Monday, 17 October 2016

12 tags of Christmas Funky Junkie style

Hello all, - and welcome! As many of you know, the wonderful Linda Mcloughlin aka The Funky Junkie, has been hosting her 12 tags of Christmas challenge for a number of years now.

Having been away for Christmas in the last few years I have not been able to take part, but this year I am determined to do so. Instead of making tags though, I am making cards, - here are the first 3:
You can read all about the challenge HERE, so I won't go into too much detail on my blog, but show you the ones I have done one by one:
This one is based on Linda's first one. I was inspired by her colour scheme, the use of stars and the black trees, though I lightened mine up a bit with some  "snow" and sparkle.

I don't have many of the products Linda used, so just created my own version.
My sentiment was created with the help of one of Tim's new stencils. I used  clear texture paste and when dry highlighted with distress crayon in walnut stain and some treasure gold. Linda's original can be found HERE

Here is number two. Again I was mostly inspired by Linda's colour scheme and clever use of stencils, though I don't have the same ones. I also used a slightly darker red (a mix of barn door and aged mahogany)
I used the tree stencil in a different way (adding some snow again) and also chose a different word from the same die set Linda used.
I actually stencilled one of the trees on a separate piece of paper and fussy cut it out (this really because I made a mess of the first stencilled tree, I mostly managed to cover it up I think).
You can see Linda's beautiful original tag number two HERE

And finally here is number three. This one is quite, quite different from Linda's, though again I was inspired by her colour scheme, particularly the black background and the subtle use of patina colour, though I created my patina in a very different way. I also liked the clever idea of adding embossing ink through a stencil and then embossing in gold.
Whereas Linda created her patina just with inks, for my globe I used my Ten Second Studio Verday paint kit, which I have had for ages and ages, but had never used before, so this was the perfect opportunity.
For my liking the black and gold was a bit too stark, so I added some touches of red. Linda's classy black and gold version can be found HERE.

Well that's it for today, 3 more cards for my box..... This for me is the perfect way to get my Christmas card inspiration, I just love this challenge. And if you don't know it, do make sure to check it out! The challenge is of course sponsored by the Funky Junkie Boutique and there are some fabulous prizes to be won!

Thanks you for visiting today and stay crafty!!


Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful cards, one lovelier than the other! Have a good week, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Oh my - they are precious Astrid! The first one is my absolutely favorite!
Happy new week!
oxo Susi

Brenda Brown said...

Love these Astrid each one a beautiful version of the original xxx

chrissie said...

Very beautiful tags Astrid--off to follow the link

Love Chrissie xx

somewhere on the avenue said...

Lovely cards, often visit first time iv'e commented! I also have a love of ATC's, a wonderful way of relaxing!

brenda said...

All just gorgeous Astrid, both the colours and designs.

B x

Annie said...

Three stunning Christmas cards Astrid x love the fabulous layout and your unique spin

TFS and best wishes
Annie xx

Rita said...

Beautiful work as always Astrid. Love them all. Hugs Rita xxxx

Fliss said...

These are all beautiful Astrid and I now think I need to add more to my card stock too!
Fliss xx

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous cards! I can see the inspiration from Linda's lovely tags with your beautiful take on them. I love how you turned these into cards!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous cards Astrid. Loving the colours and the layouts. Happy crafty week, Angela x

Redanne said...

All three are beautiful Astrid and a wonderful take on Linda's originals - I have to admit to having a soft spot for the last one, I love the black with the patina, it is so elegant and it is a wonderful message too! Hugs, Anne xx

Corrie Herriman said...

These cards are fabulous Astrid ! The recipients will be over the moon !
Corrie x

Kathy Bradley said...

Wow - so very, very gorgeous!

Meggymay said...

Three more beautiful cards Astrid. Your box will be filling up nicely by now.
Yvonne xx

rachel said...

these are brilliant! I love them all - I've got the opposite problem this year - so I'm not taking part!! Hugs rachel x

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous trio Astrid! You really have made a good start to Christmas! Hugs, Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous trio Astrid! You really have made a good start to Christmas! Hugs, Chrisx

Helen Wallace said...

Oh my! Inspiration central here! Three beautiful cards, all with interesting techniques and unusual colours. I wonder what it would be like, to experience a white Christmas - something quite alien to those of us who live down under. I especially love the last one with the Peace around the world theme and the gorgeous patina :D

Margaret Mifsud said...

Hi Astrid!! Here I am, trying to catch up on my blog visits, again!!! Never seem to find enough time. Your cards are amazing!! Love the unusual colour schemes and fabulous techniques!! Will have to take a look at Linda's makes .. they sound amazing!! Love, love, all of these!! hugs xx

Maryann Laursen said...

As usual you have made some really amazing cards here, and I absolutely love them all. All your work is always sooo perfect and beautifu, and I´ve just learned soo much from you over the years, as you always explain your technicques sooo well. I really love how these tuerned out, soooooo gorgeous as always hun. Have a great week ahead here now, and I´ll look forward to see more beauty here soon.

Juliz Design Post said...

Super Festive inspiration Astrid, stunning work as always.
Julie xx

Marisa Job said...

Just beautiful as always!!!

Pamellia said...

Hi Astrid! Just stopped in to say thank you for the warm welcome back comment. I hope you had a wonderful month! What a lovely set of cards so far. I really adore the gold stars with the black accents, something very elegant about that combination! It's great to be back, see you again soon. hugs :)

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

These are all uber gorgeous! LOVE the texture, of course, and love the golds and sentiments!

Diana Taylor said...

Absolutely beautiful cards - all stunning but the one with black trees against the gold is just jaw droppingly gorgeous!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Welcome back to the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style, Astrid! We have missed you the last couple of years and I am delighted to have you playing along this year. Your first three cards are awesome. I love them all in every way, but my favorite is the third one with the globe and Peace - brilliant! Thanks again for joining in the challenge. Can't wait to see what else you will make this season.


Birgit said...

These are all great interpretations of her cards. I love all 3 because each are so unique with a great artistic flair

butterfly said...

These are lovely, Astrid. I also have a plan at the back of my brain to make cards inspired by Linda's tags, but they're going to have to take a back seat behind a number of other things which need doing, I'm afraid! So happy to see you playing along again.
Alison x

SewPaperPaint said...

Astrid, I'm so happy to see you playing along. I just love your vintage inspired takes of Linda's tags. These are just beautiful! Every detail is wonderful. Hugs, Autumn

butterfly said...

They're lovely - I love the snowy trees in the first two, and that fabulous shimmering globe. They all play so well with Linda's ideas converting them into Astrid-world! I've just posted my first - 12 tags in 12 days - I'm hoping it will get me back into the swing of things after so many months away from my craft table.
Alison x

sarascloset said...

Astrid, I am hapy to be done now and take some time and sit back and enjoy the fruits of everyone else's labor. Your first three cards are truly beautiful. You have taken Linda's inspiration and made it uniquely yours on each of these. I can't say I have a favorite, but I love the lovely almost unearthly globe! Well done on all three gorgeous makes! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful craft filled New Year! Hugs!

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