31 October 2018

Impress Us at 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 Sara Emily's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Impress Us'. Who doesn't want to make a great first impression? For this challenge, we would like you to use your embossing folders or any other way you can make an impression on your vintage or shabby chic project. Go ahead and 'Impress Us' with your creativity!

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 decided to make a start on creating Christmas cards, turning to Tim Holtz new 'Glorious Gatherings' stamp set for a bold statement. And because there is so much detail in the main floral bouquet stamp itself I kept the rest of the design very simple - great if you are concerned about the thickness of your cards when posting them!

As we are focusing on embossing for this challenge I chose to emboss the floral image with black embossing powder before colouring it with Distress Spray Stains and blending Distress Ink around the edges. There are four festive greetings included in this stamp set so those were also embossed before being mounted onto the cards.

If you are not totally confident in getting a crisp image when heat embossing with black embossing powder I would suggest using your Stamp Platform to stamp the floral stamp first in black archival ink and then in embossing ink covered with the embossing powder, so that parts not covered by the powder don't show.

I used a large piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock to create these cards because it allows the Distress Spray Stains to blend more easily and can be cut into four ready for mounting onto Wendy Vecchi's new landscape Perfect Cardstock cards.

That's it for my embossed 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 Halloween entries to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

30 October 2018

Tim Holtz Halloween Junk Journal

Happy Halloween everyone! For those of you who will be trick or treating this week I've put together a new Halloween Junk Journal using the leftovers from previous Tim Holtz projects and some of his fabulous Halloween Worn Wallpaper. It's a great way to create somewhere special to store memories of the festivities whilst wasting none of those scraps that we all accumulate.

As there is a lot to see inside this junk journal here's a video flip through to show more and explain how it came together;

You'll see from the close ups below that Tim's 'Materialize' Halloween fabric range gives you the look we all know and love with the added bonus of creating a tactile surface on the journal cover that makes it lovely to hold.

Close Ups of the 'Raggedy' Collage Inserts

As promised in the video here are some more details shots of those 'Raggedy' collages inside. Many thanks to Nik The Booksmith for sharing how to create these wonderful collages and inspiring me to create some for this journal;

I hope you feel inspired to grab those seasonal scraps and create your own Halloween Junk Journal. In the meantime and in case you missed any of them, Tim shares some more fantastic Halloween inspiration HERE and HERE.

For now take care of yourselves and get creating!
Jenny xxx

Supplies List

Note; also used, Tim Holtz stamp sets CMS172 'The Chemist' and CMS279 'Rosette & Floret'

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