Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A February Blog Giveaway

Hello Everyone,

I've been sorting out stash and I've come to the conclusion I have way too much stuff. That being so, I've decided to do a few giveaways starting with this one which is made up of PART of the Classical Bloom Luxury Card Collection from Dawn Bibby. This was a pack I took on holiday back in June 2012. I made several cards from it - you can see them in the post from 27th June 2012, but when we returned home it got put away and forgotten until now. These photos show in more detail what is included.
Cardstock - 3 sheets foiled and 2 patterned

A selection of toppers, sentiments, decoupage & embellishments

Cards - easel, aperture & fancy shaped - envelopes included
Here's a card made from the collection using a circle aperture card, a decoupage rose and one of the greetings, which I will include with the giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning please...

  1. Be a follower of my blog*
  2. This is optional but it would be nice if you could add the first photo to your own blog sidebar with a link back to my blog.
  3. Add the letters FBG after your comment if you want to be included in the draw
*New followers are very welcome if they are genuine and not just giveaway hunters.

You have until Tuesday 10pm UK time 28th February to let me know if you would like to be in with a chance to win the giveaway. The draw will be done on 1st March,

Edited Note: the giveaway is open to all followers no matter where you are in the world.

Good luck!.

Monday, 27 February 2017

In A Vase On Monday - It's Daffodil Time

Hello Everyone,

"It is daffodil time, so the robins all cry,
 For the sun's a big daffodil up in the sky,
And when down the midnight the owl calls "to-whoo"!
Why, then the round moon is a daffodil too;
Now sheer to the bough-tops the sap starts to climb,
 So, merry my masters, it's daffodil time."
Clinton Scollard, Daffodil Time

I had no difficulty deciding what would go into these four bottles for Cathy's  A Vase on Monday this week. It's definitely daffodil time in my garden now. Two years ago my husband planted over one hundred mixed daffodils, or more correctly narcissus, around the garden and this week we are reaping the rewards. I should say that although we have plenty of buds outside it isn't until we bring them inside that the flower heads open out in the warmth of the house. 

So far the ones I've picked have been the same all-yellow variety, though I have no idea what variety that is, except for this one which has a sunny orange trumpet.
Another vase. This one is in our hall. It's cooler there so the blooms take longer to open out, and last longer too.

We've had a few storms recently, Doris and Ewan, upsetting our bird visitors and knocking down a daffodil or two but apart from that doing very little damage. However, since then the weather does seem to be improving with the temperature rising which means I've been able to do a bit of garden work again. It's just a bit of tidying up after the winter but it feels so good to potter outside for half an hour or so once more, and lovely to spot green shoots emerging promising so much more to come. 

Enjoy your gardening week.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday Snippets - Easter Birthday Card

Hello Everyone,

It's Sunday, the day I always try to find time to make a card from the leftover scraps and snippets - not always successfully. But today I did manage to make this teeny weeny one, only 4" square,  Just by way of a change, I thought I'd post photos of the supplies used to show just how few bits and pieces it took to make the card.
The inky background used for the topper was leftover from a year or two ago.  As far as I can remember the white card base was sponged with a combination blue and yellow inks. then the polka dots were created with a Stampin' Up stamp and whilst it was still damp mica powder, Crafty Notions Champagne, was brushed over giving it a bit of a sheen.
The stamps came from these two sets.

Supplies used:

  • green textured cardstock from Papermania for the card base
  • blue textured cardstock for matting the topper
  • the inky piece 
  • Jet black Archival Ink
  • stamps - Sincere Sentiments, from Cardmaking & Papercraft, and Claritystamp's set of Hares
  • white vellum
  • fine white crochet cotton, Rico Design Essential
  • one white button

Because the entire card is made from leftovers and snippets I'm submitting this card to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 269 and 270

As it's so late now I'd like to wish you all a great Monday.