Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Welcome to an extremely sunny What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday!

Greetings from the sunny warmth at the Purple Palace ... talking of purple, did you know it was my favourite colour? (lol!!!) Wanted to use this in a dramatic way with this project as I think it is (esp when combined with and equally sumptuous gold) such a celebratory colour - IMHO! I received some great news from a pal over the weekend and wanted to acknowledge the baby news in card form! And, NO, this does NOT mean that the Duchess of Cambridge e-mailed me directly!!!!
My card

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope
The two panels before matting

A close up of the panels

The materials used

Materials used:
  • A6 white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white card (14 x 10½cm, 13½  x 10cm, 8 x 5cm) and gold (DCWV, linen effect) card
  • Stamplorations feather image stamped on to the larger white card panel using Versamark ink
  • Pan Pastels in gold and silver applied to the 13½ x 10cm panel using a cotton wool ball (Hey, it's what I had to hand!) and sealed with hairspray
  • Distress Ink in dusty concorde applied to the 14 x 10½cm panel using a Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Stamplorations background image (Bottom right in the background set in the photo) stamped around the edge using versamark ink and then gold pan pastel applied and sealed with hairspray
  • Distress Ink in dusty concorde applied to the smallest white card panel using the blending tool.
  • Water flicked from fingers, allowed to develop and then the excess blotted off
  • Stamplorations feather and background images stamped using versamark ink before applying gold pan pastels and sealed with hairspray after buffing
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Pan Pastels - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA
  2. Opus-Gluei - FEATHERS
  3. Cards in Envy - WHEN NATURE CALLS (card size specified as A2 U.S. - 4.24" x 5.5" which is A6 in the U.K.) ..... and this is to celebrate a baby (nature calling) AND features a feather (again with the nature) so I'm hoping it will fit the brief!
  4. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 58 - ANYTHING GOES
Yesterday was a funny old day ... we decided that we were in need of a new patio table - you would NOT think it would be that difficult now, would you? We headed north up the 27 to just north of Clermont and in to one store where they did indeed have what we were looking for but we just wanted to check whether this was the best price. The likes of Walmart, KMart, Target, Lowes and Home Depot had nothing like what we were looking for so it was onwards and upwards. We found ourselves heading for Tavares an I just KNEW that Mount Dora was only a hop, skip and a jump away and also blessed with a fab crafting store known as The Stamping Station! Yee Haa. Off we went .... not only did we find Mount Dora but we also found a parking spot - a remarkable feat (the parking spot not the finding of Mount Dora - it's hard to miss) - several of the roads in historic downtown Mount Dora have the most enormous holes dug in them right now! Now this section of Mt Dora is not too big so, once we'd been around once we were starting to doubt our sanity so I nipped in to a store and found two extremely helpful ladies who whipped out the store guide they keep for tourists - guess what? NO SIGN of the Stamping Station so I guess it is no more - such a shame. Especially since it was only this past week I discovered that Newbury Artstamps is no more and I know that the Wantage store Stamp Addicts is closing at the end of May too - definitely not a dry blackthorn month for me!

Still, all rounded off with a yummy shrimp and scallop linguine here, so not all bad!

Would you like to visit Mount Dora in the virtual World?

They run steam train trips - but this was the only train at the station as I passed

The Mount Dora Station

See what I mean about those roadworks??

We THINK the Stamping Station MAY have been the pink building on the left

Mount Dora's lovely isn't it?

Hope you enjoyed that ..... and now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday, I suppose you would like a peek at the mayhem that is the work space at the purple palace?
My work space

Supplies available to me!
Happy Wednesday ....oh, and in case you're wondering - YES, we did find a new patio table too!


Lauren Hatwell said...

Just grabbed a piece of homemade ginger cake and a cuppa so I can enjoy your lovely long post in all it's glory Kathy. Loads of great pictures today. What a beautiful place you visited. Such a shame about the stamp store :o( Love your beautiful feather card. The touch of gold really adds a certain je ne sais quois. Fabby! Good news about your patio table AND great to see your work desk fully occupied too. Yeeha! Lx

My name is Wynneth said...

Lovely messy workspace PP. Sounds like an interesting shopping trip yesterday ! I don't think we actually went to Mount Dora - mr t too fixated on getting to the steam trains methinks !!! that's what you call roadworks Ha Ha. Make sure you leave some of that sun shiney sun for Oct, don't use it all up this trip ;0D

You might like a quick trip to Stamping Grandma today - "Gordon's Alive" !!!

Happy Wednesday Matey

SARN said...

Well I'm glad the trip proved fruitful for the table anyway!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Purple and gold . . . very Royal Kathy, and very apt since it was also a royal baby too! Great pics of Mount Dora! How long are you away for? We are off for the whole of June - no internet, no landline, not much in the way of civilisation - it's rural Spain - but although I do miss my crafting and blogging it is also very peaceful . . . forces us to just relax and do nothing! Hazel xx

Patricia H. said...

The purple and gold give a very regal feel to your card. I'm not sure if any of us on the Cards in Envy team considered making babies as part of "nature calling" but it certainly does fit the theme, LOL! :) Thanks for playing along at CIE!

Sandy Trefger said...

Fabulous, messy workspace. I say messy is the best and most creative! Love your card with the purple and feathers. Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

Sandy’s Crafty Creations Blog

Lilian said...

Great card kathy. Love the pictures as well thank you for sharing them,

My name is Wynneth said...

Thanks for your comment on my bloggy mrs k, my pack of BAT has brights and pastels in it. I'm sure you're going to love the brights you bought. Eileen die cuts her shapes but I found that if I punched a few layers at a time they mostly cut out fine - those that didn't provided some interesting shapes ! Enjoy ;0)


Christine said...

Love that card - purple and gold is absolutely stunning!

Thanks for sharing your photos of you visit to buy a table!! lol

Have a great week

Bishopsmate #42

catherine said...

Great card kathy.
Glad you managed to get anew table and sounds like you had a good trip out although shame about the craft store!
x catherine

Viv said...

Loving the purple and gold Kathy, great card too.Nice to see other people's work spaces.....mine gets sooo untidy so quickly lol. Yours looks very organized, love those big drawers ;) Viv xx

oldpunca said...

Great card and a fabulous purple-gold combination!
Wonderful photos of your visiting of Mount Dora.
Thank you for visiting my blog. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Loll said...

Love your royal card Kathy! So pretty with the gold and purple. And great pics of Mount Dora ... lovely place indeed! Too bad about the craft shop. I think there are so many large on-line shops now, that the brick and mortars are having a tough time.

Looks like you have a ton of supplies to go through. Happy crafting! xx

Electra said...

Your card is pure loveliness, Kathy!
Those feathers stamps are gorgeous! I love the subtlety and the softness of your card. Thanks for joining us at Opus Gluei!

Chat Noir said...

Hi Kathy,

thanks for the great tour.... gorgeous day for an outing too. Love the feather stamps, and in gold they look fabulous. This is such a great choice for us at Opus Gluei...thank you for joining us this week.