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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

WOYWW - 142

Happy WOYWW to you all, hosted by the very hospitable Julia.  When you have finished here, and you are welcome to stay as long as you like (your coats will be kept warm for whenever you want them),  if you head back to Julia's Place, she will show you the way to many more friends.

This is the first of rather a lot of photos this week.  Sorry they are a little dark, but I forgot to take them when the sun showed itself briefly.  This is what I am currently working on, yet another UFO from my "projects to finish" box (I daren't show you that fir fear of causing mass heart attacks).  I seem to recall that it is a sheet from one of Joanna Sheen's cd's.. 

If I pull out a little, you can see more of my desk - fairly tidy today.  In fact the surface had to cleaner down as well to get rid of the residue of plaster and brick dust from putting up various things on the wall.  My Ottlite (I love that) means that most of my night time photos are still not needing flash.    You can see a couple of the cards I have done this week- but more of those later.

  Now you can see the clock that has been falling over on my desk for weeks - now it is hanging safely on the wall, and out of my way.  Just below it is the big cork board, and a chunky piece of wood holding that up.  That means that I can hang the heavier items from that, and just leave the lighter stuff for the board itself.  You would not believe the number of things I have found that I thought I had lost - three separate craft knives., and several pairs of scissors.  My list of dates is up there and my heat guns and rulers.  They now all have their own place and can be seen and found easily.  all that is to the left of my working desk proper.


Straight in front of where I sit is now this smaller board, half cork board and half white board.  You can also see my kitchen roll is now off my desk but still well in reach.  In fact, it is easier to get at than it was before.  Yet more space to fill on my desk.  I think all my tapes will still stay where they are unless I think of something better one of the days.






 This is one of the many sheets of decoupage I found in that projects box.  This will probably become the 1st birthday card for our youngest granddaughter next month.  I still need to do the insert so I really must find out which CD ROM it came from  and match it up properly.  It is a cross between decoupage and invertage, but it seems to work quite well.  For once, I used all the layers and put them together with silicone glue so it is easier to get the shaping for the creature.
 Another from the same box, already printed out from Debbi Moore.  I do rather like this CD and the images are so easy to glitz without going over the top, with the glue pen and a light dusting of Martha Stewart glitter. 
 I kept the front panels really plain, with just a few dots of glitter to catch the light. 




If you are still with me, I must also say that these cards and one or two others hidden from view for the moment were made using mainly bits and piece already partly put together.  It was all from things I already had, so I am sticking to my pledge to use things up, and make the most of what I already have.

Now, as you wander off to visit others, I may meet you again as we visit all our friends.  have a good week, and see you again soon.

58 comments:

May said...

Beautiful cards Maggie, I love the idea of your craft tools being hung up must see if that will work in my room, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x

Mary Ann said...

Your desk looks very tidy and organized. The card your making for your GD is very cute. Also, that's a very good idea using the OTTlite for pictures at night:)

Mary Ann #23

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

AH! I truly love your craft space. It is remarkable what going vertical can do to save space. And those cards are adorable. Have a great WoYWW from #9 this week!

butlersabroad said...

Looks like you've been having a big tidy up Maggie. I can't put things in a project box, I know I'd never finish them, I'd move onto something else!

Hugs
Brenda 5

sandysewin said...

Isn't it fun to organize and find all that lost stuff?

I love your Beatrix Potter card, sweet!

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #26

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maggie,

These cards are great. Isn't it nice to find things that you thought you've lost? I'm still missing my corner punch; know it's somewhere here but just not quite sure where.

Happy WOYWW
Kay #29

scrappymo! said...

Well, you have been a very busy girl at polishing off items from that UFO bin.
I have one of those bins overflowing too...I sure feels good to finish up an item from there, doesn't it!
That card of the bunnykins is so sweet. Just love it!
I can see that you have been busy getting the little odds and ends done in the studio. Good for you! Looks good.

Vipera said...

I ike your cardsQ Very beautiful! Thanks for share your works!

Happy WOYWW!

Olga #32

Tuire said...

You have lovely working space. Also the cards are beautiful!
Have a nice day!
Tuire #37

jude said...

Gosh your well organized puts me to shame...lolHave creative week
hugs judex 34

Lexi said...

First time to join WOYWW and first time to read about Joanna Sheen so off to Google I go! :)

Lovely cards, Maggie. Thank you for sharing.

Neil said...

What would we do with our Wednesdays if it was not for the wonder of WOYWW? It's always fascinating to peek through the window into your creative arena so thank you. It's all looking lovely and organised. I Hope you have a good week.
Neil (#47 ish)

Helen said...

Great desk and surrounds, great cards! Have a lovely week. Helen 41

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Beautiful cards! Glad you got your clock on the wall. Thanks for sharing your art!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...so neat, tidy and organised...and adore the card you've made for your little Grandaughter...Mel :)

BetteK said...

LoVe your new corkboard ... and you've been very busy with all those cards. Can't wait until it is warm enough for me to get out and work in my "proper" craft-room rather than having to drag what I need into the dining room so am happy to have seen your workspace on this damp and drizzly WOYWW! Love Debbie #89 xXx

Julia Dunnit said...

Well done Maggie, dust and grit worth it huh! Funny how these jobs, once done, make you wonder why on earth you left them..I like the amount of space you've suddenly 'found'! Nice cards, and SO well done on using up the old stuff..you certainly are making a great job of it.

Misty's Mum said...

Hi
I have just found this weekly blog hop & have started taking a peep at other craffters desk. I think I might join in. I was so pleased to see someone else is trying to finish part made projects & stash. I thought it was just me that fell by the wayside.
Thank you for sharing.

Karen said...

A lovely post Maggie and really gorgeous cards, they are all pretty. You asked yesterday about heat embossing my vellum. I have not really had a problem with the vellum burning although I do keep the heat gun quite a distance from the vellum and constantly move it around the stamped image, so no one spot gets too hot IYKWIM.

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Some fab cards. Glad you got your clock on the wall, great idea having the cork board. Enjoy this week's WOYWW snoop around the world. Take care Zo xx 81

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Maggie, if only you would meet me as we visit all our friends that would be so lovely - do love peter rabbit great idea and an invertage as well as decoupage, well done on UIU too! Shaz in oz.x

SueH said...

Oh Maggie, I love that your clock has made it to the wall at last. I have a little cross stitch picture that’s been sitting on my computer desk for months and every time I sit down here I move it out of the way and think………I must put that up.
Needless to say, it’s still getting moved each time I come to the computer. You never know, one day I might just do something about it, but then again I probable won’t, Lol!

Happy Crafting!

Sue
x

Caro said...

Gorgeous workspace and amazing fiddly cutting out. Wonderful cards too. Thanks for sharing. Caro #79

Bella said...

lovely cards and very organised desk! Love that feeling when you get things sorted out eventually having lived with organised chaos!

Redanne said...

I love your craft space, looks very tidy. I do recognise the decoupage/invertage as I did the same one - the papers are Crafters Companion, if that helps. Regards, Anne Rx #100

Peggy said...

love your cards !

kay said...

loving how you have used your space for your crafting and well done on using up your bits and pieces,x

Sam said...

That desk is far too tidy this week!!

I am desperately trying to catch up with last week so I am not posting this week. I also have two projects on the go which are not for public viewing - yet!

Will pop by to look at your snippets later this week if that is ok with you.

Tertia said...

I do not know how you keep your space tidy like that! I am also on a UFO mission, but my word, you should see what that did to my desk!! Hanging head in shame here.
Happy WOYWW

famfa said...

Nice tour of your crafty space. Well organised. Great cards

Laura said...

Hi, what a busy desk today, your cards have super. The cork hanger is great for having all your items easy to hand, mine are squashed in a drawer. Have a lovely day, Laura

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, looks as though you've been busy this week and I do like your new way of storing your heat gun, etc., ... out of the way but accessible.

The cards are lovely and it is great that you are still using your stash up. It's amazing what we are finding tucked away and forgotten now that we are concentrating our minds on using it up :))

Have a great week. Elizabeth x #80

~Tammy~ said...

No way would I show my desk right now. Paper's been a flying! Too many projects at once so it looks like it too!

Have a great rest of your day!

Laura said...

I've never seen an invertage card before -- that's an interesting technique! Happy Wednesday from #108.

jo said...

Your desk looks very organised - love how you have the heavier things hanging up! Your cards are fab, it's great that you're using up what you already have - i'm trying to do the same!
Jo x
#86

sandee said...

Good for you for sticking to your pledge to use things you already have, I've been doing that for several years and I am finally down to a managable level and find I don't miss buying new things like I use to! I joined your blog, and waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Linda said...

Well your work space looks fabulous now Maggie. The cards are fabulous too and thank you for sharing xxxx

Hugs
Linda xxx

Anne said...

Lovely cards and your space looks very organised. Happy WOYWW. Anne x

Spyder said...

Love your cards Maggie, and you look as though you've been very busy in your craft room too! Thanks for my snoop! I deleted about 30 of my comments early this morning by mistake, sorry if one was you!
HaPpY WoYwW!! Have a very crafty week!
((Lyn))#67

JoZart said...

Thanks for the tour... love your cards and your workspace,
Lv joZarty x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

good for you, sticking to your pledge to use things up! and at least your UFOs are all in one box! i realy like the elegant card with the lady. happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

sandra de said...

Absolutely stunning cards that you have made. I also like how organised your crafting space is as it goes up the wall.

Ohhh Snap said...

Beautiful cards and oh my that craft room!! Ott Lites are one of the best tools in my craft room too :D. Happy WOYWW :D #15

Hardwick Creations said...

What a great workspace. I love the card you made for your granddaughter's birthday.

lisa said...

Sounds like you've been very busy this week, Maggie. I like where you've put your kitchen roll, very handy.
Those cards are beautiful, who can resist Beatrix Potter.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #127

Debs Willis said...

Lovely cards Maggie, and you are encouraging me to go dig out my boxes (plural!) of not quite finished projects - know they are there waiting for a rainy day.......or the next millennium lol!!

Thanks for your comments on my blog

Hugs

Debs #92

Becky said...

Great space!

Emma said...

Beautiful cards and I absolutely love the Beatrix Potter card, that is stunning.
Thanks for sharing your photos with us and I love your workspace, it's wonderful.
Love Emma xx

Linda said...

Gorgeous cards! You also have a lovely work space, nicely organized. Thanks for the peek! Linda #99

okienurse said...

beautiful cards! I am a bit late getting around this week but I forgot to post on Wednesday and have been busy all week. Just wanted to make the rounds and remind everyone my blog candy closes on Tuesday night of next week and I will announce winners on Wednesday. Drop by become a follower and leave a comment for a chance to win. Vickie #173

karen said...

Wow, you are getting all sorts of things done! Your space is all organized and now you are clearing things out of your UFO box too! I don't have a box like that, instead I just shove the UFO to the side or on a shelf and eventualy I get sick of seeing it just waiting for me, so I will finish it then, ha ha!
Thanks for visit earlier!
xoxo Karen

Karen said...

Good idea to use up some stash - we all have more than we use. I make cards for cancer charities, so use my bits up whenever I can on my cards. Thanks for sharing. Karen 131 x

Sarah said...

Lovely, lovely cards and a wonderfully creative, fun crafty zone! So much going on and phew - more great makes in the next post too. Looking good from here!!! Thanks for letting us look in, enjoy WOYWW and your week, a late Sarah at 16.

Joynana said...

So many lovely cards and your space is so well organized. So glad I stopped by.

RosC said...

Hi Maggie,
I think I leaped over your WOYWW entry in error. It's appealing to me for several reasons...
Great desk, and wonderful to have things hanging up.
I do love the Beatrix Potter decoupage. She did such sweet paintings and I grew up on her stories. My Dad read them to me with great intonation. Her Mother was a Crompton, and fits into the family tree somewhere.
Now the period of other card is in mind at the moment too, as we have a new ABC TV series that started last night. It's based on a series of books that are a very enjoyable light read, set in Melbourne in 1928. Have sent you the link for fun. Essie Davis is a stunner as Phryne.
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/phrynefisher/
So, that's probably all too much, but it's nice to share. Thanks for your comment.
Yours as ever,
Ros. (103)

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

what great organisation.. can you come round to mine please?
running late with my woyww...
Have a creative day
Jennie #1

Clare with paint in her hair said...

fabulous desk! love the hanging system

Bridget Larsen said...

You make me want to create but I mustnt digress from my cleaning up. That clock looks good up there
Bridget #54