Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Week 11 of the Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas 2014, Jane's Journal style.

Wow I'm nearly there with Linda's fab challenge. Just one more project to go.If you hurry you could still join in but you need to get your skates on. It closes on 21st December by which time you need to have submitted all 12 creations using Linda's tags for inspiration. You can make anything at all. The full rules are over on her blog here . Linda offers 3 very generous prizes of gift vouchers to spend in her terrific on line shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Do have a look at the link here . I am choosing to make 12 Christmas cards instead of tags.

The tag Linda made for week #11 is here . It is a gorgeous burnished silver tag and initially I wanted to try this technique. I do have some Ranger foil and planned a burnished silver card. However things did not quite work out to plan and my card today is actually a happy accident! I was also inspired by the snowflakes with gems Linda used, so I wanted to include some on my card too.

So this is what happened. I first die cut some Cheery Lynn snowflakes twice and stuck them together and arranged 6 on a sheet of card.

I thought that they would be thick enough when I added the foil and tried to burnish them through.

However this didn't really work, even when I used a stylus. I think with hindsight they needed to be cut in chipboard but I am not sure the dies would cope with that sort of thickness.
Now my crafting time is extremely limited, especially at the moment, and I am never usually a girl who throws anything in the bin and starts again. I needed to rescue this and I had a think and decided that I would turn it into a focal for my card by adding some alcohol inks for some colour and texture. Out came my few bottles of alcohol ink and I had a play.

I kept added drops and also rubbed some areas with a scrunched up paper towel until I was happy.
I then cut a piece to make into a focal ( and I still have these 2 pieces below spare)
I then used a snowflake embossing folder on another piece of Ranger foil

and matted it onto some blue card for a backing piece.
 I put on my creative hat and put my elements together. Here is my finished card, you need to put on your sunglasses as it is so hard to photograph as it really shines. 
I rather like my happy accident, as it made a really stunning inky focal and I still have all those lovely sparkly snowflakes but on the embossed foil background. My Hb nabbed this card for one of his work colleagues as he really liked it.
Here are a couple of close ups.

I  added a LOTV sentiment, some gems, a blue ribbon and a Cheery Lynn holly corner which I edged with blue.

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #11
Little Claire's a special card
Pan Pastel UK Christmas
We do doobadoo Festive Spirit
The artistic stamper anything goes
Vintage stamping a Christmas song mine is of course is Dean Martin's Let it snow
Sparkles Christmas  it's a blue Christmas
Penny Black and more Special occasions mine is obviously Christmas
Jelly Park ribbons/bows
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Dream Valley Christmas 
Simon says stamp Wednesday winter photo inspiration I was inspired by the snowflakes and the beautiful blue sky in the first photo.
Creative Inspirations Christmas/New Year

Thanks for visiting today, I know how busy everyone is . I am going to try to get my final Funkie Junkie project made after work today...I am planning something a little different if I have the this space. 

Less than 8 days to go now.....are you nearly ready?

I am planning to start my countdown to Christmas tomorrow with a post each day until Christmas Eve. I still have lots to show including my annual Christmas crackers. I  do hope you can join me and share my excitement at my favourite time of the year.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Fair

My daughter lives near to Winchester and this is the setting of a very festive Christmas Fair which is held each year and visited by hundreds of thousands of people. It's very busy but really worth the visit and Winchester itself is such a pretty city. It was a perfect day, cold, frosty but with clear blue skies and the Cathedral looked stunning in the sunshine

We spent a few hours wandering around the stalls.
 and of course needed a cup of mulled wine to keep us warm.

Daisy was as good as gold wrapped up and snug in her buggy
We had lunch in the High Street which again is so picturesque. It is an ancient city and some of the buildings date from the 900s

It even has a Guildhall
 and pretty side streets to wander along

and afterwards we went back to our DD's and SIL's for dinner.
Daisy had such a fun day, as did we.

So what did I buy at the fair? ...well this year it was just one thing as it is something we have been missing. If you read Billy's tree post here you may have noticed that Old Choc does not have a fairy on his top..well this is what I bought.
Isn't she pretty...and here she is sitting at the top of Old Choc (whom Billy tells me is totally delighted)

So one last thing of course, my card challenge for today.
I used a Lili of the Valley art pad focal. The background is made with blended distress inks. I then added an Imagination Crafts stencil and pushed some Distress Paint through it. I stamped my Visible Image Santa's stamp in the sky and added a LOTV sentiment which I also blended some Distress inks onto. I also distressed the image with Vintage photo DI.

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

A Vintage Journey let's celebrate my Tim influence in my card is using several of his fabulous techniques, blending the background with his Distress inks then adding some Distress paints through a stencil and also some silver embossed snowflakes and the Santa stamp. Lots of lovely layers and textures. I have also distressed around the image with his Distressing tool.
AVJ are also hosting an amazing give away over at their blog. Just follow the link here. I would love to come out of the hat, the prize is fabulous.
Visible Image 'tis the season
The Ribbon Girl Lovely lili challenge
Merry Monday Winter wonderland
Dream Valley Christmas
Pile it on anything goes Christmas/holidays
Country View crafts nostalgic Christmas my card reminds me of walking to midnight mass as a child and dreaming of Santa.
Imagination crafts anything goes I used their tree stencil on my card
That craft place Christmas
Papertake Weekly last Christmas card of the year

I shall be back really soon as I have 2 more Funkie Junkie creations to share and my annual Christmas crackers. I am off to meet my DD and Daisy in Guildford for lunch today, the next time we will meet up will be Christmas Eve no less.

Keep calm and carry on creating Christmas, only 9 days to go now.....are you  ready?

Jane x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

My final Tim Tag project of 2014, Jane's Journal style

Well it's hard to believe but I have finished the last tag for 2014. Tim has inspired me so much this year and I want to thank him for really giving me a new direction with my crafting. I have played with so many types of media and produced this set of 12 tags/ cards.
The eagle eyed  will be able to see part of my new one for December.

For this month's tag Tim used his gorgeous deer die to create his masterpiece. If you would like to see his tag and tut have a peep here. He used a new product called frosted which I am afraid I had not even heard of so I had to have a little think of how I could capture some of the essence of his gorgeous winter tag to make a Christmas card. I really loved the colours he used and I tried to produce something along his lines. I also loved the snowflake charm so wanted to bring that in too. Instead of using Frosted to give a snowy feel I tried something a little different which you will see later on.
I made this card in my studio, my last project out there as it is now far too cold.

First I had a sort out from my supplies to find some Christmas coloured DPs, stains and I also used a Dylusions spray as I only own a few of these as sprays. I used the supplies shown below. I first coated my paper with white acrylic paint as Tim did,

After it dried I added a little of everything!

After a spritz of water things started to look interesting
 Once it was dry I stamped a starry sky with archival ink

After this I made a green base card to cut some festive die cuts.
 I added some brushed pewter DP to this
 Mmmm lovely colours
Tim also used a cute deer on his tag, I don't have that particular one but I do own a different one so I die cut a few in grunge paper, I also stuck them to card to give them even more depth
 I then started adding some colour
and also some glitter and made them little garlands as Tim did and added some little silver bells.
I sanded some card as Tim did and used the same method to add my die cut Merry Christmas but used a Cheery Lynn die. His words dies are on my ever increasing wish list! I  also used my icicle (fave die of the moment) and pine leaf branch dies by Cheery Lynn,
I decided I wanted more of a snowy scene in my background so I also used my Visible Image tree stamp and stamped these.
I still felt that it was not sparkly and snowy enough so I reached for my will see this in the finished card.
So having made all my elements it was time to put my card together. This is what I came up with.
a really snowy woodland scene.
Here are a few close ups. You can clearly see my Frantage here; the deer look as if they are dancing in the snow.

I actually gave this to my Hb as a second Christmas card to thank him for all his patience and tolerance of my crafting this year. He is so supportive of my work, despite the time it takes up. Thanks M, I love you ;0) x

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

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 December
Cheery Lynn Sparkle and shine
A Vintage Journey Let's celebrate I am celebrating my favourite time of the year, with a real Tim twist!
Little Claire's a special card
Pan Pastel UK Christmas
We do doobadoo Festive Spirit
Cute Card Thursday Bells or bows mine is bells
Visible Image 'tis the season
Country View nostalgic Christmas
Noor!design UK  Merry Christmas
The artistic stamper anything goes
Die cut Divas Snow/Christmas/holidays
Vintage stamping a Christmas song mine is Walking in a Winter Wonderland.
Loves rubberstamps winter/Christmas
That craft place Christmas
Pile it on anything goes Christmas/holidays
Party time Tuesday anything goes
Papertake weekly paper play
Inky chicks winter wonderland
Crafty sentiments Christmas
Simon Says stamp Wednesday bling it on
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Celebrate the season my charm and most of the dies are over a year old
Stamping sensations winter wonderland
Sparkles Christmas  it's a blue Christmas
Penny Black and more Special occasions mine is obviously Christmas

I hope you are keeping up with the Christmas countdown....11 days to go.

We enjoyed a wonderful day at Winchester Cathedral Christmas Fair yesterday, I will share some photos soon,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x