22 December 2012

Ho ho ho!!

That's what I imagine Santa would have said if he'd seen me at the bottom of the stairs in the wee hours of this morning!! Woke up in a blind panic that I'd left the outdoor lights on and went hairing downstairs in the dark - only our malamute insists on sleeping at the bottom of the stairs (we call her 13th step) so I knew I had to avoid her. Being one step higher than I thought I was and full of that rotten boomerang cold again an ungraceful swandive then occurred resulting in some large bruises (to my body and ego!!) It's a definite Hels story, which is thoroughly appropriate as my final post before Christmas includes my entry to her Sunday Stamper Holly challenge.

As ever the UK has no sunlight (plenty of rain if anyone wants some!!) so apologies for the artificial lighting.

Elements for this include holly from my altered yellow card, another postcard image from the fabulous Astrid and some metal foil splurged with red pepper and oregano alcohol inks (sounds more like a pizza topping!)

That Basic Grey paper has worked well this year and it's been good to play with other tag tying options such as this fab glitter ribbon and some basic string lightly inked.

The background is quite subtle for me. The mustard Mulberry paper was way too strong so a touch of green pearl WOW embossing powder over DI Peeled Paint and a slosh of Picket Fence Stain/DI Walnut Stain edging made the world of difference.

I'm squeezing in one final challenge piece for Anything But A Card Challenge - Seasonal Holiday.

The central panel was made using Tim Holtz' alcohol ink resist technique (Compendium of Curiosities 2) and the whole bag used stamps from Creative Expressions.

Lots of Cosmic Shimmer mists were used on plain card and I used Sue Wilson's faux pearl idea too.

Have to say I am a fan of the detail you get when using WOW embossing powders.
Some quick heads up - Create and Craft are selling off a Ferro set for £10 and The Range have Papermania mini alphabet stamp sets for a huge £1!!!!
And finally (thank goodness I hear you cry) a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to follow me and leave comments since my debut 9 months ago. It has been a rollercoaster ride that is SO on the up next year, and you have been the best bunch of crafting friends a gal could have. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you have the best Christmas ever and the New Year brings everything you wish for.
Huge Christmasy hugs, Jenny xxx


  1. oh no!!! That is so what I would do hun, hope the bruises go fast! Love your makes, the tag is gorgeous and I love that bag lots.... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper and a very happy Christmas to you and yours x

  2. Oh Jenny! I hope you are OK? I would have a warm bath, a hot toddy (if only I could drink) and try and relax for a hour or two this evening....... Love your tag, beautiful colours and so many wonderful elements to look at. Your bag is gorgeous too, such a beautiful way to wrap a gift. Thanks for the tips too. Only one more post for me too, later tonight. You have been one of the best crafting friends ever since we started our blog journies around the same time. Have a wonderful Christmas..... Hugs, Anne x

  3. Oh, ouch...it's the kind of thing I'd do - I once nearly killed myself while doing a display in my classroom (long story)but at least the bag and tag are beautiful! If you've got any arnica try that for the bruises. Have a cool Yule and see you in 2013! xxKeren

  4. Sorry to hear about your tumble, hope you didn't injure the 13th step as well! Take care and hope the bruises go soon. Two beautiful makes here and thanks but no thanks to some of your rain - plenty too much here!!

  5. You poor lamb - I do hope you are ok. Stunning creations - love all your wonderful detailing. Enjoy Strictly tonight (no dancing along for you!!). Hugs for you, Nicola xx

  6. That is wonderful...Have a very happy Christmas...xoxo Sioux Thanks for your happiness for me...I still can hardly believe these feelings!!

  7. Oh, ow - poor you! Love your tag - the different fabrics, papers and textures are so cool... so much eye candy! And the gift bag looks fantastic - a gift in itself... Hope you and your family have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas!!
    Alison xx

  8. Gorgeous work for both,like them very much, hope your bruises fade quickly, haven't done any swan dives lately although I have been down the stairs ungracefully about half a dozen times. Last time I woke up at the bottom of the spiral staircase - I so want a bungalow. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a great 2013. xx Flora

  9. Ouch!
    A wonderful post to end the year with as the colours are so rich (well done you with the artificial light, I have projects building up due to being unable to take any photos) and all those glorious details and that bag - wow.
    Jenny it has been such a pleasure getting to know you and your art and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us in 2013. A big thank you for your supportive comments. What makes a blog is the friends that visit and it is so lovely that you have become one of those.
    Seasons Wishes

  10. Wow, your tag is adorable, dear Jenny. Get well soon.

    Merry Christmas for you and yours

  11. Sorry for your swan dive and bruises. I am very graceful like that myself. :-)

    Hope you will be alright.

    Your tag is so lovely! Thank you for sharing.

    Happy Holidays

  12. I looove these! They are like little pieces of art! :)

  13. WOW What a lovely pair, love the holly on the tag and everything about the bag!!!

    Hope you don't get too stiff and end up too black n blue!!!

    Wishing you and yours a great Christmas and all the very best for the coming year.

    Sam xxx

  14. Beautiful tag Jenny! And I hope all your bruises heal soon {hug} <3

    Wishing you and your loved ones magical, peaceful and very merry Christmas!

    Love, Joanna xx

  15. Oh! Ouch! I bet that really hurt. Hope the bruises don`t show when you are wearing your "Party Dress" over the festive season............!!!

    Your tag is stunning I love all the texture you have got there.

    Have a Great Christmas and a Very Happy new Year

    Patricia xx

  16. You poor thing! At least you only had a canine friend to watch your humiliation! I do hope you're not in too much pain.
    You've made a fab job with the photos in artificial light - clever girl!
    The bag is stunning and I love everything about it - if it glimmers, I love it! The tag is just beautiful. Rich colours, layers, texture and wonderful use of papers.
    I'm so thankful for a lovely blog friend like you - thanks for all your support. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Oh and thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time!

  17. Oh my word...I can't get over the fall! Not good...don't do that again! I hope you heal up fast! The tag is gorgeous...love the dark tones and the print on the 3D holly...beautiful! The bag has the wonderful pine needles you are so brilliant at! Love this!!! Merry Christmas to you!!!

  18. Hi Jenny. Loving your last 3posts. This is a gorgeous tag with lots of fab elements.
    Work been hectic and I have been busy crafting but no time to post. Maybe manage that tomorrow x

    Just wanted to say thank you for being a regular follower. It means so much. I love to read your comments and visit your blog. Your makes are fabulous and inspiring

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year

    Best wishes

    Annie x

  19. I guess the good thing about your 13th step Jenny is that it(they) reward you with unconditional love :)
    I hope your bruises heal quickly! Not good for the Santy photos!
    Your tag as always is just beautiful. I love the texture you always manage to achieve and pull together so well.

    Well my wonderful Blog friend we are almost to the end of the year. Visiting you and seeing what you do has on many occasions filled my heart with creative sparkle. Your comments too have lifted me during this rocky twisty year.
    Have a good one and I hope 2013 has the most wonderful adventures lined up to delight you.
    There a big cyber hug heading your way from Aus - Julie

  20. Awesome tag Jenny so full of colour and artistic adventure....hope you are ok and the bruising and all is going away....that's why I am glad we don't have stairs anymore take care and have a wonderful Christmas...luv annie xx

  21. Poor Jenny! I do hope you're feeling better? What a thing to happen. You're tag and bag are fabulous, I love the inky backgrounf on your bag, tis lushiness indeedily! (I think we will all end up speaking Hels language!) Your tag is beautiful! Thank you for your very kind and supportive comments you leave me on my blog. May you have a wonderful Christmas and I hope your bruises heal quickly.With love and hugs, barb xx

  22. The background paper you chose Jenny is perfect for your bag. I am sure that it will be a keeper for your receiver.
    Thank you for joining us at Anything But A Card Challenge this time.

  23. I bet you will be aching by now and hope you are ok.

    Great makes-both very beautiful.

    Have a nice Christmas

    Love Chrissie xx

  24. Oh Jenny I hope you are ok and not too battered and bruised, take care of yourself.
    Love your festive makes,both wonderful and evidence of your true creativity. So glad you joined the blogging scene, you are truly inspirational.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  25. Ohh, Jenny! What a nasty fall! Hope you're bruises heal quickly, and your ego even sooner!
    Love your makes! Both are gorgeous! Here in The Netherlands it's raining non-stop for a few days now... I was so hoping for a white christmas, but that's a wish I have to save for next year...
    Have a wonderful christmas!
    Hugs, Sandra

  26. YIKES!!! OUCH!!! YIKES!!! I do hope those bruises go soon....Your creations are Gorgeous as always... I wish you & your family a Wonderful Christmas & A Happy New Year... Hugs May x x x

  27. Hi Jenny, bless you and 'ouch' I hope you are ok and the bruises heal quickly. It has been a delight following your blog, your projects are such a pleasure to see, so full of depth and detail and perfectly finished, truly inspirational. Have a fantastic Christmas. XXX

  28. Ai, what a sad story, hope you are better now!
    Beautiful creations, i loooove the bag!
    Have a wonderful x-mas!

  29. These are wonderful pieces, great details.
    A Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  30. Oh dear jenny sounds like you've been having a rough time hope you are feeling better I 've had the boomerang cold as well So i know how you feel on that front. Anyway super dooper work you've posted love the tag and the gift bag. Thankyou so much for the lovely comment you left me. IVe really enjoyed joining the crafty blogging community this year and am looking forward to developing my blog and joining in more challenges with such talented company. Have a lovely christmas and best wishes for the new year x

  31. I love all the layers and details. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

  32. Yikes! Hope you are ok. Lovely makes btw. Kim

  33. Glad you are OK, but bruises and egos can hurt! Maybe a little nightlight at the end of the stairs! Falls can be very scary! Love your Pizza combo topping remark! This tag is gorgeous, love all the trims and embellsihments! So much great texture! The bag is also just wonderful!

    Have a wonderful 2013 and I can't wait to see more of your great art! Hugs!

  34. Oh, Jenny, I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. Hope you've had time to heal and be waited on. Your card and bag are fabulous - so many neat touches - I especially like the alcohol inked foil!

  35. Jenny so sorry to hear this sorry been busy with poorly boys and santa ...hoping you are feeling better
    did try to email; but could no find your address!!! silly me
    hugs trace x

  36. Pissed as usual Buttons? Hey your work is out of this world - I wanna be you!! Have LOVED every single visit to your fab blog, have a wonderful 2013 - I think its going to be your year girlfriend!!! Love Cxxx

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