Thursday, 15 October 2015

Kicking off the Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas 2015

When I was sitting on the beach in Rhodes a few weeks back I saw a blog post come up in my reader which made my heart skip a beat......Linda of The Funkie Junkie blog starting off her 12 tags of Christmas. It was so funny sitting there in 32o of sunshine reading about Christmas.

I love this challenge, it's a bit like Strictly Come Dancing....it counts me right down to Christmas week. For those of you who are new to Linda's challenge you can read all the rules of it here. In a nutshell you use her weekly tag for inspiration and you can create anything crafty and as long as all 12 projects are completed by 22 Dec. You also have a chance to win one of her generous prizes. I was lucky enough to win $25 dollars last year  to spend in her wonderful on line boutique which sponsors the challenge. Do have a look here at her shop, her stock is enormous and her prices really keen.

I choose to use the challenge to create 12 of my Christmas cards. You can see her week one tag here. I was inspired by the gold embossed background and by the poinsettia die cut she featured.
 I am still able to work in my beloved studio at the moment, as the weeks go by it will get too cold,but for now I am perfectly comfy out there. I tend to make my Funkie Junkie card after work on a Monday...it's a little routine I really enjoy during the approach to Christmas. She's already onto tag 3 so I am playing a bit of catch up but I will get there.

I made a lovely stencilled focal for my card using Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous gold embossing paste and Tim's poinsettia stencil.
 Look at the sheen once it dries. I then stamped my Visible image poinsettia stamp onto some red Christmas paper and fussy cut it out.
I then coloured up the white card with festive green and red distress inks

As Linda said it's a shame to always cover up these lovely backgrounds so I also kept the backing to my focal quite simple. I just added a green and gold backing paper. I also added a stamped and die cut sentiment, a holly die cut and a button and twine to finish my card.




I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas 2015 #1
Papertake Weekly 2 by 2 I used 2 different types of poinsettia, a stencil and a stamp.
Emerald Faeries buttons and bows
Fashionable stamping changing seasons 2/3
Country View  add some texture
We love 2 create anything creative/mixed media
Pixie's snippets playground #198 I used a snippet of mixed media card to emboss on and snippets for my holly die cut and my sentiment.
Creative Inspirations Clean and simple or fussy and fancy mine is very much the fancy end!
Sparkles Christmas distress it
Winter Wonderland Christmas flowers
Christmas card challenge anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut vintage or shabby chic mine is very much vintage, I love this retro Merry Christmas stamp

I have one of those rare days at home today so I am planning some crafting fun in my studio. I have so many ideas buzzing around! I also recently received such a gorgeous package from my uber talented blogging friend Mia after winning her giveaway
 Such gorgeous colours, I love them!


...so if I have chilly hands my fingerless gloves will be perfect. Thanks my dear so much, they are so beautiful.

Back soon, off down to my beloved Studio..............

Bye for now,

Jane x

21 comments:

  1. Just love the gold paste on your card and what a fab design, must check out Linda's link. Your present of these super warm gloves look beautiful and so kind of Mia.
    Julie x

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  2. Welcome back, Jane!!! I'm so excited to have you playing along with me again this year! Your first entry is fantastic. LOVE the gold embossing with the new poinsettia stencil. Gorgeous background and fabulous die cut. Wonderful first entry. Can't wait to see next week's! Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  3. Your card is stunning Jane. The poinsettia stencil is lovely. Barbxx

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  4. Ooh . . . lovely backgrounds and embellishments. Happy Countdown to Christmas!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  5. This is a beautiful holiday card, Jane. I can't wait to see the goodies you create as the countdown continues! :o)
    P.S. And what fun to win these cozy gloves!

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  6. Oh Jane! What a perfect poinsettia project and those lovely hand warmers! WOW! Good day, I'd say!

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  7. Hello dear Jane,

    Lovely to see you starting the countdown - it is really not that long anymore! I just bought some stocking-materials yesterday, I really must get started. Wonderful to hear (and see!) my wristwarmers at yours, they'll keep those hard-crafting hands warm&cozy!

    Happy crafting, and lovely autumn days!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  8. Hello again Jane
    It is lovely to see you back in the playground with this beautiful card.
    Oh I do love that background you have created and your flower finishes it all of perfectly.
    Eve xx

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  9. I still can't believe we are where we are in the year!! Only 68 days to the solstice so that's a good thing!!
    The colours in your card are beautiful Jane, I'm always amazed at the amount of work you put into your cards.
    Lucky you winning Mia's beautiful hand warmers, it's certainly getting chillier so they we very useful!
    V x

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  10. Love the card.. especially the gold poinsettia! And wow.. what a lucky woman to win those amazing mitts. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. wow Jane - i love that gold - it looks amazing - the next product on my wish list. Brilliant take on the 12 tags - lovely work - love those mittens too! Hugs rachel x

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  12. A very pretty creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

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  13. Lovely festive card Jane! And congratulations on winning Mia's lovely giveaway...such a gorgeous gift and perfect for this time of year too! Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  14. Hi Jane
    Love your card and the wonderful texture which makes me think of velvet.
    Great gloves! What a thoughtful and precious gift indeed ;)
    Thank You~

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  15. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 250 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for October - I'd love to see it there too. x

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  16. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges!
    Monica - CCC DT

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  17. This is just the cutest creation ever and just perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge " "Distress it” good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

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  18. This is just gorgeous,thanks for sharing with us at Country View.xxx

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  19. Oh wow ! Love that gold texture , beautiful card

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month

    Joank

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  20. Wow that card is truely beautiful love the gold embossing paste. Thanks for entering Emerald Faeries Challenge, good luck and hope to see you again.
    Denise DT

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  21. Wow. You really rocked this weeks challenge. I love everything about your piece.

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x