2 June 2021

I'm Feeling Like Royalty for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Suzz is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'I'm Feeling Like Royalty'; "On June 2, 1953 the then 27 year old Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom. I thought why not honor this event by having a challenge that includes inspiration from royalty. Think crowns, castles, elegant and regal patterns, or gilding your project with touches of gold! Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by royalty!"

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries 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.

When Suzz picked the theme for this week you would be forgiven for assuming I would honour our Queen whose service to this country has been outstanding, but with gold mentioned my mind immediately turned to the magnificent golden gates outside the Palace of Versailles, Paris. And once through those golden gates you get to enter the incredible Hall of Mirrors where even more 'bling' awaits. We were lucky enough to get to see all of this on a family holiday a few years ago and it has been so special remembering some of that experience as I created a three page spread in a new Parisian themed book.


On the first page is one of our photos inside the Hall of Mirrors, gel transferred onto fabric with a layer of texture paste applied; the Prima Paper one is great for this because it is lightweight and has a paper-like finish. I love the ageing that is achieved as you rub away at the print and remove a little of the original image.


After applying some white gesso and more texture paste to the remaining two pages I drew in a rough sketch of the famous gates and a very basic outline of the palace buildings behind. This gave me a clue about where to place all the other elements on the pages.


Using a gel plate and a combination of the Dina Wakley Media paints listed at the bottom of this post I pulled a few prints onto wet strength tissue (in the US you use deli paper) and stuck a couple of torn pieces to the pages with gel medium. I also stamped some French text over the main area of the gates with permanent black ink (this is an old background stamp from Wendy Vecchi called 'Les Roses') before going over the pencil lines with permanent black and white ink markers.


In the top corner of the gel transfer printed page is a gold (of course!) heat embossed chandelier which comes from Wendy Vecchi's 'Party Art' stamp set. As long as you seal your transfer with a layer of soft gel medium this should be easy to do. It really fits with the opulent feel and style of the Hall. Lace was added to the underside of the page and starts a new page/tuck spot overleaf.


Below you can see how the gates have a raised texture; Dina Wakley's 1oz bottles of paint have a fine nozzle which means you can trace along your sketching with a layer of 'Gilt' paint that then dries firm and dimensional. To make the gates stand out further I used a mix of red and orange watercolour paint (designed to match the 'Sedona' shade in the gel plate print) over the stamping. The black permanent ink pen was used to add a hint of shadowing.


To finish the pages I added a couple of filigree metal corner pieces at either end of the gates - you can change the colour with paint to make them fit with your overall look - and some hand stitching in lines, a nod to the long, long queues of people who lined up patiently outside waiting to enter the main palace buildings on a warm summer's day. Having applied texture paste through the Code Layering Stencil I dabbed a little glue on top in a few places and added gold flakes before sticking bits of lace on top.


That's my take on the 'I'm Feeling Like Royalty' theme. For even more inspiration the rest of the Design Team have come up with their own projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE.

For now, thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create these pages are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Mineral - 1oz BottleDina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Gilt, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Night, 1oz Bottle

19 May 2021

Anything Goes with The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. We are back after an extended break with a new look team and a new challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog where there's an 'Anything Goes' theme for the next two weeks.

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 The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries 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've been playing with the Waterfall die in Eileen Hull's Sizzix 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Die Set and used it to create this Japanese stab bound book.


The pages inside have been stamped and embossed, coloured and hand stitched to embellish the patchwork design further.




To create this book I started by using a 3"x5" Gel Plate to pull a number of prints onto wet strength tissue (the equivalent in the US is deli paper). Below you'll see a few Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints were used in this process (namely Buff, White, Sand, Mineral and Night) in combination with a couple of Tim Holtz Layering Stencils (Code and String).


The pieces of tissue were trimmed into narrow strips before being stuck ontto 3 3/4" (9.5cm) wide paper in a patchwork pattern with matte gel medium. Once dry I cut pages using the Waterfall die that comes in Eileen's 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Die Set, a die that also cleverly adds a score line at the top to make folding the spine easier.


To decorate some of the pages I added offcuts of paper edging and gold metal flakes on double-sided tape strips. Wendy Vecchi's 'Spring Bouquet' stamp was used to heat embossed flowers which I then painted with more Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. After hand stitching some of the other pages they were glued together back to back in pairs to make up a number of double-sided pages.


To finish the book I made sure each page was creased along the fold line and added holes before stitching through to bind them together. The phrase on the front of the book comes from Wendy Vecchi's 'Heartfelt Art' stamp set and was heat embossed, like the flowers inside, with black embossing powder.


Here are a few close ups of the pages inside the book;





That's my take on the 'Anything Goes' theme. For even more inspiration the rest of the Design Team have come up with their own projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE.

For now, thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create this book are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Stamp Set - 'Heartfelt Art'Prima Marketing Art Ingredients Metal Flakes - Gold

11 May 2021

Lynne Perrella Pocket Notebook for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's Teams are sharing projects made using unconventional materials in combination with her Sizzix Scoreboards and Thinlits dies. Inspired by an idea that originated from one of the Fan Club members (I can't remember who so if someone does please let me know!) during one of Eileen's FB live sessions I combined the Sizzix Scoreboards 'Pocket Notebook' XL Die with the new Sizzix Thinlits 'Bookbinding & Label' Die Set and something unconventional to make this book with a flexible spine.


Below you can see the flexible spine and take a first look at the unconventional item I used for creating it - yep, coffee stirrers are not just for your takeaway beverages it turns out! In this post I'll be taking you through how to construct the book structure and give you some ideas for things you can include inside using your Eileen Hull Designs dies.

As part of the process of creating the cover and pages inside I also used several of Lynne Perrella's stamp sets in combination with Fresco Finish paints, all from PaperArtsy. To see more of the pages and descriptions on how they were created please head over to the PaperArtsy blog here to see the companion post.


Time to find out how to create this notebook, starting with the basic materials needed; as mentioned before I used those thin wooden coffee stirrers that come with takeaway coffee along with some corrugated card, lace and some basic card stock. To begin with the covers were cut using Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboard 'Pocket Notebook' Die from strips of corrugated card that were 4 1/2 inches (11.5cm) wide. I went on to tear away small pieces of the top layer of the card along some of the edges, remembering not to go too far and weaken the covers too much.


Next up I used Eileen's 'Bookbinding' Thinlits Die to cut the hinge system from tea stained cartridge paper. Before gluing together the three central 'mountain' sections I cut the panel in half widthways as shown below.


Now to start the hinge assembly; you can see below where I glued one side of each of the bookbinding pieces to the front cover up to and including the first side of the first 'mountain' fold. This leaves a gap roughly 1 3/4 inches (4.5cm) wide in the middle into which a strip of lace about 20 inches (51cm) long is inserted.


You can see below how the lace become secured in place by the first of the coffee stirrers, glued onto the first of the flat 'valley' section on the right side of the cover.


Flipping the cover back to the inside view I then stuck two further stirrers onto the middle two flat 'valley' sections of the hinge.


Returning to the outside of the cover the fourth and final stirrer was glued onto the underside of the fourth flat 'valley' section as shown below.


Back over to the inside of the book and you can see below how I finished the hinge by gluing the final two end sections onto the back cover, mirroring the attachment on the front cover. This traps the lace in place on the outside of the book but should still be loose enough that the lace can be moved about if needed when moving on to the decoration stage.


After giving the card a coat of gesso it was ready to decorate with paints. I also cut six pages measuring 4 inches (10cm) wide by 6 3/4 inches (17cm) long to fit either side of each of the three hinges inside the book using the page section on the Pocket Notebook die. It turned out I ended up only needing three of the pages.


That's because I cut a further three double pages from tea stained paper, stencilled using a Sara Naumann stencil and covered with a sweep of PaperArtsy Grunge Paste. You'll see below how I folded the paper in half before cutting the pages.


To add to the 'page real estate' and create more interest through the book I decided to add smaller pages by folding them on one side and gluing them onto the back of each of the pages. The idea was that those folds would be hidden when the back of the pages were stuck onto the hinge parts and glued together back to back (this is shown later in the post).


Here are some ideas for other pages/interactive elements you could inside a book, all cut from tea stained paper; these include envelopes made from the 'Tiny Book Case' Die, one side of the 'Gift Box' Die and the 'Gift Card Folder & Label' Die.


Smaller pages can be cut using the 'Notebook' Die and I used the 'Card Box' to create a large pocket for one of the full size pages.


Using a couple of the newest of Eileen's dies I created a small page using the Waterfall page from the 'Card Waterfall & Tags' Die Set and a corner pocket from the 'Folio Page Pocket & Flowers' Die Set. Below you can see how one of the smaller pages looks when attached to one of the large pages with the hinge hidden at the back.


With the pages decorated (for this part make sure to see my tutorial post over on the PaperArtsy blog here) I began to attach the main pages to the hinge sections.  Below you can see where I've glued the back of one of the large single pages to the front of the first hinge section. I then stuck one side of the folded pages on top of this, sandwiching the second side of the hinge piece in between. The same process was then repeated for the second and third hinge pieces; a single sided page on the front and a folded page on the back, each with their smaller pages already secured onto them at the reverse (hidden) side. In this way you end up with three large pages, three folded pages and six smaller pages, giving you plenty of 'real estate' to decorate.


Below you can see how I began the process of decorating the covers, going with a Spring birds and postage them using muted vintage colours. The large bird on the front is a Rebekah Meier design, whilst the rest of the stamps and stencils used throughout the book are Lynne Perrella and Sara Naumann designs from PaperArtsy.


Turning to some of the completed pages you can see here where the Tiny Book Case has been used to create a small envelope; notice how a slit has been cut into which the point of the envelope slots, cut using the smallest of the slit dies from the 'Card Waterfall & Tags' Die Set.


Below you can see the other envelope pocket cut with the 'Gift Card Folder' die holds one of Eileen's new tags and a stamped image from Lynne Perrella's stamp set LPC048.


Here are the inside pages of one of the folded pages, stencilled with a Sara Naumann stencil PS219, hand stitched with an interlocking leaf pattern and with a pop of colour applied using some gel plate printed tissue.


The lace side pocket below has a Gift Card holder, cut with Eileen's die from tea stained paper, tucked inside.


The 'Card Folder' large pocket is covered with calico fabric and one of the quarter circle pockets from the 'Folio Page Pocket' Die Set sits on top holding another of Eileen's new tags. In the background you can see more of the stamping, this time using images from Lynne Perrella's stamp set LPC045 which have been heat embossed and covered with dilute layers of Fresco Finish paint.


Finally back to the cover of the finished book which has a very tactile feel to it.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Eileen's dies have been used to create this notebook. Make sure to check out the projects and tutorials using unconventional materials from the other Inspiration and Educator Team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month. And remember to check out the companion post for this notebook over on the PaperArtsy blog, showing more of the decorated pages.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

21 April 2021

Camper Retro Style Accordion Photo Album for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team are sharing projects made using her Chapter 2 2021 Sizzix Scoreboards and Thinlits dies. At the beginning of the month, as part of Eileen's Release Party and Blog Hop, I showed how I'd used the tags from the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' die set to decorate the front of my Mandala Collage Folio Journal.

Today I'm back to share something new - a Camper Retro Style Accordion Photo Album which uses Eileen's new 'Camper' Scoreboards 3D Die along with a couple of other Thinlits die sets from Eileen's collection, including the new 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' set. The outside cover of the album is a 1950's style camper complete with glazed windows and colour coordinated blinds as well as the touches of rust, inevitable for a vehicle of this age. Inside are retro patterned accordion pages, pockets and tags displaying vintage vacation photos and complimentary words from Alison Bomber's stamp sets.



Here's how the album came together, starting with the camper covers; as well as cutting the sides, 'wings', and stand pieces I cut four doors, chopping two of them in half so that a second supporting layer could be added behind each of the window frames. I also cut four window frames, two for the sides and two extra for the door windows. To build the wheels I cut the two wheel pieces, thinning out the middle sections to create a sunken wheel trim for each wheel, before mounting them onto large circles of board painted black to match the wheels. 


The main body of the camper and wheel hubs were painted with 'Aquamarine' Fresco Finish Paint whilst the side panels, doors and windows were covered with white gesso. Finally the wings, hub caps, door window frames and stand pieces were painted with silver paint. To add the touches of rust I began by sanding back small areas on each element. Then a small paint brush was used to apply tiny drops of Butterscotch Alcohol Ink.


To add to the aged appearance of the camper covers I used a cotton bud to apply silver Luster Wax from Sizzix to some the edges of each element; this was intended to simulate the look of aluminium, revealed when paint is worn away from exposed areas of the vehicle.


To create the double-sided paper for the album pages I wanted to make something bespoke with a 1950's style retro. A custom stencil was cut from the acetate packaging around the Camper die using rectangles from Eileen's 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags' Thinlits Die Set and the 'House/Pocket' Stitchlits Die Set, with the 'starburst' element from the 'Stitchy Flowers' Thinlits Die Set. I also found a freebie stamp from an old issue of Craft Stamper Magazine which matched perfectly. If you are not so confident with creating your own papers this stage could be skipped by selecting coordinating double-sided patterned paper.


Below are the Fresco Finish Paints used through those stencil sections onto A4 pieces of white card starting with the rectangles and ending with the starburst and stamped images. The stencilling and stamping was repeated on both sides of two pieces of card for this album.


With the white sections standing out too much I applied some tea stain to both sides of each piece of card and allowed them to air dry. This wrinkled the card a little so I took advantage of this by lightly sanding it back, catching the raised areas to give the impression of imperfect, aged paper.


To fit inside the camper covers I cut three horizontal strips 6cm wide from each sheet of patterned paper. These were scored and folded at 9.5cm, 19cm and 28.5cm intervals, leaving a small piece at the end to use for joining to the next strip. With all the strips connected in one long accordion fold length, each was glued onto the reverse side of each camper cover. They should sit within the edges of the covers.


Below shows how the finished accordion looks when attached to the covers;


Since this was too long and unwieldy I decided to create pockets by joining some of the sides together using strips of 1/8 inch red tape liner. To disguise the joins I chose those sections to use as the pockets as shown below. 


Here is how the accordion pockets looked when stuck together, three pockets on one side and two on the other.


From the remaining paper left after cutting the page strips I used the scalloped edge die from the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Die Set to cut two sections for the blinds on the windows.


The scalloped edge pieces were cut and mounted behind each of the windows and doors before they were glued in place on the camper bases. I then filled each window section with Glossy Accents to 'glaze' them.


To secure the stand sections more firmly I marked around the angled sections and cut into the reverse side of each camper cover so the stands could be 'set in' to them.


To complete the album I used the remainder of the patterned paper to cut strips that could be layered over white gesso'd tags, cut using the 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Die Set. To make them fit easily into each pocket the sides of each tag were trimmed to make the overall width 5cm. I also chose to add some slow stitching across some of the pages and the tags.


I am indebted to my team mates Lisa Hoel and Betsy Skagen for providing me with some fabulous vintage vacation photos that were printed and mounted on the pages and reverse sides of the tags. I also stamped some verses from a number of Alison Bomber stamp sets from PaperArtsy which fit with the vacation theme. Here's a look at more of the finished album (including a photo of a young Lisa!). You can take a closer look by clicking on each of the images.







I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Eileen's dies have been used to create this accordion album. Make sure to check out the projects and tutorials from the other Inspiration and Educator Team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx
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