Saturday, 9 December 2017

Getting the list ticked

I am getting more ticked off my list including writing and sending all my Christmas cards and buying my wreath for the front door. I love seeing this when I come home...a festive welcome every time.
 My vintage advent calendar is revealing such sweet scenes each morning
I have been very busy indeed looking after Bear but I did manage 2 days of Christmas shopping. One with my best friend Karen and one with my darling daughter and Jack...just look how he is growing...
My darling little man. 
I manged to make some crafty time as there are some fun challenges I wanted to join in with. 
Inspired by my retro advent calender and Jack's cool jumper I made my December page for my art journal. 
I had lots of spare Christmas die cuts sitting on the side so I stuck them down and added some gesso and also a holly mask to my paper.
I knew this would leave lots of lovely texture so out came my Distress paints and I got very messy!
After spritzing and spraying I was left with a cool background. 
I stamped out one of my favourite Stampendous stamps 3 times
 and water coloured a few as I wanted to decoupage the frame.
I put together a very festive scene but chilly scene. You can see how the holly mask shows up w

Peeping through the window to the cottage in the distance looking warm and cosy in the snow.
I made lots of inky and textured elements and tried to keep to quite a retro feel.
Of course mittens in the snow are you remember having strings on yours as a child? 

My art journal page was made for the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #11
If you would like to play along with Linda's challenge you can see all the rules here. There are some great prizes for the winners too. The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Linda shares a tag each week and you just have to take something from it and make something Christmas themed.
You can also combine it with any other challenges. We are up to the penultimate challenge.
This is Linda's tag for week 11 here. I used the red and white background and the fun mittens for some of my inspiration.

A vintage journey winter wonderland

The craft barn 12 month challenge December  I have really enjoyed playing along with this challenge and I managed to enter every month of the year. 

Simon says stamp Monday icy inspiration

Let's Craft and Create 2/3 anything Christmas

Try it on Tuesday  2/3 Twinkle twinkle, sparkles etc

The artistic stamper 2/3  Christmas

Rubber dance 2/3 glitter/colour option I chose the glitter option

Stamping sensations 2/3 Winter trees and flowers

That's Crafty 1/3 tis the season

We have an exiting weekend ahead as our babies are coming up to visit tomorrow. I have even made mince pies as they are my daughter's favourite. 

Enjoy getting your lists ticked too and have a lovely weekend. I will be back on Monday with the first of 2 Disneyland Paris Moments I have made.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave, especially at such a busy time of the year.

Jane x


  1. Oh wow- this card is admirable - so beautiful Jane! Thank you very much for joining Try It On Tuesday with this beautiful christmas artpiece! Your grandson is just lovely and your wreath and advent calendar are both very festive! Thank you for sharing your world with us!
    oxo Susi

  2. Your creation is just beautiful Jane, you have inspired me to do that! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  3. What a beautiful creation - so vibrant and Christmassy with that snowy scene. I was struggling with mine but realise I have a Christmas village stamp so will use that! Elaine xx

  4. What a beautiful wreath, so festive! We bought a really nice one a few years ago to hang on the outside door, and 3 days later it was gone. Someone stole it, can you believe that!! No more decorations outside for me. Wow Jack is getting so big, what a cutie! Absolutely amazing Christmas creation! I just love how you made the little cottage scene through the window! happy weekend :)

  5. Another fabulous post and creation Jane. How that little man has grown! ...and yes I remember mittens on strings!! Bracing ourselves here for snow tonight and praying it misses us! xx

  6. I love your very festive and chilly scene Jane! Thanks for sharing it with us at TioT this time. Hugs!

  7. A very Christmassy scene for your December journal page......beautiful!! :)
    Little Jack is so cute and growing up so fast, such a gorgeous little boy!
    Enjoy your family weekend,
    V x

  8. Its a wonderful scene, so festive. Thank you for joining us all at TioT's this time.

  9. How beautiful and truly in the spirit of Christmas dear Jane!
    Yes, my mittens had strings too and I remember adding one to my children's as well ;-)
    Lovely pictures! Thank You~


  10. Love your wreath and card.. I adore the vintage scene and your watercoloring of it. Now.. that little darling grandson of yours is ADORABLE!! Enjoy your time with he and Daisy Jane. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

  11. A great creation for our current challenge at Stamping Sensations, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  12. Fabulous way to end off the poem. I love all of the little details. Well done for sticking with it over the year xx

  13. Cute and cozy, lovely background looking as a frosty window. Thank you for joining our Icy theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  14. It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas Jane.. Super Seasonal make.
    Thank you for join in with the That's Crafty Blog Challenge.
    Best Wishes Tracey DT

  15. A truly wonderful page! Love the texture and I love the scene through the window! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  16. Such a Christmassy page, loving that vibrant red.

  17. What a great design! Love those darling tiny mittens. I just got a similar die and can't wait to use mine for this challenge. I love your MM background and precious window idea. Hugs, Autumn

  18. This is really lovely Jane, the little window is perfect, just like an advent callendar, and I love the frosty feel to it all. Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge again at Rubber Dance, and have a fun week. Sue xx

  19. Outstanding work!!! I love it and I your little man looks super cute, too! Thank you for joining the Rubber Dance December challenge. xx Susanne.

  20. Gorgeous project, thanks so much for joining us at TIOT, hugs, Valerie

  21. Gorgeous make ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper (
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  22. A lovely festive make with a vintage feel. The little cottage in the snow looks very cosy.
    Merry Christmas!

  23. Such a lovely page! thank you for going through the year with the Craft Barn Month Challenge xx

  24. Another super creation for our winter trees and flowers theme! Thanks againfor joining us at Stamping Sensations!

  25. A fabulous finale to the Craft Barn challenge. So much detail and texture on your page. Happy Christmas!

  26. Another lovely post and creation!
    Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft & Create Challenge. Best of luck with your entry.

    Mary Owner & DT Member for Let's Craft & Create...

  27. Warmth and ice! What a sweet scene you have created here, Jane! I love looking through the window. It's amazing how you have been able to use red and create such a icy feel to the background. Wonderful make for week #10!


  28. Really nice work Jane. I always enjoy visiting your blog because you make it so fun and beautiful. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  29. Hi again
    Truly this project is beautiful...brings out the Christmas feel....falalala la la la,,,Thank you so much for joining us this month at LCC. Hope to see you again soon...
    DT Mukta
    Let's Craft and Create


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Jane x