Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Funkie Junkie Christmas challenge #6 Jane's Journal style

This is my half way creation today inspired by Linda's great Christmas tag. For those of you who are new to Linda's challenge you can read all the rules of it here. In a nutshell you use her weekly tag for inspiration and you can create anything crafty and as long as all 12 projects are completed by 22 Dec. You also have a chance to win one of her generous prizes. I was lucky enough to win $25 dollars last year  to spend in her wonderful on line boutique which sponsors the challenge. Do have a look here at her shop, her stock is enormous and her prices really keen.

I choose to use the challenge to create 12 special Christmas cards.

This is her #6 tag here

I was inspired by the tree stamp, the holly leaves and that cute wooden snowflake on her tag.  I wanted to use a more whimsical tree stamp, this one by Lavinia. I was also inspired to use some browns and green in my colour scheme too but mine are different shades to Linda's. I also love using corrugated packaging so that had to feature too on my card.
I swooshed the colours and water on my craft sheet and starting dipping. I dried between layers
until I was happy with my background
I added some gesso to my own wooden snowflake and also to some packaging
I decided to stencil my holly leaves so I did this with archival inks.
It gave a nice subtle holly background. 
So then I put on my creative hat and this card came together.
I added some Cheery Lynn die cut holly leaves and icicles. A piece of festive ribbon and lots of sparkle from my stickles.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas 2015 #6
Pixie's snippets playground 1/3 #203
Lavinia stamps Christmas
Mixed Media world anything goes
That Craft place kraft I used a Kraft card blank to mount my piece on and my packaging is Kraft too.
Stamping sensations festive florals
Sparkles Christmas decorations
Emerald Faeries Oh Christmas tree
Take it make it November  take a stamp
Creative Inspirations anything goes
Ribbon Girl 1/3 use any stamp
Craft Barn 1/3 Guinness book of records luckily Jane has allowed a loose link for something which "could" be a record. Mine is the snow images on my card....could it be a record for the earliest snow in Surrey. It is also the first up on the challenge today 2 "records" ;0)
We love to create mixed media/anything creative #23
Simon Says stamp Monday N is for mine is for Night as these fairies appear to be flying around a night time Christmas tree, they also look pretty Nimble to me.
Crafty Hazelnut red and green must be seen

I nearly didn't post this today as I have just been so shocked by the atrocities in Paris.
But then I thought that we must show that we are not cowered by hatred. We must all stand up for a free world and one which is not ruled by those who want to create havoc and fear.

May those innocent people, enjoying a Friday night out, rest in peace.
May their loved ones find support and love at this horrific time for them.

I am still reeling at the shock of this. So many people, mostly young carefree adults, slaughtered in cold blood and many more critically wounded......just horrific. I am saddened to my core.

Clasp your loved ones close and tell them that you love them. Life can be so short.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. I am so sad for France, a country that I adore, I just cannot comprehend how individuals could do such a thing to fellow humans!

    Another lovely card Jane with another beautiful back ground.
    Happy Sunday my friend,
    V x

  2. Great background, beautiful colours!

  3. Brilliant card Jane! Thank you for your words on Paris, so well said, you are so right we MUST show those evil people we will not cower.

  4. Holy cow Jane, that background turned out incredible! I love your take on Linda's tag, the icicles are a crazy amazing extra touch! Just stunning! hugs :)

  5. Hi Jane,

    Sorry I have not been around much of late but I always love your work and this is no exception. Jut beautiful and a lovely use of mixed media. I adore your cake you made for Daisy, so much fun. I used to make novelty cakes for my children years ago, they always loved them.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  6. I wasn't too sure, from the first couple of photos in your blog post, that I was going to like your card, but the finished result - wow! Very impressive! It all comes together very nicely and the "grungy" background really makes the lavinia tree pop. I've not been particularly attracted to this stamp - until now!
    Thanks for the inspiration and good luck in the Lavinia challenge (which is where I found you) - and all the other challenges too.

  7. Fabulous make Jane! Wonderful colours and so much beautiful detail - I loved how you showed each step too.

    Totally agree with you about Paris - as you say, absolutely horrific and desperately sad. It puts other things into perspective for sure.


    Di xx

  8. Great multi-media festive card Jane.
    Couldn't agree more with your words concerning Paris.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. Fabulous card, love the "inkiness" on it and the colours

    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas this month


  10. Hello, Jane! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! Your card is stunning! Love that gorgeous Distress Ink background!

  11. Another gorgeous card.. I imagine how amazing it would be to receive such a work of art. I agree with you on the atrocities in Paris. I wish I knew how we could eradicate that kind of ideology that thinks that killing innocent people is ok. It's not. Hugs.. TK

  12. Stunning technique and a great card. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations in our Festive Flowers and Foliage Challenge.
    Viv (DT)

  13. absolutely gorgeous Jane - I love how you built this all up - gorgeous! Hugs rachel x

  14. So pretty! Amazing color combo and textures on your page. Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week :)

  15. A brilliant card, Jane, and touching words about the horror on last Friday. Thanks for them. Hugs from France.

  16. LOVE your card.
    Thanks for joining us in the challenge at Craft Stamper
    xxx Ellie xxx

  17. Wonderful card dear Jane!
    Thank You~

  18. This is a lovely inky creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  19. Stunning card Jane, you really have the knack for these cards! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  20. So creative! Thank you for sharing your fabulous card with us at Lavinia stamps, good luck! Wendy (DT) x

  21. Brilliant Card and what a the Tutorial ..... Thank you for entering the Lavinia Challenge and Good Luck ..... Marianne DT xxx

  22. This is just the cutest card ever and just perfect for our challenge over at
    Sparkles Christmas Challenge " Christmas Decorations” good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  23. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 255 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x

  24. fantastic colour and texture to this card! Many thanks for entering the Lavinia Stamps Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT)

  25. Love this inky goodness! Cool treatment, great colors!

  26. Absolutely fabulous!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at That Craft Place and good luck!


  27. Beautiful work, Jane, and love your step-by-step in photographs. The colours you've used are just wonderful together. Using the snippet of cardboard is genius. This could be my favourite Christmas card of the year so far :) Elizabeth xx

  28. your card has a lovely depth to it.

  29. Wow this is amazing Jane! Love the records too!! Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  30. Gorgeous card .... loved that background! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  31. Fabulous card with lots of lovely texture.

  32. A sensational outcome - love the way you took us through how you developed this beauty. There is so much here to soak up and enjoy. Everything is beautiful - the icicles, the corrugated cardboard and the gorgeous red and snowy white landscape - fantastic! Thanks so much for playing along!



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