Monday, 30 November 2015

Time to hang those advent calendars

Hello and happy Monday. I am not at work today as we have  enjoyed a long weekend away at none other than the Winter Wonderland at Centre Parcs in Longleat. We went to celebrate our SIL's birthday and for us to spend some precious family time together. There were 7 in our party and even Bear my son's dog joined us. We had a really brilliant time, it was so good to spend 4 days with our children, their partners, our darling Daisy and Bear. I need to sort through my photos and I will be back to share some very soon together with a couple of posts.
Daisy had an appointment with the Man in the red suit, which I think Nanna was the most excited about, on Saturday afternoon......LOL....she was not impressed with Santa and hung onto me for dear life!

It's time today to get our advent calendars hung up. Tomorrow is none other than December 1st and my Christmas countdown will begin in earnest. As I have done every year I have bought my daughter and son their's and also one for little Daisy.
I like the traditional German ones but these are the ones I have bought for my babies.

Below is Daisy's, she watches the snowman all year round and this is sure to be a hit.  Incidentally I add glitter to all their calendars before I give them...Christmas memories of mine again. These photos are all pre glittered.

My daughter's
My son's

and mine...I had ones like this for my 1960s  childhood....I'm so glad that they are reproducing these vintage advent calanders.
I just adore these cute images.......I can be transported straight back to 1966....awwwwhh
I shall be searching for window Number 1 today.

My card today is a cute but vintage inspired one. I coloured up the angel blonde just like my darling Daisy Jane using one of my new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps......I adore their Christmas images. I used Promarkers, highlighting with some Prismacolor pencil.
I added some Tim Holtz stamped snowflakes, which I gold embossed. I used a Joanne sheen bell die cut and Whimsy snowflake and sentiment. The stitched frame is by Memory Box, I love this die. I added some angel ribbon from my stash.

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

Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Simon says stamp work it Wednesday 2/3 holiday/Christmas 
Papertake Weekly take your pick I chose the technique theme, glitter it up.
Sweet stamping sparkle and shine
Pixie's snippets playground #205 I have used snippets of card for the snowflakes
Noor UK anything goes
Crafting for all seasons brr it's cold outside
Passion for Promarkers Christmas is coming
Creative card crew cold outside
Cute card Thursday fairies and angels
Winter wonderland sparkle and bling
Crafty Ribbons frosty Christmas
Crafty hazelnut use die cuts or punches
Christmas card challenges anything goes #52

I'll let you know what I found behind window number 1...will I ever grow up? I don't think so, not when it comes to the magic of Christmas.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hello dear Jane,

    Wonderful to hear that Daisy and Santa have now officially met, even she wasn't loving him (yet) as much as Nanna - I am sure she will grow on to it with you, Mrs. Christmas as guide :)! Beautiful calendars all of you, but that your 60s style one must be my favorite, I remember we having similar ones in 70s here, and I clearly remember those tiny windows and pretty pictures behind them and that fairy dust all over. Lovely! And your card is so sweet too, love the vintage feel!

    Happy December soon, let's begin the countdown!


  2. Hello Jane,

    I love your selection of Advent Calendars! Especially the ones with the vintage illustrations and a little bit of glitter ;) Your card is most beautiful and totally in the Spirit!
    Thank You~

  3. Awe less Daisy....she'll soon get the hang of it !! :)
    Beautiful calendars but I'm extremely jealous of Milly's!!!
    Beautiful card as always, love a bit of gold!!
    Have a great week my friend,
    V x

  4. Love the Advent calendar.. can you believe I have never been given one or used one in my entire life? Your card is gorgeous, as usual.

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Gorgeous festive post, Jane! Love all your advent calendars, especially your own vintage style one. Glad that you have introduced Daisy to Santa......I am sure she will grow to love him more each year :) Love your sweet card with the little angel, so pretty.
    Happy new week.
    Helen xox

  6. its lovely to see your advent calendars jane - we all have a chocolate one this year - Penny's has the nativity story attached to hers, Lucy's is just a malteasers one and mine is a fabric pocketed one that comes out every year. We're going to take turns on the calendars! I love your card too - its a beauty! Hugs rachel x

  7. What gorgeous Advent calenders, and certainly a great inspiration. Love the image and layout you have used here. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining in with our 'Christmas is Coming' challenge at Passion for Promarkers this week, and good luck
    Eileen x..

  8. Stunning card .Fabulous dies and sweet image . Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenge

  9. Good morning, Jane! So glad you all had a wonderful time at the Winter Wonderland and that Daisy has met 'the man himself' - despite being a little unimpressed! I'm sure Christmas will be such fun this year, though it'll probably still be the wrapping that gets the most attention just yet!
    Love your sweet little Christmas card using that cute LOTV angel and all the pretty die cuts and I'm so glad you've joined in with my theme at PfP this week. Hugs, Lisa x

  10. LOVED this post Jane - how sweet about Daisy and Santa :) Most little ones are scared aren't they - she'll soon grow to love him though!

    Beautiful card, LOTV are always the tops for me!


    Di xx

  11. Gorgeous card Jane, I just adore all the gold accents and that green glittery backing adds a fun and festive feel! Wow, that calendar just took me right back to childhood, you're so right about these images, so glad they are popping up again. hugs :)

  12. Oh my Jane, do I love all these beautiful advent calendars! I have one too and one with chocolate in them. You can NEVER outgrow an advent calendar! Your's will be a big hit. Love the pretty card, what a sweet angel!
    Have a great week, xoRobin

  13. Gorgeous, beautiful angel card. Love all those advent calendars
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  14. Sounds like you've been having lots of family funtime! Oi . . . where's MY advent calendar then hmmm?

    Love your cute LOTV card. So pretty.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  15. The advent calendars are so nice. It is great to see them. Hard to find ones like that here in the USA. I did buy a couple different ones for my grandchildren and they seemed to like them. A candy behind every door til Christmas! Times have changed in art at Christmas! Your angel card is lovely! Hugs!

  16. Lovely image and card. Thanks so much for playing along at Winter Wonderland this week. Hugs Andrea

  17. Really sweet card. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

  18. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 257 - hope to see you again soon

  19. Lovely card and fabulous Advent Calendars! :) Thank you for joining us at Crafting For All Seasons challenge. Mary DT member x


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