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28 November, 2012

WOYWW No.182. Christmas cards a-go-go

Good evening South-west Pacific. Good morning over the other side. Hope you're all doing well, desk-hoppers one and all. Yes, this is the weekly What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday which is a large of mob of people who connect over at Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground and then share the current desk projects.

This week is not very enlightening in my studio as it's a continuation of last week with the assembly line of Christmas cards under way. It takes me roughly seven minutes to make each panel, and then there are all the added bits which I will show you during the week. In another life, I used to set up assembly lines for light packaging and assembly work for people re-training for work following a disability. Now the secret is out... Ha!

A bit of late afternoon sun on the desk.
On the left are the panels in three stages of completion, then selected Lyra colours and their palette, and selected Twinks and DIs. I use a Marvy Metallic pen for edging the matts, a white dabber for clouds (dabbed with built-in dabber called finger), and mini-mister with Perfect Pearls spritz. It's all go, at last!!!

Will show you the finished product mighty soon.
Happy desk hopping, and enjoy the week.


Sue said...

You have quite a production line going there. I look forward to seeing the finished product. We are just getting our first snap of very cold weather and you will be having your summer. I don't know why I said that...stating the obvious. My grandparents went to Australia when I was small and I was fascinated by stories of having Christmas dinner on the is so cold here at that time.
Have fun!

Francesca said...

You have quiet an assembly line going on here, lots of work. Great desk. Francesca #72

Annie said...

Love the look of your works in progress today.
A x #42
ps I'm hoping you will 'like' us and share us with your friends. [check out my blog for more info]

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love that seaside scene even more now you've coloured it. Mind you, I like the scribbled patches of tester colours too. I actually could live with that as a poster on my walls!! Ok, I am a bit weird :)
Thanks for your great suggestions for Steve's boxes - I will make him read my comments today!!
Hugs, LLJ #32 xx

Neet said...

Oh, looks as if that guy has done some more stamps. Must investigate but never seem to have time to do anything - and I haven't made a single "C" card yet.
Suddenly, when I could maybe start I am finding birthdays are getting in the way. Think I will have to go to the shops this year.
Thanks for visiting me - hard to think of agapanthus being weeds over there and a treasured garden flower here. Not fair! I have none.
Hugs, Neet 29 xx

MvM-design said...


A quick visit. Busy desk! And what a lot of work you put into your cards!! Wow
Have a great Wednesday.

Thanks visiting my blog
Hugs Marleen #4

ps: hope you get the panpastels in Australia, it is so much fun to work with!!

scrappymo! said...

What a gorgeous card front you are creating. I love the assembly line story...need you to come and teach me how to best do that!!!

Can't wait to see the finshed cards.

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm not authorized or anything, but I hereby dub you the Queen of Assemblage!! I bow before thee!! These are going to be stunning.

Thanks for visiting me already! Have a great week! Happy WOYWWing! Darnell #54

butterfly said...

Wow - your panels are so lovely, and I'm amazed that you can create something so detailed and delicious in only 7 minutes - wonderful work! Look forward to seeing the finished affair... Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

okienurse said...

Great looking desk with lots of fun things to play with! Thanks for visiting my desk and leaving such a nice comment. Have a great week! Vickie #3

Buttons said...

This is such a seriously efficient way of working and the results are just so wow. You know I love Michael Powell anyway, and you are seriously bringing this image to life. Looking forward to seeing the end result. Hugs, Buttons #43

Caz said...

Love your desk this week!! I've been batching my Xmas cards too but not as efficiently as your desk looks!!
Looking forward to seeing the end results!

Ali H said...

Wow it looks a hive of industry = puts me to shame !! Those cards are going to be lovely ! Have a fun crafty week Ali #24

Carola Bartz said...

Wow, that really is assembly line! From what I can see, the image looks really lovely - so nice to see a break from all the santas, reindeer and snowmen. I love Lyra colors, and they look so brilliant on your cards. Enjoy making those cards.

Samantha Elliott said...

Nice looking panels on your desk today Ros. Love that stand on the left - great to hold things whilst they are drying. Saves trying to find a space to lay things out.
Enjoy putting them together.

Bridget Larsen said...

Putting me to shame lol, I am usually a production line crafter
Bridget #12/51

Di said...

Oh my golly-gosh - you even have them standing up in a row like soldiers! Fabulous Ros :)

Belated Happy WOYWW and hugs, Di xx

VonnyK said...

That's really clever. They look fabulous, love the colours.
Have a great Christmas and New Year.
See you in 2013.
Von #66

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Ros your production line has me very interested cant imagine doing it in 9 mins! even for the key piece
Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #1

Neesie said...

I certainly need to get an assembly line going on here if I'm to reach my targets by the deadline!
Yours is very impressive but then you have had previous experience. ;D

Thanks for visiting me earlier. I need to visit your previous posts to see what I have missed.

Have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend :D

Anonymous said...

I love your "assembly line" - how productive you are! And the colours look fab. Times like this I just really want to BE THERE to see it all close up.
Hope you had a Happy WOYWW

MA (9)

lisa said...

There's no other way to make Christmas cards but in a production line is there, otherwise they never get done. These look like lovely Michael Powell images and it's great to see H20's appearing on a few desks this week.
Have fun and Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #58

Shoshi said...

Love the production line, Ros - that drying rack is awesome! Great colours too, and a fabby palette. Definitely a Card Factory lol!

Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, my album probably is a bit large to be called a mini! Glad you are enjoying following its progress. My Card Factory is definitely in abeyance now because I saw Mum today and she still has enough cards left to send to the family next year and doesn't need any more, so it's just a question of making up enough for myself now, and I've done 4 which will take care of the first lot of birthdays. As I work on making embellishments for the album I shall probably make up extras to be used for cards if they are suitable.

I am envious of your lovely warm weather. It has turned extremely cold here now, with a heavy frost this a.m. and after all the rain we've had, the roads were treacherous this a.m. Spent the day with Mum and came home too exhausted to work on my album which was a bit frustrating. Got my winter woollies on and dreading the prospect of having to get undressed for bed tonight!!!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #82

RosA said...

Hi Ros,
Oh, you do look SO organised! I don't have enough room (my own fault) for a production line, and, as you can see, stuff often ends up on the floor! I must say, your beach scene is more appropriate than my snow scenes, but the blues are rather nice, aren't they?
Bit late this week. Nothing new there; have a good week anyway.

Joynana said...

Wow, your cards are already beautiful and I can't wait to see them finished. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for you lovely comments. #89

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Ros,

Look at your organization and production line!!! I'm envious, to be sure.

I'm slowly getting around to desks this week -- better late than never. Thank you for visiting me already.