Wednesday, 17 November 2010

WOYWW - Week 76 & the J for Jingle Bells card

Good afternoon to you all, and welcome to What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday again.Here's what's was happening on mine early this morning - not a lot:

The cold I had at the weekend developed into sinusitis and with all the associated dizziness and nausea I couldn't do much except try to keep my head still, so Sunday, Monday and Tuesday turned into real duvet days for me.

But look what the postman brought me - another prize! I'm obviously on a roll now as this is the second prize in as many weeks. This time it's 3 cards handmade by the presenter Konnie Huq at a Craft for Life, Make a Card a Day, event supporting Cancer Research UK and run by Docrafts Creativity Magazine. And, there's a certificate signed by Konnie on which she says 'I Craft for Life because it's fun and creative and personal cards can mean more ...'

At the front of the desk is a card I started working on late last night - it's now finished. It's the J card in the Alphabet Series - J for Jingle Bells. The colours used are a range of oranges and browns, dictated by the choice of digital background paper from Bearly Mine Designs, CD22 in the Christmas Delights pack and a need for a dark background beneath the bell panel.

I drew inspiration from the famed Barbara Gray's, of Clarity Stamps, demo on TV this weekend - what else can you do with duvet days but watch crafty programmes on the box : ) I stamped the bells from the set from Let's Get Crafting, Issue 26, in Momento Tuxedo Black onto a strip of white vellum, then embossed them with Papermania clear powder. Next, I turned the panel over and using the embossing tool went over the bells - never tried this before but was pleased with the effect. As you can see in the photo I used a mouse mat as an embossing mat - a tip from Barbara!

The rest was fairly straightforward - the panel was mounted on some brown card and attached with tiny orange brads from my stash. I edged the paper and card with Tim Holtz' Brushed Corduroy and I stamped out the 'jingle bells' using a small alphabet stamp set then embossed with gold powder, added the ribbons and the charm and job done! Oh, and being me, I decorated the back and inside because I just can't leave them blank.

The rest of the stuff in view is my usual tools of the trade. Someone recently admired my green check workmat.  This is simply an off-cut of the kind of plastic material used to make kitchen tablecloths - I bought several pieces for £1 from a stall at the Ayr Flower Show this year. I keep one piece for when I'm messing with paint and the one on my desk is for when I'm distressing with TH ink pads.

For anyone who is still wondering what WOYWW is all about pop over to Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, where you will find you have the opportunity to snoop at a lot of workdesks around the world.
Bye for now


hollybeary creations said...

I love the look of the vellum images, they came out great.. Really pops!

Holly #114

Angela Toucan said...

congrats on the win, lovely embossing of the bells, and your pink jug is pretty

be blessed
from Angela #83

Sandra said...

What a great technique, Elizabeth!! Your card is gorgeous and yet your table is very neat and organized!! Wonderful job!

Hope you get better soon!

Sandra #103


Julia Dunnit said...

I saw those cards by Konnie somewhere - was there an article about them..? Anyway, well done - long may your winning roll continue! Hope you feel better today.

Sherry said...

Congratulations on your prizes - you ARE on a roll! Love your Christmas card - not the usual Christmassy colours, but they work so well. The embossing on the bells looks great, so 3D. I like your idea of using a plastic tablecloth (or oilcloth) instead of a craft mat - much prettier!
Hope you're feeling better now - Barbara Gray must have been a great diversion - her demos are fabulous!

Sherry (120)

Anonymous said...

I love the embossed bells Elizabeth, what a fantastic card!

Pop over to my blog and see my earliest post of today, there's something for you there! x

jude said...

Gorgeous card and looks so good and effective .Your desk although still looks so tidy.hope you feel better soon i ve had sinusitis before know how horrible it can be ,so go on have a duvet day!Happy wednesday
hugs judex41

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card Elizabeth, hope you're feeling better soon, although I could do with a couple of duvet days myself!

Brenda 92

Helen said...

Well done on your prize - hope you are all better now!

Sue said...

Hi ya
congratulations on your win, you best buy a lottery ticket, fabulous card, have good eve, happy WOYWW, sue, (29).x

Spyder said...

Love your embossed bells they really do appear to 'sparkle' They card is lovely, in side and out. Lovely tidy desk too! I can only wish! Happy WOYWW ((Lyn)) #42

voodoo vixen said...

Aaah, duvet days with craft tv... almost worth being sick but knowing what sinusitis is like, you have my sincere sympathy instead!! Love your jingle bells card with the embossing, its beautiful... and there you go again... making the inside look stunning too! :) Annette #9

Christa said...

What an original christmascard. The embossing looks so great ! Brown and orange : goes well on a christmascard. Compliments ! Love from Holland , Christa.

nnalorac said...

Loving your card, so gorgeous those bells are. Congrats on your winnings, so rewarding when you win. Carolxx

Spyder said...

Thank you for popping over to my blog just popped in to say I've just put another one day freebie digi on,


Jennifer said...

Gorgeous, so sparkly!! xx Jenny xx

Mandy said...

Sorry you've not been well,pleased your feeling better now.....This is a lovely card,great idea with the embossing very effective...
Mandy xx

Scrapcat 1 said...

your card is so pretty love the different colour scheme you have used, hope you are feeling better now.

lisa said...

Congrats on your win, Elizabeth, you are definitely on a roll.
The parchment card looks great. Barbara is such an inspiration isn't she.
Hope you are feeling much better now. There are so many nasty colds about at the minute.
Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs Lisax

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Certainly a busy desk here but lots of nice things have been brought out to play with. Thanks for sharing your workspace with us. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 34)

Susan said...

A beautiful card Elizabeth. Congrats on all your recent prizes. Thanks for sharing! Susan xxox #17