Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Daisy's On Hochanda Today. . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all ok?

I am feeling back to normal (well, as close as it gets for me anyway).

Now, Daisy's Jewels and Crafts are back on Hochanda today at 3pm and 7pm with Jo Austin and I have made a few samples for the shows.
There are stamps and stencils on offer so I hope that you can tune in.

Cream and purple card
Daisy's Magnolia Greetings stamp set
Presscut Ovals dies
Memento Dew Drop Grape Jelly ink
Purple teeny bling

Hope that you don't mind shortish blog posts at the moment as I have some samples to make for Mr L and also a very dear friend of mine has a very sick parent at the moment so my thoughts are elsewhere a lot of the time.

I will try and make sure that I don't get too far behind with blog visits too.

Hope you can catch the shows today.

Be good.

Ang x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Starry Starry Night. . . . . . . Paint Your Palette Blue & Grey (Well, Silver)

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you bright eyed and bushy tailed (or as near as you can get).

Thank you for your comments on my last card. I really enjoyed making it as the scraper foil board really is lovely to work with. I now stock it on my website if anyone is interested.

Now, on today's card, I have also used a few items available on my website, namely the Starry Night die, the snowflake die set (now back in stock), double sided sticky sheet and the "snow".

White, peacock blue pearlised and silver mirror card
Double sided sticky sheet - as used by John Lockwood (available on my website)
Starry Night die (available on my website)
Snowflake die set (back in stock on my website)
Snow (a few bags left on my website)
Iridescent glitter
Blue bling

I cut the Starry Night die 4 times and cut the border edge off each of the die cuts. I then used the cuts to form a frame on some double sided sticky sheet with the reverse stuck down on to white card.
I then added the bottom snowflake to the sticky sheet and then sprinkled with a mixture of "snow" and iridescent glitter. You can see a little bit of the sparkle on the above snap.
This is an A5 card but you could trim the die cuts smaller to make a smaller frame. Its also not just a Christmas die as you could have stars on a birthday or thank you card.

The Christmas pile is getting a little taller, thankfully, so I hope I won't be rushing last minute this year...............who am I kidding lol!!!

The remnants of the cold are still lurking but its nearly gone. I did see Mr L for a very lovely breakfast last Thursday and then met a friend (since school days) for an early tea on Friday so at least its been nice getting out socially again.

I did have fun with the "snow". I had tapped all the excess from the card onto a piece of card I use for glitter, embossing powder etc and then promptly sneezed!!!
I have been finding the stuff for days lol!!! I think its a bit like sand.......finds its way into all nooks and crannies hahaha!!!

On that note, I shall bid you a happy Sunday and hope the storm that's heading this way doesn't affect you.

Ang x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

MAWTT Challenge 56. . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope all is well with you and yours and you're enjoying this unseasonably warm weather.

On the weather theme, its time for this month's challenge for Team A over at MAWTT and the lovely Zoe has chosen the theme of 


Now, as John has been scraping recently, I remembered the scraper board picture that I did for John's samples some months ago, here and went ferreting through my craft stuff to find the rest of the copper boards as I thought that would be Autumnal.

Black card
Copper scraper board
Embossalicious Falling Leaves embossing folder
Red and copper paper (wallpaper sample I had in a box of scraps)
JND Winter Trees stamp (stamped in white ink onto the board then scraped)
Picket Fence DI
Fine grade sandpaper.

I have had a few enquiries through my website about the stuff John uses. The scraper card I have used is a different product than the one John uses.The scraper board I use is actual card but John has been using foil paper that has to be spray glued to card.
I have ordered some of the card I use for my website, rather than the paper, as I wasn't sure that folk with dexterity issues would want to be spray gluing.
It will be sold in packs of 2 (same as the paper) and I will retail it at the same price that I would have sold the paper for. Also, I will be stocking the copper as well as gold and silver.

I will send out a newsletter to those who have subscribed to the website as soon as they are in stock.

Hope that you can join in at MAWTT or at least pop over to see what the other gals have been up to.

Hopefully meeting up with Mr L for breakfast today, now that I am slightly less germ ridden. Whatever you are up to today, hope that its enjoyable.

Ang x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Up and Under. . . . . . . . . .Not a Tribute to Eddie Waring!!!

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you well.

I haven't had a great weekend as the cold, which had started to improve, triggered chest issues again but feeling better yesterday.
Busy doing some samples for Daisy's as they are on Hochanda next keeps me off the streets. I've even done a bit of messy crafting with pastes and masks, whooda thought lol???

I have also succombed to the delights of a Press Too Impress. John has been extolling its virtues for weeks and I had managed to resist. However, after goofing up stamping a large stamp on a sample twice, I reached to my store stock shelf and took a Press Too Impress off was either try that or pull my hair out.
Well, I am well and truly converted. Its brilliant and I only wish I'd listened to John earlier (don't tell him I said that). Its great for doing my dib dabbing on floral stamps.

Now, back to today's card. This is one of the samples from John's JND launch shows (told you I had done a few lol!!!).
Its kind of a take on triple stamping but double and know I have to be different.

Cream and black card
John Next Door Quattro Mask - Drops (used to emboss)
John Next Door Summer Flowers stamps
Black pearls

The central panels undulate up and down and down and up, which I think you can see on the above photo.

Busy week again with samples, blood test, dentist and doctors but hoping to catch up with a friend I went to school with. We try and meet up once per month to put the world to rights.

I will be back on Thursday with this month's MAWTT DT card so until then, be good.

Ang x

Ps...........for those of you not subscribed to my websites's newsletter, to celebrate one month of the website being up and running, there is some new stock and a couple of special offers, one of which is 10% off when you spend over £30 (and of course, that would mean free postage too for that spend).
More new stock coming shortly.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Duck Returns. . . . . . . . .With Fruit

Good morning guys and gals, hope you are all well. I say guys, as I have to say welcome to Henry who has dipped his toe in The Pond. Thank you Henry!

Apologies for my absence but I have been hidden under the duvet for the past few days with a nasty cold (I'm not sure that there is an un-nasty cold but you know what I mean lol!!!).
It was my own fault for opening my big beak at the doctors on Friday.

I had gone to get my last blood test results and was very happy to be told that my thyroid had improved, my B12 had improved, my cholesterol was good, no sign of diabetes and the anaemia was gone..........hurrah!!!
I then asked if I should have the flu jab as the receptionist had mentioned it. After discussion about benefits against risks (there was a potential problem with the anticoagulants) it was decided I wouldn't have it, as I also joyfully proclaimed that I hadn't had a cold for over 12 months..............then it was all downhill from there.

I woke up Saturday morning at 4am with a raging sore throat and by 8am my nose was running like a tap. Needless to say, I didn't get to Stoneleigh (sorry Karen and Anne). I stayed under a blanket watching the GP Qually on Saturday and same on Sunday for the GP. By Monday, I was feeling rougher than a badgers chuff and coughing like Steptoe.

Finally feeling a bit better now and glad that this time I didn't end up in hospital.

Now, on the unwell note, I remembered that I hadn't shown this card that I made for blogging buddy Darnell a couple of months ago when she was having to have another operation. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing it now. 

White, yellow and green card
Sentiment typed up on the computer
Foliage die
Lemons made from oval die cuts trimmed into lemon shapes and embossed with a small embossing tool 

Sorry about the lighting on this last photo.

This is very CAS for me but anyone who knows Darnell knows that she has an amazing sense of humour and is a very funny lady, so it only seemed fitting that I should send a humorous card.

After the 18 months I've had, its a good mantra for me too lol!!!

Hopefully, that is normal blogging service now being resumed. 

Didn't get to see Mr L on Saturday either before he jetted off to Greece. Hopefully its nice and warm and he's making good use of his Speedos.

That's me for now, so until next time, be good and stay well.

Ang x stock arriving at the website this week and special offers too so, those who have subscribed to newsletters, keep an eye on your inbox.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Purple Pleaser. . . . . . . . .

Good morning lovely blogging chums. Hope this finds you well.

Another busy few days at The Pond. Lunch with Mr L, another friend and Wooster (as I call Wendy - Spanish Crafter) on Monday. Had a fabulous Indian meal and the company was equally as fab!!!
Then website orders, stock deliveries, shopping, washing and a cemetery visit. Good job I'm feeling quite well at the moment. Back at the doctors today to get blood test results to check iron, B12, Vit D, Thyroid and kidneys. Fingers crossed everything is settling now.

Now, its back to one another one of John's show samples. This is an 8x8 card, so quite a biggy.

White and dark purple card
John Next Door Butterfly Corners stamp (available on my website)
SB Adorning Squares die
SW Ara Mini Gemini die
Hobbycraft corner punch
Memento Dew Drop inks
Teeny bling

To get the white filigree layer, I simply cut the Ara die out of the card in a square pattern and the outside edge for it too. Creates quite a pretty layer.

I did my dib dabbing with the point of the Dew Drops again to get the shading on the flowers and leaves. I have no idea why that white band has appeared on the bottom of the photo. I think it may have been when I added the blog strip. Me and technology.......who would have thought I managed to build a website lol!!! And thank you all for keeping me busy with it.

Hopefully, I should be going to Stoneleigh craft show on Saturday, after GP qualifying naturally lol!!! Its the Malaysian GP so I can't miss that, especially as it won't be held there from next year.

Enjoy whatever you are doing at the weekend and be good.

Ang x

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Still A Few Places Left. . . . . . . . Come Join The Fun

Good evening everyone. Sorry its a late one but been a busy gal. Just a little heads up that there are still a few spaces left for the next Ansty workshop so come and join in the crafting fun and enjoy some good food and company too.

Don't worry about commenting on this folks, its just a pointer.

Back on Friday with a card.

See you then.

Ang x


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