Thursday, 31 October 2013

Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style week 6.

I love all the elements in Linda's tag this week and so have incorporated the lettered Pine tree, the sewn pieces of Christmas Paper and the bow with the little splashes of red using the stash I had and made them into a card. Click here to see Linda's beautiful tag, the challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I don't know about Officially Winter, but  our recent UK storm seems to have brought Autumn to us here, I may be old fashioned but the really warm weather through October just didn't feel right, I went to London at the weekend and we were walking round in  summer tops! The wind was getting up but it was too warm, I like the seasons to be right. So a happy week to you all, I hope you weren't Knoctobered out by the storm. x

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tim's October tag.....just in time!

Been waiting for my final pot of distress glitter to get my tag done in the nick of time. To  see Tim's fabulous version click here and you will see everyone else's fabulous entries! I had to use slightly different die cuts to Tim, so here is my entry.

I used Brushed Pewter, Mustard seed. Seedless Preserves DP on the tag, the Alchenist recipe stamp then the Ornate Frame, Raven and Large Moon dies and appropriate DG and the Halloween stamp from the Mini Halloween 3. I wish the brushed Pewter showed up as well on the photo as in real life! I just love those paints and the Distress Glitter, lovely stuff!
Happy Halloween wishes to you all! x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Sunday Stamper week 279: Winter.

It's quite shocking when I see that I haven't managed to do one of Hels challenges for quite a few weeks. It starts on Sunday and it is Saturday night before I know it so I was determined to make a card for this weeks challenge which is Winter. My little stack of Christmas cards and tags is now growing nicely!
I matted black card onto white and die cut the branch from Tim's bird and branch across the top. then I stamped out this lovely wintery scene from PaperBag Studio's and coloured in the lamps with cosmic shimmer and golden yellow watercolour paint. Three of the snowflakes were embossed and two were wooden that I painted with Pearl dabber and used Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter over the top then fixed them onto pads for dimension. The words underneath are from Tim's seasonal rub-ons and I am so glad he has done them in white too. Simples card and it looks better than it has photograped, honest! Off now to try and make my card for Tag Tuesday and then I will be up to date. Have a good week one and all. x

Monday, 21 October 2013

12 Days of Christmas Tags Funkie Junkie Style no 5.

I have been seeing clients at home today and so I have had a play inbetween times! There are lots of crafting things I want to do but as soon as I saw Linda's challenge for her Christmas tags on her blog here I had to get out my Santa stamps and have a go! The challenge is good fun and is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique which can be found on the link. I am really enjoying being inspired by Linda's lovely tags. This week it was the framing of Santa on her tag that got me going so here is my final offering.
I tried to do the same background but used a fir branch stamp agains the Vintage Photo distressed background with an occasional script stamp. I have just purchased the ornate frame die as I am trying to do Tim's October tag and felt it would be silly not to use it, so I cut it from some brown card that I distressed with Walnut Stain DI. The Santa is an old favourite stamp and I aged the edge of him with more Vintage Photo. Then I used Tim's Festive Greenery decorative strip which I cut out of white card and used some more Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain on with some gold gems in the center. The top has a strip of Vintage Lace die and then I coloured some lace for the bottom with Happy Christmas stamped (I now see wonkily) at the bottom! It's funny the imperfections you don't see until your photograph it!
Talking of imperfections I thought I would add my first attempt that I wasn't very happy with.
This try had the Santa stamped in Coffee archival and a Black frame that I rubbed Viva gold paste over. Then I die cut 25 and gold glittered it and made a tattered poinsettia from kraft glassine paper and muslin material accented with a branch and holly leaf and some pearl gems. I think that the balance was out on this one, what do you think? Linda has balanced hers beautifully and looking at hers again I think because her frame is slightly smaller it looks much better. Never mind, I think that it will look ok on a Christmas present, perhaps wrapped in brown parcel paper, I'll let you know!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Funkie Junkie's Twelve Tags of Christmas no 4.

I have just been laid low for a few days with a nasty bug, I won't distress you with the details, but it has let me recuporate by thinking about Linda's challenge on her blog The Funkie Junkie which I am having a lot of fun taking part in! It is sponsored by her shop the Funkie Junkie Boutique which you can find here, and there are three lovely prizes if you take part but to be honest I am just really enjoying playing along. Linda's  tag this week is beautiful and I have been inspired by her to try for the country look with browns and muted reds. I also loved the way she framed Noel inside hessian squares so this is my try. Do go and look at hers for the master at work!
I took a piece of corrugated card and swiped white dabber over it and inked the edges. Then I made the background paper by stamping Tim's Christmas advert in Frayed Burlap and was pleased  that the words istmas Ornaments peeped through at the top! Then I frayed little squares of hessian and used some sticky letters I had in my stash. The tree is made from scraps of card stuck on a coffee stirrer and the star at the top is a Stampotique stamp. The little tree ornaments came from somewhere and I found them when attempting to clear out my room the other day! The little ribbons are paper and the decorative edge die byTim is cut from dull gold paper. The ribbony stuff at the top is from a hardware shop and is gloriously useful. Oh and the pot for the tree is a brad I have hoarded for ages, I thought it went!
Can't think where the time is going can you? Week four already, yikes, I'd better make a Christmas list!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Twelve tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style: week 3.

Life seems so hectic at the moment I only have time to take part in a few challenges, but one I don't want to miss is Linda's wonderful challenge to be found on her blog here. This week she has a glorious tag full of gold deliciousness and the Tim Holtz vintage Noel die cut. I decided to take this as the focal point for my Christmas hanging and also to use at least one stamp from the the Joyful Song collection as she says to take an element or all she uses for inspiration.

To make this I took an off cut of wood with the bark still on and sanded and gessoed the surface to within an inch of its life! Then I primed it again with white acrylic and stamped the angel in black archival. Then I overstamped the image with the crackle stamp in Brushed Curduroy and randomly used the music script around the edges with it. The Noel was cut from red glitter card and then I made up and embossed my favourite tattered poinsettia. Several wooden snowflake shapes were given the gold glitter treatment and I attached some twine to two eyelet screws for hanging. I think it may go in the centre of my front door wreath this year as we have recently painted the front door bright red.
If  you want to take part in Linda's wonderful challenge there are prizes at the end sponsored by the wonderful Funkie Junkie Boutique click on to be transported to shoppers paradise!
Must dash now - late for work otherwise! Love to you all.x

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Twelve Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style. Week 2.

Hi everyone. I am now taking part in Linda's weekly challenge up to Christmas which you can find on her wonderful blog here. This week she has made a beautiful tag using an embossed reindeer die. I hope she doesn't mind but I had to use a lot of the elements she used as I love her tag, although she says you can just be inspired by anything on her tag and make what you like from it. I have turned my contribution into a card this week.
I took a cream card blank and gold embossed a star from one of Tim's christmas sets around the edge then inked with Brushed Corduroy ink and then I rough cut a dark brown mat. The background on cream card was made using the same recipe but different colours as Linda. This was Walnut Stain DS, picket Fence DS and Heirloom Gold perfect pearls on the craft mat and the card swished through. I then stamped a scenic winter stamp I have had for years and usually colour with watercolour paints, but I like the muted effect against the goldy background. Then I die cut the reindeer and after embossing three layers of gold onto her I pushed in a music score stamp and then added tiny bells around her neck. The Twigs on the edge die was cut from some packing and coloured with Gathered Twigs DS with a sentiment adhered to the edges. The stars at the top were cut from my new Tim die, the Moon and stars one. The stars were stamped over in black archival and a script stamp and then glittered with Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter which is becoming a firm favourite for me!
I do not like this as much as Linda's beautiful tag but several attempts went in the bin and I think I can send this one to a friend. So one card down and it is only October, woohoo!
If you take part in Linda's challenge which is sponsored by her wonderful shop the Funkie Junkie Boutique then she is very generously giving away three prizes and we will all have twelve cards, tags or Christmas decorations ready as well! A no brainer as they say! Do click on the link at the top of this post and look at her wonderful work and all the rules for the challenge.
Off now to do the shopping but hope to make something else later, enjoy your weekend. x