Saturday, 1 December 2018

It's my very favourite time of the year

Oh wow it's December 1st and the start of my very favourite time of the year...the countdown to Christmas. It's time to open the first window of my advent calendar,  to light the advent candle

and to go up to the nursery to buy our Christmas tree tomorrow.

It is also time for the last Country View challenge of 2018 and of course the theme just had to be "Christmas". You can enter our challenge as many times as you like and there is combine with 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.

For my first design team make I decided to use the fab new Tim Holtz stamp set
Yule tide. I ummmed and arrhhhed about buying this set in November and finally succumbed as I genuinely believe this is the best vintage Santa stamp available at present. To me it epitomizes the classic Father Christmas at his very best. I coloured a few up with watercolour pens.
I added some glitter to the fur and his beard for some magical sparkle. I also die cut some greenery with some inky card. 
I used Tim's snowflake stencil and some crackle texture paste on top of a distress ink background. 

The dried effect was awesome.
I also die cut some stars and his paper snowflakes.
So then it was time to put my design together.
with some close ups

and one final shot
You need to keep this under your hat for a couple of days as shhh this is my Hb's Christmas card..and he hasn't seen it yet!

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

Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Crimbo Crackers 3/3 anything goes
Sweet stampin' 3/3 whatever the weather
Crafty Halzelnut's Christmas 3/3 #413
Addicted to stamps 3/3 anything goes
Try it on Tuesday 3/3 winter wonderland

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, espeically at such a busy time of the year. I am really looking forward to sharing lots of my "Countdown to Christmas" posts over the next 24 days. Billy is warming up his paws to type his Christmas tree post too. This really is my very favourite time of the year....ho ho ho!! 🎅🎄🎅

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Yay, I bought my advent candle last weekend and Ken went out and got our trees yesterday, we’re all good to go too. Your Santa cards are awesome, I agree he is beautifully vintage and with that wonderful greenery looks magnificent on your card. Brilliant. Have a festive decorating weekend xxx

  2. Such a lovely card Jane, I love it. Hugs Debsxx

  3. I am with you, this is the real Santa and TH always comes out with fab xmas products, hard to resist for anyone… A great design Jane, I hope the HB will appreciate the craft involved! xx

  4. Brilliant .... now that really is a proper Father Christmas!
    Have a great weekend my dear,
    V x

  5. Fabulous card, Jane!!! I love that you coloured Santa's clothes green and the crackled snowflakes look great too!!! Happy Advent and big hugs!!! Oh, your Advent candle is brilliant with those countdown numbers!!!

  6. Beautiful craft and design!
    Thanks for joining Try It On Tuesday !
    oxo Susi

  7. You have really done this Old fashioned Santa stamp proud. I love that you have coloured his jumper and trousers in green. He is not my favourite person right now. I have had to have that retched Elf electronically tagged so that I know what he is up to at all times. Hugs Mrs A.

  8. This is a fabulous card ! Love it !
    Corrie xx

  9. What a fabulous combination of products! Your card is absolutely beautiful Jane - I love it! Hugs rachel x

  10. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesdays, its a fabulous card.

  11. This is absolutely beautiful I love how you have shown the techniques you have used to create this wonderful festive card, thank you for joining our challenge at ADDICTED TO STAMPS I hope that you will join us again
    lorraine x

  12. What a fabulous card! I love this Santa image! Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  13. Fabulous Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at the CHNC Christmas Weekly this week for our "Anything Goes, optional: "Make your own background" Challenge.

  14. That is a gorgeous card, Jane! Bravo! Whoever receives it will be lucky, indeed.

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  15. What a fabulous card, full of tradition. He's a super Santa!!
    Thank you for sharing over at TioT.
    Tracey x

  16. This is such a beauty Jane, and I love your traditional Santa, just perfect! Have a very happy December, and I'm looking forward to Billy's post, Sue xx

  17. Such a beautiful card! I love all the details and dies cutes that you used; you created the perfect winter wonderland for the jolly vintage Father Christmas 😁. I'm sure your HB will love it too - shhh! Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! Happy December! J 😊 x

  18. Wonderful card with the really beautifully vintage Tim Santa! Here in my part of Germany don´t have Santa for Christmas, here the "Christkind" (imagined such like an angel)is coming on christmas, so I don´t buy Santa stamps so much. But if, this one would be my favourite!
    Have a wonderful christmas time!
    Evelyn xx


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