Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Yay! The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of 2015 Challenge has begun!

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone had a good weekend!  It was beautiful here, and a terrific reminder of why I live in New England.  The fall color here in New Hampshire is absolutely glorious!  Equally exciting is the start of the Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of 2015 Challenge.   In my craft room, it is never too early to start Christmas crafting!

This is Linda's week one inspiration tag:

Click here for all the details on this amazing challenge!

There is so much to be inspired by here!  I love, love, love the background with the Wendy Vecchi gold embossing paste and the beautiful green inks!  And the poinsettia is incredible! 

As I did last year, I am going to be altering a 7 Gypsies printer's tray.  Actually, I'm doing two of them, one for each of my daughters!

The spaces I will be filling are quite small, and I discovered last year that it is helpful, especially for the smallest spaces, to be very selective when choosing my elements.  That is very hard to do when Linda's tags offer so much beautiful inspiration! 

Here are my first two pieces:

I was inspired by Linda's soft blue-green inked background, and the red text.  Rather than make a really tiny poinsettia, I cut a multi layered holly motif.  I used my Silver Bullet cutter to make my die cuts, and inked them with Distress Inks (Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles and Vintage Photo for the background, with some water droplets; Barn Door for the text, and Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for the holly leaves). I sprayed the background with some shimmery Maya Mist that I've had in my stash for ages.  For the text, I added a layer of Glossy Accents to add some, well, glossy accents. ; )  The holly berries are Distress Stickles. 

Have you checked out the Funkie Junkie Boutique lately?  There is a fabulous selection of crafty goodness, all at 20% below retail!

I will have to save my Wendy Vecchi gold embossing paste for another time.  It made a really beautiful background, but was too busy for my small spaces.  These pieces are just slightly less than 1.25 x 3.75 inches. 

I wanted to make these pieces level with the fronts of the trays, rather than being recessed, so I made  dimensional "beams" from a scrap piece of cardstock, and used them as fillers before adding my art pieces.

I hope you stop by often to see how my printer's trays progress.



  1. Whoohoo, Elizabeth! Great to have you back playing with my little challenge again this year! Great plan for your creations this year - love that whole concept. You're off to a fabulous start. Don't forget to add a link to The Funkie Junkie Boutique :) Thanks so much for playing with me!


    PS - I'm pretty blown away that you compared my challenge to the onset of the glorious New England fall :)

    1. Thanks, Linda! And thanks for reminding me that in my excitement about the challenge that I forgot to add a link to the FJ Boutique. It is there now!

  2. What a great idea Elizabeth! Looking forward to seeing more!
    Alison x

  3. This is going to be an amazing piece, can't wait to see it fill up!

  4. Elizabeth, First I want to thank you for taking your precious time to stop by my blog recently! It means the world to me! Secondly, so sorry I have not been a regular visitor; I have such a hard time keeping up as it is, but with the busy season and trying to knock out all of Linda's tags in about a week, I don't find much blog time! Any who, I'm going to sale through all your 12 tags, so I can get caught up with your amazing shadow box! I've been seeing your thumbnails as I add mine, and keep on promising myself a closer look! Big hugs!


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