Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Last of the Christmas Sparkle. . . . . . . . .

Good morning lovely bloggy folk. Hope you're all well but if not, I send best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

My last day off before working straight through to Saturday, then Sunday and Monday (I can see Kate and Maureen folding their arms as I type)............. .............Well, I just have to accept, in life, sometimes you're the dog and sometimes you're the lamp post lol!!!

Welcome to Karen and Ginny. Lovely to have you aboard girls and I hope you can visit often.

Before I forget, Maria, the flower border on my last card is a Hobbycraft border punch and Wendy (Yorkshire Butterfly) the flower and leaf dies are Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster.

Now, I'm fairly sure that this is the last of my Christmas cards from this last Christmas. This one went to our next door neighbours.

Cream card
Red card
CE Frosty Swirls embossing folder
SW Christmas Tree Greetings die
SB Grand Ovals dies
Red funky foam
Red glitter
Teeny red bling

Same as the previous Christmas card, I have cut the Christmas Tree die out of funky foam a couple of times to add depth without having to struggle with teeny bits of foam pad. Plus, I think it adds a more solid depth, if that makes sense.
Once again, I covered the top layer in glue and dunked it (sorry, no biscuits involved again  Elaine) in red glitter.
Simple but stylish, I hope, and very good for batch making.

Better late than never, here's a snap of my NEC purchases last month.........................

Very restrained, wouldn't you say? In fact, I think I spent more on the ticket, *parking and my lunch hahaha!!!
The Justrite background stamps were the big bargain at £2.50 each in Samuel Taylors bargain bin. Not something I was hankering after but at that price, it would have been rude not to.
The floral strip along the bottom, held down with the scissors and quilling tool is actually ribbon.
I saw it on a card on the Mei Flower stall and thought it was a die cut border but then discovered its ribbon. Its going to be a beggar to glue down, no doubt, but I couldn't resist it.

Sorry, that's as exciting as my purchases got. The highlight was my thrice yearly catch up with Mrs H (Christine).
Looks like everyone had a good time at Ally Pally so I'm sorry to have missed a catch up with Karenlotty and meeting some more of you lovely gals.
Val, Wendywoo will have many a tale to tell you when she gets home and John said she was a star.

Anyhoo, this won't get the lady a baby as my dear Mum used to say, so I shall bid you adieu until Thursday when I'm back with my latest MAWTT DT card.
Hope you can join me then.

Ang x

Ps.........yes Kate, I know I'm working too hard but until you agree to minimum wage and my own room, I'm not becoming Teallach's groomer lol!!!


  1. Hi Ang
    A lovely Christmas card, great dunking on the tree i might add { who needs biscuits anyway ? }.
    Think you did well with your purchases Ang beautiful ribbon and the justrite stamps a real bargain ,{ i love a good bargain i do } looking forward to seeing what you do with all these lovely goodies.
    Take care Chuck.
    Elaine H X

  2. Morning Ang
    Those stamps were a bargain!!
    A lovely card I like the way the foam has given dimension.
    Have a good week even though your working.
    Just think of me treapsing into London on Wednesday for a course it will be a long day xxx

  3. Morning Ang. Really striking card which you'd certainly notice on the mantle piece. You were restrained in your purchases. I love Samuel Taylor's stall and always spend loads there.

  4. The foam really does give the die dimension. I have did it with one card last year but I will be definitely making more like it. The glitter looks great. You can't have a Christmas card without glitter- it's against the law!! I'm sure some spray glue will fasten that gorgeous ribbon down beautifully. Hugs Christine xx

  5. Hi Ang, love the idea of the layering of the foam, must give it a go soon. Your work/life balance is a bit one sided towards work.....but as you say that's life.... Not a lot you can do about it for now. Have a good week at work. Janice xx http://Createdbyjan.blogspot.com

  6. Hi Ang just love that Christmas card definitely one for my memory book. As you say great for batch making. Your NEC purchases included some bargains! Background stamps for £2.50. As you say would have been rude to have left them to be packed up and taken back to the warehouse. Absolutely pouring with rain here this morning and I'm off to get my hair chopped in a while. Typical. Have a good week love from Jackie xx

  7. Nice card, perfect Christmas colours and great for batch making, could you ask for anything more?
    We had a great time at Ally Pally and my best buy was a little pot of CE dries clear glue, just the size of nail polish and refillable too, all for £2. Magic! That'll stick your ribbon down, Ang.
    We could see the TV peeps doing their thing, we didn't want to TV bomb them as we hadn't finished shopping, just in case we got chucked out! We spent time and money on the Honeydoo Stamps and had a fab rummage in the odds and ends bins on the CE stand at the back, great bargains. See you in September, Ally Pally.
    Waves to Christine above, my teamie on Stitchy Bear!

  8. Gorgeous card Ang! Love the 3D tree you created, so fun and festive! So sometimes the lamppost, sometimes the dog...how about the squirrel?? teehee. have a good week. hugs :)

  9. Beautiful - I do love Christmas Cards that are just red and white and I love the embossed background. Ang, I have no idea what brand CE is would love to have that folder.
    Love your lamppost joke -- never heard it before. You Brits are so funny.
    sandy xx

  10. Love the clean lines of this card. Try not to work to hard! Cara x

  11. Hi Ang,

    Gorgeous card, love the colour.

    My you did restrain yourself from goodies but love those background stamps, a real bargain.

    Hope they are not taking advantage of you at your work place, you seem to be doing a lot of hours lol! If its anything like our place they expect more & more for less money!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  12. Hi Ang, another lovely card, the red and white together is brilliant and I do like the die cut our in the foam, gives super dimension.
    You would have to catch Teallach to groom him, he hates it.
    You take care, Kate x

  13. Hello Ang, Great card, lovely embossing folder and super Christmas colours. It'll be time to put the decorations up again before you know it!!!!
    Now you are far too old to be working the hours that you are doing. It's time you put your feet up and wrapped that shawl around your shoulders ha ha.
    Don't work too hard and make sure you finish on time.
    Maureen xxx

  14. I've never used funky foam - what a great idea.

    Anne (Northampton)

  15. I was sorry to have missed you too on Saturday Perhaps we'll get to catch up in September ... I had a brilliant day Spent quite a bit but was all on stuff that I needed - honest! But then that's why we work isn't it? To feed our crafting habits I managed to say Hello to Wendy and had a little chat with John CE's stall was swamped All of them were so, so busy They definitely earned their crusts

  16. Lovely card I think I need to add funky foam to my stash

  17. So glad I am not the only one posting last years Christmas cards.
    Lovely card but I don't think I would be game enough to cut out the foam. Would hate to injure my E Bosser. Hope your weather is warming up send any spare rain in this direction it is soooo dry here. Beautiful Autumn days really but we do need that rain.
    Margaret M

  18. Hi Ang,
    playing catch up with my comments as usual.
    Great Christmas card, and such a very lovely design.
    I love Red and White Christmas designs.
    Wonderful embossing also, and it looks very wintery.
    Your purchases for the NEC look wonderful.
    My those stamps were a bargain.
    Good luck with sticking that ribbon chuck. LOL.
    What no blonde cakey thingy this year.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  19. Hi Ang, great Christmas Card, would not have thought of using Funky Foam, must give it a try. Think the grand children would like to have a go with that. Thank-you for the information re the flowers on your last post. Love the ribbon, don't think I would have been able to resist it either.