Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Woyww ....Wk 111

Well here is my desk … not very exciting I’m afraid.

I have been messing around with my pro- markers and a down loads from Spyder at the moment, trying to conquer colouring in, but I am still having problems with print-outs running as I colour them. I think I didn’t leave this one long enough …mind you, it seems to depend on what I’m printing out ??? Text smudges even after several days, if I want to colour the background …but only sometimes??? …I think I need to try my stamps out next. Thank you Spyder for this freebie ...he is so cuddly …and fat. I need to print him …and your others …on better paper once I am happy with my colouring...and then create some cards

You may make out a shallow box behind the pens …well that is the result of my ‘crafty mess around’ on Sunday, which I thought I would share with you …and this is how it all developed ....

First find a box destined for the bin …mine was about 5” square and originally held my ‘Retired’ clock.Grab some papers…maybe those that need to be used up.... a brush and PVA glue … rip up the paper and get all sticky with the glue …great fun …very messy….love this sort of decoupage…. I have used old postage stamps (not the valuable ones!!) in the past, to great effect.

Hunt for something else that needs using up …I found white paper frills that have sat in the cupboard for ages and ages … and ages …I gave them a tea bagged look with pro markers and stamped all over them… an Impress ink pad seems to work best for pro-markers and PVA glue, which again was used liberally to stick and cover everything.

There also was the addition of a few bits of Graphic 45 ‘Farmers market’ ...but any fun scraps would have done …and more PVA …slightly watered down as a top coat ….and it was finished ….

A ’Tidy-up Tray’ …. much stronger than the original box ...to be used for odd buttons, brads and other embellishments that lie around after a project. …the bigger things go in my huge re-file box under the desk.

I know you all know how to do this technique …but for me this was an exercise in remembering and practicing how to cover an item …something I have not done for a very long time …and it was so much fun. If anyone has never done it …do try …unless you hate getting messy. I thought that if I document it, then I just might remember to do more of it …and practice makes perfect as they say …well one can only hope as there were lots of things I would have done better/differently.

Sorry I only made it to 40ish last week ...I'll try to increase my visits again but I just have to read everything and have a good look around too but the week just slips away before my eyes.

Take Care xx

31 comments:

Wipso said...

Lovely boxes. Have a great crafting week.
A x

crafty cat corner said...

I would love to have a go at decorating a box like that, the problem is I can't do everything.
I have my embroidery, crochet, patchwork plus blogging and it really annoys me that I can't do everything at the same time. lol
Love the cats.....
Briony
x

Neet said...

What a flippin' good idea that box is. Must check if I have room to have one sitting on my desk (which magically shrinks).
Lots going on - enjoy!
Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet x #3

JoZart said...

Try ironing your digi prints between paper to fix them. Might work!
Lots of interesting things to snoop on and I love the bitty box. Great idea. thanks for visiting me and for your lovely wishes... pop back if you can as I've just thought to add some ancient wedding pics... go on ... have a larf!
Love JoZarty

GLENDA BROOKS said...

a good tip for digi prints is to use heat gun and heat up several times. I do this over a couple of hours. Every time I pass by I heat up. then the ink does not run!

Helen said...

Great boxes, they look great. Love the picture of the beach, you all look like you're having fun and I agree about the sun catching the ripples.

Kathleen said...

Fabulous box love it.
I work a lot with Promarkers and have never had a problem with printer ink smudging and as I'm the impatient sort I start to colour almost straight away after printing. I wonder if it's the type of card that is causing the problem? I use Rymans Bright White Coated card and to be honest I've not found another card that works so well with the pens. Hope you manage to sort things out soon.

Kathleen x

Marjolein..... said...

Hi,

I have THE Same problem with digi printing. And THE tips i got were
Use photo ink cardridges in your printer in stead of regular cardridges
Print in concept or very fast (these are options in the printing menu) in that way you use à lot less inkt...

Hopefully it helps....

Greetz, marjolein

sasa said...

Great post and lots of creative makes on the go! Good to trying things out...
Thanks for sharing today!
Sarah

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ooh, I really like that box - all the different colours and text and stamps. Fab-u-lous :D xxxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm like you. It takes me forever to visit, because I read every word, too. I am in love with that box. It really looks doable, too. As for the cat, I don't use markers, but I've heard the shading can be difficult. Never heard anything about smearing, but I can see how that can happen. They have a spray adhesive/fixative you can use on the printer image before you add anything else to it. Have a super WOYWW.

SueH said...

Looks like you’ve been having a lot of fun this week Angie! Loving the ‘tidy tray’…..very useful indeed.
Your colouring is looking great too. I read somewhere that you can run an iron over digi stamps after printing to help dry the ink out but I’ve never tried it myself. I usually leave mine overnight before colouring and don’t have any problems.
Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Little Button Girl said...

I love those cats x

Cardarian said...

I like your coloring and the decorating of the box - very nice! I am doing that a lot these days! Enjoyed your post!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Roban Studio said...

What a wonderful project! I love how your box turned out. Have a great rest of the week, and thanks for stopping by to visit me. :-)

ScrappnBee said...

no worries! I never seem to make it past 40-50...and that is with a relaxed summer schedule and plenty of time on the couch! The cat is adorable! Good luck practicing with the pro markers! -Amanda #45

Lulabelle said...

Great box! Good way to use up some of those 'bits' we all have!

NatashaMay said...

The box looks awesome and look at those kitties! :) They are adorable!

Twiglet said...

Great little bits and bobs box - we all need one or two of those! Yes, I like having a good read and a snoop around each blog - it takes flippin ages but thats half the fun!

Julia Dunnit said...

GENIUS! I may know the technique, but I often forget how good the well know stuff is - and the box looks just fab!! Not to be rude, but the G45 paper looks so much better in little pieces! I can't help about printer ink..I'm utterly utterly useless.....at printers and things that have to be plugged in, frankly!

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Awe, but your cats look wonderful on your desk. Looks like they are the ones less likely to chase moths in the wee hours of the morning. lol

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Lovely printables for colouring you have. Especially for a cat-lover. And your box looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Bye, Franka

Claire said...

lovely boxes... in answer to your questions about my shopping list...it is for crafty things... things i see other people using and think..I want that... also with a few things i have found while looking.. the list is getting longer by the day

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hello Angie, i think you desk is exciting, with all the promarkers and the wonderful box!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Angie, loving the box and saw the finished item, great idea and great job. Thank so very much for sharing it may do that as have a box handy up in my top caupboard! sorry am running late this week again! thanks for popping over and happy WOYWW.! Shaz in Oz.x

butlersabroad said...

Practice is good, we all need that with a new technique! Love the box and great posts earlier, especially liked the day out with the boat trip.

Hugs
Brenda

Little Button Girl said...

Hi Angie, So sorry, didn't realise you couldn't access my blog through the link...will have to take a look at that! It definately is hard work going through all those lovely blogs, but I love checking out other people's work! The cake was rather nice! :) Thanks for dropping by, and hope to see you again soon :) x

Little Button Girl said...

Angie- Me again - How do I set my blog so that you can see it? Thanks!

MaggieC said...

A very impressive box, love that bit about Huntley and Palmers, especially. Glad Madison has returned safely. These cats do seem to enjoy scaring us to death. Thank you for your visit earlier this week. Sorry it has take so long to get round to returning the visit. Visiting grandchildren rather took over.

Craftgirl said...

love your altered box. One of my favourite things to do too.
Carol C

lisa said...

I love your tidy box, they are so useful aren't they. Trouble is I fill one with ribbish and then need another one!!
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs Lisa#72