Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Cottage!

Hello Everyone, are you well today, certainly hope so and that you've had a good day.

Our weather early this morning looked as if it was going to be a cloudy day, but lo and behold by lunch time the sun was out and it got steadily hotter.

Alistair has been away for a couple of days climbing in Glencoe with a friend, so it's been all quiet on the Western Front, so much so that I have feasted on watching Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda and managing to catch the shows live instead of catch up which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Lesley always shows brilliant techniques, I love watching her.

Anyway, the man who would be Boss will be home tonight, but I'm waiting to find out if I've to pick him up in Inverness or go down to Aviemore. The buses apparently weren't corresponding to when he would get down off the mountain.  Very remiss of the bus company I think. 

So here is my card for today, it's one that I bought whilst away last week. Now I don't know the make but it's a wood mounted stamp. I'm always on the lookout for images that would do a male card, all our male friends are outdoor types and it's not easy to find appropriate images for them.

I've coloured it all in shades of grey using various inks, strangely it's showing up almost blue, but it is grey. I found this embossed background with trees in my stash and swiped them once again with different shades of grey and silver, they look a bit like Silver Beeches to me. Then just added a simple birthday sentiment. going round the edges with grey charcoal. 
I think it's a lovely image and it reminds me of the a Lake District scene.

Thank you so much for all you lovely comments on my last card and a warm welcome to Scrapamondo who is my latest follower, I'm delighted that you have chosen to follow me and I hope you will pop in often.
Now, I have reach the heady heights of having 120 Followers, so I think it must be time for a wee bit of a Candy prize, so watch this space, and I'll get something together later in the week.

That's me for today, I'm off now to visit you lovely people on your blogs, I didn't get much of a chance yesterday so I'm a wee bit behind.
Take care of yourselves and enjoy your evening,


Dortesjs said...

Very pretty card this ;O))

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card Kate, Nice quiet few days for you, I,m envious.
The image does remind me of Lake District, beautiful, xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A beautiful image and perfect for those tricky males :)
I love the embossed background as it works beautifully with the image.

Mac Mable said...

Perfect masculine card for the out door type x Gorgeous shades of grey and silver and hope your DH had a good climb in Glencoe? x Lov ethe texture of the 'silver' birch trees x

Barb said...

This is a very beautiful card Kate. What a lovely stamp it is and it works so well in monochrome. I really like the embossed background you've chosen. Barbxx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

This is a beautiful stamp Kate and I agree with you that it reminds me of the Lake District too. The embossed trees in the background make the perfect backdrop for your gorgeous scene and I love how you've coloured it in grey. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous scenic card Kate, love the background too, perfect for the image
Lorraine x

Anet van Zyl said...

Hallo Kate, your card is beautiful. Love the pretty image and the background you created. Hugs Anet x

Rita said...

Love what you've done with the stamp Kate. It is such a beautiful image and you really have done it justice with such lovely colouring. Weather this week has been really nice and very hot in the afternoon. Hugs Rita xxx

Sue said...

I love this beautiful scene, Kate, and it looks especially pretty in all the grays.It is really nice for a male card too!


dutchess said...

Great card for a male....they are so difficult...and this is perfect.I have been doing the same Kate watching Lesley on Hochanda but resisting the stamps...well at the moment anyway...I have been in bed for 2 days with a bug I have picked up so watching the Tv and reading books...sadly no crafting but soon xxxxx

Valerija said...

This is beautiful, Kate! I love the tree background! The image is fabulous!
Valerija xx

Hazel said...

Kate, your card is brilliant. Hope you didn't have to drive to aviemore to get Alistair. Sorry your peace is broken. Hazel x

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely card Kate, this is one gorgeous stamp too.xx [aNNie]

meg said...

Love the colouring on your stamp Kate, the grey's make it perfect for a male card, it looks perfect against the embossed tree background.

Linda Simpson said...

Morning Kate, this is gorgeous, love the beautiful cottage. It is raining here today :(
Linda xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a very brilliant card and such a lovely stamped image.
Super embossed background also.
So glad your weather has improved.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cotnob said...

A fabulous card Kate, a super image and great background - a perfect masculine design.
I hope you didn't have to drive to Aviemore.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

scrAPpamondo said...

Such fabulous male card! Love how the beautiful image matches with the embossing on the back!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

This is a lovely image and looks great with that embossing folder

pam said...

Fabulous card design Kate, love this peaceful image and wonderful embossing, sure I have that stamp somewhere Kate!
Hugs Pam x

rachel said...

Hello Kate - a gorgeous stamp - it reminds me of the Lake District too! So pretty! I love how you've used it too! Big hugs rachel x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Elegant and understated. It's a super stamp.
Peace and quiet over now then lol!
Ang x

Cara said...

This is just beautiful, love your colouring and the tree background is perfect. Very remiss of the bus company, you ought to complain!

Flo Langley said...

Hi Kate, Hope the "Boss" had a great adventure and got home safe and sound. Gorgeous card. The combo of the stamp image and the embossing work brilliantly together. Love the soft colouring on the image.
Hugs Flo xx

Sandy said...

I love reading your posts -- you are funny!
I love your card - especially for someone like me - a real dreamer. I would like color in the image. Ahhh - my dream - a cottage in Scotland.
You know I love Scotland!!
sandy xx

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous cottage image and card. The embossed panel looks great here.. I really like this stamp...as you say it is versatile!