Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What's On Your Workdesk 193 and Valentines Day

 Here's my desk.....but before I talk about it....let me share this card....
My friend Dee Dee made this beautiful Valentine card for me....I've been saving it to share....so, Happy Valentines Day!  And thank you Dee Dee for the beautiful card. 

 And now on to  my workdesk:  Wednesday again and you know what this means....Julia's place is filled with desktops and it's .time to show off your workdesk.  How about joining in...it's fun.  Today mine looks fairly neat...oh yes it does....I'm not showing the ironing board and my second desk...not so neat!  So, a few weeks back Mary H and I exchanged some napkins.  Having seen her blog post about making cards from napkins, I reflected on a time gone by, when I loved making napkin cards.  I sent Mary some from my stash, and she generously sent me some beautiful napkins from her treasure box.  Above are two napkins I used to make these cards.  Check out her blog to a link to directions.  They are easy, fun and quick to make....
Pretty neat yes?  I think so.  I want to thank Mary H for reminding me that I have napkins that make beautiful graphics for cards.  And I want to thank her for sharing a great selection of her napkins.  I'll be showing more cards later.

Look at all the extra pieces I have for more cards.....
 The past week was a busy one.  I finished the scrapbook I made for my kids.  It will be going with me  in June.  Lots of love went into the scrapbook and it was fun spending time with the kids and grand kids through photos.  My Granddaughter loves to craft, and making little projects for her is what I hope will encourage her to love paper crafting.

A few weeks back I was looking in on Sarn's blog and I noticed that she had a section on Zentangles.  I've had the "How to" books for quite awhile I sent her an email and she "sort of" challenged me to make one.  Well, who could ignore a challenge.... I'd tried my hand at bits and pieces, but never put one together.  My pieces were more doodling than completing a 3 1/2 inch tile....Well, another item I can check off my bucket list....This may be a collection of one, or maybe I'll be doodling away, who knows.  For now.....here's my Zentangle.
 I've had my nose stuck to the grind stone lately and though I've looked at blogs on my ipad, while watching TV with my honey....I feel like I've been away from one of my favorite blogs for far too long.  The girls on the playground are probably running wild and I'm not there to join in....so, I'm headed there now.....I'm not sure my napkin is a snippet, but the cardstock and frames are from bits and pieces so, Miss Di....I'm comin to play.  The snippet card she's showing this week is oh so sweet.  Check it out!

I'm posting this a few hours early because Wednesday is my card class...It's going to be a busy class as there are many dies to cut.  Because I will be there very early, I won't have time to post before I go, so, I'm posting right before I head off to bed.   If you're in Chico on Wednesday, head on over to Paradise Scrapbook Boutique and introduce yourself.  For more info...check it out here.

Hugs and chat later.
Mary Mac




27 comments:

  1. Neat desk! and I like the images you have from the napkins, great ideas all around us. Have a fun week and Happy WOYWW

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  2. What a great desk - and the napkin cards are fantastic! Have a lovely day. Helen, 2

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  3. What a lovely post Mary. Your napkin cards are terrific and so vibrant. I love that two Mary's swapped stuff!

    Your desk IS fairly neat too and the Valentine Card your friend gave you is pretty.

    And, as you know, I am thoroughly impressed with your BRILLIANT ZENTANGLE. Have linked to my blog.

    Have a fun class.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  4. lots of lovely things to see, Love your Ideas and the Zentangle is super x Happy WOYWW Heather # 62

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  5. The valentines card is amazing and your cards are fantastic I love the idea of using napkins to make such great cards and well done on the zentangle
    Happy WOYWW I hope you have a great day
    Ria #47

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  6. Heh Mary, hope you are well?

    Beautiful cards and totally amazing that they're made using napkins!

    I think your zentangle is amazing, l've had a go myself and its a great way of expressing yourself even thou l can't draw for toffee ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Enjoy your craft class, happy WOYWW xx

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  7. Fab cards and I love your Zentangle - I've just bought a starter kit from a show I went to and am about to start playing!
    Kath x

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  8. Brilliant cards Mary - and I think your Zentangle is stunning!! Happy WOYWW, hugs, Di xx

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  9. Love the napkin cards, they're better used as cards than wiping your hands on any day. Pretty Valentine card too and I love your Zentangle, you totally rocked it! Have a great day at the class.

    Hugs
    Brenda 100

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  10. What absolutely stunning and beautiful makes, I especially love your Zentangle card, it's brilliant and so striking.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  11. Gorgeous stunning makes Mary love the Zentangle ! huggles hun Sue J x

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  12. Wow Mary totally stunning they are and your Zentangel is amazing x

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  13. How fab Mary, what a brilliant idea to use napkins, you can buy such pretty ones too. Must give this a try. Picked you up from Sandra's blog. Dee x

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  14. Mary, I seem to be your 100th follower... Congratulations... Dee x

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  15. A great work space. I am always on the lookout for pretty napkins but I haven't found one as gorgeous as the Autumn one you have used. I love the card you made with it. Well done on the Zentangle. they facinate me but I had a go and decided they are not for me.
    Kate x #126

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  16. Your valentine is beautiful. As are your two napkin cards.
    Happy WOYWW
    Alison #76

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  17. Well I hope Wednesday's card class has gone well...i tend to pre-cut quite a lot these days, specially if there's embossing to do too, it ties up the machines for too long and makes the slower workers work slower! Lovely valentine card, and the napkin cards are such a clever idea.

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  18. Your napkin cards are beautiful, and I love your zentangle (never heard of this before!)
    Just popping over from Pixies Crafty Snippets :)
    Bubbles #21
    and a fellow playmate of WOYWW too #28

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  19. beautiful cards! I think I am going to have to try this technique! I wonder if I can use the Sizzix adhesive sheets to glue them with? What do you use? Have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #17

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    1. I'm not sure where to start, so I will start from the beginning. If your napkin is 3 ply, remove the two plys without the graphic. You won't need those two layers. I then ironed the colored graphic to freezer paper, using a hot dry iron. cover your surface so you don't get the wax from the freezer paper on your ironing board or your iron. Once you do this, you can die cut, or shape however you choose. Using freezer paper makes the graphic flexible enough to use as wrapping paper. Pretty cool!

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  20. Miss Mary, Love that Valentine card! How kind of your friend to make such a beautiful treasure for you. And what you did with the napkins, OH MY GRACIOUS! Would never have thought to use this way...so beautiful. Glad you enjoyed them. REALLY loved the bird one (well, you know I like birds anyway!). Such a tidy desk too. I got my 'organizing pics' posted this am, then we left for the Fitness center (been away for over a yr, Dr. said Get back to it". When we got home, I crashed in the recliner, so late getting round to folks. But it's a lovely evening treat to see all the goodies. Hugs Mary H #136 - Oh yes, Happy WOYWW

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  21. PS...forgot to say, I've never tried Zentangles. I know it's based on 'doodling', but there, I've told you all I know about that! Yours turned out very pretty though. TFS

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  22. lovely cards that valentines one is lovely Happy Valentines and a Happy belated WOYWW tfs Mrs.C #54
    www.craftylittlemoos.blogspot.com

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  23. Your cards made with the napkins from Mary H are positively stunning, Mary! I did this a few years ago, too, and between you and Mary, it's now back on MY bucket list of cards to make!

    Your Zentangle is wonderful, as well! I daren't go there, challenge dare or not. I just know that I'll love it too much and never come back up out of that rabbit hole!!

    Have a wonderful week! Darnell #46

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  24. Those napkins are really lovely. I have a pile of them that I found when we cleared FIL's house and couldn't throw out. Your zen tangle is brilliant. Wouldn't know where to start. Hugs Mrs A.

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  25. Oh Mary, you have been so busy...the napkins cards are fab...i love the bird ones!

    The zentangle is interesting...I have to remember to shoe it to Little miss C as i think she would like to try it...something she could do on her own when I am not there!
    Thanks for showing your fab projects.

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    1. Your comment got me thinking. I googled Zentangles for kids and there is a book. My GD is only 6, so I may have to wait a bit, it's for 12 and up...but something to look forward to. Plus, hey some of the patterns are for the kid in me :-) Thanks for the inspiration.

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