Thursday 17 July 2014

Christmas in July aka Billy's Blog

Hello everyone, Billy here. Just for today I have renamed Jane's Journal  Billy's Blog.

 Jane asked my to write today's blog post as she is very busy in her studio and wants me to be the one who has to admit that the crazy time of the year in the card making world known as Christmas in July has arrived. Now don't groan, you know that Jane's other name is Mrs Christmas and she noticed that the new Christmas crafts are coming into the shops. One of her favourite stamp manufactures, Lili of the Valley have even started sneak peeks on their blog and already she is straining not the break that promise of ,"I don't need any more stamps". I heard her say that last year and look what happened. Cheery Lynn are bringing out new dies and she has already earmarked a fab icicle one. Also Tim Holtz has started showing his new ranges and she has been drooling over those. That wish list of hers never stops growing.

She has decided that she will make her Christmas in July card today. Yes,  one of the hottest days of the year, it's forecast to top 30c here in sunny Surrey. Whilst she finishes it off in her studio she asked me to show you how things are growing in her little garden.
 This pot is nearest her studio, I think it might even inspire the card she is making. I can hear her radio playing and goodness me I think she is also humming the odd Christmas carol.

Whilst she is not looking I think I will have a quick roll around in the sun on the patio; no one can see me.

Did someone notice..quick, I had better get back to this blogging business.
 I think you might recognize this tree below, it's the one which they take inside each
year and hang chocolates on. It's madness isn't it, trees belong in gardens don't they? I think Jane will be delighted to see the new green growth on it.

She also is rather pleased with how the cosmos and petunia  are blooming
I think I can hear Jane calling now, she has finished her Christmas in July card and has asked me to show it to you...I'm delighted to see that a cat like me features on even has a pink nose just like mine.

As she was super busy she used one of the Lili of the Valley printed die cut shapes, these are great when you don't have time to get out the Promarkers to colour an image. She also used a LOTV sentiment. Here are a couple of close ups
 The border is a Cheery Lynn lace border she cut with glitter card. The doily she used around the focal  is also Cheery Lynn.
She would like to enter her card into the following challenges

Lili of the Valley Take 2
Cheery Lynn Beautiful Borders
Winter Wonderland Three of 3 I have 3 colours (red, green and gold), 3 layers for the focal (2 scallop circles and a doily) and 3 types of legs; the girls legs, the cats legs and the legs of the stool the girl is standing on!
ABC Christmas N is for Numbers my number is 25
Sparkles Monthly Christmas in July
Artistic Inspirations 100th challenge anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Glam it up I have glammed it up with my glitter card
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper anything goes
Divas by Design Christmas in July
As you like it favourite sentiment and why the reason this is my favourite is that my favourite season is Christmas and the words on this LOTV sentiment just say it all!#
Inky Chicks Christmas in July

Now you may wonder why Jane was too busy to be here as she needed to finish off her card. Well  today is even more special in Jane's eyes than Christmas in you know why?
....well today is my 6th Birthday.........yes I am getting a very grown up man. And I shall take a seat here and wait for Jane to finish so that we can spend the rest of my birthday together. I am told a little treat may well feature in my food dish. I may also need to find some shade later as my furry coat is a little hot in this weather.

Happy Birthday to me...this is the life. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfect...

Jane will be back soon and summer crafting projects will be restored until September when she will start her Christmas card making in earnest.

Thanks for visiting, keep cool for those of you in Southeast England.

Bye for now,

Billy x (and Jane x)


  1. Awe happy birthday Billy have a wonderful day beautiful boy and I hope that treat is delicious!! :)
    You are quite the blogger too, even if the subject matter isn't quite my thing but thanks for showing us around the garden the flowers are wonderful!
    Keep cool furry boy, I believe it's going to be tropical down there today!
    V x
    P.S. Say hi to Jane for me, perhaps the heat will put the notion of C out of her head! ;)

  2. Oh Billy, Happy Birthday to you dear furry boy! What a great job you did with your aka Billy's Blog today! You are such a funny boy, you had me chuckling a few times, especially lounging in the chair. I hope your treat is yummy and you enjoy the rest of the day with your dear Jane. You know I love "C" so I don't mind talking about it in July, beautiful card and the little girl could be Daisy in a few years : ) The flowers are all doing so well and you did a super job with the flower tour. Now you can have a relaxing day, find a shady spot. xoRobin Hi Jane ❤

  3. A very Happy Birthday Billy, from me and my two furry friends Tiger and Jet - they have just turned ten this year and still up to the usual tricks and causing chaos!

    Please tell Jane that I love the card she has made. I am already busy with my crochet hook making presents for you-know-what.

    Hope you have some lovely treats today!


  4. Happy Birthday Billy lots of love from Gordy, Iz and Defi, plenty of dribbles and hugs coming your way xxx

    Lovely card :)

  5. happy birthday Billy and well done on your blog post - Jane will be very proud when she reads it! I hope there is a nice treat for you today! Love that card too! Huggles Rachel x

  6. Happy Birthday, Billy, what a handsome man you are. Such a sweet Christmas card, adorable image and lovely design. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  7. Happy birthday Billy, enjoy the rest of your day with Jane and be sure to tell her the Christmas card is adorable and thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

  8. Such a lovely card, a super sweet image and I love the papers too, a perfect card for our theme!
    Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland :)

  9. Joyeux Anniversaire Billy
    (I bet no one has wished you a happy Bday in French yet)

    Lovely and funny post Jane!
    Love your card, I should do the same, I wouldn't be so stressed out come November!

  10. Hello Billy ! Happy Birthday Billy !

    Lovely card !

  11. Great post Billy. You did a fabulous job keeping us up to date. Love all your photos and I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Tell Jane her card is gorgeous - as always - oh and keep cool xxx

  12. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to Mr. Billy! What a handsome kitty cat! Lovely card, Jane. Enjoy your summer.. it's going fast! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. gorgeous photo's as always and he does look so relaxed doesn't he. Love your card too, that green edged glitter is so pretty
    hugs Kate x

  14. Happy Birthday to you darling Billy!! You're king of the garden this summer. Please tell my friend Jane--I love her Christmas card. Very lovely.

    Happiest July to you, Billy and all
    Anne xxx

  15. Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 185 and my Patterned Paper July challenge - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x

  16. hApPy bIrThDaY to the most handsome Billy who is such a star!!!
    Very pretty card Jane and it's so warm today that I'm really liking the thought of Christmas in July!
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend,
    Susan x

  17. Happy birthday Billy and congrats on writing a super post. Jane your card is beautiful and I love the glitter border. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week and good luck.
    Julie x

  18. I'm late to the party but happy belated birthday Billy! That was the most entertaining post and tour. I'm incredibly envious of your mother's green thumb and would love a some landscaping tips!! Actually I'd love some landscapers to come do the work and I'll roll around on the patio floor in the sun too. :)
    Please tell Jane that the Christmas card is spectacular and I hope your treat was yummy!
    Lisa x

  19. Happy Birthday Billy! Great post, I hope you help often Jane to write in you blog! I'm happy to hear you have beautiful and warm summer weather! Enjoy your lovely garden! XXX Nero

  20. Happy birthday, Billy! What a great blogger you are! Please tell Jane that I love her new festive card, and that it has been Christmas in July here in my studio lately too!
    Have a lovely week, enjoy the sunshine and a bit of shade sometimes too!
    Helen xox

  21. Waw What a gorgeous creation. Gorgeous sentiment. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. Hugs! Mojca

  22. A gorgeous card, it just shouts Christmas, gorgeous colours and main image. Thanks for sharing your card and garden with us at Sparkles Monthly. Caz

  23. Awww...sweet card!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  24. Such a beautiful Christmas card, love the LOTV image.
    Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge.
    Dorte xx

  25. Happy Birthday Billy! We're going to visit the local RSCPA after our holidays and find ourselves a couple of new cats, I'm super excited as I miss having little kitties about the place.

    Nice card, makes me laugh, Christmas in July, but then I've been sewing Christmas tree fairies all this week!


  26. Billy what a beautiful card you showed us, I think your Jane is a very clever lady! Hope you had a fab birthday and got lots of treats and cuddles. And thanks for joining in with us at Sparkles this month, hope to see you again.

    Sparkles DT

  27. Hi your card fits the Christmas in July at Sparkls theme purrrrrfectly! Thanks for joining us at Sparkles this month we hope to see you again!

    Love From Rebecca xx


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