Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #285

It’s Wednesday again and there’s nothing (other than a fruit bowl) on the kitchen table this morning. The kits are prepared and everything is stacked, ready for me to pack in the car. Of course, I will be looking in those boxes before I do.

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This was the scene just after lunch yesterday. The last few ‘inbetween’ stages being made and a little experiment. I read somewhere, the other day, that with clear stamps it is better/easier to do the die cutting first and then stamp on the shapes. I always tell my class the opposite and generally we use rubber stamps. In the interests of fair play I thought I’d give it a bash. The results weren’t *bad* but for me the end product is cleaner and more accurate, when I do it the other way round.

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In the last session we made the card above. I kept it simple, because that style was new to everyone, including me. This week we’ll be a making a ‘stepped up’ version, using those cute little house. Again? I don’t think I’ll have any complaints! I’ll share what we made later in the week. Santa and his sleigh may be involved.

Now, onto to the point of me sharing all this with you this morning. Although I suspect you already know. I’m linking up with Julia and the other deskers, for our weekly hop around the workspaces of the world. See you there.

PS If you’re looking for a gift for the handy man or woman in your life, then Friday’s post might interest you. Shameless advertising I know, but for a good friend, not me. If you appreciate a well crafted tool (no sniggering at the back) then take a look.

31 comments:

Helen said...

Love that card! I never try intricate shapes like that, I really should... Have a great class. Helen 4

okienurse said...

Awesome to be so organized! i love the card…snowflakes and snowmen are a favorite of mine. I and with you on stamping first and then cutting. I use a low stick tape to hold the die on the image and it does cut so nice! Hope you have a great class! Have a great week. Vickie #17

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Never mind the quality, feel the width!! I do love a good well crafted tool....fnar fnar.....snigger. I could go on but it would get worse, so I'd better stop while the going's good :-)
I love those little houses, they can never be used enough!
hugs! LLJ 18 xx

scrappystickyinkymess said...

How is it even your "messy" desk is artistically so and still leaning towards NEAT? Really, how DO you manage it? Mine looks a mess from the first task! Another stamp than cut and the card is perfect. love it.

Happy happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (1)

sandra de said...


Can't wait to see how you use the little house stamps. The card turned out beautifully.
sandra de @21

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. I love house images. I keep intending to try drawing some of my own - one day! Ali x #42

Artatag said...

You seem to be very organized and tidy! I love your card with the snowflakes, so beautiful!
Cheers
Gabriele 26

Chrysalis said...

What a great idea, to shape your card like that. Thanks for sharing. I hope your workshop goes well. Have a lovely week, Chris # 8

Sian said...

The stamps are now on my desk too and I'm starting to wish I had a diecutter so I could cut little house shapes too

Plus, everything Jan said..because it made me laugh!

KraftyKaren said...

Love how you have used the frame punch to get that beautiful shaping to the bottom of the card - never thought of that, hope you don't mind if I cardlift that some day. I always stamp first and then diecut, if you have the magnetic plate it is so much easier that way, I find even with clear stamps I never quite get the stamp in the centre if I do it the other way round. I have a Papertrey ink die that is solid (not a frame) so you have to die cut first and then stamp - I end up throwing away quite a few mishaps!! Hope class has been a fun one for you today x

KraftyKaren #58

CraftygasheadZo said...

Loving your makes, great ideas and fab card. Great idea from your friend. Tools don't always fit everything. Take care Zo xx 50

Sandy Leigh said...

Well either way, your card turned out so pretty. Happy Wednesday! Sandy Leigh #53

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I really like those stamps of the whimsical houses. What stamp set is it? Happy WOYWW! Zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #39

voodoo vixen said...

Oooh now those little houses look like fun... stamps and diecuts? I can see them as a snow scene with santa and a sleigh... oh yes, very nice indeed. Love the card that looks like a screen, very pretty! Annette #11

MaggieC said...

A beautiful card, so simple in style and fresh. Hope your next class works as well as this one. Thank yu for your visit today and your lovely comments. Have a good week. xx Maggie

Annie said...

I'm sitting down for while for the first time today having just got home from my day with the twinnie munchkins.....so what better to do than catch up with as many blogs as I can? :-)
Think we all appreciate a well crafted tool. ;-)
Hugs,
Annie x # 19

Pat Taviss said...

Just checking in with a bunch of you bloggers. Love your desk. Thx for sharing

Pat #65

Jo said...

Another beautiful card. I always stamp first and then cut x

Angela Radford said...

Lovely card and such an unusual design. Hope you have a great crafty week, Angela x 28

Sandra said...

It's always good to try a different way, but I suppose we get stuck in our ways, and stay with what works for us. As always Fi, it's a beautiful card x

StampinCarol said...

Such an interesting card! Reminds me of a room divided screen. Very pretty! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #48

alexa said...

I really like the shape of this card - I never think of doing anything so fancy! It looks wonderful. You are really far ahead in the Getting ready of Christmas stakes - I am impressed!

Beth P said...

I would never have thought to make a card that way and how awesome it turned out! Creativity is so wonderful, giggle!
Looking forward to more visits...
Hugs,
Beth P
#73

Julia Dunnit said...

I love the dies. And I'm the same..stamp first, ensure die is in correct place...I can't imagine doing it any other way with a continual success rate! The screen card is really nice..I just know tha tyou'llmake it a gem of a card with the village and the santa...I want to come to class now!

Louise said...

I see Sian use those houses today too...they are lovely x pretty card

fairy thoughts said...

you should add the well crafted tool on annies friday zmile as it didmake mesnigger ( im a bopeless case you see)
i always cut first .... mainly because i never plan so i dont mnow what im goinv to do lol
hav fun at thr class.... sometimes i hsve to remind myself ... f
teaching is workk !
janet

fairyrocks said...

I don't know if I have any die and stamp sets....hmmm will have to look. And, if I do I am grateful for the tip. Lovely stand up card work. Keep smiling and creating

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh I love that card that looks like a room divider screen. I love how you cut out the bottoms. Very elegant!
Thank you for letting me look over your shoulder.
I'm a bit late, but as most people know, I take my time to read through everybody's blog. I love looking at photos, and clicking on links and even reading previous posts.
Have a good week,
Lisca#24

505whimsygirl said...

I recently bought two sets of stamps with the die. Shamelessly they are still in the packaging. So your preference is to stamp first then die cut? I will have to try both to see which works best for me.

The card you made is great. I admire people that try new things!

I knew it would be through the weekend before I was able to visit desks. Better late than never!

Happy belated WOYWW
Peace,
Kay(12)

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Fiona. I'm all late again!. Love the screen type card you made, and those little houses are great. Always best to go with what works for you, rather than follow the 'rules'.Have the rest of a great week, Hugs, Shaz #2 xx

Susanne said...

I've been seeing those screen cards pop up all over the place - yours is very pretty. Can't wait to see a stepped-up version.