Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Five

Oh, I am loving the Funkie Junkie Christmas tags!

     I don't need a reason to get excited about Christmas but these tags are really getting me in a Christmas mood.... This one totally got ideas buzzing! I adore Vintage Photo so I needed no encouragement to get into the sepia frame of mind!

    After not having any Christmas stamps to use last year (being very new to blogland) I decided I would definitely have some for this year. So for my birthday in June I requested a Tim Holtz Christmas set....not very summery, but I knew it would really help for Christmas crafts. I was thrilled that Linda used the Father Christmas image - I had to copy!!!

     First things first though....I cut the tag to size and covered with Vintage Photo DI, making it darker around the edges. Then I did some spritz and flick to add some lovely texture effects. I used my favourite script stamp in Potting Soil Archival ink.........

   ............and then used Cosmic Shimmer copper mist to add a lovely sparkle.

    I got some corrugated cardboard and applied some Antique Linen and Vintage Photo DP over it. The image of Father Christmas was stamped with potting Soil Archival ink and then had Walnut Stain DI blended around the edges.

     I covered the die cut holly leaves with Cocoa Brown Pigment ink and then applied Embossing Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder. This was the first time I have used this embossing powder and I am not sure I used it right....I believed it was meant to have a matt effect but as you can see from the photos it didn't exactly work like that. I do like the effect but I think I need to experiment a bit more!

     I added some pearls as holly berries and then began to work on the flower decoration.

   I used some Tattered Florals die cuts, blended some Vintage Photo DI over them, then after covering the die cuts with glossy accents glue I applied some Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter. A silver brad was covered with Ginger alcohol ink and added to the center of the flower.

      The other flower is a Grape Hyacinth....My mother in law grows them in her courtyard in the Czech republic. Last summer when we were visiting they had all needed cutting and were in a perfect dried state - lovely for craft work. In exchange for my doing all the cutting I was given a load to bring back to add to my craft stash. They are gorgeous! I covered the branch with gesso and then when the paint was still wet I sprinkled loads of Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter over it. When that was dry I dabbed the petals with Vintage Photo DI.

A Vintage Photo covered ribbon completed the tag! And there it is - Tag number 5!!!

    I am really enjoying being part of the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style challenge! I can highly recommend that you pop over to see Linda and grab some of this gorgeous inspiration too!

    Why not come along and share in the fun of this challenge?...all you have to do is make something inspired by each of the 12 tags and you could be in with a chance to win $50 to spend at the Funkie Junkie Boutique

           Thanks so much for being here -  See you on the 1st November at Our Creative Corner!!!


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Monday, 28 October 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Four

.....And now we are on to Twelve Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style Number 4!

      I am trying to fit the first five in quickly so that I can catch up! Sorry that I am bombarding you all with them at the moment! Hope you are enjoying seeing them...

      I love this tag - I adore the flowers, gingham ribbon and burlap - so many gorgeous elements, I was spoilt for choice for elements to be inspired by! So I went for as much as I could cram onto the tag. This was perhaps the most difficult one I have made so far, because there were so many items I wanted to include and I am working on quite a small tag surface.

      I got some patterned paper from a Christmas set that had script and snowflakes and I applied it to the MDF tag base.

     I cut squares of burlap and roughly dabbed them with gesso as Linda had done with her tag. For mine I dry brushed some of my favourite Fresco paint - French Roast - to add a shabbier grungy look.

      I didn't have the letters that Linda had so I used Grungeboard alphabet letters - painted with Brushed Pewter Crackle paint and then covered with some French Roast Fresco paint and wiped with a baby wipe. This gave the letters a lovely tarnished look.

     I decided to apply my letters diagonally and have the flowers placed in opposite corners. I used two Poinsettia die cuts to form the flowers - one was cut from grid pattered Kraft card and I liked the effect so didn't cover it in paint. The others were plain and I blended Festive Berries DS over them and added lines with a red pen. A crystal button in the center of the flowers finished them off.

      I had plenty of gingham ribbon so used it as a bow for the top of the tag as well as featuring bits across the tag as well.

   A strip of die cut lace was inked with Frayed Burlap DI and glued to the bottom of the tag

     So there we have the fourth tag inspired by the 12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style!

Why not come along and share in the fun of this challenge too?...all you have to do is make something inspired by each of the 12 tags and you could be in with a chance to win $50 to spend at the Funkie Junkie Boutique

             Hope to see you all soon!


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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Of Christmas - Week Three

Hi everyone!

     Welcome back to the 12 Tags of Christmas inspired by the Funkie Junkie. Here is my version of Christmas tag number three...You can see Linda's original by clicking here.

  I was inspired by the stars and music. I wanted to make a tag that looked like vintage music paper with some Christmas details.

   First I cut the tag to size (of the MDF tag that I plan to attach it to). I swiped some Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs DS on the mat and swirled the tag in the stains. After drying, I dabbed the tag to give the wrinkle free distress look - a slightly muted one because the colours were just brown but it gives a lovely aged paper look which was just what I wanted.

I got out my music sheet stamp and using Coffee Archival ink I stamped the music across the tag. I then chose a flourish stamp and a 'Christmas Carols' stamp and using the Potting Soil Archival ink I stamped the images on the tag.

I loved the stars on Linda's tag but I don't own those ones...suddenly I remembered that years and years ago I bought some very similar plastic stars and after a very manic hunt I finally found them. I got the Tarnished Brass DS and dabbed the stain over them.

I added some little UTEE drops I had saved from when emptying the melt pot. These seemed perfect to place around the stars.

    A bit of ribbon dyed with Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs DS finished off the tag

                       And there is my finished tag number 3!....I really loved making this one!

 Why not join in with this challenge too...all you have to do is make something inspired by each of the 12 tags and you could be in with a chance to win $50 to spend at the Funkie Junkie Boutique

         Hope you enjoyed seeing my version of Tag 3! Hope you come back to see the next one!

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Of Christmas - Week Two

Week two of Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas - bit behind already seeing as Linda is already on week 5! But I'll cram in some more posts and see if I can catch up a bit....

      I can't wait to see them all hanging up at Christmas!

  If you want to see the original tag then click here - Obviously I was inspired by the reindeer and the stars...I also loved the pastel colour scheme and delicate stamping...though I really struggle with delicate stamping - mine tends to be much heavier handed.

     Linda used Distress Stains....Frayed Burlap and Picket Fence. I had Frayed Burlap but I didn't have Picket Fence - However I do have Picket Fence Distress Paint. I have no idea if you are meant to combine stains and paints...but it did seem to have a weird separation effect on the Frayed Burlap seemed to 'curdle' slightly and tones of blue and pink began to appear....I had smooshed them both over the craft mat, given it a spritz of Biscotti pearls and after wiping the tag through it I was getting a 'mother-of-pearl' effect.

   I really liked this so I carried on. A light dabbing of Vintage Photo DI around the edges added warmth to the tag. I used Watering Can Archival ink to stamp some script and flourishes around the tag.

    I don't have the reindeer or star I decided to use some tracing paper and I traced the images directly from the tag on the computer screen and used these as templates to cut the items out by hand.

 The reindeer was triple embossed with gold embossing powder and stamped with a script stamp while still soft.A piece of twine was tied around its neck.

 The stars were painted with Vintage Lace Fresco paint then stamped with a script stamp in Watering can archival ink. I then covered the stars with Clear Rock Candy distress stickles dry glitter..

    A piece of pale beige burlap style material topped the tag and I dabbed the edges with White fire treasure gold to give a gorgeous metallic sheen. I also brushed a little Treasure Gold over the glitter...which really adds to the sparkle!

Why not join in with this challenge too...just make something inspired by each tag and you could be in with a chance to win $50 to spend at the Funkie Junkie Boutique

         Hope you enjoyed seeing my version of Tag 2! Hope you come back to see the rest...!

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013


Hi everyone! Its Halloween time at Try it on Tuesday!

        I decided to make a tag....with some porcelain effect roses - a bit of a feminine twist for Halloween...still Halloween colours but with a flowery decoration....

    I got a tag and wiped Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord DS over it.I spritzed with water to make the colours blend and then dried with the heat gun. After it was dry I sprayed it with some Dylusions Melted Chocolate spray and a copper glimmer mist.

   I stamped some script stamp over the tag and added some gold embossing powder

    The porcelain roses were made with Tattered floral diecuts, dabbed with the Autumn DI's - Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves and Gathered Twigs. Because these were smaller than the previous Porcelain Rose I had made with the melt pot, this time I just melted the UTEE and swirled the finished roses in, rather than cover each petal and then construct. I also had coloured some other die cut flowers and dipped them in the melted UTEE. When they had set I rubbed them over with a dab of Treasure Gold.

   The Tim Holtz October Tag challenge is to use Glitter....I had recently bought some Antique Linen Glitter and I covered a die cut leaf with Glossy Accents glue and then covered it with the glitter...To add a bit shading I blended some Walnut Stain DI over one half of the leaf...

    The Happy Halloween sign was made by tearing some card, covering with Spiced Marmalade DS and stamping with potting soil Archival ink. I then added some spider webs too...

    Some metal leaves were wiped with White Fire Treasure Gold and I added some curly rusty wire as well. I also added a metal corner embellishment to the top of the tag after it had been covered in White Fire Treasure Gold

    Come on over and enjoy the spooky fun at Try it on Tuesday....The sponsor this month is Smeared Ink images who are giving the prize winner £10 to spend at their store....You could be the winner and get to choose some gorgeous images!

       See you soon!

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Who is the fairest of them all?

Hi everyone!

    Today I would like to show you a tag I made for one of my favourite challenges - Frilly and Funkie. Their latest challenge is called "What's your poison?" - and of course it is Halloween based....

    I am well and truly caught up in the Halloween mood - perhaps it is a good thing I haven't been feeling very well...otherwise you would have been having dozens of Halloween posts clogging up your inboxes and readers.

     Frilly and Funkie ask that we focus on green and black with absolutely NO orange...Ok with me! I love orange as a Halloween colour but I can manage ideas started to bounce around...first with the word 'Poison'....

     The first thing I thought of was 'Poisoned Apple', which of course is Snow White...but that isn't Halloween. Then I thought about focusing on the Mirror and the evil queen....perhaps I feature her as a skull? Then I can make a tag that is a Halloween one, but with a slight fairytale twist?


      I made this on mount board as I wanted it to be sturdy. I had an image in my head of lots of texture and layers, lots of green with a hint of black. I began by dabbing texture paste in two corners of the tag. I then applied Gesso all over as a base. A strip of Tim Holtz tissue paper was glued to the center (sadly lost amongst paint and decoration) but the wrinkled texture is still there.

      I then blended Hey Pesto and Guacamole Fresco paint all over the tag. When dry I brushed it all over with White Fire Treasure Gold to highlight all the texture. I added some tissue tape to the tag and dabbed it with Bundled Sage DS. Then I stamped cobwebs all over with Black Archival ink.

    The mirror frame was made by cutting an oval out of embossed card. The 'mirror' part was card covered in Pumice Stone DI and then the skull was attached after being stamped in Black archival ink and embossed. Around the skull I painted French Roast Fresco paint.

    The embossed mirror frame was painted in Gold Fresco paint then covered with a light coat of the transparent French Roast (which ages stuff beautifully). Then when dry I blended White Fire treasure Gold over the frame to highlight the embossed texture.

      The 'Mirror Mirror' words were stamped onto tissue paper, then applied to a die cut. Then they were painted with Hey Pesto Fresco paint and edged with Black Soot DI.

   The tree was a die cut that was inked with Black soot....I thought this would be a good place to hang up the apple -

 .........which was made with a bright red glass bead, a length of rusty wire pushed through and secured at the top after attaching a tiny die cut leaf that had been painted with Hey Pesto Fresco paint.

  I placed a piece of tissue tape saying 'Poison' by the mirror - hopefully warning Snow White of the danger!

 Happy Halloween was stamped in Black archival ink and embossed, then covered in Peeled Paint DS and torn then edged with Black Soot DI.

                                         An ornate metal decoration tops the tag

      ..........and there is my 'What's your Poison?' tag......

       I really enjoyed making this tag - Hope you like it!

         See you soon....

 I would like to enter this into the following challenges -

  Frilly and Funkie - What's your poison?
  Country View Challenges - Something Spooky 
  Simon says - Spooky
  Eclectic Ellapu - Halloween

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