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Thursday, 26 December 2013

A Golden Noel



Hello all... hope you are enjoying the festivities.

As very much a 12 Day celebrator, my
Christmas is far from over.  In fact, after a very quiet (lovely!!) Christmas Day, today is the noisy day of present opening and big dinner when my brother and his family will be coming.  

Since I'll be out of action for another couple of days, I thought I'd grab the chance this morning to share another Funkie Junkie tag with you.

I'm getting there with the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style, and looking forward to seeing the bonuses Linda is offering.  For all the details, have a look here.

This is my take on Linda's Number 3, a pretty close casing of the tag - as you'll see if you click the link - though I don't have the Mini version of those stamps, so my images are all in "close-up", rather larger than Linda's.

And this tag certainly has music in it for me... this wonderful carol went round and round in my head as I was making it.








I started out golden-toned inks, including Wild Honey, and some Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone, but really wasn't getting on with the look until I added some Rusty Hinge, which gave me a burnished look which I rather like.











I don't have the gold embossing paste, so I went for the Aged Gold Frantage for my textured stars, applied to embossing ink through the Tim Holtz star stencil... 













... and added some to the edges top and bottom too, as well of course as doing some inky stencilling through the mask.











Love the angel - it's her first time out of the packet...

















... as it is for the Wise Men.










And I was lucky enough to get the Vintage Noel die in the recent Sizzix Mega Sale (insane reductions), so I was delighted to be able to play with it here.  (There may be some others under the tree this afternoon!!)










This also got a layer of Aged Gold Frantage, but then I wanted to tie it in with the Rusty Hinge I'd used, so I added some Copper Kettle embossing powder to the edges to get that burnished look on the lettering too.

I outlined it with a Sepia Pitt Penn to give it a little more definition against the background.

The seam binding had been dyed with tea/coffee, and I added some Rusty Hinge and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains to the mix, as well as a brush of Black Soot, and that was the topping.









So, as I say, a pretty close casing of Linda's tag, in a colour palette that took me out of my comfort zone... but in the sunshine, I'm almost convinced!!

Thanks to Linda for another fabulous bit of inspiration.  I hope I'm on track to get all the tags done and qualify for the prize draw sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The details about the new deadline are here.  If you've got time on your hands, you could still make it!!

I'd like to enter this as Tag 3 in the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas
And also as my final Anything Goes entry this month into the Stampotique Designers Challenge

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
Plato

47 comments:

Chris said...

Absolutely beautiful tag Alison, I love the glowing golden tones! Glad you had a lovely Christmas Day and are enjoying your present giving day today! Chris xx

Kjersti said...

What a gorgeous tag Alson, beautiful and warm golden colors!
Enjoy the Christmas that is left and I wish you a Happy New Year!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Jennie Atkinson said...

Gorgeous tag Aliso - I love those wonderful golden colours. Have a wonderful time today with all your family x

Lisa S. said...

Wow, what a tag Alison! I love the colors you used on this and snagging that Noel die was brilliant. It's gorgeous!!!
Have fun today. :) Hugs

froebelsternchen Susi said...

An AWESOME tag dear Alison!
AMAZING!!!!
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for your nice greetings for me on christmas day!

Hugs

Susi

sam21ski said...

Fab tag, great depth of colour and love your silhouette camels

Hope you've had a lovely Christmas

Sam xxx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's an amazing take on Linda's tag, love all the gold.

Deborah said...

Looks absolutely wonderful with all that gold. Have a lovely day with your family.

Martina2801 said...

What a gorgeous, golden Tag, dear Alison! Love this!
Gave a peaceful and happy Christmas and I look forward to visiting again in the new year! Lots of love from Germany.
Hugs and smile
MARTINA

Dots Dabbles said...

Oh this one is sooo lush! It is literally dripping with gold - I love how you toned the noel in with some copper ep...great effect.
I hope you have all had a wonderful xmas Alison. All the very best for 2014
Dot x

Marci said...

Looks like it is lit from within! Love the stamping and the embossing. Have a great time today.

Marci said...

Love the quote, so very true.

Brenda Brown said...

I just love the rich gold tones and the fabulous use of the frantage. Glad you have been enjoying your Christmas time.
Wishing you a new year filled with joy and happiness.
hugs {brenda} x0x

chrissies said...

Wonderful tag with the deep embossing.

Hope you enjoyed your special day with the family

Love Chrissie x

isisimaginings.com said...

Beautiful tag, the texture looks great. Have a wonderful day with your family.

Stempeln und mehr - Evelyns bunte Welt said...

Hi Alison, this tag is really great! I love the embossing you did. Wish you creative days before going into the New Year. xxx Evelyn

Candy C said...

Alison...your tag is just beautiful. I live that Tim angel stamp but seldom use her. You have done a superb job with her on this glorious tag of gold. I adore the embossed stars and the edging on your tag. Your die cut NOEL is perfection across the front of this tag! A beautiful design. I hope you continue to enjoy your 12 days of Christmas!!! Happy new Year as well! Hugs, Candy

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

A real beauty, Alison! This tag is positively luminous. I only have the mini version of this stamp set and was wishing my angel was larger - yours is perfect. Love the embossed stars too. I think that NOEL die has been discontinued. It's out of stock and I've tried to order it and it's not even on the Sizzix website anymore. You were lucky to snag it!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas - enjoy the full 12 days - wish we did that here in the USA!

Hugs,
Linda

Helen said...

That is a golden triumph! Hope you have had a truly magical Christmas.

Sandy said...

Good Morning! You are well into your day I imagine surrounded by family and having a whoop a la time.
All is quiet here as my family all left late yesterday afternoon.
I love your new angel too - quite classic. Beautiful tag Alison and I know we are going to have a VERY good 2014!
Sandy

craftytrog said...

Beautiful!!! I love those colours Alison xxx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Such a great tag Alison.
Hope your Christmas days are memorable in the best way.
kind regards, Alie

Smile_Art said...

ooooh myyyy! I love that gold stars! They look totally amazing!

having a {me} day said...

I love your beautiful tag, especially the embossed stars. I hope you had a lovely Christmas. keeley

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful take on Linda's original Alison, love the golden glow. The stamping is beautiful as is all that glorious Frantage embossing!I still don't own any of the stuff but am really beginning to think it is another one of those "must haves"...

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A beautiful richness to your tag, it is as though it is glowing.
Wishes
Lynne

Unni A said...

Awesome tag! I love the golden look! I love all your work, sorry that I don't comment every time I'm here!
hugs, Unni

Kate said...

Lovely and festive tag, Alison. The embossed golden features really make it pop beautifully.
Kate

Dorthe said...

Dear Alison,
I hope your christmas dayes have been wonderful, and that you enjoied the family gatherings.
Your tag is wonderful, I love the light shining apon the wice men and the angel and your embossed stars ,beautiful and so speaking the spirit of christmas.
Hugs,Dorthe

Coco said...

Wow, Fabulous tag... and it really looks like if it were in GOLD!!! Love the texture you have added using this new TH stars stencil.. So well done alison! Hugs Coco xx

cathylynn said...

I love the gold tones with the rusty hinge . Totally gorgeous! Fabulous use of the stamps too! And I love that outside picture. The colors are wonderful!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

cathylynn said...

I love the gold tones with the rusty hinge . Totally gorgeous! Fabulous use of the stamps too! And I love that outside picture. The colors are wonderful!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Sue said...

Alison this is gorgeous, beautiful stamping and that Noel die cut looks so regal - Love it! Thanks so much for joining in with Stampotique Designers Challenge, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sue xx

sally said...

Golden Glory! This is beautiful :-)

Wishing you a healthy & Happy New Year

Sally

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous tag! Love the beautiful gold accents! Happy New Year!

toni said...

A stunning tag Alison. Love the gold embossing, goes beautifully with the stamping. I'd just like to thank you for all the lovely comments you've left on my blog this year it means a lot to read comments from such a talented crafter as you are. Best wishes for a Very happy new year and here's to making it a crafty one ! Toni xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great Christmas tag!!! I love the golden colours on it a lot!!!
I wish you a happy newyear , great health and a lot of creativity for 2014!!!

Greetings
Maria

Chris Warner said...

Beautiful! Love the molten textured effects. I hope you had a great Christmas, all the best for 2014! Chris xxx

Terry said...

A golden beauty, Alison! Love all the texture from the gold! Glad you had a lovely Christmas and more to follow! Wishing you a fabulous 2014! Hugs!

Kay Wallace said...

This tag is such an amazing piece of artwork, Alison! It is brilliant, both in design and color. I love all the shots of the detail that you have shared with us!

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a gorgeous, golden creation! I love your take on this tag, Alison. I hope your Boxing Day with the family was lots of fun. Happy New Year - Julie Ann xx

Hettie said...

Another beauty of a tag Alison.
Hugs
xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I would have never guessed these colors were out of your comfort zone if you hadn't said so. I like the burnish effect you added as well. It really made things pop. That NOEL die is so wonderful. I can see why it jumped out at you. Lovely, lovely tag!

Nan G said...

Love the golden color! An absolutely fab tag, Butterfly.

Margaret said...

Beautiful tag! The gold embossing adds such a regal touch! I am sorry to admit that I had never heard this song before. It's beautiful! Thanks for introducing it to me!

Anita Houston said...

This has to be one of the most beautiful Christmas tags I've seen! UBER GORGEOUS!!!!

Kezzy said...

Oh wow wow wow this tag is definitely one of my favourites the rich background with the stencilling and the embossing paste is super amazing and the noel sets it off brilliantly. Gorgeous. I know doesn't sizzix have some fantastic offers, I have bought quite a few of Mr Holtz dies at super cheap prices. Hugs :-) Kezzy xxxxx