Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Hello WOYWWers, Followers and All,

It's that day again ... time to show what's on your desk to Julia, head desker, over at the Stamping Ground, which I see has had a bit of a makeover ... looking good, Julia :)
Photo taken late Tuesday evening.

Still a bit of a muddle but just as I clear one lot of stuff of the desk more seems to find it's way on to it. Someone has probably discovered and named the law to explain this particular phenomenon ... if not, then I suggest it should be called Elizabeth's Law!

Anyway, on to what's on the desk. At the back the usual detritus - regulars to WOYWW will have seen it all before. In front and to the left a new guillotine - it's smaller than my old one, will fit into my tote, and so will see me through the move from one craft room to another. On the right, a book on card making bought second-hand but in immaculate condition, which the postie delivered yesterday ... I just need to find some time to sit down and read it.

And in the middle, as you can see, I've been playing with a ton of inks. Note how they are all neatly labelled ... this was a long overdue task on the to-do list, finally completed yesterday! I've taken my inspiration for the sunset piece from the picture that's next to it. It's an insert that I discovered in the back of an old frame and the colours really appealed to me.
The frame was brown and boring so I gave it a few coats of paint, using the petroleum jelly technique to distress it, stamped flourishes here and there, and finished it off with a couple of coats of varnish to prevent damage. It now frames the twinchies that were the challenge for UKPC members in June. I thought it would make a lovely display in my new craft room :)

I'm thinking I'll make another wall-hanging out of the sunset piece, using the pink gelli print to frame it ... it's a work in progress.

It's the early hours of Wednesday morning here now so I'm off to bed for some much needed beauty sleep. Hopefully I will be up bright and early to link this post ... the reality will probably be that it will be much later than most of you :)

Take care and happy WOYWW to you all.


The Crafty Laydee said...

Morning Elizabeth-What an exciting desk!Sooo much craftyness in progress :)
I love what you have done to the frame-it looks fabulous-and will look lovely when hung i'm sure.
Have a lovely day,Nessa xxx

Donna Wheat said...

love the frame and the stamping on the desk is great, thanks for sharing, Donna #48

Neet said...

I have a love hate relationship with trimmers/guillotines/you name it. Expensive ones that don't cut straight are amongst my collection. Got one of these and love it - the only thing is it is so bulky to pack in a bag when going anywhere. Neve understood why it needs to be.
I too have not used those printed labels for my DI's but i did put some on of my own. I have the sheet ready!
Love your sunset picture and it will look fabulous on your wall as does the inchie frame you have just finished.
So many lovely makes - hope you try the faux metal too at some time.
Hugs, Neet 35 xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super frame, love the labels and your desk as always looks fab! Take care Zo xx 73

House of Bears said...

I wish we were organised enough to label our inks, instead we end up digging through the piled up cases until we reach the one we want.

The bears no.83

Helen said...

I love the twinchie display Elizabeth. It will make a fab inspiration addition to your craft room. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 42

The Taming of the Glue said...

Fabulous frame and the Twinchies look so good in it. I can only cope with all my inks labelled...goodness only knows what I'd end up stamping with otherwise!! A job well done! Hugs. Pam#37

butlersabroad said...

Labelling the inks is a great job out of the way. Beautiful job on the sunset background and I just love your frame. The little twinchies are just perfect. Good luck with the move, are you moving house, or just moving rooms?

Brenda 1

lisa said...

I love that you've bought a new guillotine to see you through your move, Elizabeth, now that's thinking ahead. I love my little one and use it far more than the big one as it's so handy to keep on the desk.
Your altered frame is stunning, love it.
Hugs Lisax #65

Shaz Brooks said...

Love the card on your desk, awesome colours. I have that book! Its very good, one I return to many times.Have a good week, Hugs, Shaz #31 xx

Caro said...

I really need to get round to labelling my inks too! Love the sunset image and the frame works perfectly with your twinchies. It will look fab in your new craft room. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x #80

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the link to that awesome is that!!! It's been amazing how many folk have related to the tatting...the comments have been so lovely and very heartwarming too.
I laughed at your eternally refilling's exactly the same with my dining table! No matter how often I clear it, it magically refills with junk the moment my back's turned. Completely amazing!
Love that frame btw...really gorgeous :-)
Hugs, LLJ 44 xx

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Elizabeth,
there is a name for the law for mystery objects appearing on a desk... its called Janet's law.... it happens to me all the time. Lovely frame, not sure what the vaseline distress technique is I will have to you tube it.
have agood week
janet #15

Jackie said...

You have done a really lovely job on the frame !
Great desk could have lots of fun there!
Jackie 40

Ria Gall said...

Hi Elizabeth
your desk is looking great today and I love all your bits on show.
Your frame is amazing I love how you have decorated it stunning
Happy WOYWW and wishing you a great week
Ria #50

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I love the sunset piece. The colors are so beautiful; I can't wait to see it framed.

I don't have many inks and most of them are Stampin Up so I get to see the color but the ones that I have that aren't SU, it would sure help in labeling them. Very cool!!

Thank you for visiting me already.

Hugs, Kay (19)

daqadoodles said...

Ah distress inks - I inked a strip of paper, from dark to light, wrote the name on it with a black sharpie (or white in the case of black soot ink), and then glued it on. Last batch even received 2 strips, for 2 sides because I never put them back the right way. Now If I'm smart, I'll just put a strip all the way around - then it's visible which colour it is from 5 sides (top and 4 sides), and by color, not necessarily by name!
I have bad experiences wit h guillotines, (not in a previous life that I'm aware of) but with the bigger ones, paper always seemd to move, or the blade would move a bit, and the cut would not be straight... It's time soon for a new cutter, but no idea which one yet.
I love your framed inchies! The inchies themselves are beautiful too, great contrasts and colours.

Debbie #53

Sandra H said...

My desk is like that at the moment as soon as l clear a section of it it gets filled again l just love what you have done to the frame Elizabeth its gorgeous x

Annie said...

Really love what you've done to that frame Elizabeth.
A x # 46

Gita said...

Gorgeous new frame and with the added twinchies. I also love the colors from that insert. It'll look pretty all put together! Brigita #103

Helen said...

I got as far as printing off the labels for my inks...Love the sunset picture! Have a good week, sorry I'm late getting here. Helen 20

Nikki C said...

Great new toy :) and your frame is just wonderful it will look fabby hanging up hgus Nikki 39

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely craftiness on your desk this week, that picture with the inchies is fab and I love the colours of the one on your desk, all moody. Annette #7

Twiglet said...

Ooo Elizabeth - I am re-cycling a few frames for Maxine's needle felted pics - can you tell me what the Vaseline technique is pleae? I have painted some with chalk paint then sanded down and waxed them. Would love to know what you do. Thanks x Jo

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for stopping by, I'm way behind, but I like the activity on your desk. AND I LOVE your frame, the colors and textures are awesome. Have a lovely weekend. How close are you to moving in your new space?

famfa said...

elizabeths law - yes I can relate to that. lovely wall hanging, clever frame, I love it.
sorry a bit late this week
famfa 2

scrappymo! said...

Looks lovely as will your new craft room when you have it hung there!