Friday, 9 December 2016

Floribunda Net!

Hello Everyone, I hope today has been a good one for you and that you are getting ready to enjoy your weekend.

I've eventually made a start on writing the Christmas card and got some of them posted, now this is the part of card I just don't like, Alistair would help, but it's quicker if I do it myself, but I hope to have it behind me by the end of the weekend.

Thank you all who commented on yesterday's card, I know how much time the commenting takes so I do really appreciate it.

Today's card has been made specifically for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge;
 Using the beautiful Floribunda Net image, I heat embossed it and coloured it with DI.
Matted on to black card and then an orangey red card stamped with a few little Card-io stamps.
Paper used is from Sara Davis, Autumn Collection. Added ribbon and a few sequins and left it at that.

No sentiment yet as I'm not sure what occasion this card will be used for.
I always have a bit of a struggle to interpret the colours, but I think I've managed not too badly this month.

I almost didn't bother with the challenge this month, mainly because of the time factor, but then again, it's the last one of the year so it would have been a pity not to enter the Challenge having entered each months during the year.

I read today that Chocolate Baroque will be joining Hochanda, having previously been on The Craft Channel, which I could never manage to view, so I'm really pleased at this news. I do love this stamp company, and have been luck a few times to have won a challenge.

A bit of knitting I think tonight, I did get Damian's socks finished and now on to a cable cowl for Moreen. I had made one a few months back and I'm blowed if I can find it. I've searched all over the house, and it's a small house, so I've concluded it's in the "Black Hole" .

Enjoy the rest of your evening and I'll see you soon,

I woul like to enter my card into the following challenges:
http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-twenty-nine.html 

http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/december-floral-fancies.html
http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/the-flower-challenge-3-use-older.html 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Walking in the Air!

Good Afternoon, or rather Early Evening, whatever, hello to You All.
I've been trying to get around to doing this post for days now and the time is just running away, I expect you're all much the same.

I've been slowly getting to grips with the Christmas shopping, and I think I've got on top of it, not that there was much to get, we are a very small family, and some gifts will be gift cards. 
Christmas cards require writing, although I did manage to get the abroad ones posted the other day, so hopefully I'll get around to writing them over the weekend.

I've bought Alistair a hat, I found a gent's hatter on-line and ordered a black Fedora, and just by sheer luck it arrived this morning and he was away for a walk. There was no disguising the huge box with the the company name on it and the word hats. So, I've got it wrapped up and stashed it away. I hope he likes it, but there are so many different styles of Fedora, but it can go back if it's not suitable.

So on to my card which is for my Choir Buddy Fiona who adors the Snowman, well who doesn't! I try to make a different one every year for her and so far I've managed.  I bought a Snowman kit a few years ago from Crafters Companion and I've still some left. I've made a bowed from from CC snow acetate, and cut snowflakes from Sara Davis to cover the stuck on bit of the acetate, and made a border to put the acetate under from one of the cards. The photo is not good, poor light to blame, it does really look better in real life. 

Really only one Christmas card left to make and that is for Alistair and I don't know yet what I'll do, I'll manage something at the last minute I expect.

Thank you all so much for the kind comments on my last post, you are all so encouraging.
Off now to make the mac and cheese for dinner, not made this in yonks, a real treat for me as it's dairy and carbs, so tummy beware, but hey ho once in a while and one has to live.
Cheerio for now and see you soon,
 


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Owl Tealight!

Good Evening Crafting Friends and Visitors, hope all is well with you and that you are all enjoying what life has to offer.
I've been away visiting my friends Dale and Stewart for a few days which was lovely, and of course it means getting to see Amanda and Kerr, and luckily this time around little Olivia who is Amanda's Granddaughter how is only 2, what a gorgeous little cutie she is.

Back now, and trying to settle back in, although I loved being away, it knocks out my system with my insulin, eating etc, so I come back shattered and it take me a bit to get back into harness again.

Pleased to say my boys were fine, both survived, but pleased to see me back.

I've been trying to get around the blogs to comment, but forgive if I haven't reach everyone, my fingers would be worn out, but I've spied your makes on my reading list and have seen many wonderful creations.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post, you are all so kind.

I have another MDF project to share tonight;

Once again from Imagination Crafts I painted up a Tealight holder with Starlight Paints and a little Sparkle Medium.  I took this down to Dale and she loved it.

Now, whilst I was away, Damian took Milo to the doggy nursery, which he loved and came home whacked. Here are a couple of photos of him at play, the staff take photos to put on their FB page;
 Milo's new Best Friend
Would take a lot to chew through this me thinks!!

I think this is a fabulous idea for pets, and although it's new to me the daycare centres have been going for a while. I think Damian is going to put him in at least once aweek, it also gives me a wee break.

Well folks, it's cuppa time so I will say good night and see you all soon, take care of yourselves,


Monday, 28 November 2016

Wintry Globe!

Hello Crafting Friends and Visitors, start of another week, I hope everyone had a good weekend, we had a quiet one. 
Is everyone well, hope that you are but sending kind thoughts to those who are struggling a bit just now.

Well, I'm getting ready to go down and visit with my dear friend Dale tomorrow, really looking forward to it, just going myself, Alistair is staying to look after Teallach, actually he felt he couldn't face another long bus journey after our trip to Glasgow. Dale and Stewart are off to New Zealand in a couple of weeks to spend a few months with their son and family, so I felt I wanted to see her, especially also as he sister has just died and she s awfully sad as you can imagine.

Getting the house prepared, making sure there is food for both my boys has taken time. As Alistair doesn't know how to work the washing machine I've had to catch up with the washing too. I don't do meals, he is capable of cooking thank goodness. I just hope he get on OK minding Teallach, he isn't finely tuned to him as I am.

Milo too is going to have to do without me , I think Damian is going to work a bit more from home. But get this, our chewing boy has been to a doggy nursery. They have found somewhere locally that you can take your dog where he has loads of company of humans as well as other dogs. They took him along at the weekend and Milo was assessed to see if he got along well with other dogs and he was fine. Lots of space to play inside with loads of toys, activity things and a big yard outside for them to play. climb n objects and goodness knows what else. Milo loved it, got along fine with the dogs who were there and came back home whacked. I've never heard the like of it, but if it helps well and good. obviously it costs, didn't ask how much, but it must be cheaper than having to replace furniture and carpets. So I think he will be going there sometimes. Whatever next??

So for my share today I've decorated up one of the fabulous Imagination Crafts MDF Globes I bought whilst at the Glasgow show;

When I saw the globes, there are a few of them, on Hochanda a few months ago I thought I just have to get some, so I did. I wanted to make one for Damian and Moreen and this is it. I've not used all of the elements that come with this set, but I've made a wintry background scene with DI and used an IC tree stencil, Inkylicious sun/moon stencil, Creative Expressions glitter.  The Deer are part of the globe and the have been painted with Starlights and Sparkle Medium, The frame of the globe has been painted with Silver Starlight and Diamond Sparkle Medium just where the deer are standing to give the impression of snow. I've made snowflakes using various makes of dies and added sequins to the sky.  I also added little lights, again seeing this done by Lisa on the show. It all took a wee bit of time to make but I think it is worth it and hope that Damian and Moreen will like it, hope you do too.
I have one to make for myself, but that all depends how I get on with the Christmas knitting.

That's me done for today, I might not be able to get around to visit whilst I'm away so forgive my lack of commenting. 
Thank you for all the lovely comments on my CCC cards, you are all so kind. but for now,



Sunday, 27 November 2016

Trees and Mixed Media for the Christmas Card Club!

Well Hello Everyone, here we are again to share our makes from the Christmas Card Club, a very fast fortnight. Since then of course Blogger has made changes to it's dashboard system, real pain in the ass. Now I thought I was doing well with it, not liking it, but I thought I'd managed to suss it out, until I looked for the CCC button on my dashboard which would take me on to that page.....gone....eek!!  Now I am understanding what the girls who are on blog DT are talking about.

Fortunately, I got help from Christine and Margaret both from the CCC, just how they managed to know what to do is a mystery to me, so a BIG THANK YOU for your help.

So this time around it's Mary's turn to choose a theme and she would like to see Trees and mixed media, here is what I've come up with;
The colours are much brighter in real life, and I've completely forgotten whose stamps I've used, sorry, the branches are freebies from Creative Stamping mag.
Next;
Imagination Crafts Art stamps and Starlight Paints, and finally;
Chocolate Baroque large Trees stamp which was one of their AYOS stamps the other year, lots of sparkle, inked up sky with Memento and Ink Dusters and a few sequins.
I hope these do Mary, I enjoyed the challenge, and I do love trees.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my Oldie yesterday, you are all so kind and encouraging.
Scheduling this post for going live tomorrow, so till the next time take care and I hope you all have a smashing weekend,




Friday, 25 November 2016

Twas the Night for Friday Oldie!

Hello Everyone, hoping all is well with you and that you've been having a good day.
Another cold, bitter really, but sunny. I didn't wrap up enough when I went into town, so I didn't waste anytime, business done and back home.

Thank you for your kind comments on my last card and the photographs. It's always appreciated as I know everyone has a bus life.

I was delighted to be a Top Three Winner in the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge, I don't do many challenges but always try to make a card for this one. Thought I would just boast a bit lol😊

I had the most sleepless night last night, I kept wakening up from 12.30, so by 4.30 I decided to get up and try and finish one of the socks I'm knitting for Damian.  Teallach was sound asleep on his cushion when I went downstairs and decided that he was staying on his cushion so just ignored me.
Anyway got the sock finished, but what a phaff as I was struggling to understand the pattern. It's the first time I've made socks on a circular needle, I always use 4 needles and trying to do the decreasing  was really awkward, I had to eventually return to the 4 needles. In the circular needle's favour, I thought it made a a neater leg.  However, one sock done and another started, so he should have them for Christmas, at least that's the plan.

I'm scheduling this post for tomorrow joining Erika of Snappy Crafts in a Friday Oldie share, and you can find Erika here.

This is just a fun thing where we share something handmade from an earlier time in our crafting journey. It can be anything not just a card. there are quire a few of us joining Erika now and it's interesting to see how our crafting styles have changed, here is what I've found to share;
Well you can tell I'm an animal lover, I just think this image is adorable. It's all from a CD and I've added some embellishments. Can't for the life of me remember what CD it is. 

 
So that's me for now, it will be an early night and hopefully a decent sleep. Take care of yourselves,


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Pot of Poinsettias and Rehersal Photos!

Good Morning to Everyone, has your Blogger Dashboard changed? Mine has and blogger is back to the robot thingy. I was all over the place looking for the icon for new post, well obviously I found it but I wish blogger wouldn't tinker with blogger.

Anyway, I hope you are all well, and keeping dry and cosy. You folks down there in Englandshire are having awful weather, we in the Highlands are doing OK, very cold but sunny today.
Needless to say my Adventurer is off to the hills, he's so pleased to have his chum Derek back who has been away in China for the last 3 months, so they are off out to play.

A big Hello and Welcome to Shaz who is my new Follower and also now one of our CCC members, I hope you will manage to pop in when you can Shaz and thanks for clicking the follow button.

Thanks also to all who commented on my last project, busy now looking for small doggie treats to put into the drawers.
Thanks to for your good wishes for our concert, it went brilliantly, the soloists were wonderful and we were wonderfuller lol. The audience seemed to receive the music well, although Alistair admitted to dozing off in the first part, but some of the pieces are very repetitive, especially the amens, 8 pages of amens is really too much for anyone regardless of how well sung. He loved the second half where the music was a bit lighter and the soloists sang their own music and the Bass was superb with the famous aria from the Marriage of Figaro.
Here are a couple of photos from our rehearsal;
 The soloists rehearsing, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and the fabulous Bass
And then there's us... I'm the one with my arm leaning on the back of the chair. I was amazed that I was actually in the photo, I never am, but getting the back of me is quite something.
Unfortunately, we are not allowed to record the music, not that I would know how do do that and get the video on here anyway, and I'm not sure if there are photos yet of the actual performance. Thanks once again for your interest.

Righto, on to my card;I was
 I was quite pleased with how this turned out, it's my take on a sample in Creative Stamping Magazine using the free stamps. I made it for a friend who is having a bit of a struggle just now with her health. She has received it and pleased to say she liked it.  The blooms are embossed with Wow powder and painted with Starlight Paints, Papers are various bits from pads I've had for ages.

Well the sun is streaming in the window and showing up that they are needing cleaned, Teallach makes such a mess of them. He is loving this weather, out most of the day and staying in at night, but I do have to get up for him about 5 o'clock as he comes up to let me know that he needs to go out.

That's me for now, so take care and keep cosy and see you soon,