Wednesday, 7 December 2016


We had some very crisp cold days last week and I loved the frost that formed over the windows of my sleeping studio.
Billy went out and back indoors very quickly

Such pretty patterns, they looked just like snowflakes and inspired my work today.
Now that Dotty's Market is over I had a tiny bit of time just to craft for myself. There are still some fun challenges running and I decided to combine a few with a Yuletide post. The letter over at the Craft Barn dictionary challenge is Y and that seemed a perfect word to use.

 I could also have some fun with other Christmas related challenges. I decided to make a new art journal page.
Inspired by the snowflake like icicles I stamped and white embossed some snowflakes over a sheet of plain red scrapbook paper.

I used this lovely Christmas poem; I am unsure of the author;

There’s so much more to Christmas
than candlelight and cheer.
It’s the spirit of sweet friendship 
that brightens all year.
It’s the thoughtfulness and kindness,
it’s hope reborn again.
For peace, for understanding

and goodwill to men!
I then used a lovely Paperartsy set of stamps to add some Christmas words and music.

Whilst looking for my Christmas paper I found a sheet of really old scraps which I must have had in my stash for over 20 years. I thought they were perfect to add to my page.

Here is what I made;

I would like to enter my art journal page into the following challenges;

The Craft Barn dictionary challenge Y for Yuletide. The definition is in the bottom right corner.
The Funkie Junkie week #11
For week #11 of Linda's challenge I was inspired by her red paper, the snowflakes, the joyful words and the gingham ribbon. 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.
A vintage journey winter magic
Emerald Creek Dares 2/3  winter wishes
Simon Says stamp Monday Ice inspiration
                                                Sparkles Christmas Christmas is coming
Simon Says Work it Wednesday 2/3 use dies
The Artistic Stamper 3/3 Christmas
Winter Wonderland 2/3 frame it or night scene my poem is framed by the holly and robins
Crafty Boots unltd Christmas
Let's craft and create 2/3 Christmas

My Hb and I had a day out Christmas shopping today and had a very successful shop. I hope you are getting that list ticked too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you leave at such a busy time of the year for everyone. Take care.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. So beautiful Jane...very traditional, I love the robins and such a lovely poem. :)
    Still more shopping to do here I'm afraid!!
    It was 14C here today, it is actually still 12C as I type this at 9.30pm!! Crazy!
    Enjoy the end of the week my dear,
    V x

  2. Lovely page Jane and lovely poem too. Shopping all done and written...just the cake to ice next! (Never ending isn't it!)

  3. Lovely, Jane - so special to see those old stickers being used! I love birds, too, and snowflakes, and they make a lovely page! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  4. It sure looks cold there!!!! No more frost for me - and I love frost and snow and ice and grey weather. Now what am I doing living in Florida!
    Sandy xx

  5. Loved seeing the ice crystals on the studio windows.. and funny to see how fast Billy does his business when it's cold out. :-) . Love the art piece you did. So neat to use the vintage birds in it. We're supposed to get quite a bit of snow tomorrow.. should be interesting. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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

  6. Loving the yuletide feel to this and what a great quote. Great frosty photos too!

  7. Great page; I love all the elements. I also love looking at frost patterns!

  8. A really lovely page Jane. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
    Cathy DT Member

  9. Lovely work, Jane...such gorgeous colours and sweet images to go with the lovely poem. Those frosty windows look amazing...very festive. So good you and your hb got lots of Christmas shopping hoping to do some with my daughter tomorrow!
    Helen xox

  10. A wonderful piece of inspiration Jane, a beautiful little poem and such pretty papers. Thank you for playing along with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  11. I love those mornings too, crisp and bright. Your page is wonderful, full of the essence of Christmas with great images and scrap pieces that bring it all together beautifully xxx

  12. It's a beautiful Page Jane!
    a lovely mix of contemporary and vintage ;-)

  13. Brrr! Those frosty panes remind me of my childhood central heating then! A lovely festive page.

  14. What a beautiul page Jane. I love that poem, so perfect for the holidays. Your birds and holly sprigs are wonderfully festive and the non-traditional colours of the background add a little extra interest. Wonderful!

    That's a beautiful frost pattern on the window. We got a frost, but it was quite light and disappeared in a couple of hours. They are saying snow for Monday night, so keep your fingers crossed that I wake up to a Winter Wonderland Tuesday morning. sending hugs :)

  15. Hello dear Jane,

    What a beautiful creation, a lovely poem and those sweet birdies! And love your shed, it is there waiting for those sunny spring days&you... Happy weekend, dear friend!


  16. A lovely page, and beautiful words Jane!

  17. Another fab page Jane, love those little robins! Thanks for joining us over at Sparkles Monthly, Love Jacky x

  18. Such a pretty page harking back to days gone by.

  19. I love the background Jane, Sara Naumann's line of stamps are great to create your own designer paper! Lovely page.

  20. A wonderful nostalgic feel to your page and those scraps are gorgeous.
    Julie x

  21. Lovely page full of interest.

  22. Fabulous photos they'd make a great reference for an abstract painting. Your page is very festive makes me feel quite nostalgic x

  23. Thank you for sharing the poem on your lovely page. Thank you, too, for entering The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge xx

  24. Your page makes me feel very nostalgic, Jane. Lovely background and vintage stickers. Wonderful poem that pulls it all together.


  25. Wow you have captured some lovely and stunning photo's there! Great journal page you have done well in pulling it all together. Thanks for joining Lets craft and create.

  26. Lovely page Jane thanks for joining in the fun at The Artistic Stamper - Debs DT

  27. Fabulous!! Thank you so much for joining us at Let's Craft and Create :)

  28. Taking inspiration from all the magic around you Jane I love that gorgeous journal page. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey xx


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