Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A taste of winter

We certainly had a taste of winter here in the south at the weekend. I woke up to sleet and this sight greeted me and Billy as I opened the back door.
 Billy ran down to my studio veranda and then decided to come straight back to the warm.
On Sunday it was crisp and bright and I loved seeing the patterns on the leaves.

 There are lots of berries around for the birds.
It was too cold to work in my studio so I decided to make a less inky card for my next Funkie Junkie card and I also wanted to enter a few other challenges.
I am still a week behind, this is Linda's week 8 tag here

 For those of you who are new to Linda's challenge you can read all the rules of it here. In a nutshell you use her weekly tag for inspiration and you can create anything crafty and as long as all 12 projects are completed by 22 Dec. You also have a chance to win one of her generous prizes. I was lucky enough to win $25 dollars last year  to spend in her wonderful on line boutique which sponsors the challenge. Do have a look here at her shop, her stock is enormous and her prices really keen.

I choose to use the challenge to create 12 special Christmas cards.

I was inspired by the die cut ornaments she used, the gingham paper, the holly leaves and the pennant paper strips . Here is my take on her tag.

I recently won some new LOTV  fun little robin stamps and I thought one would sit well inside the die cut ornaments which I own. I had fun colouring  them with distress inks and then cut 1 out. I can use the other for some more Christmas cards
 I made my backing card using archival ink through a holly stencil and then added some distress inks.
 I have lots of snippets of paper in my Christmas stash and thought the pennants are a great way to use a few up
 I chose these 3 as I like the holly and tree details. You can also see my Marianne bouble die cuts above which I cut in mirror card.
 Here we go.
 I also used some gingham ribbon and made 3 bows

Then it was time to put on my creative hat...I had several goes at the layout and this is my final card.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

                                           The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas 2015 #8
Pixies' snippets playground 2/3  #204 I used a snippet of card for my holly and a snippet of ribbon.
Noor UK anything goes
As you like it favourite season and why 3/3 mine is winter for the single reason that it includes Christmas which is just my favourite celebration.
                                                             Bunny Zoe 3/3 sparkle
                                        That Craft Place 1/3anything goes mixed media
                    The Craft Barn snowflakes there are snowflakes on my glitter die cut sentiment.
                                                Sparkles 2/3 Christmas decorations
                                                 Mixed media world anything goes
                                             Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
                         Simon says stamps work it Wednesday 1/3 holiday/Christmas card
               Papertake Weekly take your pick I chose 3 of the themes; the red/green colour option and used both,the bauble shape and there is also some glitter here!

Thanks so much for visiting me here today and for taking the time to leave your comments. I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to my latest followers, it's great to see you here.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Soooooo pretty Jane, I love those little robins!!!
    Your frosty plant pics are beautiful but I think Billy has the right idea!!!
    Happy Wednesday and stay warm my friend,
    V xx

  2. Hello dear jane,

    yes, I think Winter has come all of a sudden.
    Your card is beautiful and I always have a soft spot for little birds!

  3. Wow, you have snow and gorgeous cards on the make.. bravo and enjoy your crafty time. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. great photos Jane - lovely work too - I love your card takes on Lindas tags - so clever! Hugs rachel x

  5. Super photos Jane - and what a great card. Lovely to see how you went about making it too! And such a super result, genius!


    Di xx

  6. Beautiful card Jane! I just love all the metallics on a holiday card, nothing more festive than glimmer and shimmer!! Great photos today! Billy had the right idea looks like. We haven't had a good frost yet but your close ups of the frosted leaves is really making me cross my fingers for some cold weather! hugs to you :)

  7. Your card is gorgeous Jane, very festive, just like the weather!
    Alison x

  8. Super festive snippets! Love your card .
    Hugs, Sarn x

  9. Well you certainly are a busy bee or should I say a Rocking Robin! I always enjoy your pictures Jane!
    Sandy xx

  10. Loving the LOTV stamps and your Christmas card design is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in the challenge at That Craft Place and good luck.
    Julie x

  11. It certainly has been a wintry week! I enjoyed seeing your wintry pictures and I think Billy is very wise! Your card is lovely and the little robins are super cute. Keep cosy.
    Helen xox

  12. This is just the cutest card ever and just perfect for our challenge over at
    Sparkles Christmas Challenge " Christmas Decorations” good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  13. just love all the colours you have used on your card, your hand made baubles are so fab and your card surely is gorgeous, thank you for sharing your card with us this month hope to see you next time n good luck..
    Hugs Babs Sparkles Christmas DT Member x

  14. Beautiful card!! The ornaments are so pretty. This would be a great entry over at Emerald Creek Dares Challenge! :)

  15. Gorgeous Christmas patterns and ornaments beautifully layered. LOVE it. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes!
    Gayatri xx

  16. Lovely, lovely card and great photos!! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  17. I love how this has come together and that image fits the bauble beautifully

    Thanks for playing along at Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month x

  18. Oh that is fabulous!!! I always go into a trance when you show your backyard photos. I love to take it all in and your precious kitty. Your card is sensational!!!! Also, where on earth did you find that large supply of gingham ribbon. I have been on the hunt in stores locally and it's almost like they've banned it. I can't find it anywhere and I thought it was a traditional holiday staple to be found everywhere....nuts!!
    Anywho...LOVE your take on the latest tag.
    Big hugs,
    Lisa x

  19. A gorgeous design and the traditional colours with touches of sparkle and shine are lovely :-)
    Thanks for joining in our challenge at As You Like It!
    Hugs, Kat x

  20. Dear Jane, you have so much beautiful photos in your latest posts! That frost looks fantastic but it's not nice for Billy. Kittens enjoy being outside but this looks too cold. Your new cards and Christmas calendars are also really beautiful! I wish you lovely December! Give hugs to Billy! x Teje

  21. Lovely frosty pictures - and fabulous little ornaments on your card - so creative and so sweet.
    Alison xx

  22. This is absolutely fabulous! Your ornaments are gorgeous and I just love the way you hung them on the banners. Beautiful jeweled snowflakes and that pop of red gingham just ties it all together for me Awesome work, Jane!



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