Thursday, 4 December 2014

Glad Tidings

Apologies for the poor photo, we've had no sunshine all day and I didn't take this photo until 3pm.

There was a hard frost again this morning which hasn't lifted at all, had a great walk with the dog though, really crisp underfoot first thing.

Spellbinder Poinsettia Die
Sentiment from Letraset
Ribbon and gems from stash.

Challenges Sketch from March 2014

Tuesday, 25 November 2014


Stamp from Alota Stamps
Paper from Crafter's Companion Festive Occasions CD Rom
Spellbinder Poinsettia Die
Sentiment from Hobbycraft

It's really chilly here today it's now 12:50 and the grass is still covered in frost, fog on parts of the road too. A day to stay indoors or to wrap up really well and go for a long walk. Hubby and I went to Aberdeen the weekend before last to see The Imitation Game and both thought it was a powerful and moving film. We were in again last weekend as our younger son now works in Aberdeen and commutes daily, the first bus on a Sunday doesn't arrive in Aberdeen until after mid-day and he started at 11 o'clock so we decided to take him in, he does drive and has a car but parking is a nightmare and expensive. The city centre streets were closed at 5pm for the lights to be turned on and a market so something different.


Saturday, 15 November 2014

St. Nichols

Image from Joanna Sheen
Window die by Spellbinder, I added the sides scoring the card to achieve the look of shutters



This card is for my younger son to give to his dad at Christmas. My husband would do anything for both boys but the younger is always teasing him saying he is "mean". I think this image is perfect, he's certainly not a happy chap, Hubby appreciates James's sense of humour so I'm sure will love this.

Digi from Rick St. Dennis
Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Challenges red,green and white

Monday, 10 November 2014

Traditional Christmas

Image from The Graphics Fairy
Spellbinder Dies to cut and emboss


Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Stamp from Penny Black 
Die from Memory Box
Sentiment from TLC

We spent yesterday shopping in Aberdeen, even though we were there early the car parks were really busy and the shopping centre mobbed. However all that's left to buy for Christmas can be done on-line apart from the food shopping.
We had a nice afternoon with our son and his intended and were persuaded to buy an early wedding present for them!! my husband can be such a soft touch.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Glitter Wreath

I've had a really frustrating day trying to ensure HMRC update my NI records with my correct date of birth. I've provided them with certified copies of my birth and marriage certificates as well as my passport,this was over 2 months ago, and despite several calls, they seemed unable to move forward until I said I would be contacting my  M.P. Within an hour a call to say my records had been rectified (the data input to the computer system in 1975 when they started using computer records was wrong) and they would verify this in writing. 

It was frustrating because each time you spoke to someone they gave you different information, and reassurances of return calls were never met. Between the automated service before you reach someone to talk to and the misinformation I felt like giving up at times, how on earth do the elderly cope??

still enough moaning.

Snowflake dies from Spellbinder and Cheery Lynn
Sentiment from Letraset


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Gentle, Joyous, Loving Season

The challenge at MAWTT was to create a winter themed card or Game of Thrones card. As we all love Game of Thrones I wanted to use this theme but just couldn't find the images and papers I wanted, hence a winter scene. I kept the colours soft to mirror the sentiment and am reasonably happy with the result.

We have a miserable wet morning here, so a day for the fireside with a good book, all the chores including the ironing are done, so plenty of time to relax.

Digis from Mo Manning and Just Inklined
Sentiment from TLC


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Merry Christmas

Could you describe this as a simple vintage card ?? I'm fairly pleased with the way it turned out.

We have a bright morning here today, so I will probably spend some time sweeping up leaves and tidying in the garden. In between I am doing my son's washing, when I asked him if he had any yesterday he said no, he has now produced a laundry basket with at least 3 loads in it. I must have asked at an inconvenient time yesterday!!

Image from Far Far Hill
Paper from Maja Designs
Sentiment a Letraset Rub On

Challenges ribbon, texture(from frantage) and glitter

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Christmas Joy

Apologies for not visiting those who visit me on a regular basis, between not having any internet and Mr. Blogger not behaving I have been unable to visit and leave comments.

Again a really simple card perfect for posting

Image from PC Crafter
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Both items are ancient and sadly neglected.


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Clean and Simple

This card is for my elder son to give to his fiancée on her birthday, I've kept it really simple as she prefers this style.

Digi from Rick St. Dennis
Spellbinder Dies to emboss cardstock and for flowers


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Happy Halloween

This Halloween card is for my 18 year old, you can't miss out on any reason to give him a cash bonus, he's really good with his money and saves most of it. So a more adult card.

Digi from Rick St. Dennis
Sentiment from TLC
Cuttlebug die-cut bat


Christmas Past

A Christmas Past card today I love all the embellishments that are on this style of card, but feel I need a bit more practise to really achieve the effect I am looking for. Another dull morning and on the chilly side autumn is definitely here, the dull mornings have turned into beautiful afternoons crisp and bright.

Despite the awful train journey last week I have a trip to Edinburgh planned for the end of the month where I am meeting one of my sisters to introduce her to an aunt who I met through undertaking my family tree last year. I have known for some time that my dad had a half sister and another family member in Canada  met through researching my tree heard from her after yet another relative in Canada had contact with her.

Image printed from the first CD I bought Joanna Sheen's Christmas
Paper from Maja Designs and oddments of plain paper
All die-cuts made from Spellbinder Dies

Challenges image printed from Cd which was one of my first purchases when I started crafting.

Monday, 13 October 2014


I don't have any young nieces or nephews and this Santa has been printed off for ages, when I saw the colour challenge at 52 CCT I thought he was ideal.His hat is a softer shade of pink with a green stripe, the colours are not as bold as they appear in the photo. I decoupaged the trim and pom pom on his hat and his nose.

I was away for a few days visiting my mother, the journey down was awful what should have taken 3 1/2 hrs. with 1 change of train, took nearly 6 with 3 changes, 2 of them at Perth where passengers were shunted onto and then off a train because they couldn't move the train with passengers on it, I wonder who made the mistake.You would expect staff to know the rules.

Still I had a good few days and caught up with my brother and his family as well.



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Santa's Hat and Boots

When I saw the sketch at 52 CCT this week I was stumped, then I remembered the snowman card above and used it to inspire me. These Hero Art stamps are one of the first I bought as well as the hat and boots there is a coat available. I was going to emboss around the hat and boots with a Spellbinder circular die but decided against it in the end.



Sunday, 28 September 2014

Vintage Christmas

It's a long time since I made a vintage / shabby chic card, but it meant that I could use up lots of little bits of leftover paper.
 Started the dreaded Christmas shopping as well this weekend, my gifts either need to ready for the second week in October, when I am going to Renfrewshire to visit my mother or be posted.
 I am also going to Edinburgh at the end of October for the day taking the 6am train down arriving at 9.30 and returning on the 7.30 pm, it will be a long day , train tickets are booked and I am looking forward to the day out shopping.

Papers from Maja Designs
Image I think from The Graphic Fairy


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Quick and Simple

A really simple and quite plain card for a few challenges.

Time for crafting has been very limited I have been catching up on recording lots of information in my family tree, still need to make a few trips to the library in a nearby town to see if I can have an article  from the local newspaper microfiche from 1898 copied, I would like to take it to a family member who was unaware of this great uncle. If they can't copy it I will take notes then type them up.

Paper cut from gift wrap
Sentiment a Just Rite stamp
All die cuts Spellbinder

Challenges  assembled in 10 min

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Ho Ho Ho

Image from Make it Crafty
Sentiment from TLC


Snow Flake

Hubby and James were in Aberdeen yesterday bringing home more boxes for Douglas and Vicki's move, everything will be loaded into my neighbours van then back to Aberdeen. Their new flat is on Union St. and there are loads of parking restrictions, so it was decided to try and drop everything with one stop. Hubby has phoned the Traffic warden dept. and has permission to unload in the evening.
Here's hoping it all goes according to plan.

Stamp from Lili of the Valley
Paper from Summer Driggs


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Hearts Come Home For Christmas

Another C&S card I am determined to use up some of the stash that's been stored forever. This is a very old rub-on bought when I started crafting .

Papermania card embossed with a Cuttlebug folder then sanded lightly.

Challenges I have used my die to emboss the white cardstock


Two cheery snowmen to brighten a miserable morning here in North East Scotland. We had a beautiful day yesterday but it is really dreich today.

Many thanks to all those who sent their best wishes to hubby. He's recovering well after his altercation with a Highland cow, the stiffness and bruises are beginning to ease and fade, He still has headaches from the bump to his forehead and feels washed out. We are both grateful it wasn't a lot worse.
 Heading to Aberdeen later to bring home boxes our son has packed in preparation for his move to a new flat, we're also inheriting 4 snakes, I have handled one of them before but am not looking forward to feeding them.

Stamp from Peachy Keen


Sunday, 31 August 2014


Apologies that this card is similar to one entered into challenges last week, when I made the original card I also coloured this stamp, due to being very busy I don't have time to craft as much this week and this card fits several challenges.
 Hubby unfortunately had an altercation with a Highland cow on Thursday, he was going to help our neighbour trim them after the vet had sedated them. The sedation didn't knock them out and when the vet was administering a further dose of sedation one of them charged out of the enclosure knocking down the gate and fence, taking with it my husband and our neighbours son. Jim describes flying through the air then landing against a strainer post hitting his hip, arm and head. He also tore his back on the barbed wire fence, his jacket and t-shirt were ripped beyond repair but his cashmere jumper had only the tiniest hole in it, explain that to me. He also managed to hit his forehead on a beam after getting up .
His tetanus jabs weren't up to date and he reluctantly agreed to go to the local hospital to have one and be checked over.He's now really stiff and sore and has a beautiful array of bruises.

Stamp from Lili of the Valley
Paper from Nitwit Collections

Challenges snowflake stamp glitter sketch july 2012

Monday, 25 August 2014

Quick Christmas Cards

The Challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge is for Quick and easy cards, I printed images from PC Crafter onto light weight card, die cut the top edge applied ribbon and then mounted onto my base card, 5 min tops.

Images from PC Crafter sadly now closed
Sentiment from TLC
Memory Box Die


Make a Silly Face

When I saw this little guy I just knew he was the right image for this sentiment from TLC. Put together there's no way you could feel downhearted.

Digi from QKR Stampede
Sentiment from TLC

Challenges April 2014 for the guys

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A Little Sparkle

Good morning from a sunny North east Scotland, we had a beautiful day of warm sunshine yesterday and it looks promising at the moment. Hubby came back from Aberdeen just before lunch time yesterday James will be home on Tuesday. They had a great night out celebrating James's 18th, none of them were under the weather James only had 1 cider nothing stronger. He and his brother are shopping for DVD's then heading to the cinema toady.

Stamp from Lili of the Valley
Gingham paper Nitwit Collections
Snowflake die I think Memory Box

Challenges 1 image 2 papers 3 embellishments ribbon snowflake gem

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Trick or Treat

Digi from QKR Stampede

My younger son is 18 tomorrow I don't know where the years have gone, it makes me feel old ( I was the wrong side of 40 when he was born ) and a little sad. He's not ready to fly the nest yet but this milestone makes it seem closer.
He and his dad are meeting his brother in Aberdeen to celebrate, they will both stay overnight, hubby will come home on Saturday and James next Tuesday. I hope they enjoy their boy's time they are very close.

Challenges 2012 things that go bump or Oct 2013 pumpkins

Saturday, 16 August 2014


A really C&S card for the mistletoe challenge at 52CCT

Sizzix mistletoe die
Sentiment from Letraset



We've had a busy week, my son had to go flat hunting after receiving notice that his landlord was putting the flat he rents up for sale, he has been there for 4 years and liked it. Shame he couldn't afford to buy it but at £150,000 for a 1 bed it was out of his reach.
We spent 2 days viewing flats after spending 2 days looking on line. I found it hard to believe that some flats weren't even cleaned for people viewing, The cost for some was astronomical, Aberdeen is probably the most expensive place to stay in Scotland but £700 per month for a place where the kitchen was 6ftx 4ft and there was no hanging space / wardrobe in the bedroom really was shocking. He did eventually find a place which he liked but it really stretched his budget rent and council tax are £ 850 a month, then bills on top of that, but it is spacious and only a 5 min walk to his work.

Wreath from Memory Box
Sentiment from Just-Rite stamps
Spellbinder Poinsettia Die
Sizzix embossing folder