Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Take one orange....

I promised to come back with a quick tut for making a Christmas Clove orange. I know there is only one week to go but this is so quick to make and the smell is just divine  When I smell this it takes me back to each wonderful Christmas I have enjoyed since I was a little girl. I can also remember my children making these at school and bringing them home to hang up. I last made one of these myself as a child and for a couple of years I bought the ingredients but never seemed to get things together in time. This year I bought the ingredients again and on Sunday I finally made the time. I am so pleased I did as the end product was really worth it.

1 medium sized orange.
Jar of dried cloves.
1 large or 2 medium cinnamon sticks.
1 meter of thin ribbon (avoid satins and organzas)
Pins .
30 minutes of your time ;0)

So here we go...take one orange

Divide the orange into quarters by wrapping around the ribbon and crossing it over underneath
Secure the ribbon using pins, just simply push them into the flesh, they wont' be noticed at all. Tie the ribbon with a knot at the top but don't finish a hanging loop yet.
Open the jar of cloves and inhale deeply.......mmmmmm.....just wonderful
Use a cake tester or something else sharp to make holes in the flesh and then push a clove into each hole
Once all the orange skin is covered open up the cinnamon sticks and again pause and inhale deeply..............another............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Sit the orange on it's base and cut the cinnamon stick into 2. Tie in one piece...
Then tie in the second and finally make either a hanging loop or as I did just tie the orange to wherever you want to display it.
Mine is hanging from the banisters where we also have lights and hang our cards.
The smell is just wonderful and it brings back a lifetime of Christmas memories. Do try one, they really are so festive and really easy to make.
My card really has to be something from the past too. I recently was the lucky winner of the weekly candy at Joanna Sheen's great blog and I received this card making CD in the post. It features images by  Giordano which were so

popular when I was a child. I can remember these images on cards which I bought and received in the late 1960s and early 70s. I had a play and found all sorts of projects on the CD including images, backing papers etc. I printed out one of my all time favourites from years ago. It is of a very stylised nativity and I used it to made a couple of quick last minute cards. There is no colouring involved so all I had to do was print out the image and put together my card design.

I simply matted the image onto gold card and added a few simple embellies as I did not think the image needed a lot more. I was really pleased with this.A very simple card for me but so right for my childhood memories of making Christmas Oranges.

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

Joanna Sheen With Love at Christmas
Top Tip Tuesdays Christmas #92
Bunny Zoe's Monthly Challenge Celebrations
Hooked on Crafts #27 Christmas
Woopsi Daisy Traditional Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas Vintage Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Anything Goes #103
Crafty Catz New beginnings I think the Nativity certainly fits the bill ;0)
Forever Friends fortnight challenge Christmas #51
Forever Friends monthly challenge Christmas cards
Dream Valley Anything Goes #34
Cutie Pie Christmas #34
ABC Christmas Y is for your favourite die/punch My favourite punch here is my fab holly punch, it is a really old Woodware one. I use it so much at this time of the year.

I would also like to mention that the Ribbon Girl has a 6 of the best giveaway..pop on over and join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I can inspire you to made a Christmas Orange and evoke some special childhood memories too. Keep inhaling that smell of Christmas past, present and yet to come. Enjoy the last week of festivities, remember to

Keep calm and carry on making Christmas ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


krafty-kutz said...

well i have made nothing !! lol
you are putting me to shame..
gorgeous... i think i can smell it here lolxx

Jane said...

Lisa, I am sure you can smell it from here.....come on have a go, it took me 30 mins! Really worth the effort ;0)
Jane x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Oh Jane, I can remember that smell. I think I will have to make one. What a great little project for the adult kids too. I will pick up the supplies on my BIG Christmas food shopping! Still wrapping now, in fact, I got up early to wrap!!! Will it all get done, that is the question?
Happy December 28th to you, xoRobin❤

Caroline said...

This is gorgeous I love the smell of these I'll have to go and make one. Caroline xxx

Jane said...

Hi Robin, Tesco delivered me all my supplies ;0) Have fun wrapping and don't worry it's only 18th December today!
Jane x

Jane said...

Do have a go Caroline, it really is so straight forward, just heavy on the thumbs with all those cloves to push in but making a guide hole first really helps.
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

It has been years and years since I made one of those oranges, you are so right the smell is amazing!!!
I love your little card today, I knew there would have been a bunny in the stable!! :)
Happy Tuesday Jane,
Vivienne x

Jane said...

Of course there is a bunny in the stable Vivienne, I smile at the blond hair on baby Jesus ;0)
Jane x

Susie said...

Beautiful card! And the Christingle reminds me of when I was at Brownies! Susie x

Susie said...

Also, Thanks for joining our Christmas theme at Dream Valley. Susie x

Jane said...

Thanks Susie, yes that is the alternative name for my festive orange. I think I made one of my first at Brownies too ;0)
Jane x

Tracey Boley said...

Lovely card hunni,image is wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends challenge this month. Good luck. Merry Christmas. Tracey DT memberxx

Mia said...

Hello, Jane,

This happy-orange -project went straight u to my to-do list! It looks both fun and pretty easy, and everything with scent of Christmas is truly loved here!

Beautiful card, those images are perfect!

Happy days...not many left... :)


Jane said...

Thanks Tracey,
Jane x

Jane said...

Mia it is a real quickie and smells so good.I hope you get a chance to make one, if not put it on the to do list for next year ;0)
Jane x

Whimsey Creations said...

Mmmmmm I can just about smell that orange - I haven't made one of those in a long time. Merry Christmas!

Jane said...

It really brings back memories doesn't it. Merry Christmas!
Jane x

Donna Ellis said...

Mmmm, I can smell the clovers from here, Jane! Yummy! Thanks for the tutorial in creating a festive clove ball! Your card is sweet as can be with a delightfully vintage flavor. Such pretty colors and layers!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Your card is gorgeous Jane. I love the image and the framing and papers are so beautiful.

Mmmm I bet that orange smells delicious!!

Thank you for taking part in the Joanna Sheen Challenge and Happy Christmas!


Jane said...

Thank you Donna, I think the smell has made everyone remember past times. Merry Christmas,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thank you Sue, I was thrilled to have won the CD, the images and papers on it are a joy,
Jane x

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Lovely orange, I might just try and make one or two of these now. I only have three oranges left so I'll eat one and create with the other two! x

Natalie Laurijssen said...

What a lovley, traditional card! Thanks for joining us at Forever friends monthley.
X - Natalie - X

anneldt said...

Love your special orange and vintage-feel card.
The last time I made these Christmas oranges, I was 17 years old!! How time does fly.....

Happy counting,
Anne x

Jane said...

Thank you ladies..I think I have encouraged lots of Christmas clove oranges to be made in time for Christmas......how exciting, I'm delighted :-)
Jane x

Hazel said...

Mmmm I can almost imagine the lovely smell of the Christmas clove orange. Lovely card too - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 103 - hope to see you again soon. x

by Teresa said...

I made one of those once.. they do smell wonderful.. I will try to see if I have whole cloves and make one. LOVE the vintage look of that card!!

❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
*M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Jane! Ooooh what a lovely smell! I have cloves but need to go for oranges. Thank you for showing how you made it because I would have put only cloves and yours is so beautiful with the cinnamons and ribbon!
I love those old fashion pictures and your card is so lovely!
x Teje


Hi Jane
A gorgeous and beautiful card and love what you made using the orange thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx

cotnob said...

I love your Christmas Clove Orange and fabulous card, such a delightful traditional image.
Thank you for joining us at Forever Friends this month.

Helen Philipps said...

Your tutorial for a Christmas orange is lovely, Jane, and I especially love the neat way you added the pieces of cinnamon to the top, really gorgeous! Your little card is so traditional and sweet....reminds me of childhood too :)
Have a lovely time enjoying the last few days of the countdown!
Helen x

Jane said...

Thank you ladies for all your kind comments and I am glad you enjoyed my orange tut and my traditional card,
Jane x

Lori said...

Lovely to smell and lovely to look at, too!

Jane said...

Indeed Lori, inhale really deeply...it might reach across the pond ;0)
Jane x

cotnob said...

Hi Jane, I just popped back to say thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Whoopsi Daisy as well.

Jane said...

Thanks Pauline for popping back,
Jane x

michele said...

Hi Jane! I knew there were good things "cookin'" here at your place. Mmm, the smell of cloves, what a wonderful holiday spice- And wreaths, holiday milk bottle caps, vintage snowmen and of course, your wonderful cards- I've missed all the fun, but am glad to catch up before the big day arrives! Now, I must make a mad dash, as my traditions go...(again!)
Merry Christmas! :o)

Jane said...

So good to see you back Michele......glad you enjoyed the sights here - come back soon. Merry Christmas my friend,
Jane x

PaperDaisies said...

Love that nativity scene. Just gorgeous. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card and decoration Jane :-) fabulous creations :-)

thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Dot said...

Uhmmm I can smell the orange with cloves, we makes some every year- havent done yet!
Beautiful card with a lovely image.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas.
Thank you for sharing at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.
Good luck in the draw.

Linda said...

Nice card!
Thanks for joining us at ForeverFriends fortnightly challenge!
Linda DTFF (stampscrapandsmile.blogspot.nl)

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Lovely card
Thanks for joining in with our Christmas challenge over at Forever Friends and good luck
Julie x
My blog
Pennys Challenges DT member
Fashionista DT member
Forever Friends DT member
OSAAT DT member

Tanya said...

Mmmmm, I can nearly smell that decoration from here..! Must try that, I bet it smells fantastic.

Your card is fab too Jane, I love the image, the fir tree border and the image is so special!

Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends Challenge blog for our Fortnightly Challenge :)

Merry Christmas!

Tanya xx

Helen said...

Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Merry Christmas!
Helen x

Annette said...

Wow, amazing idea with the orange. And a beautiful card.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.
Hope Santa brings you lots of crafting goodies!
Netty's Cards
Proud to design for :
ABC Christmas Challenge,
Lili’s Little Fairies,
Top Tip Tuesday,
The Stamp Basket, and
Stamp Fairy.

Lisa M said...

What the coolness! I had no idea what I was looking at when I opened your blog, but the finished product is stunning!!! I can only imagine how good this smells too.

Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
Lisa xx

Diane J said...

Lovely card... thanks for joining the Monthly Forever Friends ‘Christmas Card’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us for our next challenge. Merry Christmas, Hugs Diane x

sassy said...

what a beautiful card many thanks for joining in with us at FF hugs ssassyxx

Deneen said...

A lovely Christmas card, and thanks for sharing the orange memories, I love the scent too...so Christmas-y. Thanks for joining the Anything Christmas challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

Beth M said...

This is lovely, beautiful image :) thanks for sharing with the Cutie Pies x

melsanford said...

Gorgeous festive creations! I was imagining all the gorgeous aromas while you were describing how to make the orange - yum!!! Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Maria Therese said...

Pretty card!Thank you for joining us at Bunny Zoe's Crafts ♥