Monday, 21 November 2016

Life on the ponds

Thanks for all your lovely comments on swan pairing post. I spotted the reunited the love birds on my  last walk down to Dotty's. The cygnets were probably on the island as I couldn't see them and was in a bit of a hurry to go looking for them.

The swan pair are really sociable and followed me as I walked along the pathway.

Such majestic birds.
We also have a very friendly heron at the ponds and he was up out of the water quite happy to pose for some photos.

I have managed to get my November Tim Tag inspirations card made and decided again to make a Christmas card. Below is his tag and you can read his step by step on his blog here
I made a remnant rub resist background using festive remnant rubs.

 I then used some distress stains, including metallics to create my background. I added some vintage photo ink to the edges and distressed them.

I also stamped, coloured, textured and fussy cut out my my TH snowman using distress pens.

It was then time to assemble my card. I really like this one and I have squirrelled it away for my darling Hb for his Christmas card as I think he might like this one.😊
I added a holly brad, a die cut and a glittered shadow. I don't own any of Tim's thinlet letters so I left my card as it is...and actually I didn't want to cover any of my snowman up.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 November
Christmas at sweet stampin 2/2 anything goes
The Ribbon Girl 1/3 use any image
We love 2 create 1/2 anything mixed media
Pixie's snippets Playground #265 I used a snippet of glitter paper for my shadow and a snippet of card for my stamped snowman.
Craft Stamper take it make it 2/2 November anything goes
Penny Black and More 3/3Anything Christmas
Stamping sensations 3/3 Christmas greetings
Uniko Christmas

We had some storms and heavy rain over the weekend but thankfully no real damage around here. I hope everyone else in the UK fared OK? Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, I really enjoy reading them.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wonderful photos of those swans and the heron live in a very pretty area. I like your card and I am sure it will be well received!

  2. I love the photos Jane. You do live in such a gorgeous area!!
    Your card is amazing! You are so creative and you put so much detail into everything you do. Someone will snap this one up in a heartbeat, I'm sure!
    Mary Anne

  3. great card Thank you for joining in with The Ribbon Girl November 'use any image' challenge - good luck! Mary and I just love herons - your photos are lovely!

  4. Just a heads up Jane, but the CB challenge is specifying that you can you can only use purple, turquoise and green as well as bling. xx

    1. Thanks so much...I only read the bling bit! I have deleted my card and removed the CB challenge from my list. Hugs xx

  5. What a great card. So artistic and well done! Thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for our Anything Goes With Christmas challenge. --Gail

  6. This is such a great looking card. Love the background and it is a perfect man card since there is no pink and frills. Your hubby will love it. Love the swans and the heron looks so majestic and then I giggled when I saw its feet:)

  7. Wow.. how lucky you are to have gotten that close to the magnificent swans! Our Tundra swans are back in the lake not far from here so I will go and try to take some photos. You card is MAGNIFIQUE! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Hi Jane! Oh my gosh, your swan photos are out of this world! And so is your card!! What a great take on Tim's tag. I love the background you created and the snowman is a perfect focal point. I'm sorry to hear you've had some rough weather but very happy you came through without damage.

  9. lovely pictures Jane - Swans are so very special - the first gift Shaun ever bought me was was a glass swan - I still treasure it! I love your take on Tims tags - beautiful! Need to knuckle down and do mine now! Hugs rachel x

  10. Great to see more photos of the swans and mr heron and your card is magnificent xxx

  11. A very pretty Christmas creation Jane, many thanks for joining in at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  12. Fabulous photos Jane and such a great snippets card too! Your Hb will be tickled with the lovely card (the TH snowman is great isn't it!) - and I too giggled at the heron's feet. Not so funny though for the fish on the receiving end of them!


    Di xx

  13. Another fab entry from you for this month at Penny Black & More. The background you created is wonderful. I have that TH snowman and he hasn't seen ink yet since buying him last year! Lynn x DT

  14. Gorgeous Christmas card. Thanks for playing long with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  15. Such a fabulous project, so creative. Beautiful photos too. TFS at Uniko - Sue (GD)

  16. Hello dear Jane,
    Lovely card! Your coloring is spot on!!
    Thank You for these precious photos
    Storm Angus has been brutal in Kent too Gabrielle told me.
    Glad you are well.

  17. Gorgeous detail and technique here and a perfect take for our Christmas challenge at Uniko. Thanks so much for playing along with us this month. Sarah

  18. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  19. What a beautiful creation! Thank you so much for sharing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and good luck with the challenge. Judy DT x

  20. Believe in the magic - well done!
    Sandy xx

  21. LOVE the Christmas take! Gorgeous background and love the snowman!

  22. Wow! This is absolutely stunning. Love the way you've built up the depth in the background. That snowman is wonderful. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Uniko this month! Deborah, DT.

    PS Love the photos of the swans.

  23. Such a fabulous take on our challenge, love the card, thanks for joining us at Uniko,

  24. LOVE this Jane, so much wonderful and creative festiveness in one card. Loving your photos too. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the Uniko challenge. Hugs Bev x


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