Sunday, 1 March 2015

Poinsettias for the Christmas Card Club

Hello Everyone, time for another card for the Christmas Card Club. I almost missed it, lost all track to time and days since I've been off work. February having only 28 days has thrown me too, I keep thinking there is still another few days until the end of the month.

Anyway the theme this time around is Poinsettias and chosen by, Duchess Margaret, her is my effort,
This is one of my favourite stamps I've had for a while from Papermania. Coloured with a mixture of SN, Copics and Prismapencils. Festive Berries round the edge and matted on to an embossed card, Diesire Folder Bells.  Stickles in Icicle and liquid Pearls in Opal White. Sentiment from same stamp set.
I wanted to keep it fairly simple letting the focus be the lovely image, I didn't think it needed any bows and whatnots.
I was a lovely challenge Margaret, I enjoyed playing aling so thank you very much for your choice.
They other lovely ladies from the CCC will be along too to show off their lovely creations.
It's a smashing wee club to belong to, they member's choices are always fab, even the challenging ones and of course it means getting ahead of the game with your Christmas cards.

I hope things are well with you all and thank you so much for the lovely comments on my last post,
 


Friday, 27 February 2015

Fairy and Angus, Friday's Oldie!

Good Morning to Everyone, Friday once again, the days...ney the weeks are flying by so quickly. Almost in to March! I am however not grumbling as we are going away in March for a cruise on the Norwegian Fjords and I am so looking forward to it. Just what we both need.
Anyway for now we are both trying to get well, and we are, I'm feeling better although coughing and nose blowing is still going on, but Alistair's gout is easing, so thank you for all your get well wishes.
Thank you too for the lovely comments on the Christening card.

I'm here with my "Oldie for Friday", Yes I remembered this morning, I'm a bit mixed up with what day it is, if one thing work does for you is that it keeps you correct about the day of the week ones on.    Oldie for Friday started with Erika of Snappy Crafts showing craft projects from an earlier time in her crafting career and inviting others to join her and a few of have. It doesn't have to be a card, it can be anything you've made.  Here is a card from my earlier days;
I've used one of the lovely fairy images from LOTV and coloured with Promarkers. I would think it's a SB embossing folder, and matted on to some rainbow coloured card. WO carnations, Flower Soft Sentiment. There must be glitter on her wings but can't bee seen.

Have you got plans for the weekend?  If the weather isn't too bad we are thinking of going up to Skye for the day. I feel the need for a different bit of scenery other than the houses across from us. If we leave a decent time in the morning we can have a good part of the day, taking a picnic with us and finding somewhere beautiful to stop.  A few year I used to go to Skye to ride Clydesdale horses, they are the most beautiful big beasts and I felt like a pea on top of a mountain. I always got the same horse and he was such a gentle giant and took great care of me, he loved to splash in the sea which we would go down to on our ride out.  The horses are no longer there though, they moved down to the Lake District. Here is a photo of me and Angus;
Don't know why the photo has scanned like this, but you can at leaset see him.

I hope you are all well and that whatever you do have a fab weekend. Take care of yourselves,

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Christening Card and a Rascal!

Good Afternoon Everyone and thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my cards, I do appreciate each comment and your time, and it makes the world of Blogging worthwhile.

I am feeling better, still coughing but the good news is that it's not in my chest, went along to see the doctor yesterday and he said it was just a very nasty virus but I'm clear chest wise, I'm doing all the right things to get better and it will just take time. He has signed me off work until next week so hopefully I will feel stronger by then.  Having diabetes means that I could be more at risk of infection
 are not something I take often.

My poor Alistair is having a bout of gout just now, and it's so painful.  It's been a while since he has had this and it's come from nowhere as we are pretty careful as to what he eats and he does take meds for it.  So I'm hoping that it eases off for him soon.

I have a card today that has taking me ages to make, just really because I've not been feeling too good, it is inspired by the lovely Teresa of http://craftingalldayscards.blogspot.co.uk/ 
who makes the most gorgeous cross over cards.


I was asked to make a Christening card by one of my clients for his new Grandnephew. As I mentioned I've taken inspiration from Teresa.
First Edition Paper, LOTV image, from the Art Pads. MB dies, Ribbon Girl Lace, WO Roses, Hobby House Pearls, Ribbon from Hobby Craft and a computer generated sentiment, a little stickles Frosted Lace and Star Dust.

Sorry it's a bit photo heavy, and here is another one, especially for Mrs. Duck;
Sorry I couldn't get him closer, you can just see my boy in the tree.  What you don't see is the big wood pigeon that was in the upper branches and has just flown  off, Teallach had just looked the other way and the bird took it's chance.  I have never seen Teallach over the road, he's branching out, pardon the pun.  He came back in disgusted.

Well, it's started sleeting here after being a really lovely day, so that's the end of the washing going out.
Keep well, everyone and Hugs to those who need them and hope to see you soon.



 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Winter Trees!

Good Afternoon Crafting and Blogging Friends, sorry to have been out of action over the last few day, but I've really not had any energy and I fear that this nasty bug is back again, not that I'd got rid of it, but I'm coughing worse and getting tired so easily.  I still have a few days till I am due back at work, but if the coughing keeps up I just might have to go the the doctor.  There is just one place you can't be when feeling awful and that is my particular kind of work which is draining at the best of times.


Anyway, enough of me, what about you, I hope you are feeling well and enjoying your weekend, getting up to something exciting or just quietly relaxing. I've been doing a lot of reading, it's the most relaxing thing for me at the moment and I've finished Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel's fabulous novels that are dramatised on TV at the moment.  Love them and feel quite sad that they've come to an end.


I'm being serenaded by the fiddle just now, thankfully the stamping isn't too bad.  Alistair and his friend went along to Eden Court Theatre last night to the Fiddler's Rally and really enjoyed it. First time for Alistair although he has played the fiddle since Moses left Partick.   He has obviously memorised some new tunes as I'm hearing tunes I've not heard before.

Sorry, I've not been around to comment on your creations, but I have scrolled through Blogger Dashboard and was able to see some wonderful work, I will try to get around and comment, but forgive if I don't manage you all.  Thank you all so much on your comments on my last card, I always do appreciate the time you give my wee blog.
I have a card today, it's taken me days to do, just wee bits at a time;
Using Winter Trees from CB and colours from the new Challenge 8;
Coloured with Watercolour Pencils, SB embossing Folder, blue and silver mirri card, Blue and lavender card and a Tattered Lace die for Sentiment. Pearls from my box.

That's me for now,  take care  and hope to see you soon.


I would like to enter this card into;
http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-8.html 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Thank You!

Good Morning to all my Crafty Friends and Anyone who happens to visit, it is always good to see you here and All is welcome.
I'm posting this from my bed, yes I'm down with the bug and not feeling tip top.  I'm being well looked after by Alistair, who isn't really a 100% yet himself.  I'm not good at staying in bed, feel I've got to be up and doing things even if it's slowly, but I'm jiggered today and the cough is getting worse. 
At one point I thought Teallche would have to take care of us, but I saw he was limping and found he had cut one of his little pads on his back paw. Poor wee Guy, wouldn't let me have a really good look at it., but he's healed it himself and he is fine now. 

Here is a wee card made for one of my clients to give to his brother and he wanted his name on it;
Using a Michael Powell stamp and colouring it with Prismacolour pencils, sentiment from Papermaina and letter peeloffs.
Just a simple wee card and as you can see I decided not to colour every part of it in, just made the foreground the focus.

All from me to day, hope everyone is well, see you soon I hope,

 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Snowy Trees for The Christmas Card Club!

Hello to You All, I hope everyone is fit and well and having a super weekend.  It's been a lovely day here, although cold it was dry, if a bit misty.

Thank you all very much for visiting me and leaving your lovely comments, especially Janice Wallace who doesn't have a blog, so I can't return the visit, so I do appreciate you popping in Janice.
Welcome too the my two latest followers, Kristie and Pawscreatively, I'm so pleased to have you here and I hope you will come back and see me soon.  I will be popping in to see you just as son as I can.

This has to be a quick post Friends, as guess what, yes, I've got the cold.  I managed to get through the day at work as it's my last day before a few days off, in fact though my colleague Michelle was struggling with the cold too, we were like a pair of book ends, fortunately the group dynamics were such that it was an easy pleasant day.

So for our Christmas Card Club Challenge this time around the theme is Snowy Trees and was our lovely Mary's choice, here is my offering;
I took inspiration from a Christmas Card out friend Dougie sent us, and the minute I saw it I thought that's the one I want to make as batch cards for next year. So this is my first attempt and I'm rather pleased with it.
Inkylicious Bare Trees Stamp set. DI for background, Memento Ink in Grey Flannel and London Fog for trees.
Sentiment from LC, Dovecraft Crystal Sparkle, Krylon pen in Silver and SN to make leaves on tree, Gems from my box. 
The snow and fir trees are part of my photo editing program and not the card.

Thank you Mary for the challenge, I enjoyed taking part.

We have had a lovely Valentine's Day, when I came home Alistair has set the table, resplendent with a vase of beautiful lillies, and candle lit in an big green Appetise bottle. I had to smile at the effort, especially as we are not short of beautiful candlesticks.  Anyway, we had a gorgeous Indian meal and both feeling stuffed. Alistair is sitting beside me as I type this, sound asleep. Changed Valentine's celebration to nineteen years ago, oh well, one has memories!

Well, I will say good night, I'm fairly wilting, and hope you had a lovely VD, if you celebrate it, and I fab Saturday.

 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Friday Oldie, Happy Anniversary.....Er...No Birthday!

Hello Everyone, how are you all today?  Well I hope, but sending out kind thoughts to those who're not.
Thank you all for your kind comments on my last card, I love reading them and appreciate each one.

Alistair is up and about today and feeling better, not completely but much more than before.

I went back to work today and was working late and I am surprised at how tired I am, I could just close my eyes and drop off to sleep, so I am keeping this post short.

It's a scheduled post for Friday Oldie, started by Erika at Snappy Craft as a bit of fun, and now there are quite a few of us have joined her. You can show anything you have made at an earlier time in your crafting career. Doesn't have to be a card, I sometimes show a knitting project, just whatever you like.
Here is my offering;
Made in my first year of crafting around 4 years ago and I can't remember where I got the image, but the flourishes are Marianne.
I have a wee story about this card.  Alistair have me a birthday card a few years ago, this card was what I found. He had forgotten to get me one and knowing how much store I set on cards, he thought that he would raid my box for one, but Alistair being Alistair didn't read the sentiment only looked at the image and thought I would like the dancers. Anyway, it's the thought that counts, I can only think I was lucky to get this one as he could have chosen a sympathy card, cos he thought I would like the flower on it. Bless him! What can you do with them......husbands!

Please join us, it's fun. Cheerio for now,