Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Lights, camera, trees!

We finally got our trees up and decorated on Sunday. There really is nothing more festive than coming downstairs in the morning to the twinkling lights which my Hb switches on before he leaves for work. It also cheers up these long dark nights so much. The smell is also divine, Christmas really is just around the corner...just 2 weeks to go now.

The crackers are still work in progress and I still have a few more cards to make.

We have 2 trees each year. 1 small one in the hall which is acutally one we have had in a pot for a few years. That one is our chocolate tree as we just hang chocolates on it..what could be better? We also buy a 7 footer from the local nursery. Here is our chocolate tree all decorated.

Our large tree is in the dining room and as I was putting on the many ornaments I own I realised it is turning into a real vintage tree. Even the ornaments bought for our first married Christmas in 1981 look vintage now!
 I so loved everything Betsey Clark

 Do you remember Snoopy...he was huge in his time?
Even some of the tins look really retro

I also bought these amazing candle holders off Ebay about 5 years ago.
They came in an axazing old box
I also love my  some of my older ornaments bought for me by my Mum in the early 1960s
They always have pride of place at the top of my tree.
and how about my fun Harrod's man, again bought in the 1980s
So here is my big tree all lit up and ready for the Big Day
I had to smile at somone else who was getting ready for Christmas....
This my son and his girlfriend's darling dog, Bear. C sent me a photo of Bear with the Christmas card I made for them.

Here is the card which is also my challenge card for today.
Being a white on white card it was so hard to photograph. I am so sorry that I do not know the maker of the digi stamp I used. I won it a couple of years ago and I cannot remember who it it by...can anyone enlighten me and I will edit this?
I coloured the image with my Promarkers and then added lots of glamour dust to give some sparkle. The background is embossed using my snowflake embossing folder. I cut the opening using my Spellbinders label die and then used some mounting tape to raise the card off the image. Here is a close up
I added lots of die cuts to which I added glitter to so that there was a really snowy shine. I thought that these Bears were most appropriate for my son, C and Bear :o)

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

Loves Rubber stamps anything goes at Christmas
Oldie but a Gooldie Winter My digi stamp is at least 2 years old as is my LOTV sentiment stamp
Ribbon Girls ho ho ho
                                                   My Mum's Craft Shop Winter/Christmas
                                                      Emerald Faeries Christmas
                                                   A creative romance Sparkle at Christmas
                                                              Ali Craft Christmas
                                                   Country View Crafts  Bah, Humbug!
                                                 Crafty Catz Use 2 or more dies
                                                 Crafty Hazelnut For someone special
                                                     Pan Pastel all about paper and card
                                             Simon Says stamp let it snow
                                              Make it Monday Linky party #170
Lexi Creations Snow
Totally Gorjuss anything goes with Santa
Top Tip Tuesdays Snowflakes
Winter Wonderland Embossing I have used my embossing snowflake folder to make my background
Natalie and Amy Cute and Cuddly Christmas
Sparkles animals
Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge
Inky Chicks Christmas
Divas by Design anything goes
Ready Teddy Go contemporary Christmas

And last not least this little girl is getting ready for Santa too ;0)
Just look at those bootees, I want a pair ;0)

Thanks for visiting and all you lovely comments. I have the day off Friday and I am going  to see the delightful Daisy. On Sunday we hope to go to Winchester Christmas Fair, as we did last year. It really is a most gorgeous fair. We will sip mulled wine, listen to the Christmas music and explore the wonderful craft stalls perfect kind of day. Enjoy the weekend when we get there,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. I want some reindeer shoes too, just like Daisy!!!
    Some bears for Bear.....goodness Jane look at the size of him now!!!
    So its official, we are now vintage!!! lol Your trees are looking gorgeous!
    Enjoy the rest of the week my friend,
    V xxx

  2. Hiiiii Jane, What a beautiful C Tree!! And Bear has grown soooo much, He's a big boy : ) just like my Jack! Oh look at sweet Daisy, my has she also grown. It's all so magical and even more so this time of year. ENJOY your weekend, sounds lovely, xoRobin

  3. oh Jane - your tree is wonderful - I love dressing the tree - its all those memories that the baubles bring - wonderful - and the smell is divine! Love your beautiful WOW card too - and if you find some of those booties in adult sizes let me know! Dasiy is a very gorgeous and very lucky christmas pudding xx

  4. Oh my I LOVE your WOW card it's stunning so much gorgeous detailing, a what a cutie Daisy is too, love her outfit, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  5. Jane.. your big fluffy tree is divine! And of course, seeing Miss Daisy made my day. I had a party here yesterday and blogged about it.. what a fun time! Hug the baby for me when you visit.

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

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Gotta love the Bear pictures, and Daisy too obviously. I liked the way you posed your card too. Fun post :)

  7. Loved seeing your trees and beautiful ornaments! The Betsey Clark one was a blast from the past, as I remember how popular her designs were back in the day.

    Enjoy your day off, and have fun visiting your granddaughter! Her little suit is adorable!

    Jane T

  8. Great photos Jane, Bear looks divine, such a handsome dog. Love your white card with its fabulous layers and another gorgeous photo of Daisy, she really is getting into the festive spirit. Enjoy Winchester, fancy that myself.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  9. beautiful embossing and a lovely entry to our Winter Wonderland challenge, thank you for joining us and wow love the photo's but have to say the dog on this one is my favourite :)
    Hugs Kate x
    p.s. I have some more candy if you are interested :)

  10. Hello Jane - thanks for sharing the trees, the doggie and the family - enjoyed reading your post. Oh, and your card is lovely! Thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl Ho Ho Ho Christmas Challenge, Mary x Our oldest ornament is one Andrea was given in 1976 by my Mother in Law - it lives in the china cabinet for the rest of the year, just in case as it is glass.

  11. Loving the trees, the dog and the wee little one. Your card is pretty fabulous too. What a wonderful glittered bear! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations!

  12. love this card Jane
    loved all the other pictures as well, fab tree decorations.
    big hug for the dog and baby, gets us right into the christmas spirit
    thanks for sharing with us over at ali-craft
    Merry Christmas Ali x

  13. What a lot of delightful photos - thanks for sharing. Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 154 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. And you could also enter The Glory of Christmas 22 x

  14. such lovely pictures and card and thanks fot sharing with us at crafty catz

  15. Hi Jane! Your Christmas trees and ornaments are gorgeus! I miss the smell of the Real Christmas tree!
    Bear has grown up and looks beautiful! But so different than Nero, even their parents are similar. Hugs! x Teje

  16. Hi! Forgot to say that I love your white bear card! Do you use your light BOX also for the cards? x Teje

  17. Beautiful card, love the WOW & the stunning image! Thanks for joining us at Sparkles this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  18. a fantastic card and very cool pics!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi (GD this week on lexi's creations challenge)

  19. Wow, so gorgeous! Love the white on white effect on your card here. Thanks for joining Loves Rubberstamps Challenge :)

  20. This post is so much fun! Love all the ornaments and the dog and the cutie pie baby! Also love the bear fur you created - awesome card!

  21. Gorgeous card, love your Christmas tree too - its lovely to remember all the history that goes with the ornaments isn't it? Bear look like he's in the Christmas spirit too
    Thanks so much for joining us at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Challenge
    Claire xx

  22. Hi Jane
    Fabulous card.... Love the cute image.....
    Thanks for joining us at RTG Challenge this month
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  23. White on white can never go wrong, this is awesome! Love the silver bits too.

    Thank you for entering at Sparkles Monthly Challenge blog and good luck!

  24. Oh my goodness! This little snow scene with the adorable bears is so adorable! I love this! Thanks so much for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  25. Your trees look amazing!

    I think I need a chocolate tree ;)


  26. Love your trees and white card, Jane.
    Wow, look at Bear. He's grown up!!
    Have fun with your family this weekend,A kiss for Daisy!

    Anne xx

  27. I love your sparkly Polar Bears and your white on white card is so elegant.

    Thanks for joining us at A Creative Romance :) xx

    I have a giveaway on my blog Midnight Christmas eve xx

  28. Aww...what a sweet post Jane and I love the sparkly card! One of my favorites' for sure ;)
    Thank you!

  29. What a wonderful white card, love all its details and the sparkly image. Fab pics too.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



  30. Your tree is looking magnificent, as always. I love seeing all your decorations, I think it makes it all the more special that you have them from over such a long period of time. And pretty christmas little girls and fab dogs - lovely post! Bethxx

  31. Hi Jane,
    What a gorgeous card. Love the WOW & the feast of fabulous die cuts. The sparkly polar bears look fantastic. Loved seeing your Xmas deccies. I bet they all hold so many wonderful memories. Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design & Passion For Promarkers.
    Andie xx


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