So here it is Wednesday again!  Things have changed just a bit on my workdesk since last week.  I finished the mini album that you could see last week and I’ve shared it in the post just before this one or you can click >HERE<.

And then I started on another mini album which is on my desk this week!  Also on my desk are the fabulously wonderful Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers!  Yep, circus papers.  And I’m doing a bit of fussy cutting of some of the amazing images.  Below is M’lle Beeson–a marvelous highwire Venus.  I’ve cut her out and added a fluffy skirt to her costume.  I acquired these papers via eBay a few months ago.  I wonder why I did not see these when they first came out?  Maybe I thought I didn’t need them. Hmmmm.   Of course, they are now discontinued and VERY hard to find and I want all of it!  Well, you can find them for a hefty price but I lucked out and got my papers for a steal.  I just happened upon the auction as it was closing (only 10 seconds left) AND there were no bidders AND the minimum bid was $9.99.  Yep, I got them.  I just wish I had a bit more.  I’m still looking on eBay as you never know when you’ll find a really good buy.

And now, I shall share with you what  WOYWW is all about.  Each Wednesday, crafty people from all over the world take a photo of their workdesk and then post it on their blog and link it to Julia’s blog Stamping Ground so we can go visit and take a peek at the fun things others are working on.  There are so many who join in that I never get to visit them all but so enjoy the ones I happen to visit and the ones who visit me in return.  Go check it out!

Happy Crafting!

Good afternoon! It’s a cool rainy day here in North Texas!  Very unusual for the end of July!  We just got back from lunch and the temperature was 67(f) degrees!!  Wow!   Anyway, on to the crafty part of this post–this is my French Country Mini Album.  A few months ago, I designed a prototype album using what I call a Flip hinge. This album had been sitting on the counter unfinished and  I was tired of looking at it that way. So I decided to use my Graphic 45 French Country papers that I’ve been hoarding for just the right project.  I think this was the right one.  The only bad thing is, I used up all of the paper pad except for two or three sheets.   This album has a very wide spine–over 3″ and I created a hinge that uses 1/2″ gussets so you can add lots of embellishments INSIDE the album along with your photos and the album will still close up flat. Or at least I think it will unless you use a ton of super thick embellishments and ephemera. I will be re-creating this album and writing up a tutorial along with a video as I work on my Circus wagon project.  The album will fit inside the wagon!  Not this album as it has too much decorative stuff on the front!

Below is a photo of that super wide spine.  I added a trinket piece that I created with charms, chains and ribbon.

Since there’s just no way to show an album really good with photos, I did a quick Youtube video  of the album.  You can watch it here on my blog or click on the “Youtube” symbol/wording on the bottom of the video to see it in Youtube.
It’s still raining and I’m all caught up for today on office stuff, so I’m sneaking upstairs to the crafty room to do some prep work for the tutorial.
Happy Crafting!

Isn’t she pretty?  Love this image from the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge sponsor Delicious Doodles. She’s called “Blossom.”  To create this card, before I colored the image with my Copics (shown in the photo below), I picked out the paper for the card and then used colors that were in the paper.  This paper is from my stash and was a 12″x12″ doubled sided patterned paper.  I added a pale turquoise tulle ribbon and bow with a brad from my stash and then added light gold pearls on to the banner strips that were cut from the paper.  The centers of the flowers and the butterfly have a tad of sparkly from my Clear Wink of Stella brush pen.

Here’s the sketch for the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge this time.  At first I wasn’t sure how to put in the image for the sketch but decided to print her up as a larger image than I usually do so I could color in all the beautiful details.  I turned the sketch on it’s side then added the banners and ribbon/bow as the sketch elements.

Seems A Little Sketchy Sketch #70

Now, it’s your turn.  The challenge runs for 2 weeks over on the Seems a Little Sketchy blog.  Create a card following this sketch and link it up for a chance to win 4 Digi Images from our sponsor Delicious Doodles!

Happy Crafting,

It’s still Wednesday. Right?  I know I’m a bit late posting this.  Let me just say–I’ve been super busy with paperwork in the office.  How dare work get in the way of my crafting fun!!  So, anyway, here’s my workdesk the same as I left it on Sunday evening.  I did shuffle a few things around to pick up scraps of paper and tape backings  on Monday morning to put in the trash as that’s our trash pickup day.

I’m working on a mini album for a project I’ve designed.  You can’t see much of it.  That’s it in the upper left in front of my tool box.  I’m adding pockets and flip pages and such to it and the papers I’m using for this “prototype” album is Graphic 45 French Country.  Yeah, some pretty nice paper for a “prototype” but I love the papers and decided to just go with it.  So also on my table is my little note pad where I keep track (or try to) of what I did and assorted tools that I used.  New stuff?  Well on the mid-right next to the score-tape is a new bottle of 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Let me just say–LOVE this stuff.  It takes the place of Glossy Accents. {Gasp}.  Yep, found out it never turns yellow in the bottle after it’s opened  PLUS I bought a glue tip lid for it that has a “needle” like cap that keeps it from clogging up. I’m pretty happy about that.  To the left of that bottle is an album box that I created over the weekend.  Below is a bit closer view of it.

This album box project was  designed by Christi Maron.  She sells patterns, tutorials and chipboard kits for this in her Etsy shop– Paper Hoarder Disorder.  I was able to actually make my album box at a class taught by Christi at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.  I love how it turned out! The box opens to the right and the sides fall down and the album pages are attached INSIDE the box.  Totally awesome.  Oh, yes! This album is made from the beautiful Graphic 45 By the Sea papers!

Okay, now back to what this Wednesday post is all about.  Each Wednesday, crafty people from all around the world post a photo or two of their workdesk and then link it to Julia’s Stamping Ground blog and visit as many other blogs as possible to see what everyone is up to this week.  Join in if you’d like.

Happy Crafting!

Is it your birthday?   No? Well, it has to be somebody’s birthday today or this week!  To celebrate, Cards in Envy is hosting a “HappyBirthday to You!” card challenge.
For my card, I chose to use this adorable digi image by From the Heart Stamps called “Lady Bug Lift Off.” I just love that little chick and the lady bug and the balloons.  I really had fun coloring this one with my Copic markers (shown in the photo below) and paired it up with papers from a 6×6 designer pad by My Mind’s Eye “My Girl.”  I’ve had this paper pad for a while and it is nearly all gone.  Guess it had colors and prints that I really liked.  I’ll be sad to see it all gone.  I matted the designer papers with a turquoise cardstock and used foam tape on the single balloon and the sentiment.  The sentiment is Papertrey Ink “Handwritten Notes” stamped with Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise ink.  The string on the one balloon is from American Crafts.
So, are you making any birthday cards this month?  If yes, why not share them with us over on the Cards in Envy challenge.  There’s no prize but we do pick our favorite cards and award fun badges for your blog. The challenge runs until August 3rd.  Lots of time for you to make a birthday card or two.  Just remember, it must be an A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.
Happy Crafting!

Check out the adorable digi images at From the Heart Stamps–CLICK HERE