Sunday, 1 November 2015

House of Cards November Challenge....................

Good afternoon everyone. Hope you are all well.

Firstly, I must apologise for my absence from blogging/commenting. Its partly due to having to work extra days (7 days out of 9 so far) in a new store with longer opening hours and sadly, little Cid the kitten I mentioned in my last posts, has died.
She lived over the road but invited herself into our house every time the door or window was open and always enjoyed a tid bit and, mainly, lots of cuddles and fuss.
She was just about a year old and was lovely so although she wasn't ours, I have been so upset as it reminded me of when we lost our own beautiful feline girlie, Sam.

Now, onto nice things. Its a new month so its time for a new challenge over at House of Cards and this month its called Stamped Punch Window which is essentially, a stamped card with an aperture/s cut out of it.
So come on lads and lasses, lets see you enter with some super creations or at least pop over to see what the rest of the DT have created to inspire you.

I decided to try the triple stamping technique that Sue Wilson and John use but with a twist. Instead of building the layers upwards, I inverted them so that the layers for the aperture go into the centre.

White card
Purple card
Stampin Up Morning Meadow stamp (flowers) a blog gift from the lovely Donna Nuce
John Lockwood Cherry Blossom stamps (sentiment)
Presscut Extra Large Square die set
Memento Dew Drop in Sweet Plum as first and second generation colour
Lots of foam pads

It turned out just as I wanted it to, which doesn't always happen lol! Isn't it great when you see something your minds eye and it translates into card.
It doesn't have much in ingredients but it can be tricksy to assemble as you have to work from the centre outwards.

Hope you like it and it inspires you to enter the House of Cards Challenge.

Well, at work today and Tuesday and then I'm off for a few days..........thank goodness!!!
It will involve a visit to the NEC on Thursday with Nesta and meeting up with Christine and also Ann this year (Not sure that the poor girl knows what she is letting herself in for lol!!!)
If anyone else is going on the Thursday, just let us know.

Its sad that the Scottish Posse aren't coming down this year (I think Patricia said that she and Hazel are doing something nearer Christmas? and Kate has just come back from a trip) as it won't be the same for me and Mrs H not pootling up to the Arden Oak for dinner and frivolity.

Well, that's me for now. Hope you can forgive my absence of late. I hope that life is going to be a bit calmer work wise and emotionally from now on.

Ang x


R.I.P my little furry friend..................x


  1. Aw!! so sorry Ang to hear about your little furry friend, I can imagine how you got so attached to her.
    Every time I see this stamped type of card I always promise myself I will have a go and never do, I think it always looks so effective, as does this one , love the colours...beautiful.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  2. I was only thinking about you today, as you had not blogged for a while.
    A totally wonderful card Ang, such talent. xxxxx

  3. Wonderful. Brilliant idea to invert the triple stamping technique. I think you might just have started a new trend here!! Lol. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Hi Ang, sorry to hear about the cat. Love your card, using a great technique. Janice xxx

  5. So sorry to hear about your furry friend. I LOVE your interpretation of the challenge at House of Cards. I have created similar cards building on top and never considered building downwards. Thank you for the inspiration.

    sue n.
    HOC teammate

  6. Awww bless poor Cid:( Fabulous card Ang and have a great time at the NEC huggles Sue xx

  7. Love this technique and the way you reverse layered looks so neat!

  8. Hi Ang, I love your card here, such a brilliant design and looks a tad complicated. The stamping is super and so are the colours.
    Poor little Cid, was it discovered how she died, she was awfully young.
    Put your feet up tonight, Kate x

  9. Love your card, Ang. I have done this technique with Sue but it was a long time ago. Think I will have to re-visit it now I've seen your card.
    Will look out for you on Thursday.

    Anne (Northampton)

  10. Hello Ang,
    Great to see you, I was afraid that you were poorly. So sorry to read about Cid. I've been away for a long weekend with the lovely Hazel and Patricia. We talked and laughed so much, and I am so tired, although I have no idea why! lol.
    Your card today is elegant and pretty. I like it very much.
    Maureen xxx

  11. Hi Ang, hehehe... like your twist on this months technique challenge. Elegant and clean. Nice :D

    (✿*‿*) Ma
    Teamie HOC

  12. Lovely technique! Great idea! Sorry for the loss!
    The Leaf Studio

  13. Hi Ang, sorry to hear about Cid, such a pretty little kitten. Love the card, will give it a go, but perhaps need to practice on scrap first. Take care, hope you have a nice couple of days off and a great trip to the NEC. Bx

  14. Hi Any
    What sad news about Cid. Do you know what happened??
    The card is stunning I love the colours I need to practice the triple stamping as I'm not very good at it (lol)
    Have a great time at the NEC xxx

  15. Great to see you back but understand why you haven't blogged.
    Lovely card today. Enjoy NEC - I'm going on Friday.

  16. Oh me little Duck your card is just so beautiful, the look is so gentle and calming, i love it .
    Sorry to hear about your friend R.I.P. Cid .
    Take Care my friend
    Elaine H X

  17. Morning Ang,
    Sorry to hear about your furry fiend, it's always sad.
    Love your card, like the twist of the inverted layers.

  18. Hi Ang. sorry to hear about your furry friend, as its alway sad as they do become part of the family.
    I think your card today is very pretty and one I think I will have to try
    Don't work too hard

  19. Stunni9ng card Ang, love the oriental look about it. So sad to read about Cid, do we know what happened, poor little mite, did not have much of a life bless him/her. May she R.I.P.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  20. First off It's good to see you back and secondly I'm sorry to hear about little Cid It's always sad when we get attached to something
    Your card is a lovely take on The triple stamping idea I know that that your way of doing it must have been very fiddly indeed

  21. Ang, this is BRILLIANT! I love the fabulous frame you created! I am so sorry to hear about your fur baby, though. Sending HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  22. Hi Ang nice to hear from you and I love the card you have made. So sorry though to hear about your adopted baby kitten. Don't work too hard love from Jackie xx

  23. great twist!
    Very sorry to hear of the kitty :(

  24. Hi Ang
    This is a gorgeous card! So pretty! Sorry to hear about you furry visitor.
    Best wishes, Anne O

  25. Hi Ang,
    Lovely card,sorry to hear about Cid.
    Love Nancy xx

  26. Hi Ang,
    you are certainly a very busy lady from what you are saying.
    Love this superb card.
    That stamping is perfectly done may I add, and I love the very fab invertage design.
    Have fun at the NEC, and give Christine my best wishes.
    Any chance of one of those blond choccie slabs of cakes as I well remember those from last year, and they did make my mouth water so at the mention of them.LOL.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  27. Forgot to say sorry to hear about the poor little Cid.

  28. oh so sorry about your little Cid sweety
    I am sad with you
    and your card is STUNNING
    cant tell anything I agree with all ladies
    this is fabulouos design
    I adore that stamp and all in purple my favorite color combo
    I love your card teamie
    big hugs, Monika (HOC Teamie)

  29. Sorry to hear about Cid, so sad! Just popped my head in to say thanks so much for all of the kind comments you left for me while I was away, you are so sweet! I am mostly all settled in now and finally able to take some time to visit my favourite blogs!! Take care and I will see you again soon. hugs :)

  30. Very sorry to hear about Cid. I really like the triple stamping technique and beautiful framing design.

    Hugs Diane

  31. Very sorry to hear about Cid. I really like the triple stamping technique and beautiful framing design.

    Hugs Diane

  32. I love this card - great way to show the triple stamping technique in "reverse"! Beautiful! So sorry about Cid! jane HOC teamie

  33. I love the card, really like the reverse triple stampin technique. Sorry about Cid. take care xxxx

  34. Hi Ang! Beautiful card love your reverse triple stamping! So sorry about the kitty! Hugs to you!

  35. Gosh I must have missed this one. Fabulous card Ang, love the way you have done the layering and of course the stamping is perfect too. Michelle x

  36. Ang that is one truly beautiful card. So glad I popped over to catch up with some of the beauties I have missed.
    Sadly I feel your pain hun. Animals touch our hearts and leave paw prints of joy and paw prints of sadness when they are no longer with us. Sending you a big hug huni, hope your sadness leaves soon and your work/life balance improves too Karen xx

  37. Gorgeous card. Love all those layers!!!! So sorry to hear about your kitty Cid. They touch our hearts so much, and I know you will miss him terribly. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

  38. Very lovely. So pretty with roses.
    Dala x