Saturday, 14 July 2018

Back To Samples. . . . . . . . .

Good morning all. Hope you are all well and still enjoying the clement weather.

I love the heat but not at night when you I'm trying to sleep. There was a moment yesterday when the sky turned black so I had to leg it outside to get the washing in but there were about 3 drops and that was it.

At the risk of turning into my parents, I will say that the garden needs it. Thank goodness we have in irrigation system so we don't have to stand for ages with a hosepipe. Its now primed with smart water in case there is a WART or TART raid. 

Now, thank you for your kind comments about Andy's clock but its back to John's last show samples and still running with the a stamp is not just for Christmas theme.
I managed to get a few samples done with Christmas stamps that were not Christmas cards.
When I saw the palm trees, I immediately thought "tropical beach".

White, black and orange card
JND While Shepherds Watched stamps
JND sentiment
Various distress inks

I created the Sunset scene with various distress inks and drew in the hammock and birds. I stamped the shepherd without his staff and and used the shack too.

Something else that's different to use your Christmas stamps for...............everyone loves a bit of value for money.

Off out with Davey, Nesta and another friend today for lunch in Birmingham (Yes Kate, I do have a voucher lol!!!).

Sadly, no Three Lions in the World Cup Final, which is a shame, as they did well until the last game. No doubt, Mr D will still want to watch the final so I will probably have a tinker in the craft room doing some more new samples for Mr L and The Girls lay on the floor chewing ribbon.
To be fair, they have been doing a splendid job protecting my radishes from any potential Forage And Radish Team (FART) attack.

Don't be fooled into think they are sleeping, They can spring into attack before you can say "Wiskas".

Have a great weekend.

Ang x

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Camper Van Clock. . . . . . . . . . .

Good morning all. Hopefully it continues to be a warm and sunny one for you all.

Its great to be finally having a Summer but my goodness, it can be stifling at night.
I can't believe that this time of year, Mr D still goes to bed in head to toe jim jams and snuggles under the duvet!!!
I am just grateful that we have a king size bed so I can keep away from the heat that he generates. I know some ladies say their man is hot stuff but mine really is lol!!!

I nearly decided to sleep in the garden the other night as it seemed the coolest place to be (and I don't mean in a "Hey dude, that's cool" kinda thing)
I could have bedded down with the tomatoes, both mutant and erotic. Stephanie, I have a clay soil too so grow my tomatoes in what we call grow bags in the UK. Most folk do grow them at home this way over here.

Now, today, I thought I should show you Andy's camper van clock that accompanied his card otherwise I would forget for another 6 months lol!!!

Camper Van MDF from Daisy's Jewels and Crafts
Acrylic paints 
Silver Krylon Pen
Clock mechanism from a pound shop clock (don't know where I'm getting these from anymore with them closing down)
CE "Jelly Tots" for the lights.

I am not a messy crafter so its probably not as polished as it could have been but Andy was thrilled to bits and still has it going nearly a year on, with the odd change of battery.

I had some mini easels so I painted one blue and used that as the stand for the clock.

As I said though, I will have to find another clock supplier with Poundworld going bust.

Well, what a weekend for sport. Two happy results for this house........The 3 Lions getting through to the semis and Hamilton NOT winning at Silverstone lol!!!

Well, that's me for now but as Maureen did ask nicely recently how The Girls were doing, here's a pic..............

Yes, that is Molly tapping Lily on the nose then Lily trying to lick Molly's paw.
WART and TART members, please note Molly's glistening fangs

Be good!
Ang x

Saturday, 7 July 2018

MAWTT Challenge 75. . . . . . . . .

Good morning (just) chaps and chapesses. Hope all is sunny and fine with you.

Now, this is a very quick post as silly me, in the whirl of doing samples clean forgot to post my DT card for MAWTT on Thursday.
Humble apologies to my team mates and Boss Wooster for this oversight (Wendy has performed a virtual slinging over the knee and tanning my hide).

This challenge is by Jackie and is all about 

Male Themed Cards
So please pop across as its not too late to enter and to look at the teams inspiration.

This is a card that I made for my dear friend Andy who used to volunteer for me at Barnardos. We still meet up about once a month for a coffee and chat (and cake!!!) and he adores camper vans.

White and blue card
CE Tartan embossing folder
Hobbycraft camper van stamp
JND sentiment stamps
Various blue Memento Dewdrop inks

I think I have shown another of Andy's camper van cards before but he loved this and also the camper van clock I made as his present (to be blogged soon).

Better dash now as nearly time for Silverstone Qually, then the Three Lions doing their thing.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to pop over to MAWTT(like what I did lol!!!)

Ang x

Thursday, 5 July 2018

When is Christmas Not Christmas? . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all hunkydory.

This is a quickie post today as I am scheduling and typing this at silly o'clock due to a dicky tum which I think is due to a dodgy KFC yesterday lunchtime. . . . . . .I now realise why they call it fast food lol!!!

Now, just when I was still in the throws of showing you the other samples I made for John, another show comes along so the virtual pile is ever growing.
Hope you managed to catch last night's shows. I'm going to catch up with the 8pm one this morning.
I set myself a challenge of creating non-Christmas cards out of the Christmas stamps so that you can get more bang for your buck so this is one that I came up with using the Snowflake set, which can just pass for a pretty pattern.
Needless to say, the new stamp sets and media plates are available on my website.

White, black and teal card
JND Media Dies (Rectangle)
JND Snowflake stamp set
JND Star Stream embossing folder
SB Labels 4 dies
JND Sentiment
Teal Zeal Memento Dew Drop (First and second generation stamping)
Teal bling

Well, better go feed the pussy cats and try to get some sleep.
Hope this gives you some idea of how to get more out of your stamps. Stay tuned for more ideas coming to a blog near you soon.

Ang x

Ps........Here's a quick snap of the mutant tomato plant that is now standing at 6 feet tall.

There is also a grape vine next to it and some basil in the foreground so I expect the TART members will be trying to munch bruscettas whilst trying to make their own wine lol!!!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Back To When is a Birdcage not a Birdcage. . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all ok.

I have been making the most of the good weather and getting out and about whilst I can. Also dabbling with some more samples for Mr L so its all good fun.

A very warm welcome to Caz who has joined the throng (that's Throng Maureen!!!) of merry followers. Caz is a new DT member at MAWTT so look forward to seeing your challenge makes.

Now, back to John's birdcage samples and the answer to the above question is, when its a hanging basket and planter.

Various colours of card
JND Birdcages dies (for hanging basket and planter)
JND Chains (on hanging basket)
SB Ivy Die D Lites
SB Fancy Lattice die
Joy! Foliage die
JND sentiment
Tonic and Hobbycraft punches (for teeny fuchsias and roses)
Crafts Too stamens 

I like to get good mileage out of dies.

I will try and get caught up with my blog visits this week as I know that I have fallen behind again but I have had to increase security patrols due to potential threats from WART and TART and I have been organising another workshop with John for the end of the month.............details on the sidebar.

Hope you all have a great week and that the Sun continues to shine.

Ang x

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Extended Gerberas. . . . . . . . . . .

Good morning all. Hope you are all well and basking in the glorious sunshine.

Its been lovely here so I have tried to make the most of the good weather and get out and about in the fresh air.

A quick post today as I have a to do list as long as a roll of wallpaper.

Now, its back to John's Gerbera release samples as I hadn't quite finished showing those before the Bee Balm came out.

Cream, black and gold card
JND Gerbera Panel
SB Matting Rectangle dies
JND sentiment
Black bling

I love the combination of black and gold and usually squeeze at least one into each sample set.
This is a small card but the panel has been extended by clicking into the next flower along.

Well that's me for now folks. Its late, I'm scheduling and its been a long day lol!!!

Take care all and be good.

Ang x

Ps........ will snap tomatoes when they have bigger trusses (Don't even go there folks lol!!!)

Monday, 25 June 2018

Cut Out and Pop Out. . . . . . . .

Good morning folks. Hope you are all well.

I managed to get to the craft show at Bruntingthorpe and met up with some chums PeeJay, Anne, Karen and Pam................of course, I heckled Mr L too.
Had a lovely catch up over a cappuccino and small sliver of coffee and walnut cake (Don't listen to anyone who tries to suggest that the slice of cake wasn't small).

I was very restrained and only spent £10 on 4 packs of coloured A4 card, a pack of A3 330gsm white card, and 4 mini border embossing folders.
I think its the first time its been held there and its a lovely big hanger but it wasn't very busy.

Now, back to today's card. Its another John sample using the Gerbera Pop Out Panel die.
A simple looking card but not quite as straightforward as it looks at first glance. You can probably see what I did on the piccy below.

Cream, black and vintage gold card (Lime Tree)
JND Gerbera Pop Out Panel die
JND Sentiment
Cream and gold pearls

I cut the panel out of the centre of the cream layer. I then used my craft knife to nick out the pop out petals, as per above. It probably seems a faff but honestly doesn't take long at all.
I then cut out the panel again in the gold, left the petals in this time, lined it up under the cream panel and popped the gold petals through the cream apertures as per below............

Just something different, I thought.

My tomatoes finally arrived on Friday. I called them exotic as they are all different and strange fact, they nearly got called erotic but thankfully, I spotted my spelling mistake before the blog went live.
I didn't want WART switching their attentions to the "erotic" veg and becoming TART (Tomato Attack & Removal Team).

Nice to have you holidaying ladies back. Hope you are refreshed and ready to roll up your sleeves in your craft rooms.

Busy week again here, but in a nice way. Lunch at a garden centre with PeeJay today and lunch with Davey on Wednesday before he heads off to Greenland (told you he gets about a bit) and then a guy is hopefully coming to repair the steps on our decking so that we can get back down into the rest of the garden without needing ropes and crampons.

Hope you all have a smashing week and thank you for stopping by and all your lovely comments.

Ang x


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