Thursday, 13 December 2012

Crackers for Christmas 2012

Brrrrr the freezing weather has continued all week and the temperatures have barely risen above 0c. Only 12 days to go now....

If you have been reading Jane's Journal from the beginning you will remember that 2 years ago I did a little tutorial for making crackers. If you want to see it again you will find it here.
As usual I make my crackers to match the Christmas Serviettes which this year are these pretty ones.

I have also made a slight modification to my cracker design. I tried it last year and it worked well enough to use permanently. Instead of using toilet rolls for the insides I now use kitchen rolls as they are slightly wider in diameter and it gives me more choice of the cracker present I can put inside.

I cut one third off the length of the kitchen roll to be used as the "body" and use 2 full length kitchen roll to wind the inner layer of crepe paper.

I chose white for the inside layer..................................

and a festive green on the outside.
I used some Baker's twine to tie off the ends.

Here they are plain and ready to decorate.

I found some pretty Christmas papers which I cut snowflakes out of using my punch. I used some real bells as decoration and finished them off with a festive greeting.
One of them is always left with an end open as that is my cracker, ready for my Hb to fill ;0)

This is a close up of the decorations.
and here they are all lined up and ready for my Christmas dinner table. They are always a fun addition of Christmas day. The jokes always make us are a couple from last year to share with you;

Why does Santa have 3 gardens?  So that he can ho, ho, ho
When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? In the dictionary
What song do you sing to a snowman? Freeze a jolly good fellow.

Tee hee ;0)

Today's card challenge is continuing with the very festive red and green of my crackers and is this card.

This sweet snowman stamp is made by Stampendous. It was coloured using Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils. I added some Decor glue gel as snow. The tags are Lili of the Valley and the tickets is by Whimsy Stamps. A green holly die cut and a bright red ribbon finished it off. It is for sale here in my Etsy shop If you live in the UK there is still time to buy, I post First Class and this will arrive in 2 working days from your payment.

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

I Love Promarkers One for the boys
ABC Christmas Y is for your favourite die/punch This holly die cut (I think it is a Marianne) is my current favourite.
Divas by Design Use some red #65
Crafts and Me No blue #114
Crafting for all Season's Green and red with glitter #42
Simon Says Stamp What's your favourite tool/product/stamp my favourite are these really fab LOTV  tag stamps. I have used them soooo much this Christmas
Charizma Cards Christmas Makes
Penny Black Allsorts It's your choice
Visible Image Christmas
Emma's Crafty Challenge Let it Snow

I'm off soon for a final pre Christmas Nero lunch with my dearest  BF Karen today. We always have so much to catch up on and so little time. I will then get my final few pressies. I have started my wrapping and made some of my own paper and tags too, I will be back to show that too soon. Billy says that he is also sooooo busy at the moment and would like to thank you all for his comments on his blog post here. I think this photo of him today shows just how busy he is ;0)

Oh to be a cat at Christmas,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Caroline said...

Love the crackers Jane and the card is fabulous. Love the photo. Caroline xxx

Jane said...

Thanks for all the love Carolin ;0)
Jane x

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Wow, love your crackers, you will have fun pulling those !
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week.


Jo x

Jane said...

Thanks Jo they are always such fun at the dinner table and the worse the jokes the better!
Jane x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Good Morning Jane, At least it is morning here and very early! Love your crackers, so much fun to see how you make them. (I will ck out your other post) What's inside? Surprise for all!! I hope your's has something sparkly in it. Have a great lunch with lots of laughter.
Love the snowman card and all the tags. The snowmen are dressed up so fashionably!
Happy December 13th Jane!
Have to open up my advent window now : )

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Haha I'm laughing at Billy, I have Polly in the house lying under a table at the moment and she's as busy as Billy is!! ;)
Great crackers as always Jane and I think you have matched them perfectly to your serviettes. I wonder what's inside!! :)
Lovely card, lovely festive colours.
Enjoy your lunch,
V xxx

Caz said...

Hi Jane
I'm sorry I've haven't popped by sooner, but things have been a bit mental recently. My beautiful bag charm arrived last weekend, it's absolutely gorgeous and my daughter bought me a bag for my birthday, so it now has a nice new home.
Love your crackers and the beautiful card you made.
Billy looks positively squishable!
Lots of love, hope you have a fab Christmas.
Caz x

anneldt said...

Have a great day off and lunch with your friend.

Love the card and homemade crackers. Are those the napkins from Millie?

Billy looks soooo relaxed.

Happy counting down to you, Jane

Jane said...

There are some fun goodies in there Robin. Just on the bus home from meeting Karen..such fun and lots of chat.
Jane x

Jane said...

He is such a hoot Vivienne and so gentle. Don't you just love cats! Enjoy your evening.

Jane said...

I'm delighted you like your giveaway win Caz and hope you were spoilt for your birthday.
Jane x

Jane said...

You have a good memory Anne...yes I think they are. I had a lovely lunch thank you..on route home as I type this.
Jane x

Wendy Fraser said...

Such a lovely card, fab image and I love the sentiment tags. Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers xx

Mia said...

Dear Jane,

I love your crackers, and the bigger-roll = bigger treats is fantastic too! And those jokes... still smiling here :)

And your card is fantastic once again, those snowmen just melt my heart!

Kiss that busy-boy ;) for me again, and happy 13rd!


Jane said...

Thanks Wendy,
Jane x

Jane said...

Yes bigger and better Mia.....the 2012 version..I can remember the post I shared with you 2 years quickly that time goes. Happy 13th my dear..we are racing along now,
Jane x

Beth said...

Hi Jane, loving your crackers again this year, so nice to see how well they match your napkins (I do like the little bells). You sound very organised, I still have much to do but am battling the flu yet again, hopefully I can catch up over the weekend. Bethx (thelinencat)

Lisa Carroll said...

Such gorgeous, festive crackers, and that card is beautiful! Stunnig coloring. :) Thanks for joining us in the "What's Your Favorite?" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xx

Jane said...

I do hope you get well soon Beth, there is SO much around, my poor Hb was ill last week and even missed his firm's party ;0( Always good to see you here,
Jane x

Jane said...

You're very kind Lisa, thanks so much,
Jane x

by Teresa said...

What wonderful crackers you have! Do you know I've never had one even once in my life? Someday I need to have one just to try it. Billy is adorable!
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*M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Teje Karjalainen said...

Wonderful crackers, Jane! I wonder what you have hidden inside?! Billy seems to enjoy all the Christmas preparing! I love your new card with those snowmen!
Happy weekend! x Teje

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

great crackers!!! Thank you so much for joining us gals at Charisma!

brenda said...

Fabulous crackers Jane, especially like the seasonal green tied with the Bakers twine. Great cards as well.

Thanks so much to joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

B x

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful crackers, Jane! and the jingle bells are the perfect finishing touch! Your card is so festive and cheery too. How funny Billy the way I've only just caught up and read the post he wrote....well done, Billy!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Helen x

Jane said...

Teresa you are missing a treat ;0)
Jane x

Jane said...

They are all very relevant to each recipient Teje, that is the beauty of making your own!
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting Vanessa,
Jane x

Jane said...

I usually use curling ribbon Brenda but I thought the twine looked very festive. Thanks for visiting,
Jane x

Jane said...

They will jingle all the way Helen...not long now. Enjoy the weekend,
Jane x

Zw@@n said...

Great card, Jane. The image is so adorable. Love the traditional colours and the cute labels. Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

Jane said...

Thank you Wilma,
Jane x

Molecraft said...

Fabulous crackers and love your gorgeous card...thanks for joining us at Divas! Love your kitty too!
Helen x

Jane said...

Thanks Helen, Billy sends you a big purr :-)
Jane x

Jan Ltc said...

This is a great post TFS & thanks for joining us at CFAS xx Jan

Vee said...

Such a lovely Christmas design. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee

cbee said...

Wow! Great Christmas projects - so beautiful!! Thanks for taking part in our challenge over at Visible Image!

jane stillman said...

Love the crackers and card, thank you for joining in Emma's crafty challenge, good luck

Donna Ellis said...

Billy couldn't be any happier, could he? adorable kitties. Your crackers look fabulous, especially with the little bells - very festive. I love your card with the vertical lines and panels - looks great in the colors you've selected!

Claudia said...

Great project! Thank you for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz Challenge and good luck!



Rose said...

Jane, your brightly colored snowmen look fabulous on this fun and colorful Christmas card. Love your crackers too! So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps digi team's "Why So Blue? = No Blues Allowed!" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

Helen said...

Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Merry Christmas!
Helen x

Samantha said...

Awesome crackers and Love your card too, those jokes are so great too!
Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge this time,
hugs Samantha

Avril Ann said...

Awesome crackers Jane, just love them, and what a fabulous cat, he looks so playful, thank you for joining us at Emma's Crafty Challenge this month, good luck hun xxxx

susiestacey said...

Great card and love you home made crackers too.
Thank you for joining the Its Your Choice challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

Carol said...

Love your card and your crackers (the bells are gorgeous). Thanks for joining us at CFAS this time. Carol DT x