WOYWW # 149, Paper Flowers

Back at the Weekly Workdesk Wander, courtesy of our most excellent hostess, Julia Dunnit at The Stamping Ground.
   These were the Tim Dies I bought recently, having admired what people were doing with them. So I’ve spent a few days cutting out loads of flowers in different papers.

I’ve have been putting some together for a couple of Wedding cards in Black and White that I have to make.I used black and white pearlescent paper, along with some glittered vellum for a bit of sparkle.

Here I’ve layered them all up, and also added some seed beads in Black or White to the centres. So that’s my desk this week.

                   Roof Update:
 We now have a roof over our bedroom, lol, just in time for the glorious (!) Bank Holiday weather we had,and we have someone coming into plaster the room next weekend. The kitchen roof is coming off now, as well as taking down the chimney stack at the end of the kitchen. We have an old Victorian house with the galley- style kitchen:

According to the guy you can see taking it down, the only thing keeping it there was gravity!!!
 Hope you all had a lovely Easter, and have a great Wednesday.

Playing with Punches

As I have been having fun with the Tim dies for the Tattered Florals, it reminded me that I used to use my punches to do similar things.

 As you can see, I punched loads of different flower shapes out of various papers, even mulberry paper.

  This works best if you ‘sandwich’ the mulberry paper between ordinary copier paper, the mulberry is too flimsy on its own and just tears rather than punches.

I’m using a large ball embossing tool and an old mouse mat to give the flowers a little shape.

 
 

 Then its just a matter of layering them up together
 in various combinations. I use a little Glossy
 Accents, or silicone glue for this bit.


 Final touch is the centres, I use either Glitter Glue, Stickles or Glossy Accents with either seed beads or loose glitter.


Last but not least are the leaves- again these are mainly punched from mulberry and handmade paper for effect. This fern leaf punch is by Woodware.

 Here’s a card I used a small selection on- a better size for this project than the Tattered Florals.

WOYWW #148


Not so much Whats on my Workdesk, as the view from my Workdesk today.
 
 Scaffolding.
We are having a new roof, and this has also shown up some cracked brickwork between two floors.
So at some point soon, all the brickwork above my window has to come out, have a steel lintel put in, then re-bricked. Great. How much mess is that going to make?

 On the up side, we have also had the dormer window in our bedroom widened, and raised to a peaked roof, instead of a flat one.
This is a ‘before’ pic of our bedroom, which is on the attic level,and you can see the slope of the eaves either side, and the height of the ceiling over the widow. Beloved Husband has hit his head more times than I could count on that slope! He is also going to redo the built-in cupboards that were to the right of the window, and we have used the need to shift everything out to have a damned good clearout.

Having the dormer widened, and the ceiling raised was Hubbys idea, and I have to admit that its made a HUGE difference to the room.It looks, and feels, twice the size now.
This is what it has looked like.
 Work is still ongoing on the roof, but at least now we have some solid-ish covering. For three or four days, it was tarpaulin between us & the sky. I feel like I’ve spent the last week in a tent.
So not a lot happening desk-wise,(but you can see some new Tim dies I bought recently in the previous post) so its time for everyone to visit our Mistress of Ceremony’s,
Julia Dunnit over at The Stamping Ground. Oh, and a big Thank You to Julia for my WOYWW badge I received last week. Its fabulous, and pinned to my handbag in the hope that one day it will be spotted by a co- WOYWWer.

Have a great Wednesday, this post took forever as Blogger didn’t seem to want to post pictures today, so I had to try to upload them from my pc, wait for them to ‘vanish’ then upload them again from Picasa! Duh!!

 Have a great Wednesday everyone.

Ruby Anniversary Easel card

Had some some fun playing with new dies I bought this week: the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals,Movers & Shapers Tattered Florals,Elegant Flourish, and Memory Box La Rue Heart.  I had seen so many good things done with the Tim Holtz dies, and they are so much fun to work with.
 The Lattice 40 was a design I found on UKScrappers, for the Silhouette, posted by a lady called Neries, and her name links to the page it is posted on. I cut it from dark red paper, than layered it onto a pale gold paper.
 The Gold Anniversary backing paper, and the White Congratulations paper are both by Craft Creations, and come in a range of colours with gold or silver foiled print.
  The La Rue heart was cut from the same pale gold paper, and matted onto a heart cut from the dark red paper. I loved the elegant filigree design of the heart, and there is also a heart die that cuts out the block shape. I didn’t get that one, I just cut around the outside of the filigree design when it was stuck down, but the die would be useful, I think. I mounted the heart with sticky tabs, using one layer at the front and two layers at the back to give it a little dimension.

I cut out a selection of flowers and flourishes in various card and paper , and curled the petals with the handle of a small paintbrush, then used an embossing stylus in the centres to give them all some shape.

 The layers of petals were stacked up using silicone glue.
The addition of same small seed beads to the centres, with Glossy Accents, finished them off nicely.
 The 40 was added with sticky pads, and then some Burgundy acrylic hearts on to this with a tiny spot of silicone glue. I used silicone glue again to mount the flowers, along with some short pieces of gold & burgundy ribbon. I tucked the two Elegant Flourishes in behind the flowers.

WOYWW #146


Hi everyone, been MIA for a few weeks- wrapped up in Wedding Stationery, and work. I’ve really missed joining the weekly workdesk wander, at the Incredible Julia Dunnits,so here I am again. Back on afternoon shift now, so have some more time (at last). I can go to bed when I want, get up when I am ready, and still get stuff done. Right now I am making a wedding card for someone at work who’s getting married, I have a mug of coffee by my side, and Disturbed blasting from my PC- all is right with my world! 🙂
This engagement card was made for some friends, really simple, just a ribbon threaded through a Diamanté heart buckle, wrapped around a square of white card, matted onto another square of white, then navy to match the ribbon. Stamped the Congratulations in Distress Stormy Sky and heat embossed it with clear powder and matted onto a navy strip.

 This is the start of a Christening card for a little girl, using a Creative Expressions medallion stamp I’ve used for this before.

Been bargain finding again- I’ve wanted the Raven stamp from Jennie at The Artistic Stamper for a while, and she had a fab sale on Feb 29th, so I took advantage of her generosity, lol. Got some embellishment bits as well, I’ll find those again and post a pic.
 The Halloween stamps are from Chocolate Baroque, I don’t have any Halloween stamps, and these were a great buy. The little wood mounted Alphabets you can see were probably my best buy to date- we went to Kidderminster recently, as Beloved Husband wanted to go to PC World, and they have a store called The Range there, which has quite a big craft section. These stamps were in their reduced bin, 99p a set! I also got the other two for 99p each, a ‘With Sympathy’ stamp, and one that reads Thank You in scrabble tiles. The rosettes are done in a sparkly vellum, for the previously mentioned Wedding card, and to everyone who suggested it last time, a glue gun works great, thanks folks.

Last couple of pics, from my youngest son for Mothers Day, a Simons Cat pillow. On my pc desk, there are two Simons Cats, one each from Son & Hubby for Christmas, a Charlie Brown,as I am also a massive Snoopy fan, and sitting next to CB is Boris the Bat, a pressie from Beloved Husband. The tiny little white clay teddy was made by my Daughter in Law Becky a few years ago.

 So thats my little corner of the world today, hope you are all having a great Wednesday, see as many of you as I can get to over the next few days.

Some of my favourite stamp plates…..

Mystic Dreams,72C

This is just a little follow on from the post below, I think the ‘Mystic Dreams’ plate from Non Sequiteur is gorgeous, and  thought I would share a few other plates I have of theirs with you. These are mainly pagan/celtic/mystic images, perfect for those who want something a little different, or who have friends & relatives these images would suit. I have made the title under each stamp set a clickable link, so they will take you straight to the plate on De Stempelwinkels site. This link will take you to Non Sequiteurs site, where you can view all the plates,as well as the individual images.

Celtic Mythology,75C

Winter Solstice, 71C.
Water myths & Fantasy, 53C

Forest fantasy, 90
Enchanted Forest, 91
Faeries & Flowers, 95

                                                                                                                                                                               

Samurai plate, 67

This one has some lovely ‘different’ Christmas stamps.

Winter Holidays, 64C

This one features the Butterfly Screen I have used on cards before.

Massive apologies if I have caused anyone to go and spend more money, 🙂 – I know I could spend a fortune there if I didn’t retsrain myself!

Mystic Moon(light)

  Here is the second of my DT pieces for Craft a Scene’s March challenge, Moonlight.
It uses a couple of Stampscapes stamps, and a couple from Non Sequiteur.
The background is also a little different this time, created using oil pastels. If you go to this page, you will find instructions on how I did this. Its a really simple technique, but can produce some interesting results. The important thing is that you will have to stamp in Staz-on, or it will wipe off, Versafine will work, but you need to spray with a sealant to make it permanent, I use cheap hairspray.
I created the background on white pearl card, an A5 piece,leaving a white area where I was going to place the moon. The oil pastels I used were a mix of blues with a little black for the night sky, browns in the centre for the mountains, another layer of blue where the lake would be, then greens for the foreground.
     Another bonus with the oil pastels is that when you have your images stamped, if areas are too dark, or just to make  areas of light & shade, you can remove some colour using tissue/kitchen paper/cotton buds.I did this in the water area to simulate the reflected moon.
The first image I stamped was the mountains, Rocky Peaks,188F, roughly in the middle of the background. Next I added the Cloud with Crescent Moon Lge, 202G, placing the moon in the white area. A Stamp Positioner helps here.

72C, Mystic Dreams

At the base of the Rocky Peaks I stamped Lakeside Cove Lge, 049G. To finish the scene, I used a stamp of Standing Stones, from Non Sequiteur plate 72C, Mystic Dreams. These stamps are now available from De Stempelwinkel. You can see the full range of images here, at Non Sequiteur,. They have some fabulous stamps, images you won’t find anywhere else, all u/m.
 Finally, some white gel pen was added to give highlighted areas. I trimmed the image down, then matted onto black, then silver card. Before mounting onto the front of a Black base card, I stamped the words MYSTIC MOON, also from the Mystic Dreams plate, in Silver Encore pigment ink, added Silver Detail embossing powder, and Heat embossed. Then I mounted the image above it.
 So, to recap what you will need:

Stampscapes stamps

 188F, Rocky Peaks
202G Cloud with Crescent  Moon
049G Lakeside Cove

Non Sequiteur stamps
72C Mystic Dreams

Oil Pastels
White pearl card
Black card
Silver card
Black Staz-on
White gel pen
Silver pigment inkpad
Silver Detail embossing powder
Heat gun

Party Time

 Another card from the Penny Black ‘Love London’ stamp set for the J&C Creations DT. When I saw this image, it instantly said Party Invitation to me. With so many people being certain to have Street Parties for this years Jubilee, I think this image will get a lot of use.
 The image itself was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto white card, then cut out using Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Ovals, S4-139. I used the second to largest die, then used the largest to cut out another oval from Red Glitter card, and one from Tim Holtz Core’dinations blue paper.
The blue oval was cut roughly in half from the bottom left to the top right.
 The image was coloured with Promarkers, and I used a pale grey to add a little ‘ground’ for them to run on.The ‘You’re Invited’ sentiment was one from an Octagonal wood block I bought at the NEC years ago, and is also stamped in Memento black.   I added the blue half oval to the back of the image with a little DST, then used some silicone glue spotted on the back of the image to matt the whole thing to the red glitter card. Silicone glue is ideal for this, as it will stick to the rough surface of glitter without a problem.
My base card is in topfold format, and I added a strip of red ribbon to the top, and a strip of the blue dotty ribbon along the bottom, then added the image panel in the centre with foam dots.
So, to recap, you need:

Love London stamp Set
 TuxedoBlack Memento inkpad
Promarkers- Red, Blues,Greens,Browns &Greys
Red glitter card
Red & Blue Ribbon
Blue Tim Holtz Distressed Paper
Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Ovals, S4-139
‘You’re Invited’ stamp

Westminster Abbey card

 This is another great stamp from Penny Black, this time a wood-mounted,4226L, Westminster Abbey. 
 I thought immediately that it would make a lovely Wedding card.
 I used a base  of white pearlescent card, A4 folded to A5.
TIP: If you fold A4 to make A5 cards, trim a little off the top or bottom before you begin to construct your card. Used as is, it will be a very tight fit into the envelope, and if it has any layers or dimension, it will not fit.
 The Abbey image was stamped in Adirondack Espresso onto a scrap of white pearl card, and cut out using Nestabilities Labels 8, with the  2nd from largest die. I used the largest die to cut out the dark blue mat from dark blue card.
 Next I used a small very slightly damp paintbrush to drag some of the Espresso ink into the image. You can use a waterbrush too, just don’t let too much water reach the tip.
TIP: Keep your brush only slightly damp, and scrub it off onto scrap paper regularly. You will pick up ink on the brush, and end up dragging too much colour into the image. And yes, I found that out the hard way, lol.
 I sponged a little Adirondack ‘Meadow’ at the bottom to give a foliage impression, and some ‘Stonewashed’ in the sky area.
 The image was matted onto the blue card with DST.
 I tore a strip of Tim Holtz Core’dinations paper in blue and added it to the left of the card, and some glittery vellum on top. If you don’t have glittery vellum, you can do your own by stamping a swirly or flowery image onto plain vellum with clear embossing ink, and heat embossing with a sparkly embossing powder. The blue spotted ribbon was tied in a knot over both, then the image mounted overlapping this with Pop-Up glue dots. I used a ‘Wedding Day’ worded stamp along the opening edge, stamped in Distress Ink Cracked Sapphire,  placed equally, and added some dots in a matching Promarker to finish.
 This is another DT project for J&C Creations, and the Stamp, ribbon, Distress Inkpads and Tim Holtz paper are all available from J & C Creations.

To recap, you need:
 Penny Black Westminster Abbey stamp
Adirondack inkpads in Espresso, Stonewashed & Meadow
Distress inkpad Cracked Sapphire
White Pearl Card
Dark blue card scrap
Tim Holtz Core’dinations blue paper
Glittery Vellum
Blue & White Spotted Ribbon.
Nestabilities Labels 8
Small paintbrush or Waterbrush