Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Love in My Heart

It is time for the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and Suzz, our hostess for this one is calling it Groundhog Day. Don't let the title put you off because when you read her description you will realize that it is really quite simple and something anyone can accomplish with no problem.

"This challenge is inspired by the movie Groundhog Day. In the movie Bill Murray is forced to repeat the same day over and over again for 10 years. This past year has been a little challenging and people have felt like they might be in a little bit of a Groundhog Day time loop. I am challenging you to create a shabby chic or vintage project that uses a technique, stamp, ink, or any other consistent tool that you find yourself using over an over in your art. Think of this as your opportunity to share what you find yourself repeating in your art frequently. Be sure to share with us in your post what it is that you keep repeating in your art"

Since Valentine Day is fast approaching, I thought I would make a little canvas and use one of the canvas boards that my Grandchildren gave me for Christmas. I really should have made a card for my husband so now I will be scrambling. Here is how this little canvas comes together:

  • Use a wet glue such as Mod Podge to adhere tissue paper that has been wadded into a ball and then carefully opened up again to the top of a 5" x 7" flat canvas board - this is my repetitive element since it is a great way to make instant texture
Reminder: Just pat it down to adhere and don't rub it because it will tear when it is wet from the glue
  • Cut the corners off the tissue off on the diagonal and then glue the overhang to the back of the canvas board making sure to create sharp corners
  • Glue a panel of Botanical Collage Paper to the canvas board
  • Dry brush some White Gesso over the canvas board
  • Use the Bubble Stencil and texture paste to add random texture on the panel - this is another go-to element in my mixed media projects 
  • Decorate the unprinted side of hearts that have been cut from cracker boxes - these were laser cut for me by my husband but if you have a heart die, the cracker box material will go through your die-cutting machine
1. Ink with Watering Can Archival Ink and then stencil with a Speckles stencil and some Picket Fence Distress Ink
2. Layer 3 hearts together, paint with Titanium White Acrylic Paint aptting it to give it some texture and then add some heart shapes punched from card stock and paper scraps 
3. Cover with computer generated paper (create in word processing program with a variety of fonts)
4. Ink with Watering Can Archival Ink and then stamp with a criss cross stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink 
5. Cover with patterned paper scrap
  • Stamp the word love on a scrap of card stock using Red Geranium Archival Ink and ink the edges with Watering Can Archival Ink 
  • Ink the edges of a Quote Chip with Watering Can Archival Ink 
  • To assemble the canvas, add some loopy lengths of white thread followed by the hearts, sentiments and finally a few red sequins

I hope you will join us for the challenge, which runs until 11:55pm EST on Tuesday, February 16th. The Design Team will choose their 4 top picks with the overall winner receiving a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Supplies list:

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Bubble THS002
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Speckles THS021
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Picket Fence TIM40781
Prima Art Alchemy Liquid Acrylic Paint - Titanium White
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Tim Holtz Botanical Collage Wrap
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Tim Holtz Stamps #THMM01
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink - Watering Cab, Red Geranium
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Graphic 45 Mon Amour 6"x6" Paper Pad
White Gesso
Texture Paste
Dollarama Tissue Paper, Heart Punch, Sequins
Martha Stewart Heart Border Punch
Studio G Alphabet Stamp Set


  1. This is gorgeous! I love hearts and find myself drawn to them in many of my projects and yours are fabulous! I love your canvases and this is no exception!

  2. Adding the tissue to the background is so effective and a quick way of getting dimension and texture to crafty makes. Love how you built this all up and the grey and red is such a pretty combination.
    Beautiful and inspiring work. Wishing you a super creative week ahead. Hugs Tracey x

  3. Such a beautiful canvas and a lovely gift from your grandchildren! I enjoyed seeing how it all came together too 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy February! Hugs, Jo x

  4. This is a gorgeous canvas, Cec! I love the way your background came together--you somehow manage to make mixed media look neat and clean! Those hearts are the icing on the cake, and I especially love the pops of red to offset that gorgeous grey! A real stunner! Happy Valentine's Day! I didn't make my husband or anyone except my Mom a card this year!

  5. Gosh this is so very much your style Cec. With layers of texture and pattern repetitions that lead you through the piece. So much love for it xx


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