Sunday, 29 December 2013

Funkie Junkie Twelve Tags of Christmas, Bonus tag 1.

Hello peeps, hope you have had a really good Christmas? I had my beloved girls and their lovely men and my grandson for the day, it was splendid! I was sorry to hear that Linda of The Funkie Junkie has been poorly with the flu, so I send her my very best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. I managed to get some time in my craft room yesterday afternoon, (I was clearing up - honest!) and then managed to make this tag inspired by Linda's lovely extra tag found here on her blog. I have beeen inspired by the frosted filmed Clearly for Art holly that she used on her thank you tag. I found myself using a black tag again, sorry, but I tried other backgrounds and they didn't work as well.

First I put the frosted film over the Clearly for Art and die cut the holly leaves and branch. Then I used Archival ink in green and brown to colour them. I love the way you can shape the Clearly for Art and it holds the shape after it cools down. Next I die cut a lantern,  used Potting soil Archival and Distress Tea dye embossing powder over it and brushed off the excess crystal to leave it looking lovely and rusted, then went round the edges with Walnut Stain. The only black tag I had was a size #8 which wasn't big enough and so I covered a Prima long tag with Black Soot DP. Because the paint doesn't look as dense as black card I think it gives a better impression of the night, what do you think? Another time I might try and give and sense of a landscape but I only thought of that after I had stuck it down. The light in the globe is painted with DI. Then I added some rusty wire to hang the lantern from the branch and added red holly berries and white snow paint. I love the way the frosted film looks as if it has caught a glow from the light. I am delighted Linda has extended her wonderful challenge which has been sponsored by the marvelous Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Thanks for the inspiration Linda.
I had a wonderful embroidery machine from my dear husband which was a complete surprise so I am off to try and understand the instructions! Hope you all had some lovely crafting goodies to play with. A very Happy New Year to you all and thank you so much for your kind comments on my little blog this year.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Funkie Junkie Twelve Tags of Christmas, week 12.

Well here we are with week Twelve of Linda's wonderful challenge found on her blog here. It is of course sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique - click here to be whisked to shopping heaven!
I know my tag doesn't look anything like Linda's beauty, but I was inspired to use embossing paste through a metal Dreamweaver stencil I have had for some years and used embossing paste onto a black tag and then covered it in Rock Candy glitter. I like the way Linda emboss pasted her stars onto the tag. Then I used a white TH rub-on at the top of the tag which I think Linda used for her sentiment - and finished off with silver baubles and some glitter yarn. The sentiment at the bottom is lifted up with sticky fixers.
I do not have any silhoutte stamps but hope you agree the stencil gives a similar effect? I hope you are all nearly there for Wednesday, I am challenged this year but no doubt all will be done in time, it always is - or no one notices if it isn't! Merry Christmas dear followers, thank you for all your lovely comments this year, I raise my glass to you all! xx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Twelve tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style Week 11.

Over on Linda's blog the Funkie Junkie we  are up to week 11 of her fabulous challenge sponsored by her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There is always such a lot to be inspired by in her fabulous tags and this week is no exception. Click on the link above to see her wonderful tag which has got me going in a different colour mix to her. I have used the on the edge snowflake die and the trees and the deer as a basis for mine.
First I took some card stock and gently distressed it and then found two incidental pine tree stamps which I layered with coffee archival ink using some of the impressions as second stamping so that they faded into the background. I die cut the young reindeer out of burlap which was stuck onto mountboard. Then I edged the right hand side with DG in Mustard Seed and then die cut the on the edge snowflake die out of some brown packing card and brushed Gathered Twigs DI around the edge. A strip of brown music paper over that and two rusty snowflakes one on the deer and one at the top. A frayed tartan strip and a metal snowflake at the top and that is my try this week.
I have brought the little easel die which is really useful and so my tags are turning into cards. Another one done, such fun.
I was thinking how sad it was that there was only one more tag to go but Linda has decided to extend the challenge with an extra two which is fabulous do hop over to her blog to read all about it. See you soon, Seasonal Hugs to all! x 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Tim's December Tag.

Im trying to finish my Christmas cards, you would never believe I started last month! When I saw Tim's December tag I fell in love with the way he had made the poinsettia and managed to get a roll of frosted film. I have just spent a lovely inky time making a couple, first one not right but here is the second one I have put on the tag.

I really want that splatter brush Tim used and it is on my Christmas list now as the first go at splattering was a complete disaster although my cat Molly who was looking on has an interesting white mottled coat now! I didn't have the right stencil but used a Dylusion one on the slant, but I am so loving the poinsettia technique! Thanks again Tim, great lesson.
So as not to waste the badly splattered poinsettia I used it on a card with some lovely old Christmas paper I had in my stash and to show you how I get things wrong!
I hope the recipiant won't notice the long splats too much, but doesn't it go well with the paper?
Hope you are all having a great weekend. Hugs Barb x

Monday, 2 December 2013

Twelve Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style. Tag 10.

Here I am again with my tenth tag for Linda's brilliant challenge here sponsored by her great Funkie Junkie Boutique which can be found here and is great fun to take part in let alone having the chance to win a generous prize! Linda as you know asks us to take something from her tag to be inspired by. This week I loved her use of the Ornate Frame and holly and an embossing folder. Here is my take on it.
First I swiped  a Prima tag with Antique Bronze and Mowed Lawn DS. Then I dry embossed with the small poinsettia folder. I would like to have used the holly as Linda did but do not own it. then I swiped Pine needle DI over the top but it came out a bit too dark so I used Picket Fence DS over the top to mute it down. The Ornate frame is cut from gold corrugated card and the center stamped (I don't have the holly stencil either - drat!) with a holly flourish I have had a while in Archival green with Festive Berries DM for the berries, then edged with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain DI. I die cut the holly leaves in spotted green CS and added the gold ribbon which is wire edged and has snowflakes on it, added three red holly berries and a red star and sari ribbon at the top. The sentiment is from Tim's Simple Sayings stamp set. Just got it up in time before I set off to find her challenge 11!
Can I take the opportunity to thank the kind peeps who have left congrats for me on winning Tim's November challenge. I couldn't believe my luck and am as they say 'chuffed to bits'. I just hope I get a bit more time to play this week and can get hold of some of his frosted film for the December tag as it seems to be selling out fast everywhere!
Happy christmas shopping one and all. x