Thursday, December 20, 2012

And now to put those tags to use......

A little bakers twine, a little wrapping and a bit of ribbon and my tags, Tim Holtz tags, Funkie Junkie tags and almost all Ranger tags, lol. I am having fun finishing up my wrapping this year.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tag 12 - Noel, Noel, Funkie style!

As soon as I saw this tag, I thought of Tims rusted enamel tech from last years 12 Tags. So off I went...
I used the seasonal colours of distress inks and followed Tims tech. I had cut out a bunch of lamps from corrugated cardboard earlier and painted this one with the pewter distress stain that I got from thefunkiejunkie festived him up with leftover cedar boughs from tag 10 and a silver bow. I added a little liquid embroidery snow and a lamp (burned out Christmas tree bulb, can you see it in my tiny pic??) THickers letters for Noel and I MADE IT!!!!!!!!!! All 12 tags and one of my favourites at the end! YAY Linda for initiating this challenge :) I needed it to get out of my no crafting rut, now the ideas are floating around my head for gifts and fun......

Tags 9-11 for the Funkie Junkies 12 Tags of Christmas

I have to admit that I wasn't that inspired by this card in the challenge, and I had to think about it. That being said, I love the tag I made after all! I decided it was the wood grain that I liked and wanted to pull from the inspiration tag. So my snowmen have a Faux Barnwood treatment from the technique junkies newsletter (2011, maybe august?) using white glue, I love it! and aren't they cute :). The background is a simple Stain smoosh with blues and gold, I tried to get a northern light look going. My snow is a cotton ball pulled apart, the red mesh is a piece of bag that oranges come in from the grocery store and the ribbon is scavenged from a candycane. My jingle coin and the red burlap are from Linda's store, the FUNKIE JUNKIE BOUTIQUE that is hosting this challenge. And just have to share......I won on the sunday share that the funkie junkie boutique blog has every 2 weeks, YAY!

Tag 10 - wooooahhh, I don't have any of those toys either.....hmmmm what to do??? I can't give up, I have almost finished this challenge. I like the ornament Linda used, I really like this tag, I must say. I like the embossed background too........

Here's what I did, shattered glass Embossing Folder, looks like a snowball just got thrown. That ornament detaches and hangs on the tree. The chipboard ornament is from CTMH and comes in two pieces. I sandwiched the picture between the layers and covered the ornament with more of that music paper. The top is decorated with Tims' festive greenery which is 'yup, you guessed it' from Linda's store as is the red hemp.

Tag 11 - It's beautiful, but I feel the pressure of time to create something like that, lol. Take a look at this and let me know what inspires you. I love the whole tag, but the wreath really is the focal point. What can I do with a wreath?
This picture doesn't do it's a tag covered with frayed burlap crackle paint, and sponged over with a blue ink. BUT the crackle won't photograph. I cheated and used thickers letters for joy, another candycane ribbon and martha stewarts cedar bough punch to create a wreath....which stands out way more IRL from the background. Red stickles from the boutique add some sparkle.

Tag's 5-8 of the Funkie Junkies 12 Tags of Christmas

 This is tag # 5, for the challenge over at The Funkie Junkie. This tag was created from Linda's Tag 5. I was inspired again from the background and the resist snowflakes. This is the first tag that I really moved away from her layout and really echoing the tag she created, but I really like how it turned out.

I used CTMH inks and the shimmer ribbon over a scrap of christmas music paper by ? that I clear embossed with snowflakes. I used Tim Holtz's new minis for my Christmas tree, stamping it once on the tag and then cutting out another one and popping it over top for some dimension. The stars are a die from My Favourite Things that I sprayed with gold shimmer from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I had another idea for this challenge, but I will post it later.....hopefully I get it done before the end, but times a'ticking :)

TAG 6 - I focused on the background again, using an old book and ripping off shreds of it....the whole technique can be found here at the Funkie Junkies site. I followed the layout, kind of, with a lamp post instead of a tree and the circle element beside it. I just got this die and couldn't wait to play with it. I used lots of liquid embroidery puff paint and managed to scavenge old light bulbs from our strings when we were decorating.

Down below I have my example of Tag 7, see the original here. I found an example of the technique on the Simon Says Stamp blog and followed that. I managed to sneak more lightbulbs on here, lol. I really wish I had picked a different colour of Pearl Ex, but didn't have time to redo it.....

I pulled in the corrugated cardboard theme in my holly leaves and used an old Warm Days stamp set from CTMH that I find I pull out A LOT. 

YAY, Tag 8 and this post is almost done. I meant to spread these out, but lost my little camera and had to get them posted so I could link them up. This is my favourite tag and probably the trickiest to make so far.......I am going to make more of these, for sure. I just wish I could take better pictures to show you.

So, for some reason, I immediately went from the Funkie Junkies Tag to wanting to do this. Its shiny, touchable, fuzzy, embossed, corrugated.......whats not to love, lol. I really worked at capturing this to share how gorgeous it is IRL. So, I started with a blank tag and stamped a CTMH Merry Christmas in black archival ink. I dumped gold EP over it and heated it. I then stamped Santa and masked him off.
I sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang Rudolph Red and a Bells of Ireland Green on the tag, blotting it as I sprayed so it wouldn't run under my mask. I lifted the mask, coloured the red and green parts and added liquid embroidery and fluff to his face and plain liquid embroidery to the hat and PUFFED it.....yummy! I glued on a piece of red burlap compliments of the Funkie Junkie Boutique, as is the red twine under the bells. Who by the way is sponsoring this challenge and is my favourite store to shop in.
Whew, a monster post, and 4 tags to go in less than 24 hrs!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas- Tag 4 Funkie Junkie Style

Based on the Funkie Junkie's Tag #4 with a country theme, I chose the gingham background and the pipecleaner star (simply because my kids were playing with them) as my inspiration. More Tim influence in the deer, the greenery, the coin and the paper accent. I bought the Seasonal Paper pack from the The Funkie Junkie Boutique, hmmm, likely the deer and coin too, lol. Again, my card isn't as flashy as Linda's, but I'm having fun regardless! The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring this fun challenge and is having a great reopening sale in January, be sure to stop by.

12 Tags of 2012 - Tag 3 Funkie Junkie style!

Ugh, I need a picture taking course. This tag is stunning IRL. Based on the funkie junkie's tag #3, loosely, I liked the colours and the snowman and borrowed the frosty ;).  I used the snowman from the Tim Holtz mini's, popped him up (stamped underneith first) and crackle painted him. I used the old CTMH markers which are similar to the new Tim Holtz ones and coloured over the crackle before popping him on the tag. The background is simply foam brushed ink spritzed with water. Now, the snowflakes were a freebie from the Funkie Junkie Boutique with an order I placed and the Frosty was embossed with a sparkly white embossing powder I received as a gift. The ribbons are from CTMH, the loopy one being the kraft border remnant with glitter dumped on the sticky side and adhered with glue to the tag.
Check out the Funkie Junkie Boutique in January, they are sponsoring this challenge and are having an amazing reopening sale come January.....

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas 2012 - Tag 2

Okay, confession to make....this background has been sitting on my desk since Tim posted his September tag. So when I decided to try to meet the challenge on  the funkie junkie website, I smiled. One tag partly done! Now, I have fallen in love with the Funkie Junkie Boutique this year and I can share why.....The gears die I bought there and all the other embellies were free little gifts that she tucks in your parcel EVERY time you order! AND they are sponsoring this challenge with some amazing gift certificates too! Well, other than Santas face, which I cut out of random paper from my Christmas stash and the No Peeking stamp from an OLD CTMH stamp that I embossed....
So my inspiration on this tag.....the steampunk look, for sure ;) Merry Christmas....

12 Tags of Christmas 2012 Tag 1

This picture doesn't do justice to the tag, which is luminous IRL. I was inspired by the funkie junkie 's background, and attempted to emulate it.....although hers is better, lol. My heart is created from the Faux Rusty Metal technique from the Oct/Nov 2011 newsletter of the technique junkies. HA, there are a lot of junkies involved in the making of this tag! The greenery is from the Tim Holtz seasonal strip die that I got at the funkie junkie boutique. I created the banner free hand and stamped it with a CTMH stamp border that I masked off for just the peace on earth sentiment. The wee snowflake on the large star was lying on my desk begging for a place, so I stuck it on here. Go check out and see her great tag that inspired me!
The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring this challenge, so be sure to go check them out in January!
PS Linda, thanks for replying to my question about the background, now I need to try again with less absorbant paper and see what happens........

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Sleigh Ride

You have to listen, they are amazing!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

3D Christmas Card

Inspired by Shelly Hickox over at StampTramp, I decided to try the technique junkies 3D technique from the last newsletter. I also wanted to try using less traditional colours on my card and use up some of that formidable stash of scraps! I love it and I used a lot of older supplies too :). See my number 25? I think this is my favourite part, is created from plain white chipboard and my husband swears it is metal. The new metallic stains from Tim Holtz are amazing.....I coloured my numbers with the bronze, then archival black and finally silver. I wish I could take a better picture...the depth of colour comes through in real life.
My tree was cut out at 3" on my cricut (pick a tree any tree, I don't remember what cartridge I used). I cut 5 of them and scored them and glued them together with liquid glass. The background is embossed with a snowflake folder and framed with Tim Holtz mini cabinet die that has the centre cut out with a spellbinder. All painted with Modpodge and doused in Diamond dust.
A bad picture, but I splurged on the pop n cuts by Karen Burniston after following Shelly for the last few months because I love playful cards. The Merry Christmas pops up off the page. I love the background paper, it reminds me of a homeknit sock, a Christmas favourite. All stamps are CTMH and I think I gave credit where due ;) Thanks for visiting.