Thursday, January 26, 2017

Vintage Travel Canvas

Here is a sneak peek of a new project I am sharing over at IndigoBlu.  Pop on over and check out all the details.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Retro Car

It is time for my January shared post for the IndigoBlu International Design Team.  This month our theme for the team is to use our favourite stamp.  Well let me tell you right from the start that it is difficult to choose just one stamp so I have decided to go with some sets that are co-ordinating.

For this project I have made a simple but somewhat grungy card featuring the retro car from the Grand Tour I set, which in fact was the first IndigoBlu stamp set that I purchased.

I started with some Bazzill card stock for the blank.

Next I cut three panels from the Steampunkesque paper pad and distressed the edges with my scissors before adding Hot Cocoa paint with some Phat Foam.

I stamped the car on some ivory card stock with Coffee Archival Ink.  I intended to mount it on some coloured card stock so I didn't take a photo of the next step but changed my mind and added some eyelets that have been in my stash for as long as I can remember before I distressed and painted the edges.

I stamped the compass from the Grand Tour III set onto some White PolyShrink using Coffee Archival Ink.

To assemble the card, I first mounted an old map that I found online and printed on my computer.  It has also been distressed and painted.  Next I added the three panels, topped it with the car, added a computer generated sentiment and finally added the compass.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Hues

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Suzz is our hostess and is calling it Winter Hues.  She describes the challenge this way:

"Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project."

I have made a very shabby and vintage card using  white card stock from Recollections for the blank and adding paper from Maja Designs Vintage Frost Basics for the background.  I tore another paper from the same pad and added Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste through  the Tim Holtz Flourish layering stencil.  I split a length of silver crochet ribbon vertically and added that to the edges of this torn panel.

The snowflakes were cut from Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes Thinlets die and sprayed with Lindy's Starburst Frozen Jack Frost ink.  A Kaisercraft pearl was added to the centre.

The vintage image came from online and I used a Marvy Uchida Snow Marker to add a bit of detail. Next I cut some Holiday Greens from card stock scraps and sprayed them with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.  They were topped with a variety of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts that had some Stardust Stickles added to the edges.

I dyed some seam binding with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and made a loopy bow.  Then I topped that with a loopy bow made from silver crochet thread.  I added a silver snowflake charm that had some Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink and a silver pearl added to it.

Finally I created the sentiment on the computer and inked the edges with Weathered Wood DI.

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

Dies R Us - Winter Blues
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - S is for Stencils
Cut It Up - It's Snow Fun (Include a snowflake - must have a die cut)

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017


It is time for the first challenge of 2017 at Stamps and Stencils and this time Ruth is our hostess and is calling it Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes. She describes it this way:

"It may be January but this months challenge is nothing to do with winter, this month I'd like you to usher in the New Year by creating any mixed media piece you like as long as somewhere you include a swirl or a whirl or a flourish and some stamping or stenciling, of course!"

I thought I would make an art journal page in a new Spiral Water Colour Pad that I got a couple months ago. When I got going on it though it turned out looking more like a layout but I am pleased with it.

I started by giving the page a coat of Liquitex Gesso.  Next I added strips of torn paper but after the project was done and I had covered it all up I was questioning why I bothered.  Then I used Golden Light Molding Paste and the Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil to add my flourishes.  I dabbed more of the paste on between the flourishes for added texture.

Next I added lots of colour by spraying Shaded Violet, Tumbled Glass and Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain on randomly.  I painted over everything with some white shimmer eye shadow from the dollar store that I mixed with water - a little difficult to see in the photo but looks great in real life.

I used Jet Black Archival ink to add some stamping with the crisscross stamp from IndigoBlu's Rugged Edge set and IndigoBlu's Script stamp.

Next I added lace from my stash that I dyed with some Shaded Violet Distress Ink.  Then I mounted the image of the elegant lady that I found online on a couple scraps of Graphic 45 paper that I distressed.  I added flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, some die cut leaves and a heart and key that were created from Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay and all coloured with Shaded Violet Distress Ink.  I also added some large seed beads from the dollar store and a couple buttons from my stash.

Finally I made the sentiment on my computer, distressed the edges and inked them with more Shaded Violet DI.

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

Mixed Media Monthly - Put A Stencil On It

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year Inspiration

It is time for the first challenge of 2017 at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Jenny is our hostess and she call the challenge New Years Inspiration.  She describes it this way:

"At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017."

I had the privilege of spending a week in November with the fabulous Jenny Marples and was able to craft beside her.  While there I tried to absorb just a fraction of her talent (not sure I accomplished that) and learn from her (definitely did do that).  One of the things she said more than once was that she just plays.  Since I tend to overthink things, I decided to use her comments as my inspiration for this year and have created a vintage inspired card to portray my plans.

Interestingly I had no mojo over the holidays so my card doesn't include any playing with new techniques because in the end I had limited time to complete it after I spent a number of days admiring the paper and moving it around my desk.  I promise to play soon.

I started with some Recollections card stock for my blank.  Next I found the vintage image online at and that dictated what I where I was going with this card.

I pulled three patterned papers from Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary and Secret Garden.  I distressed them and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The image was also distressed and inked and mounted on some burlap.

I made the sentiment on the computer, printed it on a scrap of white card stock and then die cut it with a Spellbinder die from the Labels Ten set.  Once cut I inked it with some Antique Linen Distress Ink and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.

Next I embossed a couple of filigree leaves with Wendy Vecchi Tree Branch Embossing Powder, giving them two coats so they looked like enamel.  The flower was cut with the Shabby Posies die by Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders and I added some Platinum Distress Glitter to the centre.

To finish the card off I added some crochet ribbon topped with a loopy burlap bow, then the leaves and finally the shabby flower.

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

Card Mania - Layer It
Ribbon Girls - Anything Goes with Ribbon

The following supplies used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique: