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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

WOYWW? #189


IMG_7496   Actually, this is the view from my desk, rather than whats on it. And it was yesterday, not today. Never mind, todays the day for 'show & tell' at The Stamping Ground, courtesy as always of our gracious hostess, Julia. So what actually is on my desk? Well, a great bargain from The Works, for starters. It was either £2.99 or £3.99, and its full of marbled papers.

  They are on a shiny paper, which is not necessarily gooIMG_7499 wd, BUT, the best bit is that it comes with a cd, with all the papers on- how cool is that?IMG_7497 w Means you can print them onto matte paper- great for mens cards/ steampunk and so on.

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There are 120 designs, and for our purposes, are copyright free- you just can't use them in large quantities, or commercially.

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  Other item on my desk is one of my Christmas presents from Beloved Husband- a melt pot. Still in its box- I'm looking forward to having a play with this!

  Thats about it-if you want to see how these old stamp blocks became 'blending tools', its in the prevIMG_7503 wious post.

   I'm off for my first lot of physio this afternoon,so I shall probably be feeling very sorry for myself later Sad smile. Have a great WOYWW.



BetteK said...

Haven't played with mine for a while but I do love my melting pot! I can't wait to see what you create Shaz! LOVE the *S*N*O*W* photo' ... I am never happier than when it is *s*n*o*w*i*n*g* so had a huge grin on my face here on Monday (sorry Maggie C). Good luck with your physio ... will be thinking of you and wishing you well. D x #48

Francesca said...

You will love your meltpot, i do. Great idea with old stamp blocks , I have loads to play with. Great desk. Francesca #75

sandra de said...

Ohhh looking forward to seeing what you create with your melting pot. Love your previous post on making blending tools.... very clever.
Sandra @16

Ann B said...

No snow here Shaz but it looks like we may get a battering on Friday. Love the look, hate the aftermath.
May have to send DH to the Works for that book, love marbled paper and am lucky enough to have a few hand-marbled sheets bought in Florence when we went a few years back. I don't use it though - far too pretty.

Just looked at your homemade blenders, brill idea and one I will definitely do.

Thanks for calling in earlier and for your comments - always appreciated. Taking the dog out later - she loves the frosty ground, thinks it's her playground.
Have a great week.
Ann B

Redanne said...

Hi Shaz, love your idea for the blending tools - very clever idea and the marbled papers look good too, will have to investigate those especially as it comes with a CD. Thanks for your visit earlier too. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #35

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what a fantasic workdesk!
So nice to meet you !
Have a good and creative rest of the week!Ang yes give ART JOurnalin a GO!
Her is your special invitation to take part on:

xxx Susi

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Shaz,

Brr that window looks cold looking out of it sending you a lovely 28c day like we had today very grateful for it too.. plus we did have 33mm to water the garden this week so doubly thankful for that!!

Melting pot no idea what I would do with it!! but am sure you will... so agree with you on marble paper why so do they waste ink printing it on glossy paper or is that it costs less to print it on gloss than Matt paper..very frustrating.

ah Physio, Shaz, feeling for you in but it is way to better use of the shoulder.. to help ease the pain I totally recommend Arnica cream and cold packs both help immensely I find. as they both reduce the inflammation.

love Shaz in Oz.x #4

MrsC.x said...

Happy WOYWW Mrs.C #46 {i think?!}

MaggieC said...

Sorry for putting temptation in your way, Shaz. It is usually you that tempts me to spend. I like the look of those marbled papers, the disc especially. Do you remember how hard backed notebooks always had beautifully marbled inside the covers. Speak to you soon. xx Maggie #37

Sandy said...

The melting pot was a great gift from hubby he is so clever and must know you well.. Love the little tutorial below for your blending tools. TFS
Thanks for visiting me already.
Sandy :)

Cardarian said...

Isn't it nice when we find a bargain! Lovely papers and how lucky are you to have a melting pot - I must put that on my wish list as there is so much you can do with that! Hope the physio won't be too exhausting - I went through a lot of it last year so I know!
Lots of hugs,

Annie said...

Really hope you have lots of fun with your new 'toys' :-)
A x #50

Glenda said...

Your gonna love the melting pot...but you have to take it out of the package! Be careful...don't get a burn!
Glenda #97

Robin Spitzer said...

I ditto everyone else, you are gonna love that pot!

I am off to see what you did with those blocks, as I have some myself...

Thank you for your visit!

Have a wonderful week,

Robin #109

Krisha said...

I have had a melting pot for years, it comes in handy for many things. It is something you will deffinately enjoy! The marbled paper looks yummy! Enjoy!
Krisha #122

Almo said...

Hello Shaz
Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. You will get a better view of the mirror tomorrow when I post a full picture of it. I am jelous of your christmas present. I have yet to invest in a melting pot am making do with a heat gun and a melt tray at the moment. See you have plenty of the white stuff too in your garden. Hugs Mo x

voodoo vixen said...

I hope the physio goes well, albeit painful!! I am jealous of your pressie, have wanted a melting pot for ages and almost had one whilst in Calgary but remembered it wouldn't work here so passed. The papers were indeed a bargain, and you can always treat them to get a less shiney finish!! Annette #3

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, that was a bargain from The Works...what a great shop that is!! You are going to get soo much use out of that cd rom!
I hope the pummelling wasn't too bad this afternoon, physio can be so draining. Hope it helps the recovery speed up for you :)
HUgs, LLJ #38 xx

lisa said...

That paper looks great. I'm sure you'll put it to great use.
Melting pots look great but I haven't succumbed to temptation yet.
Hope the physio went well.
Hugs Lisax #70

Gibby Frogett said...

Hi Shaz thanks for your lovely comments and visiting my first WOYWW. Had a little look at Riverside Beads and looks fab.
Will have to come and look more in depth at your pages and especially your stampscape projects - I could never master the pear-shaped dotty stamp for shading..
So many talented people and fabulous blogs that I am wondering how you seasoned WOYWWers ever get anything done...ha ha.. happy crafting Gill x (#128)

Twiglet said...

Something really beautiful about marbling isn't there. No idea what a melting pot is but I am sure you will have fun with it. Hope the physio went well. x Jo

Lindsay Weirich said...

Good luck at your appointment, play with the new melt pot when you are done to take your mind off it! Happy WOYWW! Lindsay #101

Ria Gall said...

Wow that really was a bargin all those papers and then a cd to copy as and when you need them. I am loving your melt pot.
Ria #114

Alison said...

Lovely view. It tried to snow here in Glasgow today but gave up. It's still very very cold. I am thinking of a melr pot and look forward to folowing your adventures with it.
Persevere with the physio. I get it for some shoulder and neck pain that was very severe and am now at 90 % use again. Still a few more sessions and we are hoping for 95 to 100%.

JoZart said...

Hi Shaz, it's so lovely you are willing to join in with LillyBo project... just make it simple and small. thanks to for the offer of fabric if needed. I'll post the full info over the next day or so.
you'll love your meltpot.. .so creatively versatile. I was lucky to take a full day class with Suze Weinberg before she retired and we made so many things.
Keep an eye out in charity shops for small wooden chess sets to use the pieces as quirky handles for those blending tools!!! Cheaper than buying handles. I paid £1 for a set.
love jo x

Linda w said...

Hope you not feeling too sorry for yourself after your 'treatment'. How great to have a melt pot, hope you have lots of fun, thanks for the visit today, and happy WOYWW. Hugs lin

Andrea said...

I hope your physio went ok and wasn't too bad thanks for sharing your fab find with us and hope you get to use your pressie soon. off to check out your other post have fab week Andrea #22

Elfcrafts said...

Hi Shaz. Love the view of all the snow from your window. I also had a look at your new craft room wow! It looks amazing. Hope physio went OK. Love Em x no95

sandee said...

I recently bought myself a melt pot, and the couple of times I have used it have been fun! Hope you enjoy yours too! ♥ waving hi from the soggy laden hills of North Carolina :)

BJ said...

Just got totally engrossed with how you made the blending tools - brilliant! Your new stash and toy are great too. Yep the Chronology cog dies are cool, work fine in my cuttlebug although the card is hard to prise from the die, especially one where there isn't a big hole, but I managed. Thanks for visiting me BJ#55

Samantha Elliott said...

Can you please send some of that snow over the border please? I do believe we may get some on Friday if the weathermen can be believed.
I look forward to seeing what you do with your melt pot - or cauldron as my Hubby calls it!
Thanks for calling by and hope your physiotherapist wasn't too rough with you.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, I've just been reading through some of your back posts and love what you've done with your stamps, and the wooden blocks too - an excellent recycling job. I haven't got that many stamps on wooden blocks to need to do that but I'll remember your post if ever I do.

I have a melt pot on my wish list - other priorities at the moment - so can't wait to see the projects you create using yours. I hope you've had a great WOYWW, Elizabeth x #52

PS: Loved looking at all those photos of your amazing and unusual wedding :)

Elizabeth said...

Another PS: I hope the physio wasn't too hard on you and that you are not suffering too much.

Tracy said...

Oh, I used to love The Works - so many little surprise bargains. Now I'm in Australia I go to Ned's instead. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have fun with your melting pot soon :)

Tracy #60

Shoshi said...

Lovely papers, Shaz, and what a great pressie from your hubby. I've got a melting pot but haven't used it much - I must get it going again! It's a very useful tool.

Thanks for your lovely comment about my zentangle album. Zentangle is really "organised doodling" - you'd be really good at it after all those years of practice while your mum was bending your ear on the phone lol!! It's highly addictive and really creative!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #83

April Story said...

The view from the window is lovely. Winter is my favorite time of year - I wish we'd gotten some of the snow the rest of the US got. Oh well - there's always next week. I hope pt goes well and there isn't too much pain after. April #141

Gita said...

I hope your PT went well and not feeling too bad. What do you use a melting pot for? Take Care
Brigita #125

Nan G said...

Bbbrrr winter. Love the marbled paper. Give it a light sanding that'll knock down the shine. Have fun with the melt pot. Careful it and the Utee leave nasty burns. Hope you have a good long set of tweezers. :) Happy WOYWW! Nan 113

shirley clark said...

Oh the fun you will have. my melting pot died and I do miss it.

Roudi said...

Hello there Shaz!
Love what you've done with your old stamps! I'm sure you'll have fun with your melting pot, too!

Happy belated WOYWW from Egypt. xx
Roudi #115

My name is Cindy said...

Clever you making your own blending tools! I also use my own felt for my alcohol inks, can't see it's any difference! That CD looks good - I'm glad I'm not the only one that doesn't like those shiny papers you get - I'm not really sure why but I tend to let the kids have them at work when they come with things I would never buy shiny on purpose. Anyhow, hope the physio wasn't too bad, and thanks for stopping by (more snow tomorrow?) Cindy #74

Lori said...

Love the pattern paper and the melting pot. I still need to buy a melting pot. Have fun playing with it.

Sorry I am a day late. Fighting the nasty flu.
Lori #84

Caro said...

Gorgeous snow photo, and what a lovely bargain to find...there looks to be some great patterns in there. Thanks for sharing. Happy 'Belated' WOYWW. Caro #63

BetteK said...

Bit late getting back to my WOYWW visitors I'm afraid ... kept really busy with those icing flowers (all now made and wired into sprays ready to go on the cake!) LOVE what you've done with your old wooden blocks and making yourself new blending tools ... you get a gold star from me! Love Debbie #48 xXx

Nicky said...

What a nice lot of stash and great idea with the stamp blocks – I have not shared my desk this week as am busy looking after my friends cattery but am enjoying looking at everyone else craftiness – Have a great week

Darnell J Knauss said...

Hi Shaz, I've enjoyed strolling up and down these last posts. You are very clever, very industrious, and very generous sharing all these tips and tricks and products with all of us! Thank you!

Thank you, too, for coming by the Playhouse and for your anniversary wishes. I'm sorry I'm so late coming by. I took some time off to celebrate with Mister and I'm slowly making my way 'round!

Hugs, Darnell #64

Craftychris said...

ooh your cd looks cool - the designs are fab! I love your ink blending tools - I scooting back and looked at how you made them - what a brilliant idea, thank you so much for sharing! Have a good weekend xx #126

Kim said...

I have meltpot envy!! The Works can have some good stuff in from time to time - I got a great set of acrylic paints today for a couple of quid - ideal for journalling. Love that cd book - what a bargain. Hope your physio wasn't too rough on you! xx

Queen Lightwell said...

Oooh, a melting pot! Can't wait to see what you make with it. I am deliberating the purchase of one for myself and so far just haven't gotten around to it...there are just so many toys and so little time! :) Thanks for stopping by my desk already and leaving me a comment. I'm running behind again this week on my return visits...but I have been busy playing in my craft cave! lol I mean, you saw all my new stamps, they just had to get inky! Take care and great job on the blending tools you made yourself. Deeyll :)

Nelle said...

What a good idea, blending tools can cost so much.
Doing it your way, I can have one for each colour. At for a fraction of the price.
Thank you for sharing your idea.
Nelle xx

Ohhh Snap said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Lovely goodies : D. Marbled paper without all the things that can spill lol. Looking forward to seeing what you make with your melting pot! #155

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

ooh, melting pot! awesome gift.. I should add that to my wishlist. lol Thanks for visiting my desk.. i know it's bit late, not sure where my week went. lol thanks for sharing.

Michele #160