Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shiny Bright!

Hello, everyone!  It's so nice to have you here today.  Well, we're into the home stretch with Christmas just a week away!  I hope your preparations are coming along nicely.  I'm whittling down my list with wrapping presents being the last really big thing I need to do.  Fortunately for me, I enjoy wrapping gifts. 

Another thing that is coming to a close is the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style!  It's hard to believe that Linda has posted tag number 12 already!  If you would like to know more about this challenge you can find the details here.  I'm posting my 11th entry today.   Here is what I made inspired by Linda's beautiful tag which you can see here

Linda's tag used foil tape over a tag embossed with a snowflake embossing folder. It was so beautiful that I had to do something similar.  I used a Spellbinders' embossing folder that I just love.  It fit my 5x7" page perfectly and I was able to fill the whole page without worrying about covering the areas that weren't embossed.  I used alcohol ink to color the ornaments.  I just used the dropper in the bottle to get the ink onto the paper and then immediately rubbed it off so that only the barest hint of color was left.  I loved the softly colored effect that I got doing that.  I left the background plain and added silver ribbon bows to the tops of each ornament.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut the label and archival ink to stamp the phrase.  Using a glue pen I sprinkled the edge of the label with chunky glass glitter from Stampendous.   I really love this simple page. It's so effective and shiny.
Here are some details.  

I'm so pleased with the way this turned out.  I wasn't sure of the alcohol ink technique but it worked out better than I thought it would.  And, of course, it is my favorite Christmas decoration, the Christmas ornament!  I'm sorry to see this challenge end.  I always discover new techniques and create great things to use in my Christmas decorations around the house.  The challenge is sponsored by Linda's boutique.  Check it out for great products and even greater prices!
Thank you all for taking the time to visit me.  I know how busy everyone is and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!


  1. This is totally magical - what a beautiful effect you've achieved with the alcohol inks on the foil - dreamy and exquisite. I can see you have been really enjoying this challenge - it shines out of your work.

  2. Wow Maryanne, what a stunner this is, amazing textures and colours, - a fabulous take on Linda's original!! Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy wrapping those presents!

  3. this is spectacular Maryanne! I love the shiny bits, and the holiday decorations with their bows! what a beautiful one you've got here!!

  4. Sensationally beautiful page, Maryanne! I love the embossed metallic background and your colored ornaments are fabulous. Such a happy page - it made me smile as soon as I saw it! So glad you have been able to keep up with the challenge this year. The end is in sight!


  5. Look at these beautiful ornaments! They so remind me of our "silver tinsel tree" when I was growing up - you know the had a color wheel (didn't everybody have these trees?) This is truly super sweet - love the tiny little bows on your ornaments, as well!


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