Sunday, 5 January 2014

Funkie Junkie Bonus Tag 1

Hello everyone and welcome! A special welcome also to new followers who have decided to join me here, it is so lovely to have you!

How is your year going so far? I have had a few sad days as my little grand daughter and her parents who had been with us over Christmas have just left again, back to Australia, so doing some crafting was a very welcome distraction. So today I am sharing my first of the Bonus Tags that are a part of the 12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge.
You can read all about the challenge HERE. I have had great fun making all of the 12 tags for which Linda provided such great inspiration and then to my joy she extended the deadline and added a couple of bonus tags, which are really thank you cards. You can see Linda's version here
Mine is very different, but I was inspired by her folded tag shape and the strips of metal tape along the side.

I made mine with a specific purpose in mind. I received some stunning Stampendous stamps from my nephew who lives in America and who was over here for Christmas. So I made this thank you card for him, using the stamps he gave me.
Here you can see the inside:
I started by adding some texture with Grungepaste and a couple of Tim Holtz stencils. I then covered it all with a coat of Gesso and then coloured with a mix of Distress Paints and Gelatos. I then did some background stamping and finally stamped my vocal images on smooth stamping paper and coloured with a mix of Faber Castell Big Brush pens and Distress Markers. The vocal image on the front was done in the same way.

Here are some close ups still

The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz simple saying set.
The card closes with a little magnet and I added a ribbon to cover the hole in the tag.

This wonderful challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique and there are some fabulous prizes to be won.
I have made a start on my next bonus tag already, so should manage to get it done just before the deadline on the 8th.

Thank you so much for visiting today and enjoy your own creative journey.

I will be posting an update on my positivity journal very soon too, so stay tuned....


Inkypinkycraft said...

Astrid I am so sorry that your grand daughter and family have gone and am sure you have had some many wonderful times and memories to treasure.. sending hugs x
This tag is gorgeous and I adore the look of the stamping on the gorgeous background...I need to get playing with my gelato's ! another gorgeous and inspiring make x hugs x trace x

maria's knutselplezier said...

What an amazing tag, I love the shape of it, a use of beautiful colours and structure, really in your style, I love it Astrid!!! And yes going away always give sadness but they are still there so when they are oké and healthy that's the most important, isn't it, and of course they will come back, yes that's live with children and grand children these days , they are children of the world !!!

Brenda Brown said...

It is sad to see family oh isn't it, especially when they live so far away, but happy memories and I am sure you are already looking forward to the next time you see eCh other.
Love your gorgeous, gorgeous tag, so much detail to look at.
Have a great weekend crafting.
hugs {brenda} xox

brenda said...

Absolutely stunning artwork Astrid, such a lovely fusion of colour and texture.

Hope you have a good Sunday.

B x

chrissies said...

A stunning card Astrid and a wonderful idea to make it tag shaped-so inspiring

Happy 2014

Love Chrissie xx

Claire said...

Oh my goodness Astrid, this is so beautiul! Gorgeous stamping and such lovely colours.
Claire xx

Redanne said...

It is always so sad when family go, especially when the visits are so concentrated, but there is always next time to look forward to.

Your tag is beautiful, I love the shape, the metal sides, the gorgeous stamping, the wonderful colours - well everything really! What a beautiful thank you card and what a thoughtful nephew to buy such beautiful stamps for you! Hugs, Anne x

rachel said...

your tag is amazing Astrid - I especially love the inside - its beautiful - love it to bits! Just to let you know that I have candy too if you're interested! Hugs Rachel x

Deborah said...

Love the idea of a tag envelope and yours is gorgeous, Astrid. Love how you've positioned the pears and the ribbon bows. Happy new year!

nit@ said...

I love looking at the things you make: gorgeous!


Heather Jacob said...

so beautiful , perfect in every way x

Maryann Laursen said...

It is sooo sad, when your loved ones live so far, and you only get to see them very rare, and it makes it even harder, when they have to leave again. But it sure made you create a really amazing tag here. It is so gorgeous Astrid and sooo filled with wonderful details everywhere we look on it. I absolutely love it, sooooo beautiful work.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your artwork is gorgeous, love everything about it. It is hard to say good bye to family when they don't live close. Especially a little granddaughter. Take care, Shirleyx

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful! Love the vibrant colours especially on the grunge paste stencils, so pretty

Jools x

Sandy said...

I love this idea and Astrid your work is ALWAYS so beautiful. This is going to be a very good year I can tell!

Maryanne said...

This thank you is fabulous, Astrid! I love the background and the texture and the stamps are beautiful. I'm a big fan of Stampendous stamps and I have several of them. I love everything about this make! It's so hard to have family leave. But, the memories are there so we content ourselves with them.

Marva said...

oh this is gorgeous Astrid!!! You do such amazing work!

Marva said...

oh this is gorgeous Astrid!!! You do such amazing work!

Nan G said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Stunning colors and cool idea for closing.

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Absolutely stunning creation Astrid!
love layers of colors and stamping!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Your nephew bought wonderful stamps and you created a fantastic tag. I'm sure he will treasure it.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful colours & texture Astrid!
Your nephew will love this!
Alison xxx

Regina said...

Ohhh Astrid...don't be sad. Keep those memories ya'll made until you see them again. It was wonderful they came to visit!!

I adore your always amaze and inspire with each new one.


Anita Houston said...

So so so gorgeous! I love the pears, and the texture, especially in side!

Marianne said...

Beautiful creation! Love the ribbon and the texture inside. xxx Marianne

PetraB said...

Your art work is stunning with all the amazing texture and colouring.

butterfly said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely - all your glorious use of colour and texture comes together beautifully here. I love those pears, and the fabulous ribbon, and all the stamping is wonderful... Altogether - I really love it!!

Glad you found some distraction from the empty nest syndrome...
Alison xx

Carol Q said...

that must be a wrench for you Astrid.

absolutely beautiful tag. your colouring and stamping are just divine.

Ana K. said...

Astrid absolutely stunning make...I love colours, pear and ribbon in the outside!
For me is crafting some kind escape from reality and hope you are feeling better after creating!
Hugs from Slovenia

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is simply AMAZING...oh wow..what wonderful creation!

I am in love with this make!


Margie said...

We had family at Christmas too and the house seems empty now they've gone but at least mine only live at the other end of the country not in Australia! That must be hard but hopefully it won't be long before you see them again. Your thank-you card is a brilliant idea - some lovely new stamps too. Margie x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Oh creative this is!!!

Dagmar said...

oh - it´s so beautiful!!!

Dorthe said...

Astrid ,dear, I had my share of the emptyness as mine left last week!!
So good to have the stamps,colours and all that to "forget" a bit, and play.
And you played wonderfully,-it is gorgeous with the folded tag, and the beauty revieled when opening up. The stamps you recieved are so beautiful, and the texture paste and colour work are just fantastic!!Such a beautiful " thank you"
Hugs and x

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous tag project, and beautiful new stamps to play with. I agree crafting does help you to forget whats going on around you.
Yvonne x

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely beautiful as always Astrid - I especially love the colour scheme. I hope you will get to fly to Australia in the not too distant future. Nicola x

massofhair said...

Stunning work, my fave bit is the pears! Beautiful colours & textures as always Astrid.

Sorry you are sad about your Family returning to Australia, hope you have many pictures to display & great memories of their visit.
Hugs:-) xxx

artwolf2009 said...

what a beautiful and sweet idea to say thank you

May said...

What a gorgeous Thank you creation... the stamps are so beautiful Love all the texture & colours...FABULOUS...It's always sad when our loved ones go home after Christmas... Hopefully she can skype you when she gets back to Australia...some of my family returned to Canada..but we keep in touch weekly by skype....Take care... Hugs May x x x

Ros Crawford said...

Aww that must be hard having your family so far away ... Thank goodness you have your creative talent to distract you ... and this is super! I love those pears ... stunning colouring!

bockel24 said...

beautiful, Astrid! happy new year to you and yours!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Stunning card Astrid!! I love those little pears on the front, just gorgeous!! Beautifully stamped as always and fabulous colour!!! Just love everything you do!! So sorry your family has left again, must be heart wrenching having them live so far away. Hope you get to see them again soon! oxox

Terry said...

So much beautiful detail on your folded tag! Love the pears and the soft and warming colors with the mix of textures is stunning! Astrid, I am so glad you had such a great visit with your family and I am sure another will be just around the corner! Hugs!

Bärbel said...

Ganz wunderbar und sehr inspirierend, liebe Astrid!
Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

Anonymous said...

You must miss them dreadfully.
This is a special way of saying Thank You.
The outside is so beautiful but then to open it to reveal the art inside, I am sure I let out a sigh on seeing that photograph!

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