Wednesday, 10 April 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Hi all :) it's that time of the week for desk sharing, if you're not familiar with this inspiring activity, take a look at Julia Dunnit's blog for enlightenment at

I've been making progress with my collage picture and today I'm going to explain how I achieved the effects:

Using a white canvas measuring 30.5cm by 22.8cm, I began by inking up some Cut-and-Dry foam using a palette knife to spread on a thin layer of Inka-Gold, a fast drying metal gloss paint.  I gently rubbed the ink over the canvas and applied a thicker layer around the border.  I dabbed some pale turquoise ink here and there.

Next, I experimented with applying a mix of white and blue acrylic paint on the two corners, using a palette knife and an old toothbrush.  I then lightly sprinkled some gold and silver glitter on the paint. I painted a rose using the toothbrush to create swirls.  I soon decided that this wasn't quite the colour I wanted for my vintage theme but I was pleased with the dimension achieved from layering the acrylic paints.  Once the acrylic paint had dried I sculpted over the paint using the Inka-Gold, leaving some traces of the blue and built up some great textures.

Having gathered up my collage elements I decided that the rose wasn't going to blend in with the vintage style..

From the picture above you can see an assortment of pictures and embellishments that I wanted to include. I kept discovering bits and pieces such as the shells, lace, twine and buttons...I'm planning on leaving some gaps to add extra bits as and when I find them!
I lightly sponged over the lace, shells and twine using the versatile Inka-Gold paint.  To create the lace 'wave', I stuck a length of double-sided tape across the top and pinched the lace whilst firmly sticking an inch of the lace between the loops.

For the rose I inked over the picture using tiny pieces of foam.  To get the gloss effect, I stamped embossing ink over the rose and then scattered embossing powder (Cosmic Shimmer, Lapis Pearl Lustre) and used my heating tool to melt the powder creating the sheen.  I inked round the edges with Distress Ink-Aged Mohogany.  I curled the leaf and petal edges in different directions for more dimension.

Pink heart and words:
The large pink heart is from an old birthday card I had kept.  I distressed the picture using the Inka-Gold and heat-embossed the edge with Lapis Pearl Lustre.  I applied the same technique to the word pictures except the DREAM shape; for this I inked a very light layer of  Distress Ink-Aged Mohogany around the letters.  I added a couple of glittery brads to the sides.

I printed out the photos on white paper having played with the sepia and warmify effects.  I made the photo frames by nestling together (with a little space in between) two dies from Spellbinders Nestabilities, Labels Eighteen.  I used papers from the docrafts Vintage Notes pad.

For the wooden tag I experimented with the Dylusion ink sprays-black marble and vibrant turquiose.  I then heat-embossed the surface by crumbling a combination of embossing powders including: black glitter, Cosmic Shimmer ancient copper metallic and topped with a sprinkling of Stampendous mica fragments in blue.  I used the gold Inka paint round the edges of the tag.  The heart key is from the Papermania Chronology range.
For the American seam binding ribbon I played with the same ink sprays and used my heating tool together with some black glitter embossing powder.  I finished with a layer of the Lapis Pearl Lustre.

My next plan is to make some felt and fabric flowers to add to the collage.

I've really enjoyed making a meaningful picture for myself that I can keep adding to.  Now I just need to decide where to hang it!

I think that's it!  Phew! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  Next time I'll show you how I got on with making the flowers.

Happy WOYWW crafters!  Wishing everyone a good week with sunshine-please!

Angela xx

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Hello bloggers :) hope everyone's well, thank you so much for visiting and leaving lovely comments :)

I didn't manage to post last week but feeling bit better now and am delighted that i got back to my desk yesterday...I am working on a collage picture for myself(!) and have been busy inking and heat embossing the bits I want to include...I have been using die cut shapes from the Periwinkle Collectables pack by Kaisercraft.  I experimented with inks, powders and stamps on the right.  The wooden tag is how the embossed tag with the key looked before I altered it...Am planning to add some photos of my wife and cats :) and I'm probably going to paint, stamp and heat-emboss the background...

I made the following birthday card for my amazing carer;  I used elements from my fairyland stash, it sparkles more in real-life!

Happy WOYWW!!  If you're unfamiliar with this intriguing desk-sharing blog, please visit Julia Dunnit over at the

Thank you for dropping by and a big thank you to my followers :)

Wishing you all a fabulous crafty week, Angela xx (aka AngelGreetings)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Greetings all :) Such a joy to have daylight for longer, more time to craft!  Yes!

It's wednesday again, how quickly the week has flown!  Time to share our creative desks for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, pop over to Julia's blog to find out more

This week I've been playing with my mountain of spectrum pens and i think i have finally cracked it-or thereabouts! 

On the right are my previous attempts with the Suzi With Bunny stamp - by Whimsy Stamps.  On the left is my best try so far.  I would add more highlighting to the jeans next time and another tone for the hair I think.  I'm pleased with the bow, shoes and teddy. 

As a beginner colouring in with these pens I have learnt some helpful tips! So, firstly, use the right card for stamping your image on to and it needs to be good quality to absorb the pens, test out the colours on a scrap of the card, plan where your high-lighting and shading is going to go before starting colouring in, plan which colours you are going to use for each section, take your time, practise lots and have faith that you will get the hang of it eventually!!

This birthday card I made with the Hot Diggity Dog decoupage and paper.  It is for my 6 year old nephew.  The football embellishments are a pound shop find.

This week I am going to have fun playing with my fairyland stash of goodies and whatever else inspires me along the way :)

Thank you so much for visiting, have a fabulous crafty week :)

Angela x

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Happy 'What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday'! 

Today's the day for sharing our desks:

My crafting action was limited this past week owing to 2 painful shoulders-ouch! 
From my desk you can see what I have planned for when I'm feeling better...The spectrum pens are all poised and ready for me to play with them.  Having just watched a tutorial, I am feeling inspired to have another go at getting the colour blending technique. 
There is a tiny pile of Hot Diggity Dog decoupage bits in the middle of my desk for me to assemble for my young nephew's birthday card.  I've got the Creative Cardmaking mag on the far right because I want to work on a fairyland theme using some of the enclosed papers and my stash of fairy stamps and some cosmic shimmer embossing powders. 
In the white vase are some flowers I made recently using lollipop sticks, cherry lynn designs stacker flowers #2 and #5, Essentials No.9 Ornament de Floraux petals, buttons, ribbons and brads.  With the rose I took a circle of coredinations card, about 6cm diameter. cut out a swirl going inwards using scalloped edged scissors, rolled it inwards leaving a small backing surface to glue it together.  I then heat-embossed the edges in silver.  The rose leaves have been torn out of coredinations paper and the edges curled.  I love the vibrant colours.  My glorious grand calibur lives on my desk permanently!  Where would i be without it!!  Come to think of it, where would i be without my magnifying lamp!!  Nearly didn't get a mention!

Wishing everyone a good week's crafting and fun!  Thank you for popping by :) 

Angela (AngelGreetings)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Afternoon crafters :) The sun's shining today, not warm enough to ditch the thermals just yet!
I have had an amazing crafting week...for my birthday my partner booked me in for a 1 to 1 lesson with Lisa at in Eastbourne.  We had great fun playing with various embossing flakes and powders with dylusions ink sprays on wooden tags and ribbons.  Time absolutely flew by-like it does when ur enjoying yourself and getting messy! The spray inks have some really vibrant colours. They are next on my wishlist!
On the right is an amazing Holder Case for storing my embossing folders and dies (on magnetic sheets) - a brilliant birthday present from my partner who had got the idea from Create & Craft tv!  Feels great to be a bit organised! I also got the alphabet and number dies (Parker, Memory Box, inc.) which I'm really pleased with as I can do so much more with the letters and numbers...such as this Diamond Anniversary card..

I mostly used the Papermania Vintage Notes collection.  The colours blend so well. A joy to work with.

Over the week I made a couple of valentines cards, one was a last minute request with haribo jelly rings as the theme as her partner proposed with a yellow and orange jelly ring 9 yrs ago, hence 9 jellies! 

The following card I made for my wife which she loved so much she has it displayed on her desk at work! Aww :)

Thank u for taking the time to read my blog.

Wishing everyone a Happy WOYWW, am lookin fwd to being inspired by your creative desks as I take a look around...

Angela xxx

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday-I'm back!

Hello and Happy WOYWW to all  :) It's been a while so I have lots of pictures to share with you dating back from Christmas-a distant memory now!
This was my desk on my final day of making many, many christmas are a few of my faves:

 Here's my tidy desk, (following the mega clear up!) with some of the goodies I got for christmas...

Here's what I've made since:
This is for my friend's gorgeous new baby:

I made this diamond spring card for my great aunt Hilda.  You can also spot my rose which is now looking pretty in a vase with 4 other flowers I made up as I went along! Found a use for my lollipop sticks after all! 
I made this 'Z' card for my great aunt Sheila:
For my nephew's card I used IndigoBlu's FlitterGlu and Morris Dance Mega-Flakes to achieve this:
This card I made for my great uncle Ron, I've been really enjoying the steampunk theme for these easel cards:
I'm really pleased with how this fun, grungy project turned out:
I loved making this vintage style stepper 'thank you' card:

That's it for today! Thank you for dropping by, see u next week :) happy crafting, Angel xx

Friday, 1 February 2013

New goodies challenge

Hello there :) I got some glorious new crafty goodies for christmas - I have been playing with my Hougie board and got grungy with loads of  fab Chronology crafting bits.  Here's the result, a Steampunk themed twisted easel project:

I am entering this design into the 'That Craft Place' New Year goodies Challenge Blog