Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bright Resist

It is time to introduce the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie called Dare To Resist.  Autumn is our host for this one and she describes it this way:

Happy Valentine's Day dear readers! For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we'd love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project. There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new. Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!

We have had a miserable winter with lots of snow and cold and only a few days with sunshine so I decided to make a card that was lovely and bright to cheer myself up.

I started with some white card stock for the blank and added a panel of polka dot paper from a Graphic 45 pad called Voyage Beneath the Sea.  Next came some orange check paper from my stash.  Both papers were distressed before they were added.

To make the resist feature, I cut a scrap of white card stock into a panel and added Crazing Collage Medium thickly through a Flourish stencil to cover it and then allowed it to dry naturally.  I apologize for the photo but it was difficult to get a decent photo of this on the white card stock.  If you click on the photo, it will bring up a larger view that shows the design a bit better.

Once the panel was dry I sprayed it with Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orange Dylusions and watched the resist present itself.  I distressed the edges and added this panel to the card.

The next step was to make my flowers.  I used Tammy Tutterows Pinwheel Posies die set to cut a number of petals from crinoline using two of the dies.  The crinoline petals were dyed using Lemon Zest and Bubblegum Pink Dylusions and while they were wet, I scrunched them up and held them together with paper clips until they were dried.  Then the petals were layered and stamens were added to the centres.  Along with the stamens, I added a half pearl covered with clear micro beads to the centre of the large flower.  Some mini sweetheart roses were also dyed pink.

I cut a little scrap of paper from the Graphic 45 paper into a tiny tag and stamped a flourish from Daisy Art onto it using Jet Black Archival Ink.  The edges were distressed and a bit of paper cord ribbon was added to it.

I cut some white leaves from the Garden Greenery die set and scraps of white card stock.

To assemble the card, I added the flowers and the leaves with a loopy bow.  Next I added some lace topped with a Quote Chip.  The little tag was added next along with a polka dot button and an altered filigree metal piece that I recycled from an old project.

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge - you could be a random winner of a gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique or the Design Team's top pick, which means you will receive an invitation to be a Guest Designer.  The challenge runs until February 27th at 11:55 pm EST so you have lots of time to create.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Create Collage

Today is the start of the new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and I am hosting this one and am calling it Off to Collage.  Here is how I describe it:

No I am not sending you to school but thought it might be fun this month to make a collage. You can use any substrate such as canvas, corrugated cardboard, wood, or canvas boards for instance and add any items to it as long as you include some stamping and/or stenciling.

I have been wanting to get and use some of Seth Apter's products for the longest time and recently bought a die set and a couple of stamp sets so I decided to use them to make a collage inspired by Seth.  I had so much fun making this that I totally forgot about taking process photos along the way so I have done close-ups instead.

I started with an 8"x10" canvas board (Artist's Loft) and gave it a coat of White Gesso (Liquitex) followed by a coat of Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic (Paper Artsy).  Using a sponge I added Mudstone Acrylic Paint (Delta Ceramcoat) randomly over the canvas. and then did the same with Clear Blue (Accent), Seafoam (Folk Art) and Espresso (Craftsmart) Acrylic Paints.  I also added some circles using the lid from a mini spray bottle and Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).

Next came some stamping using Jet  Black Archival Ink and stamps from the Faded Fragments and Border Lines sets (Seth Apter).I also used some Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) and a mini dots stencil that my husband cut for me to add some stenciling.

I cut a small piece of corrugated cardboard and removed the top layer to expose the ridges.  Next I dry brushed a bit of the Lake Wanaka paint over the ridges and then added s bit of Bleached Sand Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).

I used the Drip Dry Die (Seth Apter) and scraps of card stock to cut the large drippy circle and four of the smaller one, which were then glued on top of one another to make a thick set.  I made them look rusted by painting on some Brown Rust Paste and Red Rust Paste (Finnabair).

When I opened the rust paste I was dismayed to find that they had really hardened up and they were still 3/4 full.  I figured I couldn't lose anything so I added a few drops of water and then put them in the microwave on a really low power setting to soften them up and it worked.  I was able to use them although the next time I open them they may be as hard as a rock because you know what can happen to food that have been microwaved.  Just to be safe and not have the rust flake off, I coated the pieces with some matte Mod Podge.

I added some copper chain (Bead Landing) to a frayed canvas strip and mounting it on the canvas and then added the cardboard topped with the rusted die cuts.

Next I used Jet Black Archival Ink and a stencil called Typo (Tim Holtz) to add the word Create to some canvas ribbon (Fancy Gap Pottery and Fabric Outlet).

To make the little centre panel on the bottom, I painted a piece of chipboard with Seafoam paint, sponged on some Bleached Sand and then stamped the little circles from the Faded Fragments set.  I added some frayed canvas and a heat sync that I confiscated from my husband's workshop.

The panels on each side were made by painting chipboard with the Seafoam and Bleached Sand paints and then adding some Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz).  The little pieces mounted on them were also confiscated from my husband.  They are the turn screws that you used to use to add connectors to your computer back in the olden days before USB ports. 😃 I altered the colour of the ends with some Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink mixed with some Blending Solution.  Then I wrapped them with a variety of fibers and wires adding a some altered washers and nuts as I went.  This is a Seth technique that my friend Jenny Marples introduced me to.

I got some money at Christmas for crafty shopping so when all of Seth's new products are available to ship, you can bet I am getting some more.  Meanwhile I have a list - a list that is getting larger every day.

I hope you will join us at Stamps and Stencils and show us a collage that you have created.

I am going to enter this project in the following challenge:

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes (Optional - Blue)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Two Hearts

It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Zoe is back with us and is the hostess for this one that she calls All You Need Is Love.  She describes the challenge this way:

Create a vintage or shabby chic project with the word "LOVE" somewhere on the project. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I decided to make a card for my husband and went super simple this time.  I started with a panel of red paper that was in my stash, distressed the edges and inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.  All the paper was distressed in the same manner.

Next I added a panel of black patterned paper from Graphic 45's Mon Amour pad popping it up with some dimensional foam.  As I often do, I used fun foam from the dollar store and add double sided tape.

I embossed a piece of white card using an old Texture Fade called Love (Tim Holtz) and rubbed it with Treasure Pewter wax paste by Connoisseur Studio - sadly the camera didn't pick up the shimmer.  This panel was also popped up with dimensional foam.

A strip of black patterned paper from the same Graphic 45 pad was added next and then topped with some silver crochet ribbon and a strip of red burlap.

The hearts were hand cut from the master board I shared for a recent Saturday Showcase - you can find it HERE.

The word love is a wooden piece cut by my husband.  I coated it with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Stirling Silver Embossing Powder (Stampendous).  I repeated this process a second time and then mounted it on the burlap.

Finally I added some black adhesive pearls and this card is done and manly enough for my husband.  I hope you will share the love and join us for this challenge.  The Design Team will pick one winner who will have the opportunity to do a Guest designer spot with us.  One random winner will get a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and three more crafters will earn Top Pick badges.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie

Here is a sneak peek at something I am sharing at Frilly and Funkie today.  I hope you will go on over there and check the post out to see what I have done.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 - The Year Of - - - - Delight

It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie called 2018 - The Year Of.  This time, the talented Suzz is our hostess and here is how she describes it:

Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

After a lot of consideration I have chosen the word "delight". There is so much negativity in the world today and I can blame myself for some of it because I am my own worst critic so I decided that it is time to find delight in myself and what I do every day and to take delight in the positive actions, words and accomplishments of others. I can't say that I will be delighted with cleaning but when I am finished I can take delight in the fact that I have a lovely clean house - at least until the dust bunnies breed again. 😉

I have created a simple shabby chic card with some layers.  The card started with some Recollections card stock for the blank and then I used papers from the Coffee in the Arbour pad (Maja Designs).

I added some texture paste (Ranger) through a Flourish stencil (Tim Holtz) to the background panel and distressed the edges before I adhered it to my blank.

Then I tore a couple more narrow panels on the diagonal and added some lace to the top of each before I distressed the edges of them.  Using double-sided tape (Scor), I ruffled some tulle across the top back of each panel and then added them to the background panel.

I cut some leaves from scraps of white card using the Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz).

I found the quote online and created some word art with it using Photoshop.  Once it was printed on the computer, I die cut it using the Fleur de Lis Squares die (Spellbinders) and then inked the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

I added a simple bow from white sheer ribbon and then created a floral spray with the leaves and a bunch of flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts).

Next, I punched a butterfly from a scrap of white card using a Martha Stewart punch.  It was coated with Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls (Ranger.  Some adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft) were added to the body.  Finally I scattered a few teeny pink gems (Dollarama) around the card.

This card was not difficult to make and I must say I find it quite delightful.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Inspiration Post at Stamps and Stencils

Today I am presenting the inspiration post at Stamps and Stencils.  Here is a little tease for you but if you want to find out what I made and how I did it, click HERE.