Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Happy Birthday Biker!

Hello Everyone, hoping all is well with you and that your week is going fine.
Cooler now, but still nice  weather, but got a shock last night when I had to drive home in the dark from choral practise, of course I could see outside that it had darkened but somehow the brain hadn't computed that I would be driving in it.  Hate driving in the dark now, I don't know if it's my eyes or lack of confidence, maybe a bit of both. I've forgotten how to put the full beam on, isn't that shocking!!, so I sat for a few minutes to get my driving bearings.

Anyway, it was lovely to get back to singing and with such a beautiful programme this session it's going to be a pleasure. We are singing Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle along with various other pieces by different composers.  I first stumbled through the Rossini way back in 2004 when I first joined the Choral Society, when I didn't read music, sing Latin, and couldn't follow a music score, nearly gave up with it, but here I am 12 years one and not only can I sing Latin, but also other languages, and don't loose the place so much, lol. Seriously folks though, I love choral music and find it so uplifting. Sing is though, doesn't matter what kind of music, it's food for the soul as the great Bard wrote.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my CCC creations, you are very kind. A warm welcome to my two new Followers, Shirley and Mac, thank you so much for choosing to follow, I hope you will continue to pop in when you have time and leave a comment.

So here I am with my second 60th card for our friend Ken for the "Boys" to sign and give him,
Once again I wanted something humorous and found this at Dr. Digi, and just perfect as a few years back, much to is wife's horror he bought himself a motor bike... you know the kind of male menopause thing.  He also has a beard, not like this chap, not does he have his girth, so I think he will see the fun in it.
I wanted a fairly muted colours so silver, grey and shades of blue. Gansi Tambi watercolour paint, Ctaftersworkshop Stencil, cogs with Starlight Paints dubbed through it, the image is mounted on to card painted in Silver  and Black Starlight Paints, a peel off 60, and to finish Glossy Accent on the specs.
I'm posting this even although Ken's birthday is not till next month but he doesn't look at my blog.

Off now to have a look in a parcel that's just been put in the door by Fergus our lovely Postie, it's from Imagination Crafts and stamps and new Starlights, going to be having a play tonight whilst Alistair is out Ken's home with the "Boys" playing music. 

Have a lovely day whatever you are doing, and hoping to get around to visit later today, see you soon

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Lots of Layers for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello Everyone, well would you believe another two weeks have gone by and it's time for the Christmas Card Club ladies to share there latest themed cards....where has the time gone???

Anyhow, our lovely Maureen has chosen the theme this time around and she would like to see cards with lots of layers, so without any more ado here are mine;
LOTV gorgeous image and coloured with SN pencils. First Edition Papers. SB Snowflakes Embossing folder, lots of glitter, liquid Pearls and sequins.
Now just for a change I thought I would make a card with a snowman in it, ha ha!! Image from LC and once again coloured with Pencils, LOTV papers and Centura Pearl card, bits and bobs of embellishments, and loads of glitter.

Thank you all for your kind comments on my Oldie card.
Hoping your weekend is going well and that you still have good weather.
See you soon,

Friday, 19 August 2016

Presents, Friday oldie!

Hello there, how are you all today?  Well I hope and enjoying this lovely weather. Not for long though, we are to have rain later, and indeed it's been trying since around 3pm. I was hoping that it didn't start until Alistair got the gutters cleaned and the outside of the windows washed, which he did. I've got to catch him when he's on a roll as house maintenance is not his forte. Anyway, two jobs well done, and the sparkling windows now just waiting for Teallach's nose to mess them up again, you wonder why you bother really, but there you go.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments yesterday.
I'm back to join in with Erika of Snappy Crafts, you can find her here , because it's time for Friday Oldie....yes that's a week gone already.  This is just a little fun posting to show handmade projects made at an earlier time, it's good to look back and see how your style has changed, or maybe you now make something entirely different. There are quite a few of us join Erika now, so why not join us, here is mine;
A card I was asked to make for a work colleague a few years back. All from a Joanna Sheen CD, Nostalgia, there are some lovely images for all occasions, but a whole CD devoted to Christmas.
Labrador pups, just so cute.

Apart from holding ladders steady, I've been in my craftroom, I've got yet another 60th card to make once again for a man, so I had to put my thinking cap on as I don't really know this chap well, but we will be with him on his birthday, so thought I would do a card.  I've been working with CB stamps, Starlight paints and now waiting for Sparkle Medium to dry, that's the bit I don't like, want to get it on and done.

Whilst, I was holding the ladders for Alistair, our neighbour came out and I was laughingly saying to him, that I didn't know what I would do if the ladders slipped, save the man or the artificial hip.....
Donnie answered immediately, save the hip, you can always get another man!!! Poor Alistair, said he wasn't amused.

Well that's all from me today. We are heading into the weekend, so I hope you have some nice plans, see you all soon,

Thursday, 18 August 2016

One Man Band, Teallach and Swans!

Hello Everyone, hoping you are all tip top, but for those of you who are struggling a bit for whatever reason, I hope things will get better for you soon.

What about this weather!!, blooming marvellous!! We are in a mini heatwave up here in the North of Scotland, I hope that it's as good where ever you are. If I'm honest it's just a tad too hot for me, but it's so lovely to have some good weather at last, and it's lasted more than two days, that must be a record. But, unfortunately our schools returned on Tuesday, when it was scorching, just typical.

We had a super time at the BBQ on Saturday, even although the weather wasn't too great, we all managed to sit outside for the food and a bit of music, then had to beat a hasty retreat indoors as it started to rain, here are the "Boys" giving us Ring of Fire,
There is a fabulous view from Ken and Jan's house and we had Red Kites flying overhead as it was their feeding time too.

Anyway, my card today was made for Simon, 3rd from the left, who is about to become the big 60, and I've made a card for the Boys to give him;
Now I wanted something humorous, and I trawled all the digi websites that I know and finally found this one by Dr. Digi and thought it just perfect for Simon.  He is a Cockney, and plays all sorts of instruments, in my mind a one man band and a Cockney go together, don't know why, and his rendering of Always look on the Bright Side of Life is hilarious.
So this has been water coloured and mounted on to an embossed black background, SB musical notes. I think it's a Tattered Lace Stave Die, and peel offs. No sparkle or glitter on this one.  I think it will go down well.

It's going to be Ken's 60th soon too, but will show that one another day.

As I said we have been enjoying sitting out in the garden, and sometimes there is a fight for the seats,

Alistair left his chair for a minute and Teallach too his chance,

Alistairs' not amused, but Teallach didn't vacated the seat too easily.  What about the style??, this is the fedora Alistair wanted, it's as cheap as chips and if it gets caught in the rain it will turn to paper mache, however it's the 3/4 trousers and the socks that get me, lol.

Finally, went to check on the swans, and there are still all eight cygnets, but my what a size they are now,

The post is a bit photo heavy, sorry about that, but I know some of you lovely Followers have been interested in the swans.

Thanks to everyone who kindly left comments on my last card, so very much appreciated.

Off now to see puppy Milo, haven't seen him since Monday as Damian has been working from home, I'll be given a big sloppy welcome.

See you all soon, enjoy the rest of your day,

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Chocolate and Strawberry!

Good Morning to You All, I hope all is well with you and that you have great plans for he weekend, even if it's just a quiet one.

We are going to a friend's BBQ this afternoon, I hope the weather holds, a bit watery looking just now, but it might pass over.  It's one of the "boys" and it will be lovely too see his wife again whom I've not seen since New Year. So good food, and of course the "Band" will give us some music, and I've got my knitting, yes I'm a sado taking my knitting with me, but I can talk and knit at the same time, s why not.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my Oldie card yesterday, I appreciate your visits and comments. I had  new visitor yesterday too, Norm and he left a lovely comment too. I don't know if you know Norm, he posts on Mrs. A's blog at 5 of the o'clock each day and tells of his adventures of the day, he's a great character and he has a lovely girlfriend called Sammy. You can find Norm here

My card today is another for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge;
I've gone for Chocolate and Strawberry this time, another favourite combination of tastes and used images from the Honeysuckle Butterfly and you can find them here, papers are form a beautiful paper pad from the works and I've mounted the image on to Chocolate and pink Centura Pearl card.
The colouring is with Gansi Tambi Watercolours after having embossed the image with Wow powders in Copper.
The beautiful ribbon and stickpin are from the bundles of the most gorgeous embellishments that I won from Wendy, Spanish Crafter.  The colours were just perfect.

The card is just for my box, hence the For You sentiment.
I'm off to get a bit of ironing done now and will watch an episode of Colombo at the same time, I've always liked Ironing and watching the old black and white films on BBC 2 that used to be on.

Oh and just to say, I didn't get a Fairy back from Skye, unfortunately, Ken and Alistair didn't geanywhere near the Fairy Pools as there were so many Tourists, couldn't even get into the car park. They had planned to go into them, but felt they would look chumps trooping along in their wetsuits, they did go to the Viking Village where there has been lots of excavations going on, said that was so interesting. There rain was awful though, but they enjoyed themselves nevertheless.

Cheerio for now and see you soon,
I would like to enter my card into;http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-twenty-five-happy-second.html
and also;http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/week-376-butterflies.html 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Bella, Friday Oldie!

Hi there Everyone, I hope all is well with you and that you are looking forward to the weekend.
It's Friday and time to share an Oldie, all started by Erika of Snappy Crafts and you can find her here
It's just a bit of fun showing handmade projects made at an earlier time in our crafting journey. It doesn't just have to be cards, just handmade, could be knitting, sewing, pottery, oh any number of things really.

There are quite a few of us playing and sharing now and as I said it's just for fun, and it's good to look back and see how you've developed/improved. Here is what I've found;
Awww! it's Bella, and of course from Wild Rose Studio. papers too. I think she is adorable, probably coloured with Promarkers.

So why not join in and share one of your Oldies.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate each and every one of them.
Met up with two Inverness Crafting Buds, Marlene and Fiona, some of you will know Marlene, and Fiona doesn't have a blog, but does show her work on FB, so that was a nice little hour or so catching up with them. This afternoon I'm spending knitting, I'm now on the hood of my garment, so not all that much to do now, trying to get it finished in time for going to Shetland at the begining of next month, not that I'm expecting cold weather, lol.

Have a good day and see you soon,

Monday, 8 August 2016

Chocolate Orange!

Hello Everyone, and how are you all today?? I do hope all is well with you.
Rather cold here today, but good and windy to get towels dry, I'm getting like my mum now, the weather only affects whether I put washing out or not, sad or what!

I hope everyone had a good weekend, we had a quiet one, a nice curry lunch on Saturday, which meant I didn't need to cook in the evening, then a lovely crafting day on Sunday, and here we are at the start of another week.

My Action Man is away for a couple of days with our friend Ken to Skye and the Fairy Pools, apparently it's a beautiful spot. I've asked him to bring me a Fairy back, well you never know. The car was packed high with all the boy's toys, wet suits, ropes helmets , musical instruments, tepee, goodness knows what else. I hope the weather is good for them.

Anyhow, my card today is an entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge;
I've used one of the new stamps. Tangled Birch and you can find it on the website here.
These are the colours for the challenge;
As you can see it's CHOCOLATE. There are all sorts of chocolate and flavours and I've gone for Chocolate Orange. Using Gansi Tambi Watercolour paints from Kuretaki. I've outlined part of the trees and the sun with Pebeo Foil.  Brown and Orange card with a SB embossing folder. Leaf dies from CC.  Once again the photo isn't showing up the colours all that well.

Now just before I go thanks to all who left such kind comments on my CCC cards, you are all very kind.

\i would like to enter my card into; http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-twenty-five-happy-second.html

See you soon