Thursday 24 December 2015

The Christmas spirit

We had a lovely pre Christmas brunch on Sunday with our children, it was full of laughter and festive spirit as they will not see one another over the Christmas period.  I set the table up with shop bought (yes I know!) crackers, as my home made ones are saved for the Big day and Boxing day this year.

When she had finished brunch Daisy sat and watched "Room on the Broom" on my Hbs phone. Julia Donaldson's books are so delightful and Daisy loves them all but Room on the Broom and Stick Man are her absolute favourites.  For those of you who love Stick Man , there is a programme on Christmas Day which looks totally delightful. Daisy adores all the books.
Daisy loves looking at Nanna's Christmas ornaments. These are some of her favourites.
Daisy also adores the Snowman and Snowdog so I thought for my challenge card today I would share the card I made her for Christmas.
I bought a great set of stamps last year so I coloured up one of the images with my Promarkers
 made a little snowy scene...........

and ended up with this....
with lots of sparkle

which I am told she really loved.

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

Inspiration Emporium 'tis the season
Crafty hazelnut Anything Christmas
Papertake weekly favourite ever challenge it's the last one there and I will really miss it, it was one of the earliest challenges I entered 5 years ago. My favourite challenge for this entry is my all time favourite of anything goes.
Our Creative Corner wish upon a star
Country View Challenges make a scene
Crafty Friends 3/3 anything goes
The Artistic stamper Christmas
Noor Winter wonderland
Simon says stamp Mondays 2/5 winter wonderland
Vintage Stamping Winter trees
Fashionable stamping 3/3 make your own background
Love to Create anything creative/mixed media #26
Passion for Promarkers Let's celebrate
Whimsy Winter anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday make it sparkle
Cute card Thursday anything goes

Well we are here at last, just one more sleep until Christmas Day.
I have finished work until the new year and I got up this morning and loved seeing the trees glowing in the darkness. Old choc in the hall
 and our big tree

which has lots of lovely parcels stacked around it

I also opened the final window of my vintage advent calendar....perfect...

 Our fridge is stacked with festive food and Billy is keeping an eye on the parcels and the tree from his chair.

I would just like to end with some very special news; I am so proud that my darling doctor daughter has today been added to the GMC (General Medical Council) register and is now a fully qualified and registered GP. It has taken 11 years of hard work and dedication and we could not be more proud of her. 

Thank you for sharing my 2015 countdown to Christmas and for all the sweet comments you have taken to leave at such a busy time of the year.  I hope you have enjoyed reading Jane's Journal and that I have kept alive some of that Christmas spirit which I hold so dear to me.  

A very Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.

I will leave you with my favourite piece of Christmas prose

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.  ~Augusta E. Rundel

Back soon,

Off to make the mince pies.

Bye for now,

Jane (aka Mrs Christmas and a purr from Billy) xx


  1. Awe Jane such a lovely post! First Congratulations to your darling daughter for all her hard work and dedicated to becoming an official GP. What an honor for all of you. Loved the sweet pictures of Daisy and her "piggy toes"! (just so precious) That card is the best, really my favorite, from the kid in me! Your home looks so festive. Have a joyous Christmas and New Year. I Have enjoyed this year in blog land with my friend.

  2. I could just hug you! That was a fabulous tour of your home and heart and it warmed me perfectly for the holiday season. Merriest of Christmas' to you and I just loved watching that card come to life!
    Hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

  3. Hello Jane, Merry Christmas from my "t" family to yours!! So happy to hear Millie's good news. Very well done. I love "THe Snowman" and that is the perfect card. 0-:
    From across the sea with all best wishes,
    Anne D.T. and family xxx

  4. Dear Jane,

    Looking lovely at yours, LOVE little darling Daisy watching her programme so focused :) Please congratulate Milly for that HUGE achviement, that is really fantastic!

    Have wonderful Christmas time, Jane, a big kiss to Billy too!


  5. Lovely post Jane!
    I love how you created the snow scene on Daisy's card and just look at the little poppet watching the phone!
    Many, many congratulations to Milly!
    Wishing you and your lovely family the happiest Christmas Day and a huge hug for Billy,
    Happy Christmas my friend,
    V xxx

  6. I have so enjoyed our friendship this year and those in the past. Have a wonderful time with your dear ones and that special little darling.. and Billy! The card is magnificent.. I hope they keep them forever for her.

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  7. Thank you for your kind Christmas wishes! I so enjoy visiting here to see all your beautiful decorations! Enjoy the Big Day! Happy New Year to you and your family! xo
    Jane T

  8. BEAUTIFUL scene! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! Merry Christmas!

  9. A very happy and peaceful Christmas to you and your family Jane! Have a wonderful day!

    Merry Christmas
    Amanda xx

  10. I'm a real sucker for the snowman Jane so I absolutely adore this - its brilliant!!! Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and goodluck! Hugs rachel x

  11. Mary Christmas - wonderful post - so very Merry and full of fun!
    Sandy xx

  12. Happy Christmas dear Friend and CONGRATS to your DD!
    What an achievement you must be so so proud! Bravo!!
    Your card is beautiful and the shading incredible. I bet Daisy was super excited when she saw it! and now, all I need to wish you is a very happy Boxing Day!

  13. Happy Christmas, Jane! The card ist beautiful ans so cute.
    Thanks for sharing at FSC.
    Greetings Carola

  14. Congratulations to your daughter! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. May your New Year be full of happiness!

  15. What a lovely post Jane, a festive peek into your wonderful world of Christmas - and your Snowman card is absolutely amazing! I loved seeing little Daisy's tootsies, don't little ones have such cute toes :)

    MANY congratulations to your daughter - wonderful news and no doubt a lot of hard work went into her qualifying. You must be so very proud!


    Di xx

  16. Great card, inking and stamping Jane.

    Many thanks for joining us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges, Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you again in 2016.

    B x

  17. The Snowman is one of my all time favourite films and books and you've captured the scene perfectly with your gorgeous card! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  18. Thank you so much for playing along with my challenge 'Wish Upon A Star' over at Our Creative Corner! Great card Jane, so many memories of watching the film as a child! Trish x

  19. Gorgeous card Jane, beautiful stamping! It's always a pleasure to see your photos and these are fabulous, I hope you've had a lovely Christmas and thanks for joining us at We Love 2 Create this time. Big congrats to your daughter too
    Claire xx

  20. A wonderful christmas card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Crafty Friends & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    Happy New Year,
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

  21. I wished I'd come by before the big day as your post is full of festive cheer and great Christmas decorations!
    But I came for the card and it is a wonderful scene, love the snowman stamp, and it has been put together so well. Thanks for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenges this month.

  22. What a beautiful card Jane. I love the image and your background looks gorgeous. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas challenge over at PFP. Don't forget to come back on 5th Jan 2016 for our new challenge and to find out if you are one of our lucky winners. Hugs, Denise x
    p.s. congrats to your daughter, all her hard work has now paid off x

  23. Stunning card Jane.The background is fantastic and i love the snowman image.
    Thanks for joining us in our Mega Christmas Challenge at PFP :D

    xx coops xx


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