Monday 16 December 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas #11

Linda has produced a fabulous tag for #11, I loved the fresh colours on this one and have more or less cased her design for my card with just a few differences in the trees and materials used.
Starting with the background I used the zesty broken china and shabby shutters together but before I blended the inks I stamped the splatter stamp from Tim’s urban tapestry set with picket fence distress paint and dried it. I think this gives a great snowstorm effect. I over-stamped with frayed burlap using the small music score from mini holidays 4.
The tress were die-cut from the small movers and shapers pine tree using dark green card and then I dipped them in some peeled paint distress paint misted with water and heat dried them. I die-cut the trees again with some white glitter card and cut off portions to look like snow on the boughs, sticking them over the top of the green painted trees. I finished them off with a white pen to make them look as though they were part of the snowstorm and then glazed them with tattered angels pixie dust glitter paint and edged them with walnut stain. Cool huh?
I die-cut three snowflake flurries (Tim’s on the edge die) and cut two them down and stuck them together to create the edge piece for my card, I also cut a single snowflake similar to how Linda did hers. I covered them with distress ink and antiquities verdigris EP and heated them. When cool I then covered them with glossy accents and rock candy distress glitter and finished with some walnut stain distress ink around the edges.
The mini deer is a TH movers and shapers die, cut in cream card, covered with walnut stain DI, heat dried and then covered with glossy accents and the rock candy distress glitter. He looks much more mottled in real life, this is one of those occasions when I couldn’t get the light right to show you the real effects.
Lastly I used the sentiment from Tim’s simple sayings stamped in Wendy Vecchi’s potting soil archival ink and edged with walnut stain again.
So this is the constructed card, you can see what I mean about casing Linda’s tag, there are so many similarities aren’t there?
I loved the snowy effect when it had all been put together…..
….. and I love the non-traditional Christmas colours.

Linda has the full details of this challenge on her tag 1 post but in essence make a tag or card etc. and take something as inspiration from Linda’s tag for your own make, link this up to her post and originally you had to enter all 12 challenges by December 22nd to be eligible for the draw, but Linda is extending this with two bonus round tags on the 21st and 28th December and everything now needs to be completed by the 8th January. Linda is very generous with her prizes so you could win a $50 or $25 voucher to her on-line store ‘The Funkie Junkie Boutique’ and even get a 15% discount over January 2014.

Another day nearer to the festivities, I always love this build up time, getting everything ready. I started my baking as I said I would (see last post) but sadly my boil and bake cake went rather dry. Still I shall be making another next weekend so hopefully I can remedy the situation.

I haven’t heard from Becca today but yesterday she was dressed and up and about on the ward and had eaten some toast for breakfast. The surgeon came round to see her and said he was very pleased with the op and her progress and is hopefully going to let her come home next week. That will be wonderful.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
~Burton Hillis

Have fun and enjoy your preparations for the big day.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Jane said...

I think this is my favourite you have made for the challenge Brenda...just gorgeous. The trees are amazing and do look as though they have been in a snow storm. I'm so delighted your granddaughter is doing well and I so agree with your Christmas sentiment. Hugs xx

debby4000 said...

Fabulous tag, love seeing the individual elements before they're place on the card.

Juls said...

Fabulous!! Hugs Juls

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece, Brenda, love how you worked the individual elements, and it looks great. Hugs, Valerie

sally said...

Fabulous tag Brenda! I head south tomorrow so I'll be catching your posts as & when (& where!!!) I can.

Seasons greetings


Jenny Marples said...

This is a fantastic version Brenda. Love the different treatments you've given the die cuts - lots of food for thought there. Glad to hear Becca is now on the road to recovery. Fingers crossed she is well enough to be home in plenty of time for Christmas. Jenny x

Rita said...

Fabulous work Brenda as always. I love the colour combo you have used. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Inkypinkycraft said...

This is a truly gorgeous make , love the snowflakes and the snowy trees. wow what good news about Becca, wishing her a. Speedy recovery...what a wonderful Christmas gift that would be xx hugs xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a gorgeous festive scene your card makes! It has a lovely feel to it. Good luck to Becca!

Lucy x

Gram's Treasures said...

Good news about Becca...and she should be home before Christmas. Lovely card, Brenda, and it brings to mind all those little pots of stuff that I've bought but forget to use. Maybe soon...
Joyce xx

Candy C said...

Brenda...your card is gorgeous. Love the die cuts you've combined to create such a lovely design. Each one has such a wonderful technique used on it. They are all so pretty! I'm with you...I love the traditional Christmas colors, too! So happy to read about Becca's successful surgery and sounds good recovery. Glad she will be home for Christmas! <3 Candy

Redanne said...

That is wonderful news about Becca, let's hope she keeps improving and they let her home to enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Your card is fabulous Brenda, I just love the treatment you gave to the trees and to the sweet little deer. Hugs, Anne x

Dagmar said...

Your Card is so beautiful, Brenda !

Karin said...

Fabulous tag!
Groetjes karin

Words and Pictures said...

Brilliant... think it may be my favourite of your FJ makes too. I just love that snowstorm background, and the effect you've achieved on the snowy trees and on those glorious snowflakes is just magical - wow!

So thrilled to hear Becca's doing well, and will hopefully be home for Christmas - what a great gift that would be.

Hope all goes well in the final preparation run-up...
Alison xx

Cocofolies said...

I love your card Brenda! All is really gorgeous on it, the snowy effect indeed is so delicate, and the texture and colours are great also!! Hugs, Coco xx

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful Brenda! I love the snowy trees!
Alison x

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous take on the original again Brenda, love how you have adapted this, those funky trees just look great!!

Meggymay said...

Looks fantastic, I love the way you did the trees.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Absolute perfection, Brenda! Fabulous background, wonderful colors and I adore your glittered snowflakes! But my favorite is the trees loaded down with snow - brilliant work there.

Great news about Becca too. Wonderful to hear that she has been doing so well. Praying for her full recovery!



Deborah said...

I just love all the different treatments you give the humble die cuts, Brenda. And what a lovely present to have your granddaughter home in time for Christmas.

Von said...

Love how you have done the trees Brenda :) a stunner of a card
Von ♥

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Terry said...

Brenda, I am just so loving the forest you created for the sweet little deer! Wow!!! Love all the details! I kid you not, I was going to do the snowflake edge on a card today and changed my mind! I love what you did here! Hugs!

Gio said...

You are able to express feeling with your cards, don't know how you make it! This is so winterish and festive at the same way...pretty gorgeous!

scrappymo! said...

I think this is my favourite too! I like every single element you have created and love the way the deer turned out the best.

I have really enjoyed the tags and cards you (and a few others I follow) have created this year. I am goign to try some of the Tag challenges in 2014. I have been steadily amassing a few Tim products so I think I could try some of them and make do with other things for some as well.

There has been a huge 12 days of Christmas sale at my LSS. Each day has been something for 50% off...Sadly I was out of town the day that were anything Tim Holtz and the other that was Anything Ranger. Drat! That would have been great to stock up at! I thought of you and a couple other bloggers when I got home and read the ad. At those prices, it is almost worth the shipping to England!

Merry Christmas

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Fabulous scene! Love the tree and background!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Brenda, every element is so rich and lush... a gorgeous collection of many parts here!