Tuesday, 4 October 2016

It's that wonderful time of the year

No I'm not talking about Christmas day but that one of my favourite Christmas challenges is back for 2016.  I was so delighted to see that Linda of The Funkie Junkie blog has started off her wonderful annual 12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style.  I have played along with this Christmas challenge for the last 3 years and it really is such a fun.  You can make anything crafty as long as it is Christmas themed and I use it to create 12 very unique Christmas cards. This year I though I  may even be making variations of my originals to sell in Dotty's Tearooms as I need an awful lot of my handmade cards.

If you would like to play along please check out her post here which gives all the details of the challenge requirements. You can also see her first tag. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you could even win one of the prize vouchers if you enter every week and complete all 12 tasks.

It certainly doesn't feel much like Christmas yet as we are still enjoying all the colours of Autumn at my beloved local ponds.

There is certainly a golden hue everywhere.
Linda's debut tag is gorgeous. I chose for my inspiration from it, the golden background stars, the music and the pine trees.

I know that in past years you have enjoyed seeing my process of how I make these cards so here goes. I chose to play with my Visible Image Winter wonderland set of stamps. This is such a great set for creating Winter scenes.
I decided to use Wendy Vecchi gold embossing paste and my Tim Holtz star stencil for creating my starry sky.
 I masked off a moon and started blending distress inks for my night sky.
 To add the music element I added Chipped Sapphire distress ink through my new Tim Holtz music stencil. I then stamped and embossed Santa and put him flying across the moon..........ready to delivery his presents.
I forgot to photograph the next part but I used green DIs to create a forest floor at the bottom of the card. I then stamped 2 of the largest Visible Image trees in the background.
I stamped a third tree using 2 colours of green archival ink and vaguely fussy cut it out.
 So then it was time to put everything together.

Below here is my finished card.  You can see that I added the Visible Image Go to Christmas words "from our home to yours" which I also embossed. I added a couple of Cheery Lynn snowflakes to finish everything off. I mounted my piece on a gold card blank, all ready for Dotty's. I am making these in 2s and I will share my other version at some point.

Ho Ho Ho!!

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

12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style  week 1
Cheery Lynn 1/2 anything goes I have used CL snowflakes
Pixie's Snippets playground #249 I used snippets of card for my snowflakes and for my fussy cut tree.
The Ribbon Girl 1/3 October any card
Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Christmas at Sweet stampin Christmas die cuts my snowflakes are die cuts.
Christmas card challenges #43

Thanks for visiting today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Sending you some of this lovely sunshine in case you are not getting any!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. hello jane! super card, luv the details and your sponging...thanks for sharing! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  2. Such a fabulous card! You have created a wonderful scene! Thank you for sharing with us at the Ribbon Girl, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  3. Oh wow-This is a fabulous card. I love that you showed the step by step approach. You are so very talented and I love your pictures too.

  4. this is absolutely fabulous Jane - I adore what you have done! I may have to start joining in with this challenge but I won't finish this year - so maybe not! Love your photos too! Hugs rachel x

  5. Having seen this irl I know how gorgeous it looks and how professionally it has been made. A great card for Dotty's Jane, both this and any variations will be a great hit I'm sure xxx

  6. Super festive design Jane and hard to believe it's the start of your Funkie junkie designs. Where does the time go ! Great photos too.
    Julie x

  7. Ahem well as you know, I'm not one for C this early ( and I know that you know that I'm going to say that) but I do know you need stock for the shop.....sooooo I'm going to forgive you! ;) I must say your trees are fabulous!!!
    October has been so lovely so far, its making the transition into autumn very pleasant!
    Enjoy the rest of your week my friend,
    V x

  8. Wow, Jane, you first make of the challenge is sensational! I love everything about it - the stars, the moon and the Santa silhouette are fantastic. The Concerto stencil and the trees are equally as wonderful. I do agree it's hard to get into the holiday groove with the lovely fall weather just getting started, but it will be Christmas before we know it so it's good to get started! I'm so delighted that you will be playing along with me again this year - WELCOME!


  9. BEAUTIFUL card and some stunning photo's too. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  10. What a lovely post Jane, I do love to see your local photos! And such a great card too - loads of work there I can see, with a brilliant result!

    Lovely to see you in the Playground, sorry for being late, I'm playing catch up right now!


    Di xx

  11. I always loved looking for Santa and his reindeer in the night sky when I was little. Great card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

  12. Beautifully done! I love those trees. Thanks for joining us at The Christmas Card Challenges!

  13. So beautiful Jane!
    Love the colors and texture!
    Great photos as well!

  14. Your photos are gorgeous and the card you made for Linda's challenge is wonderful. Lots of creativity here.

  15. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  16. Happy, happy, happy times ahead, Jane! Love your creation, and can't wait the others you'll make during this season! I also have started to think about the stockings for this year - Christmas really is just around the corner!

    Happy creating!


  17. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges this week and good luck!
    Monica - CCC DT

  18. A gorgeous Christmas scene. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. Tracey x

  19. A beauty! I love the christmassy scene you created Jane!

  20. Very bright and happy take here! Lovely layering and color choices. Hugs, Autumn

  21. Beautiful Christmas card with so many details. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

  22. Hi Jane,
    Love your Christmas card my Friend!

  23. Love your take on Linda's first tag - the green trees look so fresh, and I love the sleigh silhouetted against the sparkly stars. I’ve just posted my first F.J. tag, which means I’ve now got to do 12 tags in 12 days… I’m hoping it will get me back in the swing of things after so many months away from my craft room.
    Alison x


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