Wednesday, 6 April 2011

WOYWW 96 - Ready, Just Waiting for Some Inspiration

Good Afternoon WOYWWers and All,

I'm late in posting today - it's been a busy morning! Despite that the desk isn't looking too bad. There's several projects percolating away since yesterday - just not made my mind where I'm going with them. One of the side affects of blog hopping - if you want to join in the mega desk hop just click the icon on the left to find out more from our Queen of Desks, Julia, at Stamping Ground - now where was I? Oh yes, the lovely side affects of blog hopping is that you discover wonderfully creative crafters making fabulous projects and using interesting techniques that are just screaming out to be tried.

This explains the print-out under the tub of Gesso. I spotted this floral card on Brenda's blog, Floral Fantasies, and just loved how she had made the background - see the card here. Brenda, a talented and creative crafter who, despite having been unwell recently, continues to write her blog and post her lovely creations, is a real inspiration.

Other items on my desk are a few stamps that I might use for Brenda's technique, a sheet of decoupage I printed out from the Vintage Christmas CD Rom that's lying out, and a twisted pyramid of a very cute little kitten. The green gingham paper (love gingham, love green - perfect) came with the kitten - and I'm still thinking of how I am going to use all these items!!

Not much then to show today so I thought I'd give you sight of my growing gallery of cards and keepsakes received - another lovely side affect of crafting and blogging.

I had run out of space in the craft room for all the lovely things crafting friends have sent and I didn't want to just file them away, they are too nice for that, so I've spilled out onto the whatnot on the landing just by my door. The bonus is I get to see them every time I enter or leave the craft room :)

That's what's on my workdesk today, now I'm off to do a bit of blog hopping myself and see what you are all up to.

Happy WOYWW day to you all and happy crafting too,


Karen said...

Afternoon Elizabeth I hope you are well? I love all the crafty projects you are busy with this week, such a gorgeous creative desk. I love the little cupboard at the back (with the little chickens on), it is so quaint, its beautiful :)
Have a lovely WOYWW,
Karen #107

Caroline Hallett said...

hope inspiration strikes soon and Mr Mojo comes a calling! Thanks for Sharing and hope you have a happy WOYWW. Caroline (No 31 x)

Terry said...

You're right - there's so much to be inspired by in blog land! I love the display you've set out to greet you. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Terry #38

Helen said...

Hope you get your inspiration back soon, I hate it when that happens!

Anonymous said...

Have a small pot of gesso I have never used but it is beginning to call to me so I may just be brave and have a search for some ideas. Was never really encouraged at art in school so a lot of these really arty things are very new to me.
Hope the mojo reappears soon.
x Tricia (84)

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Love the sentiments you have on that sheet and the lovely stamp there.
Rebec a (48) x

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

I also see a little more evidence of Christmas there in the background. Those projects on your desk look very attractive, and at least you have room to work today.

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

The gold edging is the easiest thing to do, especially after you have watch Barbara Gray doing it. The inside edging is done with a ruler, upside down, but you use the ruler just as a guide, and wriggle the pen along it, cleaning the ruler after each line. The edging to the card is also easy with the Krylon gold leaf pen. You just ram the card edge into the flat end of the nib and run it along. It is even easier on the deckle or scalloped edge, because it shows less if you don't get it accurate. Hope that helps, and thank you for your lovely comment.

lisa said...

Gesso is wonderful stuff. I'd never used it until I went to a workshop last summer but now can't live without it. We were taught to apply it with a baby wipe which sounds bizarre but it works a treat.
It looks like you are brewing some lovely projects on your desk, Elizabeth.
I hope you get better weather tomorrow!
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth. You have some projects calling your name! :-) Thanks for showing your items and cards received from your sweet friends. Happy WOYWW. Thanks for stopping by to visit me.

okienurse said...

Hope the mojo comes back soon. Seeing the Gesso reminds me I need to go get some! Thanks for sharing! Vickie #88

Susan said...

Am waiting to see your finished project before trying something new! Have plans to try out some flowers that Sasa/Sarah made. All this after I clean up a bit! I have to do it today as tomorrow is my birthday and I do not clean on my birthday (or cook dinner!)Sorry kids!
Susan xxox

voodoo vixen said...

One of the downsides of all the blog hopping is to see all the fabby ideas and try and do them all!! I have half made stuff all over the place... because I 'just have to try it out'... or I forget and then buy what is required and can't find the technique again... LOL Annette

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah Elisabeth so relate to the not knowing where I am going syndrome, as have those issues too! loving the 3D you have out very nice...thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW! Shaz in oz.x #25

karen said...

I love that feeling when you are "percolating" and idea or two and get out the stuff you may need and then just have a think!
The sunflower card on Floral Fantasies blog is fab and I can't wait to see your take on it!
Happy WOYWW!
xoxo Karen

Spyder said...

I do love your 'proper' crafty table! It all looks so inviting! I'm still in a heap! Hubby has just opened two new blinds (Instead of curtains) to go in my 'new' craft space only to find he'd bought one grey and one beige! (he thought they were both white!) But good news is, I'll be getting back my old worktop that has been in the shed (I used to craft and write out there!) and it looks soooo much nicer that my MDF workbenches, but of course, they'll be in there too! Hope you're having a happy WOYWW (sorry bit late!)Have a good day!

Sarn said...

Have your ideas fully brewed now? LOL!
Great desk . . .very neat!
Hugs, Sandra (No. 66)

Di said...

Hi Elizabeth, I'm late doing my 'hop' - spent a couple of hours in car dealers after the supermarket 'cos the horn and alarm kept going off in my wee car!! That's ONE way to turn heads :))

Love your desk and all the goodies. The chickens box is adorable and I can't wait to see what you come up with using the goodies - have never used Gesso so you have to enlighten me and I'll let you know how I get on with the Safmat!

Great whatnot display too :)

Will email you ASAP. Thanks so much for calling by and commenting! Di x #89

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Gesso? What Gesso??? I can't wait to see what you do, and how too!!! Love that paper, just lovely.

Julia Dunnit said...

I totally agree Elizabeth - aboutthe cards and keepsakes, it's the most wonderful thing when something arrives from a friend you haven't met. YOu're planning to be busy. Like all the 'plans' on your desk!

Hettie said...

I like the little cabinet at the back of your desk! Wonder what you keep in there. Nothing like a good nosey!! Late this week going round as I had my knee op on wednesday!!

RosC said...

The kitten card is great - the pyramid technique looks as though it requires precision and the result is very appealing. Your little chook cupboard is a real landmark for me, and I notice the Ott light this week because I purchased on at Paperfic. Hope the daylight globe works well.
Happy weekend,

kaz said...

Loving your Kitty Card.
And your Desk area so neat and Tidy hope you get some inspiration soon.
When I lose my Mojo I go craft Blog Hopping and get loads of inspiration, gosh what did we do before Us crafters went blogging.
Couldn't go without having a nose around to see what Challenge's are out there.
Hope you get yours back soon
Crafty Kaz.

Louise said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for your lovely comment.
I know how you feel about not wanting to get rid of things that people have made you. I'm a teacher and over the last 5 years the children I have taught have made me all sorts of things. I just can't throw them away.

Holly x