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







Thursday, 12 April 2018

MAWTT Challenge 69. . . . . . . . .


Good morning guys and gals. Hope this finds you all well.

Been missing for a few days as had a few things to deal with that have kept me busy and also a few ticker troubles at the beginning of the week, which, thankfully seem to have settled down.

A warm welcome to The Pond to Adie.Thank you for pressing the follow button.

Now, I'm back today with another DT card for a new challenge at MAWTT. 
Diane-Louise has chose the theme this time and the theme is..........................


I think that the colours on this are very Spring like and the rain embossing folder certainly matches the weather lol!!! I also thought that the sentiment was apt for new blooms springing up.
I did make this for a friends wife, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, she is progressing well with her treatment.


Ingredients
Cream, green, orange and yellow card
SW Infinity Striplet
John Lockwood sentiment
CC Textures Rain embossing folder
SB Curved Borders die
HC Delicate Asters dies
SW Spring Foliage flower dies
Blingage


Hope that you can all pop over to MAWTT and join in with the challenge.

The fence has been replaced at the back of our garden so there is extra fortification for the Wisty.
This means, when it stops raining, my little Ninjas will be on patrol and will not be led astray by tuna scented soap or cheap kitty food. I am trying to get photos of the WART members so they can identify their targets.

As you will see, the camouflage is working a treat................


Obviously, this is Molly Mogs on daddy's chair so we are painting the fences black so that she will not be seen by any intruders.

Be good.

TTFN
Ang x









Thursday, 5 April 2018

November's Child. . . . . . .


Hello everyone. Hope all is well with you and yours. What a beautiful day it has been today.
My smalls have been flapping gaily in the sunshine.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my florals on my last card. I really do enjoy making flowers. I always make sympathy cards when needed as I don't like to tempt fate by having them ready made in my card box.......daft, I know.

I've been missing again as Mr D has been hogging the laptop when I have time to sit and blog and I can't upload pics from the tablet to Blogger for some reason.
Anyhoo.......did you miss me? What was that? Like a verruca lol???

The Kitties have been keeping me busy too. Lily has been a bit of a naughty girl. She decided to pee on Mr D's dressing gown. Fortunately (for both of them), he was not wearing it at the time and it will teach him not to just dump it on the chair. She then peed on his socks.........which yet again, he had just dumped on the chair. 
Hopefully, she just has a thing about tidiness lol!!! 
Needless to say, he has been taking his clothes upstairs since!!!
I've only been trying to get him to do that for 17 years. If only I had realised sooner, that all I needed to do was pee on his stuff. 

The Girls have been outside in their harnesses and didn't seem very impressed. Molly in, particular, was wary and was happy to get back inside onto her nice fleecy bed. Lily was a little nervous but then a large fly buzzed past and she nearly dragged me into the wisteria.
They have been good at sitting still to have them put on and taken off so no TCP and Band Aids required as yet.

Now,today's card is an oldie. I found some more unblogged cards in a folder and this one is from November 2016 and was made for my nephew.


Ingredients
White, navy and blue card (Limetree)
John Lockwood Novembers Child sentiment stamp
Couture Creations Swiss Dots embossing folder
Variety of "Happy Birthday" stamps
Variety of blue inks
Blue bling


Teenage boys are a nightmare to make cards for so, although I know some will find this a bit busy, I thought it would be fine for a 17 year old lad and he was happy with it.

Maureen.....tuna scented soap? I always thought that there was something fishy about you or was that just a red herring? But, its not my plaice to judge or carp on about it.
Jayne, hope that knee is improving.
Annie, thanks for the link to PhotoScape. I will check it out.

Well, best get on now as Mr D nearly home and nearly dinner time for The Girls.

Have a great evening.

TTFN 
Ang x






Thursday, 29 March 2018

Sympathy Florals. . . . . . . . . .


Good morning dear blog chums. Hope you are all well.

A warm welcome to June. Thank you for your lovely encouraging comment and for pressing "follow". Much appreciated.

I have had an enjoyable few days meeting up with friends for coffees and lunches........along with chasing kitties. I have bought some harnesses for them so that first foray into the garden will be under my control.
I thought I would have a trial run with Molly yesterday, as she is more placid and less likely to put me in A&E with my hands savaged (must check when my tetanus is due for renewal) but it didn't go quite to plan. 
I managed to get the harness on her but then she shot off with the lead trailing behind her with Lily in hot pursuit. Lily then pounced on the lead stopping Molly in her tracks and nearly garroting her!!!
I did manage to get her outside, where she had a little sniff and then ran back indoors. 
Today will be Lily's turn so the gauntlets will be on.
I need to get them both outside asap,now they have had their Ninja training, so they they can be WIFFED (Wisteria Intelligence Furry Friend Elite Defence).
We are having new fence panels at the bottom of the garden as a Wisty defence measure but the Feline A Team will be on patrol.

Anyhoo, back to the card.
Now, I hadn't shown anything floral for a while so here we have a flowery ensemble.
I made this as a sympathy card for a dear blog chum whose brother passed away last year so I am hoping that she won't mind me showing it now. I sadly had a few sympathy cards to do last year.


Ingredients
Cream and rich plum card
HC Delicate Asters dies
SB Camellia Border die (cut into both layers to create a shadow)
SB Ivy D Lites dies
Other foliage dies 
Tonic flower punches
Pearlage
Spectrum Noirs


I usually keep sympathy cards fairly simple but thought that the florals would be appreciated.

Apologies Maureen for not putting the full name of the embossing folder on my last post. It is the Craftwell A4 Checkered Argyle folder which I was lucky enough to get for £1 in a craft show bargain bin (I can often be seen with my head buried in a bargain bin, legs in the air......).
Karen, you scratch away chuck but if its in an inappropriate manner, don't do it in public.

I also never thought about my last card looking Native American in design but I suppose it does. I like to be different lol!!!

Another kitty pic to sign off.........


Don't be fooled WART members.........they are primed and ready to attack lol!!!

TTFN
Ang x











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.


Ingredients
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.
TTFN
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............

Easter

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).


Ingredients
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.
TTFN
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!!!


Ingredients
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.

TTFN
Ang x





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