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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas Gift Set

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  It is called Christmas in July and I am the hostess this time.  Here is what it is all about:

You might be experiencing summer heat but let's think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations. Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

I decided to make a gift bag and then thought I would add a card to go with it. I thought this would be a good project to use all my bits and pieces of Graphic 45 Christmas themed papers. Let's start with the bag:

1. Start with a plain bag. (This one was a sample from a packaging supplier and is 5 1/4"x8 1/4")
2. Cut a panel of patterned paper from Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol, distress the edges with scissors or a distressing tool, ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and add to the centre of the side of the bag that doesn't have the bottom fold

3. Dye a strip of venise lace with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by pouncing the ink pad on your craft sheet, spritzing with water and dragging the lace through the puddle
4. Dry the lace strip and add to the bottom of the centre panel

5. Cut three strips of patterned paper and notch out one end to make a chevron
6. Distress and ink the edges of the chevrons and add on top of the centre panel

7. Die cut a poinsettia from plain card stock or heavy paper, emboss the veins and shape (I have a die from Marianne Creatables but Linda carries a great one from Tim Holtz and I will share the link to it below)
8. Brush the poinsettia with Gold Luscious powder from IndigoBlu, layer, add seed beads to the centre using Glossy Accents and add to the bag
9. Fussy cut some of the ephemera from the paper pad, distress and ink

10. Create a tassle with floss and add to the book excerpt ephemera
11. Finally, add all the ephemera to the bag

Using many of the same products as the bag, here is how to put the card together:

1. Cut kraft card stock to create the card black (this is a 6"x6" card)
2. Cut three panels of patterned paper, distress, ink the edges and add to the card
3. Add dyed lace to the patterned paper
4. Add some ephemera to the centre panel
5. Create poinsettias in the same manner as the one for the bag and add to the card
6. Dye some seam binding using Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick Distress Ink
7. Alter the colour of a little charm using Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink
8. Create a loopy bow from the seam binding and tie together with a bow made from burlap string to which the charm is added

I am going to enter these projects in the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Die Cut Divas - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas Cards

The following products used to create these projects came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Floral Canvas

It is time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time our hostess is Ruth who calls it Colour, Texture, Shape and describes it this way:

This month it's almost anything goes as I have a picture inspiration board for you.

Maybe it's the colour palette ranging from cream and peach through to gold, warm browns and soft greens that inspires you...or you want to use different colours and use fabric, lace or metal in your project as texture? As for shape, what about flowers, leaves and architecture or the design elements that are gothic, steampunk or romantic? Whether your inspired by one or all of the pictures, please share your mixed media creations with us, the only restriction - you must use a stamp or stencil somewhere in your project. Can't wait to see what you're inspired to create!

I decided to make a display in a frame and incorporate a little bit of everything from Ruth's description.  Here are the steps to make this project:

1. Grab a frame with a deep back and take it apart.  Set the glass and mat aside for a future project.  Remove the easel stand from the back of the MDF panel that comes in the frame.  Note:  The frame has a short part on the front where all of the mechanics are but the project will be built on the deep back part of the frame. 

2. Cover the MDF panel with old book paper using Mod Podge and then give it a light coat of Liquitex Gesso with a dry brush.

3. Add some stenciling with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger) and Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil.

4. Add some stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and a variety of stamps - Circles, Collector's Edition #2 and #4 (IndigoBlu) and Honeycomb (Tim Holtz).
5. Give the panel another light coat of Gesso with a dry brush.
6. Add a strip of lace across the panel and then glue the panel back into the frame on the deep side.

7. Use a palette knife and some Light Molding Paste (Golden) to give the frame some texture inside and out being careful not to get the paste on the panel insert.

8. Paint the texture with Butter Pecan Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).  Note:  Sorry that there is no photo but at this point I added a dry brush coating of Gesso because I thought the paint was too dark.

9. Make the flowers from scraps of white card stock cut with dies or punches (mine were laser cut by my hand husband on his fancy machine) and dye the petals using Distress Inks (Tim Holtz).

  • Gerbera Daisy - one dyed with Abandoned Coral and one with Dried Marigold, add pearls (Recollections) to centre of both
  • Lacy Zinnia - dyed with Dried Marigold and then painted with Abandoned Coral, add microbeads (Recollections) to centre
  • Rose and Rose Bud - dyed with Antique Linen, calyx from green card stock

10. Die cut leaves from scrap card stock using Garden Greenery Die (Tim Holtz), ink with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss DI and cut into pieces.

11. Ink a plain and filigree butterfly (laser cuts) with Tea Dye and Tumbled Glass DI (Tim Holtz).  Add pearls to body (Recollections & The Paper Source) and layer the filigree butterfly on top of the plain one.
12. Add all the flowers and leaves to the panel, tucking a few tiny sweetheart blossoms grouped in threes (Wild Orchid Crafts) among the paper flowers.  Add the layered butterfly.

There you have it - a very floral canvas.  Now if I just had those lovely blooms in my garden.   I hope I have inspired you to come and join us in Ruth's fabulous challenge.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ice Cream in the Summer

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Kathy is our hostess and is calling it In the Good Old Summertime.  She describes it this way:

It's time for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Whether you vacation at the beach, in the mountains, or enjoy a relaxing "Staycation" in your own back yard, your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that shows what you love best about summer. Use summer colors in your project, and be sure to tell us in your post what you love about summer, and how you've represented that in your project.

We don't usually go too far from home in the summer and prefer to do our vacations in September.  One thing we do though is have our Grandchildren for one week in July and one in August although this year summer camps proved more interesting for July so we only will have them once.  Usually that August week is called Camp Grandma and has a theme.  We will be planning this year's theme soon.

Last year they had swimming lessons in the morning and then we did lots of afternoon trips during the July week.  On one of those outings we stopped at a little General Store that is famous for its LARGE ice cream servings.  Both my husband and I had their smallest offering - two scoops in a bowl that was called Little Baby and was almost too much for me.  The kids ordered the four scoop cones and they were called Baby.  I don't remember what came after that but I do remember it was ginormous.  To this day I do not understand why they weren't sick after eating that much.

For this challenge I have made a layout in ice cream colours to remember the day.  There was a pair of wooden ice cream cones outside the store where the kids could put their heads in the holes and have their photos taken.  I took lots of photos with my phone but most of them are from a distance because I couldn't figure out how to zoom in - dah!  That has been resolved and I know what to do now.  I should have asked one of the kids because they are great with technology.

Here are the steps used to make this layout came together:

1. Cut a 12" x 12" piece of corrugated cardboard and rip the top layer off to create an irregular border.
2. Coat with white Gesso.

3. Give the centre of the cardboard a coat of Buttercream acrylic paint from Folk Art.

4. Randomly spray with Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed Distress Spray Stain.  Note:  I used paint block masking tape to cover the border because I did not want the coloured spray on that part.  Because the edge was wavy a little line of colour was left in spots where the tape came in contact with the part I was spraying but it was easy to blend using a damp paint brush.

5. Add some stenciling with Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste and the Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil.

6. Randomly stamp over the cardboard using Watering Can Archival Ink.  I used a Tim Holtz set called Ultimate grunge along with a Recollections script stamp and a little FUN stamp from Prima.

7. Make the ice cream cone using scrap pieces of card stock.  Emboss the scoops with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called Divine Swirl and make the waffle cone lines with a scoring tool.  Ink all the embossed pieces with Distress Ink - Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar and Frayed Burlap.

8. Cut a butterfly shape and stencil with Bundled Sage Distress Ink and the Wendy Vecchi Checkmate stencil.  Add pearl stickers for the body and a stamen coloured with Bundled Sage DI for the antennae.

9. Create a variety of flowers and leaves and add some Gesso to the edges of the flowers.

  • white daisies were cut on the laser cutter, shaped, layered and seed beads were added to the centre
  • pink flower was die cut using Tammy Tutterow's Shabby Posies die, inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, shaped, layered and seed beads were added to the centre
  • green rose was cut from patterned paper (Maja Designs Coffee in the Arbor) using the Tammy Tutterow die
  • peach flower was die cut from plain card stock using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, inked with Dried Marigold Distress Ink, shaped, layered and stamens added to the centre
  • yellow dotted flower was cut from patterned paper (G45 A Ladies Diary) using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
  • leaves were cut from from scrap card stock using the Tim Holtz Garden Greenery die and inked with Bundled Sage Distress Ink

10. Cut panels of patterned paper from Prima Sweet Peppermint and G45 Precious Memories, emboss plain paper, round the edges and distress the edges.
11. Change colour of photo to greyscale using photo editing software and prepare in same manner as the patterned paper panels.
12. Die cut a fancy scalloped circle from G45 A Ladies Diary dotted paper using Spellbinders Ironw
13. Paint wooden words (cut with the laser cutter) with Moss Pearl Metallic Acrylic paint from Deco Art.
14. To finish, add some lace and adhere all the papers and embellishments.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Floral Tag

Today I am showing this floral tag over at IndigoBlu. To get all the details on how I put it together click here and you will be taken to the IndigoBlu blog.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Black & White Wedding

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time I am the hostess and am calling it With This Ring.  Here is how I describe it:

It is wedding season so let's create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day. Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion.

I chose to make a card for this challenge and decided to make it primarily in black and white.  Here are the steps to create this card:

Step 1 - Distress the edges of paper from the Mon Amour collection by Graphic 45 and add to a white card blank.
Step 2 - Add a strip of venise lace and top with a strip of silver crochet ribbon.
Step 3 - Print the silhouette image from The Graphics Fairy onto white card stock, distress the edges and add pearls before adhering it to the card.

Step 4 - Alter the double wooden heart by painting with Black Acrylic Paint and then press into a Versamark pad and heat emboss with Ebony Embossing Powder from Recollections before adding to the card.
Step 5 - Add a number of white flowers and tuck a couple of organza loops among them.

Step 6 - Create a computer generated sentiment on white card stock, distress and add to the card.
Step 7 - Make a large loopy bow from sheer white ribbon and add a decorative button on top before adding it to the card.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafting When We Can - Shabby Chic
Card Mania - Buttons and/or Bows
Country View Challenges - Hearts
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Making Memories Crafting - Anything Goes with Bingo Board (I used centre vertical row)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Today I am showing you a card I made for the IndigoBlu International Design Team using the IndigoBlu stamp set called Poppycock.

I started by painting some water colour card with a mixture of Postbox Red and Mulberry Bush acrylic paint.  I loaded both sides of the water colour card with water and then mixed the paint on my craft sheet before painting it on one side.  There was more paint left on my craft sheet so I grabbed another piece of card, wet it down and dragged it through the remaining paint.  This gave me a little lighter result when I evened out the colour but poppies aren't all bright red so I was good with that.

I stamped the large poppy on my painted card using Versamark and then heat embossed it with some of Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium embossing powder.  I did this three times, fussy cut each poppy and then inked the edges with some Red Geranium Archival Ink.  I decided I needed to highlight the petals so I took some Gee-SSo Good White Gesso and a fine paint brush and painted between the details on the petals, wiping it back with a baby wipe so it would be subtle.

Next I made some paper for my leaves by spraying some water colour card with Tim Holtz's Iced Spruce and Shabby Shutters Distress Spray Stain.

I used some of Wendy Vecchi's Fern Green Archival Ink and stamped some of both sizes of leaves from the Poppycock set and then fussy cut them.  I inked the edges with some Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.

I made a background by taking a plain piece of card stock and splattering some Ruby Slippers and Raven Black Metallic paint on it.  This was mounted on a red card card blank.

I stamped the sentiment from a new set called Dreams Come True from IndigoBlu on some white card stock using Jet Black Archival Ink and then mounted it on a scrap of black card stock and added a little red gem.

This card was easy to make and showcases those beautiful poppies to a "T".  I am sharing the post over at IndigoBlu today with Gio and Ksenija so pop on over and see what they have created.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Step x Step at Frilly and Funkie

I am presenting the Saturday Step x Step feature today over at Frilly and Funkie so pop on over and see what I made and how I did it.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time, Nancy is our hostess and is calling it You're My Inspiration.  Here is what she has to say about it:

Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don't need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it.

While I have never entered any of my creations in the mood board challenges at Maja Designs, the mood boards do inspire me and so I thought I would use this one and create something with it in mind.  I thought I would make a little journal that is partly junk journal, partly mini album.  The colours are so soft and calm.

Warning - there are a lot of photos in this post and the quality is not always the best - thanks to the intermittent rain that we have been getting for weeks now.

I found a little 5 1/2" square chipboard album kit in my stash and decided it would be perfect for this project.  Here is how I turned it into a little journal/album:

1. Coated both sides of the chipboard pieces with white Gesso and then covered the front with some stenciling using a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and texture paste.

2. Painted the chipboard with Bleached Sand acrylic paint from DecoArt and sprayed with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain and Lindy's Starburst Saxifrage Olive Copper.

3. Altered the book rings with some Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink.
4. Embellished the front with the following elements:
  • burlap panel
  • tea-dyed venise lace
  • paper doll from Tim Holtz inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • flower made from corrugated cardboard using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, inked it with Vintage Photo DI and a carved coconut shell button for the centre
  • bow from copper crochet ribbon with a little clock charm from xx
  • Idea-ology pen nib altered with Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink
  • copper button from the dollar store
5. Made some inserts from a variety of elements in my studio or that I found online and printed, inking edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I really wanted to embellish each page more but since I was running out of time, I had to suppress the urge so I would have a little something, something to show on the inside.

Left - Inside of Front Cover
Right - Front of page 1, which is a folded piece of paper topped by a vintage journaling card

Left - Back of Page 1 with a handmade coin envelope
Right - Front of Page 2, which is a vintage ledger card from The Graphics Fairy and a little ephemera tuck spot

Left - Back of page 2, which has been inked with Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood DI, stamped with a flourish from Wendy Vecchi using Tree Branch Archival Ink and another ephemera tuck spot added
Right - Front of Page 3, which is some old school lined paper

Left - Back of Page 3
Right - Front of Page 4, which is a folded envelope topped by some ephemera

Left - Back of Page 4, which is the fold on the enveloped topped with some venise lace and includes a vintage journaling card
Right - Front of Page 5, which is another folded paper from my stash topped with some Tim Holtz washi tape, a tattered floral cut from corrugated cardboard that was inked with Weathered Wood DI and a faux pearl cluster added to the centre

Left - Back of Page 5 topped with a vintage journaling card
Right - Front of Page 6, which is some old music paper folded and includes a vintage journaling card

Left - Back of Page 6 with a little ephemera added with a mini clothespin
Right - Front of Page 7, which is some old map paper from Far Far Hill with a doily tuck spot inked with Shaded Lilac and Vintage Photo DI and includes a tag made from Maja Designs paper and seam binding dyed with Tea Dye DI

Left - Back of Page 7, which has been inked with Weathered Wood DI and has an added pocket made from Maja Designs paper decorated with some Tim Holtz washi tape
Right - Front of Page 8, which is another vintage ledger page with an ephemera tuck spot

Left - Back of Page 8, which had some Maja Designs paper added along with an ephemera tuck spot
Right - Front of Page 9, more school lined paper

Left - Bank of Page 9
Right - Front of Page 10, which is vintage music paper, cut down with extra used to make a pocket

Left - Back of Page 10, which has some Graphic 45 paper added and a vintage note for a tuck spot
Right - Front of Page 11, which is more old music paper with a tiny journaling card added

Left - Back of Page 11, which has been folded to create a pocket and has a journaling card inserted in the pocket
Right - Front of Page 12, which is a sheet of Maja Design paper with an inked doily added as a tuck spot

Left - Back of Page 12 with a little piece of ephemera from Tim Holtz added as a tuck spot
Right - Front of Page 13, which is another folded piece of paper with a vintage journaling card added

Left - Back of Page 13 with a handmade coin envelope added
Right - Front of Page 14, which is another folded envelope with a strip of Maja Designs paper for a border and a stamped tag inserted

Left - Back of Page 14 with a vintage journaling card added
Right - Front of Page 15 - more school lined paper

Left - Back of Page 15
Right - Inside Back Cover

Back Cover

That was long - are you still with me?  If so, thanks for sticking around to see my little journal.  I know some of the colours from the mood board only appear on the inside but I tried to incorporate as many of the mood board ideas as possible.  This journal still has lots of room for pages but I ran out of time and I am sure you are happy that I did or you might have to grab another glass of wine. :)

I hope that you can find a photo that inspires you and you will share your creation with us.  The challenge at Frilly and Funkie runs until 11:55 pm EST on June 20th and you have the opportunity to win a Guest Designer spot or to be the random winner of a gift certificate from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.