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Wednesday, 9 January 2013


Well, it has sure been a while but here I am!!!!!  WOYWW'ing for the first time in ages and having totally forgotten how to do it!  I shall post my photo of my very messy desk right now and then head off to see if I can figure out how to add it to Julia's list!
Don't know what WOYWW'ing is all about? Well, each Wednesday, in the world of craftland, we share photo's of our desk and have the opportunity of visiting desks all over the world to see what fellow crafters are up to ... it is just fascinating seeing lots of items and products that we all use scattered far and wide and all being used to produce such different results.
Taking a peek at other crafter's desks has kick-started many crafter's-block moments and, of course, it's great just to be nosey!
So here is my work desk right now ... not much going on and not really happy with the card I am making so have yet to decide whether to go with it or bin it and start over!
This isn't yet my "normal" craft desk ... mild here in England but still too cold to work out in the conservatory where my huge table and storage cupboards are so am squeezed onto the end of the dining room table!

These are some of the cards I made just before Christmas for my January birthdays ... used the resist technique for the pink tag cards and had to experiment to see if I liked a cream background showing through or a white one ... decided I preferred the white so will be making more like these for further birthdays throughout the year.  Had loads of little strips of vellum left over from making some invitations so am using them up by adding the person's name ... super and quick to emboss and saves throwing away such lovely thick vellum.

It is not often my sister has anything nice to say about my cards but she did comment on the one I made last year for daddy ... I used a beautiful brass stencil that I have had for years ... so I dug that out and the men's cards this year will be based around that.  
I used glossy accents to highlight just the little hot-air balloon and left it at that ... well, after I'd distress-inked it to within an inch of its life, of course!

I used a linen-effect paper for the embossing and after I inked it with my much favoured brown tones of Tim Holtz's distress inkpads it resembled burnt wood and you can just about spot I used my new Martha Stewart punches I got for Christmas.
Right, am off to see if I can link this at Julia's Stamping Ground and then will pop back here to post the link to her WOYWW list!  
So,  Julia's Stamping Ground is where it all happens! (just hope that link takes you there ... SORRY Julia if it doesn't ... I will ask Maggie C to help me out!)

Happy WOYWW'ing everyone ... I've really missed being part of our Wonderful Wednesdays!!!!!


  1. Lovely cards Debbie, really nice and I love that youre using up the vellum, the thick stuff is almost irresistible isnt it! I think if you've impressed your sister, then you can rest on that laurel for a while!

  2. Hi there Debbie some lovely work - sorry it too cold to be in crafty room, sending you some of our warmth!! we have more than enough, happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #6

  3. Everything seems to be where it should be, Debbie. I will let you know if the Word Verification is not off after I have tried to post this comment. Glad to see you back again and well done for impressing your sister. However, the main purpose of crafting is to have fun yourself and to try new techniques and styles. If you are happy with what you do, that is all that really matters. I hope all those who receive your work understand that what they are getting is a lot of your thought and time as your gift to them. We have discussed before how my style is completely different to yours, but that does not stop me appreciating what you do and the care and thought you put into it. We regularly get hand made cards from someone else in the family and always keep those too as again we appreciate the gift of their thought and time. Hope you continue to join in each week and get inspiration from everyone else. xx Maggie #32
    PS Don't forget to add your number to your comments, as it makes it easier to find you if the direct link does not work.

  4. I think your cards are fab, wonder why your sister isn't usually impressed? I would be.... I have loads of vellum that I haven't used in .....yonks!! Happy WOYWW, Helen #7

  5. I love that card too! Men's cards are always so difficult. I agree that as long as you love what you do, it doesn't matter what others think. (although it is nice when they like it too!)

    Take care

    Jakix #76

  6. Hi Debbie, nice to see you again! Hope you had a good Christmas & New Year. Love the cards, its amazing what you can do with vellum, isn't it? Men are definitely the hardest to make cards for, I must admit that my Stampscapes are often my Go To stamps for them. I have a brass stencil of hot air balloons, must find it out. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #73 xx

  7. Love your tags and cards.

    I am new to WOYWW and friends with Sandee. Hope you have a chance to check out my blog and desk.
    Lori #81

  8. Yes, I love your tags too! The vellum is just gorgeous!!


    Happy New Year and Happy WOYWW!

  9. Hi
    This is my first time at WOYWW and I hope you don't mind me looking around your blog while I am here.

  10. great cards - can't wait to see what the conservatory looks like - sounds fasinating. DArlene #117

  11. I love your cards! That's a gorgeous stencil with the balloons up in the clouds! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  12. Those cards are great!

    Happy WOYWW!

    Apryl #9

  13. Super work there Debbie! Good to see you back on WOYWW - and personally I think that people who make derogatory comments aren't worth listening too. Just forget your sis's opinions and concentrate on enjoying yourself - and us fellow bloggers are always interested of course! Belated Happy WOYWW, I got sidetracked yesterday, hugs, Di xx #32

  14. Stunning cards! Fab!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #60

  15. Lovely cards, I really suck at male cards. Welcome back to WOYWW!
    Happy belated WOYWW!
    Tertia 17

  16. Glad you're back sharing your work desk. I like the tags you made and your Father's card is great. Very masculine which is hard to do.
    April #136

  17. Awesome manly card! Inspires me to get in my craft cave and see if I can't come up with a new manly card, too. :) Thanks for the peek of your workspace. Deeyll #142

  18. I love the hot air balloon embossing! I dread making masculine cards but I have so many men on my birthdays list!