Tuesday 26 November 2013

The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas #9 with a Jane's Journal twist

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my weekly creations for Linda's fun 12 tags of Christmas challenge as much as I have had making them. Despite life being incredibly busy for me at the moment I do find making these very relaxing and inspiring. I have also developed my "grungy" side of card making, which I really enjoy. If you would like to join in with this challenge the details are all here. There are also some great prizes up for grabs as the challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All 12 pieces need to be uploaded onto her blog by 22 Dec so you need to get your skates on!

For my post today I have got as far as #9 and the tag Linda made for us to be inspired by can be seen here The first thing I noticed was the amazing non traditional Christmas colours she had used. I loved the blue/silver shimmery background. I also loved the highly embellished snowflake and all that pewter coloured silver.....yum! I also liked the addition of the sheet music.

So I put on my thinking cap and realised that I had no materials which could add a silver shimmer to my card.  I loved the effect Linda had created and she had used Metallic Distress Paint so.......I decided that Christmas had to come early for me and I splashed out on a bottle of the new Tim Holtz metallic paint in Brushed Pewter. Oh my, am I delighted that I did! I have never used any of the distress paints before so this was something quite new to me. I loved playing with it and I added it the the backing paper and even managed to stain my wooden snowflakes using it.

I know you all seem to love watching my creative process so I will first show my finished card (which I will admit I think is my favourite so far in this series..........if you can keep it a secret I will whisper that this is for my Hb for his Christmas card). I will then give a step by step of how it was born!

Here it is
I started with my Distress inks and took a white sheet of card to colour with my blending tool

I then added a wash of the brushed pewter Distress Paint...I really just played with this until I was happy.

I left this to dry whilst I attacked some hessian and some wooden snowflakes I had bought with it too.

I also added several layers of silver embossing powder to some die cut snowflakes
When the backing card had dried I added some Frantage to give an extra snowy feel.

After heating with my heat gun I had a wonderful sheet to play with. So I added all my elements, including my favourite Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas sentiment and holly leaves to create my finished card. |Here are a few more photos of the details in close up

and one more view of my finished card.

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas tag #9
Pan Pastel Mix it up My post explains all my mixing processes!
Cheery Lynn Non traditional colours
Little Claire's Christmas
A Creative Romance Vintage
Stampin for the weekend Feeling Festive
Sweet Stampin Cause for Celebration
A gem of a challenge Sparkles
Deep Ocean Favourite colour combination mine is my blue,silver, brown, white I have used.
Crafts too challenge you Vintage Christmas twist 2 polychromatic
Country View Crafts Letters there are letters on my backing paper, ribbon and the sheet music
Bunny Zoe Vintage or shabby chic
Make it Monday Linky Party
Artistic Inspirations anything goes
Lexi's Creations Christmas
Die cut Divas Celebrations/holidays
Pile it On Non traditional colours
Bearly Mine anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie  ribbon/lace my oldies in this project are the ribbon (bought in the after Christmas sale last year) and my Christmas words stamp which must be at least 7 years old.
Crafty Sentiments anything goes

Also can I give a shout out that Crafty Ribbons have an Christmas advent ribbon blog event...do join the fun here There are prizes every single day in December. There is also a button in my side bar to find out the details.

I hope all your Christmas creative projects are beginning to come together? Please remember that next week I will be taking part in Lori's annual Visions of Sugarplums blog event. I will be posting on Monday 2nd and Thursday 5th. This will be such fun and we will be showing special traditions which we hold dear at Christmas time plus sharing some creative fun! Do spread the word and if you mention this event in a blog post pop over and tell Lori as you get an extra entry into the grand prize draw. There is also a button in my side bar.

Be there or be square ;0)

I know that my dear friends will be shouting...what no Daisy photo...so here she is ;0)

She's my little vision of sweetness in pink and she is 15 days old today. Tomorrow night her Granddad and I are babysitting for the first time whilst Mummy and Daddy celebrate Daddy's birthday xxx

I would also like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday to all my Amercian buddies.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a little cracker your Daisy is bless her, great card, loving the grungy style, thank you for joining in Premium Craft Brands, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  2. The card is beautiful and love the backing and how you added the silver. Glad you spent some on yourself. Your little granddaughter is sweet and love her face:) Saw your card on MIM

  3. Daisy look so content, she is so beautiful. As is your card, love the the layers and colours, you did a great job.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  4. Loving the process and thanks for sharing it- gotta get some Frantage- love the look of it! Oh what a sweet baby- Blessings to you both! Saw you on MIM! I am #49 : )

  5. Your new card is really stunning. I love the snowy blue shades for Christmas designs, really stylish.
    Your little Daisy is looking so gorgeous...and smiley too!!
    Enjoy your first baby sitting!
    Helen x

  6. Jane, that is one gorgeous card! I love the music pages in it! You're right, I was scrolling down looking for Daisy Jane as I knew you went to see her. Do let us know how the babysitting goes. Hope she stays happy the whole time! Thanks for wishing us over the pond and happy Thanksgiving.. how thoughtful of you!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. What a wonderful background technique and a lovely Holiday color combination. Daisy is adorable! Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs

  8. Jane, I love seeing pictures of Daisy. She is so precious and DO I SEE "Dimples"!!!!!
    Just the best of times in your life right now, have fun babysitting, xoRobin

  9. your card is such a masterpiece!
    love the bg-style!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi (GD this week on lexi's creations challenge)

  10. Look at that little smiling face, absolutely beyond cuteness!!! :)
    Lucky M what a brilliant card he's getting, just beautiful Jane and again what an amazing amount of work has gone into it!
    Babysitting your granddaughter for the first time will be such fun for you....no sharing with anyone, you can have her all to yourself! :)
    Have fun,
    V xxx

  11. just love this - that metallic distress paint looks awesome. Gorgeous card - and daisy still looks fab xx

  12. Your card is beautiful! I enjoyed the step by step guide, thanks!
    Your granddaughter is totally gorgeous, what a cutie!!! Enjoy your first babysit! Thanks for joining our celebrations at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  13. Gorgeous card Jane, really love it.
    Caz x

  14. almost had me complaining then but after seeing your gorgeous truly hand created card their were those cute photo's thanks love seeing them
    Hugs Kate xx

  15. 2 weeks?! My, oh my!!
    Jane, I love your background! Once again, your creation is so amazing and filled with marvelous details! You must be spending hours creating all these details!
    Thank You for all the pictures!

  16. Oooh, I love your shimmery, silver, snowflake card, Jane and what fab techniques too! I can't wait to get back to some sort of normality and get crafty again!
    Little Daisy certainly looks happy at the prospect of a night with Nanny and Granddad - enjoy! Beautiful pics, but then you already know that! Hugs, Lisa x

  17. Enjoyed catching up on your new cards, and the precious pictures of your granddaughter! She's adorable! Won't you have fun buying presents for her this Christmas!
    Enjoy your duties as doting grandparents!
    Jane T

  18. I just had to stop on over and say what a lovely card you've created! Your textures here are fantastic and I really like how you inked your sentiment too! Daisy is just too sweet for words!!!

    Thank you so much for joining our challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  19. OH, JANE! Daisy is glorious! Sending my heartfelt and very belated Congratulations to you and your whole family. What a beautiful beautiful blessing!

    And what a lovely card..you are a master! I'm so thankful for such wonderful bloggy good friends such as you on this Thanksgiving day. Sending hugs!

  20. what a beautiful card ,thanks for sharing all your techniques and inspiration,
    What a beautiful granddaughter you have ,the pics are fab and I loved the sweet expression on her face in the second one...it just makes you wonder what on earth she is thinking of ....bless her
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  21. Love this! The colours are fab and work really well with the sheet music element! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin'. Sammy-x

  22. Awwww Daisy is adorable!!
    Your card is stunning Jane, I love design with gorgeous detailing and wonderful sparkle
    Thank you for taking part in A Gem of a Challenge this week
    Sue xx

  23. First - love your card - the background is fantastic. So many special details. I couldn't send this out.

    Second - what a cute little baby - seems older than just 15 days. What a cutie.

  24. Third - so glad you entered Die Cut Divas challenge.

  25. WOW stunning card and love the step by step love the embellishments and fantastic papers and texture a brilliant card and love the photos of daisy too-thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    carol DT x

  26. The project is amazing!!! Love the color combination and all the details))))
    Daisy is so cute - love the photo so much)))
    Thank you for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog

  27. Hello!
    I saw your winning card at Cheery Lynn...it is AMAZING! I love it!

    Your little granddaughter is as cute as a button. :) Have fun babysitting!

  28. fabulous card only match by the fabulous picture of Daisy, and thanks for sharing with us at crafty sentiments this week

  29. :) :) Thank you for joining us @ Crafty Sentiments for “Anything Goes” !! :) :)
    Nicole’s Craft Nook

  30. Congrats on your grandbaby, so exciting!! Love your card, you have designed something truly exquisite! Thanks so much for the tutorial and for playing at Crafty Sentiments this week:)

  31. Hi Jane. Just popping back to say thanks for sharing your beautiful card with Country View Challenges.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  32. so much work - but it is gorgeous. thanks for playing with us at Pile it On.

  33. Hi Jane, This card is my favorite one for the whole year, I think. Just gorgeous.

    What a sleeping cutie, Hello Miss Daisy!!
    Thank you for Thanksgiving greetings.
    It was a busy week but I love every minute.
    Anne and all

  34. STUNNING! Looooove it! Great Techniques! Thanks for joining us at Deep Ocean. Off to buy some Pewter!

  35. What a stunner - the card and the beautiful baby ! Thanks for shaing in so much detail how you created your card - all the hard work paid off as it is really beautiful xx
    Thanks for playing along with us at stampin' for the weekend & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  36. Hi Jane - your card is stunning and your granddaughter is gorgeous too! Love the grungy effect and the metallic colour scheme on the card and it'll be perfect for a male card! Thanks for sharing your project at Lexi's Creations this time.
    Helen x (DT)

  37. Wow and wow again! This came out absolutely sensational. I just love the way the background came out - almost too pretty to cover up! Wonderful work with coloring the hessian silver - it looks stunning. The gorgeous sheet music is the perfect way to tie it all together. You seriously hit this one out of the park!


  38. Stunning Jane. And love the tutorial. THanks for playing along with us at Die Cut Divas


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