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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

What’s On Your WorkDesk? Wednesday #295

Morning WOYWERS. Determined to be brief this week. My desk shot shows me mid project(s) when I went to bed last night. Playing around with a woodware flower stamp and with two ‘squash’/panoranamanic cards on my desk (see post below!!) still to finish.  Watercolour pencils have made a rare appearance. otherwise very little has changed and I’m still trying very hard to keep it under control.

Right. Must crack on. Just remembered its OHs birthday on Sunday. Ooops.


Oh and if you need more info about the WOYWW weekly bloghop get yourself on over to Julia’s blog – link up why don’t you?

Monday, 26 January 2015

‘Panoranamanic’ cards

I do jest, but panoranamanic has been a joke family word for a few years – panorama just doesn’t have enough syllables. Time is flying, and I have been neglecting my blog but I thought I’d share what I’d been up to.

I made this card for a swap at UK Papercrafters in the style of the new panoranamanic dies (and now I see card blanks) from tattered lace. I forgot to keep a photo (lifted this one from recipient) or write down how I made it.

bird cage card Sue Dyer


So I decided to try again. First up was this one, using Craftwork Cards Papers and a die from Tonic to create that lacy interior.

Tip: Tonic dies are pretty good at releasing but I don’t really care from all that die tapping to get the bits out. I told a friend of mine that I had asked for a tool I had seen a demonstrator use that you could roll over the die to get out all the bits rather than a pokey tool and I was disappointed that nobody bought it me for Christmas. She said to me – why don’t you just use a toothbrush? Which kinda stopped me in my tracks. And guess  what?

It worked just fine.



To make the card I was using an accordian fold at the sides and adding the mid layer to one of the folds – it looks OK but me and my OCD were not entirely happy with the way the card was ‘sitting’ so I had to play about a bit more.

More CWC papers and rather a lot of die cuts from the ephemera kit.



MMMM. Still not entirely happy, back to  the drawing board….. I think they sit best when I sandwich the centre bit between two sets of accordian fold ie front and back sections both have ‘wings’ – also makes it very sturdy. This one is doesn’t get that little ‘curve’ in the front – partly the construction and partly the vagaries of my cutting skills.


OK!!  Now I’ve worked out a construction method that works for me, it’s time to set it up as a ‘template’ on my Scan n Cut so that I can cut all the parts to make a 7 x 7 card really easily and consistently. Cracked it. 

Next version, try with some stamping and embossing: (needs a sentiment)


And they all fold flat to go  in an envelope!!

I think that’s enough for now. I have a couple more I may share tomorrow. NEARLY got this one out of my system LOL.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #294

Morning deskers! It’s Wednesday again, time for our weekly nosy around the desks of crafty blogland. What? You ask. Go here and read all about it.
This is me crafting tidily……
The other desks aren’t quite so pristine but it’s not too bad at the mo. TRYING to put things away when I’m done. Honestly, I would love to be this way because untidiness (and lack of space left to craft on) frustrates me big time. So I’m aiming for Zen today. Did this card last night just from some bits I had cut out. No it didn’t slip but I did mess up that fancy die cut so needed to disguise it. I quite like it all off centred. Anyhow, back to Christmas once I’ve put these bits away. 54 cards and counting.
Do you like all my hatpins? LOL hadn’t realised there were so many. My glue nozzles get clogged up a lot so I like to keep them handy (however this may be overkill).
Oh and if you are interested, my Timmy Tag giveaway went up this week, you’ll find it here.
Happy WOYWW!!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Try It On Tuesdays……Add Some Fabric

This time round we would like you to add some fabric to your entries to this challenge.

As always what you make is entirely up to yourselves as long as you follow our theme,

However, ribbon by itself will not count.IMG_1637

Here’s mine:

In case it isn’t obvious, the flower is made of stamped fabric, some leftovers from a project of my daughters. I die cut them with my Arianna Blooms die from Heartfelt Creations.

Quite simple but effective.


To link up or to find more inspiration please hop on over to the Try It On Tuesday’s Blog.

Stunning projects on show as usual.

The challenge runs for two weeks.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Giveaway Time!!

Well, as promised, the January giveaway is here, and is the culmination of a year’s work (!!) because yep, it is a complete set of Tim’s Tags for 2014.

Now, before you get all excited, when I was reviewing all the tags to write the techniques on the back, it became painfully clear that almost all of my tags should more correctly be labelled  ‘vaguely similar techniques to the ones Tim described because I don’t have the product’. So if you are expecting a set of perfectly executed Tim Holtz technique tags using ranger products you may be sorely disappointed. I have so much art stuff I cannot justify buying all the new ranges just in case I might need them on a couple of tags and for that reason I won’t be playing along in 2015 – I can’t really see the point if I can’t do the technique which was why I originally started doing them and to be honest I am fed up with trying to figure out work arounds. But nevertheless, they aren’t a bad collection of tags and here they are in order left to right, top to bottom.


Entering is simple, just leave a comment here and I will put you in the draw. Closing Date Sunday 1st February at 9.00 pm. International players welcome. Please feel free to link from your own blogs – let me know you have done so and I will put you in the draw twice.

OK, the other thing I need to say is that this will be my last monthly giveaway. Maybe not the last one ever, but certainly the last one on a (semi) regular basis. Lately I have found it increasingly difficult to fit in, entries have been low, postage is high if I do anything 3 dimensional and on one occasion the winner never even contacted me with their address. So I kinda feel it has run its course for now. But never say never, I’ll probably just do the odd random draw for commenters when the mood takes me so it still might be worth checking back now and again if you like happy mail.

For now, thanks to everyone who has joined in in the past and good luck to everyone who wants to play this time round!!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Fairy Nice for Fantasy Stampers

Well this fortnight we are asking for a bit of fantasy as we are asking for a fairy on your stamped projects.


This time I have gone for a simple birthday card (need to build up my supplies!!). The stamps I have used are from the lovely Virgo Fairy set by Linda Ravenscroft for Creative Expressions. She is very pretty and I have gone for morning glory colouring on the flowers and accented it with lilac and purple. I used my scan and cut to cut the curved corner mounts and the inverted circles and with a bit of fussy cutting have got her popping out the frame mainly because to contain the whole image within a larger circle there would be a lot of white space.

Apart from a bit of glitter and bling that’s it. Hop on over to the Fantasy Stampers blog to see more DT inspiration and add your project – I’m seeing lots of Lavinia stamps getting some use for this one!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday? #293

Morning deskers, Sunny outside today but pretty chilly in my craft room – don’t get the sun this side  of the house. Here to show you my desk.


I’m making a tag, one I missed from the TH tags of 2014, ready to go into my giveaway which will be for a complete set of the technique tags. Sadly, I have decided that that will be the last one for a while as I have other stuff I want to do but more details when I post it, probably on Sunday if you’re interested. Meanwhile, wanted to say thanks for all the visits last week, didn’t get back to a few of you as I worked Thurs/Fri/Sat and it it hardly seems worth it by Sunday!! Won’t be visiting many this week either as my arthritic hands are playing me up big time this week, first time for a couple of years, so having to try and not use the pc too much as it really aggravates it – really difficult for me unfortunately. But I will pop by those who leave a comment. Not that I don’t love you all – the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!!

Why am I showing this desk? go here to find out.

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