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26 May 2010

WOYWW + a whole lot of other stuff....

its been a week since I last posted anything - that's neglectful of me isn't it!?  But its not as if I've been sat on my tush watching Jeremy Kyle and Loose Women - I've been busy behind the scenes....

This past weekend was spent helping out at the second Flights of Fancy ArtsyCrafts weekend - it was such a good weekend spent with 50+ painting, metalling, inking ladies creating some great projects... I went indoors at 7.00 friday night and didn't come back out into fresh air until 9.00 on sunday evening and i don't think I even noticed!  I was having too much fun (ahem.. working hard).  I love working at these events. There was lots (and lots) of paint, and just as much metal to be worked, sweets, prizes, lots and lots of die cutting and embossing - oh we worked those die cut machines- the Big Shots (mine is affectionately known as Bertha) and the Cuttlebugs... and Linda and I counted 50 kits out and back in, ....oh and I had a lift journey with a whole load of lively 70's-costume-clad party goers.. don't ask

Here are the uber talented Lin Brown and Leandra Franich:
How could you not be inspired when you look at these colours: 
Tables at work (or is it play?):
A couple of sneakypeeks of one of the projects:
And it was all going swimmingly until we got back to PaperArtsy HQ and I discovered I'd forgotten to pack my weekend bag in the car to come home! (in fairness there was a lot of stuff to pack in the cars, and I'd at least remembered to pack all my craft equipment (all the important stuff!)) Doh! How could I have forgotten the bag with my clothes etc in! When I hear of people doing the same thing I can never understand how they can forget something so fundamental!  Well quite easily apparently - I had to laugh really... 
I've since been reunited with said bag, thanks to Lin at LBCrafts (big thanks to her!) for organising TNT who brought it home on Tuesday:
I laughed a lot when I saw the size of the lorry it turned up in! The bag and contents are all safe and sound - even the banana and 4 apples that I had packed inside for snacks! roflol

Right, enough of this waffle - WOYWW:  here is my desk: ok, small confession - this is my desk on Tuesday but believe me it's not going to change much (at all) today! lol
I bought some new distress colours while I was at ArtsyCrafts, and so I'm in the process of making myself some colour charts inspired by the ones I made for the tables at AC(2nd photo).
I'm testing out the format in my sketchbook (I do that with most projects etc), and that cute little castle on the bottom left of the page is one of the new images by Banana Frog (called fairytale princess) .. and please note all that nice white space - thats the worktop! TaDaaaa!  yes we can actually see the worktop!

That's all folks - I'm determined to visit everyone this week.. so I'd better get to it! I have a feeling it could take a while! lol

Oh, one last thing - if you fancy coming to one of the ArtsyCrafts weekends (and why wouldn't you?!) details are on LBCrafts website and PaperArtsy's.

EDIT / ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS IN COMMENTS:
1: My overnight bag is actually not too big - shown here
2: The picture of cushions was a colour inspiration for the Banana Frog design team - you can see how they interpreted it here and here
3: The BigShot:  well, I'm a Cuttlebug fan really - I have been known to stroke my Bug while saying 'i love my cuttlebug'! lol Its a great little machine - portable, it suckers to the table so it doesn't wander off when you're turning the handle, and its very versatile...... BUT then I tried the BigShot!! its as good as the Bug but feels sturdier and smoother and because of the depth of the dies will go through a bigger variety of materials.. but the dies are expensive and gererally only come one to a die plate whereas the Cuttlebug dies often come in a pack that has a die and coordinating embossing folders.... no definitive answer I'm afraid - its all swings and roundabouts... it'll all come down to personal choice in the end..

32 comments:

  1. I have visited, and believe me your are most probably the only one I will visit today as have loads to do!! grrr...like the idea of a colour chart, my distress inks never stay still long enough to do one! Glad you and your bag were reunited!
    xx

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  2. Love the story of your bag - saw your tweet too - your desk looks great today. I'm thinking of getting a Big Shot - do you recommend it?!

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  3. I love that castle stamp!!! x

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  4. Your story made me smile. Love the castle stamp, will pop back to see what you have doen with it.

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  5. wow, I want those colours, all of them =)

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  6. ooo all those lush paints,makes me want to dive it. Glad you got your bag back, it really is easily done, however that didnt stop me laughing at my OH when he did it lol

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  7. Don't forget the lovely Karen and I want a colour chart too :0) And fancy forgetting your bag ... ya doughnut :0)

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  8. So glad your bag was reunited !Sounds like you had fab weekend .The results show what stunning projects in the photos this week.Have great wednesday.Hope you pop by as i have candy onoffer from today
    hugs judex

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  9. Looks like the weekend was a good 'un, wish I could have been there.. I usually leave something at a hotel..normally shoes or my hot water bottle LOL

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  10. Hiya Jo

    LOL fancy forgetting your clothes bag! and as for the lorry that delivered it back hahaha made me laugh too, great iccy of those paints, love your desk lots happening!

    Joey.x

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  11. That must have been ONE BIG BAG if it came home in that big truck (grin).

    I'm in love with that sneak peek with the birds. This is beautiful just as it is. Of course, I would love to see the full peek.

    I am in awe of how you test your colors. This is something I never do. Great idea, especially from someone who just barrels ahead full steam, usually without a clue!

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  12. How alarming - worktop space! Love your modus operandi, the sketch book and colour swatches etc - it's very professenorial you know. And is that sofa and cushions photo a colour prompt? Show us, do.

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  13. Wow ...what an inspiring time ...and what an inspiring desk you have ...and love the way you use your journal .....please can I come and play ....PLEASE

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  14. Fabulous work and fabulous weekend :)
    Anne x

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  15. Ooh those weekends look like fun! Love the idea of the colour samples.

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  16. Ooh, I'm always looking for colour challenges. I'd better write them down too so I have my own handmade colour card for inspiration.
    How fun picking up ideas along the way of scrapdesk hopping :)
    Greetz,
    Evi

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  17. oh my goodie ness what business there is here!- all work looks very interesting!!
    Have a crafty day!
    ((Lyn))

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  18. Sounds like a great weekend! and looks like a busy desk! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  19. Glad you have been reunited with your bag LOL. Sounds like you had a fab weekend. Thanks for the nose around. Tracy Evans x

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  20. It certainly was a fab weekend and it was great to see you and the lovely Linda (your song sounded best! lol).

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  21. Those projects look fab, Im really into birds at the moment. Hugs Pam

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  22. Interesting post. A snooper's paradise !

    Marilyn
    x

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  23. Might have to post that piccie of you in the lift with the 70's dudes and dudettes. That is a mighty big lorry for yr little black bag! Glad of yr company in the car and most impressed with our schemes for putting the world to rights. Maybe we shd form a crafty coalition. ...lol. Leandra

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  24. Not sure if I'll come back here again-everything is way too tempting. At least while I'm visiting desks I can't spend money. As for machines and dies-does it matter? Most machines will take most dies with a bit of fiddling about. Cuttlebug folders and dies are fab-lovely and crisp.Think I'm the only one who has a wizard. A strange but strong little thing. I love it. Hugs BettyXXX

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  25. Fab workdesk, thanks for letting me snoop!

    Nicki, xx

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  26. What an inspiring post! I love everything! TFS

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  27. The project peeks look lovely, I love making colour charts, keeps me organised!

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  28. loving wednesday nights now, just come in from work and to chill out for an hour before bed get to wander around blogland being nosey at all the crafty goodness, thanks for sharing! Love that wee castle stamp btw and looks like lots of fun was had by all at your weekend!
    hugs
    michelle

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  29. Love your sneak peaks those little squares with all the birds very inspiring thanks and looks like you had a fun time :)

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  30. Easy thing to do, so focused on the important stuff that you forget the minor things like clothes etc.

    Very impressed that you can see some workspace, and the picces from the weekend look wonderful....I need to join in one after seeing how much fun you all had
    Hugs
    Kay
    Toodles and Binks

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  31. thats my kind of desk! Busy and you know just what you want!

    Keryn :)

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  32. Those are my favorite colors! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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