Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What Is On Your Workdesk #307 - Catch all Catch Up

 Hello Friends and Desk Hoppers :)

Last night instead of preparing my 'desk hopping linky party extravaganza post'...complete with a informative step out of a project with nicely edited photos... I went to the Broadway show, Newsies, with my Mother. The show was great. Lots of talented singers and dancers cavorting around the stage telling the story of child labors in the 1940s who formed a union and shut down New York City. This seems like a sad story...but they made it fun and powerful with lots of anthem like songs and plenty and stomp dancing. And of course, a forbidden romance thrown in for color :) So today you are getting a thrown together catch all catch up sort of a post instead of my usual thing. To start off, here is my messy desk :)




For those of you who follow along week to week..No I did not finish up that painting that was on my desk last week. Instead, I got completely sidetracked. You can see on my desk that I have become obsessed with ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) I had no idea how fun these little babies could be! A small and quick way to practice different media and of course, your drawing skills. LOVE THEM. It actually started with the idea of swapping a 'pocket letter' with a fellow Kraaft Shaak Design Team member. But I think it has blossomed into another tangent off the road of 'what I should be doing' LOL Here is a closer look at a couple of them that meet the monthly Kraaft Shaak Kommunity challenge. This month, the challenge was to use Turquoise and Red together. So here you go! #KSCAPR15


I actually started out this week to try to catch up with some of the stuff I have let slide recently. I did catch up on The Documented Life art journaling challenges before my tangent into ATCs.  The one for April 4th  was a watercolor challenge. A shout out to the guest artist Gina Lee Kim. I love her bright and whimsical watercolor pieces! She teaches a few classes I would like to take...but...I am already behind on the other classes I have committed to :(


The week of April 11th was a acrylic paint challenge with the prompt 'cry me a river'. That brought me to the lyrics from the song Bridge Over Trouble Water..and straight into a sentimental place. This page is about how special it is to have someone to help you when you are going through a hard time, I hope each of you have someone like that in your lives.


The challenge for April 18th was to use a Gelli Plate in your spread. Well, I have not even looked at what the other artist's did for this. I dove right in and made a night time city using my 5" X 7" rectangle Gelli Plate. I LOVE these things I tell you! If you haven't tried them, you should :) Oh, and as you can see, I went for the #KSCAPR15 color challenge colors, Turquoise and Red :)


I also made a altered tag this week for Cards and More By Sheri's 'Tag It Tuesday' linky party. I am pretty darn proud of how my tag turned out. You can check that out here if you are interested :)

Much Love!
<3 Shel

35 comments:

  1. the newsies is a fab film {disney early 90s} am hoping it comes to the west end :)
    thanks for sharing
    happy woyww have a great week
    Mrs. C.x #2
    http://craftroomdiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/woyww-april-22nd-2015.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Mrs. C :) Yes, I really enjoyed the stage version of Newsies and I hope you can catch it in your area!

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  2. Beautifully awesome work as always, Shel!! Love those ATC cards. I've done a few as well for the WOYWW swap that's coming up. I'm looking forward to that! Glad that you took a break with your Mom. Sounds like a terrific play.
    Happy WOYWW Nann4 #37

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    1. Thanks Nann :) I wish I had been more aware of the ATC swap with the WOYWWers. (I was off for 4 weeks) I also wish I could attend that crop...what a amazing party that will be :)

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  3. Oooh I have both those watercolors and those pens on my wish list at amazon so its cool to see them on someone's desk for real being played with :) ATC's are totally addictive. ( Until you run out of room for storing them other people's art haha) :) thanks for the earlier visit ~Stacy #53

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    1. Oh those pens and watercolors used to be on my Amazon wish list too...then for my Birthday in March my wonderful best friend went crazy and bought them for me! She is so supportive of my art habit :) I hope you get them someday soon..they are both great.

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  4. Love your colorful ATC's! Beautiful! i wish I could draw faces like that! I love your journal pages as well, especially the houses - beautiful! I have yet to experience gelli plate, with everything else to do I just haven't had the interest! Thanks for visiting! Lindart #51

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    1. Thanks Linda :) Oh, the Gelli plate is awesome and addictive as all get out! Once you try it you can't go back..muhahahha

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  5. Just LOVE your artwork! Especially the Bridge over Troubled Water! Thanks for stopping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #45

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    1. Thank you Carol :) Desk hopping is so fun..love seeing what everyone is creating!

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  6. I love your ATCs and paintings.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #25

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  7. Wow, those faces on ATCs are amazing Shel! I worked on the water-color DLP today - not my cup of tea I might say! I call it finished now and am looking forward to dive into the acrylics and (yessss!!!!) the gelli plate! I love your night time city very much! Thanx for stopping by my blog, happy woyww(evening) and a hug from Holland! Marit #38

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    1. Thanks so much Marit. I really do enjoy making the tiny things I discovered. Maybe not so much space to worry about covering? Thanks for dropping back by and your kind comments!

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  8. You work in such gorgeous colours and this week is no exception. I enjoy my visits here :-)
    Hugs,
    Annie x #17

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    1. Thank you Annie :) I sure do seem to favor the bright colors..discovering this myself.

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  9. Hi Shel, thanks for the visit. There is chaos in my space but I try to keep it away from the desk if possible. You should see the floor Lol! I always love your art work and the ATCs are brilliant. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Thank you Angela :) Yes, my floor is amazingly crazy. Every once in awhile I get on my hands and knees and scoop up all the little bits of paper, dropped beads, and wadded up paper towels. It is rare though lol

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  10. Loving those vibrant journal spreads. Thanks for stopping by today. You're right, having a dedicated corner has transformed my sewing.

    Fiona #27

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Fiona :) I need to set up a sewing place too..just not sure where it would fit LOL

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  11. Yes, red and turquoise really go well together. So vibrant! I love your ATCs. Gorgeous!
    Thank you for your visit and kind comment,
    Have a good week,
    Lisca#19

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments and the visit Lisca. I agree..those are a good color combo. Maybe I would not have used them as much without a challenge though.

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  12. I love the positive energy in all your projects, which is enhanced by your beautiful use of color. My favorite project today is the bridge over troubled waters page spread. Thanks for your vista and Happy WOYWW!

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    1. Thank you Arnoldo :) Color is my muse and my love. I guess that must show when I make art!

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  13. Hi Shel and thanks for visiting my desk. You have lots going on with those "cool" bright ATCs - you have me thinking I can use up heaps of the backgrounds I've been experimenting with for the bases of ATCs..thank you. Have a super week RobynO#24

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    1. Thanks Robyn for stopping by. I think using up some of the backgrounds is a great idea for ATCs :)

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  14. I love the gelli plate as well - it is addictive! Gorgeous ATCs and journal pages!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. (Bev #50)

    Happy WOYWW

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  15. Wow, what beautiful art! Love the faces and vibrant colors. Thanks for your earlier visit and happy WOYWW! ~ Laura

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  16. sounds like you've had a packed week, great art and the atcs are great. you can trade for the WOYWW anniversary next! Helen 5

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    1. Thanks Helen :) Yes, I should have traded for the anniversary but I was absent for a few weeks and didn't get started in time :(

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  17. Hi there Shel, I adore your use of the beautiful vibrant colours, all your artwork makes me smile, I love your gorgeous rainbow tag as well, wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me :)
    Have a fabulous creative week!

    Angela x
    Angel Greetings #36

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    1. Ph you have been busy, I love your use of colour and especially love the city skyline.
      Jill

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  18. Hi Shel, so pleased things are going well for your Hubby. Just waiting on the results of my MRI now, and then hopefully it will be on to surgery, and eventually reversal of my colostomy too. Running late this week, it seems to have gotten away from me somehow! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #11 xxx

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