Sunday, 28 May 2017

Mistletoe and Wine for CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend. Has your weather broken as ours has? From glorious sunshine and heat to rain and cloudy and a drop in temp, oh well the gardens needed the rain.

I've been away on holiday in Madeira, and loved every bit of it, what a wonderful island, I would highly recommend a holiday there if you ever get the chance.  Been back a week but, it's taken ages to get back into some sort of stride, and Alistair was way again the day after on a sail down Loch Ness and guiding two chaps from Ireland walking the Great Glen Way. His brother Jim had been in hospital whilst we were out the country with an awful sounding virus, so I have hardly had time to turn around. Hopefully things will calm down a bit now.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post which was a CCC one too.
So here we are once again and this time it was our lovely Rita's choice of theme and she wanted Mistletoe and Wine.  Well, I really didn't know what to do, you really set a challenge Rita, and to be honest, I felt nothing like creating any kind of card, my creative juices seem to have been mislaid whilst on holiday. I raked amongst my stamps and here is what I've come up with;
Is Mistletoe and Wine a song?? Anyway it's a CB stamp and the wine glass is a Honey Doo stamp set I bought last year, the bunches of grapes are also in the set, I've used the fabulous TH die in the corner and some Papermania paper in the background. Sentiment made on the computer, added loads of sparkle and Just Pearls. Oh and all coloured with SN Colourblend pencils.

I hope you like it Rita, I don't like to miss a challenge if I can help it, but I felt I was perhaps this might have been the one, glad it wasn't. Thanks Rita for the challenge.

I do have photos from our holiday, but that will be another post, I'll just finish with this photo of Teallach looking so relaxed cos his people are home.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday, take care,

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Two Christmas Carols for CCC!

Hello Everyone, hoping you are all well when this post goes live as I will be enjoying myself on holiday. I am scheduling this post so hope it all goes according to plan.

Time once again for the Christmas Card Club ladies to share their lovely cards and this time Christine has chosen  cards based on a Christmas Carol as the theme. Here are mine;
My first card used a lovely image from Little Claire and I think you can guess what Carol it is, yes it's Away in a Manger, coloured with Faber-Castle Pastel pencils. the background is CE Black Graphite card embossed with a musical score from SB and CE Gilding Polish. Memory box star above the cradle.
Number two card is yet again a stamp from Little Claire and it's I Saw Three Ships. I've stamped behind the round aperture in the card base and coloured with DI and Derwent Inkintense Pencils. Added some birds from Inkylicious and on the front added this lovely die from Memory Box, lots of sparkle too.

I enjoyed this Challenge Christine as I got to find a stamp that I hadn't used before which was the first one, I hope I've done your Challenge proud.

Pleased visit the other ladies and see what they have made, there is always wonderful cards to see.

Take care of yourselves and see you all soon, 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Pretty Bird Cage!

Hello Blogging Friends and Visitors, I hope all is well with you, but sending kind thoughts that you will feel better soon.
Another lovely day here, perhaps a little cooler and a bit more breeze, but very pleasant.
I was at the hairdresser this morning, my hair really needed a trim, it's fairly grown over the months and wanted it tidied up for the holidays, then into town to pick up my medications and some last minute holiday necessities.  We are off to Madeira next week, it's amazing how all of a sudden it's almost upon us.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my last post, and Ang (Mrs.Duck) not I've not gone short, hair was in a French Braid, it was a style I used when my hair was really, really long a number of years ago.

Right now today's card and my second one for the CB Colour Challenge;
Using the beautiful Pretty Bird Cage stamp from Chocolate Baroque I coloured it up with Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolour Paints, I've kept a pretty simple design as I wanted the image to be the focal point of the card, I mounted the image on a teal card and used Derwent Inkintense pencils to make the strip of colours on the card, added a dragonfly gem. sequins and some gold pen to the centre of the flowers. The sentiment is from the same set of stamps.
I've had quite a break from Rowan and Milo, but going over to be with them today, I really miss them but Damian has been working from home quite a bit and of course there was the Bank holiday.  It being a lovely day we might get out in what's left of the garden.

Have a lovely day yourselves and see you soon,

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Not So Ugly Bug Ball!

Hello Everyone, did you all enjoy the Bank Holiday?? I hope so and that your weather was as good as ours here in the North of Scotland.  Today is lovely too and seems like the week is to be good. 

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my Christmas cards, it is very kind of you.
Getting a fair old amount in the Christmas box now and it does really make all the difference when December arrives. If anyone wants to join us just get in touch and I can steer you in the right direction.

Well the Great Adventurer arrived back yesterday having had a marvellous time and all sunburned, so the rain dances didn't work.  What was hilarious though was that Alistair and his friend Jack, as they came through the door both asked how the concert went, before any hellos or Honey I'm home was uttered.  I think, there was some discussion in the tepee about my annoyance and  that it would be a good thing when arriving home to make sure it was the first thing that was asked. I could hardly keep a straight face. Men they really haven't a clue. I think Jack was roped into it in case Alistair forgot, lol.

Anyway, the concert was brilliant, all went well and the hard work of the months paid off. The soloists were marvellous, especially the Soprano who's voice was so clear and boy could she reach the high notes. Here is a couple of photos taken at the rehearsal in the afternoon;
A small selection of the first and second Sopranos, I'm just behind the lady with the white hair,
This is the full choir, orchestra and soloists sitting in front. We are a very big choir, around 140 now, when I joined away back in 2004 there were only 80.

So that's us done and dusted until we resume in August, so we have a lovely long break.

Here is my card and it's one I just loved putting together;
I just love these little bug stamps from Card-io, aren't they just so cute. The tortoises decided to have a Bug Ball and invited all their friends, even the birds which was a risky thing to do, but I guess they all got along.  The stamps are a mixture of Card-io, Inkylious, and freebies from Creative Magazines, I think they all work together.  Versa colour inks for the background and a bit of sparkle.

a wee bit more close up.  I hope you like it, it's not for anyone or any particular occasion, it just tickled me to make it.

That's me for now, have s great day and I'll see you soon,

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Nativity for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello to You All, I hope you are all well and keeping cosy in this downturn of cooler weather. Our weather has been a shocker.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last project, you are all so kind and I do appreciate the time you take to visit.

Well it's time once again for the Christmas Card Club girls to share their cards and this time around  the theme has been chosen by our lovely Mary  and she would like to see the Nativity, so here is what I've come up with;
I've used an old image found in my stash from Hunkydory and added a piece of musical score behind it. I also added a shooting star from Britannia Dies.
For my second card I've used this rather lovely silhouette image from Little Claire, heat embossed, and although not showing up well the background is made with DI, meant to be a dark sky. The mirri card knocks the photo all off, I've added plenty of sparkle too.

I hope these will be okay Mary, thanks you for the image, this particular one is alway a challenge for me, takes me out of my comfort zone.

Scheduling this for Sunday when I hope you will also visit the other girls on the team as I know their cards will be fabulous.

Signing off for now and see you soon,

Thursday, 27 April 2017

New Home!

Hello Everyone, just popping in to show a New Home card made for a friend and to say thank you so much for the lovely comments on my last card... which was a tag. 

My friend Patricia is an author and she is at the moment in the process of finishing off the third book of her trilogy.  Her stories take place in the Cafe Paradise, which is based in the lovely city of York, and it's all about the characters who, own, work and visit this tea room. I've both her two books and eagerly awaiting her latest one.  There's even two characters in the stories called Kate and Alistair. 
You would be able to find her books on Amazon Kindle, and her name is Patricia Comb, anyhow she and her husband Peter have been on the move again, hence the card,
I don't have much in my stash to make a new home card, but found this castle, which I've given a colour wash with DI after having heat embossed in black. I'm not sure who the EF belongs to , I think it was a freebie, but I thought the brick wall went well with the image, added a Tim Holtz die behind it and mated it all on to CE black graphite card, the sentiment goes along with the image, and it's very apt as they are a very happy couple who have load of laughs. A few gems and job done.

Off now to get a coffee and settle down to a bit of telly, have a good evening and see you soon,

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


Hello from the Wintry North!! My goodness has our weather turned pants or what, it's freezing and snowing, not lying thankfully on lower ground, but our mountains have a fair flourish to them. Of course that means the woollies are back and the heating is on.  Are you having much of the same?? I believe this is what is called the Lambing Snow, poor little creatures having to be out in this.

Apart from all the poor weather I hope you are well, but sending kind thoughts that you will feel better soon.
Thanks you all so much for your lovely comments on my Poppy card, I really appreciate each and every one of them.

We had our last rehearsal last night at the choral, it's our big concert on Saturday, and it went very well, I certainly feel more confident than I did a couple of weeks ago, pieces are wonderful, Bach's  Magnificat and Haydn Paukenmesse... Mass In Time Of War.  The Haydn is new to me but have sung Magnificat once before, and it's just as challenging as the first time which was 14 years ago.  Still it will be a fabulous concert, so looking forward to that, even though Alistair will miss it as he will be on his canoe weekend.... I've been racking up the Rain Dances, those who follow me  regularly will know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, enough of all that nonsense, I've a little something that I'm entering the CB colour challenge,
A tag, never really do these unless it's for Christmas, and indeed this is from the Gift of Christmas stamp set. There is a star on top of the image which I've not stamped to make it an anytime pyramid of gifts. I used DI on Silk Art Card which was fine for that part, but I then used Derwent Inkintense pencils and they didn't do so well on this particular card, but I've gone over some of the image with Sakura Gel pens. which also gives some sparkle. Added some ribbon which my lovely friend Ang (Mrs. Duck) gave me a while back and job done.  Here is the colour swatch for the challenge;

I've tried to interpret the colours, don't think I've done too badly.

That's me for today, I hope you are enjoying your day whatever your are well I'm off to see Milo and Rowan in a wee while, I wonder what we'll get up to today.
Take care everyone and see you soon,
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