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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 October 2014

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 281

Anyone who has landed here from an alien planet, this is a weekly get together of loads of crafting friends.  It is hosted by the lovely Julia from http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/, who will be delighted to see you and explain it all far better than I can.  So come and join us.

Please do not collapse with shock at seeing a post from me at last.  I know it has been so long and I have no idea where the time has gone.  I am still not back in my craft room as it still looks as it a bomb has hit it, but as the "C" word is creeping ever nearer, I have set up the picnic table in front of my comfortable chair downstairs so I can watch TV at the same time.  I am now into mass production, as these photos show.

 As you can see, today's production line is using 'Twas the Night Before Christmas from Clarity.  I have been doing a bit of stamping every time I went past the table, then I spent my evenings colouring them in with my lovely Derwent Coloursoft.  Last night and today was trimming them and brushing the edges with ink and sticking them onto the base card.  Tomorrow will be doing the inserts, although there are still a few to be coloured.

This is a box of cards made up from three kits that I already had, including a Dufex set, all still needing inserts and two of the sets need envelopes too.  None of these are intended for my own use but for selling at a school Christmas fair.  My daughter has been doing these fairs for some time with some success and I foolishly said that I would join her this year and see what happened with the things I can make.

I also came back from having a massage yesterday morning with an order from her to make 50 Christmas cards for her to send out to her clients.  I still have to price those up.

I happened to glance up from my gluing this afternoon and spotted this glorious rainbow - only a half one but very wide and brilliant.

While I have been busy, I was being watched by this pair of bookends, apparently sound asleep, but really coiled springs in case I got up to go somewhere interesting.  Even me going to the loo is interesting and they have to come too (probably safer as I can stop Gemma stealing and destroying anything she can reach).

As I am writing this just after midnight, I reckon it is time for bed, so I will stop rambling now and hope to see you all tomorrow.    Do go and visit Julia's blog and follow the links to all the other wonderful and varied people who will be there at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/  .

Happy un-Christmas!


Lunch Lady Jan said...

It's nice too see you back! You are good, doing all those cards. Hope they sell really well at your daughter's sale :-)
I laughed at your Coiled Springs shot! Even when they're asleep, they're ready for anything aren't they?
I've got enough Kaffir lilies to split some off for you, if you'd like. Say the word and I'll put some in a pot for you and you can pick them up whenever the next WOYWW Crop is. Let me know :-)
Hugs, LLJ 21 xx

Neet said...

What fabulous Christmas Cards. Mine will be very simple and quick this year (I seem to do this every year :) these days)
Thanks for your visit
Neet 34 xx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Marg, long time no see!The C word is getting us all to get our butts in gear, I think. I have one or two of the Night before Christmas stamps too. Good luck with the fair. Love Shaz xxx

Annie said...

Hi Maggie. It's good to see you and have a catch up with what's going on at yours. You've been busy with your card making. I love your bookend dogs :-)
Have a great week.
Annie x # 31

Winnie said...

Wow, those cards are coming along wonderfully. Your coloring is fabulous. I love the soft sky you added. Sounds like a buzy time ahead. Glad you got a massage!! Enjoy the day! Winnie #44

Chrysalis said...

Hi Maggie - welcome back. What an amazing stash of C cards! They are really lovely. I do hope they sell well, and you can charge a decent price for them - always tricky with fairs, eh?! Your dogs are like our cat, Rosie, who follows me into the loo and would sit on my lap there, too, given the chance!! Happy WOYWW, Chris # 3

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Seems a few of us haven't been able to do our fun posts for a while. Feel like I missed a lot. Our little furry friends have a life don't they !! Have fun creating once again, looks like you have a great start. Pretty rainbow too. We have had a beautiful fall and so wish it could stay til Dec. Have a fun week

StampinCarol said...

Love your cards! I, too, have been making C cards! Ran out last year so have been making them all year! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #58

Peg Robinson said...

Your cards are just stunning. I love to see rainbows and think about what lies at the end. Hope you got some sleep. Peg R #20

Helen said...

Love the book-ends!! it's great to see you back too, and with such productivity - I haven't started my cards yet... oh dear!

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. I have been a long absentee as well. I have a laptop now, so can type away whilst watching tv in the evening. Blogging should become a regular fixture from now on. Well done for making so many Xmas cards. I am a really slow crafter - took me 1 hour to make one card yesterday. I design lots on my software, Serif CraftArtist 2, and that is a lot quicker for me. Just have to print them out and trim/score. Ali x #78

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh what lovely cards. I love the ones with the (part) story on them.
It's an honor to meet your cocker spaniels. They look mischievous....
Thank you for letting me have a peep of your workspace.
Have a good week

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Deer Maggie, Sixie four days to Kristmas? I wik Kristmas wif all the papers get krinkled and ribbons! Not many days make my mom get nerbous though. I wik your Kristmas cards. We need to make sum moor I fink. Did yew know you have dawgs on your couch? That cood be troubles! Love, Dio #79

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Storms have been pass through here late in the afternoon leaving behind brilliant rainbows. Love your bookends. they look so Innocent laying there. Diane #80

artatag said...

OMG these cards are so beautiful! You really are busy!
And I always enjoy reading about your dogs. They remember me of mine.
Gabriele 33

Mrs A. said...

Nice to have you back in Blogland. Your bookends look very comfortable on your settee. Hope you do well selling at the Christmas fair. I have some Dufex topper sheets. They are a lovely quality and easy to work with. Hugs Mrs A.