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.



  1. I think those koala cards are fab and just right for sending to raise morale! I don’t see anything wrong with putting your flowers on the desk, I think it’s a lovely idea and you’ll appreciate them all the more. Your hubby is a clever bloke making those beds, the removable sides are a genius idea, keeping the rabbits out but still easy for you to use. A windbreak as well!
    Hugs LLJ 12 xxx

  2. You will love the Neocolor II crayons Belinda, they are lovely to work with. I have been playing with my Derwent Inktense pencils this week. I treated myself to a box of 72. The koalas are so cute and I am sure your cards will be much appreciated when they are received. Clever way to keep the bunnies away from your vegetables! Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #5

  3. They are so cute those Koala’s i’d have never of guessed that was what they were from last week, great size match with the punch & sentiment, all fabulously finished. Have fun with the Neo II’s my favourite things in the world of art there’s so many ways of using them, enjoy your crafty adventure. Take care & stay safe.. Tracey #6
    P.S rabbits can smell a veg patch from miles away hee hee!!

  4. I love my neocolours – have fun doing your swatch. the koalas are so cute as you say – who’d have thought!! take care,stay safe. Helen #1

  5. Hi Belinda. Those Koalas are just so cute! They look good on the cards. Well done. The vegetable raised beds are great – and what a brilliant hubby making the netting frames for you to keep the seedlings safe but also be able to weed the beds!
    Take care of yourselves. Stay safe. God bless.
    Margaret #3

  6. Cindy Ashplant says

    Hello Belinda. Well, those koala cards are just the cutest thing! a lovely sentiment too in these difficult days. Glad you are finding something crafty to do outside – it always seems to bright or too breezy to get much done! Good luck with those bunnies! Happy WOYWW, Stay safe, stay well, Cindy #18

  7. The koala cards are just so adorable! I love the NeoII crayons, they are lovely to play with. Have fun! Stay safe and well, with love and God Bless, Caro xxx (#17)

  8. Good Morning Belinda, Enjoyed your blog post. The Koala ‘s are adorable and a neat card you came up with. Great assembly line for them. Enjoyed your outdoor photos also, My DH loves to garden and that’s okay with me. I do love garlic/herbs fresh and manageable for me, But the hoeing, digging etc no way. He gives a LOT away and I freeze a lot Corn, Beets, Green Beans etc Doing Kohlrabi’s as a new addition this year Love making tomato juice late in the season. Will be anxious to see your watercolor ideas. Mine are sitting waiting for me. !!! May you and yours Stay Safe and enjoy the sunshine Thanks for the visit

  9. Hi Belinda, what fab beds your Hubby made! Love the screens, great idea for keeping the bunnies out. Fab selection of pencils you bought. Have a lovely week, stay safe, Hugs, Shaz #8 X

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