Wednesday, 7 March 2012

WOYWW - 144

It's more like what's heading for the floor:
Ooops, some already down there - ahem, so that's where the half done albums of unmounted stamps have been hiding :(

But, there's still a teensy bit of working space left:
Some serious sorting needed before next Wednesday though, otherwise it could just be an arm waving from underneath a heap of stash!

What is on the desk, in the place where it should be (only available place in fact) is a card in the making - with a great hint that I picked up this week from the lovely Carol (thanks for letting me show and tell!) who comes to play each week in the Snippets Playground. It's one of those ideas that I just know lots of folk will jump in and say 'I already do this' in a slightly smug fashion - but I'm a bit slower than many :)

Basically, what's above is a piece of 6" x 6" turquoise Core'dinations card and instead of cutting into a second fresh piece to layer the image onto (like I've done for many years) - I cut the centre part out of the card so I could use it for the image layer. If you look at Carol's lovely card she did that twice for her Tatty Teddy card, by using dies.

On the card above, my next layer is to be just paper and the square of card I've cut out is larger than the top piece of turquoise card will end up so there would be a potential 'dip' underneath the image as I'm gonna use paper. To counter this I just used a piece of plain white card to 'fill the hole' - mine was cut using a craft knife, if you've cut a die out then just cut an extra one in white card. To hold the 'packing' in place I used sellotape across the back before sticking it to the actual card - it's already stuck in place in the photo. And, I still have the second, uncut square of turquoise card left untouched.

I'm a bit like Carol on this one though, she also wonders if it's a bit mean - but we do both think it's a great way of making special card stock go further. A bit more fiddling than I always have time for, but still a great tip - especially if you make lots of cards for your favourite charities or only have one large enough piece of card to play with in the right colour.

Right, I'm off for a good hop round, do go to our leader Julia's and see what she's up to today - there are some lovely looking WOYWW badges lying on her desk :) I'm hoping she's going to follow through her threat to come to our local Hobbycraft before too long for a joint 'wobble round' and a coffee :) I wonder if the fork and ladders will come along for the outing too? They've been moved so just might be brushing themselves up for a trip!



mamapez5 said...

I love that colour combination on your desk. I don't think the card cutting idea is mean - it makes good sense. Sometimes you can eliminate the white card by distressing the edges of the dip (if you think it may show)and using foam tape or pads for the next layer. I am all in favour of stretching my favourite paper and card as far as I possibly can. It takes me a couple of years to cut into it at all. I just like to get it out and stroke it now and then! Kate x

Di said...

Aha Kate - another paper stroker! What are we like!!? Di xx

Annie said...

Hehehe I've loved seeing your mess....ooops I mean creative space :-)
A x

Anonymous said...

Ha ha, I have that bg paper and have used it on a card on my recent's yummy! A very industrious looking workdesk today!! xxx

Sarn said...

Don't worry Di . . . I'll come and rescue you and pull you out from beneath the desk debris if I see any of that arm waving going on! xxx

Happy WOYWW xxx

Karen said...

Morning Di, a great creative and busy space this week! I love the card, its a fab colour combination that you are working with.

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx

Trish Latimer said...

Gorgeous colour combo on the card Di, so fresh and bright! love it! Trish #64

lisa said...

It's not mean at all, Di, in fact it has a real name and something us Scrapbookers do all the time. It's called "gutting" and when you are using huge 12x12 beautiful papers they have to go as far as possible. I gut everything, mirricard and even white card that I've used for matting and layering when using a promarker to edge the mat with. Now I know what you're going to say, being from Yorkshire being fruggle makes perfect sense!!
Hugs Lisax

Carol said...

Love nosing at everyone's crafty workspaces! Looks like the makings of a gorgeous Christmas card Di, love the colour scheme and like your idea of filling the hole up with cheaper card (feels less mean!) Carol x

Peggy said...

looking pretty busy here at your desk. thanks for sharing have a great day

May said...

Well I didnt know that tip Di, a great idea with special papers that cost the earth, Love your card, and your wee messy area this week, Have a good week, Hugs May x x x

jude said...

Lovely creative mess id call it hun!Lovely card in the making also
Have fab wednesday and creative week hugs judex 9

SueH said...

Loving the Crafing Tower of Pisa!

That’s definitely a great way to make those special papers and card stock for further Di.
I tend to make plain White mats for my cards these days and colour them with my Promarkers, which saves even more of that precious card stock.

Happy Crafting!
Sue H

Karen said...

Di, I could take some of the stamps off your hands if you've got too many LOL!!! Love the idea of organising them - I've not got enough to do that yet, but it might do to start early.....Karen 139 x

Elizabeth said...

I don't think it's mean, it's getting the best out of your paper :) I've heard that trick referred to as gutting ... sounds like something you would do to a fish though :( Love the colours your working with - great contrast between the blue and red. Look forward to seeing the completed card. Hope you've been having a good WOYWW. Elizabeth x #21

kay said...

am impressed with your thriftyness with the card and papers,happy crafting,x

Twiglet said...

Love the christmas paper - very cheery - just don't let me near your scissors!!

Sarah said...

Loving your thrify idea!! So pleased to see I'm not the only one who spreads onto the floor with stash!! Sarah x #143

Mia & Olivia said...

Hi Di,
your creative place looks exactly like Mia's. I try to keep it organized (you know me) but without success. She likes her 'mess'. So paper, scissors, pens have to be all over the place.
We still got a few things left from what you gave her on our last visit and she loves to make cards ... and to put her name on them ;o)
The most favorite ones are the sparkling stickers, Livi keeps sticking them on her hands, no - not just one, the back of her hand is covered with that glittery stuff. Then she shows it to me really proud: Look Mummy, Glitzer!!
Since they are not made to be sticked on hands, they get lost and if Lucy finds them on the floor, she has a little go with them too.

Spyder said...

I'm on the floor, hall way and into the kitchen and bedrooms and living room! Very craftymess going on here, love to see it!
Happy WOYWW!

Kathleen said...

Welcome to the messy crafters club,I have in fact had a tidy up tonight, well I have lost a pair of scissors but still not found them.
Looks very interesting the red and blue card, colour match is ace.
Not used the paper saving method but will certainly remember that one.
Kath x

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Di,

Darn computer crashed at work today so I haven't been able to, well, you know, take a snoop around today. Will make up for it tonight when I get home.

Love that turquoise color. Oh, aren't floors for making big heaps on?


Mary said...

Great tip...funny I've done this when I make scrapbook pages, but just never made the connection to a card...silly me! Good looking desk Di..I've been there many, many times. Well, I'm going to skip over to the playground and see who has come to play. I'm really on top of things today, I'm posting another to the snippet challenge and....I actually did some housework...I think I need a nap!

Spyder said...

There's a HUGE Polar bear on my bed ...soo better go shoo it off!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

oops sorry Di for sending you around in circles in the playground - had your exercise for the day, huh??? am glad you were able to fix it the way my head is these days it is a wonder I managed to link at all - yes nearly forgot which is why i think there was the mix up! Shaz in oz.x PS love the results of the desk here on the post above you are a busy bee!!

Anonymous said...

I've done that cut out thing before but came to the conclusion that it's fiddly and only worth it for better card stock, so I only do it once in a while now. Great desk and I'm loving seeing all the bits piled on the floor! Looks like your halo's slipping a bit m'dear!

Brenda 6

Carin Winkelman said...

Turquoise and red is a great color combination (I have turquoise and hot pink in my house). That will make a lovely card.

CraftygasheadZo said...

Those papers are fab aren't they. I have them too. Great fun. Take care, enjoy this WOYWW, it's now Thursday afternoon & I'm still doing the snooping bit, all but in shifts! Zo xx 60

Debs Willis said...

Di, looks like you have a crapalanche in progress on your desk!! Not like you at all :-)

Beautiful colour combo of the turquoise and red

Debs #104 xx

Mrs Mac said...

No, it isn't mean, it's a good use of special paper. Also keeps the weight down for sending. I think it's called 'gutting'.

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Not in the least bit mean, just clever and inspired. Makes our precious card go even further, and a good way to go if you only have one sheet left anyway. I shall remember that one. My favourite saviour of extra layering is to run a Krylon pen round the edge of the topper. It looks expensive and as if you have an extra layer. See you in the playground, as long as I get out of the greenhouse in time. xx Maggie #8

scrappymo! said...

I just love your colour combination! It is really lovely...thanks for the frugal tip!


I love red and turquoise together! Lovely! I think you need a side stand for all of the extra papers on your desk. I would never be able to do that, I have too many cats. lol