Friday, 9 February 2018


Hello To You All, I hope all is well with you, but sending healing thoughts for those who are not so good.
I can hardly believe we are at the start of another weekend, where does  the time go, too fast for me.

We had a lovely day visiting our friends Peter and Jean yesterday. Peter was very ill last year with cancer of the tongue, and ha d treatment that was very punishing, a full week of radiotherapy, there might have been Chemo too, and although there have been other complications as he had to have the lymph nodes removed, the cancer is gone, and he is back to painting, he's the most wonderful artist.

They live in Strathdon and their home is also their Gallery...The Lost Gallery, and the location is absolutely beautiful in the Cairngorm National Park, so as you can imaging there was lots of snow, in fact they had been snowed in for three weeks.  Our little car couldn't make it up the track, so had to get Peter to come out and pick us up in his Range Rover. It was a lovely visit and good to see him looking well. There is so much wildlife to see, four raptors spotted, and when we were being taken back to the car, five young stags ran out in front of us into the woods, totally icing on the cake. Country living does have it's benefits, but can also be difficult too.

Well it was Moreen's birthday the other day, so here is the card I made, it's another that I made for Crafty Individuals;

Using Stamp CI-222, and you can find it here. I stamped in Sepia ink and coloured the flowers with watercolours. Matted on to a background made with Oxides and then on to brown card. The paper is also from CI, flowers, lace and little gems giving a bit of a vintage look. Thankfully Moreen loved it.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my previous post, they are so much appreciated.

Nothing much planned for this weekend, weather forecast is snow again, so if that's the case I won't be venturing far from home.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you are planning and see you soon,


Mia said...

Amazing card, Kate. I love kittens!!!!!! Kisses, my friend.

MaryH said...

So happy to hear your friend is healing well, and doing well too. How cool was that visit, and can just imagine how much you all enjoyed the wonderful scenery & outdoors.That's a splendid background for these cute little kittens, and how pretty the sepia shade of the image looks against the pastel tones of your watercolor background. Good job! TFS & happy weekend.

scrappymo! said...

Now that sounds like one good visit. What a treat to see all that wildlife and the raptors!
Glad to hear that your friend is doing better.

Your card is lovely. The kittens are so vintage and lovely. As is your pretty card.

DIMI said...

Hello dear Kate!
Glad to hear your friend is doing well with the treatment...i lost my mum from cancer...
You made a very beautiful card for your friend!
Love the background and the image with the cute kittens!!
Have a happy weekend!Hugs!

Maria Illsley said...

Ahh I love the kittens so cute.
Cancer is a terrible disease but I am so pleased he is doing well and you enjoyed your visit xx

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card Kate, so glad your friend is doing well.
Keep warm, xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely card Kate and what a lovely treat you all had.
So good to hear healing is with your friend, may he continue with his wonderful art work...and yes the weekends seem to come around ever so quickly...must be that we are just busier than normal? [aNNie]

meg said...

Beautiful card Kate, the kittens look angelic sitting in a row, lovely to read that Moreen loved it. Sounds as though you had a great time with your friends, great to read about Peter's recovery.

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable card, love that CI stamp and the black&white kittens pop so well with the colorful flowers and your design!!
Congrats for your DT!

dutchess said...

These kittens are adorable and your card is wonder Maureen loved it.It snowing here today but so far it’s too wet to settle...staying in and warm ...and crafting...enjoy a cosy weekend xxxxx

brenda said...

Beautiful work as always Kate and that's such a lovely CI image. Have a good weekend.

B x

Marlene Atkinson said...

I am so pleased your friend is ok. Gorgeous card. Marlene

Valerija said...

I love them all!!
Wonderful card!
Valerija xx

downrightcrafty said...

super image and love the design a beautiful card
hugs Kate xx

Planetsusie said...

This is just too sweet Kate - mind you it is kittens!! I love the sepia image with the splash of colour and the complementing flower embellishments. Super card. Loved reading about your friends and am so pleased that Peter has come through his ordeal - it must have been awful for them. Hugs to you and a cuddle for Teallach! Sue Pxxx

Jennifer Johnston said...

Love the vintage look Kate and the background colours are perfect for the sepia kittens image. The addition of the coloured flowers and background colours give a great contrast, making the stamped image really stand out. So pleased to hear your friend has recovered well.
Hugs Jennifer xx.

Anne said...

Another lovely card Kate, I love how you've used this sweet image.
I like to read your newsy posts, happy to hear that Peter is on the mend although I was a bit alarmed at the thought of raptors nearby until I googled it (I was thinking Jurassic Park lol!!!)

Anne x

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous, I do love this cute stamp of the kitties.
Linda xx

Christine Harrop said...

Fabulous image on your lovely card Kate. I'm sure Moreen loved it. My great niece would just love this card too. She is cat crazy! They have always had cats over the years since her parents always had rescue cats from long before Charlotte was born. In fact for her birthday in 2016 she got two rescue kittens. Keep warm. Hugs Christine xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What cute cats, fab card

pam said...

Wonderful card Kate, so pleased to hear your friend has made a good recovery.
Hugs Pam x

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Kate, fabulous image and design.
Glad to hear your friend has made a good recovery. Sounds like an amazing trip, to be able to see all the wildlife
Lorraine x

cotnob said...

Such a pretty card Kate, a lovely image and pretty colours.
I'm so pleased to hear that your friend is doing so well, it's nice to have a happy outcome.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a very beautiful card and your stamping is gorgeous.
Love your inked background also it looks amazing.
Beautiful flowers as well.
So glad your friend is getting better he sounds an amazing man.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Cara said...

Your card is just gorgeous, love those apricot colours. Wonderful news that Peter is doing so well and that you had such a lovely visit to them, even with all the snow x

Darnell said...

Your kitty card for Moreen is so very pretty, Kate! The addition of the lace makes it even more special! I'm glad your friend Peter survived the horrific treatment and is doing so well! I really enjoyed your recounting of your lovely visit!! Hugs, Darnell

Mac Mable said...

Such a pretty card and great image. Loved reading your post today Kate x So glad that your friend is on the mend x Snow here today x

Diane said...

Wonderful news for your friends recovery. Sounds like it was a fabulous visit to their home. Beautiful designed card Kate.

Hugs Diane

Pamellia Johnson said...

Awww, what a darling and adorable kitty cat image! Such a beautiful card with soft pastel tones in the background, and the matching rich flowers cascading down the image! Glad to hear your friend has recovered well, it sounds like you had a wonderful visit! hugs :)

Barb said...

A really beautiful card for Moreen's Birthday Kate and what a lovely image it is. I've just been looking at your lovely cards on the Crafty Individual website.

It sounds as if you had a wonderful time with your friends. I'm so glad to hear that he is now fit and well again. Barbxx

Sue said...

Very pretty card. Looks like your kitty. I bet she did love it!


Sandy said...

So glad Peter is doing so very well - would love to see his home and art work. We used to see lots of deer when we lived back in the mountains.
Maureen's card is lovely and I am sure she appreciated you remembering her.
Sandy xx

Anet van Zyl said...

Wow this is beautiful Kate, love the pretty background you created. Hugs Anet x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
My, I am behind aren't I lol!!!
Well, of course Im going to love a kitten card. At least with a card, your wallpaper doesn't get scratched lol!!!
Good to hear Peter is doing so well.
Ang x