Tuesday 13 November 2012

WOYWW 180 Hide your eyes, sister of mine!

In my family they think I am the organized one...wait till they see my desk today. Oh my!!!
The week has flown by and I am still a sea of Christmas and don't really want to put anything away till I finish up the series of cards I am making at the moment. I tend to work on one type of Christmas card till I either use up all those designer papers and images that I have readied, or till I am well and truly tired of them. I then do a general "quick tidy and move on to the next "type".
If you are sondering why I  am about to show you my messy desk, check out Julia at the Stamping Ground and take a look at all the creativity and mess going on around the world.  Leave Julia some nice bloggy hugs while you are there.

So here it is in all it's glory...me in a big mess. That countertop you are looking at is 12 feet long and I have filled all of it with the bits and bobs I have dragged out. You are seeing about a 5 feet section, it looks the same all across it!  I am working over on the left hand side of the room where the counter turns into a run of another 10 feet or so. All the computer, printer,
TV, cricut and cricut accessories are over on that side, so I am down to creating in an 18 inch by about 30 inch area!!!
Just down on the bottom edge of my counter top you can just barely see the little bits of leftover double sided tape I have stuck to the counter edge. I try to leave them there and then work with them as I require a piece about that size...teehee...I am such a cheapskate!

In spite of the mess I have been managing to actually finish some cards. I took a break today from the winter birds, to try my hand at a snowman card. This is where my poor sister has to cover her eyes as she dislikes snowmen...Sorry Sis! She just thinks there are so many more images that are less corny to put on a card.
Luckily I am only making one of this image!

I struggled with the black again...I really need to take a shading course...Little Miss C want me to take her too, so perhaps I should sign up both of us! I resolved the problem by stickling the hat brim to make it stand out from the top portion. I also stickled the scarf, broomstick and broom ties. It is Xmas after all! One last little bit of stickles on the snow on his hat and I called it a day.
 I am a bit undecided about 2 elements of this card. I originally placed clear diamond bling on the red snowflakes but it just sort of looked blah...like it blended in. I decided to put black glittered brads on instead and then after poked 2 of through, I discovered that I didn't have a 3rd! Yikes! I have placed a red diamond bling on the sentiment snowflake...I think I need to search a little harder or possible vacuum as I am sure I had 3 of those brads out.  The teensy little red diamond bling scattered across the polka dots are supposed to represent falling snow...perhaps I am reaching too far with this one...
Here is a close up...let me know what you think...Perhaps I should scatter them randomly right across the
top of the card so they are above the snowman too...


Card Base - Michaels, Recollections kraft corrugated cards and envelopes
Designer Paper - Michaels MME
Cardstock - Kraft, red and copic paper from my stash
Diecuts - Spellbinders deckle edge from my diecut papers stash and Spellbinders mall ovals for the sentiment
Border - black glettered border is from my wedding stash bin
Brads - black glitterd brads from my stash
Bling - Red diamonds from my stash
Punches - Martha Stewart snowflake punch  (the smaller sized flakes are the same punch but I gave them a hair cut
Stickles -Xmas red, black diamond, chrystal
Stamp - unknown rubber stamp
Sentiment - unknown rubber stamp
Large white snowflake is from the dollar store a few years ago, I have a bag full in my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop   - I used lots of snippets, Di.
2.Clear It Out Challenge  Use something red from your stash - the red cardstock and the red diamonds were from my stash.
3.Craft Room Challenge - Punches and Diecuts - I used the Martha Stewart snowflake punch and the Spellbinders deckle edge die for the snowman cardstock.
4.Bunny Zoe Crafts Challenge - Winter
5. Songbird Challenges Diamonds...See some sparkle and bling I have stickles, glitter and red diamonds.
6.Christmas Card Challenges - Snowman
7.Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog - layer it up and let it snow
8. Penny Black and More @ Allsorts- Any die will do - I used a Spellbinders deckle edge die for the snowman image sheet. I also used a Spellbinders small oval for the sentiment


Tracy said...

Your card is stunning. Your snowman is perfect.
Such a happy card.
I need to know, why doesn't your sister like snowmen ?

Glenda Atkins said...

I think your snowman is adorable and I love all the glitter, fab sentiment too!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous I love the snowman and the snowflake - they are great - need to have a look at making some cards too....haven't even started!!!

brenda said...

That sounds like a pretty good system to me when making Christmas cards, with me I'm usually fed up with the design and just have to move on.

Really like your gorgeous snowman and lovely traditional Christmas colours on this pretty card.

Thanks so much the sharing your creativity with us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

B x

Redanne said...

Your card is beautiful, it does not need any more or any less in my opinion, I would leave it just as it is..... your desk looks a bit like mine today - only mine is much smaller but I still have about 12" square to work in! Happy WOYWW, Anne x #65

Sandy said...

Oh your snowman card is so cute, how could you detest him... Love that background paper just a lovely card great sparkle.. Sandy :) #50

BJ said...

Gorgeous card and super row of bottled yumminess too. BJ#37

Joynana said...

Wish I had as much counter space in my room as you do. And yes your card is just so cute. Love the snow man. #22

Caz said...

I've been good and tried to stick to batch making this year - usually get bored after the 2nd card but I've stuck at it!!
Love the snowman - why doesn't your sister like them??
Envious of all your space!!!!

Elisa K said...

what an adorable card... I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Corrinne said...

Fun creation :) Thank you for joining us at Clear It Out Challenges!

I invite you to share with me at the ANYTHING GOES challenge here:

Lots of joy,

KatzElbows said...

What's wrong with your desk? Looks creative and beautiful and there's room to craft. What more could you ask for? A beautiful card, too. Nicely balanced and a lot of fun.

Happy WOYWW,
rachel #52

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

So pretty! I think you did a great job with the shading. Love the pretty sparkle!

Unknown said...

I love the card, I think it's perfect as is. You have a great space, and I can tell it's well loved! :)

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

A great seasonal card...it's perfect as it is! Your craft space looks fab and not at all messy lol...(you should see mine)..Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room this time around. Suzanne xx

Barbara said...

Your mess just shows that you've been happily creating. I love your card. It's adorable.

Melissa said...

She detests snowmen? Now that's funny. Your card is gorgeous, I wouldn't change a thing!

Mary Jo said...

You do such adorable cards!! :)

Danielle said...

That is not a messy desk - it is a creative one. My sister would love your card. She adores snowmen! Me, not so much, but I will admit your card is beautiful. dani #107

Words and Pictures said...

Yes, but it's not "mess", because it's all in use - that's my definition anyway!! Love your card. Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

Sandy Trefger said...

My workdesk looks like that a lot. Ha, ha. Love your snowman card. Now why does your sister detest them? Your card is adorable. I love the sparkly on it! Thank you for joining us at the Clear It Out Challenge by using red stash!

visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

Anonymous said...

I think snowmen are a bit corny, but your card is cute.

I prefer many other "Christmas" decos other than snowmen. I prefer reindeer, snowflakes, evergreens, scripture scenes, etc.

Great card - keep up the good work and happy holidays for you!


Fleursbydesign said...

The snowman is adorable love how you added the stickles

Anonymous said...

Your desk looks very busy and your snowman card is adorable. Laura. Www.whosthischick.com

Sassy Raggedy said...

I love your snowman card. Black is very hard with the shading. When I use black and red I hold my breath while laying the color down....lol I want to come shop in your scrap room...and who doesn't like snowmen???? Sinful....Wonderful card. joann sassy raggedy

May said...

Fabulous desk... Lots going on! I didn't link up as super busy at Work!!!Gorgeous Christmas card... Have a fun week, Hugs May x x x

Caro said...

The area that you are working on is about the same size as my crafting area! The desk doesn't look messy though, just nicely busy and creative. Thanks for sharing. Caro #89

Pia S said...

My hubby says I'm really messy when I create. I do see what he means - your messy desk surface looks like mine when I call it clean and tidy! You've really taken up speed with your cardmaking, you create one beautiful Christmas card after another! I think your base of layout work so well! The snowman looks really happy - such a cheerful card!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

12' of crafting desk??? Wow, you like it large!! You've certainly filled it with a lot of stuff :D
Hugs, LLJ #68 xx

Jennifer Grace said...

Aw, I love snowmen on Christmas cards! Yours looks great! I do that with tape on my desk too, then it ends up getting stuck to my sleeves! x

Wishcraft said...

Ah yes, I have a HUGE desk, but mine is often overflowing... I've at least managed to get into a regular habit of clearing it though. There used to be towering piles everywhere lol!

Your card is gorgeous. Love that sentiment and fab snowman... how can anyone not like snowmen?! Hugs, Lisa x

Anonymous said...

your workspace is very organized and your snowman card is very cute! i love snowmen and i love the red gems around the big snowflake just the way they are; they complement the red snowflake on the sentiment. thank you so much for playing along again with our 'any die will do' theme this month at penny black and more.

Marnie said...

Ahhhh your counter seems quite organized actually. Love your card for the challenges great work!

Amy said...

Your card is so so nice. Love it!

stamp-color-and create said...

This is too cute. Love the snowman and big snowflake embellishment. Thanks for joining us at the Clear It Out Challenge Blog.

Sandi McLean said...

Your card is sweet! I like all the sparkle. Sale bins at Michaels - yep I am guilty LOL Picked up all kinds of Halloween at 80% off - they almost owed me money back LOL Hugs Sandi

StasaLynn said...

Your cards are GORGEOUS! And your desk is no messier than my workspace...

(Sashing is strips of fabric between blocks)

Keep up the great and beautiful work. Your cards are works of art!

Jules said...

Oh I love snowmen .. .. and this one is gorgeous alongside one of my favourite sentiments.

Love the touch of sparkle.

Oh to have that much creative space .. .. but I think no matter how much I had I would still end up working in an 8" square LOL!!!

Have a good day.

Love Jules xx

okienurse said...

love your card and desk this week. I don't think it looks messy or disorganized at all! I think it looks like you are busy working on a project! I loves me some Snowmen and this one is right up my alley. I use stickles rather then bling (cause I am so cheap)to make it look like snow. Love how you glittered the hat brim and scarf! Have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #62

Laurart said...

I adore the card - It is wonderful! Happy WOYWW x Laura #116

Erika said...

Hi Mo, you should see my room, my parents have just visited and you should have seen my mum's face. LOL. I've told her it is just booby trapped with fine crafting products so I know if anyone sneaks in.
Great card and hope you had a good Wednesday, hugs Erika.

Jodi said...

Your card is soooo adorable!!!! Fabulous job coloring your snowman!! Your desk sounds like mine!! :-)
Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! It is greatly appreciated!!

Sue Althouse said...

Wow, you are making some adorable Christmas cards!

Jingle said...

I love a good messy desk! Your card is SO cute! Love the glitter!

Mervi said...

Fabulous card with cute image!
Thanks for sharing at
-Craft-Room Punches and Die-cuts Challenge,
Penny Black and more Challenge,
good luck;-))m

Zoechaos said...

Lots of sparkle and Christmas cheer here Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card there Mo! Love Snowmen!
What alot of space you potentially have, but we are all the same...no matter how much space we start with we end up working in a space about an inch bigger than the item we are working on!!

Sharon said...

I love this card. Such a cute image and love the layout. Thank you for sharing this with us at Songbird Challenges. Good luck.
Hugs Sharon. x

Di said...

Wow, your desk ain't messy - it's very organised at the back!

Adore your snippets card - and the snowflake is perfect as it is - Miss says to leave it alone!! Hugs, Di xx

Darnell said...

Oh, my goodness, Maureen, I've never before heard of a person who didn't like snowmen! But that's cool; I'm not judging. But to your desk, wow, you went from flat on your back to working like a Steve Dore, my dear. Don't be overdoing it!!

Thanks for the visit to my place. I'm sorry to leave you hanging about what a CAS card meant. You probably know now that it is 'clean and simple.' Take your beautiful Christmas card, it is really scrummy and elaborate and layered and textured. Notice how a lot of mine are only one layer or two, very simple, lots of space on the underlying card stock unused?

Do you make any like that? I always admire those who can do the elaborate ones like you. When I try to do all the layers and texture it often looks like a monkey in a lab did it!!

Have a wonderful couple of weeks if I'm not back to visit before then! Darnell #41

Anne-Elise said...

What a sweet snowman! Love the fab snowflakes too! Beautiful work! Have a great weekend! Hugs

Sarn said...

FABBY snowman card xxx

Caro said...

I'm back again! This time with my DT hat on. I love the card and the layers. Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Love your scrapspace! so well organized!!! Love the card too!! beautiful!! xo

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Love your scrapspace! so well organized!!! Love the card too!! beautiful!! xo

Bridget Larsen said...

That is a lot of counter top
Bridget #33

Bernie said...

WOW I've never hear of anyone who didn't love snowmen. Oh well our differences is what makes life interesting. This one is adorable. Fabulous card.

Maria Therese said...

Cute card! Thank you for joining us at Bunny Zoe's crafts♥