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WOYWW 604


Welcome to another What's On Your Workdesk!   All the linking up is done at Julia's Stamping Ground.   I have been doing some sorting, a lot of thinking on the next project, but not a lot of crafting over Christmas!  On my desk at the moment are some pieces of a master board I did a while ago, that I might do some work with and also a pile of book pages that I want to scan.  I want to make some little postage stamp type images for using with collage.   I also have a couple of packet of mixed postage stamps I bought and I am going to scan those as well.




I made a Halloween album and thought I would use the same pattern, it would have been quicker to have worked it out from the Halloween one, but I was determined to find my instructions!  Hence the sorting.  So I eventually found the instructions and a lot of other stuff I had forgotten about.  I think I need to make a list of all the projects I want to do and then do them one by one as I am having a butterfly time and flitting from idea to idea!

May I wish all my followers and fellow deskers a very happy and healthy new year x



 

WOYWW 603


The last What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday before Christmas, I hope all my followers and fellow deskers have a wonderful Christmas. Considering the circumstances we find ourselves in with the Covid situation, I know many will not be having the Christmas of their choice and my heart goes out to all of those who are cut off from their loved ones.  I send out a special prayer to you this morning.


So how have I been spending my crafty time this past week?  I have been watching a lot of tutorials as I went through my stack of Pinterest emails waiting  for me to look at them.  I really need to cut down the amount of emails I get by unsubscribing from a lot of them. Some of the ink pads I have had for several years were too dry to use with stamps, but I had a great play with them before I binned them.  I thought they would make great backgrounds ATC’s and small collages. I started off with the last pages of a sketch book, which absorbed the ink a little too much and then went on to some A5 card that I had a stack of.   I mistakenly used the back of a sketch of Dolly :(
I made a few backgrounds by pressing the ink pads on my glass craft mat, that was hard work because there was not a lot of ink to be had!


I finally bought some distilled water to try and revive the products at the top of above photograph.  I bought a new diary for 2021, this one is bigger than A5, but not as big as A4.  I bought a calendar from Papermills which has a space to add your own art. I bought some Inktense blocks and some Neocrayons.  I couldn’t resist the Robin paper napkins.



I am off to post this and check on the other deskers at Julia's Stamping Ground. Take care and God Bless x




 

WOYWW 602



 It’s time for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, here is my nice and tidy desk, empty of any work at the moment.  The second picture is of some sample books I bought from Papermill, I thought they might be useful!   I cleared it on Monday as I wanted to start a new painting.   Willowing Arts. are re-running a 7 days taster sessions for the Life Book 2021 course.  There are 30 taster sessions and I realised didn’t have time to do them in 7 days, so I had a mammoth watch today.  Of the 30 I only fully watched 7 of them as they were the ones I part I wanted to do.  The rest I watched, skipping mostly all the introductory part, which I felt I didn’t have time for.  I made some notes and took some screenshots so I would have some references once the 7 days was up.  There were several involving an initial collage and there were quite a few helpful elements and ideas.

The course has a strong element of health and well-being, I am not comfortable with writing down feelings or of even asking my self questions on feelings.  I know this style of therapy can be very good, but it’s just something I can’t do.  I have done some Bible courses where after a reading a chapter or two, you are supposed to answer how that makes you feel and I struggle with that too.

I hope you are all amazed at the mount of room to work I have on my desk!  Of course there is no saying what it will be like in a few days :)

I am off to link this at Julia’s Stamping Ground.  Have a great week and I hope for us in the U.K. there will be good news about Brexit, but alas I expect the EU will win.

WOYWW 601



 

It's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday hosted by Julia over at Stamping Ground.  We had a Zoom meeting last Saturday and it was wonderful to see the faces of those "deskers" we visit.

As you can see I have the usual mayhem going on at my desk.  The jigsaw elephant was going to get thrown out (Charity shop) and I had a fancy to do something with it, goodness knows what at the moment.  I have a couple of cards left and a few bought ones to write and post.  I never get as much done as I think I will!
You can see my Christmas card book with a list underneath for people who haven't made the book yet, I did only just start writing addresses in it - I have only had the book a whole year!  I put post it notes over the ones I have done so far,




Go to the previous post to see my second page of Christmas Digital Stamps.  Hope you are well and not too frustrated with the business of the season x





Christmas Stamps


 My second page of Christmas stamps is up on the Christmas page, my stamps are still at the special price of £1.50.


I shall be working on the flower category next, unless I have any requests.



WOYWW 600 - yes 600!!

 

Today is the 600th What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  A wonderful achievement and a testimony to the friendship of the group.   I am only a recent member, this is my second year, but the group is very welcoming.  A huge thank you to Julia for being the host at Stamping Ground.  Black Friday was last week although I have been inundated with offers for a quite a while it seems.  I have made several Black Friday orders, some of the things are shown above.  I have bought new sketch and watercolour books. I bought some new stencils, stamps and Stamperia paper



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Above is the second journal I am working on and below is my finished one.  I created my journal pages using a photograph of the paper I used for my cover.  Both journals have a paper book in the centre for notes etc.  The one below has several flaps and the one above has two flaps and two pockets.


I am off to link up at Julia's and have a peek at the other desks.  See you soon x


WOYWW 599


It’s another Wednesday and that means It’s What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday hosted by Julia over at her blog Stamping Ground.  As you can see my desk is busy, some would say cluttered :)  I am making two little (5 3/4 by 5 3/4 inch) journals.  I was pleased with the covers and started on the insides.  I decided I wanted a pocket on each side, so I measured carefully and the first layer was fine, then I measure carefully again, decided I wanted at 2/8 inch margin, cut the card and stuck it down.  I kept looking at it unsure what was wrong and then I realised I had a 1/4 inch gap and it was too much.  It didn't help I had used white card for the first layer, even when I had inked the white, I still wasn't happy so it all had to come off :(   This time I drew myself a diagram with the measurements on.  I have been careful to let each layer dry before adding another to reduce any warping.  there are actually several glues on my desk as I have been trying them.  I have add to add a little water to the little bottles as they had gone very thick, emptying them into a bigger bottle. 

My journal covers are under the books.  I have already printed some pages for the inside of my journals.

If you decide to print your own double sided pages you need to make sure your design is centred, otherwise your sides will not match up, as I found out.  

Yesterday I was in Llandudno hospital having a drug transfusion for my osteoporosis.  This was my first time, having had to wait because of the Covid situation, I have to have one every year.  Thankfully no fractures so far!

I am off to finish my covers and of course visit all my fellow WOYWW crafters.



WOYWW 598

 It’s WOYWW, meaning “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday” a day when a group of us get together to see what we are all working on.  We all link up at Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground and then start visiting!  Since I only realised it was Wednesday about 3 o’clock I am way behind.  My illness (M.E.) comprises of ups and downs and I get very low with too many downs. This afternoon  I decided to watch the first series of Discovery of Witches, the second series has already started, but I thought I would rewatch the first, before watching the second. 

So on to my workdesk today.  Yesterday I covered two book covers I had made with some pretty wrapping paper with butterflies on.  I really like this paper, but I am having difficulty working out my next step.  This morning I was debating on card to mat a focal picture.  My coloured card was in a bit of a mess so I tidied it all up.  I do find it difficult when I am doing something as a gift, both books are going to be presents and I am not sure what style the recipients really like.


You can see the book covers on the top left, below that is the fungi I showed last week which a few of you identified for me and on the right is my art journal being flattened as it was horribly warped.  This is the second one I have done and this is it's last chance!

I have just finished a time travel book "The Lane Betrayal" by John A, Heldt and I also have the second book to read.    I have an email from BookBub daily with a list of free books or low priced books in my interests.  One of the books today was "Pearl in the Sand" a story about Rahab in the city of Jericho.  So I shall be checking that one out.  I am very eclectic in most things.  I don't like books with swearing, too much violence and sex, but I do love a good story.  It is very important to me that right wins in the books I read and the TV I watch. Unless I am reading for educations purposes, I read to relax and enjoy myself.

I decided to open a digital shop and have been going over my stamps, redesigning those I thought needed it.  Here are  a few of my Christmas designs.


Have a great week x




25 Days of Christmas Tags (14)


The inspiration for todays tags was amazing, however I had limited time today so I chose a simple one, inspired by Joyce.  Click the picture below to check out all the tags.




Coffee Lovers Hop and 25 Days of Christmas Tags (13)

 


Today I have done an Alice in Wonderland card for the Coffee Lover's Hop.  The flamingo is talking to Alice!  The image was free from Dover and the paper was in Papercraft Essentials magazine.  I was too late for this entry, like the white rabbit!

Below is my tag for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, my tag was inspired by Lindsay M-P who has used text in the shaper of a Christmas Tree.  I didn't realize how difficult it would be to get the shape out of the text.  I am not sure I am completely happy, so I may redo it another time.







Coffee Lovers Hop and 25 Days of Christmas Tags (12)




Today for the Coffee Lover's Hop I created a background using different fonts of words associated with hot chocolate.  The image is a free one from Create and Craft.


Today I made two more tags after being inspired yesterday by Dilay Nacar.







 

Coffee Lovers Hop and 25 Days of Christmas Tags (11)


A card for the Coffee Loving Hop over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers

My tags for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags inspired by Dilay Nacar, one of her tags was like a mandala so I thought I would colour in these silver embossed ones.




 

WOYWW 597

 



It’s time for another peek at everybody’s desk in the WOYWW group.  You can see my nice and tidyish  desk with my an album folder displayed and above that my finished painting.  On the far right I have some magazines to go through.



This is the cover, I made this album quite a while ago when I was experimenting with napkins and Mod Podge.  Although I was really happy with it, I stopped working on it when I discovered the Mod Podge left it permanently sticky, especially to itself.  I decided this morning to use some Pinflair polishes to see if that worked, I tried the blue, then decided to remove the images so I could do all of it, although I successfully peeled back the lady the other images will have to be replaced.

I have been having a “sort out/rearrange/tidy up/What do I have in that drawer?” couple of days.  Last week I did a great job (even if I have to say it myself!) of making progress in sorting and clearing my desk.   I was deciding my next project in a plan to use things I have had for ages.  I actually forgot I had already decided that this week was going to be my gel plate!  I just get so distracted:(  anyway my sister and I were looking at some journals with embossed covers and she said I am sure you could make some!  I replied embossing leather is something I don’t have tools for, not to mention the leather.  “Well”, she explained, “you could do your own thing”.  

So that had me thinking and I gathered all the old books I had bought from the charity shops for that purpose. I had started this previously getting one cover right and putting the craft knife through the cover on the second, so I took them to my husband and he is such a darling, he is going to do them for me.  In the past few months he has made me a weaving frame (that has to wait until I can get to a wool shop); cut me some wood “houses”, cut me some hardboard tags from some scraps my son had; and now I am asking him to do the books!  The houses and the tags need a coat of gesso first.

I have also been deciding whether to order a collage book with prompts and a diary one side and space to work in on the other, for a whole 52 weeks of the year!  The book price is not an issue, it is just under £20, but add the postage from America and the custom tax, the price more than doubles!  There is a digital option, but then I have printing costs and binding so decisions, decisions.

I have been trying to help out in the garden, sometimes 10 minutes is too much, but what is really annoying is that according to my Apple watch which I had for my birthday, I have had no exercise for today!  This is despite being in pain because of my gardening and the fact I had to sit down before I fell down! Grr

Okay, a lot of waffle from me today! Finally anybody know what this is?  I am guessing it is some type of toadstool.


A happy WOYWW.  I am off to link up at Julia's Stamping Ground