Saturday, 8 March 2014

Hot Air Balloons!

Hello Crafting Friends, I hope you are well and having a lovely weekend. For those who are not so well, I hope you feel better soon.

Well, I've not been around for a wee while, first we were away for our little break down to the borders and have to say that we had a lovely time,  great hotel, huge bedrooms and fab food, even the weather was with us, lots of sunshine if cold.   However, poor Alistair was not well, he had and still has a stinking cold.  He wasn't feeling all that good on the Saturday before we left, sore throat, and a bit headachey, but then he developed an awful cough.  He kept on going though and did all the driving, he was exhausted though as the cough was keeping him awake, me too.  He was a hero though.  On the way home I began to feel unwell, and yes I've ended up with a cold too, affecting me differently though, I thought my head was going to explode as my sinuses were so painful and my face was swollen, in fact I could look down and see my cheek, if you know what I mean. With a sore throat and limbs I was good for nothing.  I think we are on the mend now, thankfully.

This is the reason I've not been around, so I've missed commenting on your lovely cards, although I've been looking at the little photos that come up on my dashboard, I just didn't have the energy to do any commenting.  Lots of wonderful cards though.

Thank you all so much for commenting on my last card, you're very kind.

My card for sharing tonight is a commissioned one for a man.
I was trying to be oh so clever and make my owned inked background, I think I need a bit of practise.

I've used a balloon stamp from Creative Stamping Magazine, cut the balloons out and paper pieced them with First Editions Man Made Papers
MB Clouds Dies
Kraft card
News Print Paper from my stash
Buttons and twine from my stash
Papermania sentiment
DI for background
Star Dust to give a wee bit of sparkle
It's my first attempt at paper piecing and I think it's quite good......of course self praise is no praise at all, nevertheless.
So that is just about me for tonight, I hope everyone has a good weekend, whatever your doing, and I leave you with a photo of Alistair and his new "Best Friend"


Sue said...

Sorry to hear you both haven't been well Kate. Me and hubby haven't either but getting there. Your card is fab and the background is great lots of huggles Sue xxx

Sue said...

Oh Kate, sorry to hear that you have both been unwell. I hope you continue to feel better.
Your card is wonderful. I really love the hot air balloons in different papers and your background design looks fabulous.
Take care, hugs Sue xx

Lorraine said...

Sorry to hear you have been so poorly Kate. I hope you are both much better now.
Your card is gorgeous, I love the hot air balloons
Lorraine x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Glad to have you back. You have my sympathies as my throat has been awful today and my nose running like a tap.
I shall praise your paper piecing. Never done it but your balloons look fab as does your background.
Hope you and Alastair feel better soon.
Take care.
Ang x

rachel said...

great photos Kate - sorry to hear about the cold - it can be so awful. Wonderful paper piecing on your card - its fabulous xx

Patricia said...

Good evening Kate,
Glad your feeling a bit better. We were talking about you at the SECC today ..... All good I may add.
Love your card with the wonderful paper piecing. Have not tried that yet!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Patricia xx

pam said...

hi Kate, glad you are both feeling better, after your little break.
wonderful man card, love those balloons and colors.

Marie-Louise said...

Grreat male card Kate. Hope you both feel better soon.

Sue said...

Great guy card, Kate. Hot Air balloons look great against your sky background. Sorry you are feeling poorly, glad you are on the mend.


Hazel said...

Kate, I know how you must have been feeling as I have a really sore throat and start off a cold, it's a pity Alistair wasn't 100% while you two were away. You two take care these colds are not good. Love your card and those balloons are great. As Patricia has said you were talked about when we were in Glasgow and meet up with Wilma (all good talk). Hazel xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Kate so sorry you both have been unwell, hope you continue to feel better. Fabulous masculine card today and I think you have done a wonderful job on the background. Hugs Susan x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Glad you had a good time, shame you were both ill but glad you are on the mend. Live the little hot air balloons, very cute

hotpotato said...

Sorry to hear your time away was a bit spoilt by hubby not being well. Hope you are both now on the road to feeling better. I love your balloon card it's stunning.

Sandy said...

I am very sorry to hear that you and Alistair have been sick. You have the nicest little trips and I think that would be so much fun. Oh to live in Great Britain. Anywhere - somewhere!!!!
You card is a corker - I love that word, not sure what it means I just think it is a good word!
Sandy xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Glad to hear that you're on the mend Kate, the card is beautiful. Love the background and the fabby balloons. It's a perfect male card.

Warm hugs

Christine Harrop said...

Oh dear, I'm sorry you are both feeling unwell. Hope you are soon over it. This card is great for a man and I love your paper piecing, which I have never attempted either. Hugs Christine xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a super male card. I love those super stamped balloons they look just like they are flying in the sky.
I think your inking technics are fine, don't be hard on yourself.
So sorry to hear you and your hubby have not been well, there are some nasty bugs doing their rounds at the mo. Hope it didn't spoil your time away.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Anne-Elise said...

What a great male card, Kate! Hope you are both feeling better soon!! Big hugs

May said...

Gorgeous card Kate, Love the background & the paper piecing is sad to hear you both were sound as though you both still managed to enjoy your break away....I hope so... Hugs May x x x

Jules said...

Hi Kate

Gosh .. .. it sounds like you have been properly poorly.

I hope that you are both feeling much, much better now!

That is a great male card you have posted .. .. and I love the sky background very much.

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Love Jules xx

Erika said...

Oh Kate such a shame that you both haven't been well especially with your time away too. Hope you are on the mend soon.
Great man card, love the balloons and such a great background to go with it.
Take care, hugs


Pop's Cards said...

I love this sweetie, absolutely gorgeous!! Huggles Pops x x x

Anet van Zyl said...

Hallo Kate, so sorry to hear you both are sick. Hope you get well soon. Your Masculine card is beautiful, I love the hot air balloons and buttons.