Saturday, December 19, 2015

Tag 9 - Dear Santa...

Once again, if you are following on the blog, I am skipping around - this time to Tag 9 of Linda's Funkie Junkie Twelve Tags of Christmas challenge, sponsored by her wonderful store - the Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I was inspired by Linda's use of a beverage, because it reminded me of leaving Santa a little refreshment in case he needed it whilst delivering presents all over the world, including of course to our house!  Although in the US, it was traditional to leave a glass of milk with some sweets, my brother and I always left a large glass of Coca Cola and Oreo cookies - which only much later in life did I realize aligned with my mother's tastes, lol!

I started by using a jumbo manila tag (#12) from Linda's shop, covering it with a piece of the 2015 Tim Holtz Yuletide 8 x 8 inch paper collection after running through my Xyron machine.  Because of the tag size, I pieced it together, hiding the seam with my little table.

That table is constructed of a large craft stick (to me, it looks like a tongue depressor that you would find in a medical office), and two little coffee stirrer sticks - all of which I got from a local big box craft store some time ago.  I painted the table with Paper Artsy Chalk acrylic, then applied Deco Arts Weathered Wood, and once dry, applied a coat of Paper Artsy French Roast, lightened with a bit of the chalk  color.  I cut a window from the Window and Window Box steel rule die from plain card stock, and followed the same paint sequence to crackle the frame.  The tablecloth is a doily sprayed with Festive Berries Distress Spray.

You see here in the lower right quadrant an already crackled frame where I had reversed the color, as I usually put the darker color down, followed by the crackle medium and then the lighter color.... I got fabulous crackles, but the lighter final color did not show against my "wallpaper".  I will save this for a future project, for sure - as it came out great!

While the Weather Wood crackle medium was drying on my new version, I turned to what would show through the window panes.  I used one of the tags I had from a play session with the Ken Oliver Color Bursts powders, and distressed it with Stormy Skies Distress Inks, to accommodate one of the landscape stamps from the Tim Holtz Tree Line stamp set.  I placed my now crackled window frame over the placement to make sure I liked the alignment.  I then stamped with Library Green Archival Ink, as I thought Jet Black would be a bit too dark.

Then I used Picket Fence Distress Paint and the Splatter Brush to create a snowfall effect.

 I adhered my window background to the frame and placed it on my wallpapered tag.

Next, to the cup.... which is made from the Mini Tea Set Movers and Shapers dies, and cut from a mop-up tag.   The die cuts a small slit, and I bent the cup a bit to accentuate this, so I could slip in some paper colored with Ground Expresso (how appropriate, lol!)

 Lace curtains were measured and hung...

 and a small holiday greenery decoration (made from my leftovers from this wreath

Before placing my little garland, I cut out an opening in the lace so  we could see out the window to see the snow falling.....

I propped up a little note against the cup, and added some vellum steam, which has been lightly colored with my Pumice Stone Distress Pen, which I also used to shadow the cup, around and underneath the table, and under the window frame.
Here is the final tag, and some detail shots.

I am entering this into Linda's Annual Christmas Tag Challenge, and Creative Country View Crafts "Create a Scene" challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and if you've time, please do leave a comment - I love hearing from you!

xxx Lynn


  1. I love this window, Lynn! Fun tag!

  2. So lovely! I love the starry night sky out of the window, and the clever lacy curtains and tablecloth - adorable little scene!
    Alison xx

  3. So wonderful -- I love looking through windows and your window scene is delightful! I really like the way you covered the little tea cup - looks like real ceramics. Your art work is always beautifully done and I really enjoy visiting you blog. By the way I think I will put out spiked hot chocolate for Santa this year - that's all!
    Merry Christmas!!
    sandy Claus

  4. O Lynn you are really rocking it with these tags!! The window is just wonderful, the snowy scene outside and those lace curtains. The table with the doily tablecloth is just delightful too!! Another wonderful adaption to Linda's original!

  5. Wow, I am speechless, Lynn!! This is so absolutely amazing - totally cool. I love everything about it. The landscape out the window is wonderful - love the crackled window frame and those beautiful curtains. And the bench with the table cloth - all so creative and fabulous! I'm tickled to death that you shared this for my Week #9 tag!