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  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 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.



29 comments:

Lisa Minckler said...

I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to decorate my Christmas tree this year with ideas inspired by you, but YEAH....I will after all!!! (Insert image of me jumping up and down, clapping and cheering). I know you're busy, but thank you SO much for continuing this wonderful tradition on your blog.
Big hugs,
Lisa xx

Jane said...

Oh my goodness me I was so excited to see this...I am currently sitting on the beach on Rhodes enjoying the sunshine. Linda I love taking part in this. ..it's part of my crafting countdown to Christmas. Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this. Your tag is superb. .start with a roar. I will be joining you when I return to England. Woop woop! Hugs xx

Kimberly Cobb said...

Linda, So glad to see you kicking off the 12 tags of Christmas. I was not able to participate last year but promised myself that I would give it a go this year. Thanks for the inspiration...It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! :)

Suzanne C said...

That is stunning! I can't believe it is already time to get started with the tags! Love the background effect is fabulous!

butterfly said...

Hurrah - it's back! And with an absolute beauty to kick us off. I will do my absolute best to play along... what a joy!
Alison xx

Terry said...

Oh so lovely, Linda! The background is gorgeous and golden poinsettia stenciling so effective! I agree the background should be seen! Love this much and I sure hope to play! Hugs!

rachel said...

so looking forward to joining in this year linda... i really missed it last year! thanks for the inspiration! hugs rachel xx

Maryanne said...

I'm looking forward to playing along again, Linda! Like you, I haven't been very creative the last few months. This is just what I need to get back on track!

Thanks for hosting this again!

Buttons said...

So pleased to see the return of my favourite Christmas challenge! Love seeing the gold paste out for the first tag - hmmm, how to use your ideas... can't wait to start playing along! Jenny x

Elizabeth said...

I am so very excited to see your challenge back for another year, Linda! The project I made last year was an all time favorite! I can't wait to get started this year. Your first inspiration piece is absolutely gorgeous! I adore your green and gold background!

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful tag!

sally said...

I cannot believe it's tag time already! I'm in the USA right now so it will be a couple of weeks before I can joinin but I'll be there as soon as possible :-) as I had such a blast last year!

Very nice tag by the way :-D

Sally

Georgie C said...

Ahhh(drool)ahhh that background gold stencilling is beyond divine. I need me some of that in my life lol!! Beautiful tag and the red and earthy greens are so perfect!! xx

Lynn Price said...

Oh, yes!! I was just wondering if you would do this again, as I know how busy you are. Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing this wonderfully inspiring challenge! I have discovered many wonderful crafters through the posts here.... and I hope I can participate this year!! Heaven knows I have enough stuff to do so, lol!! Love your tag, Linda - very elegant and a wonderful kick off to the season. xxx Lynn

Julie Steed said...

Oh, what fun! I'm definitely up for the challenge. :)

Astrid Maclean said...

OMG, can't believe it's that time of year already..... Linda this first tag is simply amazing!! As I am away from my craft room from the middle of December, I know already I won't be able to complete all 12, but I really am going to try to do as many as I can, I love your 12 tags of Christmas and all the wonderful inspiration you provide! This one is a fantastic kick off!!

craftytrog said...

What a gorgeous tag to start off the challenge Linda! Great to be playing along again :-)
Alison x

Inkypinkycraft said...

Gorgeous tag Linda - will miss playing along as I an no longer blogging at this time :( - gorgeous first tag ! X

LauraVi said...

Thank you Linda for this great opportunity, this year I want to participate! Love your tag, a beautiful way to start the 2015 Christmas adventure!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous tag Linda and I'd love to join your 12 tags challenge! Off to shop my stash, I do believe I've got a few of those elements lurking about! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration. Deb xo

Leesa Pohlmann said...

Utterly beautiful as always Linda. I haven't been by the land of blog for quiet a while, but you and your 12 tags of Christmas popped into my head as I started decorating my house (I know already! ... I am bad lol). Wonderful to see this yearly tradition still going strong. I may just dust off my craft room yet. - Wishing you well xx Leesa aka The Navy Wife (once a lifetime ago).

Zoe Hillman said...

I've just caught up with myself and found this!!! I am so in! Your tag is SO beautiful, that background is STUNNING! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Maryvonne COUSSE said...

Gorgeous ! Absolutely Fabulous !

Jane said...

I am so excited you are doing this challenge. I haven't done anything like this in a long time - but have some extra time this year, and cannot wait to get started. I love the shimmer and sparkle of your first tag. I am also loving the use of texture paste.

Jane said...

I am so glad you are doing the challenge again this year. I love your tags and inspiration. I cannot wait to get started. I love the texture paste and shimmer on todays tag. Thank you for the challenge!

Sara Barker said...

Well, I'm a little late to the party! but I just found this challenge through Autumn, and had to check it out! How inspiring! I'm going to use this challenge as a way to get to those cards! I love this tag--the gold and those grungy colors! Love that pop of red of the sentiment! I've got a lot of work to do! Hugs!

Sara Barker said...

I'm pretty sure I commented on this, but in case I didn't, this is just a super inspiring grungy tag! Love those deep colors and that bold pop of red! AWESOME! Hugs!

Jane said...

Great first tag to kick off the season. I am excited to join in this year!

Sara Barker said...

Linda, I think you could have stopped at that incredible background and I would be perfectly happy! What amazing texture and color you have created! So sorry I passed up that stencil! This is STUNNING! Hugs!

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