Tuesday, 5 January 2016

TIOT - and T

Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is 'Letters and Numbers' All the details are here, but simply put - you can enter anything crafty at all - as long as it follows the theme.
Following yesterday's sad tale I have a happier take today!
Our nephew's son will be three this year and I am trying to get ahead with having Birthday cards prepared(that's the plan anyway!)
I used Tim's Splatters stencil - turning it as I changed colour and added a few extra dots with the end of a paint brush.I used the star circle from a Paper Artsy Emma Godfrey French set and added abc to the centre of each. The large 3 is an old Papermania one that I actually bought in France on one of my NOZ visits with SIL and BIL -  I got all of the numbers I needed except 0, which I have since bought locally!I was going to colour it but decided that it had more impact left clear!
When we went to see him on Christmas Day he had lots of toys delivered by Santa but guess what?…the boxes were the big attraction and he climbed into one and gave us a cheeky grin!
This is the best photo I could get as he kept moving!!

Today is also T stands for Tuesday where you are invited to share drink related topics with Bleubeard and Elizabeth.
The best I can do is show you one of our Christmas Presents from one of our sons!
It's no secret that we are coffee lovers, although hubby does have tea too, so this is an ideal present and we have already started on one - Caramel Chocolate - delicious!
I can add another photo though…
I would love to tell you that this is our Christmas table- alas no!
On New Years Eve hubby decided to take me on a Mystery trip! As we turned each corner I tried to guess but never expected to end up here..

We had passed through some beautiful scenery

Eyam Hall is a National trust property and had been dressed in Christmas style.

 Behind the tree someone has engraved with very beautiful writing - we could only get this close but as the garden look so interesting we will go back later this year.
We followed one of the walks on a leaflet we were given - for those who don't know, Eyam is know as the Plague Village as in 1665 they shut themselves off to prevent the plague, which had been brought to the village from London, from spreading. You can read more here if you wish.
We visited the museum which was very interesting and then as it had started raining started to head home!

This was where a another treat came, as through the rain we saw an eerie light.
It really did pour down!

The rain eventually stopped!
A lovely treat day, I think you will agree!! I hope you are not asleep by now, I realise I have, yet again, rambled on a bit!

Please take a look at our challenge at TIOT and hopefully join in with this first challenge of the New Year - lots more lovely challenges to follow too!

I also hope you will accept Elizabeth's invitation to T!  

Thanks for looking, Chris 


Valerie-Jael said...

Happy T Day! Your coffee selection looks wonderful, and I love the photos from your trip, what a strange light you captured, super photos! My grandsons used to like the boxes best when they got presents, too! Hugs, Valerie

Pamellia Johnson said...

Super cute card Chris and way to get ahead of the game! Your trip photos are amazing, I just love the ones of the rain and that beautiful bright sky! Hope you had a wonderful New Year! hugs :)

Barb said...

Hi Chris, I'm just trying to catch up with everyone since we got home on Sunday. Your card is super and I loved looking at your photos. I'm sure you'll enjoy lots of coffees this year.

Wishing you both a very happy and healthy 2016. Barbxx

sirkkis said...

Such a lovely post with different great happening.
You made the beautiful 3-year card to cute Bill.
Thanks you for sharing wonderful photos, your Christmas table was gorgeous.
Have a happy day xx

Linda Kunsman said...

love that card-and how you used the splatter stencil Chris! What an adorable little boy-how I love those blonde curls! Such a sweet hubby to give you that lovely surprise. That table setting is so gorgeous and elegant. Glad that despite the rain you got to see that lovely sky. Happy T day, and enjoy those delicious coffees.

Mrs.B said...

Great card Chris, perfect for a little boy - and he's so cute.
Love the sound of your coffee selection - Enjoy.
The pictures of your trip look wonderful, it's now on the list for the next time we visit Derbyshire.
Avril xx

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Despite not being a coffee drinker, those do sound yummy and I probably could be persuaded to try one! The photos from your surprise trip are beautiful. The sky during the rain storm is amazing. Happy T Day!

~*~Patty S said...

What a precious birthday boy and your card is really lovely too Chris.
Thank you for taking us on a little trip with you.
All such lovely photos but that last one with the glowing horizon is WOW!
Happy T Day oxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a gorgeous card you created for your nephew's son. And he reminded me of the cats. They get gifts, yet prefer to play in boxes and paper bags. Much happier, and I wonder why I spend money on toys.

WOW, that trip was wonderful. I was impressed with the table, but really liked the buffet in the background. I truly believe your husband is a KEEPER!!

It's great that the two of you got such a thoughtful gift from your son. Caramel Chocolate sounds wonderful, and there are truly times I look forward to flavored coffee.

Thanks for sharing your TioT art, your lovely mystery trip, and your Christmas gift of coffee with us for T this Tuesday. And I am never bored when you take us with you on your magical trips.

Dianne said...

Beautiful scenes on your little trip--what a gorgeous sky!! Loved your little birthday card...the pic of your grand nephew is classic. brings back memories of every Christmas with small children! big boxes have so much potential for pretending! Happy T day, and a wonderful New Year too!

Sara Barker said...

Wow, a Trifecta win! Gorgeous card for a gorgeous boy! And I love the photo you managed to get of your moving target! He's adorable with a capital A!!! Your photography is simply amazing, and I'm so happy you shared those lovely shots with us! Your husband is obviously a sweetheart to take you on such a lovely trip! Hugs!

Redanne said...

I love the card you made Chris, just perfect for that little cutie!

As soon as I saw the table I knew where you went - we took my Son and DIL there the week before Christmas! I too loved the writing on the window and I am really glad I don't have to cook in that kitchen - it is a pretty amazing place though! Hugs, Anne xx

chrissie said...

Love the card with the splatters and yhe photographs are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them

Love Chrissie xx

Divers and Sundry said...

What a wonderful New Year's Eve treat! The entire experience sounds perfect :) and I enjoyed seeing your photos.

Happy T Tuesday!

Helen said...

fabulous photos, all of them - just love the one of your nephew's son in the box - amazing how they always love the boxes best!

Margik said...

Fabulous Birthday card with a fun design for a little boy. Love the coffe selection, I imagine they're super! Great photos from your trip. Mar xx

Meggymay said...

Its a fantastic card with the bright splashes of colour.
Loved reading your post today and the photos looked great.
Yvonne xx

Rita said...

That is such a cute card. Love the Tim Holtz splatter stencil and how you used it.
What a fun trip. I felt like you really took me along. Glad I made it around this week. Sorry, I posted but never managed to visit last week. Happy T-Day! :)

Sandy said...

Great card Chris - he is so cute!
You know I always love your pictures.
By the way, I love Caramel Chocolate!
Beautiful Christmas table - Is that in Eyam Hall?
I am going to read about the plague now.
Great post!
sandy xx

butterfly said...

What a wonderful day trip - and how lovely that it was all a surprise. Love your great-nephew's card too - fab! - and he's adorable in the photo... of course the boxes were the best bit of the gifts!
Alison xx

Lynn Holland said...

You had me rocking with that festive table, I thought its all round to yours next year. Looks like you had a great day out.
I've dropped in late to show off a fabric mug postman Dave brought
Lynn x

Halle said...

Loved today's post. You had a little bit of everything. And those photos of the drive are amazing!
Happy T day...way late!

Karla B said...

Love your card and enjoyed the trip with you.Thanks so much for showing me your dreamy landscape!It's magical!Happy T day:)!