24 December 2014

A Merry Christmas to All My Blog Friends

Hi everyone and welcome back to the last of my posts before Christmas. Thank you so much for bearing with me over the past month+ - it's been so incredibly busy here, but with the last of the projects completed for now I'm hoping to get some time to catch up with all those wonderful comments and spend some precious time with the family! As previously promised I'm finishing up with my take on Tim Holtz December 2014 Tag.


This card needed to be special as it was created for and with my crafting bestie in mind - the wonderful Anne. I followed Tim's instructions for the base layer (using Weathered Wood rather than Faded Jeans) adding extra drips of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain and a little Frayed Burlap Ink around the edges. The Watering Can Archival Stamping used the spruce sprigs stamp from the Christmas Blueprints 4 set.


I LOVED messing with the Distress Spray Stains on Specialty Paper. The mottled effects are quite something and die cut beautifully. And as this was made for Anne it was the perfect opportunity to use the Friends die with kraft core card. To make the words work I cut 'best' using the Lowercase Block Talk die - that seemed like the ideal thing to use the Distress Glitter on in the way Tim described.


Then it came to trying out Frosted sheets. If I'd used a patterned Texture Fades folder the detail of the holiday greenery would have been lost. Bring on one of the debossing folders! Boy it was all easy to use and no horrible lines from the edge of the folder either. By adding another piece of kraft core card below the debossing it not only made it stand out more, it also provided the place to attach the Frosted sheet to the card.


I know Tim added Pine Twine and various other embellishments to his tag but I just didn't want to detract from what was already in place, so I went with a sprig of holly leaves and berries and some of those gorgeous Mirrored Stars to complete the design. Even I'm thrilled with how this turned out, especially as it was for such an important friend.


I think the words on this card sum up beautifully what I've discovered since beginning this creative journey - I have found some of the best and most genuine friends ever along the way and even have the luck to work alongside so many of them.

To all of you out there who are lovely enough to stop by and visit my little part of blogland I wish you the happiest Christmas ever and hope the New Year brings you health and happiness. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

24 comments:

  1. Wow Jenny. What a treasure this is too, I just love all the textures and colours you have used to create this amazing creation. This year has been so special for you and Thank you for sharing your inspiration too. Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you and the family. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  2. Good morning Jenny,
    What a stunner, Anne will love and treasure it.
    I just love what you do to create such special creations.
    You know this is way different from the things I do but with your influence I have put a "toe" in the water!!! I am going to continue. Hopefully by this time next year I will have a whole "foot" in.
    Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration.
    You have had a fantastic year and I hope next year brings you all the things you wish for.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    John & I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
    Love & hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  3. Oh you creative genius! Wonderful Jenny - lovely card and gorgeous for Anne. A stunning interpretation. May your Christmas be full of laughter and love! Nikki xx

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  4. Oooh this is lovely - haven't looked at Tims tag this month but wish I had as I have some frosted sheet squirrelled away - I might see if I can get a late one made next week (like that will probably happen but I am ever optimistic!). Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year.

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  5. Wow, this is a stunning Christmas card, Jenny.

    Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year to you and yours, dear Jenny

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  6. What a beautiful card version of Tim's tag Jenny! Anne will ADORE this (Can I be your best found friend too???!!! LOL!!!) I find this card so cool and calming - and I'm going back up to read more slowly how you made it! So glad you can finally rest - and enjoy this most blessed season - Merry Christmas - I am thrilled to be getting to know you on the AVJ team!

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  7. Anne, you're so lucky! I would LOVE to hop the Atlantic and come craft with you 2 for a day...or a week! Beautiful card!!!! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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  8. Oh Jenny, everyone is so right, I absolutely adore my beautiful card and it is all the more special because you made it for me. You are a true, dear and very special friend! So pleased to hear that you got everything done, now just enjoy your family time, have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!! Big festive hugs, Anne xxx

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  9. This is a beautiful card Jenny! Lucky Anne! Thank you for all your kind comments. Merry Christmas to you and all the best for 2015! Karen.x

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  10. You really deserve some special time with your friends and family. I can't believe how busy you have been in the build up to today. I wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas and a wonderful year ahead. Thanks for all your incredible inspiration which you post here. I love coming to visit you.

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  11. I can imagine how delighted Anne will be when she gets your Beautiful!
    I trust you had a lovely Christmas. Thank you for your words of encouragement throughout 2014 - they mean a lot to me.

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  12. this is a beautiful card for Anne to treasure Jenny - gorgeous!! Big hugs and hope that your christmas was merry xx

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  13. I have enjoyed all your posts tremendously. This is a lovely card for a friend. I hope you enjoy your holidays!

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  14. This is totally scrumptious, Jenny, and just perfect for the one and only Annie!! She will treasure it always!! I hope you had a happy Christmas with your family and I wish you all the best in the new year!! Hugs, Darnell

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  15. What a gorgeous take on Tim's tag...shhhh! I like yours better! Anne is one lucky gal to receive this special card! I love the way the debossing turned out and what a great composition! Lovely! Have a Happy New Year!

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  16. What a fantastic card, Jenny - a wonderful take on Tim's inspiration, and a glorious greeting to the lovely Anne. Brilliant!

    Hope you're enjoying a fabulous 12 Days with friends and family, and having a well-earned rest for a while!
    Alison xx

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  17. Have a wonderful New Year Jenny
    Luv Von ♥

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  18. Merry late Christmas to you, but I know you had a wonderful time! Oh my this card is total gorgeousness! What a lovely Christmas card! Wishing you all the best for the New Year! Hugs!

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  19. Hi Jenny! This is yet another fabulous card, I just love your style! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, I sure did, but I admit it's great to be back to my craft room! Here's to another fabulous year full of crafts and fun! I look forward to learning from you and being inspired by you in the upcoming year! see you again soon, hugs :) see you again soon, big new year hugs :)

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  20. Did I ever tell you that your cards are really my favourite of all the ones that I look at? Thanks again for stopping by my OCC Induction Blog post today. I CANT BELIEVE I'M DOING THAT CAN YOU? OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

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  21. I've spent quite a while studying this card Jenny....it's exceptional and I'm so pleased that it's made for the lovely Anne. Your cards can sometimes seem understated at first glance but in fact the techniques, artistry and time that go into each can be mesmerising. I know Anne will treasure it. I do hope TH admires it too, he really should! Nicola x

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  22. Ps hope you have had super Christmas. Have a wonderful 2015. Nicola x

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  23. Hello Jenny! Wonderful card and it's so lovely that you have a chance to craft with your bestie :). I hope you had a peaceful & blessed Christmas and that you are enjoying the last few days of 2014. Have a wonderful and fruitful New Year, full of kindness and creative flair! Big hugs xxx

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  24. This is absolutely beautiful Jenny, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year. Sue xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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