Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Heart Hanging

It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Suzz, who is our hostess, is calling it Knock om Wood and here is what she has to say about it:

For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art. This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates some type of wood content.

I knew I had some wooden buttons from The Funkie Junkie Boutique in my stash so I decided to use them in my project and to take my colour palette from them.

The first step was to cut a heart from corrugated cardboard and punch two holes at the top where I could add a hanger.  Your heart can be hand cut by making a paper template first, tracing around it on the cardboard and then cutting it out.  Fortunately I am spoiled rotten because my husband has a laser cutter so I just got him to cut a 9" heart for me.

Next I stripped the top layer off the cardboard to expose the corrugations but leaving a strip to add some patterned paper.  Once I had the corrugations exposed, I dry brushed them with some white Gesso.

I inked the corrugations with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then added a hanger of jute through the holes.  I think next time I would make the holes a bit smaller because I had to do some serious knotting and run the jute around the top to keep the ends from sliding through the holes.

A combination of Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink was used to dye some lace and some seam binding.  The seam binding was crumpled up, dried like that and then formed into a loopy bow.

I used some Vintage Photo DI to ink a couple from the Paper Dolls pack, cut them down and adhered them just above the strip I left on the cardboard.  The lace was added next under the strip.  I tore some floral patterned paper from the St. Tropez paper pad inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and added it on the strip.  Next I added three inked hearts made from old book paper that came in a little bag of goodies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - a lovely surprise Linda tucks in each order.

Next I added the buttons and the bow along with a paper rose that I also inked with Vintage Photo DI.

Finally I inked a quote chip with More Vintage Photo DI and added it above the lace.

There you have it - a heart hanging in vintage tones with lots of fun elements, including some pretty cool wooden buttons.

Edit:  I thought my buttons were made from wood because they sure look like wood and are as hard as wood but when I was creating the links at the bottom of this post, I noticed that the description says they are Carved Coconut Shell buttons so I hope Suzz will forgive me.  I did look up coconut palms to see if the trees are considered to be wood and was happy to discover that they are and are considered a hardwood substitute in some countries - the six separations of coconut "wood".

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  It runs until 11:55 pm on Tuesday, March 27th and one randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique while the Design Team will choose their top picks and the overall top pick will be invited to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Floating Flower

It is time for the next challenge at Stamps and Stencils and Sue is our hostess for this one.  She calls it Wax Lyrical and describes it this way:

I have long been fascinated with the subject of Encaustic Art, melting wax to create many layers and trapping pieces of fibres and papers between the layers of melted wax just seems magical to me. So for this challenge I want to see some wax on your projects, whether it's just dribbled, melted and then stamped into or a wax embellishment as long as you include some stamping or stenciling the choice is yours !

I really wanted to make an encaustic piece but when it came time to buy some supplies I discovered that Michaels doesn't carry anything and the two art supply stores that are close enough for me to drive to didn't have anything either.  I checked online but by the time I added the exchange rate and the obscene shipping cost, I realized it wasn't going to happen right now so I had to come up with plan B.

I decided to rekindle a technique I used a few months ago and colour a stamped image with crayons and not the way we did as children but rather by melting crayons onto the image.  Besides being easy, this is really inexpensive to achieve.

I started by using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) to stamp some flowers and leaf branches from the Fancy Florals set (Dylusions) onto scraps of white card stock (Staples).

Next I used a couple shades of green crayons and roughly coloured my stamped leaf branches.  The image was placed between two pieces of wax paper and ironed with a hot dry iron (no steam).  The heat did not melt the limited amount of wax so I shaved some of the wax onto my stamped leaf branch images using an X-Acto blade.  Tip:  An old pencil sharpener would work nicely or next time I might even try a cheap box grater.

The image with the shavings was placed between two pieces of waxed paper and ironed again and this time there was great movement of melted wax.  You might want to put an old tea towel beneath your work if you are worried about wax getting onto your ironing board.  I didn't bother because I had used extra large pieces of waxed paper and my craft mat.  If the melted wax doesn't cover your image or you want to add an extra colour, just add more wax shavings and heat again - this time I added some yellow.

Once the coloured image is dry and cold, fussy cut and set aside.  Repeat the process by colouring the flowers - this time I used shades of pink and purple crayons.

I added some dots to the flowers with a white gel pen (Sakura).

This photo shows the back of the flower and you can see how waxy the card stock becomes - both from the wax in the crayon but also from the wax lifting off the waxed paper.

Next it was time to create the background canvas.  I started by adding some Light Molding Paste (Golden) through a Bubbles stencil (Tim Holtz) in random spots around the outside of a canvas board (Artist's Loft).  Once the stenciling was dry I gave it a coat of white Gesso (Liquitex).

Next I used a sponge to add some layers of paint starting with Blush Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy), followed by Candy Floss Fresco Finish, then Concord Grape Acrylic Paint (Apple Barrel) and finishing with a bit of white Gesso (Indigo Blu).

Some stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and a couple of stamps from the Faded Fragments set (Seth Apter) came next.  Although you can't see it in the photo, I also added some circles of black and white paint with the lid from a little spray bottle.  They were too predominant so I sponged a bit more Concord Grape over them to tone them down.

I added more stenciling with some Course Pumice Gel (Golden) through a Mini Bricks stencil (TCW).

Then came the part I wish I hadn't done - I used a stipple brush to add some Pure Black, Dove Gray and Sterling Silver acrylic paint (Folk Art) to the bricks.  I don't like them now because I think they are too dark now but I decided anything more would have made them look worse so I left them alone.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and show us your waxy creations.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Card with a Gift

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time, Kathy is the hostess and is calling it Get in on the Action.  She describes it this way.

Adding an interactive element on a card, tag, layout or canvas adds a bit of fun to any project. For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates an interactive element of one sort or another in the design. You can add a pocket and tag, a hidden tag, a hinged page, a flap, a flip, a tuck spot, a special fold or any kind of interactive element that appeals to you. Be sure to tell us in your post what makes your project interactive, as it may or may not be apparent in a photo.

I have made a card and my interactive item is a little pocket that contains a wee gift for the recipient - a tea bag.

My card was created with cream card stock from Staples for the blank and has patterned papers from the Graphic 45 paper collection called A Ladies Diary all of which were distressed and the edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

First I added a background panel of the paper and then I added a doily that was cut from a Crochet Doily die and some of the cream card stock and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The pocket came next and was simply constructed by scoring the bottom and sides of a rectangle of cream card stock.  Once I added double-sided adhesive to the narrow strips, I removed the tape from the bottom and folded it up first and then did the same with the sides.  At that point, I realized the narrow hinges weren't going to be strong enough to hold the pocket in place so I also added a rectangle of card stock to the back before I adhered it to the background panel.

To decorate the pocket I dyed some venise lace with a combination of Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

The tea bag holder was made by folding a rectangle of card stock and adding hinges to the pocket part inside.  To keep it closed I added a tiny Velcro pair that I dyed with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I did remember to ink the folded edges before I added the patterned paper even though the photo does not show that

The outside was decorated with a strip cut from the Graphic 45 paper and a strip with vintage tea pots from The Graphics Fairy that I added to a Word document and printed.

To close the tea bag holder I inked a tiny adhesive Velcro pair with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added them to the inside as shown.

I turned a filigree medallion into a pull for the tea bag holder by first inking it with a mixture of  Salmon, Sunset Yellow and Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink but it did not look like what I was hoping for so I ended up pressing the medallion into a Versamark pad and then coating it with Tree Branch Embossing Powder.

I found a little tea pot charm in my stash and changed it from silver to black by coating it with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink and then added it to the medallion.

Once the pocket was added with the insert, it was time to add more decoration.  First I used some green Kraft Core Shattered Collection and the Garden Greens die to make some leaves.  I added a loopy bow made from some checkered ribbon and then filled the space with a variety of paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  A few teeny punched butterflies were added here and there.  I enhanced their bodies by adding dots with a black metallic gel pen.

I finished the inside of the card this time with a panel of black card stock, a panel of patterned paper and a verse about gifts of tea that I found online.

I hope you will Get in on the Action and join us for the challenge.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall top pick receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

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: