Wednesday 11 May 2011


And, it's Wednesday once again! What's on my desk right now is some paperwork and a Laura Ashley file (from Staples). I'm a dead woman if Len ever decides to really peruse this file though :(  !!

It looks innocent enough in the front sections - being a bit OCD of a squirrel, I file away ideas and techniques, mostly from magazines, at the front of the file.

Ahem, it's when you get past those sections towards the back that things take a downward turn:

Yup, that's my left paw in the piccie! I file away most order copies from crafting purchases so I can remember where I got them from - either for when I need more supplies or if someone asks where I got such and such from. Now and then I do weed them out so this certainly isn't the whole of my incriminating evidence by any means :)

This little lot are waiting to be filed in plastic filing pouches and only in date order so perhaps it isn't as OTT as all that!? I'm sure I read that someone is even more organised and jots new bit of stash into a notebook. Just gotta hope that my OH doesn't read this post - maybe I should lock the file away?

Last week a lot of nice people commented on the sweet peas water colour I was doing. The card was asked for by my OH as a thank you to a lovely lady who has done a lot for a club he belongs to. Recently they've done a load of groundwork there and Sue has been amazing, working away chivvying members to roll their sleeves up and pitch in as well as providing teas and coffees for the workers. I think her unofficial title is 'co-ordinator extraordinaire' and this is how the card turned out:

It's an 8" square scalloped card, topped off with some shimmery slightly patterned dark blue backing paper from my stash, lace also from my stash and a pink bow using the Ribbon Girls 32mm pure silk ribbon.. I added filigree corners and a few slightly pearlised pink gems, along with Sue's name. If you look closely at the lace there's a little teapot charm tied on with bakers twine :)).....oh, and of course I used the sweet peas watercolour! Almost forgot that bit! My OH chose the backing paper from my quite limited supply of large papers after disagreeing with my initial suggestion of silvery grey - he was the client after all :)) And of course, then it needed a box:

I think, recently watching Forrest Gump and the boxes of chocolates had registered here, so I lined the base of the box with more dark blue backing paper and attached the pink silk ribbon so it was part of the lid.

Sue was delighted and rang me that same evening to say so - how nice was that?! It was a real pleasure to make something as a little recognition of all her hard work.

I'm entering this for the current Oldie But a Goodie challenge. The theme is 'Say it with flowers' and you have to use a stamped image at least 6 months old. I've had the sweet pea stamp for a lot of years so I guess it qualifies as an OAP!!

So, if you managed to read this far folks - remember to hop over to Julia's to see what everyone else is up to on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Thanks again to so many lovely readers and for your kind comments too!!



  1. Another gorgeous sweet pea card Di ,just love it im sure your friend will too.Even better what fab way i never keep my invoices for purchases and yes when i run out of something i trail the online shops to see where i purchased them from.May have to take you up on your idea ,although will have to file away outta sight
    Happy Creative wednesday
    hugs judex 8

  2. hmmm quite a lot of shopping... love the card, it is beautiful.

  3. Another gorgeous card Di. What a lot of sorting/filing you have to do there :-)
    Have fun.
    A x

  4. Lovely card - personally I would destroy the evidence of bought items that way if there is ever any questionning you could say "what that old thing? I have had it ages.." works for me :) Sunshine Girl no. 24

  5. Get a safe and lock those pieces of incriminating evidence away! Lovely and neat though, and hopefully your husband will be so taken by all the techniques, he'll never get to the back!Thanks for your comment about my desk, the candles are lovely, but thankfully I do have a daylight lamp for the evenings! ha ha! Love, Clare #66 x

  6. Gorgeous card, love that folder. Thank you for sharing. Happy WOYWW 101! Not long left to the anniversary on WOYWW 104 and the PIF, all the best. #2

  7. Nice to see how the card turned out and I think that file of fab ideas is great. Just think what men have in their sheds...
    Thanks for sharing today,

    Sarah at 5

  8. What a lovely Laura Ashley file. A nice place to store all your paperwork. Good to see someone else is doing the same as I do. In my room you've find lot of files too.
    Also a wonderful card for Sue. Specially the colouring.
    Bye, Franka

  9. Oh Di the card turned out a stunner, as predicted! You made me laugh about filing - you're going to have to be nice to about 100 WOYWWers now - we know your secret! How funny, and how impressive your organising is!

  10. Hey girls - and I decided to bite the bullet and make something for WOYWW 104! Been out getting some bits today - you need to just hope that you're not the recipient :)) Need to check the 'rules of the game' now I guess. Night all. I'm whacked with the old brain cells working overtime! Will blog hop tomorrow to have more of a nose around! Di x

  11. Presentation is everything and I believe you hit it outta the park on both the card and the box. Wonderful! ;)

  12. Oh you devious little thing! Too, too funny!
    Your card turned out beautifully! Love everything about it but that tea pot seems perfect for Sue.

  13. Lol - thought I recognised the paper on the front of your file - I wallpapered M's wall in her spare room with the silver version!
    Love the finished sweet pea project.

  14. haha I have a file like that one - as in a pile of cuttings waiting to be filed.
    My recipe one is even worse....
    Love the card you're sharing too

  15. Love your post, the card & box are beautiful. Shaz #106

  16. Hi Di, Are you sure that card is not really meant for me Lol!
    I can see why Sue was so thrilled with your card; the finished article is just beautiful.
    And as for your file, well I just couldn’t do what you’re doing because I know that the shock of how much I’m actually spending would be too much of a shock to my system, so I plan to remain blissfully unaware……well at least until my credit card bill arrives Lol!
    Happy WOYWW!

  17. Hello Di, Blogger just totally threw me and not only took my posting down but 'lost' the comments too :( Anyway, lovely to see the finished sweetpea card, it's as beautiful as I thought it would be. Love also the 'ironing' card. I filled blogger's down time tidying, re-organising and cleaning the craft space - it's a gleaming tardis now :) Elizabeth x

  18. What a beautiful card

    Thanks for joining us at OLDIE BUT A GOODIE this time and good luck!


  19. Lovely card and love your hidden secret from your DH in the back of idea folder - really made me laugh and I thought I was OCD. Thanks for the CD links for stamps but thought I would use DVD multi media cases as I can store more in them, saw it on someone blog but cannot remember whose! Have a great week

  20. Thanks for joining our challenge Oldie But A Goodie with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  21. Great post! I like the neat storage!

    That sweetpea card is simply GORGEOUS and you've coloured it beautifully. Congrats.

    Hugs, Sandra

  22. The sweetpea card is so lovely, they are a fave of mine......x


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