Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Just a Note!

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been good. Mine has been snowy. Last night in a couple of hours there was quite a bit of snow falling and had to drive through what felt like a blizzard, got quite a shock when leaving the choral rehearsal to see how much had fallen.
No more since and the sun was melting it away throughout the day.

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

I have another little card for a challenge tonight;
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/2020/02/challenge-413
-more-but-still-cas.html

I'm still using my older stamps and this is another Little Claire image which I've heat embossed with WOW clear powder and added just a little yellow for the lamplight.
This is a challenge I've never entered before so we'll see how the wee card does.

I thought I would show you a photo that was taken last night at the Choral rehearsal where we handed over the cheque from the Carolthon way back in December, it takes a while to collect all the money in as the choir members get people to sponsor them, and of course there's the money collected on the day. We reach the final total of £3,600 which gets divided between the Choral and the chosen charity.
I'm the one in yellow and my Carolthon co-organiser is Carol at the far end of the cheque and Susan is the Befrienders  Manager. It was a lovely charity to work with and they are so pleased to get the money as they are able to train volunteers and more.. So that's the last thing ticked of the list for last year's Carolthon, and in a few months time we start to plan this years.

That's me for now, a cuppa beckons me, and just before I go my thanks to Marianne who noticed that my butter was cold 😄 , of course it should have read it was bitter cold, it did make me laugh, and when I reread my post there were quite a few spelling mistakes, I guess my fingers were going faster than my brain. However, my butter was indeed cold too lol. Take care and see you soon,



Sunday, 23 February 2020

Christmas Smiles!

Hello Everyone, hoping you are all in fine fettle, and enjoying the weekend.
We are just back from the food shopping....hate it and putting it all away is a chore that makes me want to do ironing instead. Anyway, butter cold and snow/sleet on and off, now the sun is shining, however I won't be over the door again today.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate each and everyone of them.

I've go a little card today that I wan't to enter; into; https://www.fezziwigsfestivefrolics.com/2020/02/fezziwig-says-anything-festive-goes.html

I'm on a bit of a mission to revisit my older stamps and this cutie is from Little Claire, whom I don't think exists anymore, at least I didn't ind their website when I Googled.
 So, the sky is inked up with DI and lots of white gel pen for the snow, and the little guys are coloured with Copic and SN markers. Lots of glitter on the snow and some gems. Found some old plaid paper and red card to use as the background. Lawn Fawn for the sentiment.
So I'm sneaking the card in at almost the last minute for the challenge.

That's me for now, just a short post today, so till next time, take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Friday, 21 February 2020

Just Because!

Hello to you All, I hope today is a good one for you and that you are keeping clear of this awful weather. We had high winds and loads of rain throughout the night, but it's calmed down now.

What a frustrating day I had yesterday. I had been trying to print out some music that our Conductor had emailed that's required for our next rehearsal. As there were twenty four sheets, I wondered if I could get them to print out double sided. Yes, my printer told me I could. So off I went, all going tickity boo, then I noticed a window popping up on my PC telling me to flip the pages over, well of course I flipped them over the wrong way so they were printing upside down. Anyhoo, to cut a long story short, the printing became stuck in the queue, and I couldn't cancel the job. I was the whole afternoon trying to sort it out, finally the the help of You Tube and much patience I finally managed to cancel the printing job. I've also had to buy more ink.....not a cheap purchase, and now I've managed to print the whole lot out and stuck down the pages.  I would have been cheaper buying the music score from Amazon.  As some of you might know it's Beethoven's 200 Anniversary this year and the Choral Society have been invited by the Inverness Chamber Orchestra to sing, along with the Dingwall Choral Society to sing the last movement of the 9th Symphony. You'll know it as The Ode to Joy. We will be singing it in it's original German. A huge piece of work , but very exciting albeit hard going for Sopranos as much of the chorus is so very high. I'm sure though that with around three hundred voices there will be a good few who will managed all the top A's.

So will all that yesterday, I didn't get into the craft room, but I've managed a little something today;
I'm working my way through these lovely LOTV floral stamps, I love this one and it's the first time it's been inked up. Copic Markers and white gel pen to colour and matted on to some rainbow coloured card. Distressed Oxides through  a stencil, not sure what brand it is, but I like it. Sentiment from Creative Stamping magazine, finishing off with a few clear gems. I think it's turned out really well.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are so very kind.
Off now to find some plastic sleeves  to put  these pages into, the glue should be dry by now.
Enjoy your weekend, and see you soon,

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Basket of Blooms!

Hello Everyone, are you surviving this awful weather? My heart goes out to all those folks who have been flooded, just heartbreaking for them. We have been very lucky, and although we have had flood alerts, I've not heard of anywhere locally being flooded.
It's been so cold today and been trying to snow, too, even Teallach doesn't want to go out, don't blame him.

Thank you for your continued visits and your lovely comments, I do so appreciated them. And welcome to Babs who is my latest Follower, thank you for clicking the Follow button, I hope you will return for a visit often. However, I don't seen to be able to find your blog as I would like to return the visit.

I have a little floral card today;
On watercolour  card I stamp this lovely Art Impression basket image with Tombow watercolour pens, them added the foliage and flowers. matted on to coloured card to match and on to a cream base card. The sentiment comes from the current Creative Stamping magazine.
I've really just found these stamps and have been watching the You Tube videos from the creator of the stamps Bonnie Krebbs,  and she makes it all look so easy. She inks up the stamp with the pens then only adds the least amount of water. This is my first attempt, it's not too bad.

The downside of this is that ordered some stamps and the markers from their store in the US and was astounded by the amount of tax I had to pay when they arrived in this country. I've never  ordered anything from America before and have to say, I won't be again, one parcel was £17.30 tax, the other one was a bit less but not much. Anyhoo, I love the stamps and the Tombow pens. Sadly, it's difficult to get these stamps here.

Well, that's it from me tonight, keep safe everyone and hope to see you soon,

Sunday, 16 February 2020

A Christmas Carol for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, Storm Denis is here!!!, nothing for it but to be indoors, crafting and watching Lord of the Rings which I love.
Anyhoo, it's time for the  Christmas Card Club girls to show off their creations once again, it's been a quick two weeks since the last one.

So it's our lovely Christine who as chosen the theme this time and it's A Christmas Carol, here's what I've come up with. My interpretation of the theme is carol singers;
Card-io stamps for this DL card, as you can see one of the panels has carol singers, lots of glitter and white pen for snow, sentiment from Lawn Fawn.

Hobby Art for this cutie called Jasper, singing his little heart out. Coloured with Copic Markers. Sentiment one of my freebies from Creative Stamping Magazine. WoS and green glitter card, a few clear gems for some twinkle.
I hope they will do Christine, I did enjoy the challenge a fun one to do.

Well the rain is battering down at the moment and it's so dark, having to put lights on to see.

Thank you for your comments on my last card, and I have to say, Alistair loved his card. we went out for a Valentine Day lunch which was lovely, even more lovely that I didn't have to cook at night lol.

Do check out what the other girls of the club create, they always make fabulous cards.
That's me for now, off to fantasy land with Frodo, 

Thursday, 13 February 2020

I Love You More than Chocolate!

Hello to You All, I hope all is well with you and that you've had a good day.
We've had a beautiful day here, although cold, but sunny and no wind, but it's minus 1 already, so a cold, cold night.

This is just a quick post tonight to show my Valentine's card for Alistair;
Isn't he just the cutest wee character, the minute I spied this Gerder Steiner stamp I just fell in love with it.  I coloured him with Copic Markers and the sentiment is heat embossed with  WOW Copper powder. I found a stencil of a brick wall and I used DI to colour it. Glossy Accents on the little hearts and on the chocolate around Piggy's face. I found a EF with ornate hearts and embossed in red card.

Alistair is more of a chocoholic than I am and I think he might love chocolate more than he does me lol. I'm sure he'll love the card.

Thank you for the lovely comments left on my last post, I always do appreciate them and the time you take to visit my blog.

I'm afraid I've been a poor commenter .....is that even a word??  Sorry about that, I've been finding it difficult to sit for any length of time, as my legs are quite painful...just when I thought I'd turned a corner with the exercise, maybe it's just a blip. Anyway, I've been scrolling through my reading list and love what you have all been creating, hopefully I'll manage to get back to commenting soon.

That's me for now, have a Happy Valentine's Day,

Saturday, 8 February 2020

A Jar of Budleias!

Hello Everyone from a bright and sunny Inverness....although we have flood alerts going on!  Let's hope not as there doesn't seem to be any sign at the moment.
Any way, I hope you are all in fine fettle and that you have a good weekend planned. I'm going for my annual eye test today, and hoping very much that my eyes won't have changed all that much that I will need new specs. I love the frames, and I have and managed to keep them for the last few years. Despite having diabetes, my eyesight is still not too bad and doesn't change all that much from year to year.  Anyhoo, we'll see.....no pun intended.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my Frosty and Bright card, much appreciated.

Today's card is another one for a challenge;
https://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-flower-challenge-41-add-leaves.html



Another LOTV floral image and I think the blooms are Budleias, and I've coloured with Tombow watercolour brush pens, which I think are fabulous. I first stamped the image with Versafine ink. Added WoS for some shimmer and a few small pearls. The sentiment is one from the latest Creative Stamping magazine. A bunch of love stamps and sentiments in this edition. I've used some coloured card for both matting and as a base card.

Nothing all that much planned for us, but as we are out at the opticians, I thought we might as well get some food shopping done and have tomorrow as a day off sort of thing. 

That's all for now, take care of your selves and see you soon,






Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Frosty and Bright!

Hello Everyone. How are you today? well I hope, but for anyone who is not so good, I hope you'll feel better soon.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my previous card, I do so appreciate you taking the time to visit and leave your comments.

Been a busy morning housework.....well it's got to get done sometime. Alistair washed the outside of the windows and I got the inside, a five minute job but we both hate it. Got washing out, it's very cold .but there is a breeze which might help to dry. A large pan of chicken soup made, and a lot of pottering around. I consider it a productive morning lol.

Anyway, I've got a wee cute card for a challenge I've never entered before, so I thought I would, it's for,http://www.didosdesigns.com/2020/01/fezziwigs-sing-along.html


Isn't he having so much fun! This is a Crafters Companion stamp, bought when Moses was still a boy, Mulberry Wood series, and coloured with a mixture of alcohol pens, with gel pens and Star Dust. finishing off with sequins.
Now the challenge is a card that reminds you of a Christmas Carol of song, so this reminds me of Dashing through the Snow, which as you know is a line from Jingle Bells.
I know that it's dashing through the snow on a one horse open sleigh, so  I've used artistic licence for this 😀

Anyhoo, that's me for now, take care of yourselves and have a good day,




Monday, 3 February 2020

Birthday Wishes!

Hello Everyone, hope you are well and your week is getting off to a good start.
Wild. wet and windy here, and I think it's to be like that most of the week. Poor Alistair is having cabin fever as he's just not getting up into the hills, conditions not good. He longs for good snow and so far all we have had is the soft snow that would avalanche, so not a happy manny.

Anyway, I've a card today that I would like to enter into,http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/02/february-feminine.html

Floral Perfumery from Chocolate Baroque. Once again I inked up the stamp with SN watercolour pens and drew the colour out. I wasn't liking the watercolour paper I used which was The Langton Prestige, bought form Hobby Craft a while ago. I just felt that it didn't move the ink around as well as I would have liked, anyhoo, the sentiment is a freebie and I WoSed it for a bit of shimmer but it's hardly noticeable and added some gems. I hope you can see it okay as the colours are quite soft.

Thank you for the love comments on my last cards.
Quick post today, so I'll say cheerio for now and see you soon,

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Stars for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and your day has been good.

It's time once again for the Christmas Card Challenge, don't they come around quick, anyway, Sylvie is our hostess this time and she would like to see Stars on our cards, here are mine;

I've created this little scene with Card-io stamps from the Star Gazing set. DI for the sky and white gel pen to make some stars. 
The star stamp is from a Creative Stamping magazine the other year. I stamped it with gold ink and added gold glitter. Sentiment from a Tonic Studio set. Inked the background with DI and added some star gems in gold.
I hope they will do Sylvie, it was a lovely challenge and I did enjoy it.

Please have a look at what the other girls create, they always have fabulous cards.
If anyone would like to join out little band, please get in touch with me and I will let you know how to do just that. It's a great way to get ahead before the big day and ease the pressure of Christmas Card making.

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

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

Friday, 31 January 2020

LOTV Sympathy Card!

Hello Everyone, I hope all goes well for you and looking forward to another weekend. It's come around so quickly. We have nothing much planned, but will go out and have a lunch somewhere tomorrow.

I'm still enjoying my Aqua classes, and I do believe my knees are getting easier, well the pain is still there, but my movements are easier. I would suppose that my muscles are strengthening. I try and go to three session a week, and it seems to be plenty. I still don't seem to be able to walk all that far before my legs tighten up, especially at the back of the knee, it's as if an elastic band is being pulled tightly. Hopefully, that will ease too.....sometime.
So, I can really recommend this form of exercise, if you'd like to do something to keep a bit fitter.

Anyhoo, I've got another sympathy card, this one is for a friends Mum who had reach the fantastic age of 93. I never met the lady, but Alistair knew her and said she was a beautiful person.

I came across this lovely LOTV stamp the other day, whilst looking for something else, in fact I've quite a few of these lovely floral stamps, and I thought it would be perfect for this sort of card.
On watercolour paper I inked up the stamp with watercolour markers then stamped the image. With almost a dry brush, just a very little water, I pulled out the colour to soften the lines. I just kept it all in shades of blue. The little butterflies are Card-io stamps, a few little gem.
Sentiment is from Woodware.  I like to keep this sort of card fairy simple, I think I've managed that.

Well it started out a lovely morning, and now seems to be heading into rain, which is a pity as I've managed to get Alistair to promise to clean the windows. Teallach makes such a desperate mess of them with his paws, I wish he would learn to take a chamois out with him lol.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my last card, you are all so kind.
That's  me for now, have a lovely day whatever you're doing and see you soon, 


Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Frosty Wishes!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well enjoying the week.
We've had a bit of snow and really cold, especially last night, but we were nice and toasty.

Thank you all for your visits and the lovely comments that you leave, I do appreciate your time in doing so.

I have a little card today for the January Rudolph Day Challenge;https://scrapsoflifebyscrappymo.blogspot.com/2020/01/january-rudolph-days-challenge.html

Just look at these two wee pals having a warm soak. This stamp is by Whimsy and I've coloured with Copic Markers and added a bit of a freehand frame and some tiny blue star gems, with WoS for sparkle. I think the are so cute.

Just a short post tonight, so till next time take care of yourselves,

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Special Card for a Special Person!

Hello Everyone, I hope your weekend is going well so far and that you are all tickity boo.
It's a lovely day here, infact the weather has been good all week, a little warmer and sunny, good enough to get the washing out some days.

Thank you to everyone who visits and leaves such lovely encouraging comments on my cards, I do so appreciate it.

I've not been in the craft room much lately, only to make the cards that I need, and this is one of them for Moreen's birthday.

This is a lovely stamp set from Honey Bee, lots of stamps in the set and all Kitties. Once stamped on to water colour paper I coloured with Watercolour Zig pens, adding WoS to add sparkle. Added some tiny gems and mounted on to lilac card. 
Gina K Rose Swirl EF with DI for the background and a lovely heart pearl in the corner. Chocolate Baroque for the sentiment.
I found this card blank hiding away, it is from a very old collection of Hunky Dory cards, but thought it would look good.  Moreen loves cats so I know it's safe.

Going over to see them all later today. It was Damian's birthday yesterday, but because he was down in London for work I didn't get to see him on his birthday....first time in the 49 years he's been around.  He was too late home to go over and no doubt very tired, as he was away on the first plane out( I heard it go over) and home on the last plane back to Inverness, a very long day for him.

Well, it's Burn's Day here in Scotland so we are having the traditional Burn's Supper meal tonight, Haggis, neeps and tatties, and I just might make some whisky sauce.

Anyway, that's me for now, enjoy your day, keep well and hope to see you soon,

Sunday, 19 January 2020

The Holly and the Ivy for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, and I do hope you are well but sending kind and healing thoughts to you if your not.

Well a fortnight has past and it's time for another Christmas Card Challenge and this time it's Elizabeth who has chosen out theme and it's The Holly and the Ivy.So here's what I've come up with;

I've used a stamp from a lovely but oldish Justinklined stamp, and coloured with Prisma coloured pencils and WOS, with glossy accents on the berries.
The verse is a Woodware stamp and the background is from a Sheena Douglass set stamped in Versacolour. a few gems and  that was that one done.
As you can see I've used the same Woodware stamp, but this time I've inked up the whole stamp, backed it with some red card and added a holly stamp embossed in Wow green EP and coloured the berries with sparkly gel pen. The holly stamp is from the Sheena Douglass set. This beautiful paper is from SU. Again I've added some gems.
I enjoyed the challenge Elizabeth, so thank you and I got to use some stamps that have been a bit neglected.

Short and sweet today, but thank you for the lovely comments on my last card.
Take care of yourselves and hope to see you soon,

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A Birthday Wish!

Hello Everyone and welcome to my Blog. I hope today finds you well and enjoying your day however it's going.

Thank you for your comments regarding Rowan, I'm happy to say she is on the mend, but having to take little on the lead walks until her wound heals up and a restrictive diet. Not a happy doggy with that as she is used to off the lead to run wild with Milo. Nothing found when they operated, so it seems it was a very bad gastric something.

I've been to three Aqua aerobic classes so far, and enjoying them, but my legs are sore....but I think that's more to do with using muscles that have not been used in a while rather than knee pain, which is still there, I'm ever hopeful though.  All the ladies, and one man are a jolly sociable crowd, so all good.

My card today is for a friend's husband's 70th birthday. Unfortunately, I had absolutely nothing in my stash to make something with any of his hobbies, so I went with trees.  All the men in my life are mountaineers, canoeists, cyclists, and Peter doesn't do anything like that, but I reckon everyone likes trees.

Crafty Individuals stamp and background paper. Inkylicious sentiment and a few black gems. I started of by heat embossing the image and than adding DI to give some colour. matted it on to a panel of black card, the base card is Kraft.

Thank you so much for the lovely comments left on my previous post, I do like to read what you think of my crafty efforts, as sometimes I feel my mojo has deserted me and they are not all that good. I know we are our own worst critics.

Well, that's me for now, so cheerio and hope to be back soon,

Friday, 10 January 2020

With Sympathy!

Hello Everyone, I hope it's been a good week for you....I can hardly believe that it's Friday, it's whizzed by.

Our little Rowan, I say our but really Rowan is one of Damian and Moreen's dogs, she is a gorgeous whirlwind of a Cocker Spaniel, has been unwell and has been with the vet since yesterday morning. I had taken Moreen and Rowan to the vet's Wednesday as she had been awfully sick during the night, but the vet thought it was just a wee tummy bug, gave her an injection and that was that. However, she got worse and Damian took her to a vet in Forres on his way to work, she ended up having an op as her tummy was swollen and although nothing found, her stomach was quite scarred. Poor wee mite couldn't eat so was on a drip, if she manages food today she will get home.  Poor Milo is completely lost without her.  So we're hoping she will be back home today, I think Damian is dreading the bill though, even although all the pets are insured. It's awful when your pets are unwell as they can't tell you what's wrong.
 There is always something that requires a wad of money, last week he had to get new shock absorbers in the car.  

So, My card today is one of those we don't like to make. This one has been in my folder since last year, in fact there are quite a few, it was just one of those years.
I used stamps from the First Frost set by SU, and the EF is SU too. Sentiment on some velum and little pearls. I try my best to keep it simple for these sorts of cards.

I went to an Aqua aerobic class today, and it was fun. This form of exercise was advised by both doctor and physio to help with my knee pain, so I plucked up courage earlier in the week and joined a club. Boy are they expensive, but needs must. Anyway, off I tootled hoping that there would be some well upholstered women there so I wouldn't feel so bad....thankfully there was, in fact one lady was in full makeup, bright red lips and wonderfully made up eyes, I hope it was all waterproofed. 
I certainly enjoyed the experience, especially the Jacuzzi afterwards, I'll certainly be going back.. well I'll have to as I've had to take out a years membership.  If it helps my knees it will be worth it, but if it doesn't, well I'm sure the exercise will still be beneficial.

Thank you all for your visits and your lovely comments on my last card, Cheerio for now and see you soon,
  

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Angels or Fairies for CCC!

Hello Everyone, and Happy New Year to You!! I do hope that you all had a wonderful Festive Season, and sending hugs and kind thoughts to anyone who was a bit sad and perhaps struggling a bit.

We had a lovely Christmas Day with Damian and Moreen and the animals. Milo and Rowan just knew there was something special going on and were hyper. We were joined this year by Moreen's brother, who had lost his wife very suddenly in the summer, it was just lovely. Alistair and Frankie found they shared a love of jazz and he played the guitar and insisted that Alistair went home for his fiddle, fine as we live very near Damian. So we ended up having a musical evening....that's a first.
Damian was very impressed by Alistair's playing, and loved the piece he played to round of the evening's music, The Ashokan Farewell, which some of you might know, its a beautiful piece of music. 
As for New Year, we struggled to stay up for the Bells, getting too old to bother now, but we managed and brought the year in with a Bailies.

Well, it's all over....thankgoodness, it's good to get back to normal, whatever that is lol.
I took a complete break from crafting, blogging and commenting, so that's why I've not been around. I've been knitting, reading and just chillin out. I think I was all carded out by the time I had made the last Christmas card, so much so that I almost missed the fact that The Christmas Card Club starts again today and I had nothing ready. But, I managed to get something together and found an Angel image from LOTV as that is the theme chosen by Grandmargaret.
The photograph isn't all that great, but by the time I had put it all together the light was fading. I was interrupted by phone calls, normally the phone never rings.  Anyway, coloured with Copic Markers with lots of WOS for the glitter. Distressed inked around the edges and tiny gems. I found some very old Papermania paper for the background and some blue card to mount the image on to. Lawn Fawn for the works. I hope it well do.

As I said I've not been commenting, but I have looked at all your lovely cards from my reading list. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last card.  I'll need to see if I can whip up some enthusiasm as a friend has asked me to make her hubby a card for his 70th birthday.

Cheerio for now, take care,