Sunday, 18 August 2019

Patterned Papers for the CCC!

Hello again, I hope your weekend is going well and that you are doing something you enjoy....even if that's nothing special.  It's been housework for me, but I feel like I've accomplished quite a bit, even getting the washing out, dried and ironed, so the rest of the weekend is all mine. Not that there is anything planned.

Thank you for you lovely comments on my last post and for the suggestion of getting myself  a box to my medication in, I had thought of that myself so that's what I did and feel I can keep on top of it all now....we'll see.

Well it's time again for the CCC to show off there creations and this time it is Grandmargaret who is the hostess and she has chosen, use two or more pattern papers. This was a bit of a challenge for me as I really no longer use papers so very much, however, here's what I came up with.
 Both of the papers are from the Joyous Noel Designer Paper pack from SU, sorry about the photo, the colours are much more vivid in reality, a bluey green and copper, on the first one and a grey sort of beige on the bottom paper. I've added a coppery ribbon and a lovely deer die from Dovecraft. The sentiment is from the First Frost stamp set from SU. A few pearls to finish, 
The inside of the card had a Card-io stag and a freebie sentiment from Creative Stamping magazine

 More SU paper, this time from First Frost Paper Pad, I have to say it's a set I love, it's a sort of watercolour look and the colours are gorgeous. I've embossed silver card, and added a lovely satin ribbon. The sentiment is the same as the first card and a few pearls.
The inside of the card, with more paper from the same pad and one of the stamps from the set, sentiment is also from SU.

I loved that I got to use these lovely papers, so thank you for the challenge Margaret.

Do look out for the cards created by the other CCC team members, they always come up with fabulous cards.

That's me for now, take care and hope to see you soon,

Thursday, 15 August 2019


Hello Everyone, how are you all doing today? I hope things are going well for you.

Thank you all so much for your lovely kind comments regarding my BIL on my last post, he seems to be doing okay, other than having to learn to change the stomma bag, and he will be in hospital until he can manage that. The chemo has left him without feeling in his finger tips and that seems to be causing that, but I'm sure he'll get there..
Thanks too for your lovely comments on my card too, I love to hear what you think of them.

Well my good news is that my Diabetic Review was good, blood glucose well withing the good range and the nurse was pleased. However, I had another blood test for the pain in my legs, and would you believe it, I've got gout, and low iron, which is causing restless legs. 'So now stated on yet more medication...honestly diabetes is the least of my problems LOL, and of course the tummy problem is still ongoing.
I've just been marking down all the medication and when I take it on a sheet of paper and sticking it on the fridge door, as I'm finding it difficult to keep on top of it all, and there are many more people who take more than I do, I wonder how they manage it all. Anyway, I've got my second Vitamin B12 injection tomorrow, still waiting to see the difference this makes. The car knows it's own way to the surgery these days I've been there so often. Thank goodness for the NHS, where would we be without it! dead I guess.

Well on to my card for today;

 An Anniversary card made for a dear friend. A very simple card, an embossing folder from CC and Su paper matted on to purple SU card. I'm not sure where the heart die comes from as I've thrown out the label, a few pearls to embellish.

Alistair has been away for a long beach walk today with his friend, and the weather's held, after the rain last night I doubted if they'd get away, but they did and I dare say he'll be home soon, so better have a look and see what's for dinner, so I'll finish up for now and hope to see you soon, take care of yourselves,

Monday, 12 August 2019

Peony Circlet!

Hello Everyone and I hope you are well and looking forward to the week ahead.

I've been away for the last week in Glasgow as Alistair's brother has been quite ill and need an operation to remove his bowel. Poor man as if cancer isn't enough. Anyway, it all wen well and he will now not experience the awful problems and pain he's been having. Sadly it won't lengthen his life any, but won't have pain. It was discovered that his cancer is more aggressive than thought too, so really it's all about maintaining quality of life now. The visit was really quite fraught for many reasons which I won't go into here, but I came home feeling so dispirited, saddened and angry. All sorts of family things going on. I felt for Alistair who drops his life and races down to support and is left feeling as if he shouldn't have bothered. Families eh!!

Anyway, with all of this I've not been around to comment on your blogs, so sorry about that, and it's just now too much to catch up with, but I'm back in harness now. There is always so much to catch up with when you've been away and I didn't feel much like crafting either, so good job I had this card made a while back;
This is a Honey Doo stamp which I've coloured with Altenew water colour paint. I think it's a fairly new image called Peony  Circlet. The sentiment is from the same set. I've added Wink of Stella and a few pearls. It's a pretty image I think and peonies are another flower that I love and when I see them in the flower shop, I treat myself to a bunch.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my CCC cards, you are so very kind. 

That's me for now, I'll love you and leave you and hope to be back soon, take care,

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Non Traditional Colours for CCC!

Hello to You All, I hope your weekend is going well. They come around so quickly don't they!. In fact I can hardly believe it's August, I would like to slow it down a bit....time I mean.

So, it's time again for the Christmas Card Club to show their creations, and the theme this time has been chosen by our lovely Sylvie and as you can see from the post's title it's Non Traditional Colours.
Now I'm guessing that traditional colours are red and green, gold and silver, so I've tried to stay away those colours, in the kind of shades that are used on Christmas cards, anyway here's what I've come up with;
Sorry but this was difficult to photo. These little Gnomes are Scandinavian ones and called Tomtes, I think they are so cute, and I decided to put them on black card. They are new from Chocolate Baroque. The stamp has three Gnomes, but I decided to make six of them and coloured them with Gansi Tambi and Colrio Metallic Water colour paints after having embossed them in Wow Silver EP. The sentiment is from Creative Stamping magazine, and I've finished off with a few crystal gems.

Next up is another Tomte Gnome, a larger one this time and he is coloured with Prismacolour pencils and I've created a wee forest scene around him using various pine tree stamps from a few different brands. Now, I know that his house isn't Scandinavian, but I didn't have one, but I thought this one would do, it's from a set by Apple Blossom and I decoupaged the roof, The North Pole sign is also from the Apple Blossom set. Distressed Inks to make the sky and Stampendous Chunky Snow EP. Finished off with a ton of glitter and Star Dust. I'm rather pleased with how this one turned out.

Finally, this gorgeous stamp from CB, another new one called Festive Garden, Windsor and Newton Water colours for this one, Gel Pens and Distressed Ink. The little robin had been decoupaged as I made a mess of the original one and didn't want to start the whole thing all over again, so had a light bulb moment, stamped him out again and stuck him on. A butterfly or gems just wouldn't have covered the awful looking robin, even Alistair turned up his face when I showed him.  Lots of sparkle too.
I hope they will do Sylvie, I love the challenge so thank you, and I got to use these lovely new CB stamps that I bought with the birthday voucher that my lovely friend Rita gave me, so thank you Rita too.

Well it's sweltering here today, there is thankfully a wee breeze, I hope the weather is good where you are.

We are off to a jazz concert tonight, being held in the Cathedral here in Inverness,, really looking forward to it and we'll have our tea out, even better cooking for me tonight.
Scheduling this post for tomorrow for when the CCC goes live.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate your time. Welcome to June who is my latest Follower, it's lovely to see you here and I will be popping over to see you, I hope you will pop in here again.

That's me for now, enjoy the rest of your Saturday,

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Buzzing By to Say Hi!

Hello Everyone, how are you all today? hopefully steering clear of the awful floods that's happening in some areas in England, going by the news on the TV it all looks so frightening. Seems so strange to think that the other week we were basking in the glorious sunshine.
We still have the closeness but today it's dull, but no rain, but much cooler in the house and more comfortable.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate you finding the time to visit and leave a comment.

I've got a card today that I made a few weeks ago and it fits the Challenge for Moving Along With the Times;
I've made this card with a lovely stamp set from Woodware Stamps and coloured with Zig watercolour pens, the sunray stencil is from MFT, sentiment is from the stamp set/

Just a short post today, I want to catch up with your blogs too before Downton Abbey comes on. Yesterday's episode was marvellous with the wonderful Shirley McLean as the American Grandmother, and she was the perfect foil for our own Maggie Smith as the English Grandmother, the script writer had given them the most fabulous lines, they were hilarious.

So I'll say cheerio for now and see you soon,

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

More Jolly Snowmen for the Rudolph Challenge!

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and that your week is going smoothly.
It's still very hot here, although we've had quite a bit of rain,  we'e not had the thunder and lightening that was expected, maybe if we had it would have cleared the air.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, and a warm welcome to my latest Follower, Christine K, I would love to return the visit, but I can't find your blog, however I do hope you pop in often and enjoy following me.

I have a card today for the Rudolph Challenge over at Scrappymo's blog;

Aren't these jolly Snowmen? Little Claire is the stamping company they belong to and I've coloured then with Prismacolour Pencils and added lots of sparkle. Mattered onto some gold card and paper from an old LOTV paper pad. A simple wee card, but I do love Snowmen.

Well I'm off to get more blood taken for my HbA1c for my diabetic review, it measures that last 3 months blood glucose, I think the results will show that I am within a good range. I've trying hard to keep it all stable, anyway we'll see.

That's me for now, so enjoy your day and see you soon,

I would like to enter my card into;

Friday, 26 July 2019

Hello Sunshine!

Gosh wall to wall sunshine for the UK, are you all surviving it?? Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and that you are managing to keep cool. Last night at 9 o'clock it was still 27 degrees, for goodness sake we live in the far North of Scotland, it shouldn't happen, lol.

Anyway, we are trying to keep cool and poor Teallach keeps looking for shady spots to lie in. I gave in this morning and finally did an ironing that's been sitting on the table for a week cos it's been, too hot to tackle, I just a glass of cold water beside me as I ironed.

As I'm typing this the Tour is on the TV and it's a mountain stage, so the scenery is amazing and there's little patches of snow on the peaks...just looking is making me feel cooler. It's 32 degrees in the valley where the cyclists are cycling, how do they manage???

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my CCC card, you are always so kind in your comments.

So I had cool, snowy cards for my last post, this one has going to the other end of the season spectrum with sunshine;
All Honeydoo products on this card. I coloured with Windsor and Newton watercolours and splattered with Gansi Tambi red gold paint. I love this new stencil from Honeydoo, and inked through with Oxides in Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, and some sort of green that was on the brush....a happy accident and I rather like the effect of the three shades.  
It's a lovely image to colour, and I love sunflowers, such a cheery flower. I treated myself to a bunch the other day.

That's me for now, it's time to rummage and find something for lunch, not all that hungry though, but have to have something for the insulin to work on, so I'll say cheerio for now, take care and keep cool,

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Trees for CCC!

Hello One and All, how are you all today? Good I hope and enjoying the weekend.

We got back from our visit to Dale and Stewart and the Jazz Festival, last night, needless to say it's going to be a quiet Sunday. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the music was good, and had a really good catch up with all their news, however, it's good to be home.

A quick two weeks have passed by as it's time for the Christmas Card Club to show their latest creations and it's our lovely Christine that's our hostess and she has chosen Trees, one of my favourite sorts of images to make a card with and in fact I've made three and here they are;

Up first is an Inkylicous   image, Bare Trees, and  and it's been embossed in Wow Clear powder. The sentiment is also Inkylicious. A watercoloured background with  Altenew paints and lots of sparkle.

Another Inkylicious stamp, Winter Snow Pine, lots of sparkle on the trees and some grey watercolour to give shadows and an Inkylicious greeting. Mounted on to black and silver glitter card.

Final card and again Inkylicious, A Winters Tale stamp set. Now for some reason this is a pants photo, but I've started with a watercolour wash to make a wintry sky background and pretty much followed the the way the images are set out on the front of the packet of stamps and lots of glitter. I found a tree embossing folder and decided that I would use that as the background.

That's it Christine, it was a brilliant challenge as I love trees, so thank you.

I've not done any commenting while I was away, and if I was to try and catch up I'd be sitting for hours, so forgive me if I miss this last week. But thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card and the trinket box, and I'm pleased to say that Dale loved it, makes it all worth while.

Thankfully it's a fine day here so, I'm hoping all the washing will get dry. I could have sworn that I cleared the wash basket before we went away, so where this volume of washing has come from is a mystery. 

Don't forget to comment on the other team member's card as they are always fabulous creations.

That's me for now, have a lovely Sunday and see you soon,

Saturday, 13 July 2019

All the Flowers!

Hello Everyone, here we are at another weekend, weeks are going by so quickly. I hope your weekend is going well and that your weather is behaving itself.

We are off to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival next week and we are staying with friends Dale and Stewart. It's been a year since we've last seen them, in fact the last Jazz Festival, so we will have much to catch up on. I hope the weather is good, Edinburgh is totally miserable when it's raining especially if there's an East wind at the same time.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post, always so kind and I do appreciate every comment you leave.

I have another card for a challenge;

All stamps from the wonderful Card-io Stamps and colours from Versacolour inks. I've added some glitter and a wobbly frame and backed on to pink card.

Now those of you who have been following for a while might remember that when I visit Dale I like to take a wee something hand made to give her, here's what I've come up with this time,

A little trinket box, I'm sure she'll find something to put into it. The little box comes from The Works and cost only £2, I've painted it with two shades of Starlight paint and used some of Imagination Crafts gorgeous Rice Paper and as Dale loves poppies, I had a sheet hiding away in my stash.
I little bit of lace and some gems to finish it off.  I'm awfully lucky with my friend as she loves everything I make for her, she even frames the cards I make for her birthdays and hangs them in her sewing room, isn't that just lovely.

Well it's Tour de France time again, yes hours and hours of watching these guys peddling like made all over the French countryside, mind you some of it is quite beautiful and as they have started going over the mountains that's spectacular. Thankfully, Alistair no longer sit ans watches wearing his cycling gear, I remember one he even had his helmet on. I suppose it the equivalent of a footy fan wearing his team colours, lol.  Thank goodness he doesn't wear his wet suit and accessories when watching the Blue Planet.
  Anyway, the deal is, I don't complain about the Tour as long as I get to watch Downtown Abbey, which has started again and I've never seen the first series. His Socialist principles are upset by all that privileged nobility and the kowtowing servants. Me, well I just love the wonderful costumes and the equally wonderful Maggie Smith as the Dowager Duchess.

Rightio, that's me for now, so I'll say cheerio and see you when I get back, take care of yourselves,

Monday, 8 July 2019

A Bouquet of Birthday Wishes!

Hello Everyone, another week begins and didn't the last one fly past so quickly. I hope you are well and enjoyed your weekend.
We have a lovely warm sunny day today, it makes a change as the last week has really been not July sort of weather, infact I've had some heating on and wearing a cardie I've felt so cold....blood must be thinning with age.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last cards and the well wishes to feel better. I do thankfully, but it's this awfully digestive system that's been ongoing for years now, that we'er not getting to the bottom of...pardon the pun.  I've changes diets, cut out particular foods, nothing seems to help, or it does for a wee while, then it starts all over again, I find it's stressful and leaves me exhausted too. Medical mystery that's me. Anyway, I'm okay today so far.

I have a card today to enter into;
The challenge theme is a tribute to a lovely blogging friend, Darnell, who has just celebrated her birthday, so although the card won't actually go to her she will see it on the CAS Watercolour blog.
I've used a lovely stamp from Creative Stamping Magazine and coloured with Altenew Watercolour Paints after first creating a watercolour wash with lots of pastel colours. The little bow stamp is by SU and the sentiment is another freebie from the same magazine, to finish I've added three tiny gems.

I would also like to enter the card into;

That's me for now folks, off to see what I can have for lunch, not all that hungry, but I've to eat something to work with the insulin, perhaps some soup, so enjoy your day and see you soon,

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Baubles for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, hoping you are all having a good weekend  and doing something nice whatever that would be.
I'm having a chillin sort of day as I wasn't too well yesterday with my old tummy so it's quiet especially as Alistair is up a hill.

Anyway, enough of all of that. It's time once again for the Christmas Card Club girls to show their latest challenge cards and this time the choice is Elizabeth's and it's Baubles, or Anything goes if you are not able to manage the theme.
Here's what I've come up with ;
LOTV image coloured with Copic markers and sparkled with Star Dust. Creative Stamping sentiment and some gems.
This is a Woodware stamp, sentiment too, again I've coloured with Copic markers and used Glossy Accents on the leaves and Star Dust for sparkle. I've mounted the image onto red glimmer card and added red gems.
Isn't this a cute snowman from Little Claire admiring his baubles, Copic markers once again and lots of Star Dust, mounted onto blue card them silver glimmer card. 

I hope these will do Elizabeth, it's a great theme, so thank you, and thanks too to all the lovely folk who left kind comments on my last post, I do appreciate each and every one of them.
I'm scheduling this post for the challenge going live tomorrow. 
That's me for now, have a lovely weekend,

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

More Dandelion Wishes!

Hello to You All, I hope you are all good and enjoying your day.
I'm having a day indoors, I like when I don't have to go out especially when it's to shop, so it means that I can get a few thing s done around the house, besides Chocolate Baroque was on Hochanda and I couldn't miss that. I love the new Christmas stamps that they've brought out, but I'll wait till they are on their own online shop and I hate the high postage that Hochanda has.  I was lucky to receive a CB voucher for CB for my birthday last month from one of my lovely friends and I knew the the new Christmas stamps would be coming, so that's what I'll be buying.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last card.

I've got a couple of cards today using the lovely Dandelion Wishes for Stampin Up which I absolutely love. I have already shown a card for our niece that I made using it, it was a good luck card for her new job, here's another two occasion that the stamps fits very well ;
 First as you can see it's a thank you card for a friend who gave me some beautiful birthday gifts, and I've inked the panel with Oxides in her favourite colours, shades of purple, and embossed the dandelions in silver EP.
My second card is the kind we don't like having to make. It was for one of my neighbours whose Father died very suddenly, and I thought the image would do just perfect of a sad occasion. The background is an embossing folder from SU and once again I've embossed the image in silver EP and added silver thread around it. The sentiment is from an old Papermaina stamp set and added two small pearls.
I think that this SU set is so versatile, and makes lovely cards.

Well, that's me for now, needing to get on with the next CCC cards for the weekend, take care and see you soon,

Sunday, 30 June 2019


Hello Everyone, and hopefully it's a brilliant sunny day where you are and that you are enjoying whatever you're doing.

Our weather has broken and it's windy and raining off and on, but hey ho, it's just weather and you takes what you gets, it made for a more comfortable night though as it was cooler.

Thank you for all your lovely comment on my last card, I love to read them and so appreciate your time.

Just a little wee card today for Moving Along with the Times Challenge;
More stamps from Creative Stamping Magazine, now I've remembered to look at the issue number, 68 and I've worked out it was February the mage was out. The company doesn't date them which irritates me,  anyway the challenge called for a CAS card so I thought this little fish in his bowl would do nicely. I've coloured with Altenew watercolour paints. and apart for his little box of fish food and a sentiment that's all, pretty CAS I think.

We've had a quiet Sunday, just the food shopping and the bed changing...well the linen, wish it could be the bed, unfortunately it's not good enough to get the washing out. Now I'm off to see about dinner, Sweet and Sour Chicken, from scratch, hope it works out, sometimes my Fakeaways are a hit and a miss.

That's me for now, cheerio and see you soon,

Friday, 28 June 2019

Furry Friends!

Hello Everyone, I hope your are all well and enjoying your day. We've had a wonderful hot sunny fact we've had two in a row, marvellous. Just a bit too hot to sit out today, and I got a bit burnt yesterday at the beach. We took a trip to Nairn, and boy was it busy, lots of children which I couldn't work out as the school holidays haven't started yet, anyhow there were lots of nursey  wee ones having a grand time.  We packed some sandwiches and a flask of coffee and finished it off with a cone of ice cream...mine had a flake in it, ooooh I just love them.

Thank you all for the kind comments you left on my last card, I do appreciate every one of them.

Today's card is made using a few stamps from a Creative Stamping magazine that was out a couple of months ago,

No surprise as to who these Furry Friends are..yes it's Milo, Rowan and Cooper, three of my beloved Grandpets. I've coloured them with Prismacolour Pencils and the background with DI. This card will go to Damian or Moreen at some point. I doubt very much that the pets would pose like this, especially Cooper, who is a bit of a loner. It was a fun card to do. 

Well Alistair has been up a mountain today and has come back burnt to a crisp. He just fails to realise that sun cream has to go on throughout the day and not just before he leaves the house in the morning, I've been telling him this for 26 years, silly boy.

That's me for now folks, I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever your plans are, take care and see you soon,

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Christmas Stockings for theRudolph Challenge!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and that your day has been good. 
Mid week already, seems like you blink and you've lost a day. Well it's been a lovely day here, sunshine and heat, a lovely change from the last few days. I believe that in some places in the UK it's baking hot....and what about the Continent..... I couldn't cope with that sort of heat. The experts are saying that it's the way weather is going due to global warming, a bit scary really.

Anyway, thanking you all for the lovely comments on my last card, your comments are always appreciated, that and the time you take to visit my wee blog.

I've got a Christmas card today for the Rudolph Challenge;
Shades of pink and grey for this image of Christmas Stockings after having embossed with silver EP, a freebie from Creative Stamping Magazine and the sentiments are from JND, a simple wee card.

Just a quick post tonight, I'm off to Alistair's fiddle end of term concert, so I'll say cheerio and see you soon,

Monday, 24 June 2019


Hello from a dreich and dark Inverness, it's turned colder too, I've had to put a bit of heating on and going around with a cardie.  Anyway, weather as forecast thankfully without the thunder and lightening.  How is it down your way?

I hope everyone had a good weekend and got done what you wanted to do, I've mostly spent time in my craftroom playing with some new stamps from Pink Ink Designs and I've got a card to show today which I would like to enter into;

I've coloured this fabulous face with Copic Markers, and DIs and Silver ink and matted it on to some glitter card. All the stamps are from the same set and I've used the smaller ones to make a background on my base card which is 7x7. embellished with a butterfly and flowers from the set, I've added gems, pearls and Stardust.  I've never had a stamp like this before and felt a bit daunted by it as it's quite large, but good old Pinterest came to the rescue.  I'm really quite pleased with how it's turned out and can see a few possibilities for it's use...I hope you like it.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my Christmas card on my last post.

Well, Alistair has just phoned to say he's on the bus coming home....a day early, so I guess he's found things difficult. Both Jim and Alistair are such stubborn men that they fall out, so that could be the reason he's coming home early.....I've not broken the new to Teallach yet lol.

Rightio a coffee and a fruit scone is called for, then into the kitchen to plan an unplanned dinner.

Take care everyone and see you soon,

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Christmas Flowers for CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend. Teallach and me are enjoying our time just chilling, mind you there's thunder and lightening forecast for Inverness, not here yet though, let's hope the weather folk have got it wrong.

I meant to be here earlier, but I've had a slow start to the morning, but here I am with the Christmas Card Club card for this fortnight and as I'm am the hostess I thought I would choose Christmas Flowers, now I know that we all know of Poinsettias, and Christmas Roses, but you may know of others, but any really are lovely at Christmas. Of course there is always the choice of Anything goes if your inspiration goes walk about or if you haven't got stash to make one with flowers. Here's what I've come up with;
This is a tiny card using a stamp from Justinkedlined, it's part of a larger set, and I've inked it up with blue ink. A freebie sentiment and some blue pearls and WOS.

Stamps from JND to make this little wreath, not easy to photograph with the silver mirri card, sentiment is also from John's set.

The poinsettia stamp is from Papermania, one I've had for ages and still love, the sentiment is from the same set. I've used Prismacolour pencils to colour it, first having embossed in WOW silver EP. the embossed background is from JND and I've added little gem stars to the embossed stars.

Lastly, another poinsettia card and this time it's a lovely Woodware image and Zig watercolour pens for colouring, having first embossed with WOW silver EP, a little bow and some gems.

There we are then, simple wee cards, traditional Christmas Flowers, I'm looking forward to seeing what the other club members create,....remember to have a look and see what they make, they always have gorgeous makes.

Cheerio for now,  and thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, take care of yourselves,