Tuesday, 23 February 2016

LOVE

Good Tuesday Morning Everyone

I hope you all had a good weekend, and found some timeout, for yourselves,

We had a lovely lunch with Claire on Tuesday. I say we, because Paul announced he was taking Tuesday & Wednesday off. He did ask if we were doing anything for Claire's birthday, and I said "yes I'm taking her out to lunch". His bottom lip then stuck out and he took on the look of a  child, and said in a sulky voice "can I come". I wanted to carry it on, but I gave in and said Yes of course you can come. Someones got to pay the bill!. We went to a lovely country pub and had an amazing 3 course dinner then back to Claire's for coffee. It was about 6pm when we got home. It might just be me, but if I go out for lunch and get home late afternoon, early evening all I want to do is go to bed.

Today ( Sunday ) I have been batch cooking Lasagna's Chilli-con-Carne's, cottage pies & Korma curries to stock Claire's freezer to make life easier at meal times, and for Craig too, I can't leave my boy out. Paul went to London to a lunch at Ronnie Scott Jazz club, my idea of hell!, sorry if I have offended anyone. It was a Christmas pressie from my sister. So I was able to knuckle down to some full on cooking. The kitchen looked like a bomb site. I do clean as I go but still ended up with loads of washing up. All done now.

Now I am in my workroom making a flower and leaves to go on Tuesday card, lovely to sit down!

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my tutorial, I really enjoy doing them.

Hope you all have  a lovely week everyone. Same time same place next week.

7 day's to go, still not counting though! At the end of the card is a little present I have bought for our little granddaughter, I melted when I saw it and had to get it.

OMG,  I took the meals over to Claire's today ( Monday ) that I  had made for them and the first thing I noticed is that our baby bundle has dropped Eeeekkk,. I Stayed with Claire for the afternoon, nothing much on telly but Claire's tummy was mesmerizing, our little half pint was moving, not as aggressive as in past days but more intense. You can actually see the shape of her little bottom and her foot pushing on the side of Claire's tummy. It's fascinating just watching Claire's tummy moving, and in just a few days we will meet that little bump. Claire showed me all the other little things they have bought for their little girl, and it made me think that we had bourne ours in the stone age. Now It's Cots that you can have the same height as the bed for easy feeding. Rocker chairs that play music & nature sounds that operate with battery power and not with a foot rocking it, changing stations on top of the cot. My goodness, how lucky this generation is.
How times have changed!


Here Goes!












Products used :-

8x8 Anna Marie card
C&C Satin card- there is not a colour chart, but I would say it is more on the yellow side
Creative Expressions- Foundation card- Taupe
Creative Expressions- Sentiments- Celebrations
Creative Expressions- Iced Snow
Tattered Lace- Embossing Folder- Angelique
Cheery Lyn Design- Gardenia Strip Flower Die
Spellbinders- Grande Squares
Memory Box- Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
Britannia Dies- Fern Strip
Marianne dies- Leaves CR1245
Celebration Ribbon- From The Range, sorry no colour on it, but it's a pretty lemon.


hope you liked it.




Now for our little pressie for our little half pint!












I Hope She likes it!


See you all soon

Big Nail biting Hugs

Tina XX

41 comments:

  1. Love, Love, Love, this card!!!!
    So beautiful!!! I want to buy that embossing folder!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    I like the bear too!!

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    1. Hi Gailgale

      Welcome to my blog. Lovely to have you on board. I have a few tattered Lace EF, but a few of them only measure 71/2 inches, this one included hence I couldn't emboss the larger mat.

      Thank you for a lovely comment, and for liking Charlotte ( The Bear )

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  2. A beautiful card and a gorgeous bear she will love it.
    Nancyd xx

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    1. Hi Nancyd

      Thank you Nancy. I think the bear will be double the size of our little granddaughter.

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  3. Hi Tina. You have had a busy few days. So pleased you all had a lovely lunch out. I love batch making its so easy in the winter months just to go to the freezer and get something out for tea and you know its all been made with fresh ingredients. Makes life so much easier. Your card is beautiful this week. Love the way you have made the frame to go over your semtiment. The ribbon looks so different would never have thought to use ribbon this way. Your flower arrangement always looks stunning. The bear looks so cute. Have a lovely week Tina until next time.
    Best Wishes.
    Denise T x

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    1. Hi Denise

      It has been full on again, so the next few day's are for ME! I took all the food over to Claire's yesterday and put it all in the freezer and asked what she was going to have for dinner, she said I'm not eating any of the food you've bought over, this for when the baby is here and I won't have to worry then. Paul took his meals down to him and put in the freezer, minus 1 lasagna which he had for dinner, so happy all round I think!.

      Thank you Denise, really pleased you like this weeks card, I only had time to make 1 flower. I really must take a day and make lots, so if I have another busy week I'm not going to worry.

      Big Hugs Denise

      Tina XX

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  4. Morning Tina, oh I can really feel for you, I remember what it was like when my grandchildren were born, nail biting is not the 'arf of it but the joy when she is born is something that will stay with you all forever.

    Now the card well as always it is gorgeous and I love the way you have done the ribbon, how did you do that please.

    She will adore her little teddy, gorgeous.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

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    1. Hi June

      Love your message about that not the arf of it. I'll like the arf when i know mum and baby are OK.

      Thank you June, glad you likes the card. The ribbon is four strips of ribbon tied into a bow and just cut through the loops, then just pull them around until you are happy with how they look. I hope this helps.

      Big Hugs June

      Tina XX

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  5. Hi Tina,
    Your flower is divine this week, you've coloured it so well, almost looks real. The embossing folder is lovely and matches so well.
    Glad you had a lovely lunch out with Claire and you managed to see the bump moving around, must admit I hated that bit when I was pregnant. I don't think I've ever felt so emotional as when I saw my first Grandson born, was totally unbelievable and I was so lucky to have been there :)
    I've got my fingers crossed for you all and hope that everything goes well.
    Teddy is gorgeous, she is so going to love him, when she gets a little older.
    Well done with all the batch cooking, you sound so organised.
    Have a good week,
    Hugs Angela x


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    1. Hi Angela

      Thank you for your lovely comment about the flower. It was a fab day with Claire.

      Seeing Claire's tummy move was incredible to watch, but you're right, when we had to go through it it wasn't so cute it looked like an alien trying to break out. Paul would always move away from me when that happened.

      How lucky you were to be to see your grandson come into the world. I would love to be there but I know that won't happen, unless Toby faints, I'll be there in a shot. Keeps those fingers crossed Angela, thank you.

      I am so not organised lately, or if ever. I only cope with the batch cooking as I used to be Head of Kitchen at an infant school and cooked 170 + meals a day, so cooking for 2 is easy. It just comes a bit hard when you don't have the staff to wash up. I would do that too with the girls, I had a fab team in the kitchen. Anyway enough waffle!

      Thank you again Angela

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  6. Hi Tina.
    Ur card is georgeous as always. Love the flower especially.
    Lol I'm guessing it's def a girl then!!

    A friend of mine from school was told at her scan it was a girl and out popped callan the whole nursery etc had to be changed from pink to blue. lol

    Lots of love x

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    1. Hi Tracy

      I'm so sorry I thought your email was going to predict the arrival day, I didn't realise you didn't it was a little girl, Sorry. Funnily enough Claire said on Monday, What if they've got it wrong and it comes out with a weena ( Slang for boy I guess! ), and said he's going to look so cute in all the dresses everyone has bought. Either way, I'm up for whatever is coming.

      Hope you are well.X

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  8. Hi sweetie. I feel the excitement rising lol. Lottie was never still in her dark corner of the world, and since joining us on the outside she is still the same, even in her sleep she's not still ! Combine that with finding she has a voice other than using it to tell mommy she has an empty tummy life is just a bundle of fun in the new parents home. I'm so excited that you will all find this out for yourselves real soon. I can see that gorgeous teddy bear becoming a family heirloom, it will be well loved and well cuddled.

    Your card is stunning Tina, they always are. I presume you use air drying clay when you make those tiny roses with the mould ? If so, have you tried using the clay with Sue's flowers dies ? Apparently you can press the dies into the clay whilst the clay is still moist. I've just got my first mould and clay. Something I can play with in the same room as Andy rather than leave him alone when he's feeling down after the horror we've just gone through. I bet you would come up with the most stunning arrangement and I've just had a thought, with your artistic talent you could do the most gorgeous flowers in a box frame for the nursery. I need to experiment a bit more I'm thinking. I had no idea how much you can do with clay and dies !!

    Well chick, I'll leave you to your day and hope it's a good one, will you get a call today I wonder lol.
    Tata for now.
    Steph xx

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    1. HI BOSS

      It's incredible watching the baby move. Your emails with little Lottie trying so hard to talk were absolutely adorable, every time I watch them I'm willing her to talk. I think I might buy myself that Charlie Bear it looks so lovely when you give it a cuddle. ( sad or what? ).

      Yes it is the air drying clay, and no I haven't tried it with Sue's dies. There's one to have a go at, thank you. Have you made one with Sue's dies?. I would love to see it if you have.

      Big Hugs to You & Andy. Talk soon Steph

      Tina XX

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  9. Hi Tina, what a busy week you have had, and Claire and Craig are very lucky to have you, as it is great to be able to have some of Mum's home cooking after a long cold day.
    I think Claire and baby will love the Teddy If not I will happily give it a good home.
    Today's card is like all of your cards "Beautiful" you really do have a talent and it is so kind of you to share them with us.
    Have a good week, and hopefully you will have some fantastic news to share with us shortly. It is a very special time and you will jump every time the phone goes, but oh gosh is it worth waiting for.
    Hugs Wendyxx

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    1. Hi Wendy

      I'm going to have the next couple of days for me, I can't go anywhere anyway as my car is in the garage with gearbox problems. Thank you for that lovely comment about Claire & Craig. I will keep your name on the list for the teddy, but I'm hoping that Claire will love it for the baby.

      That's a lovely thing to say about my card too, bless you.

      all you lovely ladies will be the first to know when 1/2 pint arrives, I don't think I will be able to contain myself. All the phone are kept fully charged on their stations, mobile constantly on charge, bag packed, Oh no that's not me, that's Claire. I am soooo ready.

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  10. Hi Tina,
    Have you ever liked a thing of beauty that brought a lump to your throat? Well I know this may seem silly but your beautiful card did this to me this morning. It's just so serene!!I know all that is a strange way of describing a card but it's just how I feel about it......and then it's followed by that gorgeous cutey for your new baby granddaughter!! Only a week away oh I do hope the little bundle arrives on time.....I'm so excited for you all and what wonderful things they have to help bring up their bundle of joy these days.
    Take care Tina and have a lovely week oh and I am envious of your cooking skills, I'm quite hopeless allthough Clive never complained bless him.


    Love and hugs Sheila xxx

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    2. Hi Sheila

      OMG, What a lovely thing to say about my card. Thank you so much. Hasn't the teddy bear got such a beautiful face. When I opened the box I got emotional too. I absolutely love teddies.

      I hope she comes on time too for Claire's sake, we're keeping an eye on her ankles at the moment as they are so swollen. trying to get her to rest is difficult she is still in nesting mode.

      Please don't be envious of my cooking skills. The 1st roast dinner I made for Paul was a disaster. Mum told me to make the gravy from the juices from the meat. I didn't drain away the fat and within 5 minutes of it being put on the table it was setting in fat. YUM!

      Take Care Sheila X

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  11. Hello Tina,
    I think today's card is beautiful, as usual. Love the idea of tying the ribbons in a bow and cutting through.
    Hopefully, Claire's baby will come on time, or even sooner, and then you can all breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the miracle of a new baby. Charlotte may have to be put to one side until the little one doesn't put everything in her mouth lol. Good luck until we meet again on your blog!!!
    Maureen xxx

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    1. Hi Maureen

      Thank you so much, what a lovely comment.

      Just waiting for the time someone says, " and breath ". I think you're right about the teddy, it's something to look at for now and cuddle when teething is over.

      look forward to seeing you here again Maureen.

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  12. Hi Tina
    A Gorgeous card today and my fovourite flowers beautiful.

    really looking forward to next week prehaps baby grandaughter will be here, i just can not believe where the years have gone my granddaughter was 25 years old last week and i saw her born seems like yesterday ,

    make the most of her they grow up to quick xxx
    jeanie,e

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    1. Hi Jeanie

      Thank you, one of my favourite flowers too, they are lovely to make up.

      Fingers crossed X 1/2 pint will be here. How lucky were you to be part of something so special. I'll take on board your advice and enjoy!

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  13. Hi Tina what a cute toy, I'm sure it will be loved and loved. Hope everything goes ok and we have a new arrival very soon. Card is wonderful as usual and the tattered lace embossing folder its great. Can't wait for the news, baby hugs Clare xx

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    1. Hi Clare

      glad you like the teddy, and my card Thank you. I really like the Tattered Lace EF's.

      Forgive me if you have already told me of your new arrival too. I think I am suffering with Claire's baby brain. When is your little bundle due to arrive ?

      I'll pass your hugs onto Claire Thursday when I take some more meals over. Thank you Clare

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  14. Oh Tina, what a lovely gift for your half pint! Exciting times for you all, I remember how on edge I was when my girls have been due to have their babies. Your card is absolutely stunning, love your flower and the way you've done the ribbon. Pat xx

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    1. Hi Pat

      Glad you liked the hairy member of the family for our half pint. Maybe when the next one comes along I won't be so on edge. Glad you liked my card this week too. Thank you Pat

      Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  15. Hi Tina, see my comment on your last post (don't know how blogger works - does it notify like FB? but in case it doesn't thought I'd mention I left comment).
    Your kids are certainly lucky to have you, to shower them with all that maternal help. And it all sounds as if progressing fine with Claire. So, you won't have long to wait to cuddle the half pint. My best wishes to Claire, everything will be so much worth it.
    Your card, as ever, LOVELY.
    Speak soon but I think you'll get there before me.
    Hugs, Rose

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    1. Hi Rose

      I don't get any notification when a message comes through on the blog, I have to keep checking. I'm so sorry I missed your message. I went back to look and I missed quite a few, so I do apologise, so sorry Rose. Mental note to myself, pay attention woman!

      Thank you Rose, but I think I'm the lucky one, I still miss having them around the home. I'm seeing Claire tomorrow, so I will pass your best wishes on. Glad you liked the card this week too. It's a shame you're not going to ally pally this year I would love to see you again.

      Big Hugs Rose

      Tina XX

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  16. Hi Tina,

    What a card! A knockout is what it is! Absolutely stunning I think. I got to get me some of that clay! I've been wanting some for a while and some moulds as the moulds can work with a lot of things. The flowers, the frames, the butterflies, the ribbon, the sentiment, the embossing... I love it all. Evidence being the noise I made when I opened the email and saw the picture, kind of a "awwwwww, wow!" I have created the "Tina" page on my Pinterest so this will go there.

    That then went into a full blown "Aaaaaaaawwwwwwwww!" When I saw the gift you've brought for the little one, that has to be one of the cutest teddy bears I have ever seen! Not long now, bet Claire has butterflies already and the bag packed by the front door. Bet you, Paul and Craig have butterflies whenever the phone rings! If it happens before next week I'm sending hugs & best wishes to Claire and her husband. I look forward to hearing the big news!

    Very quiet week so far. Heat mat on the back, brace on the neck and a lot of sitting still or laying down... Thank goodness I had a sky box full of stuff I'd slept through. I set a migraine off last night by laughing too hard! We were watching "back in time for the weekend", it was on the 80's and they played that old " Shake n'Vac" ad, I started singing along which made Me W laugh, which made me laugh...a lot. I felt it go and that made me laugh more, I told Mr W and I'm glad he found it amusing as well as being concerned but for some reason I couldn't stop laughing! My eyes were watering and everything. Had to wait til I stopped laughing before I took the tablet so I didn't choke on it. Best entertainment me and Mr have had in ages, damn good thing too as the football result was as bad as expected (Mr W's turn to suffer Saturday when the Rugby is on)!

    Hoping today will be the day to make stuff. Will make myself and Billy some breakfast (no dog food for me, not today at least!) Have a sleep and see what the afternoon brings.

    By the way, I wanted to ask what your favourite colours are. I forgot to in my email, everyone who has come to the house this week (both of them) has seen the card and all had the same reaction. Plenty of praise your way from them both. Daniel has vowed when we "do" the back room out I'll have a special place for it, bless him! I keep looking at it, as it's just so pretty I can't help but smile.

    Well, that's me. Have a nice couple of days to yourself, I hope the car is back before Claire goes into labour! Have a great week, enjoy the sunshine and "speak" to you soon. Cuddles for the cats, woofs and waggy tails from Billy and hugs to you all from me,

    T x

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    1. HI T

      I'm really pleased you liked the card. I wish I had been a fly on the wall to hear your response. Knowing my luck you'd have swatted me, or chased by Billy. WOW thank you T for the Pinterest page, how flattering is that.

      I'm with you on the Bear, That was my same reaction when I saw it and couldn't resist it.

      Sorry you are in a lot of pain with your back and neck and to boot a bloody migraine, just because of having a good laugh. I don't know why you found it so funny though, that's how I do my housework everyday.( NOT ). What a plonker she looked, and we bought some shake and vac and all it did was make your carpet smell stale when it wore off, and made me sneeze as well. Lethal stinky stuff.

      I also agree with you on liking rugby as opposed to football. At least with rugby you can run with the ball and hopefully get pulled down for a right good scrum with hunky men, with football, I don't understand that they get the ball then kick the ball and then run after it. Just Me! Sorry Mr W.

      Glad to hear no dog food for brekkie. Really pleased you liked the card, I wanted to send you the white one but Claire took that for one of her friends weeks ago.

      Mmmmm, my favourite colours are sunshine colours. Lemons, golds, green peach & pinks. Not much help am I .

      you take care too T. Cuddle that gorgeous furry man of yours & give Billy big hugs from me too, and big friendly gentle hugs to you too.

      Talk soon Big Hugs

      Tina XX

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  17. Hi Tina, an absolutely stunning card, and the teddy bear is just gorgeous, not long now and you are a nana Tina !! Every body must have butterflies buy now I do hope all goes well for the new parents to be.
    You sure are looking after your children Tina.
    Take care Jane B.

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    1. HI JANE

      Thank you Jane, glad you liked the card & the Teddy. Please let me know your new address, as I have started a card for you.

      I am going to see Claire tomorrow (Thursday) to take more food over. When I saw her on Monday she asked me if she will know she is in labour. Bless her she looked so scared. I just told her that if the pains that she already has experienced throughout her pregnancy seem any different and a bit more painful, just contact your midwife, that's what she's there for to help you through it too. I hope she calls me too!

      Not much longer for you too, and you can call your house your home, I bet you can't wait to put roots down again. bless you Jane.

      Talk soon, Big Hugs to you & Henk

      Tina XX

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    2. Hi Tina
      The bear is gorgeous she will definitely love it. Not long to go now and then you will meet her.
      A lovely card as always I love your flowers and I have posted a card I made with spellbinder cinch and go flowers on my blog http://ivyleafcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
      I would love for you to give me feedback on it xx
      I'm off the to Make it show at Farnborough tomorrow I will be like a little girl in a sweet shop...lol.
      Hugs to you love Maria xx

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    3. Hope you don't mind Maria but as you added your blog link I popped over. I'm so glad I did as your cards are lovely, and the flower is so pretty x

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    4. Hope you don't mind Maria but as you added your blog link I popped over. I'm so glad I did as your cards are lovely, and the flower is so pretty x

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  18. Hi Maria

    Sorry I'm late getting back to you, I've been with Claire all day. Just popped over to your blog to see your flower, it's so pretty and makes a lovely finishing touch to your card. I love your background technique too.

    Thank you for a lovely comment, a you enjoy purchasing some sweeties tomorrow. I would love to see what you bought. See you next time

    Big Hugs

    Tina XX

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