Monday, 22 September 2014

A lack of office supplies ?

Today is my second and final piece as a Guest Designer for the Craft Hoarders challenge. The theme for the next 2 weeks is "Who loves school and office supplies". Well this theme rather threw me as I left school a lifetime ago and I don't work in an office. I work for the good old NHS and the last thing that is ever spare there is office supplies! Years ago drug companies used to give us free pens and post-it notes but those days have long ended. I am also one of those very old fashioned people (as is my Hb) who writes at work with a fountain pen.

I did a lot of head scratching, rummaging through my drawers at home and searching around the house and found a few things which could be considered as office supplies. Here they are;
Rather a mixed bag eh but the fun thing I found whilst rummaging through my drawers was my old Dymo machine which has not seen the light of day for years. Can you remember the days when we put labels on everything...a label saying "switch" to tell us it was a switch! Yes I did that too.

I also wanted to use my fabulous Visible Image Eye stamp again and I thought the Tim Holtz creativity quote was very apt;

 So I put my creative hat on and first made myself an inky background using these 3 Distress inks
 I also coloured 2 of the tags with the same colours.
 I thought this stencil would also fit with the theme and added some Mown Grass DI through it.
Next it was playtime as I made my ideas into reality. I used staples to attach the quote (another office supply I had thought of)
Spot the dymo!

and here is my finished piece............

I would like to enter my creation into the following challenges;

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday tag it
Inky Chicks anything goes
Crafty boots anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
We do doobadoo something masculine
A creative romance anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Stamp and stencil for Stamptember
A little bit crafty distress it
Anything but a card steampunktember

Thanks to Gloria for having me as a Guest Designer for the month and thanks everyone for popping by to see what I made out of my office supplies. Do pop over to the challenge here to join the fun and remember that out of my limitations certainly did come some very unexpected creativity,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi Jane, It's fun to see what you did find in old drawers and cupboards.Love this newest creation.

    My brother uses fountain pens also. I love seeing his writing.
    Happy Monday .....
    Anne xx
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  2. Hi Jane, I chuckled when I saw the Dymo machine, everything had a name to it!!! Boy, we were so cool! Love what you came up with! In fact, it is one of my favorite of this type of design. You really had your thinking cap on! "Out of limitations comes creativity"
    Love it : )

  3. Love this, Jane! My goodness, that label maker does add a fun, vintage look to this piece...I wonder if this is a new design element we'll see repeated in some of your future works of art? :o)

  4. Fab card, love your creativity!!!! love the quote too, thanks for sharing with us at we do doobadoo, hugs Liz xx

  5. As always, you made me laugh out loud. I was picturing you rummaging through drawers and boxes! You turned out a great project for all of that!

    I love the dymo labels. I used my dymo also! Actually, I broke my dymo about a year ago. Then, at my girlfriends' Christmas party, one of the gals opened her white elephant gift and it was a NEW dymo! We have a "stealing" rule at this event - but no one every does it as they are all too polite - but you bet your boots that I stole that dymo right out of her hands and was not the least bit sorry. The other gals tried to shame me into giving it back, but I hung on! Wonder if I will be invited to this year's event......

    Thanks so much for being one of our guests this month! You are a gem among gems!

  6. Wow, you have a wonderful imagination and I really admire how you used the few things you found. Thank you for joining in the fun at Crafty Boots Anniversary Challenge.


  7. As usual, I am very impressed with your card! I wanted to tell you I found a couple of those sea beads on Etsy and made myself a pair of earrings. I think I might need your sea necklace if it's still there.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Oh this is fabulous and love the pics showing how you made it too.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  9. I confess I don't have this type of label maker but you have made me want one! I love the gorgeous background you achieved and you managed to use several office supplies. Very creative! Thanks for being a guest designer at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. You have done a wonderful job very creative and I love your colour palette're so clever!
    Hope you're having a lovely week,
    Susan x
    P.S I love using a fountain pen too!

  11. What a fabulous job on this Jane and you certainly came out top with your embellishments on this. Loved your background and whole styling of this project.
    Julie x

  12. Oh it's beautiful Jane!!
    I was wondering how do you get such beautiful background with your inks?
    Do you apply them directly onto the piece of paper?
    Thank You~

  13. Brilliant card, I like the design, Thank you for joining in with us at We Do Doobadoo, Good Luck.
    Kevin xx

  14. Hello dear Jane,

    Well you did GREAT with "just" something you found on your drawers - I like your creation a lot! And I would love to have one of those old dymos, I so would be labeling everything with it - the new "sticker" like machines just do not get the same effect!

    Have a lovely day, and many greetings from snowy (right!!!) Finland!


  15. morning Jane, gorgeous back ground created with your inks and a super piece
    hugs Kate xx

  16. Love your project

    Thanks for playing along at ABAC

  17. Fabulous piece, thanks for sharing it with us at ABAC!

  18. stunning!!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  19. Hi Jane.. what can I say.... love love love this. Isn't it funny how us crafters can improvise and always come up with some sort of supplies to meet the demands of a project... love the use of the dymo and that stamp of the eye, ok I have to have this... thank you for the tutorial and also for creating with us at ABAC


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