1 December 2021

Yuletide Delights with The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Janna is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'Yuletide Delights'; "Let's get festive and create some Vintage Yuletide magic. Perhaps use some holiday distress colors or go full glitz with sparkles and falling snow. It is getting cold and we are thinking of sugarplums, candy canes, and holiday cheer. Create holiday cards, décor, or ornaments to show your Yuletide Delights. Have fun with your make and create some holiday magic! Happy crafting!"

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.

For this challenge I got busy making Holiday cards to send to family and friends this Christmas.


The collage backgrounds were made from tea-stained paper that had been stencilled with paste through two of Eileen Hull's Mandala designs. I pulled gel plate prints onto wet strength tissue using Dina Wakley Media Paints (Ruby, Umber, Sky and Evergreen) and tore them into strips to apply over the paper.


The large leaf shape from Dina's 'Be Willing' stamp set was stamped over the top with black permanent ink and some hand stitched crosses were added over the red strip.


As focal points I die cut the snowman, ornament and trees (from the Vintage Truck die) from card covered with cotton fabric, edged with brown ink. To add a touch of bling I cut the additions (including zig zags from the Mitten die and star from the Wreath & Snowflake die set) in Silver Kraft Stock and Teal Kraft Stock, layering them over the basic fabric shapes.


That's my take on the 'Yuletide Delights' 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.

17 November 2021

Tag It with The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Teri is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'Tag It'; "Now is the time to be sure you have enough holiday gift tags. Show us your best festive holiday tag!"

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.

For this challenge I chose to make three large tags (they measure 8"x 4") which are needed for three large candy jar gifts this Christmas.


After dry brushing layers of Gilt, Turquoise, Sky and White Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints onto the tags (both front and back) and machine stitching around the edges I applied paste through the Prima Finnabair 'Book of Numbers' stencil.


To make the trees I used the small pieces of balsa wood that are often included as stretchers when you buy canvases, cutting them to make the tree shapes before painting them with Evergreen, Peacock and Sedona Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints.


The garland stripes across the middle come from a stamp in the Dina Wakley Media 'Not Subtle' stamp set and was applied with coordinating Archival Inks; these included Wendy Vecchi's Night Sky and Mulberry as well as Library Green.


Once the decorated wood pieces were glued in place on the tags I added some large Mirrored Stars for a touch of sparkle.


That's my take on the 'Tag It' 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,

15 November 2021

Crafting for the Seasons with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's Teams are crafting for the seasons which covers fall, winter and all the holidays therein. As luck would have it I was also kindly asked by Susan Seabert of Country View Crafts to send a project using the Vintage Truck so it could be used as part of Eileen's Tailgate Party (if you missed Eileen's Live featuring Sizzix and special guests you can catch it on replay HERE).


So by combining these two - the Tailgate Party and Crafting for the Seasons - I came up with this Vintage Truck and hand-bound Sweater Notepad Set, a bit of a twist on the festive favourite red truck with Christmas tree in the back;


I've put together a tutorial to explain how this all came together, starting with the truck. Links have been added throughout to the relevant products stocked by Country View Crafts.

All the pieces should be cut from mount board (or a similar weight card) using Eileen Hull's 'Box, Vintage Truck Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die', including two sides, four wheel arches, one of the truck bases, two base endcaps and four hub caps. Paint all of these with a coat of 'Medieval' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint.


When the paint is dry partially assemble the truck - the box inside and the two sides - as shown below;


Paint over the box and sides with 'Ruby' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint and when dry rub over with sand paper to reveal some of the Medieval paint below. You can further enhance that ageing by rubbing over some Tim Holtz 'Vintage Photo' Archival Ink.


To create the 'wooden' truck insert use the second of the box pieces cut when using Eileen's 'Box, Vintage Truck' XL Die and after spritzing with water use a woodgrain embossing folder on it to create the look of timber (I used an older one). Paint all over on both sides, first with a coat of 'Umber' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint and then with looser brush strokes of 'Sand' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint.


When you've done this on both sides rub over with the Tim Holtz 'Vintage Photo' Archival Ink to bring out the wood grain.


After cutting this piece of 'wood' in half horizontally use one of the already completed truck sides as a template to cut away the window and bonnet areas before gluing each piece in place inside the box section as shown below. When in place you can glue the two sides onto the outside of the truck box.


To complete the truck paint the wheels first with 'Black' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint, then with 'White' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint, sanding back the edges to give them that authentic look of wear and tear. Cover the smaller wheels hubs with Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions 'Polished Silver' Embossing Powder - the more coats you give it the more the finish will become domed and smooth.


To finish the truck glue the hub caps onto the centre of the wheels and then glue the wheels onto the sides of the truck.



Turning to the notebook begin by cutting two sides (which will have the spine attached) from mount board (or a similar weight card) using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboards 'Notepad' Die. If you want to give the finished notepad a more flexible spine cut away the existing spine pieces and glue together to form a double layer. If not leave the spine pieces attached to the covers.

Spritz the cover sections with water and emboss using Eileen Hull's 'Sweater' 3D Sizzix Embossing Folder. Paint over the embossing on both sides with 'Sand' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint before dry brushing over the raised areas with Dina Wakley Media 'White Gesso' (or you can use the white paint mentioned previously). To emphasise the embossed pattern even further I rubbed a 'Fallen Leaves' VersaFine CLAIR ink pad over the surface of each side of the embossing folder, carefully re-placed the embossed card into it and ran it through my embossing machine to transfer the ink into the debossed areas. You will need to clean the embossing folder when finished.


Re-attach the spine between the two covers using some bookbinding tape as shown below, leaving a gap between the spine and each cover - I've used Architape® and 1/4" Hinge Spacers from CoolKatzCraft Ltd to do this. Alternatively if you've left the spines attached to each cover glue them together and add tape over the top to strengthen the scored areas. I also chose to wrap silver ribbon around the spine to add a decorative touch.


At this stage I inserted a blank hand-bound text block inside; there are lots of tutorials online showing how to make and attach text blocks and practice really does make perfect with these.


Layer and glue together the die cut tree pieces (included on Eileen Hull's 'Box, Vintage Truck Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die') using one of the smaller trees to support the larger tree at the front. Paint with 'Evergreen' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint before covering with clear glitter.


Finish the Notepad by gluing the trees onto the front cover.


Below you can see how the Vintage Truck and Sweater Notepad look apart and how the silver ribbon trim looks on the spine of the Notepad.



I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Eileen's dies (and more) have been used to create this festive set using products available from Country View Crafts. Make sure to check out the other seasonal projects and tutorials from the other team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month. And don't forget, if you missed Eileen's Live Tailgate Party featuring Sizzix and special guests you can catch it on replay HERE.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

3 November 2021

Living Things at 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 'Living Things'; "For this challenge the inspiration is animals or any type of living creature that you want to feature on your art! This will showcase our love for our pets, animals and/or our insect friends! Include a photo, stamped image, embellishment or pattern paper of a living creature in your art. "

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.


Now it may be hurtling towards that festive time of the year and minds may be turning to holiday projects but there is always a need for birthday cards. With my stocks running low I decided to use this challenge (and an upcoming showcase tutorial) to team some Prima Finnabair stencils and Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy wax to create backgrounds for a new set.


For this background I used the 'Ghostwriter' stencil and 'Old White' Wax Paste on top of some Dina Wakley Media Paint. To frame it some of the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Stock worked perfectly.


Last year my team mate Suzz suggested organising all those leftover bits and bobs collected over the  years into colour families, something I am really grateful for because it makes looking for scraps, stamped pieces and die cuts that will work together so much easier. The bluebird and sentiment were made from the same gel print, contrasted with another gel print in shades of red and gold onto which I stamped the grasses from a Wendy Vecchi set called 'Bravo'. Adding further layers, textures and some stitching helps to add detail to the card.


That's my take on the '
Living Things' 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,

20 October 2021

Grunge, Ghouls, or Giggles at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. Janna is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'Grunge, Ghouls, or Giggles'; "Halloween is just around the corner and this week we are getting our hands dirty. Will your makes be frightful and ghoulish or will they be cute and get giggles? Add a touch of grunge to your makes. Cards, décor, scrapbook pages, journal spreads, we want to see it all. We will be most Distressed if you miss out on the spooky cute Halloween fun! Happy crafting!"

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.

For this challenge I've created a Halloween treat box with a 'grown up' ghoulish feel featuring images from two Dina Wakley Media stamp sets.


To create the book box structure I cut the spine and covers using the new Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Scoreboards 'Notepad' Die and connected each element with adhesive cloth tape to make the spine more flexible. Inside I cut the box shape using the side panel elements from Eileen's 'Trinket Box' Die.


The covers were then decorated with paper that had a Gel Plate print on it made with various shades of purple acrylic paint from the Dina Wakley Media range. I stamped one of the arch windows from the Dina Wakley Media 'Everyone is Welcome' stamp set with 'Petunia' Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink for a gothic look.


On top I stamped the group of three figures from the Dina Wakley Media 'Ledger Girls' stamp set, gave them a coat of white using a wet Scribble Stick and a paint brush, and then re-stamped and embossed them to enhance the features. To finish I added words from a Halloween themed Tim Holtz Sticker Book and Venise Lace trim around the spine.


That's my take on the 'Grunge, Ghouls, or Giggles' 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.

19 October 2021

Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Chapter 4 Full Size Journal and Heart Mandala

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's Teams are sharing projects using Eileen's new Sizzix Chapter 4 dies as part of the launch celebrations this month. For my second project of the month I have combined two of the new dies, the Sizzix Scoreboards Plus Die 'Full Size Journal' and the Thinlits Die 'Heart Mandala' to bring you a really useful Journal that holds A5 notebooks inside.


The journal cover was cut from mountboard and I removed the spine pieces before re-attaching one of them with Architape® leaving a 1/4 inch gap between the cover and spine pieces to afford the cover more flexibility and durability when completed. The holes in the spine were re-punched in the same places as those cut by the die (now hidden by the tape) using a Crop-a-dile.


I then created some decorative paper using various shades of mauve/lilac Fresco Finish Paint by PaperArtsy. Having cut a Heart Mandala from thin kraft card I was able to use it repeatedly as a stencil through which was applied texture paste and then Gold Paint. Once dry I glued pieces of the paper to the front and back covers. The tape on the spine was also painted with a mix of the same paints to match and I took this opportunity to fix eyelets through the holes when the inside was decorated.


The plaque piece of the front cover can also be cut from the Full Size Journal Die and after painting it with the Gold Paint I added the word, cut using one of Eileen's older Thinlits Dies. To protect the corners some decorative filigree brass pieces to the front and back covers.


To hold three A5 notebooks securely in place inside the covers I strung three separate pieces of old gold coloured elastic cord through the top and bottom holes in the spine in the same way as has been shown many times for other Eileen journals and notebooks. Make sure to use a strong elastic as the covers are tall and don't pull them really taught so the notebooks can be slipped in and out of the covers more easily.


Just before threading the elastic cord through the spine I took the opportunity to decorate the inside of the covers by applying some contrasting fabric (Basic Grey 'Metallic Grunge') using a soft gel medium to hold it in place. Once dry it can be trimmed to fit exactly with the layer of glue preventing the edges from fraying.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Eileen's dies have been used to create this large journal. Make sure to check out the other Chapter 4 release 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

14 October 2021

Eileen Hull Designs and The Crafters Workshop

Hi everyone and welcome. October has been a busy month for Eileen Hull Designs with new Sizzix Chapter 4 releases and new stamps from Maker Forte. And for an extra layer of fun members of Eileen's teams are also teaming up with The Crafters Workshop to show how well their beautiful range of stencils work with Eileen's designs.

With the release this month of Eileen's new Full Size Journal there's lots of work going on here to make pages that will go inside. Today I'm sharing two of those pages which combine Eileen's stamps and Rebekah Meier stencils from The Crafters Workshop. This first one also makes use of a couple of Eileen's dies too.


I took photos showing how the basis of the page was created, starting with the background colour which came from a piece of gel plate printed tissue using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints. This was layered over a torn piece of paper from the index of a botanical book (a charity shop find).


Wanting to add some subtle patterning over the top so opted to use Eileen's Vintage Damask background stamp in combination with embossing ink and a metallic embossing powder. In order to add a window.


I traced around the leftover piece from a window shape in Eileen's 3-D Camper die and drew a border and ledge to match. More acrylic paints and some watercolour pencils were used to colour, highlight and shade this simple shape to give it more dimension.


For the next part of the design I painted an ombre effect of Autumnal colours onto card and cut out three leaves using Eileen's Spring Leaves die. These were lined up underneath the window in a row.


To add more detail to the leaves I remembered from one of Eileen's FB Live shows that the shape at the top matches one of the stamps in the Wonderful World of Flowers stamp set.


Using permanent black ink I stamped the top half  of each die cut leaf with the leaf sections from the smallest of the flower/leaf stamps.


It was then easy to use a black gel pens to extend the patterns to cover the rest of the leaf shapes. I then filled in the little dots with a white gel pen to contrast with the darker colours.


From this point on the creative process took over, starting with the addition of the flower head between the second and third leaves. I swiped texture paste through one of the flower shapes and a little of the text at the bottom on Rebekah Meier's stencil TCW849 from The Crafters Workshop.


This stencilling was then covered in paint to make it stand out against the background. It is perfect for drawing the eye down from the window and up from the stamped word at the bottom. I broke up the line a little by adding a strip of fabric and stitched buttons on top.



To finish the page I stamped the word nature from Eileen's stamp set Snail Mail Inspirations and added a little lace trim in the top corner.




Moving on to the second journal page I didn't take 'in progress photos' for this one because it was basically a case of layering together the various stamped and stencilled elements on top of a background that was created with a mix of book page, sewing pattern tissue and paint.


The largest element is the piece that has a pale blue, raised textural pattern and words from Rebekah Meier's stencil TCW771 from The Crafters Workshop. One of my favourite things about Rebekah's stencil designs is that she provides a 'ready made' collage that can also be used for its separate parts in the way I've done here.



Also layered underneath the painted window are a stamped library card and ticket, taken from Eileen's Buttons Cards and More stamp set.



The main picture of a French window is one I took on a family holiday and used a copy of to create a gel transfer print that could have paint and tea stain added on top. Pieces of lace and some hand stitching completed the overall design by adding texture, pattern and a splash of extra colour, and another of the words from Eileen's Snail Mail Inspiration stamp set finished it.



Other members of Eileen's teams will be sharing their own makes combining her ranges with stencils from The Crafters Workshop and there will be a round up on Eileen's blog at the end of the month so make sure to see that.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx
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