Trees of Three in Blue not Green!

Nearly at the end of Christmas Card making!  HURRAY! I hear you shout.    I haven’t bombarded you with them all, only the ones I thought might entertain you or, like this one today, were a bit different.  I can’t believe how late I am with the making of my Christmas cards this year . . .  and I still have family ones to make!  eeek.

Mr. Cobs is being aaahhhmazing!  He’s put the Christmas tree up all by himself.  Moved the furniture around so that everything flows. The tree still has to be decorated (lights and pretty things) but everything is in place and waiting.  He is such a blessing.  Quite frankly I don’t think, if it were up to me, I’d have bothered putting up a tree this year.  It all felt like an effort too far.  (Not me being a bah humbug, but just the back problem).

I’ve tried to keep most of the cards I’ve made for Christmas this year, very simple, and also flat enough to go into a normal envelope as I really didn’t want to be making boxes on top of making the cards.  This one fills the remit of simple and ‘flattish’.

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The trees are made using the left over ‘hole’ from a die cut tree.  I used the left over cut out as a stencil in order to make all three trees.  Using three different coloured ink pads, and some dried baby wipes, I built all three trees by simply dabbing the dried baby wipe onto the ink pad and then dabbing the inky wipe onto my glass mat in order to distribute the colour so that I could gently rub the inky pad through the ‘stencil’.  Once you’ve done one tree, either find a clean bit of the dried baby wipe and use it for the next colour of tree, or simply use another wipe.  Once you’ve got all three in place, you could leave it right there if you wished to.

The sentiment reads ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ – but it looks a little fuzzy on the photo because the camera was focused on the trees instead of the sentiment.  (my fault I’m afraid because I told it to do that.  (A case of eyes wide open but without supervision,  and the brain was closed for lunch.)

The ‘snow’ effect is made used Sweet Poppy glossy white texture paste, along with Pinflair Snow – which you need so little of that I’ve had my pot of snow for a couple of Christmas’s and still have half a pot.  It goes a long way.

The sequins, in silver, blue for the trees and some clear but iridescent ones used for snowflakes, I dotted around and fixed in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.

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The lovely twinkly stars atop of each tree …  I found in the crafty section of my local charity shop.  There were hundreds of them in a bag, and I couldn’t believe my luck when I found them.  I think they cost me something like 50p (I think that works out at about 60 cents USA).

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To give the card a little interest on the inside,  I inked up another blue tree, using the same method I used on the others – only on this one, I used a fine nib glue pen and squiggled all over it, then shook a little glitter dust over it so that it caught on the squiggly bits, added an iridescent sequin to the top and voila!  Finished.

So … how do you fancy a bit of “Things you might not know about Christmas”?

It may not be as popular these days but in the times of Charles Dickens, and as far back as Washington Irving, telling ghost stories was a Christmas tradition.  One of the most famous – “A Christmas Carol” – was written by Dickens himself, but he’d already had some practise. In “The Pickwick Papers” (1836), his first novel, he includes  “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton,”  a Christmas-themed horror tale.

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Denny’s, the US diner chain famous for being ‘Always Open,’ decided to close for Christmas in 1988 to give hard-working employees the day off.  Amazingly, it turned out that many of the restaurants actually had no locks.  Well, they’d never needed them before.  According to the New York Times,  700 branches needed to be fitted with locks so the staff could spend Christmas with their families.

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Wondering what to with your Christmas tree after the festive period?  Why not see if your nearest zoo wants it?  Many animals find them great fun to play with. In 2014,  a zoo in Cambridgeshire, UK,  compared the trees to “catnip for lions.”

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Although the modern image of Santa Claus – the “right jolly old elf” of popular culture – is now widespread, he hasn’t always been seen that way.  Earlier depictions of Saint Nicolas have him as a serious, religious man (the original Saint Nicolas was Bishop of Myra, in modern-day Turkey).  Sinterklaas, a holiday celebrated on Dec. 5 in the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of France,  portray him as an elderly man in bishop’s clothing.

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And finally . . . .

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their Christmas Tree.

Thank Prince Albert for your tree.

The Germans are credited with first bringing evergreens into their homes and decorating them,  a tradition which made its way to the United States in the 1830s.  But it wasn’t until Germany’s Prince Albert introduced the tree to his new wife, England’s Queen Victoria, that the tradition really took off.  The couple were sketched in front of a Christmas tree in 1848 — and royal fever did its work.

Well … that’s me done and dusted!

Hope you like the blue Christmas Trees card, and that at least one of the Christmas ‘Factoids’ taught you something you might not already know.  You can go off and impress friends, relatives and anyone you happen to run into today, with your knowledge of Useless Information About Christmas Taught to you in Mini Lessons from Cobs.  (And you didn’t even have to pay for the class!  lol)

Have a truly lovely last Monday before Christmas. 

Sending squidges from my corner to yours ~

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26 thoughts on “Trees of Three in Blue not Green!

  1. You are a crafty one. Love the blue trees and the fact you snapped them to share. I finished my cards this evening and any one left out will have to get a New Year card. Another week and it will be Thank You card season. . Maybe I’ll get around to posting a card or two. That is probably all I managed to snap. Just can’t get that in my mind,,what little of it is left .93 year olds are taking a tole on this ole broken down me. Love you Cob. You are a bright spot.

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    • Hello beautiful blogging friend!
      I’m so happy you like the trees. I wasn’t sure about them at first, but by the time I’d finshed the card, I absolutey loved it.

      As for posting cards – well I haven’t even posted one card yet. How bad is that?!! I’m so disappointed in ‘me’. I’ve never been this disorganised before. I think it’s this ‘lurgy’ that is still affecting me and slowing everything down. tsk tsk.

      You’re not broken, Beverly. You’re trying to look like you’re running ‘on normal service’, while in reality you’re still climbing Kilimanjaro.

      I pray for you daily, and am sending you much love. Remind yourself that no one ran up Kilimanjaro, they did it one very careful step at a time.

      May God continue to bless and keep you in the palm of his hand.
      much love ~ Cobs. x

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        • No, not final … … for a circle has no end.
          The climb is hard Beverly, I know. ‘the walk through the valley of the shadow of death’ – sums it up better than any poet could ever do.

          It’s a dismal place to find yourself, and you don’t ‘live’ there, you exist in this dismal place.
          But keep going Beverly, knowing that things do get easier.

          With every step, you’ll move forward towards a place where the pain isn’t quite so soul destroying, screaming inside your own head, lost, alone, achingly painful. You have to climb to the top of that mountain in order to get on top of it, and then, you must come down the other side.

          It’s difficult, and not something you want to do or be put through. But be assured Beverly, that things will become easier. And everything will become less painful – but that is something which takes time. Like emptying a bucket of water, by simply putting one hand it and allowing the drips to fall off your hand onto the ground next to the bucket. It takes time.

          But it’s not final. It’s not ‘The End’. It’s just a mountain. We’re all here. You aren’t alone. You’d be stunned if you knew how many of us were here for you, stood at the foot of your Kilimanjaro, willing you on with our love and prayers.
          xxx

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  2. Well done Mr Cobs for bringing Christmas to your cottage 🙂
    Did you know the colour blue is an angel sign of strength, faith, courage & protection ~ see you picked blue for a reason, have a most wonderful week x

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    • Hello Mrs. P.
      Love seeing your name pop up here.
      I did indeed know that about the colour blue – it’s also the colour of healing.

      I’ve passed on your greeting to Mr.C and he did what sounded exactly like a Father Christmas chuckle. Hmmm… there’s something very fishy going on. He’s sounding more and more like Christmas the older he gets. Is he???? IS HE …. by any chance, going to be the next Father Christmas? Is he getting into training?

      That would make me Mother Christmas! Oh my goodness. I’m not sure I’m good enough for the job!

      Have a truly lovely week, full of love, smiles and contentment. ~ Cobs.x

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  3. Happy Monday Cobs.! Another Beautiful card! I love the blue and white and all the detail you share with us, by chance we may give it a try 🙂 Oh, and the beautiful bow on top! Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree. How Lovely are your branches…. Great job Mr. C. 🙂 Warmest wishes, Blessings of Health and Wellness, and a Wonderful week ahead. xxxxx

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    • Hello beautiful Ruthie! 🙂
      I’m delighted that you like the card, and yes … I’m dying for you to give it a try!

      What a beautiful singer you are. I can hear your sweet voice singing from here.
      May you too have a truly blessed rest of your day today, and may the coming days find you happy and content.
      Sending you my love ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Beautiful blue trees Cobs. Great idea to use the negative as a stencil. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and health and happiness for 2017.
    Hugs Flo xx

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