Thursday, 17 August 2017

A Snippet Card

Morning Everyone,

Here's a close up of the card that was lying on top of my keyboard in yesterday's WOYWW post.
The topper was made entirely of bits and bobs from stash, including a recycled hedgehog image fussy cut from a card received one birthday. I thought it far too cute to toss.The white die-cut oval was a gift from a friend - also received a couple of years ago. The purple spot patterned paper is from the Heather Paper Pack by Docrafts Papermania from 2010. I can't believe how old some of my stash is which is why I'm trying to use it all up before I even think of buying new! The ribbon and lace came out of a box of snippets and the textured green card the topper is matted on to is also a snippet, albeit a largish one, again from Docrafts.

I've deliberately not added a greeting. That can be added later when I've decided on the occasion and the recipient.

It's been a while but, having used those snippets, I'm submitting this card to Pixie's Snippets Playground.

I'm sitting here surrounded by boxes containing card scraps, old paper pads - mostly 6"x 6" - and ribbon and lace snippets. There's also a shoe box filled with all sorts of images and inked pieces (UFOs) that I'm sure would make lovely card toppers. The plan is to bottom these boxes, or at least make quite a dent on the contents, before they are tidied away again.

First, I think I need a cuppa!

Hope you all have a lovely crafty day .


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

WOYWW 428

Morning Everyone,

After the lovely weather we were enjoying last week today it's raining. Never mind! There is always What's On Your Workdesk to console me. That's the fun meme brought to us by Julia our Queen of Desks. over at the Stamping Ground, in which a worthy bunch of crafters reveal all. Here's what was on my desk this morning.
Of course, I had to clear it, using the shove-to-the-side-method, before I could get to the keyboard. Inspired by Shaz's post last week I've dragged out a bunch of UFOs and sorted them out. I've even managed to make one card, resting on the keyboard in the photo. It's not much but it's a start. On the left there's a pile of die-cuts (just visible), Brusho splattered bits and alcohol inked bits. To the right of the guillotine is a pile of card and stamped images, some already coloured, others still waiting to be coloured. The horrible mess to the far right is a couple of boxes of ribbon and lace scraps which I dragged out thinking it could be useful. At the back are the boxes and tubs of essentials that are permanently on show.

I've also set myself a target to clear the backlog of needlecraft projects waiting to be finished. Here are two that were finished this week.
Crocheted pineapple patterned doily. The first one I've made for many decades. I did make a few, still scattered around on tables even now, before my children were born but this kind of crochet takes a lot of concentration - not the sort of thing to do when you have a house full of kids.
Zippered pouch. After the success of the scrappy bag I made for my daughter's birthday - shown in last week's WOYWW post - I've made this similar but smaller and simpler to make pouch. Forward planning for, dare I say it, Christmas. I found the easy to follow  instructions on Anna Graham's blog Noodlehead.

I think the pouch would make a lovely present, filled with goodies of course. And that reminds me that I had a few comments last week asking what the goodies were that I put in my daughter's bag. Well, they were skin products - all fruity perfumed, e.g. body butter, lip salve, hand cream, etc. She was particularly pleased with the hand cream because, as a quilter, her hands get very dry.

So that's what I've been up to this week. DH is taking me out for a spot of lunch now so I'll be over to see what's on everyone's desk later - just as soon as I'm back.

In the meantime, Happy WOYWW and have a wonderfully crafty week ahead.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Smiles

Evening Folks

It's Friday and I should have joined Annie with her Friday Smiles at A Stitch In Time much earlier and I would have done if I hadn't had an emergency to deal with.
Yes, I've managed to damage my sewing machine! I cried. I love my sewing machine. So what happened. Well, I changed the needle (from one suited to knit materials to one for cotton) and I couldn't have tightened it up adequately. I've changed umpteen needles in my time and never made such an elementary mistake before but today I did. Of course, I was sewing with a zipper foot too just to make things a whole lot worse. You could have heard the crunching sound on the moon! And to top it all the automatic needle threader is no longer working.

Not much to smile about you'd think! Brother's customer helpline to the rescue. A lovely man answered the phone and calmed me down almost immediately. He knew exactly what I'd done and what needed to be done to get my machine up and running again. And he's popping a new needle threader part in the post - I should receive it by Monday - at no cost to me. He also talked me through how to take the damaged part off and replace with the new part when it arrives. Marvellous service!
I'm now a very happy smiler indeed.

And finally, because we have two tots who are in that 'terrible two' stage, this funny really spoke to me.

Have a wonderful weekend and, hopefully, a very smiley week ahead.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

WOYWW 427

Hello Deskers and All,

Joining in very late with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Why so late? Well, I swapped my desk today.
To this! The weather has been so changeable for weeks now that we have to grab the sun when and where we can. So we took a picnic down to the beach and just relaxed.
We enjoyed watching a father and his two daughters flying this kite. Aren't the colours stunning?
Here's himself posing at the start/finish of The Lang Scots Mile. Not that he walked all that way today. With his knees! X-rays were taken on Monday and depending on the findings he may be in for a transplant so it could be a wee while before he's up to his walking tricks again.

Not a lot of crafty stuff to show for this week then but I did make another of the scrappy patchwork bags.
This one for my daughter Juli for her birthday last Thursday. It was filled it with lots of goodies.
And here's the birthday girl herself. Not the best of photos but the best I snapped on the day.

Thanks to those of you who left comments last week. If I didn't get back to you I can only apologise. Apologies too for not having anything more craft related to show you but times are difficult. Several family members are ill and needing a lot of support. This means I have very much less me time, even if I had the inclination, to spend crafting. And whilst I do my best even finding time to comment is proving to be equally difficult. Heavens, I'm even finding less and less time for blogging! It won't always be so, I'm sure, so please bear with me for now and hopefully things will improve soon.


In the meantime, I wish you all a very good week ahead.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

WOYWW 426

Good Morning Deskers and All

It's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday again and this week I do have a desk shot to share with you. After last week's non-appearance I thought my desk should feature today otherwise our Head Desker Julia might think I'm not playing the game.
Still nothing crafty to reveal just photos being filed in albums. It's a work in progress, and long overdue at that. In the time that DH and I have been together we have managed to accrue a ton of photographs, particularly from the pre-digital age when every photo had to be printed from rolls of film. They've all been stored in three drawers up to now but I thought it was time they were organised better and somewhere more accessible for us to browse through now and again. I have to admit I didn't realise what a job I'd taken on. It has taken me several months just to get to the year 2004!
The completed albums are now on a bookshelf in the sitting-room. Note, all are numbered. They are from a set of American Crafts Thickers and I'm beginning to run out as the number of albums goes into the teens. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can track down another pack of the that exact same set of alphas or it will have to be Plan B - whatever that is! The albums hold two hundred photos each and I have two empty ones waiting to be filled. I'm not sure that's going to be enough to clear the last drawer.

Clearly I'm never going to have time to scrap more than a fraction of our photos yet we still keep taking them wherever and whenever. Thankfully the more recent ones are stored digitally and I'm much more selective when printing them out on my wee Cannon Selphy.

Still, it is a blessing to have so many photos - the memories those albums holds are simply priceless.

That's it from me for this Wednesday. I'm going to be out much of the day, on a mission of mercy for my sister, but I hope to be back later to check out as many of your desks as possible.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy WOYWW and a wonderful crafty week ahead.

Monday, 31 July 2017

In A Vase On Monday - Anniversary Roses

Late as it is, at the time of writing Monday's almost yesterday, I'm determined to participate in Cathy's meme In A Vase On Monday over at Rambling in The Garden. 
The photo was taken, as you can see, on one of the few sunny days we've had in the last couple of weeks and I have to admit that wasn't today. I actually put this arrangement together  to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary on 20th July but this is the first opportunity I've had to share it here. It's a very simple combination of red roses, Faithful and Pride of England, hypericum Magical Red Flame and a couple of fronds of fennel. 

Rosa Pride of England, a classic hybrid tea that provides us with these huge stunning blood-red blooms right through the summer. The petals look like velvet. This rose was planted for my husband who is from Manchester in the North West of England - just a little reminder of home.

Rosa Faithful. This is a very floriferous floribunda rose - that's just one stem you can see in this photo. It also has a lovely fragrance.

Hypericum Magical Red Flame and Fennel.  The striking colour of the seed heads on this hypericum cheers up what could be a very dull corner. I preferred the green fennel to the bronze variety for this arrangement. 

The little brown and white vase is another charity shop find - picked up whilst we were holidaying in the Highlands of Scotland in June. I haunt charity shops wherever I am. It's a piece of studio pottery - the signature is difficult to read but it looks something like Genny Pottery. 





I hope you all will forgive me for sharing this arrangement even though it's from a couple of weeks ago. Though I should say it's still going strong - I've been replacing the blooms as they go over just to keep it as a reminder of a very lovely day. 

Rudolph Day Card - Christmas Corner

Evening Folks

This has got to be the quickest post in the history of this blog because time is running out to participate in July's Rudolph Day Challenge over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo!
I made this card very quickly using a bought base, a scrap of card that I'd already embossed, a recycled greeting and a few enamel dots
Here's a close up of the embossed detail.

Supplies used were:
- scalloped edge white card base - Make & Create, The Works
- snippet of red card - American Crafts Bazzill Basics, Tomato
- embossing folder - Nellie Snellen Christmas Corner
- greeting cut from a card received Christmas 2016, trimmed and corners rounded
- corner rounder punch - Woodware
- silver enamel dots - Simple Stories, The Story of Us
- inside the card is stamped with the Merry Christmas stamp from Penny Black Wonder Collection using a ColorBox Cranberry ink pad.


Here's a pic of the embossing folder to give a better idea of what the embossed design looks like - it's very pretty.

I hope my brother and his wife will like this card as much as I do come the time.

I'm also entering this card into Pixie's Snippets Playground  - anything as long it a snippet or three were used in the making.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Smiles

Morning Everyone,

I'm joining in again with Annie and the Smilers over at A Stitch In Time to share just a couple of the pics that have put a smile on my face this week.

First up is this one of great-grandaughter Lacie looking very glum after being woken up early to go to the hospital to see the eye specialist. She is a real sleepyhead and can still be asleep well into the middle of the morning!
Next up is this photo of great-grandson Callum looking very grown up. He's had his hair cut and it does make him look less like a baby and more like the toddler he now is. He's also incredibly like his daddy at that age too.
And here's two youngsters you rarely see here. They are DH's great-great niece Freya and great-great nephew Josh who live in the south of England. They're showing us that they'd both received the little Scottish rag doll, with hair the same colour as Freya's, and bagpipe playing teddy we found on our travels. And yes, it does make us feel old to have great-greats but they are such a joy too.

Finally, a photo from the garden of a bee on our cotoneaster tree. The flowers may not look much but the bees find them irresistible and all I hear when I stand under the tree is the busy buzz as they gather the nectar. This tree is absolutely smothered in flowers this year which means there are going to be plenty berries for the birds this coming winter.

As you can see, even though in many ways this has been a difficult week or so I haven't had to look far for things that made me smile this week. I hope you've had as much to make you smile too.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WOYWW 425

Afternoon Deskers and All

It's a miserable rainy day and I'm not revealing my desk today because there's nothing going on there - not a thing! It's been one of those weeks - events conspired against me so that I've had precious little time to breathe let alone craft. I could give you a breakdown of my chaotic week but I'll spare you - instead, I thought I'd just share a few completed projects.
First up is the card I made for the UKPC Challenge for July with the theme and method I described an earlier post - click this link to see it. The base of the topper started off like this:
It's a lovely effect.

Next I have two layouts to share.
I've used a real mix of papers and embellishments, all old. There's papers from Echo Park, Websters Pages, Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye and Carta Bella and the dates range from 2011 to 2014. You can tell from that why I'm not in the market for paper for the foreseeable future - too much fabulous stash to use up. When this layout was completed there was still a lot of scraps to play with so I made this next layout too.
I tried some mixed media, gesso and ink sprays, on the white base and consequently the card has warped a little. Even backing it with the dark green card didn't help entirely. It will flatten out once it is in an album. Needless to say, it only used a fraction of the scraps but inspiration ran out so they are now packed away in the scrap box where they will stay until either inspiration hits me or they are gifted to a worthy cause.

Finally a fun photo from Monday.
It was a glorious day and this is my daughter and I having lunch in the sun. We don't get a lot of opportunities like this so we made the most of it. I've just noticed that rusty shovel!

That's it for this week. Not much and I hope you're not too disappointed there's no desk shot. Hopefully things will be much more like normal next week and the desk will once again feature for Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at the Stamping Ground.

In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful WOYWW and a great week ahead.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

WOYWW 424 - and winner of book giveaway

Morning Deskers and All,

Wednesday again! What black hole swallowed up the last seven days ... my life is flying by in a series of Wednesdays at the moment. It's going to be a very quick post today because, as you will see, there's nothing much going on at my desk.
Here it is in all it's messy glory. There's been no progress on the planned layout - the supplies are still there but that's about it. I have been experimenting with alcohol inks so there's a pile of bits on the left and a card on the right resulting from that - see the previous post for more on the card. The plant label is for Snow-in-Summer - the plant went in the garden on Monday so, of course, the label was tossed on my desk and forgotten. The rest is the usual pots and dishes I keep around me. The little rose printed dish is to put wet wipes in - they can make such a mess if not kept out of the way ... ask me how I know!
This is a close up of one of my most recent acquisitions found in a charity shop. It's perfect for keeping embellishments in while making a layout - that will be the layout I'm not making at the moment.

The book giveaway

Four people expressed an interest in reading the book so we made the draw in this time honoured tradition:



DH did the deed and drew Helen.

Please email me Helen, on ellie.worthington@sky.com, giving me your snail mail details and I will get the book off to you as soon as possible.

That's me done today. I'm off to visit my sister now so I won't be able to leave comments until later when I get back.

Have a happy WOYWW.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Butterfly Birthday Card - Experimenting with alcohol markers

Good Morning ...

... and a very happy Tuesday to you all too.

I have a very quick share today.
Prompted by this month's swap challenge for UKPC I've been experimenting with all sorts of alcohol inks, including Promarkers. This card is intended for my younger sister's birthday later this month. She doesn't read my blog so it's okay to share it here.

Here's how I made it:

- first I selected a bunch of colours that I thought would look good together. I chose a rainbow of colours. From left to right - Indigo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Duck Egg, Ruby, Cardinal Red, Poppy, Dusky rose, Ginger, Soft Peach, Buttercup, Pear Green, Olive green, Leaf Green, Lime Zest, Baby Pink, Lilac, Bluebell, Plum.
- I then took a Ranger Gloss Paper 7 x 10 card base - I'd forgotten I had these tucked away in my stash until the recent big sort out.
- with the top and bottom masked off I simply drew lines of colour, using the stubby end of the pens and working from each edge into the centre. The next step was to add some Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution which had the effect of smudging the hard lines between each colour. This would work better with Adirondack alcohol inks but it didn't do too badly with the Promarkers. I also dabbed on some Gold Adirondack Mixatives which is not showing up too well on the photo but looks lovely in real life.

- to tidy up the edges of the panel I drew a line top and bottom with a Krylon 18kt gold leafing pen and then outlined that with a black Pigma Micron 08 pen.

- to decorate the card I cut out a decorated circle from a snippet of gold card using an inexpensive die from The Works and it cut perfectly.
- I then used the butterfly die and cut it out of this piece of card that was another alcohol ink experiment.
It was made on a scrap of smooth white card using Adirondack Alcohol inks in Sail Boat Blue, Red Pepper, Currant, Sunshine Yellow and Juniper with splats and dabs of the gold mixative. It looks very bright and messy here but once it was cut the butterfly looked a lot more toned down.

- almost finally, the greeting from Stampin' Up's So Happy For You set was stamped in Stazon Jet Black and then I added three tiny hearts - saved from the butterfly waste - just because they were too pretty to toss.

- to finish the inside, and because there was a little bit of bleed through from the markers, I added a plain white insert.
I did trim the bottom edge it with a sliver cut from the paper used to mask the card when colouring - it mirrored the front of the card perfectly.

Well, that doesn't look such a quick share but it's mostly photos and it really didn't take too long to make either.

Because I've used a couple of, admittedly tiny, snippets I'm submitting this to Pixie's Snippets Playground. 

The reason for speed today is that as it is such a glorious day we are off out to Culzean Country Park. We're taking a picnic and  we intend finding a lovely spot to just sit and enjoy.

I wish you all a very lovely day.