Friday, 2 December 2011

Advent Calendar Nostalgia and a Snowman card

Well here we are in December, yipee......I no longer feel so gulity about showing all my Christmas crafting creations. I must admit it was strange making my first Christmas card in October whilst we were in the middle of one of the hottest October and November's on record. Mind you for anyone living in New Zealand and Australia that is the normal. No for me Christmas has to involve darkness, cold, frost and if we are lucky a light dusting of snow which arrives on  a Friday  night and vanishes before the rush hour on a Monday morning ;0)

Today I have a made a new card which I will enter in a few Card Challenges. It's a different style for me, and features a snowman. There are not my usual embellishments and flowers as this is the card I made for my son. I gave it to him last night and it is looking out at us now from his bedroom shelf. Here it is





He is a very cheerful Snowman standing in some glistening snow





I stamped Mr Snowman onto a round die cut and then coloured him with my trusty Promarkers. I added a clear accent glaze to the hat, bow and baubles to make them shine.














Here he is in close up. I also added some glitter for extra sparkle and some punch cut snowflakes.


















I also added a sweet Father Christmas Tibetan charm from my jewellery stash and completed my card with a foil die cut star and some lovely rich green organza ribbon. I used a round LOTV sentiment to send my son our Christmas wishes (and yes he's 23 and still loves all things Christmas).







I have entered my snowman card into the follwing challenges.

The brand new Joanna Sheen Challenge, Number 1; Christmas Wishes
Scrapbook sisters; Anything goes
Paper crafting Journey ; Anything Goes
Totally Papercraft ; Let it Snow
Crafty Annie Challenge Spot; Christmas Bingo. I have chosen the line Glitter/Snow/Red

Thanks for looking at my card.


I would also like to mention the wonderful candy being offered on the Ribbon Girl blog, I would love to get my hands on that lovely stash!

Now 1st December always means time to hang the Advent Calendars in our house. Mine this year is another that I was lucky enough to buy in Nurenburg at the Christmas Market in 2009
Here it is;
This type of Advent Calander takes me right back to my young childhood in the 1960s and I can still remember looking up at the wall and seeing the glitter glistening. I am thrilled they still sell these in Germany.





I just love these sweet images











   













                                  Here's what greeted me this morning behind window number 2




How cute is that! I had a little winter scene behind number 1 window.

















I wonder what I will find behind number 3??






We had some much needed rain last night but today has been sunny again. As the light is fading though the temperature is really taking a dip (finally). We plan to get our tree tomorrow so I will be back early next week with my 2011 Christmas tree post! Milly is coming up on Sunday and we plan to make mince pies. She has already got her tree up...she must have inherited some of her Mum's Christmas Spirit I think!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Hope your festive preparations are coming along well? Just a gentle reminder to you; tomorrow there are only 22 days until the big day :0) And just to remind you who is coming here is a photo of my latest bead purchase which I made up into a simple sweet pendant for a chain.
Ho Ho Ho!!!!

Bye for now,

Jane x

28 comments:

  1. What a lovely post, Jane!

    The card is spectacular as always, and as the snowmen are my favorites, this is especially lovely :) I was supposed to show some of my starting-December-things in my blog today (cards, candles, decorations...) but sadly my cameras usb cord is broken and my pictures stay in camera today (I am shopping for a new cord tomorrow) and this post was just perfect to make up for that! thank you for sharing, dear friend!

    Wonderful weekend!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  2. Oh no Mia, I hope you can get a new one tomorrow. I am loving your Christmas crafts :0) I am glad that this post made up a little festive magic for you. Have a wonderful weekend too,
    Jane x

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  3. Stunning card Jane, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

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  4. Thanks so much Anne, lovely to join you. Thanks for organising it.
    Jane x

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  5. Jane I love your Advent calendar! Those are the one's I have gotten in the past. This year I chose another style, which I also love. I love the images on your advent, so nostalgic. Your card is just wonderful, Love the little birds and charm. Your techniques and colors are just perfect. Good luck! Great Santa bead necklace too. Have a special weekend with Millie. xoRobin❤

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  6. Your son is so lucky to receive one of your brilliant cards! I'm sure he'll keep it forever. You should frame it after the holidays and give it to keep and hang in his home during the holidays the rest of his life. :-)

    When I saw your glass Santa I got the *wanties*!! Love him!!

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  7. I don't think I have ever 'met' anyone with so much Christmas spirit as you Jane! :)
    Yet another beautiful card, I love the snowman and the little Santa charm!
    As for your pretty advent calendar, so many gorgeous little creatures!!
    Happy weekend and enjoy that Thai. :)
    Vivienne x

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  8. It is pure nostalgia isn't it Robin..I'm so glad they still produce them. I bought enough to last me for some years to come. Have a wonderful weekend too.
    Jane x

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  9. I think he likes it Teresa, well it's on his shelf not in the drawer ;0)
    My Santa bead rocks does't it?!
    Have a great weekend,
    Jane c

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  10. Vivienne I had this discussion with an old school friend of mine recently. I never ever seem to lose the sheer joy of this time of the year...it really is the season of good will!We have just got back from our meal.....mmmm yum but walking home it is SO cold tonight.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Jane x

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  11. Fabulous card. I love all the extra glitter you have added. Just adore your sweet little advent calendar, my favourite type!!
    Hugs
    Sandra x

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  12. Happy December Jane!!

    Lovely card AND Advent calendar.

    What a lucky son to have such a creative mother!

    The calendar reminds me of some I had when I was little. Going to a German/Austrian/Hungarian Christmas market is something I've always wanted to do. A big thanks for sharing your calendar and card!!

    Anne
    PlumCreek22
    Etsy

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  13. Beautiful card,Jane!Love all the details.
    Thanks for joining us at Totally PaperCrafts this week.
    Dodici
    xxxx

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  14. Thanks Sandra it seems everyone loves these gorgeous retro advent calendars.
    Jane x

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  15. Happy December to you too Anne. If you ever get the chance to visit a German market grab it with both hands. They are so magical.
    Jane x

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  16. Thanks for the challenge Dodici and for visiting me here.
    Jane x

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  17. Your blog is kind of like going to a Christmas store. Always so many fun things to look at! Beautiful card as always. I really like your advent calendar too.

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  18. Hi Jane ... where I start ... I love this card you made for your son! You always think even the smallest details and the result is just adorable!
    It's nice to see that everyone loves Christmas calenders - in every age! Yours is lovely and looks 'old fashion'! I have also every year and this year it happens to be quite small and simple - and OH I forgot to open it today!
    That Santa bead is amazing!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xxx Teje

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  19. Now that is a comment to warm my heart Linda and put a smile on my face! Always great to see your here,
    Jane x

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  20. Thanks so much Teje, even us "oldies" seem to not be able to give up the annual advent calendar do we ;0)
    Enjoy yours,
    Jane x

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  21. Your Christmas card is beautiful Jane...and so special for your son to receive....I love your nostalgic calendar too...this brings back memories of my childhood Christmases...Is there a final large door to open as I remember?
    Hope you have a lovely, festive weekend,
    Susan x

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  22. There certainty is a larger door for the 24th! Glad I brought back some memories for you Susan.
    Jane x

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  23. Great card, love the details and colours. Thanks for playing with us at the papercraftin journey, blessings Hilde

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  24. Hi Hilde and thank you for visiting.
    Jane x

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  25. Thanks so much for your lovely comments!
    Jane x

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  26. Lovely card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's.
    Jen x

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  27. Thanks Jen I think this is one of my favourite cards I made this Christmas!
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x