Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WOYWW, A few bits!

Hello my dear bloggy friends!

Another 2 weeks have passed and you haven't heard from me - I guess my life is just so busy I just can't get up to proper blogging! I am very sorry to dissapoint my lovely followers but I am sure things will get back to normal! I have been making cards and stuff but I am not really in the proper "arty" mood! It is very hot these days - we had 36 - 38 deg C all last week! There was a stormy night yesterday so a bit of a relief but not for long - we are back in the 30s today! Anyway here is my desk and a few things I have made in the last 2 weeks!....
First up my desk......quite tidy - the reason is I have tidyed up to start a new project and that didn't happen - I was suppose to Skype with my dear friend Donna ( and start the project) but she never appeared online so I didn't do anything, what you can see is a  journal page which I have made recently.....








It is just paint, washi tape and lots of stamps - no stenciling! It is all the rage now - it seems every designer is making stencils! I am surprised people didn't think of them before! I can't get myself to do a lot of stenciling - maybe it is too messy for me or I just think that once you go really big with these stencils the stamping gets 2nd place and what did I buy all those lovely stamps for????? Well I guess I shouldn't be too critical - they are excellent for layering! Maybe I will start liking them who knows???
Next I have a few cards that I have made for sad occasions - recently we had a few deaths - not my relatives - just people I have been friends with for years and also others - so I have made a few Sympathy cards....





Now to happier cards....it was my daughters name day Friday ( Saint Anna) so she got a bit of a more happy and modern card - she wants me to do more "less is more" cards so I made an effort....

I used a few of the new Hero arts stamps but also I just "stamped" some distress stains! I quite like the card - funky! Oh and by the way - all you Annes, Annies, Annas - happy belated name day!!!
And as last on Monday it was my moms name day - her name is Martha - which is a name that has practically disappeared ....I made a card for her that is more a classical card and I sent it off and she was very happy - here is what I made....





I used one of the new Crafty Individuals stamps - ha - I used a Prima stencil....TH DI for the background, lace and some old paper from a magazine that was thrown out of our library! I colored the stamp with Derwent Inktense Pencils - I LOVE THEM!!!! Amazing colors, they blend and are probably one of the best of my recent investments! Oh yes after coloring the whole lot I used various Stickles to give it a bit of a sparkle!
So that is all I have made - I hope you enjoy the snoop and I will get around to visit too! Have a lovely week and I hope to see you soon!
Lots of hugs to all of you,
CARDARIAN


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WOYWW, summer is not helping with my art!

Hello my dear bloggy friends!

How are you today?? Surprised it is Wednesday again! Huh! I am! I haven't done anything and the week has already come around! I don't know it seems to be the summer! The longer the days the less I do! 
Well ok there is this tiny little bit I have done - last Friday I talked to Jo from Jozart and she was explaining to me what they have done at Vicky's Stampers - if you live near Liverpool join those people - I would but I am about 1700 km away so really it isn't an option! Anyway one of our WOYWWers Neet from Hickydorums did this "metal" class for them and of course I asked Jo about all the techniques - dutifully wrote them down and then made 1 piece! 1 piece!!!!! All week 1 piece! You know how they say you should do a bit of art every day - well it really looks like I will never be a proper artist! But as a crafter I am showing you my desk.....with the instructions and my first ever metal work...



a close up.....



so that was my big weekly effort! And now a few other interesting things you might want to look at....first last week I forgot to show you another gift I got from Donna - this really amazing very artistic junk key...

look at all those bits and pieces encased in resin....love it!






and then there is this new thing about our library.....our library is sort of half in the ground so instead of a lovely view into the faculty garden we were looking at a horrible retaining wall.....but that will soon all change...because I suggested we get one of those street spraying artist and he makes something on that wall for us....it isn't finished yet but the first bit is done so please have a look....
This is the boring retaining wall that hasn't been done yet....


and here is what the artist has made up till now... the wind and storm....



birch trees.....



and animals....


this is what it looks like when you come into the library....


So tell me what do you think?? I like what he has done - I have asked for lighter colors as I don't want it to be darker then it is already!


Thats all folks from me for today! My DBF is here and he wants us to watch a film together so I have to go now!
Show off your desks at Stamping ground - the place to be if you are as nosey and crafty as the rest of us are :-))) - that third thing is not my big smile it is my double chin!!! UHHHHH!!!
Be safe - don't get a sunburn - use sun cream! Have a lovely week - enjoy summer while it lasts ! 
Lots of hugs to all of you,
Cardarian


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WOYWW, In the summer time when the weather is fine...

Hello my dear friends!

I think I am finally back for good - I have had a lot of visitors as you all know and also I have no mojo so there isn't much to show - I have ideas in my head but they don't seem to want to materialise but I hope that this week will be the one when I finally get back to doing stuff!
As it is Wednesday I will show you my desk, but what you will see there is work of other people - not me!
I have been blessed with lovely gifts all summer! When Jo (from Jozart) came she gave me a bunch of lovely gifts - crafty and non crafty! Then I went to the crop where I was given all those lovely ATCs! My DBF gave me a lovely perfume from Paul Smith - Roses and some cash to by stuff at the Artistic stamper ( and yes I have spent it all there!) Next I came home and was sent a lovely package from Janet - Fairy Thoughts  - here is what was hidden in that package! A lovely card and a selection of amazing sequins ( i just desplayed some of them)  which I have been looking for for ages and have now been given! Thank you sooo much Janet - you will soon see them put to good use!

 
Next up is a picture - actually two pictures from Donna - absolutly love them....here is one side...

and here is the other....

she also painted me a lovely rabbit and other things which I will make into a little book and will show some other time....
And here is another lovely ATC I was sent from Neet from Hickydorums oh I just love this stamp - looks like a Dali painting! Thank you so much Neet!!!


And here is a photo of my boring desk....as you can see I have put together a few things as I have some ideas in my head but for now it is just material and nothing else! I hope Mr. Mojo returns and we will have a happy reunion with lots of lovely makes!



I have a bunch of photos to share and keep on promising I will and I will do it tomorrow! My DBF is visiting and I said to him -" I need to be at home for 2 days to do some blogging" so he said  " go on then"!
Have a lovely week as I hear lots of you are blessed with nice weather - so are we! Not too hot at the moment - just nice summer days! Do you know the 1970s Mungo Jerry song In the summer time??? I found it on YOUTUBE and thought you might all have a little dance..it really catches the essence of summer...


Share your tidy and messy desks at the Stamping ground where our lovely leader Julia is in charge!
Lots and lots of hugs to all of you,
CARDARIAN