Crappiest of crappy weeks!

Man this has been a really really really crap week!  

So I have had roof problems for a while.  I live in a block of six flats, 3 owned by the local authority, 3 by private owners.  The ridge tile slipped off the roof during high winds and smashed our front gutter which has caused no end of problems.  In a normal situation the local authority are easy to deal with and the owners not so much... but it's been a COMPLETE reversal this time.  Us wee owners just want it fixed and all OK again, but the local authority have done nothing but be utter PESTS! 

Then a bulge appears in my kitchen ceiling, I send a brilliant friend Allan up into my loft space to have a look... yep there's a hole.  The tile has slipped, the under-felt is away and the sarking is also away... This is not a good recipe for a Scottish roof... you know we love a bit of wind and rain!  There hadn't been any water in the bulge in the ceiling but the insulation above was damp.  Then it rained really badly, the wind smacked the block in a way that was going to take it right through the hole and then came the water through the ceiling... GREAT! Although there's not been anymore water through since - although we've had loads of rain. 

So that was bad, but thankfully is now in the midst of beginning to be fixed! And then on Friday I get a garbled text from my Mum.  My brother has been mugged and assaulted.  He's only 13 :-( He was quite shocked afterward and he kept saying to my Mum, you just don't realise what is happening Mum, I thought the guy just wanted to borrow my phone, thats why I asked him why he wanted to know what kind it was.

He decided he wanted to stay the entire weekend with me, which was of course fine.  I brought him back to my place, he was so shaken up he wanted to sleep in my bed.  What could I say, I felt bad for him, I told him fine, but NO TEETH GRINDING! So of course he couldn't sleep and dosed most of the night, asking me questions randomly every hour or so.  The dog felt she had to sleep with us too, so there was the boy on one side, the dog on her back in the middle with her head on the pillow weighting down the duvet and me balancing on the edge shattered! 

Needless to say, no crafting has been done.  In fact it's a wonder I haven't been locked away cos I swear I was on the brink of flipping!  I pray that this is the end of the chaos and I will now be back to normal - well at least once the roof is fixed! 

Wish me luck! 

Lyns xx

Friday! Friday!

Hey-hey Everyone! It's FRIIIIIIIIIDAY! Yeah! Yeah!

How good am I?! Posting two days in a row... AND with my promised Christmas Card.  So I didn't do a great deal last night, chatted to Hubby on Skype - what would we do without it?!  I also got DRENCHED whilst out with the dog, she was soaked to the core, I had all my waterproofs on though, so underneath I stayed dry. Molly LOVES splashing in puddles and it's very funny when she does, its like she's trying to catch the splashes! She's so entertaining, I spend so much time laughing at her.  I got her home (where I'd preempted the wet disaster - shut every door off the hall and drying accessories ready to hand) I got her straight in the door and then gave her a good rub down with a towel, I'm so grateful for wooden flooring!  Once the towel was drenched and she wasn't so much, I put her drying coat on her - now you might be wondering what a drying coat is when it's at home but take a look at my friend Angi's website Freckles Designs. She makes wonderful accessories for dogs and gifts for your home. Have a peek at what she has for sale just now.  I cannot recommend the drying coat enough though, it definitely helps get your pooch dry quickly, meaning less stinky wet dog smell! 

Here is Molly wearing hers whilst giving me a grin with her bottom teeth! lol This is about a split second before she jumped on me and kissed my face! 

On to today's card, it's another boofle themed Christmas card, using the reindeer this time. I'm sorry about the quality of my photographs too, I'm not sure why they are a bit rubbishy today! Anyhoo, papers are boofle, as is the decoupage sheet and sentiment.  I ran some kraft card through my bug with the boofle button impress folder and cut with a nestie circle to make a backing for the reindeer to sit on.  The ribbon is from my stash. 

With the little bits of left overs I decided to make this little tag, I just cut a bit of scrap kraft card into a tag shape then added the left over scrap tartan paper and one of the boofle sentiments.  I punched a hole using my crop-a-dile and put a snowflake brad through it and added ribbon from my stash and some dark grey gems. 

I hope you guys like! I hope you all have exciting weekend's planned.  This morning I found a bulge in my kitchen ceiling that I thought 'oh nooooooo water' but I stabbed it and weirdly nothing there?! Not even damp - it's so odd. I'll be up in the loft having an investigate of that at some point of the weekend - that'll be fun. Grumble... grumble... 

Take care guys and thanks for visiting, Lyns xx

Home for Christmas...

Hey-hey Everyone, 

It's almost weekend time! Woooooooo hoooooooo! I am looking forward to this weekend, I'm hitting the town for some cocktails in celebration of my friend's 30th Birthday, so in preparation tomorrow night I will be getting my spray tan done.  I also by chance happened to have a hair appointment on Saturday morning, so I hope to be going out with luscious locks and a gorgeous glow... watch this space! I may end up a haystack with streaky orange legs! LOL I hope not! 

This week I have kept up my 2 Christmas cards a week, I have made my two already AND I think I might just have another cooking in the back of my mind... maybe I should save it for next week though?!  ha ha!  I thought this Boofle Decoupage would be great for my Hubby, especially with the Sentiment 'Home for Christmas' because he will be home for a whole 2 weeks at Christmas - YIPPEE!! I did however end up with Chris Rhea's 'Driving Home for Christmas' stuck in my head the whole time I made this... 

The image is a Boofle Decoupage Sheet, with stickles added to the snow.  The papers are also Boofle Christmas mounted on to Green Card and Kraft Card.  I also tore up a bit of scrap kraft card then ran it through my bug with the Boofle Impress Button Folder and I pulled the hell out of that Cheese Cloth to roughen it up a bit more.  The two little gems in the corner were from my stash.  

I have decorated the inside of the card using the same papers from the front, I thought it'd be nice to use a gold/bronze marker to write my message.  The Sentiment is also one off the Boofle sheet.  Tomorrow I will share my other Boofle Card I made :o) 

Yesterday I was off work unwell :o( - Molly was super confused, she was upset that I wasn't going out so she could have a good kip and a filled Kong.  I thought I'd take a bath to try to relax a bit... Molly had other ideas! 

This face says 'Me? Eating the Bubbles? Nope, definitely wasn't me!' 

Earlier in the week I had a go at making my own granola bars and Oh My God they are YUMMY!  If you fancy trying your hand at them, the recipe is here and it is super easy and they really are super tasty.  I gave my colleague one to try and she said they were lovely too and a real compliment to me, she said 'much better than shop bought ones' :o) 

I shall be back tomorrow with another project and I will eventually remember to put my brother's Halloween Card up - I'm so glad he doesn't know my blog address... I can imagine the abuse I'd take! 

Thanks for visiting Guys and hope you are all well. Lyns xx

Don't Wine Alone...

Hey Everyone, 

Did you all have a good week/weekend?  I was so bad and forgot to come back and post my brother's card, I promise to do it when I get home, promise, promise, promise! Well if I don't get too engrossed chatting/coffeeing with my mate Sarah... then I promise!  I've been a little distracted... one of our ridge tiles fell off our roof back in January, smashed the gutter at the front of our buildings (2 sections of course, couldn't just be 1) and now every time it rains (all the time beings as we are in Scotland) it is like Niagara Falls coming out of that gutter.  I'd share some pictures but the front of my building isn't the most aesthetically pleasing.  Organising the repairs has been a bit of a bug-bear... it's hard coordinating with the other owners and then the builders and getting quotes and getting everyone together at once to sort it all out.  However I think we are very NEARLY there.  Fingers crossed it is done soon and we can not be rained on whilst opening our front door. 

My card for today is one for my Friend Claire who has turned 30, lots of my friends join the 30 club this year, but I'm one of the babies of the group so it's next year for me :o) This is a digi stamp from Bugaboo which is DEFINITELY app for Claire, I think she'll like it.  

My papers are Tulip Linen, with some lace, ribbon that I have had for AGES! The diamante button is from the ribbon girl.  

I found this image a bit of a pain to colour for whatever reason, it just doesn't sit quite right with me.  I'm sure that my friend wont notice/mind! As always this has been coloured with copics. 

Off for a blog hop now.  Take Care and thanks for visiting, Lyns xx

My Own Challenge

Hey-hey Guys,

How is everyone?  Good I hope! I got down to some crafting at the weekend and picked up some bits and pieces so I decided to set myself my own challenge.  It is just under 6 weeks until I go out to visit Hubby again, so every week until I go I have to make two Christmas cards.  I can't sub them for something else either, has to be Christmas.  I figure then at least my close family and friends will at least get a home made card even if others have to get a shop bought one - I hate doing that though.  I like to give everyone a home made one but sometimes it's just not possible.  I don't have a great deal of time at the moment so I have to make the most of what I do have. 

Well I went to the devil zone that is Hobbycraft at the weekend... their stock was not great!  I was very disappointed especially as I took my brother with me and he was desperate to get some things and they didn't have anything he was after.  He was quite let down and I felt really bad for him.  I managed to get some of the new Boofle Christmas goodies - hey it's not LOTV for once! lol 

This is my creation using my Boofle Stash and there'll be more to come for sure, cos he's such a cute bear! 

Unfortunately the paper is very shiny so it's a bit difficult to photograph - so there's quite a bit of glare. 

Here's my wee bears close up! I added the glitter, it's stickles ice glitter glue, it's made my paper a bit wibbly-wobbly but it's better now it's nice and dry! lol 

Here's the inside of my card, the stars are from the inside bits that are on the front, I just thought it added an extra wee something. 

Tomorrow I will be back with my Brother's Challenge card for LOTV, I need to tidy up the pictures a bit before they go up.  I hope you guys like and if I stick to this challenge (not if, I WILL stick to it) then you'll be seeing a lot more Christmas cards!  Take care and thanks for visiting, Lyns xx

Lili's Fairies Thursday Challenge - Black Magic

Hi Guys

Hope you are all having a good weekend, it's been a good day so far for me, I have had my younger brother staying with me, he has been crafting with me which has been good. We've both made cards for lili's fairies Thursday challenge which is black magic, my brother has interpreted it literally and chose to do something with magic and black bits - I will share his card on a separate post as he wants to be in with a chance of winning the challenge lol

So here is my entry which is an LOTV fairy, coloured with copics and stickles, the sentiment is also LOTV, I have heat embossed this with silver embossing powder, my stars we cut from black card and then silver glitter embossing powder and heat embossed, the ribbon is black velvet.

Here is a close up of my image, not the best colouring but I try!

I hope this reflects the black magic that the challenge was after and will be back with my brothers efforts shortly.

Thanks for visiting, Lyns xx

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Easter in September?!

Hey-Hey Everyone, 

Wednesday means we're half way there! woo-hoo! We've got another beautiful day in Edinburgh today, a bit chilly this morning but nothing I couldn't handle. What I could've done without was the dog getting up at 5.30 am and hacking up bits of stick she'd managed to swallow yesterday.  Disgusting.  Once she'd brought that up she was happy as larry and thought we should be getting up and she should be getting breakfast.  She got sent back to bed!  I really wish I could have some of Molly's enthusiasm in the mornings cos she's always happy.  

Take a look at this picture of her yesterday - blatant self-love! 

She's some dog! 

Well as promised yesterday I am back today with another card, wow! 2 days on the trot - who'd have thought.  This is one I made a long time ago that I don't seem to have blogged about... I think I was hanging off to make an inside section then never did! 

My stamp is LOTV (shock) and coloured with Copics... again what a surprise. The diamante button, binding ribbon and lace are all from The Ribbon Girl. I coloured the binding ribbon (if I remember rightly) using copics.  I also scrunched it up a bit to give it a more rustic look.  The papers are erm.... hmmm... Tulip from Papermania! Got there eventually.  Stickles have been added over the easter egg.  

Here's a close up of my colouring: 

Well I hope you guys liked today's card and the picture of my mental mutt Molly.  I'll be back again soon with some more adventures! Thanks for visiting. 

Take care, Lyns xx

Anniversary Bears

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you are good today!  It is a beautiful day here in Edinburgh, which always put everyone in a good mood, I'd be in an even better mood if I didn't have to be at work... but that lottery win just isn't coming :o) 

I had a great crafty day with my friend Sarah on Saturday, we sat and coloured images had a good blether and a mess around, so much messing around that I didn't actually get a card finished - woops! I had to do crafty detention and got it finished on Sunday night, here is the finished product. 

I bought the stamp from LOTV a while back, I think it is really cute - you all know I'm a complete sucker for LOTV and nothing much has changed where that is concerned.  My backing papers are from Hot Diggity Dog (I think) I used the Magnolia Die on my Bug for my stars.  Lace is from The Ribbon Girl.  I can't remember where the gems are from, or the cheese cloth! Oh dear.  

Here is a close up of my colouring (copic ciao markers) which I hope isn't too rusty after so long away.  I used a Copic Spica Clear Glitter Pen on the leaves, which is really difficult to see but it is quite shimmer in person.  I also used some Stickles glitter glue on the water, stars, moon and champagne. 

This card is going to be for my hubby as it is our anniversary in 20 days - wow! Unfortunately I can't post the card to him as there isn't really a mail service in Qatar so I will be keeping it to give to him when I see him in October.  I can be pretty certain he wont be looking at my blog! lol I hope you guys like. 

I will be back tomorrow with another card for you. Thanks for visiting, I'm off for a hop now! 

Lyns xx

Sticking my head above the parapet

Hi Everyone

Where to begin, well you will see my last post appears like it was a blatant lie, I can assure you at the time I had all the best intentions of being 'back'. Life has seriously come in the way of my crafting.

My dearest husband chose to take a job working in Qatar, whilst the money is fantabulous and tax free, it is not so great being apart. Friends ask if I will join him out there, unfortunately I can't earn the same kind of money there. Taking a similar job I would earn approximately a third of what I do in the UK. The point of him being there is to provide us with a better future by saving as much as we can, I would eat into that saving which would defeat the purpose for being there.

Things haven't been easy to say the least, it's very difficult being without my best friend, my rock. To try to help fill some of the void I now have a lovely yellow Labrador called Molly, she's beautiful - I think you will agree. Whilst she's great fun she can be a lot of work too. Labs have always been a part of my family though so I did know what I was in for, she's definitely worth it.

I have found the last 4-6 months incredibly stressful. Learning to live alone again has been difficult. One of the hardest things has been how little we actually get to see one and other. Neither myself nor hubby get a great deal of annual leave so we can only see each other for about 5 days at a time. Christmas will be the time we can see each other for the longest time, he will be home for nearly a fortnight. I have never been so keen for winter to come.

Ultimately 2012 so far has been a hard year for us, but we are strong people and we will persevere. Though we don't like this situation we are slowly becoming used to it, it's never nice and so far the only good thing I can relate to him being away is that nothing moves now when I put it down! I'm trying very hard not to wallow in missing my husband, because I do. So much it hurts.

At the weekend I got back on the craft wagon, my lovely friend Sarah and I had a great afternoon colouring, chatting and laughing at YouTube videos - don't tell anyone I'm a YouTube junkie! Tomorrow I will share with you all the card I have made. I have still been ordering some craft goodies and dropping by your blogs, just for a little peek.

For now I am back as much as I can be, I will try to keep more up with my crafting as I miss it sincerely. It is hard to be inspired when you feel so low but I promise to be back to make the effort to get back to my happy self.

Thank you for visiting, Lyns xxx

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Lili's Challenge and I'm back

Hi There Everyone,

I wont go into where I disappeared to for the last couple of months, lets just say that us McG's have had a rough few months, with a lot of uncertainty which made my cardmaking mojo take a holiday! Anyway, I'm now back as best as I can be, might be a bit sporadic but I will do my best to post regularly.  

On to my card, I thought I'd enter this weeks challenge at Lili's Little Fairies using some of the goodies I won from a previous challenge, really fabby goodies and I was very lucky to win.  The challenge is ribbon, buttons and bows.  I coloured my seam binding ribbon with copics to match my colour scheme. 

The card is kraft card, with papers from the Tulip Linen range (which I love to stroke, but sshhh... don't tell anyone), I stamped the sentiment from LOTV onto kraft card and darkened up the edges with an ink stamp.  Lace and Diamante button were part of my goodies I won, I have put a little cheesecloth in the back too for a bit of shabbiness.  

My image is coloured with copics and a little bit of sparkle from stickles.  I love this little swing into spring image and thought this card made a good Easter card.

Thanks everyone for visiting me, take care everyone! Lyns xxx

Sad times...

Hi Everyone, 

This is just a quick post to say thank you for all the lovely comments on my recent cards, I have been extremely lucky and won the last LOTV Thursday Challenge - I got my prize which was a pack from Ribbon Girl and is absolutely fantastic - it looks amazing and I can't wait to make card up with it to share with you all.  

I have been a bit radio silent at the moment as Hubster's Nan (mum's side) passed away at the end of last year; and now unfortunately his Grandpa (dad's side) is very very unwell and currently in hospital.  He is 93, suffering from gallstones but whilst looking for these they found a very large mass that they suspect is cancer.  The scans required to determine what is actually causing his illness would be too much for him.  The family decided knowing what Grandpa's wishes were from past conversations, to keep him as comfortable as possible. He does not have long left and this is an extremely sad time for my Husband, his family and myself.  We hope for Grandpa's sake that he is not distressed for long.  

For now I will be probably pretty quiet but I will pop by every now and then.  

Thanks for visiting, sorry that this post is not the most happy. Take Care Everyone, Lyns xx

I'm just not sure...

Hey There Everyone! 

How are you all doing today?  Tuesday, pfffft! Nothing good ever happens on a Tuesday... Apart from having to go to work, it's all just a bit dull.  Hubster went to the gym last night whilst I battered it out in the pool and I swear someone doesn't want me to own pairs of earrings but lots of just one on their own.  I lost a white gold earring when I was out to lunch last week and last night when I took my goggles off my stud earring pinged off into the land of lost things. It's very frustrating!  Anyhoo Hubster and I are trying to keep up the fitness bit, I'm not the best at it, he's far more dedicated than I but I am trying!

Now on to my card, so it's one that I'm just not sure about... trying to be a bit more CAS but I think it's just come off rubbish, I'm just not happy with it.  I'm not too bothered about my colouring, it's clearly not my best effort but it's not terrible.  Hmmm... I may add something to this card at a later date.

The papers are Hot Diggity Dog, the coloured cardstock is Papermania, Gems from Stash, stamp from LOTV and I used my tri-emboss folder by Papermania too.  As always the stamp is coloured with Copics, here is a close up: 

Any advice on how I could improve this card is greatly appreciated! Thanks for visiting guys and Take Care, Lyns xx

Pink and Blue Challenge

Hey Everyone! How are you all doing this FAAAREEEEZIN' Sunday afternoon?! I have busted my butt at the gym today, I'm feeling pretty fried now, but hey it's like 45 mins a day, hopefully work off the Christmas poundage! It's been a nice chilled weekend, got to make up a few crafty projects.  Hubster and I also went to see War Horse at the flicks, lovely film so nice. 

Now on to today's project which is another CHALLENGE - check me out! That's what 4 or 5 this week! Pheeeew! This challenge is The Ribbon Girl Blog Challenge, this challenge is a blue and pink colour challenge.  So I had this image coloured up already and thought it was going to be lovely with the blue and pink scheme. 

My cute little stamp here is Positively Pampered by LOTV... do I even use any different stamps these days?! he he... she is coloured with copic ciaos and stickles added to the wings and powder puff. The pink paper is Hot Diggity Dog, The pale writing paper is Magnolia, the coloured card stock is Papermania and I used my Martha Stewart Punch for the edge bits, the metal embellishments and lace is from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Here is a close up of my colouring - hope you guys like the funky wings! 

She's so cute isn't she! I thought the glitter and lots of colours were great for her... Love her! Here is a shot of the inside... 

Wee glittery are from my stash! 

Well guys I'm going to get on with some more colouring... hope you all have a great weekend and like the project I've uploaded. 

Off for a a look round blogland - as always thanks for visiting and take care! Lyns xx

Some more challenges!

Hey Guys! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend so far! Goes too quickly doesn't it! 

This card was for two challenges, Crafty Catz Challenge which is to use something new... well that was an easy one, because the stamp was new, the lace was new, the copics were new! lol This is also for Carla's challenge over on the do crafts forum.  She has come up with a great recipe: 

use gingham/or any other backing paper if you don't have any gingham.
punch/nesties etc
ribbon/lace/bakers twine your choice
3 embelishments of your choice
and your favourite lotv image... 

A great challenge for sure! 

I used paper that was part of a DCWV pack... well I think it was! Mounted on to Papermania Coloured cardstock, pearls from stash, Lace and Doily from Wild Orchid Crafts, I used my Martha Stewart Punch for the scalloped edge and covered the edging of the image with stickles... hope I covered all of the requests!  

Here's a wee up close of the image: 

And for once I remembered to take an inside shot:

Hope you guys like! Take care everyone and have a great weekend, thanks for visiting! Lyns xx

Challenges, challenges...

Hey There Everyone!  Woo-hoo it's FRIDAY! Yippeeeeeeeee... 

I am looking forward to this weekend, I have very very little planned and I am going to (hopefully) relish in playing with my crafty things. It has been so long since I got to just sit and dabble for a day.  Hubster will be out golfing tomorrow for most of the day so I am going to enjoy the PEACE AND QUIET!!! 

Today's card is one I sat and made up last night, I had a peak at a couple of challenges and this was the fall out... 

I am entering this into Lili's Little Fairies Thursday Challenge, which is use your favourite stamp, now this was hard cos I lurve them all equally! I couldn't possibly have a favourite - as if this was even possible! But I do lean toward this little guy called Abracadabra - he is sooo cute.  Although I always find that maybe I'm not colouring him very well... I don't know if I'm just being paranoid but I really struggle when my image is going to be heavy on black ink.  Any tips guys please share! 

I am also entering this card into the Here Come The Boys sketch challenge.  The sketch is bellow! The only thing I have left off is a sentiment as I chose a stamp which ended up more square than rectangle... D'OH! anyhooo... I hope you like! 

Goodies used were... 
  • Copics Ciao Markers for colouring
  • Stickles for Sparkling
  • Magnolia Stars and the faint writing paper is also Magnolia
  • Papermania Coloured Card stock
  • The Metal Embellishments are from Wild Orchid Crafts I 'dirtied' them up with a black copic.
  • Papermania Tri-Emboss Folder for the bossin'
  • Gems are Papermania 
  • Ribbon, left over straggle found in stash!

Take Care Guys and as always thanks for visiting me!  Have a great weekend! Lyns xx
Happy Wednesday Everyone and a Happy New Year! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, even if you don't particularly celebrate, I hope you got a chance to relax a bit.  We had a great Christmas, very busy, lots of food and some lovely gifts, Hubster and I really count ourselves extremely lucky - It was great to chill out and sleep late a bit! Lazy bones!

The only bad end to last year was the death of Hubster's Gran, she became unwell before Christmas and went downhill rapidly. We are glad she wasn't in a lot of pain. 

Now on a happier note, I got some new crafty goodies for Christmas, a goody bag, a day light lamp, some LOTV stamps and another set of copic ciao markers.... wee hee! Last night I finally managed to sit and have a play with some of my goodies.  I played with the Hot Diggity Dog decoupage sheets and papers.

I used my Magnolia Doohicky die to cut the edging and a couple of gems in the corners.  I try to keep things simple when I've not crafted for a bit... I have found the bug again, so I must get entering a few challenges :o)

Well back to work, I hope you are all great and looking forward to the year ahead.

Take Care, thanks for visiting me! Lyns xx