Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Funkie Junkie's tags of Christmas week 5, Jane's Journal style

Welcome to November. The incredibly mild weather continues in the South of England and it does feel strange creating wintery snowy cards. Yesterday here in Surrey it reached 24c mid afternoon.This does mean though that I can keep working in my studio in the garden after work and also still see my pots in flower and the neighbours' trees in leaf. This false acacia is to the left of my studio and I just adore the colours of the leaves.

My acers are also looking beautiful

We have now reached week 5 of Linda of the Funkie Junkie's Christmas challenge. I am making 12 special Christmas cards.

Everyone is welcome to join in with The Funkie Junkie challenge which closes on 21st December by which time you need to have submitted all 12 creations using Linda's tags for inspiration. You can make anything at all. The full rules are over on her blog here . Linda offers 3 very generous prizes of gift vouchers to spend in her terrific on line shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Do have a look at the link here .

Her inspiration tag can be seen here. I was inspired by the great black die cut she used, the pewter and silver colours and also the twinkling stars.

 First I decided on my colours to make the backing card and blended these together.

For my twinkling stars I reached for my amazing Imagination Crafts Diamond sparkle medium. I used my Tim Holtz star stencil.
 The photo is very dark as it was taken in evening but those stars really do shine brightly.
I also made a sheet of card using the same ink colours but I daubed Pewter distress paint over it which gave a lovely subtle sheen. Adding some water made everything blend.
I used this sheet to cut out some festive shapes and also decided to try some black snowflakes too.
I wanted a large image in the centre of my card and found a deer which I had taken off a Christmas card last year. Us crafters are such thrifty souls aren't we. I decided to add some sparkle to it using silver embossing powder and a snowflake stamp.

It was then time to put on my creative hat...................................
and here is my finished card.

I had great fun cutting black icicles and holly leaves too. I continued the shine by adding diamond rhinestones to all the snowflakes.
A couple of close ups.

Perhaps I should call my reindeer Rudolph the diamond nosed reindeer? He would certainly shine out in a dark sky!

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

The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas #5
Bunny Zoe animals
 Crafty Card makers cut it out
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday anything goes
Party time Tuesdays anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut sparkle
We do doobadoo enhance your dies
Polkadoodles recycle it my deer is recycled from a Christmas card from last year.
Imagination crafts anything goes
Christmas cards all year round no patterned paper
The Artistic Stamper Christmas is coming
Bearly Mine Christmas cards
Emerald Faeries non traditional Christmas colours

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. your fall pictures looks like my n. Georgia ones

  2. Wow, that one photo of the maple up close was amazing! Your card is magnificent, as always.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Beautiful leaf colours, you have some lovely trees around you, Jane. I really like your Christmas card, it looks very stylish in those colours and I love deer designs! It has been so mild here too, that seeing our local garden centres filling up with all things Christmas does seem strange! Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

  4. Love seeing all of your beautiful cards Jane!

  5. Awesome tutorial on your creation, beautifully done, thanks for sharing, love the embossed deer. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~
    Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog
    {Denise's Patch of Creativity}
    {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge}

  6. It certainly has been the mildest Halloween that I can remember!!!
    Acers are so beautiful at this time of year.
    I really lovel what you did with the deer Jane, so clever!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend,
    V x

  7. Can't believe that's your fifth card already Jane, where does the time go.... I also see you now have the CL icicle die. Love your sophisticated colour palette and great step by step.
    Julie x

  8. The trees look lovely! What a nice treat for the beginning of November! Our weather forecast for tonight calls for an inch of (I hate to say the word) snow. And poor northern Maine is expecting 6"+.

    Your reindeer card came out beautifully! The color scheme is very elegant!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
    Jane T

  9. Hi Jane, Send some warmth this way!! It is freezing here; hoping for some warmer days soon.
    What a contrast between your green/red Christmas card.
    I love this sparkly deer.
    Happy weekend,
    Anne D.T. xx

  10. Hi Jane! Modern Rudolf should hava a diamond nose! I send wishes to Rovaniemi. Your card is fantastic! And what amazing colours out there! Have a lovely day! x teje

  11. Hello dear Jane,

    Lovely colors around you, love those red leaves - and it is November already! And that card is so beautiful, I especially love the reindeer's coloring!

    Have a wonderful November, and happy creating!


  12. How fun! Your reindeer silhouette is perfect and I love the beautiful snowflakes you have embossed on him. Lovely sparkle and shine on this card. So happy you played along with me again this week!


  13. Hi Sweet Jane, Oh i do love the Acers leaves, so beautiful, lacey and delicate! So nice to still see some colors. Loving your deer tag, so clever and wintery! Hope you have a great week ahead, xoRobin

  14. Your fall looks a lot like Ohio. Somehow I think my winters are worse though. Love the pattern on the reindeer.

  15. A fabulous festive make, I bet it's so sparkly IRL. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More. xx

  16. Good evening, Jane! We too had one of the mildest Halloween's I can remember, though it was perfect for all those little trick or treaters who came out in force - we counted over 40 visitors to our house!
    The leaves on your acer are looking wonderful and add a lovely splash of Autumnal colour - although there are still roses in bloom, in November!
    Your Funkie Junkie inspired card is just wonderful with all it's lovely textures, layers and pretty bling! Hugs, Lisa x

  17. Love your pictures and love your make! Thanks for joining in the current theme of 'Recycled' at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Yvonne (DT)

  18. Lovely festive creation - great job. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.
    CCM DT

  19. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 201 and also CCAYR November challenge - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x

  20. Beautiful thanks for joining us at polkadoodles challenge xxxx

  21. WOW - this is gorgeous and your recycled reindeer is amazing! Thanks for joining us for our Recycle It Polkadoodles Challenge

    Karon DT, Polkadoodles

  22. ooh wow fabulous card, great design, thanks for playing along with BEARLY-MINE this month x carol

  23. Oh my, your snowflake embossed deer is the prettiest! Such a lovely card.

  24. Beautiful card! It's good you saved the deer so it could be reused this year!

  25. Fabulous work! Thanks for playing with us at Bearly Mine this month x

  26. WOW this is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Recycle It Challenge
    XX Susan (Senior Design Team)

  27. What a gorgeous card you have made here. It fits our challenge this month well of “Christmas cards”. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team Leader)


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