Monday, 15 January 2018

Scoreboard: Nil.

The lovely Silver Scrapper, Elizabeth has set me off a bit. An earlier WOYWW post mentioned that she was clearing through her stash. She said ' what is a crafter's 'must have' one year eventually becomes a forgotten 'has been' tucked away on a shelf where it takes up valuable space.'
As with all wise words, this really struck a chord with me. I've become a very much more considering consumer in the last five years for sure, but I still fall into the 'must have' because of so many blog recommendations. Let me present to you just one in what may be a series....
My Scor Pal.
Or, as you can probably tell from the photo - the plastic board I use to protect my pen holders from the sunshine. 
It's slightly unusual because I bought a metric version. I use metric at work and cannot fathom some of the imperial measurements. I'm between Metric and Imperial in terms of age, and really learned the Metric system once and for all when Miss Dunnit went to school. 


However, it doesn't mean that I use my Metric Scor-Pal any more. Or at all. I can't remember the last time I reached for it. I did a bit of paper engineering with it originally, and I'm pretty sure I used it in a couple of workshops so that people could do the old 'try before you buy' thing. I need to apply the wardrobe principle to these items...if I haven't used it for a year, I clearly don't need it! 
This feels like a real confession. Anyone care to join me in this occasional series?!


Friday, 12 January 2018

A Challenge taken!

Lovely Darnell has launched the 'Twofer Challenge' and I encourage you to do what I did. Go over for a browse and be so totally inspired that you'll be moved to take part. 
Not only that, and disregarding the utter mess that I made on my desk, I used scraps and two stamps that I hadn't yet used. This NMBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) is part of Darnell's life mission as a crafter, to get the NMBUS off the shelves and strutting its stuff!
The theme of the challenge is to make two different occasion cards featuring the same themed stamp/image/die cut. This month the theme is Feathers.  
 PSX (!) and Rubber Stampede (!) and Art Impressions stamps. The feather is part of my inheritance from Mary, and is NMBUS. Now I've been forced to use it, I like it. The inks are Adirondacks, also from Mary. Everything else came out of the scrap box, which is a bit of a result, to be honest!
PSX, Hobby Art and Wordsworth stamps. I love the Hobby Art scroll so it was a no brainer to put it with the quill and add a bit of beautiful lettering. Again, all on scraps and I used two new embossing powders. Don't expect this to last, but for now, I feel smug enough to enter the challenge!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 449

Well hello 449! Look at me, I've actually got Work In Progress on my desk! I can hardly believe it myself!


Of course, you have to studiously ignore Mr Dunnit's photo-bomb. He wishes y'all Happy New Year with his knobbly fingers gesture. I think. Funny how after 438 weeks he feels the need to appear! 
Far left you can see the scratch paper and a piece of card with sponged ink all over it. The image on the card by my glasses is a cactus and I'd just finished trimming it on that very trimmer when I finished last night. It was a good place to stop because I'm experiencing a colour dilemma now! I thought I'd have a go at a card or two to appeal to men. We'll see. At right you can see another bottle of spray ink that fails to spray anymore. And the trusty anti-static bag. I find this particularly useful for card that's been sitting about in the old scraps box, I guess it's just hoovering up environmental static! So I have nothing solid to show, but it's a positive outlook! What are you up to? Show and tell please. Link your WOYWW blog post here and we'll trot round. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

I'll check my Diary - in a minute

I bought this in Wales, when we stopped for lunch and a leg stretch on the way to Llandudno for the Crop. Frankly, it's a miracle that I've remembered where I put it, after all, that was at the end of September!
So that's a happy memory every time I need to use a diary. Another is that Jan said she'd have bought it for me as a Christmas present if I hadn't seen it and snatched it up. That' s another good thing really, because I would have unwrapped it and felt somehow that my secret was out. It's a good mix of useful tool and fun and gentle prompt; nice and tongue in cheek.


We need a desk diary; two diaries on phones don't work, as we've found to our cost. I'm an Apple gal he's a Windows boy and the two do not, will not, cannot sync. Or is that just us? either way, annoying. I often wonder if we'll ever be effective users of all the technology we are owners of. And I scare myself just thinking about all the routes and commands I'd have to memorise, so I don't try....that is a sign of something, right? I like to think it's merely procrastination.

While you ponder that, I need to add some events into these pages - it looks very much as if I don't have much of a life to anticipate, or have I just put off filling in the relevant details? I leave that to you to decide.....

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 448

Happy New Year! If you only visit here for WOYWW, this wish for you won't be as late as it looks! For Deskers anywhere and everywhere there is much to look forward to - not least another Crop (and remember, anyone can arrange one, anywhere!) and there's to be a retreat at Donna's place in France...it's restricted numbers and most likely to be end of September, and then there's unfettered access to all the desks and ideas, and enabling...
Start as I mean to go on then:
It doesn't look like an empty desk, but it's as good as! There's the cutting mats and quick start manuals etc that came with the ScanNCut. I've registered it, downloaded the software and...that's it. Too many visitors or visiting last week. I need a few hours to myself and some quiet to absorb all of the instructions and try the thing out! There's a greeting card that Jan gave me with a haul of pressies. I'm not sure how clear it is - it says 'nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing things off a list'. This is an unsubtle poke at my propensity for list making. She's had a fairly unsubtle gift from me too, so we're all good!
There's also a new stamp and die from Sheena's collection - it's a dream catcher. I don't know what I'm planning for it, but I loved it, so I had to have it. Simple isn't it really. So much easier than making up excuses! Heat gun, buried in the ribbon overflow box...not even plugged back into it's home socket after helping with the freezer, so you can really tell how little I've done over the holiday!
Show and tell then, are you all tidied and sparkly clean for the new year, or like me, just picking up where you left off? Anyone making next years Christmas cards I wonder?! Please join us, put WOYWW in your post title and link it here. Fab. I like routine and continuity.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

So it happened again. In the tick of a clock, the year changed while I had my back turned. I was erm, asleep. I know there were fireworks locally because someone other than me heard them. I had had a couple of ridiculously generous celebratory drinks earlier and sleep was easy to gain. And I admit, hard to shake off this morning.
A box of Christmas cards ready to ship. The ones I made for the charity...remember? I barely do.
We've had the laziest Christmas week ever, I think. Seriously, apart from changing bedding between visitors I don't think I've done anything of any significance! We've woven a rich path between friends and relatives for visits that involve food and drink. I'll go anywhere for fruitcake. I have expressed excitement over a Wedding invitation as 'Oh good, a fruit cake day'.

I'm not great at looking back, but I do want to warn you. 2017 was a bit of a recovery year for me - adjusting and shrugging on my new normal. One of the things I neglected, in my opinion, was my blog. So here's the warning. That will change this year. I hope the blog won't change, but the frequency of posting will. Of course, none of this will mean anything if this is your first reading here. And none of it, in the grand scheme of things, is very impressive! 
It was a pleasure to hear the BBC announcing New Year as it arrived across various continents. Because I know people on most of them now, people I've never met, thanks to blogging. I wish you a happy and healthy 2018. If you've got those two, everything else is easier. And I hope you'll drop in here every now and then to read the ramblings of a friend you may not have met. Yet.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 447

....or to be more precise - a childish opportunity to show off! I took this photo yesterday and am having to schedule this because we are off out to be entertained and I fear the consequences if I don't do this in advance! I hope Christmas Day was magical for y'all. 
Look what I got

I've had it a while, but knew that it would be holiday time before I could acquaint myself with it and find a surface on which to put it. Argh. That is this morning's challenge. Obviously I'll report back, as it's going to need a shoe horn to get it in anywhere, it'll probably be a while! The two ink pads at right are new too, I treated myself just before Christmas - my first two Distress Oxides. I know I'll like them, but am distressed by the prices of the Distress ink pads, so am being extremely frugal. Apart from buying a scan'n'cut, obv! 
If you have things to show from your workdesk, do. As an alternative, will happily gaze upon your tree or other Christmas surfaces! Link here if you have time. It will give you much needed normality in amongst this week of 'what day is it' moments!