Friday 20 December 2013

12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style with a Jane's Journal twist, my final creation

Well here I am back with my final creation for this wonderful challenge which I have been a part of over the last 3 months. If you are really quick you could still join in as Linda has extended the deadline to 8 January but you will need to get your 12 projects uploaded by then. 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. Linda's tag for inspiration this week can be seen here. I was drawn to the gorgeous white and gold colours she used. I loved the gold embossing.  I also thought how very classically "American" her card is and decided that I would make something which I think epitomises an "English" Christmas card. I also wanted to create a really "In the bleak midwinter" scene with lots of snow. So I set about thinking how I could do this. After an early morning light bulb moment (I have lots of these!) I realised I had the perfect stamp for my card. Here is my finished card;
It was so very hard to photograph as the gold embossing and the glitter really sparkle. I was really pleased how it came out. I know how much you have enjoyed seeing my creative process with these card so here we go;
 This is the wonderful Stampendous Snowy Postcard stamp which I stamped and gold embossed twice.
 I cut out the centre of one of them
and then added some creamy colour with my  Linen Distress ink.
I added some Frantage to give a lovely snowy backing card.

I also gold embossed the edge of my backing card to give a lovely antique feel.
I used die cut lots of snowy related shapes including trees and candles and added lots of Glamour Dust to give them a gorgeous shine.
 I also used my very final gold embossed deer which I had made for #2
It was then a case of piecing everything together to create my English snow scene. Here are some close ups.
My Fav Cheery Lynn holly die with pearls as berries

the little tags are Lili of the Valley and you will spot my wonderful Joanna Sheen Ivy die again. I also used tiny CL snowflakes to make a collar for the deer.

and here is my card once more;
So there we are all 12 cards finished. I have so enjoyed this challenge as I have explored a side of my card making I have not done before. I really do love the challenge of trying new ideas and techniques as I really don't have a "fixed" style, I really like playing and learning.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas #12
County View Crafts Bah, Humbug!
Joanna Sheen Make it sparkle
The Inky Chicks Christmas
Crafty Catz Merry Christmas
Sweet Stampin Last minute Christmas
Pile it on P is for ......Pine trees, pearls, Postcard (stamp)
Love to Create anything goes
Make it Monday linky party #171
Loves Rubberstamps anything goes
Addicted to stamps and more anything goes
Bearly Mine anything goes
Polkadoodles anything goes
Rhedd and Rosie let it snow
Card Crafters Circle deck the halls
Christmas at Sweet Stampin let it snow
A creative Romance Sparkle at Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Bling it on
Artistic Inspirations anything goes
Pan Pastel Snowflakes
Merry Monday Use an animal
Fashionable Stamping In the holiday spirit
Cheery Lynn sparkle and shine
Crafty Little Fairies anything goes
The Artistic stamper anything goes

I made a collage of all my other cards to show all 12  in case you missed them....and as a recap for everyone else. I sold some of them and the rest have all gone to happy homes for Christmas.

Do you have a favourite?

Before I leave this challenge I really want to say a huge thank you for all the wonderful comments everyone has taken the time to leave  me over the last 12 weeks. They really spurred me on to continue, even when I just didn't seem to have enough hours in the day. I was so determined to finish all 12 cards. Thanks also to Linda for running this challenge. I would also like to thank my dearest Hb who not only encouraged me in this project but has been an enormous help. There have been days at the weekends when he has brought lunch to me whilst I have been working on this project and he has never once complained. Thank you M you  really are the best ;0) He also loved #9 which I made for his Christmas card.

I am really looking forward now to the last few days of my most wonderful time of the year, yes just 5 more sleeps to go. Everything is coming together well.  I have my food delivery coming on Sunday and will be making mince pies at the weekend. I can't wait. I will be back to share a few Christmassy things before then.
Enjoy all your preparations too whether you are just celebrating quietly at home or have huge family gatherings.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Such a beautiful card Jane, I love the trees, they look almost edible!!
    What a variety of cards, all so different, you are a clever crafter and can I just say to anyone reading this who hasn't actually seen one of your cards in real life, this lovely lady's cards are a-maz-ing!!!
    Enjoy you busy, festive weekend my friend,
    V xxx

  2. Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 155 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. x

  3. This is just stunning . Love how you embossed the image with gold so vintage . Going to add this to my fav. list .

  4. Such a lovely card, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck and a very Merry Christmas, hugs, Zoe DT xxx

  5. This is such a beautiful Christmas card - you've added so many layers of interest. I love it! Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  6. This is one of the most beautiful cards using this stamp that I've seen. Very creative with all your diecuts, glitter, and gold embossing.

  7. this is just stunning Jane - I have this stamp so may have to have a go at this - love all the diecuts too - the colour scheme is just fabulous! Beautiful x Have a wonderful christmas x

  8. This is just lovely, Jane - I love all that gold, glitter and embossing - so festive. Lovely stamp and the traditional snowy scene is gorgeous. I've popped here to your blog from Make it Monday!.

    Julie :o)

  9. This is gorgeous, Jane! A real work of art! Love all the gold and sparkle! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  10. Totally stunning card thank you for showing us over at Sweet Stampin'. Merry Christmas. Debbiex

  11. Simply stunning, thank you for sharing over at MIM, Hugs Kerry DT xx

  12. Hi Lovely Jane, You are as lovely as your cards! How do you pick a favorite??? It is difficult but I think I have to choose #9 also, I love old-fashion Santas, and that one is just so special. You have done a tremendous job on all of them, a lot of talent and patience.
    I hope you have a great cooking weekend, xoRobin

  13. Wow, this is absolutely stunning, Jane! That Stampendous postcard stamp is fabulous and looks amazing in the gold. You really created a gorgeous background. Love the trees and the vines too. Wonderful piece of work. It's been fantastic having you join in the challenge this year. I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it beneficial to your crafting. Best of luck in the GC drawing and Merry Christmas.


  14. Jane, I swear that each new card you make is more miraculous than the last! Bravo on this one, it's framable for sure!

    Just 4 more days.. we're sure enjoying seeing it through the eyes of our 2 little grandsons.

    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  15. A truly delightful card Jane, I just love the gold, glitter and frantage effects. Ken and I are off to Winchester this afternoon for a bit of Christmas festive time together.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  16. A beautiful card Jane, wonderful design and amazing stamps and details. It's sad the gold embossing never photographs well - I'd love to see it IRL!!!

    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Heather xx

  17. Wow this is gorgeous! All of your cards are beautiful . Thanks for sharing some of the step by step.

  18. I have loved each and every blog I have read of yours this year Jane and I look forward to reading many more next year. Hope you have the most wonderful Christmas holiday this year with your gorgeous family and especially the new member. Laney x

  19. Gorgeous! Love the creamy and gold colours together and the glamour dust. A beautiful design. Thank you for sharing with us at Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck! Wendy DT xx

  20. Fabulous card! I love the design, the colors and the pearls! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  21. Beautiful card, I love that image.

  22. Beautiful vintage colour, and lovely design. Thank you for playing along at Rhedd and Rosie’s. Sammy-x

  23. Jane, your card is quite lovely but to enter our challenge you must use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die. Perhaps you will visit us again.

  24. Your cards are swoonworthy Jane and this one is no exception!!
    Thank you for joining us over at Premium crafts brand challenge and goodluck.
    wishing you a very merry christmas!!

  25. Hi to Sandy from the Cheery Lynn challenge, there are infact 2 different Cheery Lynn dies I used on this card..the small snowflake set and the holly leaves. I love Cheery Lynn dies and you will find them on most of my cards ;0) Hugs, Jane x

  26. Wow this is stunning! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Merry Christmas to you and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  27. Jane, I apologize for missing the Cheery Lynn holly die on your post, I tried to read through it very carefully and did not see any mention of the use of a Cheery Lynn die. The winner was chosen before I deleted your entry.

  28. One of my favorite stamps and I love the personal touches you added! Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at FSC!

  29. Oh dear me Jane I really am losing the plot, what I wanted to say was rather belatedly thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  30. What an absolutely gorgeous card, Jane! There are so many lovely elements, too many to mention individually. LOVE it!

    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

  31. OMG JaNE,,,,,,,i AM FALLING IN LOVW WQITH YOUR GOLDEN CARD,,,,,,,,love it, love it, love it, love it,,,,Merry Christmas my friend,,,, you are rock,,,

  32. Wow, this is such a beautiful card, I love gold and white together, thanks for sharing it with us artistic inspirations.
    Louise x

  33. WOW!! Gorgeous Christmas card and love how you showed how it all came together. Thank you for all the steps and pictures on this wonderful Christmas card.

  34. Just gorgeous hun, love the colours and your design is fabulous. Thanks for playing at Crafty Little Fairies over the holidays. Hope you have had a great Christmas. Hugs Squirrel xx

  35. just beautiful, thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Pam DT x

  36. Such an elegant card! Thanks for joining Loves Rubberstamps Challenge :)

  37. Gorgeous card! Beautiful winter scene and great technique. TFS! Thanks also for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  38. Stunning! This card will be adored I am sure! Thanks so much for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Love from Laura xxx

  39. OMG! Your creation is absolutely amazing! Truly love your card!
    Thank you for sharing your project with us at Love to Create Challenges this week.
    Wishing you a blessed Holiday Season & Happy New Year!
    Ruza, LTC Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  40. WOW this is amazing. I love all the techniques you have used to create this stunning card.

    Such a lovely snowy card, fits our theme so well.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us on our 22nd Challenge 'Let it Snow' at Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (DT Member)

  41. Wow, this is just stunning Jane.

    Thanks for sharing at Love to Create this week.


  42. This is absolutely stunning, Jane. I've been swithering about buying this stamp and now really wish I had! Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. Tracey x

  43. Fabulous creation Jane, I love the glitz and glamour. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  44. Wow, amazing project Jane. Its really pretty.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin! Wedgie xxx

  45. Congratulations on winning the Rhedd and Rosie challenge! I picked your card because it really stood out from the crowd, such beautiful details and colour, fabulous! Hope you will join us again at Rhedd and Rosie's soon! Wendy DT xxx

  46. wow... stunning card!thanks for joining us at Pile it on... we have started a new challenge - please go and check it out!
    Kimberly DT


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