Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wrap Up - 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a blessed Christmas season.  It certainly whizzed by in the blink of an eye for me.  My apologies for the delay in getting the winners' post up.  We were out of town for a few days for Christmas.  I came back smack into the annual clearance sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and have been working overtime to get orders shipped out as quickly as possible.  We got caught up today and the boss (that's me, LOL) let me go home on time today!

Thank you so much to everyone who particpated  We had some amazing entries this year.  I'm very grateful that I didn't have to pick a winner!  I've sorted out the list of all those who qualified for the prize drawings and the 10% off in January coupon by completing all 12 challenges and providing all the required links on their posts.  Here are our qualifiers:

1. Mimi
2. Mitra Lee
3. Stefi
4. LauraVi
5. Lisa Bzibziak
6. Autumn
7. Suzz
8. Deb Ridell
9. Jane
10. Cec
11. Kate
12.  Sally Miller
13. Inkysplatters
14. Carol Stamps
15. Avril B
16. Lou
17. Sara Emily
18.  Butterfly
19. Wendy B.
20. Alison/Craftytrog
21. pearshapedchris
22. Mistletoe Home Decoration

We are giving away a $50 gift certificate and two $25 gift certificates to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Here are the winners:

Grand Prize $50 Gift Certificate
Avil B.

$25 Gift Certificate
 Mitra Lee

$25 Gift Certificate 
Sally Miller

But actually you are all winners because we have a 10% off coupon for each of you to use in January.  Everyone, please contact Linda at for your gift certificate or coupon codes.

Thank you again to all my visitors and participants in this year's challenge.  It's always such a delight to have so many talented artists play along.  I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!


Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #12

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Welcome back to the final week of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  It's been another fun run this year with my annual challenge but it's now coming to an end. At this very busy time of year, my final tag this season is another quickie.  I actually had another tag partially made but when I sat down to finish it last night, I couldn't find the die I needed for the focal point.  My dies go back and forth from The Funkie Junkie Boutique to my home craft space because we use them at the shop to cut die cuts for our thank you gifts.  I wanted that dove die from a year or so ago and darn it, I searched high and low and couldn't find it.

At that point, I needed to start from the beginning again and sat at my craft table waiting for inspiration to hit.  Perusing the discarded bits and pieces strewn around the perimeters of my table, I plucked one here and another there and soon had a pile of options.  I grabbed a sheet of kraft core paper from this year's Christmas Stash pad, glued it over top of a jumbo manila tag and sanded the edges.  Then I laid out all the rejected elements I had rescued until I was pleased with the array.  It was all quickly glued down and in about 15 minutes I had a completed tag!  Not my most original piece, but a fun tag with a pleasing retro vibe.

So that's a wrap, my friends.  Thank you all for visiting and a most hearty thanks to all who played along this year.  If you are participating in the challenge, you have until midnight Eastern Time on December 29th to link up your submissions.  If you are participating, please review the challenge requirements found in my Week #1 post.  Before awarding the gift certificates and the 10% off January coupons, I do check to make sure all requirements were met.  It is very important that each post is linked back to this blog and also to The Funkie Junkie Boutique (

Wishing you all a blessed Advent season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The items below were used in making this tag and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #11

Hello!  Welcome to week #11 of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  We are on a slippery slope here, on the downward slide to Christmas.  It's December 5th and we are almost at the end of my annual challenge.

This week I have an ultra simple tag to share.  My mojo went out the window this week and I really struggled.  In fact I had three partially made tags that were tossed aside because I was stuck.  Finally in desperation I whipped up this one.  It's not technique laden, but it has sort of a sweet retro look.

Starting with a jumbo manila tag, again this week I brushed it wth white gesso using a coarse stiff brush.  Using the Wendy Vecchi For the Holidays Stamp It Stencil It, I stamped the greenery using Library Green archival ink and then using the accompanying stencil, I sponged on Pine Needles DI.  Pine Needles DI was also applied using the Tim Holtz Merry Christmas stencil.  When the ink was dry, I used my finger and applied Prima Old Silver Metallique Wax to the edges.  Love the way it sinks into the brush marks.

A quick band was cut from last year's Tim Holtz Christmas Stash with a strip of narrow red burlap to top it off.  Using Festive Berries DI, the mitten stamp from Carved Christmas #1 was stamped on white card stock and cut out.  Quick embellishments were added - a piece of Christmas ephemera, a bit of red and white twine and a Christmas typed token.

Thank you to all who have visited and who have played along.  Time is running out, but you do have until December 29th to link up 12 Christmas projects inspired by my tags.  If you are new to the challenge, you can learn about it and its requirements in the Week #1 post here.

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #10

Tim Holt Tinsel stencil, Mini Paper Snowflakes, Sparkle & Christmas Stamp, BoBunny Glitter Paste, Prima Marketing Metallique Old Silver Wax
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Welcome to Week #10 of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style!  My apologies for running a day late this week.  The Thanksgiving holiday just took me out of my routine, with family visiting and then trying to get the Thanksgiving weekend sale off the ground at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  And I have to admit to dragging my heels a bit on posting #10 because I'm just not crazy about the way it turned out.  Although, it is growing on me.  I like it more today than I did yesterday - LOL.

It is definitely understated and doesn't make a comanding presence.  But once you begin to appreciate the sparkly glittery elegance of it, hopefully you will like it too.  Unfortunately, the camera can never capture the true sparkle of the original.

I recently discovered BoBunny's Glitter Paste when I read a post on Autumn Clark's blog about using it.  Wow, I knew then that I had to get my hands on it.  Fortunately one of my suppliers for the Boutique had it and I've stocked some in the Boutique.

I started with a blank jumbo manila tag and slatered it lightly with white gesso, then blended Vintage Photo distress ink over the entire tag.  Next I lightly inked the Sparkle stamp and randomly touched it to the tag.  I didn't want full coverage, but rather a worn look.  The die cuts were made from plain white card stock.  Once the background was created, the next step was to apply the Silver Glitter Paste through the new Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Tinsel.

The bow was quickly colored with Festive Berries Distress Stain with the dabber top, so quick and easy to color with the dabbers.  I'm still annoyed that they have been discontinued.  The wreath and the sentiment panel were colored by blending Pine Needles on white CS and then spritzing with water.  All three pieces were rubbed with Prima Metallique Old Silver Wax (I'm addicted to that stuff!).

The snowflakes were cut from a manila tag that had been painted with white gesso.  Once cut, the Old Silver wax was applied lightly with my fingertip.  The large snowflake was made the same way but instead of wax, I applied Silver Stickles for a glittery effect.  The center of each snowflake was also embellished with Silver Stickles.  I had to settle for 'Winter Wonderland' as a sentiment.  I wanted 'Let it Snow'.  I searched every stamp set and die set I had for that sentiment and couldn't believe that I just don't have one!  The sentiment was silver embossed.

Here is one more shot of the tag on an angle which shows the shine a bit more.

Tim Holt Tinsel stencil, Mini Paper Snowflakes, Sparkle & Christmas Stamp, BoBunny Glitter Paste, Prima Marketing Metallique Old Silver Wax
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Thank you so much for stopping by.  I so appreciate everyone who has visitied and especially those who have joined in the challenge.  If I haven't been by your blog yet to say hello and see your work, I will definitely try to stop by this week.  If you are new to this challenge, there are still four weeks to create and link up 12 tags or other Christmas/winter themed projects and qualify for the prize drawings and a 10% off coupon to use at The Funkie Junkie Boutique in January (on your pre-orders if you wish!).  You can find all the challenge details/requirements in Week #1 post here.

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

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