Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Shepherd's Pie and Banana Custard Crafting

Morning Everyone!

Without further ado the uncensored version of my desk...and yes, I do like ink-pads. Today I'm sharing some makes, touches of chaos and many ramblings. Feel free to nose around my space and join in with the peek of the week at Julia's.
Last week I mentioned my Ribbon Rage and as confession is supposedly good for the soul here is a shot of one of my bags. Every night I tidy up, scrub stamps, rinse brushes, and wipe down, even at 2am. Yet this lot continues to rebel...

Today I felt really out of sorts and sought solace amongst the ink. When you're a bit low you often crave your favourite "when I was young food' for that homely feel. Mine is my mum's Shepherd's Pie, followed by Banana Custard!!! Well, today I was in that kind of mood, except it was my crafting tummy wanting some home comfort with a bit of good old card-making. DT project can wait...peer pressure off, I just want to play.

Still like cards, still love vintage, still adore stamping. Imagery, details and composition always get me going... I love so many different styles of crafting yet still hope to put a little of myself in each one! Never followed a sketch before, but I said it was play day! It's inspired by Sketch 190 at Mojo Monday.


I bought a few of these style stamps years ago at a fair in Holland, think they're by Raja in Germany. Sometimes you forget that you have some real gems from way back...

Still enjoying the detail, whether stamped or embossed as I've done here.




And now for something completely different...


Colour therapy for my blog and soul! Really enjoying cutting into my Design papers. The first cut is the deepest - as they say. But as beautiful as papers are, neither they or me are being very creative if they just stay on the shelf. Last week I said you can never have too many layers...

...Add Distressed edges to the list and who knew yellow could be sooooooo much fun!?!
Still got blue fingers from dyeing my ribbon but I'm definitely a fan of Distress Stains...they're not just another new thing. You can do loads of things with them, even just a few colours can spice up your life. This card is joining in with the CASE Study Challenge 38. See - real card talk now, I sound like a veteran.

So that was my play day, onto the DT work tomorrow, but feeling decidedly less out of sorts. Must have been the crafting custard.

Thanks so much for calling by and spending some time here. It's great to see you and also hear from you. I'm off for a swim, be back soon to see what you've been cooking up...
Sarah.

Challenges also entered:
Creative Craft Challenge - Vintage and distressed.
Creative Card Crew - May flowers
The Crafty Pad - Spots and dots 
I did it Creations - Monchromatic 
Oldie but a Goodie - #18
Southern Girls Challenge - Let's hear it for the Girls
CES Challenges - Favourite Colour Combo 
Flourishes - Beauty of a Flower

58 comments:

oneoff said...

"Celebrate Everything". That's a great thought for every day. Love the tones of the reds, yellows and blues there; you have a fabulous eye for colour. All being well, we're heading over your way tomorrow to stock the pantry...

Bx

Sarpreet said...

Gorgeous card, love the desk and the archival ink pad. Although I had to tilt my head to get a full view. Thank you for sharing. Happy WOYWW 101, not long to WOYWW 104 - the 2nd anniversary, #2 - Sarpreet

Carola Bartz said...

Your desk is wonderful with all those yummy ink pads. And I totally love the vintage card - yes, sometimes we do forget that we have real gems from way back... glad you remembered!

Cathy said...

Ohh loving the ink pads and ribbons .... mine are a bit on the rebellious side too!
Happy Wednesday,
Cathy xx

voodoo vixen said...

You were way ahead of the game if you bought those stamps years ago... they are all the rage on everything at the moment!! Shepherds pie... yum... banana custard... one of my favourites too! Annette #3

jude said...

Your creations are gorgeous .Yes what better than food but crafting..lol.Getting inky is fab too !Happy Creative wednesday
hugs judex 8

Elaine Harding said...

...and I thought I had tons of ink pads! Loving your work, how creative - TFS Elaine#16

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love yellow me! Not tried the distress stains but as I am addicted to ink I am sure I will when I have saved up some pennies. Thanks for sharing - lovely artwork as always! Sunshine Girl No. 24

Helen said...

Love the cards, and sometimes you do just need to play! Hmmmm banana custard! Used to love that... only we always used to argue - hot or cold - cold for me, HATE hot custard... have a great day.

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Lovely and inspiring desk. Jammer dat ik vandaag wat minder tijd heb. Love your cards and the blue ribbon.
Bye Franka

Dragon said...

Tee hee... my family LOVES my shepherds pie!!! I love the idea of comfort crafting, and it's much better for the figure eh??? I also LOVE the work you did because of it...
Frankie
xx

Doone said...

when I was 14 I got an old american 50's vogue catalogue of dress patterns, I spent three years colouring in on the sepia and brown images and I still find solace in colouring in an image - it soothes my soul...and I am sure it embedded in me a love of the female form and fifties styles....

Dx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Beautiful work, made me feel all warm all over , each piece is so individual beautifully crafted can tell a whole lot of love went into both of them.

Marie

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Happy WOYWW101, only 3 to go..
Love your desk you are busy! love the first card when you just want to play forget about what you are supposed to be doing... so me too! thanks for sharing Shaz In Oz.x #21

Julia Dunnit said...

I love what you do - no doubt - but I love it even more when you do it in COLOUR! fabulous surprise as I scrolled down. As for your ink pads..it's not that you've got too many - it's the way they're all spread out in single layer that made me smile!!

Sandie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Sarah. Repaying the visit and LOVE what you do!! I've become a follower and will come back when I have more time to browse and linger. I see you love vintage as much as I do, though most of my creations are in my head and stash rather than something I can hold right this moment. Give me time!! I'll share soon I hope!

Victoria said...

argh my comment didn't post - love the chaos thanks for vising me x

JoZart said...

Great art work there and fun post, thanks so much for sharing but not for making me feel hungry!
JoZarty x

Clare said...

WoW! I LOVE your desk, your inks, and your stunning Cards! They are simply gorgeous - just my style. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to visiting again very soon. Love, Clare #66

Morti said...

Great desk today Sarah!

I dunno, I think you have a ink fetish for sure... Take two Tim Holtz's and stay out of the light.....

Ohhh Snap said...

Love alll your ink pads! I'm itching to try the Distress Stains. Your cards are fabulous BTW :D. I'm fickle when it comes to style, but try to put my stamp on it (so to speak). TFS! #74

Dawn said...

Ribbons love to get tangled don't they? ha ha I have mine fairly in control (but not quite) I love the food theme although I actually love the shepherds pie my hubby makes with (minced turkey) and a layer of melted cheese try it!

Re your cards I love them both so delish, but I have to say I am also yearning colour at the moment and this bright card really fits the bill and I love the colour combo you have used (I would normally shy away from these papers) Great to meet you and your blog.

Love Dawn xx

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wow! You joined a lot of challenges! I think your flapper card is charming, I do love lots of details! I laughed when I read your fingers were blue, cause my fingers are always so dirty from acrylic paint! The cost of art! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great creations love them both!

Thank you for sharing with us at CES Challenge this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Yours Artfully said...

A girl after my own heart....I love ink pads too and I have to say that although sometimes it would be nice if ribbon was all organised but there is something delightful about rummaging through a bundle of ribbon, you just never know what you might find!!!

Minxy said...

Love the sea of inkpads, makes me realise I need more lol the cards are fab especially the second one
Happy woyww
Minxy

Tertia said...

People often ask me how I find time to craft in my busy schedule - I look at them with a really confused look - thats what keeps me sane, don't they know that? I think people who don't know how to just play, die young and very frustrated. Glad your playing improved your mood.
Love those cards. Happy WOYWW

Pam said...

Beautiful projects today hon. Hugs Pam x

April said...

Great cards this week, love the vintage one. Nice stash of ink pads you've got there too :o) Thanks for sharing.

Andria said...

That's quite a collection of ink pads you have! I really like your cards; I've been doing some stitching with paper, too, lately, and really enjoy the look. Happy WOYWW!

Di said...

Absolutely gorgeous posting for WOYWW! So much going on and the cards are stunning esp. the vintage one! Di xx

Wipso said...

Think we all have days when we crave comfort food....mine would have to be a steamed sponge pudding and custard :-)
A x

Chrissy said...

Love the bright colored card! Nice stash of ink!
Chrissy #71

Spyder said...

Ah! All those inks, I have three! (Tim's) I just wish the nearest shop wasn't so far away! Lovely snoop, even tho I'm now green...and not from paint!Happy WOYWW ((Lyn)) # 42

GLENDA BROOKS said...

If you are feeling off the mark, just get your fingers inky! Thanks for sharing!

Sylvia x said...

thank you for joining us over at Creative craft challenges. not only have you made a fantastic card your blog is fabby too

Sylvia xx

The Crafty Elf said...

Wow, such beautiful work. Nice to know we all feel off now an then and we aren't alone. Love all you ink pads...I'm a sucker for them as well. Happy WOYWW ;)

Sally Morgan said...

So glad that there's someone else out there with a passion for ribbons, so good to knoe that I'm not alone! Ah ha.
Thank you for sharing your fab workspace and beautiful cards
*hugs* Sal x

Electra said...

Beautiful chaos Sasa, and your cards are stunning!! I too love inkpads!

karen said...

Beautiful cards again! I so love your style whether you are using the more muted/earth tones or the vibrant colours! You can do both with such flair!
That is a fabulous stamp you found again! So glad you used it and shared it here!
xoxo
Karen

Yvonne said...

Now this is perfect.. Inks, need what we have to have, and bring so much to a card, altered item.. the lot x

Kate said...

Lovely cards and mmm banana custard!

** Kate **

Twiglet said...

Great cards - I love all the stitchy, buttony bits!!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards - love the rich colors! That is an impressive collection of ink pads. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sue #78

karen said...

Beautiful colour and detail, thanks for joining us at CES this week, Karen GDT

Sarah Martina said...

I'm so glad you decided to "play" a little... your work is beautiful. :)

craftytrog said...

Beautiful cards Sarah! Love your stamping on book pages, & the stained ribbon is gorgeous!
Mmmm! Banana custard is my kind of comfort food too!
Alison x

Marjie K said...

Both cards are beautiful... and that 'celebrate everything' sentiment is fantastic!

Sheena said...

Wonderful creations. THanks for joining us at CES this week, Sheena xx

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Oh wow! These are gorgeous and time well spent Tummy Crafting lol ! Thanks for playing with us this week at The Crafty Pad!

sandra de said...

Gorgeous cards and wonderful ribbon stash.

Francesca said...

What a beautiful card

Thanks for joining us at OLDIE BUT A GOODIE this time and good luck!

Hugs
Francesca

Nicky said...

Wow lovely cards and great stash of ribbon

sandra's crafty corner said...

what a lovely card hun very vintage thanks for joining us at creative craft challenges and good luck

hugs sandra x

Kazza said...

Fantastic vintage card. Loooove that image! Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls. Karenxx

Caroline said...

" Fab Cards!!! Thanks for joining in with the Creative Card Crew. Good luck.
Caroline x

Kirsten said...

gorgeous cards. love the vintage feel and that flower on the top card is very cute. thanks for playing along with us at Southern Girls. Kirsten

Heather Jensen said...

Great cards. Thanks so much for playing at BBB. :)