Tuesday, 2 September 2014

In A Vase on Monday - September Miscellany

Hello Everyone

I know, I know, it's not Monday, it's Tuesday but, even though I was away yesterday and home late, I still felt I had to join in with the weekly meme of Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden - In a Vase on Monday.
Strolling round the garden this morning, trying to decide what to cut for today, it occurred to me that I should just include a mix that totally reflects what the borders look like in late summer  - a September miscellany. It will be interesting to look back on the post in September next year and compare.
The first flowers picked were from the long border. Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise', a semi-double flower which is doing well after being attacked by slugs when very young and one stem of the peach flowered Crocosmia 'Okavango' found at the Ayr Flower Show a couple of weeks ago.

calendula, coreopsis, rosa 'Dorothy Perkins'(?) and pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket'
The light pink rose, to the right, came labelled as 'Dorothy Perkins' however I'm not sure that's correct as Ms Perkins is described as having clusters of pink double flowers - we have clusters, yes, but the flowers don't look the same as illustrated on the label ... another mystery, and this garden has many.
calendula, crocosmia, rosa 'Carefree Days', coreopsis
Agastache 'Blue Boa', also discovered at the flower show - the stunning deep violet blue flowers just sung to me on sight!; the deep pink patio rosa 'Carefree Days' at the front - after a brief rest this rose is now covered in blooms again; and few stems of mock mallow, malva moschata.
mock mallow, agastache, osteospermum, calendula
From the rose bed, a late flowering osteospermum 'Serenity Lemonade' proved to be too tempting - I'm not sure how well these flowers do in a vase but I'm about to find out. The pot marigolds, calendula mixed 'art shades', are from the herb patch.
pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'; coreopsis; sambucus 'Black Beauty'
For foliage I've chosen some sprigs of a massive and clearly long established Cotoneaster, research suggests that it could be Cotoneaster franchetii but I'm not sure - it's more than 9' high, was smothered in clusters of white blossom which is now a mass of berries, green ripening to red; a piece of Sambucus 'Black Beauty' for the dark chocolate coloured leaves. And finally, the seed heads from two fountain grasses, Pennisetum setaceum, 'Sky Rocket' and 'Rubrum'. The 'Rubrum' is another plant spotted at the flower show. It was in a gold medal winning display and I found myself unable to resist stroking those fluffy bottlebrush flowers - so tactile! I was so disappointed to find it sold out, but I left my name and contact details in the hope that there was a forgotten plant hiding back at the nursery. Luck was with me and Brian, the nursery owner, took pity and let me have one of his gold medal winning plants ... which is why I was away yesterday ... we drove over to the nursery to pick the plant up and, at the same time, have a personal guided tour round Brian's fabulous garden :)
The vase is in fact an old white cream jug inherited from my mother and here it is on the Welsh dresser which is in our hall ... I thought the flowers would be a cheering sight for anyone entering our home. It's where most of my jug collection is kept together with few other bits and bobs, as you can see.

The hall is also where I've put this jug of sweet peas ... we've had a great show despite thinking we'd possibly planted them in the wrong place. In fact, we've had so many we've been giving bunches away just to keep them from going to seed.

Again, it's thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme. As I said last week I'm now enjoying picking more flowers to bring indoors and enjoy. So much so, I'm now planning to create a cutting patch at the bottom of the garden so that, hopefully, I will have no shortage of flowers to pick next year.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Rosa Eglantine - A Sunday Snippet Card

Hello Everyone,

It's late but there's still some time left of Sunday to post the card I made today for Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 140.
The snippets are the green and yellow card used for matting and layering ... well, one yellow layer was a snippet but I misjudged how far the snippet would stretch and had to break into a new sheet to finish the card ... so now I have more snippets, and so it goes on :)
The background is another Gelli plate print which just happened to look nice with the decoupaged rose topper ... a freebie from Docrafts Creativity Magazine.  The trellis trim used on the front and inside was made with a EK punch. Snippets from the Gelli print and cardstock were also used to trim the inside and back.

There you have it, my snippet card for today. Like Jules, I'm going to be lazy today and not list the materials  but if there is anything you would like to know then please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to answer.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and that the week ahead will be good to you.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Merry and Bright

Evening Folks

I hope this finds you well and having fun. I'd like to welcome my newest followers, Jean, Annie, Kathy, and Liz. Thank you for following, it's nice to know you're there :)

I've been playing in the craft room while the EM has been settling into his man cave new shed. It's great, he gets to store all his handyman tools and I get the spare room back :)

Back to crafting ... today I decided to try out the free stamp set and paper pad that came with Issue 127 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, especially as the set included the greeting 'Merry and Bright', perfect for Hazel's CHNC Challenge 191. I also decided to take my inspiration directly from the magazine's designer, Sharon Curtis' fabulous cards.
I've altered the designs here and there but otherwise they are very similar to Sharon's originals.
For the first card I used a square shaped Kraft card base. The patterned paper was trimmed to size, edged with red ink, and matted on brown card. The length of red satin ribbon was positioned across the front and fastened to the back with some glue tape before fixing it all down to the front of the card base. The stamps were inked up with red ink and stamped on to snippets of white card. The Father Christmas was cut out and matted on to two die-cut layers, the plain and the spiro circles, before attaching it to the front of the card. Similarly, the greeting was trimmed to size and matted on to red and brown cardstock. To finish, a bow was made from a double length of the ribbon and fixed to the band of ribbon.
For the second card I've used a white card base to create a tent shape card. The topper is a scrap of a print made using the Creative Palette, inks and bubble wrap, stamped with the greeting in black, trimmed to size and matted on to red card. For the background, patterned paper was trimmed to size and fixed to the card base. The length of striped paper comes from a sheet of cut-apart designs included in the pack. The spray of holly stamp was inked up with markers, stamped three times and then trimmed to create the embellishments on the topper and paper strip. The final embellishments are the three pearls and red liquid pearls on the holly berries - not screamingly obvious in the photos, but it looks nice in real life.
The inside and the back are also decorated with the sprays of holly.

As well as submitting these cards to the CHNC mentioned above I'm also submitting them to the following challenges:
CHNC challenge extra for August 2014 - anything as long as it's Christmas
Stamping for Pleasure's Rudolph Day - August 2014 - anything Christmas themed as long as there's two 
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 139 - most of the card used for stamping, matting and layering and the piece of inky print used for the topper on Card 2 - all snippets

I know I don't do this often enough but I'd like to thank you for all your lovely comments on my work, I very much appreciate every one.

I hope you are having a great evening and the Friday will be kind to you.

Happy Crafting,
Materials used:
Both cards: BoBunny Silver & Gold Collection paper pad; BoBunny Father Christmas stamp set (both from the magazine mentioned; Colorbox Cranberry pigment ink pad; scraps of red Docrafts Papermania Textured cardstock, snippets of smooth white cardstock.
Card 1: square Kraft card base; scraps of smooth brown cardstock; X-Cut circle and spiro circle dies; red satin ribbon.
Card 2: white card base; scrap of palette print created with a mix of ink from Colorbox Crafter's Reinker, Fire, and Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mustard Seed and bubble wrap; Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Memento Marker's Lady Bug and Bamboo Leaves to colour holly spray stamp; Liquid Pearls Rouge; red and green pearls for decoration.