Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WOYWW - let's get inky!

It's Wednesday again!  I look forward to this day for so many reasons - over 100 easily!  The glue that holds us all together is Julia.   Visit her site at Stamping Ground to see all the participants.  You'll be amazed, inspired, and maybe you'll experience a wee bit of envy. 

I purchased some new stamps and am playing around with them.  Finally, I'm getting inky!  I've been making ATCs (for the first time).  I also am making some cards using one of the designs since I love it so much.   Let's see, what all is in this photo?  The beginnings of a card, my watercolor pencils over on the right (love these) and my markers in their great carrying case.  My trusty eraser and some iced tea.  On the floor on the left are canvases - on the bigger side so I'll save those  for down the road - they need to be stored away in one of my crafting closets.  That's BIG bubble wrap by the canvases that I'll use for something.... 
 
 Can you believe this mess!
Back on the desk - there's a pile of papers and rub-ons - my trusty cutter and my heating tool.  I tried to emboss the Santuario de Chimayo (back a few posts) stamp  but it just didn't come out.  There may be too much detail to the stamp.  I'm bummed.  Some of my 8 x 10 canvases ready for my She Art.  Oh, the timer that was on the lamp but quit working - needs to be put out with the trash.  Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have listed everything on my workdesk....
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing -- don't forget to

Thanks for visiting!
Peace,
Kay

81 comments:

Connie said...

Good Morning Kay,
To start off, your card is lovely. As for the mess, well it looks like a truly fun mess. The kind of mess that only an artist could LOVE. That set of colored pens makes me drool. Now, tell me a little more about your ATC. That is something I really want to get into. I would love to see some of your finished ones.
Your blogging friend, Connie

Debs Willis said...

Hi Kay! Glad it's not jsut me that lists everything on her craft desk - hee hee!!

A lovely creative space, and have you tried fine detail embossing powder for your stamp? The ones I use are WOW! powders and they are fab (I'm on the DT so would say that, but they really are!) it makes such a difference, as does the ink - what are you using? I;ve found Versafine to be really good for detail embossing.

Have fun getting inky and messy!

hugs

Debs #132

Stephanie said...

Very nice work and it looks like you have a fun, creative space to do it in!

Karen said...

Afternoon Kay, It sounds like you have been busy and having lots of fun :) I love your creative and busy desk, lots of lovely crafty bits and pieces I see.

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen #90

Jaki Morris said...

I love a mess!

I'm about to start on Atcs as I've joined a Facebook ATC swap group. Can't get over how small they are, but it should be fun

Happy WOYWW

Jakix

jude said...

Hiya huni,
Snow still here ,mojo buried underneath it.Had few snow flurries today Bobbie just loves it can't get him in.
Desk looks very creative have great time with your new stamps.
Have fab wedensday and a creative week hugs judex 4

Angie said...

Love it ...a desk after my own style ....pile it high....lovely card

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh I like he embrace life card, that's really pretty! Glad you're going through your desk so carefully, it's fascinating!
As. An alternative to embossing the detail of the santaoro image, how about stamp it in Stazon, let dry, then cover in clear emboss ink and emboss the entire surface....really shows up the detail,,and it's fun!!

Helen said...

Embrace life - what a great outlook to have and the card is gorgeous. Love your very busy desk!!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Great sentiment! Love you desk!! Looks like you've been busy!!

inkypinkycraft said...

Love the embrace life!!!great busy space hugs trace x no44

Danielle said...

Aah, a good creative mess! Lovely card...and great sentiment! dani13

The Crafty Chick said...

ohhh love that card, everyone seems to be pulling out their markers to use on cards this week, you are the third person I have visited with a card like that...must go fine mine!

Leandra

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Well...what can I say, this is a very busy desk and there's a lot going on. But that's what we wanted, isn't it? Love the small ATC on your desk. The colours are gorgeous and make you feel happy, specially in this cold season of the year. Thanks for visiting my place and I really appreciate you want to follow me. Wish you a happy and crafty week. Bye, Franka.

Twiglet said...

Lots to snoop! Very pretty card - I love that stamp.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Pretty, Pretty card. and a busy desk..I started some ATC's and really enjoy the fun of working with little parts. I have a post on a ATC Valentine swap if your interested. Lots of pretty ideas. Have a great week.

JoZart said...

Love your crafty mess and the end result of that lovely card. Iced Tea!!!!! We need it HOT here with the temperatures well below zero.
Love from JoZarty (visiting Germany) x

May said...

Beautiful card and a very busy bee desk going on, I cant believe I have been doing WOYWW some time now and I never joined your blog, well just did!!!Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x

Bridget Larsen said...

I love new stamps, I always feel good when I get some lol, just have to put some ink to them
Bridget #51

fairy thoughts said...

Is that a serious question?
What mess? We all love a mess don't we.
I love your mess and your card is lovely,
janet #167

Lunch Lady Jan said...

As a non card maker/ scrapbooker, I know very little about the creative processes that you mention - so it's like role reversal with you and fabric! LOL. I always like the stuff that you produce though and that card is no exception, simple and pretty!
Hugs from a very cold LLJ! #56 xx

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Kay, good to see you getting inky!! Shame you are not closer you would be welcome to rummage through my desk any time. Making ATCs - are you going to be trading? Do let me know!! I think sometimes listing the things on the desk is a bit of an eye opener - like how many scissors I am using at once!! I have to 'fess up I bought the zipper roses ready made. But I have looked at them, they seem to be made by doing a running stitch along the bottom edge and gathered up. I guess you can then roll them round and hold with a few stitches. Let me know if you try it!! Thanks for popping by, Cindy #58

scrappymo! said...

What a pretty card...it was worth messing up the desk...wasn't it?

Katie said...

I love your card! It is fabulous! And the sentiment is wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy WOYWW!
Katie #18

VonnyK said...

This is my second attempt, the last comment disappeared into a computer black hole.
Thanks for your comment re the cutter. I have one similar to yours but I think it is a little thinner. I put the paper to the top but still it comes out crooked, thought I might line it up on the measured lines next time. I also can't seem to get a clean cut, it always bends into the little cutting slot. I bought it from a card making shop and told the lady what I wanted it for. Maybe it's just a blonde thing for me :)
Love all the things on your desk, I could have a fantastic time playing with all that.
Have a great week.
Von #27 :)

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...your desk looks like you've been a very busy lady...how lovely to end your posting with such a lovely sentiment...have a wonderful week...Mel :)

Catie Cuddles said...

I have also just started ATC making for a swap at willowing... Very nervous still about it as the canvas is so small!

Spyder said...

Love your pile it high desk...just like the bit of mine you can't see!! Have a great crafty week HaPpY WoYwW

((Lyn))

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your mess. It is totally creative.

RosA said...

That's a nice card! You've got a lot happening there. And bubble wrap ALWAYS comes in handy! Happy WOYWW.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi! You certainly are embracing life! I can see how enthusiastic you are with all our projects! Are you enjoying making ATCs? The fun part is the exchanging- I used to exchange for ATCs to put in my Europe scrapbook and the ATCs I got were fantastic! it made my scrapbook exiting, having little works of art in it! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Laura said...

Hi, what a busy busy desk, I hope you enjoy making your ATC's with your new stamps. Embossing is a bit of a hit or miss with me with powder flying everywhere. Love the flower with the embrace life. Laura

BumbleVee said...

hahahha.... even the word mess is great...and, it usually equates to having some fun.... love the little slender flowers...

Di said...

Tons going on here Kay - you never have a boring life for sure with so much variety!

I'm a day late hopping back to say hi - must do better in future :( Di xx

SueH said...

Well this is an industrious desk Kay, it looks like you’ve been having fun!

I’ve not used my water colour pencils for ages. I brought a big set of Prisma’s but seem to use my Promarkers more now. It’s funny how things move on isn’t it.

Loving the card, what a pretty stamp.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Erika said...

Wow another busy desk....nothing wrong with that! Great ATC too, loving your inky layers and the sentiment works fab with the flower. Happy crafting and thanks for sharing,
Erika.

April said...

Wow lots going on this week!! love the ATC it's beautiful x

butlersabroad said...

Beautiful little card/atc. Really love those colours. Brilliant desk just ripe for snooping! Like Julia's idea for getting an embossed look to the stamps.

Hugs
Brenda 17

Lisa-Jane said...

I love that Embrace Life card, its so pretty, and so true!

Trish Latimer said...

Wow, all that clutter and then a really peaceful and serene card!! Love it!! xxxx

Jingle said...

That is SO pretty! And your messy desk is absolutely WONDERFUL! I want to come play!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab! Love playing with new stamps and enjoying new things. Haven't done ATC's yet. Thanks for sharing & enjoy this weeks WOYWW, I've been nosing around all the fab desks as I try to visit everyone! Zo x 83

Lisa said...

i love having new stamps to play with. Who cares if the desk is a mess i have seen worse.

Terrie said...

watercolor sticks are much more concentrated pigment and VERY soluble. you can use them by marking on the paper like the pencils or you can wet your brush and load it from the tip of the 'crayon' kind of like a pan watercolor. You can draw on prewet paper or dry then wet it with a brush - I'm only just beginning to find all the ways to use it but mostly I love the vivid colors and easy mark making. They were on sale at my local art store (Daniel Smith) so decided to try a few. More arty fun!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

lots of fun inspiration going on! looks like you are having fun !
thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a peek at my desk!
thanks
-mp

Anne-marie said...

Hi, what a lovely card and your desk looks very busy :-). thank you for the lovely comment about my pins I made. Have a good week.
Anne-marie x

Maggie's Crafts said...

Such a busy space! Love it and the project is stunning!

Thank you for visiting my blog. :)

Maggie
xx

Kim Dellow said...

Ok, you win! That is the busiest desk I've seen so far LOL! Looking good and love the project. Kim

Wendy said...

Looks like some wonderful creating going on in your work space. Lovely card.

Fuchsia said...

Loving your' Embrace Life image ' and your desk looks really busy so I shant keep you LOL
thanks for passing by
have a good week Fuchsia x

pat said...

Embrace Life...that is such a great idea, and very pretty also.

ikki said...

Hi, enjoyed looking round your desk, lots going on! Love your card sentiment!
ikki

Becky said...

I sort of like how you have everything all piled up but have this workspace carved out :) I love to emboss, but don't do it enough...

Linda said...

Your desk looks like how mine normally looks, a lot of stuff piled on it with just enough space to work on my project. Thanks for sharing your space! Linda #152

MaggieC said...

That is a lovely card, and such a good sentiment. Thank you for sharing it with us. Thank you too for visiting me today and for your kind comments. Hope your mixed media work goes well. xx Maggie #89

Charlie said...

Hi and thanks for visiting - your desk looks like mine would normally. I can literally work on top of things and a clean desk takes away my mojo immediately - but - this time I am in over my head after attending a couple of events and coming home with more than 1,000 cards for Danish deployed soldiers I have to sort, pack and send away. Must take an hour every evening and get it sorted before next shipment. All the best.

Sam said...

Creative mess is good! I have recently discovered ATCs and I love them!! They are rather fun!
As for my knitting there is cable and blackberries. Not done blackberries before but easy when you know how! I am getting to that point where I am not sure if there will be enough wool to finishe eek!

thefrugalcrafter said...

ohh, I wish I has that set of markers! the stamped image is lovely too! Happy WOYWW!

famfa said...

Love the card at the end. Says it all. Lots to see on your desk

Barb King said...

Your ATC is so nice, great details and color. Thanks for stopping in to my blog. Have a great weekend. Barb

Chrizette said...

I love the card - beautiful! Thank you for hopping by my WOYWW this week. I have lost my desk in the mess since Wednesday, so I am planning a bit of a cleaning spree this weekend :)

Celestial Things

Sheena said...

That's such a great mess - shows that you're being creative!
Thanks for stopping by my blog - good luck with getting around everyone!

Sheena
xxx

Neet said...

Great desk shots and I love that card. What did you use? Reminds me of the Gelato cards my friend had done in a workshop when I was in America the other week. (Boo hoo - now I know all is well at home I want to go back)
Thanks for your visit and oh to have the cash to do it. - am late this week (jet lag and just got back Wednesday) - Hugs, Neet xx
ps - no not first class - did get a peek in there though on the trip out (when all had left I might add)and oh to have the cash to do it!!! Not even business class on my money.

lisa said...

You have a fascinating desk there, so many lovely things and I wish it was warm enough here in the UK to be drinking iced tea.
Hugs Lisax #112

TangolikeRaindrop said...

It sure looks like you are having lots of fun! :)

sparcstation said...

I love this "cluttered" work places, it always gives me the feeling that creativity is on the move... one can just not stop it... Happy crafting, sparcstation

Morti said...

Such a lot of things on your desk, but thanks for the blow by blow account of what it's all made up of! On embossing intricate stamps, did you use fine detail embossing powder? You also need to make sure you use a "sticky" ink (pigment) and give the card a wipe with an anti-static bag too, to make sure the powder doesn't stick in the wrong bits! Hope that helps!

Thanks for stopping by....

Sarah said...

Hey intersting desk, very busy!!! Thanks for stopping by me yesterday!! have a good weekend!! Sarah x #114

Sherry Edwards said...

It's not a mess Kay, just crafty creativity at work! Be warned, ATCs can be addictive - and why not! Love your embrace life card.

Thanks for already stopping by my desk this week :)

Sherry (8)

Sarah said...

I tidy up each night but create a mine-filed during a make - just can't do tidy all the time - love the delicate colours and stamping there...Thanks for letting us look in and peek at your desk... Sarah at 7...

Elizabeth said...

Almost 200 in the count today - amazing! I have no hope of getting round that many but I'm catching up today. That huge bubble wrap must have potential and your desk is ... well, busy is the only word for it :) Love the message you've left on that pretty card for us ... one to remember. Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment - it's much appreciated. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #2

Anne-Marie said...

I wanted to pop in to say thanks for the lovely comment you left for me.....thought I'd walked into my own room when I saw your desk....haaa!
Hope you'll visit me again. :) Anne-Marie

Craftgirl said...

Busy desk and lots to snoop. Love that case with all the markers. Thanks for stopping by
Carol

Nicola said...

Thanks for popping by, love the 'embrace life' so true! :) x

Anne said...

A lovely fascianting 'busy' desk. Thanks for sharing and explaining and for visiting me. i'm a bit late I know- hectic week. Anne x

Sandy said...

Well you have either given up or are extremely busy - very creative and relaxed approach to card making. I am positive that you are going to find buried treasure!!
Sandy

Gwen said...

I love the little card you have made...very elegantly simple...lovely!
xx

Bridget Larsen said...

Yours is coming along quite well, took me a long time to get used to such a small canvas and i did them for a whole year
Bridget #51

Sue from Oregon said...

Now that's what I call a good snoop this week!...and enjoyed your pretty pics in the next post as well! Happy WOYWW

Nicky said...

Love your ATC - lots going on on your desk :) - sorry I'm so late visiting had PC issues :(

Paula Gale said...

WOW Kay - so much going on to feast the eyes - I love an untidy desk - but I guess you will know exactly where everything is - and pity the person who moves anything eh? lol.

It sounds great that you are doing some new stuff that you haven't tried before - this always makes me happy to hear such things.

Happy WOYWW and thanks for coming to visit me.

Paula x x x