20 March 2019

Pass The Tissues, Please for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are in a decidedly romantic mood. It's Sara Emily's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Pass The Tissues, Please!' Sara Emily says "Since we are still in 'cold season', I always make sure I'm stocked up on tissues in my home, in my purse and in the car. For this theme, I would like to see how you incorporate tissue paper into your vintage or shabby chic project. You can use regular tissues, tissue wrapping paper, sewing patterns or even collage paper, rice papers or tissue wrap designed especially for crafting."

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.

This challenge is the perfect opportunity to create a new tag using Tim Holtz new Typography Collage Paper in combination with a Lace Baseboard Frame, Sizzix Alterations Wildflower Stems and some of the new Alcohol Pearls.


I began by adding an uneven layer of Texture Paste followed by a couple of coats of White Gesso to a Small Etcetera Tag. Once dry a layer of the Typography Collage Paper was applied with Matte Collage Medium which ensured that uneven surface was maintained. This was important as the final step to creating the base layer was to sand back the surface and give the illusion of a timeworn surface.


Having worked out where to place one of the Lace Baseboard Frames a thinly diluted coat of the White Gesso was painted over the area to tone down the pattern in that area. More Texture Paste was applied in patches which could then be stamped over with one of the new Fragments stamps in Peeled Paint Archival Ink. Having seen how Kathy Wright Clement cleverly altered her Lace Frame with tissue I was inspired to give it a go too, using small pieces from the Typography Collage Paper to match it in with the background. To finish the frame I searched out a couple of Halloween Vignette Accent corners from my stash and after painting them with White Gesso sanded them back to reveal some of the metals underneath.


With some of the new Wildflower Stems already planned as the centrepiece of this tag it was just a question of how to decorate them. To add some much needed vibrancy I painted two of them with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint (Evergreen/Lemon) before adding some of the new Alcohol Pearls Ink over the top (Sublime/Alchemy). The thin stem was painted with Sedona and a thin layer of Pearl Mixative Ink added on top to give a similar look (using Deception Alcohol Pearl would be quicker if you have it).


The stems were layered over a die cut Tattered Butterfly (to give them support) and one of the new Transparent Wings was fixed on top with Glossy Accents and Rose Gold Liquid Pearls. The Liquid Pearls was also used to add a few dots above and below the frame and a Quote Chip sentiment was added to finish the tag.


So that's my take on using 'Pass The Tissues, Please!' 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 projects featuring the use of tissue to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed below.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

6 March 2019

Artist Trading Coins for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are in a decidedly romantic mood. It's Suzz's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Artist Trading Coins'. Suzz says "The challenge this time is to create an Artist Trading Coin. I was inspired by a new way of capturing a little bit of art to share with others. Your challenge is to create a trading coin which should be a circle shape 2 1/2 inches in diameter."

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.

This is my first go at making Artist Trading Coins and they were so much fun. Who knew you could add so much detail to something just 2.5 inches in diameter! For each one the stamping was done on Wendy Vecchi's Perfect Cardstock - White Panels using various shades of her Archival Inks with the colouring in completed using the matching shades of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Inks and a little water. Almost all of the images were easily cut using the corresponding dies, shaped and layered together using white cotton thread and dimensional tape.


For the first one I stamped Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi's Background Stamp 'Faded Florals' with her Tea Rose Archival Ink onto the ATC background and then blended the matching Tea Rose MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink over the top. The flower is from Wendy Vecchi's MAKE ART Stamp, Die, Stencil Set - Flowers Say It All, stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink and coloured with Sunflower MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. The leaf is from the same set, stamped in Fern Green Archival Ink and coloured with the same shade of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. The butterfly comes from Wendy Vecchi's MAKE ART Stamp, Die, Stencil Set - Country Flowers, stamped in Violet Archival Ink and coloured with the same shade of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. Finally the stems comes from Wendy Vecchi's MAKE ART Stamp, Die, Stencil Set - A Million Thanks, stamped in Peat Moss Archival Ink.


For the second one I stamped the Faded Florals Background with Wendy's Sky Blue Archival Ink onto the ATC background and then blended the matching Sky Blue MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink over the top. The flower is again from the Flowers Say It All set, stamped in Red Geranium Archival Ink and coloured with the same shade of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. The leaf is from the same set, stamped in Fern Green Archival Ink and coloured with the same shade of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. The butterfly again comes from the Country Flowers set, stamped this time in Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and coloured with the same shade of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. Finally the stems again come from the A Million Thanks set, stamped in Peat Moss Archival Ink.


For the third one I stamped the Faded Florals Background with Wendy's Prickly Pear Archival Ink onto the ATC background and then blended the matching Prickly Pear MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink over the top. This time the flower is from the Country Flowers set, stamped in Thistle Archival Ink and coloured with the same shade of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. The leaf is from the same set, stamped in Fern Green Archival Ink and coloured with the same shade of MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. The butterfly comes from the A Million Thanks set, stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink and coloured with Sunflower MAKE ART Blendable Dye Ink. Finally the stems again come from the A Million Thanks set, stamped in Peat Moss Archival Ink.


With the Artist Trading Coins made it was time to find a use for them beyond trading. Inspired by Kathy Wright Clement's clever idea for adding them to her beautiful cards I cut 3 inch apertures into Wendy Vecchi Perfect Cardstock - White Cards and mounted each ATC in the centre. Space has been left underneath the apertures so that a sentiment can be added to each card as and when they are needed.




So those are my 'Artist Trading Coins' for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing ATC's for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own Artist Trading Coins to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed below.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx
Wendy Vecchi Perfect Cardstock - White Cards

27 February 2019

Eileen Hull Designs Pitted Enamel Treasure Box

Hi everyone and welcome. As Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team celebrate the release of her new Sizzix Chapter 1 Scoreboards Dies releases - 'Treasure Box' and 'Stacking Drawers' - we have been sharing lots of new projects to showcase some of the possibilities for using them. Make sure to check them all out on Eileen's website HERE.

For my project this month I created a 'Treasure Box' with a pitted enamel finish which owes itself entirely to a fantastic tutorial by Brenda Brown (Bumblebees and Butterflies) which can be found on her blog HERE.


The box started with a sheet of 12 inch square piece of smooth card onto which I pulled a mottled Gel Plate print in shades of Umber, Sterling, Sedona and White from Dina Wakley's Acrylic Paint range. The card was cut in two and glued to some 6 inch wide pieces of mountboard before being covered with a couple of coats of thin gloss varnish. Given what happened later I would omit using the varnish in future.


From these two pieces of 6 x 12 inch mounted card I was easily able to cut the sides, lid and base of the 'Treasure Box' with Eileen's Scoreboards XL Die from Sizzix, all of which matched up beautifully and were scored by the die ready for easy assembly. Once put together the varnished finish on the box looked a little flat and uninteresting.


Luckily at this point Brenda shared her wonderful Pitted Enamel tutorial so I decided to give it a go. Brenda shares the ingredients needed to get the perfect finish on her blog - I kept mine simple by using Umber paint in the pits and on the edges of the box. Remember I mentioned not using varnish in future? That's because a varnished finish doesn't grab the heated powder and paint in quite the same way and can lead to some of it peeling off but it's a good lesson learned.


To secure the lid in place I added a couple of bronze tone hinges from The Funkie Junkie Boutique using brads. You can see that Pitted Enamel surface and the pattern on the base card in more detail here.


On the front of the lid more brads were used to secure a coordinating bronze tone mini box handle, again from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


To add a little decoration on the box lid I kept it relatively simple, layering up some branches from Eileen's 'Birds & Butterflies' Thinlits Die Set (coloured with Umber and White paint) floral arches and little flowers from Eileen's 'Floral Arch & Words' Thinlits Die Set (coloured with Olive and Turquoise paint) and leaves from Eileen's 'Journaling Cards Flowers & Leaves' Thinlits Die Set (coloured with Sedona paint).



Finally one of those happy accidents - last year in a clear out I came across some old 3 x 5 inch index cards which fit perfectly inside the finished box. It will provide the ideal place to store seed packets, plant tags and notes about the upkeep of the garden.


That's it for this month's Eileen Hull Designs project from me. Make sure to check out the projects from the talented members of Eileen's Inspiration Team on her website HERE.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

20 February 2019

Let Me Count The Ways with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are in a decidedly romantic mood. It's Sara Emily's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Let Me Count The Ways'. Sara Emily says "Since it's just a day away from Valentine's Day, the opening line of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's famous love poem "Let Me Count the Ways" (Sonnet 43) comes to mind. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." For this challenge, I would like to see your vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. This could be three colors, three words, three stamps (you get the idea); just be sure to tell us what those three elements are."

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 this one I've altered a Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag and featured his new Sizzix Alterations 'Large Stems' and 'Tattered Butterflies' dies.


The base of the Tag was covered in a Ranger Gel Plate print using Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints (Turquoise, Sedona, Evergreen, Ancient and White) over which I stamped Tim Holtz 'Ledger Script' in Jet Black Archival Ink. A line of numbers from his 'Merchant' stamp set was heat embossed with Ranger's 'Turquoise' Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi's 'Garden Patina' Embossing Powder is a great alternative). Then a layer of Ranger's Texture Paste 'Opaque Crackle' was applied through Tim Holtz Layering Stencil 'Code' and allowed to air dry. The base was finished by blending Wendy Vecchi's 'Potting Soil' Archival Ink around the edges.


Since the new 'Large Stems' die is a Bigz die it was possible to cut them from heavy weight chipboard, making them ideal for weaving together with wire and burlap string in three different shades. The three stems were painted in Dina Wakley Media 'Evergreen', 'Sedona' and 'Turquoise' Acrylic Paint and edged with the Wendy Vecchi's 'Potting Soil' Archival Ink and I added small gemstone chips from Emerald Creek Crafts to the binding once secured. They were added to the Tag over offcuts of lace and burlap ribbon from The Funkie Junkie Boutique (Linda always has a lovely selection of designs in stock). The 'Tattered Butterfly' was cut twice from card covered in Tim Holtz Design Tape and I chose to use three words from Tim Holtz 'Quote Chips' pack to finish the Tag.


Here are a couple of close ups showing more of the details;




So that's my take on using 'Let Me Count The Ways' 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 projects featuring multiples of three to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed below.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

6 February 2019

Winter Blues for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are in a decidedly romantic mood. It's Kathy's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Winter Blues'. Kathy says "January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the "winter blues." Let's take the winter blues in a positive direction by creating a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like to see the blues to be front and center in this project."

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 took the opportunity to combine some new releases from Eileen Hull Designs and Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART from Ranger to create this blue floral jewellery box.


After cutting the box from thick board using Eileen Hull's new Treasure Box die set I painted the insides and edges with Dina Wakley's Ancient Acrylic Paint. The paper covering the sides and lid was created by pulling a print from the Ranger Gel Press Plate coated with light layers of more of Dina's paints including Lapis, Sky, White, Ancient and Ruby. I love how it gives the effect of aged walls and makes the perfect base for stamping on.


The flowers and leaves cascading from the top of the box were made using Wendy Vecchi's new MAKE ART stamp, die and stencil set 'Flowers Say It All'. The leaves and flowers were cut from Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock using the dies from Wendy's set. After dampening with a little water I applied diluted paint to the edges, allowing it to bleed and blend randomly before air drying. You'll see above the leaves with the Ancient shade again and for the flowers I used the Marine shade. Once dry I used Ranger 'Jet Black' Archival Ink to stamp the corresponding images from the set onto them; since they are clear acrylic it's really easy to position the stamps over the die cuts and it saves having to fussy cut them all.


The close up photo below shows how I used some of the other leaf stamps from the set on the top and sides of the box, adding them with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink. Wendy Vecchi has recently released some adorable new MAKE ART Washi Tape Assortment sets featuring her own artwork, and this heart design worked perfectly for running around the edge of the lid. Before adding the stamped flowers I also used the stencil from the same Flowers Say It All set to apply Ranger Opaque Texture Paste leaves over the stamped areas.


You can see from the photo below how the flowers layered together beautifully with the leaves. For added dimension I re-stamped the flower centres on more of the card and cut around them before applying them with dimensional tape. The filigree skeleton Bronze Leaf Embellishments from a ranger that Linda sells at The Funkie Junkie Boutique are easy to bend and provided a great way of supporting the die cut flowers on the top of the box. In a final finishing touch I added dots of Ranger 'Slate' Liquid Pearls through the trailing flowers and leaves.





On the reverse of the box are the hinges, cut from Sizzix Paper Leather using Eileen Hull's 'Treasure Box' die set, painted with more Ancient Acrylic Paint and secured with Tim Holtz Long Fasteners.


So that's my take on using 'Winter Blues' 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 Valentines to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed below.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

23 January 2019

Vintage Valentines for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are in a decidedly romantic mood. It's Maggi's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Vintage Valentines'. Maggi says "It's sweetheart time and what could be more fun than creating Valentine's for our loved ones? For this challenge we want to see vintage valentines in vintage colors like pinks, blues, purples. No bright red please. Show us your vintage side with vintage colors and images. If you need some inspiration, click here to link to a great vintage color palette."

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 Vintage Valentine project I opted to create a Tim Holtz Mini Framed Panel.


The frame itself was altered in exactly the same way as for my Skeleton Leaves Panel (tutorial HERE) with a combination of Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Dina Wakley Media White Gesso. The background is one of the prints I pulled with the Gel Press Plate for my last DT project HERE. It layered up beautifully with torn scraps of Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper and a little stencilling with Ranger's Opaque Texture Paste through Tim Holtz 'Nordic' Mini Layering Stencil. The heart was cut from some of the new Tim Holtz Metallic Confections Kraft Stock and embossed with his Sizzix Alterations 3D Embossing Folder - 'Kaleidoscope'. Sanding back the surface revealed some of the white and kraft layers beneath the metallic surface.


You'll see from the close ups above and below that the heart was layered onto torn Worn Wallpaper and some foliage cut using Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Thinlits die set - 'Funky Floral #1'. A coat of Weathered Wood Distress Paint on some and Bundled Sage Distress Paint on others echoed the colour palette recommended by Maggi, enhanced with pieces of May Arts Wired Ribbon in Champagne. Using some of the background paper left over after covering the panel some flower stems were cut using Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Thinlits die set - Wildflowers. I also cut the word love from the same paper, covering them all in Glossy Accents to provide a textural contrast and help them stand out a little more. As a finishing touch I added some Pearl Clusters available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


So that's my take on a 'Vintage Valentines' 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 Valentines to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed below.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx


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