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Thursday, 29 September 2016

MAWTT September/October Challenge. . . . . . . . .


Good morning everyone. Here's hoping all is well with everyone?
Mr D is full of cold so I am desperately trying to avoid catching it.......not sure how successful that endeavour is going to be.

Today its time for another challenge over at MAWTT and Carole has chosen the theme which is to use the following sketch as your inspiration . . . . . . . . .


It was a bit of a head scratcher for me (minding the splinters lol!!!) for what to use for the image as I don't do digis or colouring usually. However, I had decided a while ago to start using some of the lovely paper pads I have rather than just stroking them now and again. So, flicking through my First Edition Bird Song pad, I saw this particular paper and the little flowers reminded me of John's Cherry Blossom stamps (just squint and take my word for it folks lol!!!)

Now, that made me think of stamping them for my image, to go with the paper.


Ingredients
White card
Kiwi pearlised card (Lime Tree Crafts)
First Edition Bird Song paper
SB Classic Ovals dies 
John Lockwood Cherry Blossom Elements stamps (sentiment stamps also by John)
Watercolour pencils (for centre of cherry blossoms)
Embossing folder, I think is Bo Bunny (from a bargain bin)
Black Archival ink
Pink and white ribbon
Teeny bling


I hope that you can join in at MAWTT or at least pop over to see what the other guys on the DT have created for your inspiration.

Now, before I forget, I should qualify what I meant by "dash" on my last post. I didn't mean in a Usain Bolt stylie, but more of a two folk eyeing up the last piece of pork pie at a buffet, kinda hurried walk lol!!!

I met up with Nesta Tuesday for lunch and ventured to the cemetery yesterday as it would have been my dear Mum's birthday. Hopefully meeting John on Friday morning at my local craft shop and another friend for lunch.
I'm trying to build myself up for Saturday as I really want to go to the Great British Craft Festival at Stoneleigh. My stocks of white and cream card are down to single figures and I want to meet up with the lovely Christine. Its only about a 15 minute drive from where I live so I'm determined to go and on my own rather than having to drag Mr D. At least if I don't feel great after a couple of hours, I can just go home. . . . . . . .keep everything crossed for me.

Thank you for the comments on Davey's card. As for mounting the Three Sisters, Davey is a fit chap for his age so I'm sure that the Sisters were more than appreciative of his efforts lol!!!

Live Malaysian GP at the weekend so no lie in for me on Sunday but as they say in my Mum's Homeland, saya sangat teruja dan tidak sadar untuk menonton!!! (basically, I'm excited and cant wait).

Lastly, I'm sending best wishes to Maureen and Elaine. Maureen for your eye check up on Friday. Obviously, when your eyes are fixed, you do realise that folk will then realise the staggering about is due to you being a drunken sailor?
Elaine, sending all good wishes to you, Andrew and the family for the start of his follow up treatment today. Everything is crossed for him.

Be good all.

TTFN
Ang x




Monday, 26 September 2016

Davey's Birthday Card. . . . . . . .


Good morning everyone. Hope all is well with you and yours?

Typing this on Sunday evening with beautiful sunshine streaming through the windows. The day started off sunny so I had washing out bobbing in the breeze then had to make a dash outside as it slung it down for 10 minutes, then sunshine again so everything got re-hung out again . . . . .Grrrrrrrr. Mind you, a month ago, I wouldn't have been able to "dash" anywhere so every cloud (literally lol!!!) and all that.

Now, as promised , here is Davey's birthday card that I made from the Ducks. Yes, it did take some composing but as it was a special birthday, one has to push the boat lol!!!
He was in Oz for his birthday and I have to correct a statement I made about him, on an earlier blog post, about him mounting Ulhuru. Apparently, its not the done thing to do as its sacred to the Aborigines, so he didn't.
He did, however mount The Three Sisters. . . . . . . .make of that what you will lol!!!

He is currently on yet another holiday to Romania and Bulgaria. . . . . . . .I did say he was the Alan Whicker of the Midlands.


Ingredients
White and various shades of blue card (8x8 size card)
Presscut Square dies
Memory Box Alphabet dies
CE Linen embossing folder (still waiting for details on that Sandy)
Darice Chevron embossing folder
John Lockwood sentiment stamps
Mei Flower ribbons
Peacock Feathers DI
Teeny pearlage and bling


I know its perhaps a little OTT but I wanted it to be big and bold. Its very dimensional so maybe not one for posting below a large letter rate.
You could do it in pinks (or lilac Christine lol!!!) to feminise it too.

Well, better scoot as have tea to heat up and then giving Mr D a haircut after. . . . . . . and he never tips!!!

Thank you as always for your kind comments and I hope this week is a kind one to you all.
See you Thursday for a new MAWTT challenge.

TTFN
Ang x

Ps . . . . .Anticoagulant clinic went well and the nurse was helpful with the couple of issues I'd had. Karen, I'm on one of the newer drugs rather than Warfarin so thankfully don't need to have my INR checked as they're not affected by diet. Still waiting for the Cardioversion appointment.



Friday, 23 September 2016

Oldie For Friday. . . . . . . . .Autumn


Good morning one and all. How's it hanging? Well I hope.

Are we all making the most of this wisp of warm sunshine before colder days set in? Its sad to watch the leaves falling from the trees on a warm day.

I managed to get out with some friends for lunch on Wednesday. It was a birthday gathering and it was so wonderful to meet up with everyone as I hadn't seen some of them for about 5 months. Anticoagulation clinic this morning but I'm guessing its just a check on how its going rather than a poking and prodding session.

Now, I know I said I would show Davey's birthday card from us next but I couldn't resist doing the Friday Oldie thing with one of my favourite cards as we have now officially entered Autumn.
It's not quite a year old but it was one of those cards that make you do a little happy dance as it turns out just as you wanted it to.

The original blog post is here with the ingredients and description of what I did.


Sometimes, less is more. 


I made the card for Nesta, and she still has it (along with all the cards I have made for her bless her.

Well, the nights are chilling down a bit but Jackie, fire on before November. . . . .Noooooooo! no matter how much Mr D begs lol!!
Karen, I don't think my old laptop could cope with having Serif on it, lol!!! My curved printed sentiment was done in Works.
Sandy, (confusing as there are now 2 Sandy's visiting lol!) thank you for your lovely comment. My friend works for Creative Expressions and I'm waiting for him to get back to me about US stockists of that embossing folder so I will answer as soon as I know.

Happy Autumn folks and hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you are up to and I'll be back with Davey's card, part 2 next time.

Be good.

TTFN
Ang x





Saturday, 17 September 2016

David's Special Birthday. . . . . . . . .


Good morning everyone. Hope all is ok with you and yours?

What a lovely week weather wise. . . . . . . . . .well, it has been here in The Pond lol!!!
Am I sad to take so much pleasure in seeing a line of washing bobbing about in the sunshine with a gentle warm breeze hahaha!!!

Managed to get some crafting done this week. Mojo has returned from its extended holiday so I'm making the most of it in case it decides to jet off again.
This week, I have also managed a grocery shop with Mr D, had a little pootle around Hobbycraft and yesterday, the lovely Nesta took me out to a local garden centre, where we had lunch and a gentle stroll around. It was smashing and great to be able to walk around without getting out of breath. These new tablets do have some side effects but thankfully breathlessness hasn't been one of them, so far.

On the subject of Hobbycraft, I bought some great 3mm off white pearls branded Simply Creative (they are part of Trimcraft) They are glued separately, so no having to chop them apart, 1080 in the pack all for £1.00. . . . . . . bargain!!! They do them in larger sizes too. I think that's the best deal I've had with pearls. Not often I can say bargain and Hobbycraft in the same sentence but hats off to them.

Now, today's card is one I made for Nesta to give our friend Davey (the guy who has more stamps in his passport than Alan Whicker) for his birthday in June. . . . . . .yes, I'm a bit behind lol!!! As it was a special birthday (sorry David, I've let the number out of the bag) he spent it in Australia and mounted Uluru. . . . . . . . . .no, that's nothing rude with that woman out of Star Trek, he climbed Ayres Rock lol!!!


Ingredients
White, french navy and sky blue card (8x8 sized card)
CE Linen embossing folder
SB Swirl Stripe Panel 
SB Fancy Tags 3 (2 different dies from this set)
SB Blossom 3 (Nestabilities)
Presscut rectangle dies
Mei Flower navy ribbon
Dovecraft teeny bling
Computer generated sentiment


I'll show you the card I made from me and Mr D next time. 

Well, Singapore GP this weekend. . . . . . . I can almost smell the chicken satay at Lau Pa Sat ummmmm!!! Been lucky enough to visit Singapore a few times, when visiting my family in Malaysia but not for the GP. Bet it would be amazing to see a night street race.

For those of you lucky enough to be going to Ally Pally this weekend, I'm very jealous and sad that I can't make it. Hope you have a wonderful time and get to say "Hi" to my mate Wendywoo (Spanish Crafter) who has come over from Spain to help out on the CE stall.

Also, for those of you who saw Elaine's (Nattyboots) comment on my last post, her son Andrew has been very ill but is hopefully on the road to recovery. I didn't like to mention anything before as I didn't think it was my place to as I wasn't sure how public the news was. Poor Elaine has also had a poorly leg to contend with too so big hugs to the Nattyboots family.

Anyhoo, that's me for now. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

TTFN
Ang x



Monday, 12 September 2016

Penultimate Lockers Sample Card. . . . . . . . . .


Good morning everyone. Hope you're all well and looking forward to this Indian Summer we are supposed to be about to have.
Apologies for being missing from posting (bit of a rough week) but I have tried to keep up my visits to your blogs.

Thank you you to June and Maggie for clicking the "follow" button. June has kindly been commenting for a while and Maggie (Silvercrafter Blog) was one of the lovely ladies I met when Darnell came over to the UK in July.
I must also say welcome to some new ladies who have commented and been very kind.

Now, I know we are in September and I'm still showing samples I made for John's May/June show and I know this is featuring August's Child but there is only one more after this, promise lol!!! I know you're a forgiving bunch so you won't mind, will you???


Ingredients
CE ivory and rich plum card
SB Swirl Stripe Panel
SB Fancy Postage Stamps die
Sue Wilson Ara Mini Gemini
John Lockwood Summers Child Stamp (sentiment)
John Lockwood Nasturtium Everyday Sentiments (swirly stamp at the bottom)
Mei Flower plum ribbon
Memento Dew Drop Sweet Plum ink pad


This is a simple card to layer up but it was one of my favourite samples.

I hope you don't mind but I just thought I would show these beautiful flowers that arrived at a point where I was feeling particularly sorry for myself a couple of weeks ago. I apologise for the picture quality but I snapped them on my tablet. . . . . . . . .



A huge thank you to my wee pal Kate (Cuilliesocks) for cheering me up no end.

Thank you to all of you for your kind, concerned and encouraging comments. Its always touched me that you take the time to visit and leave comments but during the last couple of months, its been appreciated more than ever. (I would have just said I was touched but I know that would leave the door open for Maureen lol!!!)

I hope it wont be so long until next time. Be good!!!

TTFN
Ang x

Update
Sadly, another spell in hospital as pulse went bonkers again last week and a couple of issues with the anticoagulant doing its job too well, so that's why I hadn't posted for a while.
Keeping everything crossed for things settling down.







Thursday, 1 September 2016

MAWTT September Challenge. . . . . . . .


Good morning everyone. Hope everybody is well and happy.

Today, its time for another challenge at MAWTT and this time its my turn to host so my theme for this challenge is. . . . . . . . . . . . . . drum roll . . . . . . . 

All Kinds of Everything!

Now, that doesn't mean that everything is allowed, it relates to Dana's All Kinds of Everything from the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest (No I didn't see it at the time as I was a little un, probably in bed by 6pm lol!)
I am only including the first verse for the challenge so there are choices but not an overwhelming amount
Snowdrops and daffodils
butterflies and bees
sailboats and fishermen
things of the sea
wishing-wells
wedding bells
early morning dew
all kinds of everything remind me of you

I've been boring and used "butterflies" as it fitted with the vision I had for the card. I was going to do white on white but decided to do cream on cream for a change.


Ingredients
Cream card
SB Bitty Blossoms (sorry, channel set roses again lol!!!)
SB Butterfly Circles (yes, I did need patience gluing all those butterflies on lol!!!)
SB Mary Border Strip (featured on frame between butterflies and roses)
Presscut Square dies
CE Jacobean Floral embossing folder
Woodware sentiment stamp
Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet DI
Pearlage


I hope you can pop over to MAWTT to see what the rest of the DT have created and even better if you can join in.

Apologies if you are getting fed up with channel set Bitty Blossoms. I shall try and come up with something else lol!!!
Mind you, I did love the way this turned out just as I wanted it to. . . . . .a rare event ha!

That's me for now so thanks for popping by and be good.

TTFN
Ang x

Update
Saw cardiologist yesterday, hurrah, and he spent over an hour with me and Mr D explaining things and answering my questions very patiently.
He has changed my tablets so I'm hoping that will stop the dreadful side effects I was having with the others but they want me to have a procedure called Cardioversion (has scared me witless but don't think I have much choice) and so he has also put me on an anti coagulant too.
So, some positives with a dose of eeeeeek!!!




Saturday, 27 August 2016

60th Birthday. . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Good morning one and all. What a lovely couple of days sunshine we have had so I hope you have managed to enjoy it where you are.
I've had a mixed week this week but have learned to take the rough with the smooth.

Great TV week with John on Hochanda and the return of Bake Off. Even Mr D has become a GBBO fan as usually my baking hat appears and he gets to chomp on a few cakes. Not sure he'll have as many this year but I'll try my best.

Now, today's card I made for my older brother in law last month. Another no frills fella card under my belt lol!!!


Ingredients
White card
Blue card (various shades)
SB Fancy Postage Stamp dies
Memory Box Alphabet dies
That Special Touch Celtic border mask (for the embossed strip across the middle)
John Lockwood Monday's Child stamp 
Memento Dewdrop Danube Blue ink 


Simple and straightforward but brother in law is not an OTT kinda guy. Also, I kept it relatively flat as it was being posted.

Sooo excited that the F1 is back after the Summer break. . . . . as is Jackie D, so welcome back. A live GP from Belgium tomorrow and qualifying today so guess what I'll be doing lol? (and probably Jackie D and Wendy).
I think Mojo may be returning from its Summer break too. Had a postcard saying it had been a lazy so and so and had decided to come home after a couple of months of drunken debauchery so hopefully it makes a swift return to my craft room lol!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thank you, as always for your visits and kind comments.

TTFN
Ang x

Update
Well, it seems that a bit of persistence has paid off. Got a call at 8.30am Wednesday from the Cardio consultant's secretary, explaining she had received my email and my "just in case" snail mail letter. She had spoken to the consultant who had asked her to put me in one of his hot spot clinics so I'm seeing him next week. . . . . .  .hallelujah!!!
Such a relief as this week I've had a couple of bad nights, with next to no sleep, which don't make for a great following day either.
Some positive news for a change though so thank you for encouraging my belligerence lol!!!