Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Fair

My daughter lives near to Winchester and this is the setting of a very festive Christmas Fair which is held each year and visited by hundreds of thousands of people. It's very busy but really worth the visit and Winchester itself is such a pretty city. It was a perfect day, cold, frosty but with clear blue skies and the Cathedral looked stunning in the sunshine

We spent a few hours wandering around the stalls.
 and of course needed a cup of mulled wine to keep us warm.

Daisy was as good as gold wrapped up and snug in her buggy
We had lunch in the High Street which again is so picturesque. It is an ancient city and some of the buildings date from the 900s

It even has a Guildhall
 and pretty side streets to wander along

and afterwards we went back to our DD's and SIL's for dinner.
Daisy had such a fun day, as did we.

So what did I buy at the fair? ...well this year it was just one thing as it is something we have been missing. If you read Billy's tree post here you may have noticed that Old Choc does not have a fairy on his top..well this is what I bought.
Isn't she pretty...and here she is sitting at the top of Old Choc (whom Billy tells me is totally delighted)

So one last thing of course, my card challenge for today.
I used a Lili of the Valley art pad focal. The background is made with blended distress inks. I then added an Imagination Crafts stencil and pushed some Distress Paint through it. I stamped my Visible Image Santa's stamp in the sky and added a LOTV sentiment which I also blended some Distress inks onto. I also distressed the image with Vintage photo DI.

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

A Vintage Journey let's celebrate my Tim influence in my card is using several of his fabulous techniques, blending the background with his Distress inks then adding some Distress paints through a stencil and also some silver embossed snowflakes and the Santa stamp. Lots of lovely layers and textures. I have also distressed around the image with his Distressing tool.
AVJ are also hosting an amazing give away over at their blog. Just follow the link here. I would love to come out of the hat, the prize is fabulous.
Visible Image 'tis the season
The Ribbon Girl Lovely lili challenge
Merry Monday Winter wonderland
Dream Valley Christmas
Pile it on anything goes Christmas/holidays
Country View crafts nostalgic Christmas my card reminds me of walking to midnight mass as a child and dreaming of Santa.
Imagination crafts anything goes I used their tree stencil on my card
That craft place Christmas
Papertake Weekly last Christmas card of the year
Simon Says stamp Monday  anything goes

I shall be back really soon as I have 2 more Funkie Junkie creations to share and my annual Christmas crackers. I am off to meet my DD and Daisy in Guildford for lunch today, the next time we will meet up will be Christmas Eve no less.

Keep calm and carry on creating Christmas, only 9 days to go now.....are you  ready?

Jane x


  1. Lovely photos Jane, one of the girls is reading Geology at Winchester so know what a beautiful City it is although she was home last week so ahead of the market.

    B x

  2. Beautiful photos Jane, and your card is lovely, I really like how you have distressed the background!!
    Thank you for joining us this week at Papertake Weekly... good luck with the challenge..
    Marjorie DT xx

  3. Your photos of Winchester Cathedral against the blue sky are gorgeous Jane! I love your new little fairy, she does look lovely on top of Old Choc!
    Such a cute photo of Daisy doing her jigsaw too. :)
    Your beautiful card with the little church is very fitting after a day in a cathedral city.
    V x

  4. I loved the history and the photos!! I just can't believe that they tore down those ancient buildings.. makes me want to cry. Love Miss Daisy growing up so cute. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. This card is so perfect for our challenge this week. There is so much prettiness going on with all the layers! Thanks for joining our challenge at Merry Monday this week!

  6. Hi Jane, beautiful traditional looking Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place. Hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs amanda

  7. Wow, fab photos! Thanks for sharing. Love your Christmas card too. Thanks for joining in the last challenge at Dream Valley for the year. Wishing you a joyful Christmas and Wonderful New Year. Hugs, Wends x Dream Valley DT

  8. What a beautiful post Jane!
    Love your card and you know how much I appreciate your photo documentaries!
    I'm a huge fan. Thank You!!

  9. Hello Jane
    Thank you so much for joining us this month at CVC,- NOSTALIC CHRISTMAS. Your card is gorgeous and the design is stunning with that Bg.

  10. Gorgeous inky background details Jane which gives your scene real depth. Beautiful. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

  11. Such a gorgeous holiday card! Love your beautiful photos, too. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  12. thanks for sharing the photos - what a lovely city to visit! and your card is lovely - the background is perfect!

  13. Your card invokes so much that I feel about Christmas. It is simply gorgeous.

  14. Beautiful Christmas card and love the scene!

  15. I've only ever been to Winchester once and it was many years ago, it looks like it's well worth a proper visit, I do like a town (city?) steeped in history. Lovely card, I hope it did well in the challenges. Bethx

  16. I got lost in your wonderful photos of your excursion - what a glorious city AND Christmas fair! Your card is beautiful with the stenciled background - thanks so much for joining us at the AVJ Let's Celebrate Challenge!

  17. What beautiful photos! And your card is lovely, too, what a peaceful scene! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    love Mags B x

  18. Beautiful Card Jane! It´s wonderful! Thank you for joining us at Imagination Crafts Challenge! Hugs xxx

  19. this post brings memories. love winchester. have been there 3x. maybe next time i'm there we could meet up. i'm usually there in june for a 2 day conference xx

  20. Very traditional and festive xx


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