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Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Don't these Wednesday's roll around so fast?!?!?!
Am sure they appear more than once a week!

Just a very quick post today (Julia will be SO proud of me!!!) as I have a crazy, stupid amount of stuff to do and there are just not enough hours in the day.

My workdesk today ... practically untouched since last week I'm sorry to say.

We headed off to Crowborough last Thursday so I could attend the two ClarityStamp open days and they were so brilliantly exhausting that I have had no energy to do much of anything since getting home. 

It is absolutely wonderful to see that our dear, dear Head Desker, the truly delightful Julia over at The Stamping Ground has blogged this week - so very soon after her surgery and that the equally delightful Jan at LLJ's Fabric Frenzy is at the helm again this week.
Goes without saying, Julia & Jan, that I have you both very much in my thoughts.

So, as promised, short and sweet.

Happy WOYWW'ing fellow bloggers!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A little rust is a must ... but heaps is a whole lot better!!!!!

Finally had time to just play ... to sit and create something just for me!
Well, of course, all my crafting is just for me because 'tis what I love to do but this time this was not a project needed for a specific purpose ... and, oh did I enjoy doing this one.

And ... you'd better sit down for this
and get yourself a stiff drink
for once
I am actually quite pleased with how this turned out
in fact
it is not even destined to the Box of Failures
but it is going to be

Whilst at a family BBQ at Alfie's I came across a pair of rusty old scissors that he had just dug out of his veggie patch ... 

Set his old aunt's creative juices flowing I can tell you
Kinda, sorta had a vision in my head straight away of what I wanted to do with them

After a false start where it was not coming together quite as hoped 
but I Carried on Regardless
but knew I was not happy with it
I had all the bits stuck in place and was leaving overnight to dry completely and was merrily bobbling away during the evening when I suddenly announced
"It's no good"!
And dashed off to rip off as many of the pieces as I could

Tore the canvas in a few places but nothing that could not be disguised
and I left it all in a heap ready to tackle afresh the next day

Tackle afresh I did
and was back to more of what I envisioned

Thought I had it finished last night
but was not happy with it this morning
so tweaked
and now it IS finished

I think ...

Linen stretched canvas 
Randomly torn corrugated cardboard
Modelling paste mixed with the smallest art stones and spread through one of my barbed wire stencils
Black heavy gesso
Everything stuck in place with 3D Gloss Gel and the heavier pieces with Heavy Body Gel
Layers and layers and layers of mica sprays :
Teal * Bottle Green * Rust * Copper
Then layers and layers and layers of Rust Paste
Rust mica powder mixed with Soft Gloss Gel and dry-brushed over the barbed wire to bring out the detail

Photo's are rubbish - not bringing out the true colours or mica-shimmer
but I promise they are there.


Starting off with the great news that our much, much loved Head Desker, Julia, has come through her very long surgery yesterday and is now in the HDU - hopefully we will have an update on how she is doing before too long.  We are all thinking of you, dear friend, and wishing you the most speedy of recoveries.

So what is on my desk today?

Working on some ATC's but was cross to come to my desk this morning to find the top layer of card - which had been stencilled with texture paste and had crackle glaze applied - had lifted and started to peel off.

Was I surprised?
When asking dearest hubby to cut me some mountboard into ATC sized pieces he found some of the sort that has the self-adhesive coating on one side (used for mounting prints for framing) - onto this I stuck some plain white card which I had put through the Xyron.
I did say to him that I doubted the two surfaces would adhere and that they would peel but, of course, he thought otherwise.
Did just have a "told you so" moment when I pointed it out to him I have to admit.

So the Cosmic Shimmer glue is my last ditch effort to save the situation but even that was struggling to bond ...hence the upside down tin (which is full of metal cogs) pressing down onto a small canvas board under which are two, hopefully, no longer peeling cards!!!!  
If it works I shall attack the rest.
If not I shall have to scrap them and start again.

On the left are two projects I finished yesterday ... will blog these separately as our goal on WOYWW days is to keep our posts short and sweet and we can't go upsetting our Julia whilst she is in recovery mode following her op.,  

Huge thanks to Jan ... LLJ ... Lunch Lady Jan's Fabric Frenzy ... for holding fort and keeping us deskers WOYWW'ing ... you are a *S*T*A*R* and loved every bit as much as Julia.