Thursday, November 8, 2018

Inspiration Post at Stamps and Stencils

I am sharing an inspiration post today at Stamps and Stencils.  To see how I made this bright heart, pop on over to Stamps and Stencils.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


The new challenge at Frilly and Funkie starts today and Kathy is our hostess.  She is calling it A Harvest of Gratitude and describes it this way:

There is always something to be thankful for. In this gratitude themed challenge we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.

This project is meant to reflect my gratitude for the fall season.  I live in Canada and we are fortunate to have four distinct seasons but I could happily get rid of three of them and just have fall all year long.  Our winters are COLD and usually we have a lot of snow.  Spring tends to be WET and summer is HOT and HUMID (especially this past summer).  Fall is usually sunny, warm and very pleasant because of the weather and the gorgeous colours.

Here is how to make this card:
  • Start with some gold card stock for the card blank
  • Add a panel of patterned paper from theAmber Moon collection (Prima - no longer available) after distressing the edges and inking with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Top with a second panel of patterned paper from the same collection
  • Cut the word Grateful from the patterned paper, distress and adhere on top of the second panel

  • Cut a variety of leaves from the Tattered Leaves and Fall Foliage Dies (Tim Holtz)
  • Ink the leaves with Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Add leaves to bottom left corner of card

  • Coat some burlap with matte medium (Ranger) and allow to dry
  • Cut some petals from the stiffened burlap with the Shabby Posies Die (Tammy Tutterow)
  • Cut one section from each flower petal, glue the remaining petals on each side of the gap to create a cupped flower
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Add the flowers on top of the leaves and then add little fall flowers for centres
  • Finally glue a butterfly to the card

I have a shelf in my clothes closet that has a bunch of plastic bins on it and the other day I decided to look in them and see what I had been ignoring.  Lo and behold one of them had a bunch of unused craft supplies from a store that went out of business 15 years ago and that is where I found the fall flowers and the butterfly.  Does that make me a hoarder or just forgetful?  I really need to go through the other bins and discard the items I won't ever use so I can make some room - one has macrame supplies in it and I know I am not doing macrame any time soon.

Do join us for this challenge.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall pick getting an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bonfire Night

It is time for the new challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  Toni who is our hostess for this one calls it Remember, Remember, the 5th of November and here is how she describes it:

I've got a 'bonfire night' challenge for you this month. As a child, I used to love bonfire night. My dad would come home from work with a box of fireworks and packets of sparklers for us and we couldn't wait to get outside and enjoy the show! I'd love to see your art works based on fire and fireworks. Think bursts of colour. Let rip with the colour sprays, glitter, and paints. Let's have a bit of fun and brighten up these dark days with COLOUR ! Just remember it must be mixed media and include stamps or stencils or even both.

Bonfire night is a celebration only found in the UK and since it doesn't happen here in Canada, I struggled with what to make.  I could have made something bright and colourful that bore no resemblance to the celebration or I could try to be literal.  I decided to be literal and although this is a simple piece, I hope it does justice to the theme.

I started by covering a 6"x6" canvas board with black Gesso (Liquitex) and then dry brushed some Stormy Gray Acrylic Paint (Craftsmart) over it, wiping some back with a baby wipe.

Next I used Miss Moneypenny, Goldfinger and Vodka Martini Metallic Paint (IndigoBlu) through a fireworks stencil (custom made by my husband) to create the bursting fireworks with a gradient of colour.

The next step was to use Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a stencil called Whimsical Houses (IndigoBlu) to add the three small houses.

After the houses were dry I placed the stencil back over them and used Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Aged Mahogany and Scattered Straw Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) to give them some colour.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and if you don't live in the UK, just get out your stamps and stencils to show us a colourful creation.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


It is the start of a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This one is called Impress Us and is hosted by the lovely Sara Emily who describes it this way:

Who doesn't want to make a great first impression? For this challenge, we would like you to use your embossing folders or any other way you can make an impression on your vintage or shabby chic project. Go ahead and 'Impress Us' with your creativity!

I decided to make my frilly project with a lot of mixed media this time and here is how it came together:

  • Coat a 6"x6" stretched canvas with White Gesso
  • Cover with Melted Chocolate Acrylic Paint
  • Use an old gift or credit card and randomly scrape some texture paste over the paint layer 
  • Knock back the white with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Note:  I originally wanted to knock back the white with some diluted Melted Chocolate paint but discovered that it turns pink when you add water or white paint to it - baby food meat was not the look I was after.

  • Create a leaf texture plate by cutting various leaf shapes with chipboard and the Fall Foliage die and then glue them to another piece of chipboard
  • Run the custom texture plate and some card stock through a die cutting machine using a variety of plates and shims to create an embossed panel
  • Ink the panel with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bring up the highlights (I could have used a heavier hand so the camera could see what the eye sees in real life)
  • Cut a rectangle out of chipboard and use Versamark with Copper Embossing Powder to cover
  • Repeat this process four more times
  • While the last layer is still hot, ink a leaf stamp from Nature's Wonder with Jet Black Archival Ink and press into the embossing and leave it there until the embossing gets cold before you pull off the stamp
Note:  If the stamp impression looks too dark in spots because of the design, you can rub some copper wax on it to lighten it up as I did.

  • Cut a narrow strip of brown card stock and emboss with a border folder from the set called Love
Note:  This is an old texture fade set but there are other Tim Holtz texture fades at The Funkie Junkie Boutique that would work.

  • Use the smallest flower from the Tattered Florals die and some scraps of patterned paper to cut six petals (I used some Memoranda paper)
  • Shape the petals and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Layer the petals in pairs to create 3 flowers and add adhesive pearls for centres
  • Cut some branches from brown card stock using the Garden Greens die
To assemble:
  • Add a strip of burlap to the canvas and top with the embossed border
  • Ink a little strip of venise lace with some Antique Linen Distress Ink and add to the right side of the embossed border
  • Adhere the embossed leaf panel and then add the leaf impression mounting it on foam dimensionals
  • Add the flowers and branches and then tuck a loopy bow made from burlap string under the top flower

Here is a close-up to show you some of the embossing that is difficult to see on the main photo, especially the leaf panel at the top.

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  It runs until 11:55 pm Eastern time on Tuesday, November 6th so you have lots of time to create. 

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