Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW Wk 398

Morning  Everyone ...

... and a happy Wednesday to you all too. I didn't make it last week and suffered withdrawal symptoms as a result, so there's going to be no missing What's On Your Desk Wednesday - all courtesy of our fabulous Head Desker Julia, at the Stamping Ground of course!
I've been messing, not altogether successfully, with paint. Some time ago, could be a year, could be longer, I spotted this technique online ... source forgotten so many apologies to whoever you are ... showing that it was possible to transfer magazine pictures on to a card base using emulsion paint. I finally got around to trying it out yesterday. With not much success as you can see. I'm now wondering whether to persevere or give it up as a bad job and get back to something I know I can do.
Oh dear, that old adage is ringing in my ears as I type.

Back to the desk and what you can see are all the materials, paint tester pots, brush pot with brushes, an old shower cleaning spritz now filled with water. Out of sight is a folder containing pictures torn from magazines and saved for this purpose. That's about it. Stuff at the back of the desk has had a bit of a switch around - some stuff moved, some stuff removed altogether - to make room for the Really Useful Scrapbooking box you can see top left. I've also made room for my trusty sewing machine No. 1 on the far end of my desk. It's there so I can, if I so wish, sew on paper. No. 2 sewing machine is on the sewing table. My intentions craftwise are, as always, good!

That's it. I've waffled on enough today. I began this post intending to keep it short but ...

I'm off now to get a brew and then I'll be ready to do a bit of desk hopping. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who drops in to see what's on my desk today. If you leave a comment, that's a bonus and much appreciated.

Happy WOYWW,

Monday, 16 January 2017

In A Vase On Monday - Amaryllis

Morning Everyone

I'm cheating a bit this week because there's no new vase, although last week's is still going strong and, yes, the buds of the Sarcococca did open to release their heady perfume. Instead, as apart from evergreens and a few berries on the cotoneaster and skimmia, there's little of colour in the garden to pick I'm sharing my potted Amaryllis, Hippeastrum.

Every year, just before Christmas, my husband presents me with a bulb which I duly plant up and we wait in eager anticipation to see what colour it's going to be. In the past they have all been bright red but this year's is the softest peach and white - a lovely surprise.

Close up it's a beauty.  Apart from how striking it is I have another reason for my enjoyment of my Amaryllis, and that's in its name. It reminds me of a much loved character, Marilla, from one of my favourite childhood reads, Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. Not exactly the same word but near enough to bring to mind a formidable lady who mellowed towards the orphaned Anne over time. And just to prove I'm not completely daft, Wikipedia informs me that Marilla is a shortened form of Amaryllis.and means Shining Sea!

If you want to see more cheering arrangements why not pop over to Cathy's blog, Rambling in the Garden where others are sure to be sharing what's in their vases (or pots) today.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday Snippet Make - Thank You Card

Morning Everyone,

Here's a very simple 'thank you' card made using a couple of snippets for Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge.

It also features a new stamp, Cattus Librum, won way back in November for participating in the Cat Lovers Hop. I've been itching to ink this cute cat up ever since it was delivered in December, so very glad I have now. A big thank you to the organiser of the hop, Janis of Her Peaceful Garden. It was kind of her to send it all the way from over the pond. As you might have guessed, Janis is, like me, a cat lover ... she also makes beautiful cards.

Materials used:

  • white base card measuring 5¾"x 4"
  • black/white patterned paper from a Crafts-Too 6"x 6" paper pack that is entirely made up of papers with stripes or polka dots in various colours. It's and old pack so I'm not sure if it is still available.
  • snippet of white card stamped with Cattus Librum - a Stampendous stamp - using Memento Tuxedo Black ink - for topper
  • snippets of satin finished silver cardstock for matting and layering the topper
  • Stamp used inside is from Sincere Sentiments which came free set with a recent issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft

It's a grey and miserable day here with rain expected any minute. The kind of day to stay at home you'd think. Instead we are off to our local Costa Coffee for a cheering latte ... we're feeling the need to get out for a while.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday.