Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Triple Snowflakes. . . . . . . .


Good morning Campers, Hi De Hi !!! Hope you are all well.

The website is keeping me busy and I've had 2 hospital appointments this week already so apologies if I have slipped with my blog visits again, I will try and catch up over the next couple of days.

Welcome to Lorraine, and thank you for clicking "follow".

Now, I finally managed to get a play with John's new Snowflake Circle embossing folder.........its been frustrating being surrounded by all of these super crafty goodies but not having the time to play.
I have done a little "How I did this" pictorial after the ingredients. Sorry if its the Granny sucking eggs scenario.


Ingredients
White, aqua, silver and blue mirror card
John Next Door Snowflake Circle embossing folder
Crafts Too Snowflake die
Smallest die from a set available on my website
Presscut Circle die
CE Polished Silk Glitter 
Silver gem
Teeny blue bling
Double sided adhesive sheet
NEW John Next Door Embossing Folder - Snowflake Circle 6




These three items are currently available on my website.....click on the link on the sidebar to have a look.

I wanted to cut out the circle before embossing as I didn't want to then flatten the embossing by putting it through the GC...............how to get the circle in the right spot???


I placed some low tack tape onto the die on the non cutting side and placed this on the embossing folder over the centre circle, tape side up.


I then popped by card blank on top and pressed down to pick up the die.


This sites the die in the precise spot to cut out the circle.


I was going to use the silver snowflake I cut out in the aperture but the waste looked very interesting so I placed it behind the aperture, and held it with low tack tape from the front. I then stuck double sided adhesive to a sheet of card, cut to the size of my card and stuck this to the back of the aperture, on top of the silver piece. This held the silver piece in place.


I then cut another snowflake from aqua card and stuck it in the aperture. I then filled the gaps with the polished silk glitter.
Small snowflake and silver gem added to the top and job done!!!


There's another card for the Christmas box, although its still looking pretty meagre lol!!!

Thanks for stopping by and glad to hear that folks have been satisfied with their deliveries so far.
Some new stock will be added in the next couple of days.

See you soon.

TTFN
Ang x









Sunday, 17 September 2017

Roses For Rosie. . . . . . . .And Orchids For Me


Good morning everyone. Hope you are fit and well and keeping warm now that the temperature has dropped.
The thicker duvet has made an appearance but I'm still resisting putting the heating on.

Welcome to Maxine who has clicked "follow". Thank you very much.

Its been a busy old week at The Pond. Thank you everyone again for visiting the website and hope you are enjoying playing with your goodies.
There had been a couple of problems for folk trying to order using iPads (something technical to do with their settings) but that should be resolved now.

Now, today's card was made for our next door neighbours daughter a few weeks ago. This wasn't the nice neighbours who moved up the road but the other side. The little girl is a sweetie though.
Rosie had run up to me in the street and declared "Its my birthday tomorrow" all excited as she was having a bouncy castle so I thought, bless her, I'll make her a card.


Ingredients
White and pink card
First Edition Floral Pavilion 8x8 paper pad
Presscut Circle dies
Memory Box Alphabet dies
CE Stitched Bunting Numbers stamp
Pink satin ribbon
Crystal Jelly Tot (Well, that's what they look like to me lol!!! Can you still get them?)
Pearlage


I like cutting the letters into the topper. Glad to say that Rosie loved it. The bouncy castle was also a success and thankfully did not resemble the one on Phoenix Nights (If you have ever seen it, you'll know what I mean lol!!!)

I am also sharing some pictures of a beautiful gift that I received from Barbara D a couple of months ago (Barbara did also send some of the famous pate too with John but as it had alcohol in it, I couldn't have it, much to John's glee),
I have asked Barbara's permission to show it and it is amazing.

They are handmade miniature paper orchids (I took the lid off the display box to photograph them).


They are so incredibly tiny and delicate and Barbara must have great eyesight and a steady hand.

To give a sense of scale, here they are pictured next to my finger and I have small hands!!!

Thank you again Barbara. They proudly sit on display on the desk in my craft room.

Its live F1 GP from Singapore today so I am a happy girl (and even happier that Hamilton is starting from 5th).

Whatever you are doing today, have a good one!!!

TTFN
Ang x





Thursday, 14 September 2017

MAWTT Challenge 54. . . . . . . . . .


Good morning all you lovely folk. How are you?

More busy days here at The Pond with a hospital appointment and afternoon tea with Nesta. We had bought this as part of Nesta's birthday present but as her Dad has been very unwell, this is the first opportunity we have had to go out.
A lovely day out and a lovely tea.
Glad to here that many of you received your Pond Packages straightaway. Bravo Royal Mail for a change lol!!!

Now today, we have my DT card for MAWTT and the theme for this challenge is. . . . . .

A sentiment as the focal point - no images allowed.

This theme has been chosen by the lovely Christine (Nursey Harrop) who has been known to like a quote or sentiment or two.




Ingredients
White and purple card
SB 2012 Holiday Tree
Kaisercraft Holiday Love stamp (available on my website)
Sequins and teeny gems
Memento Dew Drop Grape Jelly ink




I love this stamp as the sentiment is so true.

Hope you can pop over to MAWTT to see what the rest of the girls have come up with to inspire you and it would be great if you can enter the challenge.

Have a great day and see you soon.

TTFN
Ang x

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Butterfly Corners and Workshop With John News. . . . . . . . .


Good morning everybody. Hope you are all well.

Its been a busy couple of days here at The Pond with the first orders coming through to the website and all the packing.
You can probably imagine how popular I was with the fella who came and stood behind me as I plonked my bagful of parcels on the desk......... with one cashier on duty lol!!!
Thank you to everyone who has popped by the website and thank you to Sandra K and Jean for joining my merry band of followers.

Now, today's card is one of the favourites I made for John's samples. I know its simple but it appealed to me.


Ingredients
Cream and purple card
John Next Door Butterfly Corners stamps (available on my website)
SW Twinkle Edger die
SB Classic Diamond dies
Memento Dew Drop inks in Sweet Plum, Grape Jelly and Lulu Lilac
Teeny bling


I liked this edger die as, although its part of the festive range, it doesn't scream (or even shout slightly) of Christmas.

I have workshop news. 
Following the success of the Ansty workshop last week, John and I have decided to run another one at the end of next month as I know some people couldn't make last weeks'.
Here are the details. . . . . . . 


Spaces tend to get booked very quickly so if you would like to come, please contact me on the email address shown on the poster.

I shall be back on Thursday with my DT card for MAWTT so hopefully see you then.

Be good.

TTFN
Ang x








Sunday, 10 September 2017

Special Scottish Friends. . . . . . . . .


Good morning one and all. Hope you're all ok.

Thank you so much for all your wonderful good wishes and for those of you who have kindly become customers at theducksdoodahs.com....... Your orders are in packages ready to go in the post Monday morning, one with a signed photo as requested lol!!! 
Lynda, I do accept PayPal on the website.

Yvonne, you don't get rid of me that easily. I shall still be blogging my creations and ramblings, even though it may be from a sun lounger in Penang in 6 months time when I have made a million hahaha!!! 

Our Mr Lockwood is on Hochanda today at 8am and 12pm and will be featuring his fabulous new embossing folders and some beautiful dies. All of the embossing folders are available on my website and also most of the dies John will be showcasing. They will be as bundles on the show, I believe, but I am selling them all individually.

Now, today I am showing a card that was given to some very special friends. I had made it as a sample for John's last shows with someone in mind. Maybe you can guess it was for a Scottish chum with tartan embossed tartan paper and the thistle stamp lol!!!


Ingredients
Cream, green and black card
Tartan paper from First Edition A Christmas Story 8 x 8 pad
SB Art DecoTags dies
John Next Door Butterfly Frames stamp
Presscut Rectangle dies



The lovely Kate (Cuilliesocks) came down to Coventry with equally lovely hubby Alistair for a few days and it was fantastic to see her again. I gave this card to them as a thank you for coming to see us. I did have to add an "s" to Friend as I wouldn't miss out Alistair.
I was really touched (well, most of you knew that eh?....... thought I'd say it before Maureen lol!!!) that they came all that way to see us.

Monday was a catch up and a meal out at a local pub after their 9.5 hour train journey (yes, that was 9.5 hours bless em)

We met up with Nursey Harrop and John for lunch on Tuesday after Kate and Alistair visited our local Art Gallery and Museum and the old cathedral. A lovely time was had by all (and lovely food too).


That's Mr D's arm in shot next to Kate but he was muttering about having his photo taken and pulled a face, so I have cropped him out. As I was taking the photo (on my phone so sorry about quality) I'm not on it either but I have a feeling Kate will be showing snaps on her blog so that's my Duck Protection Programme compromised lol!!!

We went to The Range in the afternoon as Kate does not have one near to her and then back to The Pond for a light buffet tea and blether, as Kate would put it.

Wednesday was a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Hatton Country World followed by a cuppa at Chateau Canard and another lovely meal out.

Thursday was a breakfast meet up and then on to the station for Kate and Alistair to go home. It was a busy few days that did take it out of me but we had such a wonderful time, it was worth it.
Good food and the company of good friends. . . . . . fantastic!!!

Well, that's me for now. Hope you enjoy John's shows and remember your friendly neighbourhood Duck has stock lol!!!

TTFN
Ang x





Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Ducks Doodahs Goes Large. . . . . . . . . 2pm Today

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

Sorry that I have been absent from Blogland but the workshop, website and having fun with a visiting Kate and Alistair (Cuilliesocks and Milk Tray Man) have taken my time for the past week.,,,,, more on that on another blog post.
I am exhausted but its been wonderful.

Welcome to Tex and Sandra who have kindly pressed "follow". I did meet the lovely Sandra at last weeks workshop.

Now, today is the day that The Ducks Doodahs  (www.theducksdoodahs.com) goes live finally. I'm either brave or daft and I know that there is a fine line between the two lol!!!

Here are a few of the goodies on offer. . . . . . . 


Yes, those are John's new embossing folders. He will be featuring them on his Hochanda show on Sunday.

The virtual ribbon cutting will take place at 2pm UK time today. Hope you can pop along and take a look. I'm starting small and building up.
Hopefully all will go smoothly with it, as some of the elements have to be live to test them, like the payment gateway. Please bear with me if it does blow up lol!!!

Have a great weekend folks and thank you for your encouraging comments.

TTFN
Ang x


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Flower Circle & Sneak Peek. . . . . . . . .


Good morning blogging chums. Hope you are well.

Sorry its been a few days but I've been busy sorting stock out and loading it onto the website and also getting sorted for yesterday's workshop with John as I was in charge of the buffet.

The workshop went fantastically well and it was lovely to see some familiar faces and to meet some new ladies too. Everyone was lovely and it was a great atmosphere, so thank you to those of you that came along.
There will be another one in October so details will follow later this week.

Now, its back to John's stamps and this fantastic wreath.


Ingredients
White card
Green pearlised card (Lime Tree)
John Next Door Flower Circle stamp
John Next Door Butterfly Corners stamp (sentiment)
Presscut Squares and circles dies
Memento Dew Drops in greens, lilacs and dark pinks


I stamped the green layer to give the impression of leaves.
Such a quick and easy card but sometimes, simple is good (that's what I keep telling Mr D lol!!!).

And, now a sneak peek of what's coming on the website.............



These are just some of the lovely items I have bought for the web store, with more stock coming this week.

Hoping to go live during this coming week but have to get the red carpet cleaned as Kate (cuilliesocks) and Milk Tray Man are coming south for a visit to Coventry for a few days from tomorrow. I've had to make room for the gin supplies and a hookah.......that's a pipe and not an interactive gift for Alistair lol!!!
Really looking forward to it as I haven't seen Kate for a couple of years. Have some activities planned, including meeting up with Nursey Harrop and Mr Lockwood for lunch on Tuesday. With everything going on, I may not get time to visit your blogs but wlll catch up asap.

Well, scheduling this so its time for bed now as its been a long but very enjoyable day.

Italian GP today but only highlights so will spend the afternoon avoiding the news so I don't see the result.

Have a good Sunday.
TTFN
Ang x











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