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25 July, 2012

WOYWW No 164.

Greetings all. Here's that "What's On Your Workdesk" day again, and I've had a battle royal to sit at My Own Desk. Herself, the Office Manager thinks she will sleep here today and has hopped up on My Chair (take note Miss Dixie, My Chair) about three times.

"Don't take my picture! I don't like the flash or the publicity."
 If you'd like to see Desks of the World, follow the link to the Stamping Ground where it all starts each Wednesday. It's great fun, good company, lovely art works of all kinds.
This week's experiments about to be slipped into The Manual of Techniques. It's the page on the right.

This morning I was experimenting with the Scor-it, some coloured backgrounds and silhouette stamping all topped off with the lovely Memory Box die-cutter called Spring Border. Notice the English Dictionary which I wanted to put in the picture! I bought it this morning for $4.50 at a secondhand book shop to do the dictionary project that happens at Stamping Matilda and Eileen's Crafty Zone.
Here are the two colour schemes I have tried so far.
I scored the random lines first and then applied the blended background colours with Distress Inks. The stamped silhouette is done with Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog. I trimmed the Spring Border to fit, allowing some of the flower pattern to hang over the edge. It is gloss card coloured with alcohol inks.

The version on the right in evening colours looked a bit flat so I sprayed it with Perfect Pearl and added some dots of Liquid Pearls in matching colours. More to do then cards and ATCs to make.

Have a great week - wishing you lovely weather for the northern Summer.

18 July, 2012

WOYWW No 163. ATC Contagion.

Time to romp around the Desks of the World which is what we do on Wednesdays, lauching this activity from The Stamping Ground. Hop over and have a look.

Most exciting thing for me this week is receiving a surprise package of ATCs from RosA. I have said to her that she is my published ATC hero, (here in Oz) and she has added generosity to that reputation. Here is what came in the mail - thank you again, Roslyn. This was a real treat for my first exchange and now I'm addicted to these little art works.

There were nine ATCs packed in a plastic sleeve - this is the first six.
Here are the remaining three.
Of course, there are always things to learn and my first lesson from Roslyn's lovely work was to print the Card details on a separate label to adhere to the back of the ATC. The ones I sent to her look like six pen'th of cats meat on the back. The front is too lumpy to make a good stamp on the back of course! Daft bugger that I am!

Action Stations.
I've caught a colour blending bug - haven't we all? So I had a play with my new Dylusions and another stamp that I 'found' during my stock take. I used Post-it notes to mask the colour.

Finished card with 'hello' string sentiment from Darkroom Door.
Notice the gray pen on the right. This is a Copic Multi-liner with 0.5 nib. I used it extend the line from the hello sentiment because I wanted the hello bit nearer the bottom of the card. I experimented on the scrap paper to get a matching thickness. The finest of the Multi-liners is 0.01 which makes for impressive detail.

Welcome to Ryn who joined my little band of followers this week and thanks to you all.
Miles of smiles,

11 July, 2012

WOYWW No 162.

'Thank you' is the theme today - thanks to my lovely followers who called by during the week in spite of my absence last Wednesday. Oh what a busy and damp week we had but the sunsets were scrumptious.

Now this funny acronym - WOYWW - stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. If you want to know more, hop over to the centre of activity at Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground.

'Thank you' is on the desk as well. I decided to make a few cards to put aside for sending thank you messages quickly. I've been stuck on butterflies for a little while now but after continuing my Stock Record, I found a lovely one to use again. In fact, now that I know what's in the stash, I probably don't need to buy another stamp ...erm, for a while anyway.

Here's the whole catastrophe to begin with
You can see from left to right, scrap paper pile, design in progress, inks and stamp cleaners of various sorts, cold tea, my little tool drawers, fine gold embossing powder, Judikins snap tray. Although this looks very crowded, I'm really pleased with my new arrangement. It's working better than for many months.

Zooming in a bit. I like to play with design on scrap (right) before going ahead with the creation.
The card design uses the same mask as last weekend's work. I used DIs, squeezed lemon, wild honey and tea dye. I sprayed the exposed area with Perfect Pearl and heat dried it before embossing the stamped design with fine gold powder. I then matted this with gold metallic card and mounted it on white gold card stock. The stamps are Stamp-It Butterfly plate and a little clear stamp 'thank you'. Dunno its DNA.

The finished article. You can just see the Perfect Pearl glitter.
I'm looking forward to making more of these with variations in colour scheme and dimensions. By the way, I've swapped the cold tea for a glass of sumptuous red.

See you around the traps.
Miles of smiles,

08 July, 2012

A Card for a 50th Birthday

Last week I went to a workshop with my long-time local paper arts shop owner, Cathy. This was a great workshop having a special emphasis on colouring techniques. I must mention that since I moved to the beach, it's not so local any more but I like to return to this familiar spot, and have recently taken a few workshops again.

Yesterday I made a card for my friend whose 50th birthday party was last night. I used a technique learned last week, and as the decoration on her gift was butterflies, of course I followed that theme for card and gift wrap paper. Not that I haven't been interested in butterflies lately as you may have noticed! I decided the colours should be happy and vibrant just like my friend, and just like the celebration.

Butterflies in bright colours for a brilliant personality


Butterflies stamp.
Die-cutters – Butterfly formation, Tiny butterflies.
Distress inks – broken china, squeezed lemon.
Alcohol inks - watermelon, sunshine, lettuce. Gold mixative.
Perfect Pearl and water mix in mini mister. (Help: does anyone have a trick to stop mini misters clogging apart from washing out the nozzle every time it's used?)


1. Cut a mask free-hand with a craft knife to create a rectangle of background colour. The edge of the rectangle is pleasingly wobbly. Used this to apply Distress inks to matt card stock.
2. Stamped the butterfly formation in Archive Black ink. Sprayed the whole with Perfect Pearl.
3. Cut all butterflies from gloss card treated with alcohol inks, listed above and glued them in place using Diamond Glaze.
4. Matted the on gloss card treated with watermelon & gold alcohol ink, then mounted the whole thing on ice gold card stock.

Gold gift wrap sprayed with Copic ink.
  This paper is flat gold, fairly thin and plain. I die-cut a butterfly and used both the positive and negative die-cuts as templates. I also die-cut a leafy twig for the same purpose. With the Air Brush System (ABS) I used Copic pens to create a matching paper for the gift. The pens need filling now so I find that I don't do this very often but for special occasions, it's fun.

Hope you enjoy this project.