Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Back to Normal?? and Honeysuckle Butterflies!

Hello Everyone, first post of the year and hoping you all had a very good Festive Time. I don't know about you, but I am pleased to be getting back to some kind of normal.

We had a lovely Christmas at Damian and Moreen's home with all the pets, and of course it was Milo's first Christmas and he was beside himself with excitement. Teallach too, had a rare time with the wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, wasn't all that fussed about his treats.

New Year found Alistair poorly so that we didn't make it to our friends, but home was the best place for him, so it was a quiet time too
But my goodness, I feel like I never want to eat again, stuffed to the gunwales, I dare not step on the scales.  New eating regime from now one.

Now I tried to have a bit of a break from blogging, so you might find less comments than usual, but I've seen wonderful projects on my reading list.  Also thank you for the lovely comments on my last card.

My card today is for the CB Colour Challenge;

I've used the main image from the Honeysuckle Butterfly stamp set, and coloured with DI. Embossed background with a folder from Sheena Douglass from her Indian Collection, this was given to me by my lovely friend Mrs. Duck. The sentiment is from the Floral Notes collection.
Pants photo as ever, sorry.

To finish off my post today, here is Milo in his new towel robe he got for Christmas;
He greeted us at the door with it on and wore it most of the day.
Here are Alistair, Damian and Milo relaxing after having washed up the dinner dishes. Notice the big bag of M&S chocolates by the side of Alistair, had them all but gone before we got home, he's now blaming the scales for telling him awful news.
This time joined by Alfie, he is a gorgeous boy and he isn't around much so I snapped him when I had the chance.

Chocolate Baroque are now on Hochanda with Lesley doing her second show of the day at 5o'clock, off to watch it in a few minutes. I'm so pleased that they have finally teamed up with them as they are a huge favourite of mine.

Thank you all for your visits and see you soon,

I would like to enter my card into;


brenda said...

Like you it's nice to be getting back to some sort of normality Kate (whatever normal is - I often wonder !!), love the photo of Milo he is just like our George who also has a red coat and collar.

Love your card and the lovely summery feel to it, a real promise of brighter days ahead.

Yes, Lesley is on Hochanda today, I loved working with the Rose stamps for this one - and advance notice more lovely things to come later this month - can say no more.

B x

meg said...

Happy New Year Kate, also feel the need to watch what I'm eating closely just now. Love the lilacs and pinks in your card the shading you did is beautiful.

Valerija said...

Happy New Year Kate.
Love your wonderful card.
Valerija xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely to see you with such a pretty card. Glad you gad a good time. Hope hubby is better now x

Barb said...

Your card is beautiful Kate. Lovely stamps and beautiful colouring. Thanks for sharing the photos. Milo looks great in his smart red and a present in his mouth. It sounds as if you had lots of fun at Christmas. I hope Alistair is now feeling better. I'm afraid I also put back some of that weight I worked so hard to lose last year. Barbxx

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card KAte, lovely colours and pretty design.
Glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas and I wish a very happy new year.
Lorraine x

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Kate, lovely colours - so pretty.
I'm glad that you had a lovely Christmas, sorry to hear that Alistair was poorly over New Year - I hope he is feeling better now.

pam said...

Happy New Year Kate, beautiful card and flowers, love the soft colours and embossing.
Love the photos you shared and hope Alistair is feeling better.
Hugs Pam x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Oh my, that's a beautiful card. So glad you could make use of the embossing folder.
Hope you left stuff for everyone else to buy from the CB shows lol! You must be a platinum customer (don't worry, we won't tell Alistair).
My goodness, Damian looks like you and Alfie looks just like T Boy too.
Don't talk to me about scales. When I jump on mine, they say "one at a time please"
Take care.
Ang x

Jennifer Johnston said...

Hi Kate, Happy New Year to you and your family. Christmas is a lovely time to get together but like you it is nice to get back to normality, call me boring but I do like routine, must be getting old lol! Love your card, it is so pretty, lovely image and such delicate colours. So pleased you had a lovely Christmas and I hope Alistair is feeling better. Loving your Christmas photos.
Hugs Jennifer xx.

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Beautiful card Kate. Makes me feel like it's spring. Happy New Year.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Happy New Year Kate!
A beautiful card to start off the year, love the delicate image and beautiful embossing folder background. We seem to have all come through Christmas gaining a few pounds, still if we didn't the fitness business would go bust!:)

judith@poppy cottage said...

Lovely to see your holiday photos Kate glad you enjoyed yourselves.I've your pretty card the honeysuckle stamp is a favourite of mine. Thanks for your entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Judith xx

Jane said...

Happy New Year Mrs!!!! And what a fabulous card to start with...a gorgeous honeysuckle...will have to hunt that stamp set down....can never have enough floral images. I too am glad 'it's' all over. Don't get me wrong, I love the build up but come Christmas night I get all sad, don't know why, always Roll on spring now xx

Linda Simpson said...

Happy New Year Kate! We had a quiet Christmas just hubby, fur babies and myself. We went to the Isle of Man for New Year and had a wonderful couple of days. A simply fabulous card and love the background. Thank you for sharing your photographs they look wonderful.
Linda xxx

Flo Langley said...

Happy New Year Kate. Sounds like you had a busy time. Hope Alistair is now feeling better. Fab photos tfs. I know what you mean about the eating. The diet starts next week. We have 3 kings tomorrow so that means more food!!! Beautiful card. Lovely soft colours.
Take care, hugs Flo x

rachel said...

sounds like a wonderful christmas Kate - I think we all feel the same about the scales at this time of year! Its very scary! Mine were mean too! I love your card - so pretty! Great news about CB - I was thrilled to be asked to do some samples and so chuffed at them being aired on the shows! Big hugs rachel x

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely card and photos Kate But love the one of Milo in his coat and parcel, what a cutie and such a poser...hugs to you and your loved ones and a healthy new 2017. xxx

Pat said...

This Honeysuckle Butterfly image is beautiful and you have coloured it so prettily Kate, and the embossed background is just perfect with it. Thanks for your very kind comments and I will also be visiting you again I'm sure as you have such a wide variety of things that you do on here. We have two in common, cardmaking obviously, and singing, which I have enjoyed since school days and have done all sorts of music and also some solo stuff from time to time, so it's lovely to hear about your choir in Inverness. You are right singing is the best therapy. x

Unknown said...

So beautiful! Love the butterflies and gorgeous background! Christmas seemed to go past very quickly!
Lucy x

Sue said...

Happy New Year to you and your family too Kate..hope Alistair is feeling better. I'm the same as you I don't ever want to look at food again !!! Love the photo's :))) Ollie and Woody ran around with the paper and boxes and had a lovely time. Take care and lots of huggles Sue xxxxxxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card, I saw it at the FB group and admired it there. The fancy cutting over the embossing is fabulous. The christmas photos are great. Milo looks adorable :) Happy New Year ! Shirleyxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

ps.. Alfie is gorgeous, are they both your fur family members? or grand family? xx

scrappymo! said...

Shat a wonderful post...full of Christmas, friends, and family pets...loved it!

Your card is so pretty. Very feminine and delicate.

Sue said...

Beautiful card, Kate, the embossed background is so pretty along with those wonderful flowers and butterfly, nice colors to work with also. Milo is a silly boy, such cute pictures. Looks like the kitty is a Maine Coon, we had one once, she was beautiful.


Claire said...

Wow what a gorgeous card, lovely photos too! Beautiful colouring and a stunning interpretation of the challenge colours. Thanks so much for joining us at Chocolate Baroque Challenge this month
Claire xx

annewaller said...

WOW! Stunning card Kate, great texture and super lovely colouring. I daren't step on the scales either! I know that my weight loss regime has gone in the reverse direction since Christmas (trousers just a little tight - eek). Going to brave it and get on the scales tomorrow then back to good eating etc. Good luck with the Chocolate Baroque Challenge x