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30 June 2010

Busy day here at JoFY.co.uk!!


OK, its a wednesday and so that means WOYWW, but also its the 30th of the month which means its..

Banana Frog Blog Hop
Welcome!.. if you've arrived here as part of June's Banana Frog Blog Hop (starts at 9.00am). This month's theme is  SUMMER which is appropriate as Summer has arrived in the past few days with a bit of a fizz, bang, sizzle and bringing some great temperatures (HOT HOT HOT!) but I for one would really like a bit of a breeze to go with them! lol
I created a card this month using the 'Hiya Chick' and 'Kawai Kokeshi' stamp sets (available here). A concertina card peeking through branches of trees to see birdhouses and buds on branches....

Its a concertina card made up of 3 panels, with apertures cut in the first 2 pages to reveal the layers behind. Here's a better shot to show detail:
Thanks for visiting as part of the blog hop - your next stop is Julie who can be found hereEnjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Welcome! to those of you here for a snoop at my desk - here it is:
Quite tidy don't you think?  But don't go thinking I haven't been busy - I have but its 'secret' stuff!
Lets take a little clockwise tour around the 'tidyness' starting bottom centre... black 25x25cm sketchbook - all my ideas and drafts get put in here as a sort of thinking process; lovely background stamps by Imagine That (more from them later!); great numbers/dates stamps by Papermania - more about those tomorrow when I come clean about something; yummy inks that are being played with at the moment inside the sketchbook; my (I made this) very sophisticated pointy tool holder ie 3 bits of polystyrene stuck to a bit of greyboard - its very chic! lol every desk should have one!; and last but not least my Tim Holtz scissors and a bone folder - both essentials on my desk... I wouldn't normally draw attention to my scissors but I will today because I FOUND THE SCISSORS' CAP!!!!!!! this made me very happy because I lost the cap and the cap on TH scissors is v important because they're very sharp and when I'm working I keep them in my trouser pocket (at the back) and I really didn't want to stab myself in the butt with them or tear my trousers/jeans.. so thats why. HAPPY!
Thanks for visiting, now off you go to snoop round other peoples spaces (that's what i'm going to do! lol) or to find out more about WOYWW go here

BUT, before you all go - can I have your help please?  What is this plant?
UPDATE!! The plant is a shrub called Sambucus Black Lace - Thanks to Tracy for settling that - I'm going to get one or two of those for the garden - v pretty!  oh the power of the web - or the WOYWWers - who needs Google to answer questions!! lol  Thanks again!
(It was in the garden of a local dentist and I love it - its leaves look almost black and the flowers are various shades of dusty pink - really unusual... It stands about 3-4 feet high.. I asked my gardening guru aka my Mum! but she couldn't identify it and suggested I look in the gardening book under 'small shrubs' if thats any help for anyone to narrow it down - it looks kind of oriental don't you think?  So if anyone has any ideas what it might be please leave a comment - THANKS!)

37 comments:

  1. Hmm, not sure about the plant, it looks familiar but I can't think what it is. Sorry, no help at all.... Love your desk today.

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  2. great desk, loving those books, and as for the cap for TH scissors, one of the banes of my life, so have attached it to my fingers with superglue in case I lose it again!rofl... have a great day and thank you for showing
    Hugs x

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  3. No idea about the plant, but it's lovely! Be careful with those scissors!!!! Very neat desk :)

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  4. Hi Jo

    Sorry I cant help with the plant, I love the card its gorgeous and so creative

    Joey.x

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  5. I have absolutely no idea but it's wonderful

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  6. Hope someone can identify your plant.. wouldn't mind one myself tis beautiful

    great desk btw.. lovely card too

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  7. I just consulted my gardening guru aka Mum and she said it looks like Sambuco (sp?) Hope that helps.

    Beautiful card would love to win some stamps xx

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  8. Your plant is the dark Sambucus, I have one in my garden and I love it. They can get quite large but I just cut mine to keep it to the size I want. It is a gorgeous plant. Love the desk today and your card is fantastic. Have a lovely day, Tracy Evans x x

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  9. Sorry back again, I did not give you the full name of plant it is Sambucus black lace. You should be able to get this from most garden centres. Tracy Evans x x

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  10. So glad Tracy new the plant name, I've seen them but like you could never find the name. A nice tidy desk and a beautiful card too.
    Hugs
    Suzi x

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  11. Love your card, great use of the Banana frog stamps. Sorry not a clue which plant but it does look like Cow parsley maybe it's a new deviant, pretty:)

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  12. Gorgeous card, Colette x.

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  13. Love the card but can't help with the plant sorry.
    A x

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  14. abolutely splendid card, as for the plant, sorry I can't help either

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  15. What a stunning card - I love the dimension to it. I glad that it is not just me with a pile of stuff sitting on my craft desk - my favourite way to work!!

    Vx

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  16. I was just about to say it is a Dark Sam-wotsit (yeh, as if LOL) LOVE your card, tis lush...and the desk is rather tidy!!

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  17. What a fabulous card - and very pretty plant, though I wouldn't have had a clue either..thanks for the inspiration..Esther

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  18. Stunning card hun :0)
    Arrr its one of them whatsits lace shrubs...I was gonna say that......no I wasn't, I'm hopeless with plants :0)
    Have a great day,
    *hugs* Heather x

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  19. Love it Jo, as ever. Desk is a little tidy for you though LOL xxx
    Rachael

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  20. beautiful card..i just love bird cages!

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  21. Such a pretty card! I love the depth and dimension you achieved by making it a concertina. The birdcage is sweet and I like the little "berries" you have added to the plants.
    My desk is "tidy" like yours too! Well, actually that's a lie - my bookbinding table is tidy, because I'm in the middle of a book and it has to be - my desk is covered in all sorts of stuff, about 3 layers deep. I will tidy it soon - honest!
    The sambucus is very pretty. I think it is the plant that is also called "Joseph's Coat" because the flowers are several shades of pink and white.

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  22. Wow that card is amazing! :)

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  23. I always think that only serious crafters carry a black design book. Oh my. Am intrigued by your 'more later' comments, so naturally will be back. Am surprised at you for worrying about stabbing yourself - surely most of you TH gals would gladly give blood?!!!

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  24. Adorable card Jo. I've got one of those black elder's in my garden and it's really beautiful.

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  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your card - it's so pretty and intricate!!!....Kirstivxoxo

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  26. Your card is stunning. If I made that I would want to keep it!

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  27. hahah.
    Julia made me laugh re. her TH comment - but I'm with you - I lost the cover of my TH red scissors (best for sticky cutting but I don't like the serrated edge I get when cutting just paper) and I Did Stab Myself (front pocket) and nurse part of me thought - oh dear - "$$$%^£" - femoral artery stab - I have 2 minutes to live - but thankfully I was saved by my jeans seam.... minor scratch to skin panic over,

    you have made a stunningly beautiful card

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  28. Gorgeous Card and very tidy desk....I'm hopping off!!

    xx

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  29. I love that card, very beautiful.

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  30. I'd be happy to save my butt from a stabbing too!
    Fab desk and card x

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  31. Great desk and I love your card.

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  32. Love your card and yes, that shrub does look like this one...

    http://www.hedgenursery.co.uk/product/elderberry-sambucus-black-lace-3-litre-pot-20-30cms-C03SAMBLL20.html?dealer=98

    Happy Crafting
    (Lyn)

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  33. Love that pointy tool stand ...how come I never thought of that and just continued to misplace them or stab my self lol

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  34. I was really in awe of the numbers and dates stamps by Papermania. And your pointy tool holder is a super good idea. I'm so glad to read that you found your scissors cap, too. It always helps to clean a bit. You always find something you're missing. Happy belated WOYWw

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  35. stunning card interesting colour selection of ink on your worktop
    Gorgeous plant glad you found out what it was

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  36. lovely desk, glad someone helped out the plant, im useless about things to do with plant slol

    thanks for the snoop

    big hugs
    judie xx

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