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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WOYWW 360

Today my desk is a total mess


Then why on earth am I showing you my desk?
Well, because it is WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday),
More details about this  bloghop can be found at our chief desker Julia Dunnit over at The Stamping Ground here.

I left it this way late Sunday evening after finishing this b-day card
(which I now realize forgot to sign before sending it out, oops, well the recipient can use the card again then J)


In April I needed a couple of male b-day cards, here are the other 2.



Also on my desk is my sketchbook to practice drawing, I started practicing drawing faces following the directions out of the Suzi Blu's book I showed you last week, need lots more practice though.


Now I'm off seeing as many desks as possible, at least something nice to do with this terrible weather: cold, windery and lots and lots of rain.

Monday, April 25, 2016

JAM 10 what makes you happy?

This prompt is already from March the 4th but I just couldn’t figure out what to do.
Still not sure whether I am completely satisfied with this though


I started out by cutting 3 by 3 cm squares out of a scrapbook paper (our challenge for this prompt) and glued them on a black gessod circle.


I somehow connected what makes me happy with hearts so outlined some heartshapes and painted the rest in a combination of pink and purple Dylusions paint. 


Finally I cut out some small red hearts and glued them randomly on the page and wrote all the things that make me happy: family quality time, crafting, the sun, good food...

What do you think? finished or missing something? Please let me know in a comment what you think and what you might add.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WOYWW 359

It’s that day of the week again.
And that’s a good thing.
It’s WOYWW; where I’ll show you mine and you show me yours.
All details about this awesome bloghop of workdesks around the globe can be found at our headchiefdesker Julia over at The stamping Ground.

What’s the state of my desk this Wednesday
Well



I’m in the midsts of one of my JAM pages.
You can also see a copy of mixed media girls by Suzi Blu which the mailman brought me yesterday.
I haven’t used the washi sheets yet but have already in mind what I’m going to do with them, hopefully I’ll find some time the coming next day to execute them.

The canvases are also still bare, but my fingers are itching to get started, anyone know where I can buy some extra time in a day??

Addition (8:13am): Everybody is curious about the JAM (=Journal About Me) it is a year long challenge held by Tiare Smith, she gives us a prompt and challenge each friday and we are creating in the round.All my entries can be found under the tab JAM.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

JAM 14 a meaningful object

My meaningful object is my weddingring.
Weddingring -> round -> circle of life
In the song there is a phrase with saphire blue, so I painted my page blue and wrote the lyrics in it with a toothpick.
Next I cut some hearts out and glued them on


printed out a picture of our rings and matted  it on a piece of paper which I colored with faded blue DI.
I searched for the wright embellishments: a homemade flower, a heart and the Happy banner.


Only 3 more to go and I'm up to speed.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Decide

Hello there,
I'm finally here to share my D page for the alpha/dictionary challenge held by The Craft Barn.
The next letter has already been announced, yaikes!

D stands for decide in the alphabet of happiness. 
Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.
Although decide was my word I in fact couldn't decide what to do with this page.
Time flew by and the deadline fastly approached so I set to work without a clear plan.
Because the twist is to use pink I grabbed the piece of paper I made for my Jam 4 page using pink and purple acrylic paint and adding texture with plastic wrap.


On my desk there was this stencil I cut the other day with the Silhouette (I was actually cutting die cuts out of scrap paper)  
Ah, piece of scrap = die cuts + stencil, frugal at its best!


I stencilled it with black dylusions paint, wasn't too impressed with the result, the paint creeped underneath the stencil, so it was a blotchy result.
I hid a piece of it with my definition which I typed out and made translucent with some baby oil.
In my art a lot of concepts of my work seem to appear.
Do you know why the paper becomes tranlucent? 
The oil fills the pores of the paper and oil scatters light less then air.
But still wasn't completely happy.
Then suddenly it hit me to glue the die-cuts over the black, that seems to work.
but it still missed something, when I woke this morning I knew it: a rainbow.



Okay, I call this done. 
Don't know what it is with my alphabet but every page seems to be a struggle, 
Maybe it's the size? 
On to the next letter which is S, hopefully will be able to post it sooner then on the last day of the challenge.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WOYWW 358

Wednesday equals to WOYWW or What’s On Your Workdesk.
All details about this blog hop can be found here with our chief desker.
Do join in in the fun, because that is exactly what this is FUN. 

So on to my workdesk today, 


it actually looks a bit sad if you ask me, not much been going on the last couple of days.
The combination of other obligations and not feeling too well.
What is on my desk are some items I picked up while shopping for some large canvases I need for one of my Wanderlust classes. There are some flowers and washi sheets, never heard of them so I grabbed a couple of them.


I’ve never worked on such a large scale (60x80cm), but I am challenging myself.


Monday, April 11, 2016

JAM 13 compliments

With this prompt came the challenge to use gelatos so I flicked through my gel sticks technique book.(which are apparently the same)
I decided to use a resist technique by clear heat embossing a butterfly stamp. I used a pale blue and yellow gel stick


which I blended with a babywipe


Next I added some stamping using the gel sticks as ink, just by rubbing a stick on a stamp.


The third technique I used was some dripping.
That was the background done 
which I further turned into this:


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WOYWW 357

It’s Wednesday and Julia is hosting yet again the fantastic blog hop WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday)
So here is my workdesk in the state it is right now.


On the left you see my ARTicles book with this week’s spread in progress, as always check in on Sunday to see the completed page.
I’ve carved a mason jar stamp for the page, while I was carving  my son came up to me with his own design for me to carve, his guinea pig, you can see the test prints under my lino cutter.
In the front you see one of my JAM pages in progress. It has butterflies on it and the rest is done with gel sticks, will blog about this later this week when completed.
Last week I also showed you my son’s work area, got a lot of nice feedback thx for that and by the way he’s 6 years old if you were wondering, we did some cleaning over the weekend and his workdesk looks like this now.


Much better and I think he also appreciates it because suddenly he is creating on his desk instead of on the floor and he is creating beautiful pieces instead of making one big mess. You can see some drawings and he glued his guinea pig stamp on a piece of cardboard and even made a handle for it.
That's all for me this week, thx for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment, I'm off on my weekly trip around the world from desk to desk now.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

ARTicles 3 - week 14

Hello and welcome,
It's sunday today, and what a sunny day it has been here, so I am here to share with you my spread in my ARTicles book.
I decided to split my page in blocks this week, each block being one day.


What fun, good, happy and quirky news do I have this week in my book:
Well on Easter monday they celebrated a 43 year old tradition in Bessières, France, where they prepare a massive omelet of 15.000 eggs for the 10.000 visitors. Supposedly Napoleon ate an omelette in Bessières when passing by with his troops, he enjoyed it so much he ordered an omelette for his entire army the next day.



Because the pan is an oval and on the pile of egg shells a rabbit is dancing of excitement, the 2 ingredients for this biweekly Craft Barn challenge, I will be taking part in this challenge.

The next story is an encouraging story about a Syrian refugee. During her trip oversea she and her sister saved the lives of her companions. When the boat started sinking they both jumped out and pushed the boat to shore for hours. She was training for the Olympic swimming team in her home country, luckily for her the IOC decided that refugees can form their own independent team and so she is now training for Rio.

The last story of March just had to be included in my book as it is about butterflies.
A new species has been identified, the Tanana arctic butterfly.
Although it has been in a museum in Florida for decades already, it is only until now that Andrew Marren  "the lord of the butterflies", noticed a mistake in cataloging this one while going through the collections.





Friday was the start of April, which is known for his frickle behavior with sun and showers.







The first story of April is about a human library where instead of checking out books you check out people for a 30 minute conversation. This initiative started in 2000 in Copenhagen and has been introduced in 70 countries since then. The purpose is to get to know other people, get rid of prejudice and understand one another better.



I'm really proud of how my stack of books turned out (thanks to Vicky Papaioannou's video reading)

And today it is international pillow fight  day. 


That's all from me for this week, see you back next week.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Grow

Here is my entry for the alpha dictionary challenge at The Craft Barn, where this time we had to use a word with the letter g.
In the alphabet of happiness G stands for grow:
Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.
So I colored some monsters and created a black hole where they seem to tumble into.