Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Lots of Embellishments for CCAYR October Challenge!

Hello Crafty Friends, I hope all is well with you, and that your week has got off to a good start. Hasn't the weather been brilliant, we have had such lovely days, hoping that wherever you are it's been like too.

So it's the start of October, gosh where did Semptember go to! anyway, it's time for another challenge at;    and this month we are looking for cards with lots of embellishments on them, flowers, bows, gems you know the kind of thing, here is my card;
I've used a Tattered Lace die for the main focus and made it from silver card with red mirri card shadowing it.
TL Embossing Folder, it's got little reindeer on it, edged with Festive Berries DI
Red Mirri card
Red Seam Binding and Silver Cord from The Ribbon Girl
Flowers and gems from my box

Do pop in to CCAYR Blog and have a look at what my team mates have created, sure to be lots of inspiration from the very talented team

I hope you will play along , see you soon,

Monday, 29 September 2014

DIY Dad! and Candy Winner!

Good Afternoon to Everyone, I hope all is well with you, but here are some ((((Hugs)))) for those of you who are finding life sad and difficult just now.

We have a lovely day of sunshine here in Inverness, and really quite warm, I've a load of washing out so here's hoping it will dry.

Today is the day I am going to try and learn to crochet, there must be a you tube tutorial, there is for everything else.  It's just popped into my mind that I've forgotten to take a photo of the socks I was knitting for Kerr's mum and I wrapped them up and sent them off this morning, oh I'm so annoyed with myself, Oh well, you'll just have to take my word for it that they were lovely, just plain but with a lovely sage green and aubergine self stripping yarn, which gives a random pattern.

Well I have to tell you that Karen loved her card and she had a terrific day of Graduation celebrations

Now at this point I will reveal the winner of my Anniversary Candy, and to say thank you for all your good wishes and for joining in with me to celebrated.  Only one winner, I would love to give you all something, but....... it's you Kate Wylie from
Alistair pulled your number out of the hat this morning, so Congrats to You Kate!!  If you would get in touch  with me by email I will send the info in order to get the voucher from Chocolate Baroque.

I have a card for you today which was requested  by Karen for her dad's 60th Birthday and he is a bit of a DIY guy;
I must day that this chap in the image is rather a young looking 60 year old.
Do you know I can't remember for the life of me where this digi image comes from, it could be Just Inklined, anyway it's coloured with Prismacolour pencils.
Limited Edition paper and Tim Holtz Brick embossing folder on grey card
Hessian from The Ribbon Girl
Tools embellishments from Hobby Craft
Peel Off Sentiment and Numbers
Kraft Basic Card

So that is me for today, I've a couple of days to myself as Alistair and his friend Bill are off on an other adventure, honestly the pair of them have just never grown up.

See you soon and have a good day,

Saturday, 27 September 2014


Good Evening Crafty Friends and Visitors, trust you are all gearing up for a good weekend.  I'm working tomorrow but then off for a few days.  I'm having a wee crafting group tomorrow making Christmas decorations, not sure how many will show up, but it will be fun.

Our clients are reeling a bit just now as Eileen has announced that she is leaving soon, some of them are taking it quite hard.  They feel quite uncertain about the project's future, mind you so do the staff, and we can't tell them anything, anyway we support as best we can.

My card today is one I've made for my friend Karen who has her Graduation Ceremony tomorrow, and I thought I would do something a little different for me;

Sorry about the amount of photos, but it was quite difficult to photograph it to it's best advantage.

It's a very simple design that I got on Youtube, but boy did it take me ages to do, I had great difficulty in following both written instructions and the photos on the tutorial.  I'm pants at measurements and at one point I thought I was going to have to ask Alistair to help with his engineering mind, than all of a sudden I had the light bulb moment and it all clicked in.

I've used red and black card
Sentiment and scroll from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps
Creative Expressions Dazzler
Papermania black gems
SB die shape for the Sentiment
Tassel made from Dovecraft twine
I'm really quite pleased with it, I hope Karen enjoy it and have a wonderful day.

Now my lovely supportive followers remember to drop by and make a comment to be in for the candy win.  So that most people get a chance to visit, I'll close it on Sunday mid night, and let you know who has won on Monday.

So it just remains for me to thank you all for your lovely comments on my "Oldie" post, and for all the support and encouragement  over the last two years, I so appreciate your time  and kindness cos with out it this blogging lark would be pointless.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Two Oldies for Friday!

Hello to You All,  and hoping you are all well, but sending out positive thoughts to those of you are struggling at the moment, I hope it won't be long until things are OK for you.
Isn't it wonderful news that Rachel's husband Shaun is finally awake, lets hope he goes from strength to strength.

Now, I'm here today to join in with Erika of
and a few other Blogging Friends for An Oldie For Friday.

Let me introduce Captain and Mrs. Alistair Currie, lately back from South Africa and the Zulu Wars.
Oh how the imagination takes over!   We had visited Beemish Museum and decided to have our photo taken and Alistair was just desperate to wear the soldier outfit, especially as he loves the film Zulu and reads quite a bit of history about the Wars.  It wasn't till I saw the photo that I realised that no Victorian lady would have worn her hair down, should have whipped up under the hat.  It was great fun getting dressed up, and we have the large framed photo on our wall  Hope your amused by it.

Why don't you join in, it can be anything you've made at an earlier stage in your crafting life, doesn't have to be a card, in this case it's just two "Oldies" having a bit of fun.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Under the Sea!

Hello My Crafty Friends, here we are at the beginning of another week, I hope you all had a good weekend whatever you had planned.

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you've made on my CCC card, I have to say I loved everyone that had been made, it was a super Challenge, so thanks for that Christine.

I have managed to get some crafting done today, in between housework of course, and it's been a super day for getting washing done and out.  It's now the ironing, but that's for another day.

I've got Choral practise tonight, lots of high notes to reach, some of which I don't make, top As for goodness sake, just as well some of the sopranos can reach them.  It's a lovely piece of music though, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and our concert is in November.

So on to my card, I decided to make one to enter into;
I've used images from The Mermaid Queen Set, and tried to keep to the challenge colours, but introduced blue as we were under the sea.
Prismacolour Pencils and DI
Mesh, Ribbon and seahorse charm from The Ribbon Girl
Hobby House Pearls
Pion Papers
Star Dust and Liquid Pearls.

I must take blending lessons though, I never get it just right, but I'm pleased with it all the same.

Right I'm away now to get the dinner seen to, see you all soon.
I would like to enter my card into the ;

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Winter Wonderland for the Christmas Card Club!

Good Evening one and All, has it been been a good Saturday for you, hope so.   They go all too quickly don't they.  We have had a mixture of weather, warm and sunny then showers and quite dull at times, as it didn't know what to do for the best.

There are quite a few of our blogging friends who are experiencing difficult time through illness, either themselves or their loved ones, so just want to send out (((((Hugs))))) and positive thoughts to you all for a good recovery.

Thank to all who commented on my "Oldie" yesterday, very kind of you.

I'm scheduling this card for tomorrow morning when the cards from the CCC go live.

A rather alternative Winter Wonderland as it's quite pink and lilac.  The paper and image are freebies from a Making Cards Magazine, cut with Xcut scalloped circles and matted on to Bazill white Swiss Dot Card, Lace from Hobby Craft.
Silver Card Candy and Star Dust on the snowy parts
Sentiment from Creative Stamping magazine, free stamp
Embossialious Embossing folder
Snowy Acetate
The Ribbon Girl Silver Twine and Bell Charm
Snow Pearls from my stash

This weeks theme was chosen by Christine of
and what a fabulous challenge it is.
The other members of the club will be along to show their creations too.

We really enjoyed our concert last night, we had a mixture of Wagner, Schoenberg, and Mahler, and two fantastic soloists sing the Mahler pieces, a lovely way to spend an evening.

I'll say Good Night now as Alistair has made a cuppa and I think I see a wee bit of chocolate, yummmmmm.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Snowflake, an "Oldie for Friday"!

Good Morning to You All,  I hope you and yours are well, but thoughts for speedy recoveries going out to those who are going through difficult times just now.

We are a bit of a sad household this morning, the referendum vote didn't go our way, but onward and upward as they say and hopefully there will be another opportunity in my lifetime.  However, on the bright side, we know we can waken up in the morning and know we can face another day without being hit by bombs, suffer starvation and killer viruses unlike some people, and that puts it all very much in perspective.

So it's Friday and time for my "Oldie",
This card was inspired by Erika of
Who incidentally began the Oldie for Friday post.  Erika was a demonstrator for Personal Expressions a wee while back and came along to our local craft shop to demonstrate and she make this sort of card.
I was so impressed by it, it wanted to have a go.  As you can see it's focal point is a SB Snowflake.

It wasn't as good as Erika's, but it was early on in my career with dies.

Do join us in these posts, it's great looking back at our earlier creations.

Heading into another weekend, and off work for five days, yippee!  Off to a concert tonight, which we will certainly enjoy, a bite to eat before that and maybe a wee glass of wine in the interval.  Gosh Alistair and I really live at the wire.  Not that much else planned, but I'm sure something will turn up.

Thank you all for your fab comments on my last card, your very kind, and about the state of play at my work, don't worry, I don't get stressed these days, thankfully, it's only a job and taking care of my well being is more important.