Thursday, 27 November 2014

Winter colour

First of all I wanted to thank you all for the amazing reception you gave my Christmas configurations book I showed in my last post. I am so touched by your kind comments. I gave it to my son on Tuesday and he loved it. It has pride of place on his mantelpiece in his living room.

We finally had our first frost of the season on Monday and it was fun to see the leaves with their icy layer in the the garden.

Now that some cooler weather has arrived the trees are at last releasing their leaves and there are piles of golden leaves beneath them. It almost looks as though they have stepped out of their clothes.

The "skeletons" of the trees have started to appear. I always think they look like lungs with branching bronchioles!

and also reveal some secret empty nests. 
Even though the trees are losing their colour there are still some pretty flowers to be seen.
Winter flowering jasmine.....
and berberis.
The pretty viburnum is coming into flower

and some of my favourite berries at this time of the year are ripe and ready to feed the wild life...

holly, in traditional red

and orange
Yes it is only a few weeks until the first day of winter and the nights are starting so early. It is now getting dark at nearly 4pm.
Thanks goodness we have Christmas to look forward to,  it's just 4 weeks today...a beacon of light for keeping our spirits up during these dark, dismal days.

I thought I would share a bright cheerful card today to bring a little sparkle to my post. I was inspired by holly and the red of the berries and went for a very sweet Lili of the Valley stamp for my card.

I love this stamp,here it is in close up.

I coloured it using my Promakers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils. The holly leaves are Cheery Lynn and the candle die is by Marianne. The sentiment is also LOTV.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Lili of the Valley Merry Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper anything goes
The Artistic stamper Christmas is coming
Crafty Little Fairies not a square
Little Claire's shaped card
A creative romance something old my old is my stamp, bought last Christmas
Crafty boots stars
Crafty sentiments use die cuts
Party time Tuesday anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesdays anything goes
Creative Inspirations season's greetings

I also chose a cute image as we are looking forward to a super long weekend celebrating our SIL's 30th birthday at the Winter Wonderland at Centre Parcs, Longleat. We are so excited as on Sunday we will be taking Daisy to visit Father Christmas...ho ho ho. I hope to be able to schedule my Funkie Junkie card for Sunday, if I manage to get it made and photographed in time. Fingers crossed.

A very happy thanksgiving to all my friends across the pond, enjoy time with your loved ones,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Beautiful job on this shaped card and a great image!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge!! :)

  2. This is such a cute creation hun! Lovely photo's too. Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  3. Lovely photos Jane, there is lots of colour out there when you go out and look for it!
    Such a pretty little card too, I love that cute little image!
    Hmmmm you say just a few weeks until winter begins?? Winter begins next week, in a few weeks it will be over! ;)
    Have a great weekend my friend and enjoy Father Christmas....I do hope you've been a good girl. :)
    V x

  4. A lovely Christmas card with such a sweet image. Have a lovely weekend with your family.
    Julie x

  5. I loved seeing your tree and berry photos.. we have similar here, except we don't have those flowers. Pretty! I bet you're excited to see how Daisy reacts to Santa! She may not like him one little bit. LOL! Gorgeous card, my dear. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. so cute
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

  7. Beautiful, beautiful card design and so perfectly done. Love the image and how you have chosen to show case it and the colours are fabulously rich and festive. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  8. I love the LOTV image you've used. These little angels are so sweet looking and you've colored them beautifully! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments for our "Use Your Diecuts" challenge! Hugs, Gail

  9. Beautiful photographs and super sweet card. Lovely colouring and great design. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  10. Such a beautiful image Jane and fab your card design and great shape.
    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Crafty Little Fairies

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  11. Hello dear Jane,

    What a lovely card! And I wish you all had lovely time and Daisy met Santa and all... Sounds so lovely! Tomorrow is the first of December - time to start counting for real!!

    Have a lovely new week soon!


  12. Such a sweet card, Jane, so lovely and bright!

    Thanks for joining our Lili of the Valley 'Merry Christmas!' challenge!

    Good Luck!


    Erica x

  13. What a sweet image, love your coloring too. Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

  14. I love it so much when you show us around Jane! You're my favorite reporter! YOur card is adorable, I love that scene and appreciate your beautiful shading!! Thank You!

  15. Just a sweet card all round Jane !! Love all the little embellishments !! So glad you could play along with us at Little Claires !!

    hugs Diane xx

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