Thursday 31 July 2014

Mermaid Queen!

Good Evening Everyone, I hope you have had a good day and managed some crafting.

I was back at work today, and for some reason Thursdays are always frenetic and all the staff feels drained by the end of the day.  I was on cooking duties today, but kept it a simple meal, and thankfully the weather had turned much cooler because we had the rain coming down in torrents.  It was manageable.

So on to my card,
I bought this Chocolate Baroque stamp set a few weeks ago and it's just now I've gotten around to inking it up.
Mermaid Queen Stamp Set coloured with Derwent Ink Intense Pencils
Turquoise coloured paper
Pion Sea Treasures Paper
Silver Mirri
LOTV Sentiment
The Ribbon Girl Seam binding in Sage, Silver Cord, Hessian and Starfish Charm
Hobby Craft Pearl Lace
Papermania Gems
Loads of Star Dust

It is a large stamp and so had to use a much larger card than usual for me, but it was a joy to colour with the pencils using them as watercolours.

Before I sign off, I would just like to thank everyone who left a comment on my last post, love reading them. 
I would like to enter my card into the; 
Colour Challenge

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Gift Bag for Dale!

Good Afternoon Everyone, and I hope you are having a super day.  The weather has been so warm up here, so unusual for the North of Scotland, it's been grand, but I would have preferred it a little cooler, I don't function well in heat.  The good thing is that I've been on my days off, which were lovely, but it's back to work tomorrow and my turn to be doing the cooking, I'll be keeping it simple.

Thank to you so very much for the lovely comments on my last card, I do very much appreciate the time it takes to go around all the blogs. It was also lovely to see some new people commenting, I hope you will come back.

Just a short post today, I've got some ironing to get through, and not a decent old film to spur me along.

I made this little gift bag for my friend Dale and put some fat quarters in it for her.  She loves quilting and all things sewing and makes the most beautiful things.
I've used LC Buttons and Bows stamp set, and coloured with Prismacolour pencils
The Ribbon Girl for hessian and lace
Papermaina Ribbon
Buttons and Pearls from my box
Star Dust.

I have to say Dale loved the fat quarters, and the bag, in fact I noticed that she has everything I've made for her displyed in her sewingroom, isn't that lovely.

Well I can hear Alistair up in the bedroom playing his fiddle, he's learning a new tune, The Lover's Waltz, it's a Jay Ungers tune and I love it.  There is still a few bum notes, but it's coming along well.

I'll sign off now and hope everyone is well, but sending kind thought and hugs to those of you who are not,

Sunday 27 July 2014

Bluebelle and Friend for the CCC!

Hello and Welcome to Everyone who pops in to see what's on offer today.  I hope you are all well, but sending Hugs and kind thoughts to those of you who are not so well.

Thank you all for your comments on my last post, all very kind and I do appreciate them.

We had a lovely day at Cullen on Friday, fab weather, however there was quite a sea harr out on the sea, it was really amazing.  I found the wee craft shop and just had to buy something.  I'ts owned by Geraldine who comes to Howdens to demonstrate for Do Crafts.  I couldn't splash out as Alistair was with me, beat he doesn't know what I get up to too much.

So I'm here today with my card for The Chrsitmas Club, (CCC), and this time around the theme is Trees.  Trees have to feature somewhere on the card, this was chosen by Sylvie.
Is'nt this so sweet.  I won a few weeks back from Kate at
 some beautiful Bluebelle Toppers, and I thought this one would be just perfect, it's already coloured.
My papers are also from Wildrose Studio, from the Bella range
Blue cardstock and silver mirri
MB Frosty Corner die
Britannia Let it Snow dies
The Ribbon Girl Charm and silver cord
Ribbon and glitter domes from my box
Star Dust for sparkle

I hope you like it.   I hope your weekend is going well, I meant to get through loads today, but didn't manage much.  I did however got through some ironing whilst watching "Now Voyager", with the wonderful Bette Davis, I love her films and these old black and white ones are just marvellous.  There is always another day for housework.

Enjoy what is left of your weekend, and I'll see you soon,

I would like to enter my card into:

Friday 25 July 2014

Friday's Oldie!

Hello all you Lovely People, lovely to have you visiting I hope you will like what's on offer today.
Thank you for the lovely comments on my last card, you are as always very kind and encouraging.
Today s a quick post as we are off to Cullin which is on the road to Aberdeen.  Alistair had been there a few weeks ago walking and thought I would like it, so as it is once again a glorious day, I said that would be lovely and knowing there is a craft shop, it will be doubly lovely.

I have an Oldie to show today, can't remember if I've shown this before, but here it is,
I knitted this a while back for Alistair to wear when playing is fiddle.  It is a Vintage pattern and made up using gorgeous Noro Yarn.

The Oldie for Friday was started by Erika of Snappycrafts, and a few of us have joined in, why don't you join in too, it obviously doesn't have to be a card, just anything you've made a wee while ago.

I will be back later to do some commenting on your fab blogs.
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine where ever you are, I'm sitting here melting just now, I wish I was one of those cool looking ladies who never show any moisture, I'm the complete opposit.
Remember your high sunscreens today!!

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Thomas Kincaid, Tranquil Scene!

Hello my very crafty Friends, and anyone who pops in.  I hope you are all well, but here are kind thoughts that if your not, that you'll feel better soon.

I was surprised to find that I am a Follower missing,  I had 80 of you fab people and now it's 79. I'm sorry to have lost your company whoever you are, I hope you'll come back again sometime.

Thank you all so much on the lovely comments on my Hearts, your very kind, and I'm pleased to report that Dale and Amanda both loved them.   I'm sorry to have missed commenting on some of your blogs, but it was a whirlwind of activity while we were away and I didn't get much time to journey through blogland.

We had a great time with our friends and the Jazz Festival was fab, loved it all and had a really good catch up with Dale, we always have such a laugh when we are together.  Alistair and Stewart never stopped talking from the minute we met up, and they say women can talk!!

Anyways, back home and back to work.  What a scorcher we had today, and I was on the cooking duty today, I was about melted, but the good thing was that I wasn't working late, and got home to a nice quiet house as my hubby is away overnight doing something that needs a wetsuit, coast steering or something, lets me catch up with bits and pieces.

My card is one I made quite a while ago but never posted;
It's a Thomas Kincaid image which is decoupaged, matted and layered with Hunkydory Adorable Scorable Card.
New Leaf paper from First Editions
Hessian and Seam Binding from The Ribbon Girl
Hunkydory sentiment
Dazzler from Creative Expressions

No one in mind for this one yet,  so just for my box.

Well, that's bed time for me now, I'm quite tired tonight, probably the heat, so hopefully I might get a decent sleep.

Take care everyone and see you soon,

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Two Hearts!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all fine and well and enjoying some lovely warm sunny weather.  We haven't today, very heavy rain at times, dull and now a bit cold tonight, but it may be better tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who visited and left a comment on my last card, I do enjoy reading them and appreciate the time it take in this busy whirlwind of life.

I've had a few days off work and apart from finding a bit of time to craft, I also got around to clearing the loft, finding loads of things that we had forgotten that we had. Old photos which we just had to sit and look at, of course taking so much longer in getting the job done.  Notes and books from when I was studying, Christmas decorations, mostly squashed and broken I have to add.  Anyway, it eventually got done and it's amazing the amount of space there is now.

I am looking forward to going down to Livingstone to visit our friends Dale and Stewart and going to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.  I've got a couple of days of annual leave so it's going to be a good weekend and catching up with them is always good fun.

I have something a bit different to show tonight; I always look for something to take down to give to Dale, here is what I came up with;

I had bought these two wooden hearts ages ago, and didn't quite know what to do with them, but after seeing some wonderfully decorated wooden projects from some of you fab crafters, I got a little bit of inspiration.
I painted both with gesso and then added DI, I even used a brayer, first time for that.  The larger one has a beautiful Rose stamp from Papermania, heat embossed with Papermania Black embossing powder.  Coloured with Derwent and Prismacolour Pencils, worked not too badly. Sentiment from Crafter's Compamion Vintage Range.  WO Flowers, The Ribbon Girl crushed ribbon, Pearls from Dovecraft and Star Dust.  The is one is for Dale.

The smaller one is for her daughter Amanda, I used Card'O little Peg stamps from Oriental Bossom set, and versacolour ink, lots of Papermania Gems, Ribbon from my box.
I'm really very pleased how they have turned out, but I need to learn what kind of inks and paints are best to use, I just used what I had.

So that is me for tonight, Alistair has already gone upstairs to read and I'm just about to follow him, I'm engrossed in the 3rd. Crusade with Richard the Lionheart, what a bunch of  sadistic killers the Crusaders were, nevertheless it's a good historical novel.
Take care everyone, sleep well and see you soon,

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Christmas Visiting! Mid Month Reminder for CCAYR!

Hello Crafty Friends and Visitors, hoping you are all well, but here is a BIG HUG if you're not, and get better soon.

Just a quick post to show my mid month reminder card  for;
and it is to make a card with None Traditional Colours.   
Image, papers and sentiment are all from a Joanna Sheen CD, Nostalgia Collection
Silver Mirri Card
Pale blue shimmer card
Tattered Lace, Presents Die
Corners from the cut out bits from above die
Dazzler and Lacey ribbon
Papermania Gems

I do like this 50s/60s image takes me back to "In the Day" when I was wee girl.
I hope the card offers some inspiration, but don't forget to pop into see what the other DTs have created and it's certainly not too late to enter the Challenge.

Sunday 13 July 2014

Christmas Teddy for CCC!

Hello to You All, I hope you are fine and well on this Sunday morning.
I would like to welcome Meg who is my latest follower, so pleased you decided to join my ever growing band of followers, I hope you pop in often and like what I do.
I reached the grand number of 80 followers, I think it's just amazing that folk want to join and make lovely comments, and more importantly want to visit again.  So thanks to everyone.

This is my first card for the CCC, and it's a card showing a Teddy, here is mine;
I think this image from LOTV is so sweet, It's one of there Toppers that I've had for a couple of years.
LOTV Papers
Red Core'dinations
Die'sire Holly Dies
Papermania Christmas Ribbon and Gems
Star Dust Stickles

Well we have rain today, but we managed a walk along the front at Nairn, before the wet stuff started to fall, than a spot of lunch at a lovely tea room and a look around The Farmer's Market.  There was two ladies spinning yarn that I stopped to watch, fascinated by the process, and one lady was spinning yarn from her own sheep, I think it would be wonderful to know the provenance of your knitted garment.  However I can neither afford of have the space to start up another hobby.

This post will be scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, where you will see the other members of the very friendly CCC's creations, which I hope you will visit, and maybe even want to join us to get ahead with your Christmas card making.
Have a super weekend whatever your doing,
I would like to enter my card into; 
I have used three papers 

Friday 11 July 2014

Play Your Cards Right! Friday's Oldie!

Hello Everyone, Fridays sure come around very quickly  and then the weekend whizzes by, I wish someone would invent something to slow down time a bit.

Sorry I've not been around to comment over the last couple of days, but as our friend Linda got the keys to her new home I've been over giving a hand, the big move over is this evening when it's the turn of the men folk for the furniture and big stuff, Alistair is going to help, I'm working late today but I'll go over if I have any energy left.  I'm so pleased for her, it's a lovely wee house, and after all she has been through lately I hope she will be very happy in it.

So here I am with my Oldie for Friday and I will schedule the post;
I am sorry that the photo is so poor, but you can see that is all playing card images.  I think this is is from a CD, but I'm hard pressed to remember which one. I rather liked the black,white and silver and it was made for one of my  client's birthday, and fortunately he loved it.

I'm off to work soon, it's a gorgeous day here, very hot, I fear there is no point in putting on the makeup, would just slide off my face, I just can't get cool at all.

Hope it's lovely weather where you are.

Thank you all for the kind comments on the situation at my work.  I am worrying about it as at the moment it's all up in the air, and after my stress of last year, I don't intend to go down that road again,
life is just too short and I only have until 2017 to go to till retirement.  Thanks for your very kind concern though I very much appreciate it.

Have a fab day, and catch up with you soon,

Tuesday 8 July 2014

A New Home Card!

Hello Crafty Friends and Visitors, I hope today finds you well and the day has been good to you.

Thank you all so much on the lovely comments on my last card, you are very kind and encouraging.

Days off really go by quickly and tomorrow finds me back at work, and goodness knows what I'll find  changed as that's what is happening these days.  Our Manager who has been off recovering from mouth cancer, and has recovered well thankfully, has been offered redundancy, which she has accepted.  The Area Manager has resigned, and this now leaves all the Highland projects without any senior managers.  I wondered if this would offer the opportunity for restructuring the Highland projects, well guess what!  that's just what is going to happen, and we will be joining up with the statutory mental health services to save money.  So once again we are in a state of flux.  It might mean other redundancies, applying for our jobs, perhaps taking pay cuts, it's all in the lap of the gods.

I've managed to get a bit of crafting done whilst off, neglecting other things I should be doing I have to say, anyway here is a card for my friend Linda who will be getting the keys of her new home soon.
I found the house image in amongst my bits and pieces so, I don't know where it came from,
The papers and little sentiment are from a magazine freebies and from The Little Miracles range from MCS
New Home sentiment another freebie
MB Fabulous Phlox 
Golden dome from Papermania and Pearls from my box
Brown Seam Binding from The Ribbon Girl.

When I was editing the photo I added a soft effect to it and that's why it's a wee bit blurry.
That's me for today, enjoy your evening what ever you'er doing, for me, well it's the Brazil v Germany game, but before that the highlights of The Tour de France, oh joy!!

Friday 4 July 2014

Another Oldie for Friday!

Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are well, and enjoying good weather.  Strong wind blowing up here, good for getting the washing out.

Welcome to all my new followers, who are mostly from The Christmas Club, which I have joined, and will have my first card for them later in the month.  It isn't a challenge blog, just a few like minded crafters wanting to get ahead with making Christmas cards and not having a rush at the last minute.  I decided I would like to join them, and was fortunate to be accepted.

Anyway just a quick post as I'm off to work soon, so here is my oldie for Friday;
Image is from Micheal Powell, a couple of years ago, I bought a few of them but really not used them much.  I've coloured with water colours, although there seems to be bits that are not coloured, and at this point in time I've no idea if this was intentional or not.

So this is us almost at another weekend, so quick in coming around, so I hope you have plans to have a great one, and I'll see you soon,

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Happy Birthday in Purples!

Good Afternoon to You All and a very warm welcome to all my new followers, thank you for joining my little blog, I hope you will come often and like what you see.

A big thanks to all who commented on my last card, always appreciated.

Well I have had some lovely days off work, and going back tomorrow for three days. I feel rested, and had some time for crafting.  I'm getting no knitting done these days though, I keep looking at it and thinking I must get on with it, but I don't.  I'm in the middle of making a cushion cover, so it's not that it's difficult.

No footy today, so Alistair is getting on with the gardening, and today isn't as hot as yesterday so it's more comfortable to work.  I'm trying not to feel guilty for not helping him, but as much as I love a garden I don't like the work, but he's wired into his IPod so quite happy.

Anyway here is my card for today;
I treated myself to the Tattered Lace mag and used the free die which I think is just lovely.  It's an expensive mag, but I thought the die was worth it.
Promarkers coloured it
Kanban Shaped card blank
Embossed with Embossialicious Folder
Crafter's Companion Vintage Paper cut with Xcut scalloped die
LOTV Sentiment, cut with Marianne die
Purple ribbon from my box
Star Dust and Liquid Pears, Gem from my box

I hope you like it, I think it's turned out not too badly
That's me folks, hope your week is going well.
I Would like to enter my card into

Tuesday 1 July 2014

July Challenge for CCAYR!

Good Morning Crafty Friends and Visitors.
WOW!! can you believe it we are past the middle of the year and into July, the year is going way too fast and it's time once again for the Challenge from;  and this time around we are looking for a card using Non Traditional Christmas Colours, easy peasy, yes!

Here is my inspirational card;
As you can see I've gone with a blue and silver theme.
LOTV Topper already coloured
LOTV papers
SB Decorative Labels 22
Britannia Sentiment die
Silver Mirri card
Star Dust for sparkle

I hope you like it, but pop over to the Challenge page and have a look at what my very talented Teammates have created, and I hope you will join in the fun.