Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WOYWW #167 and Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Does anyone besides me seem to think that their desk looks the same every Wednesday?  Mine looks pretty much the same all the time just in varying stages of messy.  Today I have been working on a mouse trap and there is a hammer, some Prima flowers laying out that I used, the glue, the glue runner etc etc etc!!  Drawers are open, packets in various states of ope and it is mess.

This is the cause of the mess!  I have been watching everyone making the mouse traps this past month so I decided to give it a try but I bought a RAT trap instead so I could get more space for a clip.  What do you think?  I took all the metal bits off then painted it with some VerDay Paints and Patina from Ten Seconds Studio then I waited till it oxidized then I sealed it and put all the metal bits back on then decorated it with various pieces of goodies from my stash!  I really enjoy this new paint and patina technique so I think I will enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week.

I got back my 6"x6" page swap from Creative Block-Stampers Anonymous in the mail today.  I won the stamp from last months swap and the opportunity to call next months colors.  We will be making 6"x6" pages due the end of September in chocolate brown, golden yellow, and rusty red.  Sandy is offering up another awesome stamp next swap too so if you are interested go check it out! 

Sort of short and sweet but getting long here so think I will end and go check out some of the other blogs at WOYWW...what what is WOYWW?  Check it out here!

68 comments:

  1. Hi Vickie!

    I just started a pinterest board called "mousetraps - REALLY." Your rat trap looks great! Who would have thought..... well, someone did!

    Yes, I think you are a follower. I'm glad you like the little canvas. It's one of my favorites.

    Thanks for visiting already!
    Hugs, Kay

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  2. Now what are you planning to catch with that beautiful trap?!!! I love everything abut it, Vickie! Wonderful project! So worth the mess on your desk! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and
    papemelroti

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  3. Very clever use of a rat trap and I can't believe how much detail you have added. HOpe it still works!!
    Sandra @32

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  4. Brilliant rat trap, love the soft flowers against the metal gears. The 6x6's are cool too, and your colours sound inviting. BJ

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  5. Oops I meant to say BJ #47 as I now have a number and thanks for stopping by.

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  6. We had a fantastic die cutting workshop in my studio yesterday with REDANNE demonstrating and teaching us the art of this fabulous craft. So I know now what you are all talking about. Today I am looking at things on your desks with a more understanding eye. YIPPEE !
    You can see what happened on my blog
    Lynn -:) no. 54

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  7. I love your Rat trap. I have been toying with this idea I have seen too. Now I like the idea of a bigger space to play on...might see if I can find some Rat traps...

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  8. I think even a rat could love this trap, it is adorable!
    My desk is always pristine, except when I need to take a picture... ok, maybe not that pristine lol

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  9. Fabulous rat trap! My desk has looked the same for weeks with the Olympics but hoping it will get back to normal soon! helen .3

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  10. Yes, I agree about desks - well mine at least. Unless I have a major overhaul it will always look the same.
    What's all this about mousetraps? I know a swap is coming up on a challenge site but didn't know it was a craze until just now. Yours is the first I have seen but I tell you Vicki, I like it. What a super job you have made of it. It is fab!
    Hugs, Neet #21 xx

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  11. Yes, well I reckon my desk always looks a bit the same but I guess it's we like them.
    That rat trap looks quite remarkable; I really like the patina look on the metal bits. Very good.
    Glad you like the journal. I'm very delighted with it - what a great idea of Kathy's.
    Smiles,
    Ros. #14

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  12. Hi Vickie yes my desk always looks the same, a complete mess! LOL. Love your rat trap, what a great idea, I've not seen this before so thanks for sharing.
    Have a super Wednesday, hugs Erika. #85

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  13. MOUSE TRAPS?? Soo cool but we live in a field so I fear our traps and full of mice (not that kind - we use the humane ones then drive them far away to release them :) - I'm a bit of a softie that way) I feel an long Google session coming on for mouse trap crafts!

    Happy WOYWW!

    Oh and I didn't know SU had a bigger rosette die! Must have a look for that too.

    MA (2)

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  14. All the gears and things on your trap look awesome, what a great project. Sandy :)

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  15. I've never thought about altering a mouse trap, i'm going to look at them in a whole new light now , thanks for sharing yours is cool , jill #45

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  16. Do little mice’s really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making one of those?, Lol.
    Well I must have had my head in the sand recently because I’ve not seen those mouse traps before but you’ve done a fab makeover on that one.
    Happy Crafting!
    Sue
    x
    #67

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  17. Wow, fab trap! I've seen that Minxy is doing a workshop involving mousetraps at one of my "local" (I use the term loosely) craft stores.... Not sure I'm jumping on this particular bandwagon!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Stunning project - can't believe it was just a mousetrap - brill. x Jo

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  19. LOVE your rat trap! Fantastic work... and I love your messy desk too! Happy WOYWW!
    Alison x
    #80

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  20. Brilliant mousetrap, you must have very arty mice in Oklahoma! Love those projects you got back and well done on winning the stamp too.

    Hugs
    Brenda 5

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  21. What a fab project. Love the design.
    Hugs,
    A x #61

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  22. We like your altered rat trap but won't have a go ourselves as we're worried we'd get our paws caught.

    The bears @#88

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  23. Now I wouldn't have thought that flowers and cogs would go together but it's a very successful marriage - I really like the altered mouse trap. Now there's a sentence I didn't think I'd be typing today!!!
    Hugs, LLJ #72 xx

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  24. Yes, I do think my desk looks the same every week. Sometimes I tell myself that I don't even know why I bother.

    Your mouse trap project is lovely. I like the addition of the colored flowers and leaves. dani #33

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  25. I've only seen a couple of the altered mousetraps, but what a great idea to use a rat trap! Nice happy workspace!

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  26. Aw , Clare was telling me about mouse traps today - what a fab idea - really liek yout take on it, and yes my desk is ALwaya the SAME - messy!!! ha ha ha

    dx 119 ish

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  27. huh - love the mess - but I also love the mouse trap ! Ha, ha any mouse would want to be trapped in that!!!!
    Lots of hugs,
    Cardarian

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  28. Well, it's by far the most humane use of a trap! It looks great, what a thing, they certainly haven't caught on here quite yet. I feel my desk is the same every week too, but it can't be really, or we'd be giving up this WOYWW stuff!

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  29. Vickie, thanks for your blog visit. The thing on my desk holding the inks is a three-tiered cupcake holder sitting on a lazy susan for easy spinning. I bought it at Hobby lobby when it was 50% off, so it was only $10. I love it! dani #33

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  30. First time I've seen this idea you have done a brilliant job. I always wonder why anyone would want to look at my desk- it always seems so lacking in interest compared with others.Happy WOYWW Anne x

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  31. How interesting your trap is. I'm assuming it won't go off if you put your fingers or tail anywhere near it! Lovely desk, I may not visit you every week but I haven't noticed it looking the same.
    A lake octopus - when we were on holiday, small was swimming in the lake and he felt a piece of driftwood pass his leg. He thought it was an octopus. When we brought it home and stamped, that was what he wanted to put. Told you it was long x

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  32. WOW!! Love the rat trap... I have never seen this done before great idea!! love your full desk... Happy WOYWW.. Hugs May x x x#5

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  33. I have seen them on a few blogs too but I like your idea of the rat trap having more room and you certainly made yours look beautiful. Love that oxidation you have done, it looks amazing and that is a great stamp that you received. Your desk looks very creative, not messy! Anne x #59

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  34. This is the first one of these i have seen, As you say who would have thought, It looks fab and to think no animals were hurt in the making
    janet #9

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  35. I do love your traps, the paint effects on this one are fantastic.

    Yes, you are not alone with the desks always looking the same mess each week....mine was so bad I had no space to even make a tag....so I tidied!!!! Shocker!
    Kyla #52

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  36. I must live under a rock. Have not seen the altered mouse traps. Very cute indeed. Have a great, although belated, WOYWW. I'm number 11 as you know.

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  37. Your mousetrap is the second that I have seen in recent weeks. A friend of mine made one and our little group has decided that we are all going to try it. Just as soon as I get some time. Yours looks great. Thanks for stopping by today. #22

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  38. Vickie, I've never seen an altered mousetrap before! ROFL! Now I think I've seen everything! It's gorgeous! I think any mouse would run right into it with great joy in his heart, it's so pretty!! (Nice way to go.) Lol!

    Thanks for your visit - my ARTHaven is a total tip, and since last night I've been struggling to make flowers in it, but managing more or less, despite ongoing glue gun problems - the replacement from Ebay that came this a.m. is even worse than my existing one! I've just spent serious money on a really good one - to get good tools you've got to pay for them in my experience. I use it such a lot that it's worth it for me. I'm sick of glue guns that don't shoot glue, that get all bunged up, and (the latest one) that dribble glue constantly. An incontinent glue gun is NOT what one wants on one's work table!!!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #10

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  39. Happy Belated WOYWW. I am really late getting round this week. Rat trap - never seen an altered one before, and your's is beautiful. Those pages are fab. Ali x #104

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  40. Fantastic idea to use a rat trap, have never heard of it before. Really like all of the embellishments you have used.

    Wow, that is some stack of SU ink pads and all perfectly labelled :)

    Thanks for calling by my desk today, have a great week.

    Happy WOYWW x

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  41. lol lol yes my desk always a mess i think thanks for the inspiration lol lol

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  42. Fabulous post, Bozo! oops, I mean Vickie!!! You're in for the blog candy with 2 entries, one for Vickie and one for the fabulous BOZO!! Love your rat trap... it's years since I did a mousetrap so you have reminded me and inspired me . My desk is soooo tidy... only because I've been away!
    JoZarty xxx

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  43. OMG I just LOVE that Mouse Trap... what a too cute idea!!!
    Your desk my be a mess but just look at all the Beautiful things you create!!!
    Thanks for you visit and comment too!!!

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  44. NO Way, a rat trap..it looks amazing. I had no idea when I first saw it....hmmm, I think I a couple of those! Great WOYWW project, Lisa

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  45. Hello!

    My desk looks pretty much the same except whatever I am working on changes. I have not yet seen a mousetrap project - this is pretty amazing! Yours is beautifully done! Maybe I will Google to see what else is out there! A mousetrap - wow! I wonder where that started! It was fun to see your workdesk today! Wishing you a happy day!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane #76

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  46. No, it's not just you!! I feel the same way about my desk, it always looks the same. Just a different level of messy!!
    I love your mouse/rat trap! I've been working on one too!! They are all over these days aren't they? Here I was thinking I was so smart!!! LOL!!!
    xxDaniella#24

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  47. WOW!!! I've never heard of altering mousetraps! Yours is spectacular! Definitely something I wouldn't have thought of on my own!

    I agree about my desk looking the same every week. It's fun to see what we're all working on though!

    Amy E. #4
    scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

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  48. Love the RAT TRAP I have never seen one done before not even a mouse trap, unless you count the corpse in a trap and the cheese half eaten. LOL

    Excellent creation thanks for sharing.

    Eliza #102

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  49. A mouse trap for a crafting project?! What will they think of next. Mouse traps are vicious! I'm sure rat traps more so. We set one up and stuck a ballpoint pen in it and it shattered the pen-ink everywhere. I think it would have broken my finger easily. Vicious! But good looking as a project I'll grant you that. Great color choices for the CB-Stamper's Anonymous challenge. I love your samples too. Great stuff!

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  50. Hmmm, well, I wouldn't say this is a "usual" desk. I've certainly never seen decorated mouse/rat traps before. You people are certainly quite accommodating to your meesies and ratrots making them such high-end and beautiful last-things-they-will-ever-see! I'm not quite clear on the concept myself, but I'm not judging. As long as we are all bringing more beauty into the world, it's a wonderful thing!

    I'm late getting around. Thanks for coming by my place earlier! Have a great week! Darnell #53

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  51. Ouch, the trap is certainly a lot nicer like that than it's intended purpose. Yours looks beautiful. I think all desks pretty much look the same each week but we still need to look at them, cos you never know what you miseed last time. I try to enlarge most pictures and it's amazing what you find, so keep taking that picture!
    Have a great week.
    Von #27
    PS. I left a comment on wednesday night but don't know what happened to it, must have pressed the wrong button.

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  52. Mouse and rat traps? I've been missing something somewhere :(

    Belated Happy WOYWW, Di xx #7

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  53. Congratulations on winning the stamp! I've never seen decorated traps before - maybe this one hasn't hit UK shores yet? Anyway, what a lovely way to jazz up something that isn't very nice at all! I was just nosying at your plans to do up your craft room too which all looks very exciting. Thanks for stopping by my desk. Happy belated WOYWW! Victoria no.55

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  54. I haven't seen the altered mouse (or rat) traps before. Your is certainly pretty! Congrats on winning the stamp it looks lovely!
    xoxo Karen #127

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  55. First time I have seem anybody decorate a mouse trap, but it does look awesome! Those pages from the swap are pretty amazing too.
    I have finally sorted my craftroom and it is looking fantastc! but thats why I am so late visiting this week, it took me two whole days and then some to finish.
    Happy very belated WOYWW!
    Tertia #116

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  56. I know exactly what you mean about your desk...I almost didn't join this week, between being so busy with school stuff and just feeling like my desk always looks the same, it's boring me even! But join I did and you did, too, I'm so glad. :) The altered rat trap is awesome! And congratulations on winning the stamp and color calling rights. You've picked some great colors for September, making us think about fall! Take care dear and hopefully you guys are getting some of the cooler temps and rain down there that we are getting up here. :)
    Deeyll

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  57. Thanks for stopping by -- your comment came through. :-) It's amazing the creativity I see on here --- making something pretty out of a rat/mousetrap.

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  58. Hi Vickie, the altered rat trap is amazing and I have to admit a rat trap is not an item I would expect to look pretty :) Congratulations on your win - love the colour combination you have chosen for the challenge. Oh, and yes, I think my desk looks pretty much the same from week-to-week, boring. Have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #54

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  59. Hi Vickie thanks for popping to see me. Glad you like the surprise boxes - watch this space for a tutorial in the not too distant future (I hope!) I love your rat trap project. My husband is an Environmental Health person so he may just have access to a trap - it looks like you had great fun. Belated WOYWW Hugs to you from Helen 18

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  60. Stunning piece! Love all the gears and the flowers give it such a great touch! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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