Vintage Christmas

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmastime and wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Today’s page is inspired by Christmastime and all things vintage! I started by covering the page with a music sheet from a book of Christmas carols that I picked up in a charity shop (thrift store); you may know the carol and I liked that the title referenced both Christmas and the New Year. I ripped the page into three pieces and stuck them down along with some gold, gold star and gold holly tissue papers using a UHU Stic. When the glue had dried I added Toffee Crunch and Rich Cocoa Memento Inks to the edge of the page and papers using a blending tool. Next I stamped a snowflake design from the Woodware Craft Collection using Emboss ink, then I covered it with white Stampendous embossing powder and shook off the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper. I also tapped the page to make sure any stray powder was removed and then I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the stamped images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. The gold trees are relief stickers by Crelando and the vintage images are cut using serrated scissors from an old magazine and a 12×12” paper sheet of Tags from the Glistening Season collection from Pion Designs; they are edged with the Toffee Crunch ink and arranged on the page using double-sided tape and some fabric washi tape. The “December 25” sign is a Victorian Christmas 3D sticker from Docrafts Papermania which I stuck down with a glass candy cane decoration. The candy cane is from an incomplete set of wine charms purchased at a charity shop; wine charms are small ornaments that you attach to a wine glass at a party so you know which glass is yours. I also tied some white paper twine to a round wooden tree tag and added it to the page. The white ribbon is recycled from a Christmas cracker and I tied it into a bow. To finish, I added lots of glittery gold snowflakes which are stickers.

I’d also like to thank the Allsorts Challenge Blog for my early Christmas present of the Pion Design paper and the Toffee Crunch Memento Ink that I used to create this page. I won them over at their challenge from Swedish House Crafts, along with some other goodies too (grin!).

I love Christmas music and play it at every opportunity this time of year (grin!), so I was really pleased to find a book of carols in my local charity shop. The carol I used for my page is “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, if you are interested:

  • This carol is also known as “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”.
  • It is a traditional English Christmas carol which is thought to date back to the 16th Century. It was first published by William Sandys in 1833.
  • This carol is referred to in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843:  “… at the first sound of ‘God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!’, Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost.”
  • There have been many covers of this carol including Bing Crosby in 1947,  Nat King Cole in 1960, Nancy Sinatra in 1991, Mariah Carey in 1994, Glee in 2010 and many more. Each of the names is a link to their version of the carol – now I’m wondering which one you would choose to listen too?

I received a lovely surprise from my hubby, look what was waiting for me at elevenses with my cup of green tea – a yummy gingerbread Christmas Tree (grin!). As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a very Christmassy T Day!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with so much inspiration for my pages and it’s a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people too. 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 Vintage Christmas celebration!

I’m joining the Christmas” fun over at Country View Challenges where the theme is “Christmas with optional Reds, Greens and Rust”.

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

I’m pleased to join the “Winter Wonderland” challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my vintage style page inspired by Christmastime, snow, carols and vintage wintry scenes.

I’m also joining the “Believe” challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge with my vintage Christmas page as my design and colour palette was influenced by their inspirational photo – Merry Christmas!

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 (Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa)
  • Emboss Embossing Ink Pad (Clear)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Singles (Snowflakes FRS027)
  • Tissue Paper (Gold, Gold Star, Gold Holly)
  • The Oxford Book of Carols
  • Pion Design Glistening Season 12×12” sheet (Tags – PD6612)
  • Old Magazine
  • Poundland (Fabric Tape 156456-GE16)
  • The Works (Pack of 9 Wooden Tags)
  • Docrafts Papermania Victorian Christmas (3D Christmas Stickers PMA805801)
  • Wilko (Paper Twine)
  • Re-cycled ribbon (White)
  • Crelando Relief Stickers Christmas designs (12 Sheets IAN289011)
  • The Pier (Wine Charms PLU2010838)
  • Christmas-Craft (Glitter Embellishments Gold XCR0037)
  • Fun Cut Scissors – serrated
  • UHU Stic
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape

41 thoughts on “Vintage Christmas

  1. I like your wonderful vintage Christmas page with all those fascinating details!
    Congratulations to your winning pieces! Very interesting infos of the carol – I listened to Bing Crosby, because it’s the eldest version.
    It’s really a lovely surprise from your hubby, maybe it WAS, because in the meantime you’ve eaten it?
    Wish you a very Happy New Year!

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    • Thanks very much! The Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole versions are my favourites as I like the older arrangements 😁. I actually got three gingerbread trees from my hubby and as I received them on Christmas Eve, I had the last one today …lol 😉. Wishing you a very Happy New Year too dear Rike! J 😊


  2. Your vintage Christmas / New Year page is absolutely AMAZING! All those fantastic details again!
    I love the muted colour with the gold together – so classy and elegant! You never cease to amaze with your beautiful work and posts!
    And what a lovely gingerbread tree – I can almost smell the christmas smell up to here!
    I say THANK THANK THANK you for your fantastic page linked to ART JOURNAL JOURNEY and Moo Mania & More! Your amazing support for the challenges made me so happy the whole year!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart Jo!
    Have a good start into a Healthy, Happy New Year!
    And of course HAPPY T-DAY!!!!

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! I always appreciated your kind comments, they bring joy to my heart 😁. I’ve really enjoyed joining AJJ and Moo Mania this year, I love all wonderful inspiration and have so much fun too, thank you! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas celebrations and wishing you a very Happy New Year too 😁. Happy T Day! J 😊 x


  3. I was most impressed with your lovely Vintage Christmas journal entry. What a great way to extend the size of vintage sheet music. Very clever. I had some of that gold star tissue at one time, but I sent all I had to Patty after she said she liked it so much. I like how you used yours. I also like how you incorporated the wine charm. Charming! This was a beautiful entry and I can’t thank you enough for sharing it with Art Journal Journey today. BTW, I’m a huge GleeK, so you know the carol I listened to.

    I have to admit, your husband is a keeper. That gingerbread Christmas tree is fabulous. Now I have food tree envy (grin). Thanks beyond belief for sharing your art, your gingerbread tree and your tea with us for T this Tuesday. And congrats on your recent win, too. Lots of lovely goodies I know will show up in your journals over time, I’m sure.

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  4. Good morning, this is such a lovely entry beautiful journal page and I love the snow that is falling on your page-that is very cool.
    So sweet of your husband-hugs
    For Christmas eve I make your christmas poinsetta cocktail we loved it!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New year Kathy

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    • Thank you Kathy! The snowfall is an optional extra on WordPress, I love it too 😁. I’m glad you enjoyed the Poinsettia cocktail so much, thanks for giving it a try. Merry Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year! J 😊


  5. Again, your page would make great Christmas wrap. Congrats on your win that is such great prize. I love the names of the colors companies come up with. Toffee Crunch and Rich Cocoa. So thoughtful of your hubby to bring you a gingerbread cookie.. It pairs perfectly with your mug. I can just see gingerbread deer emerging from the gingerbread forest. Happy First Day of Christmas and Happy T Day

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    • Many thanks! The ink names are fabulous, aren’t they …another one of them is called Teal Zeal …lol 😉. I love the idea of gingerbread deer and a gingerbread forest too …lol 😀. Happy Christmastime and T Day! J 😊


  6. I love Christmas music too Jo…. My daughter was born close to Christmas and they were filter in Christmas music in the delivery room… The doctor and nurses were singing along to ‘Silver Bells’ as she came into this The bingo card on your beautiful ArtJournal page brings back happy memories too.. I had an avid Bingo playing Aunt in my childhood.. Your Christmas tree cookie is almost too pretty to eat… almost.. lol Happy T day hugs! deb

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    • How wonderful …I will remember you and your daughter everytime I hear Silver Bells now 😁. The tree cookie tasted delicious, my hubby bought me three in total and it was hard not to eat them all at once …lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy Christmassy T Day! J 😊


  7. Just a quick visit today Jo. I love your vintage style page and that lovely carol you mentioned is a favourite of mine.
    Its a wonderful new cup from your OH and The gingerbread tree looks delicious.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. What a lovely page. It’s amazing to me how you can combine so many separate items to create a coherent whole. Beautiful 🙂

    Thx for the background information on “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”. I like a variety of versions from the older/more traditional ones like Bing Crosby to more recent ones like Jethro Tull and Pentatonix.

    I like your mug -festive but not the usual Christmas colors- and that gingerbread tree does look tasty 🙂 What a sweet surprise. Happy T Tuesday!

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  9. Just for a change I read your description first and tried to imagine the result – and didn’t do too badly. Then I listened to at least the first bits of the Youtube songs. Favourite is The Old Groaner and then Glee (love Glee singing), both of which I heard to the end (Boxing Day relaxing) so thanks for the song links.
    Your hubby is indeed a treasure, and I love the reindeer mug, I’ve got mug envy.
    I just love this art, it has a beautiful wintry Christmas atmosphere, matching the weather here as it turned more cold and frosty this afternoon. Did you know it is snowing on your blogpost?
    Thanks so much for another great entry to the AJJ Celebration theme.
    Have a very happy week-after-Christmas.

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    • Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked the music and it proved relaxing this Boxing Day 😁. Yes , isn’t the snow fabulous, I chose for it to “snow” on my blog as it is an option here on WordPress, such fun …lol 😉. Wishing you a very happy Christmastime too! J 😊


  10. Congratualtions on winning all those goodies, Jo! I Imagine you being like a child on Christmas Day – tearing open the box and sitting right down to play 😉

    Aww, what a sweet elevenses treat.

    I’m getting around late because I linked up late. Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  11. Your page is gorgeous Jo. I love the touches of gold.They make it not only vintage but classy and beautiful too. And I love your holiday mug and that yummy looking cookie too. It was a sweet way to be surprised! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year too. And even more, I hope it was a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much! I loved the inspiration photo and enjoyed creating this page to join in the fun at Mixed Media Monthly. I hope you had a great Christmas too and wishing you a very Happy New Year filled with love, happiness and peace! J 😊


  12. what a wonderful vintage journaling page – oh, all These Details! and the stamps you won are fabulous, good to use for many occasions and Backgrounds. These Little Memento inkers are perfect for many occasions, too.
    the gingerbread tea Looks so awesome, but my top favorite is this mug with the deers!
    sorry for being late with t-day, but the sons are here to visit, what i enjoy. you never know how many years until they have their own Family. best wishes ♥♥♥

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  13. Jo, your art journal page is beautiful with it’s neutral tones and pops of gold! I love the addition of the Christmas sheet music and those images sprinkled about! What a haul of goodies you won! Congratulations! And your husband is a real sweetheart to leave you with a yummy gingerbread tree! Happy New Year to you and yours! And of course, I want to thank you for playing along at A Vintage Journey–this really is a winter WONDERLAND! Hugs!

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  14. Wonderful wintery and festive page Jo – I adore it 🙂 I played all the song versions and my least favourite – only because I like the slower songs was Nat King Cole.
    What a lovely selection of goodies you won – congratulations!
    ahh what a lovely hubby – thats a great mug and a tree too nice to eat!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all best for 2018 – may it be Happy, Healthy and full of fun.
    Thanks for all your visits again this year and lovely comments.
    Gill xx

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    • Thanks a lot! It’s always fun visiting your blog and chatting with you, and I appreciate your visits too, thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too and wishing you a very Happy New Year filled with love, happiness and peace! J 😁


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