Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WOYWW #416: Happy 8th Anniversary Deskers!!!

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks.  And it is a very special one today, the 8th Anniversary!! Congratulations and Thank You Julia!

I started following this hop just after the first year, and have met so many friends, most online, some in person.  This is such a fun way to bring the crafting community together!  So big Hugs to all!

So, on to the whole point of our hop; to share our desks and creativity, and messes, if only so we are not alone! LOL! And this is mine.  This is my mini journal project from the Wanderlust Classes by Kasia Avery.  Can you guess the theme?  What is really sad is that this was just the few butterfly themed items that were randomly piled on my side desk; I haven’t even started going through my drawers and binders for the others:  I should have made a bigger book! LOL! And since this coming week we will be working on the opposite, larger than we usually do, I really want to get this finished before Friday.   


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WOYWW #415


Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

Wow...I’m going for a record of bad.  Even my Christmas Card Frenzy doesn’t come close to this horrific mess!  The good news is I’ve been amazingly crafty-busy!  The bad new…is this mess.  Not only is the Wanderlust course from Everything Art keeping me hopping with the weekly lessons, but I’ve also started Dina Wakely’s Ordered Chaos at JeanneOliverDesigns.com.   Oh! And I have 9 ATC’s to swap next week!  Let me know if you would like one!


Last night I was bound and determined to finish my week 17 lesson with Kate Crane working with patchworks.  The second method calls for using scrap papers to make patches.  Yes, I have tons of Gelli printed scrapes and pages (I mean...who doesn’t if you play with a Gelli plate?) But I decided I didn’t like the ones I had, so after finishing the first method, I thought I’d make one  (ONE) print…Four are visible another 3 or 4 are on the floor drying)  The blue one is a base from the lesson that these will go on.  I was going to clean up, (really) if only so I could hit the ground running next time in, but then Dakota came in strongly indicating she needed to go out…NOW!  And it was 10:30! (I’m in bed by 10!) and I didn’t want to have to mop the floor or clean the carpet anytime soon… so downstairs we went.  I can only pray all the caps are tight on the paints!

Here is the first patchwork piece; not my style, but rather fun and freeing, as the sole goal was to play. 


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WOYWW #414: Brace yourselves!!

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

OK: this is beyond bad, even for me.  But, if given the choice of spending half an hour crafting, or half an hour creating; I gotta go with the creating.  And to further drive myself crazy...in addition to the Wanderlust class at EverythingArt.com, I have just signed on to Dina Wakely’s Ordered Chaos at JeanneOliverDesigns.com.  So, for the next few months..there will be nothing ordered about the chaos in my craft room!

So, my journaling desk:  2 journals with the first mark making exercises from Dina’s course, out to dry for the next step.  Scattered about are neocolor water crayons, distress crayons, Pitt pens…all for making my marks.  The green/yellow squares are the covers of my tiny journal for the Wanderlust course. Grungeboard covered with texture paste and Gelatos.  I’ve decided on butterflies as my subject.  Stay tuned for that. They are sitting on my collection of acrylic paints; which was used over the weekend.  The messy canvas is started with Liquitex Inks, but they weren’t flowing over the canvas; so then I tried adding some marks, and we’ll go from there.  The little white drawer is holding my collection of Gelatos. Some stencils are floating around, and I’ve discovered using plastic disposable paints are the best palettes for me; once the paints are dry, toss them.  I was getting worried about cleaning normal palettes into our septic. 





This is my card making desk.  I had to hide the ATC’s, but envies are started.  I’ll have 9 to trade!! Well, baring a catastrophe in the next week.  Trying to keep spill-able substances far, far away.   















And here are the two journal pages from Week #18 at Wanderlust with Dyan Reavely, working on a quote from Winston Churchill.  My friend Julie came over so we could work on the lessons together…I think the alcohol consumption helped my handwriting…or at least it didn’t hurt!



















So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WOYWW #413

Welcome to Wednesday...which translates to "What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday"  the blog hop masterminded by Julia at The Stamping Ground. Where Deskers all around the world open their craft room doors to share a peek.

My desk..as of 2 hours ago...you see pieces prepped for my mini journal for this weeks Wanderlust Art Journaling class.  Not really sure where it will be going...I'm thinking Winged Things...if only to justify some of the huge butterfly and bird stamp and stencil collection. 

The two (barely visible) squares are Grungeboard, that has been gessoed, and is currently drying.  The accordion fold will be the pages.  In the background, the mess that has yet to find a place; the paper trimmer, the new iridescent Gelatos, some stamps sets that need to get put away..some scraps of paper towel and die cuts.  Yup, its a mess...but it fits in with the rest of my life currently.  Ah well.

So now go visit Julia and hop around some less-frightening desks! Have a great week everyone.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WOYWW #412

Happy Wednesday Everyone! AKA HumpDay and "What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday", hosted by the wonderful Julia at The Stamping Ground.



Real quick, as once again I forgot it was Wednesday...well, not forgot, but time is no longer my friend!  So I was upstairs, working on kitting for a Mother's Day card class next week, and all of a sudden remembered I never posted the desk from this weekend.  So took a quick shot, and here it is. The Spellbinders diecuts are getting gutted...and even with an extra paper for a shim, my Vagabond is just not cutting like it used to.  Hmmm; any ideas? But that brush-jobby tool is pretty helpful, for the most part.

There are some stamps that will get packed to go. Other stamp sets and dies that will be used.  Kinda tough when I don't know how many people I'll have, and since it's at the Library, I'll have to bring everything.  Pieces for one of the sample cards is above

And here is one of the journal pages I completed for the Wanderlust 2017 class from Everything Art.online classes.  We had to use one nature printed image; I knew I needed to get the small Gelli plate all those months ago! LOL!

So that is my desk; now I have to go back upstairs to finish gutting those die cuts and start the next.  Have a great week everyone.







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wanderlust 2017 Catch-Up

I’ve been so busy trying to keep up with the weekly classes, I just haven’t had time to post. So this is more for my records than anything else. 

Week #11 is a week that involved soldering, some metals, and while really cool looking, I just didn’t have the materials to do it justice.  I tried with grunge board and may try to go back to complete it, but for now I have an Incomplete.

Week #12 was the Activities week.  Challenge #3 is picking 4 favorite supplies/mediums, and apply them in 8 layers…keeping the same order.  My choices: Distress Inks, Stencils, Gelatos, Dina Wakely Heavy Body Metallic Paints. The Wanderlust Book prompt was “I nurture myself with…”  Tried using the masking tape masking technique to block for the words…sorta worked.

Week #13 was with Jamie and Kasia using the Gelli plate…and using items found in nature…as we had just gotten dumped on with snow, it was back to my spice cabinet, and the Bay Leaves worked the best. I actually really like this…just need to make my writing better.

Week#14 was with Jessica Sporn, and I couldn’t wait to explore this one…Creating Art with meaning.  While my meaning didn’t get very deep, it matched the stilted conversation between the paints!  I do love how she explained it; and will come back to this again. And I think I’m getting better with the glazing/transparency part of painting; and covering up the first few layers.

Week #15 was painting a Mermaid with Mindy Lacefield using her processes. Her way of painting skin color and faces was interesting, and boy did I fall short!   Sort of like the Paint and Sip sessions I’ve done. And like all the rest, now I need to come up with my own subject matter and practice. 


Thanks for stopping by.  For info on the yearlong Wanderlust 2017 online course, visit Everything Art.com, The Adventure is just starting!







WOYWW #411

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

I just don’t know what is going on with me, time, or anything else for that matter.  But if ever there was a need for a time-turner…that would be now!  But I can say, I have managed to fit in quite a bit of crafting--just haven't had time to blog about it!  Mostly for the Wanderlust class. Unfortunately it’s been to get the projects done, without enough free time to really relax and explore the concepts or techniques.  But I’m still naive enough to believe that will change. 

But, for what you came for: Here is the desk as I left it Sunday evening.  This is Week 15’s journal page drying.  We got to paint mermaids…in the style of Mandy Lacefield.  My face not even close! LOL!  But it is my first person without the use of rubber stamps or stencils…so I’m putting it in the plus category. 

Here is a Birthday card for my Sister in Law with stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I went crazy when I saw the stamp set...and it’s corresponding stamp set…and the two coordinating paper sets…but the samples I’ve seen must be on cards much larger than A2, as there just doesn’t seem to be the room to show off those beautiful papers-so I haven't used them yet.












And here is my Brother’s Birthday card…using Tim Holtz products.  I thought it came together so well, I made another and gave it to my favorite Starbucks crew with some Lindt Truffles for Easter. 













And here is another Wanderlust Journal page..using objects found in nature and Gelli plates.  This was a lot of fun, even though I had to raid my herb pantry for bay leaves, as this was from a two weeks ago when we had 22 inches of snow...no leaves to be found outside then! LOL!


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.