Monday, December 14, 2015

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

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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.


  1. What a fabulous end to your brilliant challenge Linda. Your card is gorgeous...the holly stencilling and sentiment are perfect. Thanks so much for running this again.....I am linking up my No 11 today and then hope to get my final one made and linked up before Christmas but thanks for extending the deadline for a week, it's very helpful. I have really loved playing along again this year. Merry Christmas to you and yours and my very best wishes for 2016 xx

  2. This is an amazing finale 'tag' Linda, what a great design!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful inspiration this year, helping me get lots of cards made!
    Wishing you and yours a very merry & blessed Christmas,
    Alison xxx

  3. Super cool idea, Linda! Can't wait to give this one a go! Thanks so much for all you've done to make this so much fun and such a huge success! Merry Christmas!!!

  4. What a wonderful idea Linda and I feel sure I can do something like this!!! Ha Ha!
    Next year I do hope to be able to participate in your 12 tags of Christmas.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a great 2016!!!!!!
    Sandy on Amelia Island and loving it!!

  5. Cannot believe it's over already...where did that time go??? Thank you again for another challenge this year!!!
    Biggest of hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

  6. beautiful work Linda - I adore the corrugation and the folded back nature of this tag - just gorgeous! Two to do for me and looking forward to doing them! Big hugs rachel x

  7. Linda, what a fabulous finale! Although I got hooked up a little late--6 days ago to be exact--your inspiration has seen me through to this point, and now I have 11 cards I can send out! I couldn't have done it without your TREMENDOUS inspiration and energy! I'm so thankful for that extra week to finish this tag (probably a card for me!) I really could use the time to get my cards in the mail!!! Ha ha!

    This last tag is a favorite of mine with the splatters of ink, the festive red berries, and the corrugated sleeve to keep it snugly closed. Such a brilliant design, and happy to see you using the old stamps and Stampin' Up sentiments...tee hee...I've used a few oldies, but goodies myself!

    I'm wishing you and your family a Blessed and Merry Christmas! You are a blessing to the crafting world! Big Christmas hugs!

  8. So many things to love about this tag/card! The plaid!, the holly!, the jingle bell! the snowflake! I'm finding it hard to decide which elements I'll choose for my final project, but I know it's going to be a fun one to work on! Thanks for the deadline extension. Having extra time during this season is always appreciated!

  9. Beautiful tag / card Linda! Thank you for the inspiration! I still have to catch up on two more but they are up next hopefully. :)

  10. Thanks for the extra time-- omg, mid-December is like a time-vacuum! Love your folded tag: very "outside the box" and I love that!

  11. Thanks for the extra time-- omg, mid-December is like a time-vacuum! Love your folded tag: very "outside the box" and I love that!

  12. What a treat to finish it all off... I'm so sad I couldn't fit it in this year, but I have enjoyed seeing the creations of those who were playing as well, of course, as your marvellous inspiration pieces. Fingers crossed for next year....

    Have a peaceful and joyous festive season.
    Alison xx

  13. Can't believe I have finished! So much fun and very inspirational! Thank you Linda and Merry Christmas Xx

  14. Dearest Linda, what a joy it has been to create tags from your gorgeous inspiration this year. Thank you so much for the sacrifice of time during such a busy season, it is much appreciated by every single crafter that visits your lovely blog, and especially me! Christmas hugs, Autumn Clark

  15. Thank you, Linda, for these 12 weeks of creativity, colours, inspiration! What a beautiful original last tag/card!

  16. whew, a few hours to see if I can get in on the challenge, lol. Nothing like the last minute crafter!

  17. It was great to be a part of this years 12 tags of Christmas. It was my first time, but definitely not my last. Thank you for sponsoring, providing the inspiration, and giving us a great place to buy the products we love. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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