Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Welcome to WOYWW 230! Hosted by Julia.

My desk pic as I leave it Tuesday night. You'll see I'm working on the last MDF square using some TH dp (love these!). Made my own sprays with distress reinkers and stains. And the usual other stuff is there.

Flat Susan has arrived safe and sound. See my first post with her HERE.

Ahh just noticed FS didn't make into this pic. She is standing safely off to the side cause I was spraying inks....I spray everything but my project even using a spray box!

Have a wonderful week.

Celebrate today!

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T for Tuesday and a visitor!

Good Tuesday morning everyone!

I am linking up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T for Tuesday and my visitor from across the pond via California is none other than.....Flat Susan!! I am so excited to be hosting her for a visit to central Florida.  She actually arrived on Saturday and was such a dear to wait patiently while I finished my cleaning chores this weekend.

So here's Flat Susan with all of her traveling gear and a few pieces of my art and since it's T day, my beverage glass.

 We awoke this morning to a beautiful sunny Florida day. To celebrate FS's arrival and our planned activities, I presented her with her very own Harley Davidson! The next pic shows FS standing next to her motorcycle ready to go!

In the corner you see a bit of a gorgeous tag. Here's a better pic of this fabulous tag that Krisha has sent me. I love it, Krisha! Thank you!

Well, we're off to enjoy this lovely day and see what we can see around my hood. Have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday to Bleubeard!

Hope you're feeling better soon Elizabeth. Warm hugs from FL.

Celebrate today!

(Edit: FYI for those using BlogPress on the ipad ....there's been an update for iOs7 and now the app crashes when you try to save or post! I had to dig out the laptop and of course blogger is acting up. So two hours later.... well, good luck to you.)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Second in Series

Continuing with my series using MDF squares and masking tape, today I present the second of three in this series.... 'Broken'.

The MDF square was covered with wrinkled masking tape. This was covered with silver mixactive alcohol ink. The heart is chile pepper alcohol ink. The whole thing was covered with black soot dp and rubbed off. The close up below shows the fine lines and texture from the masking tape.

The wood screw was painted with black soot and tarnished brass dp then chile pepper alcohol ink dripped over it.

The word 'heart' is stamped on tissue paper torn then adhered with glue n seal.

I had originally planned to entered this in UPA's RAQ 1 but missed the deadline. The theme was broken hearts.

I am very pleased with this piece and it's somewhat macabre nature.

Celebrate art!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013


Hey friends,

Teased you yesterday with a sneak peek of an altered frame. Here's the full reveal.

I was going to make a Halloween-ish frame with spider flowers....well the flowers turned out so cool and not very spider ish, I had to change the background for them. The collage pic below shows all the painty layers.

Starting in the upper left as a plain wood frame, a layer of pumice stone d.p., used Neelz shoal mask as ghosts, then streaked with evergreen bough and black soot dp and a coat of rock candy crackle paint.

Once I had the color I wanted I added matte black embossing paste words and lines using the TCW ledger stencil.

Now for the flowers, cut from patterned paper and a shiny black with a linen texture using HC Delicate Asters and Sun-kissed Fleur dies. A Nesties rolled rose and some gear die cuts scattered in the layers for good measure. The flower centers are glass beads while the two large spidery flowers have captured a glass heart each. The turquoise leaves were embossed with black acrylic paint while still in the die.

My sentiment is from Artistic Outpost's Typography plate. It's stamped on textured cardstock with brilliance ink, heat set then sprayed with a clear sealer.

I'm entering this in:
Artistic Outpost October Referral-Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost stamps

I think my non-Halloween frame featuring the color black turned out pretty cool. Hope you like it too.

I'll be back tomorrow with the 'second in a series' wood squares.

Celebrate friends!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday


Linking to Wordless Wednesday on Create with Joy blog

FYI..click on pic to enlarge.

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Hello Deskers, Welcome to another addition of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!

My desk pic was taken over the weekend as I was working on my latest project. Today I'm out and about getting errands and laundry done so nothing going on on the desk.

I've taken a long view for you so you can see my cutting/cuttlebug table at the far end. You are looking at my prep work for a new altered frame. There's parts to make flowers, distress paints at the ready, ink and other assorted bits that may or may not make onto the frame.

Sneak peek.....

Another theme I seem to have in common with a few others....wifi troubles. So one of my errands will be getting up to the cable provider's service center to exchange the modem. Hoping this will fix the problem of losing wifi. My apologies to those who visited last week as I didn't get to return the visit due the wifi issue. Crossed fingers this will be a better week!

And...a little FYI for you. I saw a question on another blog where the visitor asked how to prevent glossy accents from clogging. And that when she used a pin in the nozzle it rusted. So here's my tip....

...I use stainless quilter's pins, the longer the better. Or corsage pins, they're 3" long. And I do not remove the G.A. that builds up on the pin. Removing this will cause rust to form. (see below pic) If you do get a clog in the nozzle you can remove the nozzle! Stick a pin in, this keeps the nozzle from being flatten, then using a needle nose plier, without teeth, you can
pull the nozzle off the bottle. I have now combined the 3 partially empty bottles seen in my desk pic into one almost full bottle.

Well that's it from me today. Have a good week!

Celebrate friends!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WOYWW and Be The. . .

Hi y'all...

I'm early yet appears I am late! Wow, Julia really threw a monkey in the wrench by opening the linky early! :) Lucky her on holiday in Spain!

Well, here's my desk as I leave Tuesday evening. I've finally had a chance to play with one of TH's CC102 techniques...chalkboard. Now lots of peeps are doing this but they use embossing powder, Mr. Tim used school chalk. I didn't have any chalk sticks so I used my NBUS SU chalks in white, black and orange.

I've used Artistic Outpost Gothic plate and their Chalkboard Wisdom plate on this tag and as the watermark stamping on the card base. Throw in an inked paper doily, a rickety house die cut and some spider webbing........and there's my version of a Halloween card.

Please leave your WOYWW number and I'll do my best to pay a return visit. Google+ users, I am stopping by but sometimes can not add a comment. Sorry :(

Have wonderful week. As the saying goes, "See you in the funny papers" :)

Celebrate laughter!

Linking to Artistic Outpost's October Referral challenge.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Happy WOYWW!

Not much happening on the desk tonight. I just finished picking up from making my Delft charms, click HERE.

There's stencils that need to be cleaned and piece of textured card stock that I used to mop up and a board with leftover paint smeared on it The tag in the middle is a leftover from the charms. Off to the left are my magnifiers that clip onto my glasses and towards the back are some new distress paints! Can't wait to try out some of the CC102 techniques with them!

That's it for me this week. I'll pop round and have snoop later today. For the links and more info please visit Julia's blog.


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Monday, October 7, 2013

Delft charms

Good Monday to you my friends!

Back with my second set of charms for the swap with InkStainswithRoni. You can see my Halloween charms HERE.

Today I'm showing you the charms I've made for the general category.

I'm calling these Mini Delft Plates as they were inspired by this old delft plate hanging on the wall in my hall.

For both sets of charms I've made wrinkle free distress tags to attach my charms and provide my info for the swap. The next few pics show the tags for my Halloween and Mini Delft plates.

For the Halloween tags I've used persimmon, tea dye and pewter distress stains for the wf technique. A bit of a harlequin stencil in spiced marmalade, stamped image and distressed the edges in black soot. Top left tag shows the back of the tags.

I'm not too thrilled with the blue tags. These are my first attempt using the wrinkle free technique with the new distress paints. Base layer is dp broken china over this I've stenciled with white acrylic paint and then stamped the flower image with StazOn ink. The edges were distressed with broken china and a touch of black soot ink. (Looking forward to CC102 to learn more about using dp.)

And here's all of the charms attached and ready to be shipped to Roni.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

WOYWW and ... charmed

Welcome Deskers to WOYWW 225!

And to the beginning of the spooky season. So to start you off...
My desk as I leave it Tuesday night with my finished Halloween charms for the swap at Inks with Roni.

I've used images from Artistic Outpost's Gothic 31 plate, so I'm also submitting to their October Referral challenge, HERE.

I've cut the skeleton cameo portion out of the frame as I didn't have any ovals that were the same shape. Using instead a frame from WaltzingMouse stamps that coordinates with Spellbinders Label 10 dies. These were stamped on Shrink Plastic! OMG! This stuff is so freakin' cool! I'm hoping they appear to have a very old mirror in the background.

edited to add:
The backs of the charms were painted with distress metallic paints; brushed pewter and tarnished brass.

As usual, trying to get a good in focus non blurry pic of a shiny object was a challenge in itself. Here's a close up of the charms. The whitish part is the glare.

Hope you like them.

I'm afraid I didn't get to visit all who dropped my desk last week, apologies to you if I missed you. Hoping this week is better for me. And for deets of why I'm showing you my desk check out Julia's blog.

Have a great day and ...

Celebrate living!

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