Monday, 20 February 2017

Starlight Kingfisher!

Hello Everyone, another week has begun.. don't they go by so quickly.
 I hope you are all well and had a good weekend. We were very quiet here, just the food shopping which is anything but exciting, and I hate having to do it.

I did get a wee bit of crafting done, and some of my latest socks inched up a bit.

Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments, I do appreciate each and everyone of them.

Now, I have a confession to make to my team mates on the Christmas Card Club, and I'm sure they will have noticed it but been too polite to mention my mistake.  I can't spell !!, I used to be able to, I blame all this IT stuff and never writing letters, anyway, the word I got wrong was the plural of ski, I spelt it skies, which of course is the plural of sky. What a numpty eh! It was when I noticed that no one had added any, well OK something not many folk would have including me, or so I thought, but there were plenty of wonderful skies. However, everyone had produced wonderful cards, and some even had sleighs which I added as I reckoned that the ski part might have been a struggle, so thank you one and all ladies.

For today's card I'm back to a CB image;
The Kingfisher from the Kingfisher Song set which I've coloured with Starlight Paints and used DI for the background. I've kept it very simple without embellishments or sentiment, I just wanted the beautiful bird to be the focus.  Do you know I've never seen a Kingfisher, and would count myself luck if I had.

No puppies today, Damian working from home, so I've not got a rush to fix dinner and get out to choral rehearsal, so I'll have a lovely afternoon reading, I'm in the middle ot the Wars of the Roses just now, Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden, I love these historical novels.

Cheerio for now and see you soon,


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Snowy Mountains, Skies, Sleighs!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.
It's time once again for the Christmas Card Club ladies to share their fortnightly creations.
We are a group of Let's Get  Ahead For Christmas Cards Gals and believe me it makes all the difference when it comes time to be getting the cards all prepared.

We all get a turn of choosing the theme  and this time around it's mine, and what a muddle I got into with my choice.  Originally I chose skies and snowy mountains, but a while after I thought what a daft theme as I didn't have anything with skies , so I added sleighs and anything else that you'd use in the snow.  So ladies I'm sorry if you struggled with this challenge, but knowing how creative you all are I'm sure you will have found a way around it.

I went searching for a ski die and this is what I came up with;
Found this Signature die, coloured it up, made some snowy mountains, and added some branches and embossed with Wow Powder and added lots of Star Dust. For some reason I have not added a sentiment yet, perhaps because I can't think who on earth I'd send this one to.

Now you know that old adage of Sod's Law?  well I happened to open a Nicrane file that I've had for ages and here is what I found;
Skies!!! and a rather sweet image of children , I love the old fashioned look, I just glittered it all up and added a greeting and some gems.  I could have saved myself £7 if only I'd known I had this.

But I also found this in the same file and thought it would also do for a sweet  card
More little cuties glittered up, ribbon and some pearls.
Once again the photography is not brilliant, they are all awfully white/bright, so I hope you can pick the images up OK.

Do check out what the other ladies make as they are always fabulous.

Thank you for your visits and for the lovely comments on my previous cards.

See you soon,




Friday, 17 February 2017

Trio of Cards!

Hello Everyone, Friday again and I hope you are well and having a good day.

We have had some lovely Spring like weather over the last few days, just lovely although a little cool.  Really, can't complain about the weather, we have hardly had any snow this year, and on the whole the temps have been unseasonably mild.

Day off from Puppy minding so getting on with finishing off some cards. I used to not do this and then decided just finish the whole thing off and then it's done, Such a pain to find no insert or greeting when it's need quickly to go in the post.

I've also been using some of my older stash, inspired by watching Little Claire on Hochanda the other week. It was lovely to see them on here as they were some of the first stamps I bought and joined their club where new stamps arrived through my letter box each month. I have such a collection, and a great many not yet used. So. I corrected that and have three to show today;
All these images are from the stamp set March Flowers, and this one is such a lovely dandelion head image, It's a tiny card, , but amazing what you get on it. All card and papers are from LC too and sentiment is part of the stamp set.
The card base is from LC, it's such a lovely flower shape and the image is coloured with a mixture of Faber-Castell and Derwent Coloursoft pencils. SN Sparkle pen and some Just Pearls.
My apologies for having the image in the photo around the wrong way, I've tried to rotate it but now luck, Anyway, coloured with Faber-Castell pencils and SN Sparkle pen and Just Pearls, sentiment is from Stamp set, again it's a tiny card.

These little cards are just for my box, and can be sent for most occasions.  I've looked out another stamp set that's unused, I'm determined to use older stuff.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last project and also for the feed back on my Kingfisher card, I am always open to hearing what you think, and constructive criticism is so helpful.

I'm a wee bit behind with visiting and commenting, I've been awfully tired just lately, and come evening I'm sometimes just too wabbit to get on the computer. So please forgive if I've not made it to you.

Time to get to the kitchen and see what's for dinner, thinking what to have is more difficult than the actual cooking.

Have a lovely evening and I hope you have a super weekend planned, what ever it is. Take care and see you soon,





Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello To You All, I hope you are well, but if not, sending out healing and positive thoughts for a speedy recovery.
Happy Valentine's Day, did you get a card landing on the mat this morning? Do you remember when as a youngster the excitement or dread around the 14th of February?  Excitement when you knew you were popular and that you'd receive some cards....at least one, and dread that it would be some kind of miracle if you did receive one, but more than likely not and that you'd have to decide whether you lied or owned up to not getting a single one.  Oh life could be cruel in those days.  I was always in the dread group, but I did own up, dismissing it all as nonsense and don't believe in it at all......yeah right!
Of course now I never need to worry as Alistair always remembers, and he has bought some beautiful ones over the years we have been together.  Anyway today I'm showing what I made for him;
I decided to make a canvas instead of a card this year, I painted on black gesso and then stamped CB hearts from the Swirly Pets set and heat embossed with red WOW powder. The large Love sentiment is also from CB. I had the wooden heart in my stash so painted that up with Imagination Crafts Red Starlight paint and stamped a lovely little sentiment from Creative Stamping magazine and embossed in black powder. added a few little sequins and a bit of black ribbon. I'm pleased to say he loved it.

I had a day off from Milo and Rowan, so we went for a drive to Beauly on the Black Isle and had a lovely lunch at the Priory Hotel, and even had entertainment as there were some folks from two rest homes booked in for lunch and they had engaged a singer/player  who sang Country and Western songs. It just all added to a lovely day.

That's me for now Folks, have a lovely evening, and see you soon,
 



Saturday, 11 February 2017

Water Irises!

Hello Everyone and I hope you are having a good weekend. We have snow, started through the wee small hours, I know cos I was awake... not much sleep going on these days, and then to crown it all I heard Teallach being sick, funny Alistair hears not a thing!!!  Poor Puss is a bit quiet this morning, a horrid huge furball, but he should be fine as the day goes on.

I'm being really lazy as I'm still in my PJ's, but you know what I don't care, not planning to go out until much later, I'll make an effort then.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and feedback about my Kingfisher card, and especially to Marianne and Karen who gave specific thoughts on it, duly noted and tucked into my remember "this " folder. I will never feel offended by constructive comments, It's how I learn. Having said that I was a bit miffed at my hubby's comment, as it wasn't the one expected and I hate the word "nice", a word I try not to use.  He'll now be frightened to make any comment at all, lol.

So, I've another CB image for today's card;
It's the Water Iris, and I wanted to keep it very simple and just show colour, but once again it looks washed out in the photo.
I used DI for the background after having stamped and masked the image, and then coloured it with SN Colour pencils, a little white pen along the leaves to give a bit of definition. Sentiment is one of Lesley's own from the new stamps, it's a small script but reads"Today is your day to Dazzle and Sparkle". Imagination Crafts Just Pearls and framed with  Derwent Blue Charcoal Pencil and mounted onto CE dark blue card.
Just a card for my box, and talking about cards, Moreen loved the box of cards I gave her for her birthday, so pleased by that.

Before I sign off here is a photo of my lovely Teallach being all comfy on MY Chair, and especially for you Mrs. Duck;
 

Oooh it's getting dark again, more snow I fear, have a lovely day and take care of yourselves and see you soon,

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Kingfisher!

Hello Everyone, I do hope all is well with you and yours and that you're not feeling the cold too much with this yet again change in the weather.

Thank you all for your visits and comments, I love reading them and appreciate the time you take to pop in. For anyone who does visit, please leave a comments as I can then pop in to your blog and see what you make.

My goodness the daylight is stretching, I've just closed the curtains at 5.30, and just a smidgen of light left, yep Spring is around the corner.

There has been loads of excitement at Chocolate Baroque as they have launched new stamps, some of you may have watched Hochanda and seen Lesley crating gorgeous pieces with them. I treated myself to the whole set, not something I do normally, but I could see such possibilities for all of them and there was the flexi buy on, so it would have been silly not to have taken advantage. Anyhow here is my first card made with the Star of the Show.... The Kingfisher;
I've incorporated stamps from two CB sets, Kingfishers Song, which includes the birdie himself and the bridge, the cottage comes from The Gift of Christmas and instead of a snowy cottage I've made it an anytime one. The birds are from Inkylicious and I felt just gave the scene a finishing touch.
I've coloured with Kuritaki Gansi Watercolours and put a little Star Dust on the water. Mounted on to Royal Blue Centura Pearl card.

I wondered if the perspective of the cottage wasn't quite right, but I've gone for it anyway, what do you thinks. Alistair thought it was very "nice"...... never has he used that word before, he went on to explain that it was rather "flat", it wasn't popping out. I'm open to constructive criticism, as I'm very new to creating scenes and I am conscious of having difficulty in making my colours more vivid.

Well it's mince and tattie tonight, done in the slow cooker as I've been over to puppy mind, I can hardly believe that Rowan had only been with us a month, 7th January she arrived, It seems like sh has been here of yonks.  

I'll say cheerio for now, have a lovely evening and see you soon,


Monday, 6 February 2017

Big Leafy Background!

Hello to You All, I hope you are well and having a lovely restful evening.  Has your week started well? Mine started with the dentist and a rather large filling. Now I am terrified of the members of this profession and consider them as medievil torturers. Many bad experiences from an earlier age has left this legacy. Hygenist in a couple of weeks.... they're just as bad.

Thank you all so much for your visits and lovely comments you are so kind to take the time, and I do appreciate it all.

Keeping my post short tonight, so here is my card for today;
Another Chocolate Baroque image, Big Leavy Background Stamp, embossed in WOW Copper powder and coloured with SN Aqua Pens, Sentiment from CB Macintosh stamp set  a few sequins and some lovely ribbon , I've used Just Pearls on the sentiment.
I love these fabulous large stamps, so much you cand do with them.  Unfortunately, photo is a bit bleached out, the shades of green are more vivid.

That's me for tonight, I've to go and wrap up Moreen's birthday present for tomorrow, this is one of the cards I've included in her box of  greetings cards, I hope she likes them all.

Take care and see you soon,