Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Walk Like an Egyptian. . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you well.

Welcome to J.Ward the latest paddler in the duck pond. Thank you for joining us.

Its been a manic couple of weeks here with 2 lots of samples to make and all the blog posts, a trip to Hochanda and sorting out the bookings for the workshop.
The venue wasn't available to add on the Sunday as well so we are looking at other dates or possibly another central venue for those of you who missed out.

Now, I'm back to John's samples today (I will alternate with Daisy's for the next few posts).
I don't do inky or messy fingers as a rule but it had to be done when I saw the tree stamps.
I will add again, that I don't have the media plates or a stamp press (though that may be obvious lol!!!) so all stamping was done commando and without a safety net.

White and brown card
John Next Door Winter Flowers stamps
John Lockwood sentiment
Variety of Memento and Distress inks

In case you were wondering about the title of this post (apologies if you weren't lol!!!) I hadn't got the pyramids in mind when I did it, just mountains or hills at sunrise/set but when I was in the Green Room watching John last Tuesday, a fella from a jewellery company who had been on earlier, asked me if I had been to the pyramids when the card came on screen.
I still didn't twig when he asked (dense or early start. . . . . . could be either or both lol!!!) so I said no and that it seemed an random question.
He then pointed out my peaky mounds. . . . . . . . stop right there those of you with rude thoughts lol!!!
I can see it now so I don't mind if people want to imagine here, Egypt or anywhere as long as it looks ok.

Mr D will be performing his pulling duties again today so watch out on the next post for the winners name.
Also, if there is any update on the extra workshop situation, I'll let you all know.

So for now, be good.

Ang x

Ps.....Thank you Barbara. Mr L has told me he has the pate. I should be seeing him Wednesday so I'm hoping he hasn't scoffed it all by then lol!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Craft Workshop With John Lockwood. . . . . .

We had tried to book the venue for Sunday 3rd September too but sadly the venue us not available.
We will continue to try and book another date/venue so keep an eye on this blog and John's for further details.
Apologies for disappointing anyone but we will try our best to get an extra date.

Best wishes
Ang x

Good morning folks. As promised, details of the workshop arranged by myself and John are above.
Usually, John's workshops are arranged by retailers but this is the first one he is doing under his own steam (and some hot air from me too lol!!!) so we hope that you can make it.

John will hold 2 workshops, one 10 - 12.30 and the other 1.30 - 4, covering different stamping/die cutting projects.
I will be his Debbie McGee (without the gold sequins) assisting where required and making sure that the hot water is plentiful for teas and coffees.

There will be a buffet lunch from 12.30 - 1.30 so any one wishing to do just the afternoon session should ensure they are there for 12.30 so they don't miss out on the food.

There will also be a pop up shop selling John's products and some other crafty bits and bobs. Payment for items can be made by cash or card on the day.

The venue itself is a lovely little club with parking and disabled access and with lovely views over the canal and countryside. It is also only 2 minutes drive from the junction with the M6, M69 and A46. As the M1 also links with the M69 and M6, at a 10 to 15 minute drive, it is handy for for folk coming from all directions.

Please contact me on lockerscrafts@gmail.com for further details or to make a booking. A deposit will secure your booking.

Hope to see you there.

Ang x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

More Daisy's. . . . . . .

Good morning all. . . . . . . . . sorry, its me again.

Like a bad penny (or bus, Cara . . . . . how is that spade? Hahaha!!!) I'm back. Thank you for clicking "follow" Barbara. It must have gone through as you're definitely showing as a follower.

After therapy for the thought of Maureen in lederhosen, I have discovered the address you need to go to for the best wisterias. . . . .its Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1A 1AA ask for Liz or Phil.

Now, I mentioned before, that, although the Daisy's stamps are called "cute" you don't have to do cute with them and today's card is another example of non cute.
The fading away of the colour towards the centre is intentional before anyone thinks I ran out of ink lol!!! I had also stamped the snowflake corner with 3 different colour inks at a time.

White and blue card
Silver mirror card
Daisy's Cute Penguin stamp set (snowflakes)
Daisy's Cute Reindeer stamp set (sentiment)
Presscut circle dies
SB Snowflake Pendant 2013 
Memento Dew Drop inks

I will give you all a rest for a couple of days now as you're all probably suffering from Duckus Overloadus by now lol!!! The only 2 know cures are a suppository or rest. . . . . . .I'm recommending that you get the rest lol!!!
I also promise, I will catch up with my blog visits over the weekend.

I will post a separate post giving details of the workshop John and I have organised. And when I said Midlands, it is the proper Midlands, not like Midlands Today reporting from Hereford lol!! (I hear you Maureen).

Have a great weekend.

Ang x

Ps. . . . . Don't forget to comment here, if you're a follower, to go into the prize draw.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Daisy's Day Two. . . . . . . .

Good morning crafty pals. Hope you are being good?

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, particularly over the last few manic days. You really are a lovely bunch. . . . . . even Bonnie Fletcher, Clyde Killen and their Yorkie getaway driver lol!!! Talking of which, I'm going to I-Player the Gardeners World featuring the wisterias to see if they give an address, which I will then put on my side bar, pretending its my house to put the ram raiders off the scent.

A very warm welcome to David J, Sandra, Linda, mryoak, Morag and Pauline J who have kindly clicked "follow", hopefully intentionally rather than thinking it was the "delete the boring bint" button hahaha!!!

Don't forget, anyone who is a follower and comments on Tuesday's post (click here) is in with a chance of winning the little paddle Prize on offer.

Now, today's card is another sample from the Daisy's Jewels and Crafts shows that were on Hochanda yesterday. I hope you managed to watch. Even though the stamp sets are called "cute" you can do non cute things with them too. I also love the little MDF Christmas shapes too, particularly the leaping reindeer/stag.

Cream and dark purple card (Ross)
SW Snowflake Corner, Border and Tag die
Daisy's Cute Penguin stamp set (Snowflake stamps)
Daisy's Cute Reindeer stamp set (Sentiment)
Daisy's MDF Reindeer
Variety of Distress Inks
Black marker
Stampendous fine white embossing powder

I was going for the leaping reindeer/stag against the moonlight look (hopefully achieved).

Well, Tuesday was a long and tiring day as John picked me up in the Craftmobile (its like the Batmobile, but we didn't have to wear our underpants over our tights) at 6.30am. 
There is only usually one 6.30 I see in a day and that's pm!!!

They are a really lovely team at Hochanda and it was bizarre that a couple of the presenters and producers came into the Green Room as they wanted to meet "Mrs Duck". Bit embarrassing but if I was "Mrs Smith" they probably wouldn't have been that curious lol!  Fascinating though to see behind the scenes.
Helped John set up (and pack up at the end) and didn't he do fabulously. I'm in the queue for some media plates too as they are currently as rare as rocking horse poo.
If you've got a set, bang em on eBay for £50 lol!!!

Thank you for bearing with my post overload this week. I know its usually just a couple of times per week, which normally teeters round everyone's yawn threshold (I thought I'd say that before anyone else does lol!!!) so I hope the post fest hasn't pushed you over the edge.
Next week, normal service will be resumed.

Also, in the next couple of days, John and I will be giving details of a craft workshop day we have set up for 2nd September at a Midlands venue, very handy for the M6, M69(M1), M6(M1) and A46.

That's me for today folks. Be back again tomorrow with another Daisy's card. . . . . . .bet you can't wait lol!!!

Ang x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

MAWTT Challenge 50. . . . . . . .

Hello, me again . . . . . . just as you thought it was safe to visit blogs again lol!!!

I'm back with my DT card for the latest challenge over at MAWTT. Its Carole's turn to host and the theme she has chosen is. . . . . . . . . 

Age as a focal point

Hope you have time to pop over to the challenge and see the other DT cards and even join in.

Cream and pink card
First Edition Mulberry Kisses paper
SW Timeless Striplet
Memory Box alphabet dies
CE Stitched Numbers stamps
Un-named embossing folder

I made this for a friend's daughter's birthday earlier in the year.

Short and sweet from me having had 2 blog posts to sort.

Still tired from Tuesday but thank you everyone for your comments. Will do a fuller posting tomorrow.

Ang x

Daisy's Jewels & Crafts on Hochanda. . . . .

Good morning everyone. Hope all is ok with you.

Well, apologies for teasing you all but my exciting news is that I had been invited onto the Daisy's Jewels and Crafts design team and happily said "Yes".

Daisy's was my local craft store but has now moved to an on-line and craft show based business. They had their first show on Hochanda a few weeks ago and are back on your screens today at 7am and 12pm on Hochanda with Jo Austin.

I have made some samples for the shows so I hope you can tune in.

Now, my first card I'm showing for the team is this cute little fella. You all know I don't do cute or colouring but I couldn't resist this fab penguin.

White and red card
Presscut Oval dies
Daisy's Snowflake mask
Daisy's Cute Penguin stamp . . . . .  stamped onto Daisy's Cute Penguin MDF shape
Spectrum Noirs
Teeny red bling

There are 4 sets of stamps, featuring the penguin, a reindeer, Santa and an Elf.

The masks give a great deep emboss.

More cards to come over the next few days but I hope you get chance to see the shows or have a look at Daisy's website.

Sorry to disappoint those of you who thought I was screen testing at Hochanda on Tuesday to be on TV today . . . . . . I have a face for radio so they wouldn't let me on lol!!!
Hope it wasn't too much of an anti climax for you but having my cards on TV with 2 different companies in 2 days did excite lil ol' me lol!!!

Back again at 9am with my latest MAWTT DT card . . . . . . . . . its all go here!!!

Ang x

P.S I will greet new followers tomorrow as its a bit hectic doing 2 blog posts for one day but thank you all anyway folks.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Day 4 & My Favourite. . . . .And a Prize

Good morning lovely blog friends. Hope you are all well.

Another warm welcome to some more new followers, Lynette, Alison, Deniseann and Gill. Thank you for taking time to visit and clicking that button.

As I am now over 150 followers, I am offering a little Paddle Prize, details of which are at the end of this post.

Now, today's creation is my favourite made with John's stamps and I have made it for my living room so, Mr Lockwood, you can keep your paws off this one lol!!!
I used the clock mechanism from one of the Pound World clocks in an 8x8 box frame.
I've gone for this colour as it matches our decor. Apologies for the white stripe at the bottom left of the photo. Its a reflection that I just couldn't get rid of.

White card
White 8x8 deep box frame (The Range)
Clock mechanism 
John Next Door Spring, Summer and Autumn Flowers stamps
John Next Door Quattro Drops mask
Peacock Feathers distress ink
Black Archival ink
Magazine freebie numerals die with numbers cut from black funky foam
Teal gem on centre of hands

I just made a hole in the hardboard backing to accommodate the mechanism and painted the red second hand white with Tippex (hey, whatever is to hand has a use lol!!!).

Hopefully, it will get shown on one of John's shows. I am (hopefully) going with John today. An early start but a Maccy D McMuffin is adequate compensation for getting up before the birds lol!!!

Now, here is a snap of the little Paddle Prize for my reaching over 150 followers.

To be entered into the draw for this, you just need to be a follower and leave a comment on this post before 6am (GMT) on the 25th July.

Mr D will perform his pulling duties and the winner will be announced on the next post following the 25th. Thank you all and good luck!!!

I will be giving you a break tomorrow as I shall be back on Thursday with 2 posts, one at 6am and my usual MAWTT DT post at 9am.
I have some exciting news, well for me lol!!!, on the 6am post. . . . . . lets just say, today will not be my only sample appearances on Hochanda this week but shhhhh, don't tell anybody lol!!!

On that note, I need to get to bed (scheduling this Monday night). 

Be good and thank you, as always for your encouraging comments.

Ang x

Monday, 17 July 2017

John's Launch Day 3. . . . .A Little Pot

Good morning one and all. Hope this finds all your ticketys boo on Day 3 of John's launch. Yup, I'm like buses with 3 coming along at once lol!

Some more welcomes are in order so thank you to all new visitors and to Lynda, Albright of Diss and h.12 evans for pressing the "follow" button.
As I am now approaching 150 followers, I shall offer up another paddle prize for when we reach 150. I'll pop a picture on tomorrow's post.

Now, I know some of the ladies who have been plotting to ram raid my garden for my wisterias may have seen the title of this post and got excited thinking I was growing something else of interest but the pot is of the terracotta variety. . . . . . sorry to disappoint gals lol!!!

A plain pot, painted with satin wood paint (it was a tin I'd had knocking around from decorating a couple of years back . . . . . what can I say, I'm tight lol!!!), rim coated in gilding polish and one of John's masks stencilled around the bottom, again using the gilding polish (a tricksy procedure as its not a flat or straight object).
To finish off, one of John's stamps also decorates the rim. . . . . .tricksy again, stamping on a curved surface.

Small terracotta pot from B & Q (21cm dia £1.40)
Satin Wood paint (but any will do)
Cosmic Shimmer Mint gilding polish
John Next Door Quattro Stars mask
John Next Door Autumn Flowers stamp
Memento Dew Drop Teal Zeal ink pad

If you wanted to use it outside, a couple of coats of clear varnish should seal it.
Hopefully, its given you another idea of how to use the stamps and masks, other than on cards.

Well, what an exciting British GP, especially the latter stages. Brought back fond memories of the atmosphere (and hailstones!!!) from last year. Hope Jackie and Wendy got to watch it. I won't comment on the winner lol!

Wasn't a well girlie on Saturday but better yesterday. Can't complain though at one bad day in the past 2 weeks.

That's all for today folks. Hope you can join me again tomorrow for day 4.

Ang x

P.s. . . . I just wanted to clarify, I've got John's stamps and masks only. I haven't got the media plates (though I shall probably be buying them, even though I'm not a stamper) and my stamping is all commando as I haven't got a stamping press either but all blemishes and smudges are entirely intentional lol!!!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

John's Launch, The Sequel. . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Have you got over the excitement from yesterday's news?

Its lovely to see John's own brand being so well received. Thank you also for your kind comments on yesterday's post. Don't get used to me posting everyday lol!!! Its just for a few days to show some of John's products in use.
Welcome to those new visitors who have popped by and to Trace, Sarah, Wanda, Rhanna and Hazel.F who have kindly pressed the "follow" button. Thank you all.

Now, today's card is, I think, my first Christmas card of the year (and its only July lol!!!) but its a start and I was encouraged by these delightful stamps.

White, aqua and platinum card
John Next Door Waves Duo Mask
John Next Door Winter Flowers stamp set
Memento Dew Drop Teal Zeal ink pad
Silver Sharpie pen
Teeny weeny silver bling
Teeny star bling

I used the mask to emboss the aqua card. I use masks more for embossing rather than stencilling as I don't like to get too inky lol!!! That's partly down to my then leaving inky fingerprints everywhere. CSI would have a field day lol!!!

I must also say, there isn't a mucky smudge on the card above the sentiment. It was the way the the light was coming through the window when I snapped the card (probably a mucky window lol!!!) and I've only just noticed it on screen.

Hope you like my contemporary take on Christmas.

British GP today so I shall have custody of the remote. I think I have also twisted Mr D's arm to go to Silverstone again next year but sometimes when he says "Ok" with a glazed look on his face, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's heard or taken much notice of what's been said.
How many of us gals use that to our advantage, hahaha!!!

Tune in tomorrow for another John Next Door inspired creation, same Duck time, same Duck channel.

Ang x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

John Next Door Goes Large. . . . . . . .

John Next Door

Good morning everyone. Hope this finds you well. Welcome to Joan. Thank you for clicking "follow". Very kind of you and much appreciated.

What an exciting day as today is the day that the John Next Door brand is launched. Its been a long time coming and such an achievement for John. He's been teasing you all for the past 5 days but I think most of you had guessed what was coming.

I'll be featuring some cards and projects over the next few days made with John's terrific new products.

Now, today's card was the first one I made as it was the first design that came into my head as soon as I saw the stamps.

White and black card
John Next Door Summer Flowers stamp set
Black archival ink
Various distress inks

A very simple card but hopefully it showcases the stamps in all their glory.

So lets raise a glass, of whatever your tipple is, to John and his new venture. He's a genuinely lovely guy who deserves every success and as John would say. . . . . . . enjoy!!!

Ang x

P.S. Maureen, Pinky maybe, Perky debatable. . . . . . .in fact, I only keep them larger so the weight pulls the wrinkles out of my face. I'm 86 but I only look 45 !!!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Pink Box. . . . . . . . . . . .

Good morning dear blogging chums. Hope this finds you as fit as a butchers dog (apologies vegetarians).

Still seem to be ticking along nicely but I don't count them chickens any more as they can be pesky little cluckers!!!

Had a lovely day on Sunday with Nursey Harrop. I'm sure that Christine won't mind me mentioning, now that she has told folk on her blog, that her dear Sister passed away a couple of weeks ago, just 10 days after being diagnosed with cancer.
Another blog friend had also lost her brother a couple of weeks ago too, so its been sad times.
I had hoped that Christine would be up to meeting at the Motorcycle Museum craft show and thankfully she was, armed with some non Geisha factor 50. . . . . .thank you.

John was also demoing at the show, so we kept popping by to heckle him lol!!!

As Myra wanted me to confess all, there is a photo below of my purchases.

Now, as I said on the last post, I had made a box for Nesta's Auntie's card as I would never have got it in an envelope without more squashing than the mammogram lol!!!
I made this some time ago and hadn't snapped it stage by stage but I'm happy to do a tutorial if anyone is interested. 

It takes one full sheet of A3 sized card as the card inside was 8x8. The flap could be edged with any die but I used the SW Ara Gemini die.
I hadn't got any of that velcro thingy or I would have used that as a fastener so instead I taped some ribbon to the back and tied it at the front.

Hoping to get over to Breedon today to see John's workshop ladies and also, there is a lovely pie shop/cafe on site and there is a piece of quiche with my name on it . Mrs J, I shall be equipped with the triple stamping card, carnation and clock.

Kate, haven't really named "The Girls" although I quite fancy Cagney and Lacey or Thelma and Louise.
Donna, it would take more than a hat to make me look stylish. I put the shabby into shabby chic lol!!!
Maureen, I will happily make you a 70th birthday card; I take it that its somewhat belated? Hahaha!!! Just you stop plotting with Bonnie Fletcher and Yorkie Clyde. As Mel Braveheart would say "You may take away my life, but you'll never take my wisteria!!!"

Anyhoo, snap below of said craft purchases. Not too bad or indulgent, methinks.

The card packs are 50x300gsm purple and 50x300gsm white at £2.00 per pack. . . . . .Bargain!
The cream pack is 8x8 cards and envelopes.

Enjoy the rest of the week and see you soon . . . . . . . . British GP this weekend so guess what I'm doing (sadly from my armchair rather than actually there this time).

Ang x