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Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Of Christmas – #6

Christmas Tags Funkie Junkie style #6

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s 6th tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here.

Still going with Linda’s tags but this was a real throw together last night as I am off to the UK today for my son’s birthday tomorrow.

The Day before Halloween!!! I am sure JP would have hated being born on the 31st!!!

My inspiration for this tag was Linda’s beautiful bow which I just happened to turn into a knot.

Sorry all have to dash and catch a boat … sailing at 8.00am and loads of things still to do


Such An Apt Sentiment

Such a mizzy day out there but not inside here because it’s Saturday and that means another class with my fabby ladies.

This card follows on from the other week where we did masking with distress inks … see it here.

This sentiment describes the day ahead perfectly. Anything could happen in the class and it usually does especially the fun and laughing. Also it’s Maria’s week to come (she can only make once a fortnight) and she brings the cakes mmmmm.

Today the girls are stepping up a notch and using their DI inks again to get those fingers even more messy and dirty. I am sure Theresa will have her gloves at the ready though.

Trust me they don’t know what messy is yet, wait until we get to the next stage!!!!


The ladies were stamped onto the card then masked off before adding the background.  We also stamped both onto blue paper then fussy cut parts of the image before adding to the page.

Inks used are Broken China and Dusty Concord, stamps are from Crafty Individuals, Prima Almanac and Flonzcrafts.

Flush Of Love For Christmas

Can you believe that after all my W & W (key below) I have been enjoying designing these Christmas makes. See original whinge here.
Going to revisit this statement in the middle of December to see if I still feel the same rash, flush of love, for Christmas makes.

October is nearly over so this is the last week of the challenge at Crafts-Too-Challenge You. Today is week 4 of the theme – Christmas Festivities. Onto twist 2 of the theme and this time we want to know what Christmas means to you.

Christmas means fun to me (everything is fun to me) especially seeing the look on the faces of children whilst opening their presents. Nothing can compare to this.

Off we go onto the card and let’s start from the back – found some reindeer paper which I cut to size before putting into a Crafts Too EF.

This was then put through … wait fot it … my early Birthday Present an … eBosser … yayyyy so fabby … who cares if my Christmas stash is meager … not me. Gently blended the edges of the paper with Black Soot DI.

The second layer was covered with red chalk paint, then put into the A4 Christmas EF which came free with the machine. Not that you can see much of the pattern after all the ripping!!!

Lightly sanded the layer before brushing over with some Black Soot DI. Heated some gold EP around the edges. This layer looked so good but what did I do next … ripped out the middle to make an aperture. Used some corrugated cardboard to fill the abyss then added a piece of white dotty acetate over. Fussy cut the reindeer paper then placed behind the acetate.

Stamps used are the Marianne Christmas Sentiment which has been stamped onto a piece of the same paper. The borrowed TH stamp set called Mini Holiday Three is part of the finished embellies as is the poinsettia which I coloured with DI.

(Here’s hoping the November challenge is Christmas!!! …)

W & W – Whinging and Whining
EF – Embossing Folder
DI – Distress Inks
EP – Embossing Powder
TH – Tim Holtz

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Of Christmas – #5

Yippee and yayyyy, a very dear crafting buddy lent me some of her Christmas crafting goodies. Thank You Sweets.

She took pity on me because my Christmas stash is rubbish so now I can craft on in STYLE!!!

Christmas Tags Funkie Junkie style #5

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s 5th tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here.

Entering this one into the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge – they want to see some splishy splashy splatter.

Why am I showing the back as well you ask … well, I couldn’t make my mind up which side to add my embellies. Finally went for the other side because the splatter looked so cool.

Wrong!!! Should have used the back side because I ended up covering all my lovely splish splash splatter… ah well can’t get it right all the time!!!

Firstly painted the front and back of my tag with a gorgeous turquoise chalk paint before flicking with some gesso and stamping with a splodge from the Stampin Up set called French Foliage.

Stamped onto vellum before adding gold E P onto one of the stamp sets loaned to me. This set is called Beautiful Season from Stampin Up (now retired).

Linda’s inspiration came into play at this stage as I die cut a frame from the Spellbinders Blossom Five with some corrugated cardboard. then framed the bird image.

Other stamps borrowed and used are Mini Holidays Three.

Footnote: Just want to say that the tag, paint, splodge stamp, vellum, corrugated card, rope and string used are all my own!!!


Double The Time

Haven’t you wished you could have more time? That’s the reason why I cut my clock in half to double my time. Let’s hope it works!!

Fashionable Stamping Challenges starts another new challenge today and my dear friend Dot 006 has picked the theme for you which is making a card … no projects or tags just a card.

Blended Stampin Up inks, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry over cardstock before adding molding paste through the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil and the Burlap.

Also stamped and coloured this gorgeous image with the same ink colours. Placed her inside a stamped frame from G45.

To make the flower, I used a die. Cut out with handmade paper which was coloured with the same S U inks then stamped over with a script.

Covered cardstock with a light coating of the S U inks before stamping onto it with the clock then tore in half. See – double the time!!!



We Only See What We Want To…

How fickle is the human eye – we only see what we want to is so true.

Since I started my blog in September 2009, can you believe over 4 years ago, I always had a quote link posted at the top. Every time something new was posted I read that quote before anything else. Noticed a few days ago that it had disappeared and wasn’t there anymore.

Now this is the $64,000 Question – How long ago did it disappear, Why did it disappear, but what is so awful how come my eyes hadn’t seen it was gone???? Spooky!!!

Definitely gonna keep my eyes on that there quote!!

Today is week 3 of the Crafts-Too-Challenge You which has this months theme of Christmas Festivities
Onto twist 2 of the theme and this time we want to know what Christmas means to you.

This frame was made before I even knew what I was going to do with it … destined for one of my infamous bit boxes … but when I saw this image I knew it was just perfect for her. Really wanted to capture all that prettiness so what better use for the frame.

To make the frame I used a technique from Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 102 Day 5 called – Tarnished Silver. Mine is more Tarnished bronze because I used different E P’s.

I can see around blog land that everyone has some fantastic makes from these classes but for me the interesting part comes from seeing all the individual diversity of each of their designs. HERE is a beautiful project from Jenny using the same technique but looking oh so different.

The picture is from Nellie’s Christmas Vintage which has such a nostalgic feel to it. What Christmas means to me is that little girls face as she looks at Mr Teddy.

I usually have a few tags on the go at one time on my desk and this one fitted the bill perfectly for the image and the frame.

In fact if you look HERE you can just see the same red background peaking through. The above red tag was discarded because the gold embossing didn’t work for the look I was trying to achieve.

All the gold embossed background was in danger of being covered so ripped the edge of the image and only used in half the frame. Stamped the sentiment onto a waste part of the A4 image sheet with a Marianne Christmas Sentiments.


Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Of Christmas – #4

Christmas Tags Funkie Junkie style #4.

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s 4th tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here.

Inspiration for this tag came from the burlap squares and the blobbing of embossing powders onto different surfaces which Linda has done on her tag.

Cut two burlap squares, then cut across at an angle, this gave me four triangles which were then delicately splodged with pink Frantage E P. Only used three for my makeshift Christmas tree which has a sturdy piece of rope for the trunk.

Because my Christmas stash is soooo limited I covered some garish gold reindeer’s with paint and whilst still wet sprinkled Frantage E P very sparingly over the top.

Definitely going to hunt out the rest of my old gold and silver trash oops I mean stash!!!


Dancing At The Palais

Can you remember queuing on a Saturday night outside the local dance palais and checking out all the talent with your girlfriends.

I certainly can and whilst looking at these images Generation Redux … which were still on my desk from my last tag here … vivid memories of my dancing days came flooding back.

Definitely lighter on my feet in those days 😯

Gosh, how the mind works is such a mystery, can’t fathom for the life of me why dancing at the palais jumped into my head. Had such a smile on my face whilst reliving the memories of dodging some unsavory characters who wanted a dance.

Designed this tag with those thoughts in mind!!!

Entering For: Artistic Outpost October Referral Program – Anything Goes


Sad – Not Me

Not sure where I first saw this stamp set – one of you lovely ladies in blogland no doubt – but I just had to have it.

It’s an Artistic Outpost set called Generation Redux
Redux means – brought back, restored … just thought you might like to know that … well I did so I googled it, wahoo now we all know.

She really looks quite serious and very studious … totally didn’t have enough room on my tag to stamp all that so just made do with saying “sad” instead. Stamped her with pink chalk paint, turned out good even if I say so myself.

Have a look at the five tiny squares on the left, can anyone tell me what they are the waste from?

Decided to tell you instead – they are those horrible shiny backs that you take off the teensy tiny foam pads. One fell onto the tag and it blended so well that I decided to leave it there and add more!!

Entering For: Artistic Outpost October Referral Program – Anything Goes


Embracing New Ideas

Fabulous class this week the girls loved every minute … as did I … of all the new techniques they learned.

I am so pleased they are willing to embrace new ideas, each and every one are a pleasure to teach.

Showed two different ways this week of how to frame an image.

1) With Molding Paste

2) With Masks

A few are still unsure about using the Distress Inks but they still have a go and I can see huge progress every week.

Thanks girls for a very enjoyable morning. x x