Ye Olde Christmas Past!

Dickens seems to be a theme running through my mind over the past week or so.  Maybe it’s just because it’s Christmas time, maybe because there was the old Alistaire Sim, A Christmas Carol, film on TV about a week or so ago – one which is a favourite of Mr.Cobs, so it was, of course, something which was a ‘must watch’ film for the dear man.

I don’t know what it is but I do know that it’s settled itself into my brain, and now my craft room, as you can see by the latest card I’ve made, pictured above, along with the Charles Dickens book – A Christmas Carol.

Made on a 6″x 6″ white cardstock.  I used an embossing folder to make the brickwork impression behind everything.


I stamped the window and the street lamp using Penny Black stamps: Winter Illumination – which come as the set of two.  Then hand painted them using watercolours, and dried them with my heat gun, so not to let the cardstock get too wet and floppy.


Although the stamped image of the lamp does have a wreath as part of its image, I wanted to give the lamp a touch of ‘3D’, so made a teeny tiny wreath for over the top of the stamped wreath, and added a red silk ribbon bow to top it off.

The wooden fence, actually is wooden fencing.  I bought a length of it a few years ago, and have used little bits of it now and again for various projects.  It’s lovely stuff because the wood will take colour really well.  Here I painted it black, and dried it off using my heat gun, as I wanted it to ‘be encouraged’ to be a matt finish, rather than give a slightly shiny finish, which it has a tendency to do if you leave it to dry naturally.

A side on view, to show the various layers and depth to the card.

The Poinsettia flowers were made using a die, from pages cut from an old book and then inked up to colour the petals and leaves, with the addition of a few glass beads for the centres.

I added the snow using ‘Glossy White’ stencil dimension medium,  and then added some Pinflair Snow Dust to give it that crunchy snow look, and finally assemble everything with the use of black foam tape, Pinflair Glue Gel and a few dabs of glue from my trusty glue gun.

I think I’ve told you everything, but if there’s something I’ve missed or something you want more information about, don’t be shy about asking.  I’m more than delighted to help out a fellow crafter.

On a personal health note … It would appear that the infection I had has now cleared up  (hurrah!) but I’m still suffering this doggam awful pain and the doctor can’t figure that one out.  He’s checked me for any signs of a rash (thinking possibly Shingles) but there is none.  He’s booked me for a blood test (tomorrow) to take a look at my kidneys and see if something is going on there.  After that …  I think Mr.Cobs is taking me to our vets to see if they can sort me out.

Well that’s me done and dusted.  Have a wonderful, bright start to your new week.  May your Monday be peaceful.  Gentle.  Mild.  And may you end the day with a smile, and the thought that, if you consider what COULD have gone wrong today – all things considered, you had a fairly good day.

Sending warm wishes and snuggly hugs your way ~




Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

40 thoughts on “Ye Olde Christmas Past!”

  1. Lovely Dickens inspired card, Cobs!

    Glad to hear that your infection cleared up. Sorry that the pain still lingers. Hope the doctor (and the blood test) figure it out quickly!

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  2. oh so glad you are getting better. Have you tried Turmeric for pain. I works. Aaaaaalso…like minds are fun. this stamp set was used on one of my card orders. The lamp post any way. I really wanted the other lamp post she has but it was sold out. Happen to me all the time ..just need to hop on thing s in a more timely fashion I guess. Do have a good day. xoxo to all the Cobs

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    1. Hello Beverly.
      Turemeric for pain? I’ve never heard of that. Oooo, well there’s something new to look into!

      Aww sorry to hear you lost out on the stamp you wanted. But I know how you feel. I do that same thing and kick myself for not ordering something sooner. tsk tsk.
      Thanks for visiting Beverly. Hope your day is filled with blessings. ~ Cobs. x


  3. Really like the effect of the “snow”. I am after some mica flakes for that purpose. I have never used them before, only that glitter glue stuff for my snow. The window is very lovely and the lamp post, well, everything really.
    We had some rain mixed during the night here in Victoria, BC and it is stuck on my windshield, looks pretty, but …
    Thanks for sharing this lovely Cobs.

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    1. Oooo, I hope that mix of rain and frozen stuff isn’t actually stuck to your windshield, bur merely resting there (so that it flies off with the first pass of the wiper blades). We’ve had some ‘scrape it off’ ice days here over the past couple of weeks – and those weren’t in the least bit fun. Brrrrrr.

      Thanks for visiting Soozy. Lovely to see you. ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Love it Cobs! Dare that Dickens enter into your brain and into your craft room! You turned it into marvelous 🙂 I am so happy to hear the infection has cleared! whew! Now onto blood test , praying they are in the normal range! Sending love and hugs! xxxx

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  5. I love this Dickensian look. Street lamps, railings and doorways for some reason really appeal to me for Christmas cards. So, I love what you made! Glad you are feeling a bit better. Hope the vet is gentle with you, and he doesn’t take your temperature…..

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  6. Dearest Cobs,
    Love, love, love your latest cards x
    You will be alright clambering onto the vets table won’t you ?? now remember no growling .. the vet is only there to help

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        1. I don’t get on the scales ANYWHERE. (seriously .. I actually don’t. I say ‘no thank you, but thank you for offering’). As for big bones … I agree. It’s quite obvious that he’s big boned. How dare the vet call him Tubby. One more upset like that and I’ll be round to sort that ‘vitnery’ out!
          (I’m not big boned. I’m just short for my weight).

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          1. In reality we should be thanking Mother Nature for giving us ‘reserves’ should another ice age arrive unexpectedly, I could miss a meal or two before succumbing to the disaster LOL

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            1. LOL!
              I have to admit that I have wondered how long it would take my cats to look at me and think “Cat food has run out. Tummy hungry. I’ll eat her.”

              I reckon Alf Capone [Used Furniture Dealer] would last about an hour. After that he would have learnt how to pick the lock on the door and get to me.
              (But the dog loves me).

              (I think) :/

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              1. K9 wouldn’t even wait until there was a disaster if I’m late with his 5 o’clock tea he plots my down fall ~ the fact he has learnt to sharpen the carving knife on a steel is VERY disconcerting !!!

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                  and the saucepans. and anything sharp. and anything heavy which could be used to batter someone to a gooey mess.

                  Infact .. replace everything in the house and just have a soft play house filled with soft. Oh .. and no rocks in the garden.

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                    1. Somehow, after all the work Beloved has put into turning that cottage back into a beautiful cottage (you know what I mean), I think you’re going to come across some GREAT BIG OPPOSITION to your campaign. LOLOLOL
                      (I am imagining the colour of red his face would turn if you suggested this, and seeing how the top of his head would fly off, with steam popping out of his ears. a bit like this: LOLOL)

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                    2. LOL come to think of it my crafting den is a lot like a soft play room with all the fabric & yarn ~ so to save Beloved the trouble of loosing the top of his head I’ll be content with that 🙂

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                    3. You could always make panels of fabric covered foam, and velcro them to the walls in there. That way, no harm will ever come to you, even if you get super excited and jump around like a boxer on a trampoline (or a fox and a badger and a hedgehog and a squirrel … and all the little fleas living upon them, all jumping around on the tampoline! lol). x

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                    4. Do you think he would mind if we kept it at ours? ..after all we have more foxes & badgers near us who would get full use from said trampoline, plus I could have a go after all if I’m going to end up breaking a hip sooner or later I might as well do it in style 🙂

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                    5. I think it would only be ‘proper’ to keep it at your house. After all … it would mean that you’d get to see him more often, which would be wonderful to your heart. (at least … that’s how you’ll sell the idea to him. LOL)

                      When you use it for the first time … I request that someone film you from far enough away so that I see the whole accident about to happen.

                      So that we can show the ambulance men and doctors at the hospital, of course. Not for my enjoyment, obviously. 🙂 lol
                      Have a great day Mrs.P. ~ Cobs. x

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                    6. LOL Deep down most things I attempt are an accident waiting to happen ~how come I have remained unscathed thus far is a complete mystery.
                      Love your comment of how to sell an idea to 1st born 🙂

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  7. Glad to hear you are feeling better…..sad to hear you still have pain. Try the turmeric as Beverly suggested. I hear it is good for you.
    Laughed like a crazy woman on the vet comment. That is always a line my husband uses…”Do you need to go to the vet?” Never sure what he is thinking on that one and don’t dare ask. Just make sure when you see him you don’t bite….I am thinking that cone thing they put on dogs would NOT be a good look for this season.
    Loved the card!

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    1. Thank you Chicken!

      The turmeric…. this pain is leaving me in such a fuddle (particularly in the morning when it seems to be at it’s worst – (or it could just be waking up to it again, and having to ‘learn to live with it all over again) – the fuddled state would leave me unsure whether to eat it, rub it in, or sprinkle it about the place to ward of this devil of a pain!

      Mr Cobs, like Chicken Gandad, offers the vet frequently too. Cheeky monkey that he is. tsk tsk.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  8. My goodness, you are so talented! That is perfect, spot on. A truly wonderful Christmas card. Glad you are a bit better, I hope the doctor can sort you, though I’m sure your vet is lovely! X

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    1. To be honest .. the vet has a better bedside manner than *some* of the doctors at my practise. However, there is one Doctor who’s brilliant….so he’s the one I see.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, and I’m thrilled you like the card. Bless your heart.
      Sending squidgs ~ Cobs. xxx

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