It was a gorgeous Autumn weekend in Melbourne and I enjoyed a spot of gardening, planting some cute purple violas and a new Gardenia that I struck from cuttings. Speaking of plants, I had to take a photo of my first Camellia of the season. This is a beautiful symmetrical white Japonica, called 'Early Pearly'. I have espaliered two of these between the metal frame of my clothes line. Sounds weird when you say it like that, but it does disguise this rather boring but necessary piece of equipment!
If you are like me, you are always looking for new options for your craft storage. I have tried a few different storage options for my sponge daubers as my collection has grown over the last few years, none of which have been entirely satisfactory . Finally, I came across this acrylic box that is specifically made for daubers and it is fantastic. It holds 40 daubers, which covers all of the main Stampin' Up! colour collections. It is easy to get them in and out of the box and they can't fall over, which sometimes caused the colours to be transferred. I made up a template for the colour collections, that I've covered in contact as the daubers come in contact with the top of the box.
Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to decorate the outward facing side with some of the retired Cottage Wall DSP and matching Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive cardstock.
Finally, I also have a card for you based on the Clean and Simple 135 sketch, which is shown below.
With Mother's Day coming soon, I have taken the opportunity to make this card for my MIL (she doesn't look at the Internet, so no chance she will get to see it). I have used the lovely 'Strength and Hope' stamp set which raises funds for Cancer research. This is very appropriate as she is also a breast cancer survivor. The base card is my favourite Marina Mist with the lovely floral from 'Springtime Vintage' DSP. I've sprayed this with Champagne shimmer mist before adding the embellishments. I love the sentiments expressed in the text behind the butterfly. I hope she likes it.
|Stamps||Strength & Hope, Well Scripted|
|Card stock & Papers||Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP|
|Accessories||Basic Pearls, Blue craft wire (antennae)|
|Tools||Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, 2 3/8" Scallop Cirlce Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Champagne Shimmer Paint, stampamajig|
Enjoy your week.