Friday, 2 December 2011

Fairy Tale Friday #22

Not too long until Christmas now and everybody here at the towers is starting to get very excited. The preparations for Christmas day are already under way. Tammy has made a beautiful wreath for the front door.  It’s a good job we have a huge solid oak front door though as she made it from a tractor tyre, and decorated it with lots of little tyres from children’s bikes and doll’s prams. We did wonder how she managed to find so many until Gayle went into the village yesterday for supplies, and overheard a group of mums complaining that all the tyres had been stolen from their sons and daughters bicycles and doll’s prams!

The local forestry warden turned up a couple of days ago with a twenty foot high Christmas tree, which has pride of place in the great hall. It is waiting to be decorated but it is taking Claire a while to knit all the baubles (it seems we are going with a pink theme again this year), as she finishes each one, Kathy and Hazel have their glue guns fired up and ready to go and are busily attaching gems and  glitter to make them look pretty.

It turns out Edna is allergic to real Christmas trees, she has very runny eyes and is constantly sneezing. One of her sneezes was so strong that as she sneezed her teeth flew across the room landing in Nicole’s bowl of Haggis porridge, Nicole was busily writing out Christmas cards between mouthfuls of porridge, so didn’t notice, and nobody had the heart to tell her, she only realised what had happened when she distractedly scooped the teeth up with her porridge whilst discussing with Maritha whether to marinate her latest batch of Bratwurst in Turnip Tequila, or the new Sprout Schnapps, bit into them and then let out a mighty yelp. It seems she had broken three teeth, two of her own and one of Edna’s. We had to pack them both off to the dentist to get sorted out.

We also had a problem with somebody pinching all the middles out of the loo rolls, every time you went to the bathroom the paper would be in a little pile on the floor, without it’s cardboard centre! We couldn’t understand what was going on until Nela appeared with lots of beautiful tealight holders to decorate the towers. She had made them with, yes you’ve guessed it, the centres of the toilet rolls, if you want to see how pretty they looked and fancy having a go yourself, you can check out her tutorial by clicking on the advent calendar picture in the sidebar.

Gayle and Liz decided they needed to go out Haggis hunting as supplies where getting low and many Haggis were needed for Christmas Dinner, they even asked Debbie to go along with them for some reason.
Now I don’t know how much you know about Haggis, so I am going to tell you a little about them, for instance did you know that there are two types of Haggis - Lowland Haggis and Highland Haggis. The Lowland Haggis have four regular sized legs, but the Highland Haggis have two long legs and two short legs, it makes it easier for them to run up the hills. They are also not very keen on the cold weather and tend to snuggle into their Haggis Hideaways when the winter arrives. Winter is also mating season for the Haggis, (they like someone to snuggle up with) and the males make a terrible screeching and caterwauling sound which attracts the females who are looking for a mate and other males in the area who are looking for a fight!

After a couple of hours of fruitless searching the girls stopped for a warm cuppa from their flasks, with a good dash of Winter cabbage Whisky (another of  Jill and Helle’s new recipes), and Debbie was thrilled when Gayle and Liz begged her to sing them a song to cheer them up. Of course Debbie would never refuse a request like that and immediately burst into a chorus of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose, Debbie, being Debbie though her version went  - Saw Rolf the other day dear, he had soom very tiny toes!!! Suddenly from out of nowhere hundreds of Haggis appeared all flinging themselves at  Debbie, which is exactly why Gayle and Liz took her along, they knew that her singing sounded just like the Haggis’s mating call.!!!
The hunting trip was a huge success and they managed to catch enough for Christmas and also well into the New Year.

We had a couple of glasses of Jill and Helle’s new Whisky that evening in celebration of a successful Haggis hunt, and then went to bed, except for Edna who decided to stay up and put the finishing touches to the Christmas stockings she was making to hang on the fireplace. She was using her old fishnet stockings and adding some leopard print fabric around the top, then using her Bigshot to cut out the letters to spell our names and attaching the letters with double sided tape.

When we got up for breakfast the next morning there was no sign of Edna so we decided she must be having a lie in, after having a late night, that was until we heard a muffled moaning and groaning sound coming from the great hall. Imagine our surprise to find Claire’s cat (the pink glittery one, that was first mentioned many, many weeks ago) looking totally petrified at the top of the Christmas tree, and Edna’s legs dangling from the tree part way down.

We pulled on her legs and she came flying out the tree, complaining that she had been there most of the night, and why had no one heard her calling before now. Claire ran over and was hugging her and thanking her for trying to rescue Petunia (the cat), who must have climbed up the tree and then got stuck at the top, only for Edna to say that she had actually put Petunia there as she thought she would be a good substitute for the Christmas fairy that she had managed to break when she dropped the Bigshot on top of it earlier, but she had slipped as she was climbing down, fell into the centre of the tree head first and hadn’t been able to free herself.
Claire pushed Edna to the floor yelling at her that NORMAL PEOPLE WOULD USE A STAR!  then she stormed out of the Great Hall to go and get a ladder so that she could rescue poor Petunia.

Edna stood up brushed herself down and said, honestly some people need to lighten up a bit! before heading into the kitchen to make herself some scrambled Haggis eggs on toast.


Image TEDDYBEA_101 coloured in Photoshop
Striped paper- Clipart Fairy - Simply Christmas Papers 4
Winterland Tree, Frosty and Frostyville dies - Memory Box
Snowflake Charm - Stash

TEDDYBOBEA_089 coloured in Photoshop
Papers - Gorgeous set 5 - Clipart Fairy
MS punch - deep edge garden trellis
Heart Charm - MeiFlower
Diamonte stem and feather - stash
I have added diamond stickles to the 'diamond' in the ring.



I have used TEDDYBO_148 and TEDDYBOBEA_087.
They are coloured with copic's and Prisma's.
The Advent calendar is made by Kaiserkraft and comes plain ready for you to assemble and decorate.
The papers used are DCWV and the snowballs came from the range.
The trees in the background are made using a Clarity stamp tree.


 " For those that would like to make one of these stars, I have placed the template on my blog.
Made this for my Grand-Daughter Holly. "

I have coloured TEDDYBO_155 with Poly Pencils and blended with sansodor.
Back-ground dots have been achieved with Pro-markers. I have mounted him on to gold mirror card, then placed him on to a Magnolia DooHickey Cutting Die - Tilda Doily. Cheese cloth placed behind too.  Added lots of snowflakes around the star with gems in the center. Holly herself punched the smaller snowflakes. I have also used my cuttle-bug embossing plates with snowflakes on. Cut out and glued to each point.You can't really see in the picture ".
Small gold bow as been added to Bo's jumper - cute.


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The papers,swirl and ribbon is from Panduro
And the tutorial was found HERE

Hugs from me..

Clairebears x

I have made a stepper card using Teddybo_122, I have used papers from Walter and Winnie does Christmas, I have cut NOEL out on my Silhouette along with the silver frame. The ribbon has Merry Christmas printed on it I have added silver snowflakes and lots of little gems on the card too. I really love how it has turned out :0)


 I've used a new digi image"Piggy Puddles"
(FAIRY_D_PICKLES_02) that you can  find in the online store
The background is emboss with a plate from Cuttlebug.
Pebbles with the words "Merry Christmas and Happy new years" is a freebie.
Snowflake is a gift from one of my DT friends in Staffordshire
I have used a punch from Martha Stewart and a lot of glitter .





TeddyBea 171
Prisma Pencils
BoBunny 'petal pushers - bloomer' Paper
Little ladybirds and flowers from Accessorise

Teddy Bo 157
Prisma pencils
Little Yellow Bicycle papers



I´ve played with the sweet image TeddyBea_172
colouring with Prismas
picture frame from the big furniture store with the Elk
for the passepartout I've used a swirl stamp by Vilda Stamps
Memento Ink pad * Desert Sand


Image: TEDDYBO_158 found here
Letters from an alphabet called Katie from Quic Kutz
Papers from Graphic 45 and craft from Bazzill


There is still plenty of time to enter our White Christmas challenge, don't forget to scroll down to Wordy Wednesday and collect the freebie word art, and check out this weeks tip top tutorial which shows you how to make a twisted Easel card and stopper.

See you soon,

Colette xx 


  1. Ahhh!! the mating call of the Haggis...thats why I dont sing..I'm too scared to.
    Fabulous post as always, and I had forgotten about Petunia...[lucky Harry didnt see her there when we visited] cards ladies, all so stunning....gorgeous,

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. Hi Super giggles am still laughing at tiny toes !! Lol Kitty ;0)

  3. Brilliant!!! Love the Haggis hunting - were you practising your Haggis mating call the other night when you were singing along to the Saw Doctors Colette!?! Thanks for a great tale and making me laugh. Gorgeous cards ladies.
    Karen :-)


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