Thursday, 6 December 2012

Some of the white stuff

We have had some very festive weather over the last few days. When I opened the back door yesterday morning for Billy this was the scene that greeted me.



Yes a little dusting of the white stuff . It was very pretty and the good thing was that it was gone within just a few hours. Now that is the right kind of snow for me.
Today we started at -4c...brr and the maximum during the day was 4c!


At this time of the year there is still lots of colour around and I spied these beauties in the local garden centre.



















 Gorgeous rich red cyclamen


















 pretty baskets of pansies
(edit; these are of course primroses not pansies..but yes there were even pansies there too)














and of course Poinsettia.

It is not quite time to make my first mince pies but I had some fun making some cakes with my new chocolate buttons mould. 














It is such fun...simply melt the chocolate, pour into the mould, let it set and out pops real chocolate buttons.
I made some small fairy cakes, added a swirl of butter cream icing and my chocolate buttons in white and milk chocolate. They really caused quite a stir when I served them. 






Aren't they fun!
They tasted pretty good too ;0) I think I will make some of these for Christmas tea as not everyone like mince pies.

One Christmas job I have finished is writing and posting all my Christmas cards so I can finally start showing some which I have made for friends and family who do occasionally read my blog. I think today's theme needs to be snow and poinsettias so this is my card challenge.


She is my sweet Moonlight wishes Lili of the Valley stamp in a green red colourway. I have coloured her with Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor Pencils. I have added a poinsettia die cut, holly swirl and 3 different punches; large holly, small holly and a snowflake. The tags are LOTV and the ticket is from Whimsy stamps. I have been playing with my Viva pearl pen again...I love this.

I would like to enter my cards into the following card challenges;

Cupcake Craftroom anything goes for Christmas
Divas by Design let it snow #64
Crafts and Me anything goes #113
I love Promarkers Anything goes #146
Top Tip Tuesday #91 #91 Christmas
Totally Gorjus anything goes with glitter #160
Simon says Stamp Snowflakes
Whimsy Card Challenge Anything goes that's festive
Penny Black Allsorts It's your choice
Natalie and Amy Winter Wishes
Papercrafting Journey Christmas
Cute Card Thursday #246 Red and Green
Forever Friends Monthly Challenge Christmas Cards
Lili's Little Fairies Use 3 die cuts or punches


It's now 19 days until the Big Day. I have finished my present shopping but need a big wrapping session soon. Tomorrow night is my work Christmas meal and party and I will be wearing my Cinderella slippers ;0) It finishes at midnight so I need to be on my way home before the clock strikes 12 don't I? On Saturday we will be trimming the main tree...so very exciting. I hope all your preparations are progressing well? I have really enjoyed seeing all your decorations on your blogs. Thanks as always for taking the time to visit me here and leaving your lovely comments.

Keep warm,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



40 comments:

  1. Hi Jane love the button molds where did you get them from they are fab. I love the card. Caroline xxx

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  2. Hi Caroline they are made by a company called SiliconeMoulds.com designed by Sarah Jane Nash..lots of people stock them but I got mine on Ebay ;0) BEWARE though,there are some imitation Chinese ones which have issues with what they are made with.
    Thanks for liking my card,
    Jane x

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  3. Dear Jane,

    Those button-chocs are PERFECT! And make the cutest cakes too, I'm in love! And you mentioned the Cinderella-shoes (aka MY shoes;)!), please take a snapshot of them on and please share, I've been dreaming of them since I saw them. And beware the midnight, dear :)

    Happiest weekend soon!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  4. That's a pretty little poinsettia on your card. :)
    I do love those chocolate buttons, making those looks like a lot of fun, I'll bet eating them is even more fun.
    Enjoy your party Cinderella and beware of the midnight hour. ;)
    V xxx

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  5. Wow! Snow! It's the countdown over there isn't it, Jane?! : ) Hope you're having a wonderful December so far. Those chocolate buttons are wonderful! So perfect for the artist/craftsperson to share their love of art and chocolate with others. Your card is beautiful too. Sending warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas and new year coming up!

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  6. Hi Mia, I am in love too ;O) I will take a photo tomorrow of my Cinderella slippers and will dance the night away in them until the clock strikes 12 !
    Jane x

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  7. I had to make the flower up by buying the die cut shapes Vivienne but once Santa brings my Die Cutter I will be able to cut my own..hooray! The cakes were yummy. I will beware the midnight hour ;0)
    Jane x

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  8. It certainly is the Countdown to Christmas Shirley. I just LOVE chocolate and these buttons are a perfect way to indulge. Enjoy your festivities too,
    Jane x

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  9. Lisa they were as good as they looked...I must make some more, they lasted all of one day!
    Jane x

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  10. Hi Jane, How exciting you get to wear your Cinderella slippers! You will have such fun in them. I love your card, it is so detailed and so many cut outs, colors, and words. It is really amazing. The flowers and snow are so pretty, I was surprised there were pansies! NOW the piece de resistance; Chocolate buttons!!!!! That is the neatest mold ever. I would love to just look at them for a while and then gobble it UP!
    Enjoy decorating your tree : )
    xoRobin❤

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  11. Love your card beautiful and must I say my daughter would love chocolate buttons thanks for sharing hugs xx

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  12. Jane, your cupcakes looks super professional! I bet they were delicious, as you can't go wrong with button shaped chocolate!!
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Good morning Robin, my party day has arrived...I just need to go to work first!I just realised I labelled those as pansies when they are actually primroses, I will edit that but yes there were pansies there too. Pansies over winter fine here. If you were this side of the pond you could join me for tea and a button cake!
    Jane x

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  14. Denise the buttons are so easy to make and they are a real conversation piece,
    Jane x

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  15. Thanks Teresa, they didn't hang around long,
    Jane x

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  16. Such a stunning card, the image is so beautiful. I just love those chocolate buttons too! Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers xx

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  17. Oh my! Those chocolate buttons look fabulous.

    Love your card Jane, beautifully coloured image and layout.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  18. The original chocolate button Jane !

    I often do it with rose leaves to decorate gateaux and cakes, but never occurred to me to do it with buttons.

    Another beautifully decorated Christmas card, the traditional colours always please.

    Thanks so much the sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

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  19. Loving your cupcakes! Our youngest who is nearly 15 has been asking for a cupcake maker for Christmas, I think Santa might just have to deliver one now lol!!

    Great card, love the layers & embellishments you have used!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

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  20. Like the card with the wonderful flower embellishing. I host a weekly challenge at Mark's Finest Papers, Simple Salutations, in which the theme this week is a choice of 3 Themes and one theme choice is Xmas Flower. Membership in MFP is free. Please join, enter & let them know I sent you.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    MFP SS Hostess

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  21. Jane, I could dive right into those scrumptious cupcakes. The button mold is adorable! I've never seen anything like it and they look so cute on top of the frosting. Your flower pictures were wonderful and you summed it all up with a beautiful Christmas card. Love all that holly and the song sheet in the back too. :)

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Remember you can enter up to 3 projects and 3 tips.
    Have a great one!
    Lisa xx

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  22. Hi Caz, thanks so much. Your bag charm should be with you today or tomorrow, enjoy ;0)
    Jane x

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  23. Hi Brenda I think at heart I am a traditional Christmas colours girl but I do like playing with blues too. Have a lovely weekend,
    Jane x

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  24. I think you should make her wish come true Shell,thanks for visiting me,
    Jane x

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  25. Melissa I will pop on over, thanks for the invite,
    Jane x

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  26. it's a fab mould isn't it Lisa, more cakes to come.
    Jane x

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  27. Ohh Wendy nearly missed thanking you for your visit ;0)
    Jane x

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  28. Love the chocolate buttons, Jane!! What fun to make them yourself :)
    Your card is very colourful and festive, I love all the sweet embellishments you are incorporatingin your new designs. The snow was a surprise wasn't it...we have only had sleet but it's sooo cold!
    Have a lovely weekend, and keep cosy.
    Helen x

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  29. It is still so cold Helen but no more snow thank goodness, I got such a shock when I looked out of the window on Wednesday. Keep cosy too and have a lovely weekend,
    Jane x

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  30. Beautiful card and those chocolate buttons are just amazing, think I need one of those moulds!
    Many thanks for joining in the
    ♥Cute Card Thursday Challenge♥
    this week! Have a great weekend ♥Debxx

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  31. The are fab moulds aren't they Deb, thanks for visiting,
    Jane x

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  32. Very sweet card! Thanks for playing along with our Christmas Projects challenge at PCJ!

    Lisa xox

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  33. Gorgeous card. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

    Love those choccy buttons too.

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  34. Oh Beautiful pictures and wow yum yum love your button cakes too! and your card is super cute! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, Samantha :0)

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  35. Beautiful card Jane I love this mega cute little image chick.... thanks for joining us at Forever Friends Monthly Challenge
    huge hugs, Lorraine xxx

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  36. Fabulous sweet card, brilliant details.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.
    luv
    Debby

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  37. Fabulous and festive card Jane!! Thank you for joining us at Whimsy Stamps.

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  38. Beauitful card and your cakes look yummy too.
    Thank you for joining the 'it's your choice' challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

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