Thursday, 13 December 2018

A Dickens of a Christmas

I love all the traditions of Christmas and one of them is buying a holly wreath (or 2)
My daughter has these made for me by her greengrocer's shop and I love them. This one is on my front door.

 So many gorgeous natural embellishments
And on my studio door (sadly asleep for me to craft in until next year)

is this lovely one.
Nothing epitomises Christmas more for me than some festive greenery so my card today features some in the background and foreground.

This is my final Design Team make for 2018 for County View challenges.  It's my 2nd design team project for our December "Christmas" theme and I have kept to a very traditional depiction of Christmas.
I made my background with some distress crackle texture paste and Tim Holtz poinsettia stencil.
When it had dried and cracked
 I just added a tiny hint of vintage photo distress ink. You will see this in my final photos.
I used my wonderful Tim Holz Victorian Carollers bigz die to create my silhouettes and added some text stamping to them.
I also die cut some of Tim's holiday greenery, his paper snowflakes and stars using his swirling stars die using lots of snippets of card and put my design together.
Here is my finished card which is for sale down at Dotty's Teahouse, Carshalton, SM5 2AE

A few close ups for you to see the details.

and one last shot

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

Fashionable stamping 2/3 winter
Shopping our stash 2/3 tis the season
Time out 3/3 joyful
Alphabet challenge 3/3 s is for season's greetings
The cutie pies 2/3 add a little sparkle
Shopping our stash 2/3 tis the season
Simon says stamp Wednesday Christmas
Christmas at sweet stampin 1/3 anything Christmas
A Vintage journey star light star bright

 You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. There is also a £20 crafting voucher up for grabs to the lucky randomly selected winner. You could treat yourself over on the Country View Crafts in the new year to any crafting goodies that Santa forgets to leave you on Christmas Eve 🎅 All the details for the challenge can be found here.

Thanks so much for stopping by....time is flying by until the Big Day...just 12 days to go now....are you ready? 🎅

Back soon with another countdown to Christmas post.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Awesome creation.That is so beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for joining in at the Alphabet Challenge love the carollers scene, and beautiful background

  3. i love this vintage card and put together with such detail. The paste background adds superb texture to the card. Thanks for joining Time Out. Oh and wow to the wreaths xx

  4. Beautiful wreaths Jane and a super card that really says dickens Christmas...I bet that is snapped up at the tea rooms. xx

  5. It's perfect, Jane, it has all the hallmarks of a Victorian Christmas card and you are right Tim Holtz does Christmas like no other!

  6. I love your little carol singers .. the text on them is very clever!!
    Beautiful wreath too and I love the colour of your front door. :)
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V x

  7. Oh how I love your use of the vintage music and the olde English looking characters in this card design!
    *M*E*R*R*Y* * *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Stunning card, love the crackle background!

  9. A fabulous card Jane of a gorgeous Victorian scene. Milly chose well with the wreaths, they are beautiful too. Have a great weekend xxx

  10. Beautiful christmassy card, Jane! Love these carol singers and the background is fitting perfect.
    These wreaths are fabulous!
    Big hugs Evelyn

  11. Absolutely gorgeous hoiday card! Love those caroling singers! Thank you so much for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you can join us again soon. Happy Holidays!

  12. Absolutely beautiful card. I like the way you have shown how you have made up the elements to it. Love your door wreaths too. I bet the oranges slices have a lovely smell to them. Hugs Mrs A.

  13. Hi, Jane! Wow! Such beauty and love in your wreath and cards! Breathtaking! So glad you uploaded your wonderful project to Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog so I could come visit your blog! Your beautiful artwork is a delight! Please check back to see if you are a Top 3 Pick, and to play in our future challenges.
    Crafty Smiles,
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  14. Wow, what a great card. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Greetings Carola

  15. I just love Tim's Carolers Jane and you have made a lovely card with them - so pretty in the black with the white text, that glorious stenciled background, the greenery and lovely stars! Thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! LOVE your natural wreaths too! so lovely with the mix of greenery! xx

  16. oh my goodness, this just could not be more clever or more adorable! and i LOVE the dickens inspiration! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (holiday!) STASH with us this week! ♥

  17. Thanks for including pictures of your holiday wreaths - they are absolutely gorgeous! Your card is equally stunning - I love all the layers and textures you added just make the design. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

  18. What a great project, love the crackle and who doesn't love Tim's carolers!! Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Star Light Star Bright challenge! Happy New Year! Deb xo

  19. Love your crackled poinsettia and realistic greenery, and the texty carol singers are charming. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  20. A beautiful project - very original.

    Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge and we hope to see you again for our new challenge starting on Monday.

    Helen x (DT)


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