Thursday, 18 December 2014

A Winter Birthday card

In all the rush for Christmas some of us have December birthdays. This includes two of my Sisters-in-Law.
I can show you this one because it's just been hand delivered.
We've had grey days here so this is this best photo I could get - I have used Stormy Sky Distress ink (my favourite icy blue) and the lace is actually grey, but in this photo it looks like a shade of brown!!

I would like to enter in the Artistic Stampers challenge - Anything Goes
and the Get Creative Challenge - Use Blue and White or Silver

Thanks for looking, Chris

ps Yes, she did like it!!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas cards….

I'm still at it, why do I never make enough, I seem to start early enough!
These were made with the bargain stamps I got a Happy Stampers!
I actually used glitter on some and then got a bit of a taste for it as you will see in another post.

While I'm here I must tell you about the fabulous blog hop going on over at A Vintage Journey! Not only is there a fabulous giveaway on offer but some brilliant inspiration! You've got until the 21st December to take part!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Dragons Dream tag

This time the letter is 'M' combined with holly at Dragons Dream TIO challenge. I nearly missed this, although I had the idea last week, just haven't had time to play! I didn't want to miss though - I love the challenges set by a brilliant Design Team.

So, my letter M is for Mystery, well mystery parcel actually! Having a birthday close to Christmas usually meant a combined Birthday/Christmas present that would sit around until it could go under the tree! It was so tempting and would have been picked up to test the weight, shaken, and felt for clues several times before Christmas! I never opened them to peek as I quite liked the mystery and I think I only ever guessed once when it was a record player, although I never let on to Mum and Dad!

My tag is parcel shaped as I cut the corners bigger and scored the top part so that it could be bent over.

The holly was stamped twice, first with splodgy ink then re-stamped slightly offset with Archival ink. The 'ribbon' is from an Artemio Christmas set that comes out every year! I added a bit of sparkle with a Sakura pen and highlighted the berries with a Sakura Glaze pen. The background is a very bright Mustard Seed distress ink (anyone around in the 50's will remember how garish wrapping paper used to be!)

I am linking to Dragons Dream TIO 181 The letter 'M' and Holly 

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Monday, 15 December 2014

We went…we saw...

Of course we did!! When we got up on Saturday the temperature gauge outside read -3C but it looked fantastic!
The birds were busy at the feeders…

…and along he came…early! When he came last winter we could almost set our clock by him - 9.45 most days…on Saturday he was there by 9.15!
We still get excited - silly old fools that we are!!!
Seeing the birds has also influenced my next batch of cards - I intended to make something more layered for hand deliveries but I'm happy with variations of this one!

That's all for now! Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 11 December 2014

To go or not….?

The weather forecasts - as usual - are not agreeing with each other so do we go…where we know it definitely won't be like this…
…or do we stay put because it could mean views like this but a bit chilly…?
We might see this little fella too!
Hubby is planning a birthday lunch for me on the way there….I think you know the answer!

Thanks for looking! Chris

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Hello there WOYWWers! I have not been here for a few weeks, I began to feel so guilty about not getting back to comment to folk who had been kind enough to leave a comment on my blog that I decided to stay away! I know - silly aren't I? The trouble is that if we go away to our caravan the connection is now so bad that sometimes I don't even have a phone link(fortunately hubby has, but is only on pay as you go)and I STILL haven't got around to changing my phone!!
Okay, enough ranting or I'll be in trouble with Julia who really wants us to link up and show our desks - you can find her at the Stamping Ground and there are details there about how to join in if you are just popping in to see why the strange title!
My desk has the last of the cards for posting….
…(oops! a bit out of focus!)and then I must get on with some Birthday cards - we're a bit of a December bunch(including my own) and I have 4 to make before Christmas!!

No cinema today but I'm off for my Diabetic eye screening today(stinging stuff in my eyes - ugh!!!!)

Last week we went to see 'The Imitation Game' which we both really enjoyed - it is the story of Alan Turing who invented the Enigma decoding machine leading to the invention of the computer.

Edit - just come back to say that if there is verification number box to fill and you are on blogger please ignore it and go straight to publish - don't know about other blog providers - for some reason blogger seems to think we need it - huh!!!

Hope to get to visit soon, Chris

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Wishing in my journall!

I needed a break from finishing my Christmas cards so started a page but didn't get around to finishing it! Today with most cards either written or waiting, I needed another break but had forgotten what I intended to do to finish the page! Ha! Then I remembered seeing that there was a challenge over at 'That's Crafty challenge blog' - 'About face'…..of course,
 this is who the hare was looking at….an ice maiden..come to grant him a Christmas wish! So here he is in his Winter wonderland and I would also like to link this to the 'Stamping Sensations December Challenge - Winter Wonderland'

Thanks for looking, Chris