Wednesday 17 June 2015

What's on Your Work Desk ? Wednesday #315

Blimey, Weds today means it's Thursday tomorrow and I have to go to work. How depressing!!

But morning deskers, I'm here to show what I am up to this week:

Oh yes I have been having inky un with my new prima stamps. Really like this idea, really quick and easy (well all the clever stuff is in the artwork that someone else has done, in this case a talented lady called Jamie Dougherty). And a good way to use up some of my mountains of flowers which, frankly, are getting a little out of hand. But I guess a girl can never have too many flowers in her life.

Just looked at the photo again - these aren't quite finished yet, the still need to be made up into cards and decorated - I'm not doing a silence of the lambs thing with that flower over her mouth. See truly not staged!!

If you don't know why I am sharing this photo then you need to check it out here. I have decided to tackle the bathrooms this morning and then I shall be off for a wander with a nice cuppa. See you around!! Happy WOYWW.

Sunday 14 June 2015

Craftwork Cards Chalkboard

Happy Sunday all. Hope my daughter is having better weather at the IOW Festival!!

Had a little run at this CWC kit last night, but it does feel a bit like just plonking bits on the card.

I feel that I ought to be doing more with it.

Unfortunately when I got this kit I didn't think about getting the toppers. Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE the papers and the colours, I'm struggling a bit - there's only so much I can do with just a few frames as a focal point and there is very little contrast between the papers in the pad itself. Also I find the words designed to be in the frames are on the whole a bit too mushy for me to use on cards so I may have to try and make some of my own (and you all know how much I loved that chalkboard technique) but in the meantime decided to mix and match with some other bits and bobs.

Here's one using a die cut heart and cutting out a little square from the papers.

And I thought this teen image from Indigo Blu went well with this graphic style sheet. Just asking for a big blue 16 me thinks.

I tried out a little gorjuss girl in one of the frames.

I have a few more ideas, may play a bit more with this kit today as my gardening plans have been rained off - or will I be playing with my new prima stamps? Mmmm, have to wait and see!

Saturday 13 June 2015

If I'd known where I was going....

I blogged a week or so ago about my new prima Bloom Girl stamps. (My others have arrived today and they are HUGE!!) At that time I also played around with a more arty/MM technique I saw on utube but I wasn't really in the mood that day and left my attempt in my burgeoning WIP box. This morning I decided I really had to open my Craftwork Cards Chalkboard paperkit and actually make a few cards with it. After putting a couple together, out of the corner of my eye I saw that the colours kinda matched the arty splodges I had used with my prima stamp. So using up scraps I mounted it up on a kraft card and made some flowers. And guess what, this is the one today I really like!! Go figure.

Oh, and in case you think I've lost the plot, I know she looks a bit all over the place by that is kinda the point!! 

Monday 8 June 2015

10 days and counting......

Since I got this dreadful bug. The coughing is just wearing me out. So much for my week off to catch up at home and do the gardening! In between coughing fits today I did manage to finish two commission cards for special birthdays.

Oh well, onwards and upwards.

Friday 5 June 2015

A handbag?

Made these today, quite pleased with how they came out.

Still feeling a bit sorry for myself, the coughing, when it starts, absolutely knocks me for six and I have been quite breathless this afternoon. This is why I don't like getting colds, always end up in my chest and throat.:0( .

Monday 1 June 2015

Bringing you a little Hope and Joy......

I have had my eye on the Prima Bloom Girl stamps by Jamie Dougherty since last year so when someone advised me that the Glitter Pot was having a clear out and whilst checking that out I saw that some of them were on sale I had to have them.

Well, it would have been rude not to.

This is JOY and I have made this rather large card (using that die and card blank from last week's WOYWW). One of the reasons I wanted these stamps is because I don't have many ethnic images - a fact I have bemoaned before - and these ones are are rather lovely. I have been recuperating from a nasty cold so a bout of gentle colouring practising my ethnic skin tones was just what the doctor ordered.
Well, in my world anyhow. Not sure about this card, the more I look at it the more wobbles I see, but the principal is sound I guess.

This one is HOPE and I think she is just gorgeous. I think this one would make a lovely 18th or even a wedding card. Still not too sure about the hair - that definitely needs more practice. I've seen a tutorial to try on the web somewhere - just gotta find it again!

I tried a different tack with these two, using up some scraps that had been die cut to make the frames. Shocking photo sorry!

Then I thought I'd try stamping onto kraft card - obviously not the best surface for a blend with promarkers but I really really liked the way these two turned out. I did stamp them onto scraps to experiment with which is why I cut them so small to get a mount - but I think they look quite arty with just using a portion of the image and a lot of white space. The photography doesn't do them justice.

It was a real pleasure working with such beautiful artwork. I have to confess I scoured the web and ordered two more Bloom Girl stamps - I think they may be even larger - can't wait for them to arrive!!

Just because I had the promarkers out I made another  card with a Julie Nutting Doll stamp, also by Prima, using some craftwork cards papers as a backing and to paper piece the skirt. I left the big space for a name or an age.

Phew, what a creative day, better have a lie down!

I've been looking at pins and have now got a few more ideas for these stamps but that may have to wait until tomorrow!!

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