Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Deep and crisp and even

There are just 5 more sleeps until the man in the red suit pops down our chimneys. The weather has been very wintry and so dark and tomorrow is officially the first day of winter. 
We have to make the most of these crisp frosty days as it's all change again and the forecast for Christmas day is quite mild.
There was ice on the ponds as I walked down to Dotty's with some new cards  yesterday.
The leaves were frozen within.
 Mr Heron was keeping out of the freezing water and watched me from a tree.
Back at home my violas were still smiling at me despite their frozen petals.
My card today is a very unusual Christmas card I was commissioned to make. It was for a window cleaner who is an avid fisherman!
Now at first I didn't know where to start  but I then remembered that I had a fab Designs by Ryn fish stamp which I won a few months back.
 I stamped my fish and then
 used some frosty distress ink colours to create the icy water. I also used the bubbles and pond weed from my Visible Image stamps to create a winter wonderland under water scene.
Here is my card.
I coloured the fish with silver pen and added a LOTV sentiment and some Tim Holtz die cut snowflakes.
Here's a close up. It was great fun in the end making it as I really had to think "outside the box" for such an unusual Christmas card request. 
I heard that the young man this was made for was delighted with it.

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

A vintage journey winter wonderland (mine is an underwater winter wonderland!)
Winter wonderland anything goes
Happy little stampers anything goes with dies

I am taking a day off from my Christmas preps today to have lunch with my Hb in a lovely local tea rooms in nearby Woodcote. I hope you are nearly ready for the big day but are still able to take some time out to enjoy the excitement and festive spirit of my favourite time of the year. I have 2 last posts to share before Christmas day. Billy has busy typing up his post and will be here on Friday.

Thanks as always for stopping by and leaving your kind comments particularly at such a busy time.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Ohhh.. it looks chilly there! It's getting colder here after a few warmer days. They hint we might see some snowflakes here.. wouldn't that be pretty? Enjoy your celebrations with the family.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
    *M*E*R*R*Y* * *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*

  2. I love the leaves frozen into the pond. Happy Christmas

  3. So creative and what a clever idea. Merry Christmas to you and your family x

  4. Hi Jane. I'm so sorry, I see I've missed so many of your posts! Your photos are wonderful, I love the frosty flowers!! Gorgeous card! I love those fish, such a great design!!

    I hope you've been well and you are all ready for the holidays. My family arrived on Friday, so the Christmas festivities have already begun. The Christmas house and the Christmas window display contest this week, fun times! Sending Christmas wishes and Happy New Year hugs :)

  5. This is beautiful! And different. :)

  6. Well that was a very different commission but well done on fulfilling the brief, its brilliant!
    I'm afraid you and I will have to differ on 'winter', tomorrow marks the beginning of something wonderful and there will just 10 days of winter left...pre-spring is on the way!!! ;)
    Have a good evening my friend,
    V x

  7. Really pretty! Thanks for sharing with Happy Little Stampers ATG w/ Dies December Challenge!

  8. A beautifully elegant Winter creation Jane, thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing more of your creativity in 2018.

    B x

  9. A lovely card and a great design too! Thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.
    Kath x

  10. Jane, your underwater scene is remarkably real and perfect for your fishies! I'm not surprised the young man loved it! Happy Holiday Hugs to you and your family!! Darnell

  11. This is a fabulous card Jane, and well done you for coming up with the idea! Have a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2018. Sue xx

  12. What a great card and beautiful photos. Love the violas, how nice to see flowers outside this time of the year!
    Many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts this week!

  13. This is absolutely fantastic. Very artsy and unusual. I love the colors and the chilly feel. Thanks so much for linking up and playing with us at Happy Little Stampers December Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.

  14. Hey Jane. Happy 2018! Many thanks for sharing this with me. Love the icy feel to this piece and your photographs are stunning as usual too :)

  15. Perhaps "we fish you a merry Christmas" just kidding, love your creation. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.


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