Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday???

Well... this, that, those, them and a bit of the other...So here we all are again. Bloggy Inbetweeners of the world unite to be pretty nosey but also rather nice. Here's my lurvely ink pit in action...
Still saving the new craft sheet for another day or century it seems. I was just getting started here...

Three earlier attempts at something vaguely creative had already been trashed so I was in a right huff. Alright then, the brain has gone flat-line, let's make something simple and flowery I decide. Hmmm. I think I got slightly side-tracked by this lot, but they were all so very gentlemanly about it.
I casually stamped these gents onto an inky tag just to see how they looked and - me likey very muchy. After hours of futile faffing today, I was ecstatic to feel a smidgen of inspiration. It doesn't matter what I make - however simple or complex, I  have to feel that click or buzz that tells me I've got one foot on the right path. So this one went from a tag, to a card, to a full-on canvas, but sometimes you just got to run with it!
Mr. Holtz's Steampunkers! Well-known and used stamps in Blogdom but nevertheless, mighty fine rubber and images! I fancied chasing more of a Gent's theme... so I added some typed words and a very English spiffing!!! A close-up of the fellas themselves...very dapper or not?
Loving the Wild Honey Distress tone in all its forms... It definitely warms up the vintage look.
Bits & bobs, string, stuff, even an old cuff link thrown into the mix!
Keeping it a bit blokey and not a flower in sight. Must fail at flowers and do 'whatever' more often I think as this was a fine journey. That said, this is my stop, so I'm hopping off.

Hope you enjoyed the small peek into my inky HQ. Head over to Chief Desk Guru Julia to join in with all this larky.

Don't forget, it's the last week to submit your entries for My Mojo Monthly!!!! August's theme is Muse & Use it so if you've created some usable art lately or are bursting with Mojo...do tell!
 I must be aways now (with the fairies). Thanks so much for taking a peek, have a fab mid-week moment!

Sarah.

Joining in with:
The Artistic Stamper - Macho Men
Anything Goes - Film:Sherlock Holmes
Take a word - Old-fashioned 
The Cheerful Stampad - Portaits
Cards For Men - Anything Goes 
Shelly's Images - Show us what you got


62 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I really like those guys on that tag. The entire piece speaks to me. Truly lovely composition and great color combination.

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

Sarah it's fab and I love the clog below as well

Pam said...

I say old chap...you did trammel or trapse or travel on the right path w/this one! Looks dapper indeed!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

How wonderful when you just work and work and it comes out...fab!

Tertia said...

OOOH, I love the gents theme you got going there, I find it so hard to do manly things!
Happy WOYWW

okienurse said...

awesome canvas without a flower in sight. Think you did a great job with a gent style canvas. Great job! Thanks for sharing. Vickie

Morti said...

Good Morning Sarah! Love your Steampunk men today - you do vintage very well! I have a stamp like that, (not the men) a lady I've nicknamed Muriel, and she's another one who looks gorgeous when she's simply inked in brown or black on a tag.... Have a great day!

Cathy said...

Fab desk and gorgeous make.
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

Wipso said...

Fab canvas. Think it worked out perfect.
A x

Helen said...

Great piece, love it! Those gents are mighty fine chaps, what!!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

What spiffing examples of gentlemen - one could come over all faint. Pass the smelling salts if you please.... :D xx

Spyder said...

Fabulous canvas! Your 'stuff' is always amazing!!

Wanted it at least start my woywwing before hadto nip off, but the comment box is playing up this morning, sorry if you get this ten times!!
Have a great crafty week

((Lyn))
HappyWOYWW

Jona Panesa said...

handsome gents on your tag. its lovely. and congrats. you made it to top this week! happy wednesday!

NatashaMay said...

That vintage grungy style is my favorite. Great card and thaks for sharing your desk today. :)

Sue said...

Hi ya
lovely inky desk there, gorgeous card,fab image, luv all the embelies, thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Neet said...

Well that was a change from flowery - but what a fantastic change. Love what you have done with those gentlemen. I love it when you create something like this, you have the knack to putting these things together. Superb work as always.
Thanks for the good wishes and the look around your workdesk. Hugs, Neet #2

Cardarian said...

Nice gents card! Loved the post and the chappies!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Julia Dunnit said...

Looks like the desk of an alchemist with all thiose bottles!! Nice outcome...did you notice the lack of flowers? Just me then...

Ann B said...

Fabulous piece Sarah. Thank God you got side-tracked from the flowers.

Neet said...

Just received my own comment and Cardarian's in my emails (Outlook Express) so came on here and checked you have them. Stranger things happen at sea they say but I am sure computers are just as bad.

Karen said...

Your distressing is wonderful - I've only got one ink so far, but would love to know the best way of getting it on the card without looking dark in some areas and not in others. Any tips?

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Completely different from the Dutch project, but just as beautiful. Love this Wild Honey colour and the way you've altered this canvas. Like the combination of warm honey and dark brown.
Thank you for sharing this.
xFranka

sandra de said...

Definitely handsome steampunk men. Gorgeous card/canvas love how it all evolved. Nice looking set of bottles on your desk.

Scrapcollectr said...

Love the whole canvas.... gents, colors, textures.... I'd say you must be pretty pleased with the result. There definitely was a "click" when this one was finished! Have a great Wedsnesday!
Cindy @ #72

Elizabeth said...

Hi Sarah, I think you must have got all flowered out in your previous post - and a very pretty clog it is too. Love your vintage tag/card/canvas - great pressie for a man, methinks. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #60

ally fiddy said...

I pokey very much too - fab piece of work

Di said...

Fabulous piece of work - and very dapper chaps I might add :) Di xx

jude said...

Absolutely love your card.Happy woyww
hugs judex 75

Lori said...

Wow! Wow! LOVE this!

Airing cupboard stamping said...

Your card is beautiful. Thanks for the sneak at your desk.

laura #54 x

Angie said...

Love the feel of this piece ...and all the layers.

North Star said...

Love the way your mind worked, started with a tag and went to canvas! I do the same thing often! It turned out great! Might spiffy!

Jo said...

OOh lovin' this and yes the wild honey does work in that vintage way!

Liz Miller said...

What a brilliant project. Love the co-ordination.
Liz x

Doone said...

well hello Sarah,

nothing better than an 'I say Chaps' to balance out the flower fetish we can sometimes obsess about,

these three blokes are very suited to the vintage style, and, as the focal point for your collage, they are perfect,

may I say? I do wish you would draw - you would do such amazing things...the dancing means you will have a very good brain image of body pose, proportion, and movement, and if you let those fingers and a pencil/pastel/paint do what's in that brain - wow -

Dx

Sam said...

That canvas is rather spiffing ey what!
On the other desk on my blog is the start of my MOJO Monthly but I hid it out of sight and hopefully it will be finished on the weekend!!
Thanks for your visit. I am rather loving my bunting!

papillon said...

absolutely love all those colors, wow! and those stamps are so working with the rest, yummi!

Bella said...

This is fabulous! I am so into canvases and off the page stuff at the mo. Great colours and layers and lots to keep your eyes busy.

Spyder said...

Back again, couldn't see your pictures this morning and I knew they'd be fantastic! Love your makes
(Lyn)

famfa said...

Lovely work. Beautiful detail

JoZart said...

you must have been on a creative roll to make such an excellent piece as you went along. Great stuff and I love it!
JoZarty x

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous canvas! I've been mulling over My Mojo Monthly :D. Hoping I don't run out of August before I can post it lol. Happy WOYWW #96

Dorothy said...

I so love this!!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh my this is so cool. Love this stamp as much as the Charlie Stamp/Tim stamp I have been admiring! TFS! Happy
WOYWW!

ScrappnBee said...

Great piece! This is so cool! Glad that I got to you before I got to bed (although, it is prob Thurs by you!) Happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing your fabulous canvas! -Amanda

Posh Cat Crafts said...

What a gorgeous card! Thank you for joining us at Anything goes challenge blog with our TV theme challenge..
Hugs
Tamara

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Sasa am loving this thank you so much for sharing ans so glad those gentleman were gentlemanly about it - know what you mean about it all going click- almost audibly at times! Shaz in oz.x

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! Love it when something starts as a spark and grows into such a big project. This is gorgeous!

RosA said...

Love those three guys! You should be very pleased with the result. I would be! Great to be so happy in the end when nothing goes right at the start. That really is a fabulous creation!

Twiglet said...

Great little canvas - I love the colours and the layers.

Karen said...

Great canvas - Wonderful colours. I feel autumn coming on!

Pam said...

Great work. Your desk is looking in the "pink" Hugs Pam x

Michele said...

your gentlemen's portrait is just perfect. wonderful color and composition. thanks so much for joining the "portaits" challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer said...

Love the card, very cool!

BarbaraW said...

From tag to canvas. Each step is magnificent. Thanks for sharing your art in the Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge.

SueH said...

What a beautiful card Sarah.
I really do love that style and don’t every attempt it myself because it’s a step too far outside of my comfort zone.

I tend to stick with what I like to call ‘traditional’ style and don’t even do ‘cute’ very often. I guess I should be more adventurous but I’m happy with what I do.

Have a good week and ……….
Happy Crafting!
Sue
X

Lynne said...

Brilliant! Sucha great take on the challenge. Thank you for joining us over at ATG this week. Hugs Lynne x

Mandy said...

This is such a gorgeous card. I love the design and the image also. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men. Mandy x

Kezzy said...

Wow loving the canvas, its gorgeous. Almost finished my mojo so hopefully fingers crossed it will be ready to link up by tomorrow or tonight. Love your desk, mind you it looks like you are working on a small area of your mat with lots around it. Kezzy x

Artyjen said...

Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper challenge this month with your fabulous canvas. ;)
xoxo Sioux

Vicki Romaine said...

What a fabulous piece. I love all the vintage elements. Thanks for joining "Portraits" at the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Sue said...

Wow this looks fab Sarah, I love it when you start something and it just develops naturally into something wonderful, Happy Crafting Sue xx