Sunday, 9 October 2016

New life in my garden

Again it has been a wonderful mostly sunny autumnal week, no hint of anything wintry. I took advantage of the weather to empty out a few pots of spent summer bedding and bought these beauties to plant.
Out came the bucket
 and my pots got a good clean up
 I popped in my bulbs to sleep and topped the pots with some winter flowering violas and primula for some colour during the coming months.

I have been back to Christmas card creating this week and I have managed to keep up with Linda's great 12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style challenge and I now have card number 2 in the bag.

If you would like to play along please check out her post here which gives all the details of the challenge requirements. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you could even win one of the prize vouchers if you enter every week and complete all 12 tasks.
So on to my #2 Christmas card; this is what I got up to.

 Linda's tag 2 can be seen here.
I took for my inspiration for my card the neutral background colours she used. the pine trees, the red stencilled border. the red and white baker's twine and the deer...however rather than using the deer as  a little accent I used mine as a part of my focal.

I used these 2 DIs for my neutral background

 I used my holiday knit stencil to add a patterned border

and repeated the pattern across the top and bottom of my card.

I then gathered my stamped elements together. The stamped deer and trees are all by Tim Holtz. The trees are a Framelits set but I fussy cut the deer.
and here is my finished card.
It has been added to my Dotty's Christmas event stash for selling on 2 December. 

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

12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style week 2
Pixie's Snippets playground #250 I used snippets of card for my tree, deer, sentiments and a snippet of Baker's twine too.
The Ribbon Girl 2/3 October any card
The Artistic Stamper 1/3 patterns
Cute card 2/3 Thursdays anything goes
ABC Christmas T for Two my 2 is 2 patterned borders (top and bottom of my card)
Frilly and Funkie author author The book and author I had in mind for my card was The Snow child by Eowyn Ivy...if you have never heard of this book it should be on your must read Christmas book is set in the forests of Alaska and is simply magical. I can imagine my card being set there.
Fashionable stamping trees

Thanks for visiting today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to my newest follower. It's great to see you joining my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. The festive card looks great. Your planted pots look set to be very colourful xxx

  2. Hi Jane! What a gorgeous take on this week's tag. I'm thrilled to see you playing along. Looks like we used the same BG stencil. :) Fun fun stuff! Hugs, Autumn

  3. I love this card. I love the stencil which reminds me of Sweden and then the deer and trees just set off a nice winter scene

  4. This is such a beautiful card Jane! I love the design and gorgeous die cuts and the stencil is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at the Ribbon Girl, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  5. awe love that scandi knit pattern and the little deer! :)
    I've been in the garden today, lovely and sunny here today.
    have a good week my friend,
    V x

  6. What a lovely card, Jane, Christmassy but a little differently so. The deer is so delicate! I wish you happy creating... the best time of the year getting near!

    Lovely Sunday evening!


  7. Great bit of fussy cutting round the reindeer. Mine would have been left with 3 legs!. Now you have put me to shame as I never wash out my pots. They might get the occasional lick and a promise on the outside now and again but my defense is that there are over 40 of them dotted around the garden. Hugs Mrs A.

  8. My favourite flowers in the garden are violas and primroses, I love how long they last flowering and are so pretty. Super Nordic feel to your festive card.
    Julie X

  9. I need to plant my bulbs as well. We were given iris bulbs from a friend this year so I need them in a pot. Wasn't able to get any pansies this weekend but hopefully la in a few days. They add color to the gray,wet days we're having right now in Oregon. I need to print out some photos for my calendars soon. That's a project I seem to put off, which I shouldn't. Christmas is coming sooner than we think! Lovely card, as always! Happy night to you and a blessed week!

  10. Your Plants look lovely and colourful Jane and will be sure to brighten up any Winter's day. I love the Holiday Knit Stencil that you've used on your card, it looks super. Your Deer looks very stylish and the stamped trees make a perfect backdrop for him. Thank you for joining us as Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Sandra X

  11. Love your pretty violas and primroses, Jane and a good idea to put them in the pots while the bulbs are waiting for spring. I have been planting bulbs too...they always bring me so much pleasure in spring for just a small amount of effort in autumn! Love your Christmas card, I am very fond of the Nordic look too! Have a happy autumn week.
    Helen xox

  12. A beautiful card Jane! I love the deer!
    Lovely to see your Autumn planting too, a lovely splash of colour!
    Alison x

  13. A gorgeous card, love the vintage feel to it. Great autumn flowers too.

    Sue xx

  14. Love your pretty flowers and the wonderful, vintage Christmas card!

  15. How lovely to get your pots done and what a beautiful Christmas card, it is gorgeous, the retro deer stands out beautifully xxx

  16. Wonderful pots Jane - and a wonderful Christmas card too! Perfect fussy cutting - clever you - and I adore the design!


    Di xx

  17. This is lovely, Jane. That Hand Knit stencil is a favorite of mine and it looks gorgeous stenciled in red. The trees are so cute as is the deer. Super job on tag #2! And I'm pleased to see that you have linked your creation up to this week's Frilly and Funkie challenge too. Always great to have you playing along with F&F!


  18. What a pretty, Christmas-y card! Classic red and green are my favorite, and your vintage touches are wonderful.

  19. Terrific take on Linda's tag. Love that deer along with the skinny trees - very stylized. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  20. Love this card! It is such a clear and yet dreamy creation!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Tamara /

  21. That's a beautiful Alaskan themed card Jane. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  22. I should be doing the same thing in our backyard!
    Your new pots look great, all ready to bring colors 'till the colder days.
    Your Christmas card a a true classic Beauty Jane!

  23. A great Christmas card Jane, and well don on the fussy cutting.
    The Nordic stencil is one of my favorites and adds a lovely border.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC

  24. This is so beautiful ! thank you so much for sharing with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  25. Love your retro deer, and I think those may be my favourite TH trees - great take on Linda's inspiration.
    Alison x


Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.

To comply with the new Data Protection legislation (GDPR) May 2018 I wish to state that any comments left here are with your consent that your name & comment are visible to anyone who visits my blog and that you accept that your personal information is being used for that specific purpose.

Jane x