Monday, 23 April 2018

So how did you get into it?

Sally (Ohhh Snap) was talking about her love of heat embossing on WOYWW 463. I don't need to be reminded about it either; it's a technique I still use, at least once or twice a week for some card or other. 
For me, it all started back in 1995. My sweet Sissy and her family had emigrated to California. Well, moved to California for reasons of work. None of us knew then that it would become an emigration. We may not have let them go so easily, I can tell you. It's a long way. I digress, already. Anyway, that Easter, Steph sent us a lovely card with coloured eggs, and some beautifully shiny gold text. It was, for you stamp historians, a PSX stamp that she'd embossed in gold. I couldn't believe it when she said she'd made it! At the time I worked in print and knew the technique as 'thermography'. I was fairly confident that it couldn't be done without a large press and certainly not at my kitchen table.   

My now very controlled collection of embossing powders
When we visited them later that year, I was desperate to see how it was done, and I spent some time playing with Steph's stash. Her collection was relatively small as she was new to it herself. She took me to her friend's house. Her friend was selling stamping stuff from her garage in anticipation of having a shop. We were on a real budget in those days and I well remember the agony of trying not to spend too much. I bought 3 stamps, a multi-coloured dye inkpad, a small pigment ink pad a pot of clear powder. When we came home, I stamped alone with my three stamps and tried everything I could to locate more in this country. When I could, I bought them from America, over the fairly new fangled internet thingy. Amazing that these first few stamps would set me off onto the road of being a craft shopkeeper and then this blog, and all these years later, I'm still loving the near instant gratification and all the innovations that have occurred in card making and paper crafting since. I think this is also why my loyalty is still to wood mounted stamps...you never quite get over your first love, huh! 
Would love to know how you drifted into it all and so eventually found your way to reading this!



Friday, 20 April 2018

Use it and create scraps.

It's a real conundrum isn't it. You use a couple of sheets of 12 x12 to make a nice scrapbook layout, but you're left with a sizeable piece of 'scrap'. The more you do, the more you generate. Ack. I don't have a rule about minimum sizes to keep. Although having said that, I suppose I do, actually. If it's plain cardstock, unless it's tiny, I do keep it. Stamp a sentiment on it, test a pen, test a sponge effect..pieces of card are useful for that sort of thing. If it's scrapbook paper, it has to be a least the size of a card blank before I give it room in the scraps box. Because I have to be able to use it for something, and any less a size doesn't give me 'cut it and try it' room.

I made these cards for a workshop, and they are made from scraps. And what's more, I intend to make the kits up from scraps too, it would I feel be a shame to have to break into fresh scrapbook papers to make them. Of course the card bases and mounts aren't scraps, but that's OK, am much more interested in using and encouraging the use of patterned scraps because they build up so fast!
It's not artistic photography gentle reader, just unedited shots of the card leaning against the notebook that I use to list 'ingredients' so that I can kit properly.  (Mind you, that's no guarantee.)
I don't know if you can see, but this card not only uses up old scrapbook paper, it features some coloured wire as well. Gracious, there's an embellishment I don't use often anymore. I did, when it was 'on trend'!
I'm happy with these. Unlike the scrapbook embellishments that I get to keep. this time I've got a handful less stash and scrap but some nice cards to send when an occasion calls. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 463


Desk week 468 on 26 May will be the ninth, 9th, NINTH anniversary of WOYWW. 
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kelly  tells me it will be the 23 May. correctly. Good grief, you should thank her, she just single handedly reclaimed 3 days of your life! You know how much it means to me, and I hope if it means something for you too, that you'll join the anniversary circle and play PIF. Pass It Forward. It means making an ATC which features the acronym or the number 9 somewhere on it and sending/delivering it to the person who posts immediately after you on the WOYWW 468 link list. Lots of us make more than the one and invite other Deskers to swap with them as well. It's actually quite fun, and prompts a nice run of happy post! The only stipulation for entry is that you have 'the one' ATC ready to post on the day. It's not hard, but nor is it obligatory; there is no need to explain why you cannot or do not want to take part, it is entirely up to you. I've posted a step by step 'how to' page accessible at the top of this blog. 
Meanwhile good reader, link your WOYWW post here and visit each other...you may find it's not just me that seems to be making little cards!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

A poke/reminder/warning/heads up....

There is a page on this blog called ATCs. It's about making ATCs for the next WOYWW anniversary, and as that's ridiculously soon, I've updated the page so that it reflects this year's activity. I'll remind you again next week.
Meanwhile, here's a decoy photo...

Miss Dunnit doing her thing, making her voice count...walking the walk.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Use it or erm, hoard it.

You know don't you that I have a large stash of everything. I am making a really strong, focussed attempt at using it. recently I've tried to stay inspired by doing a couple of challenges here and there and to try to keep something 'in progress' on my desk to encourage me to return when I have half an hour or so, rather than waiting till I can have a binge session!
To that end, meet Miss Dunnit and her Father in the very cold of a March trip to Euro Disney. For that's what it was called in 1996 when we went! Now it's Disneyland Paris. I don't expect it's ever been so cold. The child is wearing my gloves over a pair of socks on her little hands. The fountains were frozen. But she loved it.

So I scrapped an old photo on some slightly younger paper and used scraps and bits that I've had for quite a long time. That paper border is carefully glued together in two places because ot just about fell apart when I lifted it from the bottom of a box of paper frames and borders that I've ignored for absolutely ages. The pink skeleton leaf is probably as old as the photo! And who remembers the use of buckles! The silver No3 and sticker at left of it were both the last on their respective sheets. How very satisfying.  There's a fabric covered brad and an epoxy brad....we don't mention those too often now! It's not the best photo, or indeed the best LO, but it raises a double smile for me. The memories attached to the pic and the memories attached to the embellishments. And as with all scrapbook pages, I can keep them all. Used and hoarded. Now there's a thing!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 462

Well, it's busy with non work stuff. Nicer than last week then. Actually its a bit of a mess of push back.
I was making a scrapbook LO over the weekend and had decided to only use old stash. As you can see pink skeleton leaves and fabric brads, you can safely surmise that it really wasn't too difficult! The matted but not 'topped' card is awaiting a flash of inspiration. And a bit more glue by the looks of things. It's for a workshop next week, so am setting myself a deadline for finishing it - I want to deliver them to Shopkeeper Gal by lunchtime today! Only one pair of glasses but a couple of pairs of scissors, going well on that score! The photos on the deckchair are awaiting my scrapbook muse. I keep 4 or 5 there on a rolling basis, it reminds me not to wait for a Crop! If I wait for a once a month crop, I shall have to stop taking photos today and still live till I'm about nine hundred to get them all scrapped! Meanwhile, talking of photos, I've put a first wave of stamps for sale over on Loved, Used and now Forsaken. Please cast your eyes in that direction!
After all that, please join us in sharing your desk today, as always, post with a WOYWW title on your blog, and link here. Seriously, thank you!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

2018 The WOYWW French Retreat

Seriously, did you ever think that sharing a photo of your workspace would allow you the chance to meet fellow crafty bloggers? Well, the WOYWW Crop is one way. And now, there's another. Donna moved to France a couple of years ago. That fulfilled part of her life plan. She and her very significant Monsieur (see what I did there) have laboured and toiled and renovated and rebuilt and built and gardened and well, worked.
Now Donna is offering us the chance to be guinea pigs for her long planned art and craft retreats. Oh my word. 

Here's what she says:
Now, I cannot afford to give this to you for free but nor would I profit from a woyww event, so the proposition is this:  Arrive Thursday evening for dinner and depart Sunday afternoon following lunch:    we will be able to accommodate approx 12 people on site - providing you are willing to share bedrooms and bathrooms, and,  because its like youth hosteling, I would not charge for on site accommodation (I can provide a list of local B&B's to those that prefer to pay and have privacy). As on site sleeping and hot water bathrooms are free -  we expect you to sort out your own bed linens and towels or pay a small fee for using ours.   We will provide full board,  we will accommodate dietary allergies (for those that can result in anaphylaxis I expect you to show me where you stash your EPI pen) we will also put in the effort to provide a range of meals that meet any of your lifestyle choices: you will be charged for all meals taken with us on site at cost price which will be itemised and payable in cash euros before you leave.   Use of craft supplies and space - free - you can bring your own, but will not need to and your supplies cannot be mixed with mine and will have to stay in your own allocated space/locker to avoid loss/damage/theft... Wine beer tea coffee  bottled water and soft drinks will be charged as per your consumption... via a simple labelling and honesty system (think super sized mini bar without the inflated prices)  - again payable before you leave.  

There is more information on Donna's blog, under the tab 'New Events'. Here is a direct link. Donna's Brittany Retreat Information.
It's at the end of September, so it's time to start locking in some plans. I can't tell you how much fun it will be. Not too hot and beautiful historic France to look at whilst creating and enjoying. I don't know what 'Guinea Pig' is in French, but me and that Mr Dunnit,  we're shopping for berets!