What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday ~ 254

Woot, woot!  Wednesday once more.  I’m in such a happy mood, why you ask?  Well, because it snowed again!!  Frankly, it’s a choice of laughing at the craziness of a nice few days with 21C weather ahead of a winter storm, or crying at the whiteness and -5C that greeted me yesterday and this morning!  Thankfully, the pavement had warmed up so much that it only really accumulated on the grass and open fields, and despite being chilly at night it is melting rapidly.

But there is an upside to all of this, and that is we broke a 133 year old record for the snowiest winter recorded in the Metro Detroit area, and it looked for all the world that we were going to come up short just, 1 1/4″ below.  But the 3.1″, official total, pushed us over. It really made this snowy, icy, freezing Winter seem worth it.  Oh, and if you’re interested, 94.8″ is what we got this year, almost 8ft, and over double the normal 44″ or so.  The old record was 93.6″, set back in the Winter of 1880/1881.  Let’s hope it takes another 133 year to get anywhere close to that cause I don’t want to go through this again in a hurry!

But onwards to a Springy desk.  Would you believe I haven’t made a Christmas card in over a week?  I’ve changed to Spring like cards!  And yeah, I can see the irony in that, lol!

My desk looks really bright because the sun was out and the snow was very reflective.  There are the cards I made at the weekend, one with the punchinella that was on my desk last week, the second one is a Spring-like New Baby card.  If you want to see the punchinella card close up the link is here.  There’s a bit or lace, baker’s twine and a few of the normal bits and pieces lying around.  The multi coloured paper is actually a free pdf from Ranger with all the Distress Ink colours and names in a handy, dandy format.  I printed it on to sticky label paper and I’m about to make a start on properly labeling up my DI’s.  The direct link is right here if anyone else wants it.

So, I just need to point you in the direction of the delectable Julia for all the details on WOYWW, and I’ll be around shortly, so get the kettle on!  I’m still trying to catch up with the last few people who visited me last week too, so I apologise ahead of time if I’m a bit tardy this week.

Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Your Favourite Colour Combination

Morning All and as it’s the 15th of the month, welcome to a new challenge at Sparkles Forum Challenge.  The winners from last months  Easter Parade theme have been chosen, pop over to see if it was you.

Our theme this month is a nice easy one, picked by my talented teamie Helen N of Crafting Helen, and it’s to show us your favourite colour combinations.  We’re a multi project challenge so you can make what you like, just be sure to tell us what your colour combo is.

We’re sponsored once again by the lovely Di of Di’s Digis, who is offering a $10 voucher to her store.

I struggled a bit with this as I love all manner of colour, particularly a colour with kraft card, but I do that so much I decided to think about my all time favourite colour instead, and for me that’s green.  So I’ve gone with a sweet, Springy theme of green and white using a cute Lili of the Valley stamp that’s having it’s first outing.



I stamped the image twice and decoupaged the bunny and the large oak leaf on to the main image after colouring everything in with Prisma pencils.  The acorn and the leaves have a little touch of Eucalyptus Stickles  too.

I trimmed the little panel into a square, rounded the corners and popped it on to a scalloped lacy square cut from green card using a Spellbinders die.   The tag was punched from a McGill three tag punch and the sentiment is individual Doodlebug rub-on letters.  To finish I added a green button, green and white bakers twine and some little cream and light green pearls, and I based my LO on the current one at Sketch Saturday.

So a nice easy theme this month, plenty of options for you there!  I hope you have time to join in with us, and as ever, please pop over to the main Sparkles blog to see the wonderful inspiration from my crafty colleagues.


Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from Michaels ~ Green card from DCWV ~ GinaK Pure Luxury White stamping card offcuts
  • DP: DCWV Flower Shower Matstack
  • Stamp: Lili of the Valley Little Acorn
  • Ink: ColorBox Q Wicked Black ~ Versamagic Hint of Pesto
  • Embellies: Prisma Pencils ~ Doodlebug Rub-Ons ~ Eucalyptus Stickles ~ Pearls and button from Michaels ~ America Crafts Baker’s Twine
  • Tools: Cuttlebug ~ Spellbinders Lacy Squares Die ~ McGill’s Tag Punch



Sketch Saturday ~ Current LO

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything goes with DP

My Mum’s Craft Store ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Little Fairies ~ Button Up

Whimsy Stamps ~ Anything Goes

The Crafter’s Cafe ~ Spring

Creative Card Crew ~ Spring

Crafty Catz ~ Animals

Bearly Mine ~ Spring

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (The white card pieces)


A nice, bright, cheery rainbow card for you today… ahead of the snow tonight!  Yes, I said snow!  24C on Sunday, -4C Monday night with 1 – 3″ of snow!  Still, I put that out of my mind yesterday when I was busy making a couple of projects in my craft room wearing shorts and a tshirt.  I put it out of my mind when we sat on the deck for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.  I doubt I’ll be able to put it out of my mind Tuesday morning driving to work though!  Albert Camus said “No matter how long the Winter, Spring will surely follow”, I wasn’t aware he meant in July though!

Moving swiftly on… I had covered half a sheet of thin card with punchinella (sequin waste) recently and dabbed on a rainbow assortment of inks, using the punhcinella as a stencil.  I’d already made one card from it but had to get it straight in the post so there was no time for photos, so I made use of the other piece and made a card for the card box.  I have another nephew with a birthday coming up in May so I think this will be for him.



It’s only a small card at 4″ wide by 5.5″ tall but it packs a lot of punch!  The inks are mostly Distress Inks, the yellow is from StudioG, I don’t really think TH has a decent yellow out yet.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is stamped it in Veramagic Mango Madness.  I had a hard job finding an ink for the sentiment that was bright enough to stand on it’s own with all those colours and wasn’t too similar as I didn’t want to use plain old black!  I edged both panels with DI Festive Berries, and popped the sentiment up on foam tape.



I like how this turned out, it’s a good technique for those pesky male birthdays!!  I won’t list the supply list as it was basically just inks, punchinella and one HA stamp!



Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (Technically the backing pieces was left over from another card and the sentiment was stamped on a scrap)

Addicted To Stamps And More ~ Photo Inspiration (I chose the bright colours)

Simply Create Too ~ No Digi’s or Stamped Images (I have a stamped sentiment so disregard if that is not allowed)

My Mum’s Craft Shop ~ Anything Goes

Whimsy Stamps ~ Anything Goes

Crafting By Designs ~ Anything Goes


What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday ~ 253

I’m having a flash back this week.  A couple of weeks ago I mentioned thinking about using punchinella (sequin waste) to make a colourful, ergonomic, flowing kind of sweep across a card… turns out that’s bloody difficult!  So I revisited the whole thing at the weekend and decided to make a sort of graduated background instead.  You can see the results of the flowing rainbow thing on the right, it’s not exactly very natural looking is it!

I’ll cut a portion of this out and team it with a computer generated sentiment along the lines of “have a bright, sunshiney day” kind of thing.  It’s for a male birthday card, for a soon to be 19 year old.  I don’t know what else to do, lol!  But I like those lovely bright colours.

We’re also having more bright, sunshiney type days in Michigan too, finally, I know I’m jinxing myself but I really think Winter is done with us, for a few months at least!

The Curious Cranes (Sandhill Cranes) also think we’re done, they turned up at a local park recently pretty much en masse.  And they’re still very curious, they walk right up to you to see what you’re doing and if you have any food for them.  We went to that park for a walk on Sunday with friends, expecting to see a few of them as is usual at this time of year, but instead we saw loads and loads.  Some singly, most in small group of about seven or so with huge flocks out on the open water.  We’ve never seen so many, at times they lined the path as we walked by, just looking at us.

They’re pretty big too, standing about 4ft, or more, tall with 5ft to 7ft wingspans, so walking past three or four of them when they’re lined up like that staring at you down their sharp 8″-10″ bills can be a bit unnerving, but they always seem to be really docile.  The one above was pecking at the ground while making a beeline straight for me (thought I had food) and was incredibly interested in my feet, that’s why his bill is a bit cut off, I couldn’t move any further back and he was practically at my feet.

So, a Nature Walk for you this week.  To see proper desks, head on over to Julia’s for all the details and I’ll be seeing you anon!

Guest Designer at Christmas Fun Challenge

I was asked to be a Guest Designer at the new Christmas Fun Challenge this time round.   The challenge runs for the whole month of April so you have plenty of time to enter, you can also win a lovely prize too.  The theme for this month is EITHER Christmas Cards For Men or Anything Goes, it’s up to you, and you can enter two times so why not try one of each!!



So here’s my card…


My image is Bigsby Candy Cane from Karen’s Doodles and I coloured him with Prismas, Stickles, Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents before mounting him on kraft card.  The sentiment is from a Penny Black clear set, stamped in Memento Rhubarb Stalk and also mounted on to kraft.  The paper is DCWV from the scrap box as usual.  The punch is from Martha Stewart and cut from more kraft card, I also added a few pearls, possibly a few too many, lol!

And let’s talk about that snowflake!

You wouldn’t believe but it started out as just a plain piece of kraft card, just like the ones used for the backing pieces.  It’s a Joy Crafts snowflake die and I dabbed a bit of Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Fired Brick over it and then covered it in Tim Holtz Holographic EP and heated it, and would you just look at the amazing colour it turned!  It’s all bronze, gold, silver and crystal at the same time!  It’s totally random and totally fab!  Love it but probably couldn’t replicate it again if I tried, lol!  I’ve also based my card on the current sketch at Sketch & Stash.


Card Recipe:

  • Card: Kraft all the way, including the card blank ~ GinaK Pure Luxury White for stamping
  • DP: DCWV
  • Stamps: Karen’s Doodles Bigsby with Candy Cane digi ~ Penny Black Winter Wonders clear set
  • Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk ~ Distress Ink Vintage Photo & Fired Brick
  • Embellies: Glossy Accents on the bauble ~ Liquid Pearls on the other bauble ~ Frosted Lace Stickles on his hat trim ~ Crystal Stickles on the tree branches ~ TH Holographic EP on the snowflake ~ Pearl’s from Michael’s
  • Tools: JoyCrafts Snowflake Die ~ Cuttlebug ~ Martha Stewart border punch



Winter Wonderland ~ Use Kraft

Sketch & Stash ~ Current Sketch (very old paper and an unused digi)

ABC Christmas ~ G for Glitter

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (all of it)

Crafty Hazels Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazels Patterned Paper  Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crimbo Crackers ~ Anything Goes

Jingle Belles ~ Vintage Inspired

Completely Christmas ~ Anything Goes


What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday ~ 252

Hello All – It’s another Wednesday again and another trip round the desks of the world courtesy of our Julia!   I have a newsflash for you!  We are finally (mostly) snow free!  Yay!  There is a bit of it still hanging around in the wooded areas and in the corners of North facing fields, but we’re had a number of days over 10C (50F) in the last week and actually ate our lunch and afternoon tea sitting on the deck last Sunday.

But, you’re here for a desk… not much going on as I’ve been keeping it tidy.  You might be excused for thinking that you saw that same pile of Ebayed knitting magazines last week, but you didn’t!  That’s a new lot, lol!!  Lot’s of British and Australian ones in that pile, but I’ve got more than enough now so I’m not looking for any others!


Sitting on top of them is a new sock, just started yesterday.  It’s a Gansey inspired pattern which is based on traditional fisherman’s jumpers (sweaters).  They were often very regional specific patterns and motifs used in them and were knit by the wives to keep their husbands warm and safe whilst at sea.  Some of the designs were so specific that in the case of a large maritime disaster the bodies of the sailors could be identified from their jumpers.  It could even tie them to a single village in some instances.

Last week Margaret of Glitter and Glue asked to see inside my Christmas paper scraps box!  It’s not very exciting but here it is!


And finally, I also finished those green socks that were on my desk last week too:

Right, that’s your lot!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Sparkles Monthly Christmas Challenge ~ Inspired By A Christmas Carol

Morning All and welcome to another fun challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges.  It’s April 1st, the year is flying by and that’s no joke, lol!  Our winner and Top 3 for March have already been posted, hopefully you were lucky, if not, you have another opportunity at a great prize this month.  Plus, you’ll have another Christmas card made for the box too and the way this year has been moving along you’ll be needing them next week, lol!

We have another fantastic prize again from Marianne Designs, a die and a lovely Christmas stamp.

And on to my card.  I used a new to me, super cute LOTV stamp called Angel Gabriel, and boy was I ever transported back to my childhood and the school Christmas play!  Only we didn’t suspend our Angel Gabriel from the rafters with a rope, which is a good thing as my sister was usually the Angel!

As usual I coloured up my image with Prisma pencils, and as usual I really struggled with the colouring of hair!  Never get it right, lol.  I also dabbed around the Stickles, Waterfall and Yellow for Angel Gabriel and the blue stars, Frosted Lace for the lamb and the floor, Fruit Punch for the Shepherd and Crystal for the edging of the die cut.  The Angel’s wings were glittered with loose Martha Stewart glitter.  The image was die cut with a Spellbinders Labels Two and matted on to red card and popped up with foam dots.

The papers are all digital, the large pretty snowflake piece is from The Shabby Princess and the music score (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, which I thought appropriate!) is from Mad About Cards, they were both spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mists and edged with Distress inks.  I also added a Memory Box Frostyville die cut but embossed it with TH Holographic EP first, to balance that on the bottom I put a strip of lace.  The snowflakes are also from Memory Box, from the Precious Snowflakes die but I cut the bows off, and added gold gems to the centers.  The tinsel ribbon trim is from Papermania and I found it at the back of the ribbon off cut box!  I thought it was perfect and reflected the sweet little tots with the tinsel on their heads!  Oh how I remember how itchy that tinsel was!!

My sentiment is by StudioG and was in the $1 bin at Michael’s years ago.  I was going to generate “While Shepherd’s Watched” on the computer but I came across this one and thought it was very pertinent.  It’s stamped in Memento Rhubarb Stalk and edged with Distress Ink.  My final touch was a few red Pearls in the corners.

Please make sure you stop by the main Sparkles Christmas blog for the superb inspiration from my teamies.

Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from pale blue card from the UK ~ The Paper Company
  • DP: Shabby Princess Digital ~ Mad About Card digital
  • Stamps: LOTV Angel Gabriel ~ StudioG Sentiment
  • Ink: ColorBox Wicked Black ~ Versamark ~ Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick & Broken China ~ Memento Rhubarb Stalk
  • Embellies: Tim Holtz Holographic EP ~ Papermania Tinsel Ribbon Trim ~ Lace from the UK ~ Perfect Pearls Mists in Opal ~ Stickles Crystal, Frosted Lace, Fruit Punch, Waterfall & Yellow ~ Red and Gold Pearls from Michaels ~ Prisma Pencils
  • Tools: Cuttlebug ~ Heat Gun ~ Spellbinders Labels Two ~ Memory Box Precious Snowflakes & Frostyville Border dies



Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Completely Christmas Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Fab & Funky Challenge ~ Christmas

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (Stamping card,  red card and bits used for the snowflakes)

Crimbo Crackers ~ Anything Goes Christmas

Alphabet Challenge ~ D For Diecuts

Christmas Stampin All Year Long ~ Ribbon & Diecuts

 Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

V’s Sweet Ideas ~ Technique Challenge (My technique is colouring with Prisma pencils)

Christmas Card Challenges ~ Favourite Colouring Medium (Prisma Pencils)