Good Wednesday morning!  Today is the 100th WOYWW and since I haven’t been able to play along recently I went and checked out Julia’s Blog, Stamping Ground, to catch up on things.   The Second Anniversary Week (104) is coming up soon too and there is something special planned for that week.

Anyhoo, as I’ve been saying recently . . . it’s wet here!  Once again it rained all through the night and the street corner flooded again.  I’m pretty damned tired of all this rain!  My carpet squares came up once again and beach towels were put down to soak up the water.

Since I’m still working on super top secret projects, I moved my work desk upstairs.  I needed to complete the project and do a video tutorial at the same time, and that’s why you see the tripod sitting out on the counter.


There’s a small peek of my project under the pad of Graphic 45 paper too!

Now I have to find the time to work on my project for The E-Team Hop . . .


I feel like I’m flipping from one thing to another and not getting anything done!  Oh well, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Oh my BADness . . .  it’s Wednesday!  I almost forgot and had a different post ready to go for you and then remember . . . it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday!   If you’ve not seen this weekly challenge yet, click on the link above and head over to Julia Dunnit’s blog . . . you will be amazed.

What’s on my desk today . . . the almost complete project for Friday’s E-Team Blog Hop.  This is how I left it around 6:00 last night.  I never made it back downstairs to do any clean up or even to finish.  Just ran down real quick to take a few photos!

March16 Desk

There’s also a pile behind me on the dressers.


Can you tell I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch?

Not much else going on  . . . right now!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Smiley from millan.netOh my gosh I just don’t know where my time is going.  I’ve been busy, busy, busy!  Mallory is home for Spring Break and we’ve had some family time . . . dinner with Kate for her birthday (the whole famdamily was there) . . . errands to run, appointments to keep, meetings, you name it  . . . we’ve had it!

Plus  . . .  I had also this bit of great news!  I tried out for the Graphic 45 Design Team and I’m one of the 25 Finalist . . . you can see the entire list here on the G45 Blog.  I was happy dancin’ Smiley from last Friday when I read the post . . . thank god you didn’t see that . . . me Smiley from  Needless to say, I’ve been busy every since!  For the design team call, I submitted work I have previously posted on my blog, and now I’m working on three new projects to submit.

Which brings me to the point of this post . . . . It’s Wednesday!  What’s on your work desk?  Mine is messy and full of paper scraps with some extra stuff thrown in.


I want those of you who see my clean desk each week and comment on it being so clean . . . it’s not always like that . . . especially when I’ve been working on a project for several days.

It’s even spread to the floor.  Yes, that is a drill!`


There’s more behind me but honestly, you don’t want to see that!  There is, however, my ever present coffee cup.


The project I’m working on.


Still not completed.  Today!  It will be completed sometime this afternoon.

If you’ve never clicked through on the line to WOYWW, you should.  There’s a big list of everyone who plays along and it’s so much fun to see glimpses of what’s on other desks.  All the fun takes place here on the Stamping Ground, blog home of  Julia Dunnit!  Check it out . . . you won’t be sorry.

That’s all I have for now!  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way today!


have been on my work desk for five days now!  What’s on your work desk?  It’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday ya know!

I hate to admit this, but since I made my last post and told you I was working on some more brown paper flowers . . . .they have stayed in the exact same spot on my desk as I last left them.


I really had all intents and purposes of making one more project before I left for CHA, but alas . . . shopping, laundry, ironing, packing, blah blah blah, has taken precedence over the project.  I’ve been going non-stop for two days and hopefully after I drop all the pups off this morning for their grooming, that’s the last errand I will need to run.

So I’ve got to tell ya that I absolutely love these flowers!  This time around I used the soon to be released Spellbinders™ S5-050 Rose Creations die templates.  These were designed by Donna Salazar and were previewed here on her blog during the “To DIE For” Blog Frenzy.


This time I die cut four sets of the dies using brown paper wrap.  Before I did any misting or anything else, I stamped the script background from Studio 490 Live and Make Art in Archival Jet Black Ink on all the different layers.  I worked with archival ink not simply because it’s my favorite black ink, but its also permanent and waterproof . . . I was going to be doing a lot of misting.

You can hardly tell that these started out as brown . . .  I misted them all first with a combination of Broken China, Gold Perfect Pearls and water (Distressed Pearlized/Shimmer Mist).  I then went back over with Dusty Concord, Gold Perfect Pears and water.  I believe these mists probably had more water than normal because I used what I had in the mini mister (maybe half full) and filled the mini mister with water before I started.

I wanted to make two different sized flowers, so the largest flower (lower left in the photo) has been assembled two layers of each size of die template.  I like the fullness of this flower and especially after it was all misted, dried and fluffed.  After they were dry assembled, I  misted the entire flower with water and Gold Perfect Pearls (you can see the shimmer on some of the smaller flowers) and scrunched the layers with my fingers as drying them.

Now the smaller flowers are made with using only one layer of  die cut material and I didn’t use the largest die cut.  You can see those two laying off to the side in the first desk photo.  I like the difference in these sizes of flowers and know they will be perfect on a project.  It’s just getting the time to get it done . . . sometime after CHA I’m sure!  I guess I should also tell you that the leaves were misted with Peeled Paint Distress Shimmer Mist.

So that’s all I have today.  I leave Thursday for CHA, classes on Friday and then on Friday I’ll finally be able to show you my last two Spellbinders™ CHA projects.  I haven’t been able to show you yet because I used some dies that were not revealed during the Blog Frenzy.  I’m really excited about one of these projects and can’t wait to share it with you.  So Friday it is!  On Saturday I should have lots of fun photos and stories to share with you!

Thanks for stopping by today and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way!


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a big mess of mistakes!  What’s on yours?

It being Wednesday, that means it’s time for another What’s On Your Work desk!  I have to admit that I’ve really found myself anticipating this challenge each week . . . hopefully this week I’ll be able to make it through all the desks and see what everyone’s been up too.  I think that’s what makes this so much fun . . . you get a small glimpse of everyone else’s work areas!


I have to admit that I started one project . . . a flower.  I wanted to play with die cutting all the pieces with printer paper, misting, drying . . .


it came out okay.  I love all the depth and dimension I was able to get with the misting, scrunching and drying.   I even matched my colors up with some designer paper before I started so I could move forward with my project . . . or at least I thought I could move forward.

I decide on the shape of my card.  I die cut the base with a Grand Scalloped Circle die, die cut a smaller circle from the designer paper and settled on adding a border.  The flower totally over powered the design of the card and in no way, no how whatsoever, matched the designer paper!

Not to be discouraged, I shit canned the flower and moved forward with a sentiment as the focal point.


At one time I used this sentiment ( . . . dreams . . . from Penny Black) at least once a week.  Now I think the card is lacking something.  I would have gone with a bigger ribbon, but the scallops of the card ruled that out for me.  In essence, I ended up with a card that could be easily sent in the mail without tons of padding and extra postage.

The edges of all the cardstock is sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the sentiment is stamped in Archival Coffee.  I drew faux stitching around the edges because it needed a little something.

That’s about it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way!


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