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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

WOYWW # 210

Morning all! Where did that week go?Wednesday again, time for our regular drop-in at Auntie Julias Stamping Ground. Show & tell for this week then:
This arrived in my Happy Mail on Monday, from my ATC swapper, Monique. Fab ATC, gorgeous cover for it, a bunch of gloriously old dictionary pages, and a beautiful stamped mail art envelope holding it all. Did I get enough adjectives into that paragraph, do you think?

 Also arrived since last week, a lovely card from Debs, (Pen Pot),as a thank you for the flower die cuts. Already putting them to great use I see, thanks so much Deb.

What I'm doing at the moment:( well, what I would be doing if not typing):

I came across the stamped image while I was sorting stuff to take to the crop- another one of those things I keep meaning to use up. I've had the unmounted stamp set, there is four of them, for so long, I have no idea who made them, but they are old style botanical prints. I used a sheet of watercolour paper, torn from the pad, and did the crackle glaze thing, using two colours of acrylic paint, with a layer of crackle glaze between them. Overstamped it with Staz-on, and they are coloured with H2O's, I think.I'd intended using it for a card, but having seen the Art Journals going on at the Crop, I'm thinking to make either an Art Journal, or a Garden Journal, or maybe even an Arty Garden Journal, lol. I'm such a decisive person, ..... not!

 By the way, this will get me into all sorts of trouble, I know but yesterday, Tuesday, was Maggies ( Silvercrafters) birthday.......

 ENABLER ALERT........... Skip this part if your ability to resist temptation is not at its best!

I had a link in one of my e-mails the other day, from a place called  Creativity Direct. The link takes you to the page to get the free catalogue.  This LINK takes you to an e-version of it. If you like altering stuff- don't we all- you will love this!

You name it, they've got it- Canvases, frames, bird houses,magazine holders, journals, shapes, door hangers, animals,torso's, boxes - the list is endless, in wood, card, papier mache, foam,  porcelain, glass. Pretty much every craft you can name is covered too- embroidery, sewing, knitting, altered art, decoupage,glass/ceramic painting, Christmas crafts.
 Loving my night shifts- never seemed to have so much time to myself, or been less tired. Nights aren't part of the rotation shifts where we work, everyone  who works nights has asked for it. I can imagine it being miserable if you HAVE to do it & don't like it- the way I felt about having to do earlies. I was born to work nights, lol. I remember reading a long time ago, that the time of day that suits you best depends on the time you were born, and I was born in the evening. So I'm an evening/night person. Its still weird getting up and its still the same day you went to sleep though.


Lunch Lady Jan said...

So glad the nights are working out for you! Long may it last!
Love the ATC and pretty card, I've loved all this swapping!
Hugs, LLJ 41 xx

okienurse said...

I worked nights from 1970 till 2010 with a short few years on days but I kept getting sick so I went back to nights and did oh so much better. More time for everything. I love that stores are open all night now cause I am up more nights even though I am retired! Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #26

MiniOwner said...

That's good news the night work is suiting you - well done. Lovely card and ATCs. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@34)

Karen Ives said...

Oooh I definitely need to get some of those alterable bits!
Karen #49

Gill Edwards said...

that looks like a great catalogue

Gill x

Helen said...

oh my.... I can't buy anything for the rest of the month cos I've just seen how much is going to be on my next c/card bill... but I will save that link! Have a great day. Helen, 13

Claire said...

Beautiful ATC! I love it when you uncover stuff you can use/reuse!
Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week :)
no. 3

Julia Dunnit said...

Happy to read about the shift working for you - you're abetter woman than I - I was born on the cusp - early evening..and I'm rubbish at nights!!
Thank you ( I think) for the enabling..another catalogue full of intentions there I can tell ya!

House of Bears said...

No no no not looking at that link, definitely not... Well maybe just a peek! Fab art work by the way.

Waving hi from the bears @#71 this week

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Hit Fairy Thoughts first and had to make sure you were my next visit - I am so going to try those molds! Lovely that night shifts suit. I used to be happy, when work allowed flexible schedules, to start at 6 and leave at 2! Always been an early riser :)

Shame on you for posting that catalog...

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (2)

CraftygasheadZo said...

Glad your shifts work for you. Wow that catalogue looks fab, so much to see! Take care Zo xx 29

Diana Taylor said...

I've got my fingers in my ears - I can't hear you - I don't need any more encouragement to spend money! Mind you, it looks really interesting so perhaps a little peep! I'm just off to read about your technique for making moulds (as mentioned by Janet at Fairy Thoughts). Hope you have a great week.
Diana #70

Monique said...

Glad the ATC arrived and you like it.
I am also a night person. If given the chance I would change my days to nights. I never got the getting up early buzz either. Evenings and nights that's when I come alive.
Wish you a lovely week xx

ps: thank you for the silicone mould tutorial, I will give that a go =)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah so agree with you Shaz am better at nights no good in morning etc.. not sure when I was born though and mum not around to ask now -must go and wish Maggie happy birfdy..
Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #4

Heather Alger said...

Thank you so much for the enabling info, I have sent off for their catalogue. Looks full of lots of lovely things :0)
Love the ATC's you received x
Have a Beautiful week WOYWW Heather #81

sandra de said...

OMG you have found a treasure.... imagine what you could do to all those things.
Sandra @104

Winnie said...

Glad to read you are doing well on the night shift. I am a very early shift person, so I am not sure I could do it easily. You received such great goodies from your fellow crafters! Can't wait to see how you decide to use your fun creation! Winnie#79

The Taming of the Glue said...

You are a very bad person showing me that catalogue! I know I won't be able to resist having a look and if I look I'll have to buy!!
Hugs. Pam#26

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz yep that catalogue does look dangerous will def check it out at home later. I made my moulds last night..... That stuff is amazing, a bit smelly though I made some buttons no surprise there then
Have a good week
Janet @35

Ria Gall said...

Hi Shaz
thanks for the heads up on that link I have it saved on my laptop now.
Good luck with doing nights as you say it is not for everyone.
Loving the flowers
Happy WOYWW and I hope you have a great week
Ria #42

Elizabeth said...

Now that explains everything, I was born in the evening too and when I had to I loved working the night shift. And, I'm slow to get going in the morning :) Just spotted the door-hangers - I've been after one or two for a while but dare I download that catalogue! Thanks for sharing, I think :) Happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x #78

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

That's an interesting theory about the time you were born thing - I was born at 6am and I'm definitely a morning person, I'd much rather get to work early and get home early than be working in the evening. Sharon #79

Gibby Frogett said...

Hi Shaz ...omg thats a fabulous catalogue, you were right - its gonna cost me a fortune (but I can blame you if my OH moans..LOL... not that he will)
Love your ATCs too... thanks for stopping by earlier..Happy WOYWW...Gill x

Maisie Moonshine said...

Aaargh Shaz you bad lady!!! Too many gorgeous things to buy! I haven't forgotten I still owe you an ATC. Thanks for your visit - have a great week. MMx #43

Francesca said...

Thanks for stopping by. I missed the catalogue, I have mountains of stuff to deal with before I get anymore! Well today anyway. Francesca #112

Krisha said...

Hi Shaz, What wonderful Happy Mail.
Have a great week.
Krisha #17

BJ said...

Just couldn't resist the link - LOL I found Christmas weird too I have to say although the weather today is decidedly Autumnal. Thanks for visiting me this week Happy WOYWW BJ#74

Fandhmum said...

Hi Shaz, you naughty temptress.
Happy Wednesday
Rosie x

Caro said...

The ATC and card are gorgeous and yes, you really are a temptress! I have bookmarked for a later look! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#133)

glitterandglue said...

Ouch - the pain of resisting looking is just awful!! Glad the night shifts are working - bit of a lark, myself - much prefer to get up really early and crack on then. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, Bodnant is NT - well worth a visit if you are in the area and are healthy enough to walk down and up a steep garden!
Have a great week.
Margaret #67

kathi17 said...

I love that botanical stamp. and that catalogue looks wonderful. I'm downloading the .pdf version now!

I put a little something on my workdesk along with a mention of you today. :-)

Kathi #119

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

Great ATCs and cards! Isn't happy mail so great!!!

Now, I looked at the catalog but not very close! Don't want to be tempted.

Thanks for your visit!!!

Kay (93)

Kyla said...

Bad Shaz......making Kyla spend money!!! ;-)

kyla x

Angelfish said...

I'm liking the look of your botanical stamps and the pages from that catalogue. Thanks for sharing the DIY mould making too, it looks awesome :o)

Fiona xx

VonnyK said...

Beautiful ATC's and that is one dangerous catalogue. Glad you can handle nights, I'm hopeless, I'm asleep by 9pm.
Have a great week.
Von #21

Darnell J Knauss said...

A super fun post, Shaz! Loved the ATCs and your WIP - it will be wonderful whatever you decide!!

Thanks for coming by to visit me at the Playhouse! Have a wonderful week!! Glad you are loving the hours! Darnell #61

KatzElbows said...

I've already sent off for a catalogue! You are a truly evil person! I really like the paper underneath your image, with the circles of colour. (Sorry, but I'm always drawn to something that isn't the main feature!) I'm also really glad you tried making your own silicone moulds. I've been thinking about giving it a go and you've totally convinced me.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Love Rachel #48

Tamara said...

Hi Shaz, Thank you so much for popping over to my place for a visit! I love your blog and I now know you are a fine enabler!!! ;0))

donnalouiserodgers said...

Hello night owl, I know what you mean, I did love nights too, but find it makes me too tired now, it's the sappign back onto days - throws me out for a couple of weeks, so if I can I stick to daytime, but I agree early mornings are not for me, (even though I get up at 6am!!! the ATC is indeed gorgeous, and thanks for the link, must find that link for 'siligum' again I need to make some molds this weekend.Dx

Neet said...

Oh dear, you should not show me a catalogue of arty bits - no way! Have just had to maker a cuppa in readiness for a browse - thanks really!
Oh heck - I am ready for bed at 11 pm and need to sleep - no longer a night owl!
Sorry I am so late - life just got in the way.
Hugs and thanks for visiting me earlier, Neet xx 27

Debs Willis said...

HiShaz, that catalogue looks like it will put a serious dent in the bank balance loL!!

ummmm......the tattered florals card was from me, not the other Deb :-) tee hee!

Debs #100

Kerry said...

Looks like you got some lovely happy mail! :) Thanks for the peek at all the alterable goodies!

Lisa Richards said...

Wow, can't believe someone LIKES working nights! :) I'd be a mess!
Have a great, creative week and thanks for visiting my desk!

Spyder said...

Fabulous ATC's and pictures! Thanks for my snoop, have a great crafting week! HaPpY LaTe WoYwW
((Lyn)) #51

akilli melek said...

just catching up with last week's comments. you have a very busy desk. caroline