Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello Everyone,

It's been another busy week with plenty to smile about and share with Annie at A Stitch In Time, not least a visit from these two handsome chappies on Wednesday.
It's nearly impossible to get my great-grandson, Callum, to stay still long enough for a photo shot. A typical two-year old, he is constantly on the move, and into everything too.
These two blurry photos show just what an active little chap he is. For some reason he loved the mat at the back door so had a wee dance on it and then he very helpfully mopped the kitchen floor. There's never a dull moment with Callum around, although I admit this great-gran was shattered by the end of the afternoon!
His dad, William, sporting a very fetching beard. I still find it hard to believe my grandson is old enough to grow a beard let alone a dad. Where do the years go. Sigh.

Final photo for this week, a shot taken by DH of sunrise over Ayr this morning.

And now the funny for the week.

Given that I'm a great-gran four times over - at the time of posting - the sentiment on this  mug appealed to me.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend which brings plenty to smile about.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

WOYWW - Week 433

Evening Everyone,

Thought I'd never get here today! WOYWW had to wait because I've had a little visitor, my great-grandson, and his daddy, so have been busy. Got to admit too that once he had gone I sat down and fell asleep on the sofa - I was exhausted! Still, it was lovely to see them both. Anyway, here at last is what's on my desk today.
There's a box of Christmas stamps out and I've started making card toppers with them - hence the pile of white card cut to size. Rudolph Day is just a few days away and I'm told it is only about twelve weeks to Christmas so time to make a few more cards than the one a month I've been managing up to now. Behind the saucer with the wet wipe there's a dish full of Stickles - I've propped them upside down in the hope that there's still some life in them. If not, I'll have to toss them and start anew.

So there you are. Not a lot going on creatively ... well, not that I can show you. I do, however, just have to share these with you:
Our first apples from the tree we planted just two years ago. Last year we didn't have any fruit but this year there's loads. They are fresh, crisp and juicy too.

Not long now until the Crop now - just a few more sleeps :)

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Snippet Cards - A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Evening Everyone,

It's been a lovely autumnal day here ... perfect for the day out at Portpatrick Harbour to celebrate DH's 79th birthday. For those of you who follow me on Facebook pop over to see photos taken today.

There was, though, a definite nip in the air so I think it's safe to say that summer is over. Not to worry, autumn here in Scotland is glorious and our summer hasn't been all that good ... not good enough to miss, that's for sure. And it does mean that I will be spending less time gardening and more time crafting. Now, that's got to be good because it will mean I can get back to posting more often on this much neglected blog ... starting with sharing this trio of snippets cards.

As you can see the design is similar in all of them and they all feature butterflies. The strips of card are leftovers from an earlier session when I played with the various colours in my Brusho collection. I layered them on to scraps of solid coloured card before adhering them to the face of the card blanks. The butterflies were cut from snippets of card using two of the new die sets bought recently from The Range.

Supplies used:

  • card blanks 
  • leftover pieces of white card spattered with Brushos in a variety of colours, trimmed to create strips
  • scraps of card in green, yellow and pink for the layers under the Brusho strips to create the panels
  • snippets of card in green, aqua, yellow, turquoise and pink for the butterflies
  • butterfly dies - Xcut Dinky Die - Butterfly and Dovecraft Mini die - Layering Butterfly

I'd like to say that these made a huge dent in my scrap mountain but, sadly, they did not. I've been thinking of taking another approach to this problem, that is apart from tossing them all in the bin - I couldn't do that - and after watching a few YouTube videos on the subject I'm going to have a bash at making up card kits to have ready to work on at any time I have a free moment. I'm hoping the initial time taken to make up the kits will, in the end, be worth it. Grabbing a few kits to work on whilst watching TV of an evening would seem a good plan. And it also occurs to me that the youngsters in the family might like some to be creative with. It's worth a try. I'll let you know if it proves to be a successful approach - or not.

In the meantime, I'm submitting one of these cards to Pixie's Snippets Playground. I'm just not sure which one - decisions, decisions!

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and that the coming week is going to be a good one.