Wednesday, 12 January 2011

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 84 + My First Challenge Win

Good Morning to you all,

Gosh, another week's fair flown by, suddenly it's Wednesday, and once again it's time to report to our noble leader, Julia at Stampin Ground, keeper of the WOYWWer's blog hop. If you are as curious as I am about how and where others create then go take a look because this is the day we, metaphorically speaking that is, have open house and you are invited to view.

My desk looked a bit of a muddle this morning - by the time I decided to call it a day last night it was too late and I was too tired to do any tidying up.  So here's what's on it:
  • the insert to a birthday card for a friend - I left it for the stamped greeting to dry overnight
  • a pile of papers, stamped card (I've been experimenting), all for projects I've got in mind, including a lovely sheet of Prima paper, Pixie Garden, from the Fairy Flora Collection, the basis of the layout of my Mum's photograph (that's as far as I've got in the planning stage as yet) and a sheet of Basic Grey's Indian Summer paper which I might use on a card
  • a pink topper I'm planning to recycle on another birthday card
  • under the glass work surface is some card I practiced stamping the Lavinia tree & leaf stamps on
  • a yellow mechanical pencil - the only kind of pencil I like to use
  • a rock-a-block with the greeting stamps, cleaned, but still waiting to be put away in the pack underneath
  • my lamp and my trusty pink heat gun
  • three cards received recently which I want to display somewhere in my room - not sure where as running out of wall space : (
  • a pile of CD cases with Lavinia stamps inside - as I'm experimenting with them they are handy there
  • the post-it pad is there because I used some of it to mark of an area of card for a colouring technique using an ink pad and hadn't got around to putting it away  
  • a yellow legal pad - the best discovery I ever made. I'm dyslexic (explains the occasional bloomer!!!) and find writing on coloured paper much easier than white so these legal pads are brilliant for purpose. And the pad is there because I realised that although I had organised my stash my to-do list was a bit of a mess and I was having difficulty keeping track of challenges, projects, and techniques, etc., that I wanted to have a bash at. So I thought I would write it all down, organise my thoughts and perhaps help myself feel more in control.
  • over to the right of my workspace is a basket of 8 x 8 & 6 x 6 paper packs and similar size cardstock packs. The blue box is has photographs in it and the white one above is where I keep the wee bits of white card that come in handy for stamping a greeting on, etc.
  • there's all sorts of other bits and pieces in the background; glue strips, hot glue gun, hole punches, ribbon holder, scissor pail, notebooks, my chicken box, border punches, etc., etc. - I don't think these are usually in view on WOYWW but they are always there.
So that's what's was on my desk this morning. I've tidied up and it's now looking ready for action but it will have to wait as I'm off to town to do a bit of necessary shopping - not crafty stuff today, I promised myself I would be frugal this month.

One of the cards in the background: I received this lovely card, made I think from two beer mats, from my friend Sarah at The Handmade Card Blog. Sarah makes brilliant cards, mini albums, etc., and her blog is well worth a visit. She also makes really watchable YouTube videos, many of them mini tutorials on the projects she makes.

My First Challenge Win

I've saved the best till last. Yesterday I heard that I have won Clare's Inspiration Challenge over at Docrafts - for the Cherry Tree card I featured in my last post. I'm over the moon. I've no idea what the prize is but it really doesn't matter because I'm just so delighted to have won.

That's all for today. Signing off,


  1. Lovely busy desk Elizabeth and such a sweet card from your friend. Well done on the challenge win, and you're right, the prize doesn't matter, it's such a great feeling to win something!

    Brenda 99

  2. Congratulations on winning that inspiration challenge - and what a great challenge to win!

  3. Well done on your win, that's fantastic news! It's great when your work is appreciated like that

  4. Congrats on your win. Thanks for the peek and sharing, hugs Marjo #23 Happy WOYWW

  5. The colours on your desk photo are lovely. The wall etc, it all seems to remind me of vintage paint colours, like at the National TRust properties. I hope you understand what I mean. The photo of your desk felt so warm and comnforting and that is what it reminded me of.
    Sue xx 67

  6. Hi Elizabeth. You are so organised. i love the way you itemise everything on your desk, it makes me go back and spot everything. How do you find the rock a blocks. I've only just got them and so far have struggled. I think I need to relearn stamping again with them. We are going to have a play tomorrow night with some scrap paper.
    Congrats on the win, truly well deserved.
    BTW the electric toothbrush is an old one of my daughter's. I've just bought her a rechargable one but this old one is a dolphin and really cute and I was loathe to throw it away, no doubt I'll discover a crafty use for it in time. Bet you didn't stop the toothpaste!!!!
    Hugs Lisax

  7. Can't seem to leave a comment on the post above this so... a well deserved win, as you are aware from contact on Docrafts and a lovely birthday card with such a lot of imaginative crafting. I'm sure your no-nonsense friend will love it! Hazel x

  8. Congrats on your First Challenge Win. You like me, too tired to clean it but I can blog about each item.

  9. Congrats on winning your first challenge,
    Some very interesting things lurking on your desk.
    Tertia 93

  10. Ohooo lucky you, well done on thewin! Lovely Craft room you have, so many goodies!I have loads of beer mats (SIL in pub trade!) what a great idea. I'll have to play!
    (Lyn) Happy WOYWW!!

  11. Lots going on on your desk - and congruations on the win well done ~ Nicky 45

  12. Congrats on your win and what an adorable little card!

    Thanks for the peek! :D


  13. That is not a muddle, just a creative space.

  14. congratulations on your first win! what a great start to the year. the first of many wins this year hopefully! i found that bit of info on the yellow pad really interesting. i'll pass it on to other dyslexics. any little bit helps. thanks for sharing!

  15. What a lovely busy desk - you sure have a lot of projects/ideas on the go! And congrats on your win! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment. :)

    Ali #77

  16. Congrats on the win, the card is so cute, and your desk is full with lots of lovely crafty bits


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