Monday, 6 November 2017

A Reeling Cracking Birthday!

Hello there, how are you all doing, I hope you are fit and well, and over the 5th of November celebrations.  I don't know if you are like me and hate fireworks that go off all over the neighbourhood. Just have a big organised event at a certain time and get it over with. The poor animals just hate it. I was amused at Teallach who was under the table with his front paws over his eyes. Goodness knows how Rowan got on as she is so skittish  anyway.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and kind wishes for our anniversary on Saturday, and for my card, and as if that wasn't celebration enough, it was Alistair's Birthday yesterday and the fun I had making his card, here it is;
The minute I saw this little fiddler I just had to buy it, I knew it was perfect for Alistair at some point. It's by Crafty Stamps, I've not heard of them and I bought them in Edinburgh in the summer. He's coloured with watercolours. The cottage is from Hobbyarts and the other stamps are CB. The hills are much more vivid in reality, somehow the photo isn't picking that up. I added Glossy Accents to the specs and windows. Found a wee bit of tartan ribbon that sort of matched his kilt.

Now Alistair doesn't have a beard, but he did have a few years ago and I always thought he looked like Captain Birdseye. He did though live in a wee cottage in the middle of Glen Bucket with a wee burn by the side of it, and could only be reached by a rough track which played havoc with your car. On fine days and evenings he would sit outside and play his fiddle, well there was little else to do as he had no TV or radio. This was all before I met him I have to add.

Anyway, he had a lovely day yesterday, we went for a lovely walk along Rosemarkie beach, very early morning and really had the beach to ourselves, sadly there were no dolphins to be seen.

Kerr phoned us last night to say how much he loved his card, so that was good. That's the birthdays over now, until January, thank goodness.

That's me for now, away to zap the mushroom soup, quickest thing to have when we are both out tonight at different times.
Take care and see you soon,


brenda said...

Oh my Kate, saw this pop up on my reading list and had to come right over to take a peek, what a fabulous scene and so very Scottish and as you say just right for Alistair at some point.

B x

Christine Harrop said...

Absolutely perfect for Alistair. You have created a terrific scene Kate. No doubt he just loved it! Take care. Hugs. Christine xx

Sandy said...

Kate, this card is delightful - seems that I am a wee bit behind. Belated Happy Birthday to Alistair and Happy Anniversary to you too.
Wish I could have know Alistair when he lived in his wee cottage - sounds like a hoot to me. You know how much I enjoy reading your blog - just about as much as seeing your makes!!!!!
Sandy xx

Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous, love this fabulous stamp.
Linda xxx

pam said...

Fantastic stamp Kate! just perfect for Alistair, wonderful card.
Pam x

cotnob said...

A super card Kate, you have created a fabulous scene and your little fiddler is perfect for Alistair - great colouring.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

rachel said...

wow I adore this stamp Kate! And what a perfect scene you have created with it! Brilliant! Hugs rachel xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Such fab card with this scene, so different and detailed! Well done!

Mia said...

What a fabulous card, Kate! What a lovely scene! So original! Kisses, my friend.

Mac Mable said...

I'm not a fan of 5th November either. What a unique and fabulous card. So much thought and it's fabulous. Great little scene and I have never seen a fiddler stamp like it...amazing x

aussie aNNie said...

So awesome is this card, love that delightful scene you created.

My girl hates any loud noises and fireworks nearly kills her...poor puppies.xx[aNNie]🎄

Mrs A. said...

Oh my goodness but this is wonderful. What a beautiful little scene you have recreated here for Alistair . Hugs Mrs A.

Valerija said...

OMG! Kate this is a fantastic card. I absolutely love it! Stunning.
Valerija xx

Wendy L said...

This is a gorgeous card Kate for Alistair. My Johns Birthday today. xxxx

meg said...

You found and used a wonderful array of stamps to create this fantastic card for Alistair, hope you both enjoyed his birthday

Cara said...

Wow, what an atmospheric card, took me back to the days of reading The Sunday Post and their cartoons as a child. Just fabulous. I hope the pets have recovered from the fireworks, fortunately the bunnies don't seem bothered by them and next door were kind enough to let us know that they were going to set some off so I could make sure they were okay. Personally, I hate fireworks, the only good thing about it was that my Nana always made Parkin at that time of year!

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
I too hate all the fireworks and don't have any animals now.
We have a person living near by that is letting them off so often.
I don't know where he finds the money as they are not cheap ones either.
Your card is so apt for Alistair as you have described where he used to live perfectly and your card is an excelllent design too.
Beautiful stamping and your work is brilliant.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jennifer Johnston said...

Hi Kate, I just love this card lol! it is so appropriate for Alistair. Such a great stamp and I love the little country scene you have created. It must have been an idyllic life in so many ways, nothing but the stream gurgling past, the birds and animals, plus of course, the piece and solitude.
Hugs Jennifer xx.

Pat said...

Another really wonderful scene with the fiddler in the foreground and the sweet cottage and hills, no wonder your hubby loved it, just perfect for him. x

Barb said...

I'm catching up so first may I wish you both Belated Anniversary Wishes and Happy Birthday to Alistair.

Well your card for his Birthday is wonderful and it sounds as if you found the perfect image. I bet he really appreciated this special card. What a lovely scene you've created Kate putting your different stamps together. It's lovely! Barbxx

Diane said...

What a fun stamp and card design Kate.

Hugs Diane

Marlene Atkinson said...

Sorry I haven't been around lately, have had a few bads days, then having the builders, decorators in, I seem to be going round in circles. Gorgeous cards colours and designs. Marlene

Sue said...

What a perfect little scene you created with this card for Alistair! So much more meaningful when you can make a card fitting the persons personality.


Karen D. said...

amazing card...sure he will totally love it!
xx Karen

Cherish happy moments said...

Love socks to...

Planetsusie said...

Must admit that little fiddler made me giggle - love how you've taken it to be your hubby (with his beard of many years ago - lol). Sounds as if you had a great time with all your celebrating - belated congratulations to you both.

Back to the card, you've created a lovely little scene and I think it's beautiful!! Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
What a marvellous card for MTM. Just the ticket and a fab scene you have created.
Thank goodness that kilt is strategically draped lol!
Great catch up today. Hope you're dumplings were big and fluffy.......😆😆😆
Ang x

debby4000 said...

What a fabulous Scottish card, brilliant.

Jules said...

Hi Kate

What a fabulous card for Alistair .. .. it was as if the image was designed especially for him. So pleased he had a lovely day.

Belated birthday wishes to him and also belated anniversary wishes too. What a great anniversary card. I love it!

Have a lovely weekend and many thanks for your lovely comment.

Love Jules xx