Sunday, 11 November 2012

A little Christmas duo

Evening Folks

Well, it's evening in Scotland and it will be morning somewhere else - perhaps where you are. Wherever that is, I hope you are well.

Today has been a special day for me, as it has been every year of my life. It's the day I remember the fallen  and the heroes of two world wars - especially those in my family. My great-grandfather, who served in WWI - he survived but only just, returning home suffering from the effects of gas inhalation, and my two great-uncles who fought in WWII and, tragically, died. They have never been, nor ever will be, forgotten.

That said, on to what I've been up to in the craft room this afternoon.

It's not a lot - just a wee Christmas tag and matching re-covered notebook set which I thought would make a nice little stocking filler for someone.

The paper is a vintage design from Hot of The Press. I've trimmed each item with ecru cotton lace trim,  chipboard shapes from Docrafts, and poinsettias.

I covered the label, front and back, with the DP, inked the edges with red ink then added the embellishments to the front only.

To cover the notebook, I removed the original cover and used it for a template to cut out the DP, then glued it to the cover - this gives the cover extra strength - before adding the decoration.

List of materials used:
Manila label, size #5 (4¾"x23/8"
Small memo/note pad - I found these in Asda.
Design paper, Hot of The Press, Christmas Vintage
Chipboard shapes from Docrafts Papermania's Noel collection
Ink, Tim Holtz distress ink, Festive Berries
Ecru cotton lace trim, red/white bakers' twine, Wild Orchid Crafts red poinsettias, gold edged red satin ribbon, red dew drops, tiny red/white alphas - all from stash.

Just a quick share - I'm off to have a cuppa and spend a bit of sofa time watching a film with the EM.

Thanks for popping in. Take care all, keep crafting, and I'll be back, hopefully tomorrow.


BJ said...

Super stocking filler but what does DP stand for. BJ the ever confused!

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

We owe so much to so many don't we. All those heroes that fought for us and our country. We must never forget that.

Lovely little stocking filler for someone as you say. Both makes are gorgeous.

Hope you enjoyed your film.

Love Jules xx

scrappymo! said...

Amost midnite here on Remembrance Day. Think it is tomorrow am there for you.
My grandfather marched in the Ypres section every Remembrance Day. They had a special section in the parade for them. I remember he told me that they peed in their hanky's and breathed through the amonia fumes...he always felt that was what kept him alive. I think it had to do with where your battalion was on the field.
He fought bravely and marched with pride as do thousands more today.

We are all lucky to have such brave soldiers guard us.

brenda said...

Your tag and notebook have a lovely warm traditional Christmas feel to them Elizabeth.

Every year I promised myself to make tags for my gifts, but afraid I never quite get there. Perhaps this year !

B x

Redanne said...

A lovely tribute to those men in your family Elizabeth, I hope none of us will ever forget and that the Remembrance tradition carries on.

Your tag and notebook are beautiful, love the warm, rich colours and those poinsettias are gorgeous.

Crafty hugs, Anne x

Jackie said...

Sorry to have missed some of your beautiful makes, I'm afraid that life gets in the way at times :o)
Jackie xx

Dawn said...

Awe Elizabeth, what gorgeous xmas makes, they will make adorable gifts.
Huge hugs x x x x

Sandra H said...

Hi Elizabeth, we must never forget they did a lot for us all, your creations are gorgeous x

Julia S-W said...

Lovely tribute Elizabeth. As a forces child,an Army wife, sister to an ex-QARNN who'se married to a Marine and sister to a brother who spent years in the RNR I think Remembrance is so special and vital.
Your tag and covered notebook look lovely and the real lace on there is a great touch. I have a stamp of that reindeer which I bought for my niece - so cute!
Thanks for dropping by my blog too.
Enjoy your week.

JoZart Designs said...

Beautiful Christmas tags Eizabeth.
I'm with you ... we must never forget and every family has a story to tell. We visited DH's grandfather's grave in Ypres, the first family members to do so and it was so moving. We also attended the last post at the Menen Gate and toured the war grave sites and the trenches etc.. Quite a trip ... well worth doing.
Lv Jo x

Shoshi said...

I wrote a comment earlier, Elizabeth, and then closed the window and I think I forgot to click the button first... I left it a while to see if it would take a bit of time for you to moderate it but think it must be lost.

Anyway... thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, and I'm glad you liked my mini-Shoshi pics and that they brought back happy memories of the smocked dresses. Very sorry to hear your parents were divorced, and that you don't have many photos - the knock-on effects are far-reaching, aren't they. If you do find some, I am sure you could make some lovely layouts with them!

I so appreciated your wonderful Remembrance tribute. This time of year always makes me think especially of my grandfather, who served with the Royal Engineers in WW1, and who nearly lost his leg in the trenches. His best friend was killed. I hope you liked my Art Journal tribute, too. My two subsequent posts to last week's WOYWW give details.