Thursday, 24 September 2020

Kingfisher at the Lake!

 Hello Everyone,  has Autumn arrived where you are? it certainly has for us, it was 1 degree when I got up this morning to let Teallach in, it fair took my breath away, but it's been a lovely day.

I met up with my friend Fiona this morning, first time since before lockdown, it was soooo good to catch up with her. Our cathedral here in Inverness has a lovely little cafe so we met there as we knew it would be quiet and there were tables outside, so a latte and a cheese scone with jam, what welcome as it was a tad chilly.

I so enjoyed listening to her story of climbing up Ben Nevis, a sponsored walk for the Gurkha's Welfare Fund, her Dad was in the Regiment and she completed the walk on his birthday, a lovely man who died last year. Fiona has never climbed a mountain in her life, so she did marvellously well, and collected well over £1000 for the charity. Said she could hardly walk for  a week afterwards. 

She works in a care home and it was interesting listening to how the home, residents and staff have been managing fro the last 6 months. Thankfully, no deaths and the staff are tested every week, plenty of PPE, and each member of staff has these white suits  if needed. It's good to hear that it's all going well as we hear in the news the awful times some care homes are going through.

Anyhoo, I've got a card I'd like to enter into;

http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/09/september-challenge.html  


I took inspiration from an edition of Creative Stamping Magazine and made this card using the free stamps, the kingfisher is coloured with coloured pencils. I thought it was a lovely design for a male and as I needed a card for a family friend who has had a stroke, I thought this would do.

Thank you for all your visits and comments, I do appreciate your time and love to read the comments.

That's me for today, take care of yourselves,



29 comments:

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

That’s a beautiful card Kate and I really like the layout of it. I know exactly what you mean about it turning cooler. I’ve sorted out my jumpers and needed to put one on today. Brrrr xx

Daffodil Cards said...

I Love your card Kate, it's perfect for a gent.
Well done Fiona. We woke to temperatures down a lot, certainly not as low as that though!
Keep safe.
Faith x

Jackie T said...

Hi Kate this is a stunning card. I love it. It is a lot cooler here. My parents at home with a live in carer she does a marvellous job. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Jennifer Johnston said...

Loving this male 'Get Well' card. I always find it
difficult to make cards for men but this is just perfect. Love how you have coloured the Kingfisher and left the central image black and white. It has been quite cold here today too.....Autumn has arrived I think lol! having said that, I do like the Autumn for the beautiful colours. So pleased you enjoyed your special time with your friend. Take care.
Hugs Jennifer xx.

Mac Mable said...

A beautiful card Kate and a fabulous design x. Yes it certainly has gone cold and how lovely to catch up with your friend x.

meg said...

The contrast in colours between the beautiful kingfisher and the lake is wonderful the colours in the bird stunning,a fabulous Get Well card

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Lovely contrast between the colourful bird and the black&white circle scene!! Well done! Here is raining and the air more fresh, but Summer has not gone.
Hugs

Crafting Queen said...

Really lovely card.

Mia said...

Lovely card, Kate! Great design, my friend.
And yes! Fall has come in Greece too! Kisses!

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely you could have time out and catch up with a friend, cheese scone with jam, sounds like the sort of food I eat... lovely card Kate and enjoy your weekend coming up. xx

wannabcre8tive said...

A very pretty card. I love the Kingfisher and the color of him. Brrr, I do not like cold weather, but ours will be coming before too long. It is Fall here and I love the Fall, The winter, not so much. Glad you had a nice outing with your friend. Cheese scones with jam sounds really yummy.

Wendy L said...

So beautiful Kate, I have only ever seen a kingfisher once in my life down by a canal, so gorgeous, vibrant colours.
Nice to see your friend, missing my lot so much and doesn't look likely to see them this year now, xxx

brenda said...

SO nice you were able to meet up with a friend Kate, we miss those what used to be 'normal' activities.

You have created a lovely card here and such an effective design colouring just the Kingfisher. Lovely to see you at our September Stamping Sensations challenge, many thanks for joining in.

That Kingfisher would fit a treat into the Wings option of our first new We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge: https://www.welovechocolatebaroque.uk/

B x

Wendy L said...

So beautiful Kate, I have only ever seen a kingfisher once in my life down by a canal, so gorgeous, vibrant colours.
Nice to see your friend, missing my lot so much and doesn't look likely to see them this year now, xxx

Pop's Cards said...

This is just beautiful, I love the colours hugs Pops x

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

This is a really sweet bird and I like the colored stamping under him and the scene in the circle.

That sounds like such a nice visit with your friend! It is interesting to hear how everyone is faring during the last difficult months.

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Kate, fabulous stamps and great design - perfect for a Get Well card.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Marlene Atkinson said...

This is a gorgeous card, perfect Masculine card. I found it very cold this morning. I had to go to the Dentist this morning, I hate having to go. When I got outside the cold hit me. Me thinks it is going going to be a long Winter. Marlene

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is super, what a great card, I love that kingfisher on it. Sounds like you had a lovely meet up with your friend. So nice to have a bit of "normal". Hope you have a good weekend, Hazel x

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
this is such a very wonderful card and your work as always is brilliantly created.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Mrs A. said...

Certainly noticing the difference in the temperature of a morning. Instead of breakfast on the patio it is breakfast in the summer house with the doors closed.Still lots of colour left in the garden and a few butterflies and bees on the flowers. The Frogs have been croaking for Great Britain and I even had a fox come visiting during the week just as it was getting dusk. Glad you had a lovely time with your friend. Do like your kingfisher. Hugs Mrs A.

Diane said...

Wow Kate what a gorgeous design love the black and white image with the fabulous colored bird.

Hugs Diane

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I do love your posts, sounds like a lovely meet up with your friend. I did have to read the big about a cheese scone with jam twice, never heard of that before. Your card is lovely, the kingfisher really pops

pam said...

Wonderful card Kate,
Been high winds and really cold here today. had the heating on all day!
Hugs Pam x

Dora said...

Beautiful scene. Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful card, love the kingfisher

Autumn is coming here in somerset, the trees are starting to turn and its been quite warm, but the cold mornings and evenings are beginning to bite, we had the heat on last night for the first time.
Its lovely to catch up with friends after so long
Stay safe and well

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

The morning with your friend sounds lovely. It is autumn here too, but I'm not ready to pack my flip-flops away yet! Gorgeous card. I love the pop of colour from the kingfisher. Great layout x

Pat said...

Creative Stamping Magazine has some great freebie stamps, and these are beautiful. I love the circular aperture with the scene in the background and your sweet kingfisher cut out and put over the top of the pretty reeds you have stamped in the corner. I hope you friend has a good recovery from his stroke. x

Sue said...

A lovely peaceful scene, Kate. Glad you got to get together with your friend after such a long time. Haven't seen my group of lunch gals from high school since this started! Miss them. Be safe.

Hugs
Sue