Tuesday 15 October 2013

I've finally started (WOYWW)...

...making Christmas cards that is!  Why am I telling you this, or indeed showing you the desk that is covered with them?  Because Julia hosts a weekly desk hop and nosey with the acronym WOYWW.  As you can see my trimmer is currently being used to trim the cards and the empty mini roll box (white box at the back) is being used to store them neatly.  On my desk you can also see my washi tapes which I have been using to make the cards, my art journal, my headphones (waiting to go back in my bag), some paint that needs replacing in the wooden box, and for some unknown reason Alex's small torch!
Here is a close up of my main card design this year (although the stamping on this one is wonky!).  I used a cuttlebug embossing folder to make the embossed frame, then washi tapes and a gold star sticker for the tree and finished it off with the stamped message.
This week I have also played in my art journal which is definitely turning out to be a faith journal.  The next page was made by painting over the whole page with gesso, then painting the globe in the centre, then the black background paint, then stamping stars over it with a Lavinia stamp in silver ink, and dotting around them with silver pen before finishing off by colouring in the white areas with a sakura star dust pen to make it sparkle.  The writing was in silver.
The next page is entitled Singing praises to God.  The diagonal words are Bible verses and the horizontal lines are my own thoughts and the words of a song.  The background was made using distress inks over a layer of gesso using masking and stencilling techniques.  The face was painted using acrylic paint for the background, the eyes, mouth and cheeks were coloured with promakers and the hair was done using crayons.    That is all from me for now.  Have a great week everyone.


Annie said...

Hi Caro....I'm an early bird this week too :-)
Really love that Christmas tree...what a simple but effective way to make it.
A x # 5

Krisha said...

Great idea for Christmas cards, it has to be quick and simple. Just love them.
Krisha #10

Jackie said...

Your journal is looking really super love your colour choices and the washi tape Christmas cards what a good idea !
Jackie 10

Ali H said...

Great journal pages you have been working on this week ! Thanks for sharing ! Ali #15

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Clever use of washi tape :o)

Fiona #8

trisha too said...

Oh-kay, all you Christmas card makers make me feel like a slacker, Caro!

Your journal pages are awesome--singing some praises = always a good thing!

#21 this week with a
tiny peek at a tiny make

glitterandglue said...

Hello Caro. no post from me this week as life is in the way - but couldn't resist looking at your page. That journal entry about worship is just beautiful - so glad you know the joy of worship, and the delight of meeting with your heavenly Father as you sing and make music.
Margaret - glitterandglue

Spyder said...

I think I've now made about four Christmas cards, there's never enough time! I mean.... we only have a year!! Thank you for my snoop!! Happy Early WOYWW!!
((Lyn)) #27

shazsilverwolf said...

Busy lady! Gorgeous colours, and a lovely festive card. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #29 xx

Unknown said...

Love the journal pages. The are wonderful. Really cute Christmas cards with the washi tape tree. Happy crafting #49

Eliza said...

Great journal pages, it really does look like a faith journal.

Eliza & Yoda 58

peggy gatto said...

wonderful details!!!

Belinda Basson said...

I too have started Christmas...Good for you. #70

ria gall said...

Hi Caro
you have been a real busy bee if your desk is anything to go by. Love your Christmas tress with the washi tape what a great idea.
Your journal is very you always giving us something to think about
Happy WOYWW have an enjoyable week hugs Ria #22

Unknown said...

I absolutely love those washy tape trees. inspired work! Love your other stuff too. You are very talented. Thank you for sharing.
Karen no.82 x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Lovely things on your desk this week. I really like your washi tape Christmas card, simple but fun. That's the sort I go for in the shops!
Hugs, LLJ 3 xx

Marit said...

I love the simple tree with washi tape with that rich and curly frame embossed around it. Your art journal pages are beautiful, I especially like the 'starry spread'... makes me think "Vincent" (starry, starry night...) Happy woyww and a hug from - rainy - Holland. Marit #92

Julia Dunnit said...

I love the rondo way our children leave stuff for us to find! Wonder if Alex will have noticed his torch is missing?!! I think it's great that your journal is finding a focus, bet you're a bit surprised. Love the two pages you show here, lots of art and some wonderful self expression.

Unknown said...

Your Christmas card is very cool! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #102

The Taming of the Glue said...

Great design for the Xmas cards, the Washi tape works really well. A journal should be filled with pages that mean something to you. Hugs. Pam#68

Winnie said...

Your cards are so lovely. The embossing frames the washi tree so nicely. I am in awe of your prayer journal. I love how you used the words in two different ways. Very effective. Your painting is lovely as well. Winnie#103

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow! I adore that tree. Washi tape is the hottest new thing, I guess, so I am in awe of this card. Happy WOYWW from #7.

Chrissie said...

Great things Caro, haven't seen you at LIM for a while.
Thanks for the peek at your workspace,
Great stuff
I loved having a snoop!
Chrissie #84

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the idea with the washi tape to make your Christmas tree--very inspired. Thanks for sharing your journal pages. They are lovely. I'm impressed with your painting of the earth. I felt like I was in space.

Gill Edwards said...

what a clever idea to use washi tape to make your cards. Your journal is lovely too, you are very talented.
have a great week

Gill xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I must say first of all that I love your journal pages ! Your desk certainly looks busy and your card is brilliant - are you going to make more like it? Thanks for your earlier visit, Chris111

lisa said...

Everyone seems to be making a start on their xmas cards this week, must be the change in the weather.
Love your journal pages.
Hugs Lisqax #110

Donna Wheat said...

great you are doing your Christmas cards, keep meaning to get mine started, it will be a last minute rush, again.. Donna #71

Mrs.D said...

Wow that 'Praise' page is absolutely wonderful, all those super psalms praising a glorious God.
Thanks for visiting me, hubby was in the Hallamshire, level M so it would have been possible to arrange to meet up. Docs extremely pleased with him, I think I have a new man!
bless you
Chris #30

roffeycreations said...

Hi Caro - welcome to WOYWW - the best blog on the planet - for me anyway!! Nice card play witht he washi tape - I have managed to avoid it so far but there are now so many designs available I reckon it will work its way into my crafty stash eventually!! have a great week - happy WOYWW Mxx #72

Andrea said...

love your cards and clever use of washi tape your journal pages are stunning love the rich colours used in the second one and what neat writing ...thank you for sharing it with us. have great week ahead Andrea #65

ike said...

Oooh !! The Chrimbo card with a Washi tree is lovely :-) I wish you hadn't reminded me though... I know it's creeping up :-(


IKE in Greece xxx

Twiglet said...

Great C card - simple but classy! I need to get my head around my design this year. x Jo

House of Bears said...

Your journal pages are wonderful, and we really love the washi tape tree, what an inspired idea.

Thanks for your earlier visit, we do have Dragon voice recognition software and it's brilliant.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Caro,

The washi tape card is cute! Your journal pages are coming along really nicely too, especially the singing praises page.

Thank you for visiting me already. I'll be visiting through the weekend, I'm afraid.

peace, Kay (43)