16 December 2014

Late Night Crafting...

Hi everyone and welcome. There's been a lot of late night crafting going on here recently in my attempt to stay on top of various commitments. Anyone else out there ever start a project late evening and motor through only to look at it in the morning and think "what was I doing?!!"

Whilst trying to get through the Christmas card list and tackle another challenge entry I did just that the other night. It should have been straight forward as I was looking to recreate Linda's #Tag 7 from The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas 2014. However, in thinking about techniques and execution rather than design I forgot the 'big picture'. Rather than abandon my first effort I finished it and then made a second version with the layout in mind this time. So which do you prefer?

Version 1

 Version 2

If you haven't seen my previous 'Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas posts', this annual challenge is being hosted by Linda Coughlin, the Funkie Junkie herself and has been very generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The idea is that you take inspiration from each of Linda's weekly tags and create your own version, linking all 12 before December 21st to be in with a chance to win.



I really did pretty much follow Linda step by step with Gothic stencilling, Distress Spray Stain spritzing, stencilled glitter baubles, embossed holly leaves and shimmer berries. I did take on board Linda's problem with getting the Distress Glitter to stick to the paste and opted for Gold Embossing Paste which takes longer to dry but is super tacky. My berries are Melissa Frances pearls coloured with alcohol ink and some DIY store chain and sheer ribbon worked on both. There's also some shadowing around all the baubles using an Aged Mahogany Distress Marker and Detailer Water Brush - as the baubles were so similar to the backgrounds it needed something to highlight them. And some splatters of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain completed the look on both.



Thank you for joining me again and for bearing with me at this busy time of year. When life calms down a little I'll be able to get round to visiting Blogland properly. In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


18 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny, to be honest, I like both. I really do. They are both a lot different actually but to me both designs are very beautiful. Veerle x

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  2. Oh yes, I do it all the time.... I never learn! Like I said on FB I could not possibly choose a favourite... but if pressed I think it might be number 1 ... but then again....oh dear! I love them both. Anne xx

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  3. What I see are two gorgeous Christmas cards.! I love the ornaments hanging from the chain and the rich colors and textures! Love these!

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  4. GORGEOUS!!! I love both versions but if I had to pick one, number 2 would grab the top spot by a hair. I love all the wonderful texture and the non traditional colour palette.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  5. Sooo! Crafting in the dark can be done at night time too?! These are both lovely - I do like version 2 but I also like version 1(uh oh! sounding like an Aldi ad!) I think the spattered one has the edge for me if really have to say one or the other, Hugs, Chrisx

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  6. Well, I have no preference they are both stunning!! Must say, I do like the background on the second a little more but, other than that, I love them both!! Beautiful work once again!!! ox

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  7. Wowww Jenny, love it!!!

    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  8. Both of the cards are stunning with great backgrounds. I love the idea of using the chains for the baubles.

    Chrissie x

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  9. Love them both Jenny, not much between them but if I had to choose then it would be the 2nd card for me.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  10. Good evening Jenny,
    Been there, done that, however my creations were certainly not as stunning as yours.
    Love them both, absolutely brilliant.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  11. Both are perfect for the eyes : the first to see all kinds of different works made on it.; the second to gather everything in a very Nice harmony. The first prepares the second! Great !

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  12. Oh my, Jenny, both are stunning. But the second on is much more "Jenny Style". I really love the way you group all your elements together and the embossing and spray stains make such a beautiful background. The colors are lovely too. Super takes on Tag #7!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  13. This is like children, you love them equally, but differently. :-))

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  14. LOVE the late night crafting! These are gorgeous!!!

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  15. Holy crumb cake Jenny, LOVING these! Gothic is my newest fav, and you have really used it well here, what an inspiration! Gorgeous cards, both of them...elegant and vintage! holiday hugs :)

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  16. Well, I don't know - there's something very Christmassy about the full-on opulence of Version 1! But yes, the spattery framing in number 2 is a lot subtler... Either way there's a gorgeous vintage glow about these two cards.
    Alison xx

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  17. I LOVE both of these cards, Jenny!! You've done Linda proud with all of your gorgeous takes on her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge--these cards are no exception!! Absolutely Beautiful!! XOXO-Shari

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  18. Number 2 just edges it for me....but as they are both perfect it doesn't really matter! Ruth x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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