Saturday, 14 January 2017

Warm Wishes!

Hello to you all from a cold and snowy Inverness.  Winter at last!
I hope everyone is well and enjoying your weekend.  I'm on my own with Teallach as hubby has gone down to Glasgow for a few days to visit his brother.  The Puss and I do love a wee break on our own, and because of the weather I've been pretty much indoors with him.

My laptop is in the hospital so doing this post on my tablet, so fingers crossed it's going to be okay,  so I'm keeping this  short.

Now I make no apologies for a  Christmas card as they are my favourite type of card. 
This was a new die I bought before Christmas but didn't get around to using it, it's by Sweet Dixie.  Although the bird is sitting on holly, I guess you could cut around it and the bird could be used at any time of the year.  Anyhow I've made him robin and coloured him with the wonderful Starlight  paints from  Imagination Crafts.  
I had the embossing folder in my stash for ages but don't know where from.  Sentiment die from First Editions and a bit of Creative Expression red  gilding Polish. 
Imagination Crafts Just Pearl's, and some red pearls for holly berries.


Thank you all for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments on my last card and about Rowan too, she is doing really well and getting along fine with Milo.

Take care everyone and see you soon, 
Hugs Kate x 😉


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Musical Fanfare and Rowan!

Hello Everyone how are you all today?  Well I hope.
I am feeling much better thankfully, still a bit of the snuffles, and blood sugars are still up, but getting there. Alistair too is much better, thank you all so much for your get well wishes, and also for the lovely comments on my CCC cards.

Well, without further ado, here is Rowan;
 Rowan is our newest family member and she is a 10 week old Cocker Spaniel. Damian sent me word this morning that she is now in her new home. I had no idea that he and Moreen were thinking of another dog, but she will be company for Milo. She is absolutely adorable and tiny compared to Milo when he first arrived.  She is a gorgeous chocolate colour, and of course I hot footed it over to have a cuddle,
Milo is very taken with her and she with him, and the cats are fine too.  She is just a wee bundle of gorgeousness, but Milo is making sure that he is still getting plenty of cuddles too. So, there you go another Grandpet.
Now, I think it was Shirley who was asking if the animals in my photos were mine, so just to say they are my Son and DIL's. They have never wanted children, their animals are their babies. My own fur baby is a gorgeous cat who goes by the name of Teallach, and is loved to bits.

Anyway, I do have a card,
Another for the CB colour challenge and this time using stamps from the Musical Fanfare and Swirly Pets.  I made the background with DI watered down and my card swished over the ink, added a frame around the card with a little charcoal pencil.. watched Lesley doing this on the CB shows on Hochanda, and them silver pen. A few sequins and that's it done. 
I'm getting a few of these 5x5 cards made up and boxed to give as a gift.

That's all from me today, it's nasty wet day, in fact the kind of day you just want to stay in and craft, or knit... unless of course you're going to see a new puppy, but I've done that, so I'm heading off to my craft room now.  
Enjoy your day and see you soon , and thanks so much for your visits,


I would like to enter my card into; http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/challenge-thirty.html

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Anything Goes for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well and not suffering with a cold as I am, yes it was bound to happen, Alistair shared his cold with me, and I'm feeling miserable, so you will be pleased to hear that this will be a short post. 
Thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, and to say hello to Pat who has left a lovely first comment.

Would you believe it's time for us CCC gals to show our new Christmas cards......so sorry!!! I know, I know, most of you will be saying what the ......heck, Christmas has just gone. However, we are a little band of crafters who want to get ahead with the Christmas card making and not have to panic at the last minute, so every two weeks one of us chooses a theme and we all try to come up with something.  It's a good way to make sure you have at least 24 cards... is my maths correct!

So, this is the first Challenge of the year and chosen by our stalwart coordinator Margaret, or Duchess as she is known in Blogland, and it's an easy one, Anything Goes;
 My first card uses a gorgeous snowflake stencil and Diamond Sparkle Medium from Imagination Crafts, the black card is also from them, and my cute little snow fella is a die given to me by my friend Mrs. Duck, which incidentally came along with bags of spices and a recipe for Aloo Gobi, which I am going to attempt when I feel better.
Now this little number is all made with freebies from a magazine the name of which escapes me for the moment, but there is an igloo embossing folder and a few little cute critters.  I decided on the penguins having a snowball fight. I've tried to make a Northern Lights sky with DI and I've made a background with Pixi Powders from Creative Expressions..... I need a bit of practise with them.

Please have a look at what the other ladies make, there are always wonderful cards from them, and if anyone would like to join us, please get in touch with either me or one of the other CCC Ladies and get ahead with it, we would love to see some new folk join us.

Hope you are having a fab weekend.. me well I'm doping up with the old paracetamol and a box of tissues, see you all soon,

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Back to Normal?? and Honeysuckle Butterflies!

Hello Everyone, first post of the year and hoping you all had a very good Festive Time. I don't know about you, but I am pleased to be getting back to some kind of normal.

We had a lovely Christmas at Damian and Moreen's home with all the pets, and of course it was Milo's first Christmas and he was beside himself with excitement. Teallach too, had a rare time with the wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, wasn't all that fussed about his treats.

New Year found Alistair poorly so that we didn't make it to our friends, but home was the best place for him, so it was a quiet time too
But my goodness, I feel like I never want to eat again, stuffed to the gunwales, I dare not step on the scales.  New eating regime from now one.

Now I tried to have a bit of a break from blogging, so you might find less comments than usual, but I've seen wonderful projects on my reading list.  Also thank you for the lovely comments on my last card.

My card today is for the CB Colour Challenge;

I've used the main image from the Honeysuckle Butterfly stamp set, and coloured with DI. Embossed background with a folder from Sheena Douglass from her Indian Collection, this was given to me by my lovely friend Mrs. Duck. The sentiment is from the Floral Notes collection.
Pants photo as ever, sorry.

To finish off my post today, here is Milo in his new towel robe he got for Christmas;
He greeted us at the door with it on and wore it most of the day.
Here are Alistair, Damian and Milo relaxing after having washed up the dinner dishes. Notice the big bag of M&S chocolates by the side of Alistair, had them all but gone before we got home, he's now blaming the scales for telling him awful news.
This time joined by Alfie, he is a gorgeous boy and he isn't around much so I snapped him when I had the chance.

Chocolate Baroque are now on Hochanda with Lesley doing her second show of the day at 5o'clock, off to watch it in a few minutes. I'm so pleased that they have finally teamed up with them as they are a huge favourite of mine.

Thank you all for your visits and see you soon,


I would like to enter my card into;http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/challenge-thirty.html


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas!



Couldn't end without a Snowman, shame about the photo, no light here, think we are going to have a stormy Christmas.

Thanks to everyone for all the kind comments and encouragement throughout the year, and not just about crafting projects, I appreciate all the time my lovely Followers take to visit and leave a kind word or two.

So to each and everyone of You, have the Very Best of Christmases with Peace and Joy in equal measure, and Best Wishes for a New Year filled with Good Health and Happiness.

Having a wee break from posting on my blog...nothing else to put on it at the moment, however, I will be having a nosey at what you are all doing.
Till next year, keep safe and have a wonderful Festive Time.



Thursday, 22 December 2016

Almost There!

Well here I am and almost there!!!! How are you all doing, coping well in the insanity of the run up to Christmas I hope.  I mean this happens every year and yet it's the most stressful of times and certainly not good will to all men as the saying goes. I refuse to be stressed by it all, if it's not bought, not sorted, not send, too bad.

I decided to get off early this morning to buy food and pick up medication, so I decided to go to Morrison and get the food there, it meant I could park and go into the pharmacy in the town and also hit M&S for the odd thing.  Well worth the effort of getting off my mark early, all dun and dusted and back home by 11 o'clock.  But my goodness the rudeness of folk is astonishing, I've had doors let go in my face, almost knocked off my feet by a man  who was barging his way through Markies. I even caught a hand trying to pinch a Christmas pudding out of my basket......... well that was the last straw. I caught the wrist belonging to said hand and almost pulled the whole body into the basket.  Not letting go of the hand my eyes travelled up to the face and there was a young woman attached to it, boy did I give her a tongue lashing, she didn't even look sorry about it, just annoyed at being caught out. I asked her if there was an emergency that required a Christmas pudding, I mean there could have been, and I would have given mine up if that was the case. She responded with Don't be Stupid!
Now actually by this time I was inwardly ending myself laughing, but keeping a stern face, my response was... rather loudly.. Stupid!! it wasn't me who was trying to pinch a pudding out of another customer's basket. of course this brought other shopper's eyes to the little fracas happening in the midst of them.  I was pleased to say she ended up with a red face and marched off in high dudgeon.  The other shoppers had a good laugh with me, with various comments about "some people".

I remember another year I saw someone take a turkey crown out of another persons basket as they were passing and the customer was busy looking at the shelves.  That was in M&S too, must be something to do with their food.  Oh well, it's cheered me up and I'm still laughing about it.

Anyway, I have a little card for you, it's the one I've made for my lovely Hubby;
I couldn't think what to do for him, but these free stamps came to the rescue, especially the sentiment. They are all from Creative Stamping Magazine and coloured with a mixture of alcohol markers. I used Pixi Powders to make a background. Our local craft shop has started stocking them, so I treated myself. I made the drink a chocolate one, he is rather partital to hot chocolate... well cold chocolate and any kind of the stuff.

I'm going over to mind Milo this afternoon, Damian has been working from home these last two weeks, but he needs to go into town, so Gran to the rescue, but he's also asked if I will wrap up Moreen's gifts, and as I'm a nosey person, said I'd be delighted to. So that's my afternoon sorted out.

Thank you for the gorgeous Christmas cards that have been sent to us... you know who you are. It's times like this I wish I had a mantelpiece.

Thank you too for all the lovely comments on my knitted pieces, I hope they go down well with the recipients of them.  I've go so many knitting projects I want to start, but can't get on with them as I can't choose what to do.

I'll say cheerio for now, and see you before the Big Day,


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Knitted Gifts!

Hello Everyone, how are you All doing? I hope you are well and remaining sane in the run up to Christmas. I seem to be on track thankfully, with Damian working from home last week it meant I had time to catch up with things at home, and shopping. I even managed to get some parcels wrapped up, but my sellotape wasn't sticking so had to call a halt till I bought new sellotape.  These things are sent to try us, lol.

Thank you all so much for your visits and kind comments on my last card, I know how much time it all takes so it's all very much appreciated.

I'm sharing some of my knitting today,
These socks are for Damian, and the colours just happen to match his Football Team, Glasgow Rangers so, I expect they well go down well. Yarn used is by Arne and Carlos.
 More socks made for a friend in fabulous Noro Kueryon sock yarn, a fabulous slubby yarn and knits up so well.
A cowl for Moreen, The Fisherman's  Wife  Cabled pattern, knitted in Stylecraft Chunky yarn. Knitted on size 10mm pins, and although it's a lovely piece I hat knitting with such large pins and thick yarn, I much prefer 3or 4 ply.

Now as some of you know I was taking part in the Carolthon with the Choral Society today,
Here is the only photo that Alistair took that turned out, battery ran out, so unfortunately, he has not captured the whole group, there are around 25 of us, anyway, here I am with my choir buddy Fiona. There was a good buzz in the shopping centre, so I hope we collected lots for our chosen charity.
We have a break now until January when we will start to practise for our Spring concert.

I was soooo tired this afternoon, I could hardly keep my eyes open, I had made a start on commenting and realised that I'd dozed off when my laptop landed on the floor. I had to go and lie down, now that is not like me, I did sleep though with Teallach beside me, and Alistair made the dinner.  I have been so incredibly tired lately, not sleeping well at all, can't think why really, perhaps one just has phases like that. Best not to worry about it though, just go with the flow, but I felt it such a wast of time going to bed in the afternoon.

Anyway, that's all from me tonight, my card making is all but stopped for present, just Alistair's card to do and I'll have a go at making some tags for the gifts. so until next time, enjoy your weekend and take care of yourselves,