Monday 7 December 2015

It's that tree time of the year

Hello everyone it's Billy here and I just had to take over Jane's blog today as it's that time of the year when there are some very strange things going on. It's slow going typing, my claws tend to click on the keys, but I had to tell you the tale of the trees.

First of all I spotted that Jane and her Hb had been fishing again and netted a very large tree which they stored over night.. I had a quick peep in the garage after breakfast.......
look  here it is. It said his name was Norman and he was from Norway...well I think that's what he said as his accent was a little strong. He seems a very friendly soul.

The next day I noticed that Norman  had been smuggled indoors and set up in a most strange contraption.

Jane and her Hb then set about putting on lights

and lots and lots of pretty objects which I over heard Jane calling baubles. What a strange word. I had to spell check  that before I typed it. My claws slipped a couple of times.
Take a peep at Norman! He was really pleased and I had to find a mirror to show him how splendid he looked.

Anyway not content with bringing Norman in I also noticed that my friend Old Choc had walked indoors too. My, he's really grown this year, it must have been all that sunshine and rain in the garden during the summer. That or he's been stealing my dinner.

He hopped up onto a table in the hall......his spot he calls it. Cheeky!
This year Jane has spoilt Old Choc and allowed him to wear some of her vintage ornaments.

He says some of them belonged to Jane's grandparents and parents. What a lucky fellow. Of course he is also going to have some chocs on him soon. Jane needs to get cracking. Here he is standing proud in "his spot".

Anyway this post took me quite a while to type so I'll tell you a little about Jane's challenge card today. She has made a card with those baubles on. Strange that, it's almost as if she has a plan.  She says the background was made from brayered acrylics and stamps...I do hope that makes sense to you? She cut the piece on the right to use. She also mentioned something about master (or was it mistress) boards. Honestly I can't keep up she seems to be always trying something different.

 I asked Norman and he thought brayering might be the noise a donkey makes. Good grief I think he's mixed that up with braying....he really needs to use a spell check like me. Here is her card.

and a close up. She says the snowy effect is frantage.

She says she would like to enter into some of those fun challenges and gave me this list. Honestly I only have little paws and this typing lark is hard work. Here goes;

Natalie and Amy 1/3 Christmas
Pixie's snippets playground  2/3  #206
Sparkles Christmas 3/3 die cuts for Christmas
Memory box Season's Greetings using Frosty border
A vintage journey  vintage Christmas
That's Crafty 2/3 Season's Greetings
Ribbon Girl 2/3 anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Holly Jolly stamping
Love to create anything creative/mixed media #25
Simon says stamp Wednesday let it snow
Artistic Inspirations anything goes/Christmas
The Artistic stamper Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut 1/3 Time to decorate
Crafty Boots Christmas
Crafting for all seasons brrr it's cold outside
Visions of Sugarplums 2015 Christmas/Winter
Anything but cute You've got happy mail

I'd better dash as I've been finishing my list to Santa. I find it much easier using my fountain pen than typing. He said last year, when he arrived down the chimney, that even though I have been a very good cat, as his memory is not brilliant it's always best to write a list.
I can't wait to see him again. He even gave me a sip of the sherry Jane left out last year and let me feed the carrot to Rudolf. I was amazed that he could magic me up the chimney onto the roof...there was not a hint of soot on my coat! Clever stuff that magic is.

Well at least they didn't move my green chair, or "my spot" as I like to call it.
I can sit and chat to Norman from here.

*****yawn***** I think it's time for a little nap....goodness me it's so busy here....
I can feel my head drooping and my eyes are getting heavy...............


Jane will be back soon,

Bye for now,

Billy x


  1. Oh what a lovely post Billy! And what a handsome chap you are, along with Norman and Old Choc as well :)

    STUNNING card there too - clever Jane, really very beautiful indeed. It reminds me somewhat of the ornaments that no doubt are adorning Old Choc - they were so beautifully made back then weren't they.


    Di xx

  2. What a fun post...well written Billy! So glad to see that Norman and Old Choc are now in place and beautifully decorated for the season. And such a lovely festive card by Jane too! Hope you and Jane have a happy new week, Billy.
    Helen xox

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when you hit your paws to Jane's keyboard, Billy,

    You are such a clever cat doing all that typing and all those difficult terms too Jane likes to drop while she crafts ;) - frantage snow, oh my, oh my! I wish yoh lovely times with Norman the Norwregian and Old Chock - they both seem fantastic (not as handsome as you but Jane&Hb did a great job decorating this year again), and they will remind you that fat oh I mean fun days are just around the corner!

    Happy Holidays, Billy, and greetings to your faithful servants J&M :)

  4. Awe Billy, you are gorgeous, not to mention extremely clever, I can just imagine how difficult it is to type with claws, especially cat claws.
    Norman and Old Choc are looking great and are beautifully decorated with their baubles, speaking of which, Janes bauble card is a masterpiece!
    So glad no one has taken over "your spot", I know how it is with cats and spots! :)
    Happy new week handsome boy and wish Jane one too please,
    V x

  5. thankyou for your report Billy - both trees look wonderful and you must tell Jane that her bauble card is a big hit! Love it! Hugs rachel x

  6. A wonderful post today full of pictures and love. Billy looks a lot like my youngest cat Tom. We have three cats.
    You sure have been busy - the cat not so much!
    Beautiful Christmas card.
    Sandy xx

  7. I enjoyed your post, Billy! You are such a handsome fellow, and so kind to help out your people at this busy time of year. Jane's card is gorgeous, love her design! Please tell her we said thanks for playing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week!

  8. Cute and fun post - and your trees are so lovely!
    Love your gorgeous card (kitty too) and those pretty ornaments! This makes me want to get out my Frantage now! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Billy really is an handsome boy and I love his adventures.

    Great card, the background is stunning and a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing your Christmas project with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  10. That Billy is a well-loved cat! I think he kind of likes Norman. I bet he smells all the wildness on it's scented boughs. Gorgeous card! I hope you win! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Wowwww such a wonderful card! Love it in every way! Thank you so much for joining our Ribbon Girl Anything goes Card challenge and good luck! Hope to see you next time again. Warm hugs, Chantal

  12. Your card is beautiful! that background piece many beautiful techniques. And nice you have a helper for your posts....if only my dogs could help me...hmmmmmm... Thanks for the smiles this morning!

  13. What a wonderful post Jane. I just adore Billy's telling of how Norman came to live with you, ha!! Your card is stunning!! Wow, that background is amazing and I am in love with those beautiful ornaments! Your frantage snow turned out so pretty, mine never looks so airy and wispy like that, just so festive and elegant!!

    You should really enter this into our Happy Mail challenge this month at Anything But Cute, it's such a perfect fit for our theme. hugs :)

  14. Meows Billy. I'm Lilly and I too love to sit in my special chair and look at the tree. Although sometimes I prefer to sleep under the tree and play with the decorations. It's a festive time of year for us cats. It's my naptime too so I will say goodbye for now. Lilly

  15. Wow! Billy you are so talented being able to type like that, brilliant post and I am so glad they have not moved your chair, you look so comfortable on it, such a fine figure of a cat you are.

    Loved your Mom's card, beautiful, I also loved her ceramic snowmen she made at Center parks, the reindeer was marvelous too. Anyway, must dash, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  16. This is just the cutest card ever and just perfect for our challenge over at
    Sparkles Christmas Challenge " Die cuts for Christmas” good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx
    Your cat is so adorable and the tree looks amazing

  17. I enjoyed seeing Billy's print on the shelf behind his chair--such a great cat to take over on your blogging duties! Been so busy, I had to catch up on several posts. Looks like your family is enjoying the pre-holiday activities! Gotta finish decorating our tree without Wiley getting involved too much. She enjoyed "helping" with the lights last night!

  18. billy is a handsome chap!!!! I love his nose

  19. Your masterboard design is fabulous and the ornaments are a perfect accent! Beautiful card and gorgeous tree. Merry merry Christmas to you!

  20. what a great visit with Billy and tour of the lovely trees that have come to live with you! I also love your beautiful ornament card! Thank you, once more, for joining us in the AVJ challenge! PS I have some of the same vintage ornaments you have! Julia xx

  21. Oh Billy! That was the sweetest post ever!
    Thank you for the grand tour! You are a lucky cat to live in such a beautiful home and be so love! PLease tell your Mom that her card with baubles is GORGEOUS!!
    Thank You ;)

  22. Hi again Jane. I knew there would be a tree post waiting to be read - as you can probably guess, I especially love the chocolate tree with it's vintage ornaments, I have a bit of a thing about knee hugging elves!! We've gone all retro this year, I've put all the tinsel, 1980's decorations and anything plastic onto our tree, it's quite fun to have something different. Your card is a winner, again, and nice to see Billy hosting the post :)

  23. I guess I should start by saying, wonderful die cut card. Love the colors and the dimension. Then, I can't leave without saying your helper is a sweetie. And thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos. Merry Christmas and thank you for entering the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

  24. So enjoyed Billy's story and you have a beautiful Christmas card there! Love the frantage and the gorgeous ornaments you created. So glad you linked to my challenge at ChouxChoux Paper Art!

  25. Love your beautiful journal pages. Greta colors and texture! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  26. Billy, I think you did a great job posting for Jane; now I have a post or two I could use some help with, and two delightful kitties, Roger and Biskit who would show you where to sit at their home. You could even climb their tree if you like. It seems you've had a very busy time with this Norman business, so you better finish your nap!

    Jane, what a lovely post...I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Your tree is beautiful, and your Billy is a delight!

    Now as for this card! It is indeed Happy Mail, and someone is going to be SO lucky to receive it! Your background (what do you call it? A mistress board???) is lovely, and really gives those ornaments a pop! Love the snowy Frantage! Gorgeous! Thank you for joining our You've Got Happy Mail challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  27. Oh I do love reading Billy's posts......such fun. Maybe he will try crafting one day ! I know my cats love watching me and trying to run off with die cuts. Super Journalling love your accents of frantage.
    Hugs, Julie x

  28. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining the fun at Natalie and Amy's this month, hugs Sheryl DT member xx

  29. Hello again, Billy. You would think my house was a bit strange too. Our tree is up and ready to be decorated. Please tell Jane, I love both of her trees, especially the vintage ornaments.
    Here's a Christmas kiss for you. xx and a big hello to Jane and family!!
    Anne D.T.

  30. Hi Billy, beautiful trees in your house and you look so much like our boy Archie you could be brothers :) xx

  31. Hahaha! Such a fun, festive and sassy post! Loves it, absolutely loves it! Cheeky and awesome sauce! Your card design is flawless and oh so gorgeous! Wonderful use of the baubles and that Frantage is used perfectly. Gorgeous design! And your kitty is a doll!

    Thanks for joining in our "You've Got Happy Mail" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  32. What a fun post, so nice meeting Billy too. So fun to see what goes on in other people's lives - feels like a friend. Oh, I liked the card too.
    Thanks for joining us here at A Vintage Journey. Always enjoy your work.

  33. Well done Billy, what a clever cat you are and I love your trees too, oh and by the way nice card !

    Thank you for joining us at Sparkles Christmas the month

  34. What a fabulous tale I really enjoyed it! Janes card is also fabulous thank you for sharing it with us over at The Artistic Stamper.

  35. Gorgeous festive card!
    Thank you so very kindly for joining our challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  36. Oh my, what a lovely card! I like the designs and colors, very nice. Oh and since another year has passed, let me be the first one to send you a warm New Year greetings. Have a wonderful year ahead!

  37. Fabulous post and a very clever cat mind you aren't they all,beautiful tree and I love the baubles and those on the card and fabulous background----Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  38. I love the use of colors on this card.


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