Monday, 21 August 2017

More From Next Door. . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all enjoying the odd snippets of sunshine we have had.

I have been busy with computer things and getting out and about with friends too.

A warm welcome to Angela, who has kindly clicked the "follow" button.....very much appreciated.

Thank you for your kind comments on my buddlejas (said the actress to the bishop.....).
I should explain that I am on The MAWTT design team so when I post about their challenges, its as a DT member, not as an entrant to the challenges. However, its very kind of you to think I would be in with a chance of winning, if I were.
Karen, I don't think its a petal pairs punch I used as I have a couple of those and they are bigger.

Now today, I'm back to the samples I made for John's first release of JND stamps.

Cream, purple and lilac card
John Next Door Spring Flowers stamps
John Next Door Autumn Flowers stamps
SB Carnation Creations dies
SW Trailing Ivy dies
Memento Dew drop inks (Grape Jelly, and Sweet Plum)

This is a stepped triple stamping card. I stamped the bottom of the cream layer, chopped the bottom into 2 equal strips and mounted them on to purple card.
I then layered them up with foam pads, 2 deep on the bottom strip, then stepping down to 1 deep on the next strip. . . . . . . hope that makes sense?

Methinks its another busy week ahead with bits and bobs and back at the doctors. He's now picked up a Vit B12 deficiency so I'm on that and Folic Acid now too. Thank goodness we don't have to have an MOT certificate to go out and about or I would have failure stickers on my bumpers (oooh, errrr Mrs!!!).

Hopefully see you back here in a couple of days.

Have a great week.

Ang x

Thursday, 17 August 2017

MAWTT Challenge 52. . . . . .

Good morning guys and gals. Hope all is well with you.

I'm back today with a card for MAWTT  and this challenge, chosen by Diane Louise is.........
Things beginning with the letter B

So hope you can pop over to the challenge and see what the rest of the gals have come up with and, why not have a bit of fun and enter yourself.

Now, not being one to do things in half measures, I went for 3 Bs.........Buddlejas, Butterflies and Blue.

White, navy, purple and green card
Lilac paper
John Next Door butterfly stamps
Crafters Companion sentiment
SB Carnation Creation dies (leaves)
Tonic flower punch (punched many, many times lol!!!)
Tumbled Glass Distress ink
Grape Jelly and Lulu Lavender Memento Dew Drop inks
Yellow felt tip

I haven't done one of these cards for a long time so I thought that punch was due another workout.

That's me for now as its been a busy week at The Pond.

Don't for get check out the rest of the DT's inspiration over at MAWTT.

Ang x

John Lockwood Workshop......Two More Spaces

Good morning all.

Just to let you all know, there are now two full day spaces available for John's workshop at Ansty near Coventry.

Please contact me on the above email if you are interested in a day of fun, food and Jelly Babies!!!

Pop Up shop also available.

Back at 9am with MAWTT Challenge card so please come back later.

Ang x

Monday, 14 August 2017

John Next Door Butterfly Frames. . . . . . . . . . . .

Good morning friends, Romans, crafters ........ lend me your beers ears.
Hope you had a lovely weekend, sunshine, hurrah!!!

I thought I'd give you all a couple of days rest and myself time to make friends with Windows !0. We have passed the first date stage but no kissing as yet.
Its a strange beast that will take some getting used too but I thought the same about Mr D at first and now, I quite like him lol!!!

Apologies Myra if I worried you being awol.
Welcome Lisa, thank you for your comment.

Now, I'm back with another of John's show samples. This one did get an airing and is such an quick and easy card, especially for batch making or if you want a nice set of note cards.

White and rich plum card
John Next Door Butterfly Frames stamps
Presscut Square dies
Sissix Heart die
Memento Dew Drop inks 

I did the dib dab technique with the points of the ink pads again, stamping the heart element 3 times and the flowers a couple of times with a lighter colour than the first stamping. Butterflies added for good measure.
The card is fractionally under 6x6......... I always make them a little under as sometimes envelopes are a bit under too and its a bu@@£r when you make a card, only for it not to fit the envelope.

Busy week ahead. Seeing Mr L at some point and a rather late Spring clean. Now I'm feeling up to it, I want to get stuck in. I won't go daft though, I shall pace myself.

And now, for something completely different. Freshly picked from the can't beat it eh? Next time........... the cucumber...........steady ladies, steady lol!!!

Hope that this week treats you kindly and dryly, see you all soon.

Ang x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

John Next Door Continues. . . . . . . .

Good morning blogging chums. Hope that all is hunkydory with you.

Its Day 3 of the John Next Door Fest and as the weather has bounced between Sun and persisting down, what better than a rainbow to brighten proceedings.

Now, this one did get a moment in the spotlight but I did wonder if the raindrop mask was a step too it too much?

8 x 8 white card blank (Anna-Marie Designs)
White card
Multi colours of Lidl card
John Next Door Flower Circle stamp set (sentiment)
John Next Door Quattro Drops mask
Crafters Companion Rain embossing folder
Presscut Circle dies
Memento Dew Drop Bahama Blue and Summer Sky ink
Teeny blue bling

I may be back tomorrow with part 4. It depends on if the new laptop has decided to stop updating Windows today.
6 bloomin hours it was doing it yesterday. My head was throbbing with setting things up on there for another update to start installing and re-setting what I had done........arrrrrgh!!!
On the upside, did manage to set it up as a local user rather than giving Microsoft carte blanche to snoop.
Will gradually start shifting documents etc over and all my photos (about 5GB just photos lol!!!)

That's me for today.........maybe see you again tomorrow if I haven't been carted off in a straight jacket!!!

Ang x

I would also like to enter this card in the JUGs challenge below. . . . . . .(it stands for Just Us Girls in case anyone thinks its something rude lol!!!)

 Just Us Girls Challenge

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dib Dab Thistle. . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are well.

Also hope you managed to catch John's shows yesterday. I think he will be trying to get that ink off his hands for weeks lol!!!

Now this card was at the back so I thought I would show it today as it was one of my favourite makes.

Cream, lilac and green card
Embossilicious Falling Leaves embossing folder
Presscut Oval die
John Next Door Butterfly Frames stamps
John Next Door Butterfly Corners stamps (sentiment)
Memento Dew drop inks 

Now in the title, I mentioned "Dib dab". This is a technique I use to colour stamps by basically, "dibbing" and "dabbing" the pointed end of Memento Dew Drop ink pads to colour different areas of a stamp all in one go. This is just using a stamping block not a stamping press. Its easier on stamps with bigger images and you do need a steady hand (so lay off the milky coffee Maureen).

I shall be back again tomorrow (Cara, get ready with that shovel again, lol!!!) so be good.

Ang x

PS........picking up new laptop today. Wish me luck with Windows 10 or I shall have a very expensive frisbee lol!!!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

John Next Door 2nd Launch. . . . . .Slate Heart

Good morning everyone. Hope all is ok with you and yours.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my cards made with John's 1st launch John Next Door products. Today, at 7am on Hochanda, John is launching his second release of products, including stamps and masks.

Now, you know I like to be different and when I saw this slate heart in Poundland, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. It is heat embossed in white.
For anyone who hasn't stamped or heat embossed slate before, I will give you a couple of tips.
Choose the flattest slate you can get for even stamping. 
You will still need to anti static it before stamping too.
Slate obviously behaves differently to paper. You heat from the top but it takes quite some time for the powder to do its thing, as that patch of slate needs to get quite hot for it to melt so be very careful where you hold it. As it also then takes a good while to set as the slate stays hot for a while, I find it easier to do it in stages, rather than all in one go. Let the slate cool in between.

Hanging slate from Poundland
John Next Door Summer Flowers stamps
John Next Door Spring Flowers stamps
John Next Door Butterfly Frames 
John Next Door Flower Circle stamp (sentiment)
Stampendous white embossing powder

Hope you manage to catch some of John's shows today. I promised him that I would surface from my warm nest to watch the 7am show (if ever there was a time I needed caffeine lol!!!).
He did ask if I wanted to go with him to help set up again but with the prospect of a 4am start, I graciously declined.

Back again tomorrow with another show sample.

Ang x

Ps.......Haemoglobin now back in the normal range, hurrah! Finally, a good test result lol!!!


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