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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WOYWW #399

Wow, one week away from the big 400! Linking up again with our Julia over at The Stamping Ground, to show off this weeks desks of delights.
A big mess on mine this week, as I've finally got round to starting those cards I was talking about last week. Going to batch make a bunch of cards using the Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies, so I have a few for all occasions- birthday/new home/ good luck/congrats and so on.

I'd started by cutting a load of cardstock down to a size that would go through my 'Bug, and set to work.
 It's a messy job, all those bits that come out of the die cuts. What's on my desk is nothing compared to how many have ended up on the floor.

Later today I will get around to making them up. I have had a few cards on my desk this week, a couple of Christmas cards in the post below, and a card I can't show yet, as it hasn't been sent.

For those who were interested in the dies from China, there is a post below the Christmas Card one about them. Be warned you'll be best to settle down with a cuppa, as it's a long post and very picture heavy, so you can see what they cut like.
 So, short and sweet this week,and there'll be a post about these cards soon.
All cat owners , or should I say slaves, will recognise this!


SumBunneh said...

Ooooo bits!!!
I adore my Cuttlebug so much... same lime green one as yours... hubby brought it all the way back from Texts for me so many years ago I can't even remember!

I can definitely relate to today's cat cartoon.. although mine eat everything in their bowls... and if they don't... Kitty hoovers it all up lol.

Have a great week xx
Erika (before numbers)

Helen said...

I have huge trouble with that die of Tim's, I need to have another go with some shim or wax paper or something cos it's so lovely when you get a good result! Looking forward to the post about the cards. Helen no #? yet

jill said...

Die cutting does make a bit of a mess with the little bits that are left behind .
I was thinking just the same about making up a batch of birthday cards because my little box is nearly empty.
Happy woyww Jill #4

Anne said...

There's nothing better than making a mess and then having the satisfaction of looking at the finished results of your creativity and work space when all is cleared up and done! I love my old CB too! Happy WOYWW!
Anne #7

glitterandglue said...

Morning Shaz. How's you doing?
Love the cartoon - can't actually relate to it as I don't have a cat - but have plenty of friends who do!! - as you say....so true!
Love all the bits on your desk - yes, my floor currently looks the same - covered. 'Spose I should get the hoover out really, but when on a roll... well,, it just seems such a waste of time somehow!
Take care. Dear girl. God bless.
Margaret #3

Judys Lace Creations said...

Oh yes..we cat "owners" know all about their Evil Feline ways!Our cat can be quite angelic one minute, then tearing carpet out my the mouthfull's from her climbing frame. We call it The Taj" because it's so big!
Love all that die cutting!

misteejay said...

You really have been on a roll with your die-cutting Shaz.
Good to get the messy bit out of the way in one go so you can concentrate on the making.
Have a great week.
Toni xx

Annie said...

Hehehe I love to see messy desks....it's a sign you've been enjoying creative fun and life should be full of fun says. Hope to see the results of your fun soon.
Hope you have a good week.
Annie x #13

Kathyk said...

FAB - I do love a batch make and the cat pic? I can relate!



Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mm have bits on my desk but mostly hidden and i dont allow them on the floor as then I have to pick them up, dont like leaving them for cleaner to do. however some always scatter dont they!?
You have been busy... looked at your CCD post (Ros calls them CCD and I like the acronym myself even started a post label with it today, as i used one too on my NBUS. If you can find this snow flake it is superb.
Happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x #15

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

lilian said...

great desk not a cat owner now but know what you mean there,

Happy WOYWDW Lilian B #17

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Hi Shaz! Looks like a production line at full steam! I used to have a Big Shot but sold it when I got my Cameo - now I'm thinking they're probably serving two different purposes and would nicely complement each other. These manual ones are really handy when you just want a quickie and also they're great for using up small scraps of card. Loving the cat meme! I should start making my own with my Oreo photos, LOL! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #22

Patio Postcards said...

Very pretty cutting of lace on those cards. Mary-Lou (aka The Staff) #33

Marit said...

YOu are working on exactly thát that I planned to do in this week: make a stack of cards so I don't have to send 'normal' (boring) cards when a name pops up on the birthday-calendar.... I should start! Thanks for stopping by my blog faithfully every time I post my desk, you've really become a part of my Wednesday-life ;) Happy woyww and have a great week! Hug from Holland, Marit #27

Sharon Koole said...

Wow you have been very busy! Lot of bits on your desk.

Love the cat photo. Mine doesn't just sit on the arm of the sofa, expects to sit in the middle, all by himself. He actually stood and meowed at me the other day for sitting on it!

Sharon K #35

Sarah Brennan said...

Love the cat Meme; so true. I love the mixed media dies by Tim too; a little sad that there weren't any new ones in the sneak peeks so far this year. Happy WOYWW Sarah #37

Kim said...

You are so good with making batches! And thanks for the die review. I'll have to see if I can get them over here. And yes, so true about cats...and unfortunately my dog, since she was raised by the cats. /sigh.
Have a great week.
-K #37

donna garner said...

I have the advantage that I can sweep all the bits to one edge of the barns dirt floor! Love your busy desk Shaz, Dx #39

BJ said...

Oh loving those TH mixed media dies and the sight of a bug in action warms my heart too. Maybe, just maybe an idea for my birthday next month - the TH dies that is... Thanks for the visit BJ#28

Sarah Dunkley said...

Hi Shaz! I'm owned by a cat definitely true that! Happy WOYWW! Sez x#24

Robyn said...

I always feel right at home at your desk! love that kitty attitude!
Robyn 8

Cardarian said...

Hi Shaz!
I get the hard work of getting all those bits out of dies! Those Tim Holtz ones are very intricate and take ages to get rid of all the bits!I can't wait to see your cards! I had a laugh at that cat picture - I have a cat that I don't own but she comes round and stares at me until I get up and give her food! So I am a sort of slave! ha, ha..
Lots of hugs,

Christine said...

That cat! Only time PJ's cat wants to know me is when she's hungry - pathetic stare - or she's cold - vicious stare! Of course she winds every time lol
Have a good week

Christine #20 ish

Neet said...

Love your cat funny! Now I know why my cats used to sit on my chair.
My words you have been busy, guess you are preparing for the 7th of next month. That is the day before we fly home and with the time difference I might get a little muddled but I will be thinking of you.
Take care Shaz and get it over with in time for Port Sunny.
Love, Neet xx 2

Lindart said...

That cat photo is so true, they have the most expressive faces! As I was reviewing Stampscapes, I came across you in the gallery! How awesome! I am there too! My brother's card looks OK to the "untrained" eye, but I think it is terrible! I really have to get back to making them properly! You certainly have a big job ahead of you making all those cards! Looking forward to seeing the results of your creativity! Thanks for visiting my blog, Lindart #48

Sandy Leigh said...

Okay, I had to pin that cat photo/phrase!!! Love it. Love all your busy deskness too. Thank you so much for visiting me today! See at #400!! Sandy Leigh #45

Melissa said...

Looks like you are going to have some great cards now that you've prepared all those die cuts! Have FUN creating!


Sue said...

Hi Shaz, By heck you have been busy. Still it keeps you out of mischief;)

I did laugh at the cat:)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #18

Shoshi said...

Oooh Shaz, I love all that mess! Such creativity is emerging from it! What a lovely lot of card bases you'll have at the end of it, to apply your magic to! As for the cat cartoon - you are right! Lol lol!! Soooo true! They have this way of looking at their slaves, don't they... Thanks for your lovely comment - so glad you like my choice of bright colours! I've been using some quite muted colours in the studio lately and it's nice to splurge out every now and then. I'm still feeling really tired and so I'm not doing much when I don't have to, but even after 10 years of M.E. I still deal with guilt feelings and self-accusations of LAZY!!! Lol!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #31

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, this looks like a great idea. Look forward to seeing some of the finished results. Happy woyww, Angela x 19

Dorlene Durham said...

Interesting desk this week. Lots of bits of papers here and there. Oh and that cat quote...hilarious! Dorlene #49

RosA said...

Love those dies! Memory Box make something similar. I think I need them :)

Vicky Fisher said...

It's so much fun to hear your son is still into 3D projects, only time will tell if mine keeps interested. messy desks are the best. Thx for your visit, Vicky

craftyani said...

Must use my die cutting machine more often, Love the cat picture my cat sits like this on the arm of the chair with her two back legs either side. Have a good week, Ann

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh get you getting organised! Its all I can do to be able to comment and that's made me a day late. Honestly that bloody ipad...although I shouldn't really blame it..I had the same trouble with another tablet last year. You look in the mood for making quite a lot of cards for stock - I love it when the mood takes and there's nothing else in the way. I have this very day finally bought the TH crazy birds (I know), so you can expect nought else from my desk for a while!!

Mrs A. said...

Now that is what I call being organised. If only I were. Hugs Mrs A.