Saturday 14 December 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Leaping forward to #11

As visitors to Magpieheaven may already know, I am playing along with Linda Coughlin's beautiful and inspiring 12 Tags of Christmas. Please click Here if you would like to find out all about it. There's time to join in, as you now have until January 8 to play and there are discounts at the Funkie Junkie Boutique here for those who complete the challenge and there's a prize draw. Many thanks to those of you who have stopped by to see my offerings at this very busy time of year. It's so inspiring to stop by and take a peek at the other interpretations of Linda's tags too. I'm doing the tags randomly because I started fairly late in the day and for this tag I'm leaping forward to Linda's Tag #11, which you can see here. Here is my take on her beautiful deer, which really inspired me to think 'medieval heraldry'.
I so fell in love with this die when I saw it on Linda's Tag #2 that I had to buy it and I have had so much pleasure from using it. This time, though, instead of the standing deer, which looked full of enchanting anticipation on Linda's tag, I wanted to use the one that appears to be leaping. This reminds me of my favourite carol 'The Holly and the Ivy' and the chorus 'The rising of the sun and the running of the deer.'
 I added some medieval script from the Paper Artsy mini 26 because this carol always reminds me of a medieval Christmas. I loved Linda's pine tree background, but as I didn't have this kind of forest to place my 'white hart' in,  I painted the background with Paper Artsy, Fresco Antarctic and then used my Clear Snaps mascil which is part stencil part mask with some Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Broken China and a little Snowflake Fresco to 'Knock Back'. I added two podium dies top and bottom and the 'On the Edge' Snowflake die painted with Baltic Blue.
I added Mica Flakes in Shaved Ice; Frantage and extra snowflakes punched out of card painted with Baltic Blue and embossed with white musical notes to symbolize 'The Singing of the Choir'.
Although the carol speaks of 'the rising of the sun' my deer seems to be frolicking in the moonlight. I painted him with white Fresco paint which I then clear-embossed, adding a little Shabby Blue Frantage. He has a speck of Arctic Ice Stickles for an eye. I think he looks like a creature from a tapestry in a fine lady's bed-chamber, caught in the light of the moon while she sleeps in her frosty castle on Christmas night. Thank you Linda for another truly inspirational tag. I would like to enter this version for the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Challenge.


  1. This is my favourite I think - simply beautiful! I love this deer too, and you have given him a great story too!

  2. Really beautiful Julie Ann :-)

    You are storming through the tags well done, you will be up to date in no time :-)

  3. Gorgeous work Julie Ann - fabulous inking at play. Nicola x

  4. Another great tag Julie Ann xxx

  5. So beautiful! I love your take on no.11 Julie Ann xxx

  6. Your tag is beautiful - every jot and tittle!

  7. To view this tag is to whisked off to some enchanted forest where the forest carpet is a shimmery bed of crystal snowflakes and deer frolic in the distance.

  8. Love the magical feel to this tag Julie Ann I can see how you love the die it brings the background to life.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  9. Glorious - I love the colours in that beautiful inky background, and the leaping deer, and the wonderful medieval script - this is fabulous, Julie Ann!
    Alison xx

  10. Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous tag, I really love how you use the blues on your tag you do it so well. I'm loving the die, I wish I had bought that, I have the small one. It's too late now for Christmas, mind you I am just starting the crimbo cards lol. I love the background and you really made a fantastic forest with the stencil trees. The leaping deer is truly amazing. Hugs Kezzy :-) xxxxx

  11. That is beautiful, love the shimmery glitter.

  12. Delightful! Your background is completely gorgeous - love the medieval script and that baltic blue is a fabulous shade of blue. Beautiful white birch trees and I love your white hart! Another super tag with a lovely story to go with it. So glad you shared!



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