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
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