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Monday 26 December 2016

Christmas Leftovers

Hello all!

I'm just popping in to share my leftovers with you today... no, not turkey sandwiches (we haven't eaten our main Christmas meal yet, and we don't have turkey in any case).

These are leftovers from my Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas which I've whipped up into a little bonus tag.

Those who thought the little boy with the Christmas tree might put in an appearance soon... you were right.

I made the crackled background just for this, but everything else is left over from the 13-day intensive tag workshop that took place in my craft room pre-Christmas.  It rivalled Father Christmas's elves for productivity!

This is DecoArt Chalky Finish paint and crackle - Everlasting applied over a combination of Serene and Relic.

And I've given the edges a good inking with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso - I hope that gives it the look of an old wooden panel.

The blue snowflakes are the masks I used to create my splattery background for Tis the Season, to which this has become a sort of partner piece.

I cut them out of scraps of the music manuscript which put in an appearance on several tags, and once they'd been spritzed, they were too good to throw away.

The little boy was up for a possible starring role on the same Tis the Season tag but, as you know, he was pipped at the post by the girl who had also been gathering Christmas greenery, though not quite on this scale.

He gets a tag all of his own here.

There were a couple of leftover bits of greenery, as well as a scrap of shimmering green card which hadn't been used, so I cut a couple more boughs.

And I added a couple of the sparkly berries which were hanging around on the desk.

With the greenery in place, I needed a little more colour around to echo it...

... so I added Peeled Paint and Forest Moss with a water brush in various places.

At some point during the 12 Tags, I seem to have cut one more Layered Snowflake than I needed.

Oh yes, I was planning to layer white and kraft alternating on the snowflake for Snow Flurries, and then decided to go with pure kraft for that one, so I was left with a white one to play with.

I edged it with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso and then used Frosted Crystal embossing powder to give it an icy shimmer.

I suppose the wooden stars aren't strictly leftovers.  I did use some for my Bare Branches tag, but the rest were back in the jar... but it needed just a little something extra.

So not quite all leftovers, but what are a few tiny wooden stars between friends?!

Oh, and there are some words, of course...

So there you are - some leftovers for you to enjoy while I do my main Christmas Day today... I'll be round to spread some festive cheer over the next few days though, I hope.  Stay warm and safe, everybody.

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Calvin Trillin
(I know I've used it before, but it's such a good one!)


Helen said...

oh he's fab! what a bonus to get a leftovers tag, lucky us! Hope you're enjoying your Christmas and here is to a fantastic 2017.

chrissie said...

A wonderful tag Alison you can clear the Christmas things away now ;0)

Hope you have a great day today. We have enough leftover to do the whole of yesterday again!

The words are well worth another outing lol

Love Chrissie xx

froebelsternchen said...

Just beautiful is this tag!
oxo Susi

Astrid Maclean said...

A fabulous left over piece, - way better than turkey sandwiches! That little boy image is delightful, - the crackle looks wonderful and I love the effect of the extra touches of colour added to the background.
Happy boxing day! (hopefully without too many leftovers)xxx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful!!! Hope you're having a lovely Christmas!
Alison xxx

sally said...

A beautiful leftover creation that is perfect on this day where snow if falling outside my windows ❄️❄️❄️ Happy Boxing Day

Sally xx

Nan G said...

Smashing leftovers, butterfly! This tag might just edge in and be my fave of the whole lot. Happy Boxing Day! Hugs

Jane said...

I love left overs Alison, this is such a delicious tag. Enjoy your festive holidays xx

Marci said...

I am glad you used the little boy, he needed a home. This tag is beautiful with the greenery and crackle and stars. Happy holiday season!

Sandy said...

Love the image of that kid with his tree - what a strong boy he is!!
We are definitely eating leftovers today - standing rib roast, stuffed baked potatoes and peas. And how about a little peach pudding. Actually it is peach pie but I like the sound of pudding.
Let's charge on to a new year Alison!!
Sandy xx

suzyb said...

Wow, wow and again, wow. LOVE this one, the photo, the "leftovers" as you call them?!? I do love your work, I love all your stuff, but these tags are special. I need to get some more dies and other things that you have used in your creations. Really a great piece!
I hope you had a great Christmas and will enjoy every bit of the holidays. Thanks Alison for giving me such lovely eye candy to look at over the holidays and always.
Victoria, BC
Oh and I thank you for the step by steps.

Redanne said...

Fantastic use of your left overs Alison, love thos blue snowflakes and Everlasting is a wonderful colour for your crackled background. I hope you are enjoying the festive season! Anne xx

Gio said...

Happy festive time, dear Alison. Your tag is so beautiful and meaningful, I love it!

SewPaperPaint said...

I much prefer this to leftover turkey and dressing! LOL! What a delightful image and exquisite background. The pale hints of green really bring it together, stunning! Hugs, Autumn

sarascloset said...

Great tag using all those wonderful leftovers and the "fresh" crackled background looks amazing! Every one of those DecoArt products are now on my list! Now you've got a start on next year's tags! Woo Hoo! Hugs!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

A favorite... Pinned... Love every bit. Happy new year to you!!!!

Anna-Karin said...

Such a beautiful tag Alison! I love that photo of the boy with the tree and the crackled background and the snowflakes are wonderful.

scrappymo! said...

This is a great use of leftovers!
I like this tag, Allison. The blue and greens are stronger than you used to use...and I like these shades too!

That image is a keeper...

Jackie PN said...

It sure does look like an old wooden panel,just as you planned! Beautiful tag made with leftovers Alison! xoxo

A Pink said...

Just LOVE this ! Alison . Colours, embellishments, texture, imagery and all . ♥
hugs x

Barbara said...

Love this tag! the background is fabulous as always, your crackle effect is amazing and the snowflake at the top is stunning! barbara

Inkypinkycraft said...

Totally gorgeous x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous - Great leftovers!!! I haven't done any crackling for ages…..this looks amazing! Hugs, Chrisx

Evelyn Walter said...

I looooove this tag, Alison!!!
Vintage heaven <3
xxx Evelyn

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW absolutely stunning, Alison. Fantastic work, I love your tag, so beautiful.