Wednesday, 6 January 2016

WOYWW 344 -twelfth night

so we say welcome to WOYWW once again. Curious? head here for all the info.  Its Twelfth Night, the last day of Christmas, the day all our decorations have to be down... and my brother's birthday (obviously would have been my sister's too) and I made him a card (as you do)

it's not a particularly good card- I really struggle with cards for blokes!  I stencilled a pattern on a card, and stamped a doorway (new from Paperartsy) and cut open the doorway to hide a crazy bird inside and stamped some more of the images from the stamp plate round the outside
because I was really lacking in ideas!!

But you're here to see my desk..
 this large sheet of card is unfurling hopefully to be used in the Wanderlust challenge (see here if you don't know about this year long online class)

it's hiding a pile of stuff (you've seen it before don't worry!) to the side of my computer table.

and the large square journal on the floor (my "desk") is the one I am using for the main part of the course for my classwork.
My first page was shared in the previous post here 
I know a few other deskers are taking part.

January is a busy  month for birthdays amongst my crafting friends and I have already had another couple that I've made cards for  

this was my friend Miriam's card, I seem to have not photographed Linda's!
the only stamping here is on the paper flower and the stem!

But I've gone on long enough, so I'll let you get back to Julia's for some more desking!


Nikki C said...

Helen that is a huge pile of stash on your chair aND that's a great card with the little window with a peek a boo window hugs Nikki? ??

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, you really changed your blog around while I was absent. I am so sorry I haven't been by sooner, nor have I had time to visit your Kew post. But I promise as soon as life settles down a bit (now that company have gone and life gets back to normal) I'll be by to visit all the posts I've missed.

That's a great card for your brother, and a wonderful view of your work "DESK" this week. No number yet, but you know where I live, or you may choose to ignore me, although I swear I haven't really ignored you.

Judys Lace Creations said...

Helen, I want to swap knees with you because you are able to work on the floor and get up to tell the tale!! Oh if only!!
Wow- what alot of stash you have there.You look pretty organiused and goes top prove you don't need a fancy studio with everything that opens and shuts to produce good works.Well done you!
Have a happy beginning of the year.

butterfliecrafter said...

I'm also taking part in the Wanderlust course, still need to buy a journal though. I love the bird stamp, is on my wish list. Vicky #9

Annie said...

My knees ache just thinking of working on the floor Helen but it seems to suit you well. You have so much stash to hand.
Really hope we can all have lots of creative fun time in 2016.
Annie x #20

Barb said...

Hi Helen, well you certainly pile it high. Lots going on there. What a super card for your brother. I love the crazy bird hiding behind that splendid door. Barb #28

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I was very tempted to join in on Wanderlust but promised myself this year would be devoted to completing all those UFO's, mainly art journals and altered books. Do like your journal page though. What journal ar you using for the course? Diane #35

Twiglet said...

As usual the "desk" looks full of lovely stuff to play with - have a great New Year - all the best. x Jo

Robyn Oliver said...

I'm smiling at your workdesk/floor Helen, lovely cards, I've been using that crazy bird this week too. Enjoy your week RobynO#21

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, thing is, you say you struggle and I think your brothers card is proof that you don't - it's a brilliant idea! I love the one for Miriam too, lovely colours, It must be hard having a birthday in January when everyone else is moaning about the month! I know I've seen the oile before...but I swear it wasn't quite as high as the radiator at that stage!

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Hi Helen! I thought I recognized you in the Wonderlust group - only because you used the same profile photo! I can't remember whether I sent a friend request or not - I was gonna! I have the exact same scrapbook from Hobbycraft, and also the black one. They were so cheap! But I'm not convinced they are archival quality. They're probably OK for paints and stuff but I wouldn't put my photos in them. If you smell them, they smell kind of acidic. I was going to write to Hobbycraft, whether they could confirm either way, but never got around to it. Love the cards - the fold-out door is a great idea! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #39

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love your 'desk' Helen! Great cards too! I was tempted by Wanderlust but as I signed up two years on the run for a course I didn't get my best from, I decided not this time!! It does look like fun though!
Hugs, Chrisx #3

glitterandglue said...

Hi Helen. Thought you said you struggled for a bloke card? That's just great for your brother! Well done. Lots of goodies to have a go at there on your "desk" this week.
Have fun with the new challenge.
Thanks for the visit and the comments.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #2

Neet said...

Got a reminder fro Wanderlust that I have not started yet - no time, busy packing for my away days to Anaheim. Hope it is a good show and I can show you some interesting pictures.
Hugs, Neet 13 xx

butterfly said...

I think the card is a treat - a crazy bird is the last thing I expected to see inside those monumental doors! Looks as though Wanderlust is taking over proceedings. I haven't sourced any A1 paper yet... another thing for the to-do list!
Alison xx

Christine said...

Love that Peekaboo window - very clever!!! Love the stamped flower as well - you're full of clever ideas!

have a good week

Bishopsmate #53

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

It might have felt like a struggle, but the end result doesn't show it. Love the background colours on the other card.

Fiona #56

CraftygasheadZo said...

Love your brother's card! That journal looks all too pristine from here though I know that won't last!! Lol Take care Zo xx 42

Clair said...

Ooh, I love the desks of mixed-media artists. They *always* look so interesting - and I'm filled with curiosity whenever I see paints, primers and such! I'll look forward to seeing the results of the Wanderlust Class.

Have a lovely week - see you next Wednesday.

Clair x

Shel C said...

I know what you mean about cards for hard. When they are tiny you can go with cute animals and things..but when they get old we have to really stretch our imagination. That being did great! I love the very serious architectural look of the outside..and then BAM! a funny bird peeking out. Love it! I also like the very girly one at the end with the ombre background and flower. Thanks for visiting me earlier :) Shel/PaperOcotilloStudio #14

Sharon said...

I like the card! That's quite a pile you've got there. I've been working on getting my new craft room all organised. My MIL says it won't stay that way for long. I don't think she's commenting on my housekeeping.

Tilly Tea Dance said...

That cut open doorway idea is great! My little boy loves to open doors and flaps in books to see what fun lies behind... I'm sure this will be the same for a big boy when he receives your card! Happy crafting, Max #46 :-)

Sharon Madson said...

Great cards for your friends. I love the crazy birds, in fact I finally ordered the stamp and original dies. I haven't even used them yet! Happy New Year! #48

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Helen, love the colours on the card. At the risk of being an enabler, have you been looking at all the new stuff on Tims blog? I can say a lot of money will be changing hands when they get over here!Usually I am sick to death of the sight of anything Christmassy by now, so I don't know whats happening either. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #8 xxx

Shoshi said...

Lol at Judy's comment about knees, Helen! I could never work on the floor in a month of Sundays. The worst part would certainly be getting up! My muscles are affected by my M.E. and I can only get comfortable on certain chairs and use my old wheelchair in my studio - main advantage being I can lock the wheels so it doesn't scoot all over the laminate floor like my office chair does! You are right - my creative space is quite large. It is one of the bedrooms and I had it fitted out with kitchen units. One day (I keep promising this!) I will do a video tour of it. The tidying is making slow progress! Busy week this week so probably won't get much done till next week.

Thanks for your visit and a happy New Year to you too!
Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #22

Peg Robinson said...

Love the cards. Looks like a very busy place.Peg 66

Lynn Stevens said...

You must be in terrific shape Helen? Great way to create!
Its a great card for a guy. They can be quite challenging.
Hope your over your cold hon?
HUgs Lynn

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Happy New Year, Helen!
Thank you very much for already visiting me! They say we have the longest Christmas season over here in the Philippines. Our Christmas season ends after this coming Sunday so we still have our decorations up.
I love the contrast of the card you make! Such an unexpected surprise when you open the door, LOL!
Blessings, peggy aplSEEDS@6

Marit said...

Happy New Year Helen! I'm in love with the big journal laying on the ground (but then again, I'm in love with ALL blank books... ha!) It will be a marvelous treasure once it's filled! Happy (belated) woyww, have a great weekend. Love from the Netherlands, Marit #29

Hettie said...

Oh lovely card Helen. I always have trouble with cards for the male species!!
Thank you for your visit.

Miriam said...

Love the card that you made for your brother - and I adore mine (it's still up!)

I really like the journal that you are using :)