Friday, 23 March 2018

Ribbon Patterns. . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope all is tickety boo with you.

Sorry I have been missing for a bit. Time just seems to have run away with me recently and I feel like I have been chasing my tail (and Lily and Molly's!!!)
The vet visit went well. He is very pleased with how they are doing and they were very well behaved (for a change!!!).
He did suggest having separate toilet facilities for them as they get older but I advised that Mr D and I do not have separate toilet facilities so they would just have to get on with it.
He also asked if they have a routine so I said "they eat, they sleep, they wreck the house.............and repeat!!!" 

Anyhoo, welcome to Scrappy Scatty Jan and thank you for pressing "follow". Very kind of you to take time to come and have a look at my lil' ol' blog.

Before I forget, someone asked (think it may have been Karen) how I scratch the scratch board. There are special styluses you can use but I use a small bradawl that came in a mini screwdriver set. I have used a pokey tool but sometimes its a bit too sharp.

Now, I had got the last of my John samples to show but somehow, I have managed to chop the edge off the main photo so I will have to re-photograph it when I get it back from John.
Meantime, I had purchased the Ribbon Threader die set (it would have been rude not to as it was my suggestion lol!!!) and made this card for a friend of ours who was celebrating his 70th birthday recently.

White and red card
Checkerboard embossing folder
JND Ribbon Threader dies
CE Stitched Bunting Numbers stamps
Presscut Square dies
Blue and red satin ribbon

You all know that I like to be different so I decided to use the Ribbon Threader dies in a more unusual way so it wasn't just straight lines of ribbon so I snapped how I did it above and as follows......

If you measure and pencil in the lines as per the photos, it makes life easier for lining things up.

Pattern cut, then did the embossing and lastly, threaded the ribbons through.

Something different, as I say and I think its a way of using ribbon on a male card without it looking girlie.

That's me for now folks as I am trying to type this with 2 kittens chasing each other and jumping all over me.

I will try and get round to visiting your blogs again in the next couple of days.

Take care all.
Ang x

Ps..........kitty pic. Sorry Lily is a bit bright but unless you increase the brightness, you can't see Molly's face as she is so black lol!!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

MAWTT Challenge 67. . . . . .

Good morning all. Hope you are well.

Just a quicky today (said the bishop to the actress) as I am typing this at 11.30pm on Wednesday evening.

Its time for another challenge over at MAWTT and this time the theme is............


Now, I hadn't got anything in an eggy line so I decided on a floral choice. I always think of daffodils at this time of year so I created my own host of golden daffodils (that's as cultured as I get, except for what may be lurking in Mr D's sandwich box when he's left it in his bag for a week).

Cream, black and vintage gold card
Gold scraper foil (some still available on my website)
John Lockwood Daffodil Burst stamp
Teeny gold bling
Inkylicious sentiment stamp (on the inside)
Hougie for scoring

Its quite a big and bold stamp so I kept the front minimalistic so the focus would just be on the front panel. As previously, I stamped the image with Picket Fence distress ink then scratched the pattern.

Anyhoo, get yourselves over to MAWTT to see what my teamies have come up with and to join in with your Easter creations.

See you soon.
Ang x

Monday, 12 March 2018

Gerbera Swirl. . . . . . . .

Good morning one and all. Hope you are all doing well.

I am still having some "moments" but you just have to get on with it sometimes, especially with a couple of minxes to chase after.
They were good girls when they went to have their 2nd jabs........Molly certainly didn't let the stress of the situation stop her from crunching her way through a quarter of a packet of Dreamies en route both ways lol!!!
The meet and sniff with their new vet will now be next week, probably now as I have lots on again this week.

Now, as you said you didn't mind, I'm still on the samples I made for John using his new dies. I wanted something different again to do with the Gerbera Circle so I chopped it in half and came up with this. Of course, I had to do a black and gold card amongst the samples too lol!!!

Cream, black and vintage gold card
JND Gerbera Circle die
JND sentiment stamp
Hougie for scoring
Black blingage

Very simple and quick to make but with a certain je ne sais quoi as they say in Scunthorpe.

Hoping to get to the NEC this week for a look around and hopefully to meet up with Nursey Harrop.........if I can get a kitty sitter as I don't want to leave them on their own all day......I can imagine it will be like the Worcester Boiler advert if I did lol!!!

Here's another couple of snaps of the minxes..........

Molly licking Mousey

Lily Poser

Hope that any Mum's enjoyed yesterday and were well and truly pampered and also that this week is kind to you.

Ang x

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Gerbera Trio. . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all well and snow free now............I should say to the members of WART, we have 8ft of snow here and the ground is frozen solid so removal of the Wisty would be impossible. Forecasts are that its here for at least the next 6 months by which time Molly and Lily will have gone through their feline ninja training and will be poised to protect their territory, so any further attempts to employ a birdlike drone will be met with disaster.

I have been better this last couple of days but thank you for your kind concern. Its always just when I think all is pootling along nicely but what can you do.

Welcome to Stephanie, alias Pawprintsx4. Thank you for your lovely comment and for pressing the "follow" button.
I noticed that I am not too far from 200 followers now so I shall come up with a Paddle Prize for when I hit the 200. I will put a photo of something up soon.

Now, I'm still sharing the samples I made for John and as I only had the Gerbera Panel and Gerbera Circles dies, I had to be quite inventive at times. As I didn't have the Gerbera Flower die, I cut the Gerbera Panel die 3 times and cut the flowers from that and layered them up to create these blooms. 

Cream and lilac card
JND Gerbera Panel die
JND Gerbera Circles dies
JND sentiment
HC Delicate Asters dies (Leaves)
Tonic punch (Small flowers)
Various green and lilac inks
Hougie for score lines
Jelly tot gems

A simple card but understated enough to even use as a sympathy card methinks.

Well, the dentist seemed to go ok. A couple of filling repairs and no numbing up required so, so far, so good.
Today, I'm taking The Girls back to the RSPCA for round 2 of their shots so hopefully, there will be no shananigans with getting them into their carrier ***...........perhaps I should put pieces of my curtains, rug and wallpaper in with them as these are items that they have a close personal relationship with lol!!!

Here are some latest gratuitous itty bitty kitty pics..............

Molly Mogs

Lily Kins

Oh, don't they look as if butter wouldn't melt lol!!!

Off to their new vets later in the week for a meet and sniff (the kitts, not me..........well, depends what the vet looks like lol!!!) and they will probably hope that they don't need their temperature taking..........there is an advantage to being human sometimes!!!

Yorkie Wendy, sorry you have not been well. Hope that you are better but please see above regarding any planned Wisty assault.
Hope you have recovered from your fall too Jeanie. I still can't have alcohol so can't use that as an excuse anymore for my clumsiness lol!!!
Maureen, I have no sympathy with you swapping bugs with Wendy as I know it is that poor misguided woman who is being led astray by you.
As Myra says, it would be cheaper and less infectious to buy your own Wisties lol!!!

Anyhoo, this won't get the lady a baby as my dear Mum used to say (I think it was some strange Malaysian saying lol!!!) so better scoot.

Be good all.
Ang x

*** Update on the pet carrier
     We had invested in a covered litter tray (less scatterage and pongage......hope I haven't put you off breakfast/lunch/dinner).
I put the pet carrier in the kitchen last night for them to get used to it ready for their trip today and Lily went straight into it..........great, or so I thought.
She obviously thought it was a new toilet facility and promptly peed in it!!!
I'm hoping that the same thing doesn't happen on the way to the RSPCA as its about 5 miles away...........wish me luck!!!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Gerbera Apertures. . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope all is well with you. Where the heck did February disappear to then?

Apologies for being missing again but its been a combination of not feeling 100% and being busy with bits and bobs.
Staying warm has been a priority as its been colder than a penguin's chuff in these here parts. We currently have about 6 inches of snow but it is beginning to melt.
The Girls haven't been out yet but I did bring some snow inside for them to investigate.
Molly was pretty nonplussed but Lily loved it, licking and munching she's not so keen when she is old enough to have her paws in it lol!!!

Now, I'm back with another of the samples I made for John. I wanted the inside to look neat, even with an aperture so have included a photo of the 3 layers so you can see how I did it.

Cream card
Gingerbread card (Limetree)
Terracotta Blaze card (Limetree)
JND Gerbera Panel
JND Gerbera Circles (Sentiment and circle dies)
Hougie for scoring

The rectangle apertures in the gingerbread card are rough cut as they are sandwiched between the other 2 layers so wouldn't be seen.

Another busy week ahead with a visit to the dentist, 2 visits to the vets (not me I hasten to add with the vets, although my nails could to with a clip), meeting up with some old work pals and shopping. Hopefully, the weather will allow all of these activities.

Hope that whatever this week brings for you, it is warmer and kinder to you.

Ang x

Monday, 26 February 2018

Munched Circle. . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope that you are all well.

I haven't had a great few days with heart issues again and still not 100%. Guess my body likes to remind me there is an issue when I have been feeling quite well.

The Girls have been keeping me on my toes and thankfully have taken to their scratching post and mouse on a spring but I still have to watch Lily with the wallpaper. Molly is very laid back but Lily is into everything.

Welcome to Jackie and Terri who have kindly clicked follow. Terri is the lovely lass who arranges John's Northallerton workshops. Thank you for following ladies.

Now, back to another one of the samples I made for John for his latest die release.
Thank you for all your lovely comments about my ribbon threader die idea. I have to say, the only dies I had to work with were the Gerbera Panel and the Gerbera Circles so I wasn't able to play with the ribbon threader until now lol!!!

White and pink card
JND Gerbera Circles Dies
Crafts Too Daisy Lattice embossing folder (back in stock on my website)
Spectrum Noir markers
Teeny weeny gems

I think Hayley said this card looked like it had been munched lol!!!
I just wanted to do something different with the die and thought this was unusual. I matched up the die cut with the "munched" bit.

Before I scoot (not feeling great again) here's another kitty pic.................

I think that I have lost my chair and blanket lol!!! (don't worry Joy, shes not allowed on yours lol!!!).

Ang x

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Gerbera Fest. . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope everyone is ok.

A quickish post today as everytime I try to type, a furry friend has to jump on the keyboard.
Thank you for your lovely comments on the furry monsters. They are giving me lots of exercise having to jump up every 10 seconds to stop them swinging from curtains or scratching the wallpaper (don't tell Mr D).

Now, I had hoped to post yesterday in line with John's shows but it didn't happen lol!!!
This is one of the samples I made for the shows and I think it was in the back of shot. Didn't he do well again!!!

Cream, black, grey and pink card
JND Gerbera Panel die
JND Gerbera Circles die (the Special Friend die)
Crafts Too Daisy Lattice embossing folder
3mm pearlage

Its an 8x8 card so for a special occasion.

Better go for now as the furry monsters were asleep and are now doing the charge of the light brigade around the living room.

Ang x

Ps.....thank you for all of the orders on the website and I shall be doing blog visits again asap. x 


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