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
  • 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.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

No Stamping Here!

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Hello friends!  I'm back.  Did you miss me?  I certainly missed you.  Whew, what a crazy summer I have had.  I hope your summer has been great with wonderful family memories, terrific weather and lots of relaxation time with maybe even a vacation thrown in!  My little boutique is growing by leaps and bounds and it has kept me running all summer, especially when I tried to squeeze in a vacation or two :)  But this week, it feels like we are starting to get things under control and I actually had a couple of hours that I was able to spend in my craft room.  

I'm jumping back in with my design team over at Frilly and Funkie for Pamellia's Stamps Be Gone! challenge.  The challenge theme is no stamping allowed.  That's right - no rubber stamping allowed for this challenge.  And I must say with all the amazing products available it's no challenge at all to create a beautiful piece of mixed media art or a card without using a single rubber stamp.  

I know you are probably thinking "well, she stamped there and again there and isn''t that stamped too?"  Nope!  Let me tell you what I did.  First I started with a jumbo manila tag that I sell in my boutique and cut a piece of Melange Tissue Wrap the size of the tag.  Using Ranger's Multi Medium Matte, I brushed on a layer and adhered the tissue wrap to it.  I peeled off the loose edges of the tissue wrap to create a jagged edge.  Using Wendy Vecchi's Crackled embossing paste, I laid down a layer over Tim's Woodgrain stencil.  When dry, I sprayed it with Spiced Marmalade distress spray, Adirondack Color Wash - Meadow and Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold.  Then I lightly bruised the edges of the tag and went over the embossing paste with Vintage Photo DI. Love the color and sheen I achieved but some of the embossing paste flaked off.  Wendy's Crackled embossing paste really needs to be laid down over a substrate of another paste.  But I didn't want to obscure the tissue wrap.  

The vintage card is one we printed at the shop and inserted into one of our fall thank you gifts.  We haven't started including them in our shipments yet so if you order over the next month, you might receive one of these (along with a charm and other goodies to create a fall project).  

I got out my Special Delivery Remnant Rubs (rub-ons) and applied the "Handle With Care", the printing on the vintage card and a little "air mail" rub-on at the top.  Beware, the remnant rubs do not go on well over top of distress ink.  It takes a lot of rubbing and then easing off the top acetate very slowly to make sure it is releasing.  If not, put the acetate back down and rub some more.  Tim's awesome Remnant Rub tool makes the rubbing on much easier!

Using my Friendship Words: Script Thinlits die set, I cut 'Wonderful Moments' out of brown kraft core CS and sanded it to reveal the kraft core.  To finish off the message, I added a sticker from the Small Talk pack which was sponged with Vintage Photo DI.  

Next I raided the store shelves and snatched a Fall Foliage Thinlits die set for myself.  I'm a huge lover of leaf dies and this is the best so far - 14 different shapes and sizes of leaves  -yay!!  I sprayed a piece of white CS with the three sprays I used on the tag, dried it what my heat tool and then cut out leaves.  I sponged the edges of the cut leaves with Vintage Photo DI and crumpled them up a bit.  Using the Tiny Tattered Florals dies, I cut three sizes of mini roses, dabbed them with Scattered Straw distress stain and edged them with Vintage Photo DI.  It was topped off with a scrunched seam binding triple bow that was dyed with Scattered Straw distress stain.  

That's it for this week.  Thanks for stopping by and helping me to get back into the groove.  Please do stop by Frilly and Funkie.  It's the first week of our challenge so it's the week that the Frilly team posts their incredible projects.  Hope you will play along with us too.  Remember no stamping allowed!

The products below were used to create this project.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique were Ranger/Tim Holtz and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

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