Friday, 29 November 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Nine

   Welcome back to the 9th Funkie Junkie Christmas Tag. I adored making this one. Now that I have discovered Faded Jeans DI, I was well and truly in my comfort zone!

     I didn't have the Brushed Pewter DS but....I found that I did have Faded Jeans DS!!! I have no idea when I bought that!  I swiped some Faded Jeans DS on the craft mat and had a think of how to replicate the silver...I grabbed a silver glimmer spray and sprayed the Faded Jeans DS with that. I swirled the tag through the sparkly inky puddle and dried it, dabbing a few more times to add texture. I dabbed a bit of Frayed Burlap DI around the edge of the tag.

   I didn't have a snowflake diecut so I decided to stamp some snowflakes - The main things that inspired me about this tag were the silver heart and the roses, but I really felt the colour scheme needed some snow!

    I embossed the snowflakes with silver embossing powder and then stamped some music in Potting Soil Archival ink in the corners of the tag.

    I decided to use plastic roses for the tag rather than make them from die cuts. I had a gorgeous rose embellishment that I wanted to use so I painted it silver and then brushed it with Treasure Gold in Pewter - which is such a lovely tarnished silver colour.

    I did the same for the little rose shaped beads too.

 I had the perfect item to use for the heart...I had bought these silver heart shapes and so I stuck this on to the tag and added pearl beads.

I got some holly diecuts and covered them with glossy accents glue and sprinkled them with Pumice Stone glitter.

   I painted a flourish die cut with silver paint

    The 'Merry Christmas' was stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder onto a piece of card that had been covered in Frayed Burlap DI and edged with Walnut Stain DI.

     I added a little spritz of silver glimmer spray to the sign too.

Ok...I admit it....I was in total SILVER mode here!!!

     I made a music sheet with torn card that had been covered with Frayed Burlap DI and stamped with black archival ink. I rolled up the bottom of the music sheet.

  Around the edges I used Aged Silver Frantage powder which is such a perfect match for the Pewter Treasure Gold used on the roses.

   At the top of the tag, instead of a bow, I added a dolls house decoration. This was originally meant to go above a door but I decided to use it on the tag. I painted it silver and added a bit of the Pewter Treasure Gold to match the roses.

     And there is the ninth Funkie Junkie tag! I hope you enjoyed seeing it - soon I will be able to put them all together and hang them all up.....I can't wait!!!

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

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Monday, 25 November 2013

All Boxed Up

Hi everyone!

   I am sneaking in yet another post about something I made ages ago...So I am probably going to struggle to remember how I made it!

   I started with a plain box and I wanted to experiment with texture. So I began by using my harlequin stencil and applied texture paste, patting the texture paste to leave a rippled effect.

 I painted the box with gesso and then covered it with Pumpkin Soup Fresco paint and blended some Blood Orange and Hey Pesto Fresco paint over with a baby wipe. Then I dry brushed Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint over it.

    I added some crackle glaze and after it was dry I rubbed some Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint into the cracks and then wiped it with a baby wipe.

     The lid of the box was decorated with an image that had been stamped onto tissue paper. I then covered it with a thin layer of Pumpkin Soup paint to blend it in.

Various stamps and stencils were used over the sides of the box. Some stamps were on tissue paper and some stamped directly.

     White Fire Treasure Gold was used to highlight the texture paste on the lid of the box.

            A filigree metal flower and ornate button was added for decoration.

          Hope you like it! Thanks so much for being here - Hope to see you again soon....


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Saturday, 23 November 2013

A step back in time

   Today I am bringing you a tag that I made ages ago!

        I can't remember exactly when I made it, but at that time I didn't like it very much so I decided to leave it aside. Then I began to think that it was a shame to not feature it as part of my work...especially as my blog serves as a 'Craft Diary' for here it is..

         This really didn't start out as anything other than a playtime - just messing around with some stains and inks....trying a bit of wrinkle free distress and also adding some glimmer spray to the inks rather than directly to the tag....

   I won't be writing what I did and how and what was used - because I really can't remember all the details! I know I used Potting Soil ink - which has become a total favourite of mine....I think I used Frayed Burlap DS....I covered some rose with Distress Stain...added some metal embellishments, stamped onto card and added to the tag to build up layers....ribbon and lace....buttons

    I know I covered the roses with some glue and then sprinkled them with Rock Candy Distress Glitter....I was a little heavy handed, but I do really like the ice encrusted look this gives - It is such a gorgeous glitter.

This was the first time I used the dried grape hyacinth flowers - covered them in Snowflake Fresco paint and then sprinkled them with Rock candy Distress glitter.

      So sorry to leave you without a more detailed description......but hope you like the pictures! ;o)

          Thanks so much for being here! Hope to see you again soon!

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Eight

     It is Week Eight at Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas. When I am done I am going to miss making these! I have had so much fun!

      I was a bit stuck with this tag...I really loved it - but I did find myself myself facing some hesitation...I only had one stamp of Father Christmas and I really hadn't wanted to repeat any images - but lets face facts...I don't own a huge amount of Christmas stamps, so I am always going to be a bit limited with my choice....

       When I saw the Faded Jeans DI being used I was again a bit hesitant....It is probably my least favourite and least used colour....(I have a board that I velcro the foam ink pads to...the plain white pad with a smudge of blue ink stuck on the 'Faded Jeans' square spoke volumes about how little I use this colour - especially when compared to all the other ink saturated, worn out blending foam pads used for the other colours!!!!)

      And I didn't have any snowflake die cuts....Oh bother!!!!

     When I began to make the tags I had decided that I would follow closely to Linda's originals - I wanted to make my own versions, but know that they are recognisable as being inspired by Linda's tags. So that meant that I was going to use that Faded Jeans ink...and Father Christmas was going to appear again! ;o)

        ......As it turns out I am so glad that Linda used Faded Jeans DI...I LOVE that colour now!!! I always avoided it before thinking it was too dark and not 'my kind of blue' - How wrong I was....and how glad I was that I decided to leave my comfort zone!

     I must say I love the technique she used...Faded Jeans DI over a tag and then embossed with clear embossing powder and then covered with Picket Fence DP....I was so sure I was doing it wrong but suddenly after wiping the DP away I saw this gorgeous effect...after the biscotti pearls were added it gleamed! - Gorgeous! I will be doing that technique again! It is very hard to capture the prettiness of this effect on camera though - You still have the slightly raised embossed effect, but it is smoother and less obvious - it seems to have blended into the background slightly.....I'll stop waffling now!....

I used a Tim Holtz script stamp that I hadn't used for ages. It is smaller and more delicate than my favourite one and I felt a delicate script was needed here - using Potting Soil Archival ink.

    The Father Christmas stamp was done in Coffee archival - I did try Potting Soil - which is the ink I always use now - but for this tag the effect was too dark and I wanted something more delicate. And I did try other images - believe me!!! I tried everything.....but nope - Linda got it right and Father Christmas it had to be - anything else just didn't work and looked boring and out of place.....I figured just go with it! I got the Fired Brick DI out and coloured in the image, adding Peeled Paint DI for the holly. I might not have wanted to repeat any image, but the vintage effect this gives is just gorgeous!

      I added some Rock Candy Distress stickles glue to the image to give a very subtle frosty slightly smudged the Peeled Paint DS but I think that it adds to the vintage look!

       I used a die cut frame, painted in Nougat Fresco paint and then covered in crackle glaze. When dry I rubbed a bit of Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint into the cracks and wiped with a baby wipe.

          Some Nougat painted brads were used to secure the frame to the tag.

    All of my Christmas stamps were too small to add to the frame so I used a digi image that I printed up ages ago and coloured it with some Faded Jeans DI

    Now to solve the problem of lack of snowflakes...Linda decided to ban herself from using the poinsettia die, but I decided to go for flowers! I had several in kraft card so I painted them in Nougat Fresco paint and then covered them with Glossy Accents glue and sprinkled them with Rock Candy distress glitter - this glitter has become one of my crafting essentials!

 I used a pale white button for the center of each flower - specially chosen for its delicate mother-of-pearl sheen. I tied an ivory hemp string bow in each and stuck them to the center of each flower....So I might not have snowflakes, but I managed a snowflake shaped flower instead.

  I didn't have a metal bell but as a substitute for that I added vintage looking gold effect holly

A white organza ribbon bow finished off the tag.........and there is my eighth Frilly and Funkie Christmas tag!

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

                Thanks so much for being here - Hope to see you all again soon!


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Funkie Junkie - 12 tags of Christmas

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