Saturday, 17 March 2012

Snowdrops in the Green - for the March Scrap Our Stash Challenge

Afternoon All,

This, by necessity, has to be a quick post because I need to make a tag for a very special young woman and I want to complete it for tomorrow.

No prizes for guessing that this is my favourite spring photo of the year – love snowdrops.   Finding snowdrops this spring proved to be difficult – we have had a warm winter which fooled the snowdrops into an early show so by the time we went looking we were told we were too late. It was, therefore, a lovely surprise to find this little clump during a walk in nearby Culzean Castle Estate.  So, for the Scrap Our Stash Challenge for March - Green, I just had to base a layout on this photo.

The white base is sprayed in patches with two shades of green Cosmic Shimmer Mist. The papers are from K & Company’s Flora & Fauna collection, and Papermania’s Secret Garden ... this last has been in my stash for a couple of years at least. The photo is matted on to a subtle brown floral paper and the fern leaves, bird on apple blossom, rose spray and the letters for the word green were fussy cut from the Flora & Fauna DP. The rest of embellishments, Prima and Wild Orchid Craft flowers, lace and pearl trim and ribbon are all from my stash.

Snowdrops are best planted ‘in the green’ – that is straight out of the ground or pot, hence the layout title. Planting bulbs is less successful. Knowing this I was really tempted to dig up this wee clump and bring them home – however, it’s against the law here in the Scotland to do that. Instead, I have this lovely photograph and layout as a constant reminder of their fresh loveliness.

What I used to make this layout:
  • White 12" x 12" card for base - bought from Two Peas in a Bucket eons ago
  • Cosmic Shimmer Mist, Meadow Lush & Blue Lime colours
  • K & Company , BW Flora & Fauna paper collection
  • Papermania's Secret Garden - the 2"x12" strip paper pack - this included the journaling note 
  • Basic Grey, Dasher Letters - for the word 'snowdrops'
  • The black stick on letters came with and were left over from a self-assembly flat-pack DIY job
  • A mix of Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers 
  • Pearl/lace trim from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn
  • Ribbon from stash

Okay, time for a quick bit of lunch and then onto the planned project - hopefully I'll be able to share it with you sometime tomorrow, although it will be a busy day as we are off to put a plant on my mother's memorial garden and then we are going over to see how wee Arihanna is growing :)  My daughter was planning a visit but unfortunately the two youngest grandchildren, Alun & Shari-Ann, have caught a nasty bug of some sort and are too feverish to visit - because I have asthma my daughter insists that I don't come anywhere near them until they are better :( 

I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow. For me it's one of the nicest days of the year, though I do realise it may not apply to everyone, not all of us are mothers, but we either have or had mothers, our daughters/nieces/aunts/cousins/friends may be mothers, and that to me is reason enough to celebrate :)

Happy crafting,


  1. Hi Elizabeth
    I love snowdrops too. I have them blooming in my garden! I used to have about 500 and then an older man walked his dog past each day and stopped to ask if he could dig up a few for his wife...He took about half!!!

    Oh well, they loved them too so at least I know they went to a good home.

    I am planning a layout with them next week as they have been blooming for quite a while and I don't want to miss them either..

    Love the paint mists! and the fussy must be more patient than I...hahahah

    Where do you get that little badge that states you project is 100% stash?

  2. I like snowdrops too , happy crafting and a nice weekend Elizabeth, Hugs elaine

  3. Lovely and poignant post Elizabeth - hope you have a great day tomorrow!

    Di xx

  4. Hi Elizabeth, what a lovely layout. I have snowdrops in my garden too, used to have loads but over the years less and less, makes you wonder where they go.
    Hugs Sue W.

  5. Lovely snowdrops and layout Elizabeth. We noticed how our Snowdrops haven't given us the show we usually get this year. But what we did have were beautiful though. Our Primroses are suffering too sadly! Maybe we will have a proper winter later on this year and then they will be back to normal!

  6. A beautiful page Elizabeth, I love snowdrops too :o)
    Jackie xx

  7. we got our snowdrops in january this year! They were lovely.
    Hope you have a brilliant mothers day today.
    have you really resisted buying new stash this year?

  8. Hi there Elizabeth seems like an age since `I passed by. what a beautiful card and just love this pretty photo how lucky you are to heave such pretty countryside on your doorstep. Sorry to hear that the grandchildren are unwell hope they will be feeling a lot better soon. Take care my friend.



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