Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cold Outside - 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style Week 6

Hello again! It's hard not to get in the Christmas spirit when you're playing along with Linda's (Funkie Junkie) 12 Tags of Christmas! I just finished Week 6  having drawn quite a blank at first. I was certainly inspired by the snow and silver elements on Linda's tag HERE, but I think I was having a battle with myself on how to make what I envision as a snowbank on Linda's tag. So I told myself I was overthinking it, and I ought to just go get started and see what happens. This is what happened...

 I really wanted to include the Starry stencil with crackle that Linda used, and I went with an old Spellbinders die cut. Thank you, Kathy! (Kathy By Design) She generously gave these and other Spellbinders sets to me several years ago, and I never tire of the intricate edge on this one!

I highlighted the cracks of the dried paste with Silver Mixative, just like Linda did, but I used a cotton swab to apply my color. You can see I colored outside the lines a time or two. I edged my chosen Quote Chip with Distress Crayon and scribbled some on the top, too, wiping it back to leave a little frosty look. Having had some problems cutting the Deco Sheets before, this time I remembered to stick it onto some card before cutting the intricate cuts. Works like a charm!

I chose this sweet gleeful snowman charm from Linda's shop and simply patted it with Picket Fence Distress paint and attached it along with a Tiny Tag and Tabs die cut tag with some old Christmastime Remnant Rubs.

I sanded the edges of my Christmas Kraftcore panel, inked with Glacier White pigment  ink and heat embossed with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder.

That's another one done! I hope you're playing along with Linda's fun challenge which is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are prizes for three lucky winners, and everyone who completes the challenge and follows the guidelines will receive a gift voucher for The Funkie Junkie Boutique to use in January! Her simple guidelines and challenge details are outlined HERE.

I'm sharing with these fine challenges:

Thank you for stopping by and for all your sweet comments! They warm my heart!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

I've used the following products which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Give Thanks for Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and visitors! Today the Funkie side of the Design Team at Frilly and Funkie reveal their inspiration for our newest challenge, 'Give Thanks!'. We have so much to be grateful for! The Frilly and Funkie team is thankful for our loyal readers and our newest visitors! For this challenge, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.

I made a mixed media Thanksgiving card for my Mom using Prima's Amber Moon papers and Tim Holtz Pumpkin Patch Bigz die cuts as my focal point.

I die cut two of the papers using the largest Tim's Stitched Rectangles die. For the wood plank panel, I tore off the serrated edges and both panels were colored to match my background panel using Distress Oxides. I chose two of the smaller panels in the pad for my sentiment, and these were also colored with Distress Oxides.

To make my background panel, I used one of my trusty canned cat food thin chipboard inserts and applied Grit paste and clear crackle paste randomly and smooshed some sequins into the wet paste. I allowed this to dry overnight and then gave it a coat of gesso. Later I painted it with Distress paints and spritzed them with water to blend. I dried with a heat tool and allowed it to dry still more overnight. The sequins started popping off, so I thought it would be a good idea to give the entire panel a coat of Distress Collage Medium, and I used the Matte mixed with just a bit of Vintage for subtle color. Finally I rubbed Distress crayon over it and wiped to leave it to highlight the cracks and texture.

The little pumpkin is one of Linda's charms from the shop; I just added a bit of Distress crayon to highlight it. The ribbon is from the little goodie bag Linda includes as a thank you gift in all of her orders. I just pulled the looped end through the bail of the charm and tied up the ends.

I threw just about everything I own at the pumpkin die cuts. I started by dipping them in Antique Linen Distress Oxide, then added random smudges of Distress Micro Glaze. Again, back to the dipping into puddles of diluted oxides in pumpkin colors drying between colors. After they were completely dry, I smeared on clear crackle paste randomly and allowed that to dry. I rubbed the crayons to highlight the cracks.

To finish it off, I added a single Seasonal Chit Chat sticker edged with crayon.

That's all for me today--now it's over to YOU!  Create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at Frilly and Funkie before midnight on Tuesday, December 5. But first, I hope you will stop by the blog to see all the wonderful inspiration from both my Frilly and my Funkie teammates.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I'm sharing with these challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #78 ANYTHING GOES I used two Sizzix dies.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

I've used these products which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rustic Merry Christmas - 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style Week 1

Welcome! Here's what I love about playing along with Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge: You see something you love on one of her tags, and it inspires you to run to your craft table and just create! I was inspired by the rustic look to her tag HERE, but in the end winded up combining the rustic with a touch of glam. Please forgive my horrible photos; it was a rainy day when I photographed these, and my lighting is really off.

My card is pretty straightforward, and not too much to go into detail about. Like Linda, I used the buck and snow flurries dies from Tim's Winter Wonderland Thinlits set, and I added the twiggy tree die cut from the Home For the Holidays set inspired by those stamped bare trees on Linda's tag. The deer and tree were cut from a shimmery black scrap.

I used the Deco Sheets to show off the flurries, like Linda. The sheets are adhesive, so I simply cut another piece of kraft card the size of my front panel, stuck the Deco Sheet on and then adhered this panel to the back of the front. No one will ever know our little secret!

I love the Tree Rings Bigz die, and I couldn't wait to use it again. Out came the drying Distress Crazing medium and Distress crayons  to give it those large bark like cracks. I think I like the Crazing more now that it is almost hardened in the jar! It's no long crazing, it's CRACKING! Here's a tip if you don't want your mixed media products to dry out. Not only should you take care to wipe around the jar edge and top, but be sure to clean out the threads in your lid! Duh, I did not!

I think I need new cutting pads for my Big Kick, (Santa, are you listening?) because I had the Dickens of a time cutting "merry" from the Deco Sheets and had to snip most of it from the sheet with my scissors. I ended up tearing it while I was unsticking it from itself, and had to piece it back together on my card. It ended up where IT wanted to go, not where I wanted it to go, and it's a little wonky!

UPDATE: Thank you all for your comments/suggestions on my cutting plates. I have found if I adhere the Deco Sheets to plain card stock before cutting, I can get some pretty intricate cuts even with my old warped cutting pads. I knew this when I made the above goofie, but didn't have any more of the silver foil left to correct my mistake. I will be posting an example of this on a post later this week. 

That's another Christmas card for my stash! It's almost time to get them in the mail! Where did the last 6 months go?

If you're not already playing along with Linda's challenge, it's not too late! This is a great way to get those Christmas cards or gift tags done. The guidelines are simple, and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is generously sponsoring the challenge! Everyone who follows the guidelines and completes the challenge gets a special discount voucher to use at Linda's shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and Linda will be drawing three random winners on Dec. 30. There will be one $50 grand prize gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique given out plus two runner up prizes of $25 gift certificates! WOW!

I'm sharing with these challenges:
SumMore Fun Mood Board #16 Inspired by the white/neutral photos and the theme "Let it Snow".
Thank you for dropping by and for your lovely comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Below are the links to the products I've used which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: