Monday, November 21, 2016

Joy to the World!-12 Tags of Christmas-Week 3

Welcome! I've completed Week 3 of 12 Tags of Christmas-Funkie Junkie Style and this time I really had to put on my creative thinking cap, because I had almost none of the wonderful products Linda used for her elegant tag.

The 12 Tags of Christmas is a weekly challenge hosted by Linda Coughlin of the Funkie Junkie blog, and generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Currently she is on Week 9 of her inspiring challenge, so I've got a lot of catching up to do! If you participate in all 12 weeks of the challenge, you may be chosen as a lucky winner of some very generous gift certificates to Linda's well stocked shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. But EVERYONE  who follows the rules gets a generous 15% off coupon to use in January! It's a win, win, win Christmas scenario!

My background stenciling was done on black cardstock. I used Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and texture paste mixed with gold acrylic paint. I was able to get a reflected pattern simply by using one side of the stencil, letting that side dry, then flipping the stencil over and doing the other side of the card. Once it was all dry, I replaced the stencil and went over the flourishes with my metallic wax rub on my finger.

I was inspired not only by Linda's elegant color scheme, but by the musical notes. I chose a printed paper from my stash and cut a panel using an old Spellbinders die I received as a gift from my lovely and talented blog friend Kathy Clement of Kathy By Design. If you haven't seen all the amazing projects Kathy whips out at amazing speed, you must drop by and see her inspiring work! I inked the panel with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain to age it a little and layered it on some heavy card stock to give it some stability.

I didn't have Linda's doves, but I liked the idea of the die cuts, so I chose Tim's Victorian Carolers and cut them twice--once from black card and once from manila file folders. I edged both the black and the manila cuts with my metallic wax rub and layered them up, offsetting for a glow-y halo. The carolers were popped up with Ranger black adhesive foam tape.

I liked Linda's snowflakes, and I haven't had a chance to use my not so new Mini Paper Snowflakes Thinlits die yet. I cut 6 of the smaller ones out of file folder, inked with Frayed Burlap and spritzed on Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist. I layered these with foam dots.

Once again, inspired by Linda's tag, for my sentiment I used a Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits die and added a Holiday Talk Metallic Sticker. I inked in Frayed Burlap and edged with the metallic wax rub. I layered this up on some ribbon I colored with Tarnished Brass Spray stain and pleated using my hot glue gun.

I wanted to lighten up the background just a little more, so I cut a little off my black stenciled panel and layered it up on a card blank I stamped with a Heidi Swapp image in Potting Soil Archival ink. I blended on some Frayed Burlap ink.

That's it for me! Please head over to The Funkie Junkie to see Lind'a inspiring tag and all the other entries into this challenge. There's still time to get your's into the mix! What are you waiting for?

Products used that can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

I am sharing this card with these inspiring challenges:
-Morgan's Art World-Challenge #23- Use An Item From Your Stash I used my old ribbon seambinding and gave it a facelift with Tarnished Brass spray. The Spellbinders die is also an old item from my stash.
Addicted to Stamps-Challenge #136-Die Cutsand/or Punches (with a stamp) I used a Heidi Swapp stamp top and bottom. 12/11
-Deep Ocean Challenge#142-"Inspired By a Song or a Movie" I was inspired by the carol "Joy to the World".

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your encouraging comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily 
UPDATE: Yippee!


  1. This looks amazing sara. I adore those silhouettes. They look wonderful x

  2. Oh wow, Sara Emily, this is stunning!! You improvised perfectly!! The background stenciling looks amazing!! I love the Victorian Carolers!! I haven't used that die in forever and now you've made me want to dig it out!! Each layer and detail is perfect!! Love, love it my friend!! So gorgeous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Super pretty! Love the Victorian Carolers and all your stunning layers. Rockin' it!

  4. Hi Sara
    I love this christmas couple and You made a gorgeous card with them.
    Thanks for joining us at ATSC.
    Greetings, Danoesja

  5. Wow, Sara, your version is fabulous and you have really inspired me to use that beautiful Victorian Carolers die! What a stunning stenciled background and a fantastic layering! That snowflakes die is definitely on my wish list now! Oooooooh, I love every single inch of your brilliant Christmas card, my friend! You are such an inspiration! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  6. Love seeing the silhouette Christmas couple come out for an airing, fabulous card Sara xxx

  7. oh wow! This is so elegant - excellent choice of colours and die cut! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. Wonderful improvisation Sara! I love those Carolers, they look very elegant the way you have layered them on the beautiful music paper and the flourishes in the background are stunning! Love! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. I actually started singing the song... I simply love you creation..

    Thank you for joining us at Noor Design UK this month.

    Love DT LindaSS

  10. I read this through and through yesterday on my phone and wanted to say how amazed I am. This is definitely my fav so far! And yes, I say that each time! Ha! But seriously, what a dynamic combination, yet not too "in your face" like sometimes black can be. Really fabulous idea to use the carolers. Love, love this and HAVE to get that die! You enabler you! ;0 Hugs, Autumn

  11. Fun silhouette image and great job with the ribbon. Thanks for joining in at Mod Squad

  12. I love this, Sara Emily! I do love those carolers - they've been on my wish list forever and seeing them on your gorgeous card makes me want them even more! They're perfect in front of the music cut-out - your die was an awesome choice for this layout. Beautiful!! Hugs :-)

  13. Fabulous and wonderful Sara thank you for joining us over on
    Morgans Art World
    Dianne xx
    MAW CT

  14. Now I am starting to shake in my boots - Is Christmas almost here?
    Where did Halloween go I ask.
    There is something about a British Christmas that really charms me so you know how much I love this card. Fa-La-La
    Sandy xx

  15. Wow wow wow!! Sara, this is one of the most elegant Christmas cards I've seen this season! The black and gold is so decadent and refined, like a fancy invitation to a party that requires you to wear a 'gown'!! Beautiful die cut negative in the middle, makes such a wonderful backdrop for your silhouetted carollers! And the ribbon, how lovely all folded like that. Incredible my friend, just incredible!! Top five for me! hugs :)

  16. That is drop dead gorgeous !! it looks like so much work ! I hope you win a prize you deserve it.

  17. Love your beautiful Christmas creation! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  18. This is stunning. The gold on the black is phenomenal and the cut out opening the perfect offset! Fabulous card.

  19. One of the most beautiful vintage holiday cards I have seen!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  20. Such a lovely card Sarah Emily!! I love the black & gold- so very rich!
    Congrats on your win-woo hoo you rock star girlie you!!
    How is your daughter doing? Still ok with being away? or is it just you who wasn't? teeheehee thinking of you! xx

  21. This is wonderful, Sara Emily! Your gold flourish background is lovely and your music score panel is the perfect background for your silhouette. Love the way you have offset them a smidge. It really makes them pop! Another wonderful card.


  22. Love your alternative take on tag 3 - I also went a different direction! The glamorous black and gold works so well with the carollers, and the vintage music label panel is just lovely.
    Alison x


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