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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Vintage Masculine Birthday


For the new two-week challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow we want you to play Tic Tac Toe.  You can make any vintage or shabby chic project as long as you incorporate three items in a row from the graphic below.  Don't forget, you must select three items from any row vertically, horizontally or diagonally.


We have a Guest Designer joining us again this week so pop over and see the wonderful work from Heidi Augustson (a.k.a.Filharmonica) and then make sure you check out her blog too.

I needed to make a birthday card for my niece's husband so I chose the horizontal row across the middle and incorporated Embossing, Ribbon and Distressing.  Thankfully there was one row that would work or he might be getting a rather frilly card full of lace and flowers OR no card at all.  The best thing about this card is that it is flat enough to mail without any added postage and since it costs $1 to buy a single stamp in Canada now, that is a bonus.  If you buy stamps in bulk you get a break at 85 cents each so needless to say, I buy in bulk.

I started with some Kraft card stock from Recollections for my blank.  From this point on, everything is from my scraps and is inked with Ranger's Walnut Stain Distress Ink and all the distressing was done with my scissors.

For my background I chose some blue paper with brown spatters from Provo Craft.  I added some texture in the bottom corner by running some Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste over a stencil from TCW called Mini Cell Theory.  Once it was dry I inked and distressed it.  Next I added a distressed a piece of brown paper with polka dots.  This was topped with the blue ribbon with brown polka dots that came from Michaels.

Once the ribbon was added, I adhered the whole thing to the card blank.  Next I embossed a piece of Kraft card stock with the Gears embossing folder from Tim Holtz and inked it to highlight the embossing.  The image from a stamp set called Curious Possibility from Tim Holtz and was stamped with Walnut Stain Distress Ink on a scrap of blue card stock.  I made the sentiment on the computer making sure to change the font colour to brown.  Finally I added some Bead Landing metal gears.

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

4 Crafty Chicks  - Embossing
Art Impressions Stamps - Anything Goes - Masculine
The House That Stamps Built - For The Guys
The Paper Shelter - For The Boys
Penny's Paper Crafty - One for the Boys

Saturday Step X Step at Frilly and Funkie

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I am doing the Step X Step feature over at Frilly and Funkie today and I am going to show you all the other pages in my sewing themed mini album.

Here is a sneak peek of the first inside page so click here to find out what it looks like and see the rest of the pages.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Sewing Room


It is time for a new two-week challenge at Frilly & Funkie and I am your hostess this time. The theme is called On The Runway and we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts Sewing and/or Fashion.

The Top Pick chosen by the Design Team will earn a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and one randomly chosen entry will win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Simply create a new project, link it to your post using the linking tool provided and make sure you add a link in your post (not just your blog) back to the Frilly and Funkie challenge. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they have entered too many other challenges. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs.

For this challenge I have actually made a mini album that is all about fashion ideas from the Sewing Room.  This is the front cover of the album and I will describe how I have made it but come back to Frilly and Funkie on Saturday when I do the Saturday Step X Step feature and I will show you each page and tell you how they were created.

The album is made of chipboard and I worked from the back to the front to "decorate" the album.  I made the paper to cover the front in Photoshop by combining a variety of vintage sewing-themed ads from The Old Design Shop and The Graphic Fairy.  Before I adhered it to the chipboard, I swiped a thin coat of Picket Fence Distress Stain over it to dull the image down a bit since it was printed on a laser printer.  Once it was dry, I randomly inked Stormy Sky, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose and Bundled Sage Distress Ink over the paper.  Finally I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it a vintage look.

Note:  Pretty well everything has been inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink so I won't keep repeating it.

The spine was added and then I adhered a strip of Venise lace that was inked.  The sign is a stamp from the  Paper Artsy Hot Picks set # HP1213 and was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and the edges were distressed with my scissors.  I found the mannequin online ages ago but failed to mark credit when I saved it (my apologies) and the ribbon card that I wound with some narrow satin ribbon from my stash is from Astrid's Artistic Efforts.

I created the flower from some of the offcuts of Pion Designs paper and the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  Finally I added the gorgeous little metals scissors.

The following items used to create this cover can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, a super place to shop because the prices are always discounted and the customer service is the best.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Chicks


The new two-week challenge starts today at Sugar Creek Hollow and this time it is appropriately called EASTER.  We want to see vintage or shabby chic projects that depict Easter.

We have a talented Guest Designer joining us for this challenge.  Her name is Nicola but you probably know her as Paper Profusion.  Please make her feel welcome and head over to her blog to see her wonderful creations.

I made a little card after I found this adorable vintage Easter postcard online at Mambeenoe.  Don't you just love their Easter bonnets? 

I started with some white card stock from Staples for my blank and then added some paper from a pad called Picadilly by Basic Grey that I distressed with my scissors and then inked with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink by Ranger.  A coordinating paper from the same pad was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Victoria and inked with more Frayed Burlap.

Next I added some lace and a strand of pearls from my stash.  After distressing and inking the image, I mounted it on some white crepe paper that came from Dollarama.  The pearl flourishes are also from Dollarama and the large oval crystal gem is from a David Tutera bridal collection that I got on clearance at Michaels.

The flower is made of a large flower by Recollections, a ribbon flower that I made with organza from Arton Bead Supply and a white rose from Wild Orchid Crafts.

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

Crafty Ribbons  - Flower Power
Cute Card Thursday - Easter
It's All About The Vintage - Shabby Chic
Fairies Challenges  - Shabby Chic or Vintage
Penny's Paper Crafty - Flower Power
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Easter
Artistic Inspirations -Easter Animal/ Anything Goes
Card Mania  - Easter
Lexi's Creations - Easter
Victorine - Easter

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flights of Fancy


How quickly two weeks can pass because it is already time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Trace is our hostess and is calling the challenge FLIGHTS OF FANCY.  She wants us to make vintage or shabby chic projects showing birds, bees or butterflies.

I made sure I had all the bases covered and included at least one image of each in my creation.  The calendar says it is spring and even though it isn't very warm yet where I live, the massive piles of snow have just about all melted, I saw three fat robins in the back yard the other day and heard lots more birds chirping away so the timing of this card is perfect.

This time I made a card and here is how it went together.  First I started with a piece of Recollections card stock for the blank and then added some Pion Designs paper for the background.  I distress the edges with my scissors and inked them with some Spiced Marmalade DI.

I added a strip of Venise lace and next came some burlap and then a piece of corrugated cardboard that was roughed up a bit and highlighted with some Gesso.

The image came from Old Design Shop online and before I added it, I distressed it and inked the edges with more Spiced Marmalade DI.  The butterfly was a gift from a fellow crafter.  I made the nest from some hemp and added some Melissa Frances pearl stickers as eggs.  The feathers came from the dollar store.

I created the flower from Tim Holtz Colorcore card stock using a Marvy Uchida punch.  It has been inked with more Spiced Marmalade DI and a brown pearl sticker added as a centre.  The leaf is made from a scrap of Tim Holtz Colorcore card stock and the Tattered Leaves die.  After I added some veins to it, I inked the leaf with some Forest Moss DI.  Finally I added some fun buttons.

I hope you will pop over and check out the work of my Frilly team mates and then create something and enter it in the challenge.  The winner will earn a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Simply create a new project and follow the instructions for linking it.  Don't forget to include a link in your post to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog post.  Remember, you can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning.

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

Catered Crop - Put A Bird On it
The Squirrel and the Fox - All Creatures Great and Small
Crafty Calendar - Things with Wings
A Little Bit Crafty - The Birds and the Bees

To purchase these items used to create my card, pop over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Step X Step at Frilly and Funkie

A couple weeks ago I promised you I would walk you through how I made the collage card for my Mother-in-Law's 92nd birthday.  Well today is the day so pop over to Frilly and Funkie to see what I did.  Here is a reminder of what the card looked like before I sent it out west.