Sunday 29 September 2019

Snowglobes for CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well this Sunday, and that you are enjoying your weekend.

Thank you all for the lovely comments about my BIL, you are very kind. Thank you too for commenting on my last card too. It was one I enjoyed making.

Well, it's time for another Christmas Card Club card, where do those weeks go to!! Anyway, this time the theme has been chosen by our lovely Lorraine and she would like to see Icicles or Anything goes. I had a hunt around my stash and I just couldn't find anything to to do with Icicles so I'm afraid I ended up with the Anything Goes theme and I've got two cards with Snowglobes. The nearest I could get to Icicles.

Up first is this little snowglobe die from Hobbycraft, it's rather sweet I think. after cutting it out I stamped it with embossing ink and then used Wow EP it give a frosted look. Background inked up with DI and splattered gouache to make the snow, I've added acetate and sequins to make a shaker card. The sentiment is by JND and the paper from a First Edition pad. A few gems to add sparkle.

This lovely snowglobe die is from The Works, and it cuts out wonderfully. Again I've made a shaker card. I found some bluish glitter card to make the sky. The acetate is fro CC and it already has whit dots on it. The beautiful paper is from the gorgeous paper pad I bought the other week from the Works. Sentiment, a freebie from creative Stamping magazine, some gems to finish.
Here's a close up of this one,
What fiddly things to make  mind you, but I'm pleased with how they turned out, I hope they will do Lorraine.

I mentioned that we were going to a concert last night, and it was brilliant. Now I have always loved film music so this was right up my street, that and it was in aid of MFR Cash for Kids. MFR is our local radio and they do terrific work in raising money for children. The Cathedral was jam packed.....never seen it before, and with fabulous programme there was standing ovations. Some of the musicians were in costumes...lots of pirates and Star Trek Captains.
A young man, maybe late teens or very early twenties played the beautiful violin movement from Schindler's List faultlessly, absolutely wonderful for someone so young, but really all the music was outstanding and brilliantly  conducted by Susan Dingle, who wanted everyone to sing along with Bohemian Rhapsody, amazing how may folk knew the words, me included, it was such fun.
It was a Scratch Concert, meaning all the musicians came together in the afternoon to rehearse the music and performed at night, such a large orchestra too, must have been around 50 +. Anyway it was a great night and brilliant to hear these fabulous pieces played live.

Right io, that's me for now, I hope to get around to visit your blogs later today. Thanks for your continued visits, and don't forget to comment on the other CCC girls fabulous cards, see you soon,
Id like to enter the first card into the

Friday 27 September 2019

Fancy Flowers!

Hello Everyone, hoping all is well with you today, and would you believe we are almost at another weekend, they are whizzing by.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, love reading them and appreciate your continued visits.

We had a phone call from Alistair's brother Jim yesterday to say he has been told that he only has a couple of months left to live. Yet he says that he has no pain, thankfully, and his voice still sounds strong. It's  such a strange emotion that although you know that it's coming, your'e till shocked to your foundations.  I am glad that Alistair and  Jim have made their peace with each other, that was on my mind, but I didn't want to interfere...I'm married to a very thrawn man and at times it seams that he cuts off his nose to spite his face, anyway, I'm pleased that it's happened and he'll go down and visit Jim soon.  It seams such a pity that his brother has had to go through chemo and the bowel operation and they haven't given him any more time, but he wanted to try it. Life can be so sad.

So on to my card;
I've used Fancy Flowers from Honeydoo stamps and hexagon stamp set from Honey Bee stamps. The flowers have been coloured with Zig watercolour pens and I've stamped some to the hexagons in gold ink. The sentiment is one from CB and I've finished withe gold sequins.
Now my design is inspired by Kelly Latevola who has  wonderful You Tube videos, she also designs for quite a few of the American stamp companies, Honey Bee being one of them. She is brilliant at colouring and storytelling, all at the same time and she is so humorous with her stories.

I'm just in time to enter my card into the Stamping Sensations challenge;

That's all for now, I will be back at the weekend with my CCC card, yes it's that time again. So enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned. We are going to a concert in the Cathedral on Saturday night which we are looking forward to, apart from that it will be just the usual things, housework, cooking, know the kind of thing.  Take care everyone and see you soon,

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Rooted in Nature!

Hello Everyone, I hope the day is being good to you and you're enjoying some lovely sunshine. It's been another glorious day here, although it was raining quite a bit throughout the night.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my previous card, and for your continued visits to my blog, it's very kind of you.

Well it's another short post from me today with a card I made away last year and hadn't posted, so I thought I would post it now and enter into,
No the best of photos sorry about that, the images are from Rooted in Nature stamp and die set from SU, and unfortunately, I can't remember the make of the embossing folder I've used in the background, but it's all trees. , and a bit of bakers twine. As the card was for a man there are no sparkly bits.

Let me tell you that I enjoyed Downton Abbey, Alistair was very well behaved, but he devoured his chocolate before the film had even started, but he was very quiet throughout the film.
I would recommend it. Maggie Smith as ever was wonderful, some fabulous lines and the costumes were stunning. I'll say no more about it so that it's not spoiled for you.

Right that's me, I'm going back to the TV news, I've been glued to it today with all that's being happening with the Supreme Court's ruling.....well it's not over yet, guess the Fat Lady's still signing, we are certainly living in interesting times.

Take care everyone and see you soon,

Sunday 22 September 2019

Birthday Wishes!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a lovely weekend, hasn't the weather been fabulous! We have had three gloriously hot and sunny days, breaking up a bit now though, but still most enjoyable.

I had no real plans, just some housework and I've managed a wee bit of crafting. Alistair has been painting one of the sheds and a fence, so he's been very busy, but they are looking good.

Thanks to everyone who left lovely comments on my last post, I do appreciate your visits and comments, always great to hear what you think of my makes.

I have a Birthday card today;
I've used a lovely embossing folder, stamp and die set free with Creative Stamping magazine, and I've added colour with Copics. I stamped the birthday sentiment on to a piece of ripped velum and finished with a few pearls and WOS for sparkle. I've matter it on to a piece of dark silver glitter paper.  Just a card for my box, nobody yet in mind for it.

We are going to see the new Downton Abbey film tomorrow, I say we because Alistair announced he wanted to come with me, so, he's been well warned to watch it without a running commentary, as he did at home whilst watching it. I told him I would buy him sweeties if he promised to be well behaved lol.

That's all from me today, enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you soon,

Thursday 19 September 2019

Snowy Forest Scene!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying your day. It's a lovely sunny day here and there is warmth in the sun.
I met up with Fiona my Choral friend for a cuppa and a catch up this morning, unfortunately she is giving up the Choral, too much going on in her life just now. She will be missed, especially by me.  Then I did a bit of shopping, I went to The Works and bought a couple of Christmas dies, a beautiful 6x6 Christmas paper pad and a die cut pad, all for    £9, so inexpensive, the dies cut out beautifully and the paper is a good weight, not at all flimsy. You can really find some fabulous crafting stuff in The Works.

My card today is made with a beautiful Nellie Snellen  stamp, gifted by Mrs. Duck;

       Card base is Kraft  card, and the lovely background paper is another gift from the lovely Mrs. D. I love this image of the stag amongst the trees. I've used watercolour paint to give a light wash over the trees and the sky. Lots of glitter to give the impression of glistening snow, The greeting is a freebie from Creative Stamping magazine.

Alistair and "the boys" had a marvellous couple of days doing what they do, and Teallach and I had a lovely peaceful time, where ate and slept and I knitted, bliss!!  Not getting all that much in the way of cards made, I think my mojo has gone walk about, and I think that's what tempted me to by these bits and pieces from The Works.  I'll maybe get some inspiration.

Well, that's me for now, take care everyone and see you soon,


Sunday 15 September 2019

Anything Goes for the CCC!

Hello to You All, and I hope you are having a relaxing and lovely Sunday....whatever your'e doing.

We've just returned from getting the food shopping, an activity I hate, but needs must, having said that the putting it all away is even worse, anyway done and dusted and now sitting typing this post and having a cuppa. Alistair is sewing up a hem that's come down on a pair of his walking trousers. I couldn't get the needle through the material, he's managing better.

So, it's time once again for our Christmas Card Club members to show off their creations, and an easy peasy one this time "Anything Goes"
I noticed a crafting magazine the other day, Papercraft Essentials, with a shaker card kit in it. Now I love shaker cards and this kit gave all the elements needed, plus blank card bases. Here's what I made;

This last one isn't a shaker style. Now I have to say that I really copied the beautiful sample that were in the magazine, I believe that these were designed by the very talented Helen Griffin, I've tweaked them a little , but really they are mostly her designs. I love all the little elements, the cats, trees, swags and sentiments and sequins are all in the kit. The background papers are lovely, especially the scenes, and as I don't have a die that would cut windows, it was great to have those in the kit too.
I have plenty left to make more if I want, and I probably will.
I hope you like them. It was lovely to see a few of my lovely Blog Friends, Pauline Bird and Anne Richardson in the magazine with their gorgeous samples.
Please have a look at what the other CCC girls create, always fabulous designs.

Well Alistair has finished his sewing, he's now getting his gear together as he and "The Boys" are off tomorrow for a couple of days out in the wilds. Peace perfect peace for Teallach and me lol.

Thank you all so much for the kind offers to help with spread sheets......if you lived nearer. I ended up making them up in Open Office Writer, I don't have the Microsoft Word programme and this one is free and good enough for the small amount of admin things I ever need to do. I inserted a table with the help of You Tube, and it will have to do. It's not brilliant, but it will have to do.

Thank you too for the lovely comments on my last card too, I do appreciated each and every one of them.

That's me for now, enjoy the remainder of your weekend and see you soon,
I would like to enter my second card into;

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Wishing You Well!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well and having a good day...well evening now. 
Aren't the nights drawing in now, we are having to put our lights on sometimes around  6pm.  It doesn't bother me but, I know it does some folks who don't like the darker nights. It all comes around so quickly though.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate them.

My friend Mrs. Duck, some of you might know, gave me a couple of little colouring books as part of a birthday gift, so my card tonight is one of the colouring sheets made into a card;
The books are by Crafters Companion and I have to say that the pages are just lovely, they are sold to be used with that company's coloured pencils, but I'm not all that keen on them, so I've used Prismacolour pencils instead, and they have worked very well. I've added a few pearls to finish.
Just a card for my box.

I've spent the last couple of days trying to make a sort of spreadsheet for when the Choral Carolthon takes place in December. I stupidly volunteered to assists with it, little realising that I would have to do this, and worse the choral member who has been responsible for organising the Carolthon for the last 2 years will step down after this year and I'm expected to take over.Going by the fact that there are a few vacancies on the committee and no one seemed to want to take any of the roles I fear that I might not get anyone to assist when the time comes.  Anyway, I've had a headache for two days trying to make these documents. It's not something one knows unless you work with spreadsheets, and I never have. I need a crash course in them lol.

Anyway, hopefully I'll get there, so that's me for tonight, I'm away for a paracetamol or two , take care and see you soon,

Saturday 7 September 2019

Whale Hello There !

Hello Everyone and I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Don't they come around so quickly!!

I've been missing in action again this last week as I've had my lovely friend Rita visiting, some of you might know her from Blogland and she is also on the CCC team.  It's been a brilliant few days, and Alistair has been a star driving us lots of places with wonderful views. Yesterday, we went to Cawder Castle, Macbeth wasn't there. Rita just loved all the history of it and the lovely gardens. Now this is just up the road from us, but I'd never been inside the castle. Anyway, visit over and Rita now home.

This is a Pink Ink stamp set, I love this whale and it didn't need much colouring as I had stamped it on to a background coloured with Pixi Powders, then just highlighted some of the whale with watercolour. All the other images come in the set as does the sentiment. The background paper is from the Works, a huge 12x12 pad for £3 and the papers are all seaworld colours and designs. A few gems to finish.

Here we are on the drawbridge at the castle,

Here we are in Ullapool tucking into fish and chips, and Alistair was too much concentrating on his fish supper to look at the camera. I have to say I was perishing sitting  there and the the food went cold too quickly, but it's the only way to eat it....outdoors lol.

Thank you so much for all the lovely comment on my last cards, most appreciated.

Off now to catch up with your posts, enjoy the rest of your evening and see you soon,

Sunday 1 September 2019

Snowmen for the CCC!

Hello from a very wet Inverness, a bit cold too. Are we in for an early Autumn?? 
Anyway, I do hope all is well with you and are having a good Saturday. We were going to go into town this morning but it was really too wet and miserable, so decided to stay put at home and scrape through the food cupboards to come up with something for tonight's dinner. Mac and cheese, so we won't starve,lol.

It's time again for the Christmas Card Club ladies to show their creations.....where has the last two weeks gone! Our lovely Mrs A also known as Valery Anne is our hostess and she has chosen Snowmen or Snowman. It's bound to be a favourite with everyone, I know it is with me, here's what I've come up with;
Not a great photo as it's so dull outside, but you will recognise Card-io stamps, and I've put a ton of glitter but it's not showing and I've lightly inked the background, that's not showing either.
Here is Archie and Pals from Hobby Art stamps, he is so sweet,as are his pals. Coloured with Copic and chunky EP for snow. A few gems and an old paper from a paper pad that seems to no longe have a name.
And another,
More Hobby Art stamps, this time this wonderful snowman is from the Winter Wishes stamp set. I've stamped him on water colour card with embossing ink and used Wow powder in Icicle blue, and added colour with Zig watercolour pens. Kraft card in the background heat embossed with Wow powder and snowflakes. I've glossed his nose and added some gems.

I hope these will do Valery, a most enjoyable challenge so thank you so much.

I'm scheduling this post for tomorrow for when the CCC challenge goes live. Please take a look at the cards the other girls make, they are always fab.  I used to have all their names on my side bar without realising that if you clicked on them you got nowhere, and I've not learned how to do that yet, somethings beat me lol. 

That's me for now, take care and thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last car, see you soon,