Monday, September 26, 2016

5th Annual 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style

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Hello friends and visitors!  It's time again for my annual 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  This will be the 5th annual challenge and I'm excited to be kicking it off again.    

If you are new to my blog, you are probably wondering what 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.  

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 Tuesday, September 19th.  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, 2016.  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 21st, 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 2016. 
  • Here is the blog publication schedule for my 12 inspiration tags:  Week 1 - September 26, Week 2 - October 3 Week 3 - October 10, Week 4  - October 17, Week 5 - October 24,  Week 6 - October 31, Week 7 - November 7, Week 8 - November 14,  Week 9 - November 21, Week 10 - November 28, Week 11- December 5, Week 12 - December 12, December 19 - 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 19th.

Here's my first tag for the 2016 challenge.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and used an old Hero Arts music stamp, stamping with Jet Black archival ink.  A little Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain were blended on the tag and along the edges and then Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray was applied to give it little bling.  The next layer was stars stenciled on using a Tim Holtz stencil and Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste.   Once the Embossing Paste was dry, I rubbed a little Inka Gold Old Gold over each start to make them shine.  Then it was time to add some die cuts and I had some fun with two new Tim Holtz Thinlits die sets - the Dimensional Stars and Tree Line.  LOVE the new Tree Line.  It is so delicate.  Somehow I just had to do them in black rather than green.  I made a double line of trees and dry brushed the edges with a little Tarnished Brass distress paint.  The dimensional stars were cut from white card stock and painted gold with Tarnished Brass distress paint.  I added a little gold netting and a sentiment with Small Talk Stickers.  

That's it for this week.  Hope you will find something here to inspire you.  It would be wonderful to have you playing along with year!

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


Jane said...

Yipeeee Linda, it's that time of the year again...where on earth did that year go? I am absolutely delighted to see your tag today and your wonderful inspiration and I look forward to joining in again this year. It's part of my build up to Christmas. Thanks so much for hosting it for the 5th year. Today's tag is a fab debut...gorgeous starry background and tree line. Hugs xx

Suzanne C said...

Yeah! Very happy that you are hosting your 12 tags of inspiration! :)
Looking forward to every week and hoping to get to play along as well! Gorgeous tag! Love the layered trees and the beautiful gold touches!

Karen B. said...

What a stunning tag you have created ~ love it!
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I love that you are continuing the series, and what a stunner with number one. LOVE the stars and the whole scene!

experiments in paper said...

Gorgeous, Linda - love those die cuts and your colors! Not sure I will be able to play along this year, as I am in the midst of a major cross-country move and am leaving behind for myself a very skeleton craft stash - but will know m ore by the end of October. And in the meantime, will look forward to seeing your wonderful makes! xxx Lynn

Barb Turpin said...

So happy you're doing this again this year! Very excited to play along, you're such an inspiration.

LauraVi said...

Here I am, very happy you are hosting the 5th 12 Tags of Christmas, thank you for this inspiration!

SewPaperPaint said...

Linda, I can't believe I missed this post last week. I was already wondering if you were to be hosting soon. LOL! So glad the answer is YES! What a great tag to kick off the challenge. I love your awesome use of black for the treeline and the touches of metallics. Really exquisite and I can't wait to CASE it! Hugs, Autumn

Brenda Brown said...

Absolutely delightful Linda, I love your 12 tags time of year, a) because I know Christmas is on its way and more importantly b) for the amazing inspiration you give us. Thanks for sharing your wonderful designs and talent with us xxx

craftytrog said...

Oops! I missed this last week too. Think I may be catching up next week. Lol!
Great to see your tag challenge back Linda, 1 and 2 are beauties! Thanks for the Christmassy inspiration.
Alison xx

sarascloset said...

Oooh, Linda, I missed this too! But thank goodness I had a look at my calendar to make sure to check! Your first tag is amazing,and it just so happens, I just picked up a few of these dies locally. This might be a little easier this year since I may actually start in October! Ha! Ha! Maybe...Great inspiration; thank you for hosting this wonderful challenge! Hugs!

Deb said...

Gorgeous tag Linda and I hope to be able to join in your wonderful challenge again this year (and hopefully complete it for a change!) Thanks for the fun and inspiration, Deb xo

Unknown said...

Beautiful tag! Thanks for the inspiration!

Astrid Maclean said...

Late to the party, I only discovered this now, thank you so much for the weekly inspirations you are going to give us, this is a brilliant start and I cannot wait to play along again this year, - the best way to really get into the mood for Christmas crafting....

Birgit said...

I love your tag with all the stars and the bit of blue peeking through. I hope it was ok to place the first 3 cards all in one post. I am playing catch up

Marty F said...

Linda, this is a beautiful tag! I love the black trees with your gold stars and musical background - so festive! I am so happy to be participating and hope to complete all 12 challenges. Thank you so much for your comments and words of encouragement - yes, we are our own worst critics!

Heather said...

Congratulations on your 5th Year of Inspirational Christmas tags! I have been out of the artsy creating world for a couple years now...and just recently have come back to play. I thought to myself...I wonder if Linda is doing her tags? Very generous prize as well as inspiring tags!
Hope to play along soon! LOVE the layers of texture and colors of your tag! I am already getting some ideas! Hugs to you Linda...and thank you for the inspiration and opportunity to play along :0)

Unknown said...

I'm a little late to the party. I participated in your first challenge, but life went off the edge for awhile and I haven't done much in the way of crafting, but I'm ready to get back to it. I'm going to try to catch up and complete all the tags for the challenge.

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