Friday, 14 July 2017


Hello Everyone, I hope all is good with you, it is Friday after all and almost the weekend.
I know that some of you are struggling a bit just now, so sending out kind and healing thoughts to you and I hope that life gets easier for you soon.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card and the commiserations regarding my needle.. well it's not turned up and I've had to order another set and was hoping they would arrive before we go off to our friends in Livingston which we are about to do after lunch time.  I wanted to take this particular knitting project with me in the hope that I would get the socks finished whilst away.

We are off to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and so looking forward to not only that but visiting with Dale and Stewart as we haven't seen them in such a long while so there will be loads to catch up with.

My card today is a beautiful Freesia image drawn by Jane from Tidy Gardens, unfortunately Jane no longer has these digital images, I am lucky enough to have a few of them.

I've used one of the new Crafters Companion 3D embossing folders and and coloured it a bit with DI. The blooms themselves are coloured with SN Colourblend pencils and some Sparkle Pen. A wee bit matting and layering and job done.

Now as we will be away, I will be sporadic with my commenting,  but I will try and get to visit when I can.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you're doing and see you when I get back,
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Good Evening Crafting Friends and Visitors, I hope you are having a lovely evening whatever you'er doing.  I seem to have lost one of my sock needles, most annoying as I don't have a spare, it's gone in to that black hole that hides in my house. These socks are for a friend and they appear to be fated as I've had to take almost a whole sock back as it looked as it would have been too large. Grrrrrr!! Not the end of the world though, just a sock delay.

thank you all so much for your lovely comments I do appreciate every one of them and your time in visiting my blog.

I have a little floral card for you;
Sorry the photo  seems to be a bit fuzzy. One of the lovely LOTV floral images coloured with watercolours and cut out with an Xcut die. I've added DI to the background. Paper is from a Sara Davis beautiful Autumn pad. CB sentiment, WO sunflowers and Tattered Lace Ivy die, SN Sparkle Pen, Pearls and a Dazzler.

That's me for now, off to have a good search for my needle, take care everyone and see you all soon,

Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Christmas/Snowy Scene for the CCC!

Well here we are once again and I nearly missed it... what you might ask, it's time for another Christmas Card Club post.  It's a fortnightly challenge by a bunch of us Gals wanting to get ahead with our cards for Christmas instead of the usual rush at the last minute. We each choose the themes, and although some of them can be quite challenging we always manage to create something.

If you would like to join us, please get in touch with any of us and we will point you in the direction of Margaret, know as Duchess, who will give you the information needed.

So Hello to Everyone, I hope you are well this fine Sunday. AS I mentioned I almost missed this post , the time has past so quickly, and if I hadn't been checking the date of a chicken when shopping this morning, I wouldn't have realised that it is indeed the 9th of July. Good thing I'm a wee bit ahead of my card making and had these ready.

Our theme this time around has been chosen by Shaz and she would like to see cards depicting, Christmas/Snowy Scene, here are mine;
A Hunkydory image and sentiment and some stamped and embossed branches around the card base, absolutely loads of glitter.
Now a fabulous Art Stamp from Imagination Crafts, embossed with white powder and as you can see it's just all black and white, which I quite like as a Christmas card. MB Frosty Border and corner and a freebie sentiment.
I just love this wonderful Hobby Art image that I'd purchased last year, and love using, wish I could remember who I sent last year's card to though, hope I don't send it to the same person this year.
Watercoloured and lots of sparkle. The background is a brilliant Crackle stamp from Crafty Individuals and it's embossed with Wow Silver Power. MB Frosty Border.

I loved making these Shaz, I do love a good Snowy Scene, and it allowed me to use some of the Hunkydory stash that I've had since Moses left Partick, so thank you for the challenge.

That's me for today, except to say thank you all for you lovely comments on my Butterfly Frame, and for your hints and tips regarding cutting dies, all very helpful.

Till next time, take care and have a lovely Sunday,

Friday, 7 July 2017

Butterfly Frame!

Good Morning Crafting Friends and Visitors, I hope you are , but sending kind thoughts to those of you who are struggling just now, and I know there are a few of you.

Well, it's an awfully wet day, fine smirry rain and dull, I think a day for indoors and a bit of crafting. I don't have the pups to mind as Damian is working from home, so I think we will have a little lunch out as a wee treat.

Second episode of Outlander last night, and the latest comment from Alistair, after having promised to keep quiet..., was.. they're not speaking Gaelic, if this is meant to be Inverness everyone would speak that. I went on to explain that, if that was the case only Gaelic speaking people would understand the dialogue and everyone else would would need subtitles.   I further explained that Jamie does use Gaelic when speaking endearments.  However, Alistair was so pleased when indeed  there was a scene where Gaelic was spoken.  He turned to me as asked, what are they saying. Honestly, I am sure he does it to wind me up. Neither he nor myself speak that language, though I would love to, and I think Alistair knows only swear words.  

Anyway, enough of all this, here is my project for today, it's a little frame and the inspiration is taken from the very talented Marianne Fisher  who creates the most beautiful little projects, along with wonderful cards and you can find Marianne's blog; here do pop in for a visit , you'll not be disppointed.

Frame from and fabric from Hobbycraft, Sizzix butterfly dies, little ones are Xcut and a beautiful crochet one from my stash. Starlight Paints for the butterflies and also the vine which is an Imagination Crafts stencil. I also cut the butterflies out with acetate, gosh that was a chore, and then added Sparkle Medium. That is unfortunately not showing up, finally some sequins.  This is for a gift, so wanted it to be good.

It's good to try something different, and I'm begining to like mixed media more and more, although, some of what I'm trying to do is really trial and error, for example I found it very difficult to cut out acetate and the main butterflies dies were meant to be cut out of the lovely fabric that I'd bought. I don't know if my die cutting machine is the problem, it's a Big Shot and had it a while, but I love it, but maybe the rollers become a bit loose over time.
  I've been looking at the Gemini and wondering if I should invest, but it's very expensive and I have to question if I would get a lot of use from it as I'm not really a die person, and although I do have EFs I don't use them all that often. 
 Before I go, just wanted to thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, you are all so very  kind.

Have a lovely day doing whatever you do and see you all soon,

Monday, 3 July 2017

Another Breath of Spring!

Hello Everyone, how's your day been, good I hope.  I know some of you have sadness in your life just now, so sending kind thoughts out to you and hope life begins to get kinder to you.

Well the start on another week, and month, are they not just speeding ahead, I just want to put the breaks on.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last card, they are much appreciated.

We got our bedroom all painted and put back together again, thankfully with the help of Damian as we were whacked, we are so lucky that he live a few minutes from us and he had things in place in no time. It looks all lovely and fresh, and our Teallach has settled back down, poor wee guy was freaked out by it all.

Did anyone watch Outlander?  I sold it to Alistair saying the scenery was fantastic, which of course it is.  Now Alistair knows Scotland like the back of his hand, especially the Highlands having walked and climbed all over them.  I couldn't get him to shut up about the locations, it went something like this.... there's no Standing Stones near Culloden!.. that's a scene in Glencoe, they're supposed to be just above Inverness, the two places are not near one another.... on and on this commentary  kept going. It drove me mad, I commented that the Locations Manager unfortunately didn't consult him before the shooting of the film and that they don't take in to account know it alls who continually look for mistakes and can't use their imagination. He does the same with The Loch which is a drama that takes place around Loch Ness.  I'm watching it on my own next week.  Anyhow if you did watch it I hope you enjoyed it.

Here is my card for today;
Just for a change.. Chocolate Baroque from the Breath of Spring set of stamps, heat embossed and Derwent Coloursoft Pencils on a DI background.  I made this ages ago and just getting around now to posting it.

That's me for now, have a good evening and see you soon,
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Saturday, 1 July 2017

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!

Hello Everyone and welcome to my blog,  it's always good to see you and a warm welcome to Mia, who is my latest Follower, I hope you visit often Mia and thank you for choosing to click the follow button.

Well we are up to our eyes in decorating the bedroom, I've been sent out of the way as it seems I was getting in the way.  It's always such a big deal as we have a very small house, in fact it's a glorified hen hutch... even some of them are bigger, so trying to clear the room of furniture is awful as there is really nowhere to put it.  I can't even get into the toilet as it's jammed packed with chests of drawers. Alistair thought he had left enough room for me to squeeze through, ha ha!! no way can I get through the space.  
As we have had to bring stuff downstairs, Teallach is freaking out and can't get to his hidy hole, and at the moment is sitting on top of the mattress which is on it's end.  Damian help Alistair to move the heavy things this  morning and will come back to help put the room back together when the painting is done, which will only take a couple of hours, that's not the hard part.  Do you ever wish you hadn't started something.   We won't be doing it again.

Anyway, enough of that. Here is my card for sharing today;
This is my first usage of the new Oxide Inks, which I've make my background with. I like them, and find them easy to blend. The image is the lovely cottage scene from Crafty Individuals, and lots of sparkle. Inkylicious deer and I've doodled a silver border around the background with Sakura Pen.
It's turned out alright I think.  

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my previous card, love to read what you say.

I hope you all have a good weekend with some good weather, it's not brilliant up here, but what can you do.

Take care of yourselves and see you soon,

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Spring Fairy Plaque!

Hello to You All, I hope you are enjoying your day and that your weather is better than ours. I had to put socks on SOCKS!! it's almost the end of June, what's the weather playing at??? It's been dull too more like April  really.

Thank you for your visits and comments on my cards, you are all so kind and I do appreciate the time it takes going from blog to blog.

I've got an evening to myself as hubby is away to his little music group, so I'm going to indulge myself by watching Versailles on the iPlayer, it's the last one and I'm missing it already.
 However Outlander will be starting on channel 4more on Thursday, for those who like costume dramas, history and a gorgeous leading man gadding about in 17th century kilts. This is based on Diana Gabbledon's books which I read years ago, and she even came to Inverness to do a reading and it was a great night of questions about her books. Of course, much of the story in the first book takes place in and around Inverness at the time of the Battle of Culloden.... and I live just down the road from the battlefield, which is a favourite walk for us. We never see the ghosts of the defeated Highlanders though. Now I've already watched this series on Amazon Prime and can thoroughly recommend viewing.

Here is my project for today;

Another Fairy plaque using images from the Summer Fairy set of stamps,  from Chocolate Baroque, but I've used the Spring stamp from Breath of Spring set. The butterfly flourish is also CB. Imagination Crafts beautiful vine stencilled through with Starlight Paints which I've also used to paint the background on the MDF butterfly.
So I've only the very large and the smallest butterflies to decorate now, I've enjoyed doing them and these two are hanging in our bedroom.

Here are a couple of photos from Outlander, just to whet your appetite;

Jamie is just as good in breechies as a kilt.

That's me for tonight, take care and see you soon,