What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #541

on my desk…

Hello crafty ladies! It’s that time again! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Coloring a sugar skull.

Well this week I thought I would share with you two things I have been working on – coloring and creating custom notepads.

Over the weekend, I was at my in-laws watching football and decided to color in one of my coloring books. I had a goal to color at least one page in all of my books by the end of the year. I have to confess it’s an epic fail!! I am a lot slower at completing pages so hitting this goal is quite a challenge. Anyway, I wanted to color something in Johanna Bassford’s Magical Jungle coloring book but I have also been craving coloring some fall scenes. But this coloring book does not really fit that theme. Be stubborn I decided to flip through it and I was pleasantly surprised to find this page and it reminded me of Sugar Skulls from Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Day of the Dead ( Día de los Muertos )is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

mexicansugarskull.com

The tradition of sugar skulls is for families to decorate their loved ones’ ofrendas with both large and small handmade sugar skulls.[4] Children who have died, represented by small sugar skulls, are celebrated on November 1. The larger sugar skulls represent the adults, whose celebration takes place on November 2. It is believed that the departed return home to enjoy the offering on the altar.[5]

Wikapedia

I was able to complete the skull while watching the game and plan to finish the background this week. I have some ideas and techniques I would like to try. I did pull out my gold gel pen to color in some areas which makes it pop but unfortunately it isn’t easy to capture in photos. So you will have to trust me.

Right side of my desk.

On the right side of my desk, I actually cleaned my inbox and came up with an idea of how to place items in it instead of piling things a mile high which hasn’t inspired me in the past. But as you can see I stood some items up and now when I look at it, I don’t get the feeling of dread I have had for months. I actually think I will get some things done. You can also see my boiled eggs, its morning hear and I am on a cleanse so boiled it is today. You can also see I snagged some more green, black and red cardstock packs in preperation for the holiday crafting.

My witch pen.

Have you ever been in a store and you see something that brings you back to your childhood. I was in the mall with my youngest this past weekend and I saw this witch pen that can box. It has two buttons to push on the back to make her punch each arm. It reminded me of that old Rock ’em Sock ’em game from my childhood. So I bought the witch for me and the pumpkin for my son. I told him whenever we disagree about something this week, we can have it out with our pens.

One more look because she is so cool!

My second craft project I wanted to share is the custom notepads. Remember I shared a notepad project with you about 5 weeks ago saying I wanted to make custom notepads from notepads from the dollar store?

Custom notepads I made.

One of my crafty friends that lives several hours away and I decided to return to a fun thing we used to do years ago. We decided to craft for an hour and a half on Fridays via video call. So that is when I worked on and completed these notepads. Unfortunately nearing the end of our session, my ATG gun ran out of tape so I didn’t complete them. But it was so much fun to catch up while tackling an overdue project.

Design 1

I used coordinating Nuvo drops on the covers. That was fun but they had to sit and dry for a few hours before I could put them away.

custom notepad with cover that says Good For the Soul.
Design 2
Design 3

Well I sure do feel like I am extra chatty this week so I am going to stop right here and thank you for sticking to the end of my ramble. That’s what I am up to. Now I need to come see what you are all doing.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – #540

on my desk…

Hello crafty ladies! It’s that time again! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

laptop on desk
Planning out new projects.

Today I pushed aside crafting so that I can plan out my projects so that I won’t get that overwhelming feeling that tends to settle in around this time of year. I usually start stressing about making products for my shop, making christmas cards for friends and family etc. So I use an online app that syncs with my phone so I can see what needs to be done and when. First, I wrote out a list on paper of new projects, then broke them down into smaller tasks. Now that that is completed I am transcribing them into my app.

pile of craft projects
Pile of components for craft projects.

The very first thing I did was revisit some of my newer products some that have never been used before plus some old faithfuls and did some prep work of pairing items to use on projects. That way when it comes time to work on each, it will make it that much easier to begin. On the top you see the latest catalog from Paper Source. I rarely buy their pre-made craft items but I draw inspiration from them to create my own on my silhouette or with my stamping products. There is also an old Cocoa Daisy honeycomb stamp that will go well with some of my new project ideas so I added it to the pile.

A glass hummingbird.
Glass hummingbird.

I couldn’t help but share a picture of my little glass hummingbird that I purchased this summer while on family vacation. I love hummingbirds so much. They amaze me with their speed and exquisite colors. I didn’t know where I was going to put it and finally I thought I could hang it off my lamp on my desk so I can see it everyday. The cool part is that when the light is on, you can really appreciate the multicolored glass.

Nuvo Drops
Nuvo Drops.

Lastly, I wanted to share my newest color of Nuvo Drops. I have quite a collection now and these are some colors I felt were missing. I got them in the glossy version which dries with a brilliant shine. The red and green will come in handy for Christmas cards. I can’t wait to use them. Oh and the three books you saw on my desk are books I am trying to finish within the next two weeks because I am going to a bookfair and will have the opportunities to meet these authors and possibly get autographs!!

Well I am off but will pop around over the next few days to see what you ladies are up to.

Have a crafty day!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #539

on my desk…

Hello friends! It’s that time again! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Tool time over here! I have kind of fallen behind on the craft tools out there and while shopping at Michael’s with my son looking for supplies for his science project for school, I happened across the papercrafting aisle (ok, I purposely took a walk there!) and saw this beauty. I have quite a collection of WRMemory Keepers tools. I am facinated in the genious it takes to create these affordable tools that really increase productivity and are a lot of fun once you learn their tricks. So when I saw this Pocket Punch Board, I knew I had to buy it. It has so many uses. It can be used in a card as an accent or gift card holder, it could be used on scrapbook pages to hold additional journaling and more. So I used my 40% off coupon and got if for cheap. So this morning is the first day I got to play around with it.

Some of the pockets I created today.

I have to admit, I am lousy with instructions so I found a quick tutorial on YouTube and then I was off and running. The tool comes with everything you need to create different size pockets. It has the cutting, scoring and embossing tool as well as a handy guide to tell you paper sizes to make different sized pockets.

I even made one that could hold my bookmarks I make. I like how the top peeks out so you can see the bookmark.

A cool pocket for the bookmark.

The funny thing was I spent more time picking different papers to test out this new tool on.

Had my son hold the camera for this shot.

I am going to definitely make more for the bookmarks. The cool thing is that you can embellish them or simply use patterned paper.

Look at this baby pocket. It’s so tiny.

I have to tell my friend Ashley if she doesn’t already own it because it would be great to make valentines for her daughter. My boys are past the age of valentines exchanges at school but they would be perfect for that.

This is a pocket with a flap.

It has the option to create a pocket with a flap or with a top notch. I loved both.

This is the reverse side of the pocket.

Other happening on my desk. I created a bunch of accents to use on cards with my Nuvo drops. I can just pull them off and adhere them to a card. I just love looking at them all like that. I ordered a pretty red for Christmas time that should arrive this week.

Nuvo drops ready to go.

They aren’t exactly the same as enamel dots but so close and I can make as much as I want. So I am really enjoying using them. It was so relaxing making this sheet of drops. Almost like the feeling I have when I color.

The handy chart that comes with the pocket punch.

One last thing, I thought I would share a great tip, if you do own or buy this fun tool. It’s quite easy to lose your place when you are using the guide so I came up with a great solution. I used a post-it. I place it on the line I want to focus on. The first set of numbers are the final size of the pocket, the second column has the letter and number to set the guides, the third column is the size if you want a flap and the final column is the size paper you need for a cut-out notch at the top. After I finished a pocket I would write down the info on the post-it and then stick it to the back of the pocket so I would know in case I wanted to reproduce it.

Scribble Showdown

I am so tired today. Last night we took my youngest to see an event called the Scribble Showdown where he got to see a group of his favorite graphic animators from YouTube participate in a friendly drawing competition. It was very interactive and he had a blast. My photo is rubbish but I did snap a few anyway. But we got home so late and this girl, need her beauty rest. Ha Ha. So I make no promises to visit all today but I will make visits over the course of the next few days.

Have a blessed day my friends!

Belinda

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – #538

on my desk

Hello friends! It’s that time again! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

I am a little late to the party today but you will be pleased to see I am actually being rather productive this morning. I am calling today Silhouette designing day in my craft room because I am working in my Silhouette app today. I have some of my tools out for the first shot on my desk. Remember those coasters I showed you a few weeks ago? I wanted to customize them and make them into a housewarming gift for my sister-in-law. Well that’s them in the desk shot before I got to work. I also have sticker paper out, Silhouette tools, scissors, my laptop, etc.

Cutting vinyl for my home decor items.

I have all sorts of vinyl but this is my first time using the Oracal 651 brand by Silhouette. It claims to be perfect for indoor and outdoor projects and it has a perfect shine so I thought it would be perfect for these coasters.

Coasters
Laying out vinyl on coasters.

I created a mock version in paper for sizing and placement purposes. Then I used my weeding tool and carefully began laying down the vinyl.

coaster with vinyl attached

Smoothing down the letters.

I began with the first letter and used the paper mock up to help align it. Then I layed down the remaining letters which are all attached for easier placement and then smoothed out air bubbles.

Applied the vinyl initial.
Applied the vinyl initial.

I liked the look of the initial straddling the marble and wood. So I usede my T-ruler to help with placement. I thought it would be fun to have her name on some and first initial on others. Underneath them you can see my second project all cut out on the Silhouette.

The final set of coasters
The final set of coasters.

I think they came out great. I will be sending them with my husband this weekend. He and his brother’s are all going to fly in and spending the weekend with their sister as a housewarming guests!! It will be fun for them to have quality sibling time without spouses and kids. I am really happy for them because I think we lose sight of our siblings sometimes in the daily happenings of family life. So I am hoping this will be the beginning of an annual sibling trip.

fall boxes created on the Silhouette.
I assembled these fall beauties.

The paper you saw under the coasters, I cut out on my Silhouette and assembled these adorable fall themed boxes. I decided to shake it up and interchange the tops for a pretty contrast. I couldn’t find my red line tape which is really good so I used my ATG but will look around later and restick them once I find the red line tape.

top view of boxes with acorn pattern cut out.
Top view of the boxes.

My last project this morning was to convert digital files I bought online to stickers on my Silhouette so I can print and cut them on the machine to use in my planners.

New fall stickers for my planners.

Isn’t she cute? I love the fall colors and now I can just grab a few anytime I need one in my jounals.

A morning spent with my Silhouette makes for a productive morning today. I hope you all are having productive days. I’ll pop by later today and through the weekend.

Happy crafting!

Belinda

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