Tuesday, December 15, 2015

12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style-Week 11!!!!!

Hello everyone!  I'm so happy to announce I am officially caught up with Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge, and sadly, there's only one more!

Below is Linda's 11th tag--isn't it beautiful???!  I just fell in love with that blue and gold textured background, those Alpha Parts snowflakes and her layered silver greeting. Linda's blog is chock full of inspiration and her challenge is open until the 20th of December.  She has generously sponsored this challenge with her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique with THREE gift vouchers to three very lucky winners.  Everyone who participates in the 12 challenges and follows the rules will receive a coupon for 15% off their order in January!  It's a win, WIN situation! For me, it's win, win, win,because I'm getting my cards done, too!


Obviously, I drew my inspiration from her textured background, her silver greeting with the shadow, and her snowflakes, but I didn't have the Alpha Parts (kicking myself) or the Snowflakes Thinlits (kicking with the other leg now!). Because I'm the type to just do my own thing, I tried something different with my background texture and changed my color palette to silver. Still the general idea, and almost a copy, so please give credit to Linda.

I started making my background by laying Crackle Texture paste on my card, but that was a miserable fail, and it's in the trash now.  So...plan B! I mixed regular, flexible texture paste with Broken China Distress paint, and slathered (Linda's word) it on my chipboard.  I embedded 3 plastic snowflakes from my stash. It dried quite nicely, but needed something.  I added Rock Candy Crackle Paint and while it was still wet sprinkled on rock Candy Distress glitter. But wait a minute!  I gave it a good shot with my heat tool first, and it bubbled, much to my delight! It didn't crack much; you can catch a tiny glimpse of the crackle next to my snowflake, but the only major crackle is behind the flake! (Of course!!) To bring out the texture a bit, I swiped some silver metallic rub on wax with my finger over the raised areas.  It looked a little too much like 2 week old snow, so I added some white acrylic paint over that. 

My snowflake is Tim's Snowflake Duo  (one of my more recent purchases from Linda's shop), painted with Brushed Pewter Distress paint and embossed with the accompanying Texture Fade. I swiped the raised areas of the flake with Versamark embossing ink and heat embossed with Ranger silver Tinsel embossing powder. I was cleaning up a little in my craft room the other day and came upon a box of crafty stuff I picked up at a yard sale earlier this fall that I hadn't found a home for yet.  Guess what I found???? A snowflake punch! Perfect to layer with, I punched one out of black card, and then layered with a white plastic snowflake from my stash.  I patted that with Sailboat Blue alcohol ink  and gave it a dot of silver Stickles. I backed the layered up snowflake with another Snowflake from the Duo in black, shifting it slightly to make a shadow. Funny how different that Broken China can look with different lighting!

"Wishes" is Tim Holtz Handwritten Holidays Thinlit in 2 layers, shifted with a shadow, as Linda did on her tag.  I heat embossed with silver embossing powder. Each of the plastic snowflakes were given a dot of Stickles, and I also used the Stickles to dot my "I". I added a little white acrylic paint to each of the plastic snowflakes to give them more of a snowy look.

I would like to enter this card in the following inspiring challenges:
The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style- Week11 Linda, I just realized I may have give the wrong name to this link, so will go back and redo all my links :( sadface!
A Vintage Journey Vintage Christmas My Tim influence is in his products and his vintage grungy style.

Thank you for stopping in today and for all your wonderful comments! I appreciate them all!
Hugs and Christmas Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Sara Emily, I can't believe you did it! You caught up in light speed and didn't skimp on the detail. Well done! I'm thrilled with the final tag and hope I can squeeze it in before the week ends. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Who needs crackle when you have a wonderfully bubbly texture like this! The snowflake punch was a great find and I do love how you layered the snowflakes with the black one and little blue one, it makes the large snowflake stand out beautifully. Well done for getting caught up too, very impressive indeed! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Good for you, girl!! You are almost at the finish line - and each one is so beautiful!! I love your little yard sale punch - and the layering with the fabulous silver embossed script is fantastic!! Thank you, as always, for your inspiration! xxx Lynn

  4. Wow, Sara, it's even more beautiful texture than crackles! What a wonderful layered snowflake and fabulous choice of colours! All I want to do is to touch that beauty! You are one super talented artist with so many brilliant ideas! Thank you so much for a great inspiration, my friend!
    Huge hugs and lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  5. Only one more to go, you must be a crafting speed master, wow! Love this one Sara, the texture is amazing and I love the snowflake you used! Everything is glistening, like it's coated with a layer of ice, so wonderfully wintery!! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Tis the Season' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  6. Gorgeous! It has the perfect wintry, icy feel to it.

  7. Hot diggity dearie! You are almost done and on a roll! I sure hope you are all of the Christmas tree cake your friend gave you so you have enough energy to complete all of these! Love the picturesque details of this flawless design! You go girl! Hugz to you muffin!

  8. Fabulous texture Sara, love the colour palette and your beautiful snowflakes. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

  9. Loving the frosted iciness of this one - a gorgeous take on Linda's fab original.
    Alison xx

  10. Love plan B - beautiful!! I haven't had much luck with my crackle paste lately - but I love what you created! Thank you for playing with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  11. omgosh- you make me laugh!!! 2 week old snow! ha we only have had one day old snow so far- and no more on the way!
    So glad i read this post as your finding of your snowflake punch,reminded me I have 2 snowflake punches- just have to remember where I put them!! hahaa xoxo

  12. I love how you've tackled this one Sara. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  13. Gorgeous tag! I love the colors. Thanks so much for playing at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  14. beautiful tag, sara! ive been struggling with my crackle pastes too... and i LOVE when they bubble instead! happy accidents. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! Happy New Year!


  15. Wow, this is amazing - absolutely gorgeous colors and shine. Love your snowflakes - the embossed die cut ones are beautiful and the plastic ones with the Stickles are absolutely fabulous! What a beauty this is!



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