Thursday, 1 December 2016

The countdown to Christmas begins

Wahooo it's the first of December today and the real count down to Christmas can begin. I have one of my vintage advent calendars up and I am ready to open the first window. I chose this one for 2016
 I just adore the illustrations.........
so much nostalgia, I am transported right back to my early childhood in the 1960s.


As it is the first of the month it is also my DT post for Country View Crafts so today I will be sharing my card I made for this months challenge. It's an easy peesy theme this month............Christmas. You can share any handmade craft, it doesn't have to be cards or tags it could even be a handmade ornament as long as it is Christmas themed. There are no limitations to the number of other challenges or the number times you can enter. You can win a £20 voucher too so it's win win in my books! All the details can be seen here

I decided to take one of my favourite ever Christmas stamps and show 2 completely different colourways and designs for Christmas carda. My first is today and the second will be in my follow up DT post which falls on 21 December.

I adore this Stampendous stamp and it has been used on many of my Christmas cards.
For my first colourway I wanted a really "Let it snow" card. I stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured a few areas with distress inks and used a ruler to rip the edges
I embossed a snowy background
 and die cut a selection of festive images. To the corrugated tree I added some bling
 It was them time to put my card together.

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

That's Crafty 2/2 All grungy
An inky mess2/3 anything mixed media
Time out 3/3Christmas with an optional twist of glitter/shimmer I added the twist with my shimmery tree and mirror card sentiment.
Winter Wonderland 2/3poinsettia or snow is falling I have gone for snow is falling
Christmas card challenge 2/3anything goes #50
Moving along with the times 2/3 anything goes with Christmas
Simon Says stamp Monday O christmas tree
Simon Says Wednesday anything goes
Simons Says Work it Wednesday 1/3 use dies
Mod Squad 1/3 dimension
The Artistic Stamper 1/3 Christmas

I have lots to get done today as tomorrow I will be selling my cards and jewellery at Dotty's Teahouse Christmas market in Carshalton... and yes the card above is up for sale there.
I will be there from 11am - 9pm. Please tell any friends and family who might be in the local area and if you are around do pop in and say hi. It would be so lovely to see you there.


I also have one last very exciting piece of news...I have been published again. Yes I am in the current edition of Craft Stamper. It's a very special edition as it's their 200th
and here is a sneak peek of my published card
I might have to pop into WH Smith to take a peep whilst I wait for my copy to arrive ;0)

Must dash, lots of last minute things to pack.  I really hope to have lots of eager customers at Dotty's tomorrow. I will be back with a report and hopefully photos, if I get a chance, very soon.
The window down there is just perfect.....

I'm checking that list......................
Happy December everyone.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sleeping trees

After the recent storms the trees are nearly stripped of their glorious autumnal foliage
 but there are still a few showing off their colours


 and some interesting ferns.
After  losing their leaves the silver birch reveal their gorgeous bark.
How wintry does that look?
Only a few weeks ago this avenue of trees was in  full leaf.
 Yes the trees are getting ready for the big sleep.
I managed to get my next Funkie Junkie card under my belt and I also took in a couple of other fun challenges too.
 If you would like to play along with the FJ Christmas challenge please check out Linda's post here which gives all the details of the challenge requirements. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you could even win one of the prize vouchers if you complete all 12 weeks.

For week #9 I was inspired by the lovely deep green/burnished back ground she made, the foliage stamping, the red and white Baker's twine and the red stamped sentiment.
This is what I got up to.

I made an inky background using various Christmas green coloured distress paints.




I added a little water to get some distressed blending.










 I then added silver metallic distress stain.

I also wanted to add some crackle as AVJ are asking for this in their challenge and I wanted to add some rustic charm to for ATBC as well as a couple of other challenges. I added gold paint to crackle paint and pressed it through my TH foliage stencil.
When it had dried I added some distress ink to highlight the cracks and around the edge of my backing card.
So here is my finished card.
The sentiment is Visible Image which I managed to snap up in their amazing Black Friday sale. I added even more texture with distressed edges, torn corrugated card and a glittered snowflake chippie.

 I do love a bit of crackle ;0)



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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #9
Pixie's Snippets Playground #257 I used a snippet of card for my sentiment and a tiny snippet of Baker's Twine!
A Vintage Journey cracking up
Anything but Cute rustic glam
That's Crafty All grungy
An inky mess anything mixed media
Time out Christmas with an optional twist of glitter/shimmer I added the twist with my silver metallic distress stain and the glittery snowflake
Winter Wonderland poinsettia or snow is falling I have gone for snow is falling with my embellished snowflake chippie.
Merry Monday 1/3 masculine Christmas card
Christmas card challenge anything goes #50
Addicted to stamps and More anything goes
Moving along with the times anything goes with Christmas

That's another card in the stock box for selling at Dotty's Christmas market which is now only 3 days away .....this  Friday..the details are on my side bar.
I promised another sneak peek...here are some of my bag charms I will be selling.

Strawberries and chocolate are always a good combination 😄
 All the beads I use are handmade glass made by my talented lamp worker friends. All one of a kind and totally unique.

I hope this little owl will fly off my stall to a new home.

Thanks for visiting and for your very kind comments. I must fly as I really need to get my very last bits of stock made.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x






Sunday, 27 November 2016

Still gazing at the stars

Hello, today is my 2nd inspiration piece for our "Stars" challenge over at Country View. You still have 3 more days to get your entries in and all the details can be see here. There is a chance to win a £20 voucher over at Country View Crafts which always has free postage so it's a great win.

We have finally had some wintry weather after our glorious autumn and many of my walks take place now in the dusk. The fowl on the ponds never seem to mind the weather.


For my first piece at the beginning of the challenge I used my Lavinia fairy and some unusual distress ink colours. Today I am sharing a Christmas card, I have used the same colours  but created a much darker piece. This time I have used darker shades as an under wash
and I then used yellow through my star die as well as some star stamping . I also added some Frantage to create snow.
I then stamped on my fairy and added a Tim die cut. I also stickled her wings for extra sparkle and added glossy accents to the moon,
Here is my finished Christmas card
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;



Mod Squad 3/3 sparkle it up
Simon says stamp Monday 2/5 Triotastic ..3 of something I used 3 colours of card..black, white and Kraft
Noor UK Winter
Uniko Christmas
Fashionable Stamping 3/3 tis the season
Addicted to stamps and More anything goes
Moving along with the times anything goes with Christmas
Time out Christmas with optional twist of glimmer/shimmer..I have lots of shimmer on my starry card.
Simon Says stamp Monday Christmas to die for my sentiment is die cut
Rudolf DaysNovember

It is my last few days of making for Dotty's Christmas market where I will be selling my handmade cards and jewellery. Please spread the word to friends and family and if you are in the area do pop in and say hi...it would be lovely to see you. The address is 108 Carshalton High Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3AE and I will be there from 11am.


Thanks for visiting today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x