Sunday, 18 August 2019

Patterned Papers for the CCC!

Hello again, I hope your weekend is going well and that you are doing something you enjoy....even if that's nothing special.  It's been housework for me, but I feel like I've accomplished quite a bit, even getting the washing out, dried and ironed, so the rest of the weekend is all mine. Not that there is anything planned.

Thank you for you lovely comments on my last post and for the suggestion of getting myself  a box to my medication in, I had thought of that myself so that's what I did and feel I can keep on top of it all now....we'll see.

Well it's time again for the CCC to show off there creations and this time it is Grandmargaret who is the hostess and she has chosen, use two or more pattern papers. This was a bit of a challenge for me as I really no longer use papers so very much, however, here's what I came up with.
 Both of the papers are from the Joyous Noel Designer Paper pack from SU, sorry about the photo, the colours are much more vivid in reality, a bluey green and copper, on the first one and a grey sort of beige on the bottom paper. I've added a coppery ribbon and a lovely deer die from Dovecraft. The sentiment is from the First Frost stamp set from SU. A few pearls to finish, 
The inside of the card had a Card-io stag and a freebie sentiment from Creative Stamping magazine

 More SU paper, this time from First Frost Paper Pad, I have to say it's a set I love, it's a sort of watercolour look and the colours are gorgeous. I've embossed silver card, and added a lovely satin ribbon. The sentiment is the same as the first card and a few pearls.
The inside of the card, with more paper from the same pad and one of the stamps from the set, sentiment is also from SU.

I loved that I got to use these lovely papers, so thank you for the challenge Margaret.

Do look out for the cards created by the other CCC team members, they always come up with fabulous cards.

That's me for now, take care and hope to see you soon,

Thursday, 15 August 2019


Hello Everyone, how are you all doing today? I hope things are going well for you.

Thank you all so much for your lovely kind comments regarding my BIL on my last post, he seems to be doing okay, other than having to learn to change the stomma bag, and he will be in hospital until he can manage that. The chemo has left him without feeling in his finger tips and that seems to be causing that, but I'm sure he'll get there..
Thanks too for your lovely comments on my card too, I love to hear what you think of them.

Well my good news is that my Diabetic Review was good, blood glucose well withing the good range and the nurse was pleased. However, I had another blood test for the pain in my legs, and would you believe it, I've got gout, and low iron, which is causing restless legs. 'So now stated on yet more medication...honestly diabetes is the least of my problems LOL, and of course the tummy problem is still ongoing.
I've just been marking down all the medication and when I take it on a sheet of paper and sticking it on the fridge door, as I'm finding it difficult to keep on top of it all, and there are many more people who take more than I do, I wonder how they manage it all. Anyway, I've got my second Vitamin B12 injection tomorrow, still waiting to see the difference this makes. The car knows it's own way to the surgery these days I've been there so often. Thank goodness for the NHS, where would we be without it! dead I guess.

Well on to my card for today;

 An Anniversary card made for a dear friend. A very simple card, an embossing folder from CC and Su paper matted on to purple SU card. I'm not sure where the heart die comes from as I've thrown out the label, a few pearls to embellish.

Alistair has been away for a long beach walk today with his friend, and the weather's held, after the rain last night I doubted if they'd get away, but they did and I dare say he'll be home soon, so better have a look and see what's for dinner, so I'll finish up for now and hope to see you soon, take care of yourselves,

Monday, 12 August 2019

Peony Circlet!

Hello Everyone and I hope you are well and looking forward to the week ahead.

I've been away for the last week in Glasgow as Alistair's brother has been quite ill and need an operation to remove his bowel. Poor man as if cancer isn't enough. Anyway, it all wen well and he will now not experience the awful problems and pain he's been having. Sadly it won't lengthen his life any, but won't have pain. It was discovered that his cancer is more aggressive than thought too, so really it's all about maintaining quality of life now. The visit was really quite fraught for many reasons which I won't go into here, but I came home feeling so dispirited, saddened and angry. All sorts of family things going on. I felt for Alistair who drops his life and races down to support and is left feeling as if he shouldn't have bothered. Families eh!!

Anyway, with all of this I've not been around to comment on your blogs, so sorry about that, and it's just now too much to catch up with, but I'm back in harness now. There is always so much to catch up with when you've been away and I didn't feel much like crafting either, so good job I had this card made a while back;
This is a Honey Doo stamp which I've coloured with Altenew water colour paint. I think it's a fairly new image called Peony  Circlet. The sentiment is from the same set. I've added Wink of Stella and a few pearls. It's a pretty image I think and peonies are another flower that I love and when I see them in the flower shop, I treat myself to a bunch.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my CCC cards, you are so very kind. 

That's me for now, I'll love you and leave you and hope to be back soon, take care,

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Non Traditional Colours for CCC!

Hello to You All, I hope your weekend is going well. They come around so quickly don't they!. In fact I can hardly believe it's August, I would like to slow it down a bit....time I mean.

So, it's time again for the Christmas Card Club to show their creations, and the theme this time has been chosen by our lovely Sylvie and as you can see from the post's title it's Non Traditional Colours.
Now I'm guessing that traditional colours are red and green, gold and silver, so I've tried to stay away those colours, in the kind of shades that are used on Christmas cards, anyway here's what I've come up with;
Sorry but this was difficult to photo. These little Gnomes are Scandinavian ones and called Tomtes, I think they are so cute, and I decided to put them on black card. They are new from Chocolate Baroque. The stamp has three Gnomes, but I decided to make six of them and coloured them with Gansi Tambi and Colrio Metallic Water colour paints after having embossed them in Wow Silver EP. The sentiment is from Creative Stamping magazine, and I've finished off with a few crystal gems.

Next up is another Tomte Gnome, a larger one this time and he is coloured with Prismacolour pencils and I've created a wee forest scene around him using various pine tree stamps from a few different brands. Now, I know that his house isn't Scandinavian, but I didn't have one, but I thought this one would do, it's from a set by Apple Blossom and I decoupaged the roof, The North Pole sign is also from the Apple Blossom set. Distressed Inks to make the sky and Stampendous Chunky Snow EP. Finished off with a ton of glitter and Star Dust. I'm rather pleased with how this one turned out.

Finally, this gorgeous stamp from CB, another new one called Festive Garden, Windsor and Newton Water colours for this one, Gel Pens and Distressed Ink. The little robin had been decoupaged as I made a mess of the original one and didn't want to start the whole thing all over again, so had a light bulb moment, stamped him out again and stuck him on. A butterfly or gems just wouldn't have covered the awful looking robin, even Alistair turned up his face when I showed him.  Lots of sparkle too.
I hope they will do Sylvie, I love the challenge so thank you, and I got to use these lovely new CB stamps that I bought with the birthday voucher that my lovely friend Rita gave me, so thank you Rita too.

Well it's sweltering here today, there is thankfully a wee breeze, I hope the weather is good where you are.

We are off to a jazz concert tonight, being held in the Cathedral here in Inverness,, really looking forward to it and we'll have our tea out, even better cooking for me tonight.
Scheduling this post for tomorrow for when the CCC goes live.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate your time. Welcome to June who is my latest Follower, it's lovely to see you here and I will be popping over to see you, I hope you will pop in here again.

That's me for now, enjoy the rest of your Saturday,

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Buzzing By to Say Hi!

Hello Everyone, how are you all today? hopefully steering clear of the awful floods that's happening in some areas in England, going by the news on the TV it all looks so frightening. Seems so strange to think that the other week we were basking in the glorious sunshine.
We still have the closeness but today it's dull, but no rain, but much cooler in the house and more comfortable.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate you finding the time to visit and leave a comment.

I've got a card today that I made a few weeks ago and it fits the Challenge for Moving Along With the Times;
I've made this card with a lovely stamp set from Woodware Stamps and coloured with Zig watercolour pens, the sunray stencil is from MFT, sentiment is from the stamp set/

Just a short post today, I want to catch up with your blogs too before Downton Abbey comes on. Yesterday's episode was marvellous with the wonderful Shirley McLean as the American Grandmother, and she was the perfect foil for our own Maggie Smith as the English Grandmother, the script writer had given them the most fabulous lines, they were hilarious.

So I'll say cheerio for now and see you soon,

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

More Jolly Snowmen for the Rudolph Challenge!

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and that your week is going smoothly.
It's still very hot here, although we've had quite a bit of rain,  we'e not had the thunder and lightening that was expected, maybe if we had it would have cleared the air.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, and a warm welcome to my latest Follower, Christine K, I would love to return the visit, but I can't find your blog, however I do hope you pop in often and enjoy following me.

I have a card today for the Rudolph Challenge over at Scrappymo's blog;

Aren't these jolly Snowmen? Little Claire is the stamping company they belong to and I've coloured then with Prismacolour Pencils and added lots of sparkle. Mattered onto some gold card and paper from an old LOTV paper pad. A simple wee card, but I do love Snowmen.

Well I'm off to get more blood taken for my HbA1c for my diabetic review, it measures that last 3 months blood glucose, I think the results will show that I am within a good range. I've trying hard to keep it all stable, anyway we'll see.

That's me for now, so enjoy your day and see you soon,

I would like to enter my card into;

Friday, 26 July 2019

Hello Sunshine!

Gosh wall to wall sunshine for the UK, are you all surviving it?? Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and that you are managing to keep cool. Last night at 9 o'clock it was still 27 degrees, for goodness sake we live in the far North of Scotland, it shouldn't happen, lol.

Anyway, we are trying to keep cool and poor Teallach keeps looking for shady spots to lie in. I gave in this morning and finally did an ironing that's been sitting on the table for a week cos it's been, too hot to tackle, I just a glass of cold water beside me as I ironed.

As I'm typing this the Tour is on the TV and it's a mountain stage, so the scenery is amazing and there's little patches of snow on the peaks...just looking is making me feel cooler. It's 32 degrees in the valley where the cyclists are cycling, how do they manage???

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my CCC card, you are always so kind in your comments.

So I had cool, snowy cards for my last post, this one has going to the other end of the season spectrum with sunshine;
All Honeydoo products on this card. I coloured with Windsor and Newton watercolours and splattered with Gansi Tambi red gold paint. I love this new stencil from Honeydoo, and inked through with Oxides in Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, and some sort of green that was on the brush....a happy accident and I rather like the effect of the three shades.  
It's a lovely image to colour, and I love sunflowers, such a cheery flower. I treated myself to a bunch the other day.

That's me for now, it's time to rummage and find something for lunch, not all that hungry though, but have to have something for the insulin to work on, so I'll say cheerio for now, take care and keep cool,