Thursday, 7 November 2013

Funkie Junkie's 6th Tag of Christmas with a Jane's Journal twist and my 300th post...gulp

It's incredible that I am already half way through this fun Christmas Challenge being run by Linda. If you would like to join in the fun do pop over to the Funkie Junkie's Challenge blog here and read all the details. There is still plenty of time to join in and there are some amazing gift voucher prizes as it is being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Today's tag inspiration can be see if you click here. The first thing I noticed were the sweet cardinal birds and I remembered that I have a fab image that I could ink up for this project. I also liked the criss-cross stitching across the tag, the tree with the words on, the number 25 and also the fun ribbon tied with a snowflake. I used all this ideas to create my Jane's Journal twist card.

Here is my take on the inspirational tag.

I don't have a sewing machine, I occasionally borrow my Mum's so I remembered I bought a paper sewing kit last year very cheap on Ebay which I wanted to try out.
 I chose the cross stitch head and rolled this across my sheets of paper.
 This pierced guide holes which I used to make the stitches. I love the touch of bling on the green paper, it has such a fab texture and shine which is hard to show in the photos.
 The trees were made by Distress inking some old book pages and then cutting out with my Marianne Christmas tree die. I also cut the numbers 2 and the 5 from the scraps using my Quickutz die

The image is a Meljen's designs and I coloured it with Promarkers and then fussy cut it out
I added some Glamour Dust to the snow which you can see in the finished card above.
I also cut some hessian into a small strip and tied it with twine and a heart wooden button with a die cut snowflake underneath.
 here is it in close up

So there we are, half my cards are made and I am working on card #7 at the moment. You have until 22 December to join in and you do not have to make your projects in number order as long as they are submitted by the closing date.
Here are a couple more close ups of my finished card

They look very cosy don't they?

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

Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas
Country View Crafts Letters my letters are my book pages used for the trees and the numbers
Die Cut Divas Season's and Celebrations
Stamping Sensations Christmas
Flonz Craft Vintage stamping  A traditional Christmas time
Stamp and Create Feathers and leaves
Whimsy Stamps anything goes
Allsorts Christmas cheer
Pan Pastels anything goes
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Loves Rubber stamps anything goes
The Ribbon Girl include stripes there are stripes in my paper and also in my hessian!
Holly Jolly  red and green with gold or silver I have added gold to my red and green by using gold Promarker on the scarf, gold cotton on the stitching and gold card to cut the snowflake under the button
Pile it on animals with character
Totally Gorjuss anything goes with snow
I love Promarkers all that glitters
A little Bit Crafty Sparkle and shine
Christmas cards all year round winter wonderland
Stamp and Create feathers or leaves
Crafty Hazelnut bling it up
Cute Card Thursday animal magic
Make It Monday linky party #165
Crafty Little Fairies Christmas in November

This post is also a rather special one as it is my 300th post!!! Woop woop!!

Yes, I am staggered that I have written that many over the last 3 1/4 years. Goodness knows how many photos I have posted!  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my lovely blogging friends whether you "read silently" or leave comments. Some of you have joined in reading Jane's Journal recently but some of you have been there from the very beginnings of my blog writing and I want you to know what fun it is to have you visiting me here week in and week out. I have made some really lovely blogging friendships and I treasure this. Your inspiring comments are an absolute joy to read. Blogging has really been such a blessing. People who don't read or write blogs just don't get it and cannot appreciate the fun we have. Life is just a touch busy at the moment to sort out a giveaway but I promise I will save something special for those dreary days in the New Year to spice up the  post Christmas/New Year  blues. I will keep you posted.

 It's turning chillier again but then as it's only 48 days til Christmas it is good timing. There is no news on the baby front yet, the due date for my girlie is tomorrow, 8 November....sooo exciting.

One other person who wants to say hello is my beloved Billy. He is finding the colder weather a bit of a chore so here he is in his favourite chair, waving to you all.

What a sweetie my pink nosed boy is ;0)

Back soon,

Thanks again everyone.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. First of all congratulations on your 300th post Jane, it's always a pleasure to 'visit ' you and see what you've been up to and most importantly it is wonderful to call you my friend!
    You put a tremendous amount of work into your cards, I love the stitching, that is a nifty little gadget you have and the little birds are so sweet! :)
    I keep checking my emails in case there is one from you, it really won't be long now!!! Exciting!! :)
    Happy Thursday my friend,
    V xxx

  2. Congrats on your 300th post. Love the tutorial and all the details. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

  3. Hi Jane 300 posts well done Thanks for sharing family tit bits with us ..really makes us feel like friends and neighbours .Love the tag and that great tool for creating stitching holes .
    Thanks for sharing all this on Make it Monday .

  4. Your Christmas cardinals are totally adorable. Love your take on my Tag #6. The red burlap is wonderful and the text on the letters and trees is just perfect. Great to have you along with me for week #6!


  5. gorgeous card Jane and love your Billy too - he's so cute xx

  6. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  7. Gorgeous card Jane! Love the sewing aspect! How sweet is Billy?! Love that pink nosed fella : )
    I don't think I ever told you but my sweet daughter Amy was born on November 16th, just saying...! she is now almost "31"

  8. This is AMAZING! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,
    Rene :D

  9. Beautiful card, love all the techniques you used!
    Hope baby will be there soon!
    Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

  10. WOW!!!!Happy 300th post, Jane!! Well done.....I was a "silent reader" and finally started writing comments.
    I've enjoyed every bit of your news and craft projects.

    Very fun and interesting to see this card, step-by=step.

    Can't wait to hear about your granddaughter//son.Any day now....
    Anne xx

  11. Hi Jane.. I absolutely love your hand sewn card look.. how cool! Congrats on 300 posts! I hope you know I consider you a good friend and thankful we met via blogging. I'm SOOOOOO excited about the baby coming! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. This is lovely - thanks for linking for my CHNC challenge 149 and thanks for sharing this for CCAYR 'winter wonderland' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x

  13. Congratulations on your 300Th post Jnae!
    How exciting!
    I always enjoy reading about your life and craft!
    Beautiful card loaded with fantastic creative details!
    Many Thanks~

  14. Fab creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck. Your cat is gorgeous too.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  15. This is gorgeous Jane, I love the image and all your detailing is wonderful. I especially like the trees and your fabulous stitching.
    Awwwwwwww - Your cat looks gorgeous!
    Thank you for taking part in A Little Bit Crafty Challenge this month.

  16. What a fabulous card, Jane! You have put so much work into it, using so many differnt tecniques.

    Big congratulations on your 300th 'postaversary', and Billy is sooooo adorable!

    Thank you for entering our challenge at Crafty Little Fairies, and good luck in the draw. We would also love you to join us again in future challenges.

    Jennifer. x

  17. Congrats on the big post. I love how you showed the step of making your project. Thanks for playing at Loves Rubberstamps!

  18. Love your more contemporary take on Linda's tag, a fabulous card. Billie looks gorgeous all snuggled up like that. My two are still out all day but are coming in earlier for their tea and supper. Waiting for the news.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  19. This is so awesome. Love the sewing element. Great step by step pictures. I spotted you over on Make it Monday and came for a closer look and I am so glad that I did.


  20. Hi Jane! I enjoy always seeing how you make your beautiful cards as it's something I don't know much about. That tool for stitching is great! Hugs to Billy and we are waiting the exciting news! Have a wonderful weekend! x Teje

  21. Fabulous 300th post! Enjoyed getting to see Billy and your card is just beautiful. The stitching is such a cool addition and those birds are adorable!

  22. Fabulously made, thanksss for sharing your project with the DT from Premium Craft Brands, hugs Terry xxxx

  23. Wow this is stunning, I love all the detail on your card, and the cute birds image.. I got one of those sewing kits too... can you believe it that I never used it!!! Thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week and good luck xx

  24. Beautiful card, the hand stitching looks great and I love the cute birds. Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers xx

  25. As it’s something I really don’t like doing for a whole comment will admit to this being a copy and paste one because I am unable to type properly at the moment, but didn't want to miss the opportunity to take a look at your lovely creation and thank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations and Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  26. Congrats on #300! Such a neat creation!Thanks for playing with us at Holly Jolly this week!

  27. Really pretty card Jane! Thank you for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

  28. Gorgeous card, fab techniques too. Such a lovely puss cat. Thanks for joining us at Flonzcraft Vintage Sstamping Challenges this month
    Claire xx

  29. FABULOUS card!!Love all the details!
    Thanks for joining us at PIO last week!
    Have a GREAT day!

  30. great card Jane... thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas

  31. Such a cute kitty! Brilliant card for Christmas hun, and thanks so much for sharing with us at Crafty Little Fairies this week. Hugs, Sxx

  32. Wow and more Jane this is fabulous. Such an amazing piece. Have to get my skates on as I am behind with my tags for the Funky Junky.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  33. Wonderful details - thanks so much for sharing all the tips on what you used and how.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.


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