Saturday, 11 August 2018

Stags and Tartan for Christmas!

Hello Everyone, hope you are having a grand weekend, doing whatever makes you happy.
I'm not doing all that much, a bit of housework here and there, then a wee sit down with my kindle, then up to do something else.

I've been busy off and on in my craft room and trying to get ahead with the cards I need for CCC and the BBB challenge, I like to be ahead. I will have to make a Sympathy card as one of our neighbours died this morning.
 He had been ill with cancer for a while, and it's finally got him. It was a strange thing to see the Funereal car taking him away, with a young woman walking in front of the car. It was really quite sad. We are a street, well a cul de sac really, where nearly everyone is young, with small children, so it's been a very long time since someone died. The children out playing on the street were mesmerised by the car going by.  Anyway, he is out of pain now.

Thank you all so much for your visits and your lovely comments on my last card.

I made this one with one of our male friends in mind, and I thought the stags would be just fine for him. I've used a stamps by Crafts Too, that John Lockwood had on his Hochanda show, the tags and sentiment are his own dies. Mrs. Duck gifted me the fabulous tartan card, which I though goes so well with the stag theme, finished off with enameled dots.

I would like to enter the card into  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2018/08/week-4801-from-boys-to-men.html 

That's me for now, so I'll say cheerio for now and see you soon, take care and have a good weekend,



Thursday, 9 August 2018

Friends Make the Good Times Better!

Hello Everyone, I do hope all is well with you and that your day has been good.  I've been doing a bit of crafting and and sorting out of my CB stamps. I have been keeping my new and uninked stamps on my desk so that I would be reminded to use them, well it doesn't quite work that way with me, so the pile was getting bigger and bigger.  So I've mounted then all and got them suitably stored.

For a couple of weeks now I've been watching You Tube videos made by a lovely lady called Gaynor Boyce, who is a Stamping Up demonstrator.  I have been loving watching her create cards, and I have one or two SU sets, and felt I wanted a bit of inspiration, and this lady has offered loads.  She also puts up a weekly sketch, not something I do all that often but I decided to follow Gaynor's one for last week, here is my card,
I made a background by stamping leaf images from the Rooted in Nature stamp set and the sentiment is from the Waterfront set.  I had some First Edition papers that coordinated with the colours I'd used so they were used for the four panels. I added baker's twine and some sequins. I was quite pleased with the finished card, especially as it was a much smaller card than I usually make.  But do you know I am really pants at measuring, even with a ruler, and I had to do a bit of measuring with this card. Gaynor has a FB page where you can post the cards.

Well, we are getting quite a bit cooler up here, it is feeling much fresher in the mornings, well I guess Autumn is just around the corner.

Thank you all for the lovely comment on my beautifully Japanese lady, you are very kind and I appreciated all you comments, that's me for now, enjoy your evening and see you soon,

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Use a Digital Image for Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and you are enjoying life.

I'm here with another DT card for Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge no.9 and it's to use a digital image.  I've chosen this beautiful image from Aurora Wings called Heartstrings;
This beautiful lady has been coloured with various coloured pencils, although mainly Prisma Colours. Matted on to black card and then I found some papers from Papermainia that was out a few years ago that was part of a set called Oriental Treasures. I then matted it on to a SU card that suited the colours I'd used. A little bit of sparkle from WOS and some sequins.

We would love you to join the challenge and you can find it here.

Please have a look at the Challenge Blog where there is lots of fabulous inspiration from my DT teamies.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Toadstools!

Hello Everyone, how are you all doing today. The start of another week....aren't just going in so quickly.  We had a lovely day afternoon yesterday after we did the food shopping...something I hate and putting it all away I hate even more, anyway, I through together a packed lunch, well BLT sandwiches and a crumpet and jam and drove out to Ardisier , a little village about 7 miles from Inverness and on the coast. We sat out and had our food and watched the seabirds, it was just lovely, then we had a wee walk along the seafront and through the village. The clouds were scudding by with a threat of rain, but it held off. It blew the cobwebs away.
What about you, did you have a good weekend?

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my fun cards for the CCC, I always appreciate them.

My card today is made with my new favourite Woodware stamp;
I just love this wonderful toadstool image which has been coloured with Zig watercolour pens and Oxides for the background. Matted on to black card and then a sheet of hessian from CC, and to finish off the matting a piece of card from The Works.
My little Gnome is from Apple blossom and it's a stamp and die set, the little toadstools are from the same make as is the sentiment. The gorgeous buttons were gifted to me by my friend Mrs. Duck, and they couldn't have blended in better with the colours. WOS to give a bit of shimmer.
I'm awfully pleased with it, especially as I don't really do cute.

Anyway, I'm going to enter it into http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/2018/08/august-chall
enge.html
Thanks for your visit and I'll see you soon, take care,

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Christmas Activities for the CCC!

Hello to You All, I hope you are fit and well and still enjoying the lovely summer weather.

Thank you all so much for your visits and comments, and especially on my last post which was something of an essay, I appreciate that many of you read it.  
I try not to criticise the NHS as I think it's a marvellous thing to have and the way things are going we might not have it much longer, but it does need overhauling in some areas.. however that discussion would lead into a political debate and not the time or place for that.

Would you believe it, it's time for another Christmas Card Club challenge, where does the weeks go to!! Anyway, it's our lovely Maureen who has chosen the theme this time around and she would like to see cards with Christmas Activities. Here are mine;
 I've used images from the Debbie Moore Snowbuddies again, just because I had them already printed out and in my drawer. This one has a John Next Door EF, called Confetti, it's a lovely one to use. Everything else is from the CD. We have a friend who snowboards, so he will be receiving this in a few months time.
  Now we have a Snowbuddy skiing, he looks like he could be in a bit of a pickle. LOTV paper in the background.  Just some fun cards, and this one will go to another friend who goes skiing. So thank you Maureen for your choice of theme, I did enjoy making them.

I'll leave it here for now and schedule this post for tomorrow, Sunday when the CCC goes live.

Have a smashing weekend, whatever you're doing and take care,
I would like to enter the first card into the https://scrapsoflifebyscrappymo.blogspot.com/2018/07/july-rudolph-days-challengea-little.html#comment-form

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Bee Happy!

Hello Everyone, hoping all is well with you and that your day is good. 
Very windy up here in the North, but a fab drying day, washing all out and brought in dry, as for ironing......well, sometime soon.  Teallach absolutely hates when I set the ironing board up as it makes the most awful noise and he gets frightened, so that's my excuse for now.

Thank you so much for you lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate them all.

I mentioned in a previous post that I had a story to tell regarding my surgery, that wasn't as funny as my friend's tale. I was sent to the Hospital Diabetic nurse to help me manage my BG which I had been struggling with for a while, and she tweaked my insulin and , and suggested finer needles to help with absorption. So this meant she had to send a letter to my surgery to have my prescription changed. Meanwhile I had ordered more insulin, and when I went to pick it up at the pharmacy, it wasn't there. So, wondering if I had indeed ordered it, I tried to check my medication history on the surgery website, and as they have changed their system, I couldn't find it. No worries, I just phoned and was told that I no longer was to have insulin!!!  The young lady, told me that the hospital nurse had taken me off it, not true, I replied, all I have is new needles. So why would I have new needles and no insulin pen to fit them on to.  Well we did wonder and checked with the doctor who was doing the repeat prescriptions  and she said, and she said that was quite right....no insulin.  So I asked her to read out the hospital nurse's letter and pointed out that no where did it say I was to come off insulin, no right enough said the lady, I can see what you mean. Now by this time I could feel the blood pressure rising and said that this is a mistake and it needs sorting out pretty quickly. Oh well, we'll see  if the doctor can look at this tomorrow.... yes friends I lost it!! and further more she said if the doctor okays it you could come to the surgery tomorrow and pick up the prescription.  I told her that a formal complaint would be going in and put the phone down. I thought I will phone back when I've calmed down. Anyway, five minutes or so later the phone rings and it's one of the main doctors, who can't for the life of him understand why this other doctor acted as she did, of course you can't come off insulin. He was absolutely furious that I had to go through this upset, and he sorted all there and then, would fax the script down to the pharmacy and it would be there by the afternoon, and he was going to investigate with the other doctor this issue.  It wan't only this mistake that concerned me, but what I it was someone who couldn't deal with this mistake, an elderly, disabled or suchlike person, it would have caused them no end of stress. The doctor quite agreed. 

A couple of days later the Practice Managed phoned, to apologise for the way his staff handled it all and felt there was a lack of common sense from the lady who was dealing with it,  Anyway, it all got sorted out, but I was pretty stressed by the whole thing, it's not the first mistake that this surgery had made, but thankfully I am able to stand my ground when I feel things are not right, and shout out to the right people, not everyone would feel they could, and of  course we have all been brought up to think doctors are omniscient,  ...me.. well no I question everything.
So, there's my tale, long winded so I'm sorry, but good on you if you are still here.

On to my card;
This is made with a lovely little Dovecraft set called Bee Happy, the paper is also from the same paper pad, I've just added a little colour and some SU sequins. It's a lovely little set and the selection of papers is beautiful.

Well, it's been a long post so I will end here and give you a rest. Take care everyone and see you soon,
  

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Honey Bee!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend. 
Well it had to come....rain!!!, and welcome it is too. No sign of the thunder and lightening though, but it might have been through the night. It is much cooler, but a bit muggy.  How are you fairing where you are??

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate it and the time you take to visit me.

I have another little lollypop stick plaque today;
I've Used Oxide Inks and stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Honey Bee stamp set, I've added a bit of sparkle and some sequins. I found some lovely twine that had leaves in it, from The Works, but it's not showing in the photo.
I gave this to Dale's daughter Amanda when we were down visiting a couple of weeks ago and she loved it, I'm pleased to say.

Short and sweet from me today, have a good weekend and see you all soon,