Thursday 19 December 2013

Funkie Junkie Twelve Tags of Christmas - Tag#12

Hello visitors to Magpieheaven and welcome! I so appreciate you popping by today because life must be getting as busy for you as it is for us here at Magpieheaven. Today, however, I reached Tag #12 in Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge! Please click here to find out all about it and what you have to do to be in with a chance of gaining super discounts at Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique here! Yay! I caught up in the end and I couldn't wait to see what inspiration Linda had in store for her final tag. She most certainly did not disappoint. The tag is here and it is just stunning! I was inspired by Linda turning the tag and creating a landscape design so I decided to have a play with this arrangement. I loved the Tim Holtz stamp Linda used and the gold effects, but as I didn't have this image I decided to use the sledge from the Snowy Woods Artistic Outpost plate and this suggested a colder colour palette: I decided to go for a frosty, snowy effect. In fact I used all Artistic Outpost stamps on this tag, so I would like to enter it for the Artistic Outpost December Referral here too.
I painted my die-cut tag with Paper Artsy Fresco paint in Snowflake. I then stencilled a flower design in the corners using Paper Artsy Grunge Paste and a Crafters' Workshop stencil. When this was dry, I painted over it in Paper Artsy Fresco in Nougat and Antarctic, and, while it was still wet, I sprinkled the tag with Distress Glitter. It is difficult to pick this up on the photo, but the tag does glitter frostily. I sponged the edge of the tag with Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival and Frayed Burlap then applied Treasure Gold White Fire for a silvery sheen..
Shabby Blue Frantage and more White Fire Treasure Gold and a selection of little gems added texture and the impression of snow crunching as the sledge wound its way down a snowy hill.. I painted some card with Paper Artsy Fresco in Antarctic and punched out an oval and a snowflake. The word, 'Snowy' is embossed in white Wow embossing powder and the snowflake is frantaged then fixed with a sticky foam pad. I stamped the sledge onto the tag with Potting Soil Archival, which I then clear embossed so that it had shiny, woody appearance. The fir bough is embossed in detail silver EP.
The Tim Holtz 'On the Edge' die was painted with Antarctic and sprinkled with some of the Shabby Blue Frantage then edged with Potting Soil and decorated with a little pearl. I edged this tag with some text from my Christmas book: it is the chapter about snow and white Christmases. I used my X-cut lace punch and painted the text with a watered down wash of Antarctic.
I dyed some cream seam-binding with Frayed Burlap and a little Vintage Photo and flicked the tag in places with Gesso and Frantage to resemble snowfall. As I created this snowy tag, I thought about curling up in front of old movies at Christmas time and the sledge reminded me of Citizen Kane's prized possession, Rosebud. I have watched Orson Wells' movie so many times, but I am still impressed with that amazing shot of the snow globe and the way that the camera leads us into the snowy world, the story's beginning coming full circle to Charles Foster Kane's dying word 'Rosebud' as the snow-globe falls from his lifeless hand. Now the 12 tags are completed. I shall try to return and have a play at the two thank you tags, but thank you Linda for such a brilliant challenge and all your wonderful inspiration. Happy Christmas to you and to all the visitors to Magpieheaven. It's been so lovely having you along for the 12 Tags of Christmas.


  1. Wow all done, bet you've got a fabulous set now they are all completed. Great way to finish

    Sam xx

  2. Your leaping ahead of me now Julie Ann, I am about 3 days off doing this tag yet I love Lindas original and I love yours too. The frosty effect you have around the lovely vintage wooden sleigh takes me back to when I was a little girl. I had a sleigh just like this and the snow fell much more often than it does nowadays. I adore that little fir bough you have used, not seen that one before I dont think. Look forward to seeing your thank you tags to complete the full challenge. Hugs Mo x

  3. Wo Ho Ho! So very sweet. An old sled and plenty of snow. You can't ask for more than that. Beautifully made Julie Ann!
    Merry Christmas and I sure wish we would get some snow!!

  4. Absolutely stunning, Julie Ann! I'm drooling over that gorgeous stenciled texture paste. And the embossed sled is wonderful too. The snowflakes up top area beautiful addition and that evergreen branch stamp is one of my favorites!

    Thank you so much for playing along with me in my third annual 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style. It's been a delight to see your lovely, artistic and creative work linked up.

    Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas.


  5. Wow ell done you, you made it! I love your take on this tag , it has great texture and love the soft colours of the background too! Your tags have been gorgeous .xx hugs trace x

  6. I love the texture on this beautiful tag Julie Ann!
    Wishing you & your family a very blessed Christmas.
    Alison xxx

  7. Glorious! Love your textured and sparkly snowflakes in all their variations, and the sled is wonderful! Brilliant take on Tag 12, and I can't wait to see what you come up with for the bonuses!
    Alison xx

  8. Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning elegant tag, I love love love the snowy colours and the stencil area is beautiful awesome andtotally my favourite. The sledge image is so perfect for the tag, really traditional. Never heard of the film before so something else I have learned today lol. Lots of hugs Kerry Ann xxxxxxxx


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