Wednesday, 18 February 2015

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday 289? Valentines tag

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place.  Welcome to my desk over in Cape Town, South Africa!
This is actually as my desk looked on Sunday morning after I was inspired to make Tim's Tag for Feb, late on Saturday night.  The chaos you see is now all gone and you can once again see my floor and desk...which is boring, so I am showing you a more realistic view of what goes on most of the time.
My accounts are done and handed in!  YAY!  So the yellow file on the floor is GONE now.  The yellow box on top of the file is from new molding putty I had played with all day Saturday...not so sure about the putty.  I prefer the results from the silicone molding stuff, though it takes 16 hours to set!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

February Tag of Tim's 12 Tags of 2015



Well, I was trawling blogs tonight and saw Redanne's Tag and was inspired to go to my desk and get cracking!  I have not done January's tag yet, but seeing as today is Valentines day and Tim's tag is full of hearts...I decided to just go for it!
12 Tags of 2015 - February | www.timholtz.com
I did not however have the energy to set up my sewing machine, so my trusty stapler came to the rescue along with a hat pin!
Below you can see the nice splatter I got from my spritzer...love that tool. 
Happy Valentines Day!

This tag is from me to me, by me for me!LOL!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 297? Accounts

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place.

Here you see a rather large file full of my annual accounts.  It is financial year end for me at the end of Feb.  Yuck.

Not much crafting going on other than to test the Soft Matte gel by Finnabair.  I used it to glue some fabric onto a little decoupage box.  It worked a real treat.

You can also see some keys (at the back in white) I molded on the week end and the copper spray paint I plan on using on the blue ended "DIY straw" for a future project.

This post should be called "testing, testing, 123!"  cos I am testing products as well as concepts and the accounts are testing my patience!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 296? Sewing Machine!

Health Warning!  For those of you who know me well, be warned...there is a sewing machine on my desk!
As a RULE...I don't sew.

UNLESS there is an emergency.

The repair pile is hitting emergency status.  I had to sew a new (industrial) zip onto my son's Golf bag cover.  They supply a piddly thing and of course after no time at all it had derailed.  That was last nights job.  Still on my desk are his school shorts and some of my tops that need altering for various reasons.

They might or might not get done.  The golf bag was URGENT as he has a tournament on Sunday.

The rest...we will see.

There is a pile of cut sticky backed foil vying for my attention...I think it might win me over for a while!  I need to get my steampunk on, then I might have the energy to tackle the rest of the sewing pile...time will tell.

Yes that is a roll of sticky backed foil which I found in a local craft shop.  It keeps me out of mischief!
For those of you who saw my clock on the go last week, here is a link to the tutorial of how I made it.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Steampunked Clock Tutorial

 Hello there
Welcome to my photo tutorial of how I turned this cheap kids find...
into this!  and yes...it still works!
My inspiration was this clock which I found on Pinterest.  It is created by Heather Jacob  and if you click on her name you will go to her blog where you can see the original.
Altered Rustic Clock
 First I took the whole thing apart.  All I needed was a screwdriver and this is what I got:
 I covered it in a decent coat of Heavy Gesso for "tooth"
 Then I added some Vintage photo Distress paint over some gold crackle texture paste by Finnabair.
 I got carried away by the moment of playing with the paint, so there are no step out shots of how I got here, sorry!

I used Finn's platinum crackle texture paste on the clock face and when it was dry, I rubbed Vintage photo Distress paint over it to get into the cracks.
Then I added thick bits of Finn's gold texture crackle paste as well as some Glossy accents and some micro beads to the clock body for shine and texture.
 On top of all of this I added a thick layer of Finn's clear texture crackle paste in random places and let it dry. 
 When it was dry I dripped brown alcohol inks onto it so that it would flow into the cracks.
This is the glass face with the clear crackle texture paste on it filled with ginger alcohol ink.
Having done all of that, I decided it needed some Steampunking and glitter so I could enter it into Finnabair's "Sparkle and Shine" challenge!!!
I found some yummy glitter numbers in my sticker stash and glued them on top of the metal embellishment which I filled with Glossy accents.

I glued some 4.5mm eyelets upside down onto the side of the clock and when they had dried I added pieces of leather thong and glued them in place too.   Nothing like some "high tech" painter's tape to hold it in place while it dried!
Then it was time to put the whole thing back together!

 Woops...I saw in this photo that the inside of the "bell" was still pink, so I took them off and added black distress paint! Phew!
I am also entering this into Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge where you have to do something with a 3...in this case the time on this clock is 3 o'clock (or rather it was when I started setting up the shot...)as Mario, Tim Holtz's logistics director always has coffee at 3!



Hope you enjoyed that!



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

What's on My workdesk 295? Clock parts

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place.  I am busy with a clock which I am giving a make over!
It was a sale clock from a furniture store in the kids department.  The "art" ones you can buy are SO EXPENSIVE here and anyway, I have not seen one for a while to purchase in a store.

It started off bright pink...which would normally suit me as I have BRIGHT pink hair...and love the colour, but it needed some toning down and I have just purchased my first few jars of Finnabair paint...you can see them at the back of my desk.  So you see I needed a project to try them out on.  This gesso is amazing stuff, it stuck to the plastic so well as a base.  From there I used distress paint and now her crackle paste.
It is still a work in progress.  Not really sure where it is going yet...

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

WOYWW 293? Insight into how I work on a Project


Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place.  Welcome to my Desk over in sunny Cape Town, South Africa!

I have been on leave for a while, (nearly a month!) but have only managed to spend 2 days so far at my desk creating!  I decided to work my way through a box of leftovers from Conventions that I have attended over the years.  I say years...meaning at least 10 years!  I have always finished the convention projects, but then I would put all the off cuts and left over stickers in a box.  The papers were too pretty to throw away or give away, but I never got round to doing anything with them.

I challenged myself to using up all the bits on either cards or making scrapbook layouts if there was enough large pieces left.  The top photo shows all the various piles I had to work through! (I have done 4 of them so far!)

My process works as follows:

First I pick a pile of papers from one kit.
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If I am doing cards then I jigsaw the bits of paper together to make a card base and I see how many card bases I can get out of the pile of left overs.  This does not take me long at all.  All that is left of the pile above is the few pieces on the left of the photo below!
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Then I set about using the matching stickers or embellishments to decorate the cards.  If there are none, then I die cut some paper using pretty dies.  The decorating takes me hours!  It looks so simple...yet...

From this lot I have 3 sets of cards to give as gifts for friends birthdays.  I make a nice little folder to hold both the cards and envelopes for storage.  These are always so appreciated by the receiver!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 292? Buck!

I am late to the desk party cos I have just arrived home from a 5 day stay with my family up the West Coast.

Last week I showed you a pic of me floating down a river.  This week I show you the cutest furry friends I made!

3 Months ago this guy was 3 weeks old and looked like this.
Now he has beautiful horns which will sill triple in length and he will double in height.  For now he is able to walk in and out the house, but soon he wont get his big self in the door!
His name is Tipsy cos he was rescued by my brother in law who works with wildlife and saw the mother in distress so did an emergency cezer which meant that the little buck could not stand for the first few days as they usually drop and run with natural birth...so he wobbled about and got himself the name of Tipsy.  Apart from eating the natural vegetation, he is still taking 3x 500ml bottles of milk in the morning and evening.  Check out his eye lashes...
Then meet Bambi.  The latest addition to the hand reared lot.  She is a Steenbokkie. (Stone buck) She loves a cuddle if she can get one.
 Here is Tipsy sneaking in my bedroom door this morning from the patio! 
Still no artwork to show you...maybe next week when life is back to normal...such as what is normal?

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Yesterday I was floating down a river on a sunny afternoon after a hike down a gorge in the mountains...Today I am at a Braai/BBQ and tomorrow I will be doing nothing...for as long as I can any way!  It's a tough life in Africa!

As for What's On My Workdesk Wednesday...There is a project...but I will post it next week when I have given it to my friend for her house warming gift!

Hope that next year brings you lots of creativeness, love and happiness.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello fellow Blogger

This is to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.



My Mom and Aunt made this yummy pudding using my Gran's recipe and it sits on a plate I painted in 2003!  Good thing I wrote the date underneath the plate or I would never have guessed I made it that long ago!

Thanks for all your lovely comments throughout the year.