Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW Week 407

Morning to you all,

Firstly, I'd like to begin by apologising to you all for not commenting on Week 405. I suddenly became ill that afternoon, after eating a mushroom omelette for lunch, and it took six days to recover. Just in time for jury service last week, meaning that I couldn't participate in Julia's What's On Your Desk Wednesday then either. However, fingers crossed, normal service is now resumed. Desk snooping here I come. It's so nice to be back!

So here's my desk this week.
To the left - a finished card sitting on top of a the stamp set I've been using these last couple of days. To the right - a pile of card scraps, And centre - work in progress. Rudolph Day is coming up so I'm aiming to make a suitable card or two before the day. Besides, I'm way behind with my goal to make a minimum of one C-card a week this year already so I've quite a bit of catching up to do. The basket at the back is full of festive paper packs - see how hard I'm trying not to say the actual word for that time of the year. I know it's too soon for some of you :) The pile back left is made up of various stamp sets. In the same way as I'm methodically reading through a list of books - another one of my goals - I'm also making my way through a list of stamps beginning with that pile, otherwise they linger in a drawer unused which is ridiculous. I like them, therefore I should use them!  Also out are stamp blocks, and empty plastic pot used as water container for colouring, ink pads, a tin of Windsor & Newton watercolour paints, spritzers, gold Cosmic Shimmer, a pack of enamel dots and a tub of card candy - all of which have been used on recent projects. Oh, and those trays off to the back left are just full of junk I should sort out - and I will, one day!

Here's the finished card you can see top of the pile on the left.
I know it looks like it's black and white in the photo but actually it's brown and white. The ink used to stamp the image, from Hobby Art's March Hares set, was Memento Rich Cocoa, the cardstock used for matting and layering is dark chocolate and even the enamel dots are a very dark brown. The only black used was the ink ribbon on the typewriter that I used to type up the greeting.

I am expecting a special little visitor, my great-grandson, today. He and his dad are dropping in for lunch before going off to soft play for the afternoon. Should be fun - he's toddling now and into everything. For the rest of the day I'm on WOYWW snooping duty :)

Hope you all have a wonderful WOYWW and a great week ahead.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuesday's Card - A March Morning

Afternoon,

I've been playing with stamps, inks and sprays to make another card using the March Hare set from Hobby Arts.

Unfortunately, it proved to be a difficult card to photograph and although this one is the best of a bad bunch it doesn't show the depth of the colours that can be seen in real life.

Here's a close-up that is a bit better.
Here's how it was made:

  1. a smooth white A4 (8.27 × 11.69 inches) sheet of cardstock was cut in two halves and then one half was folded to make the card base.
  2. the card front was sprayed with gold Cosmic Shimmer. To do this the fully opened card was taped to the craft mat and the back covered to prevent the gold spray getting anywhere but the front. It was then put aside to dry. Note: I should have kept it taped down to prevent the cardstock buckling as it did - I think you can just detect that in the photograph. 
  3. the topper was made using a scrap of watercolour card which was lightly spritzed with water, then the images of grasses - from Hobby Art's March Hares - were stamped using distress inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Shabby Shutters - and then it was given another light spritz of water to encourage the ink to bleed then left to dry.
  4. once dry, more stamping was done using VersaFine Vintage Sepia first and then Olympia Green - again it was left to dry before the next step which was to spray a little yellow colour, created by mixing Mustard Seed from a re-inker with some water in a spritzer. This spraying was concentrated n the centre. Next a light flicking and spritzing of the gold Cosmic Shimmer was applied and left to dry before stamping the greeting, borrowed from Sarntangles stamp set, using Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad.
  5. finally, the topper was matted and layered on to scraps of dark yellow and kraft cardstock and then adhered with sticky fixers to the front of the card.

A technique described by Jaine Drake, found in an old issue of Craft Stamper, provided the inspiration for this topper. She, in turn, was inspired by the effect of the sun on her herb garden.

It's a fun technique and well worth having a bash at so I hope I've explained it clearly enough for anyone who would like to give it a try.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, 20 March 2017

In A Vase On Monday - Spring Bits & Bobs - plus a garden update

Hello Everyone,

Today is the first day of spring and so to celebrate I have a vase of seasonal bits and bobs  for Cathy's In A Vase.
A wander round the garden today was very cheering. Not only was there green shoots popping up all over the place, all promising lots of colour to come, but also quite a few spring flowers - among them cowslips (primula veris), lungwort (pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'), helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol' - ready to be picked and popped in a vase.
Cowslips - Primula veris
Helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol' and lungwort, Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'
I added, just because I couldn't resist it, the acid green foliage of an alpine aquilegia, not in flower just yet but it won't be long now.

For me this combination of blue and yellow just says springtime even though, dotted around the garden, there are just a few other colours, mainly from the old wallflowers that have been producing a bloom or two since January but are now really getting going. Here's a few shots of what I spotted during my wander.
Wallflowers
And here's the lungwort and cowslips before picking. According to the label for this lungwort is also known as "Blue Cowslip".
Lungwort
Cowslips
I couldn't resist taking a photograph of some of the flower buds that are popping up - here's a couple.
Clematis 'Broughton Bride'
Tulips
And there's no forgetting the many daffodils that are still brightening up my days.

The windblown flowers are cut to fill even more vases with their golden loveliness.

Cathy is celebrating five years of blogging at Rambling In The Garden so do pop over to see the fabulous vase, hand painted by her daughter, saved for this very occasion.