Thursday 7 December 2017

The trees have arrived

Hello all, it's Billy here. I have been busy typing up this post for Jane as at the weekend the annual madness descended into her household.

 Yes it is the time of the year when trees walk into my house. Well I say walk, they seem to need a little assistance but that's being a bit pedantic in my books. Now things are a bit different this year as I am conducting my overseeing of this not from the green chair but from her bed...and there is good reason behind this..
It comes in the form of  someone rather big and hairy who has come to stay for a few days. Yes Bear, Jane's son's dog is here. Hmmm....looks like he's got part of Rudolf's antler there...
Now us cats are not too keen on dogs, they are rather too excitable in our books. Who ever told Bear that cats like to be chased was very mistaken. Therefore I have taken up residence in the upstairs of the house where I can oversee everything perfectly from my vantage point, separated from Bear via a stair gate which he can't squeeze through. 

So back to today's post...On Saturday morning I meowed down to Bear to shut his eyes....daft dog always does as he is told. I just wish he would listen this well when I tell him not to chase me. 
When I told him to open them just look who had walked in.
Yup it was Norman the Nordmann, all netted up as per usual. He is obviously a very tricky tree to catch. Jane's hubby sawed a little off his base (apparently it's like having your nails trimmed so no pain involved), so that he could drink properly during his Christmas stay. She says she gives him top ups of water but I swear I saw her with the gin bottle...or was that the elf?
Anyway Bear had a good sniff
and before you could say whiskers Norman was upright wearing his lights.
Then it was the usual fussing with those shiny things called baubles including 2 new ones....Meet my friend Olaf the snowman. He really can sing but boy does he know how to talk....
 and Simon the sprout...he doesn't say much really. He is just...a sprout.
So once everyone had gone to bed, including Bear, I sneaked through the stair gate to say hello in person to Norman.

I had trouble getting him all in shot , he's pretty tall. He said that it was great to be back again and he wondered why the green chair was empty. He says that Bear is a very good dog and that I could stay downstairs but no way was I taking a chance like that. Also the Man in the red suit could be popping down the chimney at any time so I quickly called up to my friend Silky the fairy. 
She waved down at me
She says she also feels a bit safer up here away from Bear.
I saw lots of my favourite friends who can all tell a story of when and where Jane bought them including her childhood moon.  I then quickly sneaked back upstairs before Bear woke up. 
So it's back to guard duty on the bed for me for a few more days. 
It's very tiring.... Old Choc will say hello soon, he called up the stairs to me but I will wait until Bear goes home as there is no way I am sneaking down in the night twice. Plus I have heard that dogs and chocolate don't mix so that's another reason for biding my time. 

Now Jane also enters these card challenges and my paws typed this up for her. Goodness me she gets value for money out of me!
Here is today's creation, very appropriate for these long dark nights drawing in. Apparently the background is stencilled using glitter paste. I will vouch that it is indeed very sparkly. 

She made it for these challenges;

 The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #10
If you would like to play along with Linda's challenge you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make something Christmas themed. I have always chosen to make cards and it's a great way to make 12 very unique cards for Christmas.
You can also combine it with any other challenges.
This is Linda's tag for week 10 here. Jane took the sparkly stencilled background and the snowflakes to use for some of the inspiration in her design.

A vintage journey winter wonderland

Simon says stamp Monday icy inspiration

Let's Craft and Create 1/3 anything Christmas

Try it on Tuesday  1/3 Twinkle twinkle, sparkles etc

The artistic stamper 1/3  Christmas

Rubber dance 1/3 glitter/colour option I chose the glitter option

Stamping sensations 1/3 Winter trees and flowers

Right then I have more strenuous things to do now....I just need to readjust my position
 OK I'm comfy now..perhaps a short cat nap is a much better idea.
Bye for now,

Billy, standing (or even sleeping) in for Jane) x


  1. Ohhh Billy, what splendid friends you have visiting... I think I would join you behind the stair gate if Bear were there too.. have a lovely day x

  2. What a fun post Jane! Norman looks great, that Olaf ornament is so cute and your topper is lovely! Looks like Billy and Bear had an exciting tree adventure! lol. Beautiful card, that glitter paste looks incredible on the dark background, love love love!! hugs :)

  3. A wonderful tree and I love to see your pets! They look both very lovely! And brilliant card Jane - just WOW! Thank you very much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!
    oxo Susi

  4. Awww Billy,you are clever,you look a little bit like my Duffy.My friend has a black lab called Bear.Very wise to be where you are.Great Tree and Decs.Great Blog too.Sending huggles and Snuggles xx

  5. This was a lovely post to read, I'm sure the animals are a joy to have in your home.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  6. What an entertaining post, so well written Billy! I'm glad you survived having a big and hairy visitor coming to stay. Tell Jane that her monochrome card is gorgeous. xx

  7. Hi Billy lovely as always to hear from you......goodness you do have a time of it, dogs, trees, fairies, no wonder you're exhausted!! I have to say Jane's tree is beautiful as is her gorgeous card, just like the one that arrived here this week. :)
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend,
    V x

  8. Good ol' Billy.. what a good storyteller! I hope he tries to make friends with Bear.. I bet they'd like each other. That card is magnificent! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

  9. Loved reading your post Billy, you are so interesting and entertaining!!!. Tell Jane that her card is super, ethereal and very winter, I love it and thank her for joining the artistic stamper challenge. X

  10. Many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations and sharing your lovely creation.

    B x

  11. Love your tree and those gorgeous ornaments and what great helpers you have! Your card is stunning, all that sparkle against the black. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  12. Lovely post..the tree looks lovely. great creation too! Now can you send your helpers over here please...I still have cards to make!!

  13. I love this one. Who would've thought black could be so pretty for Christmas? Thanks to Billy for an excellent post :)

  14. I always look forward to Billie's post on the tree walking in. I giggled straight through this post, Jane, er, I mean Billie! You're a hoot! Roger (the cat) wanted me to say you are perfectly nuts to try to sneak down with Bear standing guard. He also says he's jealous you have your tree, and he has nothing but a 3 footer made from plastic with snowmen hanging all over it until the one in tied up with spider webs gets to come in next week.

    Now onto business...this is one FINE, glittery card, Jane! How elegant and frosty! I'm here first, because I saw this in Linda's gallery, and had to move in for a closer look, but I will say thank you, too, for playing along at A Vintage Journey! Hugs! Sara Emily

  15. Hello sweet Billy,

    I've been waiting your annual tree-post! Now this year you got Bear to stress about too, I wish you're all good still and enjoying your naps at Jane's bed 😉? Happy Holidays to you, and please tell Jane she did fab job with the tree!!!


  16. Love your fabulous creation! The colors and texture are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  17. Hi Billy, it's good to have you back, I've been telling Jane for ages that she needs to let you write more blog posts, multi-tasking too with the tree guarding, I hope Jane realises how lucky she is! Would you please tell Jane that her card is beautiful, a really elegant and sparkly card. Thank you Billy (and Jane) for joining in with our challenge at Rubber Dance, and a very Merry Christmas to you all xx

  18. Super pretty card. So elegant! And I love you pets :-) Thank you for joining the Rubber Dance December challenge. xx Susanne.

  19. A super creation for our winter trees and flowers theme! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month!

  20. What a beautiful sparkly pattern. Love the white against the black background. A very sophisticated and elegant card!


  21. Super post and super creation!
    Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft & Create Challenge. Best of luck with your entry.

    Mary Owner & DT Member for Let's Craft & Create...

  22. What a lovely story from Billy about how your tree gets to your house for Christmas! My 2 cats also escape to the 2nd floor when my son's 2 dogs come to visit - but I don't know where they go - they disappear somewhere - in a closet, under a bed, behind my craft cabinets? it's a secret they do not divulge to me - they just show up again as soon as the dogs walk out the door!?!

    Love your black and white wintery card - beautiful stenciling and layering! thank you for finding the time to join us in the A Vintage Journey challenge Jane! Julia xx

  23. So wonderfully frosty and wintery for our Winter Wonderland challenge. Thanks so much for traveling along (all of you).

  24. Hello there
    Lovely creation. I loved the way u decorated your trees and your pets. Thank you so much for joining us this month at LCC. Hope to see you again soon...
    DT Mukta
    Let's Craft and Create


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