Tuesday, 12 December 2017

T Stands for…..the surprise!

This is not the post I had intended but I think you will enjoy seeing where I was taken on Sunday as an early birthday present - as from today I can no longer say I am in my 60's!
I had an inkling that something was going on, as my eldest son had let slip on the phone that he would see me on Sunday and then seemed to being shushed! When I told hubby he said it was probably that my daughter in law had other plans so that was that!
We went to church, got the papers, had lunch and I was preparing to go to my craft room when hubby gave me a two hour warning that we were going out later…and that I couldn't know where we were going and that he may have to blindfold me!
He didn't need to as I had no idea, assumed we were headed for my son's house until we turned off and headed in the direction of Dunham Massey! You may remember several visits we have had here, but I still didn't realise until I saw cars turning off in front of us that there was any reason to go there in the dark!
I soon found out why….

There were lots of food and drink stalls in the courtyard and all around the gardens too - including huge marshmallows to be melted over a fire pit!
People were queuing to get into the Winter garden and when I turned to take a photo of the house my family were all standing behind me! (yes I did get a bit teary!)

So off we all went into through the gate…from here I will let the pictures do the talking!(Mostly!)

Best of all, it had snowed, just enough to cover the ground and make everything twinkle that bit more!!

There was a water fountain laser show too!

Hubby decided he would be too tall for the photograph that my DIL took so bent down behind me!
Then it was off for a warm drink…
It is here I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday!
Hubby had a hot chocolate and I had an Americano and we shared my choice of Coffee cake.
It really was the best surprise ever - hubby was quite relieved that he could stop hiding things now!

Happy T day, I hope to get to visit at some time !!
Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Just Christmas cards

Hi everyone!
Things are getting slightly hectic in these parts! 
This week we have had to fit in a couple of social events, a trip to the gym and an appointment as well as the more mundane part of our lives, and yesterday we were out for the whole day! 
In between all this I have been making cards - some of which have also been part of my mission to use up some old papers, as well as use some new stamps!
I used a set of cute magazine freebie stamps and some Tim Holtz greenery.
 This is one that prompted hubby to ask the question "What has a wolf howling at a star got to do with Christmas?" Well there isn't really an answer to that, except that I quite like the combination - so much so that I am entering it in the  challenge at
Thats Crafty - Tis the Season
Country View Craft Challenges - Christmas 

The next two use the same set along with some freebie sentiments    

This one is using a new Woodware stamp that I  got a a discount

  I'm off to write some cards now - they should be in the post tomorrow!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Making a start - with a funky prompt

I have at last started to get my head around Christmas card making! Thanks to seeing a few mentions of the Funky Junkie 12 tags of Christmas I have decided to give it a go…again! I have tried before but have always attempted tags, this time I am using Linda of The Funky Junkie Boutique's examples as a spring board towards my card making, and I hope that I won't give up this time! 
I have seen these tags appearing since September but as we were away then and with making journal pages for AJJ when we came back I am REALLY late!
Tag one was such an inspiration with the woodland and the deer I have just jumped right in and 'FJ12TOC' card number two is already started!
 I roughly spread gesso over my kraft card (Oh! I do love Kraft card)Stamped my favourite TH tree twice over then stamped a freebie tree using grey several times over (even built up a larger tree with it)I added the Sizzix deer and stamped a freebie stag and used a black pen to turn him into a silhouette!
I tried several greetings before choosing this freebie stamp which seemed quite appropriate!

I would like to enter at

The Artistic Stamper - Christmas

Stamping Sensations Winter Trees and Flowers

A Vintage Journey - A Winter Wonderland 

There will be another post soon with some more cards using yet more freebie stamps!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Sparkly at TIOT!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but we are happy to see anything at all with stars, sparkle or glitter on your Try It On Tuesday entry for our new theme 'TWINKLE, TWINKLE!'

A while ago I bought some card bauble shapes and they stayed in a box in my craft room unloved, unused!

As I am on a mission to use up some of my craft stash I thought it was time!!!

I tore some book paper and stuck it randomly on the bauble and painted over it with Paper Artsy Fresco Snowflake paint.
Some JOFY stars were stamped and heat embossed with silver.
I punched out some silver stars and used stickles and a glitter pen to fill in the stars and add some little dots and doodles.

I took photos on daylight and by flash but it still looks better IRL!!
I found just the right sparkly ribbon and netting to finish it too!

The DT have, as ever, made some fabulous sample to inspire you - you can take a look here!

I would like to enter at 


Thanks for looking, Chris  

T stands for ..the church of Val de Grace

Hi everyone, first of all today I would like to join Sheila of Orange Esmeralda at AJJ. I was forced to spend yesterday afternoon resting, as when we came home from church I felt really dizzy -  BPV decided to sneak up on me - but I did the exercises the doctor showed me and today I have been much better!
I had started something for Sheila's 'Let's Celebrate' theme but just couldn't face either my craft table or the computer!(although I did try!)
At this time of year our caravan bird table is often full, as are the trees and hedges - I haven't been there for a while but my neighbours also feed the birds so I know they won't be going hungry and Mr and Mrs Blackbird still have lots of berries to feast on!
This page is in my Kraft journal, PA Fresco paint roughly spread over the page, book paper with some texture paste and Glamour dust. PA Kim Dellow and Hot Pick stamps for my garden and some Hobby Art birds.

Now to return to Val de Grace church (which is where we went to see - the Military hospital was a bonus!) and through that door…(see last week)
…and through the small door here.

The organist was practicing behind another metal mesh!

 We spotted this bike and little carriage as we headed out of the building.

We walked towards the gate on the left to be allowed out the way we had entered.
We were there for just over two and a half hours - not nearly enough time to see everything but it was getting late and I needed food (well, my Diabetes demanded that I eat!)
We walked along the road, aware that most places had finished serving lunch - we were lucky to come across a Turkish restaurant still serving and what a great meal it was!
 Chicken kebab with salad, potatoes and couscous
Our drink was water and I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday where you are invited to share a drink related post!

Where next? Poitiers I think, where we interrupted our journey to come here!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Wishing for Second on the 2nd!!

I am little late with this! We had our eldest Grandson to stay overnight last night. By the time we had taken him home, chatted and shopped it was getting late and I had to prepare a card before we went to a party here at our retirement complex. I had one for the 'Birthday Girl' - Mona, who we play Scrabble with is 97, but I remembered it was another of our friend's birthday today so there was not time for switching on the computer!
The party was quite a lively affair - silly games, a singalong and some of us even got up to dance!!
The food was really yummy but I had to avoid the dessert table!

My post is from 9th December 2014 

Wishing in my journal!

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.

Thanks for your comments yesterday. We got through the Crematorium part and it was lovely to see relatives afterwards that only seem to meet up at these sort of occasions. There were a lot of those 'I didn't recognise….' starts to sentences as well as lots of 'No! They can't be that age already!' comments. We are hoping to meet up with my cousin over from Australia after Christmas when her hubby comes over.
I am linking to Bluebeard and Elizabeth's 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 1 December 2017

Calendar journal

The start of a new month, Christmas and my birthday, as well as a lot of other birthdays this month!
My December page is ready!
I will be colouring the little bird in and he may have some friends added too!
My November page still had one to fill in when I took the photo.
I will have been attending my uncle's funeral today, rather unfortunately on the day both my parents's died (in different years)so please forgive me for a scheduled post.

Thanks for looking, Chris