Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Anything Goes at Frilly and Funkie

Happy New Year to everyone.  The new two-week challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie.  Nicole is the hostess and decided we should go with ANYTHING GOES to kick off the year - as long as it is vintage or shabby chic.

I decided to try my hand at an altered bottle.  Here is what this bottle held before I transformed it into something to hold bath beads or Epsom salts (because I think it looks so girly it should be in a bathroom).

This is Canadian made antipasto in a jar that I love - mostly because it is low cal :).  The good thing about the jar is that unlike normal quart sealers, this glass is smooth, which makes it a great surface for adding things to.

Here are some other views of the jar:

I started by painting the whole jar and the lid with chalk paint from Americana Decor.  Even though I was planning to cover the jar I thought the paint might give a better surface for my glue to adhere to - I was right for a change.  Next I covered the jar with strips of torn pages from an old book and Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap.  I coated the front and back of each piece.

I printed my focal images for the front (from Collages Vintage) and back (from The Graphics Fairy).  When I started to glue them down I realized that everything underneath was really bumpy and the images did not look good so I took a craft knife and cut away the papers underneath to provide a smooth surface.  Once everything was dry, I went over the whole jar with some watered down Gesso and immediately wiped it off the two images.  Then I added a coat of half strength Mod Podge to seal everything.

Next I used a pearl strand from my sewing stash to outline both images. I glued some cheesecloth on each side and then cut some venise lace and added pieces beside each image.  The next step was to add some small crystal seed beads - they have a silver lining so some shimmer more than others depending on how they landed in the glue.

I made a rosette by gathering some ruffled lace and added a couple of lace medallions on top with a gumdrop gem for the centre.  I wrapped some white fiber around the top of the jar and then added a loopy seam binding bow with another gumdrop gem for a centre and a couple of bead charms.  The bead charms have silver charms on the bottom that were painted with Gesso,  You can't see in the photo but one is a bird and the other is a rose.  The beads are from my stash and are a combination of pearls and iridescent clear beads (which explains the blue and pink you see in the photo).

To finish the top, I added a row of narrow venise lace around the edge and then made a topper from a wooden wheel and a wooden ball that I glued together, covered with texture paste and sprinkled with some crystal glitter.

I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:

My All Craft Challenge - Anything Goes (No Cards)
Open Minded Crafting Fun - All White
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge  - Vintage, Yes Please

The following items used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


My daughter will be celebrating her 37th birthday on January 15th so I decided to make a funky mixed media card to go along with the gift I bought for her.

I started with some Bazzill for the card blank.  Next I cut a square from an old box and peeled off a portion of the printed layer.  I covered the remainder of the layer with a couple coats of Liquitex Gesso so the printing would not show through.

The next step was to use some Golden Molding Paste through a Wendy Vecchi flourish stencil and to add some bits of cheesecloth.  Once everything was dry I used a natural sea sponge to add Fresco Finish paints - Haystack, Pumpkin Soup, Green Olives, Blood Orange and Smoked Paprika.  I used a piece from the Wendy Vecchi Large Collage background stamp and some Coffee Archival Ink from Ranger to add a bit more interest to this layer.

Next I made a frame from chipboard and coated it with Golden Crackle Paste.  Once dry I covered it with Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive and Wild Honey Distress Ink from Ranger.

The next step was to make the metal flowers from some foil tape used for wrapping heating pipes.  The layers were hand cut and then textured with some tools in my Walnut Hollow metal working set.  To colour them, I used some Americana acrylic paint called Russet and some Cranberry, Sunset Orange and Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink from Ranger.  For the large flower I used the paint first and for the small flower I reversed the process.  The large flower has a gem sticker from Recollections for a centre and the smaller flower has a pearl sticker from Dollarama for a centre.

I took a metal leaf from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and coated it with a blend of Lettuce Alcohol Ink and Snow Cap Mixative.  I thought it was too much of a colour contrast so I added some Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink blended with Copper Mixative to the high spots.  When I added the flowers and leaf to the frame, I tucked a couple of feathers underneath.

Next I took a wooden letter from Dollarama and coated it with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Embossing Powder and then added text with the Coffee Archival Ink and a Recollections stamp.

The butterfly is a wood piece from Dollarama that I painted with Honest Copper Patio Paint from Deco Art and added some of the pearl stickers for the body.  I also used a bit of the copper paint on parts of the exposed cardboard.

Finally I used Coffee Archival Ink and a stamp from Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set to stamp the word Celebrate on a scrap of card stock and then inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post Exchange  - Let's Celebrate
Top Tip Tuesday - Make Your Own ( metal flowers)
Little Claire's Designs  - A Special Card

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

I am doing the Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie today.  Here is a sneak peek at what I created so pop on over to check out all the details.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Not A Card

The new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow starts today and this time it is titled NOT A CARD.  We want you to make gifts, home decor, altered items, etc. and while they do not have to be Christmas themed you might want to take advantage of the fact that it is that time of year.  Your project must be shabby chic or vintage.

Before I tell you how I made this ornament, I have to let you all know that this is going to be the last challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  With the exception of some much appreciated help from a couple of former DT members, I have been running it by myself for 3 years and after careful consideration I realized that it was time for a break.  During this time I have also been looking after my Mother-in-Law who lives 2000 miles away and just recently had to go and move her from one care facility to another one because her dementia has increased and she had started to wander.  While I am pretty good at multi-tasking, I have hit the wall.  I have certainly enjoyed all the wonderful DT members and the participants in our challenges over the time that I was running SCH and then took over ownership of it so I will miss them.

Now on to my ornament.  No matter how hard I tried I could not get a photograph that represents the true colour so it seems to have a slight orange tinge to it that isn't there.  It is really red, white and gold.  This is another "It looks better in real life" moments so I am starting to nag my husband again for a good photo setup.

I tried something different and love, love, love the result.  I started with a big square of white cotton duck fabric recycled from an old pillow protector .  Next I painted it with Folk Art Barnyard Red, Deco Champagne Gold and Folk Art White acrylic craft paint that I mixed 1:1 with Americana Fabric Medium.  The fabric medium allows the paint to dry while still keeping the fabric soft and pliable.

Next I randomly stamped some script with a Recollections stamp using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I stamped some small snowflakes from the Artistic Outpost Sleigh Ride set and a few large snowflakes from a Class Act wood mounted stamp using Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink.

The next step was to cover the stamped fabric with crumpled tissue paper by adhering it with Mod Podge.  I hand cut two large hearts with my pinking shears and I also cut three smaller hearts from fleece, which were sandwiched between the fabric hearts.  I used strong glue to put the hearts together but would sew them in the future - I just didn't feel like hauling out my sewing machine.

I found some red seam binding in my sewing stash and used that to make the hanger and bow.  To embellish the heart, I painted a little heart charm from my stash and a filigree medallion from Bead Landing with the Champagne Gold paint.  Then I added some Recollections pearl flourishes, some red gems and gold pearl stickers from Recollections and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Finally I made a bead charm to dangle from the bottom.

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

A Crafty Mess - Anything Goes/Traditional Christmas Colors
Artist Trading Post Exchange - Recycle for Christmas (white cotton duck fabric)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes for Christmas
Fresh Brewed Designs - Christmas  Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Christmas Decoration (Not A Card)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vintage Card

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Nancy is our hostess and she wants us to make VINTAGE HOLIDAY CARDS.

I created this vintage card for Christmas using three different papers from a Maja Designs paper pack called It's Christmas Time.  A little strip of Venise Lace was inked with some Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Ink and added down the side of the striped paper.  The image is from an Artistic Outpost stamp set called Sleigh Ride and I stamped it with Jet Black Archival Ink.

The poinsettia is made from more Maja Design paper using a die from Marianne Creatables and I added some copper seed beads for the centre (leftover from the days when I was making headpieces for my daughter's synchronized swimming).  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Everything has been inked with either Aged Mahogany or Forest Moss Distress Ink.

The bow (yes it is really a bow) is made from copper metallic mesh ribbon by May Arts.  The filigree corner has been re-coloured with some Harvest Copper craft paint from Deco.  The numbers have been cut from Grunge Paper using my Cameo and then painted with the copper craft paint.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps - Lots of Layers
Sentimental Sundays - Lots of Layers (must include a sentiment)
Paper Creators Crafts - All About Christmas
Fussy and Fancy - Happy Holidays
DL. Art - Any Winter Holiday
Country View Challenges - Nostalgic Christmas

The following products used to create this card are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: