Thursday, 27 August 2015

Whimsical Garden!

Good Afternoon Fellow Crafters and welcome to my blog, I hope you like what you see and will visit often.
I'd like to give a warm welcome to my two latest Followers, Jane and Zoe, thanks you very much for choosing to follow me.  Thank you too to everyone who left lovely comments on my last card, and for all the well wishes on the hernia front. 
 It's a very common complaint I know, and I'm trying to pin point which foods I'm eating makes it worse, and so far it seems as if everything does. The GP has given me tablets to take in the mean time, but they don't seem to have kicked in yet.  Maybe the blood tests will show up something.

Are you all watching the new Hochanda craft programme??  I missed the launch, but I will tune in tonight to see John from Crafting Expressions tonight, I've got permission from Alistair, LOL!!

Anyway here is a card made from using another stencil from The Crafter's Workshop;
Isn't this such a lovely image?  Coloured with DI and matted on to Centura Pearl Card. Sentiment from CB McIntosh Stamps set and a little bit of sparkle.

Again as I said I'm new to stencilling, but I could get hooked, and so easy.

We had a bit of an upset this morning and Teallach isn't talking to us, he brought a wee mouse in which was still alive, just a tiny wee thing. Alistair managed to get it off him and took it to safety, well we hope it's safe.  Puss has been a late developer as far as hunting goes, but boy is he making up for it now.  However, that's cats for you!!

It's turned out to be a wet horrible day, so pleased I don't need to be outside.  That's me for now,
take care everyone and see you soon,

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Live with Promise!

Good Afternoon Everyone, and I hope all is well with you and that your day is going well.
I'm having a quiet day today, just pottering around the house and probably a wee bit of crafting later today.  I wasn't feeling too well yesterday, and had to go to the doctors, and it is possible that I have a hiatus hernia, not all that serious in itself, but so uncomfortable and a bit painful at times. Anyway, blood tests next week and than back to GP for results and what the treatment will be.
Of course carrying too much weight does not help, but weight loss is not a quick fix, if only, but enough of that, I'm enjoying a quiet day and Alistair managed to get himself off for a walk.

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on yesterday's card, you are all very encouraging and kind.

Here is my share for today;
I've used this beautiful stencil by the Crafters Workshop and sparkled up with Sparkle Medium from Imagination Crafts.  What an easy card to make, just takes a bit of time for the sparkle to dry.
I matted on to a lovely coppery glitter card after having inked around the edges with ginger ink and that it's it.
I really liked doing this one and might invest in more stencils.

Off to forage for some lunch now, and I do mean forage, Teallach has more food in his cupboard than we do, must to a shop but hate food shopping.

See you another day,

Monday, 24 August 2015

Autumn is the Year's Last Smile!

Hello to You All  and it's lovely that you pop in to my little bit of a blog.  It's always lovely to see my very talented followers and also to see new names commenting but perhaps don't have a blog so that I can return the visit, so thank you one and all for the time you all take.

We have a mixed bag of weather today, not quite doing what was forecast which was loads of rain, and Alistair didn't go away as he believed the forecast and now is kicking himself, oh well that is the joys of being an outdoor kind a guy.

My card today is coloured with the new Creative Expression Iridescent Watercolour Paints, see what you think;
Well I had no idea where I was going with this one colour wise, I just wanted to use these paints, which are the Christmas Set, and as you can see it turned out to have an Autumn theme.
Image is from Lavinia Stamps, coloured and cut out and put on to shimmer card, then matted onto a card coloured with brayering DI in the shades that I've used on the image. Sentiment is one that was free with a magazine, and some gems.

I hope you can see the effect of the paints as they are rather lovely.

I thought I would show you the beautiful frame Amanda made for me to say thanks for all the little handcrafted gifts I've given her, 
I was really touched by her thoughtfulness in making this so special for me with all the crafting details. It will have pride of place if I can get around to making our spare room my crafty corner and not the end of the dining table.

So that is me for today, I hope everyone is keeping well and enjoying their day.
I'm back to rehearsals at the Choral Society tonight, and we are doing something really different, Fanshaw's African Sanctus, which involved a troupe of drummers. totally new to me, but I've heard it in concert and it is something else, so looking forward to that.

Till next time, take care,

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town for CCC!

Hello Everyone and time again for another card from the Christmas Card Club
and this time around the theme has been chosen by our Carol and it's Santa Claus is Coming to Town, here is my card;
I treated myself to these new dies from Die'Sire and I think they are fab, a whole village scene and of course Santa and his sleigh complete with reindeers.
I cut the village out of white card and Santa from black mat card. Painting the trees and snow and smoke with the new Creative Expressions Iridescent Shimmering Watercolour Paints, beautiful to use, but the one I used on the snow doesn't show up on the white card though, Cut a second scene in Royal Blue Centura Pearl card to give the impression of a drop shadow and then found some paper for yester year that had a night sky with a lovely star on it.  Star Dust for sparkle. I thought that was all that was needed so didn't add any embellishments.

Thanks to everyone who visits and leaves a comment, I love reading them and do appreciate the time it takes you.

Please have a look at what the other club members create.
Keep well and have a lovely Sunday and see you soon,

Friday, 21 August 2015

A Geisha for Friday Oldie!

Hello Friends and Visitors and welcome to another "Oldie for Friday", yes that's another week passed us by, scary or what!!

Oldie for Friday was started by Erika of Snappy Crafts and you can find her here.
A few of us far, have been showing our creations from earlier times, it's good to look back and see how our crafting has changed, developed, improved or not as the case may be. However it's a bit of fun so why not join in, you can show anything you like as long as it's handmade, for example some folk show knitting or sewing, paper crafts photos, whatever you've got.

My card is made with Nicecrane Designs, beautiful images, I have to say I love these Geisha images, and there are many to choose from at the shop.

This is just a quick post which I'm scheduling for tomorrow (Friday).
Thank you you all for visiting and commenting on my last card, and on Amanda's beautiful frames.
I hope everyone is tip top, see you soon,

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Star Gift Box and More Craft Fair Photos!

Good Evening One and All, I hope your day has been a good one for you.
I've had a very productive day crafting with some of my new bits and pieces that have been recently bought, got all the washing out and dried and a few other bits of housework done, even went food shopping which I just hate doing.

I've a little gift box to show today;

A star box made from a template from Crafter's Companion and Centura Pearl card. paper from a Kanban pad, Peel Off border and a mixture of Roses from WO and some Baby's Breath and gold lace from Hobby Craft.

Another few photos from the Fair;

This is Amanda and she makes the most gorgeous bespoke frames, and she had a beautiful collection including this large one made for her new Granddaughter Olivia. What an amount of work goes into them and she is so imaginative in her designs. I think they are amazing and she has only just started out crafting.  She made me one which I just adore and will show another day.

Well, that's me for tonight, feet up and a bit of knitting I think.
Keep well everyone, Big Hugs to those not so well, and a thank you for all the lovely comments  on yesterday's post.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Oriental Fan Card and some Craft Fair Photos!

Hello Everyone, and I hope you are all warmer than I am today. It's turned out to be a horrible wet and very cool day, I'm thinking that I must go and put a pair of socks on.

I do hope you are all well, but if not, them sending out kind thoughts for a speedy recovery.  
Thank you too for all the lovely comments on my Oldie card, very kind indeed, also for the tips, advice and good wishes for the craft fair.  As I had no idea what to expect, I enjoyed the day, but I thought it was pretty quiet, people milling around but not really buying much, it felt like they were there for a nosey around, I sold a few cards, so I was happy about that, but I really didn't want to be bringing so many home again.
Dale had her sewing stall, but again sales were poor, and she was a bit despondent, but I think that she was trying to sell her beautiful creations in the wrong place, and perhaps more of a Christmas fair would be better.  Amanda, who was showing her gorgeous bespoke frames, took in a good few orders as did her dad with his framed comic books.  
It was all a lot of work though, but new things are always worth trying.

I loved the comment made by one lady at my stall " oh what lovely cards, simply gorgeous, and I'd buy some, but then I would forget where I put them so I'd better not"  I could hardly keep my face straight, but hey ho, her loss.

My card today is one that did sell with it's box;

A Fan card from the Kimono CD by Crafter's Companion, easy enough to put together, just a lot of cutting out. Sparkle and Pearls and I make the stand.
The box was made because it would never fit into an envelope, the sentiment is from the CD and I've used Die'Sire Lantern dies and peel off borders.

Here too is a photo of my stall:
Notice my lovely assistant reading the paper.  I don't have any stands. so just had to lay them out like this. 
This is Dale's stall;
Lovely tea cosies, nappy bags, ipad cushions, bags made form old jeans, knitting bags, oh she had been very busy.

I have more photos but for another day.

Right it is definitely sock time, I can't feel my feet.

I'm away behind in my commenting with being away, I will try to get around, but please forgive if I miss you out, not intentional.

See you all soon,