Sunday 22 December 2013

My Christmas excitement

Oh my word, just 3 more sleeps to go. As you know it has been an incredibly busy run up to Christmas this year for me. My darling granddaugher Daisy has just been the best distraction. She is 6 weeks old tomorrow, just where did those weeks go? We are visiting my daughter, SIL and Daisy today to deliver their presents and then will see them again on Boxing day. I can't wait.

As a real Mrs Christmas I wanted to share a few photos of some of my Christmas excitement in the run up to the Big Day.
Yes the festive seals returned to my milk bottles, which my milkman delivers to my door step.
These Cath Kidston oven gloves just fell into my shopping bag (plus a set for my girlie) when we were shopping at Gunwharf Keys the other week.
and these were the pretty lights we saw there.
Daisy has some Christmas bed time reading. If you have never seen this book do go into a bookstore and read it. The illustrations and story are just perfect. It is a magical read for young or old.
It involves a certain man in a red suit helping Stick Man get home to his Family Tree

I bought a pewter robin spoon to serve my cranberry sauce at the Winchester Christmas market.
I loved my yummy gingerbread man my Hb brought home for me....
Oops he seems to have vanished
I have a delicious smelling wreath on my front door, also bought at Winchester
and one for my studio, although it is shut up for the winter now.
My vintage advent calendar nearly has every window open
and Billy is keeping an eye out for Santa.
And there is great excitement to see parcels appearing under the tree.

Of course my greatest excitement of Christmas this year is Darling Daisy and my daughter sent these photos yesterday which really made me grin...look at her in her little bath tub
How cute is her little face ;0)

My card today is one I made using my favourite accordion die 
I used a cute Meljen digi stamp which I coloured with Promarkers and highlighed with Prismacolor pencils. My dies are Cheery Lynn, Marianne and Memory Box
 The BPs are a real mix from my very old stash, one I recognise as Docrafts also one is Raspberry Road.
The sentiment is computer generated and you can see my lovely Cheery Lynn holly leaves feature in green, gold and white card. I have also used Frantage for some snowy bling.

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

County View Crafts Bah, Humbug!
Cheery Lynn anything goes
The Inky Chicks Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut last minute Christmas makes
Love to Create anything goes
                                      Pile it on P is for ......Poinsettia , Pine tree
Loves Rubberstamps anything goes
Addicted to stamps and more anything goes
Polkadoodles anything goes
Card Crafters Circle deck the halls
Christmas at Sweet Stampin let it snow
A creative Romance Sparkle at Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Bling it on
Merry Monday Use an animal
Natalie and Amy cute and cuddly Christmas
Crafts too Challenge you natural world, any winged animal I have been inspired by the outside world at winter time with the birds in their tree, my "twist" of any winged creature are birds.
Oldie but a goodie Winter my papers are ancient and my image is from last Christmas
Crafty Little Fairies anything goes  
Cute Card Thursday Celebrations
Pan Pastel UK anything goes
The Artistic Stamper anything goes
Whimsy stamps party time

I will be back once more on Christmas eve but if you are off to travel to your family and friends before then may I wish you a very Merry Christmas. For those of you (me included) who are doing the entertaining and still  need to pick up the turkey and get peeling the veg, it will be alright on the night.  Enjoy the last days of all the excitement of this wonderful time of the year.

Bye for now, 

Jane x


  1. Well the answer to your question is...VERY CUTE!!
    What a nifty little bath too. :)
    It must be Christmas Jane, you have holly on your milk! Lots of lovely festive images and I love that little story, seems things are a little tricky for the little stick at times.
    Enjoy the lead up to the big day Mrs Christmas! :)
    V xxx

  2. Fabulous post, fabulous photos and love your card. Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles this week. Merry Christmas.

  3. Love all your photos, looks like you are ready for Xmas!! You card is fab, so much gorgeous detail. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  4. Super photos and card Jane.

    Thanks so much for your inspiration and friendship in 2013 and wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas season.

    B x

  5. Merry Christmas to you! What beautiful photo's you have shared with us - and I adore your pretty accordion fold card!!!

    Gorgeous holly leaves and a lovely design. Thank you so much for taking the time to join us in our challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  6. beautiful photos amd a fabulous card jane. just gorgeous xc

  7. I very much enjoyed seeing bits and pieces of your goings on leading up to the big day. And of course, the reward is to see adorable Daisy Jane, too! Sweet little angel! I have to do lots of tidying for the luncheon tomorrow..

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

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Thanks for your lovely Christmas wishes over on my blog. So nice to see your photos, I especially like the pewter spoon and oven gloves (and Daisy, of course!). Have a fab day :) Bethx

  9. Hello, Jane. I'm popping over from Teresa K's blog post. Nice! Of course I had to see this as I lived in England Dec. 1976-78 while serving with US Air Force. Woodbridge area. I liked where your cat, Billy, is looking out the the houses. Looked like ones where we lived in Felixstowe. Brings back memories. Your little granddaughter is adorable. We have 2 grandchildren. Love them! Crackers...on my! I remember those for sure! Merry Christmas!

  10. Hello Jane just popped by from Teresa's Blog as well :-)
    Your card is beautiful and your granddaughter adorable ( we have two of each :-) ) Anne x

  11. A pretty card Jane and I love Daisy in her tub. We went to Winchester yesterday, but got drowned, so didn't really buy anything. London was much better weather today and enjoyed the walk round.
    Have a wonderful and magical Christmas.
    Festive greetings.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Christmas in England seems so quaint and traditional. Thank-you for sharing the lovely bits of your life and holiday!

    Enjoy baby's first Christmas! Best Wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

    Jane T

  13. Little Daisy looks like the perfect Christmas present! She really enjoys her new tub it seems.

    Merry Christmas and a very happy 2014 to you and your family!

  14. I feel like I was right there
    Thank you so much Jane.
    You have the best taste ever!
    I would have bought the same gifts!!
    Your card is a work of art!

  15. You're making me feel very lazy this Christmas since I didn't do anything like this, but I really enjoy your projects, especially your last post. Very, merry Christmas Jane! You have a lot to celebrate this year!

  16. Have a wonderful Christmas Jane!


  17. So much excitment here, Jane! I love to see all your Christmas photos because this year I haven't had time to do much. Hope to clean and rest. Your Christmas will be the best with your little grand dauhter! Merry Christmas and Happy NEW Year Jane! x Teje

  18. Loved hearing about what you are doing and seeing the fab photos. Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 156 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. x

  19. Dear Jane such a lovely post filled with festive pictures! Little Daisy Jane in her tiny bath tub is soooo cute! And she looks such a happy baby too! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  20. Hi, Jane! Oh, how Christmassy you are being - though you have much cause for being even more excited this year with your little bundle of joy! Daisy is just the cutest little thing and I'm sure she'll make your festive season even brighter than the pretty lights on your shopping trip! Wishing you and yours all the very best for Christmas and the New Year - looking forward to getting back into crafting and blogging...thank you so much for your continued visits and lovely comments despite my sporadic blogging, it has meant so much! Sending hugs, Lisa x

  21. I love this wonderful accordion card, Jane! And those little birds are so sweet! What a delightful granddaughter! She's a beauty! Have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  22. My lovely Jane,
    Merry Christmas to you! There is so much excitement at your home! It all looks so festive and yummy. I've been trying to find that book, it looks so great, I know my granddaughters would love it, i'll keep trying. Daisy what a sweetheart in her little tub. I can smell the sweet baby smell now.
    I wish you and your family the merriest of Christmas's and a Blessed New Year, xoRobin

  23. Hi Jane your card is just gorgeous. I love everything about it great job.
    Have a Very Merry Christmas
    hugs Dottie

  24. What a delightful Christmassy(?) post with lots of lovely pictures.

    Your little granddaughter looks adorable.

    AMAZING card you've shown too - very complex and gorgeous.

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas. Thanks for visiting me today.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  25. Hello Jane, Very fun to see all of your 12 projects together. I love the blues and golds.
    Thanks for these bits of Christmas excitement.
    I know this will be super special holiday with Daisy Jane.
    Happy Christmas dear Jane!
    Anne xx

  26. A very festive card, so lovely. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week.

  27. Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!

  28. This is amazing! Your colouring and embellishments show case the image perfectly. Great to have you with us at NATALIE & AMY’S this month.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  29. Love your accordion cards, Jane and this one is no exception! Great traditional colours, sweet image and fab die cuts!
    Thanks for joining in with our mega Christmas challenge at Passion for Promarkers! Lisa x

  30. Adorable accordian card, Jane. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  31. Such a beautiful collection of photos, I do hope your Christmas was all you could have wished for. A lovely accordion card, I haven't tried to make one now on my to do list..

  32. Fabulous photos and I love your card, such a great design

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year.

    Jo x

  33. loved looking at your photos and your card is beautiful! Thanks for playing along in our Holiday Blitz challenge at Loves Rubberstamps

  34. Fabulous design! Love the card design and die cuts. So happy you could join us for our Holiday Blitz at Loves Rubber Stamps! There is still time to enter again. Can't wait to see what else you might come up with.
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  35. This is a gorgeous Christmas design. I love the traditional colours in the DP. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. Tracey x PS Your granddaughter is adorable!

  36. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Christmas card with us at Country View Crafts for this month's challenge. A great design and great use of the festive colours.

  37. Gorgeous card! Love the design, and thank you for sharing your holiday photos!
    Thank you for sharing your project with us at Love to Create Challenges.
    Wishing Safe, Happy & Prosperous New Year!
    Ruza, LTC Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  38. Wow!! So much beauty in one post!!!
    Thank you for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  39. Lovely accordian card Jane, the colours are wonderful. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  40. Absolutely beautiful card, congratulations on winning Natalie and Amy's challenge this month.

    Natalie and Amy's DT.

  41. So much beauty all in one post Jane!
    Thanks for sharing your run up to christmas and your card is beautiful.
    Thank you for joining us over at Premium Craft Brand Challenge and good luck!

  42. Awesome! Thanks so much for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  43. Hi Jane,
    This looks fabulous. What a wonderful card, so much detail. Xmas is all about family & giving, but it's also about the detail that make it even better. Love the oven gloves & the cranberry sauce spoon. Thanks for joining in our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion For Promarkers.
    Andie xx

  44. beautiful card thanks so much for joining us at Bunnyzoes this month
    hugs sara x x x


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