Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WOYWW, mutterings and papery antics galore...

Aloah, Howdy, Welcome and Enchanté...
'Tis Wednesday, so one shall start with a shot of the old craft desk. Yes, "This is where the magic happens..." as they all seem to say on TV...just not about my craft room, alas.

Loitering in the bottle department... two "stay on my desk" tins hoarding left-overs, scraps, half-made thingamajigs and remnants - that I might just need today. All other available nooks and crannies inhabited by more containers, stuffed envelopes and folders of the same stuff - you never know.

My Embellie Deli, I suppose. A two-tier box full of countless goodies. I think I have enough to supply half the world - but nevertheless, I seem destined to scratch around every craft, sewing and hardware store, in the hope of just one more find...but we all know it's about the thrill of the hunt. So what I have done with it all recently? If you like a good nose about - head over to Julia's and join in the fun of virtual desk-hopping...



This is the final from "Three Little Maids are we..."  Those following my ramblings know I have had a very girly thing going on. Finished in true style with powder blue, buttons and, oh my, a butterfly. Liking the layered look of aged paper, lace, dry-embossed Kraft paper and some more stitching. It is a design idea for a future workshop and I am also entering into a few challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show
Creative Friday
Phindy's Friday
Dutch Dare



A close-up of the layering and yummy buttons...








And another of the embossed butterfly and sentiment stamped on canvas. Stamps from Crafty Individuals and Paper Artsy.

So, after that I was going to start on a Shabby Chic Challenge but a piece of scrap cardstock and some Distress ink stains on my craft sheet led to the following diversion. What a fab deviation that turned out to be...more wings - but three ATCS with a tad more attitude!
 
I have used a variety of bird and flourish stamps and just played around with the tones and composition. Had this unusual brad for ages - found a place for it at last. Stamped the word onto a Mica scrap...layers and translucency! 

I made the ATC a little smaller than needed so I could mount it onto some corrugated cardboard. Used thread and 3 brass eyelets here for variation. The little birds are just so simple and effortless.

Went a bit green here...Used wire, lace and a press-stud to add texture. Metal and lace do work well together in the right setting. This birdie is from Crafty Individuals. The stamp had a frame but I blanked that off to just get the bird.
This was really enjoyable, especially as it was really spontaneous and free. I must admit to also relishing in a little light grunge therapy after all the girly antics. Passing by the Take a Word Challenge, I saw the theme was blackbirds - so how great is that? She's on a roll...
If you are still awake and with me...one last reminder. If you like WOYWW, you will adore the truly amazing international blog-hop with free giveways galore at One World, One Heart. You have until the 12th to sign up to take part and until the 17th to visit a huge crowd of fabulous bloggers and artists. Don't miss out - it's the last one!!!! My post and giveaway is at the top of my blog.
One World One Heart 2011


Now - it really is high time to sign off and return to the other world...

Loving and leaving you all,
Sarah.

48 comments:

HarmonySweetpea said...

Happy WOYWW. Amazing cards. They are lovely. Looks like its been productive for you this week.

Lori said...

Wow! Wonderful card, and love the ATC's! The embossing is wonderful! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Irish3 said...

Wow, your ATC's are beautiful!! I love all the colors and textures, great feel to all 3 of them!

Sue said...

Hi ya
oh luv the embelie delie, always need more! beautiful ATC, have good day, happy WOYWW, sue,x(11)

jude said...

Wow i adore all your creations and the three little aids absolutely stunning.Love all the detail and textures.Thanks for showcasing and have fab wednesday
hugs judex16

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I got such a laugh at your embellie deli. I know what you mean by the hunt is everything. And those cards are gorgeous. I love the designs and the warm colors, too. Have a great WOYWW from number 7.

Helen said...

What great card and ATC's - fabulous!

Shaz in Oz. said...

Thanks for sharing Sarah and love your Embelli Deli... would we all love little of that...love your projects too thanks for sharing and off to peek at others!!
Shaz in oz.x

Julia Dunnit said...

Your card is sublime. I love the ATCs too - and not jsut for how they look, but becasue it was crafting for the fun of it..which sometimes we lose sight of, huh!

oneoff said...

An Embellie Deli? That's a mouth-watering thought. And a great idea to get some corrugated card onto the ATCs - I need to pinch that one! The maids are very pretty, and I love those birds.

Bx

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Well lady, such a crafty area! Love your ATC's .....Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Stunnnig makes and fab crafty speace.
Cathy xx

Shar said...

Wow! Gorgeous pieces!

Sandra said...

Such beautiful creations ... another blog to follow I think :)

Spyder said...

Love your ATC's they are rather good, love the rich colours, mine never look lie that...they look sort of muddy! The card's brilliant too, something to make my brain think about!!
Happy WOYWW!!
((Lyn))

Wipso said...

You’ve got a very busy crafting space today. Love your creations.
A x

indybev said...

Great blackbirds!

Rosie said...

So beautiful giveaways. Count me in please. Thank you for your visit on my blog

S said...

Embellie deli, that's cute. Looks like a real smorgasbooard.

Cec said...

What fabulous creations. All have a wonderful vintage feel to them. I love the collage effect on your card. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.
Hugs!
Cec

Sunshine Girl said...

Love all of the artwork you have made there - it is all lovely. Thanks for sharing (46).

Twiglet said...

Ooo such gorgeous crafty projects going on here this week - I love the layering and textures.

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Um...so...WHERE DO I START?!?! These are fabulous!! I love the embossing, distressing, images, embellishments....so pretty much everything. Yeah, this is great stuff!! :D

Thanks so much for entering the SImon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

-Sarah

Elizabeth said...

Love your ATCs and wasn't it serendipitous that blackbirds was the theme for the Take a Word challenge :) Elizabeth x #79

Dorcas said...

OMGoodness you're quite the artist! Thanks so much for joining us at Phindys this week!

Katie_Bolinger said...

beautiful projects. Love the Embellie Deli - never thought of those organizers that way but it is a bit like that isn't it.

Her Art Nest said...

Greetings from Michigan! Love your blog and thanks for dropping by! Awesome prizes! Thanks for the chance to win these giveaways. Have a magical day! Nan ncvanhoose@comcast.net

okienurse said...

Awesome busy desk. Love the new cards! Very nice!
Vickie

Carola Bartz said...

I love the card as well as the ATCs - those are gorgeous, beautiful, stunning colors.

Nicky said...

Wow you have been busy stunning cards and ATC's ~ Nicky no.9

*psychangel* said...

Wonderful selection of projects, Sarah! I'm blown away with the talented distressing! Fabulous!
Don't forget to pop over to Dutch Dare as our new challenge has started today. Hugs, Ang x

Palimpa Lim said...

Hi Sarah,

thank you for your sweet comment on my OWOH post!
I feel like home, here, because our blogs have the same backgrounds.
You are such a creative and talented person in sooo many ways! Amazing! I absolutely love your giveaways - please count me in!!!
Happy OWOH from Bremen, Germany!
Janna

Frog and Beef said...

Hi Sarah,
I am returning your visit to our blog (#208 on Lisa's fab list) thanks for visiting us!
Embelli-deli, I am so hungry I could eat buttons, there is so much to see on other blogs that it is hard to get away to eat!

Those cards are lovely, I like the vintage look. Please enter us in your prizedraw too.

http://brittanyfaeries.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-world-one-heart-2011.html

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh I'm back..thanks so much for the You Tube link - it was the same fold, so yep, and I appreciate your wasting your time to help me out when I should have tried first!

Marlena said...

gorgeous!!! all of them :)

Thanks for the peek, Marlene [55]

lisa said...

The joy of WOYWW is discovering a new blog that you absolutely love and I have found one today. Your artwork is amazing. I love all the layers and textures you create. What inspiration. Those ATC's are gorgeous. I had those Paperartsy stamps for Christmas but they haven't seen ink yet. I must get them out and have a play.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs Lisax

Starla said...

OMG........your ATC's are just FABULOUS
Star 102

kathy mc said...

Please sign me up. Love your work. Great texture.

Marjo said...

Gorgeous creations, all of them. Thanks for the peek and sharing, Marjo Lucky #2

MaggieC said...

What a great marriage of so many different techniques on that card. Absolutely great.

butlersabroad said...

I'm loving your girly thing that's going on, and the atc's are great too, love the colours. Love the embelli deli!!

Have a great weekend
Hugs
Brenda 89

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous crafty bits in those tins and I love the card and ATCs! Did you see Tim Holtz' new Easel die? Small enough to put on the back of an ATC and sturdy enough to support a 12 x 12 as long as it's made of something sturdy enough to stand and it folds flat for storing or mailing. TFS! #101

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous desk ,, I love all the glimmer mists and bottle tops !! stunning ATC's too ,,, gorgeous work !! :-)

you could enter these into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge too , Anything But a Card !! ATC's are not cards as such !! :-)

luv
Lols x x x (94)

Taluula said...

Gorgeous Blackbird card.

Peggy Alborn said...

I'm in love with them all.....

Ozstuff said...

Wow! Your blog is sensational. I love the rich, grungy colours you use. Your blackbird is fantastic too.
Thanks so much for taking part in the Take a Word challenge this week.

SharDon Exclusives said...

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement regarding my sons surgery tomorrow. Thank you for praying for me and my children. The prayers from around the world are truly felt.
God bless you,
Sharon

Ninchen said...

wow gorgeous....love the little details!

xx janina (creative friday)