Sunday, 15 January 2017

Peace and Rabbits. . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you're not too wet or snowed in.

My mate Davey has had the right idea and has gone off on his travels again to Thailand and Laos and no doubt will return looking like a bronzed Adonis.
Nesta is still away, shaking her maracas in Spain and here we are, stuck in the cold and wet, boo hoo!!!
Had a rough couple of days again so no choice but to stay put but at least I can watch the Hochanda Takeover . . . . . every cloud eh???

Now, its another Christmas card today, I'm afraid. In fact, I think we may be into March by the time I'm done showing my festive makes lol!!!
This one was made for a bloggy chum, who loves her wildlife and feeds rabbits, squirrels and birds on her walks so as soon as I saw this paper, I knew I had to use it for her.

Cream card
Gold mirror card
Platinum card
First Edition Gilded Winter 8x8 paper
Sue Wilson Snowflake Border, Corner and Tag (just the corner on this)die
Sue Wilson Peace die
Snowflake stamps (make unknown)
Mica powder
Teeny bling

I cut the corner die 4 times and stuck them edge to edge to get the snowflake pattern underneath the "Peace".
Apologies for the photo quality but I hadn't got my daylight bulb at the time this was photographed so it was a case of try and use what daylight there was.

Thank you for your lovely comments on John's card and also on my first attempt at colouring. I did find it quite therapeutic so I will have another bash. 

No more sightings of Flash, thankfully. I'm still wondering why someone would stand in their front garden in there PJs and rubber gloves (they were black rather than marigolds, not that it makes any difference lol!!!)

Anyhoo, that's me for now so I hope that the week ahead is kind to you all.

Be good (and if you can't be good, blame someone else)

Ang x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Merry Christmas Lockers . . . . . . .

Good morning blogging chums. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Had a bit of a rough couple of days but nothing new there so chin up (and I have a fine selection of those to chose from at the moment) and onwards. 
Yesterday was a good day so managed a trip to Tesco with Mr D and a bite to eat at the local pub.

Flash was also out and about yesterday morning, cutting a fine figure in his pyjamas, Croc sandals and . . . . . . . . rubber gloves!!! No, I haven't a clue either lol!!!

Now, back to the card. This Christmas creation is actually the card I made for John Lockwood. Always puts me in a cold sweat making him cards as you feel the pressure to perform (in a manner of speaking lol!!!)

White, aqua and platinum card
Silver mirror card
Docrafts X Cut Reindeers Pattern embossing folder
SB Snowflake Pendant 2013 die
Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Aqua PVA Pearls
Dovecraft sentiment
Grey Flannel Memento Dew Drop ink

Apart from cheese and Jelly Babies, Mr L is partial to a bit of aqua and silver and, at Christmas, a prancing reindeer or two so, I knew this embossing folder had to have its maiden voyage for this card. The card measures about 7.5" x 7.5".
It seemed to go down very well (I trust John to tell me if he thinks its naff lol!!!).

Talking of John, he has started to feature cards with a spot of colouring. I recently bought the 4 Spectrum Noir sets of markers (the brights, darks, pastels and lights box sets) for a bargain, with the intention of using them to colour my pearlage or gems and the odd spot here and there, at which John had a chuckle.
So, I thought I'd give a bit of colouring a bash. Its not really something I've been bothered about, though I do admire the skills of some of you colouristas out there.
Here is my first effort with markers (I think I've done a couple of cards using water colour pencils ages ago)

Its an old Kanban stamp and about the only one I have with any colouring potential lol!!
Didn't think it looked too bad as I haven't a clue about shading and all that mularky. 

And here's my home made storage for the pens. . . . . . . 

I needed smelling salts and a lick from a St Bernard when I saw the price of pen storage so I started thinking about what else I could use. In a Heath Robinson moment, I thought of plastic downpipe (as you do) and had a chat to my next door neighbour who is a plumbing and heating engineer. They have bought a new house at the bottom of our road and have been doing major renovations on it and as luck would have it, he had some spare plastic extractor fan ducting, that was better than downpipe, and he even cut it to size for me.
I've stuck them together in twos with red liner tape and stuck some white card on the backs. I did have a few extra pens knocking about that didn't fit so I'm waiting to see if Leo gets any more ducting or if not, apparently its only £5 for a metre (which is roughly what I used in the above) and he will happily cut it for me again.

Anyhoo, that's enough waffle from me. Hope you have a happy Wednesday. If the forecast is right, I shall have some washing dancing in the breeze.

Ang x

P.s.  Thank you June for your comment about the card they showed on Hochanda. It has been on the blog here if you wanted more details on it.

Maureen, never had an accident but witnessed hundreds eh? Lol!!!

And, the crispy duck was extremely yummy.x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

More Poinsettias . . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you all fine and well.

I escaped the dentist without too much incident on Thursday. He managed to repair the filling without anaesthetic but I did get a dizzy episode when he lowered the chair too quickly lol!!! He did make some joke about me swooning over him, but if you saw him, you'd know that wasn't the case by a long way.
Mind you, they used to have a gorgeous receptionist called Leo from Costa Rica who was climbing on one of the units in the waiting room one day to re-connect the TV aerial and split his trousers . . . . . . . happy memories . . . . . . !!!
The hygienist has given me some special toothpaste to help my gums combat the side effects of my medications so not too bad a visit.

Now, I did mention that I'd gone poinsettia potty this past Christmas so here's another of my poinsettia cards. I've used the larger die in the set to make the apertures.

Burgundy and ivory card
Gold mirror card
SB Layered Poinsettias
CE Frosty Swirls embossing folder
Dovecraft Sentiment
Memento Dew Drop Rhubarb Stalk ink

This was a hand delivered one so no poinsettias were harmed in the process.

Thank you for your comments on my last card. Welcome to Jackie R and thank you for your visit. 
Janice (the Stamping Mad one lol!!!), I'm guessing your comment on the last card had a typing error as I'm sure that a card gracing my "knockers" would be the quickest way to close this blog down or attract entirely the wrong type of clientele hahaha!!!
Great news about the cataracts and bug Maureen. Bit worried as to why Mr K has warned the local supermarket about your driving ......... have you got previous? Lol!!!

Well, I'd better scoot as I'm scheduling and my Chinese takeaway is about due to arrive. Blame Jamie Oliver. He did crispy duck on TV last night and I couldn't get it out of my head all day. Yes, I know its sort of cannibalism with me being Mrs Duck but its no worse than Mr/Mrs Chicken eating a KFC (and yes, before anyone asks, I used to go to school with a Miles and Quentin Chicken, I kid you not!!!)

So be good and sending good wishes to those who are under the weather or whose loved ones are not in the best of health.

Ang x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

MAWTT January Challenge . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you fine and funky.

Its time for the first challenge of 2017 on MAWTT and the theme, that has been picked by the lovely Zoe, is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Something that you see in the sky!

Now, that should give you all plenty of scope to get those creative juices running.

As I still have lots of Christmas cards to share with you all, I chose to run with a snowflake as my thing you would see in the sky (rather than my undies after Storm Brenda hit my washing line lol!!!)

White and navy card
Silver mirror card
SB Intertwined Spirals (Love this die!!!)
SB Snowflake Pendant 2013 
X Cut Circles
Dovecraft sentiment
Memento Dew Drop Paris Dusk ink
Teeny silver bling

I hope that you can all pop across to MAWTT to see what the other gals have come up with and also, I'm sure that you have some wonderful creation that you can enter into the challenge.

Here's another variation of this card, slightly smaller, a lighter blue and different layer in the centre. 

At the dentist for a filling repair today so wish me luck as now I need to have adreneline free anaesthetic,  due to the A/Fib, which doesn't work as well as the normal one.

And before I forget, thank you Marion for clicking the follow button. It's very much appreciated.

Hope you all have a great day.

Ang x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017 . . . . . .

Good morning and a very Happy New Year to you all. 

Now, I hope you don't mind me indulging in a little review of some of the cards that I really loved making in 2016. Its difficult as you put a little love into every card so they are all special to me for different reasons but these few were just a little bit more memorable/special to me. Just click on the links underneath if you would like to see the original post. Apologies that half of them are smothered in Bitty Blossom roses but what can I say, I love them lol!

Thank you also to my mate Davey. I know that he reads my blog but he has now clicked the "follow" button so he is officially now a Paddler lol!

Marion, sorry to hear about Hubby's hearing. I know we joke about the fellas not listening but it must be awful for him.
WakeyL, you've got me wondering what John has been saying about me lol! All good, I hope lol!!!
Sandy, gammons are what, I believe, you call hams? And, First Edition paper pads are a brand of beautiful papers that I am addicted to.
Maureen, I hope you have shaken off the bug and are feeling better.

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support, encouragement and well wishes throughout, what proved to be, a very difficult year and here's hoping that 2017 is a healthy, happy and peaceful year for all of us.

Ang x

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Holly Apertures . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and are full of festive joy and turkey.
Thankfully, I rallied on Christmas Day so I managed to cope with cooking the dinner - admittedly, the 2 gammons just went straight into the slowcooker first thing (we're not greedy, we have a 6.5 litre slowcooker that I always fill lol!!!), the turkey breast joint looked after itself once in the oven and Mr D peeled the spuds. 

Mr D had already given me some money before Christmas for crafty stash but I still got a gift bag full of my favourite cheesy snacks, some chocolate (that he knows he will eat most of lol!!!) and Damon Hill's autobiography, yay!!! 
He also took me to The Range on Boxing Day where I spent some of the money and upon my fawning over yet another First Edition pad, he asked the immortal non crafter question of "why do you need another one of those, when you don't use the ones you have?"
Ah Grasshopper, one day you will learn . . . . . . .

Anyhoo, before I carry on, I would like to welcome some new followers to The Pond. Sometimes Blogger does muddle up the list, so apologies if I miss anyone, but as far as I can see, we have been joined by Pauline, Veronica, Cheryl, Candy and Sharon. Thank you so much ladies for pressing the follow button. Its very kind of you and I hope you enjoy your visits. 
Also, before I forget, Carole, CE does indeed stand for Creative Expressions but I'm too lazy to type it out lol!!!

Now, onto today's card. I had cut some Holly Flourishes out of gold mirror card for my card here and I noticed, having done it rather neatly, there was a lovely pattern to the negative and so this card was born. Ideally, the cuts would have been done facing alternate directions symmetrically but I wasn't going to waste it lol!!!

Ivory, burgundy and gold mirror card
Cherry Lynn Holly Flourish die
Sue Wilson Holly Octagonal Frame (hexgaons only)
Dovecraft sentiment
Card-io holly stamp
Memento Dew Drop Rhubarb Stalk ink
Gold mica powder

Simple, I know but sometimes when you're under the cosh with a never decreasing list of cards to make, simple is super lol!!! This also comes under normal letter postage, hurrah!!!

I am going to make a concerted effort to make Christmas Cards throughout the year in 2017 (we'll see how long it takes for me to forget that lol!!!)

Well, that's me for today. Should hopefully be seeing Nesta before she jets off to sunny Spain for a week and also, doing a turkey, gammon and leek pie to use up the last of the left overs (after the usual turkey fricasse and turkey trifle).

And what sad news we have had this week too with the passing of Rick Parfitt, George Michael and Carrie Fisher. I have been fortunate to see The Quo in concert a couple of times, once as a brilliant warm up for Queen and love em or hate em, they would always get your foot tapping.

Hope that you all have a good day and thank you for visiting.

Ang x

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas One and All . . . . . . .

Good morning and Merry Christmas to all of you that have kindly taken time out of the festivities to pop by.

I'll keep it short so you can get back to the sherry and being intimate with a turkey.

Now, this is Nesta's card I've chosen to share with you as I'm sure she won't mind sharing it with you lovely blog chums as the sentiment is sent to you all.

Cream, green and burgundy card
Gold linen card
SB Layered Poinsettias
SB Classic Ovals
Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish
Mistletoe embossing folder (think it may be an embossilicious)
Indigo Blu sentiment
Memento Dew Drop Rhubarb Stalk ink
Dovecraft teeny bling

Its another biggy at 8"x10" and Nesta loves it. I told you I'd gone mad with the poinsettias lol!!!

Haven't had a great few days ad yesterday I felt awful, so I'm hoping that as you read this, I'm feeling better. Having entrusted Mr D with another shopping list yesterday, I don't want to be entrusting Christmas dinner to him lol!!!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope its a peaceful and joyful one too. For those of you that are unwell or coping with bereavement, I send caring thoughts and hope that the day isn't too difficult for you.

Yuletide felicitations.

Ang & Mr D x