Thursday, 27 October 2016

MAWTT October/November Challenge. . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope that you are all well.

Today its time for another challenge over at MAWTT and Diane has chosen the theme of. . . . . 

Cute Animals

So dig out your digis or stamps and join in the challenge. You have lots of scope with this one.

Now, I don't do "cute" as a rule so the only thing I could find in that line was in one of the Hunkydory Christmas toppers from my large unused Hunkydory stash I mentioned recently.

Hunkydory matching card and topper
Burgundy card
SB Elegant Labels Four
Docrafts snowflake embossing folder
Krylon gold pen
Teeny gold bling

My first Christmas card for this year so only another 99 to go hahaha!!!

Simple, but the beauty of these kits is that you don't need to add much to create a decent card.

So, hope you can all pop over  to MAWTT and see what everyone else has come up with (certainly better than my offering lol!!!).

Hopefully see you at the weekend with something a little more me lol!!!

Ang x

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Andy's Campervan. . . . . . . . .

Good morning dear blog chums. Hope this finds your fettles fine and in good nick.

Had a fairly good week. Got to meet Davey on Monday and he treated me to a decaff doobry latte thingy and cake and bless him, he then escorted me round Tesco to make sure I was ok doing a bit of grocery shopping.
Maureen, Davey is my good friend whom I usually refer to as the Alan Whicker of Coventry, due to his penchant for travel (I would have said Judith Chalmers but I think he has better legs lol!!!) I showed his birthday card a few posts ago here. Ooh, and HC refers to Heartfelt Creations chuck.

On Wednesday, I had lunch with Nesta at a local pub and walked there in the lovely sunshine.

Now, today's card I made for my lovely friend Andy, who volunteered for me at the first charity shop I worked in last year before I moved to another branch. He is the most helpful chappy and a genuinely nice person and he loves cars and campervans. . . . . . .here is the book fold campervan I made for him last year.

White card
Blue card, different shades
SB Matting Basics A & B
Hobbycraft campervan stamp
Woodware sentiment stamp
Memento Inks
Dovecraft bling

The woven background I did myself with strips of card, not with dies. 
There were a few of us met up with Andy for lunch on his birthday at the end of September and he was thrilled with his card (and his 7 packets of different flavoured Oreos, his favourite biscuits lol!!!).

Another blokey card for the archives, which could have other things stamped on it instead of campervans.

That's me for today. US GP at the weekend (come on Nico!!!) and hoping to get over to John's on Sunday to ram raid his new craft cave. Mr D is chauffering (need to build my confidence driving out of Coventry on my own again) so will probably end up nodding off whilst the talk is about cardstock and dies lol!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thank you for taking time to drop by.

Ang x

Monday, 17 October 2016

First Anniversary . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you're all fine and dandy?

Thank you for your kind comments. I am starting to feel better now and have started to venture out again in the last couple of days. Hoping to meet Davey for a coffee (decaff mocha chocca doodah of some description) this morning as we are both out at the doctors.

June and Wendy, I would have dearly loved a tot of rum in the blackcurrant but not allowed any alcohol at the moment. . . . . . not a big drinker but you know what its like when you're told you can't have something lol!!! The cold itself was quite tame. It was the effect it had on the rest of me lol!!!

Maureen, Happy Belated Anniversary to you and George. I hope that he didn't have too long a wait in A&E or did the red roses require surgical removal from where you put them???

Now, talking of anniversaries (how's that for a neat segueway into today's card lol!!!) here we have a couple at the opposite end of the spectrum, celebrating their first year as Mr and Mrs (still in that naive flush of happiness. . . . . . . I remember those halcyon days, hahaha!!!)
Nesta's neice and hubby celebrated their anniversary in the Summer and this is the card I made for Nesta to give them.

White and pink card
HC Decorative Lace Border
SB Adorning Squares
SB Dahlia
Presscut Squares
CE Swirling Hearts embossing folder
John Lockwood flower and sentiment stamps
CE Stitched Bunting Numbers stamps
CE Crochet Ribbon
Mei Flower satin ribbon
Dovecraft teeny bling

I tried to keep to a loosely similar theme to the acceptance and wedding cards I made last year (click here and here respectively to see these).

I have managed to spend some time in the craft room whilst on enforced rest (Mr D can be masterful at times, especially when he knows he can run quicker than me at the minute lol!!!).
I'm on a mission to start using some of the beautiful papers I have accumulated as it is a bit of a waste just gazing at them adoringly now and again. 
I'm also determined to get through the Hunkydory Christmas kits I bought about 4 years ago, then abandoned about 3 weeks later after being seduced by Sue Wilson caressing a Grand Calibur (It was like a Nigella licking chocolate off a spoon moment for the fellas).

Anyhoo, better tootle off and feed Mr and Mrs B. They now like tinned peaches as well as grapes and blueberries so must be the most pampered blackbirds in the area.
Mr D has had the odd mutter about them being better fed but being offered a fat ball (Maureen, leave it!!!) and a bowl of mealworms for his tea works wonders at silencing him.

Thanks again for visiting and I hope this week is kind to you all.

Ang x

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

5 Shades of Gold. . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all well?

I must apologise for my absence from Blogland. I did manage to meet up with John armed with his pressies and card and to get to the GBCF at Stoneleigh on the1st and met up with the lovely Christine. I stayed from 10 til around 1.30, an hour of which was sitting chatting and munching with Christine.
It was quiet and I knew I had done enough so that's why I headed home early. I only spent about £20, mostly on card (and a naughty First Edition pad, bad girl!!!).

In the evening, I started sniffing etc so I knew I had caught Mr D's cold. Unfortunately, its turned into a viral infection which has, so far, resulted in 2 trips into hospital in the past 10 days as its had an effect on my heart rate and rhythm. As its a virus, there's nothing they can give me so I basically have to rest, keep hydrated and ride out the storm, fuelled by Ribena for Vitamin C.

So forgive me chaps, but I've just not been up to blogging or visiting - Maureen, I'm so sorry  if I worried you.
I'm still not feeling great but thought I should post something in a moment of ok-ness as I don't want you all forgetting me lol!!! I will try and catch up with your blogs as best I can during the next few days as sadly, it may take some time to shift this virus.

This was a card requested by Nesta (who has been extra fab during the last 10 days) as her sisters in laws were celebrating their Golden Wedding back in August (yes, I'm a bit behind lol!!!)

Cream, vintage gold and gold mirror card
SB Bitty Blossoms (yes, I know, but I love them lol!!!)
SB Grand and Classic Ovals
SB Butterfly Circles (just for the gold butterflies)
Sue Wilson Maidenhair Fern die 
Sue Wilson Catkin Stems dies
Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder
Habico sentiment stamps
CS Gold Detail embossing powder
CS Golden Pearl PVA pearls
Gold Krylon Pen

In case you had noticed, yes I have embossed the Maidenhair Fern die cuts through a floral embossing folder as I thought they looked a little flat as is and needed a bit of texture.

Apparently, the card was well received so happy days.

Well, I'll slope off back under my blanket to my hot Ribena and hope that you all have a lovely week. Thank you for your continued kind comments and good wishes.

Ang x

Ps. Wendy (Yorks Butterfly) the GP result was fine by me, as was this weeks, as I am not a Lewis Hamilton fan (Jenson Baby for me from the British drivers) and I am hoping Nico wins the WDC. . . . . . not very patriotic of me is it lol!!!