Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Christmas in July

Hello it's Billy here, Jane's cat and yes we have arrived at that mad day of the year when she has that Christmas in July moment. 
Summer is in full swing my garden is looking lush with so much new growth. I have been amazed at the new sprouts that have appeared on Baby Choc. He is Jane's little Christmas tree she bought last year to replace Old Choc who went to the Tree in the Sky land. I think he actually found a new home locally as he disappeared from the grass verge the day before the Christmas tree collection van came.  Baby Choc holds  her vintage Christmas ornaments and Christmas chocolates. If you are not a regular reader of my blog you can read all about  my first meeting with him here.
You can spot him in the far right of this photo below, just outside Jane's studio. 
Just look at all his new growth. He told me he loves his new branches. There will be more room to hang things from. It was hard to keep him still as he kept dancing around showing off all his new greeness.
These will turn darker green as the season goes on. 

He is also sporting a rather spiffing new hair style, just look at that. He really is looking most handsome.
So while Jane drove me mad humming Christmas tunes from her studio I had a little snooze in the shade but I did manage to snap these photos before my doze when she went indoor to make her cuppa.
Jane made these alcohol ink tag backgrounds on embossed foiled card a little while back. (You can see that I am very well informed for a cat on all things crafting. I have had years of practice). She made up and the botanical tag which she shared here
I noticed that she had taken out the lumber/wood effect tag and made some Christmas bits and bobs including a stamped coloured image of none other that Father Christmas in his original green outfit. This stamp is from one of her favourite Christmas Tim Holtz stamp sets, called Yuletide.
She had also die cut some greenery too, some in foil and some card. She used alcohol inks again on the foil and distress inks on the card.
So I left her to it and after dinner time I asked if it was safe to pop into her studio and take a peep at what she made. She said yes!
This is what I found; ho ho ho!
with a close up 

she added a sentiment at the bottom....yes Jane will always believe, will you?
one last shot
Jane says she would like me to enter her tag into some challenges..here goes.

Simon says stamp Wednesday early bird
Lil patch of crafty friends 1/3 anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground #381
ABC Christmas N and O I have gone for O for over the top! Jane loves adding lots of extras to her work, she is definitely not a CAS girl.
Die cut Divas Christmas in July

So after all that excitement I found myself a nice shady patch on the lawn for one more doze.

I will be back again in early December with my annual Billy and the Trees post. Baby Choc and I will be rapping together in the garden until then. We also look forward to seeing the Man in the red suit (or will he revert to the old green, who knows?) on the 24th December.  Goodness me this typing is hard work, time for me to go now.  Jane will be back again soon with a new post. I am also going to have a little think about what I will be doing to celebrate my 12th birthday on Friday...gulp...how did that happen!

Until then,

Bye for now,

Billy x


  1. I must say I spent most of the time looking at your cat and your garden......but I also did enjoy seeing the process of creating your tag. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge xx Lynda DT

  2. You know what Billy, the thought of you-know-what makes me want to lie down and sleep too, so glad you managed to get up in time to have your dinner at the table though.
    I must say you friend Baby Choc is looking quite splendid with his new greenery!
    Please pass on my best wishes Jane and tell her that her tag is very lovely if a tad out of season! ;)
    I can't believe you will be celebrating your 12th birthday on Friday!!
    Lovely to hear from you again gorgeous boy,
    V xxx

  3. Great tags Jane, love the effect of the AI's on foil.
    And what a cut kittie cat :)

  4. Beautiful project, and thanks for sharing the lovely photos!! So glad you're joining in our Christmas in July challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  5. What a beautiful tag this is Jane. And such a delight to read Billy's post - and also to see how well Baby Choc is coming along. This post is a total delight to read :)


    Di xx

  6. I love your tag, looks awesome. Thank you for sharing at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Hope to see you again!
    Merja DT

  7. What a wonderful tag, really detailed and gorgeous. I loved all the pics and I want to be in Jane's studio too! So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our "Christmas in July" challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  8. I always like Billy's posts. He's such a handsome boy, but I'm not ready to start thinking about Christmas yet! Have fun making your holiday inventory :)


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