Monday, 28 October 2013

Canterbury Tales

We had a fabulous weekend and it was wonderful to return to Canterbury after several years. The glorious Cathedral looked splendid in the autumn sunshine on Sunday morning. This post is very photo heavy so if you are just here to see my card just scroll to the bottom of this post.

The party we went to on Saturday night was in rural Kent and we stayed nearby overnight at a tiny hamlet called Elham. The bed and breakfast was an old Coaching Inn as it was on the London to Canterbury route. When we arrived in Elham we had a little walk just to look at the tiny High Street.

We had a taxi booked to take us to the party on Saturday evening, which was being held at a converted Kent barn.  It was such a pretty venue and these are the beautiful tables set up for the meal. This photo is a little blurred as not only had I already consumed a fair few glasses of Prosecco but it was taken with my phone.
We partied until 12.30am and it was the perfect night for the clocks to go back and have an extra hour in bed. We were so lucky that the next morning was clear and sunny as the forecast storm was not due to be at it's worst until Sunday night. We drove to nearby Canterbury after breakfast and spent a lovely few hours revisiting one of my favourite UK cities.

 The cathedral dates from 596AD but the building we see now dates from 1077 when it was rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1067. It is wonderful to see it peeking out from the tiny cobbled streets.

We had not been inside for many years and I must admit we did think twice as they now charge £9.50 each admission...ouch! Once inside though it is impossible not to be amazed by the interior
 The space and height of the pillars and detailed stonework is breath taking. Below is the Advent candle already in place and ready to be lit on Advent Sunday.
 Such gorgeous carving on the pulpit
 The tomb of the Black Prince
 The many stone steps which, after hundreds of years of feet walking down them, have a curve at the front through wear. I can just imagine the knights rampaging through here when they murdered Thomas Beckett in 1170, now that really is old history!
We also enjoyed a walk around the streets before we headed home.

 The crooked house below was mentioned by Charles Dickens in 1849 and remains as crooked as ever!

 Yes of course we had to pay a visit to CK
and how about a Caffe Nero in a building which dates from 1573.
It's wonderful to see how the ancient and modern exist harmoniously side by side in Canterbury.

I was able to buy my own Advent candle in the Cathedral shop so I decided that today's card has to be about waiting for Christmas. I have used one of my favourite characters ....The House Mice. I adore these little critters and there is such a fab blog hop going on over at the House Mouse Card Challenge blog that I just knew I had to join the fun.The theme is "anything goes with twine".
This stamp is from the Gingerbread Christmas set and for the first time I coloured my image using my Prismacolor pencils only on white card. I blended them with Sansador and really liked the muted effect it gave.
The papers are ancient from my stash, the sentiment is LOTV as is the little tag. I added a tiny pine cone and snowflake charm from my jewellery stash which I tied up with some fun red and white twine. Don't these little mice look cosy and warm in their sweet hats just waiting for Father Christmas? Here they are in close up.
I added some Glamour dust to the fur on their hat beds to give some shine. The dies cut holly leaves are my favourite Cheery Lynn holly leaves I added some red pearls as berries and a lush deep green organza ribbon too.

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

 The Blog Hop over at the  House Mice and Friends Monday Challenge Anything goes with twine
Crafty Little Fairies Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs Bingo My line is left side vertical ;red (pearls), punches (my round sentiment and the circle scallop around it have both been punched) and metal (my charms)
Crafts to Challenge you Christmas festivities and what they mean to me. This card is all about the anticipation of Santa coming down the chimney to fill your stocking on Christmas Eve. I have always adored Christmas and I still get this same feeling every year.As a child I would put my stocking up and in the morning would always feel such pure joy that there was something in it. I still hang a stocking on my bed and my dear Hb (Santa) always sneaks a present in there for me to find in the morning. The rest of our pressies nowadays are under our tree.
Die cut Divas Use an animal and/or autumn colours as a focal
Christmas cards all year round Getting ready for Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin Cards for men
Emerald Faeries Sparkle
Sparkle Creations Bows
A Creative Romance Add metal
Creative Creations Inspired by a book mine just has to be "The night before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore
Make it Monday linky party #164
Pile it On embellishment crazy I have used die cuts, ribbon, twine, charms and red pearls
Cutie Pie Bingo my line is the middle vertical;  pearls, ribbon, charm
Sweet Stampin Leaves, trees or wood I have holly leaves on my card
Bunny Zoe ribbon
Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
Paper crafting journey anything goes

I am so glad that the storm, although fierce, was nothing like the Great Storm of 1987. A few trees came down locally but it has now passed and all is calm. The sun has even popped out...bliss. I hope everyone else stayed safe too. Happy Monday and thanks for visiting me. I will be back on Wednesday with a pre Halloween post.....woooooohhhh...don't get too spooked ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. a beautiful card love the image and the colour combination and style just gorgeous and the colouring is beautiful too, and the photographs take us all away on the trips you have with you just great
    hugs Kate xx

  2. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin, good luck with the challenge. Suzanne DT

  3. Jane.. I can't thank you enough for sharing photos of that wonderful place. Although it's my dream to come there, I'm not sure I will be able to do so - so seeing it on your blog makes my day! Love your card, too!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. beautiful photos and such a cute card Jane xx

  5. Great card Jane and thanks for joining us at sweet Stampin this week. like your pics and I visited Canterbury this summer and a magnificent cathedral
    x catherine

  6. Beautiful Christmas card lovely design and image. Your photos of Canterbury are stunning!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  7. Gorgeus Christmas Card Jane,,, I am falling in love with your Canterbury Cathedral picts,,,,OMG,,,,sound great.

  8. I LOVE your pictures and the one with the street ending at the cathedral and the crooked house-just make me want to run to Europe, well fly:) I love you card-very nice. I am probably going to miss making a card by the end of this month but just love yours:) beautiful place that you day:)

  9. Gorgeous photo's Jane, I live in Rochester, which is about half an hours drive from Canterbury, do like it down there, its a lovely place to visit on the run up to Christmas.

    What an adorable card too, that really is a sweet image.

    thank you for joining in with the cutie pies again xx

  10. What a beautiful city and the cathedral is amazing! I just love all that history, I really need to visit there some day!
    Glad you had a wonderful weekend, the venue was lovely!
    I'm also glad the storm passed you by safely, we were really lucky as it never reached us at all!
    Love those cute little mice. :)
    Happy new week my friend,
    V xxx

  11. Oh, so cute!! Love that gorgeous ribbon! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments!
    Jackie W

  12. A gorgeous christmas card....
    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd & Rosies...x

  13. Gorgeous card and beautiful colors Jane..Fabulous Photos. Visited from MIM..Loz

  14. Gorgeous project and as you know, I love to follow you on your excursions. This brings back wonderful memories for me so Thank You...

  15. That was a wonderful tour, Jane! I love English houses, streets and church looks amazing! Fortunately you had great weather! Have a lovely week! x Teje

  16. HI Jane. Just loved seeing all your photos of Canterbury. I visited there 15 years ago and it looks just the same.
    Thanks also for entering your beautiful card into our challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  17. Such an adorable card. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Sentiments bingo challenge.
    Cathy xx

  18. Stunning photographs of the cathedral Jane (my, it is expensive to have a look around though, isn't it?)
    The little crooked house is amazing too and the party venue looks simply magical!
    Your latest card is so sweet with the little mice sleeping peacefully by a cosy fire...
    Happy Tuesday!
    Susan x

  19. Oh Miss Jane....I look forward to your posts every day and especially love the ones with your photos in them. They are always breathtaking. For someone who has a visit to England/Scotland on her bucket list your photos are like my favorite icing on my favorite cake!!
    And of course your cards are always gorgeous and an inspiration!!

  20. What a lovely card. The pictures you have taken are fab too. Thanks for entering into the Cutie Pie Challenge. Gem DT xx

  21. Stunning photos, Jane and your sweet little sleeping mice are very cute. Fab card, love the green bow and your two little charms.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

  22. So glad you enjoyed Canterbury, I live very close to the quaint city and I love it too! :) Adorable card, many thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck! Wendy DT xx

  23. Fabulous photos Jane, I love Canterbury too, we took our American friends there a few years ago.
    Love your cute card, I think the weather is going to change so that we will want to be as cosy and warm in the evenings soon.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  24. Adorable card with the mice in the stockings! Love this and how pretty you colored it. Thanks for the additional photos to look at! Glad you made it to the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge and hope to see you again soon! --Gail, CSS DT

  25. This is an adorable Christmas card, such a sweet image and lovely papers.
    Fabulous photographs of Canterbury.
    Thank you for joining us at House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge.
    Pauline GDT

  26. Thank you Jane for the beautiful photos. What an amazing event! AND I love your mouse house card1

  27. Hello Jane! I've just popped over from Vivienne's blog and I have to say, your pictures of Canterbury are fabulous! I hail from Tunbridge Wells and my brother, now in his fifties, went to King's School in Canterbury - not his happiest years, I must admit - but it's been decades since I set foot there. It is so beautiful and reminds me in a wonderful way of York where I spent a very happy hear indeed.

    Warmest greetings from France,


  28. Wow. I'm real sure we don't have anything that old or beautiful in Ohio, and your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Wonderful pictures of Canterbury, Jane! Such a historic city and you captured the feeling of all those centuries gone by. lovely card.....those little mice are so sweet and I loved the subtle colours.
    Helen x

  30. Lovely cute card. Thank you for joining in at Crafty Little Fairies xxx

  31. Delightftully Cozy and Warm. Wonderful card and so glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas'.

    I love all the photos and information on your trip. I took a trip into the past with you.

  32. Such a sweet card, and an adorable image. Thanks for joining House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge. Good Luck.
    Happy crafting
    Mousey hugs
    Tracy x

  33. Great scene created with this darling stamp and love the little charm hanging from your baker's twine.
    Thanks for sharing with us and joining the fun for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.

    Photo's are wonderful, thanks for sharing.

  34. Thanks for sharing this for CCAYR 'getting ready for Christmas' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team. I love Canterbury - thanks for sharing the photos. x

  35. Great card, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie's. Sue x

  36. Fab photos and cute card thanks for sharing at Crafts too hugs Rebekah xx

  37. Lovely cute mousey card, sweet charm nice take on the twin chall..
    Thanks for sharing with us on at House Mouse & friends Blog Hop TWINE chall theme good luck.

    smiles Christine x

  38. Beautiful Christmas card.

    Thanks for playing with Creative Creations Challenge this fortnight

    Happy Crafting

  39. Awesome photos . A beautiful place rich in history .Thank you for sharing ..

  40. Lovely House-Mouse card. FUN shape and details. FAB charm and sparkle. Thank you also for sharing your gorgeous pics that took me back to sweet memories of my European travels. :)

  41. Thanks for joining the FUN with our House-Mouse & Friends MC Blog-Hop. Good Luck and hope to see you playing again this week on the "Anything But A Card" challenge.

  42. I feel like I just went on a great vacation for free. thanks for the beautiful photos and your card is nice too. Seriously, thanks for sharing both and playing with us at Pile It On.

  43. Thanks for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday #156 Twine Challenge!

    I so enjoyed my tour along with you! Such wonderful history!

    Love your little mousies and do hope you will play along next challenge!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  44. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at PCJ! HUgsxx

  45. Gorgeous, cute card and I love your photos too!

    Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge.

    Thanks for joining us at Pink Gem and good luck!

    Helen x

  46. Such wonderful photos Jane, I really enjoyed looking at them.
    Your card is gorgeous, I love the image and beautiful detailing.
    Thank you for taking part in the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge this month.
    Sue xx

  47. such a cute card i love it, thanks g=for joining Creative creations challenge, DT Pam x


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