Wednesday, 18 October 2017

WOYWW Week 437

I need a longer week! There is simply not enough time from one Wednesday to the other for all the stuff I have to do and all the stuff I want to do. That said I wouldn't want to miss joining in with Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday ... I love seeing what fellow crafter's are, or are not, working on every week.
This week it's a desk of two halves for me. On the left half I'm trying to make cards ... well, I have some supplies out with every good intention of catching up on Christmas card making. I'm so far behind it's a disgrace. If I don't get a move on I'll be forced to BUY them and that just would not do! That's my new 'smarter-than-me' smartphone in the blue case - getting to know all it's ins and outs is taking time - too much time.
There are a couple of sewing projects on the right half of my desk. I've been making little dog blankets out of a fleecy blanket using an old curtain to line them. Molly, the puppy, has been keeping me very busy indeed. The little pink toy, though much loved, has been treated so roughly an amputation has been called for. Sadly, I can't do anything for it's missing tail.
Here's Molly abusing a the bag for life we keep her toys in. Just like a toddler she prefers the bag to the toys.
Except for when she's snoozing she rarely keeps still long enough to get a good photo. I keep hoping to get one good enough to add to the sidebar but so far there's not been one, despite my attempts to bribe her with treats.

Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Penny Black Poinsettias

I've been itching to try out the new Derwent watercolour pencils and waterbrushes I brought back from our trip to the Lake District this summer but, what with one thing and another, it's taken me until now to find the time.

To make the topper, poinsettias were stamped randomly over the piece of white card to create the background then they were coloured using red, green and yellow pencils and a waterbrush. When dry, it  was glued to a layer of red card which was then attached to the front of the card blank.

On a snippet of white card a single poinsettia was stamped which, when dry, was fussy cut before being stuck, with glue gel, to the central poinsettia on the background. To add a bit of sparkle yellow Stickles was added to the flower centres. To finish, a greeting was stamped in black on yet another snippet of white card before it was punched out in an oval shape. To give the greeting more definition the red pencil run round the edge before adhering it to the right hand corner of the card front.

Supplies used:

- a white A6 card blank from Docrafts Papermania with matching envelope
- red and white cardstock for the topper and greeting
- stanp set - Penny Black Wonder Collection
- ink - Memento Tuxedo Black 
- Derwent Academy watercolour pencils - Red, Dark Green and Cadmium Yellow
- a No.2 Derwent Waterbrush
- adhesives - Pinflair Glue Gel & a double sided tape pen
- yellow Stickles glitter glue
- punch - Stampin' Up oval label

I enjoyed the watercolouring so much I decorated the envelope to match.

It's been a while but at last I have a snippet card to submit to Pixie's Snippet's Playground.

Happy Crafting

Monday, 16 October 2017

In A Vase On Monday - October's Unexpected Delights

Today's In A Vase On Monday, for Cathy's meme on Rambling In The Garden, is full of unexpected delights - that is unexpected for the month of October!
After waiting all summer and finally giving up on dahlia 'Moulin Rouge' suddenly there it was this morning, just one stunning bloom. Not looking exactly as depicted on the packaging - the image had a white petaled centre with a 'skirt' of bright red - it's still a striking combination of orange and creamy white petals.
Yet more surprises were in the sudden appearance of blooms on the rosa 'Canary Bird', the yellow rose with the most attractive foliage, and astrantia 'Buckland', both flourishing I suppose because of the warmer than normal temperatures we've been enjoying lately. And geum Mrs Bradshaw, despite having the September chop, continues to produce her cheery orange flowers.

Other roses continue to bloom too, for example, creamy 'Elina' and 'Simply the Best' which is a wonderful burnt orange colour, perfect for this little arrangement. And next to 'Simply the Best' is my favourite white rose, 'Tranquility'. There hasn't been a single bloom for a month or two but suddenly there was this lone and lovely flower, just like 'Canary Bird'.

The white jug, inherited from my mother, though nothing special is really useful. Most flowers look good in it.

With a storm forecast, the downgraded hurricane Ophelia, I had, for once, no qualms about cutting everything that was still in flower this morning. The chances of them surviving the ferocious winds that are now howling through the garden are few. Better that they are in plonked in vases around the house than out there taking a battering. I've even stripped the sweet peas - they are now filling the hall with their wonderful perfume. Much nicer than being blown to bits.

For more, and better, arrangements do check out Rambling in the Garden.