WOYWW #216, OWH and CAS and A Tip

Today Is the day to start your international work desk blog hop!  Start Here; http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/  At Julia's blog where every week she so kindly hosts' this around the world craft desk tour!
My Desk today :  Fun, clean and simple stuff! 
I'm working on two cards tonight, this is my stand up work area and I am making my entry for the CAS Blog, this week's theme is GOLD.
I love gold, so this was easy, and it would have been a ten minute card if I hadn't taken 20 minutes to "sand off" smudged liquid pearls!!
Here is the card, it is a 5x7 and I used Elizabeth dies for the Koi (Gold Fish).  I used wrapping paper for the gold work!
For more CAS fun go here; http://casology.blogspot.com/
The Next challenge is for a cause near and dear to my heart, Operation Write Home!
With this challenge, OWH supplies a card sketch for the card and you choose everything else.
Take a moment to go over to the OWH Blog.  This is a Non Profit organization dedicated to sending our military Heroes beautiful cards so that they have something to write home on.  OWH has teaching videos, classes, challenges and even a weekly TV show to help us become better card makers.  So while we are helping others, Sandy Allnock is helping us become better card makers and crafters!  It is a total Win - Win!! 
This is the sketch for this week;

owh sketch canvas copy
My card:
This was the first picture, I decided I didn't like the white showing.
So here is my tip: the terrific edge coloring  tool
It is the edge of my distress pad, I just rub it along the edge and I get a perfect cover up every time!!
The edgw was actually supposed to be black, but alas, I am pretty nearsighted and the dog just can't do colors yet, he keeps telling me everything is black or gray!
We are both working on it!
Just in case you were wondering:
Day 7 on my no craft spending and my husband has asked me to make this for 60 days!!!!!!
Well, since he never says no to me, how could I say no to him?? I couldn't so now it is
Today I had 20.oo in my wallet, and I almost stopped at Michaels, twice, there were two of them on my way home today!!!!   I just kept going.  I think my jaw hurt from the clenching, but I did it!!!
Enjoy your day and the hop!!
God Bless,
Ginny M
53 DAYS to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


tiya-b.com said…
lo e those gold goldfish!
your card is a beauty.
Helen said…
Good luck with the no spend... love the cards. Helen 7
Claire said…
just love the koi card - gorgeous!!
a great post :)
happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
no. 60
Julia Dunnit said…
Well done GInny - day 7 over and not many to go. Ahem. You can do this! And look at your lovely cards...and using up your stocks too - it's all good.
Anne said…
Oh dear Ginny you do make me smile! No spending on crafty stuff for 60 days? Easy!!!!! Wait until you can turn it around and say next year I'm gonna have 60 days of spending instead! LOVE both your cards and thank you for the tip too! Your koi card is soooo elegant and those dies! Beautiful!!! I haven't heard of Elizabeth dies before...muct heck and add to my wish list! Happy WOYWW! and much blessing to you both! #87
Ria Gall said…
Hi Ginny
your cards are fantastic I love what you have done with them. You seem to have a lot going on at the moment I do hope you get some you time in there somewhere.
Sending a hug for WOYWW and I hope you have a great week
Ria #44
ike said…
Ooooh !! LUV those fish and congrats on getting to Day 7 :-D


IKE in Greece xx #13
Lynda Norton said…
60 days!!! I have done well this month, not from choice I hasten to add and next month is not looking too great either - but 60 days with nothing?? nooooooooooooooo.

I think the black n grey one might have 'made me do it' myself.

Lynda #1
Regina Hamilton said…
Love your cards. How do you like the Ebosser? Happy crafting #11
Beautiful cards! and 60 days?? That sounds like a very long time!!

Dawn #74
Krisha said…
Love the gold Koi fish!!!
Krisha #22
Lynn McAuley said…
What a gorgeous Oriental design with your golden koi! So very beauty!

I need to go on that no spend/ use what you have journey!

I am working my way through piles of designer papers making envelopes which is a step in the right direction!

Happy WOYWW to you!

Lynn #67
Diane said…
Your gold card is gorgeous and I love the black bow on your other card- thanks for the tip on the edging! And you can do it..... I bet you have some great stuff in your stash! I have been on a use my stash kick- I have not kept track of the time- but it does get easier. I did need to buy a new trimmer but for the most part- I have enjoyed digging thru my stuff and finding treasures!
Danie May said…
Loving those beautiful koi and in gold they look fabulous. Two beautiful cards and one very cute puppy. Good luck on your no spending, I defintely couldn't go 60 days without spending something. Happy WOYWW! Danie #72
Jan Castle said…
Beautiful card Ginny!!!!
Shelly Schmidt said…
I love the beautiful gold accents and koi on your card! And- the tip to colorize the edge of your card is a great idea!
ah, Ginny, well done! love the tip and the card ..

....and yuss even the no spend harder I guess for you.

I don't have any Michaels to drive past and the only two craft shops are way out of my way, so using petrol means it is good rule only go when need something.. and net shopping, well too busy, etc. to look at mo..

.. ah love using things had forgotten about too well done and yes will join you for one month not 60 days just 30 is quite long enough my credit card will thank you, so not spending till 25th August for me then can give myself an early Christmas present :D

..every blessing, Ginny, off to peek below - no WOYWW ,feeling bit unwell cold, etc. plus weary, drained after teaching today, love Shaz in Oz.x
Linda said…
Great cards. Absolutely love the the sentiment treatment on the second card. Wtg!
Very elegant - love the shine of the gold! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!
Shaz Brooks said…
Gorgeous card, I too have used gift wrap when I've wanted a gold or silver paper. 60 days- that will be some serious willpower! Especially with all the new stuff coming out of the CHA! Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #70 xx
Judy1223 said…
Oh, such beautiful gold touches on your first card...wrapping paper? Cool! Thanks for playing along at CASology!

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