Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ice Cream in the Summer

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Kathy is our hostess and is calling it In the Good Old Summertime.  She describes it this way:

It's time for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Whether you vacation at the beach, in the mountains, or enjoy a relaxing "Staycation" in your own back yard, your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that shows what you love best about summer. Use summer colors in your project, and be sure to tell us in your post what you love about summer, and how you've represented that in your project.

We don't usually go too far from home in the summer and prefer to do our vacations in September.  One thing we do though is have our Grandchildren for one week in July and one in August although this year summer camps proved more interesting for July so we only will have them once.  Usually that August week is called Camp Grandma and has a theme.  We will be planning this year's theme soon.

Last year they had swimming lessons in the morning and then we did lots of afternoon trips during the July week.  On one of those outings we stopped at a little General Store that is famous for its LARGE ice cream servings.  Both my husband and I had their smallest offering - two scoops in a bowl that was called Little Baby and was almost too much for me.  The kids ordered the four scoop cones and they were called Baby.  I don't remember what came after that but I do remember it was ginormous.  To this day I do not understand why they weren't sick after eating that much.

For this challenge I have made a layout in ice cream colours to remember the day.  There was a pair of wooden ice cream cones outside the store where the kids could put their heads in the holes and have their photos taken.  I took lots of photos with my phone but most of them are from a distance because I couldn't figure out how to zoom in - dah!  That has been resolved and I know what to do now.  I should have asked one of the kids because they are great with technology.

Here are the steps used to make this layout came together:

1. Cut a 12" x 12" piece of corrugated cardboard and rip the top layer off to create an irregular border.
2. Coat with white Gesso.

3. Give the centre of the cardboard a coat of Buttercream acrylic paint from Folk Art.

4. Randomly spray with Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed Distress Spray Stain.  Note:  I used paint block masking tape to cover the border because I did not want the coloured spray on that part.  Because the edge was wavy a little line of colour was left in spots where the tape came in contact with the part I was spraying but it was easy to blend using a damp paint brush.

5. Add some stenciling with Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste and the Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil.

6. Randomly stamp over the cardboard using Watering Can Archival Ink.  I used a Tim Holtz set called Ultimate grunge along with a Recollections script stamp and a little FUN stamp from Prima.

7. Make the ice cream cone using scrap pieces of card stock.  Emboss the scoops with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called Divine Swirl and make the waffle cone lines with a scoring tool.  Ink all the embossed pieces with Distress Ink - Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar and Frayed Burlap.

8. Cut a butterfly shape and stencil with Bundled Sage Distress Ink and the Wendy Vecchi Checkmate stencil.  Add pearl stickers for the body and a stamen coloured with Bundled Sage DI for the antennae.

9. Create a variety of flowers and leaves and add some Gesso to the edges of the flowers.

  • white daisies were cut on the laser cutter, shaped, layered and seed beads were added to the centre
  • pink flower was die cut using Tammy Tutterow's Shabby Posies die, inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, shaped, layered and seed beads were added to the centre
  • green rose was cut from patterned paper (Maja Designs Coffee in the Arbor) using the Tammy Tutterow die
  • peach flower was die cut from plain card stock using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, inked with Dried Marigold Distress Ink, shaped, layered and stamens added to the centre
  • yellow dotted flower was cut from patterned paper (G45 A Ladies Diary) using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
  • leaves were cut from from scrap card stock using the Tim Holtz Garden Greenery die and inked with Bundled Sage Distress Ink

10. Cut panels of patterned paper from Prima Sweet Peppermint and G45 Precious Memories, emboss plain paper, round the edges and distress the edges.
11. Change colour of photo to greyscale using photo editing software and prepare in same manner as the patterned paper panels.
12. Die cut a fancy scalloped circle from G45 A Ladies Diary dotted paper using Spellbinders Ironw
13. Paint wooden words (cut with the laser cutter) with Moss Pearl Metallic Acrylic paint from Deco Art.
14. To finish, add some lace and adhere all the papers and embellishments.

The following products used to create this layout came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. This is such a fun layout, Cec! And ice cream, kids and summer go together perfectly! I love your handmade flowers! What a great way to preserve the memory of Camp Grandma!

  2. I love it! Grandma Camp and you have themes!! Beautiful layout and love the memories built into it! Wonderful summery page!

  3. The way you used the cardboard here is so creative and just amazing! What a great take on the theme. Your elements are wonderful! Big hugs, Autumn

  4. Oh, my goodness, Cec! Your layout is fantastic, and you have captured the essence of a wonderful summer day through the use of the colors and elements! Camp Grandma is such a fun idea, and if I ever have grandchildren, I'm going to steal that idea! It's great to read how this came together, too! Thank you for all the step outs! Hugs!

  5. Love your use of the corrugated paper and pastel colors. I bet your grans can't wait for Grandma camp.

  6. Love how you've incorporated the ice cream colours and floral elements in this beautiful layout Cec xx


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