Monday 3 October 2011

Christmas???? ................. we still have a little bit of summer here!

Goooood Mooorrrrnnnnniiing Moooonnnnnndddaayy!!!!

I'm sorry to rub it in to those of you who don't have lovely weather this morning, but we have a beautiful day here in Nottinghamshire although we did have a few spits of rain a little while ago and it's obviously not here to stay for long but while it lasts I'm making the most of it to get my holiday washing caught up with.  We have a lovely breeze which is drying perfectly.

Last week my Hubby and I had a much needed few days break in Mid Wales.  We stayed in a log cabin at a little place called Victoria Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys.  It's a sort of log cabin motel and the accommodation is basic but comfy for a short break and includes a full English breakfast and 3 course dinner.  The menu choices for dinner were excellent and the food was lovely.  The place itself is beautiful and perfectly situated to explore the Brecon Beacons which I have fallen in love with.  I think we will definitely be staying there again sometime.  When I've had time to download and edit my pics I'll post a few.

In the meantime here's a quick post of a project I made recently using some new Chocolate Baroque Christmas stamps.  I made a gift wallet the template for which I found on the Splitcoaststampers site.

The backing paper is one of Glenda's designs and I think might be from her downloadable ones which should be available on the site soon.  The stamped images and sentiments all come from the same new set of stamps called Christmas Cheer.  I love this set and think there's a really nice mix of images including one particular sentiment stamp which I especially love.

There is still new Christmas inspiration being posted daily by the Chocolate Baroque DT over on the blog (link in my sidebar) showcasing the new stamp sets.  My second post for this particular theme is tomorrow so I hope you get chance to pop over for a look.

Right, I had better get a wiggle on (as my crafty friend Judith says) as I have loads to catch up on.  Unfortunately, a lot of it is housework chores, yuck! 

As always thank you for taking time to visit.  I really do appreciate you dropping by.

Have a lovely day and I'll be back soon.

Lesley  Xx


Aquarius said...

I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your well-earned break in Wales - beautiful scenery. This is a lovely project and so useful for popping a small gift into.

Suzanne C said...

Elegant! Love the rich papers and the beautiful pops of green with the stamped images. We are now having lovely fall weather. The rain has stopped. A little chilly in the AM but beautiful by the afternoon. :) Glad you had a lovely break with your DH!

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous paper and what a lovely project! Good to hear you had such a wonderful well deserved break! Can't wait to see some of the pickies!

Paula Whittaker said...

Glad to hear you had a nice break away.
Lovely project Lesley.

Sally H said...

Your card is beautiful, Lesley! So pleased to hear you had a relaxing time in Wales. Will look forward to the photos

lisa said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your break, Lesley. I'm sure you must be in need of a bit of r and r. You certainly picked the right week to go, this weather has been incredible hasn't it. We had rain yesterday but today has been beautiful again and like you say perfect drying weather. I've done two loads just in case we don't get a good day again for awhile.
That Christmas wallet is gorgeous. I love the rich red of the papers.
Don't work too hard and it's lovely to have you back.
Hugs Lisax

Paula (PEP) said...

I'm still amazed at our chance encounter - it really made my day & thank you so much for your comment on my blog: it encouraged me no end.
I'm glad you enjoyed your time away & that you had such brilliant weather for it.
The gift wallet is a lovely project especially with that deep rich red paper & your layering with the golden ochre cardstock in conjunction with the inking of your image panel. The rounded corners of the flap are especially effective too.
Paula (PEP)

Isabelle Norris said...

Rain here to and a little 6/8° this weekend... What happens to indian summer? LOL
Love your project, so classy and elegant. Bravo
isa xx

veronica said...

lovely little gift idea - glad you enjoyed your break

Christine B. said...

Hi Lesley, glad to hear you had a lovely break. Love your gift wallet. Take care Hugs x ChrisB

Michelle said...

Hello lovely Lady!
Missed your cheerful chirpings on my blog - been hiding away for a while and I'm just beginning to surface again to find your lovely comment on my blog. I'm smiling!! Love this project and am definately drawn to the new stamps at chocolate baroque.
Hope all's well in Lesley Land
x Michelle

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Beautiful gift wallet Lesley. The new stamps are so great and the colour style and layout of your wallet so beautiful.
Lovely greet marja