Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Language of Flowers 11 & Last One . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope the weather is better with you than it has been here. At the risk of sounding like my Mum, I refuse to say "the garden needed the rain" lol!!!

Met Davey yesterday for a skinny, decaff cappuccino and catch up. He showed me some more photos of his Japanese trip, of the wisteria and cherry blossom. I did warn him about June's husband, should he decide to get one for his garden.
He's off to Georgia in about 3 weeks (so I guess you could say he's got Georgia on his mind, boom boom!!!) and then a cruise to the Fjords a couple of weeks after that . . . . . . . . . I told you he was like Judith Chalmers with a hairy chest!!!

Not seeing much of Nesta at the moment as a very dear friend of hers is very ill in hospital. You always wish there was something you can do or say to make things better but sadly there never is.

Now, here we have the last in the series of samples I made for John. This is another scraper board creation but is actually a card this time (the framed one was just the scraper board mounted with layers of card). I should have added last time and the same goes for this, I gave it a coat of Cosmic Shimmer Clear Matt Finish Glaze for 2 reasons;
1. to protect the surface from further unintentional scratches and 2. to protect the surface from finger prints as it is prone to them marking the board. I have now added this information to the framed sample blog post.

Cream and black card.
Cream card edged with a copper Sharpie to get the copper layer.
Copper scraper board
John Lockwood Lily rubber stamp
John Lockwood sentiment stamps
SB Matting Basics A
Picket Fence Distress InkCosmic Shimmer Clear Matt Finish Glaze. 

For those who weren't quite sure what I used or how, the above is the product I used. You can buy pre-printed ones where you can just scrape the pre-printed picture of a lion or tiger or whatever but I bought blank boards so that I could stamp what I liked on them.
They come in a variety of sizes (I got 5x7) and colours. The top layer is black and you scrape that to reveal the copper or silver, or whatever colour you have chosen, underneath.
Hope that clarifies it.

I really enjoyed using this medium and with 4 boards left, I will be having another go soon. When I do, I shall take some photos of each stage as some of you asked for a tutorial.

After a quiet time in the street, Flash has some competition. 
I was about the close the curtains in the front bedroom the other night on my way to bed, when I noticed Patch, the cat who lives over the road, pawing at her front door. She is a sweetie so I was thinking "Aww, poor thing wants to get in" as the front door opens partially, she puts a paw over the threshold and then legs it back down the path.
I thought this was a bit odd, then the door opened fully and there stood the woman who lives theres new boyfriend, naked as the day he was born. I can only assume that Patch was shocked by the view and that's why she scarpered.
He then tried to entice her with a tidbit (Maureen, don't !!!) but she was having none of it. At that point, a chap walked by with his dog and I don't think he could quite believe what he was seeing but the bloke continued to stand there on display for another few seconds before closing the door.
All I can say is, that must have been a very painful tattoo. (And I was yet again reminded of the jar of pickled walnuts).

I don't know why this road has attracted such a plethora (big word of the day) of exhibitionists. Its a wonder property prices haven't plummeted ............... mind you, maybe that's why they have gone up lol!!!

June, I too have Billy bookcases in my craft room in red. I also have some white Gersbys. Welcome to the MAWTT design team too.
Maureen, I have just discovered the delights of alcohol free lager. Mr D, who is a connosieur of such things turned his tongue up but its quite refreshing with a dash of lemonade. May try the alcohol free wine next.
Jackie, not the result I wanted in the GP but yes, it was indeed a race this time. Looking forward to seeing Jenson Baby in Monaco next (well, Monaco on the telly at least unless we win the lottery this week).

On that note, I shall leave you to your day. Have a good one.

Ang x


  1. Morning Ang, another one of your beautiful creations, love it, and think I need to get some scraperboard and give it a try. A big giggle with this blog post. Pickled walnuts! Take care. Bx

  2. Omg what picture I have in mind now lol that poor man walking the dog .....a great card and thanks for the explanation Ang it was what I thought it was and I am sure I will try it at some point xx

  3. Wonderful make Ang, I did see this and thought it was Gilding flakes, cant wait for tutorial. Keep Well. xxxx

  4. Morning Ang,
    Love your work of art. Plenty to make me smile this morning, an interesting road you live in.

  5. Hi Ang
    Lovely card , thanks for the pic of the product , you do get a lot of excitement in your area please don't let it start your heart racing.
    Hope you have a good week .
    Take care
    Elaine H X

  6. Hi Ang, great card, looking forward to your tutorial on this. Ang. I really love your blog as you always make me laugh - a great start to any day. Keep smiling and Keep Well!!

  7. Oh Ang !!! I was about to put that I would love to come up and see where you live.....but on second thoughts maybe not LOL !! Now that you've shown the product that you used to do this card, I understand what you mean. Thanks for that. Janice x

  8. Hi Ang

    Again I'm creased with today's post!

    First things first though, Mr F asked me to tell you that "his wisteria is starting to come out" but I reckon it's not a patch, nor a pickled walnut, lol, like your wisteria or Davey's should he decided to get more!

    I love this card and how you've created it. I have the exact blank boards left over from when we had our little sugarcraft and cardcraft shop.... we could also be cheaper than eBay. I will apologise now if I have over stepped the mark by mentioning the stock Ang

    There does seem to be a lot of exhibitionists on that particular street of yours and I love reading your exceptional funny comments about what you see

    Finally, thank you for my warm welcome to MAWTT Design Team and now I'm off to Google Gersbys

    Take care

    June x

  9. Stunning card ad usual. Thanks for sharing about your neighbour, made me giggle! Cara x

  10. Having just read your post I am sitting here with a huge smile as I try to imagine the scene you were presented with!
    A lovely card - I've never used scraper board but will perhaps have a go now.

    Anne (Northampton)

  11. Hello Ang,
    Beautiful offering today - as usual. It's gorgeous.
    I'm moving to your street, I've decided as I used to enjoy Chuck Berry singing "My Dingaling" it would fit in nicely for your neighbour's new boyfriend. The exhibitionist - it just shows what good sense that cat has. Now I know why you have a dodgy ticker and often get palpitations. I just wish there was such a good reason for mine ha ha.
    love - as usual - Maureen xxx

  12. Thank you for explaining the scraper board technique. I have not heard of this before seeing your card on John's show. Your neighborhood has me shaking my head in disbelief. Is there not a nudist camp somewhere in another country these exhibitionists could go to instead of changing the landscape in your area? Take card my friend!

  13. Hi Ang! I love the use of the scratch board for this card! We used to make our own scratch board in art class. We just used white board and coated it with India ink. I wonder if it would work with metallic cardstock? I'll have to give it a try. Have a great day!

  14. I just love this technique and cannot wait to get back in my craft room to have a go I don't do a lot of stamping so might try a different way of transferring an image (or I might just have to treat myself to a new set of stamps!) Thanks for the tip on protecting the board once done
    The antics in your street sound hilarious and you're right that's probably why your house prices are going up

  15. Brilliant technique. Ang. Thank you.

  16. So very attractive Ang!!
    Sandy xx

  17. Hi Ang,
    very beautiful and stunning work.
    This would look so good in a frame on a wall too.
    Oh you do have some fun in your street.
    Never a dull moment.
    My I am not surprised that cat wasn't going indoors.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yous. Jenny L.

  18. Wow Ang, this is so gorgeous! I've always wanted to try one of those engraving kits but there never seems to be enough time. Your flower image is stunning and the gold on black is breathtaking! Sorry to hear Nesta has a sick friend, it's hard to know how to be there for someone in a situation like that. Hope her friend gets to feeling better. I don't blame Patch for hightailing it, I wouldn't want to see a naked dude at the front door either!! haha! sending hugs :)



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