Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Cottage!

Hello Everyone, are you well today, certainly hope so and that you've had a good day.

Our weather early this morning looked as if it was going to be a cloudy day, but lo and behold by lunch time the sun was out and it got steadily hotter.

Alistair has been away for a couple of days climbing in Glencoe with a friend, so it's been all quiet on the Western Front, so much so that I have feasted on watching Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda and managing to catch the shows live instead of catch up which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Lesley always shows brilliant techniques, I love watching her.

Anyway, the man who would be Boss will be home tonight, but I'm waiting to find out if I've to pick him up in Inverness or go down to Aviemore. The buses apparently weren't corresponding to when he would get down off the mountain.  Very remiss of the bus company I think. 

So here is my card for today, it's one that I bought whilst away last week. Now I don't know the make but it's a wood mounted stamp. I'm always on the lookout for images that would do a male card, all our male friends are outdoor types and it's not easy to find appropriate images for them.

I've coloured it all in shades of grey using various inks, strangely it's showing up almost blue, but it is grey. I found this embossed background with trees in my stash and swiped them once again with different shades of grey and silver, they look a bit like Silver Beeches to me. Then just added a simple birthday sentiment. going round the edges with grey charcoal. 
I think it's a lovely image and it reminds me of the a Lake District scene.

Thank you so much for all you lovely comments on my last card and a warm welcome to Scrapamondo who is my latest follower, I'm delighted that you have chosen to follow me and I hope you will pop in often.
Now, I have reach the heady heights of having 120 Followers, so I think it must be time for a wee bit of a Candy prize, so watch this space, and I'll get something together later in the week.

That's me for today, I'm off now to visit you lovely people on your blogs, I didn't get much of a chance yesterday so I'm a wee bit behind.
Take care of yourselves and enjoy your evening,



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Jingle Bells for the Christmas Card Club!

Good Morning to You,  I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying the day so far. I woke up to a harr and drizzly rain and it's gotten steadily worse, good job I wasn't intending to go out anywhere.

Time for the Christmas Card Club girls to show their creations once again. I really don't know why the time speeds by so fast, it seems only a few days ago I posted the previous cards for the challenge. Anyway, Margaret has chosen the theme this time around and she would like to see cards with bells on, here are mine, I got really carried away by this one;
Now I just happened to be given this love sentiment die by my lovely friend Mrs. Duck, so it was just perfect for this card. The bell dies are Tattered Lace.
All Hunkydory for this card, pleased to be able to use up some of this stash I've had since years ago.
I quite often buy Creative Stamping Magazine, especially the Christmas issues as their stamps are brilliant and both the bells and the sentiment are from one of those mags. Coloured  with a mixture of DI and Starlight Paints. Wonderful Pixie Powders  as a background and embossed bells on the card blank, a few Liquid Pearls to finish.

Last but not least
These stamps are also from another stamp set from another Christmas issue of Creative Magazine, and I decided to just heat emboss on to the black card blank with WOW Silver embossing powder and add some silver dots, very simple but I thought it was very effective.

Well Margaret, you can see I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge, so thank you so much for choosing Christmas Bells.

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

I'm off to make some soup, it's that kind of day, dark and miserable, oh well at least it is a day, have a good one yourselves and see you soon,






Friday, 21 July 2017

Floral card and Bunnies!

Hello Everyone and lovely to be back after little break away. We had a lovely time with our friends and at the jazz concerts and now we need a rest.  It's lovely to be away, but always brilliant to be back home, especially as I missed my lovely furry boy.

I hope you are all well, but a if not sending you kind thoughts and  gentle hugs.
Thank you one and all for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are so kind. I've not managed around everyone's blogs, but I have seen some wonderful creations on my reading list, so please forgive if I've not been able to keep up with you.

Whilst I was away I found a fabulous craft shop in Edinburgh, Stamper's Grove, a veritable Aladdin's cave, stacked from floor to ceiling with fabulous crafting products, so I bought rather a lot, but I was after the Crazy Cats and Dogs from Tim Holtz which they stocked, so I'm a happy bunny.

My card is not created with anything new, but another of the LOTV beautiful floral images;
I coloured the image with metallic watercolours from Kuretaki, and cut it out with a SB floral die.
Do you know for the life of me I can't remember  the type of flower this is.  Sorry the photo is a bit fuzzy.

Just before I go I wanted to show these furry chaps, and this is for you Cara,

These are rather huge bunnies, all three happily nibbling away on the grass. We visited a Natural Heritage centre and there was a petting zoo and I just fell in love with these guys. It's hard to see from the photos but they are really large.

Anyway, that's me done for now, I hope you all have a good weekend, I'm catching up on the washing and ironing, take care and see you soon,


Friday, 14 July 2017

Fressias

Hello Everyone, I hope all is good with you, it is Friday after all and almost the weekend.
I know that some of you are struggling a bit just now, so sending out kind and healing thoughts to you and I hope that life gets easier for you soon.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card and the commiserations regarding my needle.. well it's not turned up and I've had to order another set and was hoping they would arrive before we go off to our friends in Livingston which we are about to do after lunch time.  I wanted to take this particular knitting project with me in the hope that I would get the socks finished whilst away.

We are off to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and so looking forward to not only that but visiting with Dale and Stewart as we haven't seen them in such a long while so there will be loads to catch up with.

My card today is a beautiful Freesia image drawn by Jane from Tidy Gardens, unfortunately Jane no longer has these digital images, I am lucky enough to have a few of them.

I've used one of the new Crafters Companion 3D embossing folders and and coloured it a bit with DI. The blooms themselves are coloured with SN Colourblend pencils and some Sparkle Pen. A wee bit matting and layering and job done.

Now as we will be away, I will be sporadic with my commenting,  but I will try and get to visit when I can.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you're doing and see you when I get back,
I would like to enter  this card into http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/the-flower-challenge-10-embossing.html

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sunflowers!

Good Evening Crafting Friends and Visitors, I hope you are having a lovely evening whatever you'er doing.  I seem to have lost one of my sock needles, most annoying as I don't have a spare, it's gone in to that black hole that hides in my house. These socks are for a friend and they appear to be fated as I've had to take almost a whole sock back as it looked as it would have been too large. Grrrrrr!! Not the end of the world though, just a sock delay.

thank you all so much for your lovely comments I do appreciate every one of them and your time in visiting my blog.

I have a little floral card for you;
Sorry the photo  seems to be a bit fuzzy. One of the lovely LOTV floral images coloured with watercolours and cut out with an Xcut die. I've added DI to the background. Paper is from a Sara Davis beautiful Autumn pad. CB sentiment, WO sunflowers and Tattered Lace Ivy die, SN Sparkle Pen, Pearls and a Dazzler.

That's me for now, off to have a good search for my needle, take care everyone and see you all soon,


Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Christmas/Snowy Scene for the CCC!

Well here we are once again and I nearly missed it... what you might ask, it's time for another Christmas Card Club post.  It's a fortnightly challenge by a bunch of us Gals wanting to get ahead with our cards for Christmas instead of the usual rush at the last minute. We each choose the themes, and although some of them can be quite challenging we always manage to create something.

If you would like to join us, please get in touch with any of us and we will point you in the direction of Margaret, know as Duchess, who will give you the information needed.

So Hello to Everyone, I hope you are well this fine Sunday. AS I mentioned I almost missed this post , the time has past so quickly, and if I hadn't been checking the date of a chicken when shopping this morning, I wouldn't have realised that it is indeed the 9th of July. Good thing I'm a wee bit ahead of my card making and had these ready.

Our theme this time around has been chosen by Shaz and she would like to see cards depicting, Christmas/Snowy Scene, here are mine;
A Hunkydory image and sentiment and some stamped and embossed branches around the card base, absolutely loads of glitter.
Now a fabulous Art Stamp from Imagination Crafts, embossed with white powder and as you can see it's just all black and white, which I quite like as a Christmas card. MB Frosty Border and corner and a freebie sentiment.
I just love this wonderful Hobby Art image that I'd purchased last year, and love using, wish I could remember who I sent last year's card to though, hope I don't send it to the same person this year.
Watercoloured and lots of sparkle. The background is a brilliant Crackle stamp from Crafty Individuals and it's embossed with Wow Silver Power. MB Frosty Border.

I loved making these Shaz, I do love a good Snowy Scene, and it allowed me to use some of the Hunkydory stash that I've had since Moses left Partick, so thank you for the challenge.

That's me for today, except to say thank you all for you lovely comments on my Butterfly Frame, and for your hints and tips regarding cutting dies, all very helpful.

Till next time, take care and have a lovely Sunday,




Friday, 7 July 2017

Butterfly Frame!

Good Morning Crafting Friends and Visitors, I hope you are , but sending kind thoughts to those of you who are struggling just now, and I know there are a few of you.

Well, it's an awfully wet day, fine smirry rain and dull, I think a day for indoors and a bit of crafting. I don't have the pups to mind as Damian is working from home, so I think we will have a little lunch out as a wee treat.

Second episode of Outlander last night, and the latest comment from Alistair, after having promised to keep quiet..., was.. they're not speaking Gaelic, if this is meant to be Inverness everyone would speak that. I went on to explain that, if that was the case only Gaelic speaking people would understand the dialogue and everyone else would would need subtitles.   I further explained that Jamie does use Gaelic when speaking endearments.  However, Alistair was so pleased when indeed  there was a scene where Gaelic was spoken.  He turned to me as asked, what are they saying. Honestly, I am sure he does it to wind me up. Neither he nor myself speak that language, though I would love to, and I think Alistair knows only swear words.  

Anyway, enough of all this, here is my project for today, it's a little frame and the inspiration is taken from the very talented Marianne Fisher  who creates the most beautiful little projects, along with wonderful cards and you can find Marianne's blog; here do pop in for a visit , you'll not be disppointed.

Frame from and fabric from Hobbycraft, Sizzix butterfly dies, little ones are Xcut and a beautiful crochet one from my stash. Starlight Paints for the butterflies and also the vine which is an Imagination Crafts stencil. I also cut the butterflies out with acetate, gosh that was a chore, and then added Sparkle Medium. That is unfortunately not showing up, finally some sequins.  This is for a gift, so wanted it to be good.

It's good to try something different, and I'm begining to like mixed media more and more, although, some of what I'm trying to do is really trial and error, for example I found it very difficult to cut out acetate and the main butterflies dies were meant to be cut out of the lovely fabric that I'd bought. I don't know if my die cutting machine is the problem, it's a Big Shot and had it a while, but I love it, but maybe the rollers become a bit loose over time.
  I've been looking at the Gemini and wondering if I should invest, but it's very expensive and I have to question if I would get a lot of use from it as I'm not really a die person, and although I do have EFs I don't use them all that often. 
  
 Before I go, just wanted to thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, you are all so very  kind.

Have a lovely day doing whatever you do and see you all soon,