Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Off to the Beach

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Sara Emily, our hostess this time is calling it Back to Nature and here is what she has to say about it:

Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn't help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled image representing a natural object.

I knew I had some little shells in my stash so that dictated the direction I was going to go with my project - off to the beach!

This card is all about layers and here are the steps to put this card together:

1.  Cut a panel of paper from the St. Tropez paper pad (Prima) and distress the edges.
2.  Cut a panel of white corrugated cardboard, distress the edges and highlight the raised areas with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).
3.  Cut ephemera pieces (steering wheel, text and sign) from the St. Tropez paper pad.
4.  Stamp image from Boardwalk stamp set (Artistic Outpost - discontinued) onto some paper from th St. Tropez paper pad using Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and distress the edges.
5.  Print and cut bathing beauty image (Retro and Vintage online) and distress edges.
6.  Dye seam binding with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) and create loopy bow.
7.  Die cut flower petals from Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) and mulberry paper.
8.  Dye flower petals with Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide.
9.  Layer larger petals together and add stamens to all flower petals.
10.  Coat filigree leaves with Versamark (Tsukineko)  and heat emboss with Cornflower Blue Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi)

To assemble:

1.  Layer paper panels starting with large background panel followed by corrugated panel.
2.  Add images and ephemera using dimensional foam to pop the sign up.
3.  Add bow and flowers with leaves tucked under flowers.
4.  Add small shells and a piece of driftwood (a.k.a. wood chip stolen borrowed from the neighbourhood playground).
5.  Clip hanging loop off a little seahorse charm and add to card.

Some close-ups:

Embossed Filigree Leaf, Dyed Seam Binding, Dyed Flower

Stamped Image, Seahorse Charm, Embossed Filigree Leaf, Dyed Flowers

This challenge runs until 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, August 28th so I hope you will create a Back to Nature project and share it with us.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will chose their favourites with the Top Pick being given to opportunity to be a Guest Designer with us at a future date.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Star Gazing

Today is the start of a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time I am the hostess.  I am calling this one Industrial/Grungy and here is how I describe it:

Create a mixed media project with some stamping and/or stenciling that puts off a very industrial and grungy vibe - be sure to include lots of metal and texture.

I decided to take some inspiration from Seth Apter and create this grungy canvas that I am calling Star Gazing.

Here is how to put it together:


  • Coat a 6" x 8" canvas board with White Gesso (Liquitex).
  • Use Molding Paste (Golden) through Spatter stencil (Tim Holtz) to add texture in random areas.
  • Brush on layers of Slate Blue and Porcelain Blue Acyrlic Paint (Folk Art) alternating between light and dark colours and wiping off with a baby wipe where needed.
  • Lightly sponge on a bit of Antique Gold Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).
  • Spray with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).
  • Use the Tiny Circles and Mini Geometric Art Layers stencils (TCW) to make marks with Liberty Blue Acrylic Paint (Accent), Silver Gray and Stormy Gray Acrylic Paint (Craftsmart) and Dove Gray Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).
  • Stamp the star from the Faded Fragments set (Seth Apter) in three areas using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).

Stars Panel

  • Tear a piece of heavy card stock.
  • Add some stenciling with Molding Paste )Golden) through a Broken Stars stencil (Folk Art).
  • Paint panel with Gunmetal Gray Metallic Acryllic Paint (Folk Art).
  • Rub Treasure Pewter Wax Pate (Connoisseur Studio) over stars.

Focal Image

  • Die cut large drip circle from Drip Dry set (Seth Apter).
  • Coat with Course Pumice Gel (Golden).
  • Cover with Black Gesso (Prima Art Basics).
  • Use Framelit Circles (Sizzix) to cut a circle and a round frame.
  • Paint circle with Porcelain Blue Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) and then dry brush with Slate Blue Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) leaving streaks.
  • Use Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) to stamp eye from Random Thoughts set (Tim Holtz) on the circle.
  • Paint frame with Porcelain Blue Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).
  • Add dots with black Micron pens (Sakura).
  • Coat the frame with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle (Tim Holtz).

Metal Stars

  • Cover heavy card stock with metal foil tape (hardware store).
  • Hand cut various sizes of stars.
  • Emboss stars with Bubble Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz).
  • Paint stars with Pure Black Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) and then wipe the paint off leaving some paint in the debossed areas.

To assemble

  • Adhere the stars panel using foam tape.
  • Add the drippy circle followed by the frame.
  • Add the circle with foam tape.
  • Glue on the metal stars.

There you have it - my more grungy than industrial offering.  There are a few steps but it wasn't difficult and I love the end result.

I hope you will join me for this challenge.  It runs until September 5th at 20:00 pm UK time.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Flower Box on Marble

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Suzz, who is the hostess for this one calls it August and describes it this way:

The current challenge is inspired by the month of August. In doing a little online research I learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar. He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country. For this challenge I am asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns.

I have created a card that could be used for many occasions, which is why I have not included a sentiment. Here are the steps used to put it together:
  • Scored a piece of card stock or heavy paper on the back side every half inch. I used a dark gold toned paper from the St. Nicholas paper pad (Graphic 45). 
  • On the right (front) side of the scored used a Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad held at a slight angle and inked straight down the length of the panel. 
  • Turned the panel upside down and repeated the inking to create a wood fence look.
  • Sprayed shaving foam (not gel) on a tray and added drops of Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo Oxide Reinker (Tim Holtz) randomly on the shaving foam.
  • Used a wooden skewer to drag the ink to create a marbled look.
  • Laid a piece of heavy card stock over the inked shaving foam and rubbed it lightly with the palm of my hand.
  • Lifted the card stock off the shaving foam by one corner and scraped off the shaving foam that is attached.
  • Once dry, sponged three applications of White Gesso (Dina Wakely) over the marbled panel in a pouncing motion to lighten the colours being careful not to drag the sponge.
  • Cut an arch shape on the top and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

  • Made the window box by cutting some card stock and folding the sides and bottom to the back.  At this point I intended to use my Finnabair Rust Paste but it had hardened up again.  The last time this happened I put a few drops of water in it and put it in the microwave for a few seconds and it softened it up enough to use but this time it defied me so on to plan B.
  • Mixed some of the Brown Rust Paste in Heavy Black Gesso to create a black grit paste and coated the window box with this mixture.  I am determined not to waste that much product.
  • Dry brushed some Melted Chocolate and Squeezed Orange Paint (Dylusions) randomly on the window box until a rust effect was achieved.
  • Die cut three sets of flower petals from Mulberry Paper using the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow).
  • Dyed pairs of the petals with Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxides (Tim Holtz).
  • After petals were shaped, layered them and added a brown pearl (Kaisercraft) to each centre.
  • Cut a variety of leaves and vines from two shades of green paper from the St. Nicholas pad (Graphic 45)
  • Stamped a small butterfly from the Entomology set (Tim Holtz) using Versamark (Tsukineko) and then embossed with Orange Blossom Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi).
To assemble:
  • Adhered the wood panel to a card stock blank and then added the marble panel followed by the window box.
  • Glued most of the vines and leaves on the window box.
  • Added the flowers I made along with some roses (my stash) and some little Wild and Free flowers (Prima - discontinued).
  • Tucked a few more leaves among the flowers.
  • Added the butterfly.
This challenge will run for the next two weeks so I hope you will share a project with us before it ends at 11:55 pm EST on August 14th.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer.

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