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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WOYWW 307 - I am late again

I am late again today, but at least I got here on the right day, having been missing for the last few weeks.  My only excuse is I just keep losing days and those that I find rush past so fast.

This morning was just like that.  I took my photos, all ready to post, and then got sidetracked into carrying on with the parchment work I started last night, so you can see the progress I made this morning before I realised that Wednesday was half over again.

Why is it important to post on a Wednesday, you may ask?  Well now, where have you been if you do not know what happens on a Wednesday - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  I could take up this whole post explaining it all to you, but someone else has already done it much better than I ever could - the lovely Julia, who is waiting to see you all at her Stamping Ground blog.

So now, I will show you my temporary desk in front of the tv, where I can see out of the window and also keep an eye on my two mischievous dogs.

Last week, I managed to finish making, write and seal all but two cards for sending this year.  Sounds good, but it did give me a slight problem as I then found I had nothing that I had to do.  then I realised that this achievement means that I have weeks and weeks of just playing with different techniques, old and new, or a mixture of lots of things.

As you can see, I have dug out some of my parchment work, really relaxing and so pretty when it is done.  Up till now, I have done very little colouring on parchment, preferring to stick mainly to the classic white.  However, this one will be coloured, when I work out what colours I want.  

This is actually a pencil sketch I did ages ago, trying to work out how to cut it as a stencil.  The stencil idea is still waiting but I decided last night that it could look pretty good in parchment and transferred the image in white pencil on to the sheet of parchment.  The bright pink is my new embossing mat which is brilliant used on the light box.

As you can see, I have taken it a lot further today, having got totally lost in doing it after breakfast.  The border is not my own design but is one from a pansy design by Robin Cockburn, who was generous enough to share her designs on the internet.

 You can also see another piece of parching, the triangular piece on the left.  This design is a Clarity stamp that I have been playing with a lot just lately, colouring and stamping on different media and in different colours, comparing different kinds of pencils etc.  The colouring is done mainly on the back, in this case with a mixture of Derwent Coloursoft and Spectrum Noir pencils.

You can also see some of the other bits and pieces I have been playing with, including a great bookmark design from Lynne Hammond, a lovely lady with great ideas.  Most of the colouring in was done while I was relaxing in the Holiday Inn at Shrewsbury at the weekend, just the right thing to play with.

I am going to stop waffling right now and let you get off to visit some of the other people showing their desks with the help of our Julia.  I hope you all have a great week.  xxxx


CraftygasheadZo said...

Beautiful parchment work. Looks amazing. Take care Zo xx 44

Mrs A. said...

Hi Maggie,
Your parchment pieces are looking good. I actually found some sheets I didn't know I had so must find the time to sit and have a play. Hugs Mrs A.

Lynne said...

Thank you for the kind words Margaret. Your bookmarks and parchment look fab. x

Dora said...

beautiful what is laying on your desk.
keep on going and I will see what you make of it.
kind regards, Dora

Ali H said...

Just like me - better late than never this week ! Love the parchment project - so delicate ! Ali #62

Angela Radford said...

I had forgotten how good parchment can look so thanks for sharing these. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 30

Anonymous said...

I'm later than you, at least on the comment from. Parchment craft? Looks so pretty but totally outside MY comfort zone!

Happy day after WOYWW!
Mary Anne (3)

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Marg, Internet playing up, this is the third time now, lol. Love the parchment, its so delicate and beautiful. Need to get onto my crop ATC's this week. Lots of Love, Shaz xxxx

Bernice said...

I know what you mean about time rushing by! The parchment craft looks lovely, though I would imagine it is quite time consuming.

Monica said...

I just slapped my hand when I saw your parchment work to stop myself ordering supplies!! Lovely work. Enjoy
Monica 44