Monday, 22 October 2018

In A Vase On Monday - A Jug of Autumn Sunshine

Hello Everyone

Monday again and time to share with you and Cathy on Rambling in the Garden what's in my vase today.
A stroll round the garden looking for suitable material for today's arrangement I couldn't help noticing the nasturtiums, looking like a ray of sunshine on a dull day. They have been late in flowering this year due, I believe, to either the late and freezing winter weather in March or the hotter than usual summer we've had. They usually self-seed, from the original climbing variety 'Tropical Mix', and flower in profusion but not so this year. I'm not sure whether this is due to the aforesaid weather conditions or whether it is just a natural decline to be expected when left to seed themselves.
The foliage I've added is from Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate', also known as snakeroot, though I don't know why. Grown more for its purple stems and dark brown leaves than the tiny insignificant looking white flowers ... insignificant they may be but bees and butterflies love them. I've also added three sprigs of rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, from the herb patch - the aromatic leaves removed from the lower stems will be used to flavour a casserole later.

I didn't have to debate too long on which receptacle was the most appropriate. The colours on this English pottery jug, one of my charity shop finds, mirrored the oranges, browns and greens perfectly.

Too late, I realise that I forgot to name the asters that featured in my vase last week. They are Aster Novae-Angliae 'Andenken an Alma Potschke' ... a long name for such a tiny flower!

So that's my vase this week - a bright and cheerful jug of autumn cheer. If you have enjoyed this post, and would like to see what others have in their vases today, do please pop over to Rambling in the Garden where you'll find plenty links to many more beautiful arrangements.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Scrappy Sunday - Cards from Embossed Panels

Hello Again,

I've been searching through a box of leftover scraps with the idea of finding something suitable to make Christmas cards with. I'd forgotten these that I'd embossed some time ago - perfect!


They were very quick and easy cards to make. All I did was choose some Christmassy patterned papers, adhere them them to the card base, wrap matching ribbon/twine around the panels and then attach them, using foam tape for added dimension, and that was it. Simples!

Supplies used:

  • white A6 card blanks from Docraft's Papermania range
  • patterned paper from a couple of very old pads - Memory Box & BoBunny's Silver & Gold Collection - and a new one from The Works, the Winter Wonder paper pad
  • leftover scraps of white card embossed with the following: Winter Botanicals by Sizzix; Snowflake Swirl from Darice; Merry Christmas from Crafts-Too
  • ribbons and twine from stash ... the twine was found in a local garden centre

A quick Google search showed that the Darice folder is still available at Buddly Crafts and the Crafts-Too folder is on the Maddy Lisa Crafts site but there's no listing for the two older paper pads and the Sizzix folder than I can find.

It's quite some time since I joined in with Hazel's CHNC challenge - well, I haven't been making Christmas cards until recently - but I noticed that for this week, Challenge 408, not only does anything go as long as it's Christmas but the optional theme is for a sentiment to be the focal point ... the third card fits the bill perfectly.

After today starting badly, rain, rain and more rain, it has dried up and the sun has come out ... typically Scottish weather!

It's back to the MTS Cyber Crop for me now. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

MTS Cyber Crop - Rock-Climbing & Abseiling In The Lake District

Morning Everyone,

Happy Sunday to you all. Not a nice day here - the rain is coming down like it's not going to stop. A good day to spend in the craft room, I think. And I'm here to share the third layout from the MTS Cyber Crop. 
In this one I've told the story of my disastrous initiation into the sport of rock climbing whilst on 'Adventure Training' on Helvellyn in the Lake District way back in 1966. My army boots were too big - they were issued with the instruction to wear an extra pair of socks! It was inevitable that something would go wrong. I got my foot stuck in a crevice on the rock face - farcical really but completely unnerving - and had to be rescued by the Sergeant leading our little troop - a very handsome but tough task master. I recovered and went on to climb a few more rocks and discovered how exhilarating it is to abseil down a rock face. Sadly, I have no photographic evidence of this time in my life so I've borrowed an appropriate photo from the Internet. Shame I didn't have those shoes at the time. 

The layout is very simple starting with a black cardstock base, some Ranger's textured paste and a Prima stencil. The photo is matted and layered on to leftover scraps of patterned paper. The alphas used for the title are from old stash and the embellishments are a mixed lot from various sources. I used white Sakura Gelly Roll pen for the journaling.

That's it for now. Will be back later with the next challenge page.