Tuesday 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas and my 5 Favourite Christmas creations 2013

Christmas Eve is here at last. I have finished work until 3 January and I am so looking forward to the coming days.

I took the above photo at Harrods, all those weeks ago when my Mum and I had our annual visit there.  My lists have nearly all been ticked and the only things left to do today are to make my mince pies, peel the veg and get the table ready later in the day. My dear Hb is working but will be back later and we will start our celebrations with a glass of mulled wine. Then we will be all ready for our  family to arrive for  lunch tomorrow. There are 6 of us here for Christmas day and then our last 3 will join us for more celebrating on Boxing day. We are calling it our Christmas Day number 2.

As well as popping in today to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas I am going to join in with a little Christmas tradition which the lovely Debby  from The Scrapjourney Blog has been running for a few years and I only spotted just after Christmas last year. Debby gets everyone to post their favourite 5 Christmas creations/cards they have made this year as a little challenge. All the details are over here on her blog

Now this is a tricky one for me as I have made lots of  Christmas creations this year! After looking through my folder on the computer I have come up with these 5 as my favourites. I wonder if your faves feature in my list? They are in no particular order.

Now my regular blogger friends may not recognise the one above and that is true, because I not shown it until today. I have saved it until today as it is perfect for a Christmas Eve card.

I have used one of my favourite Christmas colour combos; silver, white and blue. The silver is so hard to photograph it is so sparkly! The image is one of the cute House Mouse stamps which I simply coloured with black and white Prismacolor pencils.I just blended them using Sansador to give some shading.

Here is a close up
The papers and sentiments are LOTV and my die cuts are Cheery Lynn, Memory Box and Marianne. There is also some Card Candi and a silver snowflake charm to finish it off.

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

Joanna Sheen make it sparkle
The House Mouse challenge use silver or gold
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Pan Pastel UK snowflakes
Vintage stamping cold and frosty christmas colours
Charisma Cardz anything goes
Creative Inspirations anything goes
ABC B is for blue, bows and bling My card has blue, there are bows on my star and snowflake die cuts and there is certainly lots of bling!
Simon Says stamp Bling it on
The Artistic Stamper anything goes

So just like this little mouse remember to leave some cookies out for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. I hope he does not have too bumpy a ride tonight, the weather has been atrocious with gale force winds and torrential rain and there is more to come here in the UK. Have yourselves the best Christmas, however you are celebrating. I think these words written by Calvin Coolidge and the second by A.E Rundel sum up Christmas for me.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is the real spirit of Christmas.  

Christmas, that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance, a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.

May your Christmas be blessed. Take care.

Much love to you all,

Back soon,

Jane x


  1. Well you know I love all your creations and all five are amazing BUT I do have a favourite, favourite!! Number five is lovely not just because it is beautifully made but because it was made for me!! It has pride of place under my little dining room Christmas tree. Thank you my dear, I love it!
    I hope you have a wonderful festive season and have lots of fun on Christmas Day 1 and Christmas Day 2!!! Enjoy your family time and especially your new little family member, Daisy!
    Happy Christmas my friend,
    V xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. All of your creations are just beautiful. I am always drawn to House Mouse images as they just melt my heart. You did a lovely job with this image and all the silver and blue. I do hope your cold is going away at this point. Wishing you a fabulous Holiday and we'd like to thank you for playing along with us here at House Mouse & Friends. Hoping to see more House Mouse cards in the new year.

  3. Mrs. Christmas, (Jane)
    I love your last two written words, there are so true and sum up the meaning in the most beautiful way! Thank you. The chosen 5 cards/poppers are stunning, I love them all. Can't pick just one, but if I had to it would be, maybe the first one, but the third one made me giggle and the last one is a House Mouse and I love them. Soooo I guess I can't pick just ONE.
    Enjoy every Christmas moment #1 &#2. Hugs to baby Daisy!

  4. these are all beautiful Jane but my favourite is number 4 - its so icy and beautiful - just perfect! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a really happy new year xx

  5. Hi, Jane!
    I don't think I could choose just one of your creations as a favourite as they are all so different! It reflects the creative journey that you have been travelling throughout this year and it has been a pleasure to share all of your wonderful inspiration, new techniques and special moments! I hope that 2014 brings you and yours all that you could wish for and cherish every moment of your darling Daisy, as you know yourself that they grow so fast! Hugs and best wishes, Lisa x

  6. Love them all they are all stunning Hope u have a wonderful Xmas xxxx

  7. Hi Jane, Just wanted to thank you for Joining the Tuesday Blog event with the Friendly Crafters on Facebook. I have to say your favorite 5 are my favs too. You did an amazingly wonderful job on all , the snowflake card was beautifully done, and that cookie card ahahhaha super cute just love loved loved them all . I hope you have a wonderfully awesome Holiday and Hope to see more of your amazing creations in future events in the new year.. Larelle-Susanne DT hugs

  8. Jane, all of your projects are wonderful. I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite. Wishing you the best holiday season.

  9. Love your designs Jane.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas time with your loved ones.


  10. Merry Christmas dear Jane to you and your family!...You are going to have the best Christmas ever with your darling little Daisy!
    Your makes are always wonderful and I'll look forward to seeing more beautiful designs in 2014...I have loved reading your words at the end of this post...you have summed up the spirit of Christmas so perfectly,
    Susan x

  11. Your makes are amazing, Jane, and you have such creative energy too. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas..... I am sure it will be especially joyful for you this year with your sweet little Daisy Jane to share it with!
    Helen xx

  12. Jane.. I love all your crafty endeavors. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas 1 & 2!! And give that cute little Daisy Jane a hug for me.

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

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Ohhhh! Such gorgeous images, Jane. I'm wishing you and yours a most wonderful and peaceful Christmas and New Year's! All the best to you, dear Jane! :) xo

  14. Dear Jane, Merry Christmas and Happy NEW Year to you and your dearest and of course Billy! Your cards are always work of art! This time my favourite is the last one! I'm looking forward to start the NEW year with you! x Teje

  15. Wow Jane. All so beautiful... I love the ornament at the top of the post amazing.

  16. Oooo what a stunning collection, Luv Sam x

  17. Fab creations Jane !!

    hugs Diane xx

  18. Merry Christmas Jane and all of the T family,

    My favorites are the crackers and the last 2 cards.

    Thanks for sharing your creations throughout the year. Happy New Year soon…..

    Merry Christmas…...
    xxx Anne and the T family

  19. Dear Jane,

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    I am a big fan of your beautiful creations, and your cards are amazing (thank you so much for all those you've made me!), but I think those crackers are something really fantastic! I haven't yet seen any in real life (!!) but I wish I can get some done for one Christmas in future, and I SO know where to find the perfect tutorial for them!

    Enjoy your holidays, dear friend, a big kiss to Daisy&Billy and we'll talk soon again!


  20. Wishing you and yours Jane a magical Christmas time...Merry Merry Christmas

    Amanda x

  21. What a fab selection of cards Jane, they are all beautiful. Wishing you the love and happiness that this festive season brings and may it last throughout the new year.
    Christmas hugs.
    {brenda} x0x

  22. A fab card with all that silver, white and blue!
    Thanks for playing wiht us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.

  23. I agree this one is gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Charisma this week and a Merry Christmas. xxx

  24. Wowwww Jane such a lot of bautiful creations,,,,,,,my friend,,,,,All the Best for you and family on ths New Year,,,,,,,,,,horayyyyyy for Jane.

  25. I love them all dear Jane!
    I trust you have had a very special Christmas!
    Happy Boxing Day! My DD#1 was baptized 20 years ago today ;)

  26. Such sweet creations! Love each one of them!

  27. Such a sweet image and a wonderful card! Thanks for playing at Charisma and I hope you had a lovely Christmas! xxx

  28. Also thank you for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  29. Gorgeous creations Jane :-) all of them are fabulous ! I love the crackers and bauble,,, but more especially the lovely House Mouse :-) super cute :-)

    thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends and Simon Says Stamp Challenges
    Lols x x x

  30. What wonderful cards and creations, love your Christmas Crackers.
    Thank you for joining me this year with my Favourite Five Christmas Creations.

  31. Beautiful card, I adore housemouse and the silver/blue/white gives a fantastic frosty finish. Thanks so much for joining us at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Challenge this week
    Claire xx

  32. This is wonderful selection of cards and a great reflection of your beautiful creative style. {I would love you to take part in my 300,000 Page View Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck.} Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  33. Jane, all of these creations are so lovely. Love the crackers, wonderful. Your House Mouse card, in blue, white and silver is so very pretty, and all your details are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  34. Oh the little mouse looks really cute. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge. Hugs! MOjca

  35. 5 amazing Christmas creations Jane...thank you for sharing them with us all and I adore your pics of the beautiful Daisy...wishing you good wishes for 2014...hugs kath xxx

  36. Hi Jane, thanks for your lovely comment and for taking the time to come and visit me! Your cards are beautiful - I love all the gorgeous details!

  37. These are ALL gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing your delightful creations with us at Creative Inspirations!
    Good luck,
    Rene :D

  38. Fantastic selections. Love them all!

  39. Fabulous cards and the House Mouse is so cute. Thanks for joining the House Mouse and Friends Silver or Gold Challenge. Kim GDT x

  40. Fabulous House Mouse card!.

    If you like these cute images
    you might want to consider joining us at.



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