I guess it is a special day when post something to my blog these days! But actually the special day was the birthday of a friend that I took time to to make a card for. Oh my, did it ever feel great to get into my craft room after such a long absence!
I took inspiration from the current theme over on the Frilly and Funkie blog. Jenny is hosting a challenge called Enjoy Your Embossing. That got me started with a texture paste embossed background. I applied it through the Tim Holtz Flourishes stencil onto white card stock. When that was dry, Whale Watch Blue from Lindy's Stamp Gang Nantucket Pearls spray set was sprayed on. I also sprayed the Lindy's on another sheet of white CS and then used a pretty Spellbinders die to cut the panel at the bottom of the card. Then, using Tumbled Glass DI, I stamped with Wendy Vecchi's polka dot stamp and cut my flowers out of that. The die cut flower shapes were misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist, scrunched and dried with my heat tool. That made them nice and firm and all to take the Vintage Photo DI that I sponged the edges with. I layered them together and added a gold center.
Next I got out my Inka Gold Old Silver and applied it to just about everything. Using a Mini Ink Blending tool, I applied it to all the high spots on the embossing and to all the edges of the flower petals (actually I did that before layering them together). I even applied it to the curved die cut. Using the new Wildflowers die from Tim Holtz (coming in next week - I got mine at CHA) I cut the wildflowers from Kraft CS and edged it with Vintage Photo.
After assembling everything together, I added a stamped sentiment from an ancient stamp set from PaperTreyInk (looks like it is still available here). I decided it needed a few more flowers in the upper left and just for kicks, I added a metal charm. The charm started out as bronze but I rubbed on a bit of the Inka Gold Old Silver and added a scrap of seam binding dyed with Tumbled Glass. The sentiment was cut with a Thinlits die from the Tim Holtz Labels set and the little banner for the Happy Birthday was hand cut.
Thanks so much for visiting me today. I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted but January is incredibly busy for store owners with CHA and so much new product coming out. I ordered so many new products while at CHA. Some of the new products are brand new on the market such as the MISTI and Mini MISTI, real wood paper and the PenBlade retractable craft knives. It was like springtime this week when we received a huge shipment of gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. We are getting a huge order in from Prima this week, next week all the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology is coming in and the first release of the Tim's Sizzix Alterations dies too. Stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and click on New Arrivals to see all the new products in the shop. Check the Pre-orders tab too and you will be able to see all the other new products that will be arriving over the next month or so.
The products below were used to make this card. They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Tim Holtz/Ranger/Sizzix and most other name brand products are always 20% off list.
I needed a quick card to send to a family who hosted us for Christmas dinner last week. I wanted something fairly flat that I could send through the mail and also didn't have a lot of time (couldn't squeeze out the 3++ hours it usually take me to "whip something up"). I came up with this simple A2 size two-layer card.
I cut a piece of kraft card stock 11x 4.5 and folded it in the middle. Using the Tim Holtz Mini Weathered Winter stamp set, I stamped with Ranger Glacier White Pigment Ink and dried the ink with my heat gun. Then it was spattered with Picket Fence distress stain and I made tiny dots on it with Glossy Accents, shook on Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and tapped off the excess.
Using a Spellbinders die I bought back in the day, I cut a panel from kraft CS. Using my finger, I edged it (somewhat messily) with my finger, stamped one of the largest snowflakes in the center and again dried or heat set it with my heat gun. The pigment inks never seem to dry by themselves so I always heat set them. The sentiment from Stamping' Up stamped with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink. The tag was cut with Tim's Framelits Tag Collection die set and stamped with a Verve sentiment.
The twine, loop pin, silver jingle bell and snowflake charm are all from my shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I left the inside completely blank to write my thank you note.
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's celebration. Wishing you all a never-ending season of love and peace!
These products were used to make the above card and are all available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.
Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone has enjoyed the Christmas season. I'm back today to close out my annual 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style. I have really enjoyed getting back into my craft room and making these tags over the past 12 weeks. I hope you have all enjoyed visiting and participating in my annual challenge.
Thank you so much to everyone who has participated. I apologize for my delay in finishing up visiting all your blogs and getting the winners selected. I used Random.org and the winners are below. For numbering the participants I used the numbers on the Tag #12 entries as all 19 of the entrants for that challenge were the players who completed all 12 challenges within the required time period.
I will email the winners on Saturday with their shopping coupon code. And everyone who completed the challenge by entering all 12 challenges by the closing date of December 27th will receive a discount coupon for The Funkie Junkie Boutique to receive 15% off on an entire order placed during January. Please email me at email@example.com and I will send you your coupon code.
Thanks again to all who participated. I really enjoyed seeing all your wonderful artwork. Lots of great ideas and fabulous techniques. You have inspired me to get busy in my craft room!
The time has come to conclude this year's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style. This is the fourth year I have offered this challenge and every year it has been so much fun! I'm always delighted with the inspiration that everyone provides. It's been a pleasure to welcome back previous year's players as well as get to know those joining in for the first time. Thank you to everyone who has played and who has visited.
For my last tag, I decided to make a little folded card type of tag. Starting with one of my favorite jumbo manila tags that I sell in the boutique, I bent both ends inward until they touched and once in the correct formation, using a bone folder, I made sharp creases. I really love this new Wendy Vecchi plaid stamp, especially for winter crafting. I stamped the front two panels with Festive Berries and the back panel was stamped with Evergreen Bough. Then the entire exterior was sponged with Vintage Photo.
For the interior, I applied Evergreen Bough ink through the Holly stencil, then added a very light touch of vintage text with Wendy Vecchi's new stamp. Then I splattered on a few dots of Gathered Twigs distress ink. The inside was then sponged with Vintage Photo and Festive Berries distress glitter was used to make the holly berries. I just dotted a bead of Glossy Accents where I wanted the holly berries and then shook on the Festive Berries glitter. At that point, I set it aside to dry over night. My sentiment panel was cut with an ancient Spellbinders label die and stamped with jet black archival ink. The sentiment is from Stamping' Up. I also applied the delicate holly stamp by Tim Holt. I don't even remember what set it is from because the stamp is a go to stamp that no longer resides in it's set. It sits in my go to bin on my desk all year 'round. The panel was cut from white CS and aged with Vintage Photo DI.
I applied a band of corrugated cardboard around the tag to act as a closer, leaving just a sliver extra overhang on the left side which when the burlap string is on, it keeps the right side from popping open. The front was decorated with three holly leaves cut with the Festive Greenery die, colored with Evergreen Bough and sprayed with a squirt of Perfect Pearls mist. The front sentiment tiny tag was cut with Tim Holtz's Framelits Tag Collection die from white CS and stamped in Festive Berries with Vendy Vecchi' Polka Dot stamp. The sentiment is from Stamping' Up.
I tied it together with twine and added a couple of silver charms along with the tag on a silver tone loop pin.
Well folks, that's the end for this year. I hope many of you will be able to complete the challenge. I am going to extend the closing date one extra week to December 27th to give you a bit of breathing room before Christmas and allow you to finish up the challenge after the big day.
Please review all your posts to make sure you have completed all the challenge requirements, most specifically a bit about the challenge and what inspired your piece, a link back to my blog and plus a link to The Funkie Junkie Boutique, with the explanation that the boutique is sponsoring the challenge. The prizes up for grabs are a $50 gift certificate for the grand prize plus two runner up winners will each get a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And everyone who completes the challenge will get a 15% discount coupon good for one use to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique in January.
Thanks again to everyone who played along with me this year!
The products below have been used to make this tag and area available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.
Retired from the everyday workaday world. Owner of The Funkie Junkie, a small on-line craft boutique. When I'm not packing orders, I'm indulging my passion for creating beauty by making hand-made greeting cards and other paper crafts.