Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Twelve Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie style - Week Six

Hello Friends!

With this post, I am now officially caught up with the Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas 2014 challenge.  Follow the link to see how you can join in on the fun.  This challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, and wonderful prizes are up for grabs!  Plus, each participant who completes all 12 challenges will be rewarded with a certificate for a 10% discount in January.  Sure hope Santa tucks some cash in my Christmas stocking!

Linda's week Six inspiration tag is sight to behold, in monochromatic shades of cream.  I was inspired by the color scheme and the paper flower, which I recreated in tiny scale for my week six project. 

I started with a tiny bottle brush wreath from Mr. Tim Holtz.  I reshaped it into an oval, to better fit the space I wanted to fill in my tray.  I created a teensy paper rosebud, but cutting copy paper with my Silver Bullet Pro die cutter, staining the petals with Gathered Twig Distress stain, and forming it, after drying with my heat gun.  I made the bow by twisting a strip of a used tea bag. (Yes, I make use of my tea bags from time to time.  They are already "tea dyed"! )  I added the pearl beads with my hot glue gun, and my wreath was complete.

For my background, I cut a precious piece of vintage paper.  It's from a 1951 advertising calendar that I "rescued" from my parents attic.  I am in love with its tea stained color, and the wonderful pulpy texture.  It was pretty hard to make the first cut, but I'm really pleased with the results.  If you look closely, you can see that I added some machine stitching, another "inspired by Linda" element. 

Here is Linda's glorious inspiration tag:

You can read see all of the details by clicking here.
One drawback to creating things in miniature scale, is that I can't add the level of detail that Linda displays on her large tag.  I am in love with all of her amazing texture and layering, and believe that I just might find time between now and Christmas to make a larger piece, and incorporate more of Linda's techniques. 

Here is a shot of my printer's tray progress through week six.  I placed the shabby wreath for contrast between my two black and silver elements.  I have been playing around with my trinkets and supplies to see what else might work in my "extra spaces" but I will wait until I have completed all twelve of the Funkie Junkie challenges before making any commitments. (I went back and added progress photos to each of my earlier challenge posts.  Thanks for that suggestion, Linda!)

I wish you a peaceful Sunday evening!  I have been busy creating my last few Christmas cards.  It's hard to believe that they will be in the mail in less than a month! 



  1. What a lovely idea! Your printer's tray is filling up beautifully Elizabeth.

  2. Oh, how perfect is this tiny wreath for your printer's tray? The inclusion of the vintage paper and the tea bag string is priceless and I'm loving your tiny rosebud too. Super take on tag #6 and it looks terrific among the silver and black.

    I'm afraid your being caught up will be short lived. I'm getting ready to post #7 in a few hours :)



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