Saturday, December 12, 2015

12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style-Week 8

Happy Saturday to you! I just spent a gorgeous morning working on my card for the 8th week of Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge, and I'll try not to spend the afternoon blogging about it. Here is my latest Christmas card...I sure hope I have time to get to the post office to mail these!

Here is Linda's gorgeous folksy homespun tag, loaded with lots of festive details.  I was inspired by her embossed trees, her use of ribbon, and that special little detail I love the most--stamped and stenciled holly sprays on the background. I especially love that she stamped text into those holly leaves, and I tried to achieve that same look, but failed miserably. I was really inspired by that delicate flourish/bauble die cut, but after a thorough search of my dies, I came up empty handed.  Looks like I need to order that from Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I notice that it's even further discounted right at this very minute, so I need to make this fast before she sells out!

Speaking of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, unless you live under a rock like I did up 'til last week, you probably know about Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge and that Linda's shop is sponsoring her challenge with THREE generous gift vouchers to the shop to three lucky winners!  So you need to put aside all those holiday preparations and get crafting! Just for participating and following the rules, you will receive a 15% off coupon for your January order!

Now to the details of my card.For my background, I used Tim's Stars stencil, and stamped a Tim Holtz   image using Archival ink, dried and blended Distress ink, Mustard Seed through the stencil once more.  While the ink was wet, I embossed with Ranger clear embossing powder. I blended over the embossed stars with Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks and gave it a little spritz and flick and dried again. I edged with Ground Expresso.

I used Tim's Tree Line die and embossed them with Winter Wonderland (apt name, con't you think?) powder I picked up at a yardsale this summer. I got a box full of the most unusual powders for a dollar!!! Score! It has the most incredible shimmer, but Mr. I does not pick it up. Perhaps if you squint real hard you can see a tiny bit of glimmer. I popped this up with a little Ranger black foam adhesive tape (sold at the Funkie Junkie) The ribbon and vintage gold trim are from my stash. Peace is Tim's Handwritten Holidays die from the Funkie Junkie cut from a piece of scrap from a previous card.

That wraps up another card! I forget how many more 'til I complete Linda's challenge, but I guess not everyone on my list will get a Christmas card on time! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas preparations and finding time for some peace and joy!

I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:
A Vintage Journey Vintage Christmas My Tim influence is in his spritz and flick technique, his vintage grunge style, and in using his Distress products, Layering stencils and dies.
Artistic Stamper December's Creative Challenge Christmas Not much stamping, but it's there in the stars!
Simon Says Stamp Monday Holly Jolly Stamping Not much stamping, but it's there in the stars!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your awesome comments!
Hugs and Christmas Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. I live under a rock too Sara (wish it was next door to yours!!) - didn't know about Linda's 12 Tags until you started making yours! I so admire you for heading out to catch up and doing it so fabulously. The Christmassy colors on this one are so pretty. The trees really turned out lovely. This is my second favorite so far!!! j.

  2. I live under a rock too Sara (wish it was next door to yours!!) - didn't know about Linda's 12 Tags until you started making yours! I so admire you for heading out to catch up and doing it so fabulously. The Christmassy colors on this one are so pretty. The trees really turned out lovely. This is my second favorite so far!!! j.

  3. Holy cow, Sara! I can't keep up with you these days, lol! Your magic closet must be full of inspiration this year, as your tags are all fantastic. This one is quite lovely, and the touch of snow with the EP on the trees is fabulous! xxx Lynn

  4. OMG, Sara, I love all of your Christmas cards you created for Linda's challenge but this one is definitely my favourite! What a brilliant background and those embossed trees are simply wonderful! Your stamped stars are superb! Wonderfully wonderful!
    Huge hugs to you, my dear! Branka xxx

  5. Oh my goodness, Sara! How do you do it!! Another gorgeous card ready to mail to a VERY lucky recipient! The way you interpreted Linda's tag in your card is fabulous. You've truly created atmosphere here. A starry, cold winter sky keeping watch over the quiet forest below. We're at our cabin in the mountains right now and I'm looking out at a very similar sight. It makes me want to take a walk and experience the forest at night. Except we have a black bear that wanders around here and I don't know if it's hibernating yet, so I won't:-))
    Sending holiday hugs,

  6. Beautiful card and love the trees. Thanks for joining us for our Festive Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

    Karon DT

  7. This time I could tell that a card is a card and a tag is a tag. I am so smart. Your card is charming to say the least!!
    Sandy x

  8. Gorgeous! The trees are beautiful against the sky. Quite lovely! Thank you for sharing with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  9. Wow Sara, you sure have been busy this week! Another beautiful Christmas make! I love the snowy treeline and your wintery sky background, but my eye sure does get drawn to that amazing festive border at the bottom! So fun my friend, love it!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Tis the Season' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  10. You have definitely been on a roll and have created some spectacular Christmas cards. This is another beauty. Love the gorgeous tree line set against the starry sky. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.

  11. Fantastic card. Love how pretty the tree line is. Thanks for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares.
    -Katelyn DT member at Emerald Creek

  12. Your background turned out great here and what's not to love about the frosted trees?! So pretty all together.

  13. Love your snow-tipped trees and the background is great. Another beauty - your card-making is certainly going well with all of Linda's inspiration! Thanks again for joining A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  14. Have you eaten a boatload of sugar cookies like the elves do? You are going to need it because you have been so busy creating these wonderful gems for cards. This is such a scrumptious card and so vintage Christmas. Gorgeous stars and your background technique is wowzers! Hugz to you muffin!

  15. another great card Sara....think it's my favourite. Thank you for sharing with us at AVJ this month
    Best wishes
    Annie x

  16. Awesome Christmas card and tag, Sara Love that snow on tress, brilliant technique.
    Thanks for joining us at Artitsic Stamper this month.

  17. A fantastic 'folksy' look to this one Sara! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  18. a great take on Lindas tag - I love your scene!Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and goodluck! Hugs rachel x

  19. Gorgeous take on the original tag! I love that tree line die and keep a look out for it! Thanks so much for joining my final challenge at Stamps & Stencils. Julia xx

  20. Spectacular, Sara Emily! This is drop dead gorgeous - one of the best Christmas cards i have seen ANYWHERE this year! I am drooling over the colors - that beautiful inky sky coupled with the red border at the bottom and the gorgeous gold trim - wowzers! I just love that Treeline die - one of my favorites which I never got around to using this year. Your snowy trees are wonderful. You really knocked it out of the park with this one! Thanks for sharing.


  21. Back Sara Emily to thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this beautiful cards. Jenny x


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