Wednesday, 27 May 2015

WOYWW 312 - 6th Anniversary!

Welcome all to the 6th birthday of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! Many, many thanks to Julia Dunnit: for creating and hosting this wonderful blog hop.  I have received fabulous inspiration and am lucky to have connected with fellow deskers across the miles sharing our weekly creative round-ups :)

This week we are immersed in packing and cathartic sorting for the big move.  Here's my last desk-shot in this craft room and I'm delighted that my cat Tigger wanted to share this moment too!...

My old desk isn't joining us, owing to a particularly dangerous wobbly leg!  Pleased I've found a replacement desk (see below) which will be delivered on Saturday.

Thanks everyone for your 'good luck with the house-move' wishes and great suggestions for craft storage in small spaces :)

Happy 6th WOYWW and here's to many more!!

Angela x
Angel Greetings

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

WOYWW 309 - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Hello readers and a warm welcome to 'it's Wednesday - time to show your workdesk'.  This desk hop phenomenon is expertly hosted by Julia Dunnit, click on the WOYWW badge to the right or click here to find out more...See what's happening on crafters' desks globally!

So, now's the time to reveal the chaos surrounding me by sharing my workdesk:
Actually, it could look a lot worse (you should see the mountain of cardboard boxes and bubble wrap behind the chair..) and in the coming weeks it most probably will be...4 words...We're Moving House!! Help!! I have decided to leave packing up my craft room until last.  I am hoping that I will re-discover a stash that I've forgotten about and will use this as an opportunity to become beautifully organised for my new (much smaller) craft room..!  Any storage solutions gratefully received! Anyway, enough of that, back to business, my desk shows the making of a pop-up birthday card for my God-daughter, here's the result:

I got lots of inspiration from watching a demo by Sarah J Read:

Thanks for visiting me today and thank you for leaving any comments :) wishing everyone a sunny, Happy Wednesday and a good, crafty week ahead :)

Angela x
Angel Greetings

Angel Greeting ATC Tutorial

Hello readers, thank you for stopping by :)  
I mentioned in my last post that I would describe how I made this Artist Trading Card:
I haven't made one of these mini cards before...but I knew I wanted to come up with a personal design that included an angel, a greeting and some techniques that I could replicate simply - in order for me to make a series of them to swap with other crafters :)  

I began with a piece of thick glossy photo card, 240gsm, measuring 6.5cm x 8.5cm.  I stamped part of a PaperArtsy Flora and Fauna image in clear embossing ink and sprinkled with clear embossing powder.  Having melted the powder from underneath with a heat tool, I then taped it inside a cardboard box. 
Next, I sprayed on some Cranberry Sorbet, Grape Juice and Candy Floss Inkadink inks. Using some kitchen towel I polished over the card and revealed the leaves stamp.  (You will notice some of this technique under the angel, this was a happy mistake as I previously attempted to heat emboss the angel, but the stencil image wasn't clear enough...I decided to keep some of the serendipitous result all the same!)  
I dismantled an angel from a spinning silver tea-light holder and used it as a stencil.  Using a piece of thick handmade paper, I inked through the angel using a square of cut and dry foam.  The inks I used are an Archival Brilliance pigment ink pad, Twilight.  I tore round the image and inked the edges with a hint of black and also some green tones from the Archival Brilliance pigment ink pad, Peacock.
Having attached the image with tape, I then moved on to the matting and layering.  I cut a piece of black card, 6.9cm x 8.9cm.  I drew a border with a VersaMarker watermark pen and scattered a mixture of Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Pearl Lustre embossing powder and Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder and heated.  For the back I cut out a piece of thick white card measuring 7.5cm x 9.3cm and attached the layers with tape.  
On the white background I drew a line of faux stitching with a very fine black pen and gently ran round the edges with the green inks. 
For the lettering I inked round some Tim Holtz Idea-ology 'Chitchat' stickers.

Thank you for taking the time to read this mini-tutorial.  
I hope you enjoyed your visit here :)

Angela x
Angel Greetings