Monday, 28 November 2016

Wintry Globe!

Hello Crafting Friends and Visitors, start of another week, I hope everyone had a good weekend, we had a quiet one. 
Is everyone well, hope that you are but sending kind thoughts to those who are struggling a bit just now.

Well, I'm getting ready to go down and visit with my dear friend Dale tomorrow, really looking forward to it, just going myself, Alistair is staying to look after Teallach, actually he felt he couldn't face another long bus journey after our trip to Glasgow. Dale and Stewart are off to New Zealand in a couple of weeks to spend a few months with their son and family, so I felt I wanted to see her, especially also as he sister has just died and she s awfully sad as you can imagine.

Getting the house prepared, making sure there is food for both my boys has taken time. As Alistair doesn't know how to work the washing machine I've had to catch up with the washing too. I don't do meals, he is capable of cooking thank goodness. I just hope he get on OK minding Teallach, he isn't finely tuned to him as I am.

Milo too is going to have to do without me , I think Damian is going to work a bit more from home. But get this, our chewing boy has been to a doggy nursery. They have found somewhere locally that you can take your dog where he has loads of company of humans as well as other dogs. They took him along at the weekend and Milo was assessed to see if he got along well with other dogs and he was fine. Lots of space to play inside with loads of toys, activity things and a big yard outside for them to play. climb n objects and goodness knows what else. Milo loved it, got along fine with the dogs who were there and came back home whacked. I've never heard the like of it, but if it helps well and good. obviously it costs, didn't ask how much, but it must be cheaper than having to replace furniture and carpets. So I think he will be going there sometimes. Whatever next??

So for my share today I've decorated up one of the fabulous Imagination Crafts MDF Globes I bought whilst at the Glasgow show;

When I saw the globes, there are a few of them, on Hochanda a few months ago I thought I just have to get some, so I did. I wanted to make one for Damian and Moreen and this is it. I've not used all of the elements that come with this set, but I've made a wintry background scene with DI and used an IC tree stencil, Inkylicious sun/moon stencil, Creative Expressions glitter.  The Deer are part of the globe and the have been painted with Starlights and Sparkle Medium, The frame of the globe has been painted with Silver Starlight and Diamond Sparkle Medium just where the deer are standing to give the impression of snow. I've made snowflakes using various makes of dies and added sequins to the sky.  I also added little lights, again seeing this done by Lisa on the show. It all took a wee bit of time to make but I think it is worth it and hope that Damian and Moreen will like it, hope you do too.
I have one to make for myself, but that all depends how I get on with the Christmas knitting.

That's me done for today, I might not be able to get around to visit whilst I'm away so forgive my lack of commenting. 
Thank you for all the lovely comments on my CCC cards, you are all so kind. but for now,

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Trees and Mixed Media for the Christmas Card Club!

Well Hello Everyone, here we are again to share our makes from the Christmas Card Club, a very fast fortnight. Since then of course Blogger has made changes to it's dashboard system, real pain in the ass. Now I thought I was doing well with it, not liking it, but I thought I'd managed to suss it out, until I looked for the CCC button on my dashboard which would take me on to that page.....gone....eek!!  Now I am understanding what the girls who are on blog DT are talking about.

Fortunately, I got help from Christine and Margaret both from the CCC, just how they managed to know what to do is a mystery to me, so a BIG THANK YOU for your help.

So this time around it's Mary's turn to choose a theme and she would like to see Trees and mixed media, here is what I've come up with;
The colours are much brighter in real life, and I've completely forgotten whose stamps I've used, sorry, the branches are freebies from Creative Stamping mag.
Imagination Crafts Art stamps and Starlight Paints, and finally;
Chocolate Baroque large Trees stamp which was one of their AYOS stamps the other year, lots of sparkle, inked up sky with Memento and Ink Dusters and a few sequins.
I hope these do Mary, I enjoyed the challenge, and I do love trees.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my Oldie yesterday, you are all so kind and encouraging.
Scheduling this post for going live tomorrow, so till the next time take care and I hope you all have a smashing weekend,

Friday, 25 November 2016

Twas the Night for Friday Oldie!

Hello Everyone, hoping all is well with you and that you've been having a good day.
Another cold, bitter really, but sunny. I didn't wrap up enough when I went into town, so I didn't waste anytime, business done and back home.

Thank you for your kind comments on my last card and the photographs. It's always appreciated as I know everyone has a bus life.

I was delighted to be a Top Three Winner in the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge, I don't do many challenges but always try to make a card for this one. Thought I would just boast a bit lol😊

I had the most sleepless night last night, I kept wakening up from 12.30, so by 4.30 I decided to get up and try and finish one of the socks I'm knitting for Damian.  Teallach was sound asleep on his cushion when I went downstairs and decided that he was staying on his cushion so just ignored me.
Anyway got the sock finished, but what a phaff as I was struggling to understand the pattern. It's the first time I've made socks on a circular needle, I always use 4 needles and trying to do the decreasing  was really awkward, I had to eventually return to the 4 needles. In the circular needle's favour, I thought it made a a neater leg.  However, one sock done and another started, so he should have them for Christmas, at least that's the plan.

I'm scheduling this post for tomorrow joining Erika of Snappy Crafts in a Friday Oldie share, and you can find Erika here.

This is just a fun thing where we share something handmade from an earlier time in our crafting journey. It can be anything not just a card. there are quire a few of us joining Erika now and it's interesting to see how our crafting styles have changed, here is what I've found to share;
Well you can tell I'm an animal lover, I just think this image is adorable. It's all from a CD and I've added some embellishments. Can't for the life of me remember what CD it is. 

So that's me for now, it will be an early night and hopefully a decent sleep. Take care of yourselves,

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Pot of Poinsettias and Rehersal Photos!

Good Morning to Everyone, has your Blogger Dashboard changed? Mine has and blogger is back to the robot thingy. I was all over the place looking for the icon for new post, well obviously I found it but I wish blogger wouldn't tinker with blogger.

Anyway, I hope you are all well, and keeping dry and cosy. You folks down there in Englandshire are having awful weather, we in the Highlands are doing OK, very cold but sunny today.
Needless to say my Adventurer is off to the hills, he's so pleased to have his chum Derek back who has been away in China for the last 3 months, so they are off out to play.

A big Hello and Welcome to Shaz who is my new Follower and also now one of our CCC members, I hope you will manage to pop in when you can Shaz and thanks for clicking the follow button.

Thanks also to all who commented on my last project, busy now looking for small doggie treats to put into the drawers.
Thanks to for your good wishes for our concert, it went brilliantly, the soloists were wonderful and we were wonderfuller lol. The audience seemed to receive the music well, although Alistair admitted to dozing off in the first part, but some of the pieces are very repetitive, especially the amens, 8 pages of amens is really too much for anyone regardless of how well sung. He loved the second half where the music was a bit lighter and the soloists sang their own music and the Bass was superb with the famous aria from the Marriage of Figaro.
Here are a couple of photos from our rehearsal;
 The soloists rehearsing, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and the fabulous Bass
And then there's us... I'm the one with my arm leaning on the back of the chair. I was amazed that I was actually in the photo, I never am, but getting the back of me is quite something.
Unfortunately, we are not allowed to record the music, not that I would know how do do that and get the video on here anyway, and I'm not sure if there are photos yet of the actual performance. Thanks once again for your interest.

Righto, on to my card;I was
 I was quite pleased with how this turned out, it's my take on a sample in Creative Stamping Magazine using the free stamps. I made it for a friend who is having a bit of a struggle just now with her health. She has received it and pleased to say she liked it.  The blooms are embossed with Wow powder and painted with Starlight Paints, Papers are various bits from pads I've had for ages.

Well the sun is streaming in the window and showing up that they are needing cleaned, Teallach makes such a mess of them. He is loving this weather, out most of the day and staying in at night, but I do have to get up for him about 5 o'clock as he comes up to let me know that he needs to go out.

That's me for now, so take care and keep cosy and see you soon,

Friday, 18 November 2016

Santa Advent Calender!

Hello Everyone, gosh it's been cold today, has it been the same where you are.  A heavy frost and icy roads and our local mountain is plastered in snow, Alistair can't wait to get out on it.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate you visits as they all take time.

Just a quick post tonight, as I'm all behind with everything. I've got a share tonight that is a bit different for me, I hope you like it;

When I saw this Advent Calender in Hobby Crafts I thought I'd love to decorate one of them. Now you've not to laugh, but it's for Milo and the little drawers will be filled with doggy treats, of course that will be all he's interested in. 
I've used various paints including Starlights, and I bought the little star lights hoping that they would light up the scene when dark, unfortunately they are not strong enough, so have positioned the two battery operated tea lights in front of it. Just a bit of fun but I did enjoy doing it.

Right off to give myself a manicure for tomorrow,  long day it will be with rehearsing all afternoon then performance in the evening.
Take care and see you soon,

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sparkling Mistletoe

Good Evening Everyone I hope it's been a good day for you whatever you've been doing. Hoping all is well with you too.

Thanks so much for your continued visits and all the lovely comments that you leave, always very much appreciated.

Have you been watching Planet Earth 11? What an amazing  programme, the filming of the animals and scenery is awesome.  Alistair was watching it on Sunday night and I was kind of in and out of it, not fully concentrated as I was trying to multi-task, so when Damian said he'd recorded it, I thought I would sit and relax with Milo this afternoon and watch it. My goodness I thought I was there, Damian's new TV is a cracker, it's all sorts of things ours isn't, curved too. It brought the colours and the picture so that you felt you were were the camera was taking you. The fight between the Golden Eagles was incredible and the Ibex on the sheer cliff face took my breath away. The photography is fantastic and the shots of the Himalayas were wonderful.  Well worth the tutorial from my son when the TV arrived on how to operate it as it's light years ahead of ours. Well worth watching on Sunday nights.

Milo was awfully good today, but he has been getting into more trouble with his chewing, so I've suggested that the consult an animal behaviourist. Now a couple of years ago we had lovely neighbours and the lady happened to be one of those, she now has her own business and lives locally. Shanta and Iain  have two gorgeous Akita dogs and the younger one has autism and she has trained him incredibly well and he is a very well behaved dog. So, Damian had agreed to get in touch with her to see if she can help, so fingers crossed.

So on to my card and one for  the Flower challenge;
I've use a CB stamp, Mistletoe, this was one of the AYOS range the other year.
I've embossed it in Red WOW Embossing Powder and coloured the leaves with SN Aqua Pens, then used Glitter pen over them. Matted on to SB Adorning Squares, some old Papermaina paper and some green card. Die'Sire greeting dies.

A simple creation really, anyway I would like to enter it in to;

Our rehearsal went very well last night, I'm confident that it will be a super concert;
and here is what we are performing.

So that's me for another night, time for a wee bit of knitting, I've started sock for Damian and I'm trying for the first time using circular needle instead of four needles, meant to be faster, well I hope so or my lad won't get them in time for Christmas, i suppose it's all what you're used to, but I'll persevere a bit longer.

Take care and see you soon,

Monday, 14 November 2016

Sparkly Tree!

Good Morning to Everyone, start of another week and I hope you are well, I know some of you are struggling just now so sending kind thoughts that you'll get through your difficulties whatever they may be and feel better soon.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my CCC card, I have to say it was a theme I enjoyed doing.

Been up early today to go to the eye clinic at the hospital to check on the diabetic damage caused to my eyes, and pleased to report that what doctor is seeing now is an improvement and that they are discharging me and I will go back to having the back of my eyes photographed at the diabetic retinal screening as before. Now I'm not sure what was happening as my sight wasn't affected, and I very rarely have to change my prescription for glasses, but they saw something that worried them. Mind you my diabetes on the whole is pretty well controlled, that always helps, it goes a bit awry sometimes but I can get back on track. So now I just have blurry, nippy eyes from the drops that numb them so that they can take the pressure reading......???? and and the drops that dilate them. All a pain in the neck, but nevertheless, thank goodness we have this on the NHS, or many people would be in deep trouble with their sight, so I don't complain, well only about the very early appointment.

I have a card today that I'm entering into the CB Colour Challenge;
I've concentrated more on the blues and greens of the colour swatch, attempting to create an Aurora Borealis sky and used stamps from Sparkling Tree set and Christmas Cheer set for the sentiment.
Embossed with WOW Glitter and coloured with Momento inks and Ink Dusters
A selection of coloured gems and lots of glitter.

Off to see Milo today, been over a week since I kept him company so I'm looking forward to that, then in the evening I'm at Choral practise and it's the last one before our concert in Eden Court Theatre next Saturday.  I'm pretty confident about singing this program as I've sung most of the pieces before, except for the Humming Chorus from Madam Butterfly, but I am an expert in miming and have to with this piece as as some notes are off the page for me being a 2nd soprano.

Lovely day here, temperature is up somewhat and the sun is shining. I'm off to do a bit of ironing, see you soon, take care of yourselves
I would like to enter my card into: