Wednesday, 27 August 2014

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW 273

Good Morning All

Apologies for not being around to do any WOYWW desk hopping last week - a case of too much to do and too little time! Happily, I'm back to show and tell this week so without further ado here's my desk today.
A few bits and bobs on the desk this week.

Front from the left: just edging into shot is the homemade scrapping kit I'm working with at the moment - progress is slow but sure; next to that is a pack of tissue wrapping paper to remind me of an upcoming birthday. Under the tissue, a craft magazine with the free stamps and paper pad that came with it ... couldn't resist it even though the last thing I need is even more pretty patterned paper. Then there's my current crochet project, an amigurumi penguin - you can just see his wee yellow feet by the hook. These little creatures are so quick and easy to make and ideal for using up scraps of yarn. I found a ton of patterns on the Lion Brand website.

Back from left: much as usual - black ink pads; the tray of reinkers and equipment for creating inky backgrounds; a selection of Colorbox ink pads - there to make even more of the flowers I posted about recently; a wee selection of stamps I have plans for; the jar of wood veneers that seems to have taken up permanent residence; a post-it pad - so useful to have out; and a tin of embellishments - also part of the homemade scrapping kit.
Finally, before I go, here's a photo of the finished blanket that I mentioned in the post I did for the Creative Blog Hop . It's intended for the youngest of my football mad grandsons. He's a devoted fan of Celtic FC so it's in the team colours, checked on the official website. I'm thinking that even though he's a lad, and therefore not into crochet, he will enjoy using the blanket to keep his knees warm while playing the video games he seems to enjoy so much :)

Don't know what WOYWW is all about, pop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground where you can find out all the info and loads of links to many more desks. Me, I'm going to have some lunch, admire the EM's new man cave for the umpteenth time since it installed this morning, and then spend the rest of the day checking out all the WOYWW desks on show today.

Happy WOYWW and Happy Crafting,

Monday, 25 August 2014

In A Vase On Monday - Waifs and Strays Find A Home

Evening Everyone,

I'm late. In fact, I thought of not doing this today because I have several vases of flowers already scattered around the house, all because my husband gave me a huge bouquet of gladioli, roses and lilies this morning ... just because I love flowers :) But later I was out in the garden doing a bit of deadheading and in the process gathered a few waifs and strays.
Here they are arranged: red pink and white pinks (dianthus), red roses 'Faithful', cream Californian poppies (eschscholzia) and a few spikes of a very pretty pink sage (salvia).
This last was given to me by a friend, perhaps because he couldn't stand its less than pleasant smell. Fortunately, the pungency is less noticeable once mixed with the pinks and roses.
The eschscholzia were a delightful surprise. I thought the seed I'd sown were yellow and orange ones. I much prefer this beautiful cream colour.
The vase is actually four tiny vases fixed to a plain white tile. I discovered it in our local garden centre and immediately thought it would be perfect for displaying tiny short-stemmed flowers such as these gathered today.

As is now becoming usual, I am linking with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her meme, In a Vase on Monday.  Many thanks to Cathy for hosting this and by doing so encouraging me to pick more flowers to bring indoors and enjoy.

Two Little Gift Angels for Rudolph Day

Afternoon Everyone,

It's the 25th and for me it's not only August Bank Holiday Monday but also Rudolph Day. Now Sarn, at Stamping For Pleasure, is a hard task master! To please her we are asked to make at least two cards!!! It takes me all my time to make one, so making another in much the same design is more than a little challenge. However, once more I've risen to that challenge, though this time I might have excelled myself because it's two cards that are almost identical.
Sometimes I amaze myself :)

The little angel bearing gifts, that's the stamp that has been sitting on my desk for weeks now, was stamped with a black dye ink and then coloured with a selection of markers. Glitter glue has been used on the wings, hat and smeared around the feet to indicate 'snow' ... after all, they are snow angels! Both toppers are matted and layered on to cardstock that picks out the shades used in the colouring.
Because of the white snowflake embossed paper layer, a piece left over from another project which was just big enough for both cards, the die-cut snowflakes, an X-Cut snowflake that is free with Docrafts Creativity Magazine this month, were just the right embellishment. Tip: rub intricate dies like this one with a tumble dryer sheet before cutting out - works a treat; those snowflakes popped out of the die no problem at all. The tiny round greeting stamp is an old one from Lily of the Valley. It's just the right size for cutting out with another X-Cut die - the smallest circle in the Nesting Circles set - and it makes the perfect centrepiece for a snowflake!

As well as Sarn's Rudolph Day Challenge mentioned above, I'm also submitting the cards to Di's challenge over at Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 139 - as ever, must use snippets - the white card used to stamp on and the snowflake embossed paper.

I don't want to be alarmist but my calculator - scroll right down to the bottom of this page - tells me that we have 122 days to get all those Christmas cards done, that's scarily just 17 weeks, or even more scarily only three more Rudolph Days! At my rate of production that's only 6 more cards ... help!!! I think I'm going to have to try harder or prepare myself for burning the midnight oil in December.

Nothing for it, I better be off to see if I can make one or two more.

Happy Crafting,
Materials used: white squared shaped card bases; red, green, pink, blue coloured cardstock - various sources; snippets of smooth white card for stamping; the leftover snowflake embossed paper - maker unknown; Stampendous Gift Angel stamp; Lily of the Valley Christmas greeting stamp; Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; ProMarkers in shades of red, green, blue, pink and grey; Crystal Stickles; Docrafts X-Cut dies - free snowflake and Nesting Circles set; green and pink card candy