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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WOYWW #359

Boy time flies! It's been a few weeks since I've posted - seems like only one week! If you want to know what WOYWW stands for, just click on the WOYWW button on my sidebar and all will be revealed!

I decided my stamp room needed a bit if a cleaning, so I got to work. It was quite a mess on the side of table where I sit, worse on the other side! I switched the white set of drawers with the black iris cart, and my Big Shot sits nicely on top. (before-top, after-bottom)

This is to the right of where I sit, the white drawers used to be on my right, now I've switched. The black Iris cart holds all my letter stamps.

Two more after pictures, on the other side of my table. The floor used to be covered with papers and things that fell on the floor. The red drawers hold my word stamps, and here I have identified and organized them.

Here are some more before pics:

and some after pics - obviously it still needs some work - but at least I have a spot to work on!:

I went on holidays to visit a friend in Niagara Falls (Canada) and I haven't really been in the room since, but I have done a couple journal pages (I have since written on these pages!):

I only brought watercolors and washi tape with me to Niagara Falls!

                                         Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WOYWW #354

Back again to peek at everyone's desk and projects! If you don't know about WOYWW, just click on the link on the sidebar!

Here is my desk as of this morning:

I have manged to do a little cleaning - but I do get sidetracked! I found this project that I had started many years ago. It is a card keeper and had each month written on each page, which had been folded to make a pouch for cards. I was looking for a place to stash my cards when I came across it, but the month thing wasn't working for me, so I decided to label the pages as to what was being sorted - ATCs, birthday cards, tags, friend cards, etc. The cover is a collage covered with Beeswax:

The inside looks like this:

Hopefully I will now get some use out of it!

Here are two more journal pages. This first one was a fun one!

I had heard the birds chirping away that day!

I have no idea how this next one came about, I was not thinking "cowboy" when I started! But I've always liked this cowboy stamp, and then of course, "horses" came to mind, and I knew I had a great set of horse stamps...I will probably journal in the middle section.

Well, that's it for this week! I will peek at your desks now! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

WOYWW #353

It's What's On Your Workspace Wednesday again! If you want to know what this is, just click on the icon to the right.

Here is my desk for today (actually taken on Monday) It's getting a bit tight - ready for another clean-up!:

I haven't been in my craft room a lot lately, kind of in a funk, so I thought I would watch Aaron on Imperfectimpulses, and just copied his page. He used Lumiere paints - mine were all dried up, so I did my best with adding water to the jars. His little pieces of paper were very small, I didn't have the patience for that! He used pan pastels to color his pieces of paper, I don't have any so I used oil pastels. I also added some butterflies and a scribble that my friend Marg gave to me - it's on a piece of acrylic film, and just sticks to the page. Here is the video:

and my page:

I don't usually copy pages, but I just needed to get going again. This page obviously isn't my style, but it did get me in my craft room! 

Then I went to my friend Marg's for a playdate and made this page:

Much better - more my style! I loved her two new stamps - I've been wanting these guys for a long time! The rest of the stamps are Dylusions. The background is Distress Inks, and the left side has been wiped with gesso because it was too bright.

These guys are from Stampotique

The next day I did this page. It started with gesso. Dylusions spray and Distress Inks do NOT work well on gesso! So after wiping a lot of it off,  I used craft paint. I got my inspiration from some paper that I had - I used it for the border around the edges.

and some close ups:

I thought the limitations quote was good because I was limited by the gesso!

My most recent page was done on Monday, I was happy because it was a beautiful warm spring day and the birds were chirping away!

Dylusions sprays, Distress Inks, Tim Holtz music mask, and various stencils.

Well that's it for this week, things are looking up, the weather is getting warmer, we "spring ahead" this Sunday, and hopefully I can keep journaling!

PS-I apologise for the graphic content of my last post, I have changed it. Thank you to those of you who sent your condolences. It was a really difficult time, and your support helped..

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WOYWW #350

Welcome back to What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday! If you don't know what this is, please click on the WOYWW icon in my sidebar!

It has been a rough week for our family. My brother-in-law passed away, and my niece was injured.  

Here is what my desk looked like this morning:

I did make a few cards this week, one a Valentines card for hubby. I wasn't sure he would be up to celebrating anything, but he's a trooper, and we went out for a lovely fancy Valentines dinner. He wasn't able to get out to get me anything, but when we got home I kept finding little valentines around the house (kids valentines left over from years gone by). Sweet.

 My first gatefold card. I use the "amour" stamp on every Valentines Day card I make for him.

I also made a Thank you card

which will go to the friend who is putting us up during the funeral, and a Birthday Card for my Mom, who turned 81 on the 12th.

Well, I hope that is the worst 2016 has for us, and everything from here on is smooth sailing. Thanks for peeking at my desk, and now I will go peek at yours!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Eleven Years!

February 5th marks the 11th year of this blog!  It is fun going back and seeing how my art has changed, morphed and grown over the past 11 years! I invite you to look back as well!

Many thanks to all of you who follow my blog - I know it hasn't been consistent, so if you are reading his - YAY! Thanks for hanging on! I will try to do better in the future!

Here's to another 11 years!

And I have my blog!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

WOYWW #348

Welcome back to What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday! If you don't know what this is, please click on the WOYWW icon in my sidebar!

I have good news and bad news. Bad news first - I lost my job of 5 months - no warning, no reason, just pack up your stuff and leave. I was devastated.  More bad news - I switched to Windows 10. BIG mistake. Nothing works right anymore, I have to reboot regularly, wish I never did it. Things I was doing before, with ease, either gone or much more difficult.

OK, now for the good news! LOTS more time to spend in my craft room! Not sure if I will look for a new job or not. It really bit into my stamping time, actually practically killed it, I was so tired all the time. Thinking of giving classes, maybe at Michael's? Any advice, personal stories around teaching stamping, is welcome!

And MORE good news - This blog will be ELEVEN years old on Friday! Amazing!!!!

Here is my desk today - actually room to work this time!

I've been taking an online class called Radiant Stamping Techniques from  Craftsy, a fun class, re-learning things I already know, with extra tips I didn't know! So I have made 5 new cards using some of the techniques:

1-background stamps, embossing, and metallic pigment ink

2- Smooshing 2 colors of Distress Ink  The trees were a BDay present from DD - Tim Holtz if you can believe it!

3- Distress Ink - 3 colors, die cut center, with stamps inside. It was tricky lining up the butterflies to match the holes, second try was on the orange panel, which I like better anyway!

4- Same technique as above, but I cut out the butterfly and popped it a bit

5- Tim Holtz birds! My DD gave them to me for my Birthday (OK- I asked for them!) I have very few "cute" stamps, a couple of House Mouse stamps, and now these (aside from my VLV grab bag stamps!) The words came from VLV. The technique is the same as Card 1

Two more cards (WOW! I'm on a roll!)

This one was for my Step-Father's Birthday. . .I used TH paper for this one, and his booklet of words

And this one for my DD and her BF, made with the stamps he gave me for Christmas. . . TH stamps, some background paper from Michael's, and TH words

That's all for today! Don't forget to leave me comments about any advice to give regarding giving stamping lessons - I'm open to ideas! Thank for visiting!