Sunday, 21 January 2018

Christmas Baking for the CCC!

Hello to Everyone, I hope you are managing to keep safe, warm and cosy in this snowy and icy weather. We still have a lot of the white stuff and even although the sun is shining it's not melting the snow, and our street is like a skating rink, makes staying home easy.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card and commiserations regarding my tooth, the temporary filling is still holding.

Anyway, I'm here with a post for the latest Christmas Card Club Challenge and this time it's the turn of Maureen to choose the theme and she wants to see Christmas Baking. I thought that once again it would be Anything Goes for me as I didn't think I had anything suitable, but then I found this little LOTV image;
Now not only is the little guy cooking the turkey but, he's already baked the Christmas Pudding. I've coloured the image with SN Colourblend Pencils and the papers are form a pad given to me by my lovely friend Mrs. Duck, The sentiment and tag another gift, this time from Rita another dear friend, the stars I bought a wee while ago and they are from X Cut. The whole card has turned out not too badly and I hope it will do Maureen.

I enjoyed making this card and using a stamp that I've had for a long time, so thank you Maureen for your choice.

Remember to pop into the other CCC ladies' blogs and see what they have made, names on my side bar, and if you would like to join us and get ahead with your card making for Christmas, just get in touch with me or any of the others and we will give you the information.

Scheduling this post for tomorrow when the challenge goes live.
Enjoy your evening and see you all soon,

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Little Bit of Summer!

Hello there Everyone, how are you All?  Sounds as if many of you have had colds/flu viruses, they are certainly doing the rounds, and it's taking until now really for me to feel well again from well before Christmas. Some of the viruses knock the stuffing from you, so if you are struggling to get better, kind thoughts going out indeed for anyone who is struggling for any type of reason, I hope you will feel better soon.

Well it's been a while since I posted, I've not been idle though, I have been busy in my craft room, just not ready to post my projects yet, I've been trying a few different bits and pieces, but I've got a card today that was a simple design;
I found this LOTV in my stash whilst looking for something else and I thought it lovely and just right for something away from Christmas cards, so I've matted it with purple card and used papers from the Promises paper pad that I've had since Moses was a boy. I don't think LOTV have it anymore, and it's so pretty. XCut Hello die and a few sequins and a gem dragonfly , a little bit of ribbon and job done.
Hope you like it.

Thank you all for the lovely comments that you left on my CCC post, you are all so kind.

Disaster struck the other evening,.... whilst trying to have a healthy snack, instead of crisps, I took a filling out of a very precarious tooth. This is one the dentist has been trying to save for a while, but when I had a look at it I thought that this time it looked as if it was done for. Anyway, I managed to get an emergency appointment yesterday and have had an temporary filling put in, but was told it will more than likely have to come out, but my own dentist will look at it next week. Now disaster because, it will leave a great gap that will be noticed, so no more smiling for me. I'm hoping the dentist will be able to suggest something to do, but will wait and see. I have a great fear of dentists and what they do, many bad experiences in earlier times, and even although this lady is very good I stll feel anxious, but it's got to be done.  It was a hazelnut that done it...hate the damn things now, should have had the wine gum instead Lol.

What a beautiful morning it is here, sun shining and dazzling on the snow, yes we have had quite a fall of the white stuff, it's kept us indoors quite a bit, so much so that Alistair has cabin fever, and Teallach is refusing to go out, it is lovely though as long as you don't need to go out. I hope you are all being careful and keeping cosy.

That's me for now, have a good day whatever your'e doing,

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Elves, Pixies, Gnomes for the CCC!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the first Challenge from the Christmas Card Club of this New Year of 2018.....Whee, where did last year go to! Wasn't it a quick one!

I hope you all had a super New Year, but for those who are ill or struggling in one way or another, let's hope you will feel better soon and that this year will be kind to you.

So here we are, us ladies that want to get ahead in the Christmas card making so that there is less stress towards the Big Day.  It's a great way to keep on top of the card making and if you would like to join us just get in contact with me or any other the other ladies and we'll tell you how.

We each choose around two themes throughout the year, and it's a fortnightly challenge, so not too much to do. This year there is also the option to choose to do Anything Goes, so that you don't miss out on making a card. It was found that this was sometimes happening if there wasn't anything in our stash to make the theme.

Our Challenge was chosen by Margaret (Duchess) and she would like to see, Elves, Pixies, Gnomes.....Well my card is as close to that as I had, but maybe it's an Anything Goes;
It's an Angel really and it's an old stamp from LOTV, coloured with Derwent Procolour Pencils and some SN Shimmer Pen.
A little bit of watercolour and a few sequins. Sentiment is also LOTV.  The lovely paper in the background is from Crafty Individuals.

I usually make more than one card, but I've restrained myself this time as I made far too many last year, actually I really don't have to make any this year at all, but they are by far my favourite cards to make.  I'm also determined to make them flat for posting, what a cost I was in postage at Christmas.

So that's me, but I would just like to thank you for your lovely comment on my last card and photographs, you are all very kind. Take care and see you soon,

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Thank you and some Christmas Photos!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to You All. Are you all over the Festivities and looking forward to what 2018 has in store for you.

I know for some of you that there are ongoing health issues, so I'm sending you kind thoughts and hugs, that you'll enjoy good health soon.

We had a lovely Christmas with Damian, Moreen and the Pets. However, Moreen was suffering with a bad cold and I had succumbed to another bout of virus, so we didn't stay as long as we usually do. Damian cooked a fabulous Christmas dinner and I have to say my lentil soup was to die for. We exchanged lovely gifts and Rowan and Milo were beside themselves with excitement, here they are with their new scarves;
I didn't think they would wear them, but they did all afternoon and even went out with them at night, money well spent for the cuteness.

Anyway, It's not all about pets, here is a little card to say thank you for a Christmas gift;
Image is by Crafty Individuals 425,it's one of their latest creations. Stamped with a multi-coloured Versacolour ink and red gel pen for the holly berries and silver gel pen for the mistletoe berries. Sentiment is from CB McIntosh sentiment set of stamps. Added a few sequins and that's that.

We had a very quiet Hogmanay, in fact I went to bed early as I'm just not shrugging off this cold, but I am enjoying my book by Ken Follett, A Colum of Fire, it's the third book in the Kingsbridge series and I've been gripped since the start of reading them.  Not one ounce of alcohol has passed my lips, boring or what, I remember back in the day I could party for Scotland, not now, appreciate my comfort too much.

I'll finish off now, but just before that I would like to thank you all for the lovely comments of my last card, and indeed for you visits throughout the last year, I read and appreciated it all.

Here to end my post are a couple photos from Christmas Day

that's Poppy on the back of the Sofa, 
Milo and Alistair, I think he was fighting off Milo's licking. 
Take care Everyone and see you soon

Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Night Before Christmas!

Hello to You all, I hope you are well and ready for tomorrow. 

I'm all prepared, and too bad if there is something forgotten, not the end of the world.

Christmas time for me and Damian has mixed emotions, as my mum died  on the 17th of December and her funeral was on Christmas Eve, an although that was 13 years ago, it still feels like yesterday. However, I was lucky to have mum as long as I did.  Christmas can be a difficult time for may folks for all sorts of reasons, and it's a time of reflection for all the good things in my life, and a reminder to not take it all for granted. Whilst I was still working I worked with many people who had nothing much, even not good health.  So Yes I have many blessings.

I want to thank everyone of my lovely blog Followers and Visitors for all your words of encouragement throughout the year, I appreciated all your visits and comments.

Here is my last card for the year and it is just so perfect for today;
This charming image is from Crafty Individuals, I love it.

Wishing You All a Very Merry and Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year, I hope 2018 will be a kind year to Everyone.

Love and Hugs 


Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas Tags!

Hello to Everyone, well are you all on track for the Big Day? I think we are, despite having a nasty virus which I'm still trying to get over. 

Thank you all so much for you lovely comments on my last post and good wishes for our Carolthon, it will be a wee while before we know the end amount raised, but I think we will have raised quite a bit.
However, I had no voice, I'd been croaky the day before but Saturday morning I couldn't talk at all let alone sing, but I was determined I wasn't going to miss out, so I just mimed. I must have run on adrenalin too, then collapsed in a heap once home, but it was good. I'm still not feeling  tip top, but felt I just had to carry on. The good thing about miming is that in my head I sang like Cecillia Bartoli, and for those who don't know who she is, she is the most wonderful Italian Mezzo Soprano, and I love her voice. A girl can dream.

Anyway, nearly there and today I have a selection of Tags, made for the family gift bags;
First up are the tags for Damian and Moreen. Sue Wilson poinsettia die and Chocolate Baroque stag image.

I thought this Jolly little Gingerbread Man from Papermania was just right for Alistair.

And just because I could I made a tag each for Milo and Rowan using TH Crazy Dogs stamps and coloured them with the new Procolour pencils from Derwent.

We have been out with our friend Dougie today had had a very lovely Christmas Dinner and we are all stuffed, Dougie was looking forward to having a snooze when we dropped him off and Alistair is now sound asleep on the sofa, and I'm just pleased I won't need to cook tonight.

So that's me for now, have a good evening and I'll see you the night before Christmas, take care of yourselves,

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Trinket Box!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and keeping cosy in this cold and snowy weather. We are in the minuses tonight, anyway it is December.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last cards, you are all very kind.

I've been finding it difficult to get to the computer to post and comment, so if I've missed you out please forgive. I don't know where the time goes and I've not managed to get back into a routine.  since my trip to Glasgow, but I expect you are all the same. I did manage to get all my cards written and sent off today, that felt a relief.  Still to look out the Christmas decorations too, that's going to have to wait until the weekend, anyway here is my make for today, it's part of a gift for my choir buddy Fiona;

I bought this little box from The Works and have decorated it with Imagination Crafts Rice Paper and various stamps and stencils, Starlight Paints are the paints of choice and some sequins. I have to say I loved doing it, I hope Fiona likes it.

It's the Choral Society's Carolthon on Saturday and I am really looking forward to the big sing, we will be in the local shopping centre singing all shifts and this time for a number of years we are being allowed a larger choir at lunch time to the special Carols and pieces from the Messiah. Here is the fabulous flyer for it, drawn by a little girl from one of the local schools;
isn't just so sweet. I hope we manage to raise loads of money, however saying that, there are lots of people struggling just now, but you never know.

That's me for now, see you soon and take care of yourselves,