Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #147

Whoa *and* WOYWW. It's 8am here (US, Eastern Daylight Saving Time) and I'm still a little bleary-eyed. The master WOYWW linky over at Mistress Julia's Stamping Ground is already in the 130's... apparently there's a race going on and I didn't get the memo. :) Haha! I'm much funnier when my morning coffee is less in my cup and a lot more in my belly. You'll just have to take my word for it.

Before I show my desk, I have a confession to make. I thought I turned the blasted WORD VERIFICATION off ages ago, only to discover it was active whilst poking around my blog settings. I was quite surprised and embarrassed, what with my own cursing under my breath when I see it elsewhere. If you're like me, maybe you should check yours, too.

Anyway, here's my desk this morning.

Last night I finished a card I started in November. *ahem* Now I just have the little ticket options to cut out so  I can put it in my Etsy shop. I love the making but not the cluttering keeping. Once I complete a project I'm done with it. :)

Over on the right edge I have new Adirondack color washes. I've never used them before, so I see a messy future for me! I got Butterscotch, Lettuce, Sailboat Blue and Red Pepper - a decent mix for a start, I think. Now, what to do with them?

Come join us at Julia's. It's fun for all ages!


Friday, March 23, 2012

G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Tin

Hiya crafty folks! Yesterday was a bright sunny day and I was able to get outside for a little yard work. Today will be gorgeous also, if you can believe the weather man. *wink* I choose to believe!

I have another project made during my Graphic 45 marathon, this time with Olde Curiosity Shoppe. This is a really fun line with loads of neat oddities. I used a window tin with the acrylic window cut out. I'm pretty pleased with the framing effect.

Here's a view of the right inside edge. For the hanging jar, I cut a slit in the cork lid and shimmied the "knees" into it, then glued the cork lid to the glass. Many of the bottles on the G45 paper are covered with Glossy Accents.

Here is the left inside edge. I layered a wicked moth and put him on the side - what a surprise! The wooden clock is one of the new Prima embellishments, and hanging from it is a pendulum charm and bit of metal.

Here's the back (shot at an odd angle). The tag has my shipping info so the kind folks at Graphic 45 can send it back to me once their design team decisions are made. *wink*

So that's it for me. Thanks so much for visiting today!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album

Hiya friends! As you might know, I've been in a G45 crafting frenzy nigh on a month now, what with the audition (I made the Final 30!) and then my three projects shipped to G45 on Monday. I posted the Communique shadow box HERE, and I want to show you another project included in that shipment.

I used G45's newest line - Little Darlings. Such beautiful graphics! Here's a very chunky 4"x4" mini album.

Not a lot of embellishment on the front since the mother and baby are so darn cute!

The little girl is a pull-out tag, and the right side has space for a photo. I still have to make the coordinating photo corners before this goes to it's new home. :)

More pull-out tags on these pages. Don't you just love that little baby face?

A single tag on the left and two on the right side.

I don't have a photo of the back (gasp!) but it's covered with the blue "B" paper. I used a combination of 12x12 sheets and 8x8. Also the sticker sheet and chipboard pieces from both sets. It's a Little Darlings embellishment extravaganza!

I'll post my last project in a day or two, as well as the Little Darlings one that didn't make the cut. :)

Thanks for visiting today! It's a gorgeous day and I'm going to go outside for sun and yard work. Next week we're headed back down into the 60's (*still* higher than normal temps) so I'm going to take advantage "soak up" the vitamin D while I can.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #146

Hellloooo, again. It's Wednesday which means snoop day! You know, the one where we get to have a peek at your desk and "Ooh...Ahhh" at your creativity. Or your storage. We like storage.

Me? I got a whole lot of nothin' going on. The other day I rummaged around at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (charity shop) and found some cool brass knobs and stuff.

My current work desk is actually the kitchen table, where I'm doing paperwork. *thump... headdesk* It's just me, last year's business receipts and Quicken. Joy.

You ask, "Why don't you just do it throughout the year, Susan?" I can't answer because I just passed out from the paperwork boredom.

If you want to have a poke with permission, cruise on over to Julia's Stamping Ground - she's the Master Snooper with the Master List. Join us! It's fun and a great way to procrastinate... *wink*


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday? #145

Hello crafty critters! [Critters? Really? *sigh*] It's another Wednesday and you know what that means, right? It's the day we all get permission to snoop around other desks and peek at different stashes. Yay! Check out Julia, the Queen Snooper herself for ALL the fabby desks and projects-in-progress.

Last night I had a clear-out because The Leaning Tower of Stuff fell off the desk. It was time. It's been Graphic 45 24/7 these days, and even though G45 papers and chipboard are pretty, they are not pretty all over the floor. Plus, I'd have to walk over them to get out the door and into my bed. I was trapped. It was a matter of my own SURVIVAL, I tell you!

Complements of the studio faeries, this morning I found the next project all lined up and ready for today's fun. The only thing the faeries didn't do was make the decision as to whether I'll use the mini screen, paper mache letter B, or a little envelope album thingy.

Heh, it appears they did a little late night shopping with my credit card, too. Cheeky!

I finished the box from last week. There are a couple of detail photos in this blog post, also.

So, I've shown you mine, now show me yours! Join us over at Julia's Stamping Ground for some snooping fun!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Graphic 45 - Communique Shadow Box

Hiya crafty folks! I've been busy on a new G45 project. Want to see it?

I've used papers from the Communique collection and a few bits and bobs. I absolutely love this George Bernard Shaw quote, "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." Isn't that the truth?!

I've used bits of the paper to create communication-themed vignettes in the boxes. Sending a telegram, typing a letter, listening to the Edison phonograph, writing a note, watching the movies and taking photographs, speaking on the telephone. In each of these methods there is a sender and a receiver and the hope that the message sent is the message received. *wink*

The inside of the inkwell is painted with a Qtip.

I love this box and the optical-illusion created by the diamond patterned paper.

Thanks for visiting today! I'll have more stuff up as the glue dries.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #144

Welcome to another WOYWW! Today is the day desks across the world are bared... exposed... laid out for a snoop. Visit our Master Snooper, Julia, at The Stamping Ground for loads to look at!

Heh, when you see my mess you'll probably exclaim "Wow!"... and there might be an "Oh my" added in. I have the 60mm macro lens on the camera, otherwise you'd get a big ol' eyeful of the scraps and bits cut out from the paper I'm working with these past few days.

Ok, full confession time. As I look at this photo I realize it doesn't show *anything* close to what's at my elbows as I type... and on the floor... The vacuum cleaner is going on strike when it comes near this room!

The project is a Configurations box using the Graphic 45 Communique line and will be one of my final-round design team submissions.

I'll have a poke around your desks in the next few days. For now, I have to go to bed. It's late! Happy WOYWW!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Graphic 45 Finalist!


Thanks so much for your well wishes everyone - it worked! Along with 29 other fantastic folks from around the world, I have been selected as a Graphic 45 design team finalist.

I admit I checked the post a couple of times, just in case I was imagining my name on the list. (Wait, let me check again... oh, there I am at #19!) My foot is really in the door and now I have the opportunity to WOW 'em with 3 projects in their hot little hands. This is an immense honor and I truly appreciate it.

I have to send a special thanks to my big sister for being such an inspiration in life and a rock through this process. L - you affect my life in positive ways every single day. Thank you!

So, wish me luck!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Trashy Vampire Novel Altered Altoid Tin!

Hi folks! Over at Craftster I'm participating in a "Wicked Vices Altoid Tin Swap". Hee hee hee. My UK-based partner finally received so I can share it with you now!

Each partner was supplied with 5 "vices" to inspire the other to alter an Altoid tin. One of my partner's vices was reading trashy vampire novels. I couldn't pass it up!

The heart and wings are from Grungeboard die cut sheets. Those poor wings have flown around two or three different projects before alighting on this one. The heart was trimmed down to size, painted red then coated with crackle paint. The crackle paint wanted to flake off with all the manipulation so I coated it with Glossy Accents.

The book cover is made from three pieces: the covers are separate pieces of chipboard and the binding is a piece of Grungepaper. I needed the binding to be pliable and the Grungepaper worked perfectly. I adhered the 3 pieces to the ivory liner paper and carefully put the precut red Graphic 45 paper on. There is a wee bit of space between the chipboard sheets and Grungepaper to allow for movement. I used a scoring tool to create the groove on the Graphic 45.

Inside is a trashy vampire novel of her very own! The bookplate is from a set of American Crafts stamps called "Librarian". I jut happened to stumble on it at Tuesday Morning the day I was trying to figure out the inside cover. It was a serendipitous moment!

For the inside pages, I scoured the Internets for fun vampire-related photos and quotes.

This one is my favorite:

The end!

Thanks for visiting today! Here's a link to our Craftster Wicked Vices gallery if you'd like to see more. There's a plethora of funny vices represented in Altoid tins! Here's a little hint for you - to the right of center there's a button that says "show images only". Click and you'll get all the photos without the chatter. :)

Ok, that's it for me. We're going to see 70 degrees today for the first time this year. I've saved up all my errands so I can ride around with the sun on my face and wind in my hair. Glorious!