Thursday, 26 May 2016

Lilac Birthday !

Good Morning....just, I hope you are all well and that your day is going well.
Thank you for the lovely comments on my last card and box of course, I do appreciate each comment and the time it takes to visit my blog. Let's face it time is so valuable, not to mention precious.

I had a lovely time wit Hazel and Patricia at the Sheena Douglass demo on Tuesday, it's brilliant to see her in action, and she is an absolute hoot with all her anecdotes. Sheena was demonstrating new foil products which will be coming out soon, and they looked amazing.  I'm afraid I didn't take photos to show you, it was all pretty busy and noisy and I found it difficult to hear and concentrate on what Sheena was doing, nevertheless I enjoyed the day.
Boy was it long or was it long!! I spent yesterday recovering and lack of sleep isn't the main concern of a really early start, it also plays havoc with my insulin injections and eating pattern and takes a day or two to get back to normal, whatever normal is.

So on to my card for today;
This is the card I made for Amanda from myself and Alistair.
The background card is pale lilac, not showing up too well, and the card is made using one of the new Papermania emboss and cut folders. You can just make out the pretty lady embossed in the corner, and the little cutout butterflies, which I put silver card behind. The sentiment is Papermania too, a bow, a few gems and blooms and job completed.
Amanda sent a message to say she loved it as she did with the one I made for her mum and dad to give her. 

I'm so disappointed in our weather as it's taken a turn to lower temps, and heating is back on.
The other disappointing thing is that the car failed it's MOT and is at this moment in the car hospital, and I believe the bill will be around £300+, and the tax is due too. Oh joy!!  Still that's life if you want a car and it's only just now that it is costing money, it is 7 years old, mind you it's the labour that costs the most.

That's all from me just now, hoping to get around your lovely blogs as the day goes on.
Take care and see you soon,

Monday, 23 May 2016

Excitement and an Elegant Birthday!

Hello Everyone, I hope you've had a great day whatever you've been doing. It's been a lovely warm sunny day here, Alistair was away coast steering today, the first time this year, and had a brilliant time. I got on with bits and pieces around the house and went to get my eyes checked, new glasses needed I'm afraid. I find it difficult to do close up work now, so new specs for that.

I saw this funny little photo and it's just how I feel about tomorrow;
Now I don't have a sister, it's just the little girl's face and obvious excitement that I love, but I am feeling excited as I am travelling down to a demo by Sheena Douglass. I've been invited by Patricia and Hazel, of Summerhouse crafts and Basket of Joy fame.
Sheena is demonstrating at Hazel's local craft store, not sure where that is but I'm up and on the 6:50 am bus to get to Perth where Patricia will pick me up. 
Now Sheena Douglass is one of my stamping heroines, I love her work so I am looking forward to the day.  I have to say thanks to the lovely Jules as she has this photo on her blog page and I pinched a copy!!

I have a card I made for my friend Dale to give to her daughter for a landmark birthday at the weekend  just past, some of you know Amanda of Heffalumps and Flutterbies;
I thought this wonderful Stamping Bella Uptown Girls image was just perfect for a very elegant and beautiful woman. I always thought that Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of elegance I also made a box;
All the papers were from Making Cards Magazine a while back, and I thought they were just the ticket as I was looking for something sort of French.  Word back was that Amanda loved it.

Well that's me for now, off to get organised for my early start, enjoy your evening, oh and thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, kind as ever,

Iwould like to enter my card in to the following challenge;

Friday, 20 May 2016

Christmas Robins for Friday Oldie!

Good Day to your All, another Friday arrives, where did the week go to!!

I hope you are all well and getting ready for a lovely weekend. We have no plans as such yet, but I'm sure whatever we do will be good.

Had a busy morning houseworking, I'm whacked now, but no need to see Milo today as Damian is working from home, a bit of a break.

Thank you so much for your kind comments on yesterday's card and about our friend, I'm sure he feels the positive thoughts and that is one thing he is, is positive.

So today it's all about sharing an Oldie with Erika and you can find her here .

You can share anything that is handmade, it doesn't have to be a card, and it's just for fun, here is what I've unearthed;
A poor photo, and I can't remember for the life of me what the image is. I know I have quite a few LC robin images, but I don't know if this is one of them, it kinda looks like a recycled image.  Anyway, that's my offering.

Do join in with us, there quite a few of us now and it's always good to see different stles and how you've changed over the time you've been crafting.

Off to link up with Erika, then down to look at the Swan family.
Have a great day and see you soon,

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Stars are Like Friends!

Good Evening Everyone, I hope all is well with you and that you have enjoyed your day, or if not I hope tomorrow will be better. As Scarlett O'Hara said "tomorrow is another day".

Rain, dull, and cold up here, really dreich weather for May, but hey ho it is Scotland after all.

Not much news from me today, had a play and a very unsuccessful walk with the pup as someone with a very noisy petrol mower switched it on and poor Milo freaked out. We were far enough away, but he refused to walk, just sat down and wouldn't budged but whined. So walk abandoned, not point in stressing out the wee guy.

I have a card I made for our friend who has cancer, he has gone through very intensive treatment for five weeks, so it's now wait and see. He was however in hospital last week as his throat was badly burned and he couldn't swallow, so had to be fed by drip.  He has been a guinea pig for these trials, so the oncologist at med team don't really know what to expect by way of side effects. He is a very brave man, and we are all hoping he comes through it all.
An Inkylicious verse, chosen because at the moment he doesn't want any visitors, as he would want to talk, but he can't, so I thought this verse was so appropriate.  Memento Inks applied with Ink Dusters and matted on to black card. Very simple card, the verse is the important part.

Now Pamellia asked for a phot of Milo, I have put one on my side bar, he is 7 weeks old in it, here are two I managed to snap today, not easy as he doesn't stay still for long;
He is fairly getting big and not so easy to lift and hold him now, he is 11 weeks old now and I think he is going to be a big dog.

That's me for now, a little bit of time in my craft room I think before Peaky Blinder starts.
Take care and see you soon,

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Poppies For You!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and are having a nicer day than we are in Inverness, it's been chucking it down all day, through the night too, I know cos I was awake most of it.  However, it's just weather, things could be much worse when you think of  some of the awful days some people waken up to, especially those hit with war and disasters.

I met up with my friend Karen whom I used to work with and it was lovely to catch up with all her news, I've not seen her since last year, so it was non stop talking.

Damian was working from home so I wasn't needed for Milo, who is getting a big boy now at 11 weeks and going out for walks with his new red leash, he thinks he's quite the thing.

Alistair is away in the hills, can't keep a good Action Man down.

Here is my care for sharing today;
 I wanted just a little wee card,and this image from Little Claire was just perfect, coloured with SN pens, background inked up with Memento inks on Inkylicious Satin Card. SB frame, and a little butterfly gem.

Do you remember the Swan family nesting in the lake at our uni campus, well we have been keeping an eye on them, and here is what we saw the other day;
 Mum and eight babies, they must have been born, or I sould say hatched the day before
 and here is dad joining them.  The Cob has been so protective of the mother swan, always by her side right throughout the nesting time. I hope all the little ones survive, there are loads of nasty seagulls around this area.

That is all from me just now, except to say thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are all very kind and I do appreciate your visits,

Take care of yourselves

Monday, 16 May 2016

Just a Note! CB Colour Challenge 22!

Hello Everyone, it's lovely to see you here and I hope you will leave a comment and I can go and visit you.

A big thank you to all my lovely followers who left such kind comments on my last cards for the CCC.  I'm getting a fair pile of Christmas cards now, but of course there will always be one for someone needed at the last minute and having to rush to get it made.

Anyway, it's not a Christmas card today, but a lovely Spring like one for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 22;

And here are the colours to follow;
Fabulous colours and I just saw daffodils when I first saw them.

I used the lovely Daffodil Script from CB and coloured it with the gorgeous Gansai Tambi Starry Colours Watercolour paints, and also colours from the original colour pallet.  My background is the same watercolours swooshed on to Yupo Paper and some orange card. Sentiment from CB McIntosh Sentiments and butterfly flourish from Signature Dies. Finished off with a few gems.

I would like to enter this card into;

Well we didn't have the weather with us yesterday although it started out well in Inverness, but it was really chilly and showery in Ullapool. The boats weren't sailing till today, and I doubt we would have gone anyway as the price was £35 each. Thought that was just too pricey.  So what to do?? So we went for a run further along the coast, that took us up until after lunch time, came back to Ullapool and had wonderful fish and chips siting at the harbour, oh but they were tasty, the seagulls eyed us, but we just ignored them.  It wasn't a wasted day in the end and it meant I didn't have to cook in the evening.  And just to top it all I spied four Red Kites, and a Buzzard, and a huge seal playing in the harbour, then following a fishing boat out.

I'm away behind with commenting, so please forgive me, I will try and catch up.

That's me for now, enjoy your evening and see you soon,

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Snowy Trees for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello Everyone, I hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying it all.
It's time again for our fortnightly share from the Christmas Card Club Ladies, where did the last two weeks go. I almost forgot about getting my card ready as I had been concentrating on this wedding card, but remembered in time in order to make two.  It was our lovely Christine's choice this time around, here is what I came up with;
Now there is bucket loads of Stardust on the trees and the snowy hills but it doesn't show up too well.
I used Die'sire Tree Dies and Inkylicilious Deer stamps and also their Mountains and Valleys stencil. DI for the background

Next card;
Dark blue card embossed with an Embossalicious Folder, Die'sire Village die, lots of Stardust and white pen for snow. The sentiment is from a stamp set free from Creative Stamping the other year.  

I'm going to schedule this post to go live tomorrow, we are hoping that if it's a good day with weather we will go to Ullapool and have a sail.

Our concert today was really good and really quite well attended. That is the Choral on holiday now until mid August, which is good too as it's nice to have a bit of a rest.

The town was so busy today with the Vintage and Classic Car show, lots of tourists and for once the weather held for it. Some fabulous cars on show, and towards the end the cars drove through the town centre with our Pipe Band to help them on their way. I did take some photos, which if they are  any good I will put them up. I did take a video on my phone but no idea how to put that on.

Do have a visit to the other CCC member's blogs, there will be fabulous creations to see, till next time, take care and enjoy the weekend,