Sunday, 19 January 2020

The Holly and the Ivy for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, and I do hope you are well but sending kind and healing thoughts to you if your not.

Well a fortnight has past and it's time for another Christmas Card Challenge and this time it's Elizabeth who has chosen out theme and it's The Holly and the Ivy.So here's what I've come up with;

I've used a stamp from a lovely but oldish Justinklined stamp, and coloured with Prisma coloured pencils and WOS, with glossy accents on the berries.
The verse is a Woodware stamp and the background is from a Sheena Douglass set stamped in Versacolour. a few gems and  that was that one done.
As you can see I've used the same Woodware stamp, but this time I've inked up the whole stamp, backed it with some red card and added a holly stamp embossed in Wow green EP and coloured the berries with sparkly gel pen. The holly stamp is from the Sheena Douglass set. This beautiful paper is from SU. Again I've added some gems.
I enjoyed the challenge Elizabeth, so thank you and I got to use some stamps that have been a bit neglected.

Short and sweet today, but thank you for the lovely comments on my last card.
Take care of yourselves and hope to see you soon,

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A Birthday Wish!

Hello Everyone and welcome to my Blog. I hope today finds you well and enjoying your day however it's going.

Thank you for your comments regarding Rowan, I'm happy to say she is on the mend, but having to take little on the lead walks until her wound heals up and a restrictive diet. Not a happy doggy with that as she is used to off the lead to run wild with Milo. Nothing found when they operated, so it seems it was a very bad gastric something.

I've been to three Aqua aerobic classes so far, and enjoying them, but my legs are sore....but I think that's more to do with using muscles that have not been used in a while rather than knee pain, which is still there, I'm ever hopeful though.  All the ladies, and one man are a jolly sociable crowd, so all good.

My card today is for a friend's husband's 70th birthday. Unfortunately, I had absolutely nothing in my stash to make something with any of his hobbies, so I went with trees.  All the men in my life are mountaineers, canoeists, cyclists, and Peter doesn't do anything like that, but I reckon everyone likes trees.

Crafty Individuals stamp and background paper. Inkylicious sentiment and a few black gems. I started of by heat embossing the image and than adding DI to give some colour. matted it on to a panel of black card, the base card is Kraft.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments left on my previous post, I do like to read what you think of my crafty efforts, as sometimes I feel my mojo has deserted me and they are not all that good. I know we are our own worst critics.

Well, that's me for now, so cheerio and hope to be back soon,

Friday, 10 January 2020

With Sympathy!

Hello Everyone, I hope it's been a good week for you....I can hardly believe that it's Friday, it's whizzed by.

Our little Rowan, I say our but really Rowan is one of Damian and Moreen's dogs, she is a gorgeous whirlwind of a Cocker Spaniel, has been unwell and has been with the vet since yesterday morning. I had taken Moreen and Rowan to the vet's Wednesday as she had been awfully sick during the night, but the vet thought it was just a wee tummy bug, gave her an injection and that was that. However, she got worse and Damian took her to a vet in Forres on his way to work, she ended up having an op as her tummy was swollen and although nothing found, her stomach was quite scarred. Poor wee mite couldn't eat so was on a drip, if she manages food today she will get home.  Poor Milo is completely lost without her.  So we're hoping she will be back home today, I think Damian is dreading the bill though, even although all the pets are insured. It's awful when your pets are unwell as they can't tell you what's wrong.
 There is always something that requires a wad of money, last week he had to get new shock absorbers in the car.  

So, My card today is one of those we don't like to make. This one has been in my folder since last year, in fact there are quite a few, it was just one of those years.
I used stamps from the First Frost set by SU, and the EF is SU too. Sentiment on some velum and little pearls. I try my best to keep it simple for these sorts of cards.

I went to an Aqua aerobic class today, and it was fun. This form of exercise was advised by both doctor and physio to help with my knee pain, so I plucked up courage earlier in the week and joined a club. Boy are they expensive, but needs must. Anyway, off I tootled hoping that there would be some well upholstered women there so I wouldn't feel so bad....thankfully there was, in fact one lady was in full makeup, bright red lips and wonderfully made up eyes, I hope it was all waterproofed. 
I certainly enjoyed the experience, especially the Jacuzzi afterwards, I'll certainly be going back.. well I'll have to as I've had to take out a years membership.  If it helps my knees it will be worth it, but if it doesn't, well I'm sure the exercise will still be beneficial.

Thank you all for your visits and your lovely comments on my last card, Cheerio for now and see you soon,

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Angels or Fairies for CCC!

Hello Everyone, and Happy New Year to You!! I do hope that you all had a wonderful Festive Season, and sending hugs and kind thoughts to anyone who was a bit sad and perhaps struggling a bit.

We had a lovely Christmas Day with Damian and Moreen and the animals. Milo and Rowan just knew there was something special going on and were hyper. We were joined this year by Moreen's brother, who had lost his wife very suddenly in the summer, it was just lovely. Alistair and Frankie found they shared a love of jazz and he played the guitar and insisted that Alistair went home for his fiddle, fine as we live very near Damian. So we ended up having a musical evening....that's a first.
Damian was very impressed by Alistair's playing, and loved the piece he played to round of the evening's music, The Ashokan Farewell, which some of you might know, its a beautiful piece of music. 
As for New Year, we struggled to stay up for the Bells, getting too old to bother now, but we managed and brought the year in with a Bailies.

Well, it's all over....thankgoodness, it's good to get back to normal, whatever that is lol.
I took a complete break from crafting, blogging and commenting, so that's why I've not been around. I've been knitting, reading and just chillin out. I think I was all carded out by the time I had made the last Christmas card, so much so that I almost missed the fact that The Christmas Card Club starts again today and I had nothing ready. But, I managed to get something together and found an Angel image from LOTV as that is the theme chosen by Grandmargaret.
The photograph isn't all that great, but by the time I had put it all together the light was fading. I was interrupted by phone calls, normally the phone never rings.  Anyway, coloured with Copic Markers with lots of WOS for the glitter. Distressed inked around the edges and tiny gems. I found some very old Papermania paper for the background and some blue card to mount the image on to. Lawn Fawn for the works. I hope it well do.

As I said I've not been commenting, but I have looked at all your lovely cards from my reading list. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last card.  I'll need to see if I can whip up some enthusiasm as a friend has asked me to make her hubby a card for his 70th birthday.

Cheerio for now, take care,

Monday, 23 December 2019

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas!

Hello Everyone, the Big Day is almost upon us once again and I hope all is well with you and you'er not getting too stressed out by your preparations. 

I just wanted to say Big Thank You to all of my lovely Blogging Friends and Visitors who continue to pop in and leave some wonderful comments. I appreciate everyone of them and you too.

As for many people this year has been especially difficult for Alistair and myself, with Jim's illness and eventual death, Damian's unluckiness with work, and my own health, and of course our various friends who are experiencing poor health, it's been some year and I will be glad to see the back of it. 
Having said that, and as Elton John says "I'm Still Standing", and are more fortunate  than many folks. I'm thinking of those terrible bush fires in Australia, with loss of live, both human and wildlife. Floods in England destroying homes, volcanoes erupting with more loss of life. The list is endless, which hits all ages, class and creeds, and that's just natural disasters. It is to be hoped that 2020 will bring peace in the world.

This will be my last card for this year and it's for all you lovely people;
A little Hobby Art Goose.

I wish you a Peaceful Christmas and all Good Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Let it Snow!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and managing to get through your Christmas preparations without too much stress.
I was up and out before 9 o'clock to get some shopping, totally forgetting that I couldn't buy any alcohol before 10 o'clock. so that's a task for another day.
I've still got some wrapping to do, but got Alistair's presents wrapped whilst he was away, he was down in Glasgow for Jim's funeral yesterday. I chose not to go, I knew he would be well supported by his boyhood friend who was also attending. Alistair will be back tonight so I'll hear how things went then.

I've got another little Christmas card for you today;
This jolly little fellow is by Honey Bee stamps from a set of stamps and dies called Snowbuddies.
Stamped and then cut out, coloured with Copic Markers and glitter marker, with Glossy Accents on his nose. I used red card and inked up in white pigment ink and added white gel pen to make snow flakes, Sentiment is a freebie from Creative Stamping magazine. I finished by adding Star Dust sparkle to his little had. The snowman is mounted with dimension tape to the card.

Took myself to see Cats yesterday, I loved it, smiled all through it except the bits where I had an emotional cry, the dancing was superb too, I'd recommend if you like musicals., and I just wanted to do something nice to take my mind off a sad day.

Right off to get some wrapping done, thank you all for all the lovely comments on my last card, see you soon,

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Jingle Gnomes!

Hello Everyone, I do hope all is well with you, but if not, I'm sending kind and healing thoughts that you will feel better soon.
There are some nasty bugs going around, but thankfully we are keeping clear of them so far.

We had a fabulous Carolthon on Saturday and raised £1,557, and still the choir sponsor forms and gift aid to come in over the next month. However we are £300 up on last year's Carolthon.  The Befriender's team were brilliant, and for me it was lovely to see some former clients who wanted to volunteer as they knew I would be singing. 

 The other lovely thing that happened was that I met another former client who I have not seen since I left work and have often wondered how he was getting along.  I had a real soft spot for this young man who had a horrendous childhood with sexual abuse that has left him so damaged and a self harmer, and who has tried many times to do away with himself, even to jumping of the Kessock survive but pretty broken up.  To meet him on Saturday was like an early Christmas present, and to see him so well. In a lovely relationship of four years with his partner and his loving family. Alistair too had a soft spot for this guy and took him up mountains and fossil hunting, trying to give him good experiences. So Alistair was delighted to hear that he was still alive and doing well. Especially good as I know quite a few of the people who used our project have indeed died. and strangely enough, everyone of them have suffered from family sexual abuse.  Anyway, enough of this but it just made my heart glad.

I'm still making Christmas cards, not that they are needed this year, but this stamp I've been dying to use and the card is earmarked for a friend for next year;
This is a Whimsy stamp and I've coloured it with Copic markers. Now I've cased this card from one that the fabulous Faye Wynn-Jones of Stampin Fluffnstuff did a couple of months ago. Her colouring is outstanding. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same colours so did the best I could. I would love to go to one of her Copic colouring classes, but they are in Englandshire. The snowflake die was gifted from Mrs. Duck the other year so I don't know it's brand. I've matted on to glitter card and some papers from LOTV, and added a few clear gems.

I'm still recovering from my long day on Saturday, my knees were killing me by the end of the day, and my voice all but gone as, because of illness quite a few of our singers had to call off so I sang in three sessions, that was three hours phew!! It was all worth it though.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post.
That's me for now, take care of yourselves and see you soon,