Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Is it over, already?

Hello there!

It hasn't gone, has it?  It can't be.........sob!
I just love everything about the Christmas Season, even all the rushing about, trying to get everything ready so that a good time is had by all...........but, for me the best of all are the quieter moments, when I can reflect on the real reason for the season.
It was important for Hubby and I to bring up our children so that they had a personal relationship with Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and it thrills me and humbles me to know that all 17 of our grandchildren are being taught in the same way.

But we also enjoy all the other trappings of Christmas.......and here is a picture of all 29 Christmas stockings, hanging from our fireplace, to prove it!

Father Christmas gets very weary after filling this little lot!

Now, on to a little card.
I made this cutie for my grandaughter, Alexandra's 7th birthday, tomorrow.

The little cutie digi was a freebie from SJ's Little Musings...the papers and pretty pink flower  were from Kaisercraft's Hey Birdie....and I used Create-a-Flake #1 for the snowflakes......add some sprinkles of Fairy Dust, and...voila!
Hope she likes it!

I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:

Challenge #30 Pink Winter Birthday


Anything Goes

Anything Goes Birthday Card


See you soon.

Anne-Marie x

Thursday, 23 December 2010

New challenge

Hi there!

Here is a card that I made for one of my sons-in-law, Ian.

How easy do you find it to make something for the men in your life?
I have two sons, and was always frustrated by the lack of choice I always had when it came to buying clothes, or toys, or anything else, for that matter!
No problem with my three girlies, but always a problem with the boys, and I think that also goes for greetings cards, too.

I'd like to enter this in Scrapbook Sisters Challenge #16
"It's a Man's World".

Isn't it, though.....lol

Merry Christmas to you all!


Monday, 20 December 2010

Lovely surprises!

I don't seem to be blogging as often as I'd like, and I have to say that I am in total awe of all those diligent bloggers, out there, who seem to stay on top of their fun places.
I'm just not that organised, and probably never will be....more's the pity :(

But......just like most other people, I LOVE to get surprises, and yesterday I was gifted this little digi beauty by Paulette, over on Create with TLC

How neat is that?  Earlier in the evening, I'd also been lucky enough to win a really cute set of her Word Art numbers, which will get a LOT of use for birthday cards........always need those with my 17 grandchildren!

I'm really looking forward to spending time with our eldest grandaughter, Hannah, tomorrow.  She's 16, and since she was 2 years old, we have made mince pies together, a few days before Christmas, and we share them with the rest of our clan, when we all gather here, on Christmas Eve, to have supper and hang our stockings.

Maybe more about that tomorrow!

Thank you so much for stopping by........I'd be very lonely without you!

Warm Hugs,
Anne-Marie x

Saturday, 11 December 2010

I was feautered on Create with TLC!

Oh my!  I could hardly believe it when Paulette sent me an email to tell me my Shepherd Boy card was on her blog!!

It is SO nice to get a little encouragement, and I'm determined, now to carry on and try to make some more, maybe later in the week.

It WILL have to be later in the week because I am going to be really busy.......aren't we all at this tiime of year?
But, with Leigh and Co. leaving, my house is in an awful state, and I really have to get organized.  I keep finding more of their stuff, and the pile is growing...lol!

I have to admit, last night was VERY quiet around here, and this morning was surreal....no chubby-faced grandchildren running into our bedroom to ask for CBeebies to be put on telly!!

We always have a Carol Concert at our Church, first weekend in December, and all the local dignitaries are invited.....it's a BIG affair......and last night, our 7 year old grandson, William, stepped into "Joseph's" sandals when the little boy who had rehearsed the part didn't turn up.  Let me just mention that William could have stepped into ANYBODY'S part, because he knew everyone's script....honestly!
His Mum took a photo of him and "Mary", and fell about laughing because "Joseph" had determinedly turned away from his bride "because she is SO bossy!"

Well, all the heavy snow we had last week has now completely melted, but the forecast is for more next week.....yippeeeeee......I LOVE the white stuff, and have always said that I could easily live in Alaska, Iceland, or any of those brrrrrrr places, 'cos I prefer winter to summer, any day!

Keep warm, and come back soon!

Warm Hugs,
Anne-Marie x

Friday, 10 December 2010

Shepherd Boy Christmas Card

Hi again!

This is a FIRST for me........I've never posted one of my cards before, and I'm very nervous about it, but here goes.......hope you like!

I'm not very happy about the picture quality (something else I need to get the hang of lol), but hope you can get the general idea.

The shepherd boy image was a freebie from lovely Paulette, over at TLC, (not sure how to put links in here, but you can find her on my blog roll), and I used Shapeabilities Create-a-Flake #1 for the snowflakes, which I inked with my lovely new Promarker (Satin). 
The gorgeous papers were freebies with this month's Simply Cards & Papercrafts.  Did a little hand -sewing around the main image, and.......voila!
In case like me, you love Promarkers, but find the sets a bit pricey, take a look at Pink Gems store, because you can buy them singly, and, last time I looked, the postage is free in the UK.  She has really lovely and cute digi images, loads of inspiration, and tons of goodies that you'll love!  Fast service, too, which always helps.

Our youngest daughter, Leigh-Anne (Millie's Mummy), and her husband and 3 other children have been staying here for the past 4 months, because they've had tons of building work done on their own house.
It's been very crowded here, but we've had a lot of fun....a lot of tears (mostly Hubbie's!).....and little Millie born almost 5 weeks ago......BUT......today, they moved back home........which means................I CAN PUT UP MY CHRISTMAS DECS!!!!


And, before you ask why I didn't do it sooner, let me tell you............................we downsized when the kids started to marry, and we now have bigger gardens, and even a little stable block........but a much smaller house, and soooooooo........with 8 people in here, there just wasn't room for the tree, the snowglobes, the sleigh, the Christmas figures etc.etc..........not when we have a moses basket, a nursing chair, a baby toiletries box (HUGE), nappy bag, etc.etc.
It was fun while it lasted, and I'm really going to miss them, but it's going to be wonderful to be able to leave half a choccie biscuit on a plate, and still find it there when I get back!!

Bye for now, and thanks for keeping me company.
ps Let me know what you think of the card!

Anne-Marie x

Sunday, 5 December 2010

I've got wonderful Followers! Whoohooo!!!

I can't believe just how long it's been since I posted something here..............but, when I explain, perhaps I can be forgiven :)

First of all, let me say WELCOME to Christy and Naomi...........it's truly wonderful that you have joined me here, and perhaps we can learn and share together. lol

Remember that we had a beautiful grandson, Bevan, 7 weeks ago?
Weelll.........that's mostly why I've not been taking the time to grow my blog..........he's been extremely ill with a far too rapid heartbeat, and we've all been really worried about the poor ickle fella.
He's spent most of the past 7 weeks in hospital....two weeks in ICU.....and when he gets one of his "episodes" (which were coming 3 or 4 times a day) they have to plunge his tiny head in a bucket of ice!!!!

Sounds barbaric, BUT it works, and is the quickest way to get his heart-rate back to normal.

I've been helping his Mummy and Daddy, any way I can, and have been deeply touched, and humbled, by the very many prayers, and fast days, on behalf of our beautiful boy.

And now we also have our gorgeous little Millie, born to our youngest daughter and her husband, and she is their 4th baby.
She's adorable, and if you stick with me, you'll get to know these two latest additions to our Eternal Family!

As for cardmaking, and scrapping...........well...........not had very much time, but managed to help out my Relief Society presidency by making the front and back covers for recipe books, which will be given as gifts to all the ladies, at our Christmas Party.

I think I've sorted out how to upload my work...............so watch this space!!

Thanks for stopping by......it was getting lonely around here :D