Christmas Greetings!

I always look forward to Christmastime and I love sending cards to wish family and friends happiness and good cheer (grin!). I am very thankful when I receive cards too and have created a page to celebrate this by using some of the pretty Christmas postage stamps from the cards that I have received.

I started by stamping different postmarks and texts using Memento Inks to create the background for the page. The stamps included a set of The Works Clear Stamps, the Tropical Travelogue stamp set from Graphic 45 by Hampton Art, the Birdsong stamp set from 7 Gypsies also by Hampton Art and finally the Letters to Santa stamp set from Docrafts Papermania. The Memento Ink colours I used were Love Letters, Pistachio, London Fog and Teal Zeal. Next I cut the envelopes containing the postage stamps to shape, using a pair of scissors with a serrated edge, and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. The silver frames and borders are outline stickers, some of which I coloured black using a Sharpie permanent marker and black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.  I also added some postal mark outline stickers and embellished the postage stamps and frames using some snowflake and star stickers. Then I edged inside and around some of the frames using a Derwent Graphik marker and also around the edges of the page using the black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The red glitter star embellishments and small clear, red, and black gems finished the page.

You may have seen some of the Christmas cards I made this year in previous posts. I also make sweet treats to give to friends instead of Christmas cards. As you can see, I made quite a few bags this year which were for all our Love My Beach friends.

Each bag contains 3 pieces of Maltesers Fudge and a piece of Maltesers Tiffin (Maltesers are also known as Malt Balls).

I was curious to find out more about Christmas cards, if you’re interested here are the facts I discovered:

  • Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley invented the Christmas card in 1843 and sold them for a shilling. In 2000, an original Cole and Horsely’s card fetched £20,000 when it was auctioned in the UK which can be seen here.
  • A few years after the first card was made, the UK Parliament passed the Postal Act which allowed people to send letters and cards for just a penny.
  • Early Christmas cards tended to be flowers, fairies and exotic designs and rarely showed the religious or wintry scenes we see today.
  • In America, a German printer Louis Prang started mass producing cards in 1875 and until then, they were considered a luxury that only the rich could afford. By 1881, over 5 million cards were being produced every year in the US.
  • In Victorian England, the Post Office delivered cards on Christmas Day in the UK. Postmen were often known as robins because of their bright red uniforms and robins became a popular card Christmas card motif.
  • Every year in the UK alone, an estimated 1.8 billion Christmas cards are sent and received. The average UK household sends out about 50 cards each Christmas.
  • 45% of all cards sent are for Christmas but only 15% of these Christmas cards are bought by men.
  • Designing and making personal Christmas cards is one of the most popular craft hobbies in the UK.
  • An estimated £50 million is raised for charities by selling their Christmas cards each year.

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Sheila from Orange Esmeralda who is hosting the “Let’s Celebrate” challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my celebration of Christmas Greetings!

I’m joining the “Christmas” fun over at Moo Mania & More and sending Christmas Greetings!

As the challenge over at Country View Challenges is “Christmas with optional Reds, Greens and Rust” I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the theme is “Party!” so I’m pleased to join them with my Christmas Greetings celebration!

May this Christmas bring you love and joy. Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Love Letters, Pistachio, London Fog, Teal Zeal)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CRO274TW4)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Vintage cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Docrafts Papermania Mini Clear Stamps (Letters to Santa PMA907917)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Postage Stamps Silver ANT810103, Straight Line Borders Silver ANT8101017)
  • Crelando Relief Stickers Christmas designs (12 Sheets IAN289011)
  • Christmas-Craft (Glitter Embellishments XRR0038)
  • Oaktree UK Eleganza Craft Stickers (3mm 418 Gems Red No. 16)
  • Poundland (Design Gems 175751)
  • UHU Stic

44 thoughts on “Christmas Greetings!

  1. Love how you used those beautiful postage stamps on your Christmas page Jo. And at the same time, you made a great postage background too. I never thought of just stamping postage marks as a background. 🙂 An your treats made me drool a little bit. Your beach friend will love them, I am sure. If they don’t, you can send them all to me. Ha-ha. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Jo. Hope it is is happy, and as we say here in the US, Merry too. Hugs-Erika

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    • I thought the postage marks would be the ideal background for these stamps, it was fun stamping them all too 😁. Thanks very much and I’m happy to send you the treats …lol 😉. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with love and joy! J 😊

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  2. Oh brilliant Jo – I love how you used the stamps – and I see you haven’t raided your hubbies stamp album this time 🙂 I think I have those postage rubber stamps from ‘The Works’ -great shop for crafty bits and pieces. The Christmas card facts were interesting too – surpising it was only 15% of men buying cards though.
    Yummy sweeties – I wonder how many of them you had to try first to make sure they were ok!
    Have a great weekend and just in case its your last post before Christmas – have a wondertime Christmas too.
    Gill xxx

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    • Thanks so much! There are some Christmas stamps in hubbies stamp album that I could have included …lol 😁. I don’t each much chocolate so I didn’t try too many, I promise …lol 😉. Have a great weekend too and a very Merry Christmas my friend! J 😊

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  3. As I’m sure you know, I love to use postage stamps in art, too. But I’m in LOVE with those stamps you used. Not sure which were which, but I want a set of those stamps like the red and gold ones. It’s a fabulous entry and fits so well with Sheila’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    Malt balls? I LOVE them. Now I’m really hungry for these candies. BTW, I thought of you yesterday when I created the Christmas cake. It looked a lot like yours.

    Thanks for sharing this fabulous entry with us at Art Journal Journey. And congrats on your win at Try it on Tuesday, too!

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    • Thanks so much! The red and green ones are the stamp sets from The Works and also 7 Gypsies by Hampton Art 😁. Thanks for thinking of me yesterday whilst creating you Christmas cake page and for your kind congratulations too. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! J 😊

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  4. Oh wow – you used such beautiful stamps and have created the most beautiful page – such a brilliant idea and put into practice in a fantastic way. And not just this alone makes me happy but also that you have joined the challenge at Moo Mania & More and Art Journal Journey – THANK YOU VERY MUCH- THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT GIVEN TO THE CHALLENGES THIS PAST YEAR !
    And such interesting facts about christmas cards – super!
    Your posts always amaze me but I must admit today I am not completely happy – I would like to have an app or something like a button to grab me one or two of this bags of sweet treats as well!
    I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas time my friend!
    I am really happy to have you found in blogland dear Jo!
    oxo Susi

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    • Lol …so funny about the sweet treats, wouldn’t it be fun to have an app or button which allowed that …lol 😉. It’s always a pleasure joining you at all the challenges, thank you for all your hard work in administrating, creating so much amazing inspiration and leaving such lovely comments on my blog too – you’re a star dear Susi! I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmastime too and I’m so pleased to have met you here in blog-land, you are a wonderful friend! Hugs J 😊 x

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    • So glad you enjoyed them, did P set a new record in eating them this year …lol 😉. I just couldn’t throw those lovely postage stamps away so they had to go on my page …lol 😀. I hope you are having a lovely Christmassy week! J x

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  5. It is a fantastic page and way to use the postage stamps Jo. The background looks wonderful as well, with all the stamped post marks.
    Your Christmas treats bags look delicious and I’m sure your friends will really enjoy .
    I would love the recipe you use for the Maltesers Tiffin sometime in the new year.
    In case I don’t get to call back to see you, I hope you and your family
    have a very Happy Christmas.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Wonderful page. Postage stamps are little works of art. You have some pretty stamps. I like the one with the robin. Cute that the postie was called a robin in the olden days. Robins are the first sign of Spring in my region. I’ll have my nose pressed against the glass looking, Your treat bags are so pretty. Bet that’s a welcome gift. I enjoyed reading the fun facts about Christmas cards. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    • Thanks so much! The stamps were too pretty to throw away and the robin one is my favourite too 😁. Lol …hope your nose doesn’t get too cold against that glass…lol… you’ll look like Rudolph …lol 😉. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas too! J 😊

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  7. I love this use of Christmas stamps. I’ve always enjoyed seeing what they look like each year but never thought of using them in art. Now, I don’t send or receive many cards at all, and few people seem to use the seasonal stamps. I’m so happy to see you and yours are enjoying that part of the holiday 🙂

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  8. Lovely treats for your beach friends! They look festive and yummy, Jo! Fun page, which would make great wrapping paper! I was making candy yesterday, and it took three tries to get my chocolate to melt and not turn into a lumpy mess 🙂 Thanks for sharing the fun facts about Christmas cards! And of course, thanks for sharing with us at SSS Monday challenge! Have a wonderful Christmas! Maura

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    • Thank you, that’s very kind! I’m glad to hear you make candies too; it sounds like water may have turned your chocolate lumpy, just a tiny bit can do that 😁. It was fun joining your challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this Christmastime! Have a wonderful Christmas too! J 😊

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  9. Love your Christmas stamps recycling idea but it’s those home made chocolate that have me excited… yum! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges, Jo and Merry Christmas!

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    • It was fun using the postage stamps and those chocolates are naughty but nice …lol 😉. I love Christmas so your challenge over at Country View Challenges is perfect for me 😁. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas too! J 😊

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  10. This is such a good and original way to keep these lovely picture stamps, each one a work of art itself. I have been enjoying the current UK snowmen stamps. Is there really a colour called “London Fog”?! Tthat’s a very good way to not give Christmas cards – to give home-made sweets and they look delicious. I didn’t know Maltesers were also called Malt Balls.
    I was fascinated by your Christmas Card facts, but one was a bit of a puzzle. First how did they work out that 15% were bought by men (do the sales assistants have a man/woman counter clicker? (unlikely!!!)) and I doubt that the %age is even this high (from my knowledge of men not buying cards, haha!). Anyway it was all very interesting. In the past could we not also, in the UK, send Christmas cards for less, or is that my imagination?
    Thanks very much for Celebrating Christmas postage stamps with all of us at AJJ.
    Have a happy Christmas week! Santa’s coming!

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    • Thanks very much! Memento Inks have great names don’t they and London Fog happens to be one of my favourite colours too 😁. In America they call them malt balls and I agree in my experience men don’t buy or even get why we send cards …lol 😉. I’m not sure about the postage I’ll have to look into it. Wishing you a happy Christmas week too! Ho,Ho,Ho! J 😊 x

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  11. What a wonderful idea to use Christmas postage stamps from the cards that you have received! It became a fabulous Christmas journal page! Very interesting infos about Christmas cards!
    Your Malteser bags look very delicious!
    Wish you a happy Christmas time!
    Rike x

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  12. hi jo,your christmas page with all the beautiful postcards and red stars is amazing,love this so much 🙂
    wish you and yours a wonderful christmas time,with light and candle shine and new beginnings for the new jear 2018,wish you all the best was come,had fun and happiness for you and your hubby 🙂
    thank you for all the kind comments of my blog this year,iam so glad with this 🙂
    iam packing the christmas tree with all beautiful things,this year i love gold and red bobbles 🙂
    wishing you all the best dear jo ! 🙂

    greetings jenny

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    • Thanks so much dear Jenny! It’s been a pleasure visiting and chatting with you over at your blog this year and your tree sounds so beautiful too, enjoy 😀. Wishing you and your hubby the most wonderful Christmastime too and all the best for 2018! J 😊

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