14 November 2018

A Harvest of Gratitude for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are half way through a new challenge. It's Kathy's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'A Harvest of Gratitude'. There is always something to be thankful for. In this gratitude themed challenge, we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

For my project this week I chose to celebrate and give thanks for the things that are most important to me, my family and friends, health and well-being, home and all the memories it holds. With Autumn in full swing here it's such a special thing to see the changing colours on fallen leaves as I walk our dog. There's such a lot to be thankful for.


The Tutorial


I began by adding sticky back canvas to a small Etcetera Tag before covering the front, back and two of the 'enforcer rings' with black gesso then Aged Mahogany Distress Paint. Once dry I sanded the tag and rings lightly, concentrating particularly on the edges, to give it a more age-worn look before rubbing Potting Soil Archival Ink over. You'll have spotted from the finished tag that I added two rusted metal rings from my stash on the rings.


After adding a piece of vintage book page with Distress Collage Medium over the canvas covered area I dried it, spritzed it with water and peeled away some of it. Finally Texture Paste was spread through the Code Layering Stencil and covered with Dirty Sand Embossing Powder. When dry I heat embossed it to reveal the shimmer and gritty texture.


For the Skeleton Leaves and Funky Foliage I covered three separate pieces of white card in Distress Paints before die cutting them. The first had a combination of Walnut Stain and Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint dragged over it with a little water to create this mottled look. The process was repeated on a second piece of card with Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Paint.


The third piece of card had a combination of Aged Mahogany and Wild Honey added to it. I used Distress Markers to cover the white edges caused by die cutting and some Glossy Accents on the acorns and rose hips before layering them onto the tag over a Baseboards Frame with a bow and Quote Chip. The little blue flowers had previously been cut using the same die set and were coloured with Faded Jeans Distress Paint.


The Close Ups

Here are a couple of close up photos of the finished tag so you can see all of the elements in more detail;




That's it for my Thanksgiving project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage Thanksgiving entries to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx



13 November 2018

A Thanksgiving Gift for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm back today with a new project for Eileen Hull Designs. With Autumn leaves falling here in the UK and the Thanksgiving preparations well under way in the US I have created a little box ideal for storing treats and gifts.


The Tutorial


Eileen's dies are very simple to put together so I figured you'd like to see the ingredients used for decorating this box. As you'll see from the photo below I ran a piece of die packaging through my Big Shot with the Sizzix Bigz Die - Leaves, Spring to cut a stencil. Taking an A4 piece of white card I blended Eileen's Colorbox Blends inks through the stencil, drying each layer before moving on to the next colour and overlapping the leaves. First came Sunshine, then Leaf, then Nutmeg, then Melon and finally Stop. To bring the colours together and fill in any gaps I blended the Golden version over the whole lot to give that warm glow. Cutting the card in half, I ran it through with the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame to cut out the various pieces needed to decorate the box. Once applied to the box I gave each piece a coat of clear gloss varnish.


The box itself was cut from mount board using the same die and after being assembled with strong wet glue I painted it with white gesso. After applying the leaf patterned paper I gently swiped the Nutmeg Colorbox Blends ink onto the edges and some of the white surfaces to create a faux whitewashed wood effect. With the box assembled I cut leaves from white Paper Leather using the same larger Spring Leaves die and the smaller leaves from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves set. Some were coloured with the Nutmeg ink and others edges with it. They were layered onto the top of the box with some ribbon pieces and a little thank you tag.

The Close Ups






I hope you've enjoyed seeing this and feel inspired to create your own trinket boxes. Make sure to check out the other creations from Eileen's Inspiration Team on her blog this month - as ever they have lots to share with you too.

I'll be back tomorrow with something else which celebrates gratitude and thankfulness. For now take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

31 October 2018

Impress Us at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are half way through a new challenge. It's Sara Emily's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Impress Us'. Who doesn't want to make a great first impression? For this challenge, we would like you to use your embossing folders or any other way you can make an impression on your vintage or shabby chic project. Go ahead and 'Impress Us' with your creativity!

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


I decided to make a start on creating Christmas cards, turning to Tim Holtz new 'Glorious Gatherings' stamp set for a bold statement. And because there is so much detail in the main floral bouquet stamp itself I kept the rest of the design very simple - great if you are concerned about the thickness of your cards when posting them!


As we are focusing on embossing for this challenge I chose to emboss the floral image with black embossing powder before colouring it with Distress Spray Stains and blending Distress Ink around the edges. There are four festive greetings included in this stamp set so those were also embossed before being mounted onto the cards.


If you are not totally confident in getting a crisp image when heat embossing with black embossing powder I would suggest using your Stamp Platform to stamp the floral stamp first in black archival ink and then in embossing ink covered with the embossing powder, so that parts not covered by the powder don't show.


I used a large piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock to create these cards because it allows the Distress Spray Stains to blend more easily and can be cut into four ready for mounting onto Wendy Vecchi's new landscape Perfect Cardstock cards.


That's it for my embossed project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage Halloween entries to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx



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