Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A (Not So) Quick Christmas Greeting-12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style-Week 8

Hello crafty friends and visitors, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you are enjoying a lovely holiday spent with loved ones. I've got a (not so) quick card to share with you, as I participate in Week 8 of 12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style. As you probably are already aware, this is a 12 week challenge hosted by Linda Coughlin at her blog The Funkie Junkie and sponsored by her well appointed shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It's a fun and easy challenge with a fantastic outcome whether you win one of her gift certificates to her shop or just play along and get your Christmas card stash built up. The bonus is, EVERYONE who completes her challenge following the rules gets a generous discount at her shop in January! Woo Hoo!

I was inspired by Linda's festive tag, but probably more so by the words in her post and how her tag came to be. She was short on time, so used a "waste" paper that was too pretty to toss. So I decided this was how I was going to make my card for the 8th entry. While I was at it, I wanted to be sure to really stress myself out and see if I could toss this together in less than 15 minutes and while using some of the elements from her fun tag.

I started with a piece that was a flop from a previous project, but like Linda's was too pretty to throw away. I have an avalanche of these pieces on my desk right now. Long story short...this didn't work with the colors of my holly in the end, so I ditched that idea, and also the idea that I would be able to finish this in the allotted 15 minutes.

What I ended up using was the "waste" from the Christmas Mixed Media Thinlit I used to cut my original holly leaves from. I colored white paper with various Distress inks in greens to make my cut from and layered this over card I painted with Golden gold acrylic paint. I used a sea sponge to dab on some white acrylic paint for a snowy background. I ended up cutting more holly from white card painted with the same shimmery gold paint and made the berries from red card.

I think it works fairly well with this little image I've been hoarding from last Christmas. It was in one of the little glassine bags that Linda includes as a gift when you order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I think that is one of my favorite things about shopping in Linda's shop. It's those little personal touches that bring me back over and over again! The pull out tag is also from one of the gift bags, and I altered it with Walnut Stain ink, Vintage Collage medium and Rock Candy Distress glitter. I did the same with the sweet girl image, and matted it on red card. The ribbon is colored with Tarnished Brass Distress stain. Unfortunately, you will have to see this card in person to appreciate the glitter.

I've had the Destination (lantern) die from Spellbinders for ages, but have never used it. Perfect for this project! I cut two--one from black and one from white. I cut the little windows out of the white lamp and colored with Distress Fossilized Amber ink, then added Ranger's Crazing Medium. (Again, inspired by Linda's words in her post; she used Crackle Accents "to get that crazed effect".) I highlighted the cracks with Distress crayon in Walnut Stain.  The Tidings sentiment is a Holiday Talk Metallic sticker. To finish it off, I added some Ranger Grit Paste and sprinkled with Rock Candy glitter for snow.

Here's another look at my not so quick card! I hope you will pop over to The Funkie Junkie blog to see Linda's beautiful tag for Week 8 and all the entries! If you're not in the Christmas spirit then, you might never be!

Most of the products I used can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I'm sharing with the following challenges:
-Morgan's Art World-Challenge #23-Use an Item From Your Stash I used a few collage images, vintage seam binding and some gold cord from my stash.
-Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Christmas to Die For I used a Sizzix die and a Spellbinders die.
Thank you for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments! I read and appreciate each one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. We are SO THRILLED you've come to join in our challenges Sara! This is absolutely adorable ... love the vintage image and what a great way to use the street lamp! Love your design! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Traditional Christmas Colors’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

    P.S. Did you know your sweet creation also fits the current 'TAGS' challenge going on at the DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG? Check it out!

  2. Beautiful design. I love how you layered it. Thanks so much for joining us at Double D Challenge Blog
    Kathy DD DT

  3. Oh I love the vintage feel to this - very stylish card.
    Thanks for playing along at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.
    Caryn xxx

  4. Beautiful card Sara! That image is just fantastic, so vintage and yet traditional, totally adore this as a focal panel!! The lamp post is such a great holiday addition, and the little Tidings sign is wonderful. Your background is beautiful, the rich greens make a lovely backdrop and the holly pattern adds some festive cheer that you can't help but love!! Fabulous!! hugs :)

  5. I'm so happy to come back and see this gorgeous creation again today! I just love everything about it!! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘TAGS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  6. Gorgeous vintage image, Sara, and I love the tag! Thanks so much for playing in our "Use Something from your Stash" challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld this month. Good Luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  7. A beautiful card! The vintage feel and the hiding tag: gorgeous!

  8. You really did make me smile, I always enjoy getting those little envelope from Linda too, I really look forward to them... Love your vintage card Sara, the image is wonderful and I love the gold coloured die cuts and the way you used the waste - I really should try that idea, I throw so much away!! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Your card is adorable, Sara Emily! I love that vintage girl image and how you have her under the lantern with the crackling effect, with the holly going over the lamppost and under the girl. Your little tag tucked behind the girl is so cute. Just precious!

  10. This is so gorgeous, Sara Emily!! The layers are fabulous!! The vintage image is so sweet!! I absolutely love how you cracked the glass in the lamp!! So creative!! Every single detail is perfect!! Love, love it my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Brilliant!! Love hw you did the lamp post, - beautifully put together!

  12. Sara, this is an absolutely beautiful vintage Christmas card! I adore your super creative way to use the waste, it looks awesome! Your lamp post is simply brilliant with that cracked glass and your layering is fabulous, as always! I love your vintage image and that small gorgeous tag! It's beyond stunning, my sweet friend! Big, big hugs to you! Branka xx

  13. many beautiful cards from your hand at our Noor Design UK worked hard and made lovely cards.
    Thanx for joining us again with this card.
    xxx Plony

  14. This one really stumped me, but your little gift of a cutout sure helped. You really made this combo sing with your unique variations. Such a beautiful design. Hugs, Autumn

  15. I love the vintage feel to this, Sara. Fabulous card. Thanks for sharing it in our challenge, and please join us again soon.
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. you are most welcome to also link up with us at CropStop - you can find that fun challenge here:

  16. Sweet! I love that you were bringing together leftovers and created a beautiful card. I always end up creating more leftovers when I start a project like this! :)

  17. Such a pretty card for using throwaways!! love the crackled lantern light! xx

  18. This is fabulous and beautifully designed.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK
    Hugs Sharon. x

  19. Charming card! Love how you've used the holly and the holly waste, a great trick, and the vintage image is so sweet. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  20. Gorgeous vintage Christmas card and the design is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge – hope you’ll join us again!
    Amelia (DT Double "D" Challenges)

  21. A fantastic interpretation of Linda's original and I love that crackled lamp! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey xx

  22. Super card, Sara Emily! I love that you were able to use some of your left overs as well as bits from a Funkie Junkie Boutique thank you gift - that really brought a grin to boy face! What an inspiration this is!



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