Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas is On It's Way! 12 Tags of Christmas Week 7

Welcome friends! As you can tell, I've been skipping around with Linda's (The Funkie Junkie) 12 Tags of Christmas challenge. Today I'm posting week 7  (see Linda's inspiring tag HERE) which I made quite a long time ago, so my details may be fuzzy.Linda's 12 week challenge is so much fun, and I really look forward to it each year!   The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique; 3 lucky winners will receive gift certificates for a shopping spree to the shop, and everyone who completes the challenge and follows the simple guidelines will receive a discount coupon to use on their January Funkie Junkie orders!


 This was a straight out CASE for me, because I think Linda's design is perfect! Clearly I was inspired by Linda's use of the green and blue diagonal striped background created using Tim's Stripes stencil and Distress inks. I even used the same colors Linda did: Pine Needles and Faded Denim.


And the Ornate Frame is one of my favorite dies, and I embossed it with Hammered Metal embossing powder, just as Linda did. I didn't have the same stamp for the greeting as Linda (I do now! I added to my Christmas greeting stamp stash at The Funkie Junkie's Cyber weekend sale!) This one is an old one from my stash. I used a stitched oval die cut, but otherwise finished my framed greeting the same as Linda.



I really loved Linda's poinsettia, and I did my best to copy that, but I think I fell short. I used Winter's Mistake and Hammered Metal embossing powder on my greenery. I really love Linda's chunky glitter she used. My bow is two toned, also, but the darker blue is vintage seam binding from my Mom's stash. I put my design tape on a strip of black card stock under my floral cluster.


That's all for me today!

I'm sharing with these challenges:
The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style Week 7
Scrapy Land Challenge #79 Anything Goes
SumMore Fun Mood Board #17 Inspired by the colors blue, green and tan, the poinsettia cookie, The candy cane stripes on the mug and candy cane, the pine branches of the tree, the faux snow and the metals of the lantern and wrapped packages. What a festive mood board!

Country View Challenges December 2017 - Christmas
Dies R Us Challenge #86 - Christmas Carols "Christmas Day Is On It's Way!"
Die Cut Divas Winter Time Winter flower and 'snow' on holly.
Noor Design December Challenge.... Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge # 159 Season's Greetings
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Icy Inspiration Snowy holly.
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #312-#313 - Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit today! It really means a lot to me!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


I've used the following products, which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Peace and Joy 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style Week 10

Howdy! We're closing in on the end of Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style, which is an annual fun 12 week challenge at The Funkie Junkie blog. It's generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique; 3 lucky winners will receive gift certificates for a shopping spree to the shop, and everyone who completes the challenge and follows the simple guidelines will receive a discount coupon to use on their January Funkie Junkie orders!



I couldn't decide if this card looks better in natural light or the glaring light on my craft table, so here's one of each. I couldn't pick up the shimmer outdoors, but you get an idea in the bright light of an OTT lamp.

You can check out Linda's inspiring, sparkling tag HERE. I was obviously bitten by the glitter bug when I visited her blog, and also inspired by the Sparkles stamping, wreath, the gorgeous stamped/stenciled background, and those shimmery snowflakes!


Just having finished a little shopping spree of my own at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, I didn't dare go back for more and get the BoBunny Glitter Paste Linda used, so I made my own. Not as sparkly as  BoBunny, but will do in a pinch. Perhaps Santa will bring me some of the 'good stuff', but until then I'll have to make do. I also didn't have the Tinsel stencil, but I think the Stripes gives it a tinsel vibe.

I really love the Pine Needles ink on Linda's Wreath and sentiment banner, and I used it to color my Impression Obsession circles die cut, the Spellbinders circle die cut and two of my background layers.  I also added a spritz or two of Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold to one layer for more shimmer that only can be appreciated in real life.


I did my snowflakes just like Linda, with a touch of Prima Metallique wax. I chose White Gold to go with my gold stripes. I can see why Linda's addicted to this stuff--it's so easy to use with a lot of impact, and to me, it smells wonderful! I might need to put a dab in my candle warmer! Tee Hee!


I don't have the berries that Linda used, but my old Holiday Greens in the mini's works just fine with a little Platinum Stickles.

A few of my snowflakes are serving to cover some embossing mistakes on the back panel, which is heat embossed on kraft card and blended with Pine Needles ink. If a little imperfection in one's life is good for the soul, my soul has improved greatly with this card.


And my first deer love--Tim's Reindeer Flight is simply inked in Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso inks and the fawn spots are Frantage embossing powder. The little red bow is colored with DOX,  a takeaway from Linda's pretty painted bow.


The most difficult part of this design was choosing an appropriate sentiment. I had at least a half dozen candidates and finally settled on heat embossing a portion of a sentiment from the Scribble Woodland stamp set on a Labels Thinlits die cut.

That wraps up another week of the challenge. I'm almost caught up and beginning to feel a little sad it's almost over!

I'm sharing with:
SumMore Fun Mood Board #16 I have some of the colors, the snow theme and the sparkle!
Dies R Us Challenge #86 - Christmas Carols 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland' 


 I should have another one popped out for you in another day or two. Until then, thank you so much for stopping in today and for your lovely comments! I know we are all so busy this time of year, so your visits are that much more precious!

Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

I've used the following products which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: