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Wednesday 28 October 2020

WOYWW #595- The Snowman Edition

 The desk- and this is probably the tidy half!  It's WOYWW day again, so lots of desks to visit, thanks to Julia over at our home base, The Stamping Ground.

 I was making some more Christmas cards, this time featuring a snowman. Here I've just added a bit of colour, and am going to add some Puffy Stuff to his hat.




 This is the desk behind the desk, otherwise known as the place to dump everything I've got out, lol.I really do need to clear it off and put it all away. Soon.







This snowman is a very, very old stamp. The company was Funstamps, and it used to be wood mounted. Pretty sure I probably bought this back when I first started stamping, which is more years ago than I want to recall! He's probably my favourite snowman stamp, he looks so cheerful.



This one is much newer, bought it last year. By a company called Two Jays.

The finished cards are in the post below.

 I kept them simple, just added some colour to the scarves, and a little blue ink added to ground them. Added a sentiment from Phill Martins Stately Christmas Sentiments, and that was it.  


Which brings us round to .......And Finally........as it's nearly Halloween, I've added a couple of funnies on that theme.


Tuesday 27 October 2020

Christmas Card Club Challenge #22- Snowman/Snowmen

Hello ladies, I'm finally here with Margarets choice for this challenge, Snowman/Snowmen. I wanted to keep these simple, just the snowman and a sentiment. I had to be quite firm with myself, as I have a tendency to start adding scenery behind, lol. The first snowman is from a company called Two Jays.All I did was add a little colour to his scarf and carrot nose, as well as the holly on his hat.

 I also added a little patch of blue to ground him.

 The sentiment is from Phill Martin, a set called Stately Christmas Sentiments.

The second set of four is using a really, really old stamp called Scribble Snowman,from a company called Funstamps. I've had him more years than I can recall, and he used to be a wood mount, and I do think he's fab. Again, just added a small amount of colour to his hat & scarf, and some grounding. For the fur on his hat I used some Inkylicious Puffy Stuff. It's a thick liquid in a bottle with a nozzle, and when heated it puffs up. 

You do have to be careful not to overheat it, and with my first one I did just that, and scorched the puffy stuff, and the cardstock! But it was a simple fix to cut him out then stick onto a fresh piece of cardstock. And that's why I'm not confident enough to work directly on my card base, lol.


Wednesday 21 October 2020

WOYWW #594- The Christmas Stocking Edition.


Here we are again, back at The Stamping Ground, with our much loved leader, Julia, for another Wednesday desk hop.

Long shot of the desk, covered in half made cards, stamps, inkpads and assorted other odds and ends.

The sheet of clear stamps are all HoneyDoo Christmas stamps, used for the cards you can see. The pack of fancy card at the front was bought last time we went to the NEC, sort of oil on water finish to it. I'd used some for the bells, and some baubles I'd also stamped. Like an idiot, I stamped in Versafine, which totally will not dry on shiny/coated surfaces. So I redid the bells, and haven't got round to the baubles yet.

Here are the Christmas stockings, cut down to fit on a square card base, and matted ready.

The Holly & bells, I stamped the bells again onto gold paper, with gold pigment ink, and heat set with gold EP. Matted onto gold card.

Also discovered, via a bit of You Tube searching, why I was having so much trouble colouring & shading. I'd been working from light to dark, which to me seemed logical, when in fact you're supposed to work dark to light, and going over the previous section with the next shade. So, you learn something new every day,lol.

These stamps on the left Julia are the ones I was telling you about. I also added a Birthday background stamp- lots of words and phrases for birthdays. Saw a sample done with it stamped in black onto an ink blended background, and thought it would make some quick birthday cards, just add a die cut sentiment. Or you could stamp in Versamark, heat set with white EP, then ink blend over that, so a few options.

Speaking of sentiments, I picked this up in The Range. I have a few friends who don't celebrate Christmas as such, so thought this will be useful. I think it was about £3.50.

So thats my desk for this week, and my regular enabling provided- you're welcome,😀.

Which brings us round to ..........And Finally.............

Wednesday 14 October 2020

WOYWW#593- The Paper Piecing Edition.


And just like that, it's Wednesday again. Cannot believe how fast these weeks are flying by. As always on Wednesday, we meet up at Julias place, The Stamping Ground, for our weekly desk-fest.

Here is the start of my paper-piecing of the Christmas Stockings from last week. I stamped the image onto cardstock, then coloured the parcels and holly. Then I stamped and cut out the stocking part, using blue and red card. You can also see the small pieces for the heel, toe and  top, which I'm planning to cut out of some glittery felt I picked up in Hobbycrafts sometime last year.

This is it, it's not overly glittery, in fact I may give it a blast with some Crafters Companion Spray & Sparkle I have on my shelf- and in fact, you could make your own using plain felt & a spray.

And here is the first one put together. I used pinking shears to edge the top, and cut it a little longer than the pattern piece, so it would definitely cover the join.

 I've got another 6 to do, then I have the Holly & Bell images I've coloured to do, and the baubles. I'm sure they'll appear next week.

 So thats my contribution for this week, which brings us round to......And Finally.......

I have to admit, it wouldn't be wine for me, I can't bear the stuff! But G&T, or Jack Daniels/Southern Comfort and Coke, and I'm your girl!

This made me laugh, a lot!

Wednesday 7 October 2020

WOYWW #592- The More Christmas stuff Edition.


Indeed, straight in again with a bit more enabling. This time two stamps from Honey Doos Christmas release. Yes, I know, like I need more Christmas stamps! I watched her Facebook live the other night where she showed lots of the DT's samples, and was very taken with these. Also, a pot of stencil paste in a lovely dark purple.

 Magic Maggie asked what the 'enabling' bit is all about last week- enabling is encouraging people, so it's a bit of a running joke, between and about those of us who show recent purchases- some of us more often than others, lol. But, it's Wednesday again- I swear there's more than one Wednesday in a week lately- so this is when we share our desks with the world, via our Mothership, The Stamping Ground, hosted by our lovely Julia.Also on the desk are some stamped Christmas images, again, all from Honey Doo.

I intend to paper piece the Christmas stockings, which is why the body of them isn't coloured- just around the edges in case there's any wonky cutting. The bells will be paper pieced too, so I'm only going to colour the holly, and the baubles don't need any colouring.Sorry if the picture looks a tad blurred, I don't think the camera lens liked the shiny surface of the baubles.

 So, that's me for this week, short & sweet. Actually, I'm not really very short, and I don't think sweet is a description anyone would ever apply to me,lol.

So, that brings us round to.................And Finally....................

every darn time........

Something I forgot to say last week- Susan Renshaw mentioned two weeks ago that it was 3 years since she did the Tim Holtz workshop. I realised she had the same blue lockers in her photo as I have in my pic with Tim, top right, and that she must have been at the same Art from the Heart one that Debbie Rock and I went to. When I looked at Susans picture, you can see Debbie  behind her left shoulder, no sign of me, I must have been on a loo break, or a spot of retail therapy! Small world eh? Of course we hadn't 'met' back then. We WOYWWers get everywhere!!!!

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