Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Big Tag Notebook Holder


It is time for the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and Ginny is our hostess for this one.  She calls it Terrific Tags and here is how she describes it:

Add it to a gift, label a homemade tasty treat, or display it with your favorite home decor, tags are not only fun to create they also have a million uses. For this challenge create a tag that's big or small, mixed media or layered, or added to a project as a fabulous focal point. I can't wait to see your creations!

I decided to turn one of the small Etcetera tags (Tim Holtz) into a notebook holder.


I started by gluing old book pages to both sides of the tag and I gave it a coat of White Gesso (Dina Wakley). Then I inked it randomly with Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Gathered Twigs and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide along with Worn Lipstick and Broken China Distress Inks.  When I finished I decided it was too bright so I brushed on some watered down White Gesso to knock the colour back a bit.  Now I was happy and if you look at the tag in real life you can still see a bit of the text from the book page showing through - barely but it is there.


To add some interest I added some stenciling with a Flourish stencil (Tim Holtz) and Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi).  Then I added a 1/4" pocket created from card stock that has an accordion gusset on either side to allow for easy removal of the notebook.  To decorate the pocket, I distressed a piece of paper from the Bloom paper pad (Graphic 45).  I topped that with a piece of card stock punched with a border punch (Martha Stewart) and inked with Picked Raspberry DI (Tim Holtz).  Next came a punched border of patterned paper and then a strip of venise lace.  The last embellishments were some paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Skeleton Leaves from a die (Tim Holtz) and some Open Leaf branches (Heartfelt Creations) that were stamped, fussy cut and inked with Forest Moss DI (Tim Holtz).


I made a little notebook to fit in the pocket by cutting a piece of card stock  5" x 8 1/4", scoring it on the long side at 4", 4 1/8" and 4 1/4" and then folding the score lines.  Tiny holes were punched 1/2" from the top and bottom and round elastic was threaded through it and tied on the inside.  I created a signature out of copy paper and sewed it with some white twine before inserting it through the elastic to create the inside of the notebook.  It wanted to pop open so I made a belly band with a strip from the patterned paper.


Once I knew how high the book would sit, it was time to decorate the tag.  I made a flower from the patterned paper and a Pinwheel Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) and added stamens to the centre that were dyed with some Picked Raspberry Reinker mixed in water.  I also dyed a paper flower from the dollar store and hung it upside down to dry.  Note:  I should have removed the dark green layer because it dripped onto the bottom of the coloured flower and stained the very outer edge.  I am going to pretend that is a vintage, aged look - my story and I am sticking to it. 

Some ephemera and postage stamps from the paper pad were added along with a Mulberry flower (Wild Orchid Crafts), some Open Leaf branches and Skeleton leaves.  A fussy cut butterfly stamped with Fern Green Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) from my leftovers stash was also added.  To top off the tag, I dyed some seam binding and then tied it around a pencil from the dollar store.

Supplies List with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Graphic 45 - Bloom - 8x8" Paper Pad
Paper Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts and Dollarama)
Open Leaf Stamp (Heartfelt Creations)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Cream & White Card Stock (Staples)
Butterfly Stamp (Hero Arts)
Stamens
Pencil (Dollarama)


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Bits and Bobs


I love this title and it is just what Suzz, our hostess is calling the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Here is what she has to say about it:

"Do you have a pile of leftover scraps from projects previously made or even a half finished project waiting for you to get the time to complete it? This is the challenge for you! It is time to pull out those scraps, remnants or half finished projects and pull them together into a fabulous shabby chic or vintage project. Make sure to mention in your post what part of your project was a scrap or remnant."


I have a couple boxes where I save my bits and bobs.  One box holds backgrounds that I made and didn't use or only used a portion of.  The other box holds extras of elements I made for various projects or items I have pulled off old projects and was planning to recycle.


On my first dig through the boxes, I grabbed these items because I decided to use the Stamperia Lilac Flowers paper collection for my card and thought they might work.  In the end I used only some of what you see here and found other elements in the box I thought would work better.

Here is how this card came together with the bits and bobs items marked in bold:

  • Cut a layer of purple card stock and add a layer of patterned paper for the background
  • Ink the edges of the patterned paper (and all papers) with Dusty Concord Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Add one half of a die cut doily (Prima) to the patterned paper background
  • Cut an angled pocket from the purple card stock with an extra amount on the sides and bottom
  • Score the extra amounts and fold them to create some depth to the pocket
  • Cut patterned paper and add to the front of the pocket
  • Add a die cut border (Spellbinders) to the patterned paper pocket front
  • Punch a circle from the patterned paper and add to the back of a resin frame (Dollarama) before adding to the pocket
  • Add a piece of lace to the pocket
  • Add adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft) to the centres of three flowers (See Note) before gluing them to the pocket
  • Coat some die cut branches (Tim Holtz) with Perfect Pearls (Ranger) and tuck in the flowers
  • Add a stick pin made from pearls and beads


  • Cut tags from the patterned paper and top with satin ribbon (Fabricland) and adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft)
  • Make a tag from some embossed card stock (Tim Holtz) that has been inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and top with satin ribbon and an adhesive pearl


  • Cut the envelope image from the paper collection, score, fold and adhere together using double sided tape (Scor) making sure not to go all the way to the top with the tape so you can tuck the flap inside
  • Create a gift card insert with purple card stock and patterned paper

Note:  The flowers were made as follows:

  • One flower is made from layers of die cut crinoline petals (Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posies) dyed with Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • One flower is made from die cut card stock petals (Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posies) inked with Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and stamped with a script stamp and Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi)
  • One flower is made from hand cut paper-backed metal foil tape (Home Depot) petals that have been embossed and inked with alcohol inks (Tim Holtz)

Unfortunately I don't recall exactly what colour inks I used since the flowers were made some time ago.  If I had to take a guess though, I would say the Distress Inks might be Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick and the Alcohol Inks might be Purple Twilight and Cranberry so I will link those but don't hold me to it.

I hope you will grab some of your bits and bobs and create something for the challenge.  It runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, September 10th.  As always the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.  Also, one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Supplies list, including links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

French Script Texture Fade (Tim Holtz)
Paper-Backed Foil Tape (Home Depot)
Paisley Palooza Embossing Folder (Sizzix
Crochet Doily Die (Prima)
Ironwork Accents Die (Spellbinders)
Script Stamp (Recollections)
Card Stock (Recollections)
Pearl Headed Pin (Fabricland)
Beads (Bead Landing)
Resin Frame (Dollarama)
Satin Ribbon (Fabricland)