Wednesday, October 10, 2018


It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Jenny is our hostess and calls this one Haunted Halloween.  Here is what she has to say about it:

It's time to get your freak on and go all out for Halloween. We want to see your ghouls and ghosts and things that go bump in the night. It's going to be spooktacular!!!

I don't get all carried away with Halloween, especially now that I live in a neighbourhood where most of the people are like me - retired and old.😃😃  My Grandchildren don't live close by so I don't get them knocking at the door on Halloween but we still buy treats for them to have when they come to visit.  Of course whether they get any depends on if my husband doesn't eat them all first.  Anyway, despite all that I did create something Halloween themed and even made it frilly.  Here is how it is done:

1.  Crumple up some tissue, open it back up and glue it to both sides of a large tag.

2.  Cover the tissue layer with Black Gesso and allow to dry thoroughly.
3.  Coat the Gesso layer with Crackle Medium and allow to dry thoroughly.

4.  Paint over the Crackle Medium layer with Squeezed Orange acrylic paint.  Note:  The thicker this layer of paint is, the larger the cracks but working the paint too much can produce smaller cracks as you can see on the back side.

5.  Once the top layer of paint is dry spray with Crushed Grape Ink Spray and Twisted Citron Distress Spray Stain.

6.  Cover some wooden letters with Black Gesso and then rub with Amethyst Magic Antique Brilliance Wax.
7.  Cover a wooden skull (cut and engraved by my husband) with Black Gesso and then use a blending foam to add Watering Can Archival Ink.
8.  Use a metallic green gel pen to fill in the eyes of the skull.

9.  Using the Shabby Posies die, cut petals from scraps of various patterned papers from Graphic 45.  Shape the petals, ink with Black Soot Distress Ink, layer and add buttons for centres.
10.  Alter a bat charm with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink and add to a bead chain.
11.  Dye some seam binding with Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

To assemble:

1.  Weave a strip of narrow purple ribbon through some black crochet ribbon and add to tag.
2.  Add flowers and tuck some leaves (leftover from another project) underneath.
3.  Use Gel Medium to adhere the skull and the letters.
4.  Add the seam binding to the top of the tag and then tie with some burlap string.
5.  Use jump rings to add the bead chain to the burlap string.

I hope you will join us for this Halloween challenge.  You have a chance to be a Guest Designer with us at a future date if the Design Team selects your entry as their Top Pick and one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Visiting Frida

It is time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  Rachel is our hostess and is calling it Spooky Fun with Autumnal Twist.  Here is how she describes it:

I would love to see your mixed media makes with a Spooky theme, but if Spooky is not your thing then Autumnal colours also fit the bill ! - you can make anything you like as long as it is in a mixed media style and involves stamps or stencils!!! Enjoy!

Even though I don't really get too exited about Halloween, I decided to go with the spooky part of this challenge and have made a canvas showing lots of spooky creatures coming to visit the deceased Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican artist.

Here is how to create this canvas but note that some photos are slightly out of order because I took some as I was planning and then forgot to actually take some while I was producing - that happens when you are having fun.

1.  Using Molding Paste (Golden) through a Harlequin stencil (Tim Holtz) add stenciling to an 8"x8" stretched canvas to create texture.
2.  Use a palette knife to add more molding paste along the sides and then roughen up the sides and sections of the top.

3.  Glue a large wooden spider web (cut by my husband) to the canvas along with a boney hand charm.
4.  Cover canvas with Black Gesso (Prima).
5.  Paint canvas with Stormy Gray and Silver Gray Acrylic Paint (Craftsmart).
6.  Add a piece of cheesecloth on top of the spider web.
7.  Use Fast Cast and a silicone mould to create a skull, paint with Stormy Gray Acrylic Paint and add to canvas.
8.  Spray canvas with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

9.  Use a spatter stencil (Tim Holtz) and JoSonja Red Acrylic Paint (Accent) to add some "blood" spatters.
10.  Glue red seed beads in the eye sockets.

11.  Stamp a bat (Recollections Witch's Dust) and a bird (Recollections - Haunted) with Versamark (Tsukineko) on black card stock and then heat emboss with Ebony Embossing Powder (recollections).
12.  Fussy cut the bat and bird and add red seed beads to their eyes.
13.  Cover plastic spiders (Dollarama) with a light coat of Mod Podge and then heat emboss with Ebony Embossing powder.
14.  Glue the creepy creatures to the canvas along with some tiny red paper roses (Wild Orchid Crafts).

There you have it, my spooky canvas.  I hope you will join us for the challenge and share your spooky or autumnal project.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie

I am presenting the Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie today and it is all about Tim Holtz's new stamp set called Nature's Wonder.  Pop on over to Frilly and Funkie to see all the ways I have used this wonderful stamp set.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Just My Type

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Jenny is our hostess for this one and is calling it Just My Type.  Here is what she has to say about it.

As a trained touch typist I love vintage typewriters. I love the way they look and sound and the font they create. For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project and include a typewriter, typewriter keys, typeface.

The theme of this challenge was great for me because I needed to make a birthday card for my husband and the theme really sounded masculine.  Unfortunately masculine doesn't really make me think flowers and lace so this card is not very frilly but then neither is my husband. 😃😃  Here is how to put this clean and simple card together:

1.  Distress a panel of paper from the Memoranda paper pad (Tim Holtz), distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  Adhere background panel to the card blank.
2.  Cut a chevron from another patterned paper from the Memoranda pad, distress and ink it before adding on top of the background.
3.  Rub the Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad over the high spots on a piece of white corrugated cardboard and add it next.
4.  Make a chevron from white burlap and add on top of cardboard.
5.  Cut typewriter ad from the paper pad.
6.  Add Sunshine Yellow, Espresso and Ginger Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz) to one side of a piece of acetate.
7.  Run acetate through a Bubbles Texture Fade (Tim Holtz), adhere on top of typewriter ad and add to card.  Note:  The bubbles don't show in the photo but I bet if I had used stiffer plastic packaging material, they would have been more pronounced.
8.  Print sentiment on computer, cut into chevron and distress and ink edges.
9.  Add sentiment on top of ad and then add paper doll to finish card.

I hope you will join us for this challenge. If you do, you have a chance to be the random winner of a $25 gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The Design Team will chose their top picks and the overall winner will receive an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

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