Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Snowflake Border. . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope that you are all well.

Welcome to Jayne, who has kindly pressed "follow". Hope that knee is feeling less painful. 

Sadly, my best chum's Dad has passed away. Its my dear friend Nesta, who I have mentioned in dispatches before, so its been a very sad time. I will try and keep up with blogging etc but if my shoulder is required, then I shall be elsewhere.

Now, today's card is again, one of John's samples from his last shows. I promise that I will have shown those samples before its time for the next ones for his next shows lol!!!

I did have a bit of a stamp fest again but hope it doesn't look too OTT on a 6x6 card.

White and navy card
John Next Door Snowflake Circle embossing folder
John Next Door Christmas Scene stamp set
John Next Door Build a Wreath stamp set (sentiment)
Marianne Creatables LR10125 snowflake die (aperture)
Memento Dewdrop Bahama Blue, Danube Blue and Teal Zeal
Teeny blue bling

The stamp sets are still available on my website and also the Festive Silhouettes set, which I think has been in short supply elsewhere.

Another one for the Christmas card box.

Thank you for your help about the CPAP. I'm still psyching myself up for it but the air freshener lids down my vest is working to keep me off my back. I look a bit like Quasimodo (not facially Maureen before you say anything lol!!!) but better than Hannibal L.

Wendy, I have increased security patrols day and night on Wisty Watch. There are also life size photos of me wearing the CPAP mask strategically placed around the garden to frighten any potential intruders............you have been warned lol!!!

Well, that's me for now folks.

Hopefully see you soon.

Ang x

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Bow Fest. . . . . . . .

Good morning chaps and chapesses. Hope you are all well.

I've had a few days away in the Cayman Islands registering my new hairdryer for tax purposes. I'm going to offer to rent it to Lewis so that I can claim its for business use........

Now, today its another sample I made for John's last shows and is another that is made with a Christmas stamp that isn't a Christmas card, showing they're not just a one trick pony.

White and purple card
Presscut Square dies
Crafts Too Fancy Lattice embossing folder
John Next Door Build a Wreath stamp set (Bow)
John Lockwood Fern Frames Elements stamp set (Sentiment)
Memento Dewdrop Grape Jelly ink
Teeny purple bling

This could do for a birthday card.

Well, I went for my sleep test results and came home with a bloomin CPAP machine. I am borderline for having to use it and thought I was being suffocated when they got me to try it at the hospital but I said I would try and get used to it gradually during the day before even attempting to sleep with the thing.
If I thought the sleep test equipment was bad, the mask and tubing makes me look like the love child of Hannibal Lecter and Nellie the Elephant.
Once again, I think Mr D was reminded of what attracted him to me lol!!!

Mr Lockwood gave me a stern talking to about making sure I give it a fair go so I have promised I will. If all else fails, I can use it to top up the air in my tyres.

As most of my breath holding was whilst on my back, I am trying to keep off my back by having plastic air freshener tops stuffed down the back of my vest (I tell you, if the aliens ever landed in this house..............) but it is working at keeping me from rolling onto my back.

After popping those interesting images in your head, I shall leave it there lol!!  I'm off to have a nice chianti and some fava beans for breakfast.

Be good.

Ang x

Ps............hope you have all joined the John Lockwood fan page on Facebook. Its an homage to our favourite cheeky chappy, the face of Bassetts and Pepsi.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Nordic Christmas. . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope all is ok with you.

Been an up and down few days here but I just try and get on with things. Also, my friend's Dad has declined quite markedly so I'm trying to support her as best as I can. Poor thing is exhausted and not sleeping very well with the worry of it all.

Now, today's card is another from John's last shows featuring his latest stamp releases.
Its just John's kind of thing so he has already asked for this as his Christmas card for this year lol!!!

White and red card
John Next Door Festive Silhouette stamp set
John Next Door Christmas Scene stamp set
John Next Door Christmas Textures stamp set
White detail embossing powder

It was a bit time consuming but made easier by using the Press To Impress. It really is a useful addition to my craft tools.

I hope the gals who joined John up at Swainby over the weekend had a great time and came away with new tips and techniques. I send best wishes to the ladies who couldn't make it as they were not too well.
We are in the process of sorting another workshop at Ansty for February so watch this space.

That's it for today folks as Mr D doesn't like me spending too long on the laptop when I'm not feeling great but Blogger doesn't like the tablet.
He's not thrilled that I was staying up until stupid o'clock last night to watch the Brazilian GP highlights.
When I started up my website, I registered for tax with HMRC so I was thinking of offering help to Lewis Hamilton on how to pay your taxes...........😉😉😉

Hope this week is kind to you all.

Ang x

P.s...........all of the above stamp sets are available at www.theducksdoodahs.com.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

MAWTT Challenge 58 . . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope that all is well with you but I know that some of my blog chums are not very well at the moment so to them, I sent best wishes.

Today, its time for another challenge at MAWTT and the theme, chosen by the lovely Jackie is............................


I made this card for John's shows when he launched his John Next Door brand and its been hiding in my files. What better time for it to be blogged!

Now, there is a tree on there......in the middle circle. I should have snapped it from a different angle but you can see it on the next photo.

Vintage gold card
Black card
John Next Door Circle Leaves stamp set
SW Embroidered Striplet die
Presscut circle die
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail embossing powder
Gold pearlage

Hope that this has given you some inspiration to pop along to MAWTT and join in the challenge.

Had a couple of rough days and a very rough night this week but thank you for all of your well wishes. I'm weathering the storm.

Well, that's me for today folks. Enjoy your Thursday and be good.

Ang x

Monday, 6 November 2017

Tumbling Holly. . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you well.

After a brilliant day at the NEC meeting up with crafty chums and heckling John, it all went pear shaped on Friday when sadly, the A/Fib returned.
It was so upsetting as I had, despite other health hiccups, been A/Fib free for 7 months since the last Cardioversion and taking these nasty tablets.
I was determined not to end up in hospital again so I rode it out and after about 6 hours of feeling very rough. it settled.
Mr D thought I had overdone it at the NEC as I was out from about 8.30 til 6.

Have been taking it easy since and hoping it was just a blip rather than the sequel.

Now, back to the interesting stuff, another card I made for John's last shows with his latest stamps.

Cream, red and green card
John Next Door Build a Wreath stamp set.
Memento Dew Drop Cottage Ivy ink
Cosmic Shimmer Berry Red PVA Pearls

A simple card for those who don't like too many whistles and bells at Christmas.

I haven't been able to photograph my NEC purchases as yet but I shall. Fortunately, I had photographed new stock for my website and set up yesterday's newsletter and offers before Thursday.

I am trying to catch up with blog visits............I will get round to you all, better late than never. If you have popped by John's blog, that beautiful ribbon he has used is available by the metre on my website. I have already baggsied the card as our Christmas card for this year as I love it.

Have a great week all and hopefully be back soon with no further scares.

Ang x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Christmas Textures. . . . . . . . .

Good evening everyone. Sorry this is a little late in the day but I didn't get a chance to schedule last night.

Sunday's workshop was lovely. Sadly, we had a few couldn't come with illness and car problems but a great time was had by those would could come and a lovely Sunday lunch with pudding.........the rhubarb crumble was delicious!

We are looking at the next one being in January/February so watch this space.

Now, today I have another of John's show samples using one of the Christmas Textures stamps.

Cream card
Gold mirror card
John Next Door Christmas Textures stamp
John Next Door Winter Trees embossing folder (just the snow)
Izink Gold Pigment Ink
Gold mica
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail embossing powder
Crafters Companion sentiment.

This really does shimmer in real life.

Well, off to the NEC tomorrow to heckle John and meet some friends and, no doubt, spend some money lol!!!

If anyone else is going, have fun and enjoy your day.

Ang x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Christmas Stamps. . . . . . .Birthday Card

Good morning everyone..................me again.

No further developments to report about the snogging neighbour and The Family Flash. The problem with being home most days is that you see all this strange activity. Its far more interesting than TV lol!!!

Now, today I am back with one of John's show samples. I, like John, like a bit of value out of the old craft gear so I looked at John's new stamps and thought "can I get another occasion out of them other than Christmas?"
So, I ended up with birthday card.

Cream, beige, brown and ginger card
John Next Door Confetti Embossing Folder
John Next Door Build a Wreath stamp set
John Next Door Spring Flowers stamp set (sentiment)
Presscut Circle die 
Memento Dewdrop inks in Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand and Peanut Brittle
Cosmic Shimmer Berry Red Pearl PVA Glue
Gold coloured pearlage

To do the centre, I used a craft knife to cut around the sprigs and popped the circle die under the flaps and then cut the circle out.
Would make a nice Autumn or even male birthday card methinks.

Well, busy day today putting new stock onto the website and pricing stock for the pop up shop at John and my workshop at Ansty.
There are still some spaces available so if you decide to pop along, that's fine. Details are on mine and John's sidebars.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Ang x


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