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.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 288? Tim Holtz tags of 2014...Christmas version!

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place.  Welcome to my desk where Christmas has finally arrived.

I got all my Christmas stash out in November already with the idea of Taking Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 and using the same techniques to create a tag a day for the 12 days of Christmas....here we are on Day 10 and I have finished 3 tags and have a few more in the making.  Oh the plans of mice and men!

I have not even put up my tree or the decorations which usually go up on the 1st!  Life has just gotten in the way.

Schools break up today for our summer holiday for 5 weeks.

Off to see what is on your desk today!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday 287? Box cards

Hello fellow desker from Julia's place over at Stamping Ground.  Welcome to my desk in a WINDY Cape Town.  (Ali H...you know what I mean...but double it!)
Here is what I am busy with at the moment.  Just playing and having fun.  I am no longer doing bespoke cards for orders as it took all the fun out of creating, but rather making what takes my fancy and if someone wants to buy them and personalize them then that's great.  If not, then I can use them myself for friends.


Yes, I am posting this on Tuesday night as nothing will have changed on my desk by the morning as I will be in a meeting with my son's teacher at 7:45am!  See you all at your desks as soon as I am back at mine!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday 286? 2015 year planner and Happy Mail!

Welcome fellow Desker to my Happy Mail!  We have had a postal strike for just over 2 months...  Ali H posted me this mag, hand written letter (what a treat) ATC and stamp on 29 September and I got it yesterday, the strike is finally over!  Thank goodness, I was beginning to get a bit worried that I would never see it!  The postage alone cost her a fortune and so it would have been really sad if it did not arrive.

Then on the left of the shot you can see my current and 2015 year planner together with the workbooks from the free on line course (it was free then, but there are others for free right now on other topics, by other lecturers)  by April Bowles Owlin for creatives I did 2 weeks ago as well as my Edit your life for Beginners by Sage Grayson who I found while watching April's course!  These courses have been brilliant for me to try and get my creative life on track for next year.
Here is a double page I worked on during the week for a local competition.  We don't have snow here, so I don't have appropriate photos...  We were given a bag of stuff including the ready cut title and had to make a double page layout using only what we were given, though we could use punches...which I did to make the snowflakes as well as Tim's on the edge die for the snowflakes.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Planning 2015!

I have just purchased my A4 year planner for 2015.  It lives in my handbag (yes my bag is huge and doubles as my roving office)!  Don't lift it if you have back problems. (this health and safety warning should be printed on the outside)...

Due to the fact that Alison is closing the Craft and Scrapbook Centre at the end of this year, I will now be teaching my mixed media, card and scrap classes from my art Studio in Bergvliet as from 2015.

I am also looking at running on line classes and wondered what people would like me to cover.  If you have any requests then please let me know in the comments below.

The other thing I have been contemplating is teaching in other towns within South Africa or flying overseas and teaching in other Countries for that matter!  This has been a dream of mine for quite some time.  So, if you are looking for teachers for next year...lets chat!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday 285? Demo tags

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place.

Welcome to the chaos that abounds on my desk as I prep for my class on Saturday.  I am doing a demo class of Tim Holtz techniques.

I have just finished the sample tags and now have to put all the required inks, dabbers, applicators and bits into the plastic container in the top right hand corner of this pic.  Some of it is already there, I just have to die cut the keyholes and I am done!

Now I am off to see what I can see on your desk!