Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I made this very masculine card recently to congratulate my Son-in-Law on a special achievement and thought I would share it with you today.

I started with some Recollections black card stock for the blank.  The background is a piece of paper from a Prima pad called Printery.  I used a TCW stencil called Harlequin with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger and a Wendy Vecchi stencil called Checkmate and Walnut Stain Distress Ink to add a bit of interest.  It was then distressed around the edge with my scissors.

The image is from a Tim Holtz stamp set called Time Travellers and was stamped on a scrap of card stock with Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger and then fussy cut.  The clock is from a stamp set called Vintage by 7 Gypsies and the sentiment is a stamp from a set called Greeting Words by Stampabilities.  Both these sets are new and I picked them up on a trip to the US - best of all they were both on sale.

I painted a strip of metal foil with Black Metal Paint by Deco Art and added it along with torn strips of corrugated cardboard, drywall tape and a couple of papers from my stash.  Finally I added a key, button, washer and screw head from my stash of bits and pieces.

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

Crafty Sentiments - For A Man
Vintage Stamping Challenges - New Year, New Stash (Clock and Sentiment stamps)
Fashionable Stamping  - Something New (Clock and Sentiment stamps)
Robyn's Fetish - Vintage Look
The Artistic Stamper - New Beginnings (Clock and Sentiment stamps are new and I began to use them - LOL)
Sweet Stampin - Masculine

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Gift Card Tin to Sewing Kit

For Christmas, my daughter gave me a gift card from Michaels and it came in this little tin.

I decided to try something new and alter it so I took the little felt card holder out of it and got to work changing it into this sewing kit.

I started by painting the whole tin inside and out with No Prep Black Metal Paint from Deco Art.  Once it was dry I coated the outside with Folk Art Crackle Medium - something I bought a whiole back but had not used. Once that was dry I mixed Clear Blue Acrylic Craft Paint from Accent and Seafoam Acrylic Craft Paint from Folk Art into some Liquitex Gesso and covered the outside. I painted all my embellishments with the black paint and then set everything aside to dry overnight.

The embellishments are a flower brad (back removed) from Making Memories, a large metal flower, filigree corner, metal scissors and metal leaf from The Funkie Junkie Boutique,  rose from Wild Orchid Crafts, paper flowers from Recollections and WalMart, metal ruler from Bead Landing, metal heart from Dollarama, mini clothespins from Recollections, lace and a small metal flower from my stash.

The next day I painted the outside of the tin and all the embellishments with another coat of Crackle Medium and let them dry thoroughly.  Then I painted everything with a coat of the Seafoam paint and again let everything dry overnight.

To make the inside I cut two pieces of paper from a My Mind's Eye paper pad called blush and rounded the corners.  Next I took some Broken China Distress Ink from Ranger and inked through a stencil from TCW called Ledger.

Next I used Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger to stamp a number of sewing related images from a TPC Studio set called Vintage Threads, another TPC Studio set called Vintage Crafting and the HP1213 set from Paper Artsy. Finally I distressed the edges with my scissors and some more Broken China DI.

Finally I gave everything some highlights with some Aquamarine and Classic Treasure Gold wax paste and then glue all the embellishments down.

This was a super fun project to make even though it required lots of hand washing/scrubbing and my nails look horrible.  Note to self:  wear latex gloves next time. :)

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

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Fresh Beginnings
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Choose Your Challenge (I chose 1. paint, 2. lace, 3 stamping, 4. metal and 5. flowers)
Our Creative Corner - Christmas Leftovers
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Something New for the New Year (I have never altered a tin)
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist - Use Something Recycled (The gift card tin is my recycled item)
613 Avenue  - 1001 Techniques
Country View Challenges - Use Something New To You (Crackle Medium)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winter Reading

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Our hostess this time is Nancy and she is calling the challenge Winter Wishes and is asking us to make projects that remind us what we like about winter.  Don't forget your project must be vintage or shabby chic.

The winner will earn a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The guidelines for entering are simple and are shown on the challenge post at Frilly and Funkie so make sure you check them out before you enter.

Now on to the challenge and to be perfectly frank, there is nothing I like about winter.  I live in a climate where we get cold and snow usually from early November to late March and I feel every bit of it so I just want to stay indoors and cocoon.  I do read a lot and it is especially nice to read in front of the fireplace so I decided to go with a reading theme for my inspiration.  I have made a bookmark and a co-ordinating book cover.

To make the bookmark, I cut a piece of chipboard and covered both sides with papers from the Autumn Basics paper pad by Maja Design and then punched a hole in the top.  I created a sentiment on the computer and then fussy cut a woman from the paper pad and added her beside the sentiment.  Next I cut them out and inked the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

I dyed some seam binding with more of the Tumbled Glass DI and added it along with some pink eyelash yarn through the hole in the top.  Next I added some little dew drops to a safety pin,made a bead charm and a little tag charm that was punched from some plastic packaging material, added to some of the Maja paper and topped with some pearls.

To make the book cover, I measured a book with 375 pages because this is roughly the size of all the books I get from the library.  I made sure I had enough length to wrap around the book and create 3" pockets on each side of the inside.  When I determined the width I added 1/2" on each edge so that I could sew a 1/4" seam and still have enough slack for the book to fit easily in the pockets.  The base of the cover is made from felt and is fairly thick.  Since I was going to be putting books in and out of the inside pockets, I sewed the cover to make make sure it would stay together.

Next I made the front panel.  Now I have to say up front that this is an homage to a crazy quilt and that all the stitching is wonky because I wanted it to be that way - I do know how to sew a straight line - LOL.  I also wanted all the pieces to look rough so I tore them and let them fray.  When I started to put this together I had to buy the felt and chose this happy blue felt that would co-ordinate with the Maja papers and then went to my two cupboards full of fabrics and wouldn't you know only the blue floral and polka dot fabric worked so back to the fabric store I went and the pink floral and white (actually white on white) fabrics are new.

The background is a plain pink piece of broadcloth sewn to some fleece to give it some body. Then I created fun sections and embellished them to make the plain background more interesting.  The blue floral piece at the top has some sections from venise lace added to it.  To the right is a little piece of ric rac.  The pink floral section above the closure has three fun buttons sewn on with embroidery floss.

Under the blue section on the left is a piece of twill tape to which I sewed some beads.  Under that on the polka dot fabric is a little flower I created with two layers cut from crinoline using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and edged with some Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  A tiny button from my stash acts as a centre.

The white section on the bottom left has some trim that I found in my stash.  The second blue floral section has another fun button added to it and the pink section in the centre bottom has another piece cut from venise lace added to it.

The polka dot section on the bottom right has two rows of venise lace added to it back to back with a strip of satin ribbon on top and a couple of tiny flower appliques.

Once all the sections were added to the background and the whole thing added to the book cover, then I could fasten down the closure with velcro and decorate it by adding a little felt flower cut with the Tattered Florals die with a tiny button for a centre.

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

Crafting When We Can - Anything But A Card
Country View Challenges  - Use Something New To You (some of the fabrics, the felt and the fact that I have never made a book cover before)

The following products used in the creation of reading set can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Anything Goes at Frilly and Funkie

Happy New Year to everyone.  The new two-week challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie.  Nicole is the hostess and decided we should go with ANYTHING GOES to kick off the year - as long as it is vintage or shabby chic.

I decided to try my hand at an altered bottle.  Here is what this bottle held before I transformed it into something to hold bath beads or Epsom salts (because I think it looks so girly it should be in a bathroom).

This is Canadian made antipasto in a jar that I love - mostly because it is low cal :).  The good thing about the jar is that unlike normal quart sealers, this glass is smooth, which makes it a great surface for adding things to.

Here are some other views of the jar:

I started by painting the whole jar and the lid with chalk paint from Americana Decor.  Even though I was planning to cover the jar I thought the paint might give a better surface for my glue to adhere to - I was right for a change.  Next I covered the jar with strips of torn pages from an old book and Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap.  I coated the front and back of each piece.

I printed my focal images for the front (from Collages Vintage) and back (from The Graphics Fairy).  When I started to glue them down I realized that everything underneath was really bumpy and the images did not look good so I took a craft knife and cut away the papers underneath to provide a smooth surface.  Once everything was dry, I went over the whole jar with some watered down Gesso and immediately wiped it off the two images.  Then I added a coat of half strength Mod Podge to seal everything.

Next I used a pearl strand from my sewing stash to outline both images. I glued some cheesecloth on each side and then cut some venise lace and added pieces beside each image.  The next step was to add some small crystal seed beads - they have a silver lining so some shimmer more than others depending on how they landed in the glue.

I made a rosette by gathering some ruffled lace and added a couple of lace medallions on top with a gumdrop gem for the centre.  I wrapped some white fiber around the top of the jar and then added a loopy seam binding bow with another gumdrop gem for a centre and a couple of bead charms.  The bead charms have silver charms on the bottom that were painted with Gesso,  You can't see in the photo but one is a bird and the other is a rose.  The beads are from my stash and are a combination of pearls and iridescent clear beads (which explains the blue and pink you see in the photo).

To finish the top, I added a row of narrow venise lace around the edge and then made a topper from a wooden wheel and a wooden ball that I glued together, covered with texture paste and sprinkled with some crystal glitter.

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

My All Craft Challenge - Anything Goes (No Cards)
Open Minded Crafting Fun - All White
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge  - Vintage, Yes Please

The following items used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


My daughter will be celebrating her 37th birthday on January 15th so I decided to make a funky mixed media card to go along with the gift I bought for her.

I started with some Bazzill for the card blank.  Next I cut a square from an old box and peeled off a portion of the printed layer.  I covered the remainder of the layer with a couple coats of Liquitex Gesso so the printing would not show through.

The next step was to use some Golden Molding Paste through a Wendy Vecchi flourish stencil and to add some bits of cheesecloth.  Once everything was dry I used a natural sea sponge to add Fresco Finish paints - Haystack, Pumpkin Soup, Green Olives, Blood Orange and Smoked Paprika.  I used a piece from the Wendy Vecchi Large Collage background stamp and some Coffee Archival Ink from Ranger to add a bit more interest to this layer.

Next I made a frame from chipboard and coated it with Golden Crackle Paste.  Once dry I covered it with Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive and Wild Honey Distress Ink from Ranger.

The next step was to make the metal flowers from some foil tape used for wrapping heating pipes.  The layers were hand cut and then textured with some tools in my Walnut Hollow metal working set.  To colour them, I used some Americana acrylic paint called Russet and some Cranberry, Sunset Orange and Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink from Ranger.  For the large flower I used the paint first and for the small flower I reversed the process.  The large flower has a gem sticker from Recollections for a centre and the smaller flower has a pearl sticker from Dollarama for a centre.

I took a metal leaf from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and coated it with a blend of Lettuce Alcohol Ink and Snow Cap Mixative.  I thought it was too much of a colour contrast so I added some Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink blended with Copper Mixative to the high spots.  When I added the flowers and leaf to the frame, I tucked a couple of feathers underneath.

Next I took a wooden letter from Dollarama and coated it with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Embossing Powder and then added text with the Coffee Archival Ink and a Recollections stamp.

The butterfly is a wood piece from Dollarama that I painted with Honest Copper Patio Paint from Deco Art and added some of the pearl stickers for the body.  I also used a bit of the copper paint on parts of the exposed cardboard.

Finally I used Coffee Archival Ink and a stamp from Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set to stamp the word Celebrate on a scrap of card stock and then inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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

Artist Trading Post Exchange  - Let's Celebrate
Top Tip Tuesday - Make Your Own ( metal flowers)
Little Claire's Designs  - A Special Card

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

I am doing the Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie today.  Here is a sneak peek at what I created so pop on over to check out all the details.