I’ve been M I A on my blog recently

Hi Everyone,

Time sometimes has a way of getting away from you and that has been the case for the past several weeks. I apologise if I have been neglecting your posts recently.

Some sad news – My dad passed away a week or so ago.  He was 96 and has lived a full and mostly happy life I think. However the past year or so has not been his best and although he will be very missed I cannot help feeling a tiny sense of relief on his behalf.

Dad and Brenda dad 90

“tu me manques” Dad

I shall be heading to the UK very soon with my hubs’ and will be away for most of the month of March. I hear it snowed in parts of UK yesterday – I wonder if I have enough warm clothes in my wardrobe? No matter, the shops will be open I’m sure.

I am already worrying about Fluff’s but I have a wonderful neighbour who has offered to take care of her.  Fluffy will not appreciate that she has been saved  from the cattery and weeks of confinement, but it’s the best I can do for her, she gets to stay at home and will miss me. And I will miss her.

On the plus side, I get to see my brothers and sister and other family members.  Can’t wait, it’s been too long.

I look forward to catching up with everyone and everything in blogland again when I return.




My dad turns 95 this year

Isn’t that amazing?  The past year has been a turbulent one for my dad, hospital for both himself and his wife. But today he is home and with spring and summer on the way in UK, life is good.

Being a card maker I wanted to make something special for his birthday.  I found a beautiful card on sabradcreations.blogspot.ca that I thought would fit the bill.  Here is my version of her tone on tone card.  This card is quite large at 91/2″ x 41/2″.

Card for dad 95 bday (1)

One of the things I like most about making cards and doing papercrafting is the people you meet along the way.  Everyone is so generous with sharing their ideas. Sabrina also made a wallet style envelope for her card and although I didn’t follow her pattern I did follow her idea.

This picture shows the inside of the card sitting inside the black cardstock wallet that I made to send it in.dad's 95 card in wallet.JPG

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Closed walletdad's 95 card wallet complete.JPG

I hope my dad likes his card.  I loved making it for him.


Thanks for stopping by.


All products used to make this card are from Stampin’ UP!

  • Cardstock: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz
  • Designer Series Paper: Pear Pizzazz from Subtles collection paper stack
  • Stamp Set: “Remarkable You”
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz
  • Brad:  Antiques Collection (now retired)

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Decking the Halls

One of my favourite things about Christmas is decorating the house.  Although we are going to be pretty quiet this year, I couldn’t resist getting out the decorations collected over many years and reliving the memories. This little chap was given to my son by his Aunty Jan and Uncle Len, when he was around 7 years old, (now 41 with three sons of his own), and has formed part of our Christmas traditions every year since.

Santa waking up

We fill his little bed with chocolates and other goodies, and even today our sons always check him out to see what is inside. He’s quite special don’t you think?

What decorations do you love, and why are they special to you and your family?

Happy Christmas Decorating.