Friday, 25 October 2013

Funkie Junkie's 4th tag of Christmas, with a Jane's Journal twist.

I am really having fun with this challenge and it seems that you are all enjoying seeing my takes on Linda's great tags. Today I am here with number 4 and if you would like to see Linda's tag, have a look at the link here. It is not too late to join in with the 12 tags of Christmas and The Funkie Junkie boutique is sponsoring the challenge with some great prizes too.

The inspiration I took from Linda's tag was the hessian/sacking (Americans call this burlap), the gingham ribbon, the paper poinsettia  and the touch of metal she added with the bead caps. I recently won a craft voucher and had bought some burlap which I had not yet used so I got it out and added some vintage walnut distress ink to give it some colour. I also recently won some paper from Bearly Mine so I printed one up which I used as the backing paper for my card. I wanted to use a really Christmas red for my card. Here it is

Here is the burlap in close up where I have tied a snowflake metal charm on with string and added some pretty red gingham ribbon

I finished the bottom corner off with a LOTV Christmas tag and a Whimsy Notable.

The poinsettia is a Marianne die as is the pine leaf. You can see the detail of the pretty paper too which also features poinsettia on it.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #4 tag
Allsorts ribbons and bows
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas peace
Crafts to Challenge you Christmas festivities and what it means to me This card is a mixture of getting ready to decorate the tree and also the sacking makes me think of the old Christmas sacks we had for our parcels. Just the smell of it evokes this. The red gingham also makes me remember wrapping up Christmas parcels and tying them with red gingham ribbon, there is something quite timeless about this. And always there would be Christmas music on the radio or TV.
Bunny Zoe  Ribbons
Ladybug Crafts Ink anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey anything goes
A Creative Romance add metal
Winter Wonderland check this out I have checks on my ribbon and there are checks in my hessian.
Rhedd and Rosie anything goes

I am in the process of making tag #5 so I have nearly caught up ;0)

I also bought something the other day which I have been meaning to buy every year for such a long time and only when I see them in flower do I regret not doing so.......

yes an Amaryllis. I grew one of these when I was first married and it was spectacular. Ever since then I have always left it too late to plant to have them in flower around Christmas/New Year.  The instructions said "just add water" and they weren't joking
The bulb is already potted in the soil and I did "just add water"
I shall be taking some photos as this beauty starts to grow. Even after a couple of days on the kitchen side the shoot is already starting to look slightly green..isn't nature just much potential just waiting to burst into life.

Thanks for stopping by and in case you have missed him recently Billy wanted to say hello, it was a warm sunny day yesterday and I snapped him sitting relaxing.

Another week has flown by and we are off to a Silver Wedding/50th birthday party. It is near Canterbury so we plan to have lunch there. Canterbury is one of my favourite UK cities and yes I will pack my camera ;0) Have a lovely weekend whether you are crafting, relaxing or visiting. For those in the UK let's hope these gale force winds which have been forecast don't materialise. Fingers crossed.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Just passing by with my c&p system still taking the strain to have a peek what you are up to and wish you a lovely weekend.

    B x

  2. I do like a bit if hessian, I think it always gives a lovely rustic feel!
    Amaryllis are just fantastic plants, it's been a couple of years since I've had one!
    Wishing you wonderful weekend, have fun and hi to Billy! :)
    V xxx

  3. I love the vibrant red on your card - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 147 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for October - I'd love to see it there too. x

  4. Hi Jane, That is going to be a gorgeous Amaryllis, the shade is just lovely. They are such fun to watch grow, I love them! Good for you and getting it planted : )
    Your weekend sounds very special, enjoy. I'm thinking of you, almost Nana!!!!

  5. Stunning card Jane and so good to know what burlap actually means - I must be a bit behind the times! Love the look of your amyryllis too - haven't frown one for years - must look out for one! Hugs rachel xx

  6. Have fun at the anniversary party, sounds wonderful! Love the tag! I also wish I'd forced bulbs when I see everyone with them in their holiday posts. :-) We're having fun at the beach for a few more days.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Hi Jane, Love all of the colors and textures in this newest tag. Very pretty....Can't wait to see your amaryllis in bloom. My parents have one at Christmastime.
    Have fun celebrating.....

    Anne x
    PlumCreek Studio

  8. Such a great make, full of fabulous embellishments, really bright and colourful and very seasonal.

    I love Amarylis too...not been lucky to have any of mine flower the following I treat myself to a new one each time.

    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd & Rosie's challenge blog x

  9. Another fabulous take on Linda's tags, a brilliant design and fabulous colours. Say hello to Billy and have a great time in Canterbury.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  10. beautiful depth on this card and love the added checked bows, thanks for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  11. Gorgeous card Jane, I love how the embellishments match the background papers so well. Someone is going to be a lucky recepient.
    Have a great weekend
    Donna xx

  12. Gorgeous make, love the colours.

    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie Challenge Blog.

    Moira DT xx

  13. I can tell there is a lot of love that goes into the making of your cards Jane, well done!

  14. Lovely, lovely. I like the photo of your daughter too. You must be so excited at the prospect of your new grandbaby. I'm sure we'll get to see plenty of pics of the new arrival :)

  15. Gorgeous reds (my favorite color) - this card is a real treat for the eyes! Wonderful texture with all the burlap and die cuts and I love how you added the Jingle Bells sheet music. It leads a lovely vintage feel to it. Terrific take on Tag #4. So happy to have you continuing to play along!


  16. Me again Jane - just popping back to say thanks for linking it to Crafts-Too Challenge You 'What Christmas means to You' theme.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  17. Stunning card Jane. So many details. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week. x

  18. Gorgeous and so seasonal.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with our 18th Challenge at Rhedd and Rosies Challenge Blog.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (DT Member)

  19. Gorgeous Christmas card. Love the colors and textures. Thanks for playing along in our "Anything Goes" challenge at PCJ and good luck. Hugs, Gale DT


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