Well I've finally made it to the Wednesday blog snoop overseen by Julia at her Stamping Ground. It's only my second visit this year but somehow something always seems to get in the way.
Although I have once again spent rather a lot of time crafting on my computer, I do have something on my desk to show so here it is.
In that brief respite that usually follows the Christmas festivities, I did quite a lot of internet surfing and ended up placing a few orders for items that caught my eye in the January sales. I have been waiting for one last parcel which finally arrived yesterday. It came from America and I got stung for import duties which was annoying as it almost wiped out my sale bargain savings. But it is the first time it has happened since I came out here, so I decided not to mind, and just enjoy what was inside. As you can see from my desk, this was a selection of Just Rite stamps and coordinating dies. I do enjoy using these, and they will be a great addition to my collection.
Also on my desk you can see a Christmas image. One of my 'not so clever' purchases was a big box (500 sheets!) of A3 size photographic paper which turned out to only be suitable for a laser printer. I have been looking for the larger sheets for ages and was so pleased to spot them, but I missed the word laser on the package. I did try it in my inkjet printer but the ink puddled on the surface and became a muddy blur. So I decided to try stamping on it, and the actual stamp worked quite well. But when I coloured with my copics they wouldn't blend smoothly, so I only did the skin on the little girl and then stopped. I stamped her again on standard stock and made the card that I posted about last week. This one was fixed to my cupboard door with a magnet and left to dry. But when I caught a glimpse of it a day or two later I thought it looked OK so I added a very small amount of colour to the rest of the image and mounted it up to make a second card. In my bid to continue working through all the ready folded card and envelope sets that I have accumulated, I found the bright blue one on my desk which matched the blue on my image perfectly. Our post office does not like coloured envelopes, (?) though I did get away with a couple of navy ones at Christmas by putting large white address labels on them, so I decided to use the envelope as a mount.
I did this post on Tuesday as I shall be out in the morning at my usual group, so I have popped back to include a photo of the card as it is now finished. I actually cut the mount with one of the new dies, but it was then too big to go on the blue card so I ended up using a white one, (to go with a white envelope!) and the blue card lives on for another day!
The reason I didn't make it to WOYWW last week was that our son Jonathan and his girlfriend came over to help Chris with some heavy garden work. He is a trained tree surgeon, so he soon had it done. They were only here for three days but they enjoyed the sunshine and the break from the cold and snow in UK, but on Wednesday we were driving them back to Alicante airport. It is the only one that offers suitable flights during the winter months but it is a five hour round trip for us. So I'll close with the double-spread from my Project Life album that I have made to record their visit.
Hopefully I'll be back to visit as many of you as I can, when I get home from my group tomorrow afternoon.