Organised Chaos.. WOYWW

I’m sure that Wednesday’s are popping up every fourth day lately. Surely it cannot be a whole week between them..

Here’s my desk as of ten minutes ago. It’s not exactly tidy, but it’s a darn sight better than it was!

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Currently drying (on a baking tray!) are 90+ silver hearts coated in the first coat of glossy accents. Around 50 invite envelopes in the first stage of assembly, and a myriad of other crap useful items.

I’m supposed to have all 100 invites completed by the end of the month. The new delivery date was a complete surprise to be honest, and I’m not overly impressed. Surely when you’re getting something done for free, you smile and say thank you, not I need them in two weeks but you need to change EVERYTHING from what you originally agreed to do! She’s not getting married until late October! Sigh.

In brighter news, I have goodies!

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I also have a brand new K-Mix stand mixer, thanks to my hubby, so I imagine my desk shots may include cakes.. Or crumbs at least! Cake making and baking in general has always been my first love so it’s wonderful to have a good excuse to get back to it. I’m sure that’s why my cake loving husband bought me the mixer!

Finally, some amazing news! My beautiful baby girl started walking! She walked the length of our living room to reach her daddy.. On Fathers day! What an amazing gift for him!
Anyhoo, head on over to Julia’s place to see lots of creative spaces.

See you next week.

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Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 9

This year is truly flying by, I swear I must be losing days in my sleep. Although, that would involve the baby actually letting me sleep..

It’s time again for the lovely Linda Ledbetter’s CC2C. As usual the challenge is to use one of Tim’s techniques shown in his 2nd compendium of curiosities book.

This weeks challenge is to use an Idea-ology Pocket Watch found on page 35. This weeks challenge is sponsored by the generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp

I decided to do another photo frame this week, simply because my husband loves them and I needed a gift for fathers day!

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I started out by being a bit naughty and smashing the glass out of the Pocket Watch. I then filled it following Tim’s instructions.

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I took some floristry wire, painted it with Silver and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers, and once dry, curled them into tight spirals. I then used hot glue to affix Idea-Ology mini Gears and game spinners. I then used hot glue to glue them into the watch.

Next, I needed to recreate the glass I has smashed out so I poured a pile of UTTE onto my craft sheet and melted it using my Heat Tool.

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Once set, but still warm, I trimmed it into a tough ouch circle approximately the size of the watch and let it cool completely.

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Once completely cooled, I shattered it into shards and hot glued it onto the inner edges of the watch.

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I took a large scrap of paper from Tim’s Lost and Found stash (I think!) and affixed it into my frame. The frame was originally a faux gold but I painted it with Pitch Black and Silver Paint Dabbers. I then dabbed Tim’s Ransom Letters with Silver Paint Dabber and glued the words ‘Tick Tick’ onto the paper insert.

I used hot glue to glue the Watch and Key Chain into the frame.

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I then glued the word ‘Boom!’ into the frame. I’m not sure exactly what I used to create these, as they were just in my stash, but I expect it was Platinum UTEE onto Grunge, with a coat of clear UTEE.

Finally I hot glued the remaining ‘glass’ shards around the frame to simulate the exploding watch.

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My husband adores it, and it currently resides on his desk in his office at work.

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Mess, mess, messy!

Oh yeah.. This is my desk!

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It’s under there, I promise. I’ve been making 100 embossed wedding invites, complete with faux glass hearts. Also a birthday card. And this weeks cc2c. Still, my awesome hubby has bought me storage.. Lots and lots of new storage. Now if I could find time to build it all..

If you want to see desks infinitely better than mine, head on over to Julia’s place.

Finally, I must apologise to the recipients of my ATC’s. It seems, mentioning no names, someone forgot to pop them into the post as promised. So they only went into the post last Friday. I’m ever so sorry.

See you next week

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 8

It’s Thursday again, and I’m running late again! Its time for compendium of curiosities challenge hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter This weeks challenge is Repurposed Packaging found on page 62 of Tim Holt’s Compendium of Curiosities 2.

This post is both text and picture heavy, so grab a drink.. And maybe a cookie..

This challenge was perfect for me because I always save anything that I might be able to utilise in crafting. Anything that might be altered, upcycled, stashed like a serial hoarder.. Well, you can guarantee it’s somewhere in my craft room, no doubt in a place that could be a risk of avalanche should I try to free it. Still.. Yay! Using crap useful saved items and freeing up space for more.. Perfect!

I decided to make roses. Oh yeah, adventurous! Let me confess, here and now, I will NEVER make these again! I wish I had decided to make something easier.. Like a scale model of the Eiffel tower or something.. Still, the end result is quite fun I think.

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I’ve always loved the quote ‘God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December’ and I’ve always wanted to use it within a piece of art so thought it’d be perfect for this challenge.

I started out by painting a plastic photo frame with Gold and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers and setting it aside to dry.

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Next I made several roses, some using Tim’s packaging technique and some paper and grunge. They were all cut using the Tattered Floral die, and put together using Tim’s technique from one of the 12 tags of Christmas. I also cut several leaves.

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I used hot glue to make the roses. This was a huge mistake for someone as clumsy as I. Both of my thumbs now sport blisters. I’m showing the pictures for sympathy to show the dangers of hot glue. Haha!

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I made a back ground for the frame by cutting floral designs from Tim’s Lost & Found paper stash, cutting them into random shapes and gluing them onto a piece of chipboard. I added a little sparkly white embossing powder into the gaps, and heat set it with my heat tool.

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I affixed the background into the frame, and hot glued the packaging roses and leaves directly onto the background.

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I cut a piece of grunge using the Movers & Shapers Mini Labels, painted it with Snow Cap and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers and used Pitch Black Archival Ink to stamp the sentiment ‘Roses In December’. I then gave it three coats of UTEE and once cool, inked the edges with Gold Alcohol Ink. I hot glued this directly onto the frame.

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I then took the handmade grunge and paper roses and hot glued them randomly into the frame. Adding a few Prima roses to fill any gaps and add interest.

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Finally I squirted a little Diamond Stickles onto my Craft Sheet and used a paint brush to dab it onto the edges of the roses.

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See you next week!

Creatively messy.. Ahem.

So, the bank holiday weekend is over. (*insert sad face here) and the whole diamond jubilee fiasco is also over (*insert happy face here) Don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against the royal family. I’m just hugely against our government spending millions and millions to celebrate the jubilee when our country is in recession! Still, my rant is not for Wednesday reading.. Sorry! Here’s my desk..

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And here’s the fabulous ATC’s I received last week. Thank you ever so much Zoe Ann and Jo I love them!

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I got most of mine into the post on Friday, but I had make more and those ones will be posted today.

12 Tags of 2012 – May

Wowzer, I’m running close to the wire with this one! It’s the end of May, but finally, here is my version of HRH Tim Holtz May tag. This post is fairly picture heavy so grab a drink and I hope you enjoy.

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I mostly followed Tim’s instructions, but as I didn’t have many of the items used in Tim’s, I gave it my own flair using what I had.

I started by gluing Tissue Paper to my tag. Once dry, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Next, I spritzed the tag with a little Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, drying it with my heat tool. I stamped the tag with a Ruler stamp from one of Tim’s stamp sets (I can’t recall the name of the set, I lost the cover sheet) using Coffee Archival Ink.

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I stamped the Cotton Reel Label stamp using Sepia Archival Ink into the upper left confer of the tag. Then stamped the dress form using Black Archival.

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Next I created the flowers according to Tim’s instructions. Then created a ‘vase’ for them using a mini bottle of Matt Multi Medium and using Wendi Vecci’s crackled glass technique.

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Next I attached an Idea-ology Mini Pin, and used Jump Rings to attach two Type Keys.

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I inked a length of Ruler Ribbon with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued it to my tag after a heated argument with my sewing machine who is apparently on strike! I then affixed the flowers into the vase and used Matt Multi Medium to affix both to the tag.

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I then took a strip of a weave style ribbon (no idea what it actually is, it came wrapped around my fancy Easter egg!) cut it into two and threaded it through the hole in the tag.

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I’m pretty pleased with the end result. Here’s to the next tag!

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ATC swap for WOYWW

Wow! I can’t believe how quickly this week has come around. It’s the third anniversary of WOYWW over at the lovely Julia’s place which means its time for an ATC swap!

I have several to swap, though I’ve only photographed four to keep the rest as a surprise.

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And of course, not forgetting what today is about. Here’s my desk after making ten ATC’s!

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If you’d like to swap ATC’s with me, email me at Craftymonki@gmail.com

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