Monday, September 23, 2013

It's Time to Play The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style

Well, here we are again ready to kick off year 3 of The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  It's just a fun little challenge that will help you complete your tags or cards for Christmas.  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.  

Sound like fun?  A number of my blogger friends had a great time with this challenge last year and some have even played along for the past two years.  I hope you will play along.  Here are the challenge requirements, which must be adhered to in order to be eligible for a prize 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/holiday 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 23rd.  You can link your project using the linky provided. If you don't have a blog, you can use another hosting site such as SplitCoast Stampers, but you must provide all required links and information in your posting.
  • 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
  • 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 December 22nd.  You can play any of the 12 challenges up through that date. To be eligible to win, you must have submitted an entry into all 12 of these challenges by midnight Eastern Time December 22nd.
  • On December 23rd, 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 2014.  
Here is your inspiration piece for week #1.  I made it using the brand new Artistic Outpost release Christmas Chalk.  I had such a great time working with this new set from Artistic Outpost.  Here I started with a jumbo tag from my boutique and cut a piece of black card stock to fit over it.  The solid white snowflakes were made using Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste.  I created my own snowflake stencil by cutting Tim Holtz's mask product with the mini snowflake movers and shapers dies.  The flourish is white chipboard that I spread Glossy Accents on and then sprinkled on chunky glitter.  The icicles at the top, which are white CS embossed with a TH texture fade and trimmed out, also had glitter applied in the same method.  I ran a border down the left side made with the Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Scallop Trim.  I found something out about the Art Parts.  They always feel too thick and clunky for me.  So this time, I took an exacto knife and split it down the middle.  It was so easy - it came apart very cleanly and I really like the thickness of it once it was halved.  So the border you see here is actually one piece of scallop trim, split lengthwise down the middle and the two pieces laid end to end.  I painted them black with distress paint and when dry, rubbed white craft ink over it with my finger.  I used Idea-ology Alpha Parts to spell out Let it Snow, rubbing white craft ink over them too.  Then I couldn't get the white craft ink to dry on the Alpha Parts so I ended up (don't laugh) painting it over with clear nail polish - LOL (okay, go ahead and laugh, but it worked great)!

That's it - the rest is self-explanatory, but let me know if you have questions.  And I'll be looking forward to having you play along with us this year!







These products used to make this tag are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz/Ranger products are always 20% below MSRP.



26 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

Linda , such a gorgeous tag and I had so much fun playing along last year...cannot wait to find some time to play this time too! hugs trace x

scrappymo! said...

Ohhhhh, this tag is wonderful. I will have to try to carve out some time to participate!
Loving that look of the chalkboard you have going on here.

Astrid Maclean said...

Super duper tag Linda, can't wait to play again, it was through your challenge last year that I a) found out about your shop and b) made so many new blog friends! I really, really look forward to this, thanks for organising it again and for all the inspiration!!!

butterfly said...

Oh my word - is it that time again?! It was so much fun last year (even though I broke the rules by resisting Christmas)... Since life is so busy for the next couple of months, I'm thinking maybe I'll make all 12 in December!!

An absolutely beautiful start - this chalkboard tag is so cool!
Alison xx

Redanne said...

I love this chalkboard look so much and your tag looks fabulous in it! Great tips too about the art parts and also using Movers and Shapers to make masks. Really hoping to join in this year. Hugs, Anne x

Maryanne said...

I love this tag, Linda, and I can't wait to play along this year! Thank you for organizing this!

Hettie said...

I just LOVE this tag Linda. Fabulous and so YOU! Want these stamps since I saw them last week.
Thanks ever so for hosting this challenge again. Been looking forward to it so much.
Thinking cap is firmly fixed on!
xx

Pam said...

Fabulous tag, Linda! I'm not really into the chalkboard trend, but I love your take on it with this tag.

Barb Cady said...

Absolutely great challenge, really hoping to take part this year but its frightening thinking Christmas is only 12 weeks away! Away from craftroom until weekend so will keep thinking cap on! Thank you for great inspiration Linda! X

Karenliz said...

YAY I've been waiting for this! Beautiful tag as always! Thanks for starting it again this year!

Anita Houston said...

EXCITING! Last year brought me a very successful series, thank you! I hope I can follow along this year!

marda said...

Love the tag Linda, but not sure I'm ready for letting it now!!!!!

Chris aka Scrappylassie said...

I've been following your blog and enjoying your projects. Will join your challenge. Thanks for organizing a fun holiday activity!

Barb Turpin said...

I have really enjoyed your Christmas tags in the past...gonna try to join in this year when my fractured shoulder heals enough for me to get some crafty time in! Love the first one!

Lisa M said...

WOO HOO!!!! I didn't see this and just tripped over it at 4:00 in the morning..LOL. Amazing what coffee and peace and quiet can accomplish!
I'm so excited you're doing this again. I have to decide what to do this year.
Thanks so much Linda :D
hugs,
Lisa x

craftytrog said...

Fabulous tag inspiration Linda!
Thanks for getting me started with my festive crafting!
Alison xxx

Laurart said...

I have been looking forward to this for so long! I arrived in blogland in November last year and although I saw the tags and loved them, I didn't feel confident enough to play along - I can't wait to get started! Thanks so much Linda! Lots of love Laura xxxxx

Gloria Westerman said...

This looks like fun and I make tags for Christmas every year...so I will start a little early this year...yea...

Brenda Brown said...

Yay Linda I'm on the starting line. Thanks for all your inspiration.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Jane said...

Hi Linda I saw your challenge on Brenda Brown's blog and I am so glad I came over to see this. I am Mrs Christmas and I just love everything to do with the season. I am a little behind as you are onto week 3 but I really hope to join in the fun. Such wonderful inspiration, thanks so much for this. I am your newest follower and I'm so glad to have found your blog, hugs, Jane x

Jane said...

Woop woop, I have made my first card and entered. Please could you let me know if I have included all the correct links to you in my blog post? I have not played along before and would hate to mess anything up;0) This is SUCH fun, thanks so much for hosting it. I am working on No 2! Hugs, Jane x

Astrid Maclean said...

Linda, I just realized that I never added my tag 1 on here, (no idea why not, old age???) anyway, will do so now!

butterfly said...

Yay! I'm off the mark... and it's not even December yet!!

Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow - hope you have a wonderful time with the family.
Alison xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Hi Linda, I'm trying to visit all your tags and comment before the challenge ends. I just want to say Thank You for all the wonderful inspiration they have given me. This one is just brilliant: clean and simple contrasts and lovely chalkboard effect. Julie Ann xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

I love the blackboard technique on this tag and that little splash of colour in the red is inspired. Julie Ann x

Kezzy said...

Oh thank goodness its now later, I have been poorly and not been able to play, now I can and working on my first tag lol. The tag you made is stunning :-) Kezzy xxx

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