Monday, November 14, 2016

12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style Week 5

Welcome friends and visitors! I've finally gotten started on  on my tags for Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style! I totally blew it on getting started early with this challenge this year. Last year I didn't get started until December 9, so I guess I'm a little ahead of the game! I'm starting with week 5. For those that haven't heard about this challenge it is a 12 week challenge to make a winter or Christmas themed project inspired by Linda's 12 weekly tags. This is the 5th year that the sweet and talented Linda Coughlin has hosted this challenge, and it is generously sponsored by her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. A huge Thank You to Linda for hosting and sponsoring this challenge!

Here's Linda's tag for week 5, and it's obvious I drew inspiration from her use of the Mixed Media Thinlit Holly Leaves, baubles, and her fluffy bow. I pretty much just copied her lovely design, but changed my colors, and used some different products. Isn't Linda's tag just beautiful?

  I did the stamping on the stained card for the background. I used Candied Apple, but I only had it in the stain, not the spray. I blended over with Frayed Burlap ink to give it more of a vintage look, and edged with Vintage Photo. The stamp is by Hero Arts, and it will be used quite a bit this season.

The Holly die cut layer is Evergreen Bough spray along with a misting of Perfect Pearl mist in Heirloom Gold. I tore the paper and edged in Frayed Burlap. I added Stickles 'berries'. Like Linda, I also stamped my holly cuts as well as foiled them. I embossed a Flonz Craft greeting in gold, and added a back panel embossed with a sparkly gold powder.

My baubles are not Tim's, just some from my stash, and either my gold mixative is old and not working, or the baubles don't take the color like they did on Linda's. The gold looked really flat, so I added Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink. Still not 'gold' enough, so I added some leafing to these baubles, too. This was not easy! The red baubles are actually pearls, and I used Watermelon alcohol ink on them. Looks like a good match for my Candied Apple stained crinkle ribbon!  I just love the look of the stained background with the stamping layered with this delicate Mixed Media Thinlit die cut.

Perhaps a better look at the gold leafing on the baubles. It's hard to capture on the camera. In fact, I couldn't see it at all on the smaller baubles on my camera shot, but trust me, it's there, and I worked hard to get it! I'm afraid I don't share Linda's love of leafing--perhaps it's the brand I have in my stash (Martha Stewart), but I don't find it works too easily, especially on the baubles.

These baubles don't look this bad in real life.

And by accident, I found mt tag lights up quite nicely in the glow of my desk lamp!  This gives me an idea to make a lantern. If you look REAL hard you can see my scribbly handwriting on the back. I had to write my personal greeting on the back before adding the dimensional elements to the front. 

Products used that can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: Tim Holtz Christmas Mixed Media Thinlits die; Ranger Mini Collage Glue Stick; Ranger Multi Medium Matte; Candied Apple Distress Stain; Distress inks in Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap; Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist, Stickles Holiday Assortment-Joyful Red, Ranger alcohol inks-Sunshine Yellow, Watermelon, and Gold Mixative,  (additional products from my stash listed in text)

I am sharing my tag with the following challenges:
Stamps and Stencils-Tags, Bags and Boxes It's been a long time since I've got to play along at this inspiring challenge!
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #117- 'Tis the Season-Autumn or Winter I used a Flonz Craft sentiment and a Hero Arts background stamp.
A Gem of a Challenge #182 Use Ribbon and Bling My first time visiting this challenge blog!
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Anything (Christmas) Goes My first time visiting here, too, and I'm sure I'll be back!

Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. beautiful work Sara - thats a fabulous holly die - love t to pieces - great work! Hugs rachel x

  2. Fabulous, Sara! Such amazing textures and colors. Thanks so much for sharing your talents in our Tag Challenge. I hope that you will join us again soon.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  3. Your colours are divine Sara and the whole tag is beautifully designed and put together, love it xxx

  4. Fantastic tags. They are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Let's Craft and Create.

  5. The colours you chose are absolutely gorgeous Sara and work so well together (love the glow too!). The watermelon coloured pearls look amazing too - you are not the only one where the colour has not taken on baubles - so glad it is not just me... The Candied Apple bow is stunning and I love how you layered the tag, it really sets off those beautiful colours! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. A really lush looking tag, the blend of colours works perfectly, many thanks for sharing your lovely creations with us at fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  7. Really lovely Sara! And so cool how you discovered the light -up, can't wait to see what you do with this idea!!
    How do you do create these beautiful pieces as well as work a job? You are amazing my friend!
    huge hugs,Jackie

    1. Ha!Ha! Five minutes at a time! REALLY! If I want to have a good chunk of crafting time, I have to stay up late. That's just not in the 'cards' right now. Hugs back at you!

  8. Wow, Sara, I am totally blown away by your stunning tag! You know how much I love vibrant colors and the design is fantastic! The way you used that awesome holly die is simply marvelous! Everything is beautiful here, the golden baubles, the berries, your embossing, just everything! Love it to bits, my friend!
    Thank you so much for joinig us at Stamps and Stencils with this brilliant festive tag! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  9. Wow, just gorgeous Sara!! I am loving your non-traditional colour palette here, I would never have thought to use these colours for a Christmas tag, but you sure do make them look fun and festive! I love the addition of the gold too, a touch of holiday elegance! Well done my friend, a winner for sure! hugs :)

  10. These are so pretty and festive!! Love them!!!

  11. Well I never! You went so feminine with this and I ADORE it! Woah, what a gorgeous remake! You and I both seem to thrive under pressure, all the more reason I love you. :) (Yes, I'm in rare form today and quite emotional - so whatever!) Such a fantastic source of inspiration and really helps me to continue to view these tasks with an open mind. Hugs, Autumn

  12. Totally inspiring and interesting tag. I love that you went in a totally different direction and came up with this beauty. Gold leaf if is a mess and not something I am into as well. But it sure does look good! The scribbles of your handwriting in the desk lamp shot is a hoot! Awesome sauce and wonderful accident. The baubles look good to me dearie. Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  13. Fabulous tags Sara Emily! The colours you've chosen for both are fabulous! Love all the extra elements you've added to them also! Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  14. This is absolutely gorgeous, Sara Emily! I love your color scheme, and I think your baubles turned out great because they look like they're old. This is one of my favorites of Linda's tags, and of yours too in this series. Fabulous!!

  15. A gorgeous layered tag and such lovely colours. I love the vintage appearance of the baubles and the subtle stamping.
    Thank you for joining in with the November challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  16. Stunning tags, Sara, thank you for sharing with us at Creative Artiste this month, good luck xxxx

  17. Fabulous tag Sara, love the colours you have used and I can definitely see the influence from Linda's tag, well done! Thank you for joining us at Southern Ridge Trading Company! Deb xo

  18. This is just so pretty Sara Emily! The colors are fresh and wonderful. I think your baubles look fantastic and so does the foiling. I'm so delighted that you are playing along again this year with The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.


  19. Very original! Love your tags. Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft & Create Challenge. We hope you can join us again in the future and good luck! Mary DT x

  20. Beautiful tag!!! Love the colours :) Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft & Create challenge. We hope you will join us again very soon. Agnieszka DT

  21. I love the bold colour contrasts on your version, Sara Emily, and oh my word how fabulous it looks lit up. I'm a lantern-fiend, so I'm looking forward to you having a chance to put that bit of inspiration into practice.
    Alison x


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