A bunch of Christmases all at once.

Happy December the 1st!

Yes  …  it scared me too and I didn’t see why I should be feeling that feeling all alone, so decided to drag you in there too.  And now that I’ve sent your brain into a spin, let’s get on with enjoying the day shall we?

So, to start with  … smile, even if you don’t feel like it.  S.M.I.L.E. …  and remember that even if the day is grey and you don’t feel like anything like happy …. just the act of smiling can trick your brain into sending out the feel good hormones which can turn your day around.  So stand up … go and stand in front of a mirror and smile your biggest cheesy smile at yourself for 30 seconds. 

Look into your eyes while you’re stood there grinning like a Cheshire cat – and although your cheeks might ache a littlekeep the smile going until either:  you crack and begin to laugh at yourself.  OR …  30 seconds is up.  Then go off and do something to get your day kicking and alive.  (And if you feel miserable at all any time today – do the smile thing again.  30 seconds remember!).  Even if it only works for half an hour, that’s half an hour of feeling better that you would have missed if you hadn’t tried the smiling trick.

I’ve been trying to post these Christmas Cards since last week!  I haven’t been tardy or lazy, I’m fighting an infection which is causing me the most dreadful pain on the right hand side of my back and partly in my tummy;  and it’s also affecting the skin on my back, making it feel as if the skin is burnt – like it’s been ironed with a hot iron, and it feels like it’s been sandpapered and should be red raw.  Just awful.  I’m now on my third (different) lot of antibiotics,  and if these latest ones don’t start making a difference within 24 hours,  I have to call my GP, and I think they may admit me to hospital so that they can plug me into the ‘powerful drug army’,  filling me up intravenously with infection fighting soldiers who will (hopefully) beat the infection to a pulp.  (I have my fingers crossed that these new antibiotics which they’ve given me, begin to work, so that I don’t have to go in, as I don’t like hospitals). 

Right, enough talking about rubbish stuff  …  let’s get these cards shared with you …

I wanted to make a few quick and easy cards for various people.  I have to send some through the post so wanted cards which will fit into an envelope and not have them damaged or bits knocked off them, so they had to be of few ‘adornments’, and flat enough to go into a regular envelope.  AND … just to add a bit of a challenge to the task, I wanted to make them from bits and pieces I’ve had left-over from projects I’ve made for Christmas cards of long ago.  So I went through my Christmas Box and by the time I’d finished I had a pile on my desk all the things which were left overs from previous Christmases.  Cor!  Did I have a lot of left overs! 

I found some card stock and bits of adornments from about 7 years ago (I think – but this is just a guess).  All of the following cards are made from those left overs.

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Frost and Ice Christmas Tree.

This first card …. is made on a background of a rich, dark blue card on which is printed a music score, with the addition of some script writing.  I embossed around the outer edges of the card background to make it look more icy and wintery cold, using the silver embossing powders by Tonic. (This icy cold doesn’t show up in the photo, but in reality it actually does look really wintery and like looking through a window which you’d scratched off the ice so that you could look through it).

I added a length of [plastic] balls on a ‘string’ around the tree (and glued it in place on the back) then added some red gems to represent baubles on the tree.

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I then mounted the decorated die cut Christmas Tree onto a square of printed velum using foam tape.  The addition of the greeting  ‘Merry Christmas’ finished the card off.

This next card was shamefully easy, but in real life looks far lovelier than in the photograph.

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The card background is actually white with a sort of shimmery silvery white patterning all over it.  If you hold it one way, then you see everything as white.  But if you hold it another way, you can clearly see the patterns on the cardstock.  It’s really beautiful, and so tactile too!

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I added tiny red gems to the die cut wreath and a die-cut bow – mounted on foam dots, to give it depth, then fixed the decorated wreath to the cardstock using foam tape, and Voila!  Card 2 done and dusted.

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Card 3 was made using the same cardstock as card 1 – the deep dark blue, with the musical score printed on it.  Two die cut snowflakes adorn this card.  One large, and one small,  along with a length of silvery balls, onto which I threaded a silver bead, and glued it in place on the length of silver balls using Tonic Glue.  Whilst that was drying I fixed the largest of the snowflakes in place …

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…  and added three little red gems to the middle of it, to give the card a nod of a third colour.

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Then added the second, smaller snowflake, which was die cut from holographic card, and twinkled like crazy.  I added a little clear gem to the middle of this snowflake, to give it an added dimension.

Finished the card off with the ‘Merry Christmas‘ greeting and this was then Card number 3 ticked off the list.

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The fourth card …  I love this background!  All those fabulous little Christmas Trees, with the great big star on the top, complete with the baubles.  Love it!

Using a rule, I drew lines with a thicker nibbed embossing pen all around the card, and using Tonic Silver embossing powder, I embossed those lines.

Then taking a square of velum, I embossed the edges of the card with a frosty looking Dtsilver Embossing Powder and then did the same thing on the edges of a die cut and embossed Christmas Tree.

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Using foam tape, I mounted the tree onto the velum, and fixed the velum and tree to the cardstock.  I wanted a silver star for the top of the tree, but sadly couldn’t find one big enough,  in the end I chose this lovely blue pearly star, which looks slightly different in colour in the photos, but it’s nearer in colour to the blues in the card background.

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And that was card 4 ticked off the list!  Now onto card 5 …

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For this final card, I chose to make another snowflake card, but this time on a different background, and with a more complicated snowflake as the main attraction.

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I’ve tried to capture the various layers of this snowflake but have failed miserably.  Because it’s cut from holographic paper and card, it twinkles madly, and I’ve tried taking photographs with the flash, without the flash, with the spotlights, without them, with and without a desk lamp and all sorts of combinations, I couldn’t find the right one to show you all the layers, so I’m afraid you’ll  just have to imagine them showing up – for they are there in that photo above!

And that, was a big tick against quick and simple card number 5.

Normal service of cards which need a box or a security guard, will be resumed as soon as possible – dependant upon how this darned infection behaves on these new drugs.  Hopefully I’ll be up and running at a more reasonable speed on Friday, when we have the regular ‘Things I’ve Learned This Week‘ post, where I share with you the stuff life has taught me during the last seven days.  (I already have a list made,  and I think you might enjoy this list …  and get a few laughs out of it at the same time).

In the meantime …  do me a great big favour and spread a little joy about your home and your neighbourhood.  Do something lovely which will make someone else smile.

How about using a piece of chalk and leaving little messages on the pavement (sidewalk) for other people to see, read, and smile about.  What would you say?  How about “Hello!” for starters?  Or: “You have a beautiful smile“,  or maybe  “Hello Beautiful!“.  Just say something you know would tickle you if you saw it chalked on the pavement.

Or .. maybe make someone’s birthday extra special …  don’t buy them flowers or chocolates, buy them something they may never have received before … balloons!  A bunch of  Helium balloons, chosen just for them, by you, and either deliver them yourself or have them delivered if you can’t get to them.  They’re a reminder of childhood, and seem to make everyone smile.  So give it a try.  (Even if it’s not their birthday … if you want to make them smile, then send them a bunch of helium balloons.  It will make their day!)

And . . .  for you;   I wish you a thoroughly tip-top Thursday!  May the day bring you smiles and at the end of your day, may you look back over the hours and realise that you’ve had a really O.K. kind of day, in a thoroughly good way.  May you have found something wonderful to smile about today.

Be careful out there … oh ….  and ….  be good to each other.

love and squidges ~

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53 thoughts on “A bunch of Christmases all at once.

  1. Cob you are so smart and really on target. I can’t even remember to photo the cards that are ready to mail. Silly me. Maybe some day I’ll get my blog act together and WOW every one like the famous Miss Cob. And this was Wednesday. I think I had plans to photo on Wednesdays . Oh well…there is next week. xoxo

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    • aw Beverly. You’ve got real life things you’re dealing with, and you’re still ‘climbing Kilimanjaro’.
      And anyway … I forget to photograph stuff allllll the time.. I just don’t tell everyone, so no one knows that, in reality, I’m a total nincompoop. LOL

      I forget when I set the times for posts to appear, that the time differences around the world will mean that although I’m on ‘X’ day, other folk will still be on the day before! Hence you were reading my Thursday December the 1st blog post on Wednesday 30th Nov. Your time difference was playing catch up! YOu must sometimes think that I’ve lost the plot!
      Thank you for coming Beverly, and for taking the time to leave me comment. ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Every card I looked at I kept thinking….ooooh I think I like that one best…nope oh wait look at that one….and then!!!! Then you showed that twinkly snowflake holographic paper one. Wowza!!! I really really liked the twinkly snowflake.
    I hope you feel better and that the infection fighting drugs get to work soon!

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  3. I hope the latest round of antibiotics do ‘the trick’ if sounds as if you have had a dreadful time of it just lately~ sending you a gentle cyber hug x
    Every time you post photos of your cards I think to myself …”Well Cob’s can’t outdo herself this time” and do you know what ?? each and every card has it’s own little bit of magic that draws me in like a moth to a flame, your Christmas selection is just stunning.
    Take care of yourself till next time x

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  4. I love using up leftovers from past projects, Cobs! I really like cards 4 & 5!

    Sorry to hear you are ill – good luck with your antibiotics. I am not a doctor, but is there any way that you have an infection and shingles? The sensation of your skin burning is what prompted that question. I will send good thoughts your way.

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    • Hello Kathy
      Thank you so much for your comment, and I’m thrilled you like these quick and simple cards.
      Like you, we thought possibly shingles – and although it’s a possibility which is on the table, they’re still working on a Kidney problem. But we shall see.
      I’m just hoping that these new meds will kick whatever it is out of my body.

      Thank you so much for visiting, for your lovely comment… and for your good wishes.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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        • Ohhh Kathy, what a miserable time you had of it.
          Actually, you’ve helped – because I was looking at just one thing causing these horrible problems -but you’ve made me think that there could be two things over-laying each other.
          (But still hoping to see an improvement by the end of today, now that I’m on this third round of different antibiotics).
          Sending love ~ Cobs. x

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          • Cobs, I guess that was the point of sharing my story (but I didn’t articulate it well!) – it could be 2 things bothering you. (my doctor swore my electrical rib pain was related to my relentless coughing)

            REALLY, REALLY sending you good, healing juju across the ocean!

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  5. Hello Cobs! 🙂 All your cards are always AMMMAAAZING! I like Chicken, said, oh, i like that one, then that one, then! You know!! It is just awful you are sick with this infection. I thought shingles too! Oh please go in to the Dr.. They have been trying too many antibiotics and need to get to the root of the problem! ugggh, I can be a bit overprotective 🙂 Keeping you my prayers as always along with the Dr.’s and their guidance to fix our Dearest Cobs! Sending love and prayers xxxxx

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  6. What beautiful cards you have made! The last one – sparkly snowflake – what die cutting pattern/machine/company is that from? I have yet to find a snowflake die that I like…

    I hope that your new meds knock the stuffing out of that infection – I want you to feel better and not go to the hospital (although, think of the things you would learn for your Friday post!)

    Feel better soon, dear Cobs –

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    • Bless you, Salpal. I’m leaving it till tomorrow to see how things go. Hoping that the newest antibiotics work.

      The dies used for the snowflake …. I have no idea. This is the problem with taking things out of their boxes and storing them in folders etc. It’s only in the last three years (ish) that I’ve realised what a stupid thing that is to do, and I now keep all dies in their original packaging. There’s nothing safer than that packaging! (And when you’re ready to part company with things – after you’ve grown tired of using them – you can describe them properly and people can see where they’ve come from. Which is so much better.)
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs x

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  7. Bleeping heck, Cobs, that sounds totally horrid! Sending you loads love love and hope you feel better really soon. Love your cards, the blingy snowflakes DO show up and they look fab. The tree looks like a delicious cookie, I think! Now, pavement messages…how about “I can see right up your nose from here”? There is another version, which I will leave to your imagination….

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  8. Oh my Mrs Cobs, get well soon, you sound terribly poorly. Your cards are amazing, the little beaded star is one of the most adorable embellishments I’ve ever seen! Take care x x

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    • Aw thank you Hannah.
      I think I love the final [snowflake] card too. It’s all that twinkling which dazzles me and draws me to it.

      Thank you for the healing thoughts and wishes. Very much appreciated.
      Oodles of joyful squidges, from me in my corner to you in yours ~ Cobs. x

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  9. These are beautiful! Perfect for making memories last because you can keep some, take lots of pictures, and enjoy the time spent with friends and family! What a wonderful way to spread cheer.

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    • Hello Lochan.
      I’m thrilled to welcome you to the blog here, personally. Thank you for your lovely comment. I hope that you always find either inspiration, a few smiles, or the warmth of love shared between blogging friends who gather here.

      Don’t ever feel you can’t comment, or say a few or a lot of words. I tend to look on people who visit and stop to comment as if they’ve come to sit at my kitchen table and share a coffee with me. So do come and share coffee as often as you’d like, and remember to say hello. That way I’ll pour you a coffee and we can sit and chat!

      Have a blessed rest of your day Lochan. ~ Cobs. x

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  10. What a nice post to get ‘into’ the Christmas spirit 😉 Beautiful cards!

    I just finished a post about the 10 best Christmas gifts to give without murdering people in the stores. It’s really nice to read some other posts about it for inspiration.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

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  11. These are absolutely beautiful. I’m incredibly envious of your talent as I am still in search of the perfect Christmas card for our crew. Every time I try to take a pic of the kids, one of them is determined to make it look like I just dragged them out of their favorite Eastern European orphanage. 😉 Your cards however are spectacular. Lovely work!

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