Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Something completely different: red and black torso

I'm playing catch-up with the torso challenges on Something completely different. I started the momth off well by doing the first one ... and now I am three behind.

So here's my effort for week 3 of the torso challenges: red and black.

I used a piece of Tim Holtz idea-ology paper, stamped a V & A collection with versamark and heat embossed with black detail, added a bit of colour with sakura gelly roll glitter pen and a few black rhinestones here and there and around the neckline.

Two more to do now to catch up.

This is also for:

Stampin' royalty 35
: 'rhinestones'
Wild orchid 4: 'make it sparkle'
Rainbow lady 116: 'sparkle and shine'
Crafts and me: 'gems and sparkle'
Sarah Hurley 6: 'monochrome - two colours'
Gingersnap GC68 colour challenge: 'red & black'
Lexi 21: 'emboss it'
Totally stampalicious: 'anything but a card'
Sisterhood of crafters: 'anything but a card'
Stampavie 106: 'anything but a card'
Your next stamp 24: 'anything goes'
Fun at fairy knoll: 'anything goes'
Crafty Emma 1: 'anything goes'
Paper players 13: 'anything goes'
A crafty little place 54: 'anything goes'
Shabby tea room 25: 'old meets new' - I used old black rhinestones and ink/embossing powder and new V & A stamp

WOYWW 65

It's Wednesday again and time for WOYWW65 on Julia's blog.

The idea is to show what's on our workspace - my answer today is that there's not much evidence of actual crafting, but the results of sorting and clearing the room ready for visitors sleeping in here on Saturday.

So there's been little crafting activity, hence the lack of blogging recently, as I've had to move boxes out of the way and clear the table-tops of the put-you-up beds that are usually piled high. It has been an opportunity to be a bit ruthless and get rid of some stuff that should have gone ages ago. Because I tend to be organised with everything in boxes, there's a tendency to overlook the fact that I'm sometimes hanging on to stuff that hasn't seen the light of day for ages and ought to be in the bin or given to the charity shop.

So here is my entire worktop space, which now has to house my printer/scanner and a few other boxes. (There is also a big pile of boxes in the bedroom - well, I had to put them somewhere):

and the only evidence of any recent crafting (you can hardly call it that) is on my pull out shelf - some flowers that I threaded ribbon through yesterday - these were free with a magazine:

My acrylic stamps used to be housed in a really useful box, which, quite frankly, was far from useful, because I had to empty them out every time I wanted something from near the bottom (it always seemed to be the case), so I've re-housed them in an old box that got freed up in the sort out - I now need to make some dividers and sort them into themes - but that's a job for a day in the future - for the time being I can live with it as it is - at least now it's much easier to find what I want without taking all the others out:

And here is the lefthand side of the workspace - you might notice that I gave in last week and got the Anna Griffin TSV from QVC - it will enable me to make some more quick cards for my sale for Tearfund - which is creeping up rather too quickly - gosh, we are now in September and my 'at home' sale is on Saturday 2 October, so not long now to top up my cards:

Last week I showed my wooden stamps having sorted them out, but I still had boxes of flowers, buttons and ribbons on one of the shelves. In my sort out I've moved these - the buttons and ribbons have been accommodated in the 4-drawer trolley which is usually in here, but is temporarily tucked up a corner in the lounge. And the boxes of flowers have been put on the top shelf inside my big cupboard - that shelf is quite difficult for me to reach without steps, but the flowers are nice and light, so don't take much nudging to come down:

Anyway, back to the shelves. Previously I'd kept most of my Christmas wooden stamps in boxes - this is because originally I used to put them in the back of the cupboard till about June - but this year I've been making Christmas cards since last Christmas and intend to do so in the future, so it makes sense to have the wooden stamps accessible all the time, which is why they are now on the second shelf on the righthand side, shown in the second picture here:


And now, a very rare sight indeed - the put-you-up bed tops have been cleared, the Laura Ashley throw taken off, the pile of boxes gone from the corner - ready to use for our visitors:

I apologise that I got round to commenting on very few WOYWW blogs last week and think it will be the same this week.

I need to get on with some crafting today because it's my turn for tomorrow's Salt challenge - I wish I'd done it sooner - I had the best of intentions! And then I must get on with making more cards for my sale, not to mention a new CJ to prepare and some ATCs, inchies and twinchies.