What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #573

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and you know what time it is. Time to snoop. 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.

Hello friends! Last week’s anniversary was so much fun. I really liked the idea of working on UFOs. I don’t have a shortage but it was really fum getting back to it. I was only able to complete one for our last WOYWW but I completed 3 more at my weekly Zoom craft session. Yes, those are jelly beans on my desk. And no, I should not be eating them.

This past weekend, I played a ordered some more printable stickers from Etsy. Once I download them, I have to turn them into print and cut files for my Silhouette. I have found that adding additonal lighting allows the machine to cut more accurately. So I steal, I mean borrow my husband’s book like and I shine my lamp on it when cutting print and cut files. Tell me these plant and floral stickers below aren’t pretty.

I use them to decorate my planners. I also bought some stickers for my book journal. This currently reading stickers are perfect. I just have to write tiny. I need to adjust the cut depth. It is cutting all the way through this sticker paper. I am using a new one.

I love the little lady reading her book.

It had to happen. I went shopping for plants for my father-in-law and picked up a bunch of veggies to go into my raised beds.

I amended the soil so putting them in is so easy. I tried a few new items this year. We will have to see how it goes.

My husband designed the removable screens so it’s easy access for planting and weeding.

I thought I would leave you with something sweet! I made an Italian Lemon Cake. The consistency was similar to a pound cake. It was so delicious. I am pretty sure my summer clothes will not fit me! (I wonder why!!)

Hope you all are well and creating beauty.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #570

on my desk…

Hello my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and you know what time it is. Time to snoop. 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.

My desk is a mess. I have what might become a mother’s day card on my desk if it will cooperate. It not, I will have to find a plan B and mail off something else. You can all so see the lovely flowers my dear husband gave me last week. I selfishly wanted them on my desk despite the fact they take up too much space on my desk. I usually put them in the living room to share but I had a me moment!!!

The mystery is over. Remember those diecut pieces on my desk last week? Well here they are all assembled into the cutest koala for some cards I made.

I assembeled several to make a bunch of cards. When I first saw the cutfile I knew what I wanted to do with them. I wanted to add the sentiment ‘hang in there’ and send them to family and friends to add a little sunshine to their day during these challenging times. Of course there are a few of my friends who will not be surprised if they read this post as I have not mailed any out yet.

I decided to make them purple and pink instead of the traditional gray color. I had the sentiment ‘hang in there’ from a Simon Says Stamp set. I also found the perfect size punch in my stash. The only thing was that I wanted to make sure I spaced them far enough to be able to fit a bunch on one sheet. So I used the circle that punched out to layout areas to stamp. Once I did this I stamped all five spaces then once I punched out the sentiments I kept the remaining cardstock as my template to stamp more sentiments. I will keep this for future stamping so I can get the most out of the paper with little waste. I like it when things like this happen because it totally streamlined the process while saving on paper. Below you can see the template I used to stamp the sentiments.

After the stamping it was a breeze to punch out all the sentiments.

I also embossed a bunch of white panels to attach to the front of the cards with a few of my favorite embossing folders. Then it was a quick process to assemble the cards.

Well I got two visitors this past week in my garden. The photo below is of one of them. Bunnies are cute but I told them that once I begin my gardening season and put in my vegetables, they can not visit. Let’s hope they listened!

I have three raised beds my husband built me many years ago. Last year he replaced two of the three because they began to rot. I was growing garlic in one of the beds last year so it could not be replaced. So this past weekend he built a new one for the final bed. He is so good at building these and so fast. My next step will be to amend the soil before planting begins.

He placed these clever screens around them a few years back and it seems to help keep the ‘visitors’ away. When I want to weed or tend to the plants, I just slide up any of the four panels for easier access.

We had unseasonably warm weather this weekend (in the 80s) so I brought out my latest purchase – Caran D’Arche Neocolor II watercolor crayons. I sat and swatched them so I could see the colors better. I plan on using these for creating nice soft pastel like backgrounds in my coloring books and will test them out for my cards. I will share with you next week when I test them out.

I hope you all are well and I will start today to make my rounds and spread it out over a few days as usual. Stay well.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #548

on my desk…

Hey friends! I missed you last week. It was our Thanksgiving holiday and I didn’t have enough time to squeeze in a post and I knew I would be away and not able to snoop at your lovely desks. But I am back. I am confessing that it is actually Tuesday afternoon when I am writing this because I have a morning appointment and won’t have time when I get home to write one. Didn’t want to miss another week so here I am.

Bits and pieces waiting to be assembled into cards.

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.

Letting the Nuvo drops dry.

Today we had our first snow day! The snow began last night and went right through today. My boys were so thrilled and me too because that meant I didn’t have to get up early and lug through the snow. It also meant a full day of crafting. So this is where I have been pretty much all day. The first big snow is always exciting and it’s so pretty before we all go out and soil it with our cars. The lighting the snow reflects in my craft room is divine. It’s a white glow.

Excess cardstock from card bases.

I decided to keep the exess cardstock from making card bases to use when I make bookmarks. they are the perfect size and I feel better about not waisting the paper.

Some of the cards after the Nuvo dried.

For the diecuts that ripped when I was weeding them off my Silhouette mat, I ended up just using the word Joy on the front of the card. At first I didnt’ like it but a bit of Nuvo drops later, I was sold!

Joyful stickers from my Silhouette to create a sentiment.

I really love the dear silhouette on the pink trees. I wish the designer. The crazy in me would have prefered if the designer made the file a complete circle. So I had to find a sentiment that would fit and visually close the cirlce. I took this joyful file and made it into a sticker and added it to the cardfront.

Frisky holiday cards!

These cards make me laugh. They are so frisky! I stuck to the joy theme to use up my diecuts and added Nuvo drops. All finished.

First snow day of the season!

It’s so pretty when it’s untouched. Had a very productive day today and feeling good about my progress.

Can you see the icesicles on my garage? The look so cool.

As of December 1st, Jingle has made his presence again. He will be hopping around the house more for my amusement nowadays!!

Here’s Jingle watching from above!

Ok when I get back from my appointment, the snooping will begin!!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #545

on my desk…

Hello crafty ladies! The time keeps on flying by and I can’t even keep track of what day it is. But I do know one thing, today is Wednesday and 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 went to a craft day with my girlfriends on Saturday. I was there from 10am to 9pm and it was so much fun. The theme for the food was “It’s a Small World” like the ride at Disney. The theme was up for interpretation so I decided to make a crockpot Morroccan chicken dish and also some couscous. Everyone brought yummy food and I managed to get a little done. It’s funny how I think I will do more than I actually do. It’s just so much fun getting together and catching up and of course eating. So I wasn’t the most productive but anything is something right?

On my desk this morning, you can see some Christmas cards I made. I used my Finetec watercolor paints. They are so beautiful and I have been looking for more opportunities to use them. I saw this idea online where the person used another watercolor and knew it would be a great one to try my paints on.

Unfortunately the camera didn’t even come close to capturing hte pearlescent colors. They are metallic and sparklie and the contrast on the black is so cool. The problem was that I ordered black watercolor paper and it didn’t arrive in time for me to take on my craft day. So I used plain black cardstock. It came out pretty good with a little warping so I can’t wait to try it with the watercolor paper.

Black watercolor paper.

Above is the paper. It came two days later. So I will try it again with this paper. But definitely will use them for my holiday card giving.

The snowflake dies I used.

These snowflake dies are new. I also used one I already owned. I used white cardstock but I have a frosted white cardstock I am going to use on my next go around.

Finds from my craft closet.

Above I found these items while in my crazy craft closet the other day. I bet there is so much more goodies when I finally clean it!

New purchase.

Check out these pretty embossing borders I bought the other day. I think they would look pretty on my Christmas card envelopes. Can’t wait to try them.

Well I better go so I can make my rounds. My boys get out early today so I will have to extend my visits over the next few days.

Happy crafting!

Belinda

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