I’m still coloring and WOYWW?

January 30, 2013

It may be late in the day, but it’s still Wednesday here!  That means it’s time for  What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  In addition to the (very) light reading that my DD just put on my desk, I still have some of my markers and the scraps from my most recent cards.  You might notice that the Christmas ornaments are finally all gone.  Most of them had been there for about 2 years.  Hmmm…  What do I do with that space now?   WOYWW HM191


Is it really Wednesday already? WOYWW?

January 23, 2013

Wow!  It’s Wednesday again!  That means it’s time for  What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  I’m still in a coloring mood, so most of the things on my desk are markers.  I don’t know if you can see the image that I just colored, but it is a really wonderful fairy from Digital Two for Tuesday and the image is available here.     So many wonderful vintage images there.    Here’s what my desk looked like this morning.

WOYWW HM190


WOYWW and I think I’m crazy

January 16, 2013

I don’t think I’ve posted this often in one week in a couple of years, but I’m in a little bit of a lull with after school activities right now.  That isn’t going to last!  I think I might have signed the kids up for too many activities.  We will see how the next couple of weeks go once everything has started.  It’s been a while since I’ve done  What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  I still haven’t finished any layouts since before Christmas.  I was having too much fun channeling my inner four year old and coloring with markers.  I’m in the planning stages for a LO now though.      

WOYWW HM189


Adventures in DIY paper tapes and WOYWY

December 11, 2012

I think I’ve mentioned (just a few times  ) that I’m obsessed with the decorative tapes but that almost all of the tapes that I’ve tested with my pH pen test acidic.  So now I’m focused on making my own so that I know that they are safe to use on my scrapbook pages.  It’s super easy to print on regular paper, but I want a translucent look that is more like the washi style tapes.  I know that some people put tissue paper through their inkjet printers, and I even ordered some acid free tissue paper.  But I would need to dig out the ink jet printer and mess around with a carrier sheet (I still will eventually, but not before the holidays).

So my next thought was velum.  It looks great over a plain surface and tears nicely, but is actually too transparent when you put it over a pattern or dark color.  The top strip in the image below was made using a freebie from Spyder’s Corner.  Very pretty!   Also please forgive the bad photos, I discovered that my camera battery was dead earlier and it is now dark outside (which means that it is dark in my craft area too since there are no overhead lights).

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The first thing that I tried was paint.  Have you ever painted vellum?  It curls up like crazy!  So that was a no go.  I pulled out my white pigment ink and inked up the back.  It is pretty close to the look that I want and you can use any color of ink that you want for a background.  Now the strips just need to be cut and some adhesive added.  

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Now for What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday since it is less than an hour until Wednesday here.  I said that I was going to post earlier and I finally did it!  This time of year I’m mostly wrapping up projects and getting ready for the holidays, so my desk is almost empty (and even cleaned up a bit).  My test papers are there and the Crop-a-dile that I use as much for school projects as I do my scrappy stuff.   Also a couple of ornaments my DS just painted in a class tonight that are sitting on the boxes of last years ornaments that still need to be given away, if only I could remember who didn’t receive one.  

WOYWW HM184


WOYWW and A paper tape obsession

December 5, 2012

I’m really late again today for What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  One of these weeks I’m going to post on Tuesday night  instead.  I’m currently in the process of picking out papers for a LO.  I’m thinking that I’ll die cut some snowflakes and doilies.  I also might try some machine stitching with the heavy thread that I bought and never used except to play with it to see how it looked.

I’m currently obsessing about paper tapes, and since I’ve pretty much given up on buying acid free tapes I’ve been playing with making my own patterns again.  I spent more time than I should have today with that.  I still don’t have a finished product, just some working files and a test print.  I promise that I will post something before next Wednesday (since it doesn’t look like I will actually do that without a deadline I’ll set one for myself.)  :)

WOYWW HM183


WOYWW and Is it acid free?

November 28, 2012

I’m really late today, but here’s my What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  I don’t really have any new projects started since Everyone was home for Five Whole Days last week.  Boy was I glad for Monday.  My current project is organizing my supplies, especially my dies and stamps.  I went a little bit crazy with online shopping deals last week, so I thought that I would show some of what I have received so far.  I just love those Cheery Lynn dies.

I will admit that most of that decorative tape isn’t new, I’ve had it for a bit but haven’t used it since my American Crafts pH testing pen is showing all of it except for the AC MixTape to be acidic.  Even brands that are supposed to be acid free are showing as bad.  Anyone have any experience with the test pens and tapes?  I guess I will just have to make my own paper tapes, and I have played around with patterns using Illustrator and Inkscape (inspired by Pinterest).  I promise that I will post more on that when I have a finished product to show.  :)


Did you know for eCAL and SCAL3 and WOYWW

November 14, 2012

Did you know that SCAL3 and eCAL can now import images that are embedded in SVG files?  It makes print and cut so much simpler since you can have it all in one svg file with the correct alignment of image with cutting lines.  If you are creating your own svg file, first bring your image into Inkscape using  open, import, or paste.  Then simply click on your image and from the menu select Extensions/Images/Embed images.  A pop-up window will appear.  I leave “Embed only selected images” checked and then click “Apply”.  Your image is now embedded in the svg file and you can close the Embedded Images box.   These steps are for Inkscape 0.47.  If I remember correctly, Inkscape 0.48 can automatically embed pasted pics.  So if you are using Ink48 it might not be necessary to do this or the steps might be different.

Also, Craft Edge just announced today that there are plug-ins for SCAL3 and eCAL to cut directly from Illustrator and Inkscape.  I haven’t tried it yet, but if it works well it will save a step or two when cutting.  The plug-ins are available here.

I missed What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday again last week, but I’m back on track this week (I hope).  Here’s my messy table.  I really, really need to clean it up.  My goal at this point is to clean it all up and find places for all of the odds and ends that are currently living on my table.  My current project is a LO of my DD and my cousin’s daughter at the campground.  I’m not happy with the current arrangement but I think some flowers and butterflies will help it out.     :)