Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Busy at work!

Well I had a lovely Valentines Day, what with lovely presents, a day off work to enjoy crafting and a trip to the cinema to see the Kings Speech - wonderful film, but since then it has been back to work with a bang as I have to set an exam paper, not a job I enjoy doing!  Hey Hoh, never mind.  In order to cheer me up in the evenings I have been playing with my new crafting goodies and as it is Wednesday it is time to show you my desk as part of Julia's WOYWW! My desk is relatively organised as I needed the space to play with my new crafting toys.  At the back of the desk you can see my new inkpads and Lavinia stamps (a Valentines Day present from Tim) and towards the front you can see my brayer, the brayered card I am working on, a thistle stamp or two, scrap paper, my very beaten up cutting mat (It is no longer flat having been too close to the heat gun on more than one occassion!), and to the left some baby wipes for cleaning off stamps and brayer. Before you ask I do have my usual mug of tea, but it is hiding to the right of my computer out of shot  where it is in less danger of being knocked over!
I discovered a new challenge blog this week called 'Less is more'. Now, this is right up my street as I just love the clean and simple lines.  The challenge for this week is a single layer card, so I masked out a rectangular background and used my new sunshine yellow Adirondack inkpad to brayer and sunshine sky then stamped my new thistle stamps using versafine imperial purple and olympia green. Unfortunately my sentiment stamp has warped a little, but you get the idea.  I am also entering this card for Tuesday taggers 'sky' as the background is a sunrise sky and SCSC 'stamped flower' challenge (I hope a Thistle flower still counts).
I like the Less is more challenge so much that I also made another card, which is even simpler just using dandelion stamps and versafine onyx black, the lighter images are second impressions. I then added some black dots and glitter glue as a finishing touch.  As the glitter glue adds an element of glitz, I am entering this card for the PTW 'glitz' challenge.
Finally I made a new home card using another Lavinia stamp coloured in with promarkers.  This card follows the sketch from stamp with fun and the three patterned papers (all K&Co, the pink and pale green pattern is very subtle texture and lines) challenge from Flourishes Timeless Tuesday. That is all from me for today. Have a great rest of the week.
Love,
Caro
x

30 comments:

Chrissie said...

Hi Caro,
I'm wearing two hats to visit you today... one for WOYWW...(#2) and thanks for the snoop... and the other as Co-creator or "Less is More".
I'm so glad you decided to join us with this beautiful card.
I really love masked backgrounds and this is super.
DO join us again next week for another Clean and Simple challenge!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Fiona Whitehead said...

Love those cards Caro - I found that site last week too - although I found that less can be quite tricky! Off to check out those stamps you mentioned

Scrapcat 1 said...

wow stunning creations, I love looking at clean and simple cards but can't get the hang of it, not yet anyway!

Sue said...

Hi Caro
beautiful cards, luv the shot of yellow through it,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x (31)

Helen said...

Oh my, I just love all those stmaps you've used today.

Elizabeth said...

Hello Caro, I'm a great fan of Lavinia stamps too. Your CAS cards are very nice indeed. I like what you did with the black dots and glitter glue. Elizabeth x #61

Twiglet said...

The teazles and thistles look really lovely. I love simple flower shapes and seed heads in art work.

Aileen said...

My goodness you have been busy! Love all your cards especially your thistles and dandelions. x

S said...

I've heard about Less is More twice now, I'll have to go check it out. S #106

butlersabroad said...

Ooh Caro, you're so tidy this week! Love your brayered cards, really must get one and look at some how to videos, bound to be some out there! Love all the cards this week, especially the dandelion one. I'm a sucker for flower heads of that nature.

Hugs
Brenda 100

Suze Bain said...

Wow, your cards are gorgeous, I particularly love the dandelions.

Lynne said...

Love both your LiM challenge cards, especially the first one. So delicate.
Lynne xxx

JoZart said...

What a collection of classy creativity. Love them all.
joZarty x

Julia Dunnit said...

For a minute there I thought you didn't have a cup of tea! I expect an hour of crafting really takes away the stress of an exam setting thing - that sounds very difficult to me! Really like the brayer use and the colour you chose.

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Love the cards...stunning!

Andrea.xx

Kathyk said...

Loving all your cards esepcially the CAS! I thought the thistles looked like the Lavinia's recently spotlighted in Craft Stamper and my word you've done a great job with them

Kathyk

Sheilagh said...

Your cards are beautiful, I love Lavinia's Stamps.

Betty Wright said...

Caro, this is terrific! Wonderful use of the patterns, and the image and sentiment are fantastic! Thanks so much for playing Flourishes FTTC "3 patterns" Challenge!

okienurse said...

Nice desk. Love all the cards you made. Thanks for sharing.
Vickie #30

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Looks like you have lots of wonderful stuff going on here! Love your space!

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

OOH I love your cards! Lavinia stamps are wonderful aren't they?!
I'm off to have a nose at the rest of your blog now . . .
Hugs, Sandra

Debgem said...

Your desk is so organised!!

And I love the cards you've made for LIM - the sunshine brayering is wonderful and those seed head are great.

Scrapcollectr said...

Adorable cards! You make me want to dust off my brayer... *smile*
Thanks for visiting me....
#27
P.S. Come back today... I have a new card technique to show!
#27

Nicky said...

Love your cards and your desk - have never tried using a brayer may have to give that a go because i love the effect you have created ~ Nicky no.6

Curlybear said...

Wow amazing creation, and beautiful colours,

thanks for sharing with us at Secret Crafter: 121 A Stamped Flower

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.
SCSC DT

Susan said...

What a bunch of Gorgeous cards!!! Love them all!

Helen said...

Beautiful cards!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x

Makiko Jones said...

All cards are super fantastic!! You made them so beautifully whether it is simple or had layers!
Thank you for playing along the FTTC with us.

The Crafty Den said...

What a beautiful card. The image and papers are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us at stamp with fun challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Karen Taylor said...

Love your **GLITZ**!!
Thank you so much for joining in the the fun at Papertakes Weekly!!

See you next week!

{{HUGS}}

Karen
www.creativeyearnings.blogspot.com