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Wednesday, 27 January 2016


Well this weeks desk mainly revolves around why I ought to clean my desk more often!
Last week I'd been glittering some NOEL die-cuts, and today I decided I really, really needed to get rid of the stray glitter thats everywhere.
 In the process of moving stuff on my desk in order to clean, I found these, under my UFO tub, which I'll show in a minute. They are Brusho experiments, and I'd clearly stacked them up and put them under said UFO box to flatten. And promptly forgot about.

This is the UFO box, and it gets all sorts stuffed into it. Things that didn't work, or went wrong somehow, leftovers, things I'm not sure where to go next with, and so on and on.

This is just a small handful of the UFO's it holds- some things need finishing, others are there to be cut up- like the Baubles done in Gold Flake. It just didn't work, not sure why, I've had more detailed images come out fine, so I may have to try it again. But, I can punch squares out of it, and have some mosaic Christmas cards, combined with other stuff.I could get myself a whole bunch of cards done here, if I get myself doing something to finish these off.So thats going to be my project for the rest of the week, I think. See what I can make from this little lot, and empty the box a bit.
 If you're not sure what WOYWW is, then click on the button in my sidebar, and by the magic of the Internet you'll be whisked off to Julia's, at The Stamping Ground, where all will be revealed- and it's all done in the best possible taste!


Helen said...

the link isn't even up, and yours is the second desk where people are using up scraps and UFO's!! Have a great week. Helen #?

Neet said...

Love the UFO's and had a smile at your finding the Brusho samples. The reason for that is that I used them in my workshop on Sunday and found it took ages to wipe up the blue staining on the worktop (which didn't show up).
It is a dark brown top so it wouldn't show but I can just imagine someone sitting to eat something and ending up with blue arms.
Have a nice day - and a good week
Hugs, Neet 2 xx

Bridget Larsen said...

Your UFo box looks really inviting and neat, I dont have a UFo box, I dont seem to have UFO, it will sit on my desk until I finish with it
Bridget #4

lisa said...

I'm glad to see someone else has a UFO box, Shaz. It's really satisfying to create things out of it isn't it and sometimes going back to something months later can really spark inspiration. Have fun!!
Hugs Lisax #17

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah dear Shaz I too have such receptacle but just admit like your name of UFO box .. May adopt it and resort mine too.. Or not :) love your Brusho samples am thinking about getting some, any tips on using them.???
Happy WOYWW, nice to be back in Deskland again.
Shaz in Oz.x #15

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Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ah, dear old Cupid Stunt - I miss her ;-)
You're doing a great job trawling through your Unfinished box - it must be a good feeling finishing something off that had been lingering. Actually, that sounds like a plot for a zombie film. See, you're multi-tasking :-)
Hugs, LLJ 10 xxx

Annie said...

Don't you just love it when you find treasures like that? I love all the bright cheery colours and am sure you will now put them to good use :-)
Have a great week.
Annie x # 11

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I love the name UFO box and may have to steal that from you! I have a whole drawer like that. You have lots of opportunities there and I look forward to seeing you create from these treasures!
Glenda #31

voodoo vixen said...

I love what you have done with the Brushos, my Mum is just getting into them and they are so pretty! I have a UFO section on the desk and rarely go abck to it, think your idea is brilliant, just go through it and make something new out of all the bits! Happy Wednesday to you! Annette #31

Julia Dunnit said...

Your Brusho pieces are really lovely..so vibrant. Made me LOL.. your memory proves my craft desk theory - out of sight, out of mind! Super impressed at your UFO box, to be honest, its a lesson - your saving and re-using what I would have thrown away...

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Great brusho experiments, Shaz! I've got some too out of curiosity but I haven't done much with them yet. Other than trying to turn them into alcohol inks, which didn't work. The UFO box is a great idea - I should adopt it, instead of having them scattered all over the place! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #38

CraftygasheadZo said...

Glad I'm not the only one who hides things to flatten and forgets them! They all look amazing. Take care Zo xx 44

Lisca Meijer said...

What a find! Those brusho pages. You must be so pleased.
And then all those UFOs.I can see some really nice things among that lot. You can do a few quick makes with those.
Thanks for visiting earlier and your sweet comment,
Have a good week,

Anonymous said...

It's like finding buried treasure, those brusho scraps. I have a drawer full of that sort of thing - I just need to find the time to make something with them. I'll be watching to see what you do LOL!


Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (41)

Kim said...

Love your UFO box, and that you are going to do something with the contents. I have a small basket, a scrapbook page container, and a drawer; instead of finding another container, I should join you and actually go through and a\start re-purposing them. And I love the brusho backgrounds! Have fun with those too!
Have a great week.
-K #51

Angela Radford said...

Pleased to see I'm not the only one who forgets there are test pieces lurking. I have masterboards and test pieces under my work mat that often get forgotten but can come in useful when I need something quick. Happy crafty WOYWW, Angela x 29

Sharon said...

Love all the 'unfinished' pieces. They look great. Lots of colours! Sounds like you're still on Christmas :)

Sharon K #49

StampinCarol said...

Gorgeous UFOs!! I found some recently, too, while cleaning my closet. Seems we all have a box of them somewhere. Hope you have a great week!
Carol N #42

Debbie Rock said...

Yeah all the glitter and sparkle can get a bit much can't it? Especially when you are not a particularly glittery or sparkly type of gal ... which I am not but sometimes the stuff just has to come into play! Used Gilding Flakes for the first time on Sunday at the workshop ... EEEK!!!!!! Shall have to try them again sitting quietly in the peace and privacy of my own workspace and try and redeem the total hash I made of them! Shall be out with the Brushos once the cards on my desk are done ... making A4 backgrounds which I am cutting into narrower strips to be the base of this year's cards. Get in an awful mess but hey-ho ... all good fun. Happy WOYWW'ing to you dear Shaz. Love Debbie #55 xXx

Christine said...

What a brilliant idea!! Best of luck in emptying the box.
Have a good week
Bishopsmate #27

Princess Judy Palmer said...

So should we check back next week and see if you accomplished making things from the UFO box or not? You know we are a forgiving crowd so even if you don't we'll still love you. I bought a nice box with a lid for UFOs, filled it up and set it aside and never looked at it again.... sometime early last year? Late 2014? Maybe I should look at it? Or maybe I should keep it as a time capsule and open it in another 20 years. PJ #57

Sandy Leigh said...

What a good idea to put all the UFO's in one tub!! Have a good week. Sandy Leigh #39

Barb said...

Hi Shaz, When I looked at your box of UFOs it didn't look like a lot all tucked neatly away. I take that back. I think you've got work on your hands, there's loads!!! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun using them up and the brusho pieces look lovely by the way. Have a lovely week. Barbxx #54

Stacy Sheldon said...

those backgrounds look fabulous :) I am playing around with the idea of taping things down when wet hoping for more flat ness when dry but, I have not gotten
around to trying that yet. :) ~Stacy #59

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Hi love the idea of a ufo I must have a "flock" of them. I have been using color burst similar to brusho

crafty hugs Pen x #56 .

Pat Taviss said...

Luv the UFO box. I'm afraid I have way too many UFO boxes, and boxes with empty boxes inside them as well. I am currently trying to get a handle on the tendency to hang onto anything that might be useful tomorrow. LOL.

Thanks for sharing
Enjoy Pat #61

Magic Maggie said...

Interesting that you put them in a UFO box, I put mine in the Brusho play area shelf!

Are you going to Stamperama?




PJ said...

I too have a basket like your tub.. it's my unfinished projects as well as those that I have no idea what I intended to do with.. I get quite an accumulation .. and it's like a nice surprise when I go back to it ☺ great pictures. Hope you can stop by my little blog too.

Michelle G said...

That's a great idea having a box for those oddments and near misses, I must set one up.

Shoshi said...

I had to laugh, Shaz - you doing all thoe Brusho experiments and then forgetting them! I'll allow you the excuse of post-surgery or chemo brain lol! I'm away with the fairies half the time! You certainly are climbing back up now, and I am full of admiration - you have been doing it a lot faster than me! Thank you for your lovely comment which was really encouraging. I think you are right. After everything we both have been through, there is bound to be a reaction once it's over and we're in the recovery phase. It's a big adjustment, and someone on the stoma forum I'm on called it "surviving survival" which expressed it very well, I thought. People can't understand why I wasn't leaping around whooping for joy at my all-clear verdict but I needed time to process it. I'm a lot better now, and I think that the return of my mojo is an indication of that, too. We are both going to be fine now, I am sure, and are looking forward to a much more normal year where we can really start to enjoy Nicholas' retirement and get our life back! I am sure you feel the same way.

Happy WOYWW, and love and hugs to you two, too,
Shoshi x #24

Peg Robinson said...

Ambitious task to use all that up in a week. I wish I was better at using things up. Peg 63

sandra de said...

I think we can all identify with a UFO box and discoveries when you move things on the said desk. The brushos seem to have an amazing intensity in their colours and it will be interesting to see what evolves.
sandra de @15

Tilly Tea Dance said...

I need a UFO box in my like!! Unfinished pieces of work are the bane of my crafting life, repeatedly spill out of my sewing cupboard!Thanks for sharing. Happy crafting, Max #33 :-)

Debby said...

Love your brusho backgrounds, Shaz! Reminds me I need to sit and play with my own ink sprays and brushos to get some backgrounds ready. It's handy to have these waiting for me to do something fun with! Just the act of sorting thru these pieces gets my imagination going....

Kelly said...

Lots of things to make 'new'. Love the colors you have on those pieces. Creative Blessings! Kelly #43