Thursday 28 September 2017

Golden Stag!

Hello to You All, have you had a good day? I certainly hope so. We had another gorgeous day here, the sun was really hot, so much so that I had to take myself indoors and that was before midday. it's however dark now and it's only just after 7pm.

I was puppy minding today, and because it was such a lovely day we had good fun in the garden, although I had to be careful as Rowan has dug lots of holes and there is a danger that you could turn an ankle. She is a wee rascal, Damian has a big job on trying to fill them up. Anyway, day off tomorrow as Damian works from home, so maybe a bit of crafting.

I have just for a change.....a Christmas card to show you;
I've used another of the lovely EF from the John Next Door range by John Lockwood, which you can purchase here, 
Mrs. Duck has them in stock. I applied Alchemy Wax in Gold and them cut this rather magnificent stag from Sizzix in Black and Gold card. Chocolate Baroque sentiment and a few dazzlers.
Really a very simple card to make, but looks rather good....I think.

I'd like to thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are very kind. In fact it's our niece's birthday today, but as I have loads of cards in my box, I decided to use one of them instead of making a new one. 

Well that's me for now, looking forward to Outlander later tonight, but I might get a bit of time in the craft room till then. Enjoy your evening and see you soon, 

Tuesday 26 September 2017


Good Morning to Everyone,  how are you today, in fine fetal I hope.  However, sending out kind thoughts to those who need them.

Well it's a lovely day here, a bit misty but I think it will burn off.  Alistair is off to the Cairngorms for a walk, and I'm not needed for puppy duty, so I'm going to make the most of the time with a bit of crafting.  There are so many projects I want to do,but never seem to get started, I'm sure many of you are the same.
 Today's card is a change from a Christmas one. Our  niece just passed her driving test, this is the card I made,
Nothing much to it really, it's a Create-a-card from Die'sire dies, added black card and and a few black gems, sentiment is one I found in my stash. 
Karen is a wee star in my estimation as she will be driving around Glasgow, a huge busy city, I always leave the driving to Alistair when we are there as it scares the pants off me. So well done that Girl. 

Thank you all for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments on my last card. 
That's me for now, take care and have a lovely day what ever you're doing, 

Thursday 21 September 2017

Rustic Snowflake!

Good Evening Everyone,  I do hope you've had a lovely day and enjoyed whatever you've been doing.
It's been a poor day  weather wise, dull and raining, it's really up and down, only a  couple of days ago the sun was splitting the heavens and it was too hot.

I've  been  on puppy duty this afternoon which has was lovely, the three of us just wanted to snooze, after they'd had their treats of course.  I've not been needed these last few days as Damian has been working from home putting together the tenders for Aldi and Liddel, his company supplies their salmon.  He's also been working with his company's food developers on the Christmas buffet food, some of which we have had samples of.  Salmon with some sort of cream cheese mousse shaped like a
Christmas  tree on lolly sticks,  they jury's out, but we are not the best of folk to try it on.  Hot  smoked trout was another taster, in little pastry cases,  now  Alistair loved those.  So if these products go through and your buying fancy bits and pieces  from these stores ,  you'll know where they they  come from.

Right on to my card;
Another card for Christmas using the Rustic Snowflake Embossing folder from the John  Next Door range, and you can but it here.  It's a really pretty EF and I've embossed  icicle Foundation card by CB. 
 Sara Davis snowflake die cut out of glitter card  CB sentiment, ribbon and gems to finish, a fairly simple card, but I'm pleased with it. 

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, really  everyone of them. 
That's all for now, take care and see you soon,

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Oak Tree!

Hello to Everyone,  I hope you are well and enjoying your day.  It's as if Summer has decided to come back today, absolutely gorgeous day, blue skies and warm sunshine.  Teallach has been enjoying himself out in the garden chasing bugs, oh the joys of being able to sit outside and enjoy it all.

I was sent this lovely image by my lovely blog friend Annie as she knows that I love trees;
It's a Sheena Douglass stamp, just beautiful and the background is coloured with Oxides,  CB sentiment. 
Kraft card embossed with a Crafters Companion  EF, and finishing off with some red gems.
 It was such a lovely surprise to receive the stamp and one of those images that can be built on, so thanks so much Annie. 

Thank you all for visiting me and leaving such kind comments on my last cards, I do appreciate your time and words. 

Well Alistair has just finished his fiddle practice, and I thought, a little quietness at last, not to be though, he's now mowing the grass,  I think earplugs are the way to go. 

That's me for now, take care of yourselves and see you another day,

Sunday 17 September 2017

Penguins and loads of Sparkle for CCC!

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

It's time once again for the CCC ladies to share their latest cards, and this time it's my choice of theme and I've chosen Penguins, and add lots of sparkle.  Looking forward to seeing your what everyone comes up with.  Here are my cards;
I picked up this little stamp whilst away in Coventry at the Range, I thought he was a jolly wee character.  Alcohol inks for colouring, and a piece of paper I found in my stash. 
This little chap was a purchase from, Mrs Duck's online shop,  it's a little die and I've coloured him up and added glitter. Found the snowflake EF in my boss and gave it a wash with DI, the sentiment is by  CB. 
Now for this one I've used all  Card-io stamps,with one of the new EF from John Next Door called Confetti, also from Mrs. Duck's shop. A little bit of colour over the mountains and lots of sparkle.  I've rubbed a little silver ink on to the raised dots on the EF.
Hope you like them and don't forget to pop into see what the other team members create.

Just before I sign off, just want to thank everyone who left lovely comments about my last frame,  I do appreciate each and every one of them. 
Have a lovely weekend, 

Thursday 14 September 2017

Honey Bee!

Good Evening Folks, I hope you have all had a good day.

The weather is getting quite chilly now especially in the early morning, I know cos I'm up early to let Puss in.  Becoming dark much earlier too, so my guess is that Autumn is settling in now.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last card,  and also a warm welcome to Maria who has pressed the follow button,  pleased to have you here Marianne, and I hope you pop in often.  Unfortunately I can't find a blog for you as I would like to visit you, let me know if you have one.

More Chocolate Baroque today;
Yes it's another frame, but it was made for a gift,  I do think they make good little gifts, anyway I started by stamping meadow flowers from Crafty Individuals in Archival Green ink. The little bees and sentiment is by CB.  Tim Holtz meadow flower dies, and a lovely dragonfly cut out of velum and glittered.  I've used sparkle Pen on the been wings and added a few sequins.  Of course it required a box, 
Oxide inks with CB stamps,  forget whose sentiment it is, finished off with some Just Pearls. 

Those of you who have been following for a while will know that Alistair plays the fiddle. He is self taught, but just recently he has found and started fiddle lessons and is taking his practise sessions very seriously. The teacher introduces a new tune every week and the students obviously practise at home.  Guess what I'm demented by it and Teallach has taken up residence under the table.  Now I don't want to discourage Alistair, but try as I might I don't remember anything in the marriage vows about listening to awful music,  maybe it comes under the "for better or worse " part.   

Right folks that's me for now,  I'm awaiting Outlander at 9 o'clock. Series 3 has just started on Amazon Prime, so I'm loving that, but won't give anything away.
Take care and see you soon, 

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Reindeer Landscape!

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

Having had a day off from minding Milo and Rowan, I took advantage of the time and spent it making a card and having a tidy up in the craft room. Here is my card;
One of my new Chocolate Baroque  stamps,  from the Reindeer  Landscape set, there are tree images and snowflakes too, but that's another card.
I stamped the image with Black Archival ink, then used Pebeo Silver Foil on some of it. Coloured with SN  Aqua Pens and Sparkle Pens,  then loads of glitter.
Embossed black card with a tree folder, could be Crafters Companion, I always take them out of the package then promptly forget the brand. Pebeo Silver polish then rubbed over the embossed card.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, finished off with some silver lacy ribbon and a black dazzler.
It's not a Christmas card, but it could be with some fluffy stuff for snow.

Thank you all for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments, I really do appreciate every one of them.

Feet up tonight as Alistair is out at his music group, so I can watch my own rubbish TV.  He is usually quite late home as the guys have a natter and a coffee, this week with some Belgian chocolate chip muffins,supplied by yours truly.  The things I do to get him to stay out later lol!

That's me for now, I hope you enjoy your evening, whatever you're doing, see you soon,

Friday 8 September 2017

Butterfly Frame!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well, but sending out kind thoughts to those who are struggling a bit just now, hopefully things will get better for you soon.
Especially thinking about the folks hit by these awful  storms , it must be so devastating, can't even begin to imagine what they are going through, I count my blessings each day that I live in a country that doesn't have these extreme weather systems, nature at it's worst.

Anyway, we are back from our little trip away to Coventry to visit Mr. and Mrs. Duck, and we had a real good time, we were treated like royalty, they couldn't do enough for us, what a lovely couple they are. Alistair felt quite at home with them and found plenty to chat to Mr. D about. I've a few photos which I will show later in the post, for now though here is a little something to view,
Another of my frames, this time stamped with a Crafty Individuals  meadow flower stamp and decorated with butterflies, and a dragonfly,  the large butterfly is cut from some pretty material and the other bugs from beautiful paper designed by Lesley from CB a while back. 
Of course the frame needed a box and it's been decorated with  Oxides and floral stamps by John Next Door,  can't remember what the butterfly is, might be XCUT, but it's painted with Starlights, all finished with some gems. 
This was for Ang and thankfully she loved it. 

It was lovely to meet up with Chirstine Harrop and John Lockwood and we all had a lovely lunch together,
Here we are having a good old tuck in.
We were taken to Stratford so a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company was a must, unfortunately the times of the plays didn't fit in with our time there.
Final one honest...
The lovely Mrs. D and me outside Shakespeare's house, Alistair took it a bit far away, more about the house than us I think.

It was a lovely trip even although it took two 8 hour days to get there and back, but the travelling was fine, and I learnt something new, apparently you can't flush your goldfish down the train toilet... the voice informed me of this when I had to pay a visit to the loo, now of course this was on Virgin trains, maybe there is a different policy on others. I like to learn something new every day.

It was so lovely to meet up with Christine again, it had been a few years ago and of course I'd never met John before, I enjoyed blethering with him and he's such a pleasant guy.

We are glad to be back home though, having such a good time is tiring, and of course I missed Teallach.

Thank you all for leaving lovely comments on my last cards, I do appreciate every comment, and I will be catching up with you all soon.
Till next time take care,

Sunday 3 September 2017

Magical and Mystical for CCC!

Hello there,  well would you believe it, a fortnight has past and it's time once again for the CCC  ladies to share their latest cards and this time our lovely Rachel has chosen the theme which is Magical and Mystical.  I had a rake around the craft stash and this is what I came up with;
This was part of a set from Papermania a few years ago, I think it was called Enchanted Christmas.  He's a very Mystical Santa and I've coloured him with Derwent Coloursoft pencils. The sentiment is from the same set.  SN  Aqua pens for the background colouring mixed with glycerin. To create a scene around him I've used trees and the deer Creative Stamping magazine's free stamps. The snow is Fluffy Stuff and glitter. I think he's rather grand.

More from the Enchanted Christmas set, the background paper is velum and I've added lots of glitter.

I hope you like them Rachel, I had fun making them and of course it's good to get rid of some old stash.

Please visit the other CCC ladies as they always have wonderful creations.

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on my last post. Scheduling this for tomorrow when the challenge goes live.

Take care everyone and see you when I get back from my trip,

Friday 1 September 2017

Follow That Star!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and getting ready to enjoy another weekend.
What a lovely day we've had up here, really warm and sunny, in fact just too hot to sit outside at one point, brilliant though for getting the towels out and dried.

It's going to be a busy weekend for us as we are preparing to go away for a few days next week, and I'm pretty excited as we are going to Coventry to visit Mrs Duck, otherwise known as Ang. Now if that wasn't exciting enough,  Christine Harrop will be travelling up or idea of the geography of where Oxford is in relation to Coventry, to meet up with us and have a lunch,  and just to top it all John Next Door, Mr Lockwood will be there too.  John I've never met, but a few years I met up with Ang and Christine when I was down at the Birmingham craft show and a lovely friendship started.
I had been hoping to get down to meet Ang again last year, but time ran away and didn't make it, but I was determined to get there this year,and it's just lovely that Alistair wanted to go with me, and of course Mr Duck will be there too, so Alistair won't feel out of it with all the crafty folk.  Ang and her hubby have some sightseeing planned for us.  A long journey from Inverness though and we will be off at crack of dawn, going by train, which is exciting too.  Train journeys always seem adventurous.

Anyway, I have managed a card;
I've used another Sheena Douglass EF on black  Centura Card and sanded it back, the sentiment is a Woodware one which I've been dying to use as I think it's brilliant.  I've added glitter just to accentuate parts of the scene.  
The end result was not what was planned, but I wasted so much time, ink and paper I had to rethink.  I had been watching Sheena on Hochanda using this folder and it was all wonderfully coloured, I just couldn't remember how she did it, so this is what I ended up with. 

Just before I go, want to thank you for your fabulous comments on my last card, you are all so kind. I'll be back on Sunday with my CCC  cards, till then take care and enjoy the weekend,