Monday, September 25, 2017

12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style - 2017 - Tag #1


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Hello!  I'm back after a long crafting break.  My DH and I did a lot of traveling starting in early May. He turned 65 last year and I'm hitting that milestone this month so we decided it was time we started checking things off our bucket list.  Between that and managing my Funkie Junkie Boutique, it hasn't left me much time to focus on paper crafting.  Thankfully, I have my 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style kicking off now to get me back into my craft room.  

Every September I start making a tag a week with a winter/Christmas theme and challenging my visitors to be inspired by something on the tag that will get them going on a winter/Christmas project of their own.  I hope you will play along with my little challenge this year. It's a nice way to get your Christmas cards done.

Here's the deal.  Each Monday for the next 12 weeks, I will post a Christmas tag. If you wish to play along, you can make any sort of Christmas or winter themed DIY project. It can be a tag, but doesn't have to be. It can be a Christmas card, a holiday decoration, a scrapbook layout, a tree ornament, a banner, whatever you want but it does have to be inspired by my tag and must be Christmas or winter themed. For those of you who chose to make a Christmas card, this challenge will help you complete at least 12 handmade cards.

Everyone is invited to play along. Below are the challenge requirements, which must be adhered to in order to be eligible for the prize drawing at the end:
  • This is an inspiration challenge. Each week, I will post my tag and you will use it to be inspired to make something. You can enter any sort of craft. It can be a tag, a card, a home decor project, a scrapbook layout - your choice but please make it winter or Christmas related. 
  • You must take inspiration from something on my tag and tell us in your post what inspired you. You don't have to use my style, my layout, my colors, my theme or anything except be inspired by something on my sample. Your make can be shabby, it can be grungy or it can be clean and simple. I don't mind if you CASE my work, but if you do, please give me credit. 
  • We will have 12 weekly challenges beginning Monday, September 25. You can link your project using the linky provided at the very bottom of the post. 
  • To be eligible for the drawing at the end of the 12 weeks, you must: 1) enter all 12 challenges, 2) provide a link back to this challenge and mention that it is sponsored by my store The Funkie Junkie Boutique, with a link to the boutique www.thefunkiejunkie.com
  • You do have to have a blog (or some other way to provide the required links and inspiration information).
  • All 12 challenges will remain open until midnight Eastern time on December 29, 2017. You can play any of the 12 challenges up through that date in any order. To be eligible for the prize drawing, you must have submitted an entry into all 12 of these challenges by midnight Eastern time December 19th.
  • On December 30th, from the pool of players who participated in every single challenge and provided a link to the challenge and a link to my store on their post, I will draw three winners. There will be one $50 grand prize gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique given out plus two runner up prizes of $25 gift certificates. 
  • Additionally, everyone who participated in all the challenges and met the requirements will receive a 10% off coupon good for their entire order at The Funkie Junkie Boutique during the month of January 2016. 
  • Here is the blog publication schedule for my 12 inspiration tags: Week 1 - September 25, Week 2 - October 2 Week 3 - October 9, Week 4 - October 16, Week 5 - October 23, Week 6 - October 30, Week 7 - November 6, Week 8 - November 13, Week 9 - November 20, Week 10 - November 27, Week 11- December 4, Week 12 - December 11, December 29 - challenge closes. 
  • This is a super easy and fun challenge. I hope you will play along and link up your projects. Don't forget, you can complete the 12 challenges at any time and in any order, just as long as all 12 are linked here by December 29th.

Now for a few details on Tag #1.  I went for a woodsy theme using three items from Tim Holtz's new Chrismas products:  Pine Stencil (TH096), Great Outdoors stamp set (CMS321) and Winter Wonderland Thinlits die set (662426).  I began with one of my usual jumbo shipping tags and stenciled with the Pines stencil and Forest Moss distress ink, then stamped the deer and trees from the Great Outdoors set in Jet Black Archival.  Next, the falling snow die from the Winter Wonderland die set was used to cut the tiny holes in the upper section of the tag to create snowfall.  I always back up my tags with chipboard so they will stand up and not curl.  I added a layer of silver Deco Sheets to the chipboard so my falling snow is silvery and sparkly.  It looks really great but unfortunately it doesn't photograph well so you can't really see the sparkle in the photo.  

My deer were cut from plain white card stock and colored with Gatered Twigs DI using a Mini Ink Blending Tool and popped up on a bit of craft foam for dimension.  I cut a bit of greenery (Holiday Greens Mini Thinlits) for the top and colored it the same way using several different green distress inks.  The panel for the top sentiment was cut with the Labels Thinlit set from white CS, colored with Gathered Twigs and then clear embossed.  Same for the rest of the sentiment except they were cut out by hand.  The bronze deer head is a charm from our boutique.  The bottom seemed to need a small touch to finish it off so I die cut a piece of white CS with the Holiday Knit Thinlits die and colored it with Gathered Twigs.  

That's a wrap on Week #1 of this challenge.  Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you will play along with me this year!









Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Music of the Sea



Hello,

I'm back again playing in week two of the Frilly and Funkie challenge.  You may recall from last week's post that I am hosting this challenge which is called The Sound of Music and to join in, you need to create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a song or what music means to you.

I picked the challenge theme to line up with my trip to Key West, Florida for the annual Songwriters' Festival.  I have just arrived back home after six days in Key West and I have to say, the festival was amazing again this year.  We heard so much terrific music.  There were over 200 songwriters in town and there was music everywhere from morning til the wee hours (not that I made it to the wee hours).

For my song this week, I chose Kenny Chesney's The Key's in the Conch Shell.  I love the kick back melody and words which fit in so well with our time in Key West.  I started my project by applying Broken China Distress Oxide ink directly to my craft sheet, spritzing with water and dredging my tag through it.  I did that several times, drying each time, until I was satisfied with the results.  Then I applied embossing ink through the Splash layering stencil and applied Emerald Creek Fractured Ice embossing powder which was then heated on.

Ripping a page out of an old song book, I distressed it with Vintage Photo distress ink and then stamped various sea creatures on it with Jet Black archival ink.  I die cut the sea horses using the Mini Sand and Sea die and applied Broken China Distress Oxide ink to them too.  Next embossing ink was applied through the Ornate layering stencil and Emerald Creek Verdigris Sparkle embossing powder was applied and heated on.

I rubbed a bit of the new Finnabair White Gold Metallique Wax in the seashells to give them a little sheen.  The shells and the seahorse key were adhered with Distress Collage Medium.  The seahorses were popped up on Rnager adhesive foam.  The little sentiment is from the new Tim Holtz Clippings stickers.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you will also stop by Frilly and Funkie to check out our challenge and to see what the other designers have to inspire you.









The items below were used to make the above project and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off retail.




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Sound of Music


Hello!  Welcome to my post for The Sound of Music challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  I'm the host this fortnight.  When this post goes live, I will be in Key West at the annual Songwriters' Festival.  It's an awesome music festival with over 200 performers (mostly country music) over a five-day period.  I thought it would be fun to have a challenge with a music theme - make a vintage or shabby chic project depicting a favorite song or showing what music means to you.

I love island style music with lots of lovely steel drums so I chose a favorite Jimmy Buffet tune Migration.  Here is a YouTube link to the tune:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBAeuZ_lpr8.
I created a shabby chic beachy style project with a few bars of music.  Starting with a piece of corrugated cardboard as a base, I tore out a sheet of scrapbook paper, sort of greenish wood pattern.  It was a little bright so I knocked the color down a bit with white gesso and then randomly stamped sea creatures using Jet Black archival ink.

The flower was made with the old Tattered Florals die cut from plain white card stock, dampened, crinkled, dried and edged with Vintage Photo distress ink.  White cardstock strips were cut with the Tattered Banners strip die, stamped with a music stamp in Jet Black archival and then aged with Vintage Photo distress ink.  It was shabbied up a bit with dyed Venise Lace, eyelash yarn and twine.  The tiny sentiment "I know that I am home" reflects how I feel when I am in the Florida Keys, especially in Key West.  It's from the new Clippings sticker set by Tim Holtz.

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you will stop by our challenge over at Frilly and Funkie to see what the other designers have to inspire you.  And we hope you will play along too.  You could win a top spot with a guest designer appearance, a badge for your sidebar or even a $25 gift certificate to shop at my on-line store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Rain


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Hi friends,

It always takes a push to get me back creating and blogging these days.  I wish it wasn't so, but I'm afraid it is (at least until we get to September and get started with my annual 12 Tags of Christmas).  Here I am again, filling in over at Frilly and Funkie.

The current challenge is April Showers, but I chose to make my piece April Rain.  You know, the cold sleeting kind that we sometimes get instead of those happy light April showers?  I have a couple of friends who lost dear loved ones this month and wanted to do some sort of sympathy piece as a tribute.

I gravitated back to my favorite type of background that Wendy Vecchi created a couple of years ago - rubbing alcohol and archival inks.  I absolutely love the way these backgrounds turn out!  For this piece, I rubbed a Cobalt Archival ink pad on my craft sheet and spritzed it with rubbing alcohol.  I dragged a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper through the puddle, trying to keep it toward the top half of the sheet, then it was dried it with my heat tool.  I did that several times, drying it between each application.  The process was repeated with Cornflower Blue on the bottom half of the sheet.  I wanted the darker blue at the top to look like thunder clouds.


Once I had the background layer done, I randomly stamped Wendy's Script background stamp, rolling it instead of stamping flat, with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I didn't want full coverage.  Next a sympathy sentiment was stamped with a stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Card Art Sentiments.

After that, Wendy Vecchi's White Texture Paste was applied at the top right over the Tim Holtz Ornate Stencil.  (Just a small kudos to Wendy here on the jars she uses for her Texture Pastes - they keep the pastes moist for much much longer than most other brands.  My paste hasn't been opened in at least 3-4 months and when I opened it, it was like a brand new jar!).

Anyway, back to the whites, I was going for sort of a heavenly eretheal feel with all the white that I used on the piece.  White was carried through by stamping the tree from the Wendy Vecchi Card Art Sentiemnts set with Glacier White Pigment Ink and white embossing it.

The piece was finished off by die cutting the sentiment strips from the brand new Tim Holtz Pondering Words die set (great set - 33 word strips to create your own taylored sentiments).  Also the Wildflowers 2 Thinlits die set was used to die cut white flowers that were tied with crinked seam binding stained with Colbalt archival ink.

So that's it.  I had several peaceful evenings in my craft room messing around with inks, texture pastes, stamps and the like.  I had a couple of false starts before this came to fruition, but I really enjoyed making it.  I hope you enjoyed visiting and learning about this piece.  Thank you very much for stopping by.



The above project was created using these products.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger, Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi products are always sold at 20% below MSRP.

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