Thursday, 3 December 2020

The Christmas hearth

Good morning I have already opened window 3 of my vintage advent calendar and my decorations are up. I have put 3 of my handmade Christmas projects in my hearth.  2 are from years back and one is a newbie which I finished last week. 

This is my newest make. 

  I shared the making of this vignette box over on Instagram recently so do join me over there if you would like to check it out. This is the link;

It's time for my 2nd design team make for our current "Anything Christmas" challenge over at Country View. As always there is a fab £20 voucher up for grabs for one lucky randomly selected winner to spend on the website. What a cool pre Christmas treat that would be. You can find all the details of the challenge and more examples made by my talented teamies here.

For my second make I decided to create a vintage Christmas hearth scene card inspired by my own 1930s hearth. This is what I got up to;

I made a background using crackling campfire, squeezed lemonade and brushed pewter distress stain sprays. Susan has some of the colours in stock here .

Sorry it's so blurred but you will see it better in later photos.

I used a fun older Tim Holtz die which I must admit was very fiddly to put together but I think the end results justified the time!
I die cut and put all the elements together.
The wreath and stamped sentiment are from other Tim Holtz sets.
Here it is finished
and one last shot.
I hope both my hearths I may have inspired you to join our "anything Christmas" challenge. All the rules and the link are here.

I hope you are also enjoying the count down to Christmas. Our trees went up yesterday and Billy is beavering away typing up his annual post...well he'll start when he has had little think about it first! 

Hmmmmmm....

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Some December shimmer for STAMPlorations theme and photo prompt challenge

 Hello it's time for our December theme and photo prompt challenge over at STAMPlorations. All the details can be found  here.  

I now have affiliate links in my STAMP posts which simply means that if you click on any of the links here and buy something from the STAMP store I will receive a small commission at no cost whatsoever to you 😊I also offer a very special extra treat if you use my code, details at the end of this post.
You can enter up to a maximum of 3 entries. There are awesome prizes up for grabs; A $20 prize code for the winner, as well as $7 prize codes awarded to 3 randomly selected entries. Please remember to add our challenge logo to your post if you would like to be in with a chance of winning. Full details can be found  here.  

I worked with the following awesome products and have added live links to them in my post. Remember if you also use my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE at the check out you can get an additional 20% off on top of any existing discounts! Shery ships internationally at very low cost too.

You can work with the theme, the photo prompt or both as I always love to do. 

I used the following products;


and the Crazy running stitch die
This is what I got up to;
I made a shaving foam ink reinker background (there are lots of tutorials on line for this very old technique)
I added some extra distress ink
I stamped and white embossed the Christmas in the heart sentiment onto the smallest of the Crazy running stitch dies
and added a few die cut greenery pieces and "snow" to finish off. 
Here is my card;
 a close up;
and one last shot;
I hope I may have inspired you to join our new December challenge. Remember all the details can be found here.  

So before I close here is my treat I mentioned at the beginning of this post...If you order more than $15 of product from the website (after discounts and before shipping) and quote my unique code STAMPGIRLJANE at checkout not only can you get 20% off your order you can also choose a product for FREE up to the value of $7! Here is a link to the website.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I will be back with my 2nd DT project on 15th of this month.

Bye for now,

Jane x

The start of Christmas

Good morning everyone and happy December. Today I regard as the real start of Christmas and it is my absolute favourite time of the year. I love counting down the days with one of my vintage advent calendars. This is my choice for this year.  

I have gone for my biggest as I thought of all the years to have the most spectacular of them all it had to be for 2020.

It opens out from 3 pieces

A close up of the top

The middle

and the bottom


and what is most unusual is that is the only 1 of 2 advent calendars I have ever seen that has a No 25 door. The only other one I ever remember was one my brother had when he was about 10 (in 1968) , it was a clock face and had a No 25 too. 
Take a peep...it has a blue door.
I just adore the artwork on these German vintage pieces. My whole 1960s childhood Christmases is wrapped up in these images. 

Today is also the start of our last challenge of 2020 over at Country View Challenges. The theme is of course "Christmas" it really couldn't be anything else could it!

As always there is a fab £20 voucher up for grabs for one lucky randomly selected winner to spend on the website. What a cool pre Christmas treat that would be. You can find all the details of the challenge and more examples made by my talented teamies here.

My makes for December just had to be Christmas cards using stamps and dies by Tim Holtz as to me they epitomize the perfect vintage Christmas. They scream Christmas past, present and yet to come to me. 

This is what I got up to;

I made a background using these distress oxide sprays

I die cut some festive greenery using some inky mop up card.

I made a lantern using one of my very old Tim Holtz Bigz dies. I also stamped a Christmas sentiment.
and then assembled everything.
Here is my finished card
with a close up

and one last shot.


I would like to link my card up in the following challenges;

Simon says stamp anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #518
Dream Valley 1/3 Christmas

I hope I may have inspired you to join in with our December, "Christmas" challenge. You can use any stamps/products, the choice is yours. 

You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with other challenges. There is also a £20 crafting voucher up for grabs to the lucky randomly selected winner to spend over on the Country View Crafts on line store. Remember that UK postage and packing from CVC is free on all orders over £7.50! Once again all the details for the December challenge can be found here.

I will be back this Thursday, 3rd December, to share another of my vintage inspired Christmas cards

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Back soon

Bye for now

Jane x