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Wednesday, 23 March 2011


 Blimey, Wednesday already!! Where do these weeks go? Happy WOYWW to everyone,heres my offereing for this week. Get yourself off to our Glorious Leaders site,Julia Dunnits  The Stamping Ground, if you don't know what this is all about and come & join the fun- legal stalking & snooping, lol.

On my desk this week, is a lot of untidiness!For putting this card together, I have a ball of Eyelash wool, a couple of square punches, my Tim Holtz ruler, and another clear gridded ruler,scalpel, Titanium non-stick scissors, dst, Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad,and Provocraft Silent Setter.
           The main image
(Illuminata, Inkadinkado) was stamped in Black Stazon on an alcohol ink background, using Blues & Purples, with Copper Mixative. I also stamped it onto an oil pastel background, also in blues & purples.

Silent Setter
The background panel is a Magenta stamp, 26019-R, stamped and heat embossed in gold on black paper.This panel was attached with dst to the front of the card base, a square black one.  The Illuminata image on alcohol ink was matted onto black card, then mounted on top of the Ornate panel. Then I cut and punched some random sections of the oil pastel print, coated these in Glossy accents and sprinkled with a few seed beads.These were then stuck over the corresponding parts of the original image, some with glossy accents, so they sit flat on the surface, and some with a little silicone glue to add dimension.

 Some blue eyelash wool was wrapped around the front of the card, and the phrase' Unique Art', Paperartsy, was stamped onto some offcuts of the Alcohol inked image.  I stamped the two words separately, by covering one with lowtack tape while I inked the other word, then peeling the tape off before stamping.They were then heat embossed using Black detail powder. This allowed me to cut both words into a tag, which had a copper eyelet added before being threaded onto the eyelash wool & knotted in place.

Next on my desk this week, is another bargain for you. I ordered theses Promarkers on Sunday, from Cowling & Wilcox, and they arrived yesterday.They are a bargain, because at C & W, these 5 packs are only £5.95. The 12 packs are only £11.85. And no, that is not a misprint. They really are that cheap. They do charge p & p, but if you enter this code : PROM211  in the promotional Code box, you will get FREE P&P until April 30th. They have all the packs too, not just a few.

 And thanks to everyone who liked my review of Paper Transformed last week, I am glad it was useful to you. As & when I get time, I will review a few other good craft/stamping books I have for you.
Quick reminder to all here in the UK, the clocks go FORWARD one hour this weekend!!!!


MaggieC said...

Hi Shaz, glad you are home from work. It is too nice to be working, with all this lovely sunshine. Thanks for the hint about the Promarkers. I am still not sure how I feel about them, but as I only have 8, perhaps I need more to make a proper judgement. I know you wanted to know where this week has gone, but I want to know where this year is flying to. The Boat Race is on this weekend, I am sure the last one was only a couple of weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaz, Love your desk and all your tools, as well as that lovely card. Thanks for the info on the promarkers. Happy WOYWW and thanks for stopping by my desk. :-)

Caroline Hallett said...

Love all the stuff on your desk - and blimey those promarkers are cheap - thanks for the tip. Happy WOYWW - Hugs - Caroline xoxo

Kim said...

Lovely busy desk! And I Love your card!!! You got such wonderful depth of color--did you use black glossy paper for the AI panel? Have a great week!

DottyA Cards & Things said...

That is such a stunning card you did.... all the extras are beautiful on it and love that yarn too! I bought some of that yarn on sale a few months ago but have not used it yet... Your project makes me want to try some Now!

Helen said...

That card is downright gorgeous! I have a silent setter - used it maybe once.... why do i do that? same as my crop-a-dile!

Morti said...

Hey Shaz - gorgeous card hun! And I'm like you - one can never have too many steel edged clear rulers!

Doone said...

oh I like the walking in balance and beauty header - that is exactly how it feels when I draw...

it doesn't feel like practice anymore - it feels like an itch that has to be scratched, If you liked the Hot Tip you might like the Hot Mamma who gave it me,


Franka Benjaminsen said...

Love the card you've made. Brilliant!
And great you gonna try Promarkers too. I find out you can stamp best with Adirondack Ink. The others are mixing with the Promarkers.
About the bird... the nest is from a turtle-dove. They lived around our house.
Thanks for visiting my blog and have a nice WOYWW
Bye Franka

Sam said...

Loving your piece this week. You really do have an eye for bargains! I sent your post last week to 'im indoors in the hope that he might get the hint of the book in time for Mum's Day or my birthday!! I live in hope!!!!

sandra de said...

A really beautiful card and thanks for describing how it all came together. I can't wait for my book (paper transformed ) to arrive as I had to order it after your review.

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Fab card. Reasonably tidy desk too! Congrats.

Didn't know about the clocks this weekend so, er, THANKS for letting me know I'll be losing an hour's sleep!
Hugs, Sandra #14

Di said...

Hi Shaz - gorgeous card and thanks for the tipoff about the PMs.

Remember to hop over to my blog if you'd like to win some blog candy. I'm celebrating one whole year of blogging :) Di x

lisa said...

What a great desk showing that stunning card in the making. It's amazing. i love the blue and all the detail. I never knew that fibre was called eyelash wool. I have loads of it and will think about it differently from now on.
Thanks for the promarker tip and the clocks!!!
Hugs Lisa #148

Anonymous said...

Busy desk!
Great buy with the Promarkers - have fun!

Chrysalis said...

You've done yourself proud with this one, Shaz - love it! Chris x

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

This card is just beautiful - the silent setter looks good. Thanks for the tip about the pro markers.
Rebecca x (32)

The Crafty Elf said...

What beautiful work Shaz, week after week. That's such a great deal on those markers....WOW! Have a great day and Happy WOYWW!

Donna Heber said...

Gorgeous card Shaz! Glad you were able to get a good price on those markers.

Carola Bartz said...

Your card is gorgeous, you put so much work into it. Well worth it!

okienurse said...

beautiful card! Love your workspace. I have never used promarkers. I might ought to look into them! Sorry I am so late making it around but last week was very busy. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #162

Jennipher Lowery said...

Very artistic! Could also be the cover of an art journal.