8 July 2020

Christmas Cards in July for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Cec is your host for this one and she has called it 'Christmas Cards in July'. "If you are like me, you are anxious for 2020 to be over and done with. To speed things up let's pretend Christmas is around the corner even though it is only July and get a start on creating shabby chic or vintage inspired cards. This challenge is all about cards so please save other Christmas creations for later.'"

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.

With Eileen Hull's new Chapter 3 Sizzix Scoreboards dies released at the beginning of July it seemed like the perfect time to use one of them to make the first of my Christmas cards this year. Here's what I came up with;


As you may now be able to tell one of Eileen's new designs is a mitten shape. The die is officially called 'Box, Mitten' because you can actually make a box with it but I used just the main shape as it fits perfectly onto an A6 (roughly US size A2) card.

Now for the tutorial; I started with a piece of cheap textured watercolour paper and applied some Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint using a brayer - you can see how the textured surface stands out where the paint has caught it.


To enhance the vibrancy of those colours without adding lots more paint I used some coordinating Izink Pigment Inks by Seth Apter. You only need to dab the tiniest amount on using the built in brush and then scrape it in different directions using a palette knife or similar - because it dries relatively fast and is permanent it's worthwhile doing small sections at a time to get the colour exactly where you want it. The beauty of these inks is that they lay over each other revealing the under layers without creating mud.


Now it was time to add some 'va va voom' by going in with little touches of 'Purple Haze' - this really started to enhance the greens, yellows and blues beneath.


And for even more impact I added another colour, again in small patches layered over the other paints and inks - doesn't the addition of those two brighter colours make an impact on the overall look.


I ran the paper through the Big Shot with Eileen's die and cut out a mitten shape - you'll also spot that it cut some heart shapes too - more of that shortly. I also cut a mitten shape from matboard - you could stick the paper onto the board before cutting but I wanted to add some stitching so kept the two layers separate for now.


As part of the design the die will cut a wonderful zigzag shaped strip - I cut some from Buff painted paper, even hanging on to the ends with the straight edges.


After inking the zigzag edges with some Acorn Archival Ink I stuck them over the paper mitten, trimming the edges to fit and covering some of them with Glossy Accents and Dry Glitter.


To add further detail I stamped stitched lines onto some areas and hand stitched through others before gluing the paper mitten onto the matboard one for stability and strength.


Now, remember those hearts that were cut from the spare paper? Well I cut a bunch more from it in the four different sizes on the die and covered them with Glossy Accents. To create a second mitten I covered a piece of matboard with plain cotton calico fabric and embossed them with the Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folder 'Elegance'. The edges were again aged with more of the Acorn Archival Ink and I glued the glossy hearts over the top.


I kept the colour scheme neutral so as not to detract from the colourful mittens, opting for layers of tea stained copier paper, book page, pattern tissue and plain cotton calico fabric. Die cut lace was blended with the Acorn Archival Ink to match.


 Here's the second mitten when added to it's card base;


To finish each mitten some cream cotton thread was wrapped around the cuff area and I attached a couple of snowflake charms from Linda's store (distressed with a little of the Buff paint). With some die cut holly leaves and little pearls added as an accent the mittens were ready for their backgrounds.

Here are some close ups of the two finished cards - I thought the second one could even be appropriate for a Christmas birthday, wedding or anniversary;





So that's my take on the theme 'Christmas Cards in July'. My hugely talented team mates have also come up with their own Christmas cards 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 cards to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that's up for grabs.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

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

Chapter 3 Eileen Hull Bigz L Die - Box Mitten
Antiqued Bronze Snowflake Charm - Set of 5

1 July 2020

Eileen Hull Designs Chapter 3 Release Party Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining us for the Eileen Hull Chapter 3 Release Party Blog Hop. The Inspiration Team and Educators Team are excited to share their projects using the brand new 'Box, Mitten' and 'Box, Snowman' Scoreboards Dies. Throughout July, the team will be sharing tutorials and videos with you and today we start with a launch blog hop. We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.


But wait - there’s more - the Release Party continues! You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern time (that's 5pm UK time) on Wednesday, 1st July. Join the chat - and a random commenter will win the 'Box, Snowman' Die!!!

Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs. A lucky commenter will win the 'Box, Mitten' Die (to be announced on 7th July) - there's a list of links for everyone's blogs at the end of this post.

Now for the first of my projects using the new dies this month - I used the 'Box, Mitten' Die to create two coptic-stitched hand-bound notebooks ready for all those lists and plans through the festive season;


Here's a rundown of how they came together and how you can create your own Mitten books. I started with a session pulling prints from a large gel plate using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and a mix of tissue and brown wrapping paper - the idea was to get layers that could be applied to heavier surfaces (like Matboard) as well as creating 'shattered' patterns on the plate from the crumpled papers.


Next up I die cut the basic Mitten shapes, some of the zigzag patterns and medium heart shapes using the 'Box, Mitten' Die. After gluing the pattern pieces onto one of the Mitten's were painted on both sides with 'Midnight' Fresco Finish Paint.


Below you'll see where the tissue was applied over the painted pieces with the unpainted shatter marks on the tissue being highlighted by the dark colour underneath. I also added some 'London Bus' Fresco Finish Paint to the zigzags and hearts as well as blending 'Chocolate Pudding' Paint around the edges with a sponge.


Taking folded plain white paper I cut signatures by lining the folded side just underneath the top cutting line of the Mitten and running each one through with the die.


Three holes were poked through each side of the book and through the middle of each signature, and then I stitched through them using coptic stitch and coordinating brown waxed thread. I repeated this process with some lime green gel plate printed tissue to make a second book. Once assembled I felt that the paint colour was still a little flat so added touches of pearl and matte finish Izink Pigment Inks to both; in this way it was possible to add more colour without losing the patterns underneath since these inks are translucent.


To finish each book I die cut and painted some festive greenery and included some of the metallic finish flower stamens from Sizzix. The idea was to embellish them but still allow them to be useful for adding 'to do' and Christmas lists when the festive season comes around. Below you can see more of the stitching and what one of the books looks when opened up.



Thank you for joining me here as part of this latest Eileen Hull Designs Blog Hop. Here's the full list of Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team and Educators Team blog hop participants - make sure to visit them all and leave a comment on each post to be in with a chance to win a 'Box, Mitten' Die;

Eileen Hull Designs
Madeline Arendt
Julia Aston
Jennie Atkinson
Debbie Bankston
Karen Bearse
Susie Bentz
Pam Bray
Sue Eldred
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Annette Green
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Anita Houston
Sarah Lizzie
Jenny Marples - you are here
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Cheryl Waters
Mitsyana Wright
Nicole Wright


27 June 2020

Saturday Showcase - Floral Tags for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Today for the last Saturday Showcase post of June 2020 over at The Funkie Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog everyone in the Design Team has joined together to share floral tags, each one with a tutorial - so you're getting even more 'bang for your buck' today. For my tag I've taken the opportunity to create with some of the Seth Apter/Aladine Izink inks and ICE gels and no surprise, I love them.


Thing is, most of us have inks already in our stash, so what makes these different (in my opinion of course). Here's just a few I've found so far - they are definitely versatile, with many ways to use them (a few are shown below) they pack a punch in terms of strength of colour, they have those translucent qualities that make layering a breeze and they are permanent when dry which means they won't move if you want to add anything over the top.

Let's get started with seeing some of that experimentation and versatility. I don't yet have many of the sprays in the line but that's not a problem when it comes to covering larger surfaces. I mixed up a little of the 'Cotton Candy' and 'Roast Chestnut' Izink Pigment Inks and diluted them with water. Strips of plain cotton were dipped into each mixture to soak up the liquid before drying. You'll see below how I made two different shades by including more of the 'Roast Chestnut' colour for the bottom one. Then I diluted a little of the 'Lycee' (the deeper pink colour) and dipped one side of each strip into it to intensify the colour and create a contrast.


For this tag I ended up choosing to use the lighter of the two strips of cotton, dividing it into two pieces before rolling each one up to form rosebud shapes. You'll see how some of the darker side was revealed by folding down some of the fabric at the top. Craft wire was then wound around the base of each bud to hold them in place and create stems.


Now to cover the wire and make it more realistic. One of Wendy Vecchi's Washi's (from Assortment 1) proved to be ideal.


I decided to add a little shimmer to the top of each bud by using the built in brushes in each bottle lid to apply some 'Improper Copper' and 'Opal Frost' Izink Pigment Ink directly to the fabric. That sparkle worked beautifully even on such a porous surface.


To create the blue strip on the tag I once again diluted some of the Pigment Ink (this time 'Thundercloud') with water before brushing it onto a scrap of book paper. You can dip and dry as with other inks and paints to get a multi-tonal look easily. And then to give it more of a vintage aged look I dripped a little of the 'Coffee' Dye Spray onto the paper, encouraging it to form drips and runs by spritzing it all with water.


The main layer of the tag is an old book page which worked well in terms of colour so I didn't want to alter that too much. Instead I scraped a mix of  'Greenland' and 'Snowball' Izink ICE through a Tim Holtz stencil to create a raised textured surface with a shimmer. And to compliment that further I diluted a little 'Olive Drab' Izink Pigment Ink with water and splattered it onto the page with a small paintbrush.


Now here's a tip - the ICE glazes add strength to thinner paper making them easier to die cut using the more intricate dies. Using a palette knife I spread a little of the 'Glacier Green' and 'Frozen Peas' Izink ICE over some thin book paper - be careful when pushing the gel out from the pack as you only need a little and it's easy to get carried away). Allow each gel layer to dry before applying the next to get a better look and then spray with more of the 'Coffee' Izink Dye Spray over the top to fill in any gaps. You can see below how I used Tim Holtz 'Cut Out Leaves' Thinlits Dies to create the shapes before cutting around them to make the delicate filigree leaves.


OK, now for the part of this tutorial that has me most excited of all. Remember that piece of painted paper from my last project HERE, made from mopping up the residue on my gel plate from a play session with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints - well I chopped a piece off to cover a large tag and transformed it from this...


... to this using just Izink Pigment Inks (in this case 'Avalanche', 'Stratosphere', 'Thundercloud' and 'Royal Gold'). It's that transformation that for me makes these inks a game changer. I love making backgrounds with several layers of paint building on top of each other to form depth and interest to the final look and have discovered that these bottles of magic add a whole new dimension to that process. Pick colours that coordinate with those in your background, add a few drops, immediately scrape through them with a spatula to move them around the surface whilst still wet and see what a different they make. And because they are translucent when worked this way, dry rapidly and are permanent you don't get mud when adding more colours.


You'll hopefully see what I mean in the piece below which started life with a combo of oranges, reds, buff and a tiny touch of teal. Add white, red, gold and blues and see the way it transforms. Stamp on top (Wendy Vecchi's background 'All Stitched Up') and you have another layer. Why is this so important? Imagine, you've pulled a number of gel prints on larger pieces of paper or card and need to add smaller pieces to a collage only they need a slight tweak colourwise - pull out your Izink Pigment Inks and within a few short moments you can have just the piece you need, leaving the rest to be altered in other ways for other projects. It is truly going to make a huge difference to my projects going forward.


Back to the tag, and with all the elements made it was just a case of layering them together. I added a little pattern paper underneath the stencilled book page, a piece of plain calico fabric above, layered the blue and red pieces on top and glued in place the flowers before securing them with hand stitching. There's also a stamped circle (Tim Holtz 'Field Notes' stamp set) and the leaves plus a sentiment from an older Dina Wakley Media set. the addition of faux stitching in a metallic lime around the edge of the tag echoed the leaves and stems as well as adding a border to the piece. Here are some close ups;




I hope you've enjoyed seeing my own experiments for this tag with Seth Apter's Aladine Izink range. There'll be much more to come in the future. Meantime I hope you'll hop over to the  to see what my talented team mates have created for their floral tags - our styles and end results are so diverse that there's lots to see and find out from them all.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

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

Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Cut Out Leaves

24 June 2020

Cattywampus at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Sara Emily is your host for this one and she has called it 'Cattywampus'. "Cattywampus is a funny sounding southern slag term I hear a lot around the house. According to the On Line Slang Dictionary it has several meanings including "appearing off center, diagonal from, crooked or not level, appearing askew, tilted or lopsided". Taking inspiration from any one of these definitions, include something cattywampus in your vintage or shabby chic project. Be sure to tell us what that cattywampus thing is; we might miss it!'"

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.

Now I'm the type of person who likes straight lines so to be honest the whole concept of making things deliberately wonky felt a little out of my comfort zone, but thankfully a 'mop up' gel plate print came to my rescue and led to this 'cattywampus' birthday card.



So let's see that print and find out how it drove the design of this card; here's the collection of prints I pulled out, including a couple of pieces of card from previous projects and the larger piece of paper that I'd used to pull off the leftover edge bits from my gel plate after one of many painty sessions using Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. It was the wonky lines in shades of red, grey, gold and blue that got me thinking that this could be a perfect background since they are wonky. I chopped off about a third and began to build on it.


Here's a close up of those won


So what if you have a painted background but don't have any leftover edges to create those wonky lines I hear you cry? Well fear not, they are easily added manually using some of Pam Bray's wonderful Rock Candy Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. I used an embossing pen to draw extra wonky lines onto the background and sprinkled over some of the 'Peppermint' colour, heat setting it to capture the sparkle and shine.


And to echo the gold colours in the background I repeated the process this time with the 'Butterscotch' variety, this time using thinner lines. I would suggest doing the thicker lines first because then when you come to heat the smaller ones you are spending less time potentially reheating the existing set powder and are therefore less likely to adversely affect it.


I wanted to add more layers to really build up the background so began by adding lines of hand stitching (use Wendy Vecchi's Poke & Stitch 'Rectangle Frames Stitching Template' to add regular spaced holes to stitch through if you are not ready to to at it freehand). And then I spotted that the hearts pattern on one of Wendy Vecchi's Washi Tape coordinated perfectly. By stamping a Happy Birthday sentiment from her 'Funky Flower Art' stamp set I was able to alter it to match the theme too. To balance the design I drew through one of Wendy's older stencils with a red pen a the top and bottom.


With the background complete and mounted on black card and the white, tall card blank attention turned to what should be used as a focal point. The person for whom this card is intended likes a glass or two of wine so I thought a couple of bottles would be a good plan. Remembering back to the plainer coordinating card prints shown at the beginning of this tutorial I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Bigz Die 'Bottled Up' to cut a couple of bottle shapes.


The flat paint colours were in danger of being overpowered by the background so I applied embossing powder to each in order to emphasis the colour a little more; you'll see Seth Apter's Baked Velvet 'Aegean Sea' and Baked Texture 'Vintage Beeswax' in use here. I deliberately overheated it to make the surfaces more pitted and faded in areas ready for the next step.


I wiped a little 'Night' Acrylic Paint over the embossed surfaces of the bottles and before it had dried completely wiped away the excess, leaving the residue in the pitted marks.


With the bottles done and added to the card wonkily,  I looked through my scraps and found this die cut doily which was covered in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink and Fractured Ice Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. I also added more of the stamped Washi Tape onto a piece of card to act as the sentiment and glued antique bronze filigree corners above and below it over the bottles to finish the card.



Here's a couple of close ups of the finished card showing all of those textures and wonky details;



That's my take on the theme 'Cattywampus'. My incredibly talented team mates have also come up with their own cattywampus 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 to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that's up for grabs.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

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

Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Bigz Die - Bottled Up
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set - Funky Flower Art
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