Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WOYWW #191

Wow! It’s Wednesday, which means its “Whats on Your WorkdeskWednesday”, hosted by Julia over at The Stamping Ground.  I haven’t opened my doors up lately, as I just haven’t had time to do much crafting.  But Thankfully and finally, (and thank you to all who sent their best wishes) both Mom’s are now home and if not at 100%, getting pretty darn close. So, this past weekend I actually got in to finally get the Holiday stuff put away (but not so far that I can’t start working on Holiday Cards when the spirit moves me!) And I also managed to get my entry in to the Creative Chemistry Face Book challenge, which you can see here. 
And, this is how everything has remained.  I have some of my new perfect pearls colors, which I used to paint my goddess (from Scottish Borders Stamps…unfortunately out of business), my misters with my various mad scientist experiments (and does anyone know how to get those labels (Tim Holtz’s) to stay stuck to the misters, while still being able to remove them when you mix something new?)  And my new mini-tattered flowers, that were on clearance at Joann's, which I still haven't played with. Oh, and the fun item, in the top left corner; a stamp set I got from my sister in law of  magic symbols…which as I was finding a spot for inspired my tag.  Maybe I’ll come up with a whole bunch of spell tags. 
So, there it is.  And with luck, my crafting routine will resume.  After all, there are a lot of birthdays and such on the very near horizon.  So, now, go visit Julia, and then portal yourself to the workdesks around the world…it’s always fun to see what other crafty folks are up to! Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Creative Chemistry January Challenge

Well, it feels like forever since I got to spend any time in my craft room! I did break away for a few hours last weekend to get some of the holiday items put away, and thank heavens I had to make a birthday card for my nephew, or who knows if I'd get to this months challenge over at Creative Chemistry 101!

This month it is to make up our own sprays. So I made up vintage photo reinker with gold perfect pearl, Peacock Feather Distress Stain with blue patina perfect pearl, and lemonade distress stain with  copper perfect pearl.  But I confess, I didn't like that one, so I used Dylusions sunshine instead.The photo doesn't show the perfect pearls so much, but it was a nice background.  The stamp is from Scottish Borders, and I colored her with Distress Stains and a water brush, as well as Distress Markers and I touched up the crown and wings with pearl perfect pearls. And the magic symbols came from a stamp kit I got from my Sister in Law for Christmas...she finds the coolest stuff!

So, there it is, and if you have taken the online class Creative Chemistry 101, you still have a few more days to join the FB page and join in the fun.  There is a new challenge every month! Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WOYWW #187-Welcome 2013!

Here it is; the first Wednesday of the New Year!  And another year of opening our doors to others to peek at our work desks, thanks to Julia at the Stamping Ground.
I’ll admit, I had been looking forward to a quiet New Years Day to play with my new seasonal Distress Stains, (thank you SIL Robin!) and put some of the Christmas supplies away, and generally tidy up. But, 2012 ended poorly for us, with my Mother being hospitalized the weekend before Christmas, and again on Sunday and both my husband I having  the cold going around, with a bit of the stomach bug thrown in for good measure.  So I spent yesterday stopping at Mom’s apartment to pick up some things she wanted, then spent some time visiting her.  By the time we got home, I pretty much just worked on my Challenge piece for Linda’s Studio L3, which you can see here, then called it a night.

So, what you see, those marvelous stains on the left, with some of my new Dylusion sprays behind.  Under the Ink Palette are my Tim Holtz Christmas Stamps I want to play with before I put them away.  And I will be keeping my Christmas Supplies much closer, with the hopes of making a least a few cards a month.  The Pillow box on top of the ink pad unglued itself, so I’m using glue and seal now, and letting it dry. On the far right corner are all my Christmas Sayings stamps, which need to get put away as well. Actually, looking at the picture, the desk really doesn’t look that bad, and I can say, the right- side desk has a clear spot as well. And I can still walk to the chair, so maybe 2013 is starting off pretty well after all.

I hope you all had a very Happy New Year’s day, and that 2013 is an amazing year for everyone! See you next week. 

CC2C Finale!

Here we are; the last challenge of the Compendium of CuriositiesVol. 2 challenges hosted by Linda at Studio L3. And this week is a “choose your favorite technique” to create a birthday card for the Man who started it all, Tim Holtz!
As I received all the new seasonal distress stains for Christmas (Thank you SIL Robin!!) I had to play with those, so I used the Marbleized Stains technique, using Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon.  The Lemonade sorta got lost, but it created a nice shading of the persimmon.  I used the specialty stamping paper, which really has a lot of “mushyness” to move the inks around. Just be sure to heat set between, well, everything!  The stamp is a Stampers Anonymous, done in Forest Moss. I used Distress markers on the butterfly I then punched out for the cash key. 

The picture isn’t showing the depth of colors on the background, and as I’m not sure if I’ll actually mail it yet or not, I didn’t want to get it too heavy or bulky, just in case.  And I have such issues with guy cards as it is…so we’ll consider it a good warm-up for the New Year. And one of my Resolutions for the year…to follow Tim’s 12 Tags of 2013…so that should keep me in good Distress form!
Thank you again Linda, for again leading us through these marvelous books. It's too bad all technique books don't have a champion like you to lead people through cover to cover.  They go from a collection on the shelf to a useful tool in our creative process!