Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas candles and snowflakes

I love candles at any time of the year but at Christmas I love to find some festive perfumed ones and I also buy an advent candle so that I can count down the days until Christmas.

there is nothing like the glow and smell of Christmas......
They give light to these long dark days.

I have been working on my Funkie Junkie cards as yet again I am a little behind. I have been able to work some days in my studio as our cold snap has given way to some milder weather again.
 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 week #9 creation here

I was inspired by the large  snowflake which I decided to make the focal of my card. I also liked the strung greenery. It inspired me to use some Christmas greenery stamps to make a masterboard. I still need to make a few more cards and this is a great way to get several backing cards in one go. This is also the theme over at PaperArtsy this fortnight.

I brayered some acrylic paints.

  I then added some text with my Artistic stamper script stamp
 I then used several Christmas greenery stamps.from Tim Holtz's retro Christmas sets
I also die cut some snowflakes

I added snowflakes to a couple of the pieces by stamping with white acrylic paint. I shall be using these other pieces for my last cards.
I used the large Memory box's Tivoli  and a Sizzix die cut and added some Glamour Dust for lots of sparkle.
Then it was time to put on my creative hat.

Here is my finished card

I hope my card brings a little sparkle to these long dark nights.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas #9
PaperArtsy Masterboards topic 22
Pixie's snippets playground  3/3 #205 I have used snippets of card to die cut my snowflakes
Artistic Inspirations anything goes/Christmas
Sparkles Christmas 1/3 die cuts for Christmas
Memory box Season's greetings #7
The Artistic Stamper Christmas
The Funkie Junkie 2/3 'Tis the season
Live and Love Crafts Sparkle
A vintage journey  vintage Christmas my masterboard reminds me of 1950s and early 60s Christmas gift wrap.

Will you be lighting a candle tonight? We are off to see Christmas at Kew this evening...I'll take my camera and I think I will need a torch, I think the wind would blow any candles out.

Thanks as always for your visits and comments.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow, what a gorgeous card Jane - and I just love how you made the wonderful masterboard. You're right, it does have a vintage/retro feel to it and the snowflakes are a perfect addition. I just love how Glamour Dust adds such pretty sparkle.


    Di xx

  2. Like you, I think Christmas NEEDS candles! Your advent candle is amazing.

    Wonderful work with the masterboard to create a really delicious card! I was hoping to play along with Linda's tags again, but I think it's just not going to work out this year, sigh!
    Alison xx

  3. Hello dear Jane,

    I wish you are having fab time tonight! And what a beautiful card, love the snowflake! Thanks for the candle-reminder too, I think I have a cinnamon one somewhere, perfect for this stormy night!

    Happy weekend!


  4. Hi Jane, hope you have a wonderful evening! I adore your advent candle, I have never seen one, I will have to look for one for next year, what a sweet tradition. The card is great, love the colors scheme and the red berries. Take care my friend, xoxoRobin

  5. Such a lovely Christmas card! Jane Love the background , it has a real festive cheer about it and works so well as a backdrop for your delicately sparkled snowflake . Thanks for joining in with us at A Vintage Journey .

  6. Beautiful card Jane the colours are lovely!
    I love candles too, I'm quite partial to the scent of cinnamon and cloves at this time of year.
    Hope you've had a lovely evening, it's a bit blowy out there tonight, have a lovely weekend too. :)
    V x

  7. beautiful masterboard jane - gorgeous work x

  8. Gorgeous card, Jane! I love your candles.. which reminds me to go light my big red Christmas one right now!

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Wow, that's a very fantastic card. It's very interesting to see how to create it - step by step

    Thanks for playing along with our Sparkles Christmas Challenge for Dezember and good luck!

    Doris *GDT*

  10. Thank you for tutorial, great work!

  11. I've heard of an advent candle before, what a clever idea!! I too am hooked on scented candles at Christmastime, I so for apple pie, gingerbread, stuff like that!! Love your snowflake creation, can never have enough glittery snowflakes I say!! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Tis the Season' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  12. I haven't seen an advent candle since I was a kid. I remember getting very excited about lighting it every night. Love the card :)

  13. A great masterboard and a fabulous card. Thank you for joining us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.
    Kath - GD

  14. Lovely Christmas card, great die-cuts, thanks for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Monthly.

    Pat xx

  15. Gorgeous! I love the way you walked us through the process with your wonderful photos...

  16. I love the idea of your masterboard and there is certainly lots of festive goodness on it! The sparkly snowflakes are gorgeous and your finished card is so beautiful with the pops of red on the snowflake! Thanks so much for joining in our 'Vintage Christmas' challenge at A Vintage Journey, it is always lovely to see you there. Anne x

  17. Absolutely love your fabulous background and the beautiful snowflake....the glamour dust is so effective and will twinkle and sparkle in the lamplight

    Thank you for hopping on board at AVJ this month and best wishes over the festive season
    Annie x

  18. Love your Christmas master board, and all the card is stunning!

  19. Beautiful card Jane and lighting a candle or two or three is generally one of the first thing I do after i come home. It has always been a great pleasure! Your card is beautiful!!
    Thank You~

  20. What a wonderful collage background for your beautiful white snowflake Jane! thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge - you are such a supporter! Julia xx

  21. Oh my! Your master board background is absolutely FABULOUS. You are making me want to run to my craft room and play :) Your card turned out simply wonderful!


  22. A Beautiful background, that really shows off the white snowflake. Thank you for entering this months challenge at The Artistic stamper.

  23. Love the masterboard and a beautiful card Jane! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  24. Gorgeous card!!! Loved the turoial on how to achieve the background. Thanks so much for playing with us at Outside the Box. hugs, :)

  25. beautiful project!
    wish you a wonderful christmas time!
    Thanks for playing along in the Artistic Inspirations Challenge.

  26. Hi Jane,
    Hope you've had a lovely Christmas. Here's another candle fan; I love yankee candles, and right now the Christmassy ones with cinnamon and red apple....yum! Gorgeous background you have created for the stunning sparkly snowflake. Thanks for joining LLC; see you again next year! HNY!

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  27. Stunning! Thank you so much for participating in the Memory Box season's greetings challenge.


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