Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sleeping trees

After the recent storms the trees are nearly stripped of their glorious autumnal foliage
 but there are still a few showing off their colours

 and some interesting ferns.
After  losing their leaves the silver birch reveal their gorgeous bark.
How wintry does that look?
Only a few weeks ago this avenue of trees was in  full leaf.
 Yes the trees are getting ready for the big sleep.
I managed to get my next Funkie Junkie card under my belt and I also took in a couple of other fun challenges too.
 If you would like to play along with the FJ 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.

For week #9 I was inspired by the lovely deep green/burnished back ground she made, the foliage stamping, the red and white Baker's twine and the red stamped sentiment.
This is what I got up to.

I made an inky background using various Christmas green coloured distress paints.

I added a little water to get some distressed blending.

 I then added silver metallic distress stain.

I also wanted to add some crackle as AVJ are asking for this in their challenge and I wanted to add some rustic charm to for ATBC as well as a couple of other challenges. I added gold paint to crackle paint and pressed it through my TH foliage stencil.
When it had dried I added some distress ink to highlight the cracks and around the edge of my backing card.
So here is my finished card.
The sentiment is Visible Image which I managed to snap up in their amazing Black Friday sale. I added even more texture with distressed edges, torn corrugated card and a glittered snowflake chippie.

 I do love a bit of crackle ;0)

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

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #9
Pixie's Snippets Playground #257 I used a snippet of card for my sentiment and a tiny snippet of Baker's Twine!
A Vintage Journey cracking up
Anything but Cute rustic glam
That's Crafty All grungy
An inky mess anything mixed media
Time out Christmas with an optional twist of glitter/shimmer I added the twist with my silver metallic distress stain and the glittery snowflake
Winter Wonderland poinsettia or snow is falling I have gone for snow is falling with my embellished snowflake chippie.
Merry Monday 1/3 masculine Christmas card
Christmas card challenge anything goes #50
Addicted to stamps and More anything goes
Moving along with the times anything goes with Christmas

That's another card in the stock box for selling at Dotty's Christmas market which is now only 3 days away .....this  Friday..the details are on my side bar.
I promised another sneak peek...here are some of my bag charms I will be selling.

Strawberries and chocolate are always a good combination 😄
 All the beads I use are handmade glass made by my talented lamp worker friends. All one of a kind and totally unique.

I hope this little owl will fly off my stall to a new home.

Thanks for visiting and for your very kind comments. I must fly as I really need to get my very last bits of stock made.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. oooh love the gold crackle Jane...lovely card. Your bag charms are gorgeous and I should know as I have a few!! ;) They will sell well, I know it, they are the perfect little stocking filler or gift for a secret Santa!
    I noticed the silver birches here last weekend, they are pretty.
    As for Black Friday, ahem, its tempting isn't it, I may have purchased some fabric!! :)
    Happy Tuesday my friend, chilly here but thankfully bright,
    V x

  2. Super card Jane, and I do love the crackle :) Gosh your handbag charms are beautiful - I bet they'll fly out of the door! Good luck with Dotty's Christmas Market - just wish I could hop in the car and surprise you!


    Di xx

    1. Aww Di I wish that too. It would be so lovely to see you xx

  3. Your trees look just like ours here. Your card is wonderful, as always. I bet your bag charms will sell well.. I love mine. Do let us know how the sale goes! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Lovely card, very clever effects! And the bag charms all look lovely...I still love mine that I won in your giveaway a few years ago now! Hope the sale goes really well.
    Helen xox

  5. Loving all the tree photo's. Such a shame they've been made naked so soon!

    Great looking bag charms and I love your card too. Good luck at the craft fair.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Wow..gorgeous card and a fun post to read! Thanks for sharing at The Christmas Card Challenges..so happy you joined us!

  7. You are one busy lady - your card is so artsy fartsy and I love it! great pictures too - I enjoyed looking at them.
    Fantastic bag charms - do you have an esty shop?
    Sandy xx

  8. You do have a shop on Etsy and I just visited! Looks like a great place to sell your bag charms to me!!
    Sandy xx

  9. Your pictures are beautiful and that 2nd picture makes me think of a fairy land. Love the card and the depth. I love the background and the leaves. . The charms are great as well.

  10. What a great post Jane! Love your Christmas card, the background is just amazing and I love the glittery snowflake. So festive and frosty!! We don't have any white birch trees around here, they really are a glorious tree, even naked!! That fern bush is really something, those orange tips must look so amazing in person. Your gift bag charms are so delightful, love the owl!! Sorry I've been so scarce, November has been a bit challenging, working to catch up now. sending hugs :)

  11. What a lovely card Jane xx thank you for hopping on board with us at AVJ for Alison's Cracking Up challenge
    Best wishes
    Annie DT x

  12. Another super cool take! Such an inspiration, how I love that sentiment stamp! So glad you could share with us at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Autumn

  13. Hi Jane,

    Love the texture you have been able to add to your card here!
    Your charms are darling and so fun! How could anybody resist that chocolate?!


  14. Your photos have really captured that sense of melancholy this time of year brings with it - the last clinging leaves, the damp misty air. Lovely textured holly and greenery on your card - it looks great against the swirling colours of the background. And I'm sure your bag charms will sell like hot cakes! Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  15. This is fantastic! Your photos are beautiful too! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

  16. Love all the colors and texture in this card. Thanks for joining us at ATSM. All the very best. Nandini DT

  17. That background is gorgeous and I love your tree photos - isn't it amazing when the colours burst out of their green summer clothes :) Thanks for sharing at Time Out! Jenny x

  18. WOW< WOW WOW, this is amazing...those colors look fabulous all blended in together! I love all your texture and the way you added the sentiment piece! Thank you so much for sharing this at Merry Monday!

  19. Ahhhh - Jane - you have given us so many WONDROUS creations for the Rustic Glam challenge and I have enjoyed seeing each one. And I also enjoy all your photos - each one is a treat. This is such a lovely card - subdued and peaceful. I always love anything with corrugated cardboard too! Your bag charms are amazing - you have such patience - wow. Thanks bunches for joining the Anything But Cute Rustic Glam Challenge! j.

  20. Gorgeous card Jane. Love all the photos of the trees and your charms too!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Lou DT xo

  21. Thanks for entering our Christmas Cards Challenge and good luck!
    Monica - CCC DT

  22. Jane, I love your take on Linda's 9th tag--the background is lovely and the layered sentiment is gorgeous! But my favorite bit is your glittery snowflake! I must remember I have some chippie flakes lying around somewhere! thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

    PS I bet those charms did fly off the wall at your market! They are sweet, and the hand crafted glass beads are the perfect special touch! Loved seeing your trees through your eyes--birch is my favorite!

  23. I love how you've used the "traditional" Christmas colours and given them a distressed and rustic twist! The crackled gold looks beautiful on the stencilled images. Thanks for playing along with us again at MAWTT, Emma (DT)

  24. Hello Jane,

    Love love love those new charms! So pretty, each and all of them! And your card is gorgeous too, these "not too traditional" Christmas cards are wonderful, your creativity is endless!

    Happy December days, dear friend!


  25. Wow you do some amazing work!!! Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

  26. Love your project and inspiration! :)
    Thanks for sharing over at the Christmas Card Challenge!

  27. Your background is beautiful and I love the crackled stenciling. The pop of red provided by the sentiment tis the perfect accent. Thanks for playing. We are nearing the finish line and I'm grateful for you staying in the game!


  28. Fabulous background and love all the texture-love all the bag charms and tree pics too----Thank you for joining us at A Inky Mess
    Carol DT x


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