Friday, 24 May 2019

Well that was a busy week!! ......

Hello there ........

Happy Friday!  I hope you've had a good week, mine seems to have gone by at 100 miles an hour! I'm definitely looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend.

It's been full steam ahead since we got back from our little break in the Scottish Highlands. Not only have I had all the usual stuff to catch up with but, our son's moving into a new flat at the weekend so we've been helping get all that sorted too. 
It's been nice having him at home for the last few months, I am going to miss him ..... I won't miss ironing his white shirts though!!

We had a fabulous weekend away though ..... even if the weather wasn't very nice. 
We took the ferry to the UK last Thursday evening and then drove as far as Gretna.
We got an early start on the Friday and the weather was lovely. We drove all the way up to just past Inverness.  We stopped at Loch Lomond, then Loch Long  and had a spot of lunch.  We found the hotel where we spent our wedding night too ...... 31 years ago!!
We stopped off in Fort Augustus for a cheeky ice cream, and a nice walk along the side of the locks.


and then drove up the banks of Loch Ness.  Unfortunately we didn't see Nessy .... maybe next time!

Over the weekend we stayed in a beautiful B&B called Drynie House in a place called Kilmuir, North Kessock.


Overlooking the Moray Firth ........


set in 20 acres of woodland, with sheep and lambs, deer and the odd red squirrel here and there, it was the perfect place to relax.


Alasdair and Deirdre were the perfect hosts .... the breakfasts were amazing, and they knew all the best places to visit in the area ....... and beyond!

As I said the weather wasn't kind to us ...... it rained most of the weekend but it didn't stop us getting out and about.  We drove around the Black Isle, stopping off here and there,  and we made it all the way over to the Isle of Skye.
The scenery we saw was breathtaking.  It's such a long time since we've been to Scotland we'd forgotten how beautiful it is.

Whilst we were on Skye we visited the Talisker Distillery ..... well it would have been rude not to, seeing as hubby is a whisky fan.


We did one of the Whisky Tours,  and even tasted a wee dram, or two.
Now I don't drink whisky, well not very often.  You all know I'm a gin girl but, hubby keeps trying to find a whisky that I like.  Well ...... Surprise! Surprise! I've found one.  The 25 year old Talisker is rather nice!!
We even brought some home with us!


We arrived back home on Monday evening ...... and it's been all go ever since!
The washing machine hasn't stopped .... I'm ironing for England ..... and it's full steam ahead in the craft room too!
Never mind .... we've got a nice long weekend coming up and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.
Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the start of the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races
Yes, its that time of year again when the world's best road racers gather on the island to take on the
incredible 'Mountain Course' .......  37.73 miles of a course, all on the islands public roads.  Practice Week gets underway tomorrow ..... fingers crossed the weather holds.

Well I think we're all up to date now ....... crafty posts will resume next week. 
By the way ..... did you see Lucy on the TV on Tuesday, with Sweet Poppy Stencils?  The brand new Dragon made his TV debut ....... and sold out ....... twice!!!!  I'll be back next week to share some of my samples with you.

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend.

Cherrio until next time ........

Monday, 20 May 2019

Bee or not To Bee Blog Hop

Happy Monday!

Did you know it's World Bee Day today.


And to celebrate there's the 2019 BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

The purpose of this blog hop is to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.
Check out the official World Bee Day website too, it's full of interesting information about these amazing little insects.

There's also an amazing line up of sponsors for the Blog Hop ..... check these out


As you can see Uniko is one of the Blog Hop sponsors, and Bev has invited the Design Team to join in too.

I've made this cute little card using the Uniko Bee Happy Clear stamp set, paired with the Pinstripe Background Block


I stamped the honeycomb heart, heat embossed it in gold and then coloured the honeycomb using ZIG markers


I stamped the bees with a black ink, and again coloured with the markers adding a touch of sparkle to their wings with a Clear Wink of Stella pen


Part of my sentiment has been stamped onto the card and heat embossed .....


with the otther half stamped onto a snippet of yellow cardstock, and attached underneath


I stamped the pinstripe, using a black ink, onto a strip of yellow cardstock, attached it down one side of my cardblank, and then finished off with a few splatters of gold ink.

As you hop on through you'll find lots of Giveaways along the way .....

Bugaboo Stamps, $12 Gift Certificate to the Store
Clearly Besotted Stamps, £15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Create a Smile, 50€ Gift Certificate to the Store
Gerda Steiner Designs, $15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Honey Bee Stamps, $30 Gift Certificate to the Store
Jane’s Doodles, $50 Gift Certificate to the Store
Kitty Bee Designs, 1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn, $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Mo’s Digital Pencil, $5 Store Credit
Newton’s Nook Designs, $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Power Poppy, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Pretty Pink Posh, $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
STAMPlorations, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Uniko, Clear Stamp Set (in stock) of winner’s choice


Milka is also giving away Jane’s Doodles ‘Daisies’ stamp set to one lucky winner.

That's 19 prizes to be given away to 19 winners ..... WOW!!!

The Giveaways are open Worldwide (+18) and for a chance to win, all you have to do is hop along all the blogs of the participating designers and sponsors listed in the Blog Hop list and leave a comment on each blog (22 stops).
After commenting on them all, return back to Milka’s blog and add your name to the InLinkz.
Please make sure to read the Blog Hop details, terms and conditions, Giveaway rules and privacy policy which you can find on Milka’s blog post below the InLinkz.

The Blog Hop closes on May 31st 2019  at 23.59 CEST.  Winners names will be announced on Milka's Blog on June 3rd 

Here's the full Blog Hop list ......

5. Donna Mikasa              
8. Larissa Walgemoed              
13. Tina Pavlovic                             
15. Gerda Steiner Designs (sponsor)
16. Honey Bee Stamps (sponsor)
17. Lawn Fawn (sponsor)
19. Paper Smooches (sponsor)
20. Pretty Pink Posh (sponsor)
21. Uniko (sponsor) 
22. Your Next Stamp (sponsor)


Milka Gubo (InLinkz – return after commenting and add your name to InLinkz)

Happy hopping folks!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and Happy World Bee Day!!
(Fingers crossed this post goes live on time.  Hubby and I have been up in the Scottish Highlands and we're currently on our way home to the Isle of Man.   We've had a fab few days surrounded by the most amazing scenery, eaten delicious food, and had the odd dram or two, but more about all that later.

Cheerio until next time .......

Products used:
Stamps: Bee Happy; Pinstripe Bckground Block (Uniko)
Inks: Versafine ink, Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata - Golden Glitz (for the splatters)
Other: Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder (WOW!); ZIG Brush Markers, Clear Wink of Stella pen, yellow cardstock

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Reach for the stars ......

Happy weekend .......

I hope you're having a good one.
It's time for a quick reminder about this month's CAS Stencil Challenge.
Our host for May is the lovely Sue, and the theme is a real fun technique for you to try ....... Stenciling over a Coloured Background


There are lots of ways to try this technique ....... use your stencils over coloured cardstock or pretty patterned papers.  Create your own coloured backgrounds using inks or paints and then stencil over the top ..... it's a great way to use up all those pieces that didn't quite turn out as we had hoped!
Or stencil over one of those mop up pieces of card that we all have a stash of  The list is endless.  Just remember to keep your designs Clean And Simple as well as following the theme.

I've used a piece of black cardstock here that's been sprayed with the new Distress Oxide Sprays, and then stenciled over the top using a white paste.


I simply spritzed the black card using the Oxide sprays and left it to dry.


These sprays are fab .... and they work so well on dark cardstock.

Once the ink was dry I took the Shooting Stars stencil and used a white aste through the design.  Whilst the paste was still wet, I sprinkled the stars with a fine crystal glitter to add some sparkle


I stamped and heat embossed the word 'stars' using a silver embossing powder


and stamped the rest of my sentiment onto a snippet of white card, and attached it using foam pads.


To finish off I added a sparkly die cut star.

There's still plenty of time to enter this month's challenge.  Check out the CAS Stencil Blog for all the details, along with more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.  We also have our lovely Guest Designer Michele with us again so be sure to pop by and say hello.

Thanks for popping by ........ enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Cheerio until next time ......


Products used:
Stamps: Reach for the Stars (Uniko)
Inks: Distress Oxide Sprays - Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon (I think!); Versafine; Versafine Clair - Nocturne 
Others: Black cardstock; Silver Embossing Powder (WOW!); Shooting Star stencil (Funky Fossil); White stencil paste; crystal glitter 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Happy Birthday Bev! .......

Welcome to Tuesday ......

It's a special day today.  The lovely Bev from Uniko is celebrating her birthday!!

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday dear Bev
Happy Birthday to You!!! 

It's not just any old birthday ..... it's a big one!  I don't think she'll mind me telling you ..... it's the big 4 0!!!!
To help her celebrate her special day the Uniko Design Team have gt together and we're having a Surprise Birthday Blog Hop ..... whoo hoo!!

Happy Birthday hun ....... hope it's a good one!


I'm not sure how Bev is feeling about turning 40 (I know I wasn't happy when it was me!!) so I thought I'd keep my design CAS, and make the number a little understated ......


Inlaid into the stamped image ......


Gold shimmer ink to stamp with, coloured using ZIG Markers,  and a few little crystal drops to finish


I know Bev has received this, because I gave it to her at the weekend when I saw her at Port Sunlight.
If you would like to join in and wish Bev a Happy Birthday ..... just design a card and add it to the linky on the Birthday Blog post on the Uniko Blog ...... she'll love it!

Speaking of Port Sunlight we had a great day on Saturday.  The weather was fab, the ferry crossing was perfectly calm (both ways) and the shopping was fun.  I even came back with money in my purse which was a bonus!


It was so nice to see everyone, it's just a shame we don't get more time.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to the craft room now.  It's a short week for me this week, so I need to get move on!
Hubby and I are having a few days away ....... we're on the boat again on Thursday and then we're off up to Scotland I think.  Let's hope this nice weather holds.
Speaking of the weather, did I mention that hubby had bought himself a little present?  He's bought himself a telescope.


It's a bit bigger than I imagined ..... my hubby never does anything by half!!!

Anyway, as you can see it's all set up ...... well almost.   Apparently, you have to align it using the stars so that the telescope knows where it is, you can then tell it what you want to look at, and it will move around to view different parts of the sky ...... makes sense, I suppose!  Well ...... since it arrived we haven't had a clear night ..... and the thing's just been sat in the lounge.  That was until Saturday. 

The Isle of Man is known for it's dark skies and where we are there's not much in the way of street lights etc., it's all countryside around us so, on a clear night the sky is full of stars.  When I got home around 10ish the house was deserted.  I eventually found him, on the patio, with the telescope, looking at the moon!  Bless him .... my little stargazer!  

Cheerio until next time .....



Products used:
Stamps: Happiest of Days (Stampin Up!)
Inks: Delicata - Golden Glizt
Other: Number dies (Stampin Up!); ZIG Brush Markers, Crystal Drops (Nuvo)