Monday, October 12, 2015

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #3

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Here we go again, friends...week #3 is coming atcha! A huge thank you to each and every one of you for visiting, commenting and a hug to everyone who has played along so far!

Every time there is a new batch of Tim Holtz dies out, there is always a favorite.  I thought the Holiday Knit thinlits would be the one this season, but now it looks like Birch Trees and Woodlands are outselling it, at least in my shop. But for me, it still think this one is my favorite.  You will probably see it again before the holiday season is out.

For your inspiration, here is my Tag #3.  I decided on red and to go glittery with my first make with this Holiday Knit die set.  Unfortunately the camera really didn't pick up all the sparkles.  This is one of those pieces that looks lovely IRL but doesn't photograph well.

When I first saw the image of this die set, I though it would be just one panel but it turned out to be five separate dies.  I like that I can easily use each one separately, but it also poses a challenge to use all of them on one project.  I had to actually measure the spaces to get the blank space in between equal.  I messed up on one that had already been glued down and had to pull it up and reposition it.

I started with on of my favorite jumbo tags, covered it with a Gold Deco Sheet and inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  Next the Holiday Knit strips were cut from white CS and sprayed with Dylusions Post Box Red and then Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold.  They were glued down with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  One of the new Wendy Vecchi Mat Minis Holly and Berries was used for the holly.  It was stained with Evergreen Bough and stamped in Vintage Photo with the Holiday Knit stamp.  The holly berries were glittered with Festive Berries distress glitter.

The sentiment panel was white CS, sponged with Evergreen Bough and stamped with the sentiment from Old Fashioned Christmas and embossed with Queens Gold EP (sorry, it's discontinued).  The deer and the snowflake are Kaisercraft Laser Cut wood flourishes.  I covered them with Antique Linen distress stickles and then used my finger to apply Inka Gold Old Gold to both.  To dress up my deer a bit, I added a Pine Twine Wreath and a tiny jingle bell.  The bell was originally silver and I altered it to gold using a few drops of Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative.

That's all the details on my Week #3 tag  I hope you will decide to play along with my 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.  It's super easy and totally flexible in terms with a deadline 10 weeks out and very loose parameters for subject matter.  You can find all the requirements here.  Hope to see you playing along!

These supplies were used to make the above tag and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tim Holtz and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #2

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Welcome to Week #2 of the 2015 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  If you are here for the first time, you can find all of this year's challenge details on the Week #1 post.

Heartfelt thanks are going out to everyone who left a comment last week.  I was blown away by so many welcoming comments and tickled that so many of you want to play this year.  I'm already having a blast and hope that many more of you will join in this fun challenge.

Here is my Week #2 inspiration tag.  Just quickly, to play, make a holiday craft piece inspired by something on this tag.  It can be anything but you have to share what inspired you in your post.  You can link up any time, in no particular order, the closing of the challenge on December 20th.  There are a few other requirements so be sure to read Week #1.    For my Tag #2, I decided I wanted to play with the new Woodlands Thinlits dies.  I grabbed one of my jumbo manila tags and gave it two coats of black with Black Soot distress paint, then dried it well with my heat tool.  Next I sprayed some Meadow Adirondack Color Wash onto a few pieces of white scrap card stock, then added a hint of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray too.  Once dry, I cut out the trees.  I cut two of each and then trimmed off the top of the extra two to make background trees for the tag.  The trees were also edged with Vintage Photo distress ink.

I created some starlight rays with Tim's Rays stencil and Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste.  Then I broke out a new pack of the Gilded Holidays Remnant Rubs and started rubbing on the stars and sparkles.  The next thing I did was to apply the Christmas Wishes rub on at the bottom.  I wanted to make sure I had it well placed before I glued down my Woodlands trees.

Once the trees were affixed, I knew I needed more sparkles so I grabbed a bottle of Platinum stickles and added lots of sparkly dots.  I didn't realize it was Platinum until I had added them all and was putting the bottle away.  It looked like gold when I grabbed it and I never looked at the table.  So now I had gold and platinum on my tag.  Normally I wouldn't have liked the combination, but for some odd reason, it worked great here.

Next came the star for the rays.  It was cut from chipboard and colored with Antique Bronze distress stain.  It wasn't gold enough so I rubbed on Inka Gold Old Gold.  I tried to add the "wonder" rub on over the Inka Gold and it wouldn't stick.

 I tried to add the 'wonder' rub on, but it wouldn't stick.  i did manage to rub it onto a piece of white CS, then cut it out and glued it down.  Since I had a bit of Old Gold on my finger, I wet it slightly and then rubbed it between the streams of light to give an iridescent glow.  And last, I took two silver snowflakes, cut off the top loop with my pliers and changed it to gold with the Inka Gold Old Gold.

I hope you enjoyed my tag and all my explanations.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for any comment.  I know I've been a bad blogger lately and I am humbled that you all came back!

These products were used to make the above tag.  They can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz/Ranger, Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below list.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Kicking Off The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style

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Hello and welcome to the 4th annual 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  Anyone want to play along with my little challenge this year?  I've been super busy and not crafting much so I'm delighted to get kicked in the seat of my pants with my annual 12 week Christmas tag challenge.  Each Monday through December 20th.  I will have a Christmas tag posted here to (hopefully) challenge and inspire you.  This will force me to get into my craft room at least one evening a week for the next 12 weeks.  

If you are new to my blog, you are probably wondering what the heck this is all about.  Just so everyone is up to speed on the challenge requirements, here are all the details.  

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.  

Sound like fun?  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 today, Monday, September 28.  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 Boutiquewith a link to the boutique
  • 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 20, 2015.  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 20th.
  • On December 22nd, 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 15% off coupon good for their entire order at The Funkie Junkie Boutique during the month of January 2015. 
  • Here is the blog publication schedule for my 12 inspiration tags:  Week 1 - September 28, Week 2 - October 5, Week 3 - October 12, Week 4  - October 19, Week 5 - October 26,  Week 6 - November 2, Week 7 - November 9, Week 8 - November 16,  Week 9 - November 23, Week 10 - November 30, Week 11 - December 7, Week 12 - December 14, December 20th- 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 20th.

Here are some brief details on my first tag.  Since I have been so busy, I wanted to do something simple.  This tag is really all about the quick and easy background created with the new Tim Holtz Poinsettia stencil.  I used one of the jumbo tags that I sell in the store and laid down a layer of Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste.  When it was dry, I sprayed it with Meadow Adirondack Color Wash and then with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray.  After drying the tag with my heat tool, the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo DI.  

I loved the way the tag looked with just that much done and decided to keep it very simple to let the background take center stage.  My normal M.O. is to cover all the wonderful backgrounds up with too many embellishments so I really had to restrain myself.  

Plain white CS was cut with the Tattered Poinsettia die and colored with Meadow Color Wash spray and Dylusions Post Box Red spray.  They were oversprayed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls. Antique Linen Distress Glitter was applied to the flower center with Glossy Accents.  The sentiment was die cut also from White CS and sprayed with Dylusions Post Box Red.  The tag was finished off with some gold fabric tape that I sell in the boutique.

That's it for this week.  Hope to see you playing along with year!

These supplies were used to make the above tag.  They can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holt, Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

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