Friday, 31 July 2015

Karate Kid, Friday Oldie!

Hello to you all, I hope everyone is well, but sending kind thoughts out to those you are not so tip top.

Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging comments on my last card, I do appreciate your time in visiting my blog.

Poor start to the morning, Teallach, brought in another bird and this time it was still alive and trying to get away, again Alistair had to come to the rescue and eventually managed to get the wee thing out, I had to take myself upstairs whilst this was going on. Thankfully, hubby hoovered up the feathers of which there was quite a few.  Teallach must have been very quick, as he had just gone out the door, well the whole thing fairly put me off my boiled egg which I had just managed to cook perfectly, a rare occurrence.

My little card is for Friday Oldie, and this was one I made for Kerr about four years ago, it isn't karate he does, but some other martial art sport, but he loved the card, he still goes to it and now is a brown belt.
It's a LOTV image and coloured with Promarkers.

Friday Oldie began with Erika of Snappy Crafts showing handmade projects from an earlier time. Quite a few of us have now joined her and it's just a bit of fun looking back at what we've made when starting out in our crafting career.  For me it's as much about what little I had when I started and how basic  my designs were, This card is very basic.

Anyway, why not join in the fun and share an early project, we would love to see them.

Have a good day and see you soon,

Monday, 27 July 2015

Landscape Collage!

Hello to all my Crafty Friends and Visitors, welcome to my wee space of Blogland.
I hope everyone is tip top, but if your not, then I'm sending lots of Hugs and good wishes for a speedy recovery.
I would like to thank everyone who left a comment on my snowman card, I enjoy reading them and always feel encouraged by them.

Well it's the start of another week, boy are they flying in or what!! more than halfway through the year, and what I'm wondering is where is the Summer, not much sign of it in Scotland. I know we have had a few good days but it's never lasted, rainy and dull today and I've go a cardie on, refused to put on the socks though.

My boy disappointed me the other day, he brought his first bird home and I'm not talking Glaswegian slang for a woman, it was definitely of the feathered kind, luckily Alistair was here as I'm no use about getting rid of them. Teallach was not amused that his prey had been taken away and kept giving me the evil eye.  We then found a tiny mouse on the path, he was really busy that day.  I know that it is the nature of cats, but I still don't like it, he's the picture of innocence too.

I've got a card that I'm entering into CB Colour Challenge;

I've used Landscape Collage and coloured with SN Aqua Pens, I hope I've captured the colours OK.
For the background I've coloured with DI and stamped Seasonal fragments on to it. Black Card, XCut Punched border and ribbon from my box. Sentiment from CB Macintosh set.

I've been abandoned again, Alistair is away playing for a couple of days. I was amazed at the care taken with his packing, when we go anywhere, items are just thrown/stuffed  in any old how. I hope the weather is good for them though

That's me for now, will be having a tour around your blogs after I forage for some food, enjoy your evening,
I would like to enter my card into;

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Let it Snow for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello Blogging Friends, I hope you are well, but if not then wishing you a speedy recovery.
It's time once again for the ladies of the Christmas Card Club to show another card and this time the choice was our Christine's and the theme is Let it Snow, here is my offering;

Just look at these Snowman Pals are they not just brilliant!!  Lovely stamp from LC, part of a set, might have been one of their club sets from last year.
Coloured with SN pens, Pearl Centura Blue card and Paper is from LC. Britannia Sentiment die, lots of Star Dust and a few gems.

I would love you to visit the other CCC'ers, from here, but somehow I've managed not to link the names to their blogs, must try and fix that. However, you can follow from the other blogs.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my Oldie, and sorry if any of you had to read that drivel from Steve somebody or other, thankfully I have managed to deleted it.
Take care and see you soon;

Friday, 24 July 2015

On a Bicycle Made for Two, Friday Oldie!

Hello Everyone, gosh Friday again and time for Oldie for Friday.  Started by Erika of Snappy Crafts and you can find her here.
We show our earlier projects and it's fun to see how we have developed over time in our crafting.
It doesn't have to be a card, just something handmade, could be knitting, sewing, altered art, and it's just a fun thing, here is mine for this week;
Now, I'm not too sure what this stamp is but it's coloured with Promarkers, and I've used XCut Heart dies and little bits and bobs.

Just a very quick post this time, but before I go, I just want to say thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card and, I hope you all have a great weekend planed. Take care of yourselves and happy crafting,

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A little Bird!

Hello Blogging Friends and Visitors, back home now after a lovely few days away at our friends Dale and Stewart.  The Jazz Festival in Edinburgh was fab and we all had a great time. We were looked after so well too, not even allowed to wash as dish. Dale and I caught up with all the gos, and Alistair and Stewart never stopped talking.  They had both been away in New Zealand for over three months so there was much to hear about.

Anyway, I'm afraid that keeping up with your blogs was impossible, I did try to do it on my tablet, but the minute I took it out, Alistair said you can't have your head in that all night. However scrolling through I did see fabulous creations, but I will be hopefully back to normal tomorrow.
Thank you all so much for commenting on my crafty gifts, and pleased to say that Dale loved hers, Amanda was on holiday, so she will see hers when she returns.

I'm keeping this post short tonight, but here is a little card I made a few weeks ago;
I thought this was a lovely wee stamp by Papermania, I coloured it up with Prisma pencils and cut it outwith SB Floral Ovals. Rose Garden paper from First Edition, Pink Card, lace and WO Roses, a little bit of sparkle.
Sorry that the photo is a little pale, the colours are much brighter in the flesh, so to speak.
I hope that you are all well, but wishing anyone who isn't a speedy recovery for better health.

Off to have some playtime with Teallach, he's missed us and is a little huffy. Be back soon, take care everyone, cheerio for now,

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A Fairy Heart and a Coffee Jar!

Hello Friends and Visitors, I hope you are well and enjoying your day, but for those of you who are not so tip top, I wish you a speedy recovery.

Boy am I tired today or I'm I tired!! mind you I've done a lot around the house and helped Alistair clean the car, and got some crafting done too.  I thought that once I'd given up work I would have heaps more energy, but that doesn't seem to be the case, mind you I am wakened and up very early, earlier than I would be when I was at work. I feel that I just don't want to waste any of the day.  However, I'm dozing off just after dinner, getting older I guess.

Thank you all for the super comments on my last card, you are very kind, but keep them coming as it is so helpful to have the encouragement.

Something a wee bit different today, a bit photo heavy so please forgive;
I started to make this project when I was last at the Birmingham Show last year, Patricia and Hazel you might remember them, well I have just got around to finishing it today.  It's for my Friend Dale's Daughter Amanda and I know she loves things like this. I always like to take something handmade when I visit, so I thought this would be perfect, and I chose the sentimet because she is just such a lovely young woman, and if I had been lucky to have a daughter, I would have loved to have her.

And here is what I've made for Dale;

Dale sews and is a Quilter, and I usaully take down some Fat Quarters for her, this time I've included a altered coffee jar with a design on it( too nice to chuck out) and filled it with sewing bits and bobs.
I've decorated it with a new sewing themed die set from First Editions and put a large Prima flower on the lid.
We are off  down to visit them soon and to go to the Edinburgh Jazz Festivel and really looking forward to it.

Well folks that's me for today, Alistair, bless him has decided to make dinner as he had a look in the kitchen and saw nothing going on, it's just baked potatoes and bits tonight, so easy peasy.  That's another thing.... I've been burning everything I've been cooking, don't know what's going on there. I'm really lucky having a hubby who never complains about the meals I serve up, good job!! if the last few dinners  are anything to go by.

Cheero for now,

Monday, 13 July 2015

Lavinia Fairy!

Hello My Friends and Visitors of course, and welcome to my Blog, it's lovely to have you pop in and have a look and maybe leave a comment or two.  I do thoroughly appreciate each and every comment and the encouragement that you offer.

I hope that you are all well and enjoyed your weekend. It wasn't wonderful weather here but at least it wasn't too wet. On Saturday we went to Strathdon to visit friends, that took up most of the day but it was a very pleasant visit.  We got the information we wanted to enable us to go to London in October to see our friend's Art Exhibition.  He has been working for the last two years for this show and his work is fantastic and it was amazing to be to be able to see his work before anyone important does.
It will attract much attention as Philip Mould (he's on telly  with Fiona Bruce) at the moment and David Starkey the historian is doing the forward on Peter's book about the paintings.  Anyway, we might not manage to the opening night, as the great and the good have to be there and the gallery can only admit a certain amount, but we will view when it's quieter.  Alistair also wants to take me to The Globe Theatre, so it's all something to look forward to.

My card share today;
 Using a Lavinia stamp set, which came free last year with a magazine I've stamped on to one of Lavinia panels, the fairly, flowers, sentiment and stardust are all part of the set. Added lots of sparkle to the fairy's wings and the fairy dust.
The background is using another stamp by Lavinia stamped in Versafine ink.
I didn't think there was anything else needed, tell you what though, the fairy wasn't half difficult to cut out, anyway I hope you like her.

I finally got through the ironing this morning as it was taking over the spare bed, and the fact that I had kept on adding to it didn't help.

Well it's raining now, wet rain the kind that seeps through and really wets you, I had thought about a wee walk, but maybe rethink that and have a read insead. I've finished my friend's book and loved every bit of it and now can't wait for the final one in the trilogy, but that will be a year or so away I imagine.  I think I'll look for a murder now.
I hope your day is good where you are, and I'll see you soon. oh, and thanks for your kind words about my tree card.
I would like to enter into

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Christmas Trees for CCC!

Good Morning Friends and Visitors, I hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend.

It's time again for the CCC to show our themed Christmas cards and this time around it's the choice of Margaret and it's TREES;Now folks I don't know why I could have had such angst over a card with trees, but I managed to, I mean how simple a theme, but I couldn't transport what was in my mind to my hands, anyway this is my effort.
Chloe Stamp embossed with Wow EP in green, Embossialicious Holly folder with DI, Die'sire Bauble Die, Papermainia tiny bow, Gorgeous tree ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, and gems from my box, finished off with a bit of sparkle.
Thank you Margaret for the challenge, and looking at my card now I think I know where I've gone wrong.
Please visit the other ladies to see their super creations, that's me for today. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my last card, I do love to read them,

Friday, 10 July 2015

For You "Friday Oldie"!

Hello to You All this fine wet, dull, cool morning, doesn't bode well for the weekend does it, nevertheless it's a day and I hope you  are tip top.  I only bother about the weather in terms of getting my washing out, is that sad or what???

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, comments always welcome, and appreciated too.

I'm here with my "Oldie for Friday" all started by our lovely Erika of Snappy Crafts and you can find her blog here. The idea is that you show something you've made at an earlier stage in your crafting career, doesn't have to be a card, it could be knitting, sewing, photographs, canvasses, just whatever you've handmade, so why not join in the fun, it's good to see too how your style has improved, changed, developed and all that kind of thing.  Here is mine for this week;
A PB Slapstick stamp, another of my favourite stamps and coloured with Promarkers, Papers are from Papermaina. 

Well, it's they type of day for staying in and doing a spot of crafting and that is just what I'm going to do, and also try to ignore any housework needing doing, mind you, I have just started reading my friend's new book and I'm only a few pages in and I'm hooked.  If you are looking for a good holiday read that puts a smile on your face and give food for thought, why not give it a try, in fact this is book is  the second in which will be a trilogy called Marilyn's Daughter, the first book is Cafe Paradise and the author is Patricia Comb.  I love the first book, it was such a feel good one and just know that Patricia's second book will be the same.

We are heading into the weekend, so I hope you have some good plans and that you enjoy them, so cheerio for now,

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Aurora Wings Geisha!

Hello to You All, hope you are all well, and sending out kind thoughts and hugs to those who are not so well.

Having an "at home" day, thought I would get some bits and pieces done, which if I go out to the town or shops I find just scuppers my day. I am however still looking at the ironing.  I like to iron whilst watching a film, but I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't indulge in day time TV, except for the odd C&C program if it's something that I would find useful.

Well my pet sitting went well, didn't loose any of them, none died, which did happen once whilst looking after my friend's rabbit, the wee thing died, and I was in a hell of a state as to what could have happened and how to tell her. Dale took it all very calmly, thankfully, Amanda, her daughter didn't, but there again she was only a wee thing.   Such a responsibility, I don't think I could do children.

Any old how, Damian and Moreen arrived back sooner than expected, as Damian had sun burnt ankles. What a mess when I saw them yesterday, so goodness know what they were like whilst he was away and it was agony to drive back all that way.  He said there was no way to get out of the sun where they were, but he had put sun factor on, but only once, silly lad, Alistair is just the same, you have to keep applying the creams. He knows now.  Pity that happened, other than that they enjoyed the Grand Prix.

My card share for today;
Now the colours are brighter in reality, this is a beautiful Geisha image from Aurora Wings, "Along came a spider" which you can find here. The artist Mitzi has the most amazing art work, why not visit her digital shop.
Coloured with SN Aqua pens and matted on to black card.Background paper is from Chocolate Baroque, one of Lesley's free downloads, printed velum from Parermainias' Oriental Treasures range
Tattered Lace Happy Birthday die, Die'sire lantern dies and flower, large pearl from my box, Liquid Pearls and Star Dust.

Thank you all for you lovely comments on my last card, your very kind and encouraging.

Off to make a start on that ironing, Alistair will be down in a moment to watch the Tour de France, he is upstairs on the fiddle, talk about being between a rock and a hard place LOL!!
Cheerio for now,

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Thank You!

Hello Everyone, and how are you all this fine Sunday, well I'm hoping, but if there is anyone out there in need of some kind thoughts and hugs, I'm thinking them to you.
We have thunder and rain now after having a lovely earlier part of the day, and we are congratulating ourselves for getting some gardening done before the rain came on.  Now I have a bit more time I am hoping to get into gardening, although I'm anything but green fingered, but I do love flowers and plants.  I bought some lavender plants this morning at our local Floral Hall, and a beautiful Fuchsia, so managed to get them potted up and then some weeding.  It's a start.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my last card, and about the photos, I have another couple of pics of the little bay we were at last week, but first here is my card;
This is one I had in my box, but Alistair need a thank you card for his friend's wife who looked after him and his friend Bill before and after their trip to Iceland.  It's an old card that I revamped, so some of you might have seen it before. I think it's a Crafty Individual stamp, and it's been heat embossed in black.

Now here are the photos of Mellon Udrigal, which means little hill of Udrigal and Udrigal is a Norse word for cleft or gully;

The mountains are part of the Torriden range, fabulous, and the sand here is silvery. The second photo looks up to the left of where I was sitting and the sky was getting darker and darker, then the thunder started and there was flashes of lightening, you can just see the outline of another mountain in the background. a wee while later I went for a paddle, and it was cold, but refreshing, feet felt so lovely and cool.

Anyway folks that's me for today,  having an early dinner so that  we can get over to see to the pets.
The phone never stopped yesterday with Damian phoning to see if they were OK, not heard from them today they must be more relaxed about leaving them.

See you soon and take care

Friday, 3 July 2015

"Oldie for Friday" and Teallach's Mountain!

Good Morning Everyone, Hoping you are all well and enjoying this fabulous spell of Summer weather.  Isn't it hot though, no sooner out of the shower and dripping again, and I'm afraid I don't glow like a lady, I sweat like a navvy.
Alistair and the boys had a marvellous time in Iceland, and good weather too, full of tales of adventure and it was lovely to spend time with his Godson, who is just 21 and his friend.  Always in company of the "old boys", so he just loved being in the company of the youngsters.  However it is all catching up with him, took to his bed for three hours yesterday, mind you the heat was fierce, but he is almost 70, although the fittest man I know, there come a time when it's best to have a lie down.

I will have a busy few days from now as I am looking after my Grand Pets.  That's 4 cats, 4 large tortoises, 1 small tortoise, a grass snake, a Gecko, and a Skink, and of course my favourite girl Molly the dog.  Damian and Moreen have hired a motor home and are going to see the British Grand Prix( oh Ang I know you'd want to be there too).  They were to take Molly, this was the reason for the motor home, but the weather is just too hot and she is a very old girl and doesn't manage the heat.

So just as well that they live only a few minutes away so it's no great problem. I have a whole list of what to do for them, all more complicated than looking after little humans, but that is their little .family. Anyway the motor home is fabulous and has given Alistair a few ideas for trips away for ourselves.

So on to my "Oldie";
Another of my favourite Christmas stamps from Papermainia. again this is a large stamp and I think it was coloured with Promarkers. I've had this stamp a few years now, amongst my stash from my first Christmas of card making.

Why not join in the fun and share your earlier creations, doesn't have to be just cards, just something handmade.  It's fun to look back and see how you've improved/progressed.
All started by Erika of Snappy Crafts and you can find her here.

Thank you all so much for your lovely, kind comments on my last card, I do appreciate them and know it all takes time, and let's face it when the weather is so good we all need to take advantage of that.  I have been trying to catch up with my visits to your blogs, but it's been a bit busy here with one thing and another, but I am slowly getting there, I have not abandoned you.

Just to end here I thought you might like to see the Mountian that our lovely fur boy is named after. We went away for the day Wedenday, sweltering heat, to Mellon Udrigal, must find out what that means, beautiful little cove up in the West Coast, but we had to pass An Teallach to get there;

Impressive or what, An Teallach means The Forge. Well over 3.000 ft so it's a munro, not climbed by me, although I've done a few back in the day, but a favourite cilmb of Hubby's.

Off to get some breakfast now, I'm finding I'm keeping the same getting up hours that I did when working, but I'm getting heaps of things done.
Take care everyone, enjoy the sun, but make sure you've got the sun factor on.