Friday, 27 November 2015

Late autumn walking

On Sunday I took Bear out for a few walks as we were minding him for the weekend. Luckily for him I love walking so I took my camera and set off for the park, where a couple of months ago we went collecting conkers with Daisy Jane. If you missed that post you can read it here

The trees look so different now that they have dropped all but the last stragglers of their leaves. They are still so beautiful. Silent giants.

 The dropped leaves provide lots of good nutrients to the soil, Mother Nature has a few million years on us re recycling!
I also noticed that very near to my house on the local green they have put up a few little Christmas lights.....I am delighted. Occasionally we have them down at the ponds but never so near...they must know that I am Mrs. Christmas

and speaking of my beloved ponds we spied a lone swan. I loved the shadows of the branches in the water. 

We had some lovely walks.

So my card today is a Christmas card based on a walk to Church but a more vintage walk....I found this great digi on the Graphic Fairy's web site and made it into a festive card with lots of branches, all laden with snow...............
 I've added lots of "greenery" with various leaf die cuts and some snowtex and Glamour dust for extra sparkle. The deer is Memory box,

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

Memory Box glitter
Pixies' snippets playground 3/3  #204 I used lots of snippets of card for my die cute and a tiny snippet of twine too,
 The Craft Barn snowflakes there are snowflakes on my glitter die cut sentiment.
Noor UK anything goes
Rudolph day's anything Christmas
Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Simon says stamps work it Wednesday 1/3 holiday/Christmas 
Papertake Weekly take your pick I chose the technique theme, glitter it up
Country View the colour blue I have used the colour blue for my backing paper

Now this card also gives a clue as to where I am heading for the involves deer and woods and Christmas and who knows there could even be snow..even if it's the pretend stuff. Daisy also has an appointment with the man in the red suit too.........I will be back on next week to share it with you ;0)

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to write those lists.....Christmas is only 4 weeks away today....I can smell that turkey cooking now.............mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A taste of winter

We certainly had a taste of winter here in the south at the weekend. I woke up to sleet and this sight greeted me and Billy as I opened the back door.
 Billy ran down to my studio veranda and then decided to come straight back to the warm.
On Sunday it was crisp and bright and I loved seeing the patterns on the leaves.

 There are lots of berries around for the birds.
It was too cold to work in my studio so I decided to make a less inky card for my next Funkie Junkie card and I also wanted to enter a few other challenges.
I am still a week behind, this is Linda's week 8 tag here

 For those of you who are new to Linda's challenge you can read all the rules of it here. In a nutshell you use her weekly tag for inspiration and you can create anything crafty and as long as all 12 projects are completed by 22 Dec. You also have a chance to win one of her generous prizes. I was lucky enough to win $25 dollars last year  to spend in her wonderful on line boutique which sponsors the challenge. Do have a look here at her shop, her stock is enormous and her prices really keen.

I choose to use the challenge to create 12 special Christmas cards.

I was inspired by the die cut ornaments she used, the gingham paper, the holly leaves and the pennant paper strips . Here is my take on her tag.

I recently won some new LOTV  fun little robin stamps and I thought one would sit well inside the die cut ornaments which I own. I had fun colouring  them with distress inks and then cut 1 out. I can use the other for some more Christmas cards
 I made my backing card using archival ink through a holly stencil and then added some distress inks.
 I have lots of snippets of paper in my Christmas stash and thought the pennants are a great way to use a few up
 I chose these 3 as I like the holly and tree details. You can also see my Marianne bouble die cuts above which I cut in mirror card.
 Here we go.
 I also used some gingham ribbon and made 3 bows

Then it was time to put on my creative hat...I had several goes at the layout and this is my final card.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

                                           The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas 2015 #8
Pixies' snippets playground 2/3  #204 I used a snippet of card for my holly and a snippet of ribbon.
Noor UK anything goes
As you like it favourite season and why 3/3 mine is winter for the single reason that it includes Christmas which is just my favourite celebration.
                                                             Bunny Zoe 3/3 sparkle
                                        That Craft Place 1/3anything goes mixed media
                    The Craft Barn snowflakes there are snowflakes on my glitter die cut sentiment.
                                                Sparkles 2/3 Christmas decorations
                                                 Mixed media world anything goes
                                             Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
                         Simon says stamps work it Wednesday 1/3 holiday/Christmas card
               Papertake Weekly take your pick I chose 3 of the themes; the red/green colour option and used both,the bauble shape and there is also some glitter here!

Thanks so much for visiting me here today and for taking the time to leave your comments. I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to my latest followers, it's great to see you here.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Christmas lists are being written

I have now had 2 Christmas shopping trips and have managed to make a small dent in my presents to buy list. Luckily our family is small and I don't have too many people to buy for. I had a fun and successful shop on Thursday with my dear friend Karen.

We met for lunch and I always enjoy seeing the decorations that the shopping centres put up for Christmas.
 We always have  real trees at home but it's fun seeing the artificial ones in lots of bright colours.

I  really liked the lights around the escalators in House of Fraser
and this wintry look in their basement.
I managed to tick off quite a few presents from my list ;0)

My card today is inspired by my trip and the rather non traditional Christmas colours I saw. I used my Visible Image trees stamps. I inked a backing with distress inks. The snowy foreground I embossed and the die cut is Cheery Lynn. I added some Frantage to give a snowy effect and a snowy ribbon.

and a close up.
I'm not a pink girl at all but I rather like this one.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Cheery Lynn anything goes
The Craft Barn snowflakes
Pixies' snippets playground 1/3  #204 I used a snippet of card for my holly and a snippet of ribbon. 
Simon says stamp Wednesday Christmas
Creative Inspirations 3/3 festive fun
Noor UK anything goes
As you like it favourite season and why 2/3 mine is winter for the single reason that it includes Christmas which is just my favourite celebration.
Papertake weekly let it snow
Inspiration Emporium mission embossable wet or dry embossing, mine is both wet and dry with this card
Bunny Zoe 2/3 sparkle
Emerald Faeries 3/3 Oh Christmas tree
Little Claire's 2/3  Christmas in white

We certainly got a taste of winter at the weekend, sleet and cold wind on Saturday but bright clear frosty mornings which suit me fine.  Keep warm and thanks for visiting today and leaving your kind comments.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x