Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WOYWW #450

Another Wednesday almost got by me...so I almost missed the Hump-Day Blog Hop created by Julia at the Stamping Ground--nicely coined "What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday".

My desk this week,something new!! Yup, shiny, glittery water brush markers!!  And aside from the glittery part, the most shocking thing....are you ready?   I wasn't going to get them; decided I was good with my Distress markers; but Hubby and I were flipping through the channels late one night, and on the Home Shopping Network was a crafter's workshop segment, and they just started demoing them, and I said, "oh, love those colors", and he said why don't you get them?  and I said I was OK, didn't really  need them.  Hubby got all indignant (as an aside, he also wants to get me the Scrapbox 3.0 that he sees on Facebook; I said to wait till when we downsize, and he seems so hurt!), so the next morning I went on line; they still had some sets available, and Bam!...they belong to me!! Next week I'll have samples!

The rest of the desk...all the supplies for my 2nd lesson on the Wanderlust adventure.  Actually painting with the acrylics and inks...so far I've only used them for Gelli plate printing and stenciling...this involved brushes and canvas; quite scary!  And so far only mirrored the teacher, but I have a canvas ready to start that I'm hoping will be more my path-now that I feel I have the technique- and we'll go from there.  

And here is the finished canvas.  It is an interesting process.  I can't even tell you how many layers of paint are on there!

So that is my desk for the week! I'll get around to visiting later this week, as its too late now. Have a great week everyone.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

WOYWW #448--First of 2018!

Welcome to the first WOYWW of the Year! What is this? Why, it is the fantabulous blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The StampingGround where we open our craft room doors to show what our work desks look like on Wednesday.  And to show what fun crafty items everyone is working on. 


My desk: primed for the first Wanderlust 2018 lesson this Friday. I am quite proud of the fact that I completed 80% of the weeks last year, and enjoyed it immensely.  I’m hoping I can continue that pace. But they have taken out the “catch-up” weeks, so we’ll see. I have two journals out because I still haven’t decided which one to go with.  I love the Dylusions ones, and this can go tall or wide.  I love the feel of the Dina Wakely one; but I’m afraid the different textures (she has canvas and burlap pages in there) might intimidate me—and as the whole “journaling” aspect of art journaling intimidates me, it might be too much, um…intimidation.  And if I really like one lesson, I can always repeat it in the Media journal; so I guess my mind is now made up.

Other items: to the left, some goodies from the Funkie Junkie Boutique’s progressive sale; I waited till the bitter end, and only had the stamp set, two sets of burlap ribbon (the red roll above) and a small jar of citrine pebbles left in my cart.  But I saved a bundle! LOL!  I have my Media Scribble sticks, some watercolor crayons, and some paints out; mostly because getting them back where they belonged is beyond me this weekend.  The pile top left has various papers, calendar sheets, etc. that I found in my work office when clearing for the end of the year, and thought would make good collage items.  And to the top right, my 2017 book, along with a pile of stencils underneath.  And the desk is covered with newspapers, left from the paper painting last week-so that just adds to the overall messiness of it.

Oh, and at the top edge, you can see the floor, still covered with all the Christmas stamps, etc.  I plan on stamping a bunch of images, then coloring them through the year.  Yup…check back with me in a few months to see how that goes!

So here is my desk, now hop back to Julia’s and portal off to other creative desks around the world.  And even if I don’t get to leave comments, know I do peek on almost everyone during my wait times for the printer or on hold on the phone...my few moments for a creative sanity check while at work.  Stay Crafty, my friends!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

WOYWW #447-Ending the year with a fun mess!!

Hello WOYWW Deskers!  It’s Wednesday, which means its “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday”, a blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas or Hanukah, and managed to get some crafty play time in as well.  I had intended to spend some time clearing up the holiday collection of stamps, papers, etc., so I could start the new year off with a clean slate; but that sort of, well, not sort of…did fail…epically!  Instead I decided to peruse some of the bonus lesson materials for the 2018 Wanderlust class.  Namely Dynamic Paper Painting, the idea being you will end up with a collection of papers ready to use for the coming year.  We were warned it would get messy.  Oh boy!

 Step one: Clear off everything from my card table turned journaling desk.  Ie; throw all the stacks of papers, stamps, inks, stencils, etc. onto futon or floor.  Step two…make a mess. What great fun!!
Here is where I left everything to dry; Next is to splash/splatter a new color and then add some black. 

And after all this, they will only get torn, layered and painted over to be little snipits of interest peeking through. 


So here is my desk, now hop back to Julia’s and portal off to other creative desks around the world.  And even if I don’t get to leave comments, know I do peek on almost everyone during my wait times for the printer or on hold on the phone...my few moments for a creative sanity check while at work.

And I wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

WOYWW #446

Hello WOYWW Deskers!  It’s Wednesday, which means its “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday”, a blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground

I hope everyone had a great week productive week and can actually enjoy the last 5 days before Christmas!  I had my last concert last night, all the gifts are shipped, and I decided this morning to screw the cookie baking marathon—lord knows my hips don’t need them, and if I do feel like making a batch or two, I can; it’s just no longer on the list. 


And now that all the cards have also been mailed (and my list of who got what designs updated…cause, you know; spreadsheets are my thing)  I can get some play time in.  And this is the mess I’ve left…waiting for the paint to dry.

I’m getting around to finishing some of the Wanderlust Art Journaling Classes projects that really interested me but I just couldn’t get to during the year.  This is from one of the Art Gallery Activities; where we were to study Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”, get your inner feelings from it, and then use it as part of a page.  I’m still not sure where this is going; but  since I found his painting’s muted colors on the sad side, and feel sunflower are a happy vibrant flower, there will probably be much more color going down!

And around the journal; stencils, paints, Nuovo glimmer mousses, ink sprays, the iPad, my plate that is my palette, and some scrap paper; all that needs to get put away, filed, etc.  But if I do all that, I won’t have time to craft! And my Muse is in the House!!  There is still about 2 inches between the journal and the front of the desk---so Craft On!

So here is my desk, now hop back to Julia’s and portal off to other creative desks around the world.  And even if I don’t get to leave comments, know I do peek on almost everyone during my wait times for the printer or on hold on the phone...my few moments for a creative sanity check.  And I hope everyone has a very Happy, Safe Holiday!! Merry Christmas everyone!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WOYWW #444


Hello WOYWW Deskers!  It’s Wednesday, which means its “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday”, a blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground

I am very happy to report that all the cards are done! And now my next few weeks of lunch hours will be spent writing them.  And hoping I didn’t forget someone and have to make one or two more! LOL!

This means I got to spend some time this weekend trying to catch up on my journaling, namely the Wanderlust course, since it sort of became a casualty of my crazy summer and fall.  I can honestly say I have watched all the lessons; but am a bit sad there are probably 10 or 11 I didn’t get to try.  Next Year Baby!! 

So what you see; on the left: all the paints I used on the last “One Collage” page.  I can’t show it yet…next week though.  The thistle mask (messy thing on the right) comes from Green Pepper Press Stencils. Can honestly say I don't know why it's there, as I haven't used it in a while.  The white scalloped thing on the craft sheet (from Ken Oliver Designs; like my Ranger one better) is Wendy Vecchi’s paint palette.  I found it on sale; and kinda like it, so far.  Easier to clean than the real paint palette’s, and better than using paper plates you throw out  (well, they are still easier…but not so much for the earth).  The mess further back: stencils that need to be re-filed, a mini distress ink tin, misc. stamp sets, a stack of art journals, and some ink sprays that all need to get put away.  Yup, my journaling desk is in its usual state of disarray. 

And here is the completed card from last week.  Ken Oliver Designs stamp and die set, colored with Color Burst pigments. Tim Holtz Texture fade on the background.


So here is my desk, now hop back to Julia’s and portal off to other creative desks around the world.  And even if I don’t get to leave comments, know I do peek on almost everyone during my wait times for the printer or on hold on the phone...my few moments for a creative sanity check.  Stay Crafty everyone!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WOYWW #443

Hello WOYWW Deskers!  It’s Wednesday, which means its “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday”, a blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground

OK Peeps.  Christmas is 26.5 days away.  And as much as I love getting gifts, I’m actually happy all the “adult” family members agreed to no gift exchange, and all kids, except for the new grand baby, are at the age where only a gift card to the video gaming store or iTunes would be appreciated.  So, theoretically, I should be able to just finish these last 4 cards, open a wonderful bottle of port we picked up on our vacation, start writing my cards, and relax for the rest of the year.  Yeah… I crack myself up!

That being said what you see are the pieces-parts of my last card design. The stamp/die set is from Ken Oliver Designs, and I used Color Burst powders to paint it.  Hard to tell, but a Tim Holtz texture fade has embossed the white panel, touched with Ancient Linen Distress ink to bring out the texture.  There is a white diecut diagonally in the middle; If I use it, it will be red…or green.  But I’m not feeling it; but the card still needs something.  Any suggestions?   

Oh; in the upper left. is my new toy ('cause two other machines just isn't enough! LOL!)…. The little, cute, Tim Holtz Sidekick arrived yesterday!!  Can’t wait to open it up and play!


So here is my desk, now hop back to Julia’s and portal off to other creative desks around the world.  And even if I don’t get to leave comments, know I do peek on almost everyone during my wait times for the printer or on hold on the phone...my few moments for a creative sanity check.  Stay Crafty my friends!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WOYWW #442

Hello WOYWW Deskers!  It’s Wednesday, which means its “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday”, a blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground. 
 
Zoinks!  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  Then a month till Christmas!  Fastest year ever!! 

My desk, still in Christmas Card mode.  Good news; I only have to make 15 more cards.  The bad news, I didn’t sell many at the craft show.  Did sell enough to cover the table costs; so that is something. 

So you see pieces-parts for a card idea.  The stamp is by Stampington & Co., I’ve probably had it for 15 years (remember it from the old house)…first time inked up.  I tried doing it in both black ink and silver embossing powder (since I’m using silver glitter paper for the die cut “Noel” (from Tim Holtz) that is the one on the right on the panel-the rest in a pile above the stamp) Think I've decided to just use the ink.  Hope it works.  The black frame is still up in the air; but will probably stay-as they are all cut out and hanging out in the upper right edge. The red panel is done with the Plaid texture fade from Tim Holtz, and black ink; that too is a maybe. At least they are all colored red (Distress inks; plain and oxide) and under the blocks flattening out.  The Poinsettia image is a Ken Oliver stamp and die set.  Will color those next, and then see where that takes me.  I’m not sure what else is floating around the margins there…hopefully nothing perishable, as this is how it was left Sunday night, not expecting to not be up there again until hopefully tonight. 

So here is my desk, now hop back to Julia’s and portal off to other creative desks around the world.  And even if I don’t get to leave comments, know I do peek on almost everyone during my wait times for the printer or on hold on the phone...my few moments for a creative sanity check.  Stay Crafty everyone, and to those that celebrate: Happy Thanksgiving!