Monday, 19 January 2015

Song Bird and a Cute Fur Baby!

Hi to Everyone! How are you all today? Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my CCC card, very kind and encouraging, make it all worth while.

  Boy was it cold last night, in fact all day, but it comes to something when I had to wear my thermal underwear under my clothes and a scarf around my neck when in the house, and the heating on.  I wonder what we'll do when it gets cold, ha ha!

It was a gorgeous day though, the sun was shining and for a lot of the time the sky was blue, but bitterly cold.  We had planned a walk,  for yesterday, I'm trying to overcome my aversion to exercise and make an effort to get out more. I really could become a recluse given the chance.  Anyway, Alistair is delighted as he loves walking. I don't to hills though, a flat walk I can manage.  We decided to go to Findhorn Bay, it's a lovely drive there, and not too far from Inverness.  We had lunch out to save rushing back to make an evening meal so the day was ours. Made a flask of coffee for when we got back to the car and set off.  It was beyond cold with a wind blowing that felt as it it was lacerating my face, I was cosy everywhere else though, but we only managed about 20 minutes, actually Alistair seemed to feel the cold more than me.  I was hoping to see some seals, which I did but through the binoculars unlike Hubby on a walk before Christmas when he saw this little guy, sorry picture heavy here, but the Aw factor is worth it;

Isn't he so gorgeous, the baby seal I mean. Alistair and his friend found him on the beach, thinking he was dead they went over to investigate, but he wasn't dead, just having a wee sleep. Alistair approached him very carefully, and don't worry he didn't touch him, but the wee thing was so curious and not the least afraid.  Alistair then noticed the adult seals out in the water keeping an on the baby.
I think these are just brilliant photos and can't think why humans want to kill them.  However, I just to be content to see them through the bins.  

Now I really do have a card;
I've used a gorgeous CB stamp from the Pretty Bird Cage Set and followed the colours of the challenge, focusing on the lilac shade.
I've also used the beautiful free paper from CB.
Sue Wilson's border die, which I have to say was a to cut out.
Liquid pearls.
I didn't want to add much as I wanted the stamp to be the focus of the card.
I've added little Wink of Stella, but it doesn't show up.

I'm sorry this has been such a long post, but I really wanted to show these photos.

That's me for today, off to put on Game of Thrones whilst I'm ironing, oh the joys of days off. 
Have a lovely day whatever you're doing and I hope you enjoyed my post today
I would like to enter this card into; 


Marlene Atkinson said...

Good Afternoon Kate, gorgeous card, I love the image and colours. Ahhhh the Baby Seal is gorgeous beautiful photograph. Marlene

Patricia said...

Good afternoon Kate, love the photos Awwww!! how sweet (the seal) it looks a wonderful spot.
It was the same here yesterday and today looks beautiful but OMG!! It is so cold.
Love your card, great image, colours and design.
Stay cozy

Patricia xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Awwwwww, sooooo cute. Don't you just want to cuddle him. The baby seal isn't bad either hahaha!
How wonderful to be able to get that close. Kate, sadly humans can't treat each other properly half the time so animals have no chance.
Love the card. The colours are right up my street. A fabulous mix. Have to say on the die front, I went for a Cheery Lynn holly die after borrowing John's SW holly. . . . . It too was a b****r but the CL one cuts like a dream.
Have been out for a hot curry lunch with Nesta (she sends her best) so may be having a game on a different throne myself later lol!
Sorry I've waffled.
Ang x

Hazel said...

Kate wonderful photos, I love when we see seal when we go to St Andrews beach. Your card is lovely with those colours, pity about the die cut not cutting that great. Stay warm, Hazel x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

It definitely has the awwww factor Kate what an adorable little seal. Love your card the colours are gorgeous and a lovely image. Susan x

Unknown said...

The seal pics are lovely, they are so cute. I love to see them.
Like the card. I have just borrowed this one from a friend but not tried it yet, so we will see if it cuts well. I know one of the New York ones takes a lot of passes before it cuts. Pity, since they look great.
Wrap up warm, it's **** freezing on this side of the country too, these are the nights I don't like having a dog.
Janice W

Peanut said...

I LOVE that stamp! Let you in in a wee secret. You'll be seeing it on my blog in a couple of days.... You've done a great job with this stamp. Well done, Kate.
hugs, Asha
p.s. flippin' freezing here too!

rachel said...

hello Kate - a beautiful card and those photographs are just fabulous - how lovely! Big hugs to you. Rachel x

Pop's Cards said...

Fabulous creation sweetie, I love seals I am so green you saw one hugs Pops x

Carol said...

A beautiful card Kate, the colours are so pretty. Wonderful photos too...we saw seals last summer in Norfolk although none came up onto the beach while we were there. Carol x

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Kate. Fabulous image and design.
That little seal looks sooooo cute.
Lorraine x

pam said...

Beautiful card design Kate, love the stamp image and colours, shame the border took a lot of cutting.
lovely picture of the baby seal..

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A lovely post showing the cute pictures of the baby seal - it really does astound you how anyone could be cruel to an animal.
Love the card and the colours used and it's a very pretty stamp too, could be used for all sorts of occasions.
Keep warm.

Sue said...

Your card is gorgeous Kate, I love the image and beautiful colours.
Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos, they certainly have the awww factor and really cheered me up.
hugs Sue xx

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Love your pretty card Kate. OMGosh, that is such a CUTE little baby seal. I want to pick him up and hug him. LOL. What a great picture. TFS.

Flo Langley said...

Oh, Kate, what a beautiful card. Love how you have used Lesley's papers. The image and the colors you have used compliment each other so much. Fantastic photos. Soooo cute.
Thank you for playing along with the Chocolate Baroque Color Challenge.
Flo x

Sandy said...

Your pictures are marvelous Kate! So sweet!! And your card is so pretty z those colors are glorious!
Sandy xx

meg said...

Beautiful card Kate that stamp is wonderful and you were right it didn't need many embellishments. Love the photos Take care Megxx

scrappymo! said...

Stunning card! Love the bold background colour and your pretty design. That is a very pretty image!

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant designed card Kate. Beautiful colours. Love the journey with fur baby and sorry if I have missed commenting last day or{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

Sue said...

Kate, first to your lovely card. Such beautiful color hues you used. Love the image and how you colored it up. Just a stunning creative card.

LOVE the pictures. We are surrounded with water here in Western New York State, but just lakes and rivers, no beautiful creatures swimming by or coming ashore. We did live in California for a time, and we saw harbor seals on the beach, always fascinating. Thanks for sharing your pictures, loved them.


cotnob said...

A fabulous card Kate, such a pretty image and beautiful colours.
Thank you for sharing your brilliant photographs, your husband was so lucky to be able to get that close.

Marie-Louise said...

Great photos Kate and a really marvellous card. I am getting rid of my Sue Wilson dies as they are not worth the trouble. Keep warm.

Erika said...

Great photos of the seal, not far from us too. Such a wee cutie.
Great card and super colour combo, don't forget your wax paper if those dies are a b***** to get out! :)

Hugs Erika. x

hotpotato said...

Hi Kate, love the photos of the gorgeous young seal, oh so cute. x

Diane said...

Greetings Kate, gorgeous card, what fun pictures and of course Alistair all bundled up. Burr your weather does sound really cold.

Stay warm


Darnell said...

Hello, Kate! I'm very glad you've found me somehow. Your post was every minute a pleasure with those sweet photos of Alistair and the seal!

Your card, too, is a pleasure in those gorgeous colors!! I love birds, so you got me there! Thank you so much for linking to my NBUS Challenge #3! I'm happy to meet you and become your newest follower! I hope you'll pop back to visit again soon and follow me on my side bar, too! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

MaryH said...

You have my admiration for being willing to walk in the windy cold. But it was worth it to see the beautiful views you have shared and that white seal. That must have been awesome to see him so closely, and what a friendly guy he was. Glad you had the warm coffee flask to take out the chill when you got back to your car. Loved the card. That is a pretty stamp, and wonderfully colored. I am impressed with that border die by SW. Don't think I've seen that one, and I LOVE her dies. Fun graphic at the end of this particular post. Stay warm. Big Hugs & TFS

Helen said...

Gorgeous card - very elegant.

Thanks for joining us at Little Claire.

Helen x

PS Have you tried using wax paper with your dies?