Thursday 30 June 2016

May a Gentle Breeze!

Hello  Everyone,  I hope all is well with you and yours.
Well it's the end of June and I'm still waiting for the Summer to start, we have had a day of showers and quite cool, I've even got socks on, not impressed.

Are you all keeping calm and carrying on crafting as the slogan goes in the light of the turmoil that's going on in the UK just now, we actually don't have anyone running the country, how scary is that, and the amount of nastiness going on is astounding, thank goodness for colouring in!!

Did I mention that I won the Colour Challenge at Chocolate Baroque, I'm dead chuffed and looking forward to buy some new stuff with my voucher.

I'm sharing another Chocolate Baroque creation today;
My background is inked up with various Momento inks and I've used tree images from Autumn Edges and Sparkling Trees, bird images and sentiment from Inkylicious.
I'm not sure what happens to the colours when I photograph my card but, they are actually quite Strong and follow the Colour Challenge no. 24 colours;

I'm heading off to the craft room as there is football on tonight and I'll emerge in time to watch Collision, a brilliant drama on Freeview channel 10. Douglas Henshall is in it and I think he is fab.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my CCC card, I do appreciate each and every one of them.

I'll love you and leave you now with a photo of  three of my Grandpets, having a quiet moment together;

I would like to enter my card into

Sunday 26 June 2016

Cute for the Christmas Card Club!

Another fortnight over and time for another share from the Christmas Card Club girls, half way through the year , who would believe it!!

Anyway, how are you all, enjoying your Sunday I hope.  We have had a glorious sunny and warm morning, that took us to Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, and the plan was to watch for dolphins, but as it was such a lovely day the world and his wife were all out looking for parking places, we had not luck in find one where we would be likely to see there fabulous creatures if they happened to be playing in the water. We moved around to Fortrose and sat and read for a wee while enjoying the warmth of the sun, but guess what, it's bucketing down now. Oh well that's Scottish weather.

So here are my cards, yes I've got three this week, and the theme was chosen by Sylvie and she wanted Cute;
 Well I think these kittens are super cute, from a Joanna Sheen CD, I think it's called Nostalgia, and a Signature stockings die.
Of course easily recognisable LOTV gorgeous penguins, coloured with SN pens and Silent Night papers from First Edition.
Finally, and I've been dying to use this stamp from Papermania, a cute little snowman whom you can lay all the blame on, stamped on to Desert Storm card from CC. Having stamped the image I thought well the snowman is now beige, not a good look, so I stamped again on white cards and paper pieced him, then a few little embellishments and job done.

It's been ages since I used paper on my cards, but this challenge had me only only using some but also using some older stash, so thank you Sylvie for this challenge really enjoyed it.

Do have a look at the other team members as they always have fabulous cards.

Before I go, just wanted to day thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are all so kind and a warm welcome to Cheryl who is my latest Follower, thank you Cheryl for choosing to click the button, I hope you will be back again and that you continue to like what I make.

I had another new commenter a few posts ago whom I forgot to say hello to, Maureen Killin, now Maureen I've tried to find your blog to return the visit, but I think you might not have one, although you are on Circles, which unfortunately I just don't understand the mechanics of, but I do appreciate your visits and comments and hope you come back to see that I've not ignored you.

How's this for daftness, should make you smile..... thought I'd lost my phone the other day, turned my bag inside out, down sofa and chair cushions, upstairs in all rooms and downstairs, outside in garden. Came to the conclusion that I'd left it whilst over at Damian's house when I went to see Milo, hoping that the puppy hadn't found it and demolished it.  Phoned Damian when he was home from work, who looked all over without luck, I know mum he says, I'll phone the number and if it's here I'll find it. Then I hear the theme music for Game of Thrones, yeah I'm sad, saying to Damian I hear it, where is it, not here comes back the reply. The phone was plugged in to recharge and sitting on the arm of the sofa.... in my home. That was a real serious senior moment which my son thought was hilarious, I just thought I wonder where my brain had gone, I had no recollection of plugging the phone in.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend, 

Friday 24 June 2016

Lillies for Friday Oldie!

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and that you're gearing up for the weekend. 
I'm here with my Friday Oldie share, all started by Erika of Snappy Crafts and you can find her here,
Erika started this little bit of sharing fun a couple of years ago and now there are quite a few of us sharing our earlier projects, it's good to see how our crafting style has changed, improved, become interested in different crafts.

Here is my share for this week,
This is a beautiful lily image drawn by Jane of Janey's cards. Unfortuntately she no longer does them, but I still have a few. Jane is a gardener with her own business and a wonderful artist.

Can't at all remember what I've used to colour it, but if I say so myself I've made quite a good job of it.

So why not join in with one of your Oldies.
A quick post from me today, I've got the most thundering headache so I really don't need to be on the computer.

Just before I go just wanted to say, thanks for all the lovely comments on my last card and for your good wishes for Sean's recovery.

See you soon,

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Music Fanfare!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying your day. 
Thank you all for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments, and a warm welcome to Anne who has now joined my little band of Followers, I hope you continue to pop in when you can  Anne. 
Anne has a lovely blog and is on various Design Teams, and you can find her here .

I have a card made for the latest Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge, No. 24
Brilliant colours to work with, here's what I've done;
So I've used images from Music Fanfare and a mixture of Momento and Airondack inks applied with Inkylicious Inkdusters.  Inkylicious sentiment.  Little butterfly die is a Sizzix one,Liquid Pearls and a wee bit of WofS, which of course doesn't show up. 
I have a great lack of CB sentiments, which I must rectify.  I also have to say that the colours are more intense in reality.

Our lovely friend was taken into hospital again for emergency surgery, and the medical team had to make some life changing decisions, but Sean has come through it well and hopefully will make a good recovery.  It will be a wee while before he get my card, as I posted it the day he landed up in hospital, but as he will be convalescing for a while it doesn't matter when he receives it.

Having an at home day, Damian is at home so I've no Milo duties,  and Alistair did the hospital visit, planning a bit of time in the craft room,oh you've no idea how good it feels to be able to say that, having my own space is just pure dead brilliant!

That's me for now, off for a play, see you soon,

I would like to enter my card into the :

Saturday 18 June 2016

A Get Well Wish!

Good Morning to Everyone, and I hope all is well with you.  Gosh the weekend once again, where does the time Go?? Well at least it's not raining, and just waiting for the painter to arrive. 

Thank so much for your lovely comments on yesterday's card,I appreciate your time that you take to visit me. 

Well with the pants weather and the dire excess of football, yes Alistair has watched every feckin one so far, we had to have words last night, I've been spending time card making and I know that's a good thing, but when I want to watch a regular programme, I find it's been dropped for the footy,Errrrrgh! 

The lovely sentiment is the focus of this card made for another friend who is recovering from surgery. I've inkdusted with various Airondack inks and matted and layered on to some embossed card I came across in my box of tricks. 

I thought you might like to see the cygnets again, my goodness they have grown, 
Right that's me for today, no Matt the Painter yet, but he's only 45 minutes late so not to worry, have yourselves a lovely weekend whatever your plans are and see you soon,

Friday 17 June 2016

Knitting Fairy for Friday Oldie!

Good Morning Everyone,  I hope you are all well and now grown web feet with all this rain that's about just now. I thought it would be better today, but just as bad with mizzling rain.  Were are having all our outdoor painting done, but the painter has had to call off because of the rain, so we will go for it tomorrow, the forecast is saying it's to be better.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my Seaside Canvas, you are all very kind, I won't be giving it to anyone, it's just for myself and I plan to do a couple more once I've got a few more seaside bits and pieces.

Well it's time for Erika's Friday Oldie, these Fridays do come around so quickly, here is my share;
Gosh what an awfully dull photo, but as you can see it's a knitting fairy, I think it's from Sugar Nellie, and coloured with pencils.  This was obviously photographed before I discovered photo editing, and had I thought I would have redone it, but hey ho.

I hope you will join Erika and the rest of us that share our older creations, it's just for fun and it could be anything as long as it's hand made, I sometimes have an knitting project, others have altered art, sewing, just whatever.  Erika and you can find her blog here, started Oldie for Friday a couple of years ago and it has gradually got more of us interested in sharing our makes, it's good to see how our crafting has changed/improved, so why not join in.

That's me for today, the weekend is on the doorstep once again so whatever plans you have I hope you have a good one, till next time,


Wednesday 15 June 2016

Seaside Canvas!

Hello Everyone, I'm wondering if I've gone through a time warp and landed up in November! Boy has it been wet, dull and cold,I've had to put some heating on and I'm just out of the shower to try and get some heat in me. I hope wherever you are that the weather is better. 

Thank you all for the lovely Birthday wishes, both in Blogland and FB. I had a lovely birthday and a fabulous Indian meal in the evening with  Moreen and Damian's, oh and Alistair too. Beautiful gifts, but nothing crafty. And on Monday the beautiful candy I won from Wendy Spanish  Crafter arrived, and OMG! What a wonderful prize to receive. There are lots of gorgeous hand made stick pins,tiny book, crochet embellishments, oh I could go on and on,and all encased in a stunning material book with lace and buttons, I am so lucky to have won it and coming when it did, well it was like another birthday gift. Wendy is a hugely talented lady.

Anyway, I've been having a go at creating a canvas,inspired by Jennifer of Crafting Rainbows and you can find Jennifer's blog here.  Jennifer also designs many of the samples for Imagination Crafts. 
Here's my canvas, and don't laugh please!!, 
I have used Starlights to paint the canvas, and then stuck on little bits of the gorgeous Rice Paper, the sun is made with Sparkling Medium, all from Imagination Crafts. 
Stamps from Creative Stamping magazine, colored with Derwent pencils, little shells and some sandpaper.  I've just made the little birds with a black Pen.  If you pop in to Jennifer's blog you'll see the real deal.  I did have fun making it though, and can see where I could improve. 

Well it's wall to wall footy here, sick of it and it's only the first week.  I got a bit of respite this afternoon as I was in sole charge of Milo as Damian wasn't able to get home at lunch time.  I think this is how I got chilled as we got awfully wet when out for our walk, and then the back door was opened so that the pup could get into the garden. He is getting so big and strong. I made a cuppa when we got back and the toerag wouldn't let me sit down, every sofa I tried to sit on he got to it first, this went on for a few minutes, of course he thought it was great fun, I gave up and sat on his big cushion, didn't seem to mind that.  He is adorable, but I'm so glad that we have a cat.

Thanks for you kind comments on my last post, I love reading them and appreciate your time.   Till next time, take care, 

Sunday 12 June 2016

Star of Wonder and A Little Vintage Card,for CCC!

Hello to Everyone, I hope you  are well and enjoying your weekend.

It's time once again for the Christmas Card Club Ladies to share their fortnightly creations with you.  It was our lovely Zoe who chose the theme this time  and it's Star of Wonder or Anything Goes.
Well, I was a bit stumped for the Star of Wonder and thought that it was just the Anything Goes,I would manage, but a good old rake around and came up with bits and pieces to make this one;
Sue Wilson's silent night die cut up to give me just the stars, a further delve and I found the perfect stamp which says Star of Wonder.  It was part of a set Creative Stamping magazine a year or so ago. 

However, I bought a lovely Crafty Individuals stamp a few weeks ago and was desperate to use it, so my next card is for Anything Goes;
Isn't this image just lovely? I've given it a wee bit of colour with Derwent pencils, lots of glitter and some pretty papers, twine and a few buttons. 
Do visit the other Ladies as their creations will be just wonderful. 

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my Friday Oldie and the Birthday wishes, you are very kind.

Just before I sign off, here is one of the Blackbird babies that's been having a feed;

I couldn't get close enough, so you might have to enlarge it, he has been around all day, and his mum has been keeping an eye out, no doubt for Teallach.  The wee thing has been battling against the odds with the baby Starlings,gosh are they hoodlums or what! He's having a bit of respite in this photo.
Till next time take care,

Friday 10 June 2016

Going to the Land of Nod, Friday Oldie!

Good Afternoon Everyone, hoping you are all well and gearing up for  a good weekend whatever your plans are.

It's Friday and so time for another Friday Oldie, joining Erika in sharing a creation from a time gone by and you can find Erika here.  
You can share anything handmade doesn't have to be a card, since this little fun bit of blogging began, we've seen, knitting, sewing, paining, ceramics, all sorts of beautiful handmade creations

This is my little offering, an image I think from Mo Manning which I just love and it reminds me of a lovely Fairy Tale book I had as a little girl with the story of Winking, Blinking and Nod, which my Dad would read to me at bed time.  It was one of these lovely thick books with beautiful illustrations, I don't know whatever became of it, my memory hasn't retained that piece of information, sadly.

Coloured with Promarkers, as that was all I had at this time. Just looking at this I'm of a mind that my colouring has improved.  I've still got the card in my box as I've never had a little one to give it too, I must have made it for a challenge.

There are quiet a few of us joining Erika now, so why not join in with us and share an Oldie, it's just for fun.

I've been a wee bit absent for a couple of days, not getting to your blogs, but the reason was that we were down in Edinburgh to see this;
This exhibition is fabulous and well worth a visit, if you are anywhere near Edinburgh. An amazing culture and a period in time that I find fascinating.  The artifacts that have been found over the centuries are truly amazing. A very interesting exhibition, and we had a lovely time in our capital city.

So I am way behind in my visits around Blogland which I hope to rectify over the weekend.

It's my birthday on Sunday, eeeeeek 63! well it's only a number after all, we are with Damian and Moreen going out for a Birthday dinner to a little local Indian eatery, so looking forward to that, and as I bought my birthday pezzy at the museum, I know I've got a lovely one, I bought a Celtic brooch, (love brooches) and handed over to Alistair to keep until Sunday. He was delighted as it saves him looking for something.

Thank you all for the lovely comments left on my last post, love to receive them and appreciate each and everyone.

So off now to link up with Erik's blog and then a visit to your blogs and maybe a bit of crafting. It's very dull here today, so an inside day in the craft room is just perfect.

Till next time, take care of yourselves,

Monday 6 June 2016

McIntosh Beauty! Colour Challenge 23!

Good Morning to Everyone,
I hope it's bright and sunny where you are. We have a beautiful morning and hubby is off for a night out on the Cairngorms. He discovered two mountains that he can't remember climbing so he is off to do that. A few years ago he had his celebration party for completing all the Munro so, so he's vexed that he might have had the party fraudulently, lol.

I've got another card made with CB stamps and the colours for the Challenge:
I've used stamps from the  McIntosh Beauty set and coloured with Pirsmacolour pencils, first embossing with black Wow EP. 
Background is made with DIs and splashes of water and second generation stamping with the single McIntosh rose, ribbon and gems.

We had a day out yesterday to Portmahomack which is a bit more North of Inverness to the East.  It's a lovely little village which at one  time would have had a fishing industry. There is a beautiful beach where we sat and read for a wee while after having a lovely lunch. 
It's on the Pictish Trail and has loads of archaeology sites, well worth a visit if you are ever in the area. Took a couple of photos;

We have some outstanding beaches up in the highlands and Islands and if only the weather could be guaranteed it would make for  wonderful holidays.
This one shot on a rare moment Alistair wasn't snoozing.
Just before I go, I'd like to thank everyone for their lovely comments on my last post, I do appreciate the time you take to visit.
Until next time,

Friday 3 June 2016

Little Blue Dancer, for Friday Oldie!

Hello Everyone, I'm a wee bit late posting this, I usually have my oldie posted by now, but busy this morning and then had to go into town. Dreich day here, smirry rain and very dull, a lot cooler too.

Thank you so much for all you fab comments on Alistair's photos and my card of course, you are all very kind  Pamellia, you didn't know if the photos were of my hubby or son, there are of my hubby, my son Damian wouldn't countenance doing any as hair raising as that.

Anyway, here I am with my Oldie for Friday all started by Erika and you can find her blog here where on a Friday we share an older creation made at an earlier time in our crafting career.  It doesn't have to be a card, could be knitting, sewing, painting, photography, well the list is endless isn't it. It's just a bit of fun and it it's good look back and see how your crafting style has changed.

Now I'm sure you will recognise this little beauty from LOTV, and I would  think she has been coloured with Promarkers. If I remember correctly I was asked to make this for a client's little niece.

I popped down to the Uni Campus the other day to check on the swans and ducks and took a couple of photos

All cygnets present and correct, haven't they grown some, they are all around their mum with dad bringing up the rear.
I'm sorry to say the ducklings haven't faired so well (is that the correct faired or is it fared?), I could only see two and there was six in the beginning. Sad if the gulls have got them.

Amazing to think that this the end of yet another week, whizzing by.

I hope you all have some good plans for the weekend, don't know yet what we will do, having said that sometimes it just good to do nothing.  Whatever you do have a good one and see you soon,

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Flowering Baroque Heart, and the next James Bond?!

Hello to you all and hoping you are well and enjoying your day.  We have sunshine and some warmth and Alistair and Bill are off to walk in the Cairngorms, so he will come back whacked but happy. 
I've been getting on with clearing out my drawers,a task I've been putting off for ages, but I was given some beautiful drawer liners for Mother's day, so I thought I'd better use them.

Thank you all for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments. 
Now for my card;
Using another CB stamp, this one is  called Flowering Baroque Heart, it's beautiful and it's coloured with Starlights, first being embossed with Wow copper embossing powder.
I've used some of the free papers that Lesley from CB designs and embossed some card with a SB  musical score folder. Added a crocheted butterfly, inked with Colour Cloud,a wee bit of gold lace and some pearls.

I thought I would show you some of the other things my very own Action Man gets up to when he's let loose;

Ang...Mrs Duck calls him The Milk Tray  Man, me  well I think he's auditioning for the next James Bond  movie. Some of the places he and Bill get to are totally amazing. 

Off now to see Milo,I will be visiting your blogs later on, take care, 
Hugs Kate x🤗