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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

It is my turn to do the Friday Focus over at Frilly and Funkie and here is a little sneak peak of the project that I made.


Pop over to see what I made and check out the details.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentine's Day - With a Twist


It is time for a new two-week challenge at Frilly and Funkie and I am the hostess this time and chose Valentine's Day - With a Twist.  I want to see vintage or shabby chic projects in the traditional colours of red, pink and white but the twist is that there can be no hearts on your project. I sure hope you will play along with us.

Here are the details of my project from the bottom up:

I started with some white card stock from Staples for my card blank and then added a couple of layers of beautiful Maja patterned paper that were distressed with my scissors.  Since this paper is so precious, I decided to conserve as much as I could and cut a big square out of the middle of the bottom layer to use for another project. Nobody was going to see that piece anyway.

Next I made a fan from some crepe paper and then mounted the sweet vintage cherub that I picked up online somewhere (sorry, I missed tagging it).  Next I used a monogram stamp from Recollections and black Archival Ink to stamp the word LOVE.  They were inked with some Fired Brick Distress Ink and some teeny red gems from Michaels were added.

Next I altered a round filigree piece by painting it white and then dabbing some Fired Brick Distress Ink on it.  A white paper rose from Wild Orchid Crafts was dyed with a Copic marker and added to the filigree circle.  I added a few seed beads from my stash to the rose to look like water droplets.

The corner piece was cut from the Venetian Motifs die from Spellbinders and I sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls mist before I added more gems.

A gorgeous piece of Venise lace was added to the bottom and topped with some pleated pink satin ribbon to which I added a row of pearls and more seed beads.

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

Loves Rubber Stamps - Use Lace
Our Daily Bread Designs - Pink, Red & White
The Pink Elephant Challenge  - Love
Victorine Stamps - Valentines/Love
Allsorts Challenge - Vintage
Fussy and Fancy - Vintage
The Artistic Stamper - Love is in the Air

The following items used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique where everything is already discounted and you will get the best customer service from the Owner, Linda Coughlin:

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fibres & Texture


The new two-week challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow starts today and we are calling it FIBRES & TEXTURE.  We want to you to make vintage or shabby chic projects that include fabric, unique fibres and texture - not just ribbon and lace.

I have chosen to do a wedding card and while I don't know anyone getting married right now, I am sure it will come in handy at some point.

I started by using some white card stock from Staples to make the card blank.  Then I cut another piece of card stock and made the background.  First I swiped some Picket Fence and Tattered Rose Distress Stain by Ranger on my craft sheet and dragged the card stock through it.  Next I sprayed it lightly with water and dried it with my heat gun.  I didn't think it was quite dark enough so I went over some sections of it with Tattered Rose Distress Ink by Ranger.

Once it was dry, I decoupaged some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap on it and let it dry before I distressed the edges with my scissors.  I love how the stain/ink background shows through the Tissue Wrap.

I printed the bride and groom silhouette image from The Graphics Fairy on a scrap of white card stock and then distressed the edges with my scissors and sponged them with some Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  The image was mounted on a piece of black Recollections card stock that I cut with the rectangular Fleur de Lis die from Spellbinders.

To make the rolled flower, I started with two pieces of fabric - some white drapery sheer that had been in my Mother's sewing closet and some blush polyester stretch fabric that came from who knows where.  Once the flower was rolled I added some lace from my stash and some bling from Recollections as a centre.

When I put the card together I finished it off with some black feathers from Michaels and black pearl flourishes from Recollections.

This post has been scheduled because I am flying home from Alberta today after checking up on my Mother-in-Law who was moved into assisted living last week due to her ever increasing dementia.  I suspect when I get home I will be wanting a stiff drink - LOL.

Saturday Step X Step at Frilly & Funkie

 
It is my turn to present the Saturday Step X Step at Frilly and Funkie and as promised I am explaining how I made my New Year's Resolution project so pop over and check it out.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Warmth of Winter


The new two-week challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called The Warmth of Winter and we want to see vintage or shabby chic projects that will warm the heart of someone close to you.

When I started to make this card I thought I was supposed to make a winter project (note to self:  Read slowly rather than glance and assume - lol).  At the time however, it was -25C here with a wind chill of -32C and I could not equate winter with warm no matter how hard I tried.  Then I decided to get away from the traditional winter colours of blue and white and give winter activities a warmer feel and in the end I think this will warm someone's heart - it does mine.  The only thing missing is a steaming mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.

I used some Recollections card stock to make my card blank and then started on my background.  I cut a square of white card stock and sponged it all over with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I used some white Archival ink to randomly stamp a variety of snowflakes on it.  Some of the stamps came from an Artistic Outpost set and some from a stamp set that I bought in the UK and have misplaced the packaging so I don't know the manufacturer.

A strip of Maja paper was added across the background and then I put some lovely brown crochet lace on top.  I found the fabulous vintage image at xx and after I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink I mounted it on some brown natural paper and then both were mounted on another co-ordinating piece of Maja paper. Note:  I didn't realize that I hadn't given credit for the image and just left a placeholder so my apologies but when I get back I promise to edit this post again to show where I got it - sure hope dementia isn't catchy :)

The sled and skates were cut with my Cameo and then inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The lacing for the skates is just ordinary thread but the sled pull is some May Arts burlap string.

I cut a flourish from some copper metallic paper and added it to the bottom of the image and then added some wooden snowflakes that were rubbed with Rose Quartz Treasure Gold paste.  Finally I made some copper centres to the stamped snowflakes with a Viva Pearl Pen.

I am in Medicine Hat, Alberta this week checking up on my 91 year-old Mother-in-Law, who was moved from independent living to assisted living in her seniors' home last week.  She has had dementia for some time but now it is like a snowball rolling down hill and picking up speed so we are happy she will be getting a bit more help and will be safer with more staff around her.

The following products used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - a great place to shop with discounted prices and top-notch customer service.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Something New


The next two-week challenge starts today at Sugar Creek Hollow and in honour of the start of another year, we are calling it Something New.  We want to see vintage oir shabby chic projects that utilize something new to you.  This could be a new craft supply or a new technique you have learned or you could even celebrate the New Year..

I have created this card featuring my new Birthday Blueprint stamp from Tim Holtz.  My daughter's birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks (and I am not sharing how old she is going to be because then you can figure out that I am old - lol) so I have made this for her. I took this photo on Thursday and since it was snowing (and -28C) it was difficult to get a great photo but it does look good in real life so I think she will like it.

The card blank is some Recollections card stock and the background paper is from my scrap box.  I added a panel of handmade paper that I picked up at Dollarama and then a strip of striped patterned paper from Raspberry Road that I edged with the deco edge punch by Martha Stewart.

I used Archival Ink from Ranger to stamp the image twice and then fussy cut around the cupcake.  The cupcake was coloured with Prismacolors and blended with Gotrick OMS.  I highlighted the flame and the icing with a gold Sakura pen and a little gold Stickles by Ranger.

The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set and the flower is mixture of flowers from Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts.  The doily and cupcake panel have been chalked with Mungyo chalk pastels and some gems from Michaels were added to finish the card off.

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

A Creative Romance - Something New
Stempelsonnen  - Anything Goes (with stamp as focal point)
Charismacardz  - Birthdays
Simon Says Stamp - Something New
Crafty Sentiments - Birthdays
Cuttin and Stampin - Anything Goes with Something New

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My New Year's Resolution


The new two-week challenge at Frilly and Funkie is all about Your New Year's Resolution.  We want you to create a project that depicts your New Year's Resolution.

In my case, I resolve to travel more in 2014 and specifically I resolve to go to France.  Since my husband has to pay for this, is this really his New Year's Resolution? - LOL.

I hope you will tell us all about your New Year's Resolution and you could be the random winner who will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie or you could be the Top Pick chosen by the Design Team and become a Guest Designer.

I am going to do the Saturday Step X Step feature on January18th so check back then to find out how I created this piece.

I can tell you that the following products used in the creation of this project can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: