Sunday 20 December 2015

Wednesday 16 December 2015

A Time for Giving

Image from La Pashe 2012
Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder
Dies from Spellbinder and Memory Box
Poinsettia flowers die cut from 120gsm paper coloured with Promarkers markers then sprayed lightly with water scrunched up then left to dry. The flowers dry really well and hold their shape.

A card for our postie today, he's been delivering our mail since we built our bungalow in 1993, and since giving up work I've got to know him quite well. I firmly believe in giving a gratuity to someone ho has provided good service. Almost everything ready now just the last minute fresh food shopping to do.


Monday 14 December 2015

Friday 11 December 2015


 Fairly simple card again today, but it will be delivered by hand to a neighbours grandchild.

Image from paper Creator
Papers from Nitwit Collections


For the Tree?

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Project Book volume 2
Papers from Nitwit Collections

I thought December would be a relatively quiet month as I was well organised for Christmas, but I've been out almost every day .
Luckily we have not been affected by the bad weather and storms and have had a few light falls of snow, today is really frosty but the sun is attempting to shine, I love days like this.

Challenges anything goes

Monday 30 November 2015

Mistletoe Mice

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Triple CD Rom
Paper probably Nitwit I already had it printed off
Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder

A really simple card today, I tried placing more embellishments at the bottom right but didn't like the overall look (small picture ) so left the card quite plain. Which is your preference?

Plan to spend at least part of the day wrapping up the final presents bought last week and writing my cards .It's a beautiful frosty but sunny day with a little snow lying, such a pleasant change from the rain.


Sunday 29 November 2015

Christmas Post

I made this card at the same time as the Christmas Coach one, both images are on the same CD , this is a real old fashioned post van and I love the winter feel of the image. The weight of the embellishments is uneven so I cut off the circle bottom on the back of the card to make sure it would stand in the correct position, initially it rolled round onto it's side.

Image from La Pashe 2012
Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder
Dies from Spellbinder and Memory Box
Poinsettia flowers die cut from 120gsm paper coloured with markers then sprayed lightly with water scrunched up then left to dry. The flowers dry really well and hold their shape.

A warm welcome to Maarit my latest follower, many thanks for pressing the follow button.

 Another dull day here it's been dark for most of the day, so after finishing my chores and walking the dog Iv'e had another lazy me day with my book.

Challenges scraps of paper to form the wrapping paper and scraps of 120gsm white paper to make flowers

Last of Autumn Days

This is my final card as a guest designer for CD Sunday I have enjoyed the past three months and thank everyone on the design team for their comments and encouragement. This challenge was chosen by Jocelyn and is Colours of Autumn. As it is now the end of November the winter solstice is only a few weeks away and we will be into the winter months proper.

Image and papers from Joanna Sheen Jayne Netley Mayhew CD Rom.

Challenges frosty clear mornings and the glorious colours

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Christmas Coach

Not quite as cold today,so the dog may get a longer walk than the 40 minutes he's been having of late.
All the chores are done so I will have a quiet day reading or watching some DVD's before going shopping in the evening.

Imagr from The Best of La Pashe 2012
Memory Box and Spellbinder Die Cuts
Ribbon and flowers from stash


Monday 16 November 2015

C for Christmas and Cookies

Hello from a very chilly north-east of Scotland, we've had a glorious day with lots of sunshine but it's turned really cold now, still I'm sitting at the woodburner and am really cosy. Thank you to all who leave a comment I really appreciate every one.

Hubby's back continues to improve and he has cut back on his painkillers with no ill effects. He says he's going back to do his school run on Wednesday and I have to say I'll be pleased.

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse
Papers from Nitwit Collections
Sentiment from TLC


Sunday 15 November 2015

Sprinkle of Snow

I sometimes forget that it is ok to use just a small element from a CD Rom to play along at The CD Sunday Challenge. The element from my CD is the paper I used in the top section of my card.
Please join in the challenge there are some wonderful images and papers on CD Roms as long as there is something from one then you can play along.

A Sprinkle of snowflakes, chosen by Wynn, is my second last as a Guest Designer thank you to all the team for their support I have enjoyed playing along with you.

Embossing Folder from Crafter's Companion
Poinsettia and Border Dies from Spellbinder
Paper from Joanna Sheen Victorian Christmas
Stamp from Just Rite

Challenges inspired by layout and simplicity snowflakes

Saturday 14 November 2015

Mouse and Berries

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Triple CD Rom
Papers free with a magazine
Sentiment computer generated

Good morning to everyone, hope you are all well, hard to believe Christmas is less than 6 weeks away. Most of the gifts I am giving are bought and wrapped, only waiting on my elder son to give the last of the items ordered to my younger son, it's easier to have deliveries made to him as he arranges them to go to his work, I've lost count of the number of times couriers have failed to deliver to my home, ok we are rural, with no street names to help, there are reliable companies who manage no bother, but there are some who have said that our address doesn't exist or there was no-one at home when they did not even come to the right place.

Husband's back is continuing to improve, he remains frustrated and now knows what he can and cannot do, but the dratted bell no longer rings continually and for that I am grateful.


Monday 9 November 2015

Angel Bright

Many thanks to all who have sent best wishes for hubby, his back is improving slowly , he is still most comfortable lying flat, sitting is almost impossible but walking is a little easier though he still needs a stick. The bell remains in situ and thankfully is not used as often.

A fairly simple card again today I love this image and wonder what they are thinking.

Image from TLC
Sentiment from Just Rite Stamps
Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder


Friday 6 November 2015

Snow Couple

Minimal embellishments here as I'm trying to keep cards simple at the moment, can't help but feel it's a bit naked. The weather has gone from bright and sunny at the beginning of the week to dismal and grey now .
Hubby has hurt his back and can barely stand he is a terrible patient because he has absolutely no patience at all and is extremely frustrated, he's fed up reading and watching DVD's and will insist on trying to do things he can't which just adds to his frustration. James our younger son gave him a bell to ring when he wants/needs something I want to throw the dratted thing out. Oh for him to recover and get things back to normal.

Stamp from Funky Kits coloured with Promarkers
Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder

Challenges Winter Wonderland "build a snowman "

Sunday 1 November 2015


Two cards today for CD Sunday, something beginning with H as chosen by Carol. My H is of course Halloween which was last night.

I have used an image from my CD on the first card and the main backing paper on the second card. Please join in with us this week and remember to mention the CD you use.

Image on first card from Joanna Sheen the Cardmaker's Year as is the main paper on the second card
Image on the second card I think from The Graphics Fairy
Papers from The Caedmaker's Year CD Rom, Shabby Princess and Summer Driggs
Die cuts from Cuttlebug


Saturday 31 October 2015

Thursday 29 October 2015

Balancing Act

My second post for today another House Mouse card , I embossed the background then added pine needles/branches and cones to make it look as though the lights were on a Christmas tree.

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Triple CD Rom
X-cut embossing folder
Dies by Spellbinder

Challenges candy cane

Christmas Love

 More Christmas cards featuring these adorable house mice, I just love these little guys and gals.
Another dreich overcast day a great excuse to stay warm indoors and craft. Also time for hearty meals and lots of soups and savoury dishes.

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Triple CD Rom
Papers from Nitwit Collections


Thursday 22 October 2015

In the Pink

I would like to welcome Barb my latest follower , thank you for choosing to become a follower and many thanks to all who leave comments for me.

I had a terrible time taking this photograph and the colours aren't quite right but this is the best I could achieve. We have bright sunshine interspersed  with strong winds and cloudy skies, thankfully no rain though. This is the first card I have made in a few weeks all other posts were in Drafts, we've been busy preparing the garden for winter and had 2 lorry loads of timber delivered, this is enough to keep the wood burning stoves going for the next 4 to 5 years, it now needs to be cut to 16 inch lengths and stored away. It will be well into next summer before we get finished.

Yes I admit we must be mad, this is about 90% of the load we've done about 10%  over the past 12 days the pile was 4.3 metres high.

Stamp from Stampendous coloured with Promarkers
Papers from Nitwit Collections

Challenges love soft pastel shades

Sunday 18 October 2015


A welcome baby card today, I thought I would put the babies name in the plaque at the front of the ark.

Backing paper from Robert Adams Gingham, Polka Dot, Check and Tartan Papers CD Rom
Image from PC Crafter

I'd like to say another big thank you to the team from CD Sunday for all their support, I am really enjoying my time as a guest designer.

To join in all you have to do is have an element from a CD on your card it doesn't need to be the main element as long as you use something from a CD

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Tuesday 13 October 2015

Poinsettia Wreath

A second post for today, this card was made using left over strips of 120 gsm paper, die cut and coloured with Spectrum Noirs then misted with water and give some texture by scrunching the die cuts very carefully.

Poinsettia Die by Spellbinder
Memory Box die as base
Sentiment from TLC


Christmas Robin

I had been hoping to see Macbeth yesterday, but it wasn't showing at Union Square in Aberdeen, so went to see Suffragette instead, I did enjoy it although it wasn't as dramatic as I expected from the previews  It was very harrowing in places and I am so glad that I didn't live then.
Another nice day the sun is trying really hard to come out and it is not cold.

Stamp from Stampendous
Papers from Far Far Hill
Dovecraft doily


Sunday 4 October 2015


Another beautiful day I've spent about 6 hrs in the garden every day since Tuesday and will probably need another couple of days to complete all the chores I want to do before the weather changes, it does however look a lot tidier than it did after our wet summer,
A quick card today I love these house mouse images.

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Project book
Embossing folder from Crafters Companion
Stamp from Crafters Companion Snowman Set
Spellbinder Die


Bloomin Marvellous

It's time for a new challenge at CD Sunday, today's challenge is Bloomin marvellous and was chosen by Jocelyn. Remember you only need 1 element from a CD to join in, the card composition needn't be entirely from a CD.

I chose this image from The Best of La Pashe 2012 for two reasons, one I love the flowers which I decoupaged and two this is the sort of thing my husband would do, plants are put in any article he thinks might do. He used my jelly pan last year, it had belonged to my gran and was probably about 70 years old, it is now filled with salt for the driveway( him again )

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Sunday 27 September 2015

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Image from The Graphics Fairy
Papers Far Far Hill (Near Store)
Die by Memory Box
Lace and pearls from stash

I love these vintage images they are what I think of as Traditional when Christmas meant snow and hand made. My image and papers were all free downloads.

Many thanks to everyone who leaves comments I really appreciate them thanks also to Jo and Lorraine who are my newest followers.

Busy day yesterday we went to Glasgow on the 7.11 from Huntly arriving there at 11.20, where we met my sister who lives near Edinburgh and my mother who lives in Renfrewshire. A few coffees later we met my son and his wife who had been in Florida for the past 3 weeks and then caught the 16.41 back home eventually arriving here at 9.45 pm. I feel wiped out today so am going to have a really lazy time. The weather is glorious so I'll sit outside for an hour or two.

Challenges walking in a winter wonderland

Sunday 20 September 2015

Lace and Pearls

My second card as a Guest Designer for CD Sunday,today's challenge "Pearls and Lace " was chosen by Wynn. I don't use lace on my cards very often so decided to make things easy for me and use it as a feature border supporting the rest of the design. Since it was a wedding card I embossed the vellum with a Do Crafts hearts embossing folder.

The vellum was a mottled white and I used MCS's  The Artist Collection Disc 4 for the pink then put it through the printer again to print an overlay from Papermania's Capsule Collection, sadly the music overlay is barely visible.

Pop over to the Challenge to see the DT cards , why not enter the challenge as well?

Embossing Folder from Do Crafts
MCS and Papermania Digital Designer CD Roms.


Wednesday 16 September 2015

Candy Cane

A clean and simple card today this cute image caught my eye and this card may be for my son and daughter-in-law this year. I will need to think about it though as they both love Disney and there is loads of Disney Clipart available as well as colouring pages.

 Thanks to all who continue to leave comments I really appreciate them.

Image from Joanna Sheen House Mouse Triple CD Rom
Sentiment from Crafter's Companion, Snowman Sentiments

Challenges gems gems red white brown