Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WOYWW #402

Today is What’s On Your Workdesk  over at Julia’s! This is my desk for today. Yes, I did stop just to take this photograph so that I can prove to you that I  make a mess! Not a creative mess, and nothing to inspire but nevertheless a mess. P1080685 I am in the process of cataloguing my stamps, using poster tape for all the P1080680unmounted ones. However it won’t adhere if there is any old adhesive on the back of the stamp. Hairdryer to the rescue! Heat will ‘melt’ adhesive on the back of stamps and easily removes stamps from their mounts . I store my stamps in 217 cellophane pockets which are normally used to store pressed flowers in, (about A6 in size). Each pocket has the stamp  image printed on  card so that I can see what it is, along with any information. The stamp is placed on acetate within the pocket. If you are looking for sturdier pockets, then try these A6 plastic ones from custom cards Ltd. Stephanie from Clearly Besotted Stamps uses themimg212. 
I  made a Valentine’s card for hubby using a digital image from Gracielle Designs.  It is coloured with pencils ,  and covered with wink of stella shimmer. The Eiffel Tower really is bronze coloured and not dark grey as many people believe it to be!
Last Friday marked the first anniversary when my dearest friend, Sue, went to be with the Lord. She was a wonderful, bubbly, caring and kind hearted Christian lady. I miss her lots but I know that I will meet her again. Sue kept all the cards I  made for her and bequeathed them to the card making group at her church which she founded in her final months on Earth.  Her thoughts were that they could use elements or the card fronts to make new cards for others. I was very touched when she asked for my permission to do this. One of her favourite cards was this oriental screen which she kept on her mantelpiece.
I  showcase it in memory of her.02_07_6
Thank you all for your lovely comments last week and for your encouragement, so much appreciated! It is the school holidays so I may not be able to comment on as many blogs this week but I still  wish you all a very happy WOYWW! Open-mouthed smile 
Blessings  Red heart
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   John 3: 16

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

WOYWW # 401

It’s What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday’ over at Julia’s ‘The Stamping Ground’! A time to scoot around the world and see what crafters are up to!  We all get in a mess creative flow when crafting and that’s half the fun, isn’t it? I clear up a.s.a.p because my workspace is small and the desk, being in the junk  spare room, is used by all. Which kind of means I’m not an ideal candidate for WOYWW, so I cheated…… here’s my workdesk from P1080634yesterday . Nothing was created except a mess and a lightbulb moment scenario-clipart-lightbulb-clip-art1 Why the mess? I am having a clear out of my crafting hoard…why is it that whenever you have a tidy up you create more of a mess?…..  The lightbulb moment? Well three actually, (yes even I had to have lie down after that!), DIY Wink of Stella, revamp a stamp and a  cheapo and less messy way to adhere unmounted stamps on to an acrylic block.  My wink of Stella brush pen was empty, so it seemed. After an internet search I discovered that a few drops of distilled water was enough to revive it, YAY! Then I found my bottle of iridescent watercolour medium, (along with some other things from time immemorial), and so I had a quick play.P1080638 Guess what? A few drops of water added to a teeny bit of iridescent medium recreates the Wink of Stella look at a fraction of the price! The thicker it is, the more dense the shimmer, the thinner you have it the more ‘Wink of Stella look’ you create. Another tip….do you have a Delicata inkpad? It’s water based, so dab a little on an acrylic block,  add some water and you have a similar effect to a coloured Wink of Stella pen. 😊
Ever heard of poster tape? I hadn’t until my friend Joanne sent me some about 2-3 years ago for our son’s posters/pictures. Poster tape is similar to a double sided post-it pad  but much stronger. It works an absolute treat for sticking unmounted rubber stamps to acrylic blocks. You don’t have to cover the whole stamp with tape, just enough to keep it in place. After use, simply peel your stamp off, no mess from glue sticks and just keep reusing it! You can buy poster tape from Amazon if your stationers don’t supply it. 
 I had a fuchsia stamp that I liked but hardly used because of it's limitations. So I took a scalpel blade to it and removed those 'limitations', in this case the border. I look forward to using it in a new way now! Never be afraid to cut up your stamps…P1282993                 Just a couple of more photos for you! We had the immense pleasure of meeting up with the delightful, energetic and very talented Coco at an exhibition of her work last week! She is a lovely lady and we had a wonderful time together😁 You can see her fantastic artwork and more photos at Les Folies de Coco  Finally, last Monday we had a beautiful sunrise……
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I’ll leave you with that and bid you all a happy WOYWW day! Thank you for coming to take a look at Teacup Doodles and reading my ramblings. God bless you and have a wonderful day!