Wednesday, 14 February 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Valentine's Day

Hello Everyone,

It's not just WOYWW but also St Valentine's Day and my desk looked just a bit different this morning. On it was quite a surprise!!!
Roses! Not usual for a Wednesday morning. The roses were totally unexpected but aren't they lovely. I especially like that it is a mix of pink and red - so pretty. The hearts, as you can probably guess, were left out after making a Valentine's card as was the box of Spectrum Aquas. There's also a ton of stamps - most featuring hearts too - an ink pad and the scraps of card used as testers. Mr Romantic now has the card so I can share it here too.
I've steered away from traditional colours this year, though there is a touch of red - hearts just have to be red!

Right, that's it for me this week. Short and sweet. I'm going to take Mr Romantic out to our favourite coffee haunt for a treat. Well, after those roses, I think he deserves it,

Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful Valentine's Day whatever you're doing.

Edit Note: Readers, he declined my invitation. He says it's blowing a gale out there and freezing cold so he's opted to 'stay home and snuggle' just as it says on his card!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

To Travel Is To Live - A Scrapbook Layout

Hello Everyone,

The third layout using another of the homemade kits I put together last year. After sorting through our massive photo collection and filing them into albums that only had spaces for photos that are 6x4, or smaller, in size left me with a pile of and panoramic and oversized photos needing a home. The photo on the layout is one of them ... it's of my husband, taken in Southern Ireland in 1999. It shows the mist rising up from the hills on a perfect Irish morning.
The base of this layout is a fabulous Webster's Pages paper showing fluffy white clouds on a beautiful blue sky. I've been stroking this paper for a very long time - two years at least - but it proved to be a difficult paper to use on a layout. Until, that is, I found this photo. The sky is not an exact match but I think it's near enough for me to get away with it. 

So here's a list of supplies used.

Base Paper - 'Journey Begins' from Webster's Pages Our Travels collection
Papers used for layering the photo and making embellishments - all from Simple Stories You Are Here collection (2016)
Stickers - Bo Bunny - the wavy multi-coloured strip below the photo; Simple Stories You Are Here 'Expressions' Stickers; Webster's Pages 'Sprinkled With Love'
Alphas - turquoise letters from Simple Stories Snap! Studio Brights; pale orange from previously mentioned 'Expressions' sticker sheet
Ink used to edge everything - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Weathered Wood 
Punches used to cut the three circles in each of the three embellishment clusters - Stampin' Up 1¼" & 1" circles
Enamel dots - Simple Stories So Fancy; Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes; Docrafts Papermania  Orange Neon Gems

The flower motif and the orange camera were fussy cut out from journaling cards in the Simple Stories collection and the small camera was cut from a Project Life card

The title is a quote from Hans Christian Anderson and the 'I haven't been everywhere ...', which was already printed on one of the Simple Stories papers, is from Susan Sontag.

I'm undecided what to do next. Should I make another layout or should I get my sewing machine out, or should I make a Valentine's card for a certain someone tomorrow ... oops! I think I've just answered my own question!

Monday, 12 February 2018

In A Vase On Monday - A Spring Windowsill

I thought with the snowstorms of yesterday that I wouldn't be able to put together a vase for Cathy's In A Vase On Monday. However, the snow melted away this afternoon giving me the chance to nip into the garden to see what could be found.
It wasn't much but I found enough to make this pretty little vase. One very brave Tete-a-Tete daffodil had opened out - it was 2C degrees and I would have expected it to be knocked back.
I also picked a few blooms from my husband's beloved primulas - white, blue and yellow.
The hellebores, Christmas Carol and snowdrops are still going strong despite the near freezing temperatures we've had recently.
The little Peter Rabbit jug was really too deep for most of the flowers, they are so short-stemmed, so I've propped them up with glass beads.

The primulas were a recent impulse buy - I loved the creamy white blooms - and the tray of William Morris decorated pots, together with the matching string tin, were a bargain sale buy last year.