Thursday, 1 January 2015

House of Cards January 2015 Challenge. . . . . . .

Good afternoon all of my wonderful blogging chums and a huge Happy New Year to each and everyone of you and all of your families. Myself and Mr D hope that 2015 is kind to you.

Welcome on the first day of this New Year to the first House of Cards Challenge of 2015 and we have this photo and title as inspiration for you. . . . . . . . 

                                                         Use glitter and/or colours

I am staying on this fabulous DT for my third term (they dont seem to be fed up with me yet lol!)It would be fabulous if you could pop over and have a look at my fab team mates creations and super fabulous if you can join in.

Now, I know that you're probably thinking "save me from yet more Christmas cards!!!" but the colours and glitter just shouted "Christmas card" to me (and advance apologies as I still have a couple of Christmas cards to feature before I'm done lol!!!) 
Thought I would colour coordinate my text this year for something different too so hopefully you can still read the colours I pick.

As you can see, I've been at the mica again.

White card (Lime Tree Crafts)
Peacock Blue pearl card (Lime Tree Crafts)
Silver mirror card 
Sue Wilson Snowflake embossing folder (sorry Pamellia. . . buy, buy, buy lol!!!)
SB Snowflake Pendant 2013
Docrafts Home for Christmas 6x6 stamp
Mica in silver and shades of blue
Blue satin ribbon (MeiFlower)
CE Dazzler (thank you John)
Dark blue glitter (round edge of top layer)
Hunkydory sentiment

Yes, I did enjoy playing with the ribbon bow on this (sorry Lydia).

There are some fantastic challenges lined up for 2015 so hope that you can join in at House of Cards.

Before I leave you to your Bond film, second turkey and sprout dinner in a week and the last of the After Eights, just a few messages for my sponsors. . . . . . . .

Mrs B, the way I do the banners is to cut the top layer then stick it to the next one and trim the sides with my guillotine and the tail end, by eye, with scissors. Can show a piccy on a future post if it would help more?
Ros, PMD is Papermill Direct. They are a paper mill in The Lakes that make fab card and paper. 
To the ladies who said they look but don't always have time comment or have had problems commenting, thank you anyway for have a peek at my dabblings. It is nice to get comments but I'm more than happy that folk take the time just to look.

I hope you enjoyed whatever way you saw the New Year in (even if it was tucked up in bed). As this is scheduled, I'm hoping that I didn't manage to get arrested for turning my hosepipe on the new neighbours who warned us they were going to be having a noisy hot tub party. Having seen some of their pals, I'm not looking forward to seeing any of them gyrating, half naked around the back garden from my window.
Mind you, at time of typing, its started to rain and is rather windy (tee hee!!!). I did say to Mr D that I was going to pop round in just my towel, flippers and goggles and say "Am I too early?" but he didn't think they would see the funny side.
Time for a Prosecco so I can stick the cork in my ears!!!


Ang x

Hot tub update. . . . . . . . . .wasn't a hot tub, it was a 2ft deep paddling pool!  Didn't use the hose pipe but did pop round at 2am to tell them, politely, to turn the noise down.


  1. Happy New Year Mrs Duck - and to all your bloggers. Love your card and the inspiration - I hope you win.

  2. Good afternoon my friend, thanks for the laugh. Now I am not being insulting in the least ...... would have loved to see their faces as they saw you wrapped in the towel sporting the flippers and goggles!!!
    They are just jealous they have heard about the "pond" talk about trying to keep up with the "paddlers" ........ no chance!!
    Wishing you and Lee a Very Happy, Healthy &'Prosperous New Year.
    Hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for

    Patricia xxx

  3. Ooopps!!! In all that excitement in the Hot Tub forgot to mention your stunning card.
    Love the colours and the great design and brilliant Bow!

    Patricia xxx

  4. Ang, like big sister, I to had a good laugh at the look on the neighbours faces if you had gone round in your towel, but more so if you had turned on the hose!!. Hot tub on this country are they hoping that 2015 is going to be a year of good weather, ok you stand more chance of that than us up here, we would need to build a heated room for the tub to go into. Love your card, my colours so it's prefect. Hazel x

  5. Stunning card-love those colours. i did giggle reading about the "hot tub"-glad there was no late night drama though.


  6. Beautiful card i love the colors , Happy 2015 to you and Mr Duck .

  7. Love the card Ang, love the ribbon bow too,
    Love your update too, xxx

    Happy New Year

  8. Happy New Year to you Ang and those that you love hoping that 2015 will be a magical year for you.
    Thank you for sharing your latest tale, I too would have loved to have seen those next door had you ventured round in goggles etc. Good for you telling them at 2am consideration is the name of the game.
    What a stunning card, love the colour and love the bow.
    Margaret corgi owner

  9. Happy new to you and mr duck. Hope its a good one.
    love the card, the colours and the glitter.
    bye for now.
    love valx

  10. Happy New Year.
    Thanks for this, all the cards you have shown us (and the extras like recipes)
    Janice W

  11. Hello Ang and Happy New Year to you and Mr. D, I hope it will be one of health and happiness.
    Gorgeous card, stunning colours and beautiful design, love the ribbon and the fabulous bow. Hugs Kate x

  12. Fab card Ang and Happy New Year!!! it was fairly quiet around here thank goodness lots of huggles Sue xx

  13. Happy New Year Mr & Mrs D I too would hav loved to have seen their faces ur a 2ft paddling pool - really! I love the card and will go take a look at the other designers Beautiful soft colours and really speaks volumes for a Christmas card I hope 2015 is a happy and safe one for everyone and I hope to meet some of you at one of the Craft Shows this year

  14. As usual you make me smile with your musings and like the others, have a vision of your neighbours faces if you flip-flopped round in your flippers and goggles!! lol. Anyway back to the card it is fab and fits the remit perfectly and love the rosette bow you have made - patience of a saint comes to mind xx you were right it is a Sheffield team so you are not a 'Twit Twoo' and so glad to hear it isn't just me that cannot post photos onto the blog from a tablet!! and finally just to wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year xx GailT xx

  15. Shall I pop over and extract the cork from where they shoved it then?! Lol. Hugs Mrs A.

  16. Stunning card Ang, so love the colours used. 2am ay? Nice of them to be so considerate lol! Now just how polite were you lol!!! Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my blog, hope 2015 is a good one for you.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  17. What a party poop you are! You should have joined them in the pool! LOL This is an abosolute gorgeous card! Happy New Year!

  18. Wonderful creation here fabulous design and gorgeous colour
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  19. Wow! Very elegant card! I love it!
    HOC new DT mate

  20. Gorgeous card love the background paper. NYR, will try and get more HOC cards in challenges this year.
    Margaret M

  21. Ang, you always WOW me with your gorgeous die cut creations! This is no exception! I adore the fun gold mirror card and that fabulous bow with the sparkly center! HUGS and happy new year! :) Mynn xx

  22. Hi Ang, this card is lovely, that due cut focal element is so striking. Had to laugh at the hot tub story. Could just imagine you in goggles and flippers and little else. Have a great day. Bx

  23. Hi Ang. Love this card, the colours are beautiful and what a great bow. Wish you had gone next door in flippers etc : ) (by the way, I never tire of seeing Christmas cards, the more the merrier, no matter what time of year) Take care.

  24. Morning Ang,
    Lovely card, sounds like there was high jinks going, I sat on my tod (hubby in the land of nod) watched the fireworks then to bed, we have both suffering with a very heavy colds and hacking coughs, kindly donated by our daughter.

  25. Hi Ang,
    Happy New year . Your creation is so gorgeous.I'm a fan.

  26. Hi Ang - re the fireworks in bed - I was on me own ............. don't go there missus!! I now feel so let down that you didn't use the garden hose - there would have been some great blogging pics methinks! Love your card by the way (sorry got sidetracked) it is a corker!

    Happy New Year - lots of hugs Sue and the Maestro!

    PS Spot on about March - we are all counting the days.

  27. Hi Ang,
    beautiful card Ang,
    I love the fab design, and your lovely colour choice.
    Sounds like lots of antics been going on while I have been away.
    Thank you for your comment on missing me.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  28. This card is just stunning Ang! WOW, those blues are amazing and I know first hand now, how shimmery those mica powders are, so I know how gorgeous that front panel looks IRL.

    My wish list is starting to get a little out of control now...I think I will have to insist that you stop using new products until I get caught up! lol Busting a gut over your hot tub / wading pool story! Thank goodness we don't have any loud neighbours like that, and good for you - telling them to turn it down!

    Big hugs until next time!

  29. Happy New year to you too Ang. Great interpretation of the challenge, colours do look good as a Christmas card. I love reading your blog you always make me chuckle. Have a good day. Janice xxx

  30. Beautiful card! I love snowflake :)
    Hugs and Happy New Year :)

  31. Such a gorgeous card - so elegant! Happy New Year to you, teamie!

  32. Happy New Year Ang! Beautiful card! I especially Love the pretty bow!

  33. Hi Ang. I just realised that I didn't say thank you for telling me how you make the banners! I would love a pic or two as I think i know how to do it but still struggle! Thanks again. Take care x

  34. Gorgeous card Ang - love the way you have done the ribbon.
    Happy New Year - hope 2015 is a good one for you.
    Debs xx

  35. Hi Ang it's me again LOL!!! asssssssss IF I made the ribbon on my card you liked hahahaha thanks for the compliment but alas no it was bought at my local haberdashers if you would like me to send you some please email me and send me your address hugglesssssss Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  36. Great card Ang, love the layers and texture.
    Lorry:o) xx

  37. WOW! Love this one! Snowflakes are my favourite and the colours are just perfect for them.

  38. I love all the pretty embellishments! This card hs so much terrific color and texture! Really nice!

  39. woooowwwwww Ang
    this is adorable
    I love that bow with that glitter too and that middle of your card so shiny woooww
    and that paper base embossed in bright blue oh woooww all adorable here Ang
    no doubt you get my number 39 comment..your card so stunning Ang...
    hugs, team mate, Monika

  40. Ang, your card is fabulous. Love those Sue Wilson dies. From reading your post, you must be in the UK? I love your sense of humor. Used to live there when hubby was in the military. Hugs, Barbara (new HOC DT member)

  41. I love the different layers and textures and shine!!! Can't believe you tied that bow--goodness, you've got mad skills!

    HOC teamie

  42. Love that fancy bow...makes your card look just like a gift! I too am starting my third term, really a great team! Thanks for being a part of it!

  43. Absolutely stunning card and enjoyed reading your post! Donna DT newbie

  44. Hallo Mrs D. And a happy new year. This is a great card and that bowrosett is gorgeous.

    Take care
    Hugs Ma Dt HoC

  45. Gorgeous card! Wishing you an awesome 2015!
    Crafty hugs,
    Ruza ~ HOC-Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner