Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cherry Blossoms and Ribbon

The new challenge at Frilly and Funkie is hosted by Linda and she is calling it Put A Ribbon On It.  She wants to see vintage or shabby chic projects that feature ribbon.

I decided to cover all the bases and make a shabby card with a vintage image and a big bow.  I started with some Recollections card stock for my blank and then added three layers of paper from the Maja Designs Vintage Spring pad that I distressed with my scissors.  I dyed some cheesecloth with Antique Linen Distress Ink and tucked it between a couple of the layers and used the DI to ink up the edges of the paper layers.

The vintage image is from Antique Images and is one of a series of four depicting the seasons.  While the bow is hiding it, this one has the text "Spring" on the bottom.  I covered a filigree corner with Tapioca Acrylic paint from Folk Art and then embossed it with some clear embossing powder.  The butterfly was created with some Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay and a Mod Podge silicone mold.  I painted it with some of the Tapioca paint and then added some Stardust Stickles to it and to the corner.

The cherry blossoms along with the branches and leaves were all cut on my Cameo out of scrap white card stock.  The branches were inked with Walnut Stain DI and the leaves were painted with some Light Yellow Green acrylic paint from Accent and then inked with some Peeled Paint DI once they were dry.

The blossoms were inked with Spun Sugar DI and then the edges were inked with some Victorian Velvet DI.  I used an old Laurentian pencil crayon called Cerise the add some centre shading and then added some Recollection pearls.  A couple of the blossoms were turned into buds.

Finally I created a big bow from the gorgeous May Arts ribbon that Linda sent me.  This is wired ribbon so it is easy to shape, although looking at it now I see that next time I need to do a better job folding the ribbon in the centre.

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

Top Tip Tuesday - Buttons or Bows
Card Mania - Spring
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Bow
Crafty Cardmakers - Spring Has Sprung
Card and Scrap - Use Layers
Robyn's Fetish  - Add a Bow
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon

These products used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique where you will find lots of great new products, super prices and wonderful customer service:

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Blooms

A couple years ago, in a moment of sheer madness,  I offered to make a nightgown for an elderly friend.  She gave me the money for the fabric and I immediately went out and bought it and then I panicked that I wouldn't be able to make it fit her since she is almost 6 feet tall, so it sat in my sewing room - out of sight, out of mind.

Last week, the overwhelming guilt got to me and I finally made the nightgown and took it to her.  Since she is 80 years old, I had to make sure she was sitting down when she opened the package because I didn't want her to faint from the shock.  She loved it and if it doesn't fit, she hasn't told me. 

The scraps of fabric have been sitting on my desk and gave me some inspiration for this art journal page, which was completed a whole lot faster than the nightgown.

I started by gluing two pages from my journal together and then added some Golden Light Molding Paste through a stencil from TCW called Mini Hexagons.

Next I gave it a couple coats of Fresco Finish paint, first Lake Wanaka and when that was dry a coat of Antarctic, which I wiped back a bit with a baby wipe.  Then I added a coat of Robins Egg Blue acrylic paint from Craftsmart and wiped it back too.

Next I used some of Wendy Vecchi's Cornflower Archival Ink through her Checkmate stencil and some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink from Ranger through her Polka Dotty stencil in random areas.  I followed that with her Watering Can Archival Ink through a Dylusions stencil called Letter Jumble.  Finally I used a natural sea sponge and pounced some Deco Art Americana Peacock Pearl acrylic paint all over.

Next I cut a stencil of sun rays on my Cameo and used it with some Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold Embossing Paste.  It looks like butterscotch pudding in the jar but just wait until it dries and you get gorgeous shine.

My friend Pamellia gave me a stamp that mimicked some of the flowers on the fabric and I found some other small ones in a bucket of little used stamps so I decided to use them for this project.

I pounced some of Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium, Dandelion and Orange Blossom Archival Ink on my craft sheet, spritzed it with rubbing alcohol and dragged some Specialty Stamping Paper through it.  Then I stamped a bunch of flowers using Jet Black Archival Ink and fussy cut them.

I then created another sheet in the same manner using some Wendy Vecchi Fern Green and Ranger Olive Archival Ink. Then I used a Pigma Micron Pen from Sakura to draw stems and leaves and fussy cut them as well.

I also stamped a couple of butterflies from a Hampton Art set onto the Specialty Stamping using Dandelion and Red Geranium Archival Ink and fussy cut them as well.

The sentiment is computer generated and then inked with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink.

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

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Springtime
Make Art Challenge - Stencils
Fashionable Stamping - Springtime
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes (must have stamping)
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Inspiration Journal - Spring Blooms
Stamplorations - Stamps and Stencils
Dream It Up - Marching Into Spring

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bring on the Bling

It is time for another new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Jenny is our hostess this time and wants us to Bring on the Bling with our shabby chic or vintage creations.  Be it diamonds, pearls or even glitter she wants to see some sparkle on your projects this time.

I started with some Staples card stock for my blank and then dug out one of my favourite paper pads from Maja Designs called Coffee in the Arbour.  I used some of the papers for the background and angled panels and I used one of the images for my focal image, which I mounted on a scrap of card stock.  Everything was heavily distressed.

I tucked a doily under one panel, some mess under another and a little piece of venise lace under the image.  The pad comes with some tags that you can cut out so I did just that and stamped Just Because on them and then added some burlap string to them before I tucked them under the image as well.

The big flower is made from coffee filters that I cut with the Tim Holtz tattered florals die and then dragged through some watered down Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.  The neatest thing is that the pink separated out of the ink and I ended up with a two-toned flower.  I added a pearl to the centre of a rhinestone ribbon slider to make the centre of the flower and then added a little bit of iridescent  Stickles to the petals.

The leaves and the butterfly are die cuts were cut for me by a friend.  I put a light layer of Picket Fence Crackle paint on them and then inked them with some Old Paper Distress Ink.  The butterfly is another die cut and I inked it with some Victorian Velvet and Shaded Lilac DI.  Finally I added some dollar store gem flourishes and individual gems to the body of the butterfly.

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

Card and Scrap - Bling or Beads - use bling, glitter or pearls
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - Flowers

The following products used in the creation of this card can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Floral Get Well

My next door neighbour is having knee replacement surgery this week so I thought I would make a get well card to take over to her when she gets home from the hospital.

I started with some white card stock from Staples for my blank.  The background paper is from Gin-X and then the next layer is a piece from a Prima pad called Printery.  On top of that is a piece I made from another piece of white card, a hexagon mask from Recollections and Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.

I aded a piece of lace from my stash, some eyelash yarn, some pearl loops and some greenery that my friend Pamellia die cut for me.

The large flower is made from scraps of pink and green card stock and was edged with some Victorian Velvet DI.  The little roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts and all the flowers have been sprayed with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist.

Finally I used my computer and a little tag punch from Martha Stewart to create a sentiment and some pink vellum and another Martha Stewart punch to create the butterfly.  I added some pearls to the butterfly for a body.

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

Penny's Paper Crafty  - One for the Girls/Female Cards
Simon Says Stamp - Special Lady/Girly
In the Pink  - For a Special Lady
Southern Girls Challenge - Get Your Girly On
Try it on Tuesday - Pearls for Girls
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - For the Girls
Shabby Tea Room - Pop of Pink

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art Notebook Cover

I decided to make something for the fun of it while I am staying indoors and trying to keep warm.  I try to make notes of the products I am using in projects as I go along so that I can keep the clutter at a minimum as I am working but have the information available to do my blog posts without having to dig everything out again.  I found these great composition notebooks for 50 cents each at WalMart and decided to jazz one up.

I started by coating the cover, front and back with a coat of Liquitex Gesso.  Once dry, I added some Golden Molding Paste through a Heidi Swapp Harlequin stencil in random spots.  I also added some drywall tape in other random spots.

Next I covered the cover with alcohol ink from Ranger.  I used a blend of Wild Plum, Eggplant and Copper Mixative in some areas and a blend of Lemonade and Peach Bellini in other areas.  Once it was dry I gave the cover a watered down coat of Gesso and then spritzed it with some Pegleg Pete Purple Moonshine Mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Next I did some random second generation stamping using Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger.  The stamps I used were from Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge set and from Wendy Vecchi's True Art set.

Next I started to collect some embellishments and alter some of them.  The letters are a mix of chipboard from my stash and wooden letters from Dollarama.  I gave each one a coat of Gesso and then I painted them with Orchid and Wild Orchid Acrylic Paint from Americana and Purple Pearl Metallic paint from Deco Art.  I used a Recollections script stamp and some Ranger Deep Purple Archival Ink to add some interest to a couple of the letters.

The flowers are a mixture of roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, a wooden piece from Dollarama, a Recollections daisy and a silk flower that I took apart and painted.  One flower layer was painted with Wild Orchid and the other was painted with Purple Pearl and then rubbed with some Festive Berries Distress Ink from Ranger.  I added a dollar store pearl to the centre of one flower, a button from my stash to another and a tiny rose to the last one.

I altered a little metal frame and a filigree medallion with some Wild Plum and Eggplant Alcohol Ink.  I painted a little metal butterfly that was a gift from my friend Pamellia with Purple Pearl paint.  I added some beads, gems and cup sequins from my stash.

Finally, because the Gesso and other media made the covers warp a bit and want to pop open, I added a button to the front and back with a string closure.  The string is attached at the back and finishes at the back  One suggestion is that you make sure that your string will wrap around the back button a number of times to determine what length you need.  I just wrapped mine around twice and cut it only to discover that it has a tendency to spring loose.

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

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Alphabet Soup
The Mirror Crack'd - Album/Journal Cover
Inky Chicks - Flowers
Altered Eclectics - Anthing Goes (must be altered item or mixed media)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Item/Mixed Media

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter Getaway

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and since I am hosting the challenge, I thought it should be called IT'S TIME FOR A VACATION. It is time to get away from winter and go on a vacation somewhere - it could be a warm beach, an exotic locale with lots of sights to see or even in your own back yard so let's see a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts where you are going. 

If you are tired of all the brutal cold and snow that we have had in the eastern half of North America, then you too are ready for somewhere warm.  This mixed media canvas I have created is meant to depict what I might be seeing from a glass bottom boat in the Caribbean.  I might see the same thing if I was snorkeling but I don't do snorkeling.

I started by covering a thin canvas from the dollar store with Gesso.  Next I made a stencil on my Cameo that I will call pebbles and used some texture paste mixed with sand through it to cover the bottom portion of the canvas.

I used more texture paste with a Dylusions stencil to create the dots on the top portion - bubbles maybe?  I added some burlap to divide the sections and glued on some diamond leaf guard pieces.  Once the leaf guard was dry I decided I didn't like it and pulled it off but it left some neat glue impressions so I left those there.  I also added some cheesecloth for a little more texture or maybe flotsam and jetsam.  Then I covered the canvas with another coat of Gesso.

Next I covered the whole canvas with a coat of Peacock Pearl metallic paint by Deco Art and let it dry.  Then I sprayed the top portion with Blue Patina Perfect Pearl Mist and the bottom portion with Lindy's Buccaneer Bronze Mist.  I rubbed some Aquamarine Treasure Gold wax paste on the dots and some Renaissance Treasure Gold in a few places around the edge of the canvas.

The next step was to make the mermaid.  I got her body as a free template from The Enchanted Gallery, took her into my Cameo software, scaled her to the size I wanted and cut her from an old cracker box.  Next I painted the pieces with Buttermilk Americana acrylic paint and then inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I drew her face by hand and since I am no artist, don't look closely.

To make her tail, I covered a piece of scrap card stock with foil tape and ran it though a circles embossing folder.  I took a pair of Fiskars scissors called wave and cut strips that I glued to the tail.  Then I covered the tail with a mixture of Meadow, Pool and Sailboat Blue Alcohol Ink blended with some Copper Mixative. 

Her hair is some doll hair I found in my stash and I dyed it with some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and then gave her a little piece of seaweed punched with a Martha Stewart punch from some copper card stock.  Finally I put her together and added a couple of shells for her bra.  By the way, if you were constantly underwater, you would be having as bad a hair day as she is :)

The next step was to organize all the embellishments.  I painted some venise lace with some Bronze metallic paint by Craftsmart.  The seaweed was made with crafter's clay and a mold and then painted with Crystal Green metallic paint by Deco Art but I thought it was too blue so I gave it a light coat of Avocado acrylic paint from Americana.  The starfish are hand shaped from crafter's clay and painted with the Bronze metallic paint.  The rest of the embellishments are beads from my stash, a filigree metal piece, a gear, a couple of buttons, some glass chunks, some cup sequins and lots of shells.

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

Altered Eclectics  - Anything Goes (must be mixed media or altered items)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art/Mixed Media
Opus Gluei - Need A Little Vacation?

The following products used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique where you will find lots of exciting new products: