Sunday, 26 September 2021

Non Traditional Colours for the CCC!

 Hello Everyone, I hope your weekend is going well, and that your weather is good. 

It's time once again for the Christmas Card Club Challenge and this time it's our lovely Zoe who's chosen Non Traditional Colours as the theme. Well I've managed two cards, one is certainly non trad, not too sure about the other one;


This is a Woodware stamp, I think it's one of the new ones for this season, as you can see the colours are not traditional ones. Coloured with a mixture of Copics and Spectrum Noir markers, some gems and Stickles.


Another Woodware gnome stamp, and it took me ages to work out that his hat is a snowman, anyhoo, all shades of blue and coloured again with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers.Sequins and Stickles. I hope these will do Zoe, and thank you for the super challenge, much enjoyed.

What a fright I got the other night when I heard an almighty thud, and realised that Alistair had fallen out of bed. Now our bedroom is tiny, not much room to swing a cat, and the poor man had landed awkwardly in the small space between the bed and the wall, and I thought I'm never going to get in there to help him up, luckily, he managed to get on his knees and gradually back on to the bed, he was still half asleep. Said he wasn't hurt so thankfully we settled down. Knowing he was okay...I always worry about him cracking his head on the bedside cabinet, and also injuring his hip, I kept playing it around my mind until I was laughing hysterically. His guitar is leaning against the wall, and his behind somehow got wedged in the strings, I've never seen anything so funny, so asking him what on earth happened, he said he was skiing and came off the edge of the cliff as someone was chasing him. Now he often had dreams where he is skiing, but this is the first time he's come a cropper. We are still laughing about it.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last post. Since then I've finished another pair of socks and received some new yarn to knit socks for Christmas presents.

Remember to have a look at what the other CCC girls have created, their cards are always fabulous.

That's me for now, keep safe and  see you soon,


 

Monday, 20 September 2021

It's a Sock Thing!

 Hello Everyone, the start of another week, I wonder what it will bring?? Gales for us according to the weather people and getting colder, so this post is quite apt.

Here are a few pairs of socks I've knitted over the last few months;





It will soon be time to get these woolly wonders on to keep the tootsies warm.

Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave, I find it so encouraging.

That's me for now, just a short post this evening, so keep yourselves safe and hope to be back soon,



Friday, 17 September 2021

Today it's all about You!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well. Can hardly believe we are almost hitting another weekend, these weeks are going by so fast. 

We had a lovely day today, it's now chucking it down,still I managed a whirly of towels, a bit of gardening and some knitting, with vacuuming in between, oh and some ironing, so I've been quite productive, feet up tonight.

Thank you for the lovely comments you leave on my blog, it's so much appreciated.

I have a card today,


 
 This is one of my favourite stamps, had it for years, it's a Penny Black Slapstick stamp and I've coloured it with Copic markers and added some glitter and sequins. A Memory Box flower die that I've also had for years. The hessian is from Sara Davis, can't remember the range. The background papers is from an Autumn paper pad by Sara Davis. I love this little cute cat's expression. The card is for a friend's birthday.

That's all from me for now, so keep yourselves safe and see you soon,




Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Luna!

 Hello Blogging Friends, hope you've had a good day. I was at my aqua class this morning,  It always surprises me that I enjoy it so much, and I think it's doing me some good. Then a quiet afternoon catching up with Vigil and  The North Water on iPlayer. I'm totally gripped by Vigil, not sure about the other drama, too much violence towards animals, and they've not even got to the whales yet, yes it's a grim sort of drama. I should have been doing some ironing, but what the heck, there's always another day😊

Thank you for the lovely comments on my CCC card, very much appreciated both your visits and the time it takes you all.

I have one of my pictures today;


This illustration is from Maria Trolle's new book Luna, and I've used mainly FC Polychromos, and Luminance on the little girl.


Here is the book, I have to say I love this artist's colouring books, and Alistair gave me this one for my birthday way back in June, here is the name plate page,


This has been coloured with FC Polychromos too.

Well that's me for now, I'll get a visit to your blogs before I settle down for the evening, so you all take care of yourselves, the Covid virus is still raging, so be careful and I'll see you soon,



Sunday, 12 September 2021

Poinsettias for the CCC!

 Hello Everyone, how are you today? well I hope and enjoying your weekend.

We are hoping to go to Aviemore later for a walk, it's a slightly better day weatherwise, at least it's not raining.

I'm not a tennis fan, but I've been captured by Emma Raducanu, what a marvellous young lady, and she so deserved her win last night,I'm sure some of you watched her match, unfortunately I have no clue about the rules or how the scoring works, but what an exciting match.

Anyway, it's time for the Christmas Card Club Challenge, where did the last two weeks go! and it's Rita who chose the challenge of Poinsettias, always a favourite with the team, here is what I've made;


Everything about this card is old. The card base is the last card from a very old set of Hunkydory cards bought from Create and Craft way back in the days when I started crafting, must be about 14 years ago. The paper, is from an old Papermainia Christmas pad, the poinsettia is a Sue Wilson one, Gold card is a Centura Pearl one, brand escapes me at the moment. Docrafts ribbon, a few gems and some Stickles. I only managed one card this time.

A lovely challenge Rita, thank you.

That's me for now, housework calls, I'll be back soon, remember to have a look at what the other CCC ladies create, their cards are always fabulous. Take care,



Friday, 10 September 2021

With Sympathy!

 Good Evening to You All, I hope you are tickity Boo, and looking forward to the weekend.

I'm a bit late in posting, it's been a busy day, although it seems as if I've got nothing done, It's been a misty day and drizzly rain so I didn't get towels out, hate that they now have to dry indoors, but that's weather for you.

I have a Sympathy card here, one I made quite a time ago,


All the dies and artwork are by Carnation Crafts. When I bought this set I didn't intend them to be used for a sympathy card, but when one was called for, I thought it worked really well as it's a serene scene. The sentiment is one by Woodware.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post, I always appreciate the time you take to visit and leave your comments.

That's me for now, keep safe everyone, and I'll see you soon,



Saturday, 4 September 2021

Lotus Flower!

 Good Evening Everyone, I hope your weekend is going well and that you have lovely plans. Mine is just a quiet one, but quiet's good, although I have to do the food shopping tomorrow a task I hate and putting it all away I hate even more, but needs must.

Anyway, thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post, most appreciated.

I've got a coloured page today;


This lovely girl is from Grazia Salvo's Flowers and Gems Colouring Book,


This is the first attempt at a darker skin, and it does look darker in real life, I think I've bleached the colours when editing the photo, anyway never mind, I'm still pleased with how it turned out.

She is coloured with Polychromes pencils and soft pastels in the background.  Hope you like her.

That's all for now, keep yourselves safe and see you soon,




Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Just for You!

 Hello All, I hope you are well and enjoying life.  It's been a warm sunny day here, but there is definitely an Autumn chill in the air. Yesterday I gave in and put some heating on, I just couldn't get warm and I was wearing a fleece.

Thank you all so much for visiting and leaving such lovely comments on my cards/pictures...even socks, although I've not posted socks for a while. I have a sock on the pins just now and for some reason thought it was my second one, but it isn't , I'll have to get a wiggle on as I'll soon be needing them.

Here is my card for today;


  This Carnation Crafts shoe die card was for a friend's birthday in July. The background die and sentiment is also Carnation Crafts, I just added some pearls and a bit of sparkle.

I was listening to our First Minister today and Scotland's covid is pretty high, but as yet there seems to be no restrictions, other than what is there already. I am constantly seeing folks going into the supermarket with out sanitizing either their hand or trolleys, I find it's all quite worrying that there's a load of the population who seem to think that precautions don't matter any longer, and as for social distancing....that's gone completely out the window. Rant over!!

Well that's me for now, take care of yourselves, cheerio,


 

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Lots of Layers for the CCC!

 Hi there, how are thing with you all? I hope that your weather is good and you are enjoying your weekend.

We have has a lovely few days with temperatures comfortable for me, can't be doing with it baking hot, and great for getting the washing out and dried......gosh I live an exciting life lol.

Anyway, here we are once again showing our makes for the Christmas Card Club Challenge and this time it's Lorraine who has chosen the theme, which is Lots of Layers. Here's what I managed;



 Both my cards are made with LOTV digital images, and this second card also has a LOTV sentiment. Apart from glitter card and coloured card for layers all I've added is glitter and gems. 

I finally got my printer working, not wirelessly though, I had to give up on that as nothing I tried worked, even a WhatsApp chat with an HP person didn't work as her system was down, mind you she couldn't understand my question. So, I ended up with a USB cable and I'm happy with that, not so convenient as I have to take the laptop into my craftroom where the  printer is, but no big deal.

Anyhoo, Lorrain thank you so much for the lovely challenge, and I got to use the lovely Noel image which I had planned for last challenge with the candle theme, I enjoyed the challenge.

I had my results back from my endoscopy test, and thankfully no cancers were found, however, I have something called angiodysplastic lesion in my colon which are blood vessel that bleed into the colon and polyps in my stomach, both could be causing the anemia, so I've to go for more camera tests for them to decide on treatment. I can't bear the thought of having to drink that vile stuff again, but I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet. A real relief though to know there was nothing sinister found.

The Professor has made arrangements for the tests, but hasn't told me when, so I'll have to phone the hospital next week. He also said that he was aware of my diabetes and was impressed with how I managed my blood sugar over the time I was without insulin and food, i must have a gold star somewhere lol.

Thank you all so much for the kind words and encouragement regarding going for the test, and a thank you too for the lovely comments on my coloured page. 

Right it o, that's me for now,  remember to look at what the other team members create, their card are always fabulous, till next time take care of yourselves



Saturday, 21 August 2021

Fairytale Forest!

 Hello Everyone, back at last. Sorry not to have been around over the week, but I'm afraid I just felt completely washed out with this medical procedure, so tired and concerned as I couldn't eat for a couple of days and couldn't take my insulin. I had to drink some awful solutions, totally vile, I really don't want to have to do it again, so I do hope the camera managed to get all the photos it needs inorder to let the consultant see what's going on. 

Anyway, I hope you are all well and that you have good plans for the weekend, if it's just a quiet one your having.

Thank you for your good wishes on my procedure and for the lovely comments on my CCC cards, always so appreciated.

I have a coloured page today;

This lovely picture is from Christine Karron's beautiful book Fairies and Fantasy Grayscale colouring book.


I've coloured the page in mainly Caran d'Ache Luminance pencils. Prismacolours were used to create that firey red hair, and a mixture of Luminance and Derwent Drawing pencils for the trees.

I am so delighted with how this has turned out as I steer away from pictures like this, but I've managed it quite well and has given me confidence to tackle more portrait pictures.


 This is the name plate, I always try to do this page as it's a good way of testing out what pencils suit the paper, but I think this is quite a pretty illustration.

It's a dull day here, don't think there is much prospect for sunshine. I can hardly believe how far along in the year we are, it's another one that is speeding past.

Sorry not to have been visiting your blogs, and it's too far along to catch up, but hopefully I can get around them now.

I'll finish off now and and keep safe and I'll see you soon, 




Sunday, 15 August 2021

Candles for the CCC!

 Hello Everyone, hope you are all having a great weekend and that your weather is good.

We went sailing yesterday, I was invited to go with the guys and it was marvellous, but more about that further down the post.

It's time for another Christmas Card Challenge and this time is our Valery who has chosen cards with candles on them. Now I bought quite a few LOTV digital stamps and had a beautiful one all lined up for this challenge, but couldn't print it out, as my printer isn't going online. I believe this is to do with having a new router and it not recognising the printer, but having spent the best part of the day trying to work out how to fix this I had to give up, so my cards are not quite what I'd planned, but at least I've go something, well two really.



Both images are from Geko Galz and you'll notice that they both have lanterns and I would guess that they have candles in them...a bit of artistic licence lol. I've jazzed them up with gems and Stickles for sparkle, and used some lovely papers and glitter card.

I hope these will do  Valery, and thank you for the lovely challenge, I did enjoy making my cards.

So on to my little sailing trip. We sailed part way down Loch Ness, on Tor's little boat, and stopped off at Drumnadrochit for a wee picnic. Getting on and off the boat was something else for a wee stiff lassie, but I made it with the help of the other crew members;





Alistair, Tor and Derek and a picnic


This beautiful ship is a Baltic Trader and 129 years old, all wood and brass, and belongs to friends of Tor and we were invited on board and what a fiasco that was for me trying to get on, but made it once again, and sailed with them for a bit, and had a couple of glasses of wine too. Then as Alistair had his fiddle and Malcolm the ships owner had his guitar we had a wee musical session,



By this time it was realised that we needed to get back in order to go through the locks before they closed for the night, so Tor's boat was attached to the large one and was towed along, then we had to get back into the smaller boat to go through the locks, here is the Kommandor sailing into berth



I've put the photos around the wrong way, this is beitn towed along the Loch.

I had such a wonderful day and just what I needed, after 18 months staring a four walls, like many folks. Loch Ness is so beautiful, and although not the best of days it was pretty calm and it was so good to be out in the fresh air, meeting new people and being so welcomed on this beautiful ship.  It will keep me going for a good while and it took my mind off the medical procedure I'm having on Wednesday to investigate what's going one with my stomach. I'm not looking forward to it as having diabetes makes things a bit more complicated as I have to stop eating the day before and not take any insulin, so it means monitoring my Blood Glucose very closely. Anyway, I do need to get this sorted.

I'm afraid this is such a long post, so don't feel you have to keep reading, but thank you if you do.

Also thank you for the lovely comments on my last post, I do appreciated them.

Please remember to have a look at what the other team members create, their cards are always fabulous.

That's me for now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and keep yourselves safe, see you soon,



Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Just for You!

 Hello Everyone, I hope all is good with you and that your week is off to a great start.

Our weather here is really up and down, sun one minute, rain the next, but at least not the extreme conditions that some countries are having, for that we have to be grateful.

I have a card I made for a friend who is struggling with her health just now;


I just love this beautiful Woodware stamp and I've coloured with Prismacolor pencils. My lovely friend Mrs. Duck gave me the lovely papers at birthday time and I thought they suited perfectly, finished up with a few coloured pearls.

Well life in the Currie household is very quiet, so no new or wee stories to tell you, but quiet is good. Scotland is now in Zero restrictions, but for Alistair and myself, it makes no change, we will continue wearing our masks, which are still mandatory, for a good while yet, and I'm not ready to go out clubbing yet.....as if lol. So still being very careful. Hope all of you are too.

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



Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Phalanx of Umbrellas!

 Hello there, how are you all doing, well I hope. Gosh we are mid week already, the weeks are just flying past. Have you noticed that it is getting darker earlier now too, soon be dark at 4 o'clock lol. Anyway, I hope your week is going well.

Alistair is away sailing with a couple of friends, so it's just Teallach and me for a couple of days, nice and quiet and I've control of the TV gizmo.

Thank you everyone who manages to visit and for the lovely comments you leave, all appreciated .

I have a coloured page today;


This Phalanx of umbrellas.....yes that's the collective noun for the, or one of them, the other is Spawn, but I preferred phalanx. So, I've coloured them with FC Polychromos pencils, DI with a cloud stencil in the background and of course Stickles for sparkle. I was really pleased with how this page turned out.

Here is the lovely book it's from, and loosely translated is, my lovely Spring Walk.

Well, that's me for now folks, away to zap my mushroom soup which will do me for my tea with some crusty bread. Enjoy your evening and see you soon, keep safe,



 

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Two Patterned Papers for the CCC!

 Hello to Everyone, I hope all is well with you and you're enjoying the weekend. 

Not raining, not boiling hot sunshine so I've got a bit done in the garden and Alistair is cutting the grass, or to be more accurate the moss and dandelions. 

Anyhoo, it's once again time for the Christmas Card Club girls to show their latest challenge cards and this time it was Grandmargaret's choice which was to use two patterned papers. I have to say this did challenge  me as I don't really use papers now, hate all the measuring and matching papers, but I managed three, 




All the images and the sentiment are from Crafty Individuals and coloured with Caran d'Ache Luminance coloured pencils, lots of glitter and gems. The sentiment card uses papers from Crafty Individuals too, I added a little bow and a charm. I can't remember when I last used charms or bows if it comes to that.

Thank you Margaret for the challenge, I hope these will do.

Now I must get round to visiting your blogs, I've just not managed to keep up with the commenting in that last few days.

Thank you all so much for your visits and lovely comments, I do appreciated the time you take to do this.

That's me for now, take care of yourselves and enjoy the rest of your weekend,


 

Monday, 26 July 2021

Off to Sea in a Blue Boat!

Hello Friends and Visitors, I hope you are well and that you all had a good weekend. We had a quiet one, though we did go for a drive through to Nairn, but it was so busy, we decided to go with plan B and shop in Sainsbury. That wasn't a great experience either, quite a few empty shelves. So bought what I could then drove home. The highlight of the drive was spying a field of alpacas, but we couldn't stop as they were quite far in and we would probably be trespassing. I do love these animals, they are so sweet, and their fleece makes for even warmer knitted garments than sheep yarn.

Our boiling heat and blazing sunshine has disappeared somewhat, thankfully, and I think we has some rain through the night. What a sad state this planet is in with all the extreme weather some countries are experiencing, my heart goes out to all the peoples suffering either from the floods or the fires, not just people either, all the poor animals that are loosing their lives too is just so awful. I really hope humanity can do something about it, or there's going to be no planet left.

With that less than cheery note, here is today's coloured picture;


 



Another of Johanna Basford's books, this is the first page I've done in it and used mainly Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils, my background was made with DI, still learning how to blend them well. As usual I added Stickles for some sparkle. On the whole I'm pretty pleased with it.
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my previous card.
That's me for now, keep safe and I'll see you soon,