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.

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