Friday, 15 December 2017

The Purple Box. . . . . . .

Good morning folks. Hope that you are well and that you are not snowed in anywhere.

We had a good dumping of the white stuff but its all gone now bar a couple of slushy chunks.

Now, this is the purple box that seemed a popular sample I made for John's die shows. There are a few photos of this but it was made pretty much as John thought and quickly demoed.

I made the two halves of the sandwich box but only half the depth (you just cut the side panel in half lengthwise).
I then slid the two halves together and glued them together.

Then I made the slide in lid as you would a normal box but with an open bottom (oooh errr Mrs!!!) and acetate top.
The cards drop into this and then this slides into the base, as per next photo.........

I thought this would make a nice box for those who give sets of cards as gifts but John also mentioned it would make a posh box for a wedding invite.

All elements were from the Sandwich Box die set.

Thank you for your comments on the cards that were in the box. 

Jackie, I can promise you that I am taking things steady and there is no "humping" going on (don't go there folks!!!) and I am enjoying doing my bit again.
Thanks for calling me "classy" Wendy. I have been called many things but classy is a new one lol!!!
Maureen, hope that George is better. I'm sure that you mopping his fevered brow and waiting on him hand and foot will hasten his recovery, although the earache he is probably now suffering from, may take a little longer to clear up lol!!!

I did manage to meet up with Nesta on Monday and also yesterday. She is getting there, bless her.
Lunching with Mr L today and our friend Pauline (who made the lovely samples for John's shows yesterday) at a yummy Indian restaurant.

Still haven't made Mr D's birthday card with a couple of days left to go.........I have an idea, just needs to be put to card, and quickly. I may have to do a Maureen and dig out last years as I would bet good money he wouldn't remember it lol!!!

On that note, I may have a tinker now so I will say tarrah and see you soon.

Ang x

Monday, 11 December 2017

Triple Purple. . . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are not buried under several inches of snow. Its been quite bad in the Midlands and I could have done with Sherpa Tensing's assistance to get to the bird table.

Have had a few internet issues too but before the snow so it may be time to dig out the spare router.

Now, here are the 3 cards that were in the purple and gold sample box on John's shows. The box will be on the next blog post.
All were made using the dies from all the die sets and the sentiments stamp set.

Purple and gold mirror card
John Next Door Sandwich Box dies
John Next Door Opera Box dies
John Next Door Mini Tags dies
John Next Door Star Flowers dies
John Next Door Sentiment stamps

I'm still trying to get all of my Christmas cards done. I don't think I have been quite this last minute before.
I have started volunteering again at the first charity shop I worked at. Just a couple of hours per week, nothing strenuous and nice to see my old chums again.
Mr D's birthday is this week too...........and still have to make his birthday card.
Then there is the Christmas food shop, presents, another hospital appointment and not enough days to do it all in.

The website has kept me busy too, thank you, though Kate, I think the nearest I will get to offshore banking is using a cash point on the Isle of Wight lol!!!

Hopefully, snow allowing, I should be seeing Nesta for lunch today. she is still up and down and missing her Dad. 

That's all for today folks. Hope your festive plans are more organised than mine are.

Ang x

Thursday, 7 December 2017

MAWTT Challenge 60. . . . . . . . .and the Mystery of the Missing Photos

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new challenge over at MAWTT.

This challenge is hosted by Jackie and the theme is,

The poem is over at MAWTT and you can feature anything from the poem on your card.
Mine features St Nick and the 8 reindeer. Hope you can pop over and enter the challenge.

Now, there is a tale (isn't there always with me lol!!!) about this post.

I had scheduled the post to go live this morning, in line with the challenge blog and had a check before heading out the door to my volunteer work (another story...............) only to find my photos of the card were missing from my blog!
I had a quick shufty through my photo files and could I find the bloomin photos, could I eck!
I had to cancel the blog post to tinker with when I got home.

Well, I'm home and the darned photos have gone AWOL from my laptop. I have checked through every file and nowt!
The card has already been posted so I couldn't re-photograph it.
Fortunately, I had uploaded one of the photos to the challenge blog so that's what you have at the top of the page.................and that's it, one solitary photo lol!!!

Card and image are Hunkydory, cut with SB Labels 20 with a splash of red mirror card and silver and red ribbon.

Hopefully, that's today's only mishap...........


Monday, 4 December 2017

Birthday Banner. . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Here's hoping you're all well and as happy as possible.

Welcome to Jennifer and Melody. Thank you for pressing "follow". Much appreciated and hope you can visit often.

Sorry I've been missing for a few days but apart from being busy with order packing and blood tests, a Windows 10 update gave me some issues with gmail and blogger, which wasn't helped with our router playing silly beggars too, disrupting our internet access.

Well, didn't he do well, Sir John? Cracking debut dies and sellouts as usual. So exciting.for him.
I always hope that my samples do his products justice as I appreciate the faith that he puts in me, when handing over his "babies" (Not the Jelly variety, its rare he shares those lol!!!)

Now, this is a card sample I made but I don't think it got shown as the concentration seemed to be on the boxes.

White, pink and black card
John Next Door Mini Tags Dies 
John Next Door Star Stream embossing folder
John Next Door Autumn Flowers stamps ("Birthday")
Pink funky foam
Black cord
Spun Sugar DI
Pink teeny bling

I backed each piece of funky foam with double sided sticky sheet before cutting each letter so it was easier to stick each letter to the tag rather than faff with glue.
The Star Stream embossing folder extends beautifully, without leaving a line.

Hope you enjoyed John's shows and many thanks to those of you who have shopped at is a solitary Jelly Baby Sam left on the shelf.

Before I tootle off, I am concerned that the WPF (Wisty Popular Front) are trying to involve Santa in their shananigans (Wendy, I expected that leading astray behaviour from Mrs Killen not you) which could scar the children of the World forever, if his focus is not fully on his annual task. Do you all want that responsibility on your shoulders??? you want mince pies on your hands???
And as for trying to recruit Jayne, she's a fine upstanding citizen who wouldn't involve herself in such insalubrious activity (and she will have physio appointments).

Well that's me for now. An exciting afternoon ahead at the hospital for blood and other liquid tests..........I can only hope my hand is steady and my aim is good.

Ang x

Ps......Keep any eye on mine and John's blog side bars for details of the next Ansty Workshop.
Also, John's new sentiment stamps, Star Flower and Leaves dies are currently sold out at the suppliers but I have a few sets left on my website if anyone was after them.x

melody and Jennifer

Thursday, 30 November 2017

John Does Dies. . . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you're all excited about John's latest range............John Next Door now has dies!!!
I was going to title the post "John Next Door Dies" but thought it would cause public upset and out pourings of grief.

Before I get all excited, I would like to welcome Janine and Marleine to the blog. Thank you for pressing the "follow" button (hopefully not thinking it was the eject button lol!!!)

Now, I was thrilled as usual to be asked to do some samples for John and enjoyed having a play with these. The Sandwich Box is John's most viewed blog post so hopefully the die will prove as popular.

Platinum card
John Next Door Sandwich Box Dies
Marianne Snowflake dies
Double sided sticky sheet
Irridescent and silver glitter
Silver satin ribbon

Hope that you can all watch John's shows today on Hochanda at 8am, 12 and 4pm when he will go into the finer points of how to create these stylish boxes.

I am stocking some of John's new products on the website and they will go live on the website after 8am. 
Anyone subscribed to my website will also receive a newsletter after 8am with details too.

That's me for now folks as I have some website work to do in preparation.

Hope you enjoy the shows.

Ang x

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Floral Spray. . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all doing fine?

Welcome to Jan Cook who has kindly pressed "follow". Thank you for joining our merry band.

Been missing a few days as had Nesta's Dad's funeral and samples for John's forthcoming shows to get to grips with.
I hope that John has got you all excited and eager about seeing his new range.
Needless to say, there will be some new stock added to my website on Thursday when its allowed to go live.

I did take the plunge and have been fringed by the hairdresser. Yes, Jackie, I am about half a stone lighter for having about 18 inches off my front elevation lol!!! Yes folks, I do have very long hair. Elaine, I cannot show a photo as I am in a Duck Protection Programme.

Now, those of you who have been paddling for some time know that I like a floral or two. This card, I made for a lovely friend and blog chum (so I hope that she doesn't mind me showing it) a few months ago when she had some sad news. 
No sentiment, as it was my way of sending flowers.

Cream, lilac, green and purple card
CE Aztec Flowers embossing folder
SB Bitty Blossoms (Just for a change lol!!)
Sue Wilson Chrysanthemum dies
Britannia medium rose die (For the fuchsia - see tutorial at top of the page)
SB Ivy Die D-lite
Various other foliage dies
Spectrum Noirs
Paper string

Doing floral cards are also a good idea for people in hospital as they are not allowed real flowers any more.

Talking of flowers, I am concerned at Maureen and Wendy's  plans to descend into my garden with the use of parachuting knickers. At least they won't be using Maureen's "smalls" as I think the resulting eclipse of the Sun would alert my security staff.
I hope your plans have been approved by the Health and Safety Executive ladies and that you will be wearing helmets, steel toe capped boots and fluorescent jackets (otherwise know as Saturday night in Wendy's household lol!!!).

Anyhoo, better get back to the samples as will have to be handing them over to Sir John tomorrow.

Be good.

Ang x

Ps...........Jayne, you can see the blog post about the crutches and hedge by clicking here.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Snowflakes and Swags. . . . . . . . .

Good morning all. Hope you are well. Happy Black Friday!!!

Thank you for your kind words for Nesta. I think that she is in practical mode at the moment and it will hit her at the funeral.

I'm at the hairdressers this morning then lunch with a school chum I have kept in touch with. I'm thinking of re-instating my fringe. Those of you who have met me know how long my hair is so there will be about a foot of hair coming off to create a fringe lol!!!

Now, I'm fairly sure that this is the last of the samples I made for John's last shows and I'm currently in the thick of preparing some for next weeks shows.......keeps me off the streets lol!!!
Its one of my favourite Christmas cards I have made.

Cream, red and green card
John Next Door Snowflake Circle embossing folder
John Next Door Build A Wreath stamp set
John Next Door Winter Trees stamp set (sentiment)
Sue Wilson Snowflake Gemini die
CS Berry Red PVA pearls
Various green inks dib dabbed onto the stamp

The bottom layer is embossed to half way and the top layer also by hanging the embossing folder over the edge of the GC plates.
The green card forms a drop shadow and is a one piece cut the Gemini first then line up to give the shadow and mark where to cut the top and sides to give a sigle piece layer.

Hope you like it as much as I do.

Final GP of this season this weekend so I shall apply for custody of the remote control. I'm sure Mr D will be happy to surrender as he knows I'm not likely to nag him or make him vaccuum when the GP is on lol!!!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Ang x

Ps.......relieved to hear that the "full frontal" Wisty attack has been suspended but am concerned about a tunnel. If you apply for planning permission for that, it will take months from this council lol!!!
Will have to take subsidence into account too.........especially for us middle aged ladies lol!!!


"Peace" (3) 300 posts prize post (1) Acetate (1) Anna Griffin Flourish Emblem (3) Ansty Workshop (2) Baby (1) Baby 3D (1) Baby card (1) Baby wrapping paper (1) BeBunni embossing folder (1) Bebunni Snowflake embossing folder (2) Bevelled Glass Striplet (4) bling (3) blog hop (1) blue tit topper (1) Bokeh (2) Box Frame (2) Britannia Medium Rose (2) Butterfly Box (1) buttons (1) Cake (1) Cake design (1) Campervan (1) Card-io Festive Fir Cones (1) Card-io Mum's Garden (3) Card-io Rose Garden (4) Card-io stamps (4) CE Anemone Planter stamp (1) CE Aztec Flowers embossing folder (1) CE Blog Challenge March (Easter) (1) CE Falling Snow embossing folder (1) CE Frosty Swirls (2) CE Frosty Swirls embossing folder (4) CE Garden Frame stamp (1) CE Jacobean Floral embossing folder (7) CE Linen embossing folder (5) CE sentiment (1) CE Snowflake Lattice embossing folder (2) CE Stitched Bunting Numbers stamps (5) CE Swirling Hearts embossing folder (6) CE Tapestry embossing folder (1) CE Tartan Trellis embossing folder (1) CE Tied Together embossing folder (2) Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish (9) Cheery Lynn Sweet Christine (3) chevron embossing folder (1) Christmas (1) Christmas Tree Greetings die (1) clock (1) colouring (1) Cosmic Shimmer Clear Matt Finish Glaze (2) Couture Creations Rudolf embossing folder (1) Couture Creations Swiss Dots embossing folder (2) Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder (1) Crafters Companion Christmas Jumper embossing folder (3) Crafters Companion Textures Elements Rain embossing folder (1) Crafts Too Snow Time die (1) Cream card (6) Creative Expressions (1) Creative Expressions Garden Frame stamp (1) Daisy's (5) Darice Chevron embossing folder (1) Die cut magnetic sheets (1) Diwali (1) Docrafts (4) Docrafts All Aboard (2) Docrafts Home for Christmas (1) Docrafts Punch (1) Docrafts Snowflake embossing folder (1) Docrafts X Cut Reindeers Pattern embossing folder (1) Easter (1) Eclectic Anthology (1) Embossalicious Floral Vine embossing folder (1) Embossalicious Tumbling Leaves embossing folder (1) Enchanted M-Bossibilities (1) First Edition A Christmas Story pad (1) First Edition Bird Song (2) First Edition Boho Chic (2) First Edition Desert Blooms (1) First Edition Family Ties (2) First Edition Floral Pavilion (3) First Edition Gilded Winter (3) First Edition Isabelle (3) First Edition Love Letters (4) First Edition Neroli (2) First Edtion New Bloom (1) Floral Tribute (1) Forever Friends (1) frame (1) Frosty Swirls embossing folder (2) Fuchsia necklace (1) Fuchsia tutorial (1) Funky foam (2) gilding flakes (3) gold gilding flakes (1) gold mica powder (1) gold mirror card (2) Golf (1) Graduation (1) Happy Birthday embossing folder (1) HC Decorative Lace Border (1) HC Delicate Asters (7) HC Sunkissed Fleur (4) Heart Cascade (1) Hobbycraft punch (3) Hobbycutz (13) Hochanda (1) House of Cards (13) hummingbird (1) Hunkydory (1) Hunkydory Christmas cards (1) Hunkydory Peacock (1) Indigo Blu sentiment (1) Inkylicious (1) Inverted Corner Box (1) Inverted Corner Box Tutorial (1) Inverted triple stamping (2) Inverted triple stamping tutorial (1) Janet's Envelope (1) Jewellery (1) JND Snowflake Circle embossing folder (1) John Lockwood 12 Days of Christmas pad (6) John Lockwood 12 days of Christmas stamps (1) John Lockwood Cherry Blossom Elements (4) John Lockwood Daffodil Burst (3) John Lockwood Daisy Corner (1) John Lockwood Daisy Corner Elements (1) John Lockwood December's Child (1) John Lockwood Fern Frames Elements stamps (6) John Lockwood Flower Frame Elements (1) John Lockwood Flower Heart Element stamps (2) John Lockwood Flower Hearts Element stamps (2) John Lockwood Heart Striplet stamps (1) John Lockwood Honeysuckle stamp (2) John Lockwood Horticultural Definition stamp (2) John Lockwood Larkspur Elements stamps (4) John Lockwood Lily stamp (2) John Lockwood Michaelmas Daisy Stamp (2) John Lockwood Monday's Child stamps (1) John Lockwood Nasturtium Elements stamps (4) John Lockwood Nasturtium Everyday Sentiments stamps (4) John Lockwood Partridge in a Pear Tree stamps (3) John Lockwood Peony Elements stamp (1) John Lockwood Peony Elements stamps (3) John Lockwood Peony rubber stamp (2) John Lockwood Quattro Stars mask (1) John Lockwood Rosebud Elements stamps (5) John Lockwood Spring Shades paper pad (1) John Lockwood Summers Child stamp (2) John Lockwood Violet Elements stamps (1) John Next Door Autumn Flowers stamps (6) John Next Door Build a Wreath (4) John Next Door Build a Wreath stamp set (2) John Next Door Butterfly Corners stamps (5) John Next Door Butterfly Frames stamps (4) John Next Door Christmas Scene stamp set (2) John Next Door Christmas Textures (2) John Next Door Christmas Textures stamps (1) John Next Door Circle Leaves stamps (1) John Next Door Confetti embossing folder (1) John Next Door Festive Silhouettes stamp set (2) John Next Door Flower Circle stamps (4) John Next Door Mini Tags Dies (2) John Next Door Opera Box dies (1) John Next Door Quattro Drops Mask (3) John Next Door Sandwich Box Dies (3) John Next Door Sentiment stamps (1) John Next Door Snowflake Circle embossing folder (3) John Next Door Spring Flower stamps (5) John Next Door Star Flower dies (1) John Next Door Star Stream embossing folder (1) John Next Door Summer Flowers stamps (4) John Next Door Waves Duo Mask (2) John Next Door Winter Flowers stamps (3) John Next Door Winter Trees embossing folder (1) John Next Door Winter Trees stamps (1) John's samples (1) Joy's thank you (1) Jus Cutz A4 Rectangles (1) Kaisercraft Holiday Love Stamp (1) Kanban (1) Krylon Gold Leaf pen (4) Lace (1) Language of Flowers (5) Lidl card (3) Lidl paper (1) Lilia's Clock (1) Lindsay Mason Personal Impressions stamp (1) Luca's Clock (1) Map (1) Marianne poinsettias (1) MAWTT (33) Memory Box Alphabet Dies (8) mica (3) Mint gilding polish (1) Mr D birthday (1) NEC Stash March 2015 (1) Nesta's Necklace (1) New Home (1) Oldie for Friday (7) padded heart (1) Peacock blue card (1) Peacock Feathers mask (1) pearls (1) pincking shears (1) Pink Flap Box (1) PMD (5) PMD card (21) Polished Silk Glitters (1) Quilted Blocks Striplet (1) red mirror card (1) Review of 2016 (1) ribbon (1) SB 2012 Holiday Tree (2) SB A2 Bracket Borders (3) SB A2 Matting Basics A & B (3) SB Adorning Squares (3) SB Art Deco Tags (1) SB Bitty Blossoms (16) SB Blossom (1) SB Blossoms Three (2) SB Botanical Swirls and Accents (7) SB Butterflies (1) SB Butterfly Circles (4) SB Captivating Squares (6) SB Carnation Creations (5) SB Classic Diamonds (4) SB Classic Ovals (5) SB Curved Borders 2 (3) SB Dahlia (1) SB Decorative Labels 25 (1) SB Decorative Labels 28 (8) SB Decorative Labels 8 (1) SB Delightful Circles (2) SB Elegant Labels 4 (1) SB Elizabeth Border Strip (2) SB Fancy Lattice (1) SB Fancy Postage Stamps (5) SB Fancy Tags 1 (Framed) (2) SB Fancy Tags 3 (5) SB Fancy Tags Three (1) SB Fancy Tags Two (7) SB Filigree Delight (5) SB Foliage (3) SB Grand Ovals (2) SB Grate Works (1) SB Heirloom Ornaments 2010 (3) SB Imperial embossing folder (2) SB Intertwined Spirals (1) SB Iron Works Motifs (1) SB Ivy (D-lite) (2) SB Jewel Flowers & Flourishes (4) SB Labels 18 (1) SB Labels 25 (1) SB Labels 28 (3) SB Labels 4 (3) SB Labels 9 (1) SB Labels Twenty (2) SB Labels Twenty Eight (3) SB Layered Poinsettias (8) SB Lonely Hearts (2) SB M-Bossibilities Imperial embossing folder (1) SB M-Bossibilities Patchwork embossing folder (1) SB Majestic Labels 25 (1) SB Mary Border Strip (3) SB Matting Basics A (3) SB Matting Basics A & B (5) SB Matting Basics B (3) SB Medallion 1 (2) SB Medallion 4 (1) SB Peony (1) SB Ravenna (1) SB Reflective Moment (1) SB Scalloped Ovals (3) SB Snowflake Pendant 2013 (8) SB Swirl Stripe Panel (2) SB Tapestry (2) SB Tiger Lily (2) SB Tisted Palm (1) SB Twisted Metal Tags and Accents (1) Scraperboard (2) sewing (1) Sheena Douglass Holly embossing folder (2) show samples (1) Silver (1) silver Krylon pen (1) Sissix Hearts (3) Sissix Hexagons (1) Sissix Squares (12) slate (1) Small snowflake die (1) Snow (2) Snowflake Border (1) Snowflake Mini Striplet (1) Soft gold card (2) Spectrum Noirs (5) Splodgeaway Masks (1) Squigglefly (1) Stamping Up (1) Starry Night die (1) stitching (1) Stitchy Bear (1) Sue Wilson 2015 Angel (1) Sue Wilson Ara Mini Gemini (2) Sue Wilson Catkin Stems (1) Sue Wilson Christmas Tree Greetings (2) Sue Wilson Chrysanthemum dies (1) Sue Wilson Cygnus Gemini (1) Sue Wilson Doodle Rose Wreath (6) Sue Wilson Holly Octagonal Frame (2) Sue Wilson Indian Ocean Background (1) Sue Wilson Jacobean Floral embossing folder (1) Sue Wilson Lotus Striplet (1) Sue Wilson Maidenhair Fern (1) Sue Wilson Mauritius (1) Sue Wilson Mini Snowflake Striplet (2) Sue Wilson Orange Blossom Leaves (1) Sue Wilson Peace (1) Sue Wilson Rococo Striplet (2) Sue Wilson Snowflake Corner Border and Tag dies (3) Sue Wilson Snowflake Gemini (2) Sue Wilson Timeless Striplet (1) Sue Wilson Ursa Gemini (3) SW Ara Mini Gemini die (1) SW Christmas Tree Greetings (1) SW Cygnus Gemini (3) SW Indian Ocean Background dies (3) SW Mauritius dies (1) SW Orange Blossom Leaves (1) SW Ornate Octagons Striplet (1) SW Tahiti die (1) SW Trailing Ivy (1) SW Twinkle Edger (1) Swarovski (1) Tatty Teddy (1) Texture Paste (2) That Special Touch Celtic mask (1) That Special Touch Delicate mask (1) That Special Touch Elegance Mask (2) That Special Touch Moroccan Mask (1) The BGS (2) The Ducks Doodahs Launch (1) The Striplet (17) The Tapestry (1) Tied Together embossing folder (1) Tonic Punch (1) TST Elegance mask (2) TST Fanciful mask (1) Ursa Gemini (1) Wedding (1) White card (15) X Cut Alphabet Die (4) X Cut Extra Large Circles (4)