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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Bringing home the tree.

A  page for Sheila's theme ...... Lets Celebrate.... over at

The background  was a sprinkle of green and brown  brusho powder  , that I wiped over with a wet wipe to blend the colours near the center. I knew I wanted to use the tree stencil  for woodland. 
I also added some raised stencils around the edges to give a bit of texture. 
The images are found relatives [TH].

It must be good to live in an area where you can go out, to choose and cut  your own Christmas tree
and quite magical for families to do this together to celebrate the season.

Thank you for calling in today. 
You are always  welcome here.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A favourite stamp


I am sharing a Christmas card today that I know has now reached its destination.
I used an old favourite Traditional Santa, stamped with Brown Archival ink  for the top layer, 
 edged with gold embossing powder.
The rest of the card is  layers in  cream  and brown,  with one of them embossed ,   a lace trim completed the card..

I will be entering these Challenge themes....
Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is....Celebrate
also 
Moo Mania and More where the new theme is...... Christmas

Thank you for stopping by today, your visit is always appreciated.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

No stamps, no ink and no mess. and Rudolph brought the tea.


Its Tuesday so it must be time to visit with friends at 
T Stands for Tuesdays

where we are always welcome with a drinks related post.
 I will begin with a trip up to our  market town of Hexham last Saturday where they were holding the Christmas fair.  We went early as I had a grocery shop to do as well.
Not many folk about and the car temperature gauge was  about minus 2
 and it didn't rise above zero all day here.




As always there were  food stalls, as well as craft stalls.
Some of the photos are a bit hazy, but it was so cold you could see your own breath as you breathed out.





The Coffee and foodie stalls were just getting organised





Lots of crafty stalls, but most of the stall holders don't like you taking photos.




The Alpacas   just arrived as we were leaving.  I don't think they would be feeling  cold with their thick wool fur.


Back home and after thawing out and some lunch,
 I needed to finish this last batch of Christmas cards.
Rudolph looked after my afternoon cuppa.


For these cards, I used Kraft card as a base. 
Cut out the material squares from a remnant  piece of cloth that I had stored from ages ago and frayed the edges.
Simply stuck down on the card and a bow added.
Hence the title of my post....
no stamps, no ink and no mess.
Well if I am honest there was a bit of mess with all the threads of edges I pulled.


Thank you for visiting with me today,
you are always welcome here.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Celebrate and be Merry


This is a hybrid journal page for

where Sheila is hosting this months theme of.....Lets celebrate


The page all began with these two Christmas cards from a batch  I had been making, with stenciled backgrounds
I  thought the cute stamped images[Paper Artsy]would be fun to use on a journal page as well.
I used one of my own digital journal base layers, adjusted the cards in the digital program I use. Then I added a few extra images to create the snowy scene.
I think these two will be have a good celebration, she seems to have a twinkle in her eye and perhaps rather likes her friend.
Thank you for stopping by today,
 the comments you leave for me are always appreciated.

Digital information can be
found in my sidebar.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Celebrate in the snow.


We are having frosty mornings and the weather men are forecasting
 that this weekend will bring us another session of snowy weather.

 This got me thinking about how my  sons   used to look forward to  the first snow falls,
 all those years ago. They couldn't wait for it to be deep enough to make a snowman.
 Snow at this time of the year usually meant that Christmas was on its way.
 Wool gloves, warm coats and wellie boots   always  in the porch, ready to be pulled on quickly.
 The tree would be decorated ,   the Nativity in its special place.  
 They would visit Santa in   the Church Hall, 
 when he called  in, close to the big day,   to check they were  behaving nicely.  
 Magical Celebrations  that last in our memories for ever.

This is  a page for.

where Sheila is hosting this months theme....Lets Celebrate

On the left is some of the stages  of this journal page.
Top left.... It all began with a packet of paper tissues with these nutcracker figures .

Bottom left....... some colouring and stencils added.

Top right..... digital additions
Bottom right...... the words and some sparkles added.




Thank you for calling in today, you are always welcome and your visit appreciated.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Twinkle Twinkle... and a bit of shine for TioT's


The last challenge theme for this year at

Twinkle Twinkle
We have given everyone lots of choices
stars /sparkles/ glitter/ something shiny and we are sure there will be other things you could use.
Please pop over to see what the girls have been making.

I would have to say that shiny things are not the easiest to get a good photograph.
So what did I use... The main image is a piece of a torn napkin, sprinkled with glitter.
Layered onto a piece of silver mirri card [yes it looks gold in the photo]
The actual card has a snowflake pattern. [printed from the computer].
The word panel was embossed and then rubbed over with silver gilding wax.

Thank you for calling in to see me today,
your comments are always appreciated.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Diaries and gingerbread!


These are my last three journal diary pages.
for 2017. It was some of  the folk over at T Stands for Tuesday that got me interested in keeping a daily diary, not something I have ever been good at, always started with good intentions,
 but until this year never completed.
I am well on the way this year to having a full day by day diary filled.
and have some  dates for December in advance.

I am sharing this post with  Bleubeard and Elizabeth 
where we are always made welcome with a drinks related post

I hope you are close to a chair as  this  may be a shock 
to those of you  who know I prefer tea.......

It is a Gingerbread Latte......
and it was as delicious as it looked.
It was a  lovely way to finish the meal we had  eaten in Frankie and Benny's. 
This is a chain of Italian restaurants.
The place was full of folk, so sorry no photos of the inside. 
 OH had a  meat feast Calzone and I had pasta with chicken and prawns.
The smile of the day was a trip to the Loo[WC] where you could listen to an
 Italian-English language tape being played through the sound system.
I just had to have a listen for myself after the OH told me about it  and had a good laugh with a lady of a similar age,  when we heard the translations.
 Shall I say the phrases  we heard were relevant to out location.

Thank you for calling in to see me today and Happy Tea day wishes to you all.