Sunday, 15 October 2017

Non Traditional Colours for the CCC!

Hello There Crafty Friends and Visitors, I hope you are well today and enjoying the weekend.
Well we are half way through the month, can you believe it! where is the time going?  I feel I just want to press a button to bring it to a stop.

It's also time once again for the Christmas Card Club to share their lovely creations and this time it's Carol who has done the choosing of the theme and she would like to see cards with non traditional colours, so here we go;
Blue, grey and pink for this one with Inkylicious tress and some sequins, sentiment is from CB, finishing with lots of sparkle.
A pretty tree made from CB Snowflake stamps, with a CB sentiment heat embossed in the middle of it. I've used Hero Arts Ink pad in Ombre Autumn and plenty of gems.
Snowflake embossing folder, tree and snowflakes which have been heat embossed with white powder are from JND and can be purchased from Mrs. Duck here. 
I used black Centural Pearl card and sanded it back, then added some pearl sequins. The sentiment is from CB and heat embossed also. Ribbon and a dazzler and job done.
Do you think I've got a thing about trees?? Carol, I enjoyed this challenge, and I think it could be said that my colours are more winter than Christmas, thanks for the challenge.

It was a lovely morning here so we decided to go for a walk around the Culloden Battlefield, very busy it was too, still lots of tourists visiting, mind you Outlander is contributing to that. The visitor centre has lots of items for sale inspired by the drama, I've resisted . Alistair treated us to a pot of tea for two and fruit scones, which were really poor, I didn't ask how much it cost, but I bet he didn't get much change from a tenner.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate them all. 

That's me for now, do please visit the other members of the CCC as there will be plenty of lovely creations , off to schedule this for the challenge going live tomorrow,

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Beautiful Autumn!

Hello to Everyone,  hope you are well and enjoying your day.  We have had sunshine but no warmth today, but still got washing out and semi dry....I've turned into my mother.

Thank you all for visiting and leaving such lovely comments on my last post, it means a lot, especially when it's something  I've not made before and not too sure about.

I've got a couple of little Autumnal projects today, first up;
I started off with a gorgeous CB  stamp, Big Bold flower and heat embossed in white powder. Applied Oxides in autumn shades mounted on to Black card. Last year I bought a beautiful paper pad by Sara Davis, I've used some as a background.  Inkylicious sentiment stamped on to velum.  The leaves are dies from Sara Davis  using up some scraps from the same paper pad.  I added some red sequins. 
Next up; 
Lovely cosy socks knitted for a friend. I can't remember what yarn it is, but it's alpaca which is warmer than sheep's wool . I was concerned that I wasn't going to have enough yarn to get the pair out of the skein as I bought it a few years ago so wouldn't be able to buy more. But I made it.  Just love the colours.

That's all for now, take care and see you soon, 
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Printer's Tray Collage!

Hello Everyone, it's been just over a week since I was last here, so I hope all is well with you, but if not, here are some kind thoughts and hopefully you will be tickity boo soon.

I've been busy finishing off projects started ages ago and them left as my momentum disappeared, anyway, I've managed to get some finished, here is one of them;
I bought this Printer's Tray from Crafty Individules a while back after watching Lesley from CB using them on one of the Hochanda shows, then forgot how it was decorated up, so as you do it was left in a drawer. So eventually, in a flash of inspiration it was finally brought out and this is the result.
Mostly stamps from Chocolate Baroque and Crafty Individules, coloured with Aqua Pens from SN. Butterfly dies from Signature. The tray itself is painted with Starlight Paints.
I hope you like it, once I got started I quite enjoyed it.

I've been spending a lot of time with Milo and Rowan,we have great fun as you know, here a couple of photos,

They both have gigantic hide chews, Rowan loves them and her's is almost as big as her self, but still manages to carry it around with her. Milo, eventually gets bored with it, he's too laid back and cool to to bother with it much.....unless Rowan leaves her's, they are comical.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are all very kind and I do appreciate your time.

That's me for now, off  now to put a curry together for dinner. Alistair asked especially for one this week so it's going to be a lamb korma. He is off up a hill to day with his chum Bill, they have a lovely day for it, so till next time, take care of yourselves,

Monday, 2 October 2017

The Night Before Christmas!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and ready for a new week. I have to say that Autumn is well and truly here up in the Highlands of Scotland, it's pretty cold and we've had lots of ran and blustery winds.
 Alistair has just left to go on one of his traditional canoing trips... he and is chums are mad.
He was looking out his really good sleeping bag, it's one that cost him a fortune and apparently he could sleep on the top of Everest in it....not that I'm intending to allow that to happen. 
Anyway, off he went with  all his gear and a great big container of Chilli con Carne that I made for them all, there are four of them, as happy as a sandboy. Peace perfect peace for a couple of days.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my CCC cards, and a warm Hello to Bridgit who popped in from Duchess's blog, I hope you will come back and thanks for your visit.

Here is my card for today;
I've used a variety of stamps here, the lovely cat and dog sitting in front of the tree is from the Gift stamps set from Chocolate Baroque and I've been wanting to use it for ages. The lovely fireside is a freebie from a crafting magazine, the sentiment and snowflakes are also CB and the little baubles are from Card-io.  The little Christmas stocking is a Signature die which I've paper pieced.
Coloured with Oxides, watercolour pens, Gel pens. A real mixed media piece. I found some lovely paper in my stash and matted black card on to it. Gems and sparkle to finish off.
This little creation may  well be Damian and Moreen's Christmas card, because of the animals but we'll see.  I hope you like it, I had fun making it. It is much more vivid in colour in real time, somehow the colour has been washed out a bit with photographing it, sorry.

I'm out at choir practise tonight, my goodness this piece we are doing for the concert is a tricky one, quite a challenging piece for everyone, but it's coming along and it will all come together for the concert in November.

So, take care everyone, and cheerio until next time,

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Make it Round for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello Everyone, another fortnight has passed, can you believe it!  and it,s also the beginning of October, the year is flying by.

Anyhow, here we are again with our cards for the CCC, a little band of crafters getting ahead of the game to save a rush in making our Christmas cards in time for the big day.

It's a fortnightly challenge and we all get a chance to pick a theme, this time around it's our lovely Valery's choice and it's Make it Round, here is what I've come up with;
First up is a little round number using stamps by Card-io, I've used images from various stamp sets. It's a little unclear but, that's geese flying off in the doubt heading for warmer climbs
I also used CE double sided adhesive and glitter. The round shape was cut out with SB Decorative Circles, very pretty, but not the easiest to cut out.

And because of this my second card is a square with a round on it,
I hope this will do Valery, the round die is from Tonic and as you can see, I've cut a white one to stamp on and another in gold card.  This disappointed young chap is from LOTV and he is a digi image. I think his expression says it all. A bit of a mixed media for colouring, but he is mostly coloured with Prisma Colour Pencils, I've used Faber Castell alcohol inks for his skin, SN Sparkle Pens for the wrapping paper. I found this backing paper in my stash and rather liked it, I love this CB sentiment and thought it went well with the image, finished off with some gems.
This will be Kerr's Christmas card as I think the boy looks just like him now, and he just might be disappointed by a Christmas jumper LOL!

Just before I sign off, thank you for the lovely comments on my last card, and for your continued visits, I do appreciate it so much.
Till next time,

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Golden Stag!

Hello to You All, have you had a good day? I certainly hope so. We had another gorgeous day here, the sun was really hot, so much so that I had to take myself indoors and that was before midday. it's however dark now and it's only just after 7pm.

I was puppy minding today, and because it was such a lovely day we had good fun in the garden, although I had to be careful as Rowan has dug lots of holes and there is a danger that you could turn an ankle. She is a wee rascal, Damian has a big job on trying to fill them up. Anyway, day off tomorrow as Damian works from home, so maybe a bit of crafting.

I have just for a change.....a Christmas card to show you;
I've used another of the lovely EF from the John Next Door range by John Lockwood, which you can purchase here, 
Mrs. Duck has them in stock. I applied Alchemy Wax in Gold and them cut this rather magnificent stag from Sizzix in Black and Gold card. Chocolate Baroque sentiment and a few dazzlers.
Really a very simple card to make, but looks rather good....I think.

I'd like to thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are very kind. In fact it's our niece's birthday today, but as I have loads of cards in my box, I decided to use one of them instead of making a new one. 

Well that's me for now, looking forward to Outlander later tonight, but I might get a bit of time in the craft room till then. Enjoy your evening and see you soon, 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Good Morning to Everyone,  how are you today, in fine fetal I hope.  However, sending out kind thoughts to those who need them.

Well it's a lovely day here, a bit misty but I think it will burn off.  Alistair is off to the Cairngorms for a walk, and I'm not needed for puppy duty, so I'm going to make the most of the time with a bit of crafting.  There are so many projects I want to do,but never seem to get started, I'm sure many of you are the same.
 Today's card is a change from a Christmas one. Our  niece just passed her driving test, this is the card I made,
Nothing much to it really, it's a Create-a-card from Die'sire dies, added black card and and a few black gems, sentiment is one I found in my stash. 
Karen is a wee star in my estimation as she will be driving around Glasgow, a huge busy city, I always leave the driving to Alistair when we are there as it scares the pants off me. So well done that Girl. 

Thank you all for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments on my last card. 
That's me for now, take care and have a lovely day what ever you're doing, 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Rustic Snowflake!

Good Evening Everyone,  I do hope you've had a lovely day and enjoyed whatever you've been doing.
It's been a poor day  weather wise, dull and raining, it's really up and down, only a  couple of days ago the sun was splitting the heavens and it was too hot.

I've  been  on puppy duty this afternoon which has was lovely, the three of us just wanted to snooze, after they'd had their treats of course.  I've not been needed these last few days as Damian has been working from home putting together the tenders for Aldi and Liddel, his company supplies their salmon.  He's also been working with his company's food developers on the Christmas buffet food, some of which we have had samples of.  Salmon with some sort of cream cheese mousse shaped like a
Christmas  tree on lolly sticks,  they jury's out, but we are not the best of folk to try it on.  Hot  smoked trout was another taster, in little pastry cases,  now  Alistair loved those.  So if these products go through and your buying fancy bits and pieces  from these stores ,  you'll know where they they  come from.

Right on to my card;
Another card for Christmas using the Rustic Snowflake Embossing folder from the John  Next Door range, and you can but it here.  It's a really pretty EF and I've embossed  icicle Foundation card by CB. 
 Sara Davis snowflake die cut out of glitter card  CB sentiment, ribbon and gems to finish, a fairly simple card, but I'm pleased with it. 

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, really  everyone of them. 
That's all for now, take care and see you soon,

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Oak Tree!

Hello to Everyone,  I hope you are well and enjoying your day.  It's as if Summer has decided to come back today, absolutely gorgeous day, blue skies and warm sunshine.  Teallach has been enjoying himself out in the garden chasing bugs, oh the joys of being able to sit outside and enjoy it all.

I was sent this lovely image by my lovely blog friend Annie as she knows that I love trees;
It's a Sheena Douglass stamp, just beautiful and the background is coloured with Oxides,  CB sentiment. 
Kraft card embossed with a Crafters Companion  EF, and finishing off with some red gems.
 It was such a lovely surprise to receive the stamp and one of those images that can be built on, so thanks so much Annie. 

Thank you all for visiting me and leaving such kind comments on my last cards, I do appreciate your time and words. 

Well Alistair has just finished his fiddle practice, and I thought, a little quietness at last, not to be though, he's now mowing the grass,  I think earplugs are the way to go. 

That's me for now, take care of yourselves and see you another day,

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Penguins and loads of Sparkle for CCC!

Hello there Everyone,  I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.

It's time once again for the CCC ladies to share their latest cards, and this time it's my choice of theme and I've chosen Penguins, and add lots of sparkle.  Looking forward to seeing your what everyone comes up with.  Here are my cards;
I picked up this little stamp whilst away in Coventry at the Range, I thought he was a jolly wee character.  Alcohol inks for colouring, and a piece of paper I found in my stash. 
This little chap was a purchase from, Mrs Duck's online shop,  it's a little die and I've coloured him up and added glitter. Found the snowflake EF in my boss and gave it a wash with DI, the sentiment is by  CB. 
Now for this one I've used all  Card-io stamps,with one of the new EF from John Next Door called Confetti, also from Mrs. Duck's shop. A little bit of colour over the mountains and lots of sparkle.  I've rubbed a little silver ink on to the raised dots on the EF.
Hope you like them and don't forget to pop into see what the other team members create.

Just before I sign off, just want to thank everyone who left lovely comments about my last frame,  I do appreciate each and every one of them. 
Have a lovely weekend, 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Honey Bee!

Good Evening Folks, I hope you have all had a good day.

The weather is getting quite chilly now especially in the early morning, I know cos I'm up early to let Puss in.  Becoming dark much earlier too, so my guess is that Autumn is settling in now.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last card,  and also a warm welcome to Maria who has pressed the follow button,  pleased to have you here Marianne, and I hope you pop in often.  Unfortunately I can't find a blog for you as I would like to visit you, let me know if you have one.

More Chocolate Baroque today;
Yes it's another frame, but it was made for a gift,  I do think they make good little gifts, anyway I started by stamping meadow flowers from Crafty Individuals in Archival Green ink. The little bees and sentiment is by CB.  Tim Holtz meadow flower dies, and a lovely dragonfly cut out of velum and glittered.  I've used sparkle Pen on the been wings and added a few sequins.  Of course it required a box, 
Oxide inks with CB stamps,  forget whose sentiment it is, finished off with some Just Pearls. 

Those of you who have been following for a while will know that Alistair plays the fiddle. He is self taught, but just recently he has found and started fiddle lessons and is taking his practise sessions very seriously. The teacher introduces a new tune every week and the students obviously practise at home.  Guess what I'm demented by it and Teallach has taken up residence under the table.  Now I don't want to discourage Alistair, but try as I might I don't remember anything in the marriage vows about listening to awful music,  maybe it comes under the "for better or worse " part.   

Right folks that's me for now,  I'm awaiting Outlander at 9 o'clock. Series 3 has just started on Amazon Prime, so I'm loving that, but won't give anything away.
Take care and see you soon, 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Reindeer Landscape!

Hello to Everyone,  hope you are well and enjoying your day.

Having had a day off from minding Milo and Rowan, I took advantage of the time and spent it making a card and having a tidy up in the craft room. Here is my card;
One of my new Chocolate Baroque  stamps,  from the Reindeer  Landscape set, there are tree images and snowflakes too, but that's another card.
I stamped the image with Black Archival ink, then used Pebeo Silver Foil on some of it. Coloured with SN  Aqua Pens and Sparkle Pens,  then loads of glitter.
Embossed black card with a tree folder, could be Crafters Companion, I always take them out of the package then promptly forget the brand. Pebeo Silver polish then rubbed over the embossed card.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, finished off with some silver lacy ribbon and a black dazzler.
It's not a Christmas card, but it could be with some fluffy stuff for snow.

Thank you all for visiting me and leaving those lovely comments, I really do appreciate every one of them.

Feet up tonight as Alistair is out at his music group, so I can watch my own rubbish TV.  He is usually quite late home as the guys have a natter and a coffee, this week with some Belgian chocolate chip muffins,supplied by yours truly.  The things I do to get him to stay out later lol!

That's me for now, I hope you enjoy your evening, whatever you're doing, see you soon,

Friday, 8 September 2017

Butterfly Frame!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well, but sending out kind thoughts to those who are struggling a bit just now, hopefully things will get better for you soon.
Especially thinking about the folks hit by these awful  storms , it must be so devastating, can't even begin to imagine what they are going through, I count my blessings each day that I live in a country that doesn't have these extreme weather systems, nature at it's worst.

Anyway, we are back from our little trip away to Coventry to visit Mr. and Mrs. Duck, and we had a real good time, we were treated like royalty, they couldn't do enough for us, what a lovely couple they are. Alistair felt quite at home with them and found plenty to chat to Mr. D about. I've a few photos which I will show later in the post, for now though here is a little something to view,
Another of my frames, this time stamped with a Crafty Individuals  meadow flower stamp and decorated with butterflies, and a dragonfly,  the large butterfly is cut from some pretty material and the other bugs from beautiful paper designed by Lesley from CB a while back. 
Of course the frame needed a box and it's been decorated with  Oxides and floral stamps by John Next Door,  can't remember what the butterfly is, might be XCUT, but it's painted with Starlights, all finished with some gems. 
This was for Ang and thankfully she loved it. 

It was lovely to meet up with Chirstine Harrop and John Lockwood and we all had a lovely lunch together,
Here we are having a good old tuck in.
We were taken to Stratford so a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company was a must, unfortunately the times of the plays didn't fit in with our time there.
Final one honest...
The lovely Mrs. D and me outside Shakespeare's house, Alistair took it a bit far away, more about the house than us I think.

It was a lovely trip even although it took two 8 hour days to get there and back, but the travelling was fine, and I learnt something new, apparently you can't flush your goldfish down the train toilet... the voice informed me of this when I had to pay a visit to the loo, now of course this was on Virgin trains, maybe there is a different policy on others. I like to learn something new every day.

It was so lovely to meet up with Christine again, it had been a few years ago and of course I'd never met John before, I enjoyed blethering with him and he's such a pleasant guy.

We are glad to be back home though, having such a good time is tiring, and of course I missed Teallach.

Thank you all for leaving lovely comments on my last cards, I do appreciate every comment, and I will be catching up with you all soon.
Till next time take care,

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Magical and Mystical for CCC!

Hello there,  well would you believe it, a fortnight has past and it's time once again for the CCC  ladies to share their latest cards and this time our lovely Rachel has chosen the theme which is Magical and Mystical.  I had a rake around the craft stash and this is what I came up with;
This was part of a set from Papermania a few years ago, I think it was called Enchanted Christmas.  He's a very Mystical Santa and I've coloured him with Derwent Coloursoft pencils. The sentiment is from the same set.  SN  Aqua pens for the background colouring mixed with glycerin. To create a scene around him I've used trees and the deer Creative Stamping magazine's free stamps. The snow is Fluffy Stuff and glitter. I think he's rather grand.

More from the Enchanted Christmas set, the background paper is velum and I've added lots of glitter.

I hope you like them Rachel, I had fun making them and of course it's good to get rid of some old stash.

Please visit the other CCC ladies as they always have wonderful creations.

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on my last post. Scheduling this for tomorrow when the challenge goes live.

Take care everyone and see you when I get back from my trip,

Friday, 1 September 2017

Follow That Star!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and getting ready to enjoy another weekend.
What a lovely day we've had up here, really warm and sunny, in fact just too hot to sit outside at one point, brilliant though for getting the towels out and dried.

It's going to be a busy weekend for us as we are preparing to go away for a few days next week, and I'm pretty excited as we are going to Coventry to visit Mrs Duck, otherwise known as Ang. Now if that wasn't exciting enough,  Christine Harrop will be travelling up or idea of the geography of where Oxford is in relation to Coventry, to meet up with us and have a lunch,  and just to top it all John Next Door, Mr Lockwood will be there too.  John I've never met, but a few years I met up with Ang and Christine when I was down at the Birmingham craft show and a lovely friendship started.
I had been hoping to get down to meet Ang again last year, but time ran away and didn't make it, but I was determined to get there this year,and it's just lovely that Alistair wanted to go with me, and of course Mr Duck will be there too, so Alistair won't feel out of it with all the crafty folk.  Ang and her hubby have some sightseeing planned for us.  A long journey from Inverness though and we will be off at crack of dawn, going by train, which is exciting too.  Train journeys always seem adventurous.

Anyway, I have managed a card;
I've used another Sheena Douglass EF on black  Centura Card and sanded it back, the sentiment is a Woodware one which I've been dying to use as I think it's brilliant.  I've added glitter just to accentuate parts of the scene.  
The end result was not what was planned, but I wasted so much time, ink and paper I had to rethink.  I had been watching Sheena on Hochanda using this folder and it was all wonderfully coloured, I just couldn't remember how she did it, so this is what I ended up with. 

Just before I go, want to thank you for your fabulous comments on my last card, you are all so kind. I'll be back on Sunday with my CCC  cards, till then take care and enjoy the weekend,

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Silvery Forest!

Hello there Everyone,  I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.
A quiet one for Puss and me,Alistair is away and will be back this evening, but I've got loads done, not to mention in charge of the TV

Thanks to everyone who left lovely comments on my last post, I do appreciate each and every one of them.

It's been a week since I was last here,  I had nothing to post, lots to finish though, so will get around to sharing them later, but today I managed to make a Christmas card with one of Sheena Douglass's new embossing folders, and it was quick to do too;
Isn't this just such a pretty EF,I do love deers.
I embossed platinum card and lightly sanded it back, which gave a hint of white. Next I mounted it on to Black Graphite card, then on to someone lovely Dovecraft paper.
Die cut some trees and added a sentiment stamped on to velum, finished off with a few gems and stickies for the trees.
Hope you like it.

I would like to enter my card into the

Well that's all from me for now, take care and see you soon.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

True Meaning of Christmas for CCC!

Hello Everyone, I do hope you are all well and having a good weekend.
A quiet one at home again for us, but I've been busy pottering around and helping Alistair with some computer stuff and the apple crumble, so we will have that after the Chilli tonight.
Well it's rained off and on all day here and heavy showers at that. hope it's better where you are.

Can hardly believe that it's time for another CCC challenge, where do the weeks go???
This time it's been Christine's choice and theme is the True Meaning of Christmas.  Now as I'm not a follower of any religion, my cards reflect what I believe should be strived for every day of the week throughout the year and not just Christmas Day, here they are;
A bit difficult to photograph because of the white, SW dove die and Crafters Companion 3D EF, sparkle and a few gems,
Imagination Crafts Stencil and Gold Sparkle Medium and a couple of little embellishments to finish. 
This card was made from little bits and pieces I had lying around. The background is painted with Imagination Crafts Starlight Paints, SE Peace on Earth die cut out with card coloured with Pixie Powders and some gems. The card was an after thought, but looking at it I perhaps should have dismissed the thought LOL.
So there you are another three for the box.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if our world leaders followed  these principles instead of wealth, greed, racism etc. I would include religious leaders in this too, regardless of creed. You can only do your own little bit though.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate your visits.

Scheduling this post for tomorrow when the challenge goes live, and if you can please visit the other CCC ladies as they always show fabulous cards.  Take care and see you soon