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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

WOYWW #412

Another week further into the year, and another WOYWW,hosted as always by our lovely leader, Julia, over at The Stamping Ground. And I'm sending Julia hugs, and hoping her poor eye is somewhat better by now.
On the desk, these dies from The Works. Great deal at the price, and although I had some I'd bought of the Dies from China, these go much bigger.
One niggle- why do die manufacturers stick them down with such ridiculously strong tape? The struggle to get them off without bending any, then you have to remove all the sticky residue from them.
 Another die, bought from Joanna Sheene is a nice trailing ivy. Cuts beautifully, and that was only held down by a really light sticky stuff, which wiped straight off. So plus point to Joanna for that.
 I've put it on my cutting mat so you can see the size.

I'd been going back to some of the stencils I did a few weeks ago, and it dawned on me I've been doing stencils, and die cut cards for weeks, and I haven't done any stamping. So I stamped out the Teasels stamp in white,to sponge some ink over. Then I wanted to add a dragonfly, and spotted  The Dragonfly Flourish stamp, so did some of those too. I'll finish them off over the next few days, and get the cards posted up.

Talking of Teasels, did you know they were the inspiration behind Velcro? Some guy was struggling to get them off his sons coat and a lightbulb went off, and as they say, the rest is history.

Another stencil experiment, and I'll get these made up too, and explain how I ended up with the ones below. It all started with a card I saw on Pinterest, lol.

No idea where I'm going with these, hopefully inspiration will strike in the near future, or they'll find themselves in the UFO box, which is getting kinda full.

Quick mention, just over a week till Happy Stampers. Anyone else who is going, give us a shout, and we'll meet up. I know Neet ( Hickydorums) is going.
 I finally have the date for my scan, it's a CT, not an MRI which is good, as they don't take as long. Scan is an Saturday, then we have a meeting with the Oncologist on the 5th of May for the results. Fingers crossed.
 And finally, this:


Helen said...

I did see those dies in The Works, they are really branching out. hope the scan goes well, and you enjoy Happy Stampers soon. Your experiments as always look great. Helen #?

Vicky Fisher said...

Lots of cards in progress, I especially like the bubbles ones. My fingers are already crossed for Julia, so now also for you on satrurday, hope everything is ok, Happy WOYWW Vicky #6

Angela Radford said...

So much going on, what a great post. I still love that dragonfly stamp, it's a beauty and must get mine out again some time. That's one of the great things about the desks it reminds me of the stuff that's hiding away some where. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x8x

Sarah Brennan said...

I'll be at Port Sunlight! I totally agree with the sticky stuff on dies. There's only one thing more annoying and that is when they use the little foam pads to attach the dies to the card! Happy WOYWW Sarah #15

Annie said...

You've had a busy week creating Shaz. Hoping the scan goes well and the results are good. Sending you lots of positive vibes.
Annie x #9

Diana Taylor said...

As always when I visit your desk I'm oohing and aahing over your lovely dies and stamps - I do love that dragonfly stamp! The flower stencils are beautiful too and I love the way you've coloured them - just gorgeous.
I hope all goes will with your scan, keeping fingers crossed for you and Julia,
Diana x #16

Lunch Lady Jan said...

We do have very similar taste - if I paper crafted, then I'd be buying the same stamps and dies as you. They really appeal to me! Great news about the scan, fingers crossed for that. Hope you liked the photo taken especially for you on my blog today :-D
Hugs, LLJ 4 xxx

lisa said...

I see we have the same eye for a bargain, Shaz. I got those dies too. They are pretty good for the price, aren't they. I love the craft stuff in The Works, you can find some great things. Loved the velcro fact, you learn something new everyday. Good Luck with your scan. I will keep everything crossed for you.
Hugs Lisax #17

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Yes! Why, oh why, do they stick those thin metal dies down with super strong tape? The SU sets are almost impossible to get off the backing card without bending them. 'Tis a nightmare! Lovely work with the stencils. Something I rarely dabble with. Fingers firmly crossed for Saturday xx

Fiona #21

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Shaz... good to have a date .. will keep praying hard for healing mercies...for you and for dear Julia, too!

Wow you have been busy, do like those bigger dies... not sure what "the Works" are .. but will google it prob and UK store.

Love the effect on your stencils and look forward to seeing what you make off to peek below think I've seen it though.
Thanks so much for sharing your desk and happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x #20
PS loved the last pickie gotta save that one!

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

BJ said...

Oh dear, still not made it to The Works, they'll be all sold out by the time I make it there. Not sure if that would be a good thing or not - LOL.
Nice stamping, love how you do lots of stuff to make up later. BJ#23

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. I need to go to the Works to get my next diary (I get their cheap academic year ones, so the summer is time to get the next one). I was looking on their website and they have lots of fab new craft stuff in. Determined not to buy anything, but ok to look! Ali x #25

misteejay said...

Lots of lovely stuff on your desk Shaz. I will have to pop into the Works to see if they have those dies - they look a great bargain.
Toni xx

Sharon Koole said...

I love the flowers and the shapes - just beautiful! I agree with you about the dies. Some of mine still have horrible sticky stuff on and it just seems to get everywhere.

Sharon K #29

Christine said...

Thanks for your visit earlier.
Wish I could be as organised as you ..... maybe one day!! Love those dragonflies.
Wishing you all the best news for the 5th.
Take care
Christine #19

Lindart said...

Those flower stencils are gorgeous!! Jealous of all your new dies! Good luck with your scan, Lindart #34

Sharon Madson said...

Love, love those dies! What fun you are going to have with all of them!
Fun things going on in your space, this morning! #35

Bubbles said...

Dragonflies and poppies... gorgeous!
I am so with you on the whole sticky-taped down craft dies... what a pain it is! I love the dies at The Works - yet another reason to go shopping there lol
One of my favourite metal dies is a Joanna Sheen one - it's a lace edge die.. and cut out in black or purple it it STUNNING!

Hope your Wednesday is WONDERFUL!
Bubbles #32

Oh... well done #1 :)

Julia Dunnit said...

No, one doesn't. Much to one's eternal shame!!
I go through phases of all dies or all stamps...only own about three stencils so that's so far not been an issue. I like the way you have an idea and always do more than one at the initial stage, it's a habit I must copy!

Sue said...

Hi Shaz, I have been wondering how The Works dies are, as they are a very good price.

I love your Dragonfly images. Your flower stencils are so pretty. They'd make a lovely set of notelets.

Your bubble images are crying out for some kind of sea creature.

The frame is nice and waiting for an image in the middle.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #11

Carol Norby said...

The Trailing Ivy die is gorgeous! And absolutely LOVE your stencil designs! Those "bubble" images could also be planets in the galaxy. Thanks for the visit and praying your CT is GREAT!
Carol N #31

April Story said...

Wow you have been busy. Love the stencil flowers and the geometric backgrounds. Can't wait to see what you do with them.
April #28

Dorlene Durham said...

Lovely projects! I love the ivy die. It's a great size too. Dorlene #33

Shoshi said...

What fun you have had playing, Shaz! I love the results. I know what you mean about the ultra-sticky backing for those thin dies. I think the answer is to peel the backing off the dies, rather than trying to peel the dies off the backing. I love the quote lol lol! and yes, I did know that about teasels - so many brilliant ideas have come from nature - God is the best designer at the end of the day!!

Thanks for your lovely comment. The support garments lady never turned up, and didn't return my call till this a.m. She said she had it down for today... I am so sick of being messed about by these people, and if I have developed another hernia I shall not be best pleased because they could have prevented it. I'm seeing my surgeon at 12.15 today, and my hubby suggested I have a word with the stoma nurse afterwards and let her know what's been going on with these support garments. So glad you like how our kitchen is looking - completely uncluttered for now! Still no news on the new pantry so I'm going to phone our neighbour again today and see if he can chase up the kitchen fitter. I'm managing fine in the small kitchen and cooked a special meal last night which was a great success even if it took for ever!!!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #27

sandra de said...

That is a great collection of dies. I literally forget to get mine out and use them!! Loving the dragonfly stamp and stencils. All the best with your scan.
sandra de @22

craftyani said...

Your cards are beautiful love the dragonflies and flowers. Will have to look out the Works when I am next in the UK. Good luck for your scan I have to be sedated as I am claustrophobic and can't stand the machine going round my head.Stupid I know but....

Stacy Sheldon said...

oh yes, my fingers are absolutely crossed for you :)
LOVE those blooms the colors look fabulous ~Stacy #36

Neet said...

Hopefully see you week Saturday - I have my colonoscopy on Thursday so fingers crossed no mishaps. Good luck with your meeting - hope the news is positive|
Love what you have been doing, those circles are beautiful as is everything else. It's just that they catch my eye.
See you soon hopefully
Hugs, Neet 6 xx

Cara said...

Looks like you've been having a very creative time, good for taking your mind off things I hope. Take care, Cara x

Andrea said...

LoL same for me shaz I just bought those dies yesterday and thought I was never going to get the sticky tape off!I do love that dragonfly stanp. great backgrounds love those circles.crafty hugs andrea x

Lm Collis said...

The dragonflies are lovely! Fingers crossed for you tomorrow, Shaz, hugs, Lynne x #30

Anne said...

Hi Shaz, thank you for visiting and I am so sorry I am so late with my visit. :-( Life you know. Glad you have a date for your scan and hope all is good. That sticky tape they hold dies on with is a pet hate of mine. Anne x 13

Marit said...

I love everything I see Shaz but my fave is the 'circles' (UFO) cards... just beautiful!!! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier - I had a lot of appointments last week so I am very late with paying a visit back... hope you had a lovely weekend! Hug from Holland, Marit #16

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