Wednesday 15 May 2013


Hi fellow desk hoppers!  Another grey day here - who has stolen the sun?  Come on now share and share alike ;-)

On my desk today - and skilfully hiding the bulk of the messy bits as I take my photos!!!  At the weekend I had fun trying out a couple of products that I want to feature in my next card class.  One of them is a blast from my childhood.  Did you ever do one of those pictures where you start with a black board and then scratch away at it to reveal the metal beneath?  Well this is that with a new lease of life!  I had great fun die cutting, scratching, embossing and sanding it as my test samples show!  I also had a play with gilding flakes (do not sneeze when you are using them!!!) and top right is a card that I tried different ways of applying the flakes.  I had great fun just playing.

Now that I know what the products can do I need to design two cards to teach in my next class.  If I have sparked an interest then just to let you know I got the Foil and Flakes from Creative Expressions.

In contrast next to all that glitters is a much more delicate project.  I am working on a Graphic 45 layout which I think may end up mounted on to a canvas as I have made two very delicate vines of flowers that definitely won't like being squished into a page protector!!!

Wishing everyone a happy and creative WOYWW and if you have no clue what that means then follow this link to join in the fun.


  1. WOW - you are very creative. Love the look of your desk.

    Thanks for visiting.

    Happy WOYWW.

    Sarn #80

  2. I remeber those scratch off cards! Fun! Love the cards and tags on your desk! Agree the vines won't want to be squished....LOL! Thanks for stopping by my desk! Have a creativve and blessed day! #111

  3. I do remember those as a kid! So much fun! Love how you used it add a flower on your card!

  4. Well girlfriend, there are some gorgeous works of art on you desk!! Yes, I remember those scratch off cards and may even still have some around here. If so, I'll run them through a die, never thought about it before, so thanks for sharing!!
    Krisha #113

  5. Thanks for stopping by my desk today and leaving me a lovely comment! Your desk looks like you are one busy lady - very impressed with the amount you have on the go! x

  6. Thanks for visiting me :) I love your tags! They are a bit like ATC's :) I think I need to include spicing up my tags in my snail mail routine :) Thanks for the inspiration :)

  7. Anonymous16:00

    really nice papers! the tags are lovely too
    Happy woyww! & Thanks for stopping by :)
    Jana #30

  8. Hi Helen, you've come up with a fantastic way to up date an Old Skool product - I love your cards! It is fun to play isn't it? especially when you end up with such gorgeous end products! Thanks for your visit today enjoy your week MMx #114

  9. Great desk and projects. Love the idea of using that scratchy off stuff...I know I have a little pack of it somewhere which is probably about 20 years old or more - I knew they'd be a use for it oneday LOL - great idea thanks...happy WOYWW Gill x #117

  10. Hi Helen
    I love the bits you have been playing with did you know that Sue Wilson had started using that black stuff through the GC with dies and folders you got great results from yours.
    I spy My Secret Garden G45 paper there being used I have just got that pad and done a couple of projects from it, such pretty papers
    Have a great WOYWW today and a fabby week
    Ria #21

    1. Hi Ria It was Sue I first saw playing with it at a trade show and knew I wanted to try it! You just have to be a little careful as the black and shiny layers can separate a bit but I found that a touch of pva fixed it! I saw your lovely projects when I popped by - I think we may have crossed paths as I left you a comment. Hugs Helen

  11. I DO remember that scratch art! I could never hold the nib thingy properly though and it never came out right. I love the look of your right hand layout there too.

  12. Hi Helen, Love your flowers too... very different - I really like that HI card... gold is such a pretty highlight.
    Thanks for stopping by WIYWWer - Mxx #67

  13. Your have some great bits of work on your desk the tags look great but I love the big flower on the card! Jules no55

  14. Oh Helen, these items are lovely. I really like the flowers - striking! And yes, I agree about those delicate vines. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I seem to have stumped everyone with my little 'puzzle' this week. LOL Creative Blessings! Kelly #124

  15. There are some lovely colourful goings-on here, looks like you have been busy. Thanks for your visit and a belated Happy Woyww Liz@130


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