Sunday, 4 December 2011

Tree time and a Christmas birthday


My Mum just celebrated her birthday. I  know that she sometimes takes a peep at my blog so I have waited until  today to show you the card I made for her. 

I do love this Lili of the Valley image called Dandelion clock. I stamped the image onto a die cut blank and coloured it with my Promarkers. I decided to have a nice bright red, white and blue theme to cheer up the dark days at this time of the year.





Here she is in close up. I added some glitter to her wings. My Mum loves fairies! I also added some glamour dust to the dandelion heads. 




















I machine stitched around the border of the backing paper with red thread and added a big bright spray of mulberry flowers in reds and blues.

I also punch cut some leaves and added some wire tendrils.









I finished the card off with some pearls and a red butterfly. I stamped my birthday greetings onto a round sentiment and added a piece of bright spotty ribbon.

I am entering this card into a couple of card challenges ;
Totally Gorjuss Sketch
Paper Sundae Challenge 98 2 of 4 toppings! I have used all 4 of the toppings; i.e red, stripes, die cuts and stitching.
I  Did It Creations Challenge blog Challenge 84, Flowers

Thanks for looking at my card ;0)

I had a wonderful weekend as it was that special first weekend in December when we purchase "The Christmas Trees". Yes we have 2 as one is the "Chocolate Tree". Last year we were in the middle of decorating so we only had the main one but all that is now finished we were able to get back to normal. 
It is always important for us to chose them so we trotted off to our local nursery.




This very patient lad unwrapped lots of trees until we found our Perfect 2. One is a 7 footer the other a small potted tree.

They were both delivered this afternoon and we got busy decorating them.




I love sorting through our decorations and remembering where different ones have been bought from.







This gorgeous glass Father Christmas is a limited edition and we bought him at the Nuremberg Christmas market in 2008 


















Along with this super Nutcracker.













After over an hour of bauble hanging the main tree was finished and here she is in all her glory. We have so many lovely baubles. 























And here is the chocolate tree by the front door during the day...........










And then this evening as darkness falls...............















I also had great fun making mince pies with my darling daughter. I shall upload those photos later and be back really soon with another Countdown to Christmas post. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too, perhaps also getting your trees up? 

Meanwhile can you imagine what Billy was doing during all this ................................................................







Shhhhh don't shout too loud...but there are now only 21 days left until Christmas ..... back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane (and a very sleepy Billy) xx

26 comments:

  1. Love, love, love this post, Jane!

    It never stops amazing me how beautiful Christmas trees are, no matter what color/style of decoration you use, they're adorable always, and your TWO are amazing! I am a bit sad (but keeping our tradition still) that we put our tree up only on 23rd...I could have it all year around!

    Wishing you wonderful 2nd advent and a little kiss to that sleeping beauty aka Billy!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  2. Your mum must have been delighted with her specially made and very pretty card! I love the 3D elements you've used, like the flowers and the butterfly, and of course the red spotty ribbon! Your trees look so lovely...and yes, our trees are up too!! I love the twinkling lights so much.
    Have a happy week, Jane.
    Helen x

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  3. We are so greedy aren't we Mia having 2 but we just love it! The house smells so beautiful....mmmm Christmas! Billy is awake now and quite surprised to see trees in the house! Have a lovely evening.
    Jane x

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  4. My Mum did love her card, thank you Helen, it's very much her style...I thought you would spy the red spotty ribbon! Glad to hear your trees are up too. Enjoy your week,
    Jane x

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  5. What a beautiful card you made for your Mum, I'm sure she was so pleased with it. The little butterfly is so pretty. :)
    Your trees are gorgeous, no tree up here yet but I've had complaints today from both my son and daughter! Soon! ;)
    Vivienne x

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  6. Jane, everything is looking so beautiful. Love your tree and little tree. Is a chocolate tree decorated with chocolates!? Yummy if it is. Loved seeing all your ornaments, I love all the sentiments the box of ornaments brings to life each year. Your birthday card is so pretty. Love the die cut and red sewing details. Sure hope you are getting some votes on your great cards and wins! See you this week again in blog land. xoRobin❤

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  7. A really lovely Birthday card Jane, I am sure your Mum loved it.

    Your trees look fab.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge this month, good luck with all the prizes on offer and have a wonderful Christmas.

    B x

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  8. I'm on your children's side here Vivienne get that tree up! Have a festive week.
    Jane x

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  9. Robin I should have explained my chocolate tree. Yes it only has chocolates on it! As you can imagine it's very popular ! Thanks for all your kind comments .
    Jane x

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  10. Yes Brenda she really did love it. Thanks for this challenge and for your visit here.
    Jane x

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  11. Dear Jane, I can't imagine the joy that your gorgeous card brought to your Mum. I'm sure she will treasure it forever. If my daughter made one like that I'd frame it for the wall. We have 2 bigger trees and a whole forest of smaller ones around the house. I love this season!
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Love the new logo picture Teresa...so festive! Enjoy this special time!
    Jane x

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  13. Lovely card. Thank you to have joined us at I did it Creations challenge.

    Laurence x

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  14. Thanks so much Laurence and for visiting me here,
    Jane x

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  15. Lovely card. Looks like a lot of work that was put in it. Was stopping by and Thanking you for entering our challenge at I Did It Creations. Wishing you good luck.

    Michelle (Design Team)

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  16. Lovely to meet you Michelle and thanks so much for stopping by!
    Jane x

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  17. Dear Jane, Happy Birthday to your mom! What a beautiful card you made to her!
    Your Christmas trees are wonderful and how nice to have one at the door, too!
    Hugs to Billy!
    xxx Teje & Nero

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  18. That card is stunning, I would have to frame that if it was mine, it is too nice to put away!

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  19. Thanks Teje it is lovely to have our 2 trees again. Billy sends a purr to Nero.
    Jane x

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  20. That's such a kind compliment SSP! My Mum did like it very much.
    Jane x

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  21. A lovely card. I love this image. Thank you for joining us at TG this week. We hope you will join us next week too.

    hugs Sarah x

    p.s. I have candy on offer on my blog! your card also can be entered into Hotshot crafts first challenge

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  22. Thanks Sarah and I will have a look at your candy at your blog.
    Jane x

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  23. Happy (belated) Birthday to Jane's mum! I know how delighted she must have been to receive such a wonderful card made with special care and love!
    Thanks for sharing the pics of your trees. I can feel the spirit of the season with your festive touches! :o)

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  24. Thanks Michele,she did have a lovely day :0)
    Jane x

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  25. Lovely card Jane, so much work involved and how sparkly and festive are your trees! I love how you have so many 'important' ornaments with memories attached. Very Christmassy. Bethx

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  26. Thanks Beth every single one has it's own history !
    Jane x

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