Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I think my icicles have icicles / What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

I can't believe it - another Wednesday has rolled around so it's time to join up with Julia and the gang over at Stamping Ground for another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. I swear I must have skipped over a couple of days. If I had my way I would have hibernated since last Thursday when the snow started and cold blasted upon us. It was -13C last night and didn't get above freezing all day yesterday. Our high on Thursday is supposed to be -10C. Brrrr. Maybe I can hibernate? I think my icicles might have icicles!

Anyway I did spend a little time at my desk. I finally put away the Christmas makings as I have made all the cards I am going to make. That means there is space on my desk and the floor (which I never actually showed photos of).

The yummiest thing on my desk is the tub of chocolates you can see. They are supposed to be used to fill the cracker boxes you can see on the right hand size. One for the cracker box, one for me...No, I am being good. If you've read anything of my blog over the last few days you'll know I've gone to the dentist twice since last Wednesday and now have a temporary crown on a tooth which means no crunching on sticky things. Sigh. In the forefront is a non-Christmas card I'm working on.

Here are the last of the Christmas cards. 

I used washi tape on all these. I like the looks, but the tape doesn't always stay stuck down! Anyone else have that problem? I ended up putting more tape on it.

And finally one alcohol inspired card.

I have a lunch to go to - if it isn't cancelled due to snow/cold - but I'll be doing the rounds hoping to see some warm weather photos while snuggling beneath my blanket and using the cat on my lap to keep my hands warm! Hm...maybe he's using me to keep him warm!


  1. Very pretty cards! Washi tape seems so "temporary" to me, rarely stays on the card. Hope yours will. Hope you stay warm! (I had my car's air conditioner on as it was very warm on Monday.)
    Carol N #26

  2. Love your cards, especially the tequila one! Just my kind of tipple - well if used in a Margarita.
    The picture from your window with the icicles is absolutely gorgeous and I would be using that for my cards next year if it was my window. I think it is perfect for that!
    What a lovely thing your MIL has done what a lovely lady she is.
    Hugs and Thanks for visiting me.
    Neet 6 xx

  3. Love your icicle photo - I haven't seen those in ages and I'm not even sure I've ever seen such impressive ones either! -13 is cold but not as cold as Anne L's -39 in Canada!Meanwhile, it's quite mild in the UK - we had +16's last week! (I'm not bragging OK - it's been pretty rainy and goomy otherwise) Lovely cards - I usually stick down my washies with gel medium. I've got a roll that's completely lost its stickiness - I think that might happen if they're old. Happy WOYWW! Stay warm! zsuzsa #21

  4. Cats definitely think of themselves so I think I know the answer to your question! Blimey, that is cold - we did get down to -10 but it was only overnight. I've actually put my sewing machine away and tidied up my fabrics because I don't think anything is else is going to be made (famous last words!) so I understand your joy in a clear desk!
    Hugs, LLJ 11 xxx

  5. Fab snowy scene, desk and makes

    Happy WOYWW


  6. That ice makes me think it is a very good time to be in making cards. :) We just got snow that is deep enough to have to shovel the drive way for the gates to open for the first time last night. ( the snow previously has been not as much and melted quickly) Stay Warm Sharon, ~Stacy #31

  7. Hi Sharon, I'm sure you're fed up with it, but for us who hardly ever see any snow, it's magical! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #5 xx

  8. how very varied the weather is over there, just come from a desker who's had her air con on, and you're shivering! not sure which i'd prefer... great cards. Helen #1

  9. Love the icicles!! I've had same problems with washi tape - don't think I'm getting any more. I need to put away as I need room and table for Christmas :-) Anne x #13

  10. Love the cards - I usually stick washi down with little dabs of gel medium or sometimes PVA glue and find that works very well.
    Your icicles are just beautiful, and although I don't want snow as I just don't naturally stay upright on it, I would love icicles like yours!!
    Hope you have a great week, and thanks for stopping by,
    Diana #20

  11. What a hive of industry, Sharon, and what an absolutely stunning photo of the icicles! Great stuff. Thank you for your lovely comment, and I'm so glad you like my album. Progress is slow but I'm getting there! My pain is a lot better now - the nerve pain is being well controlled with the gabapentin and although my finger is still pretty painful I'm rubbing on the gel and hoping for the best! I am so delighted to hear the news of your mum. Having been through this myself, I know just how much it means to get the all-clear. Long may it continue! Scan anxiety is NOT something any of us enjoy. Give her a hug from me and my congratulations, and a happy time for you all in the coming weeks.

    As for my photos - do you mean the manipulation of the photos, or what I did with the parchment paper? What I did with both was my own idea - I just thought it would be fun to do some Zentangles based on the photos and thought that if I traced them, I could get the benefits of both, combined in a single image, but in the book, you could lift up the parchment and see both separately. I then did some tracing without Zentangles (determined by the shapes of what I was tracing) and thought a bit of metallic colouring would enhance them further. This is definitely a technique worthy of further exploration. For the photo manipulations, I used Serif PagePlus (UK software company but available both sides of the pond) - cheaper by far than PhotoShop and does all the same stuff. I desaturated the pictures (made black and white) and then in some cases made them negative, or posterised them (reduced the palette) and then laid parchment paper over the printouts and traced them with my Zentangle pens. It would certainly be fun to try some fungi - such interesting shapes, and would certainly lend themselves to Zentangle.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #18

  12. Ice and snow look so pretty in a picture, but I know I wouldn't like the reality of it when trying to go about my day to day business! Thanks for your kind comment on my Santa card. He was quite simple to make.

    Fiona #24

  13. Ice and snow are fine if you don't have to go to work in it. You really do need to stay indoors and keep warm, having said that we are going skiing soon but it never feels quite as cold as what you're talking about. I should shut the curtains and turn the heating up Lol! Thanks for the visit to mine, have a great woyww and happy crafty week, Angela x 12

  14. That is a perfect winter scene outside your window! Those are some impressive icicles! The cards are lovely, too. Keep warm!

  15. Gorgeous photo of the icicles. Nice that you can enjoy them from the inside...Incidentally it has just warmed up here to -15. Was -30! Beautiful card work, and how industrious to make your own crackers. Best of the season to you and yours. Keep smiling and creating. Thank you for dropping by with kind comments.

  16. Cute cards and the icicles are beautiful.
    April #29

  17. Ohhhh, your snow photo is devine! We don't get snow where I am so that looks so, so yummy! I love all of your sweet cards! I wish I did better at card making, but it's never taken off for me. I do one here or there, but it just doesn't stick with me! Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have a Merry Christmas! :)

  18. Hi Karen, Your cards are lovely.

    Hope your lunch wasn't cancelled and you had a nice time.

    You take care in those freezing conditions.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #17

  19. Well you aren't alone with the washi tape, I thought it was just my expectations being too high...stopped using it really, it starts to peel and drive s me nuts! so glad for you that the desk and floor is freed up of Christmas. Now you can enjoy the winter and hibernate in your craft room!

  20. Cute cards! I see the humor of Viva Las Vegas stamps there! I too have trouble with washi tape, and so I often use a glazing medium under and then over the tape. You can get matte or glossy. It glues it down well! Thanks for visiting mt blog! Lindart #35

  21. A lovely snowy view - we hardly ever get much snow these days. Great cards. Save one of the chocs for me! x Jo

  22. Fantastic cards and doesn't chocolate just melt in your mouth?? :P
    Washi Tape woes it seems either sticks to well or not enough I've used glue and double sided tape on some of mine Just to keep it in place
    Happy Late WOYWW hugs Nikki 8

  23. Sorry about your icicles on icicles and dentist woes, I can really relate to the latter, but not so well to the former. If it was that cold here I'd hibernate definitely.. I don't do cold.
    I wonder if your card let it snow triggered the snow???
    Good idea to have a lap warmer. Mutual benefit. 😄
    Thanks for sharing,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}


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