Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Well, here it is....my desk for this week's WOYWW 191.  My son and his family spent two weeks in Canada skiing Whistler Mountain.  When he and his wife shared photos on Facebook, I thought it might be fun to snag the photos and make a little album to share with them.  What you see on my desk are photos I printed and matted on black cardstock.  My album will be wire bound and the pages will be 6 by 12.  I'll be using Carta Bella (Winter Fun)  and Echo Park (Winter Time)  papers.  I have to add a plug for a new tool I found.  I have a really hard time matting things that are even on all sides.  I was reading a blog last week, and I saw a link to a tool called Perfect Layers and Perfect Square.  I went to the site and viewed the videos.  Well, long story short, I had to have a new tool.  I ordered 3 rulers and the square.  It didn't take long for them to arrive.  And guess what, it's a tool that I'll be using often.  The rulers really are easy to use.  I did need to learn to raise the edges a bit to allow the ruler to catch them, but once I figured this out....it was easy and made the process very easy.  If you want to have a look...check the rulers out here

Ok....moving along.  This week has been very busy and very productive.  My buddy Brenda came on Sunday and while she worked on her project, I worked with my Spectrum Noir pens.  Before Christmas I purchased this Northwoods Rubber Stamp (P8712).  And here's what I created.  I colored the image on white paper, cut it out and then stamped it on the patterned paper.  I glued the colored image over the stamped image and then did a bit more pen work. 
The inside of the card is pretty simple too....
I wish I could tell you the name of the patterned paper, it was a 4 x12 piece I found in my snippet box and I thought it kind of looked like old worn wood.  The pumpkin is a Cuttlebug die and embossing folder that I cut on a scrap of orange paper and then colored with my pens.  I know, it's a Fall card, but I've wanted to color the image since I purchased it and finally found the time.

Are you still awake?  Ok....sorry this is so long, but I've had a busy and productive week.  Next week will be busy too, so I'll post as much as I can in one post.....grab your coffee (unless it's night time in your world) and hang in there, I'm almost done.

 Last weekend, my CardMaker Magazine arrived and on page 77 I saw a card that I really liked.  Michelle Woerner created the card.  Now, I didn't have the same supplies needed to create it, but I had some of them, and some items that were close.  So....this card will be sent to my friend Thelma.  I know she'll love it.

And finally, if you've read my blog before, you'll know about my shadow box.  This project is going to be on-going for awhile, though I do hope to finish it within the next few months.  It's kind of like a puzzle.  When I find pieces to add to each section, I lay them out.  When I'm happy with what I've found, I put the section together.  I started with January then a light bulb came on and it dawned on me that if I built it from the bottom row I could remove the wooden sections and it would be easier to build in the small area.  Next section will be October.....don't hold your breath, I've been working on this for 6 months and I only have 3 sections completed.

So, now you know what I've been up too.  What's been happening in your world?

I'll be linking to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. - Thanks Julia for giving us a place to share our creative space.

And of course Di, I think I use up snippets just so I can come and play.  Check out Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  

I know sometimes I sound like an ad for product....I really am not.  I just enjoy sharing products I love, tools I can't live without, and friends I've met along the way. No money exchanges hands when I mention product....now mind you....if anyone wants to turn me into a wealthy woman...I am not opposed!  LOL!

Well, that's it for me...at least for now.  Is that a collective sigh I'm hearing? 

Have a most creative week.  I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll be busy booking Dee Dee and my trip to Australia and New Zealand....keep your fingers crossed that we can find some great prices on airplane tickets.  Our husbands are staying home...it's girls (ok, old broads gone wild).  I can hardly wait!

Hugs to all,


  1. Wow, look at those professionally stored markers....
    Love your workdesk very much! And your cards are made professionally too ;)

    Have a wonderful WW!

    die amelie #66

  2. Yes Mary, I did sigh. At your LOVELY shadow box and the fact that you're letting it happen naturally rather than treating it as something to be finished. Such a skill and will mean so, so much more. I really like your magazine inspired card too - love that we can reproduce with different stuff and still be very happy with it. Such a cheerful card too - all that and look how neat your space remains! Am going to check out the matting rulers for sure.

  3. Hi Mary . . . desk of photo's looks cool. LOVING your shadow box and the pretty cards you've shown.

    Enjoy your girlie trip.

    Sarn xxx

  4. Hi Mary what a lovely idea to make a completely surprise album - I didn't know you could get hold of photos from Facebook like that. You have been busy but your desk still remains tidy!!!! Love your cards. I think I have just bought that fab trellis looking die! Happy WOYWW to your from Helen 55

    1. Helen, I love snatching the photos from FB. They can't be enlarged more than probably 4x6, but that's usually large enough. The problem when putting them in an album is trying to keep the photos in the correct order, especially if you're giving it to those who were on the vacation. The trellis die was given to me as a gift, I think it was made by Papertrey. Not positive though.

  5. I'm exactly the same way when I find something that works really well! Your shadowbox is wonderful.

    Jeannie #12

  6. Busy lady Mary. I love love love your shadowbox. You are putting heart and love into it and they take time.
    Your son and his family will love the memory book of their trip.
    Happy WOYWW
    Alison #72

  7. What great cards and a fantastic job on the colouring your shading us wonderful, I love what you have done with the re stamping as well
    Ria #44

  8. I went and checked out the you tube on the rulers and it looks very interesting and if it works for you then stick with it. Love your cards. Also I missed Rudolf Day this month, must make note to self to improve time line and do it next month plus catch up on this one. LOL

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza 100

  9. Wow - tons going on here Mary. I adore the card - and do hope you had success booking flights for a girlie holiday! Hugs, Di xx

  10. hugs Mary I love your blog!!! that shadow box is stunning and girlie holidays too how wonderful huggles hun xxxxxxxxxx

  11. Love the cards and your desk is inviting as well with all of the lovely colors!

    Craft Donkey #108

  12. A tip to NZ and Oz, what a wonderful thing to look forward too! We're planning to go to the UK in the Spring. Love the little book, that will be a nice surprise for your son. Looks like we're both casing cards from the new edition of Cardmaker!

    Brenda 91

  13. Hi Mary,
    Just popping over from Mary's blog saw the goodies you sent her and popped over here - interesting that yo should mention the Perfect Layers and Perfect Square tool - going off to watch the videos too..

    ...but wondering if can use my ultra large Set square instead of buying another thing from overseas... ie for ruling it then cutting - as it god art one for calligraphy so would not use it for cutting.

    Love your card make over - great job and colours are so different but very cheery!
    ....and so you are off downunder, and girls only - great! - we have a lovely country over here! if you look through my blog you will see lots of shots of it!
    happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x #40

    1. Shaz, I'm loving the Perfect Layers. The cutting part is what makes it so very easy. I don't blame you for not wanting to purchase another tool, and with the cost of shipping going up, keeping purchases close to home is important. About the trip to Oz...I'd love to visit your country. I make trips to Australia to visit my son and family. I know your country is lovely and I'd love to holiday there, but with air fare as high as they are...I guess it'll be Australia for awhile....With 4 kids, and only one that lives within 4 hours, I need to travel by air to see 3 of them. I need to win a super large Lotto!


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