Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Halloween Pop-up Shop


It is time for the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog called 'It's Halloween' and Sara Emily, our hostess this time, describes it this way:

I love Halloween! With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. Your project can be as silly or creepy as you like, but just have fun!

Halloween isn't a celebration that I get carried away with anymore because we now live in a neighbourhood with few children and my Grandchildren live out in the country so they don't even come by for treats. As a matter of fact, my Granddaughter who just turned 13 has decided she won't go trick or treating this year but wants to have a party with friends and watch a scary movie.  As a result, I was at a loss with this challenge until I was going to toss an empty cracker box in the garbage and a light went on in my head.  I could envision it becoming a pop-up shop and set about to make just that.

Leaving about an inch at the top, I cut one side of the box open to make the doors and then I covered the box inside and out with Black Gesso (Dina Wakley).  After that was dry I decided to add some texture by covering the outside and both sides of the doors with crumpled up black tissue paper (Dollarama).


I rough cut a piece of corrugated cardboard and coated it with Black Gesso to make the backing for the store sign.  The sign itself is just a piece of card stock with a computer generated name that has been cut out with a pair of deckle scissors (Fiskars) and then inked with Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)

Next I inked over the tissue with some Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord DI but it didn't show up as well as I wanted to I went over it with some watered-down Lime and Blackberry Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley).   After that I used my finger to rub some Starry Night and Lime Green Stickles (Ranger) to the doors and the sign backing.


The back of the inside was covered with a piece of patterned paper from the Abandoned paper pad (Tim Holtz) and then I added shelves, which are just pieces of wood covered with Black Gesso.

Some little pieces of wood were covered with scraps of faux leather paper (leftover from a previous project) to create little books.  The bottles were inked with Purple Twilight and Yellow Sunshine Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz).  One was filled with water and the other with a bunch of googly eyes (Dollarama).   Computer generated labels were added to the bottles and the spines of the books.  The final shelf was filled with little skulls.


Some little pumpkins were aged with some Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and had bits of wood branches added for stems.


The tombstones are also pieces of wood cut and engraved by my husband on the laser cutter.  I coated them with Black Gesso and then sponged on some Elephant Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley).  I made the witches brooms from wooden skewers and unraveled jute twine coated with watered down Mod Podge but wished I had had some of the Idea-ology brooms so I will link those for you.


The tent sign was also created on the computer and mounted on some card stock inked with Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord DI.  An Idea-ology Bitty Bat (Tim Holtz) was added along with another one on the store sign.  Some cheesecloth was dyed with Hickory Smoke DI and added along with some plastic spiders to the top of the Bootique and


The black cats were also cut on the laser cutter from heavy black card stock.  I coated some acetate with Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink and added bits behind their eyes.  Some Witch paper dolls (Tim Holtz) came to shop.

Tip:  Use florist gum, which comes in a roll attached to a paper tape, to make things stand up.  It can be removed to change positions or when you want to take everything apart.

If you are a fan of Halloween, this may not be the scariest project but I think the result is quite fun and since pop-up shops are all the rage right now, I am definitely fitting right in with this creation.

The challenge runs through 11:55 pm EST on October 22nd so you are just in time to make something for Halloween and share it with us.  We will choose our top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date and one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Paper Dolls, Ancestors (Discontinued)
Dina Wakley Media Mediums - Black Gesso - 4 oz. Jar MDM41719
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Sand - 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Elephant, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Lime, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Blackberry, 1oz Bottle
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Paper Stash, Abandoned TH93962
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bity Bats TH93981
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pumpkin Pieces TH93970
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Skull Fragments TH93968
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Broomsticks TH93965
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Twisted Citron TIM43294
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Dusty Concord TIM21445
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke TIM43232
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Purple Twilight
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunshine Yellow
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset Orange
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/8" x 27 Yards
Ranger Inkssentials Alcohol Ink Applicator With 10 Blending Felts TIM20745
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Ranger Starry Night Stickles
Ranger Lime Green Stickles
Corked Vials (Dollarama)
Cheesecloth
Plastic Spiders (Dollarama)

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this week at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  I have made a bright art journal page using Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints.

Pop on over to the blog to see how it came together.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Just Add Treats


It is time for the next challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Maggi is our hostess and is calling this one Treats, Not Tricks! Here is what she has to say about it:

Choose a theme and make something that will hold a treat for someone. It could be a Halloween treat bag, a Vaentine's candy box, a birthday card for a special person that holds a treat (could be a gift card "treat" or a bite of chocolate), anything that can hold a treat. So, for this challenge, choose a theme and make a vintage or shabby chic treat project to treat your someone special!

I got a head start on Christmas and created a couple little treat boxes and an altered gift bag using Graphic 45 papers.


For the altered bag, I used the Joy to the World collection and started with a layer of patterned paper  that was distressed and inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  Frayed Burlap was used for all the inking in these projects.

A strip of venise lace that was inked was added to the bottom and then a strip of patterned paper was punched with a border punch (Martha Stewart) and added on top.

Next came another panel of patterned paper followed by a panel of cream card stock that was embossed with a Starry Night embossing folder (Sizzix) and then an image panel cut from the paper collection.

I cut some Greenery using the Holiday Greens die (Tim Holtyz) and added poinsettias on top (Prima).  A big gold organza bow was topped with a little burlap bow and snowflake charm was added next along with a sentiment from the collection.


The little treat boxes were created from patterns I found online and turned into tree ornaments.


The red one has paper from the Joy to the World collection and a variety of ephemera from the St. Nicholas paper pad.  I cut greenery from the Holiday Greens die and also made a little poinsettia to which I added adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft) for the centre.

Some ivory satin ribbon (Fabricland) was used to make the hanger and then a red burlap bow and a little bells charm were added.

The other box is from a free pattern (Lori Whitlock) and is covered in paper from the Christmas Magic pad along with a fussy cut angel and circle sentiment from the Joy to the World collection.  Little poinsettias were made from red card stock and some patterned paper.

Ivory satin ribbon and a bow with a pearl centre were added to create a closure and the hanger.

Supplies list (links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique):

Antiqued Bronze Snowflake Charms - Set of 5
Graphic 45 - Joy To The World 12x12 Collection Pack 4501909
Graphic 45 - Christmas Magic - 8x8" Pad
Graphic 45 - St. Nicholas 8x8" Pad
Antiqued Bronze Snowflake Charms - Set of 5
Antiqued Bronze Bell Bowknot Charms - Set of 5
Prima Marketing Christmas In The Country Flowers - Kris Kringle 642495
Gold Organza Ribbon
Cream Satin Ribbon (Fabricland)
Starry Nights Embossing Folder (Sizzix)
Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Cream Card Stock (Staples)
Green Card Stock (Michaels)
Kraft Gift Bag (Michaels)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Big Tag Notebook Holder


It is time for the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and Ginny is our hostess for this one.  She calls it Terrific Tags and here is how she describes it:

Add it to a gift, label a homemade tasty treat, or display it with your favorite home decor, tags are not only fun to create they also have a million uses. For this challenge create a tag that's big or small, mixed media or layered, or added to a project as a fabulous focal point. I can't wait to see your creations!

I decided to turn one of the small Etcetera tags (Tim Holtz) into a notebook holder.


I started by gluing old book pages to both sides of the tag and I gave it a coat of White Gesso (Dina Wakley). Then I inked it randomly with Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Gathered Twigs and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide along with Worn Lipstick and Broken China Distress Inks.  When I finished I decided it was too bright so I brushed on some watered down White Gesso to knock the colour back a bit.  Now I was happy and if you look at the tag in real life you can still see a bit of the text from the book page showing through - barely but it is there.


To add some interest I added some stenciling with a Flourish stencil (Tim Holtz) and Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi).  Then I added a 1/4" pocket created from card stock that has an accordion gusset on either side to allow for easy removal of the notebook.  To decorate the pocket, I distressed a piece of paper from the Bloom paper pad (Graphic 45).  I topped that with a piece of card stock punched with a border punch (Martha Stewart) and inked with Picked Raspberry DI (Tim Holtz).  Next came a punched border of patterned paper and then a strip of venise lace.  The last embellishments were some paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Skeleton Leaves from a die (Tim Holtz) and some Open Leaf branches (Heartfelt Creations) that were stamped, fussy cut and inked with Forest Moss DI (Tim Holtz).


I made a little notebook to fit in the pocket by cutting a piece of card stock  5" x 8 1/4", scoring it on the long side at 4", 4 1/8" and 4 1/4" and then folding the score lines.  Tiny holes were punched 1/2" from the top and bottom and round elastic was threaded through it and tied on the inside.  I created a signature out of copy paper and sewed it with some white twine before inserting it through the elastic to create the inside of the notebook.  It wanted to pop open so I made a belly band with a strip from the patterned paper.


Once I knew how high the book would sit, it was time to decorate the tag.  I made a flower from the patterned paper and a Pinwheel Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) and added stamens to the centre that were dyed with some Picked Raspberry Reinker mixed in water.  I also dyed a paper flower from the dollar store and hung it upside down to dry.  Note:  I should have removed the dark green layer because it dripped onto the bottom of the coloured flower and stained the very outer edge.  I am going to pretend that is a vintage, aged look - my story and I am sticking to it. 

Some ephemera and postage stamps from the paper pad were added along with a Mulberry flower (Wild Orchid Crafts), some Open Leaf branches and Skeleton leaves.  A fussy cut butterfly stamped with Fern Green Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) from my leftovers stash was also added.  To top off the tag, I dyed some seam binding and then tied it around a pencil from the dollar store.

Supplies List with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Graphic 45 - Bloom - 8x8" Paper Pad
Paper Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts and Dollarama)
Open Leaf Stamp (Heartfelt Creations)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Cream & White Card Stock (Staples)
Butterfly Stamp (Hero Arts)
Stamens
Pencil (Dollarama)


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Bits and Bobs


I love this title and it is just what Suzz, our hostess is calling the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Here is what she has to say about it:

"Do you have a pile of leftover scraps from projects previously made or even a half finished project waiting for you to get the time to complete it? This is the challenge for you! It is time to pull out those scraps, remnants or half finished projects and pull them together into a fabulous shabby chic or vintage project. Make sure to mention in your post what part of your project was a scrap or remnant."


I have a couple boxes where I save my bits and bobs.  One box holds backgrounds that I made and didn't use or only used a portion of.  The other box holds extras of elements I made for various projects or items I have pulled off old projects and was planning to recycle.


On my first dig through the boxes, I grabbed these items because I decided to use the Stamperia Lilac Flowers paper collection for my card and thought they might work.  In the end I used only some of what you see here and found other elements in the box I thought would work better.

Here is how this card came together with the bits and bobs items marked in bold:

  • Cut a layer of purple card stock and add a layer of patterned paper for the background
  • Ink the edges of the patterned paper (and all papers) with Dusty Concord Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Add one half of a die cut doily (Prima) to the patterned paper background
  • Cut an angled pocket from the purple card stock with an extra amount on the sides and bottom
  • Score the extra amounts and fold them to create some depth to the pocket
  • Cut patterned paper and add to the front of the pocket
  • Add a die cut border (Spellbinders) to the patterned paper pocket front
  • Punch a circle from the patterned paper and add to the back of a resin frame (Dollarama) before adding to the pocket
  • Add a piece of lace to the pocket
  • Add adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft) to the centres of three flowers (See Note) before gluing them to the pocket
  • Coat some die cut branches (Tim Holtz) with Perfect Pearls (Ranger) and tuck in the flowers
  • Add a stick pin made from pearls and beads


  • Cut tags from the patterned paper and top with satin ribbon (Fabricland) and adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft)
  • Make a tag from some embossed card stock (Tim Holtz) that has been inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and top with satin ribbon and an adhesive pearl


  • Cut the envelope image from the paper collection, score, fold and adhere together using double sided tape (Scor) making sure not to go all the way to the top with the tape so you can tuck the flap inside
  • Create a gift card insert with purple card stock and patterned paper

Note:  The flowers were made as follows:

  • One flower is made from layers of die cut crinoline petals (Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posies) dyed with Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • One flower is made from die cut card stock petals (Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posies) inked with Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and stamped with a script stamp and Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi)
  • One flower is made from hand cut paper-backed metal foil tape (Home Depot) petals that have been embossed and inked with alcohol inks (Tim Holtz)

Unfortunately I don't recall exactly what colour inks I used since the flowers were made some time ago.  If I had to take a guess though, I would say the Distress Inks might be Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick and the Alcohol Inks might be Purple Twilight and Cranberry so I will link those but don't hold me to it.

I hope you will grab some of your bits and bobs and create something for the challenge.  It runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, September 10th.  As always the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.  Also, one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Supplies list, including links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

French Script Texture Fade (Tim Holtz)
Paper-Backed Foil Tape (Home Depot)
Paisley Palooza Embossing Folder (Sizzix
Crochet Doily Die (Prima)
Ironwork Accents Die (Spellbinders)
Script Stamp (Recollections)
Card Stock (Recollections)
Pearl Headed Pin (Fabricland)
Beads (Bead Landing)
Resin Frame (Dollarama)
Satin Ribbon (Fabricland)