Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Hues

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Suzz is our hostess and is calling it Winter Hues.  She describes the challenge this way:

"Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project."

I have made a very shabby and vintage card using  white card stock from Recollections for the blank and adding paper from Maja Designs Vintage Frost Basics for the background.  I tore another paper from the same pad and added Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste through  the Tim Holtz Flourish layering stencil.  I split a length of silver crochet ribbon vertically and added that to the edges of this torn panel.

The snowflakes were cut from Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes Thinlets die and sprayed with Lindy's Starburst Frozen Jack Frost ink.  A Kaisercraft pearl was added to the centre.

The vintage image came from online and I used a Marvy Uchida Snow Marker to add a bit of detail. Next I cut some Holiday Greens from card stock scraps and sprayed them with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.  They were topped with a variety of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts that had some Stardust Stickles added to the edges.

I dyed some seam binding with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and made a loopy bow.  Then I topped that with a loopy bow made from silver crochet thread.  I added a silver snowflake charm that had some Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink and a silver pearl added to it.

Finally I created the sentiment on the computer and inked the edges with Weathered Wood DI.

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

Dies R Us - Winter Blues
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - S is for Stencils
Cut It Up - It's Snow Fun (Include a snowflake - must have a die cut)

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017


It is time for the first challenge of 2017 at Stamps and Stencils and this time Ruth is our hostess and is calling it Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes. She describes it this way:

"It may be January but this months challenge is nothing to do with winter, this month I'd like you to usher in the New Year by creating any mixed media piece you like as long as somewhere you include a swirl or a whirl or a flourish and some stamping or stenciling, of course!"

I thought I would make an art journal page in a new Spiral Water Colour Pad that I got a couple months ago. When I got going on it though it turned out looking more like a layout but I am pleased with it.

I started by giving the page a coat of Liquitex Gesso.  Next I added strips of torn paper but after the project was done and I had covered it all up I was questioning why I bothered.  Then I used Golden Light Molding Paste and the Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil to add my flourishes.  I dabbed more of the paste on between the flourishes for added texture.

Next I added lots of colour by spraying Shaded Violet, Tumbled Glass and Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain on randomly.  I painted over everything with some white shimmer eye shadow from the dollar store that I mixed with water - a little difficult to see in the photo but looks great in real life.

I used Jet Black Archival ink to add some stamping with the crisscross stamp from IndigoBlu's Rugged Edge set and IndigoBlu's Script stamp.

Next I added lace from my stash that I dyed with some Shaded Violet Distress Ink.  Then I mounted the image of the elegant lady that I found online on a couple scraps of Graphic 45 paper that I distressed.  I added flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, some die cut leaves and a heart and key that were created from Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay and all coloured with Shaded Violet Distress Ink.  I also added some large seed beads from the dollar store and a couple buttons from my stash.

Finally I made the sentiment on my computer, distressed the edges and inked them with more Shaded Violet DI.

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

Mixed Media Monthly - Put A Stencil On It

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year Inspiration

It is time for the first challenge of 2017 at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Jenny is our hostess and she call the challenge New Years Inspiration.  She describes it this way:

"At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017."

I had the privilege of spending a week in November with the fabulous Jenny Marples and was able to craft beside her.  While there I tried to absorb just a fraction of her talent (not sure I accomplished that) and learn from her (definitely did do that).  One of the things she said more than once was that she just plays.  Since I tend to overthink things, I decided to use her comments as my inspiration for this year and have created a vintage inspired card to portray my plans.

Interestingly I had no mojo over the holidays so my card doesn't include any playing with new techniques because in the end I had limited time to complete it after I spent a number of days admiring the paper and moving it around my desk.  I promise to play soon.

I started with some Recollections card stock for my blank.  Next I found the vintage image online at and that dictated what I where I was going with this card.

I pulled three patterned papers from Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary and Secret Garden.  I distressed them and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The image was also distressed and inked and mounted on some burlap.

I made the sentiment on the computer, printed it on a scrap of white card stock and then die cut it with a Spellbinder die from the Labels Ten set.  Once cut I inked it with some Antique Linen Distress Ink and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.

Next I embossed a couple of filigree leaves with Wendy Vecchi Tree Branch Embossing Powder, giving them two coats so they looked like enamel.  The flower was cut with the Shabby Posies die by Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders and I added some Platinum Distress Glitter to the centre.

To finish the card off I added some crochet ribbon topped with a loopy burlap bow, then the leaves and finally the shabby flower.

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

Card Mania - Layer It
Ribbon Girls - Anything Goes with Ribbon

The following supplies used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Monday, December 26, 2016

My Heart Soars

Here is a sneak peak of some inspiration I have for you today on the IndigoBlu blog.  Pop on over and check out my newest canvas.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Home and Family

It is time for me to show you my first December IndogoBlu project.  I am sharing this post with Gio and Ksenija so pop on over to the IndigoBlu blog and check out what they have created.

To get a better look at any of the photos just click on them to bring up a larger version.  It has been snowing and dull and grey where I live so taking photos has been a challenge in itself.

This month the theme for the International Design Team is Count Your Blessings and I think the sentiment on this card is perfect for the theme and works so well with the wonderful stamp.

I stamped the Country House image on some white card stock with Jet Black Archival Ink.

Then I used Weathered Wood and Faded Jeans Distress Ink to create a dusky sky. I also decided at the last minute to add some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

Next I added some stars with the Stars stencil and Pantry White paint.

The image was coloured with Prismacolors that I blended with Gotrick OMS.

I painted a scrap piece of card stock with Vodka Martini Metallic paint and then punched a number of snowflakes with a Martha Stewart border and corner punch.

I mounted the image panel on some black card stock before I added it to the card blank.  Once it was down I decided that the bottom needed help since I had just painted it with the Vodka Martini Metallic paint thinking it might pass for snow but it didn't so I used my finger to swirl some texture paste on the bottom and while it was still wet I sprinkled on some Unicorn Sparkles.  Tip:  If you find an oops you want to fix and your card is glued together, just use some painter's masking tape to protect the rest of the card.

To finish the card I created the sentiment on the computer and inked the edges with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  I added a bit of snow to the greenery and the lamps with a white gel pen and then adhered my falling snowflakes.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winner of Giveaway

I am sad that there weren't more people interested in the fabulous stamp set from IndigoBlu that I was giving away.  These are high quality red rubber stamps and will be a great addition to the winner's craft stash.  I was in England a few weeks ago and had the pleasure of spending a day at the IndigoBlu headquarters and saw the stamps being made - with love and great care.

My husband drew a name for me and congratulations go to MiamiKel.  Please email me at with your snail mail address so I can get the stamps set off to you.