Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Gingerbread inspiration

I enjoyed lunch with a good friend last week at Garsons garden centre in Esher, Surrey. They had all their Christmas decorations out and one section, which I loved, featured gingerbread men and women. Is it just me or is the gingerbread man using the  colours of kraft, red and white so evocative of the Christmas spirit? And for me they just have to have red gingham ribbons too.

When I got home I remembered that I still have a really old wood mounted gingerbread man stamp and decided to make some gingerbread men themed cards to add to my cards for Dotty's Tea House Christmas market on 2 December.

It was also time for my next Funkie Junkie inspired card.If you would like to play along with this fun Christmas challenge please check out Linda's 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 complete all 12 weeks.
 I loved Linda's kraft and white colour scheme she used for week 6 which I used for my inspiration. I also incorporated  the heart, white die cuts, the gingham ribbon and the white embossing paste she used.

I decided to use white texture paste through my favourite Tim Holtz holiday knits stencil. It never quite matches when you repeat it but I was able to hide that part under the die cuts.

I stamped and white embossed my sweet gingerbread man onto kraft card and fussy cut him out.

I die cut some other Christmas elements and then put on my creative hat.

Below is my finished card. I resisted my usual urge to ink all the edges of my die cuts as I thought that a fresh white look was more appropriate for my card.

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of 2016 #6
Happy Little Stamper anything goes with dies
The Ribbon Girl 1/3 November card challenge
 Noor 3/3 Winter
Anything but Cute  rustic glam
Penny Black and More 1/3Anything Christmas
Stamping sensations Christmas greetings
Deep Ocean use die cuts and/or punches
Winter Wonderland add ribbon/lace or flowers
ABC Christmas 1/3 w for wishes

Thanks for visiting today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave.
I'm still in full Christmas card making mode and my stock is growing by the day. I have also managed to start a little bit of Christmas shopping...only 46 days to go....! Tomorrow I shall be baking Daisy's birthday cake ready to decorate for her birthday party on can she possibly be 3! I will share some photos as it is a Ben and Holly fairy can guess the theme of her party then ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now.

Jane x


  1. Just gorgeous work Jane! I love the kraft, red and white and you've done it perfectly here. I really don't need any more Christmas stamps or stencils but I must say I love that Tim Holtz one, a lot lol! x

  2. the gingerbread men display looks fabulous, and i love your card!

  3. Awe I love gingerbreadmen too and yes I agree they have to be the colours, your card is so sweet Jane and I do love that knit stencil.
    It really is hard to believe that Daisy is 3, such a great age though!!
    Enjoy the rest of the week,
    V x

  4. a really beautiful card Jane - i love your combination of elements - perfect - love it xx

  5. Oh Jane - what a wonderful display at Garsons! And your Christmas card is fabulous!! I bet they will fly for sure. You reminded me I have a Gingerbread man die here - unused as yet! Thanks for the nudge although my effort won't be as fabulous as yours!

    And I do so look forward to tales of sweet little Daisy's Birthday. Bless her little cotton socks :)


    Di xx

  6. Gorgeous photos and I love what you've created Jane!
    I cannot wait to see the fabulous cake you are baking for Daisy!
    How could she possibly be 3 already? I remember when she was born!

  7. I think your card is wonderful.. I love seeing unbleached natural paper used and the red checked ribbon is perfect.. love all the white images too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Love the photos of the gorgeous display and your resulting inspired card, the background, elements and more neutral colour tones are so pleasing to the eye and the pop of red on the ribbon draws your eyes right into it. Great job Jane, I love it xxx

  9. Oh my gosh, that gingerbread display is just about the yummiest thing I've ever seen, what a wonderful Christmas window!! Love your card, the kraft and white work so well together and sure did capture the feel of the window display in your card! Have a lovely day my friend :)

  10. The store with the gingerbread display is fantastic and just shows how imaginative one can be for a store front. This should bring people in. I am loving your card and i need to get that Nordic stencil..notice I said need not want:) I love the crispness of the white and kraft on the card. so pretty. I love fairies too so looking forward to the party pictures. I have made 4 more tags so I need to get them on my blog!

  11. OMG, this is so beautiful! The nordic stencil is gorgeous and I love the colour palette. Thank you for sharing with us at the Ribbon Girl, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  12. what a cute gingerbread inspired card. Kraft and white are so pretty together.
    thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Die challenge
    Barb Housner (DT)

  13. What a super card inspired by your day out. I love the kraft and white with the red gingham ribbon, this combo really works well for this Christmas theme. Many thanks for sharing it with us at ABC Christmas this time.
    Lorraine DT

  14. Gorgeous card Jane, I love that you used the display for your inspiration, the gingerbread man with the kraft and white looks fabulous with the red gingham, very cute 😍

    Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge
    Lols x X X

  15. Hello dear Jane,

    What a wonderful creation - your gingerbread men-card is the sweetest! And that festive window... No wonder you got inspired! We're getting so near... Happy times!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  16. A very pretty creation for our Christmas themes at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges, many thanks for joining in. And sorry to be so late arriving here Jane.

    B x

  17. What an absolutely gorgeous window display TYFS and it certainly inspired you to make a fab card - love it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black & More. Lynn x DT

  18. Beautiful background! Beautiful card have you made.
    Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

  19. A gorgeous Chrimas card Jane. A lovely colour combination, perfect for Christmas and a fab design. Beautiful amde!! I like your Christmas photos too. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

  20. This is so beautiful - just my sort of style. I'm hoping to visit my local Garsons soon too. Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with a Die.

    Emma - DT

  21. Love this. All the Gingerbread. So fun! Thanks for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.

  22. Wonderful design and details! The Kraft background sure makes this rustic glam card pop. Working with that TH stencil is not easy (IMHO) so I give you major props! Gingerbr ad is such a staple of the holiday spirit and it is lovely to see here. Awesome sauce and fantabulous!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute for our "Rustic Glam" challenge. Hugz. ~Niki DT

  23. What a fun place to start, and a lovely visit! This is such a fun and personal take on Linda's tag, which I love. That silly 'ole gingerbread man sure looks amazing on the knit. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamps and Stencils. Hugs, Autumn

  24. Oh be still my heart, I am in love! This is absolutely PERFECT, Jane! The gingerbread man and the mittens are just the right touch and of course, it MUST have red gingham ribbon! I had such fun making my tag and it looks like you did too. Thanks for sharing the store displays - they are awesome!


  25. Wow beautiful inspirations for your beautiful card! Thank You for playing along with HLS Anything Goes with Dies.

  26. What perfect photos to share alongside your fab take on Tag #6! Lovely, lovely post altogether.
    Alison x

  27. Your card is so pretty, absolutely love it x


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