Hello all.  I missed out blogging yesterday firstly because I’ve been feeling not very well this week and secondly because I was struggling with some design decisions.  I think my head is too full of cold to think clearly.  On my desk you can see the debris, rather than the fruit, of my labours:

There are lots of punches, and piles of punch detritus – those MS punches produce a LOT of detritus – and up in the corner various stages of some printables I am working on.  I just can’t decide on the best size, orientation, background, anything.  It drove me crazy all day yesterday.   I really should have just curled up on the sofa and watched TV for all the good my day of designing did me. A few bits and bobs from my playing over the weekend making circle frames, that I was determined to turn into cards. More on that here, on the satellite tables beside my desk!

You may be wondering what the pins are all about – it’s my favourite way to make stick-pins safe for adding to layouts or cards.  Somehow, the mixed message you send by risking the recipient getting impaled while opening their card makes me look askance at some of the pretty cards I’ve seen featuring stick-pins.  Sure, you could snip off the tip, taking them from lethal to merely dangerous, but I prefer to do what you can see here – I do snip off the tip, then get a nice bead, fill it with glossy accents, and stick the sharp tip of the pin into the bead hole.  The glossy accents dries around the pin, holding it in place.  This is easier if yo are going to slip the pin into a bow, less so if you need the tip to function as intended, to pierce something.  But it works for me and no injuries have been reported.  The card is only in the formative stages, there are a few more additions needed, but my leafy frame, dusted with chalk (and I have rediscovered a love for my chalks, after all but abandoning them for Distress Ink over the last 4 or 5 years) is looking very delicate and pretty.  It needs a bit of a jolt of some other colour, to keep it from being too monochromatic (or maybe not, I’ve not decided yet in monochromatic is actually the way to go) but I’m getting there.

A slightly fraught day as I will be sitting by the phone, on tenterhooks, waiting for the time to call and book DD into her Disability Challenger events for the  upcoming term.  There are only 10 spaces for any given date, and 5 will have already been taken up with the 1 to 1 support needed kids, leaving only 5 spots for the rest of us.  I have her list, and alternatives, so with luck she will get a few of them.  Wish me luck.

And lest I forget, those in the know will know all about Julia and her Stamping Ground, home of the world-famous WOYWW linky thingie every Wednesday.  Those who don’t should click the link and check out the creative (and usually messy, but not always!) desks around the globe.

41 thoughts on “WOYWW 143

  1. Great idea to use with the pins, and the green card is looking lovely. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. Know how you feel – felt rough too and had deadlines…was tough! Great tip on the pin tips!!!! And wonderful little cards in the next post…Thanks for sharing your space Sarah at 1 – having a peek on Friday!

  3. Lovely start to the card… I also worry about stick pins so haven’t used any yet… Might try your idea to avert disaster!

  4. Thanks so much for the stick pin cure! I have wondered about using them for the very reason of someone getting stuck when opening. So now I will see if I can find any. Hope your daughter gets into her events. Just love your circle card and I like using chalk on cards to take the glare off of the white backgrounds. #160

  5. hope you feel better soon,great tip re the pins,x

  6. Great tip on the stick pins! And your circle frame card looks great, I will have to check back to see it finished 🙂
    Happy WOYWW!
    xoxo Karen #163

  7. I have never used a pin in card making but love your “safety” pin method lol. Happy Woyww!

  8. Your card is beautiful and I hope you feel better soon. I will keep my fingers crossed for your daughter.
    Have a great week.
    Von #45

  9. Love the card you made and a great idea to keep those pins from pricking unsuspecting fingertips! Did you create that border in the first picture with that corner punch? If you did.. How did you do that?


  10. Love your idea with the stick pins…. I’ve never used them becasue I was always worried someone would get heart (like me) but your idea is doable for sure!!! Love how you used your leaf corner punch to make the center piece… I think your card is very pertty but a punch of colore would be good too!!!

  11. Ok, that filigree triangle punch is really gorgeous! Clever idea with the stick pins. I either use clutches or embed the pointy end into layers. The beads are bonus bling!

    Susan #140

  12. You’ve got me chuckling over here on the other side of the pond. I’ve always thought the same thing about those pins being pretty but deadly. Great solution!

  13. Hope you feel better soon, fingers crossed for getting the spaces for your D, i like the green card i would leave it mono, but i am sure whatever you do will be lovely Hugs Lou

  14. Oooh I have that MS stamp that you were using to make the doily type effect. Never thought of using it that way. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. (((hugs))) I hope you feel better and good luck with your DD! Great idea with the pins too. 🙂 Warmly, Tracy #93

  16. Brilliant idea with the pins! Hope you feel better soon and your daughter is one of the lucky 5. I LoVe the card … think it perfect just as it is! Happy WOYWWing Love Debbie #89 xXx

  17. Argh, hope the cold eases up soon – it’s the head full of snot that stops you designing. You’re right, you should have given up…but we’re always wiser after the event! I snip the ends of my pins and stick them somewhere so the end is cunningly embedded in a foam pad or glue dot, like this idea though…although o course, it would imply a bit of planning…..
    Great good luck with the phone call thing…5 spaces is not a lot..oh the pressure!

  18. Hope you feel better soon! Love the idea for the stick pins! Thanks for sharing!

  19. sorry to hear you are feeling poorly! Head colds are the pits! I think your idea about making the pin safe is a great idea. I can see homeland security being called out over here because of a pin stick! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #47

  20. What a great idea for making those pins safe, may try that! Happy Wednesday to you, enjoy this week’s snoop of oh so creative places & take care. Zo xx 83

  21. Great mess for a mooch and glad you are busy. It will ease the tension waiting for that important call. Hope it goes well for DD.
    I glue little beads on the tips of pins when they are in situ… looks good too!
    Love JoZarty x

  22. Hi there, thanks for letting us peek this week and I hope the rest of the week gives you some creative time too.
    Neil #61

  23. Great tip with the pins. Good luck on your phone duty today – hope you get something your daughter wants… helen 32

  24. Great idea about the stick pins. I am just getting redy to try my hand at making some myself. I picked up some clear rubber earring back. I thought I would put a bead and then the little rubber tip to seal off the sharp edge.

  25. the punch you used for that lacy border is wonderful! so so sweet! i don’t think i’ve seen cards with stick pins but yes, that is a good idea to put a bead at the end for safety.
    happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  26. Sounds like youve the same cold i can’t shift,the one one day you feel Aok the next youd think was the first day of starting the cold.Get some rest you feel better .The green card looks fab loving the colour and design.Happy wednesday
    hugs judex10

  27. Sorry you aren’t feeling very well, hope you are feeling heaps better soon. Hope you manage to snaffle some good spots for DD too! Like your idea with the stick pins… I always end up putting the pointy bit into hot glue on the project in fear that they will impale some poor unsuspecting soul!!

  28. Lovely card-and I agree with you on the stick pin issue. I add beads to the bottom of mine, too. dani43

  29. I love all your design ideas and I do sympathise it would be hard to come up with such great ideas when you do not feel well. The stick pin scenario made me giggle.

  30. Hope you are feeling better soon! Love what you are doing with that punch! I haven’t used stick pins in cards because I’m also afraid of sticking myself lol. Great ideas. #29

  31. I had to stop by and take a look! Thanks for sharing, it is always so much fun to see what others are doing.
    this week at #42 on WOYWW

  32. MaryAnne
    Love your tip regarding those lethal little hat pins. 🙂
    Hope you feel better soon.

  33. Great “tip” (haha) for using pins in cards. I’ve often wondered about the pokiness factor and have avoided using them.

    Hope you feel better soon!

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #33

  34. ohoo nice punches, don’t think I have any of them! get well soon, I’ve still got a cough since November, it won’t go! HaPpY WoYwW Have a crafty week.
    ((Lyn) #20

  35. Hope you feel better soon like the card with the circle on such lovely colour great idea with the pins

  36. I hope you feel better soon, Love the card on your desk with the punched circle!!, and a fabulous idea with the stick pins must try that one, Have a good week Hugs May x x x

  37. loving your punched out circle! great idea with the pins too, the danger of pricking someone put me off using them much!
    Happy WOYWW, Deb #14

  38. Sorry you are not feeling well. I agree that the MS punches leave a lot of bits and pieces behind. You would think Martha would be better about the clean up aspect of these. Good luck with your daughter’s getting a few events.

  39. Love the circle frames. Hope you feel better soon. (Hazel, WOYWW# 5) x

  40. Great work here Maryanne must say do love the corner punch which is kind of pointy and lacey – what is called please? saw it before on your posts happy WOYWW not playing this week life gets in th way and cant cope to be honest with too much, not 100% either hope your over your cold soon..Shaz in Oz.x

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