Saturday, 30 August 2008

Craft weekend

Well I was up at 6.30 this morning to get ready for my crafting weekend at my friend Louise's shop down in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee. I really enjoyed my day but it was very intensive and I am now pretty shattered. Have some projects to finish so might be a few days before you see the end results but here's a little teaser meantime........

Meantime early night as I have another day of crafting to look forward to tomorrow.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Sketch Saturday- Lily & Milo and Charley Elf

I have created two cards today both for Sketch Saturday competition as they are also looking for Designers for their team so I thought 'nothing ventured.........'.

The first one is one of my new stamps Lily & Milo by Rachelle Anne Miller. I stamped and coloured with my Prisma pencils, and used background papers according to the sketch
here. Added some stamped text and mounted them on my small nestabilities, some flowers and jewels.

The second of my cards is a Christmas theme again the same sketch template. This time I used last years Dovecraft papers, added text, flowers etc from my stash. The stamp is another new one from Cuddly Buddly, Charley Elf.

Would love your opinions on them...........

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Bus Tour

Updating my blog late today as I was on a mystery bus tour with the residents of the sheltered complex where I do volunteer work. I was a bit dubious at first, but it turned out well and it was after all a lovely afternoon - company and weather wise. We stopped at a small complex where the restaurant closed at 4.30 pm but opened afterwards privately for coach tours. Got to see a bit more of the countryside and all along the coast between Montrose and Arbroath. We had a lovely meal, good company and a laugh before we headed off back home.

All in all a most enjoyable day and no crafting!

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Artepico Award

I have just received an Artepico award from Mandy and really appreciate getting these awards from fellow bloggers who think my blog is worth it. Thank you.

I am supposed to pass this on to five other bloggers whom I think deserve the award. I have decided to pass it on to:

Bev's Crafty bits

Thanks again Mandy!


Had a lovely day yesterday up in Aberdeen with my friend, we had lunch and a browse around the shops. Managed to get myself new trousers and a top but still looking for something smart to wear for my weekend away.
Todays project for my class is back to basics, as they enjoy decoupage so much I thought I would do pyramage - a different slant on it. I took a background that I had and made it into pyramage with a 3D2 software that a friend gave me. I then mounted it onto gold backing card and then onto black glossy cardstock. Stamped and cut out two Japanese coins. Added ribbon along the bottom and side to finish it off.

Haste ye back.................

Sunday, 24 August 2008

La Blanche stamps

Bought lots of new stamps but will be busy the first three days of next week so am hoping to have a play with them soon . I did manage to do a quick card with one of them and am pleased how it turned out. I usually stay away from foam stamps but thought I would give these a go and they are lovely!

Stamps 'La Blanche',Versa ink stamped twice then cut out and decoupaged on to nestabilities. Background paper punched with Fiskers threading punch and added some pearls to finish off.

Friday, 22 August 2008


As I mentioned earlier trying to catch up with family cards as have a lot on next month including having our bedroom decorated, visitors over from Canada and two crafting weekends. One at the end of this month and the other is the 12th September in Manchester with my crafting friends from Imag-e-nation, so it's all go!
Another card made from PC Hugbug Doodlehearts images this is for OH's birthday next month. Thought I would do a humourous one again just for a change. Decoupaged the heart and flower and glazed them again with Glossy accents.

Do you think this is okay for a male card and not too flowery?
Please leave your honest opinions would love to hear what you think.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Sugar Nellies - Christmas

Another horrible dreich day of rain here in my corner of Scotland. Received a couple of really funny e-mails today so that cheered me up. Decided to do a couple of stamped Christmas cards [haven't even thought of starting any yet] with Sugar Nellie stamps that I bought. What do you think?

Sugar Nellie stamps coloured with Prisma pencils, papers Dovecraft [last year]and American Tradional Designs
Made an attempt at a Ribbon flower but small just to finish off card.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


Been busy these last two days so only just managed today to make this card for a neighbour's birthday coming up next month. Have to be early with cards as have lots on in September including[Imag-e-nation weekend, whoppee!].
I thought I would do something different and printed off the card with images from my PC Hugbug- Doodlehearts. I think he is really cute and cut him out twice decoupaged & used glossy accents on him.

Haste ye back........

Monday, 18 August 2008


Monday again, and a miserable day of rain. Schools are back tomorrow so the place will be quiet. Thought I would do some heat embossing and a different card for my class tomorrow. Have stamped and embossed in gold, very finely chalked the rose, added some backing papers using Fiskers threading punch and some lace edges. Folded the card with a gate fold and mounted the round nestabilities in the centre. Finally added some butterflies for interest.

Embossed Centre

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Dr Who

On a roll today just made this card for my other son who's birthday is next week. He is a great fan of Dr Who since he was a little boy so always try and do something with that in mind. Hope he likes this year's one! Did it on my greetings card factory CD, added the image and some embellishments. Hope it does not look to girly, couldn't get the picture right because I have used pearlised papers so the flash shines to much on it. What do you think folks?


Took a break from stamping and cards to make this clock for my son and DIL. He is very fussy so I do hope they like it. Your opinions are very welcome.

The papers are by Cloud 9 Design and called Razzberry Torte. Hearts, brads from stash.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

PTI Stamps

Yesterday went well with my lady [Evelyn] from Tuesday's class who came for a play with my craft stuff. I was able to give her lots of tips on how to use peel-offs, chalks, stamps and my cuttlebug machine. I showed her how to cut out a medallion peel-off on fancy paper and then layer it. The end result was lovely - the peaches, pink & gold medallion onto black mirri card was very striking. [Sorry didn't manage to get a picture] Evelyn did another decoupage card with sheets I had given her and she did very well. It is so satisfying to see someone else get pleasure from crafting.

Today I had another play with my PTI stamps and some fancy papers that I had lying around. Made a tag out of it, added pearls and a flower to finish off. Hope you like it.

Haste ye back................

Wednesday, 13 August 2008


Update on classes yesterday they went well and my one lady managed to do the two cards with the instructions I left her. I helped her with the one I made yesterday as it was a bit fiddly but she seems to be enjoying herself. She has bought some crafting stuff and I invited her to come and play at my house on Friday so that should be interesting.

Today I made a butterfly card with my new PTI stamps and bits and pieces. I am pleased how it turned out so will be experimenting more with the stamps.

Used PTI stamps, nestabilities, mounted the card and cut
out a separate butterfly and used Glamour dust on it and
attached to front of card.

Haste ye back....................

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Tuesday's card

Bit of a mixed bag today weather wise - doesn't know whether to rain or shine! Off to my voluntary work soon and was real stuck for something to do. Eventually came up with a bit more stamping for them. Have posted my sample for you to see, hope you like it. Comments welcome.

Used my new PTI stamps and simply stamped in two colours. Mounted them on nestabilities, background from Fred said flowers. Added flowers, buttons, pearls and ribbon from stash.

Haste ye back............

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Our Trip

Well here it is Sunday already and am back from our short holiday with grandchildren. We had mixed weather on the Tuesday and unfortunately on Wednesday, the day we went on the Jacobite train it poured and when we got off at Mallaig the heavens opened. It did kinda spoil it but the views were still amazing and the Glenfinnan Viaduct was something else!
On Thursday, we stopped off at a Fairy Glen inland from Benavie near the shores of Loch Lochy which the girls loved and then we went on to Spean Bridge and Inverness. We decided to show the girls Culloden Moor on our way home and saw the brand new visitor's centre which is certainly worth a visit if you are up that way. The atmosphere is tinged with sadness and to see the final fate of the clans and those who were tortured and executed and others survived but sent to the colonies as punishment for rising up against the English King. It brings history alive so much more than reading books or being taught in the classroom!
Friday, we didn't do much just chilled out and caught up with some washing and shopping. Had a lovely lunch at the local 'Bakehouse' which is under new management and the food is gorgeous.
Yesterday we had lunch out again but at Sugar & Spice a lovely little oldfashioned sweet shop and tearoom in Arbroath. Then drove down to visit Louise at her shop for a while before heading off to see 'Mamma Mia' at the cinema in Dundee. Absolutely brilliant film would recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. [The girls had the CD so we were singing the music in the car while we drove all over the highlands!]
Today is the girls last day with us and we will really miss them as they certainly keep us on our toes and of course, being biased they are two lovely girls and we just loved our week with them.
Here are some photos.......

Neptune's staircase/Caledonian Canal

Jacobite Monument/Glenfinnan
Ben Nevis under clouds
Naomi with Jacobite soldier [they fought with highland clans]
Laura at Culloden monument

Monday, 4 August 2008


Off on holiday tomorrow with our two grandchildren to Fort William where we are hoping to get the Jacobite train to Mallaig. It passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which is used in the Harry Potter films and the scenery is said to be beautiful. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather stays fine and that we manage to get tickets. Will be away until Friday so everyone take care and haste ye back..........