go at one of those.

Thanks for joining in with the PIF... it's been great fun! :D

Ali #73

fairyrocks said...

Gorgeous work Sue, Lovely cards and creations.
Keep smiling and creating

lisa said...

The pif you received is beautiful, Sue, it looks great hanging in your room and the ones you sent are a real work of art. I love all the detail. It's been fantastic seeing what everyone has made and received today. There's been a lot of talent and love flying about the place hasn't there?
Hugs Lisax

Angie said...

You have made me feel so guilty that I didn't play ....your pieces are so beautiful...AND... you made more than one ... your gift you recieved is pretty too. ...xx

okienurse said...

beautiful pif's it is interesting that you chose the same colors to use to make the pif as the person who made yours...Thanks for sharing. Vickie

Anonymous said...

Your PIF given and received are gorgeous. Like you don't get round many desks each week - admire all who do though. Ended up with no internet last weekend so didn't manaage as many as I had wanted on that special week. Brilliant what I saw though- great fun.
Thanks for visiting me - (39)
x Tricia

Lisa-Jane said...

I LOVE those colours, the cards are so pretty too.

MaggieC said...

I do not know why I did not think about using eye shadow as chalks - it is a technique Shaz (Silverwolf) told me about a couple of years ago. Must put into my brand new ideas book. Those pressies are really lovely.

MaudMartha said...

Hi WOYWW friend, don't know what happened to my first comment but I can't see it. I'm so lucky to receive this fantastic PiF gift from you. It is so well made and your attention to detail is brilliant. It will hang proudly in my craft room for many years to come and I will always treasure it. Thank you so much. Love and Hugs, Teresa xx

Anonymous said...

Amazing and beautiful PIF gifts, both sent and received, love the colours and isn't that weird that they're almost the same colours! Great "eye-dea" with the eyeshadows as chalks too!

Brenda 90

Serendipity Stamping said...

ALL very sweet "tweets". #100

Becky said...

gorgeous gifts both created and received. Thanks for stopping by my desk last week, I'm sorry it's taken so long to get back to you, that work thing is rough. :) And I like your easel card (told you, I'm working backwards!).

Jackie said...

Hi Sue, lovely to see you again. So glad to see you crafting again too :)Your desk looks fab as do the gifts you made (but then again, I wouldn't have expected anything else ;))

Take care xx