Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Week 11 of the Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas 2014, Jane's Journal style.

Wow I'm nearly there with Linda's fab challenge. Just one more project to go.If you hurry you could still join in but you need to get your skates on. It closes on 21st December by which time you need to have submitted all 12 creations using Linda's tags for inspiration. You can make anything at all. The full rules are over on her blog here . Linda offers 3 very generous prizes of gift vouchers to spend in her terrific on line shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Do have a look at the link here . I am choosing to make 12 Christmas cards instead of tags.

The tag Linda made for week #11 is here . It is a gorgeous burnished silver tag and initially I wanted to try this technique. I do have some Ranger foil and planned a burnished silver card. However things did not quite work out to plan and my card today is actually a happy accident! I was also inspired by the snowflakes with gems Linda used, so I wanted to include some on my card too.

So this is what happened. I first die cut some Cheery Lynn snowflakes twice and stuck them together and arranged 6 on a sheet of card.

I thought that they would be thick enough when I added the foil and tried to burnish them through.

However this didn't really work, even when I used a stylus. I think with hindsight they needed to be cut in chipboard but I am not sure the dies would cope with that sort of thickness.
Now my crafting time is extremely limited, especially at the moment, and I am never usually a girl who throws anything in the bin and starts again. I needed to rescue this and I had a think and decided that I would turn it into a focal for my card by adding some alcohol inks for some colour and texture. Out came my few bottles of alcohol ink and I had a play.

I kept added drops and also rubbed some areas with a scrunched up paper towel until I was happy.
I then cut a piece to make into a focal ( and I still have these 2 pieces below spare)
I then used a snowflake embossing folder on another piece of Ranger foil

and matted it onto some blue card for a backing piece.
 I put on my creative hat and put my elements together. Here is my finished card, you need to put on your sunglasses as it is so hard to photograph as it really shines. 
I rather like my happy accident, as it made a really stunning inky focal and I still have all those lovely sparkly snowflakes but on the embossed foil background. My Hb nabbed this card for one of his work colleagues as he really liked it.
Here are a couple of close ups.

I  added a LOTV sentiment, some gems, a blue ribbon and a Cheery Lynn holly corner which I edged with blue.

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #11
Little Claire's a special card
Pan Pastel UK Christmas
We do doobadoo Festive Spirit
The artistic stamper anything goes
Vintage stamping a Christmas song mine is of course is Dean Martin's Let it snow
Sparkles Christmas  it's a blue Christmas
Penny Black and more Special occasions mine is obviously Christmas
Jelly Park ribbons/bows
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Dream Valley Christmas 
Simon says stamp Wednesday winter photo inspiration I was inspired by the snowflakes and the beautiful blue sky in the first photo.
Creative Inspirations Christmas/New Year
Simon says stamp Monday anything goes

Thanks for visiting today, I know how busy everyone is . I am going to try to get my final Funkie Junkie project made after work today...I am planning something a little different if I have the this space. 

Less than 8 days to go now.....are you nearly ready?

I am planning to start my countdown to Christmas tomorrow with a post each day until Christmas Eve. I still have lots to show including my annual Christmas crackers. I  do hope you can join me and share my excitement at my favourite time of the year.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. I bet you are excited to see Christmas through Daisy's eyes and expressions. I am wishing you much joy this season. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. That embossed snowflake background is just delicious, Jane and I love your happy accident too! Hugs, Lisa x

  3. Well what a really happy accident that turned out to be, it looks amazing! The colours are gorgeous. :)
    Enjoy your festive week,
    V x

  4. this is beautiful Jane - a fabulous make - love it! Hugs rachel x

  5. Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image and just is perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge "Blue Blue Christmas “ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  6. happy accidents are great; this turned out lovely with such a striking blue background! thank you so much for sharing another of your artistic creations with us this month at penny black and more.

  7. Fantastic, Jane! Don't you love those happy accidents? They seem to happen to me a lot! I love the blues you created here with the alcohol inks. I'm so glad you didn't toss that lovely metallic snowflake panel. And the silver embossed back panel is fantastic. Beautiful card, no wonder your DH snagged it! So happy you have kept up with the challenge all season. The end is in sight!


  8. Isn't it great when a happy accident comes together. Great result.
    Julie x

  9. Wow! How absolutely inspiring! I always love to see what results when we veer off into experiments and then what continues to happen when plans A, B and C go out the window! This post was a pleasure to read and your project was a feast for the eyes! Those colors are so deliciously dreamy! Thank you for sharing your story and your card with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  10. Gorgeous card, love it when things turns out well after going a bit wrong. Love how it turned out.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  11. This is a beautiful creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations and we wish you a Merry Christmas! xxx

  12. Love how the foil looks embossed! I am inspired to get out my foil sheets. Great project! Thank you for sharing your creative project with us at the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog. Happy Holidays!

  13. ingenious! lovely idea. can i suggest cutting 3 or 4 of same die and ticking them together instead of chipboard. this will still give you thickness. another thing is , you could have used kitchen foil which gives same effect but is thinner and so easier to mold around die cuts. just some suggestions. hope you don't mind xx

  14. Thanks Teresa....I did stick 3 die cuts together but the idea of using foil is certainly worth a try....any tips are always helpful to us crafters x

  15. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges. Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) xx

  16. Wowzer - fantastic metallic textures - what a great technique with the cogs! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x

  17. Striking card Jane , wasn't what you had planned but a fab card it turned out to be !! thanks for playing at Little Claires this month !!

    hugs Diane xx


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