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!