Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Ladybug Crafts Ink Christmas Blog hop

Well this post is a real honour for me to write as I have been invited by my blogging buddy Kerry to be a Guest Designer on her Ladybug Crafts Ink  Christmas Blog hop, which showcases her new range of 6 Christmas digi stamps. This is a first for me! This new collection is called Snowman Delight and what a delight they are. I have known Kerry for nearly a year and we have so much in common including our darling daughters getting married within 2 months of one another. I really do class her as a great friend and I would like to thank her for inviting me to design a card with one of her wonderful new stamps. I was given the sweet "Snowman Chorus Delight" stamp which you can buy right now  here. They are only £1.75 each and can be instantly downloaded.

This hop runs for 2 weeks until Monday 24 September at 12pm (GMT) There are lots of super prizes to be won and if you would like to be "in it to win it" you will need to visit all the team taking part in the hop and leave a comment on each post. The winner will get all six images! There are also a 5 runners up prizes who will each win one of the new images. You need to leave a final comment on the main challenge blog saying which is your favourite image from this release...that is going to be a tough one! Winners will be chosen at random as long as you have commented on all the posts.  There is also a Card Challenge running at the same time, the randomly chosen winner  will win one of the new release. As always there will be a Top 3 to admire. Just use the photo above  as your inspiration and let you imagination run wild! You do not need to use a LCI stamp to enter the card challenge but if you do there is an extra prize ;0) All the details are on the main LCI blog page.

You should have arrived here via the lovely MARY J and the next on the hop after me is MICHELE Remember to leave a comment on every post to be counted in for the prizes!

This is the fun photo inspiration we were given ...

It will be interesting to see what this suggested to the other designers but to me my first thoughts were; butter cream, snow, bright scarves and a more subtle green than what I would call traditional "Christmas Green".

Below is my card.

I hope you like it..it was such fun to put together and the image is a real "delight" to colour.


and here is that sweet image in close up; Snowman Chorus, you can buy it now just click here . I coloured it using my Promarkers and highlighted with my Prismacolor pencils. I used Glamour Dust to add sparkle to their woolly hats and the snowy floor. I used a lovely gold card as matting, it looks like butter cream cakes to me!!

I added a few festive die cuts and some pearls and gems to add some sparkle. I had some fab lace in my stash as well as an unusual cloth ribbon with the festive greetings of "Merry Christmas". Although this is not my usual colour scheme I really liked the way it turned out and have even used the same scheme for some of my other Christmas cards.

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

Stampin for the Weekend Starting Christmas Early #17
Sparkles Christmas Challenge Sparkle and Bling #20
Ribbon Girl Just add pearls
The Ribbon Girl also has a ribbon giveaway here. They are featuring some new products...my favourite are those lovely silver butterflies...if I won them I would add them to one of my birthday cards. I LOVE butterfly embellies!
Make it Monday #106 Linky party
Dream Valley Something old/something new My old is the lace from my stash, the new is my new LCI digi stamp!
Christmas Card Challenges #41
The Squirrel and the Fox #26 anything goes
Bearly-Mine Challenges anything goes #52
Papertake Weekly Things that make you go...Awwww
Natalie and Amy new challenge blog anything goes

This is my last post for a week or so as tomorrow at 7am I will be jetting off on holiday with my Hb. I can't wait to get some late summer sunshine. Most of my regular blogger friends will recognize where I am off to but just to give you a taster....

Back  in a week or so ;0)

Thanks for hopping by on The Ladybug Crafts Ink  fabulicious blog hop! Remember that next person to visit is the lovely


If you get lost at all just hop back to the main Challenge blog which has all the details. Thanks so much for visiting Jane's Journal and good luck to everyone!

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. ooh so glad you found time to fit us in before your holiday ... as your card is gorgeous .. i just love all the die cuts .. a real wintry feel to your card and the ribbon is fab
    Lisa x

  2. So fun Jane - fab papers and love that layout!

    Have a great holiday too - we are off for some Florida sunshine in Oct - can't wait!

  3. Congratulations on your guest post Jane, you did an amazing job and your card is beautiful!! :)
    I love the ribbon!
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I'll 'see' you soon! Enjoy all that heat!
    V xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Gorgeous card Jane, love the snowmen image. Hope you have a fabulous holiday.
    Caz x

  5. A fabulous make for the Ladybugs Jane I can see why Kerry wanted you on board for the hop! I love your paper choice and lush snowflakes.
    Have a great holiday
    Hugs Laurie xx

  6. A fab image and I love your layout. Gorgeous card! Sarah x

    Spotted it on MIM!

  7. Fabulous card for this beautiful blog hop^_^
    And fantastic photos^_^
    Thanks for the chance to win fab images set^_^

  8. Adorable - I LOVE THAT RIBBON; cute, cute images - I'm loving all these snowmen/women!!

    See you in a week or so...I'm jealous!!

  9. That is one lovely card, Jane, just perfect! You know how I love snowmen (and everything else Christmassy!) so that's just so "me" - I love it!

    Have a wonderful week under the sun and get a fantastic tan and have great time with M!


  10. I love the carol singing snowmen!

  11. Well that was just the loveliest intro I've ever had Jane ...brought a real lump to my throat :-D I wondered which card you were going to post...both are fabtastic. I LOVE your coloring ... I must try shading with my Prismas after using Copics...it's such a lovely effect. The ribbon and lace compliment the overall look of your card. Fabulicious and thank you for being a wonderful GD. Hope you have a great holiday and look forward to seeing the pictures. xxxxxx

  12. wow fab card ...love the image and your colouring is orgeous
    have a happy holiday
    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  13. Oh how lucky are you going on holidays please will you bring back some lovely sun for us as l think we missed our summer here....lol Gorgeous card l like your image Snowmen Chorus and your colouring is beautiful, great use of Glamour dust l use this a lot on my cards and it just completes the finishing touches as it has done on your beautiful card too, more blog hopping to do x

  14. What a wonderful card and treat to read about your challenge! You did a FANTASTIC job with the digi stamps and your coloring make it sing! I can feel your excitement as you write this post about being asked to be a Guest Designer. It's no wonder Kerry asked you as your work is top-notch, Jane! And hooray for you and your hubby to get to enjoy some late summer holiday time...it looks completely restful and wonderful! YAY!! Thank you so much for your very sweet words at my place..you are so wonderful Jane! Have a fabulous time away!

  15. This is a fabulous card, great image, beutifully coloured and love all the die cuts.
    Have a great holiday.

    Kath x

  16. I just love this snowman chorus. So cute and you have made a gorgeous card with them. Hugs, Gale

  17. Hello Jane,
    Love your new card...as always you are so clever with your lovely designs and congratulations too on your guest post!...I have been taking a pic of my gorgeous bag charm today...it looks perfect on my vintage knitting bag that I always use in autumn/winter...thank you again Jane!
    Hope you have a lovely week enjoying the sunshine,
    Speak soon,
    Susan x

  18. Soak up some sun for me too. I hope you're having a wonderful trip. I like the idea of the blog hopping, and your card is beautiful :)

  19. Dear Jane, I just adore that card! You are so artistic and have great taste! Good luck on the competitions. And have a wonderful time on your holiday.. lucky girl! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  20. Jane your card is terrific, so cute! All the images are adorable it will be tough to pic one favorite! Have a great holiday!


  21. Fabulous cards!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

    Ps have a lovely holiday x

  22. Gorgeous card, fab images & I love the bling!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas challenge, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  23. Hi Jane
    A gorgeous and fabulous card thankyou for joining us this week at BEARLY MINE CHALLENGES
    Hugs Dianne xx

  24. gorgoeus card, love the image and fab papers. enjoy your hols xx

  25. Jane your card is gorgeous - the image is so cute.
    Hope you are having a fab holiday - you certainly chose the right week !! Hugs Susan Xx

  26. This is a great Christmas card - I love the merry Christmas ribbon.
    It looks like you're going to have a good holiday!

    Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For The Weekend for our Starting Christmas Early challenge.


    Julie x

  27. Gorgeous card. Love the wonderful die cuts that you have used. And wow what a view... so very different from Christmas cards lol

  28. Jane your card is beautiful and I hope you and your hubby have a fabulous holiday! mary G x

  29. Wonderful snowy (and tropical!) scenes!!

  30. Beautiful card - lovely coloring and I am as in love with the background as I am with the image!

  31. I saw your card on MIM its gorgeous I just love the cute snowmen and the background,the die cuts are fab .. enjoy your holiday X

  32. A beautiful christmas card and the image is so cute. Thanks for sharing with us at Dream valley and good luck.

  33. Such a fun card, Jane! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges!

  34. What a pretty card you have made. It fits the Bearly Mine Challenge this week well. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team) PS Hope you are enjoying your holiday Jane. It looks gorgeous wherever you are going

  35. Gorgeous card hunni & such beautiful detail too...

    Hope your having a great holiday & soaking in the sun!!
    hugs and xxx

  36. Jane, your Snowman Chorus Delight is fantastic! Love your golden and sparkling elements too! So glad you shared this beautiful card! TFS! Hugz, ~ Rose

  37. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #23, #109, and #213.
    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and Me and Myself on the Dark…

  38. Love your gorgeous card. The details and textures are fabulous! Thanks for sharing it and playing with us at CCC!

  39. Gorgeous card, I love the gold die cuts. Enjoy your holiday.
    Jo x

  40. gorgeous creation thanks so much for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

  41. Love the rustic twill and lace juxapositioned with glitter and gold. Wow!

  42. Congratulations on your guest post, Jane, your card is lovely...I especially like the twill ribbon with the words on :) Hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday!
    Helen x

  43. What a cute card Jane, I just love your choice of image and I hope your holiday is fab.

    Thanks so much for playing along with The Squirrel and The Fox, I hope to see you again soon!

    Linda xx

  44. love the cakes and card - yum, and enjoy your holiday! thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenges hugs Jess

  45. hello Jane.
    I'm your newest follower and I found you blog hopping over from Mary Js where she gives you a shout out.
    Well this is my first hello and I need to get back into your blog to browse some more and read posts to get to know you a little. As it is although I am reluctant to read about the big C still I must admire this gorgeous card. What a scrumptious Christmas feeling it produces.
    Do hope you have a lovely holiday and enjoy the sun :-)

    keep well


  46. Fab card, love the diecuts you have used!! Hope you have a lovely holiday x

  47. My goodness Jane, stunning, gorgeous, FABULOUS card!!!!! I love it! Sorry it's taken me so long to stop by, Julie.x

  48. Wow I love all the golden elements, they add so much to the card. I love those snowmen, they are so cute! I love it.

  49. Wonderful creation! I love how you've incorporated all those colours of Kerry's inspiration photo, including the soft gree tree. The ribbon and lace are also fabulous.

  50. Forgot to say enjoy your holidays. Don't know where you're going exactly, but the balcony does remind me of our (larger) kitchen terrace her on Crete LOL.

  51. Beautiful Card! Thank you for playing along at Natalie & Amy's Challenge!


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