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


9 January 2019

Inspired By for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are half way through a new challenge. It's Cec's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Inspired By'. Cec says "I don't have access to quality craft classes locally so I spend time online to learn new things. For this challenge I want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by or using a technique or tutorial that you have found online. You must provide a link to the site that is inspiring your creation and please do not make a direct copy of anything you found."

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.

Here's the finished project I created after being inspired by video tutorials from the amazing Kate Crane showing how she makes grungy backgrounds using the Gel Press plate. You can find them HERE along with many more fantastic tutorials to help you get the best from your Gel Press plate.


Having been lucky enough to have a Gel Press plate for a while I must confess to only having used it a couple of times, not necessarily with the best of results. Cec's challenge theme gave the impetus for getting to grips with it so I watched several of Kate's tutorials to take on board all the tips and techniques she shares. Here are the supplies I gathered together when the time came to give it another go; you'll see a small range of Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints, Tim Holtz Distress Damask stamp set, Mushroom Alcohol Ink, some smooth surface paper, a brayer and of course a Gel Press plate.


I followed Kate's method, brayering paint onto the plate, removing some of the paint with the stamps, then repeating the process until it was time to take a print. Each time a little of the paint remained on the Gel Press plate in patches. Rather than clean the plate each time I worked over it so those remnants would add to the next print and by sticking to the same limited coordinating colour palette in different combinations I got the following prints;




The printed piece far left in the photo above is the one I chose to cover the Etcetera Tag with. To allow the background to remain the dominant part I layered a colour co-ordinating Tim Holtz Baseboard and pieces of Ephemera behind a Baseboard Frame covered in Emerald Creek's Charred Gold Embossing Powder. As it melted under the heat gun an antiqued bronze filigree triangle corner was dropped into the molten powder to set in place. The paper left over after covering the tag was stuck to a piece of kraft card before being die cut with Tim Holtz Funky Foliage. Arranged amongst this foliage were some Bouquet Findings flowers coloured with a little Lemonade Alcohol Ink and some Quote Chips provided the finishing touch.



That's it for my 'Inspired Byproject 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 entries that have been Inspired By to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

28 December 2018

Wrapped Journal featuring Eileen Hull Designs and Emerald Creek Crafts

Hi everyone. I hope you've all had a peaceful Christmas and have had chance to think back through everything that 2018 has delivered as we reach its conclusion.

Over on Eileen Hull's website her Inspiration Team have been sharing some of their favourite projects from 2018. As part of this I began to look back through the pieces I'd made this year and realised that my favourite has not made it to my blog yet! It's a mixed media Wrapped Journal that features lots of Eileen's die designs and incorporates a number of embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.


As you'll see from the following video flip through I added lots of fabric, lace, papers and stitching to the Journal cover and pages, sticking to neutral tones throughout.


The Eileen Hull Designs dies used in this Journal include;
Wrapped Journal
Bookmark, Tag & Pocket
Bookplate, Hinges & Label
Floral Arch & Words
Journaling Words
Journaling Cards, Hearts
Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves
Birds & Butterflies
Word Stitchlits
Stitchy Flowers & Leaf

To enhance the die cut shapes and add beautiful texture to the journal I used a number of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies embossing powders.


Embossing powders from their Allure range used include; Burnt Copper Leaves, Hammered Metal, Charred Gold, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Fractured Ice, which can be found on their website HERE.


I found that by adding a layer of Glossy Accents to glue the unheated powder in place I could leave it in it's raw form so that the wonderful mix of granules and colours could shine through. This was also a great way to semi heat set the powders too. To keep the loose powders in place when fully heat embossing Ranger's Emboss It Dabber is also really good as it delivers enough sticky ink to hold the larger granules as well as the smaller ones.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing inside this Wrapped Journal in more detail. As 2019 beckons the team are now working on creating new projects to inspire you using Eileen's fabulous new upcoming dies. She will be sharing more about these in the coming weeks so stay tuned to her Facebook Page for that.

For now all that remains is for me to wish you all a creative, positive and enjoyable 2019.
Jenny xxx

5 December 2018

In The Kitchen with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we start the final challenge of the year today. It's Suzz's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'In The Kitchen'. This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table. Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project. You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen. You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.

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 final challenge of the year I've hopped over to the Frilly side of the Design Team as a one off, so this card is all about the paper layering and everything shabby chic in style. Can you spot the kitchen connection? You'll see from the close up shot further down this post that some deliberately rusted silverware is piled into the centre of the festive foliage.


Now this card may look super complicated but actually it's easy to recreate. I started by taking a couple of those sheets of Christmas Worn Wallpaper and scrapped some White Acrylic Paint across the burgundy one sparingly to lighten it. Chopping it into layers these were added one above another to create the basic structure of the card. I've been making a lot of Funky Festive foliage recently (see my last DT project as evidence of that!) and used it again here, creating branches from the Silver Metallic Kraft Card with pine cones and berry stems from Classic Kraft Card. I discovered that by cutting the stems from red card, berries from black card and adding Glossy Accents they looked just like elderberries.


Now on to that rusty silverware; I took a reinforcer ring from a pack of Etcetera Tags, coloured it with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint, sanded the edges and adorned it with a real rusty washer. To follow the challenge them I took some Tim Holtz Adornments Silverware and covered it with a mix of Rust and Espresso Alcohol Ink before adding Seth Apter's Baked Texture Chunky Rust Embossing Powder for that touch of added realism. In fact they looked more rusted than the real rusty washer so I added a little of the same embossing powder onto that too! After piling all those elements together on top of the layered Wallpaper all that remained was to add a sentiment from the Glorious Gatherings set, stamped on to Metallic Kraft Card.


That's it for my Frilly kitchen based project 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 entries to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx


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