Wednesday, 30 March 2011

WOYWW 95 - the Blog Candy one

Except it's not - I lied. The blog candy is HERE

Now that I've got your attention - Crikey, where in the heck did the week go????  And here we are, almost in April.

Just a quick one from me and I'm scheduling this to upload in the morning - but my desk won't change between now and tomorrow night cos I'm tumbling into bed in a mo.  Got matchsticks for eyes at the moment.  LOL

So here is my desk:

What have we here this week?  Well Tilda is still lurking on my WOYWW easel, waiting to be made into a card.  You can see Lil Miss B's Mother's day card (the kitten and puppy 3D decoupage) and my attempts at a nice one for my own Mum.  She has a penchant for fuschias and I found a lovely digistamp of one on.... um.... I think it was the Card Making Downloads site.  If you look really closely, you will also see the Sketch Saturday sketch I'm going to use.

So, don't forget to join in with the blog candy, and head over to Dunnit Dimensions to join in with WOYWW

Monday, 28 March 2011


Check back later tonight for my Blogoversary Candy.....!!!!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

WOYWW 94....

Hellooooo thar!

No snappy title this week - my brain is on holiday!

So, what IS on my work desk this week?  For those that are uninitiated, you really need to go to Dunnit's Desk of Delights for full info!  But be sure to come straight back before starting on your desk quest - it's addictive!  I feel positively out of sorts all week if I don't bare all for you.... hmmm.... poor choice of phraseology, but I think you get what I mean!

Now, where was I?  Oh yes, my desk...

As you can see, it's fairly mayhem-ish as is pretty much usual.  Now I should point out  the work on the right hand side that you see, which looks suspiciously like my page for the aforementioned CJ in an unfinished state.  It's not - it's actually the abandoned version that was...well, abandoned because I a) dropped an inked stamp in a stoopid place and b) stamped the background too dark.  Also this week, Lil Miss B decided to have a stab at some jewellery making (a kid's set she'd been given for her birthday last year) and very quickly announced that glitter really wasn't her.  Trouble is, it's not really me either so I'm still clearing it up.  What bright spark thought that sticking glitter on bangles was an appropriate method of jewellery creating I don't know!

However, lurking there on the front left of my desk is the below creation...

...which I'm not showing upright in it's full glory utnil it reaches its destination.  All I can say is - WTG Nic & Lucy on the birth of your beautiful little girl, even though she was WAYYY too comfy to come out and was nearly a fortnight overcooked  overdue!

As promised from last week - below is a picture of my finished page in Flo's CJ - for all the deets go here.

And that, is that.

I'm off on my own desk quest.  I might even get round more than ten desks this week.  I hope.....


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Flo's finished CJ...

Well, I did say I'd put up a pic of her page when I'd done it.  I can't put up pictures of the whole thing because I didn't take photos of the other pages.  I believe she's going to put them up on her blog when she gets a chance.

So, here is the photograph of my page...

I've elected to show a picture of it after I'd cut it in two and re-cut the holes for the BIA holes.

So, what did I do?  first up, Flo's CJ came with the door in the stonework, one open, and one closed.  We had an option to use either one, or both.  I did a search on the web for quotes about doors (they are often inspirational, and in this case, quite inspired!) and came up with this one "Listen, there's a hell of a universe next door - let's go!" by E.E. Cummings.  Knowing my love of medieval everything, this just appealed to me, particularly in our current world and being aware of how much us re-enactors are into still having our mod cons (a couple of us carry around gas fridges to events!  LOL)  it kind of went without saying what I was going to do.  Took me a while to get to this point though, LOL!

So, my two medieval ladies were stamped first using Memento black, and then masked using post it notes.  I followed this up with stamping and masking the two doorways.  Well, two pages, just HAD to use both stamps!  I then stamped the floor - I have a fab stamp of crazy paving.  Daft me though didn't carry it through the open door so I wound up doing that manually later... I think I worked it well though.  After that, I masked the edge of the floor off and stamped the stonework.  The stamp I used for that is pretty small, so I'm going to have a hunt and see if I can't find a decent sized background stamp that'll do the job much quicker in future.

Once I'd done that I cut out the open door way and stamped the shoes, bags and car into the "universe next door", and tried to create a bit of a landscape. I was rather constrained by the stamps I had, but I hope I achieved the end result, even if it's not perfect...

Lastly, the whole lot was coloured using copics.  As you can see, most of it was done using the grey tones W1-W7 and black 100, but I also used the skintones, and a pale orangey colour plus varieties of blue and green.  After I'd finished the main work I cut it in two, put the holes in, and then went round the edge with Black Soot DI to just take the cleaness off it.  I also printed the quote, cut it out, stuck it down and added some shadow using copics.

I personnally love the end result, and I know Flo loved it (cos she said so on UKStampers - hun, you are SO welcome, it was fun to do!).  I do look at it now and see where it could have been improved - the light coming through the open door should leave a defined shadow where the wall blocks the light coming in, but that is just something I've now learned and can improve on for next time!

So, when is the next one starting.......... ??

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

WOYWW 93 - the one with the sigh of relief

I has done it!!!


One CJ finished, and today winging its way to its owner.  Flo, it's coming home!

Sadly, for the rest of you that is going to mean a wait of at least another 24 hours to see the finished page properly - can't publish it to here before the owner gets her mitts on it, eh?


Welcome to WOYWW (for more info, visit Desk Director Dunnit here) once more, and as you can see from the picture below, there is next to nothing on my desk!  Whoopie!!!  I've finished the CJ and tidied up, and you can see it there being photographed before I cut the work in half..... ulp..... and put holes in for where Flo is going to use her BIA to bind it.  Yes, you're going to need big O wires, me dear!  

I'm not sure what my next project will be.  Probably Mother's Day cards.  I also have a load of cards to make for Mr B's staffroom.  He's in a small village school which has a post box and no shop, so the other teachers find themselves caught on the hop cardwise occasionally.  They've asked that I provide a box of cards.  I think that's pretty cool....

Other than that, not much to report.  We spent last Sunday at Corfe Castle shooting, and the weather was fab as you can see below.  What more could you want, eh?

Well, short and sweet - be sure to check back in a day or so for the full pic of the CJ!  And there's a blogoversary coming up too - with Blog Candy to come!

Catch you on the bloghop!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

WOYWW 92 - the hurried one

Just a quickie from me today guys, before I dash off to work, the reason being that not a lot has changed.

If you're clueless on the WOYWW front, go and visit The Stamping Ground where all will be revealed.  Well, not quite all.  It's not a glamour photo site!!!!  Actually, lets steer our minds away from that image and the possibilities.....

Where was I?

Ah yes, my desk.

It's a muddle, to put it plainly.  The floor is getting clearer and I'm gradually finding holes to put things in, but otherwise not much has happened.  I've not made any cards this week (on account of being at the Wolfshead Kit Weekend at the weekend), and the CJ is being worked on (sorry for the delay Sarah) but has hit a glitch in that I've decided I need to buy Memento ink in a grey.  I might try using the second print on the CJ, but if that doesn't work, the grey it is.  The background makes the focal image get lost, if you can understand what I mean by that!  It's not normally a problem, but when you do what I do (and you'll see what I mean soon enough), losing an image becomes an issue.  I'm not sure if just colouring will rescue the problem.

Enough of my ramblings!

On with the hop!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

WOYWW 91 - the other upside down one...

Not literally this time, I hasten to add.  The upside down-ness refers to the state my new room is in as it's taking a wee while to sort out properly.  When we moved in here, everything was hurriedly dumped in the old craft room in some vague sense of order, but I never quite got around to sorting out what I wanted where and re-labelling things.  Not so this time.  This time I am going to sort the whole caboodle out.  So at the moment, my space looks like this:

I'm no longer looking out of a window, which actually makes life easier for having things on my desk.  My drawer units are all in easy reach - I just have to spin round on my chair for all my stamps and embellies etc.

the other side of the drawer units (which will eventually be on castors so we can move them when we need to) is the office desk with the PC on.  And Mr B sat there working away marking books etc.  He's why I'm late today - I wasn't able to set up a scheduled post on there last night!  

Further away shot of my corner wall.

Ah yes - it's Grandma B's birthday tomorrow, so Lil Miss B and I made cards last night.  Here's hers - made with some Dufex delight (sic) that Mr B bought her so she could have her "own" craft stuff and feel independent.  LOL. 

And here's my effort for Ma B - I would like to thank the Great Miss Dunnit for the inspiration on this - regular WOYWWers will remember her aqua coloured effort of this.  I loved it so much, I paid a visit to Shopkeeper Gal and got the same stamp, and have had a go at it myself.  I love it - such a simple idea, yet so very very effective and attractive.

As I'm at work at the moment, I'll come back on here later and put up the info about which stamps, inks etc I used.

In the meantime, enjoy your WOYWW bloghop - full deets are HERE for those in the dark about it!  Catch you around!
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