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Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Right, this desk shot is going to be a bit of a shocker. All of those joining us from The Stamping Ground will find this hard to believe.😲
I decided it needed a complete clear up, and cleaning- I had a few rainbow stripes at times, as stray Brusho crystals got activated!
But as we are off on our holibobs tomorrow, I thought it ought to be done. So that's what it's going to look like for the next 10 days, but I'm sure it won't last past us getting home again.
There has been some stuff done in the last week- that canvas I was working on is very almost finished- these are some wooden pieces I wanted to add.
Sprayed with a mix of Dylusions and Distress sprays, and a Cosmic Shimmer pearl one for good measure.
I'd added some paste through a Tim Holtz stencil.
Then stuck down my various pieces using Glossy Accents. Apart from the clock face- that has silicone glue so the spinner will still turn.
I'm just going to add some runs from the top with diluted ink once this is all dry, and then I think I'll call it done.
Well that's it, I'll be round to visit as many people as I can today, and I shan't be joining you next week, but I'll be back the week after.
I'm sure this will make a few of our WOYWWers laugh!
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
It has a few things on it, to be honest. First off is this fab Dragon, kindly sent to me by Sue Dyer (Graceful Greyhounds) , when I admired a dragon on her desk a week or two ago.
He's smashing, thank you Sue.
Then I started work on a couple of canvases. I keep saying I'm going to, and I have two ideas in mind, but I'm only right at the start of the process.
The first one so far has had a mix of yellow & orange Acrylic paint spread on with baby wipes.
That's as far as I am with that one at the moment, as I'm more concerned with getting the second one done, as I'm planning on adding it to Eldest Sons Birthday pressies, and that's the end of July.
And I'm already on to Plan B, as Plan A didn't work as well as I hoped.
The canvas has been coloured using the ink & shaving foam technique. Wasn't sure how well it would work, but it works fine.
Used an assortment of blue Distress Inks, and as I had plenty of usable foam left over, also covered 3 sheets of card.
Still had foam left, so I tried something else. Patting it through a stencil.
I did try spreading it, and dragging some off, but you end up with it going under the stencil, so I took to just scooping up a little on a palette knife, then patting it on, and leaving it to air dry with the foam still on, after I'd removed the stencil. This does seem to take a few days, especially if you leave the foam too thick.
Like I say, they don't turn out perfect, but I reckon I will be able to stamp an image over the mistakes.
Used all the blue, then made a small batch of green.That ones still not dried out completely yet, so remains to be seen how successful it was.
For the non knitters, just substitute any craft item of your choice, lol.
Had my MRI on Tuesday, and I now have an appointment to see an Oncologist at the QE on the 1st of August. They did actually offer me one for next Tuesday, the 11th, but I asked them to swap it. Partly because I don't want to run the risk of getting there, and they haven't had the report from the MRI- it would only be 4 working days after the MRI, and partly because I really don't want to be doing it two days before we go on holiday!
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
A shot of my desk, whilst having a bit of fun with my Stampscapes stamps over the last week.I now have a batch of scenes done, just need to turn them into cards now. Along with making a gazillion birthday cards, as our 'peak season' for birthdays is coming up, and we're on holiday for almost two weeks next month, so I have less time.
Also on my desk, two new ATC's for the swap have arrived, Thank You ladies.
This one first from Kelly Henkins, an ATC and a selection of die cuts too, all in a little folder.
This one from Sharon Madson, has a couple of little embellishments with it, they are almost like some sort of shell, or mother of pearl. Lovely.
Not used my Stampscapes as often as I'd like, one or two need a few tweaks, but are pretty much finished.
If you remember, last week I posted about doing some stencilling using a stars stencil and glitter embossing paste? Here's a funny story, that those who visited early on last week won't have seen in my comments, from my Beloved Hubby. Here is his comment:
"I found out about the glitter stars when I washed up on Monday night. The sink of water I ran looked more like a snow cone , as a certain someone hadn't rinsed the sink properly :) everything had to be re rinsed under the tap as I didn't notice it until I had almost finished due to the ever-so slightly OTT amount of liquid I tend to put in.
I looked over to the draining board to see a nice clean stencil trying desperately to look innocent and failing miserably." Guess who was in trouble?😈
Saw this last week, but I don't think I'll get away with it!
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Packed doesn't even come close to describing it!
Then on Sunday we decided that as we were there, we'd go to the Natural History Museum. An incredible place, Free entry, like the Science Museum next door, and free disabled parking right outside.
The carved work on the stone pillars was just amazing- see the shells down the edge of this one?
And sea creatures here.
Absolutely an amazing place to visit.
Well, with that weekend, and how hot it's been not much crafting has been done. The only thing on my desk is this piece, done with an Imagination Crafts stencil, and some homemade glitter embossing paste, just using clear Embossing paste, and mixing in glitter. Just wanted to try it out and see if the idea worked.
All the glitter, but no shedding.
All I need to do now is get round to finishing off all the things I've started lately!
So get yourself over to Julias place, The Stamping Ground,add your link and get to visit desks all around the world.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Two more ATC's on my desk this week, the top one from Andrea, an ATC, in a pouch, all in a card. So much work involved, it's gorgeous Andrea.
Bottom one is from ShazinOz, again a lovely card with the awesome ATC, the background is stunning, love it, thank you both so much for swapping.
From Donna, over in France, this fabulous book full of 'stuff', and a hand-drawn & coloured card, its fab Donna, so many awesome bits & pieces, thank you, truly.
Elsewhere on my desk:
I don't get many papercrafting or card making magazines, but this stamp set, free with Making Cards caught my eye.
I've had a date for my MRI, 4th July. As we go on holiday for 10 days on the 13th, plus they have to review & discuss the images, I doubt we will have any more info before the end of July.
And this week, yet another truth.Pretty sure it's cheaper than therapy, though maybe not by much.😎
The post below this one is how I made my ATC's, so at least I got that done.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
They were all done with Distress Inks, and assorted Versafine colours for the stamping itself.
After the ink blending, I used a dots stencil to sponge through a little of the darkest colour through in patches, then flicked water over them and blotted it with some kitchen roll.
The WOYWW was done with some alpha stamps, little wooden peg ones from Hampton Arts I picked up for a quid somewhere- either going to be Hobbycrafts the store, or the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC. The 8 comes from a Tim Holtz alpha & numbers set called Mini Worn Text. They were stamped in Versafine Crimson Red.
I also made use of my Stamping Platform to get the fairy, from Lavinia Stamps, in the same place on each card, which was slightly more critical than normal, in order not to end up mixing with the WOYWW8 stamped in the bottom corner.
She was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, and heat embossed with clear powder.To get her away from the numbers, and give me room to stamp 'Believe in Magic' on the right, I needed her to be stamped slightly off the page.
Bit of improvisation here- I used a clear ruler lay along the left hand edge of the platform- which is the 'closed' side- butted my ATC up to it, added the magnets to hold the ATC down, then removed the ruler & stamped. A cheap & easy way to give yourself a bit more freedom in positioning.
I know Versafine isn't specifically meant for heat embossing, but I find that dependant on the cardstock used, and sometimes how quickly you can do it, it is possible. The cardstock for these ATC's, by the way, are Clarity ready cut ATC's.
These pics seem out of order, but I made another 10 on top of my original batch of 20 to have some extras for sharing, and clearly didn't do everything in quite the same order!
Next bit to be added- and again I used the Stamp Positioner so I didn't get it wonky- was the 'Believe in Magic'. This comes from a Lavinia Stamps one that reads' Those who don't believe in Magic will never find it', but I didn't want the whole thing, and the positioning of the words on the original didn't work for me either, so out came the scissors.
The hanging leaves along the top are stamped in Olympia Green Versafine, first & second generation stamping.
Final stamping was some Tiny Mushrooms, Lavinia stamps, in Versafine Majestic Blue along the bottom.
Now to give them some dimension, and I used Liquid Pearls Onyx on a few of the 'buds' at the ends of the flower the fairy is resting on. On others I used Stickles Black Diamond.
Just about visible here is Stickles Diamond used on the Fairys wings, and then just a few dots to her right for a bit more sparkle. Then I decided the mushrooms needed a bit of bling, so added some Stickles Midnight Blue to the tops.