Sunday, 7 January 2018

Elves, Pixies, Gnomes for the CCC!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the first Challenge from the Christmas Card Club of this New Year of 2018.....Whee, where did last year go to! Wasn't it a quick one!

I hope you all had a super New Year, but for those who are ill or struggling in one way or another, let's hope you will feel better soon and that this year will be kind to you.

So here we are, us ladies that want to get ahead in the Christmas card making so that there is less stress towards the Big Day.  It's a great way to keep on top of the card making and if you would like to join us just get in contact with me or any other the other ladies and we'll tell you how.

We each choose around two themes throughout the year, and it's a fortnightly challenge, so not too much to do. This year there is also the option to choose to do Anything Goes, so that you don't miss out on making a card. It was found that this was sometimes happening if there wasn't anything in our stash to make the theme.

Our Challenge was chosen by Margaret (Duchess) and she would like to see, Elves, Pixies, Gnomes.....Well my card is as close to that as I had, but maybe it's an Anything Goes;
It's an Angel really and it's an old stamp from LOTV, coloured with Derwent Procolour Pencils and some SN Shimmer Pen.
A little bit of watercolour and a few sequins. Sentiment is also LOTV.  The lovely paper in the background is from Crafty Individuals.

I usually make more than one card, but I've restrained myself this time as I made far too many last year, actually I really don't have to make any this year at all, but they are by far my favourite cards to make.  I'm also determined to make them flat for posting, what a cost I was in postage at Christmas.

So that's me, but I would just like to thank you for your lovely comment on my last card and photographs, you are all very kind. Take care and see you soon,

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Thank you and some Christmas Photos!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to You All. Are you all over the Festivities and looking forward to what 2018 has in store for you.

I know for some of you that there are ongoing health issues, so I'm sending you kind thoughts and hugs, that you'll enjoy good health soon.

We had a lovely Christmas with Damian, Moreen and the Pets. However, Moreen was suffering with a bad cold and I had succumbed to another bout of virus, so we didn't stay as long as we usually do. Damian cooked a fabulous Christmas dinner and I have to say my lentil soup was to die for. We exchanged lovely gifts and Rowan and Milo were beside themselves with excitement, here they are with their new scarves;
I didn't think they would wear them, but they did all afternoon and even went out with them at night, money well spent for the cuteness.

Anyway, It's not all about pets, here is a little card to say thank you for a Christmas gift;
Image is by Crafty Individuals 425,it's one of their latest creations. Stamped with a multi-coloured Versacolour ink and red gel pen for the holly berries and silver gel pen for the mistletoe berries. Sentiment is from CB McIntosh sentiment set of stamps. Added a few sequins and that's that.

We had a very quiet Hogmanay, in fact I went to bed early as I'm just not shrugging off this cold, but I am enjoying my book by Ken Follett, A Colum of Fire, it's the third book in the Kingsbridge series and I've been gripped since the start of reading them.  Not one ounce of alcohol has passed my lips, boring or what, I remember back in the day I could party for Scotland, not now, appreciate my comfort too much.

I'll finish off now, but just before that I would like to thank you all for the lovely comments of my last card, and indeed for you visits throughout the last year, I read and appreciated it all.

Here to end my post are a couple photos from Christmas Day

that's Poppy on the back of the Sofa, 
Milo and Alistair, I think he was fighting off Milo's licking. 
Take care Everyone and see you soon

Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Night Before Christmas!

Hello to You all, I hope you are well and ready for tomorrow. 

I'm all prepared, and too bad if there is something forgotten, not the end of the world.

Christmas time for me and Damian has mixed emotions, as my mum died  on the 17th of December and her funeral was on Christmas Eve, an although that was 13 years ago, it still feels like yesterday. However, I was lucky to have mum as long as I did.  Christmas can be a difficult time for may folks for all sorts of reasons, and it's a time of reflection for all the good things in my life, and a reminder to not take it all for granted. Whilst I was still working I worked with many people who had nothing much, even not good health.  So Yes I have many blessings.

I want to thank everyone of my lovely blog Followers and Visitors for all your words of encouragement throughout the year, I appreciated all your visits and comments.

Here is my last card for the year and it is just so perfect for today;
This charming image is from Crafty Individuals, I love it.

Wishing You All a Very Merry and Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year, I hope 2018 will be a kind year to Everyone.

Love and Hugs 


Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas Tags!

Hello to Everyone, well are you all on track for the Big Day? I think we are, despite having a nasty virus which I'm still trying to get over. 

Thank you all so much for you lovely comments on my last post and good wishes for our Carolthon, it will be a wee while before we know the end amount raised, but I think we will have raised quite a bit.
However, I had no voice, I'd been croaky the day before but Saturday morning I couldn't talk at all let alone sing, but I was determined I wasn't going to miss out, so I just mimed. I must have run on adrenalin too, then collapsed in a heap once home, but it was good. I'm still not feeling  tip top, but felt I just had to carry on. The good thing about miming is that in my head I sang like Cecillia Bartoli, and for those who don't know who she is, she is the most wonderful Italian Mezzo Soprano, and I love her voice. A girl can dream.

Anyway, nearly there and today I have a selection of Tags, made for the family gift bags;
First up are the tags for Damian and Moreen. Sue Wilson poinsettia die and Chocolate Baroque stag image.

I thought this Jolly little Gingerbread Man from Papermania was just right for Alistair.

And just because I could I made a tag each for Milo and Rowan using TH Crazy Dogs stamps and coloured them with the new Procolour pencils from Derwent.

We have been out with our friend Dougie today had had a very lovely Christmas Dinner and we are all stuffed, Dougie was looking forward to having a snooze when we dropped him off and Alistair is now sound asleep on the sofa, and I'm just pleased I won't need to cook tonight.

So that's me for now, have a good evening and I'll see you the night before Christmas, take care of yourselves,

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Trinket Box!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and keeping cosy in this cold and snowy weather. We are in the minuses tonight, anyway it is December.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last cards, you are all very kind.

I've been finding it difficult to get to the computer to post and comment, so if I've missed you out please forgive. I don't know where the time goes and I've not managed to get back into a routine.  since my trip to Glasgow, but I expect you are all the same. I did manage to get all my cards written and sent off today, that felt a relief.  Still to look out the Christmas decorations too, that's going to have to wait until the weekend, anyway here is my make for today, it's part of a gift for my choir buddy Fiona;

I bought this little box from The Works and have decorated it with Imagination Crafts Rice Paper and various stamps and stencils, Starlight Paints are the paints of choice and some sequins. I have to say I loved doing it, I hope Fiona likes it.

It's the Choral Society's Carolthon on Saturday and I am really looking forward to the big sing, we will be in the local shopping centre singing all shifts and this time for a number of years we are being allowed a larger choir at lunch time to the special Carols and pieces from the Messiah. Here is the fabulous flyer for it, drawn by a little girl from one of the local schools;
isn't just so sweet. I hope we manage to raise loads of money, however saying that, there are lots of people struggling just now, but you never know.

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

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas Gifts for the CCC!

Hello from Winter Wonderland, yes we have a great deal of snow, but at the moment sunshine too, it's all lovely if you don't have to go out in it. We travelled back from Glasgow last night by bus and the further North we got the worse the roads, however we had a good driver and he go all home safely.

We had a lovely time in Glasgow, and I had a great meet up with our lovely Rita. The Italian restaurant we had our lunch was super, great food, and we spent ages chatting, we also got a we bit of shopping done too.

Now it's Rita who chosen our challenge for the CCC this time, it's our last one for this year and, she would like to see Christmas Gifts on our cards.  So without further ado here are mine;
First up is this love LOTV image coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils and Snow Glitter. First Edition Papers and Die'sire  tree dies, next;
Here we have a lovely Chocolate Baroque image from the Gift at Christmas stamp set with a water coloured background. I used Sakura gel pens to colour in the ribbon and bows on the image. Sentiment is from Inkylicious and background papers is from Crafty Individuals and Starlight paint in Silver around the edge of the image card.
Thank you Rita for this challenge I really enjoyed creating these  cards.

So a quiet day at home for me, but we are going out to a concert in the Cathedral tonight, I hope they've got the heating on, it's not the most comfortable place anyway, but it can be Baltic.

This is a scheduled post, so hope it goes live when it's supposed to. Please try and visit the other CCC ladies to see what they have created.

Thank you all so much for all the lovely comments on my last card, I really appreciated it.
Keep cosy and see you soon,

Monday, 4 December 2017


Hello Everyone, start of another week, where do the go to!
I hope you are well, but if not sending out kind thoughts and hugs.

We are all well and dandy up here, and I am looking forward to a visit to Glasgow later in the week when a meet up with my lovely blog friend Rita is on the cards. I decided to stay overnight and not rush, so of course Alistair included himself on the days out. He will do his own thing though and we will also meet up with his brother and niece in the evening. I've not seen Karen for years and she is now in her early twenties, time has sped by there too.
It will be lovely to catch up with Rita and have a nice lunch, she has booked an Italian restaurant so we will be nice and stuffed when we hit the shops.

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my Santa cards, you are so kind.

I've got a little Snowpeople  card today;
This is one of the new images from Crafty Individuals, isn't it lovely,  I've coloured it with a mixture of  Derwent  Inkintense Pencils and Sakura pens. I've added some snow  and glitter to the Snowpeople. The background paper is also from Crafty Individuals and the sentiment is a Chocolate Baroque one. 
I must have more that enough Christmas cards made now, but I do so enjoy making them and I've so many new stamps on my desk, I feel the need to keep going with the Christmas images, they will always do for next year.

Alistair is having a fiddle practice just now, and I can hear the thumping of the foot, the fiddle is one thing the thumping quite another.  Did I mention that he is part of a concert in a week or so. His teacher has all sorts of students of varying abilities,learning and ages they are holding a concert. Well of course I'll be going, Alistair is quite nervous having never done anything like it before. It could be a mini Blazing Fiddles.

Well that's me for now, off to make mushroom soup for tonight. I'm a bit behind with my commenting, but I'll get around to you soon, take care everyone and see you soon,