Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Crackers for Christmas 2015

Those of my long time readers' of Jane's Journal will know that every year I make my own crackers for the Christmas dinner table. I am always surprised that some of my overseas friends have not seen Christmas crackers. Here in the UK they feature on everyone's Christmas dinner table. There is nothing like wearing silly hats and readying the silly jokes whilst enjoying turkey with all the trimmings.

I have always made my own crackers as I can personalise the gifts and also match the serviettes I have chosen for the table.

This year I have gone for some pretty Cath Kidston serviettes we I actually bought in a sale a couple of years ago.

I chose white and green crepe paper and this wrapping paper.

I have written several tutorials here on my blog for how to make my crackers. You can see the most up to date one here.
I used spellbinders dies to create the focals. I stamped my sentiments in separate die cut ovals.

This is a little peep at my contents, I can't show too much as these are all surprises. I am going to keep Daisy and Co's for our lunch on Boxing day.
I got quite a little factory process going in my studio
 I added plenty of icy glitter.

And here they are, all ready for the Big Day.

I would like to enter my crackers into the following challenges

Pixies' crafty playground 2/3 #208 and #209
Inspiration Emporium 'tis the season
That's Crafty 3/3 anything goes
Sweet Stamping 2/2 Merry Christmas
Emerald Creek Dares celebrations around the world
A vintage journey  vintage Christmas
Anything but cute you've got happy mail
The Artistic stamper Christmas
Art with heart Favourite things
Crafty hazelnut Anything Christmas
Noor Winter wonderland
Simon says stamp Mondays 1/5 winter wonderland
Papertake weekly favoruite ever challenge it's the last one there and I will really miss it, it was one of the earliest challenges I entered 5 years ago. My favourite challenge for this entry has to be Christmas crackers from November 2009! http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/christmas-crackers.html
Rubber dance red, blue and white festive colours

We had a lovely brunch on Sunday, it was so good to get together with our children and Daisy and to enjoy some festive time together. The next time we see Daisy and Co now will be Boxing Day.
After having a mad panic a few weeks back that my list was not getting ticked off I am back on track now....and I am thoroughly enjoying the last 3 days until Christmas. Are you ready?

To make you smile here are a couple of the silly jokes inside the crackers

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck......?

A Christmas quacker

What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in the chimney............?


What's green, covered in tinsel and goes ribbet ribbet...............?


Boom boom......I bet that made you smile ;0)

Back tomorrow, with my penultimate countdown to Christmas post...wow where has that time gone?

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Haha...love mistle-toad!! :)
    Your crackers as always are brilliant the idea of lovely personal gifts is fabulous, personally I get shop bought and usually end up with a fortune telling fish!!!!
    A bit of food shopping and I'm done, I want to enjoy some time with my boy so don't want to be doing too much!
    Enjoy all your Christmas festivities my lovely friend,
    V xxx

  2. I like the mistle toad joke too. Your Christmas crackers look lovely. I saw already made ones awhile but expensive and made is China. I forgot to save tubes....maybe next year. I'm putting finishing touches on my greeting cards and into the mail. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Your crackers are brilliant. The colours are lovely. totally too good to be pulled.
    The Doc found a box of half made crackers up in the loft (from when I used to make them for the kids) when he was getting some decorations down. I had completely forgotten about them so have made a note to use them next yr for the grandkids. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Wow - they look fantastic, Jane! And I love the riddles - what's a cracker without a good groan?! (Though I'm very impressed with Claustrophobia, I have to say.) Hope you have great fun celebrating at the festive table with these.
    Alison xx
    (Still no luck CVC-wise? So sorry... I guess they're just flooded at the moment.)

  5. Hello dear Jane,

    These crackers are masterpieces once again, love everything on them! Those CK napkins are so pretty, I wish I could find those here too! Wishing uou lovely last days before Christmas, enjoy it all, dear mrs.Christmas :)


  6. Great crackers Jane, they look absolutely beautiful - really classy! I love how you 'do' all the little details, I used to do that and it was so much fun. And I did snigger at the jokes - now to try and remember them for Len's entertainment :)


    Di xx

  7. Your crackers are wonderful! Do you put something in to make them go *SNAP*? Yes, I'd never had a cracker until I read your blog and then I got some at World Market and it was fun. I didn't get there this year, though. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Wonderful!!! Thank you for playing along with us over at the Rubber Dance Challenge. Use "susanne2015" on your next order in the Rubber Dance online store to save 15%! I wish you lovely holidays. xx Susanne.

  9. I remember your crackers last year Jane and wondered if you were making them this year. Love the design, so beautifully festive. I say every year I would like to make mine.....maybe next year !
    Julie x

  10. What a lovely festive post and your crackers look wonderful.

    Chuckled at your cracker jokes . . . here's one you can have for next year:

    Q: How do monkeys make toast?
    A: They put it under the Gorilla! HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Ok, I'll go now . . . but not before sending your all good wishes for a FAB Christmas and lovely Boxing Day with Daisy & Co!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Fabulous crackers. They will be lots of fun at your dinner. Thanks for sharing these with us at Anything But Cute.

  12. I'm still chuckling Jane ;)
    Your crackers look beautiful, way too pretty to pull apart!

  13. Gorgeous Christmas crackers Jane and love your jokes, too cute! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey and wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season! Deb xo

  14. They did make me smile! Your crackers are beautiful Jane, such a great idea to make your own. Thanks for joining in our 'You've Got Happy Mail' at Anything But Cute. Anne x

  15. Stunning Christmas crackers. Love them. What a fun idea. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Sandra

  16. These are absolutely adorable! Now I HAVE to make a note to myself to make some like these for next Christmas (even though we don't have crackers for Christmas over here in Austria...which is a shame I think). Thank you for sharing the how to and for playing along with us at Emerald Creek Dares!

    Hope you are having lovely holidays!
    Claudia x

  17. Thank you for playing with Sweet Stampin'. Warm holiday wishes!

    Love and hugs

  18. These are great. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  19. WOW, I've never seen homemade crackers before! What a brilliant and decorative idea for the table. I think crackers are more commonly used on New Year's Eve here in Norway, and of course there are always silly jokes inside - your puns are much better! Thank you for adding these to our challenge at Rubber Dance!

  20. Beautiful work!!! Love those little bows, nice combination of die cuts.
    Thank you so much for joining You've Got Happy Mail challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  21. Hah, I'm sure you enjoyed the jokes around the table :) wishing you the best of luck with the arubber Dance challenge!

  22. WOW!! fabulous crackers!! :-)

    thanks for joining us for our last Papertake Weekly Challenge.
    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year! :-)
    Lols x x x

  23. Your crackers are gorgeous Jane - you have inspired me to have a go next year. You even gave us a giggle.
    Thank you for sharing these with us at Noor Design.
    Have a happy new year.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  24. Thank you so much for playing along over at Noor! Design UK!

    I looooovvvvve your creation, we hope to see you back here next time!

    DT - Keeley Ainsworth
    Noor! Design UK


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