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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.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

WOYWW - 153

My desk is a little tidier this week, mainly due to the fact that I wanted to play with mica powders today, and I did not want them mixed with everything else in sight.  You may wonder why I am showing you my desk and all that is on it.  After all, you may be new to the world of craft blogging, everyone is new at some time, and if you are, then you are very welcome.  Wednesdays are the days when our Lady Julia hosts us all at her place - Stamping Ground.  She very kindly allows us to join together and have the chance to get more inspiration from the work of others, and share our ideas and encouragement.  Some desks will terrify you and some will astound you, but you are welcome to all.  We just ask that you are patient with us and leave us a comment if you like what you see or have ideas to add.

I do have a couple of piles of projects off to the side, but not as much as usual.  Another reason for my tidy up was to find my Clarity Stamps Lovescape kit.  I knew I had it but it had got split up and distributed around my room.  You can see some of my mica powders and the brushes to applying them at the back on the right.  The little orange thing is my Fiskars finger scalpel, which is so easy to control as it becomes an extension of your finger.  My Ottlite is on show too, but as I took the photos on Tuesday afternoon, I did not need my light.  I could make do with that lovely yellow orb in the sky - I seem to remember it is called a sun, and it helps to make us warm too.  There is a small Really Useful Box at the back full of Promarker pen tops - I have changed all mine to the fine nibs, which I can remove if I really need to.  The yellow rubbish is the trimmings from the Clarity Adhesive sheets, which I used to make the two little pictures on top of the stack of white copy paper.

This is the first time I have tried this technique and it shows - I need a lot more practice to get the results I want.  I need to watch Barbara Gray a lot more to see where I am going wrong.  I think I need to take more time to mix my colours better before I start  - I never was the most patient person.  Slowly, slowly, catchee monkee, as the saying goes.  I am certainly not doing it justice at the moment.

I am off to bed now, so I shall be scheduling this post and link in properly when I get up.  I struggled to get round to all my visitors last week, and was horrendously late with some visits, for which I apologise.  I will try hard to do better this week, but please forgive me if I do not get there.    Thank you to all those who took the trouble to pop in during the week.  I really do appreciate all of you and especially what you have taken the trouble to write in your comments.


Elaine said...

Maggie how did I miss this one , these are fabulous I have always like that little boat and your creations are lovely. Barbara has been doing this for years I have all her Cd's and still cant get it right...yet Thank you for visiting Hugs Elaine

Karen said...

Morning Maggie! Mmmm the sun, now what is that?? It is so long since we have seen it I am beginning to forget what it looks like lol!! Love the tidy desk and your cards look fab :)

Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen xx #49

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Well I've never seen this tech before and boy I have to say its absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and shimmer. I'll have to look this up. Happy WOYWW #70 AJ~

Linda said...

Good Morning Maggie,

Thank you for sharing your desk today! I love my mica powders too and like you I need to get more practice in using them. Loving what you have created so far.

Take care and be back soon :)
Linda xxx


Love your space! Also love your two creations! Just gorgeous!


Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Great results! Well done.


Sarn (#61)

Miriam said...

Lots of fabulous stuff going on - love the technique.


Helen said...

Your Clarity style card looks fabulous!! have a good day, Helen 9

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Pretty pictures, always fun to try something new. Happy WOYWW

MvM-design said...

Creative desk!!
Happy WOYWW Wednesday!
Hugs Marleen #8

CraftygasheadZo said...

These are super, you've done a grand job with them. Take care, enjoy WOYWW this week, I know I will! Zo xx 73

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maggie,

I think those cards are amazing! I love the colors you've used.
Hugs, Kay #127

Samantha Elliott said...

I thought the Sun was just a long and distant myth! Your little pieces are gorgeous.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, from where I'm sitting your cards look fabulous and you seem to have got the technique right ... I watched Barbara's demo too. We've had plenty of sun up here but it's set to change over the weekend ... could do with a bit of rain, the garden is as dry as a bone. Too late to wish you a happy day so have a happy and crafty week instead. Elizabeth x #68

Twiglet said...

Well your two little creations look fab to me. have a good week. x Jo

Peggy Cain said...

had a good look around love your finished cards !

Hazel said...

Great result for trying a new technique.

Anne said...

I think the cards are brilliant Maggie. Ah it's the sun is it? I vaguely remember it!!!! Sorry not visited in a while where does the time go? Anne x

Shoshi said...

Love what you've done, Maggie. Your two pictures are so beautiful!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #84

Julia Dunnit said...

Practice makes perfect while you're enjoying it Maggie - and I really admire that you watch,learn, try, it says alot about you. Had to smile at your Less Is More card entry, it's lovely...but it made me smile to read 'I am very fussy about unicorns'...I get it, I understand it, but I fear it makes us a little potty!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I'm not the most patient person either, especially when it comes to crafting. I want it all just to work right, just like imagined it, the first time. I sure can dream, can't I? Kudos to you for trying out a new technique and sticking with it. Your desk looks very inviting.

lisa said...

Mmm yellow orb in the sky, not sure I've seen that before!!!!!! It's done nothing but rain here in Yorkshire since Wednesday morning!!
You've made a beautiful job of that mica painting, Maggie. It gives a beautiful look. Don't be so hard on yourself.
Hugs Lisax #86

Neet said...

Lovely atc's and I think you are doing fine without the TV to show you what to do.
Thanks for sharing your tidy space.
Hugs, Neet #19 x

Queen Of Toys said...

Thanks for visiting my desk, yours is looking very clean neat and tidy for the special work. Love your creations they are awesome.

Eliza #90