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:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Maggi is our hostess this time and she calls it All Creatures Great and Small.

Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile. Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life. My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home! For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals. It could be your pets or a vintage photo. Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone??? Eeeek!!!! No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

I have made a small layout on a canvas featuring a photo of two Golden Retrievers but before I tell you how I made it, I need to give you a bit of information about how this came about.

I am not an animal person so when I saw this challenge I went into panic mode because I don't have any pets and have never wanted any, especially after I was bitten by a dog when I was five.  And then as bad luck would have it, I was bitten by a neighbour's dog a few years ago.  So I made a card with birds on it and the more I looked at it, the more I realized I did not like it.  Then something came across my Facebook feed that provided an ah-ha moment.

A couple years ago I started following a Facebook page called Prayers for Finn, which chronicles the challenges and successes of a little boy from Virginia who was born with heart problems.  Finn still has some challenges but after a number of major surgeries, he is fantastic, improving constantly and has just started pre-school.  Finn's family recently got a new Golden Retriever puppy to fill the void left when they lost a couple of older dogs and I asked the Mom if I could use this photo of the puppy and her sister from another litter (same parents but born a year and a half apart) to make a layout.  She gave her permission so I am sharing it with you.  If you can, check out the story of Finn and his lovely family - it is so heartwarming.

Here is how to put this layout together:

1.  Use texture paste (Ranger) and the Checkmate stencil (Wendy Vecchi) to add some stenciling down one side of a 10"x10" canvas.
2.  Coat canvas with White Gesso (Dina Wakely).
3.  Add a bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint (Tim Holtz) to White Gesso (Dina Wakely) and give the canvas another coat.

4.  Using a sponge add full strength Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint (Tim Holtz) over the textured stenciling and horizontally across the middle.
5.  Use Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Broken China Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) through the Checkmate stencil to make random marks.
6.  Use Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) with honeycomb and crisscross stamps (Tim Holtz) to make more random markings.
7.  Thin some White Gesso and apply with a cheap brush to knock back colour in some areas.
8.  Use Garden Patina Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and a Harlequin stencil (Tim Holtz) to add more marks.
9.  Spritz the canvas with some Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

10.  Ink a piece of card stock with Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio DI and cut into strips.
11.  Punch the edges of the strips with some edge punches (Martha Stewart), distress the edges and ink with Tumbled Glass DI.

12.  Use Watering Can Archival Ink with the script stamp from the Entomology set (Tim Holtz) to stamp onto a scrap of white card stock.  Cut to size, distress the edges and ink with Tumbled Glass DI.
13.  Turn image to greyscale on the computer, print it, distress the edges and ink with Tumbled Glass DI.

14.  Alter half of a wooden flourish (Kaisercraft) with White Gesso and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paint.
15.  Use Alphamumeric die (Tim Holtz) to cut FAMILY from a scrap of card stock.

To Assemble:

1.  Adhere punched strips, some strips of venise lace, a little ruler (my stash) and the FAMILY strip.  Glue the flourish on next.
2.  Add the script panel followed by the image using dimensional foam strips.
3.  Glue a selection of flowers and leaves next along with some buttons (all from my stash).
4.  Add some striped braid (my stash) to one strip of lace and then glue the Together Chitchat strip (Tim Holtz) on top of a punched strip.
5.  Add a punched butterfly and a coloured butterfly that I recycled from an old project.

The following products used to create this layout came from The Funkie Junie Boutique:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Beginning

Today is the beginning of a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and Sue is our hostess.  She calls this challenge It's Been A While and here is what she has to say about it:

Being creative often leads you in different directions and sometimes it isn't until you start that you know where you are heading. For this challenge I thought that as we've not done it for a while it would be good to let your creative spirit wander and have a theme of Anything Goes. Your project must be mixed media and include stamping and/or stencilling but apart from that it's up to you !

I decided to break the first page in the altered book I made to use as an art journal.  Breaking the page was not stressful nor was creating a background even though I realized as I kept going that I was covering things up - oops.  Then my mojo ground to a halt and I could not get anything else on the page that I was happy with.  Finally, after a few days of adding and removing elements I came up with this plan and decided it was time to accept it and move on.  I abandoned photographing my creative process but if you click on the photo it will bring up a large version so you can zero in on the details.  Here are the steps to create this project:

1.  Glue the first two pages of the book together to add strength.
2.  Add a piece of washi tape down the fold to prevent ink and paint from seeping into the spine.
3.  Coat inside of the front cover and the first page with white Gesso .
4.  Use texture paste through stencils to add some texture in random spots.
5.  Use a variety of pastel watercolour paints to add a wash over pages.
6.  Glue pieces of drywall tape in random areas to add texture.
7.  Add more stenciling and stamping with archival inks.
8.  Use a brayer to add translucent acrylic paints to build up the layers of paint.  Tip:  If you have an opaque paint you want to use, just mix it with some glazing medium to make it translucent.
9.  Use a black pen to hand draw a border around the pages.
10.  Add ink sprays next for spots of colour.
11.  Stencil some big flowers on the page.
12.  Ink butterflies with distress inks, over spray with spray stains and stamp or stencil with archival inks to add markings.
13.  Spray butterflies with watered down white Gesso.
14.  Add pearls to bodies of butterflies.
15.  Create sentiment on computer, ink with distress ink and distress edges.


Stencils - Bubbles (Tim Holtz), Mini Harlequin (TCW), Tasty Textures (IndigoBlu), ZigZag (Prima), Chevron and Gepmetric Circles (Teresa Collins), Cross Hatch (Cut on Cameo), Flowers (Plaid)
Stamp Sets - Faded Fragments (Seth Apter), Circles (IndigoBlu), Ultimate Grunge and xx (Tim Holtz), Wall to Wall Textures (Bo Bunny), Numbers (7 Gypsies), Script (Recollections)
Archival Inks - Jet Black (Ranger), Sky Blue, Tea Rose, Dandelion, Peat Moss, Orange Blossom, Pink Peony and Watering Can (Wendy Vecchi)
Paint - Hey Pesto, Blush, Pumpkin Soup and Smoked Paprika Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy) and French Blue Acrylic (Folk Art) and Watercolours (Artist's Loft)
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Stormy Sky (Tim Holtz)
Spray Inks - Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Chipped Sapphire Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz) and Frozen Jack Frost and Ramblin Rose Pink Starburst (Lindy's)
Mediums - White Gesso and Glazing Medium (Liquitex), Light Molding Paste (Golden)
Miscellaneous - Pearls (Dollarama, Recollections and Kaisercraft), Butterflies (My Husband), Scor Tape, Drywall Tape (Home Depot), Washi Tape (Tim Holtz)

Can you believe the list of stuff I used?  Now I understand why my husband keeps rolling his eyes when I come home with something new.  It is a crafter's thing!!!!!

Now let's hope my next art journal page goes a little more smoothly.  I always read that art journaling is meant to put your thoughts to paper in a creative way but it looks like I might have a really empty brain. 😂😂😂

I hope you will dig out your stamps and stencils and join us for this Anything Goes challenge.