Wednesday, 19 February 2020

WOYWW - Week 559

Hello Everyone,

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday seems to come round a day earlier every week. I spotted some of you in my feed yesterday. Well done to all the early deskers but I just can't keep up - I'm like the coo's tail - always behind!
Photo taken yesterday evening. The craftroom sorting is still ongoing and it's the turn of the enamel drops which, up till now, have been kept in an absolute guddle in a pretty, but pretty useless, tin. So, I've found a better box - once an office index box - and created dividers with tabs made with a die from Crafter's Companion's Die'sire Essentials 'Just the Ticket' set.
Another pic from yesterday. I used markers in the nearest shades to the colours of those delicious dots.
And here's what's on the desk this morning! All dots filed and looking tidy. It's good but I'm thinking it's needs a bit more thought. However, it will have to do for now because there's a lot more sorting to do. Sigh.
And then there's this. The recent storms and the continuing horrible weather has me wanting more cosy knitted hats. One of the ladies in my Thursday craft group gave me this mammoth ball of yarn she no longer loved. Happily, I do love it. It's a lovely shade of purple with the added interest from random flecks of colour too. It's nice and chunky too - so quick to knit up. The pattern is a very easy one I've knitted a few times now - it doesn't require a lot of concentration so perfect while TV viewing.

And finally today ...
The EM has been busy. Daughter Juli was looking for a spice rack, admired the one in our kitchen, mentioned how expensive the one's she's been looking at are. Et voila! One custom made spice shelf for the use of. Delighted daughter, happy dad!

That's it from me this week. I'm off now to see what Julia and our fellow deskers have been showing us today.

Take care everyone and have a great week ahead.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Christmas Card Club - Card 04/2020

Hello Everyone,

I completely forgot that it was time for another Christmas Card Club Sunday yesterday. I blame Storm Dennis, myself. He came in and created quite a stir these last few days. Yesterday was the first day that was dry enough for me to step outside my door, and even then it was too windy for anything more than a mad dash in and out again. Today is no better - worse, in fact! No matter. Back to CCC and the theme, chosen this time by Christine. is for either a Christmas Carol or Song.
Not sure this qualifies but the embossing folder (Darice) used does give it a music theme, of sorts.
The inside is decorated with an embossed topper (Cuttlebug's Cindy Loo folder) and several leftover scraps, all found in the snippet box.
I used several punches to decorate the card - X-Cut's scallop border punch and Woodware's tiny leaf and flower punches.

That's my very late submission for the CCC challenge today.. This one brings my total for the year, so far, to ten!

As I managed to use quite a useful number of snippets on this card, I'm also submitting it to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #371.

I hope you will pop over to see what my teammates have created this week. You'll find a list of their names and links on my right sidebar - as always they are so much more creative than I will ever be.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

WOYWW - Week 558

Hello Everyone,

Happy Wednesday - and it's snowing! It won't last and it isn't lying - well, not yet - but the soft white flakes fluttering down and melting on the craftroom window is lovely to watch. Which brings me back to why I'm here today. It's another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! Don't know what WOYWW is? It's my excuse to bare all, so to speak, by posting a pic of my desk - usually a sad mess - and talking about what I've been up to since last Wednesday, if anything at all. Feel free to join in over at the Stamping Ground - Julia would be happy to see you. 
So what's on my desk is a pile of scraps. I've been sorting out my boxes of festive themed stuff before it's moved off the desk and put away again for a few months. When I've decided I've squeezed as many cards, so far the count is only two, from those scraps I'll toss what's left. We are, after all, well into the middle of February so time for Christmas to be gone ... well, at least for now. There's a cyber crop coming up at the end of the month and I need to be prepared. 
Thought you might like to see the cushion I was working on last week. It's finished! There's a bit of quilting on the backing fabric - not a lot but enough to add interest.  
Here I am stitching the binding with the help of my new little helpers. The book lights are a very thoughtful gift from my daughter - the perfect aid for her old mother whose eyesight isn't what it used to be. 

Now, the book bit. Not an audiobook this week, instead it's a cookery book. 


Rukmini Iyer's The Green Roasting Tin, is a beautifully illustrated book of dishes that look delicious, tempting and simple to make. I bought it for inspiration when we, actually he - I've always preferred vegetarian meals to anything with meat in it - decided to eat more veg based meals. This is a great book to be using regularly. The recipes are so easy to make - just throw everything in the roasting tin and pop it in the oven to bake. The result is a tasty hot dinner made with very little effort. I'd say this is a book that I'll be using a lot. 






And finally ...

That's it from me this week. I'm off now to see what Julia and our fellow deskers have been showing us today.

Take care everyone and have a great week ahead.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

WOYWW - Week 557

Hello Everyone,

Wednesday again! Another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's Stamping Ground! And I'm still not into full crafting mode but there's been some progress, I've been pottering about in the craft room and - surprise, surprise - the desk is no longer as clear as it was last week.
Nothing too exciting.  There's a clutter of bits and bobs, found in the wrong place, that need to be put away in the right place. There's stamps, both in the box and on the desk - the latter a Debbie Moore freebie that came with a magazine. I used the bee stamp in the set on the masterboard and the new blog header shared in my last post here. Since then, the masterboard has become the toppers on these cards.

There's been a bit of action at the sewing machine - not much, but still some.
The embroidered panel in the middle was a sort of sampler that I've been working on for far too long. Really, it was just an excuse to try out new stitches and remind myself of those I was taught at school. Once finished, I decided to make a small cushion. It will be a constant remind of the hours spent stitching.

And now the book bit:
Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK's top forensic pathologist, having performed over 20,000 postmortems. In his autobiography, Unnatural Causes, he remembers the most high profile cases he worked on during the course of his career - cases like the Hungerford Massacre, the death of Princess Diana, the Clapham Rail Disaster, the London bombings of 2005 - to name a few. It's a fascinating memoir, a record of a remarkable career and, despite the gory bits, I really enjoyed listening to Dr Shepherd tell his story - he has a good narrator's voice. 

That's it from me this week. I'm off now to see what Julia and our fellow deskers have been showing us today.

Take care everyone and have a great week ahead.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Spring and Summer Blog Header - One Sheet Wonder

Evening Everyone,

Now that we are into February I thought I should make a new header. One that was a whole lot more cheerful than the weather we are enduring at the moment. And, because it would have been a bit of a waste of time otherwise, I created this 'one sheet wonder'/masterboard that can be cut up and used as toppers for cards.
The base is an A4 sheet of white cardstock. I used a stack of stamps, old and new, from various sources - Altenew Modern Anemone; BoBunny Wall to Wall Textures; Stampin' Up Nature's Perfection; Art Journey Sweet Dreams and Debbi Moore Vintage Garden. The inks used were also a real mishmash too - Ranger Distress Oxide in Ripe Persimmon and Old Paper; Distress Ink in Dried Marigold and Crushed Olive; Adirondack in Sunshine Yellow, Peach Bellini and Stonewashed; Memento in Espresso Truffle, Pear Tart and Pistachio.

Love the bright colours, the flowers and the bees - everything I look forward to seeing again come the spring.

That's it from me today but I'll be back tomorrow with the cards made from the sheet.

Christmas Card Club - Cards 03/2020

Hello Everyone,

And happy Sunday to you all too. I'm happy to pleased to report that I'm feeling a bit perkier today and so more up to a bit of crafting. Perfect timing as it's time for another Christmas Card Club challenge. It's Sylvie's turn to chose the theme and she has asked for 'stars' on our cards.
So I've gone a bit overboard with the stars. Stars on stars on stars.
I started by creating a masterboard with a sheet of white card that already had a sprinkling of Infusions, Sleight Blue - a powder that works in the same way as Brushos. Just sprinkle and spritz with water. Then the sheet was covered using two different sized star stencils - the smaller is Dusty Attic Starry Night and the larger one is from in a Mind The Scrap mixed media kit - and two shades of blue ink - Adirondack Stonewashed and Memento Danube Blue. The sheet provides four card toppers when cut up and trimmed down to size.



The card bases, measuring 15x10cm, were made from two sheets of light blue cardstock, cut and folded in half.

The greetings were embossed with Moxy opaque Wave powder on to scraps of white card and cut out using either a star die, from Docrafts Nesting Star set, or an oblong die from a very, very old no-name set.


That's it from me for today's CCC challenge. This brings my total for this year to nine!

I'm also submitting the first of these cards to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #370.

I hope you will pop over to see what my teammates have created for today's theme. You'll find a list of their names and links on my right sidebar - as always they are so much more creative than I will ever be.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Friday Smiles

Hello Everyone,

The bug I mentioned on Wednesday is taking it's time going so I've been nowhere and done not much at all - I've no wish to pass it on to family, friends, or, for that matter, strangers. Which means I have few photos to share. But then again, I have some. And I have to thank my DIL, Elaine, for those I do have.

Among my son, Alun's many hobbies there's sausage-making!





Then there's cheese-making. This is his homemade cheese-making equipment.

And there's beer-making. The hops are the ones I harvested from our garden last year.

You can tell he's into self-sufficiency!

And finally ....
With some re-wording this could be every crafter's mantra for the week!

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles this week and will share yours too by linking them over at Annie's A Stitch In Time. Everyone is welcome to join in.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

WOYWW - Week 556

Morning Everyone,

And happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday to you all. Not that there's anything on my desk today, as can be clearly seen in today's snap.
I've been poorly, with one of those pesky bugs so prevalent in winter, so there's been no crafting done here - nothing, naught, nada, nowt, zero, zilch, zip! The layout I was working on last Wednesday - still not finished.

There is, however, a new addition to my sewing accessories though.
A pretty box of snaps. As delicious to look at as a box of Smarties - but with the bonus of zero calories! Another case of WOYWW enabling - this time it was a photo on LLK's blog that is to blame.

That's it from me this week. I'm off now to see what Julia and our fellow deskers have been showing us today.

Take care everyone and have a great week ahead.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

WOYWW - Week 555

Morning Everyone,

And happy WOYWW to you all too. Yes. So soon! It's Wednesday and therefore the day of the week we get to join in the fun over at Julia's and reveal as much, or as little, as we dare of what's on our desk. And so, for the record, here's mine:.
Here we are fast approaching February and I'm still making pages for December. So many photos, so little time. Not that it's not fun. It is. Especially because there is a great stencil and bright red ink to play with. The Heidi Swapp stencil came included in a mixed media kit last year and this is me just getting around to using it. Without a doubt I have far too many lovely unused goodies. I have no resistance. Which is why one of my goals for 2020 is to try out all unused stash. At least once. Really! It's the very least I can do in justification of all the pocket money spent.

And talking of money spent, here's a cheap little something I picked up at a garden centre at the weekend.
I know it's a make-up organiser but I thought a better use for it might be this:
Stickle storage. The perfect answer to the problem of how to store these little bottles top down. No more of the frustration that comes from trying to squeeze out the contents which stubbornly remain stuck at the bottom of the bottle.

That's it from me this week. I'm off now to see what Julia and our fellow deskers have been showing us today.

Take care everyone and have a great week ahead.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Blogging - is it dying?

Hello Everyone,

I've been thinking! About blogging, and more specifically this blog, and whether it is, as some articles I've read recently are suggestion, dying or dead. So is this true? I'd say, no - it's just evolving. It's changed and is now very different to how it was 10 years ago, when I started this little blog, because it's competing with other platforms, e.g. Instagram, YouTube, etc.

Well, I had reason recently to look back on on old posts from a few years ago. What that confirmed was that keeping a blog was, for me anyway, very worthwhile, even after almost ten years. Looking back brought back so many memories, both happy and sad - my beloved crafty companion, Bonnie, featured a lot back then! So if you ever wonder if it is worthwhile keeping your blog, just look back on previous years - I found it fun to see how many projects I've worked on and how many friends I've made along the way too.
Incidentally, what struck me most from my trip down the years, was just how many cards I've made and shared and how few scrapbook pages. Given that I call myself the Silver Scrapper you would have thought the concentration would have been the other way round.
Particularly as I only started making cards to tackle the growing mountain of leftover paper scraps!

Must try harder!

So to wind up on this post and get back to the point, I sincerely hope blogging is not dead,  even though it's just one of the many platforms we have at our disposal that enables us to share our interests with others. I'd miss it too much, otherwise.

Whatever your views on blogging, I hope you will continue to pop in, whether regularly or periodically, and catch up with my doings. 

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Christmas Card Club - Cards 02/2020

Hello Everyone,

It was my turn to choose a theme for today's Christmas Card Club challenge - a difficult task but after much inner debate, not to mention more than a little help from Margaret, I opted for 'holly and/or ivy'.

And because my goal for this week is to concentrate on stash busting all the supplies for today's cards are not new - check out my post for Wednesday to see the boxes I'm working from.  I managed to make four altogether, two with holly and two with ivy.

The bottom panel on this one is a leftover piece from a masterboard I created autumn last year using lots of paint, leaf stamps, ink, stencils and texture past. The matting for the holly sprays and greeting was cut from scraps of glitter card. I had to cheat and use two snippets, butted up together, for the greeting.
The topper for this one is the last scrap from another masterboard, created way back in 2018. The background is made up of sponged inks. It was overstamped with two of my favourite Penny Black stamps , Winter Bough and Winter Berries in shades of green and gold. The die-cut holly spray was made from snippets of green and red cardstock.

The background piece, if I remember correctly, was made using a technique that involved embossing wax paper which was then ironed on to a white card base to create a resist for ink. The backgrounds on the next two cards were created in the same way.

The backgrounds were almost pretty enough to leave as is but, of course, the challenge called for some ivy so I stamped up some narrow scraps of white cardstock with trails of ivy. For the blue one I used a stamp from the Have a Holly Jolly Christmas set - the same one used for the green card above - and Memento Danube Blue ink. And I used my very first stamp - bought in 1995 - for the red one. This time I embossed the ivy trails with gold powder. In truth, there's not a lot of difference between the two stamped images - I just have a special fondness for the old wood-mounted one. The edges of  the panel are embossed in gold too. The ivy trails on both cards are decorated with tiny gems.

That's it from me for today's CCC challenge. This brings my total for this year to five already - not bad!

I'm also submitting one of these cards to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #369 - I'm not sure which one yet as I've used a bunch of snippets in the making of them.

I hope you will pop over to see what my teammates have created for today's theme. You'll find a list of their names and links on my right sidebar - as always they are so much more creative than I will ever be.