Wednesday, 28 December 2011

What's on my workdesk this wonderful Wednesday - WOYWW?

WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday)

Hi everyone,

I have been promising the couple last entries to post photos of my current work area and my "new" work area. Now, part of the reason for the delay is because I haven't quite set up my "new" studio just yet...but I thought I may as well post where I'm at as of isn't very neat! So, you've been warned.

Well, until recently I was working in my study (which is in the house) and I would constantly be dealing with keeping it neat...but since my return from the US and my husband having bought me a great piece of furniture to set up all my stuff...I have now set up (although still trying to set up) in the back garage...this will now be known as "The Studio".

So this is The Study (inside the house)

Sorry about the side view, even though I save it upright, whenever I upload the photos they go back to the original layout...if anyone has any suggestions on how to change/turn photos once in Blogger, please let me know!!!

This is my current work desk.  This piece of furniture is made from recycled Jarrah (Mahogany) floor boards from our old family room (before we demolished it for our extension).  It currently houses all my stamps (well 90% of them) and all my ink pads and other paraphernalia.

As it has been Christmas week, all I managed to work on last week was the Paperarts yahoo group's December Monthly ATC swap - Anatomical With A the top of my work desk has the remnants of that swap.

And here it the ATC...I decided to go with a play on words...

Anatomical With A Twist

Well, now to my "new " work area...the back garage which will be converted into my studio (once my husband's colourbond shed arrives and he will move all the 'boy' stuff into his shed!!! lol).

Sorry about the side view again!!!

This is the piece of furniture my husband bought me to house all my goodies (plus the one that I currently use in my study). I have put lots of stuff in it already, but until he moves out of the garage/studio, I can't really progress (that's my story anyway!! lol).

Sorry, you will have to tilt your head again!! (advice to get the images the right way up will be warmly accepted...remember I've already saved them the right way up, it is blogger that uploads them the wrong way).

And here it work area...Great isn't it! It has lots of storage and together with the cabinet from inside the house and the metal cupboard to the right of this hutch (see the main, sideways picture) I will have all my resources in the one need to keep putting stuff away, I will just cover the main work area with a blanket for now (might make a curtain of some type) to keep the dust off...but that is it.

Well, I haven't got anything else to add as the lead up to Christmas Day and now towards New Years have taken up most of my energies this week.

I'd like to wish you all the very best for 2012 and thank you for supporting my blog and visiting whenever you get the chance.


Post Script to my post earlier today....

I found this in the post today from my friend Roslyn who was one of the two people who encouraged me to start up this blog...a very pleasant surprise from a lovely person I only got to spend the briefest amount of time with, but who will always be an online friend, due to the vast distance between us.  Thanks Roslyn for your friendship and your generosity. xx

Journal and Christmas card

My colourful journal from Roslyn

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Some of my latest creations

Hi everyone,

This week I've busily been trying to get the Christmas Cards for my US relatives in the mail, together with a myriad of photos and photo discs from the Family Reunion we had back in September.

Luckily I got them all in the mail by Tuesday, but I think they might get there for New Year rather than for Christmas...but the intention was there.

This year I decided to do 2 main cards rather than the usual variety of cards I create. Here is one of them (the other is exactly the same minus the embossed words...just the bauble).

Unfortunately I'm having scanner problems, so the image is a bit dodgy with splotches here in there (even though I cleaned the still is coming up with spots...oh, well).

Christmas Card 2011

I also made my niece (in-law) a Birthday Card for her 25th birthday, using one of the stamps I bought on my recent trip to the US.


On Thursday I did a class at Scraptivate with the wonderfully talented Kelsey O'Mullane.  The class she ran was using UTEE, or Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (or powder).  Kelsey has also recently published her first book, teaching us mere mortals different fun techniques to create ATCs...if you wish to buy one, as I did, check out Kelsey's blog.

The first one I made is a little cheeky (racy, whatever you want to call it) and took its inspiration from a similar one that Kelsey made as a demo for the class.  It is interesting to note that the same stamp was used to create the UTEE image on the circular frame and the crackled image on the is amazing what UTEE does.

She Knew She Could Control Him

The next one I made was pretty straight forward...I think the image is of screen siren Veronica Lake...I'm sure someone will let me know if I got it wrong.


And last, but not least is this one using a male image (which I rarely do)...I was meant to be landscape, but I liked the look of it in there it is. You can see the snazzy effect that the UTEE makes when not stamped looks like real enamel.

Dreamy Reflections

Well, I guess that is enough for this instalment.  Hopefully you saw something that you liked.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Until next time,

PS  I probably won't get another one in before Christmas, so I would like to wish you all as safe and Holy Christmas and hope that 2012 will bring all that your heart desires, but most of all, I wish you health, as without that, life can be a real struggle.