Wednesday, 16 April 2014

WOYWW 254 - the neglected desk

Morning WOYWWErs and Fellow Bloggers,

After last week's epic post, this is going to be a brief, very brief, one today ... Julia, our Keeper of the Desk Register, will be pleased :) So without further ado, the desk as it is this morning.

As my title suggests it's a much neglected desk you're viewing ... the fabulous weather here has lured me outside and into the garden!  And what a mess it is too! It's my middle sister's 60th birthday soon and I'm planning to make this scrapbook in a tin for her, which is why there's several pages of photos lying beneath the lid. What else? A card made for last week's CHNC challenge but finished too late to submit, a pile of stamps that should have been put away by now, a pile of old original photos that have been scanned for printing out, and various glues, rulers, scraps of card and paper and other crafty bits and bobs ... as I said, a mess! It's forecast to rain this afternoon so perhaps I'll get something crafty done then :)

So that's my less than creative desk today; if you would like to see many much more interesting desks just pop over to Stamping Ground - it will be a revelation :)

Happy WOYWW,

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Found Growing Among the Weeds

Morning Folks

Yesterday was such a lovely day we spent most of it outside in the garden which doesn't leave much time or energy for anything else ... even dinner was a scratch meal of Scotch eggs and salad! We managed to plant a few more roses, in what is now being called the rose bed, and climbers against the newly erected trellis. And then there's the weeds ... so many of them! I think I'm waging a losing battle against the ground elder but on the plus side there's lots of lovelier things to see in the garden right now so here is just a few for you to enjoy.
Bluebells fighting there way through the sticky weeds just beside a clump of Celandines.
My prized Epimedium, also known as barrenwort, bishop's hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed, rowdy lamb herb, randy beef grass or yin yang huo ... I think I prefer fairy wings :) We found this white one in a nursery just off the shores of Loch Lomond whilst on holiday there.
Spirea Gold Flame looking much healthier now that it's been transplanted from a pot to the rose bed.
One of the EM's pansies ... I love this fresh looking white one with it's tiny yellow centre.
Another of the EM's plants. I'm not really keen on primulas but this one I do like ... I think it's the white edging round the deep coral pink petals that make it a bit special.
And more from the EM's green fingers. He planted these daffodils and narcissus even before we moved in ... he just couldn't wait! This one looks lovely but it's perfume is pretty awful ... only found that out after having cut a few for the vase!!!
Daffodils, the narcissus and bluebells ... sadly, because of the rogue narcissus, this looks much prettier than it smells :)

It looks as though it is going to be another scorcher today so I'm off to don my gardening boots and gloves and carry on from where we left off yesterday. Got to make the best of today because rain is forecast for tomorrow.

Hope you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

All's Right With the World Tag

Hello Everyone

And a happy Sunday to you all too.  We've had a pretty easy day of it today with neither of us feeling like doing much at all ... no crafting to speak of and it's much too cold outside to do anything in the garden.

As there hasn't been a lot going on in the craft room I thought I'd share this tag. The UKPC challenge last month was to create something using book pages - this tag is what I came up with. A lot of snippets and stuff that had been tucked away and long forgotten so I'll be submitting it to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 120.
Although it's not too clear in the photos the green cardstock base of the tag is covered with part of a book page, from an old poetry book, published 1950, entitled Poet's Quair, which was first stamped with a variety of flourishes and flowers (all items used listed below), next a layer of gesso was added before it was stamped again, this time with trailing leaves using adhesive and adding gilding flakes, and of course the sentiment.
The poem, Pippa's Song, was also taken from a book page and framed, using a scalloped square one from Bazzill Chips Shapes embossed with glittery lemon and lime WOW powders, to give it prominence on the tag. The frame was adhered to a snippet of patterned paper before being glued on to the tag.
The snowdrops were stamped on to an oval die-cut and painted with a pale green mica powder mixed with water. The butterflies were stamped on to scraps of the same patterned paper used to back the frame, cut out and decorated with a mix of pearls and gems.
The back is simply decorated with some gilding flakes and butterflies.

Materials:
- Base: smooth white card and green card
- Book pages: from the old poetry book
- Stamps - Leafy Swirl from Clarity Stamps; Snowdrops from Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy Spring; Snowdrops, Leaf and Sentiment from Clear Impressions' Wild & Free collection; Papermania Urban Stamps Butterflies
- Paint - white gesso
- Shapes - square from Bazzill Chips Shapes; oval frame from Stix2 Oval Shapes set; square scalloped frame from stash
- Embossing Powders: Sheena's WOW! Easter Sparkle and Lime Light; Heat It Up Gold
- Inks: Archival Black; Ranger's Squeezed Lemonade and Shabby Shutters; VersaFine Olympia Green; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark Watermark
- Crafty Notions Adhesive and Sunshine Gilding Flakes
- Ranger's Perfect Pearls Interference Green
- Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Origins Seaweed Wrap
- Trims/Embellishments: fibres, ribbons, baker's twine and yellow pearls from stash; Anita's gems - yellow

My daughter popped round this afternoon ... she has asked me to shorten the gorgeous evening dress she has bought to wear to a ball in Ireland next month. She is such a titchy wee thing that she can never find clothes of the right length. I'll be tackling it with bated breath because it is a lightweight knit fabric, with a lot of stretch in it, and there's two layers to alter too ... now where did I put that packet of ballpoint needles!

But first things first, must go and watch Endeavour on TV now.

Hope you all have a lovely evening whatever you are doing.

Happy Crafting,