Saturday, 25 November 2017

Phoenix & Christmas Card

Hi My  Friends

Can you believe I forgot to press publish last night (this morning) and only managed to get to the computer now 10.20pm ish as Craig and  Pia came for lunch and ended up staying longer. What a lovely day!!.

I've put a couple of photo's of Phoenix here for you as you have all been sooo wonderful I thought you would love to see my beautiful grandson, well I am biased. He is less than 24hrs old in these pictures. Every time I see him he changes. I spent Friday afternoon with Claire & Phoenix having his bath and a weigh in with the midwife. He was born 7lbs lost a little as they do and now weighs in at a healthy 8.1lbs, he's doing really well.

I have so much pride for our beautiful Evelyn, and what  has been achieved in her memory, and now she has become a big sister to her beautiful brother Phoenix. This will be yet another different Christmas for us as a family this year, I really don't want any pressie's to open just many many big cuddles with Phoenix and celebrating Evelyn's wonderful achievements we are very very proud grand parents.

This is my 1st Christmas card this year. It's surprising what you can achieve when you are in a very happy place. I have wanted so many times to make a card for my blog this past 21 months and look at it and think that's a Tina card again.

I don't even know if this is a Tina card as It's been so long, but I have to say I have loved getting back into my workroom to make cards as opposed to just shutting myself away in my safe little space called my workroom. My room has been my sanctuary. When the most devastating things going on every day, testing me to my last ounce of sanity having to watch my family going through something so beyond my control. The tears I have shed in my room in the early hours when everyone was sound asleep, I'm surprised our home wasn't flooded time & time again.

I Sat up one night  thinking of Christmas cards a bit like tonight (24th Nov) and it's now 3.20am. Earlier this evening I thought I need to start making my Christmas cards and start to get get back to some kind of normality. If you call 3.20am normal, so I made this card . I am going to make the same style but with different embellishments. So I hope you like my 1st one. I need to go now and cuddle Half Pint  (My little puppy dog ) and get some shut eye, so I will say night night & sleep tight.XX

Be back again soon

 Here Goes!!

Hope you like it.

Love & hugs

Tina XX

PS. I'm sorry I didn't reply on my last blog post but had big problems with my computer. Steph, the animals are little buttons and I found them at  Forest babies, Stuffed with love (teddies), Out foxed and Hop Hop.  Thank you for all your lovely comments, thoughts and prayers for us as a family and for Claire Toby & Phoenix. Also little hugs but lots of them from Half Pint to Billy (((x)))


  1. Merveilleux ! Félicitations pour votre adorable petit-fils 😇

  2. Morning Tina, oh how gorgeous Phoenix is, you could sit and cuddle him all day and do nothing else. You have all had a really tough couple of years but you have come out the other side stronger and happier, it will take a little while but you will get back to your crafting and if this sample is anything to go by then you are going to be a roll, it is fantastic, love the stamp and of course the embellishment.

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

  3. Tina. Oh Phoenix is doing so well, it's a worry when they drop that bit of weight to begin with yet he is putting it back on and more in the short space of two weeks. Christmas will be a wonderful time for you all.
    Your card is gorgeous and yes it's a Tina card! Ok not one with your wonderful flowers but the foliage and robin are a brilliant replacement.
    Hazel xxx

  4. Phoenix is gorgeous and so precious .
    Lovely card too
    Take care
    Elaine H X

  5. Phoenix is a beautiful baby and a blessing to all. I know what it is to be in that "dark place". Tina, welcome back from there. So glad you can feel stronger and brighter by being creative. Making cards is therapy for me as well. One step and one day at a time. Love your 1st Christmas card. Do you remember your Christmas card from last year that I fell in love with? The Greeting was "Let it Snow". The elements were on a glittered background, silver and/or gold greenery with white flourish die cuts and three sparkle snowflakes. The main element was this gorgeous poinsettia that you had sponged a blush of color on the bracts. Photo showed a lemon color overall. This card is my inspiration for this year's Christmas cards for me. Now that I made it through Thanksgiving, I just need to get busy! Prayers continue.

  6. A beautiful little baby for a beautiful family. Phoenix is gorgeous, a wonderful meaning to the name. A gorgeous Christmas card, so glad you feel like crafting again. As the saying goes" The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" Dream big, love lots. Hugs Theresa xx

  7. Hi Tina
    Phoenix is a gorgeous baby congratulations to you & all your beautiful family.
    Your card is definitely a Tina card &deserves my usual Wow Wow Wow. I love the Robin so cute.
    I'm pleased your crafting again
    Lot's of love & Hug's Lynda xx

  8. Hi Tina,
    What beautiful photos of your gorgeous little Grandson Phoenix, and thank you so much for sharing them with us. I somehow managed to miss your last post, but would like to say your baby card is beautiful and I'm sure it will become a treasured possession.
    Your Christmas card is also beautiful and I'm sure anyone lucky enough to receive it will be thrilled.
    It is so nice to see you back creating such beautiful cards.
    Finally I do hope that your health is improving so that you can really enjoy this special Chistmas/
    Hugs Wendyx

  9. Hi Tina,
    What a lovely photo of Phoenix, a gorgeous baby boy. Sleeping happy in the arms of proud dad.
    Your back Tina! And your card is lovely,keep coming back please as we missed your artistic cards.
    Take care Tina and a big hug .love Jane xx

  10. Hi Tina Beautiful photo's of Phoenix a little lump in my throat so gorgeoous.

    So lovely to see your card it is Beautiful and so pleased you have been in your craf room again xxx jeanie

  11. Hello Tina,
    How lovely to see a beautiful "Tina" card. A little different without your flowers, but beautiful and definitely a "Tina" card just the same.
    Phoenix is so lush I could eat him!!! (not really but you know what I mean)
    Love to all the family, this will be one special Christmas after the heartbreak of the past few years.
    love Maureen xxx

  12. Hi Tina. Have been waiting patiently to see this baby. Wonderful. And it is wonderful to see
    you back on track. I did send a message on you last blog I am still not receiving them on my
    email address. Gorgeous baby love to them all. Mavis L x

  13. Hello Tina,
    Cow’s Tail here waving a white flag!! Thanks for forgiving me on my lateness!
    What a gorgeous baby! As others have said Christmas will be so different this year although I know Evie will never ever be forgotten!
    As got your lovely card! It’s beautiful! As Maureen said , it’s lovely to see a real Tina card again! Hope you are feeling a lot better yourself now!
    Hope you enjoyed your coffee this morning! Did you sleep in? Ha ha!
    Love Myra xxx

  14. Ahh Tina Phoenix is gorgeous you all must be overjoyed.
    And what a great Tina card I love the robin xxx

  15. Tina, your grandson Phienux is stunning. I'm so happy for you all especially Clare and Toby after his safe Arrival. Your family has been through such a roller coaster ride but at the end of it you have found the happiness you all deserve. Little Evie will always be with you, watching over you all and esoecially her little brother. God bless you all.
    Your cards are stunning, I hope you now have the inner peace to return to your crafting. I'm glad your op is now over and done with and you are fully recovered. It was the best thing I ever did, hope you feel that too.
    Wishing you and the whole family very best wishes fir a Happy, Healthy and Filled With Love 2018.