Saturday, 31 August 2013

New Home . . . . . . . .

Good morning one and all. Hope your bit of the pond is warm and not too wet . . . . .well, as non wet as a pond can be lol !!! Hopefully, John, Val and Wendy are the other side of those nasty storms and flooding.
Thank you all for your lovely comments on my jewellery. I really should start playing with it again as the cards have somewhat taken over.

I've been trying to catch up with some crafting. I had set Thursday aside but ended up going curtain hunting (not my idea of fun) with Nesta Vipers instead as I was in too bad a mood for crafting. Woke up happy and raring to go but then forgot it's a dog eat dog world out there and I think I was wearing marrowbone underwear that morning hahaha!!!
If there's one thing I've learned it's never craft when you're cross; a craft knife and tension is not a good combo except if you fancy afternoon in A & E lol !!! 
We came home curtain less (Patricia, you have my sympathy for your recent curtain capers) but laughing so all was not lost. Five minutes with Nesta was enough to remind me that there are still some nice folk in this world.
I have been crafting today (Friday) instead so I will have some more cards in readiness for the pond.

Now, today's card was a "need a card urgently" one, that then wasn't as urgent after I had raced to do it. It was for Nesta's niece and her fiance who have just bought their first house.
It had to have purple in it (as per the engagement card a few weeks ago) and who am I to argue when I love purple.
I got the door idea from Patricia's lovely Christmas card, a week or so ago. Lucky Patricia had an embossing folder (I think) for the door but as I haven't, I had to improvise.
The base card is a piece of A4 PMD cream linen card Hougied in half to A5. I matted this with a slightly smaller piece of purple card (I did gut the middle of this, frugal duck that I am) 
I then took a slightly smaller piece of the cream linen card and embossed, freehand, a door shape using my Hougie. I don't think it looks too bad for an improv.
I then masked around the door and gave it a light sponging of Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
I stamped the plant pots on either side of the door (I got this stamp from my local craft shop, for 25p last week) and coloured them in using a mixture of distress ink, promarker, Staedler fine liners and felt tips. Same goes for the flowers around the door, which were done with a stamp I thought resembled a clematis and my leaves were freehand. Now you can probably see why I don't normally do colouring hahaha!!!
The letters were cut out of purple card using an X-Cut alphabet die and stuck onto the card in a jaunty fashion (lol!!!)
A bling door handle, a line for the letterbox and the door number completed the look. Apologies I had to handwrite the door number, as my number stamps were too big.

Hope that you all have a fabulous weekend with no more floods or pestilence.

Ang x


  1. Hi Ang, I love your card, the door is just great, and with out a die too, fab improvisation. The stamping and colouring is great and I do love your colours. I'm sure your card was loved by the recipients, have a good day, Kate x

  2. Morning Ang
    My sympathies for coming home without said curtains. Me and my other half have been out looking for a new 3 piece suite and carpet. The suite was fine both knew what we wanted and for a change agreed almost straight away!!! But the carpet OMG! Where do you start. Who knew there could possibly be sooooo many different shades of the same speckled carpet, and worst of all I know what I want & so does he and its not the same thing. We've been out 2 weekends so far and now I'm fed up with looking! The carpet people are now coming out to measure up so eventually it will come down to price I think.
    Anyway rant over (sorry about that) your card is lovely. You have made a very good job of the door without a die. The flowers all look great
    Hugs Sue x

  3. Hi folks
    should actually clarify, the curtain hunt was for Nesta not me. . . . . .I just tagged along for fun (?) The card was also for her to send to her niece so the colours were her choice but you know I love my purple so it was fine by me. x


  4. Good morning Ang, your card is lovely and well done for making your door with out a die, it goes to show you don't always have to have a die to make something, and there is nothing wrong with your colouring your to hard on yourself.

    Hazel xxx

  5. What a super card Ang, now that really is crafting without a safety net, all done by hand, brilliant. Have a good weekend, best wishes Jackie

  6. What a pretty card. Very stylish. xxx

  7. Hello Ang...I was thrilled to read your sweet comment on my blog. What a surprise! Yes, it is a small world. I'm originally from Melaka (born in JB though).Reason I live in SP to start a new life after I got married to my husband 13 yrs ago. If/when you plan to visit 'home', please let me know. Today is our 56th Independence Day and thought of scrapping or making cards but all I do from morning is eat and browsing the Net; erm, must I mention endless housework too, LOL. I've seen some of your posts and really love your jewellery and cards. They are beautiful! Your New Home card is pretty; love the flowers. Hope you will have some new curtains soon. I sure need one too.
    Hugs and smiles,

  8. HI Ang,
    What a clever lady to make your door from scratch, can I be cheeky and ask did it go right on the first attempt. Love the overall look of your card so pretty.

  9. Hi Ang,
    beautiful card today. Love everything about it. Great design, and that door can be used on so many projects I think.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. Brilliant card, I love it, perfect for a New Home Card. Your door is wonderful, I really like the pretty flowers.
    Yes! mine was a folder, I used to mark out the Door Panels but I am getting lazy.....!!!
    I did not show a photograph of the body of my Box as it was almost the same as the one I posted last week..... lazy again .....!!!!! The one I am working on today is similar again only I have used lighter coloured paint this time.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xxx

  11. Hi Ange you are a very talented Lady,the card is fantastic,even the thought of freehand makes my hand shake lol.I would be happy to receive this card,if I was moving to a new house

  12. Hi Ang

    Such a lovely card so pretty. I am glad you resisted to use a craft knife while cross. So often just getting away from things helps put things in perspective. I agree it does not pay to craft if you are not in the mood for whatever reason. Once again your flowers are so lovely and really make the card.

    Sorry I am late getting around the blogs just not felt so good this last three days.

    Have a good weekend
    Crafty Hugs
    heather xx

  13. Stunning card and all the more so for the free-hand door and leaves (very brave) which I am definitely not when it comes to card making (I play safe all the way) far too critical of my own etchings etc xx I think it is really luvly and an extra special card because it is so personalised with the house number xx GailT xx

  14. Hi Ang. This is so inventive and something I'd love to have a go at. So personal with the house number. It really is a lovely card and I bet the recipient was so happy with it.
    Thank you for your thoughts. The weather is back to normal now, all the towels are washed and put away and everything mopped and cleaned.
    Have a lovely day.
    Love Val x

  15. Beautiful new house card - the kids should love this with their new home. I know they are tickled pink!

  16. Hi Ang, wow this is so beautiful. I just love the way you've made the little door, it looks fab. I'll have to have a bash at that technique. I bet they'll be chuffed to bits with it
    Claire xx
    PS here's the link for the watermarks,
    For some reason they show up as 1p but they're about £4 when you've picked your design