Sunday 31 March 2019

Santa for CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well, but I know that one of our lovely Blogging Friends has a great sadness just now as her beloved husband passed away the other day, so thoughts are very much with her and her family just now, and with anyone who is struggling just now, sending healing thoughts to you all.

Well, I can hardly believe that it's been two weeks since the last Christmas Card Club Challenge, but it has, so me and the girls are back again with cards showing Santa, which is our lovely Rita's choice.
Here is what I've come up with;
I've a fantasy Santa from an old stamp set from Papermania called Enchanted Christmas, the other little images are from the same stamp set and the sentiment is from Creative Stamping magazine.
I embossed the Santa image and sentiment in WOW embossing powder and my colouring is done the Zig watercolours. The papers are First Frost from SU, and I've layered silver glitter card and a teal card, with a grey base card. Wink of Stella and some glitter.  I love this stamp, but I find it difficult to colour, it's quite detailed and I thought the embossing would help with that, but it didn't, anyway, Rita I hope it will do. Thank you so much for the challenge, it was fun to do.

A quiet weekend for us, sometimes it just good to have nothing planned, I hope you are enjoying whatever your doing.
Scheduling this post for when it goes live tomorrow, and just before I go, thank you for your lovely comments about my last card. Take care and see you soon,

Thursday 28 March 2019

Rooted in Nature!

Hello Everyone, here I am back again sooner than I expected. 
I hope you are well, and having a good day. I took myself into town today as I wanted to buy a gift for our niece Karen ready for Alistair going down to visit next week.  I try to keep away from the town as I find it so depressing with lots of shops now boarded up, a plethora of betting shops and charity shops. The shopping center has the same shops that you find the length and breadth of the country. Almost all of our little independent shops have gone, such a pity, but the rates her in Inverness are exorbitant, I do wonder what the tourists think when they visit.
Anyway, I did what I need to do and got back home and settled in for an afternoon of knitting.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last card. 
I have a card that I thought would be perfect for Moving along With the Times challenge, card for a man;
I made this card way back last year for a friend's husband's birthday, but never got round to posting it.
I love trees as you know, and I think they are awfully good for male cards, so I used this fabulous tree image from the SU Rooted in Nature stamp and die set, and I've  embossed the background with more trees. I can't remember what the paper in the background is, sorry. The sentiment is from a freebie set I got in a magazine, some twine and some enameled dots finished it off.
So I would like to enter my card into;

Just a short post tonight, so I'll say cheerio for now and see you soon, take care of yourselves,

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Christmas Wreath for the Rudolph Days Challenge!

Hello Crafting Friends, I hope today finds you well and enjoying your day.
 The sun didn't make it through the cloud and it's a bit chilly, but other than that not too bad. Alistair had planned to get up early and go for a walk in the Cairngorms this morning, and after laying out his walking gear last night, when it came to it, he changed is mind, saying he was too cosy in bed. i think he's missing his walking pals, Derek is in China, Bill skiing in the Alps, Dougie still not able to go out walking, poor hubby is like Billy No Mates. If he makes a plan with someone it motivates him to get going as he wouldn't let anyone down. He occasionally says he feels his age. Don't we all!

Anyway, enough of that. I've got a card that I want to enter into;

It's a little Card-io wreath, nothing complicated here, but I think these stamps are brilliant to use. There is loads of sparkle on this but doesn't show up too well.

Thank you all so much for your visits and you lovely comments, I do appreciate your time.

This is just a quick post today, so I will love you and leave you and see you soon, take care of yourselves,

Saturday 23 March 2019

Thank You so Much!

Hello Everyone, hope all is well with you and that your Saturday is going good. We have had a lovely one where we went through to Nairn and had a grand walk along the riverside. The weather was good, sunny but a bit cold, but my woolie kept me warm. I seem to need to wear hats these days in cold weather, must be an age thing lol. We then had a spot of lunch at the harbour cafe, I was very naughty and had eggy bread with maple syrup, with the expectation of my blood sugar being through the roof at dinner time, but it wasn't, in fact it was a wee bit low, I suppose the long walk helped with that. Anyway, it was so good and it's something I've not eaten in a very long time.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post, you are very kind. 

Back to papercrafts for this post;
Chocolate Baroque stamp and for the life of me I can't remember what it's called, but as always with CB images I think it is just lovely. Coloured with SN alcohol pens with a sentiment from Honey Doo Crafts, I've added Wink of Stella and some sequins. I've matted with black and grey card. Hope you like it.

Well that's me for now, getting settled down for a Scandi Noir drama later this evening, I do like them, although you've got to keep concentrating on the sub titles, so you can't go off and make a cuppa or you loose the plot....something I do quite often in another sense lol. 
So enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you soon,


Wednesday 20 March 2019

Socks and More Socks!

Hello Everyone, hoping all is well with you today.  Lots of sunshine and it was much warmer today, I even managed a wee sit down with my book outside this morning....mind you I had just cleaned the ovens and I wasn't just glowing, I was dripping and needed to cool down. What an achievement though to get it done, it had been left far too long and as I felt as if I had a bit of energy I went for it. Mind you that's all I've done today.

Anyway, I managed to get the socks completed that had been started way last year, so really pleased by that, though because they had been left so long, I discovered that one is an about an inch shorter that the other, but they are just for me and will not be noticed. Just as well I'm not a perfectionist lol.

Here they are along with some others knitted last year, a couple were gifts for friends;

For the two pairs that were for gifts I made bands with stamped images, just to make them a wee bit more special, Peter and Jean loved them.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my previous card, once again I really appreciate them.
That's me for now, take care and see you soon,

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Ho Ho Ho!

Hello to You All, I hope you are well and enjoying your day.
The sun is shining, there is no rain or high rather good I'd say. What disparate weather over the weekend, and it seemed to be all over the country. The end of the rugby games shown on TV had every kind of weather going whilst they were playing. Yes we had the rugby... don't mind that so much as footy, and they are usually good games, and although Scotland didn't win, they still did well, so it was a happy household.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my last card, you are very kind and I do appreciate the time it takes to get around the blogs and comment.

I have another Christmas themed card today;
I love this LOTV stamp, I think the Santa and Rudolph are so cute, and I've coloured them with Copics. Now poor old Rudolph is a bit multi-coloured as I only have a few pens and not all that many that would suit a deer, but he's still cute. I've used some glitter card and red card from SU. Paper from First Editions and a Sentiment from one of the free sets from Creative Stamping magazine. Sparlke and gems.

I would like to enter into;

This is a new challenge to me so I thought I would give it a go, especially as Christmas cards are my favourite card to make.

Not much planned today, I was waiting in for a Dr's phone appointment this morning, which I find a strange thing to do, much rather have a face to face one, but it was that or nothing, this doctor is very popular and I've been waiting since the start of February to speak to him. Anyway, I've to go to the surgery now to collect something in order to do a fit test...thankfully nothing to do with exercise, but something to do with the gut problem that's being investigated. And more bloods to be taken again as my Vit B12 is on the low side, it's never ending it seems. Still that's life! 

That's me for now so I'll say cheerio and see you soon, 

Sunday 17 March 2019

Festive Food for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, and welcome to another Christmas Card Club Challenge, and this time the choice of theme is Festive Food, chosen by Loraine.

Now I had to give this challenge a wee bit of thought, as the only image I have is a LOTV  one used every time this theme comes up and I didn't want to go with that, so I went on the hunt through all my stash and came up with this;
I found this Christmas Pudding in amongst some papers from a craft magazine, sorry don't know which one or what year, but I thought it might do, and there was extra interest as there was a wee bit of decoupage  with the brandy sauce pouring down the pud. a bit of sparkle and some sequins to finish.

Now my second card is perhaps stretching the theme a bit, see what you think;
I don't know about you but I think of Chocolate as Food, and wish I could eat more of it than is allowed having diabetes. I found this LOTV image and it does look more Valentine than Christmas, but I decided to go with it, especially as there is always loads of Chocolate around at Christmas time, in our house anyway as Alistair adores the stuff.
i have a few Copics and that's what I used to colour the image and a wee bit of Sparkle Pen/ The papers are from SU and the sentiment was made on the computer.

Thanks for the super challenge Lorraine, I enjoyed it and got to use up some stash from yonks ago and a stamp that I don't used much, I hope they will do.

Scheduling this for tomorrow, Sunday when the challenge goes live, so check out what my teammates create too.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, so much appreciated.

Been awful weather again today, I've not been over the door, and poor Teallach has dashed out and back in. Cheerio for now and see you soon,

Friday 15 March 2019

The Jolly Roger!

Hello Crafting Buddies and anyone popping in. Hoping all is well with you and that you are looking forward to the weekend.  Let's hope the weather is improved some what. Ours has been wild, sleet, heavy rain, high winds....that's why we decided to go up to Ullapool yesterday..are we daft or what lol, but, I felt that I needed a change of scenery, and when we set off the sun was shining, but almost at our destination and the heavens opened. However, with the wet weather gear we ventured out for a walk. Our main aim was to have a fish supper.....yes it was a long way to go for one of those, but the chippie has a couple of tables so we sat in and shared a delicious fish and chips, Alistair certainly knows how to treat a girl.  Their portions are always so large that we decided to share and it was plenty. Even with the rain it was a lovely day out.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, and your get well wishes. I'm still getting there.

Anyway, it's my Brother in law's birthday soon so of course I made a card for him. He doesn't know I have a blog so I'm safe to post it here;
This whimsical image is by Kim Moody and made by Chocolate Baroque. I've used watercolours to colour it and the bird images are from Inkylicious. I'm rather pleased with how the watercolouring has gone, and I hope Jim likes it.

He has had three doses of Chemo now and so far things are going well and he doesn't seem to be having any side effects, fingers crossed it continues. Thank you too for your well wishes for him too.

Well, we have no great plans for the weekend, just take it as it comes, my energy levels are still low so I think it will be a quiet one, probably a bit of crafting, and I've picked up my knitting needles again, so maybe I'll get to complete the socks that have been on the go since last year. So you all have a great weekend whatever you do and see you on Sunday for the CCC post,

Tuesday 12 March 2019

All the Jazz!

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and are having a good day..perhaps you are having stormy weather, we are and the rain is lashing against the windows. Great to be indoors!!

Been trying to get some housework done as I'm feeling a bit better, but it's slow going as my energy levels are low, so it's just a wee bit done then a rest then another bit. 
I managed to get to choral practice last night, but was there only in body and not song, too much pressure on my throat, so just had to mime, but at least I was there to hear any instructions there was.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last project, and a warm welcome to my latest Follower...Faith from Daffodil cards. I hope you will continue to like what I do and pop in often.

I have a card for our friend Stewart's 70th birthday, he is a jazz lover and he and Alistair goe to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival every July,
I found this fab image on the Net and thought it perfect for the card, as musicians look a bit like Acker Bilk and one of Stewart's favourite bands. The other images are from one of the Creative Stamping magazines out last year, I just cut them out to make embellishments. I hope he will like it. His birthday has come and gone, but as he is in New Zealand won't find the card on the mat till he get's home in April. 

Well, it's gotten so dark now, lights will have to go on, and it's only after 3.30.  That's me for now, take care and see you soon

Friday 8 March 2019

Floral Gramophone!

Hello Crafting Friends, I hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend. Another week has just whizzed by.

I am pleased to say that I am feeling much better, and had a bit better sleep, there's still a cough, but at least I can function better. Alistair is on the mend too, he is upstairs playing his fiddle at the moment and I don't feel like my head is going to cave in with the noise and thumping...he thumps out the beat and it's necessary.....he tells me. So thank you for all your good wishes and healing vibes.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last card, you are all so kind, and a warm welcome to Kelly who is my latest Follower, I hope you will continue to like what I do and visit often.

Something a little different today, a completed page from an adult colouring book. I bought a few of these books last year and enjoyed colouring during the warm Summer where I could take it all outside and sit in the sunshine and colour to my hearts content. I've not done anything over the Autumn or Winter though. So, as I didn't feel much like card making I picked up one of my books and finished a page;
Here is the book the page is from;
There a lots of lovely drawings in this book, some are quite intricate others not so, but all are beautifully drawn.
I used a combination of Crayola and Staedtler Ergo Soft colour pencils. Both ranges would be considered budget pencil, but quite good, there is a good colour range, but no way as blendable as Prisma Colour or Faber Castell. Anyway, as these pages are just for me, they don't have to be perfect, I just enjoy colouring in, and it's a good way to practice.  

It's a better day today, at least the sun has been shining a bit and no rain, but the weather folk are still talking about  snow sometime at the weekend, still have the woolie socks on.

That's me for now, have a lovely day and I'll see you soon,

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Floral Harmony!

Hello Everyone, how are you all doing?  well I hope and having a good week.
It's raining cats and dogs today and so dark, lights are on and much cooler too, are you having much the same? 

I think our colds are getting a bit better although we are still coughing, especially at night, so not all that much sleep happening these nights, funny how we can feel better through the day, but at night we feel just awful. Every night we say tomorrow  will be better. Anyway it could be worse, at least we don't have to be up and out for work in the mornings.Every cloud as they say.

I have one of those cards that we hate making but have to sometimes...actually I've made far more that I would have wanted to these last few months. This one was one that my son asked me to make for one of his neighbours;
This is a beautiful Chocolate Baroque stamp called Floral Harmony and I've coloured with watercolours, I've kept it very simple.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last cards, I do appreciated that you take the time to visit.

I would like to enter my card into

That's me for now, take care and I'll see you soon,

Sunday 3 March 2019

Poinsettias for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and having a great weekend.

It's time again for the Christmas Card Club's latest creations and the choice this time is made by our lovely Valery and it's to be Poinsettias or of course there is also the Anything Goes choice as well.

I managed two cards;
All the stamps are from creative Stamping magazine earlier on last year and I've taken inspiration also from the magazine. I've stamped and cut out the poinsettias four times and decoupaged them. The background is made with a selection of the other stamps, and inked up with Momento Ink. SN ens and glitter pen on the flowers.

I decided to go a bit CAS for this card, but still used stamps from the same set apart from the poinsettias which are from Card-io. Inked up with Versacolour.

I loved this challenge Valery, so thank you for your choice, it was fun to do and it got me using up stash stuff.

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my last card and the get well wishes... I'm afraid we are still not feeling tip top, I guess these viruses just take their time in going, but of course Alistair is muchhhhhh worse than I am,lol.

Scheduling this post for tomorrow when the CCC goes live.
Have a lovely day and see you soon,