Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Parents, Glasgow and Day 18 Advent Village (or not)

I've made this card for mum & dad for Christmas. Even though they have a computer they don't look at my blog (probably because I've never mentioned it to them!).  Dad has a PC, mum has a laptop, a Kindle and an iPad (so that she can FaceTime every Saturday with her one-year-old great grandson who lives 200 miles away.  He already knows how to work an iPad and my nephew (his dad) caught him the other day trying to swipe the TV to change the picture :)

So with all of that technology in the silver surfers' hands, guess who is kept busy with technical support?

Dad was a Scots Guard, complete with red tunic and busby, standing guard outside Buckingham Palace amongst other duties, so I like to do a military-themed card when I can.  I had the idea for this card at 2 a.m. when I couldn't sleep - which further prevented me from sleeping while I was working out the details in my head.

Poor photo, sorry - should have got my photo tent out.  The background is faux distressed wood using Weathered Wood and Black Soot.  I love how the grooves show through the image.  The red/white twine is from a tag set from Marks & Spencer (got quite a few bits and pieces for present wrapping at half price and a bargain bag for a fiver because they couldn't find out how much it was).  But I digress.  The snowflakes are stamped in Versafine Smokey Grey then dotted with a Gelli Roll Stardust Clear Star pen. 

I'm entering it into Simon Says Monday Challenge (to use a stamp) and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (Bling It On).


We had a little jolly up to Glasgow as a Christmas treat.  We'd never been before, and were really impressed.  The agenda was to see the Jack Vettriano Retrospective at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, and to visit The Willow Tea Rooms which were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  There are two tea rooms - one in Sauciehall Street, and one in Buchanan Street - we went to both.  I can recommend the haggis.

Room de Luxe, Sauciehall Street - love the leaded glass panels!

The Gallery, Sauciehall Street

The China Room, Buchanan Street

Lighting in The China Room

Lighting in The White Dining Room, Buchanan Street

Upholstery, The White Dining Room

The White Dining Room, Buchanan Street

Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Interior - Kelvingrove Art Gallery

I've had enough of uploading photos for one night, so I'll double up on the Advent Village tomorrow. Sweet dreams.


  1. Such a great card for your parents, Shirley! I love how you layered everything and how your 'guard' looks like he's positioned in front of a wooden building! Perfect with your dad's history as a Scots Guard! I love all the sparkle in your snowflakes, too!

    Thanks for sharing photos with us...looks like you had a wonderful visit!

  2. That is a fantastic card - love the masculine yet still festive feel. Great pics of Glasgow - my inlaws used to live there (now in Peebles), so I've been a few times.

  3. Awesome card Shirley! This is the perfect greeting card for the hard to make fellows in our lives!

    Your photos of your trip are stunning! You are so fortunate to be surround by history and majestic architecture! Visiting Glasgow is one of the items on my "Bucket List"

  4. Lovely card, great design. Lovely snowflake backdrop and imlove the toy soldier . Thanks so much for,joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

  5. Wow, this card couldn't get much more perfect for your Mum and Dad, Shirley ... very cool! I adore your photo's ... that quick trip must've been amazing ... awesome! Anita :)

  6. Gorgeous card Shirley :-) I love the whole design of this ! :-)
    Fab photo's too, I was in Glasgow recently and visited the tea room too, lovely :-)

    Congratulations ! you have won a $50 voucher on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Happy New Year ! :-)
    Lols x x x

  7. Just came from Simon Says Stamp Wed and you won. Wonderful card & photos.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  8. Hey, Shirley ... check out SSS Wednesday ... you won one of the gift vouchers this week! What a fabulous start to 2014! Happy New Year, my friend ... health and happiness always! Anita :)