Sunday, 17 December 2017

Ring the bells

I am back with my 2nd inspiration project for our current Christmas, with optional red, green and rust challenge over at Country View.
This time next week it will be Christmas exciting.
 There is nothing more Christmassy than poinsettia is there...I spotted these beauties in the week.

Remember that you can enter our challenge as many times as you like and combine with any other challenges. Your make can be anything creative! You may even be the lucky random winner of the £20 CVC voucher.

All the details can be found here

For this challenge I created rusty bells from card to make 2 Christmas cards.  I shared my jingle bells card on the 1st December here. 

Today I am sharing the card I made with the church bell die cut.

I added lots of texture and rust to my large bell and decided that this time I wanted a plain red background. I used a knitted embossing folder on my red card to give some texture. 
and finished off with an apt stamped sentiment and a nice big bow.

 I would like to join in with the following challenges;

Deep Ocean jingle bells
That's Crafty 2/3 tis the season
Simon says stamp Monday  2/5 Christmas/winter holidays
Crafty Catz 2/3 anything goes
Fussy and fancy 2/3 Christmas
A bit more time to craft 2/3 anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends anything goes

You have until 31st December to join in with our last challenge of 2017. It would be lovely to see you there. All the details can be found here

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 15 December 2017

10 more days

It's just 10 days now until the big day...goodness me I still have some things to do but I am feeling very festive...just like this lovely angel I spotted in a shop.

It is time for my last Guest designer post for STAMPlorations. Today is the mid way reminder for the current theme and sketch challenge
We would like to see you use gold on your project and you can also use this fab sketch. You can also ditch the colour and just go with the sketch if you would rather.
I have really enjoyed using the sketches with my cards. This is what I got up to ..I stamped and embossed the sweet reindeer from the Christmas reindeer set and one of the sentiments.

I painted them gold with my watercolours and then stitched between them following the pattern of the sketch and also around the edge of the card.
Here is my card

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

Simon says stamp Wednesday stitch it
Deep Ocean jingle bells
Simon says stamp Monday  2/5 Christmas/winter holidays
Sparkles 1/3 quickie Christmas/new year card
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Fussy and fancy 1/3 Christmas
A bit more time to craft 1/3 anything goes

You have until 31 December to link up to this fun challenge and perhaps be a lucky winner too! You can find all the details here

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shery of STAMPlorations for extending my Guest Designing until December. I have really enjoyed working with her awesome stamps and making my designs for the fun Theme and Sketch challenge.
You can also still use my code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout to get 20% off any orders. Here is the link to the website

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 14 December 2017

A white and merry Christmas

No I don't mean the weather although we did have a dusting of sleety snow on Monday....
and some really cold nights with heavy frosts.
The most festive thing that happened today arrived via Mo my trusty milkman who whatever the weather delivers my milk.
Look closely..that is no ordinary bottle of milk....
 Yes...squeal...the festive foils are back!
 Every single year I am never sure they will return as they must add to the costs but Mo has made me smile again today. Since I was a little girl I have looked forward to seeing my ordinary milk bottle caps turn festive. Yes I's the little things that please me, but they really do.

This inspired me to put together a very red festive Christmas card using one of my favourite Christmas sentiment stamps which I stamped in red ink and die cut a frame. 
I die cut some of my favourite Christmasy images and added some gold gilding paste to the bauble. 

and here is my card
with plenty of bling

It was made for the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #12
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. Today is my final entry, I have had great fun playing along this year, despite my other crafting commitments. 
This is Linda's tag for week 12 here. I used the red and white background, the die cut snowflakes, the deer and the retro feel for some of my inspiration for my card.

A vintage journey winter wonderland

Simon says stamp Monday Christmas/winter holidays

Let's Craft and Create 3/3 anything Christmas

Frilly and Funkie 1/3 Most memorable Christmas gift This annual tradition (long may it last) of my milkman bringing my festive foils really is one of my memorable gifts to me at Christmas. I know that it is not a physical gift but its return takes me right back to those 1960s Christmases  and rekindles the magic of Christmas past, present and future.

That's Crafty 2/3 tis the season

Winter wonderland 1/3 anything goes

Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies

Dies R us 1/3 Christmas carols Mine is In the Bleak Midwinter

Deep Ocean Jingle bells

I am hoping to get Billy to type up his Old Choc post soon, he is back downstairs now that Bear has gone home but needs a rest on his green chair first.

I am here again tomorrow with my final guest designer post for STAMPlorations so I hope to see you back very soon.
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. I am hoping to get my crackers started at the weekend...busy busy and the elf here is no help at all 😉
Bye for now,

Jane x