Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Tuneful Good Luck. . . . . . . . . .


Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you all enjoying the warm spell.

I have managed to have a potter in the garden and a very convivial meet up with my chum PeeJay. My growbags are just waiting for the specialist tomatoes I have ordered. Thought we would be different and have a variety of different colours this year so I have ordered a white one, a long yellow one, a blue/black one, an orange one with pink stripes and a green one with pink flesh. Should make for some colourful salads.

Now today's card is one that I forgot to blog. I sent it to my dear friend Kate (Cuilliesocks) last year as a good luck for a concert she was singing in with the Inverness Choral Society.
Very CAS for me but does what it says on the tin lol!!!


Ingredients
Cream and black card
Musical notes die
Can't remember where the sentiment was from
Black pearlage
Hougie for scoring


Kate was very appreciative and I thought I should get this on the blog as she has just performed in another concert for which I have sent another card lol!!!

Well, that's me for tonight (I am scheduling) as I had a very disturbed night sleep last night (Monday) and the eyelids are getting heavy.

Just a parting couple of snaps of the lovely wisty.......I do hope that June F has re-thought where she plans to try and stick the bells lol!!!



Be good!!!

TTFN
Ang x





Thursday, 10 May 2018

MAWTT Challenge 71. . . . . . . . . .


Good morning all. Hope things are well with you all.
Thank you for your lovely comments about my photo on my last post though I am worried by the ones who said that I didn't look how they thought I would.....I looked nice lol!!!! I'm sure there is a complement in there hahaha!!!

Today is a new challenge over at MAWTT and the topic has been set by Nursey Harrop and is.................................

Now, I did fortunately get to meet up with Nursey at the MCM show on Saturday. Always a pleasure Mrs H and thanks for the pokey tool!!! 

Our Nursey loves a quote and sentiment or two and I thought this gift I had made for Nesta, would fit the bill nicely. She is having a new kitchen (Nesta not Nursey) and I made this as a kitchen warming present.
There was a bit of a goof up with this which actually turned out for the best (or so I think anyhoo). I had masked off and gilding polished the centre, stamped the florals around the edges and sentiment and then intended to glaze over it all with a matt glaze.
However, in my eagerness, I grabbed the pearl glaze instead.
As soon as I started to apply it, I thought "oh dear, ooops" or something very similar but couldn't wipe it off without it taking the ink with it grrrrrrr.
Just had to wait to see what it dried like and I was pleasantly surprised. The pearl gave the florals an almost ethereal look so it was a happy accident intentional outcome.


Ingredients
Slate heart
Stitched Heart dies (on my website)
JND Spring Flowers, Summer Flowers and Autumn Flowers stamps
Kaisercraft Sentiment stamp
Cosmic Shimmer Mint gilding polish
Cosmic Shimmer Pearl glaze
Diamante strips
Black Archival Ink


The stamping does show up more in the sunlight.



So, get yourselves over to MAWTT and see what the other girls have come up with and get your creative hats on and join in.

Before I go, I thought that I would just warn the WART members that my little Ninjas are poised and ready to defend.
When I mentioned WART, Molly showed what she felt about them..................


And my fearless little feline Lily, is now actively on patrol on the Wisty.........................



You have been warned!!!!!!!

TTFN
Ang x








Monday, 7 May 2018

Back in Mauritius . . . . . . . .


Howdy one and all. Hope this finds you well.

What a scorching weekend eh? So unusual for a Bank Holiday but very welcome.
Yesterday, I was very lucky to be able to attend a demo session, with John at Sunrise Crafts with the amazing Becca Feeken.
Becca has been a crafty idol for both of us so it was a fabulous afternoon.
Poor John had only returned from Mexico the evening before but I knew that he would not want to miss it.
What a genuinely lovely lady too, as was Christine Emberson who travelled with Becca.

Today, I was out with Nesta at a NGS event in Coventry and it was yet another super afternoon wandering around, feeling jealous looking at other folks neatly manicured gardens in the Sun  .....................some cracking wistys that I can supply address for to WART, some unguarded at the front of properties, so easy pickings gals!!!
It was very warm and I now have pink cheeks (shouldn't have worn the hot pants!!!)

Tomorrow, I'm meeting up with my friend PeeJay.for lunch and a catch up so its been all go the last couple of days.
I make the most of the good days.

Now, back to the matter in hand. Today's card is another that was missed in my John's sample folder from over a year ago, using Sue Wilson's Mauritius dies.......I am trying to be more organised lol!!


Ingredients
White card
Different shades of blue foundation card
SW Mauritius dies 
John Lockwood sentiment
Blue satin ribbon
Pearlage


The main die has been chopped to make the overlapping pattern. This was one of the cards that I really loved making with that die set.

So, after John had shown the photo on Facebook I thought that I may as well reveal all on here (not literally, you will be happy to know). I think that this will be the first time in all my years blogging that I have shown a picture of me on here. The camera does add 10 pounds and it was a wide angle lens lol!!! I will now have to be re-assigned in the Duck Protection Program!!!

Two crafting legends..........and John Lockwood (Hahaha!!!)

I feel inspired!!!

On a sad note folks, I hope that my lovely blog mate Elaine (Nattyboots) won't mind me letting you all know that her dear son passed away on Friday. Andrew had sadly been poorly for some time.
Thinking of you dear friend...............

I'll be back again on Thursday with my DT project for MAWTT.
Enjoy the weather.
TTFN
Ang x











Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Gerbera Wreath. . . . . . . . . . .


Good morning everybody peeps. Hope you are all well.

I've had a couple of down days again but its always worse when it affects my sleep. But onwards and upwards as my gynaecologist would say.

I was thrilled to get my undies in the fresh air again yesterday. Its the little things that can be the most satisfying...............said the bishop to the actress.
Sunshine and a good breeze and all is well with the World.
Nesta and I are hoping to meet up with some friends in Birmingham this week (can't say what day in case of a WART raid) which will be great as we haven't seen them since last year with my health ups and downs, then Nesta's Dad's illness.

Now, today's card is one of the recent samples I made for John for his last release of dies. I had to wait to get it back from John as the original photos I took were pants (as my good friend Kate would say). The wreath is glued onto acetate and I made the inside look as neat as I could.


Ingredients
White card
Black card
John Next Door Gerbera Circles dies
Presscut Squares dies
Acetate
Black bling


A simple and quick card that looks a bit different.

Jackie, ramblings would be a very accurate description of my collection of words lol!!!

Maureen, didn't realise that George was an elderly Mexican.....is he really Jorge Killendez?
Perhaps June S and Myra can give him the once over with their rubber gloves to make sure that he hasn't smuggled in some Sanatogen.

As for June F.......all I can say after your comment on my last post, the kitties are girls....ahem! Lol!!!

On that note....
TTFN
Ang x



Friday, 27 April 2018

Swirly Roses. . . . . . . . .


Good morning everyone. Hope that you are all well.

Its been a funny old week weather wise. Sun, wind, rain and a combination of all 3.
Certainly, The Minxes have decided that they do not like the rain so I will be equipping them with little macs and wellies so that they can still patrol the grounds.

Now, today's card is another that has been lurking on my files since last year. It was one of the samples I made for one of Daisy's Jewels and Crafts Hochanda shows.


Ingredients
Cream and black card
CE Swirling Hearts embossing folder
Daisy's Jewels and Crafts Art Deco Rose stamps
Black Archival Ink 
Gold Sharpie pen (for the leaf veins)
Gold pearlage


Its a pretty stamp and I think you could get away with it for wedding, anniversary or sympathy cards. Another quite CAS card for me.

No Ninja Kitty pics today otherwise you will getting kitty overload lol!!!
Maureen, I don't know who has given you slanderous information about my undergarments but all I shall say is, I am practising my catapult techniques (not literally cat) with diamante thongs.
June S  and Myra, I can imagine John being mildly nervous if you started putting on rubber gloves at one of his workshops..........you didn't used to work for customs, did you?
Jan, would love to see some pics of Dave's pride and joy when the racemes are out.......don't worry, I wont divulge where you live as I don't want WART mounting a two pronged attack.
June F, hope that Mr F had a super birthday and you didn't tease him with the photo.

Had some better blood test results this week so not all of me is falling to pieces. Had a nice evening out with a school chum and off out to lunch today with some old work friends. We are going for a Mexican so I shall be shaking my maracas.
Then a busy afternoon packing parcels of goodies as hopefully, my Crafts Too delivery will be here tomorrow with John's new stamps and media plates.

Have a great weekend.
TTFN
Ang x

Ps......Poundworld has got the clocks back in stock that I used here and here.



Monday, 23 April 2018

Ribbons and Slug Trails. . . . . . . . . .


Good morning mon petis pois. Hope you are all ok and a happy St Georges Day!!!

Still having off days here but what's a gal to do? At least the Sun has been shining and my smalls have been wafting on the line again, getting some fresh air rather than being relegated to the tumble dryer.

Hope that you have all been enjoying John's shows. I didn't do any samples for this time Stephanie as John, quite rightly, doesn't trust me with anything inky lol!!! I don't trust me with anything inky!!! 
I must say,thank you for all of the website orders.

Now, I do have a sample I did do for John last year as today's offering. Its another using the Mauritius set but this time, just the centre die as a ribbon threader...........thank goodness John has got his own threader now.
I must apologise for the look that a slug has crawled all over the front of the card. I had photographed the card before the glue had time to dry and settle and as its been long dispatched to someone for their birthday, I couldn't re-snap it.


Ingredients
Cream and sky blue card
SW Mauritius die (centre die)
John Lockwood sentiment stamp
Cream and navy satin ribbon
Pearlage


A simple card but sometimes, understated is just the job.

I thought that I would just give a Wisty update.....................


Its coming along quite nicely. You can almost see it growing as you can see a difference just from one morning to the next. Looks like plenty of flowers on the lilac one this year.

I have no worries about the Wisty with my little feline warriors...........


This is what happened when I showed them a photo of Maureen, Wendy A and June F.

That's me for today.  A hospital appointment and 3 catch ups with friends lay ahead for me and I hope that this week treats you all kindly.

TTFN
Ang

Ps.....Hope the knee starts to feel better soon Jayne, its been a long time now.







Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Memories of Mauritius. . . . . . . . . . . .


Good morning folks. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Sorry I have been missing again but have had another few rough days. I suppose the body occasionally decides to remind me that it is not 100%.

Before I forget, if LaVonne is viewing this, I have tried replying to your email but your server is blocking me. I will pop a couple of explanation photos on my next blog post for you.

Now, today I am back with a card from my annals (Lord, I do hope that I have spelt that correctly lol!!!) as its been lurking from when I did some samples for John when he was still demoing for CE. I have a few in this folder so its time for them to have their day in the spotlight.


Ingredients
Cream card
Rich Plum foundation card
SW Mauritius dies
CE Jacobean Floral embossing folder
SB Bitty Blossoms
Plum satin ribbon
Pearlage


I left it sentiment free until I have decided where its going (yes, I still have the card in my card box lol!!!)

I thought that you may like to see how the Kitty Ninja training is going, With the camouflage photo on the previous post, if you look very closely, you can just see two green specks for Molly's eyes. Having black leather furniture has posed problems of an evening if she has decided to park herself on our chairs and only the table lamp is on. We have to double check before we sit down.


Above is Lily practising a half nelson on Molly.


A chickenwing over the shoulder crossface manoeuvre I believe.

Stephanie, its the Wisteria that I am worried about being stolen by the WART brigade which is why Molly is on patrol lol!!! Barbara, if you can come up with a camouflage idea for Lily, that would be great.

Maureen, thank you for your kind offer to come and nurse me but Mr D is stepping up to the plate. The Girls are managing to keep flies, bees and pigeons off the Wisty so your silk bloomers will pose no threat to them. I have been waving Mr D's undies at them to put them on scent (metaphorically speaking, thank goodness)
We have to be on alert as June, hopefully feeling better now, has tried to lull me into a false sense of security saying Mr F has now planted his own wisteria but I know that it takes 7 years for a young wisty to establish and flower for the first time (as happened with my white one).

Well, that's me for now. Hopefully we will be getting this mini heatwave..........June S, get your bikini ready!!!

TTFN
Ang x







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