As yesterday was the first day of December it was time to put up my Advent calendar. I have put up an advert calendar every year for more than 50 years and they just are the perfect start to Christmas. I have never really grown up I suppose. I have such fond childhood memories of the old vintage German ones which would sparkle in the darkness of my room. They are hard to buy these days but I was lucky enough to go to the annual Christmas fair in Nuremberg a few years back and brought several home.
If you ever get a chance to make a trip to the Christmas markets in Germany they are so very special. This was a photo I took of part of the market back then.
I have opened the number 2 window today ;0)
I also buy advent calendars for my 2 grown up children. My darling daughter has this cute Robin one, it's very apt this year with all her washing for Daisy (my baby granddaughter)
If you have an advent calendar I wonder what was in your window today?
I obviously love to make my own cards for Christmas and the one I am going to share today has a great vintage feel to it.
I am also delighted to see that the Royal Mail Christmas stamps are out. I think that using a Christmas stamp just adds to the pleasure of sending a card. These are the images for 2013.
My card today is a Design team GD card for Ignacio using one of his wonderful Nicecrane Images.It is from the Adorable Christmas sheet here . Every one of the images on this sheet are gorgeous and I have made several cards using these images.
I have used a snowflake embossing folder on the black backing card and also the white frame I made. The amazing Santa and his reindeer die cut is from Cheery Lynn and the candles are Marianne. The sentiment is Lili of the Valley.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Make it Monday Linky Party #169
Lexi's Creations Christmas
Bunny Zoe Vintage/shabby chic
Crafty Sentiments anything goes
Divas by Design use some red
Cheery Lynn Tis the season
4 Crafty chicks Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut Light it up
Totally Papercrafts Ho Ho Holidays
Jelly Park Christmas
Allsorts Inspired by a Christmas song or carol My song is the delightful Kate Bush's "December will be magic" and it certainly will be this year ;0)
Crafty Catz Santa Claus is coming to town
My Mum's Craft shop Christmas
Do remember to leave a comment here before you leave as the more comments you leave on the different blogs taking part in Visions of Sugarplums the more chances you have of winning Lori's Grand Prize as well as the daily prize.
This is the full list of blogs taking part this year.
Maria - http://asimplefive.blogspot.com/
Regina - http://reginaeaster.blogspot.com/
Vivian - http://vivs-whimsy.blogspot.com/
Ignacio - http://nicecranedesigns.blogspot.com/
Thanks for visiting, I will be back again on Thursday for my 2nd Visions Of Sugarplums post but remember, there are posts up every day until Friday from other bloggers.
Bye for now,