Sunday, 12 November 2017

Shimmer and Shine for the CCC!

Hello Everyone,  I hope you are fit and well, but for those who are not, I hope you will feel better soon.

Just a short scheduled post today as I'm up to my eyes having the living room decorated, so we are in in an upheaval. It's going well and I think the decorator is almost finished, but it's looking good. We will be hard at it getting everything back in situ tomorrow.


Thank you all so much for the super comments on Alistair's birthday card, you are very kind.

Anyway, another two weeks have flown past and it's time for the CCC ladies to share their cards, and this time Lorraine is the hostess and she has chosen Shimmer and Shine.
Now I usually do two or three cards, but as time was short and I had to be out of my craft room as that is where everything from the living room has gone to, it was rather a ruched job, in fact it was a botched job as I made a right mess of my card as I hadn't let the ink dry so smudged it all, so here is the second attempt;
I think you will have to enlarge to see any sparkle, but it is there.
All the images I've used are by JND and you can purchase them from Mrs. Duck here.
I've stamped the images in silver ink, but the sentiment and Santa are in black. Black glitter card. I left it without any embellishments as I thought it didn't need any.

That's it this time around, I hope your like it. Please check out what the other ladies create, there is always beautiful cards from them.

Whilst I'm up here in my bed room typing this out, the painter is downstairs and has his radio on and you'll never guess what he's listening to....Christmas songs!! it's Jingle Bell Rock just now but, there's been Santa Clause is Coming to Town, oh, now its Let it Snow, Let it Snow. Goodness knows what station he's on, however it's quite apt I guess. LOL.

I'll be back t o see you soon just whenever I have a chance, take care of yourselves
 

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Reeling Cracking Birthday!

Hello there, how are you all doing, I hope you are fit and well, and over the 5th of November celebrations.  I don't know if you are like me and hate fireworks that go off all over the neighbourhood. Just have a big organised event at a certain time and get it over with. The poor animals just hate it. I was amused at Teallach who was under the table with his front paws over his eyes. Goodness knows how Rowan got on as she is so skittish  anyway.


Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and kind wishes for our anniversary on Saturday, and for my card, and as if that wasn't celebration enough, it was Alistair's Birthday yesterday and the fun I had making his card, here it is;
The minute I saw this little fiddler I just had to buy it, I knew it was perfect for Alistair at some point. It's by Crafty Stamps, I've not heard of them and I bought them in Edinburgh in the summer. He's coloured with watercolours. The cottage is from Hobbyarts and the other stamps are CB. The hills are much more vivid in reality, somehow the photo isn't picking that up. I added Glossy Accents to the specs and windows. Found a wee bit of tartan ribbon that sort of matched his kilt.

Now Alistair doesn't have a beard, but he did have a few years ago and I always thought he looked like Captain Birdseye. He did though live in a wee cottage in the middle of Glen Bucket with a wee burn by the side of it, and could only be reached by a rough track which played havoc with your car. On fine days and evenings he would sit outside and play his fiddle, well there was little else to do as he had no TV or radio. This was all before I met him I have to add.

Anyway, he had a lovely day yesterday, we went for a lovely walk along Rosemarkie beach, very early morning and really had the beach to ourselves, sadly there were no dolphins to be seen.

Kerr phoned us last night to say how much he loved his card, so that was good. That's the birthdays over now, until January, thank goodness.

That's me for now, away to zap the mushroom soup, quickest thing to have when we are both out tonight at different times.
Take care and see you soon,
 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Love You to the Moon!

Hello One and All, hope all is well with you and that your are all set to enjoy your weekend.
A sunny cold morning here today, but all is sunny as it's our Anniversary, 22 years of bliss.....well mostly LOL, here is the card I made for my Adventurer;
Mostly Card-io stamps with a Woodware sentiment. I used the new inks that JND used to colour the sky and they are brilliant.  I think it's a rather youngish couple on the card, but we can dream.
Anyway, Alistair loved it, especially as he is a star gazer.

Getting ready to go and pick up Damian and Moreen and go for a lunch to celebrated.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last card.

See you all soon,


Thursday, 2 November 2017

For a Special Person!

Hello Everyone, an early start for us today as we are expecting our new bed between 7 and 1 o'clock, so up at 6.30 to get organised and the old bed out, and you know that thing when you're trying to do things quietly but in actual fact make even more noise, it just never fails. Anyway, old bed outside and waiting to be dealt with by dear hubby.....no not for him paying an extra £60 to get the delivery men to take it away, I'm staying out of it lol. It will be Sod's Law that it arrives at 12.59, oh well.

How are you all doing, well I hope and that your week is going well.
I'm having a real break from the dogs these days, this week it's Damian who is on holiday, and has for once turned is phone off so that no one from his work can get in touch, he's learning at long last that he is entitled to have a peaceful holiday, instead of trying to deal with things, that others feel they can't do.
So, I went out for a lovely walk with them yesterday to some new woods.. well new to me, although the dogs knew it very well and, we had great fun with their new ball, I felt I had had a good workout.
It's little Rowan's birthday today, she's now a big girl at 1 year old.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my little Robin plaque, you are so very kind, and it's always appreciated.

I've got a birthday card today to show;
This is for Kerr who is my friend Dale's Grandson, he will be 14 tomorrow...where have the years gone??
Using an Imagination Crafts stencil I inked through with Oxides and matched some lovely Dovecraft paper and some grey card. Chocolate Baroque sentiments, twine and a key.
Kerr gave me for my birthday a pack of Dovecraft papers and embellishments, he also gave me the keys, but like them so much he wished he had kept them, so I told him that I would include a key for his birthday.  I have to say that the papers are gorgeous and I love the colours, so I hope he does too.
Kerr is far too busy to look at my blog so I feel safe in putting it on ahead of his birthday.

Right off to get some breakfast now, I think porridge is needed today, it's quite cold and dull, need some inner warmth. Have a good day whatever you are doing and see you soon, take care,



Monday, 30 October 2017

A Winter Robin!

Hello to You All, hoping things are good with you and that your weekend was a great one. Did everyone remember about the clock change?? I didn't bother to change the clocks as we had nowhere to be on Sunday that we needed to be time accurate, so changed them later in the morning. However, what a long night it was as I had difficulty sleeping....no surprise there, but it seemed worse than usual, so yesterday I was really tired.
I blame all sorts of things for my poor sleep patterns and indeed have been like this for years and have tried all sorts of remedies to no avail, but now as a last resort we have a new bed arriving on Thursday, so fingers crossed, and if that helps, the expense will be worth it.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last cards for the CCC. I have to say a have a big box which is overflowing with Christmas cards, however I still have a few special ones to make. So I must get a wiggle on there.

I have something a wee bit different today;
Sorry the photo isn't great, It looked better on my tablet. Anyway, this is my first attempt at doing this sort of thing and really I don't think it's bad at all... of course self praise is no praise as they say.
I found this little wood slice in Hobby Crafts and thought to myself maybe I could do something with that, so I gave it a coat of white gesso then, stamped this beautiful Robin and branch from Hobbyarts. The branch is embossed with WOW powder in Copper and the bird has been stamped in black Archival ink and clear EP. I put some Gansai Tambi watercolours over the bird, then stamped some of the small leaf stamps from JND around the edges. Liquid Pearls and that's it done.
Not too bad for a first attempt, what do you think! 
I found it quite difficult to take a stamped image, perhaps I was using the wrong ink, I'll have another go later sometime.

We had the most marvellous skies a few nights ago, I just had to go out and take a snap of them,

The street lamps on takes away just how dramatic the sky was, and I thought how marvellous the changes taking place between photographing from the front of the house and walking around to the back of it. Nature is phenomenal.
Talking about Nature.. did anyone watch the new series of the Blue Planet last night and catch the part with the mother Sea Lions and their pups?  Honestly, I had to wipe a tear or two watching one mother and pup trying to find a piece of ice to climb up on to get away from a hungry Polar Bear. The love between them was amazing once the pup was helped on to the ice, the gentle way the mother held it and stroked it was amazing.  I thought that's why I pay a TV licence, a magical moment in Nature.

Well, that's me for now, it's our respective musical evenings so early tea,  just some leek and potato soup, easiest thing to do ,so I'm away to put the finishing touches to it, so cheerio for now, take care,





Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sentiment as Focus for the CCC!

Hello Everyone I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.  We've been for a lovely walk along the side of Loch Ness at Dores and boy was it rough. I've never seen the loch with such turbulent waters and the waves fierce. Very dramatic.

Another fortnight has gone and it's time for the CCC ladies to show off their creations and this time it was our lovely Sylvie who did the choosing and she would like to see the Sentiment as Focus, so without further ado here is what I've come up with;

Both very simple cards using an Xcut die. The first card has a shadow made by cutting the die out twice and the second card is matted on to a JND EF. Gems and sequins and that's that.

Please remember to check out what the other ladies have created, you'll find there names on my side bar.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, very kind of you and most appreciated.
Just before I go here is a photo of  the Loch from our walk today, there was some sunshine between the hills looking down the Loch but unfortunately it hasn't shown  up.


Take care everyone and see you soon,



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Poinsettia!

Hello Everyone, it's a lovely sunny day here, hoping it's good where you are too.

Are you all well?,  certainly hope that you are as it's getting to that time of the year when cold and flu are on the go. Having diabetes I am able to have the flue injection, but every year I ponder about having it as I don't as a rule suffer from all that many cold or flu for that matter. Only twice in my life have I been floored with a flu type virus and way before diabetes was present. One of the times I was delirious and thought little men were trying to upend the bed to get me out of it. Funny the things that stay in your mind. My friend was looking after me and said I was the most awful patient. I think it was because I apparently kept trying to get out of bed. It was the last time she offered any help in that way lol.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last card, I love reading what you have to say and of course it's encouragement too.
Here is what I have to share today;
Another of Chocolate Baroque Big Background stamps, it's Poinsettia and I've embossed it in white EP and used the resist technique with Oxides, Matted with black and red card and added some ribbon, gems and sparkle, which of course doesn't show up CB sentiment on velum. I felt that such a lovely image didn't need much more to it, it speaks for it's self.

Our Teallach is not a happy pussy cat, there is competition  for his territory from a new cat on the block.  We have new neighbours, a lovely young couple and they have a beautiful cat. Now, this is quite an elderly cat and was an inside one until the move her mum Angela informed me. As they have a fenced off back garden and because of her age, it was thought that she would stay put as jumping the fence would be too much. Well, she is getting out and is all over the  gardens much to Teallach's disgust. He has had the whole area to himself since he came to live with us three years ago.
We had a long discussion about sharing the other day but, I don't think it's done much good. I do hope though that they find a way to work it out, thought last night we heard a bit of a fight going on. 

Well that's me for now, have a lovely day whatever you are doing and see you soon,