Wednesday, 7 October 2015

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 331

Good Morning Everyone,

There's a lot of sneezing and coughing going on in the Worthington household at the moment but I'm determined to join in with WOYWW today, no matter what! I can't believe that, apart from turning up late last week, I haven't participated for five weeks ... shocking!!! So without further delay, here's my desk this week:
Yep ... it didn't stay clear for long! True the stuff along the back remains as it was last week after the grand tidy up, as is the tin of tools centre right, but there's been quite a lot more added to the working area. I can't seem to help myself because there's two WIPs out at the same time. Most obviously a partially completed set of cards, WIP #1, using print outs of photos taken of the Monday's vase - so pretty I couldn't resist using them as card toppers. That's a box of ready-made punched paper trims ... unearthed during the stash unpack ... next to the bottle of PVA glue. The patterned paper and the ribbon holders are part of  WIP #2 - this ribbon storage:
I plan to decorate it with the pretty patterned paper once the adhesive has set - after I've worked out the best way to go about it.
A closer shot of the cards. The punched trims were bought way back in the days when I first started to make cards and before I discovered border punches. Long past time they were used up!

Right, off to blow my nose, yet again, dose myself up with cold/flu remedy and drink a soothing cup of soup, then I'll be back to do some desk hopping - can't wait to see what your desks look like this week. In the meantime, I wish you a very good week.

Happy WOYWW,

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Silver Dragonfly Card

Hello Everyone ...

... and happy Tuesday to you all. It's a damp dreary day here - ideal crafting weather for me, especially now that I have my craft room back. It's taking time to settle into some sort of crafting routine again and there are times when I can't find stuff, e.g. I spent far too much time looking for the pot of gilding wax I wanted for this card I'm sharing today - a card for Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 197.
The starting point for this card came from the fabulous silver foiled frame which comes with many thanks from our lovely fellow blogger and Snippeteer, Greta. The base of the frame is funky foam which has been foiled in silver before being die-cut ...the funky foam gives the frame great dimension.

How I made the card:

  1. I chose a square black 5" square card and then cut a square from a snippet of white card just a bit smaller for the front.
  2. The white card was then embossed with a Dragonfly folder. As the width of the card is wider than the folder I had to emboss it in two passes through the machine.
  3. The edges of the embossed card were then gilded and buffed up before attaching it to the front of the base card.
  4. The frame was then added to the front.
  5. I then stamped and heat embossed the dragonfly in silver, twice - once on another snippet of white card and then on another of white vellum, before die-cutting both images. The two images were then glued together before fixing it to the middle of the frame.
  6. I then made three vellum roses using a spiral flower die. After rolling and gluing the roses into shape, the petal edges were touched with a little of the silver gilding wax before attaching them to the lower left corner of the frame.
  7. The final touch for the card front was to add pearls to the centre of the roses and two crystals to the dragonfly.

The inside is decorated with yet another snippet of white card which has a the dragonfly stamp on it - stamped with VersaMark and dusted with silver mica powder. I've purposely not added a sentiment because I think it's a card that would suit several occasions, e.g. silver wedding, birthday or sympathy.

Materials used:
Black 5" square base card
White card and white vellum snippets
The silver foiled frame from Greta
Craft Concepts Dragonfly embossing folder
Pebeo Silver gilding wax
Creative Dies Dragonfly die & stamp set, and Spiral Flower Die
VersaMark ink pad
Heat It Up Silver embossing powder
Crafty Notions Silver mica powder
Crystal gems and pearls
Just a shot to let you see the dragonfly's pretty wings.

I'm off to see what else I can make from all the goodies I discovered rediscovered during all the sorting out and organising I've been doing recently. It's amazing what can be forgotten when it's tucked away in drawers and boxes!

Wishing you all an enjoyable evening.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, 5 October 2015

In A Vase On Monday - Autumn's Glory

Hello Everyone

A sudden change in the weather, for the worse, meant that these flowers were picked during a very quick dart around the garden today, so I can't say much thought and planning went into my choice for Cathy's meme, In A Vase On Monday.
Except, I did think I might use this cream jug and sugar bowl set. Another of my charity shop finds, it's Royal Doulton and the pattern is Autumn's Glory - very apt I thought until I started picking. Instead of making a beeline for the yellows, purples, reds and oranges that are associated with this time of year, I was drawn to the whites and peachy pinks that, though not normally around at this time of the year in Ayrshire, are still very much in evidence in my garden this October. In fact, I'd say they are this year's autumn glory after all.
First, there was the white spider flower, Cleome Spinosa Colour Mix ... it's been catching my eye for quite a while now. This is the only plant that bloomed, out of all the seeds I sowed only three made it to maturity, but what a beautiful white flower it has turned out to be. I don't think the other two plants will flower now - too late in the season.

As I've said it is hard to believe we are now well into autumn, there's so many late bloomers to be had ... roses, white Iceberg floribunda and the peachy unknown which has just kept on flowering since June, white Spencer sweet peas, peach, orange and yellow antirrhinum (tall mixed), and the delicate umbels of ammi majus.
I was going to stop at combination of white, cream and peach flowers until I spotted the striking violet blue of the California Hyacinths, Triteleia Koningin Fabiola, peaking above the foliage of a hardy geranium and couldn't resist cutting a few. Apparently they are late spring bloomers ... either they are very late or very early!
The bowl is filled with cream and white Californian poppies, Eschscholzia californica, white cosmos and sweet peas, ammi majus and one perfect peach rose bud. So glad to see last year's cream poppies have seeded themselves in the rose bed. Hopefully they will do so again this year. For foliage, I've used young aquilegia leaves.

Many thanks for dropping in to see what's in the vase this week - your visit is much appreciated.

Happy gardening,