Friday, May 26, 2017

Dictionary for IndigoBlu

I am presenting a clean and simple card over at IndigoBlu today so pop on over to the blog and check out how I used the dictionary.

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

I am presenting the Friday Focus segment over at Frilly and Funkie today so pop on over and see what I have created.  Here is a little sneak peek of just one project.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Something Old

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and the very talented Jenny who is our hostess this time is calling it Something Old.  She describes it this way:

I'm sure, like me, there will be lots of you who love all things vintage and enjoy nothing more than discovering old and unwanted treasure at thrift shops and junk markets. The challenge this time is to use something old either as the basis of your project or as an addition to your vintage or shabby chic creation.

I have only been to one vintage market and it was in England last November. While there were a number of things I would have loved to have picked up for use in my creations, I couldn't because of the weight restrictions the airlines place on luggage. So the next best thing was to go through my cupboards and see what I had from my late Mother and late Mother-in-Law that might work for this challenge.

I rediscovered this box of costume jewelry so I decided to go through it and see what I could use.  I chose an earring with a clip-on back and then I found some lace from my Mother-in-Law's sewing room in another box of goodies and they were almost a perfect match to one another.

I started with a piece of Bazzill card stock for the card blank and then added some Graphic 45 paper from the Time to Flourish pad.

I wanted to try out my new Oxides and while I didn't get the result on my first attempt that I thought I would, I knew that I could use what I made provided I paired it with coordinating papers so I used a paper from the Mon Amour patterns and solids pad and one from a Prima pad called Sweet Peppermint.  All the papers were distressed and the edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I made some flowers to add to my shabby card.  The large flower started with a scrap of green card stock die cut with Tammy Tutterow's Shabby Posie die.  The edges were inked with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide.

I die cut a couple smaller flowers from Tammy's die and used some antique linen to colour them and then used some Tree Branch Archival Ink and a text stamp from Recollections Haunted set to add some stamping.  The flowers were shaped and layered.

Next I used three sizes of flower punches from EK Success to create some flowers from a piece of paper from the Mon Amour pad.  The flowers were spritzed with some Worn Lipstick Distress Spray and some Lindy's Frozen Jack Frost and the edges were inked with Vintage Photo DI before they were layered to create the two large flowers.  Finally I punched and layered some smaller flowers from the scraps of my Oxide paper. Pearls were added to the centres of all the flowers.

I altered a couple of filigree leaves by pressing them into Versamark and then heat embossing them with Tree Branch Embossing Powder from Wendy Vecchi.

Now it was time to put this card together.  The paper panels came first followed by the little piece of lace.  I made a loopy bow out of jute twine and added the flowers and leaves next.  The earring was tucked beside the flowers and then I added one of the Tim Holtz paper dolls.

I purposely left a sentiment off this card because I don't know how I am going to use it but it would be suitable for a number of occasions.

The following items used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Shabby Layers

It is time for me to show you my first May project for IndigoBlu.  The theme this month is Wings so I decided to make something with a butterfly on it.  And if you have a butterfly, I think flowers are in order.

I started by grabbing some Bazzill card stock for the blank and then added some paper from a Prima pad called Secret Garden for the back panel.  The paper was distressed and inked with some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink from Tim Holtz.  I added a smaller distressed and inked panel from the same paper collection with dimensional foam strips.

I used some of Wendy Vecchi's Tree Branch Archival Ink to stamp a butterfly from the Victorian Garden set onto a scrap of the Prima paper that I used for the small panel.  After it was fussy cut, the edges were inked with Rusty Hinge DI.

Next I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Live, Laugh, Love set onto some of the Bazzill card stock and inked the edges of the flowers with Rusty Hinge DI and the edges of the leaves with Iced Spruce DI after they were fussy cut.

I embossed the flower petals from the back to give them a bit of shape and layered one on top of the other.  Some Recollections micro beads were added to the centre.  I made a little stem from card stock and inked it with Iced Spruce and then added the flower and leaves on one side.  Extra leaves were added on the opposite side.

I made a tag from the same paper as the background panel and added some burlap string.  Before I added the butterfly to the tag, I altered a key for the body using some Rust Alcohol Ink blended with some Copper Mixative.  The tag was also layered with dimensional foam strips.

Next I dyed some seam binding with Iced Spruce and Shabby Shutters DI and made a crinkled, loopy bow.  Finally I added some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and a few buttons from my stash.

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

Moving Along With The Times - Butterflies
Dream Valley Challenges - Things With Wings
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Linda is our hostess this time and she is calling it The Sound of Music.  Here is what she has to say about it:

"When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters' Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song."

I am not the least bit musical so I can't sing or play an instrument. I do love to listen to music but don't have a favourite song. I do have my likes and dislikes when it comes to the type of music I listen to with jazz being my absolute favourite.

I made this card twice. Why, you ask? Well I knew right away what I wanted to focus on and after I worked on the individual elements I fought with myself about the layout. I finally jumped in and glued things down but instantly disliked it so I pulled off some of the elements I could re-use and the rest of the card was shredded and thrown in the garbage.

I decided I needed a break, which worked because while I walked on my treadmill I came up with a plan and it only took a short time to put the card together.  Now why couldn't this have happened from the beginning so I didn't waste so much time?

Here is how I made this card:

1.  Printed vintage music paper on the computer (I found some images online of a Billie Holiday classic called Body and Soul).  The edges were distressed with scissors or a distressing tool and ink with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.
2.  Cut strips of coordinating papers (I used Graphic 45 Mon Amour) and distressed the edges.
3.  Selected an image and changed it to greyscale before it was printed, cut out and distressed.
4.  Mounted all the paper layers on a card blank made from Recollections card stock.
5.  Using a petal template I found online, cut layers of white card to make my gardenia.  Shaped all the layers and adhered them together to form the finished flower.

6.  Sprayed the flower with Lindy's Frozen Jack Frost and while it was still wet, pounced on some Perfect Pearls using a fluffy makeup brush.

7.  Altered a metal leaf by coating with white embossing powder.
8.  Added the leaf and flower to the card.
9.  Made the text on the computer and fussy cut each letter.

Billie Holiday often is shown in photos with what looked like gardenias in her hair so that is why I went with this colour palette so I could coordinate with the paper gardenia I decided to make.  She had a short and tragic life but she had one fantastic voice so if you get a chance I hope you will listen to her sing.  There are so many instrumental jazz artists that are fabulous - John Coltrane and Charlie Parker are a couple of my favourites.

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  One random winner will receive a gift certificate to Linda's shop and the Design Team will choose their favourites with the top pick receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nature with Fabric

Today is the start of a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  This time I am the hostess and am calling it Fabric and Fibres.  I describe it this way:

Let's add some fabric and/or fibres to our creations this month. You can use linen, burlap, organza, wool, lace, ribbon, rope to name a few. The list is almost endless but whatever you add, make sure there is some stamping or stenciling (or both) on your creation as well.

I started with a deep canvas from the dollar store and stenciled a vine border on the top and around the sides using Golden Light Molding Paste and a Dylusions stencil called Leaf Flourish Small.  Next I gave it a coat of Liquitex White Gesso.

The next step was to paint everything with Driftwood Acrylic Paint from DecoArt and then dry brush randomly with DecoArt Bleached Sand.

I stamped some muslin scraps with Liquitex Black Gesso.  One has a butterfly from Hero Arts and the other has a tulip from an IndigoBlu set called Butterfly Collector.  I sewed some quilt batting to the back of the stamped pieces and then frayed the edges,

I used some one-step Coal Black Metal Paint from DecoArt to paint a wooden flower from the dollar store and a leaf sticker from Martha Stewart that I bought in the clearance section at Michaels.  A gold pearl from Dovecraft was added to the centre of the flower and the leaf was mounted on some burlap ribbon.

I stamped a leaf from a Tim Holtz set called Leaf Prints onto a scrap of cream card using Jet Black Archival Ink and then fussy cut it.  Next I added some Gold Embossing Powder from Recollections to create a few highlights.  To add the embossing powder, I used an embossing pen from Zig in a few random areas and then gently sprinkled the powder on those areas.  The embossing pens are a great tool because they allow you to add embossing in tiny areas rather than all over.

It was time to assemble my nature collage but first I collected a few more items to embellish it:
  • A piece of wood from the local playground that I wrapped with some gold Artistic wire.
  • Some bits of lace from my stash.
  • A gold skeleton leaf from Papermania.
  • Some canvas ribbon from a wholesale outlet in Fancy Gap, Virginia.
  • Buttons from my stash.

This time I purposely laid everything out with separation because I wanted a structured look to my canvas but I plan to do another canvas with similar elements and group/overlap them to see which look I prefer - stay tuned.

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

Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly - Put A Stamp On It

Card Und More - Buttons
We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Gift from the Netherlands

I have a project over on IndigoBlu today that relates to this tulip photo.  To see the project and learn the story pop on over and check out my post.

Private Journal

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Kathy is our hostess.  She is calling it Put On Your Inking Cap and here is what she has to say about it:

Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!

I had fun doing this one on many levels.  First, all the Design Team members were given journal covers and accessories from Eileen Hull's fantastic new HeARTfelt journal die for Sizzix to work with.  Secondly, I decided to turn it into a private journal for my pre-teen Granddaughter.

The colour palette of this journal matches the colours she chose for her new bedroom when they moved last spring.  The room now has had some finishing touches and is definitely a room for a girl who is going to be a teenager in a couple years and it looks so good - she and her Mommy did a wonderful job.  She is a super kid - smart, pretty, funny and a talented synchronized swimmer (we are convinced that she inherited a fish gene like her Mommy).  She has a wonderful brother as well so we are blessed.

Now on to my project and here are the instructions for creating it along with a few photos that I actually remembered to stop and take since I was having so much fun:

1. Assemble the journal covers according to the instructions provided and then cover both inside and out with crumpled up tissue paper using matte medium.

2. Add a narrow strip of burlap to the front cover.
3. Cut a small hole in the back cover at the mid point vertically and about ½” in from the outside edge.

4. Coat the tissue paper and burlap with white gesso followed by a coat of Craftsmart Silver Gray acrylic paint.

5. Using a natural sea sponge add DecoArt Purple Pearl Metallic paint in random areas, dry brush white gesso randomly over the sponged paint and then add Hickory Smoke distress ink randomly.
6. Thread the covers with three lengths of round elastic to hold the inserts.
7. Thread a ponytail elastic through the hole in the back cover and back through itself to act as a closure around the shank button on the front.

 8. Alter the lock and key with a combination of Silver Mixative alcohol ink and blending solution.
 9. Alter the metal leaf, medallion and frame with a combination of Purple Twilight alcohol ink and blending solution.
10. Paint the wooden embellishments with DecArt Purple Pearl Metallic paint.

11. Die cut multiples of flowers from crinoline using the Shabby Posies die by Tammy Tutterow and colour with Shaded Lilac and Picked Raspberry distress inks. Crumple up each flower and allow to dry before opening up and layering.  Use as many layers as desired (In the end I used two of each of the largest size) and add a button for the centre.
12. Create the word “Private” on the computer, print on a piece of white card and cut to fit the frame. Ink the card with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and adhere to the back of the frame with Glossy Accents.
13. Glue all the embellishments to the front of the cover with heavy gel medium. Glue a large shank button to the front at the mid point vertically and about ½” in from the outside edge.  If the shank is not big enough to glue evenly or to allow the elastic to loop around it, just cut the shank off and replace it with something to act as a spacer, such as wood, chipboard or mat board layering until you get the required thickness.

14. Create a number of bead dangles and add them along with charms to a length of silver chain using jump rings. Add the completed chain to the outside on the spine by attaching it to the middle elastic.

15. Create signature inserts on the computer and sew to gray card that has been painted in the same manner as the journal covers.

This photo shows just three of the inserts I made but there are a couple more with blank paper. I made pages where she could document her thoughts and feelings, do a little drawing or doodling, and practice cursive writing, which is not taught in the schools anymore and is something she is interested in.

So that is what I did with my first Sizzix Eileen Hull Journal and it was so much fun that I plan to make more journals.  There are so many possibilities and they can be personalized in so many ways and for so many purposes - planners, bullet journals, travel journals, junk journals, special occasion albums, just to name a few.

I hope you are inspired to make a journal but for this challenge it is not a requirement - just make sure you follow Kathy's theme.  You have the chance to be the Design Team's top pick and join us as a Guest Designer at a future date or you could be a random winner and receive a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lots of Time

It is my turn to show you my shared project for IndigoBlu this month.  The theme is called Tell Me A Story and I was asked to create a story about my project.  I thought rather than weaving some sort of tale around what I have done (I am not that good at fiction anyway) I would be a little cheeky and state the obvious.  Most of us, me included, are always complaining about not having enough time so my story is that I have made lots of time for myself - in the form of a canvas full of clocks.  Now if only I could find that extra time and still do everything I wanted in a day, that would be a story.

I started by stamping multiple copies of stamps from the Good Times set using Wendy Vecchi's Tree Branch Archival Ink.  I fussy cut all the clocks and then also cut a blank outline of each clock.

Next I added some texture to a dollar store canvas in the form of some canvas ribbon and some drywall tape.  I decided I needed more texture so I used some texture paste through the Texture stencil.

Once the stenciling was dry I laid down all sorts of bits and pieces using the blank clocks as markers for where my stamped clocks were to be placed later.  I used Super Thick Slap it On as my adhesive and once it was dry I gave everything two coats of Gee-Sso Good White Gesso to unify the colour.

The next step was to paint the canvas, which I did randomly and in layers wiping back some of the paint with a baby wipe in certain areas.  I used Townhouse Teal, Kingfisher Blue Metallic, Pantry White (that was mixed with some Kingfisher Blue) and Pheasant Bronze Metallic.

The clocks were coloured next by inking them with Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Then they were coated with Crazing Distress Collage Medium.  Once they were dry they were painted with Bronze Luscious mixed with some water and then carefully wiped where the distress inks with a baby wipe to remove some of shimmer.  Once the clocks were dry they were glued on top of the blank markers on the canvas.  Finally I used a bit more of the Luscious randomly on the canvas to add even more shimmer.

I will be back next week on the IndigoBlu blog with another project and this one really does have a story to go with it.  In the meantime pop over to IndigoBlu and check out what my team mates Solange and Ksenija have created.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April Showers

It is the start of a new challenge today at Frilly and Funkie.  Suzz, our hostess is calling it April's Showers and here is what she has to say about it:

Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.

When I saw the theme, my mind immediately went to that old spring adage April Showers Bring May Flowers so I decided to make an umbrella and fill it with flowers.  We have had the April rain here along with a little snow so let's hope all that moisture brings some flowers because right now the only thing spring-like around here are the robins, the very confused robins.

I started with some card stock from Recollections for my blank and then added a background panel of one of the papers from Graphic 45's Gilded Lily 8"x8" paper pad.  Next I added some torn papers from Graphic 45 Secret Garden and Once Upon a Springtime collections.  I also made chevrons from those papers.  Bits of different venise laces were tucked here and there on the torn edges.

The umbrella was made by using a Nellie Snellen scalloped circle die with one of the Secret Garden papers.  It was folded into 8 sections and then one of the sections was removed before shaping it into a semi circle.  The wooden handle was cut for me by my husband on his laser cutter.  Once the umbrella was added to the card, I filled it with shredded paper and then added all sorts of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Some seam binding dyed with Tea Dye Distress Ink was fashioned into a simple bow and added to the top of the umbrella.

The sentiment is computer generated and cut out before it was inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The butterfly from Hero Arts was stamped onto a scrap of card stock with Wendy Vecchi's Tree Branch Archival Ink and "painted" using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Some gems from The Paper Source were added to the body and the antenna was made from Artistic Wire.  Finally a few sequins from the dollar store were added to the card.

I guess now I will have to make a box for this card because it is so dimensional it will never fit in an envelope.

I hope you will join us for this challenge - you have until 11:55 pm on April 25th.  The Design Team will pick one project as their favourite and the creator will have an opportunity to be a Guest Designer.  They will also pick 3 Top Picks and finally one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I think I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Avenue 613 - Anything Goes with a Twist (Spring has Sprung)
Crafty Calendar - April Showers/ or Spring

Thursday, April 6, 2017


It is time for new monthly challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  Branka who is our hostess for this one calls it Lucky Star and describes it this way:

For this challenge I would love to see a mixed media project that has stars in it somewhere. You can create anything you like as long as you include a star. Don't forget to use stamps or stencils or both! Can't wait to see what you create!

I decided to make a canvas and this is what I have come up with.

I started with a flat canvas from the dollar store and added some texture - torn pieces of old book paper, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, bits of drywall tape, bits of lace and some stenciled words with an Americana Decor stencil and Golden Light Molding Paste.

Next I added a bunch of wooden stars that my husband cut for me on the laser cutter.  At this point I gave everything a coat of Liquitex White Gesso.  Then I painted the canvas with some Lake Wanaka and Space Cadet Fresco Finish Paint but forgot to take a photo of this step.  About this time, the sun disappeared for over a week and I got sick which meant I could have cared less about crafting and all that goes with it so the next lot of photos are marginal at best - my apologies.

I sprayed the canvas with a variety of ink sprays - Dylusions Crushed Grape and Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac, Hickory Smoke, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Saphire Distress Spray Stains.

Once the canvas was dry I used some of Wendy Vecchi's Cornflower Blue Archival Ink to stamp random bits of text from the Tim Holtz set called The Chemist.

Finally I painted the tops of the wooden stars with some DecoArt Shimmering Silver acrylic paint.

I hope I have inspired you to make a project with stars and enter the challenge.  Don't forget to use some stamps or stencils, or both.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Tag

It is my turn to share a spring-themed project over at IndigoBlu.  To get all the details about this floral tag, pop on over to IndigoBlu and check out my step x step.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Notebook Cover

Today is my first post of March for the International Design Team at IndigoBlu.

This month we were asked to create spring-themed projects and I was happy to do that since it snowed again last week.  Mind you we were luckier that many and the snow stayed mostly out over Lake Ontario.  Today is the day the calendar says it is spring so I hope the weather co-operated where you are.

I wondered if I could stretch a little and use poppies as a spring flower but since the ones I have seen are always deep red or orange I was going to abandon that idea until I Googled poppies and discovered Icelandic Poppies.  Who knew that poppies come in lots of other colours and mostly light spring colours - pretty peach, ivory, coral, etc.?  So that was all I needed to use the IndigoBlu Poppycock stamp with confidence.

I decided to make a notepad cover and started by making the cover.  These make great little gifts and can be decorated in any number of ways.  The notepads come from the dollar store, usually in packs of four and sometimes come in other sizes.  This time I used pads that are 5" x 8" and my cover is designed to have two pockets inside, one to hold the cardboard backing on the notepad (so you can easily replace it when you want) and one to hold "stuff".

Start with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock (kraft card stock from Recollections for this project) and trim 1/4" off the long edge.  Put the long edge in your scoring tool and score at 5 1/4" and at 5 3/4".  This will give you a half inch gusset, which is a tad loose since the pad is only 1/4" thick but allows for the dimension of the pockets and for you to add a fair bit of "stuff to the left pocket.  Fold each of your score lines and burnish them with a bone folder.

Now to make the pockets, cut two pieces 3 3/4" x 5 1/8".  Score at 1/2" on the long edge, fold and burnish.  Clip a little mitre out of the folded piece on each side as shown and add double sided tape to the outside.  Then cut four pieces 3 1/8" x 1" and fold in half lengthwise (these will form a gusset for your pockets. making it easier to insert "stuff").  

Add double sided tape to each side of the gusset pieces and adhere to the inside of the main part of the pocket on the short side - the fold should be facing the edge and the bottom of the gusset should be butting up against your fold line.  Remove the tape backing from your gussets and fold the pocket bottom up over them.

Remove the tape backing from the bottom and adhere the pocket to the inside bottom of the cover about 1/16" above the edge, making sure it is centred from side to side.  Sorry, this photo was taken after I decorated the left pocket - oops!

If you are using smaller pads, simply adjust the measurements accordingly but it isn't difficult.  The tricks are to add a little bit of give everywhere.  I would also recommend that you don't use white card stock unless you don't mind it getting dirty or plan to cover it with patterned paper.

Next I created my flowers by stamping the large poppy with Versamark onto different scraps of card stock and heat embossing them with Copper Embossing Powder from Recollections.  You could use Flitter Glue and Gilding Flakes, such as Copper Kettle but I didn't have any flakes that were the right colour so this time I went with the embossing powder.  I did the same with some of the leaves from the Poppycock set.  Everything was fussy cut.   Sorry the lighting was not great to get a good photo.

I also painted the centres of the poppies with Lemon Meringue Acrylic Paint.

I created a panel for the front and the inside left pocket by cutting pieces from the yellow 12" x 12" Damaged Damask paper and stamping the border from the Live, Laugh, Love stamp set in the same manner as I did the poppies.

To assemble the cover, I distressed the two panels with my scissors and mounted them and then added the poppies and the leaves to the front.  I recommend that you keep your front profile fairly flat so that when you want to write on your notepad the cover will open completely.

This is a shared post so pop on over to IndigoBlu and see what Giovanna and Ksenija have created.