Wednesday 29 June 2022

Our adventure continues .........

Happy Wednesday ........

I hope you're enjoying your week.
We're in the middle of week 2 of our Scottish motorhome adventure.  After three nights staying by Loch Ness we drove down yesterday to a lovely little campsite in Bunree (how cute does that sound!) 

Loch Ness was as beautiful as ever.  We stayed on a really nice campsite called Loch Ness Shores ...... a great location, really nice facilities, and the weather wasn't too bad either.  We had a pitch on the upper level, overlooking the Loch, with only a 2 minute (if that) walk down to the shore

We did a bit of exploring up to the Falls of Foyers 

We started at the bottom by the river ......... just by the campsite

And we made our way up to the top through the forest ....... and the red squirrel trail (didn't see any red squirrels though!)

There wasn't much water in the falls which was a shame ......

But the views from the top were worth seeing .......

We loved Loch Ness ..... didn't see Nessie though but, you never know,  maybe next time, as we will definitely be going back.

We're lochside again at Bunree ......

As you can see it was grey and wet when we arrived yesterday but, we have stunning lochside views 

and even a bench to sit and have my morning coffee ..... perfect!

I think we're going to enjoy our stay here at Bunree!

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

Cheerio until next time ......

Monday 27 June 2022

Happy Birthday Loll .......

Happy Monday .......

I hope you've all had a nice weekend.

It's a special day today for a very special lady in the world of blogging.  
I think we all know the lovely Loll (Stamping with Loll), the brains behind the CAS Mix Up and CAS Christmas challenges ........  well, it's her birthday today.

Happy Birthday Loll ..... I hope you have a fabulous day.  
Lots of love and best wishes coming your way from the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland
  (yes we're still in the van!)

Just in case your card hasn't made it all the way across to you in time for your birthday (thanks for the nudge Nancy!) ..... here it is

The floral stamps, matching dies and stencils are all by Pink Fresh Studio.

The stamps are so pretty, I used them with gold ink to add detail to the background ......

The matching layering stencils make colouring the flowers and leaves so quick and easy ......

And then to be able to die cut the pretty floral sprays allows you to add depth to your floral designs ..... love it!!

A pretty stamped and die cut sentiment finishes of the outside ......

And I added more of the design on the inside ......

A special card for a very special lady ...... hope you like it Loll!

Thanks for popping by ....... enjoy the rest of your day, and have a lovely Birthday Loll!

Cheerio until next time ..........

Stamps: Blooming Branch stamps - Pink Fresh Studio; Opposites Attract Sentimnent stamps - The Greetery
Inks: Distress Inks - shades of pink and green to colour flowers; Delicata - Golden Glitz; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Other: Blooming Branch co-ordinating dies and stencils - Pink Fresh Studio; Opposites Attract co-ordinating dies 

Friday 24 June 2022

It's a Heilen Coooo .......

Happy Friday ........

I hope you're well, and looking forward to the weekend. Have you got anything nice planned?

We're still enjoying our Scottish motorhome adventure.   
After three lovely nights on the banks of Loch Lomond we left on Wednesday morning and drove to Oban over on the west coast of Scotland.   We then took a ferry across to the Isle of Mull ...... it was a bit breezy, but luckily the waters were very calm.   
We've been staying on a lovely campsite about halfway up the north coast of Mull at a place called Salen Bay.  It's beautiful ...... we're pitched right on the edge overlooking the Sound of Mull.  I'll share some pictures with you later.

There's still time to play along with this month's Sweet Poppy Challenge over on the Simply Sweet Poppy Stencils Facebook Page
There's a whopping £40 voucher for the challenge winner to spend on Sweet Poppy goodies.  And guess what ....... the brand new Christmas release is available from today on pre-order, so it would definitely come in handy for that.

The theme is ......... Just for Him.  We want to see cards perfect for those fabulous men in our lives!
As we're in Scotland, I couldn't resist using this fun Sweet Poppy Stencil ...... Isla - the Highland Cow, or Heilen Coo as they're known around here.

I do love this stencil, and it's perfect for masculine cards.

I used various colours of Distress Oxide ink through the stencil onto a piece of Kraft card. Oxides work so well on coloured cardstock, you just need to build up the depth of colour slowly.

I added a few black ink splatters onto the background, and blended a little ink around the edges of the card

before adding the sentiment on the bottom ........

The challenge is open until the 29th of the month so get those stencils out!  Remember they do have to be Sweet Poppy stencils though.

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

For those of you following our Scottish adventure here's a few pictures from the last couple of days.
We're on Salen Bay Campsite ...... todays view from the front of the van

A little breezy, but the sun is shining!

Yesterday we hopped on a local bus and took a trip up to Tobermory ...... the weather was a bit cloudy and grey but it was lovely and warm.

We had a nice walk around the town, did a bit of shopping, and found a lovely restaurant for lunch ....... 

One of my favourites ....... a delicious seafood pie (yum!)

Then we finished the afternoon off with a trip to the local whisky distillery for a tasting ....... or two

The perfect end to the day was to watch the sunset over the Sound of Mull, with a wee dram .......


We're on the move again tomorrow.  We're on the early morning ferry back to Oban then we're driving up to Loch Ness ...... maybe I'll see Nessie!

Cheerio until next time .....

Stencil: Isla - the Highland Cow (Sweet Poppy Stencils)
Stamps: One for the Boys stamp set (Woodware)
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks - Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, Crackling Campfire; Distress Ink - Black Soot 
Other: Black Fine liner pen for the eyes 

Monday 20 June 2022

We're in Scotland! .........

Happy Monday! ..........

Hello from bonnie Scotland. 

It's so nice to be back in this stunning part of the world.

We left the Isle of Man on Saturday, on the morning ferry to Heysham.  We then headed north,  and stayed one night on a lovely campsite just outside of Glasgow (Strathclyde Country Park Campsite).
After a leisurely morning yesterday, we set off on our travels again and headed further north up to Loch Lomond.
We're currently on the stunning Luss Campsite, right on the banks of the Loch ...... it's beautiful.  We're literally 10-12 feet from the waters edge ......

Monday morning wasn't bad at all ........ the sun was shining and the loch was so still.  The perfect spot for a morning coffee
We're here for another two nights so fingers crossed the weather holds.

Anyway, enough of all that, the real reason I'm here is I have some cards to share ....... yeah!!! Don't get too excited though, there's only 2, and one of the designs I Case'd from Pinterest

June's Simply Sweet Poppy Stencils Facebook Challenge is well underway, but don't worry, if you fancy playing along there's still plenty of time left, the closing date is not until the 29th of the month.

The theme this month is ...... Just for Him, perfect timing as it was Father's Day yesterday.  Also, the perfect excuse to restock cards for all those 'hard to make for' men in our lives. 

Here's a quick and easy idea using some of the Sweet Poppy aperture stencils .......

I used Distress Inks through the Circle, the Triangle and the Tall Triangle to create this bold, geometric design.
Easy to do, with lots of possible colour combinations ........ use his favourite colours, or his football team colours, or even just your favourite colours. 

The beauty of using Distress is they are so easy to blend, and no matter what colours you choose, they all seem to work well together (speaking of Distress colours, have you seen the new one yet?  Uncharted Mariner ....... what a gorgeous shade of turquoise blue.  Hopefully mine will be waiting for me when I get back home)

I used three colours of Distress Ink through the stencils, overlapping them in the centre of my card

I stamped my sentiment over the top and added co-ordinating self-adhesive enamel dots to each of the stenciled shapes

and finished off with a few white gel pen highlights.

This was the card I case'd from Pinterest .......

Such a fun design I think, really easy to do, and perfect for guys. Just think of all the different 'shirt designs' you could create.

I used the Plaid Backplate from Sweet Poppy Stencils (most guys like a check shirt!), and I used Distress Oxides this time onto kraft cardstock.

I stenciled the plaid design over the whole of a piece of kraft card and then cut the various pieces I needed to create the look of a shirt front ........ the pocket detail

a triangle for the collar, and a strip for the buttons down the front

I added some faux stitching using a white gel pen and added my sentiment on a small triangle of white card and attached it as though it was a hankerchief in the pocket

The  challenge rules are simple and it's open until the 29th, so plenty of time left to enter.
There's a £40 voucher for the winner to spend on Sweet Poppy Stencil goodies but, you have to be in it to win it!  

Happy stenciling!

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

Cheerio until next time .......

Stencils: Circle, Triangle & Tall Triangle Aperture stencils; Plaid Backplate (Sweet Poppy Stencils)
Inks: Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Distress Oxide Inks - Bluprint Sketch, Fired Brick
Stamps: One for the Boys (Woodware)
Other: Self-adhesive enamel dots; white gel pen; small metal button charms