Wednesday 31 January 2018

Floral Delights!

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you, but if not sending you kind thoughts that you will feel better soon.

Well we have snow again, not lying in lower areas though, thankfully, and it's turning to sleet now, it's been a stay at home day for me.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate the time it takes to visit and we are all busy, even if you're doing nothing as the song goes.

I have a little Chocolate Baroque card today,

I've used one of the CB latest stamps called Floral Delight and coloured it with Gansi Tambi water colours from Kuretaki, which are the most fabulous paints. There is a bit of SN Sparkle Pen on the image too. The words are part of the stamp, I've added a few sequins. The beautiful background papers are CB too designed by Lesley.

The base card is embossed with one of John Next Door's EF.. Confetti, then cut an aperture to make a window and I added a little DI to the embossed part, added a few gems and that's that.
I have to say that the new stamps from Chocolate Baroque are really lovely, especially if you like colouring in, and you can purchase them here.

Alistair had some sad news the other day, a friend of one of his friends and that he knew, died on Lochnagar, which is a mountain. He had been missing for a couple of days and although he had managed to get a couple of phone messages to Mountain Rescue, the weather was so bad that they couldn't find him, there was three rescue teams out but were beaten back and had to give up until the weather calmed down. John was only in his 60s and an experienced climber and well equipped, but he had diabetes, so that may well have been a contributing factor. Nevertheless, it's a sad loss and our friend has known him from the age of 14  so it's hitting him hard, and Alistair had shared a few climbs with him. It just goes to show that even the experienced can get caught out.

So, that's me for today, tomorrow we are going to see 3 Bill Boards in the cinema, it's supposed to be very good.

Have a good evening and see you soon,

Friday 26 January 2018

Fun in the Snow!

Good Day to You All, I hope it is a good one for you, but if not sending kind thoughts out to you.

I'd like to give a warm welcome to Cheryl who had decided to become my latest follower, thank you so much Cheryl and I hope you will pop in often. I'm not sure if you have a blog, but if you do let me know as I would love to visit you.

It's a lovely sunny day here and I've got the day to myself as Alistair is away for a walk with one of his pals, poor man he's had cabin fever staying indoors as the weather has been so bad, so I hope they have a good walk.
Me.. well I've put a washing out.... it's the simple things with me, or I'm just sad.

At the dentist yesterday, and good news, she managed to do a marvellous repair job. As there still was a little bit of structure left she managed to rebuild by adding a metal strip????? note to self.. keep clear of magnets.  Anyway, the tooth looks better than it has in 20 years, but eventually it will give out, then I'll have to see what I can afford. When I got my bridge on the other side of my mouth it was on the NHS, not nowadays and it would be upwards of £3000 if I wanted to go down that path. However, all good for now, just a wee bit sore.

My card today is one I made before Christmas  but never posted;

Using stamp CI 484 from Crafty Individuals, one of their recent stamps, and coloured it with SN Aqua Pens and made a background with Pixie Powders, a few embellishments and job done.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my last card and I am pleased to say Damian liked it too, mind you he like the Port better. I can hardly believe that's him 46 now, Where did the years go!

That's me for now, till next time take care everyone and see you soon,
I would like to enter my card into the

Monday 22 January 2018

A Birthday Brew!

Hello Everyone, I hope the beginning of a new week finds you well.
Our snow is finally going, even from the mountains, but much safer underfoot and driving.

Thanks to everyone who visited and left such lovely comments on my card for the CCC yesterday, you are very kind and I do appreciate it.

It's my lovely Son's birthday on Wednesday so I was out today to try and find a gift for him, and a Ferrari I can't afford. Coming so soon after Christmas I always have this problem, I have the same problem with Moreen as her birthday is a fortnight later. Anyway, I ended up with a really good bottle of Port, which I know he will appreciate, and it's sort of in-keeping with the card I've made;
I've used one of Stampin Up's new stamp sets, I though it was a great one for a guy and just perfect for Damian. A Tim Holtz wall embossing folder in the background with DI. I've stamped the bottles with different shades of Adirondack ink and gold embossed the labels. The middle one looks like a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale. I have a First Edition paper pad for men and I've used one of the sheets, although it's not showing up all that well, it's high rise buildings.
I'm pretty pleased with my efforts, I hope he will be too.

It's an earlier dinner for us tonight as it's music night for both of us, so off now to peel some spuds, Alistair is away for a walk over the Kessock Bridge, peeling is usually his job. so till next time, keep warm and see you soon,

Sunday 21 January 2018

Christmas Baking for the CCC!

Hello to Everyone, I hope you are managing to keep safe, warm and cosy in this snowy and icy weather. We still have a lot of the white stuff and even although the sun is shining it's not melting the snow, and our street is like a skating rink, makes staying home easy.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card and commiserations regarding my tooth, the temporary filling is still holding.

Anyway, I'm here with a post for the latest Christmas Card Club Challenge and this time it's the turn of Maureen to choose the theme and she wants to see Christmas Baking. I thought that once again it would be Anything Goes for me as I didn't think I had anything suitable, but then I found this little LOTV image;
Now not only is the little guy cooking the turkey but, he's already baked the Christmas Pudding. I've coloured the image with SN Colourblend Pencils and the papers are form a pad given to me by my lovely friend Mrs. Duck, The sentiment and tag another gift, this time from Rita another dear friend, the stars I bought a wee while ago and they are from X Cut. The whole card has turned out not too badly and I hope it will do Maureen.

I enjoyed making this card and using a stamp that I've had for a long time, so thank you Maureen for your choice.

Remember to pop into the other CCC ladies' blogs and see what they have made, names on my side bar, and if you would like to join us and get ahead with your card making for Christmas, just get in touch with me or any of the others and we will give you the information.

Scheduling this post for tomorrow when the challenge goes live.
Enjoy your evening and see you all soon,

Thursday 18 January 2018

A Little Bit of Summer!

Hello there Everyone, how are you All?  Sounds as if many of you have had colds/flu viruses, they are certainly doing the rounds, and it's taking until now really for me to feel well again from well before Christmas. Some of the viruses knock the stuffing from you, so if you are struggling to get better, kind thoughts going out indeed for anyone who is struggling for any type of reason, I hope you will feel better soon.

Well it's been a while since I posted, I've not been idle though, I have been busy in my craft room, just not ready to post my projects yet, I've been trying a few different bits and pieces, but I've got a card today that was a simple design;
I found this LOTV in my stash whilst looking for something else and I thought it lovely and just right for something away from Christmas cards, so I've matted it with purple card and used papers from the Promises paper pad that I've had since Moses was a boy. I don't think LOTV have it anymore, and it's so pretty. XCut Hello die and a few sequins and a gem dragonfly , a little bit of ribbon and job done.
Hope you like it.

Thank you all for the lovely comments that you left on my CCC post, you are all so kind.

Disaster struck the other evening,.... whilst trying to have a healthy snack, instead of crisps, I took a filling out of a very precarious tooth. This is one the dentist has been trying to save for a while, but when I had a look at it I thought that this time it looked as if it was done for. Anyway, I managed to get an emergency appointment yesterday and have had an temporary filling put in, but was told it will more than likely have to come out, but my own dentist will look at it next week. Now disaster because, it will leave a great gap that will be noticed, so no more smiling for me. I'm hoping the dentist will be able to suggest something to do, but will wait and see. I have a great fear of dentists and what they do, many bad experiences in earlier times, and even although this lady is very good I stll feel anxious, but it's got to be done.  It was a hazelnut that done it...hate the damn things now, should have had the wine gum instead Lol.

What a beautiful morning it is here, sun shining and dazzling on the snow, yes we have had quite a fall of the white stuff, it's kept us indoors quite a bit, so much so that Alistair has cabin fever, and Teallach is refusing to go out, it is lovely though as long as you don't need to go out. I hope you are all being careful and keeping cosy.

That's me for now, have a good day whatever your'e doing,

Sunday 7 January 2018

Elves, Pixies, Gnomes for the CCC!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the first Challenge from the Christmas Card Club of this New Year of 2018.....Whee, where did last year go to! Wasn't it a quick one!

I hope you all had a super New Year, but for those who are ill or struggling in one way or another, let's hope you will feel better soon and that this year will be kind to you.

So here we are, us ladies that want to get ahead in the Christmas card making so that there is less stress towards the Big Day.  It's a great way to keep on top of the card making and if you would like to join us just get in contact with me or any other the other ladies and we'll tell you how.

We each choose around two themes throughout the year, and it's a fortnightly challenge, so not too much to do. This year there is also the option to choose to do Anything Goes, so that you don't miss out on making a card. It was found that this was sometimes happening if there wasn't anything in our stash to make the theme.

Our Challenge was chosen by Margaret (Duchess) and she would like to see, Elves, Pixies, Gnomes.....Well my card is as close to that as I had, but maybe it's an Anything Goes;
It's an Angel really and it's an old stamp from LOTV, coloured with Derwent Procolour Pencils and some SN Shimmer Pen.
A little bit of watercolour and a few sequins. Sentiment is also LOTV.  The lovely paper in the background is from Crafty Individuals.

I usually make more than one card, but I've restrained myself this time as I made far too many last year, actually I really don't have to make any this year at all, but they are by far my favourite cards to make.  I'm also determined to make them flat for posting, what a cost I was in postage at Christmas.

So that's me, but I would just like to thank you for your lovely comment on my last card and photographs, you are all very kind. Take care and see you soon,

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Thank you and some Christmas Photos!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to You All. Are you all over the Festivities and looking forward to what 2018 has in store for you.

I know for some of you that there are ongoing health issues, so I'm sending you kind thoughts and hugs, that you'll enjoy good health soon.

We had a lovely Christmas with Damian, Moreen and the Pets. However, Moreen was suffering with a bad cold and I had succumbed to another bout of virus, so we didn't stay as long as we usually do. Damian cooked a fabulous Christmas dinner and I have to say my lentil soup was to die for. We exchanged lovely gifts and Rowan and Milo were beside themselves with excitement, here they are with their new scarves;
I didn't think they would wear them, but they did all afternoon and even went out with them at night, money well spent for the cuteness.

Anyway, It's not all about pets, here is a little card to say thank you for a Christmas gift;
Image is by Crafty Individuals 425,it's one of their latest creations. Stamped with a multi-coloured Versacolour ink and red gel pen for the holly berries and silver gel pen for the mistletoe berries. Sentiment is from CB McIntosh sentiment set of stamps. Added a few sequins and that's that.

We had a very quiet Hogmanay, in fact I went to bed early as I'm just not shrugging off this cold, but I am enjoying my book by Ken Follett, A Colum of Fire, it's the third book in the Kingsbridge series and I've been gripped since the start of reading them.  Not one ounce of alcohol has passed my lips, boring or what, I remember back in the day I could party for Scotland, not now, appreciate my comfort too much.

I'll finish off now, but just before that I would like to thank you all for the lovely comments of my last card, and indeed for you visits throughout the last year, I read and appreciated it all.

Here to end my post are a couple photos from Christmas Day

that's Poppy on the back of the Sofa, 
Milo and Alistair, I think he was fighting off Milo's licking. 
Take care Everyone and see you soon