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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Lola would like to introduce you to:


Yes my little helper this week wanted to get involved (can you imagine how many takes that took to stop her from gobbling up all her food before I managed to take a clear picture!)
If you didn't know already WOYWW is the brainchild of Julia at Stamping Ground.


This is quite an exciting WOYWW for me today because next wednesday is my 1st blogoversary and I wanted to let you know that next week I shall be having a lovely blog giveaway. Also, in order to mark my birthday I am starting a new blog feature called "FFFF" FRIDAY's FIVE FEATURED FOLLOWERS, where every Friday, from 1st April 2011, I will pick 5 of my followers to feature on my blog - I can put links to etsy, folksy and e-bay stores,you may even want to try a tutorial, aswell as obviously showcasing the 5 featured follower's. I'm really quite excited about it - let's just hope I don't get any technical hitches along the way! So to be featured in "FFFF" just become a follower and you can be involved.

As for my workdesk, well as usual it is complete chaos, so much so that yet again I have moved onto the kitchen table!!
I have been trying out "distressing" methods after having borrowed a friend's TH Compendium of Curiosities.



I stamped the first piece of paper with embossing ink and just left it to dry. After 10 minutes or so I used distress inks and gently blended in the colours - I love the way the distress ink resist the embossing ink so that you can see the stamp pattern still. I then did the same on a smaller piece of paper but after stamping with the embossing ink I sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and heated it. It was a bit thick and splodgy but the distress inks still resisted nicely.
Thirdly I did the same again using the stamp and embossing ink but whilst still a bit wet I sprinkled Cosmic Shimmer Pearl powder over it, tapped it off again and then used a kitchen towel to wipe off the excess powder. This was a lovely effect butI learned that you cannot rub distress ink over this (you end up rubbing the stamped image off!)






After playing with this I thought I better not waste the bits of paper so I made a card. The main card background has the Shimmer Pearl effect stamped on it, the flower in the centre is just using a stamp with the embossed ink and distress ink - as for the embossed powder one - well, that was a splodge so I did bin it!!

Have a wonderful WOYWW and remember if you want to join in "FFFF" just become a follower!

60 comments:

Twiglet said...

Loved the experimenting - think I have that stamp in a set somewhere!
If you haven't already, then please pop over to our blog shop and get your name down in the BIG celebration draw.

http://sisterscraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Good luck
Jo

nnalorac said...

Gorgeous creation you have created with your playing around, so much fun isn't it. Happy Wednesday. Carolxx

Karen said...

A lovely card you have made with your experimenting, isn't it fun to just have a play and see where it takes us??
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #11

Rebekah said...

Can't believe she didn't eat that before you took the photo! I see you are from Chichester (My homeground!) love the work you are in the process with! Enjoying the mooch hugs Rebekah xx 57

jude said...

Gorgeous creations love the flower card.You will love going through his book .It's a shame you missed the challenges but they are back on the 28th .the link is on my blog called compendeum of curiosities.
Have fab fun inky wednesday
hugs judex

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Wonderful that your dog wants to help. I gonna try this with my cats, but I think it doesn't work. Your cards are beautiful and I gonna try this technique either.
Bye Franka

S said...

Lovely thank you card. Thanks for the peek at your space.

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Love the results of your experimenting!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh those big doggie eyes..Love your finished item. Fun to play around and stockpile..Enjoy and Happy WOYWW

sasa said...

Great that you could play around...looking good and fab to have your own backgrounds now!
Thanks for sharing today, enjoy yourself...


Sasa at 12 (Sarah)

http://blueboxbabe.blogspot.com/

MaggieC said...

That Shimmer Pearl is very pretty, and so effective on that background.

Elaine Harding said...

TFS - your little helper is so cute! what a wonderful technique.

Minxy said...

You can't beat a good compendium technique, your card turned out real pretty :D
StAy InKy
hUgS MiNxY

Lulabelle said...

Great things on your desk! Thanks for sharing your journal, it's looking good! And what great finds from the car boot you got!

Shazsilverwolf said...

Lovely things on your desk, really pretty card. Shaz #122

Doone said...

i think most people need to learn to see,

once you can see the drawing is easy.

Much harder to properly 'know' a thing and then make it come alive as your mark on a surface....

when a commentator said 'he looks melancholy' My heart danced because any artist wants the person seeing their work to 'feel' something...

we can all draw

and with practice and teaching and learning and experience we can all make art

your card shows that you love composition so you are half way there... I posted a 'draw a face' video thing a little while back - let me know and i'll give you the link if you want it...

Picto said...

really enjoyed reading this, I'll be sure to drop by again x

Beatrice said...

Thanks for sharing your little helper is so cute - love the colours you have used

Helen said...

As the picture was loading, I was thinking - huh?! but that is great!
Love your desk, and congrats for next week's blogaversary.

Doone said...

done

Twiglet said...

Hi Rebecca - follow this link to find out about dumfing
http://wipso-astitchintime.blogspot.com/2010/04/dumfing.html

and then if you click on the bullfinch pic on my right hand side bar you can see how I made it.

Victoria said...

bless lola she is gorgeous xxx

Roban Studio said...

Lovely card, so glad it all worked out in the end. Happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting my desk. :-)

Kim Dellow said...

Ooo you are right very similar flowers! But I just love what you have done with them! Fabulous! Love your desk too! Kim

MaggieC said...

Thank you for taking the trouble to visit my blog again today to see the Diamond wedding card, and leaving such a nice comment. It is much appreciated.

Sue from Oregon said...

It does not look as if your desk is too bad...a method to your madness!

RosC said...

So good to experiment with different processes and change the order of things. Very pretty colours you used. Have you tried clear embossing, then distress, then iron off the embossing to leave it mat. That's another way.
Thanks for visiting me.
See you,
Ros. 42.

karen said...

Hee hee, Lola is so sweet! I hope she got to eat all the kibble after the photo shoot!
Lovely distressing you have done and then it worked so well as a card! Well done!
Thanks for visiting me!
xoxo Karen

sharingthepassion said...

Fab results from playing! Great card.

Happy WOYWW

Ali x

DottyA Cards & Things said...

You have on will behaved pooch there!
Thanks for all the ideas you shard today... I've done a few that you showed but may have to try the other too now.
Happy WOYWW!

Morti said...

Thanks for stopping by. It's not a Xyron design runner on my desk - not sure what you see that you think may be it other than the purple X which is a Xyron sticker maker, and a Dymo labeller....??? Lovely work with resist techniques there!

The Crafty Elf said...

What a great card and I really like the technique you used. Must try that one again....
TFS

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Great experimentation and great desk.
Hugs, Sandra #14

triciasconfetti said...

love that flower card background. They seem great techniques and I'm going to have a go sometime. You have a great blog and I have really enjoyed reading down some of the other pages. and will become a follower.
x Tricia

Jingle said...

Cute card and cute pup! :-)

Charlene said...

Love your blog hostess! Your card is just beautiful, too. ;-)

Di said...

Hi! thanks for calling by, and yes you're not too far away - maybe we should organise something as you seem to be full of buzz. Just love your doggie and the card, super!

My email is di_wray@hotmail.com

Di x

Sam said...

Hello. I have visited you before as I liked your candle. I have decided to follow you not becuase of your FFFF but purely because of your Team Member. If you can get a picture like that of your little girl then you must be as daft as me!!
Thanks for your visit. Yes - Hubby did wash up - or at least stacked the dishwasher! LOL! I got a good one when I married him!!

Craftey Hugs.

Chrysalis said...

Lovely effect, Cupcake! Thanks for sharing - and for visiting me x

okienurse said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #162

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

very lovely, cupcake! and thanks so much for popping over to my desk too, am late cos my internet went down between posting and now..
love Shaz in Oz.x

Tabitha said...

New follower, love your card. Found you at Momo's.

Mary said...

OMG....I am still smiling....Lola is perfect....she looks thrilled to share her kibbles. Your card is beautiful. I'll be following you! Thanks for finding me, so I could find you! Have a most wonderful week, give Lola a kiss from me!

Amanda said...

Love your blog. Found you on Momo's blog. I'm a new follower.

Amanda ;)

http://fun4me-afrye.blogspot.com

Sherry Edwards said...

Aww, what a lovely welcome by Lola to your WOYWW post and she was soooo good to let you take the photo wasn't she!

Looks like you're having a lot of fun with the TH book and I love the card you made with one of the backgrounds.

Thanks for already visiting my desk.

Sherry (109)

Ashley said...

This is beautiful! Great job! I am happy to be your newest follower! Momo sent me your way and I'm glad she did! TFS!

♥Ashley
welchcreations.blogspot.com

Bobbi said...

Found your blog over at Momo's,
glad I did too. It was fun reading your older post.

I am a now a follower

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Rebecca, You're very persevering! I can imagine how hard getting your little helper to pause and pose! My son made a video for school and he needed a dog to stay still- fat chance! All the work on your card is well worth it! Beautiful!

My Crafting Time said...

Love this elegant card and your homemade paper. I did a similar technique a few months ago. Love your blog! I found you thru Momo. What an awesome and fun idea she has for use to find new blogs and new inspiration. I'm a new follower of yours. Hope you have a chance to visit my blog and become a follower of mine too.

stacy
http://www.mycraftingtime.com

Sandy O said...

Teee he he, he is so adorable. I love the variety of crafts you have here on your blog.

I found you through Momo. Isn't this the sweetest thing she is doing for us! :o)

Mrs A. said...

It's great to just play around and then create something from your experimenting. I'm playing with shrink plastic at the moment making buttons. Love your dog. He looks like he just went to heaven and found the biscuit shop!!
Really really late doing the rounds this week. Hugs Mrs A. #54

Carola Bartz said...

I like the effect of this technique and how the result looks - very beautiful. I should get out the TH again and try some of those techniques again. Thanks for the inspiration.

SDCrafts said...

That is such a delicate effect. Very pretty for this time of year.

Been poorly so short & sweet this week
Shirl #38 again!

Christy said...

Your dog is so cute! Momo sent me here, and I've just become a follower. FFFF sounds like a lot of fun!

Alannah said...

I'm a follower thanks to momo

diana creations said...

cute card did a good job momo sent me

Mary Jaminski said...

Hi Rebecca! Love your blog - thanks for the inspiration to go back to basics and make my own patterned paper. Momo sent me. Happy Day to you!

Nicky said...

Love your experimenting and the finished card looks stunning

SueH said...

Aww, Lola was such a good doggie to resist all those treats.
We could have ended up with ‘What’s Workdesk Wednesday’ if she hadn’t have been so good and then where would have been. Lol!

It’s good to just ‘play’ with stamps and inks sometimes and you’ve come up with some very pretty combinations there. Love the card you’ve made with your papers too.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x x x

Rachel said...

The paper looks amazing. You know, I could put it to good use in a collage if you don't know what to do with it!

Now, where's the chaos you mentioned? All I can see is fun and creativity!

cheers, rachel