Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Last days of October

Yes we are very nearly at Halloween and the clocks go back on Saturday night but the sun is still shining around here. These gulls perched on the chain down at the ponds made me smile

There are still lots of leaves on the trees and some are still very green.

 and there is a lone swan keeping the ducks and geese company on the ponds.
Despite it being nearly Halloween I have another Christmas card to share before my final spooky creations for this year. I have got my 4th Funkie Junkie Christmas card under my belt.

If you would like to play along with this fun Christmas challenge please check out Linda's post here which gives all the details of the challenge requirements. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you could even win one of the prize vouchers if you complete all 12 weeks.

For week 4 I was inspired by the poinsettia and the tartan strip on Linda's tag. I decided to make a master board which I can use it for a few of my Christmas card stash for Dotty's. I found some tartan DP in my stash and used my Tim Hotlz poinsettia stencil

I chose some neutral DIs for my background colours

and spritzed some with water and dipped my card.
 I chose Candied Apple DI for the stencilling.

Here is my finished master board. After I took this photo I added some gold spray to it too. I was then able to cut it up into several pieces
I then had a play with some designs and below is the one I am sharing today.
The candle and poinsettia die cuts are Marianne. I added some ribbon from my stash. The sentiment is ancient from a little "The Snowman" set I bought a few years back but I love it.

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #4
Simon says stamp anything goes
Rudolf Days October
Sweet stampin 1/3 favourite colour combo I really love the traditional reds and green on Christmas cards.
ABC Christmas V for vertical
Crimbo Crackers die cuts
Crafty Hazelnut use a sentiment

I will be back very soon with something spooky...until then,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. lovely autumnal pics Jane, it certainly has been a lovely October.
    Your card is very pretty, its hard to beat the traditional colours, they always look good!
    Have a lovely evening,
    V x

  2. It has been a lovely autumn...can't believe we are nearly in November though! Your festive card is looks great...I especially like the red and white effect background with all the texture...lovely!
    Helen xox

  3. Hello Dear Jane,

    Your post and beautiful pictures really do capture the atmosphere!
    Love your card and you are giving me ideas with that fabulous background of yours!


  4. your pics...there is still a lot of green here as well. I remember all the leaves being off by this point. Love your card! It is a great homage to her tag. Love the background.

  5. A beautiful card and great background that you've created too. Love your Autumnal photos, can't believe how mild it's been so far this year. Hope we don't pay for it later.

    Sue xx

  6. Fabulous stencil work to make this colourful card.

  7. Loving your inky background, suits your embellishments so well.
    Julie x

  8. Jane this is lovely, I think I now need this stencil, and the sentiment is perfect! xx

  9. Beautiful photos. Love your master board and the lovely card

  10. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Lisa

  11. What beautiful photos and your card is simply fabulous like everything you make Jane
    Love it
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph day Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  12. Ohh, Jane, your poinsettia master board came out fabulous. LOVE it (red being my favorite color). It has made a lovely card. The candle and poinsettia die cuts are the perfect embellishments. Another beautifully designed card! So happy to have you back for Week #4.


  13. What a beautiful card! I love the master board and the sketch you used on your final card. Lovely!

  14. Hi Jane, a stunning backdrop for your card, the large sheet looks so dramatic, have a great weekend... Megan

  15. So pretty for Christmas -- as usual I really enjoyed your pictures.
    Sandy xx

  16. beautiful photos! and i love this inky card!! Thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

  17. Just beautiful. So sorry I'm late in visiting. Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin'. Cara DT x

  18. Very pretty card. All those layers really make the poinsettias pop. Sorry I am so late for commenting but thanks for playing along with the Rudolph Days challenge.

  19. Hi Jane, I'm having a bit of catch up with your recent posts!! One of my fave. Christmas sayings/sentiments. Lovely to see you on ig.
    Happy Weekend.
    Anne and company xx

  20. What a stunning card Jane! I love your poinsettia masterboard!
    Great photos too, I can't believe how warm it was just a few days ago. It's definitely Novemberish now, just in time for Guy Fawkes!
    Alison x

  21. What a gorgeous background! Beautiful combination. Hugs, Autumn

  22. So beautiful pictures, Jane,

    Love the swan! October just rushed by, and now we're getting close to... C! What a beautiful card, happy creating!


  23. Love your take on tag 4 - those stencilled poinsettias look fabulous with the golden splatter - just lovely.
    Alison x


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