1 April 2020

April Flowers Bring May Flowers at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Maggi is your host for this one and she's called it 'April Flowers Bring May Flowers'.

"Design a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates a wet "something" with flowers. Examples: Stenciled or doodled raindrops, water distressed or crumpled paper, Tim Holtz's Umbrella Man, you get the idea, just have something that represents wet. Then, add some flowers to your 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 The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog 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.

Today is a special day as it sees the release of a whole host of Sizzix Chapter 2 dies and embossing folders. For this project I've chosen to share with you brand new Sizzix Scoreboards Dies from Eileen Hull - the 'Tiny Book' with it's coordinating 'Tiny Book Case'.


This Tiny Accordion Book and matching Tiny Book Case feature papers, flowers and a mould from a gorgeous Prima Marketing collection called 'Pretty Mosaic' and are enhanced with new stamps by Wendy Vecchi. Here are a couple of close ups of the floral cluster on the closure band for the embossed Tiny Book Case - note the glistening 'raindrops' on the flowers and leaves.



And here's a closer look at the cover of the Tiny Book, holding an accordion pull out inside.


Inside the paper, stamped flowers and trims have been put together to represent the journey along a flower strewn garden path.


Again, here are some close ups to show the details - it's really hard to capture on camera the clear embossed dots representing more pf those raindrops but the stitched rainbows are a little easier to spot;





Now, I've put together a step by step tutorial for recreating this accordion book and case.

The Tutorial


Start by cutting a piece of matboard/mount board 3 1/4" x 5 1/4" and glue to the reverse of one of the double-sided sheet of the patterned paper 13/4" from the left side (as shown below).


Cut around the paper then turn to the front. You'll see the words and flowers are nicely lined up. Run through with the Tim Holtz 'Roses' Embossing Folder.


Run the embossed paper covered board piece through your die cutting machine with the Tiny Book Scoreboards Die as shown below.


Cover the inside of the book with a piece of cloth, trim to fit and fray the edges.


At this point I realised that the frayed edges at the top and bottom were a much paler colour than those at the size due to the two toned fabric I'd used, so I diluted a little Sand Acrylic Paint and coloured them to match. It occurred to me that if you don't have fabric of this colour you could always die yours with the same paint, allowing it to dry before sticking it to the reverse of the book cover.


Next cut a 3" tall strip of the mosaic paper as shown below.


Paint an uneven line along the bottom of the strip using Aloe Acrylic Paint.


On a piece of thin paper stamp and emboss the stylised roses from Wendy Vecchi's 'Rosy Art' stamp set with white embossing powder. I used tea stained paper, but you could easily use paper coloured with a little Antique Linen Distress Ink.


Dilute some Acrylic Paint - Blushing, Eggplant and a mix of Evergreen and Black - with water. Paint the roses and leaves then splatter a little of the green colour over the strip.


Cut around the flowers and stick them over the painted line on the mosaic paper.


Cut a 2" panel from the left hand side of the strip. Fold the remaining strip into more 2" sections as shown below.


Apply Transparent Gloss Texture Paste through the dots stencil in the Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART 'Thank You' Stamp/Die/Stencil Set over each of the panels.


Hand-stitching if you like (mine's a basic running stitch in semi-circular patterns) before adding Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers over the flowers and on the front cover of the Tiny Book. I ran a little edge of dilute Umber Acrylic Paint around them to make them stand out more but would probably use a little lighter shade of grey in hindsight. You'll have seen from the finished book photos at the beginning of this post that I also added lace trim, self adhesive gems and pearls and a few die cut tiny butterflies painted with the Blushing Acrylic Paint and a little White Gesso.


Now for the Tiny Book Case; cut a piece of matboard/mount board 8 1/4" x 6" and stick it onto the same piece of patterned paper used for the Tiny Book cover as shown below.


Run the paper covered board through your die cutting machine with the Tiny Book Case Die to cut out the basic case shape before embossing it with the Tim Holtz 'Roses' Embossing Folder.


Paint the inside of the case with Sand Acrylic Paint and when dry fold in along the scorelines before gluing the case together at the sides.


Press moulding clay into the butterfly shape on the Pretty Mosaic Mould and when dry paint with Blushing Acrylic Paint, highlighting with White Gesso. You'll see here I made two butterflies but ended up only using one and instead moulded some of the small roses from the garland shape.


There are a number of beautiful flower branches in the Pretty Mosaic line and I chose these fuchsia coloured ones as they matched the Eggplant Acrylic Paint but there are also the most adorable peach and mint shades in stock. Add dots of Glossy Accents onto the top three flowers and surrounding leaves, and when dry cut off that top section from the main branch.


Finally cut a strip of wire edged burlap ribbon long enough to wrap around the finished case. Decorate it with the flowers, moulded pieces and a paper covered key using the Tiny Book Die, cut from the waste left over from the case.


And as a reminder here's the finished Tiny Book and Tiny Book Case;


That's my take on the theme 'April Flowers Bring May Flowers'. My hugely talented team mates have also come up with their own floral creations incorporating some form of rain for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check out their gorgeous projects 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 art box are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Sizzix Scoreboards Die by Eileen Hull - Tiny Book
Sizzix Scoreboards Die by Eileen Hull - Tiny Book Case
Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz - Roses
Prima Marketing 12 x 12 Paper Pad - Pretty Mosaic
Prima Marketing Silicone Mould - Pretty Mosaic
Prima Marketing Flowers - Pretty Mosaic
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints and Gessos
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Stamp Set - Rosy Art
Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Stamp/Die/Stencil Set - Thank You
Tim Holtz Ideaology Clipping Sticker Book
Ranger Embossing Powder - White
Ranger Texture Paste - Transparent Gloss
Ranger Glossy Accents
May Arts Burlap Wired Ribbon

Eileen Hull Designs Tiny Book and Tiny Book Case Launch Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining us for the Eileen Hull Release Party Blog Hop! The Inspiration Team is excited to finally share their Sizzix Chapter 2 projects using the brand new 'Tiny Book' and 'Tiny Book Case' Scoreboards Dies. Throughout April, the designers will be sharing tutorials and videos with you. Once you've checked out my makes, please hop down the list of designers (linked up at the end of this post) to see what the other members of the team have been working on. And now for the even more exciting bit! If you leave a comment on each of the designer’s posts by April 6, you will be entered to win a 'Tiny Book' Die! The winner will be announced on Eileen’s Facebook Live on Tuesday, April 7.


The Tiny Book measures 2 1/4” x 3” and is just the right size for wallet size photos, stamps, quotes, tags or tiny cards. The Tiny Book Case is designed to hold the book, a gift card, earrings, or small treats. For all of those who missed out on Eileen's hugely popular Needle Book Die this is a fantastic alternative. And for those like me who are hooked on Eileen's book/journal dies then this is a must for your ever growing collection. If you haven’t gotten your hands on a Tiny Book and Tiny Book Case yet, you can find them at your local retailer (I've added a couple of links at the bottom of this post for those in the UK and US).


Now let's get to it - I've got a couple of projects to whet your appetite for the new dies. First up the Tiny Book and coordinating Tiny Book Case shown above were the ones sent to Eileen for the Creativation and Paperworld shows back in January (gosh that feels like a lifetime ago now!)


They were created using some Gel Plate printed card, repeat stamped with a Seth Apter mini stamp from PaperArtsy. I heat embossed another of Seth's mini stamp images on the front of the book and added a little lace and a key cut using the Tiny Book Die, binding it with tea stained paper signatures. The Tiny Book Case closure is a piece of ribbon wrapped around the outside and secured with a buckle, also cut using the Tiny Book Die.


Now for another Tiny Book project. Back in January I made a mini accordion book (see the blog post and tutorial HERE) at that time realising that it would fit perfectly inside the cover of a Tiny Book. And here it is - first the cover;


And now the accordion section, glued inside and folded up perfectly.


It's a busy day today so if you fancy seeing the tutorial for a third Tiny Book (with matching Tiny Book Cover) I'm posting a new one here in just a couple of hours!

And if you haven't already pre-ordered your 'Tiny Book' and 'Tiny Book Case' Dies here are links to a couple of independent retailers;
UK - Country View Crafts
US - The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Finally here's the full list of Eileen Hull's Inspiration 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 'Tiny Book' die;

Eileen Hull
Jenny Marples - you are here
Julia Aston
Susie Bentz
Maggi Harding
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Lisa Hoel
Pam Bray
Karen Bearse
Mitsyana Wright


Topflight Stamps 3rd Birthday Blog Hop Winners!

Hi everyone and welcome. A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Topflight Stamps 3rd Birthday Blop Hop. Wasn't it lovely to see the makes from all those talented designers.


With blog hops come winners, and as well as an overall winner (announced on the Topflight Stamps blog) each of the designers get to pick a winner of their own to win a $15 Topflight Gift Card.

So, I picked a name at random from all those who were kind enough to leave a comment on my blog post and........... my winner is Fonda! Huge congratulations Fonda! Please email me at buttonscraft@btinternet.com so I can give you your winners code.

Thank you again to everyone who joined in the blog hop.

Jenny xx

24 March 2020

3rd Birthday Blog Hop for Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone and welcome. Today is a special day for Topflight Stamps as they reach their 3rd birthday!!! To celebrate they are hosting a Birthday Blog Hop, showcasing birthday cards created by a team of Guest Designers using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Ericka Strange's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details at the end of this post.


Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 28th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!.

And with so many of us having to shop online now you'll be pleased to see this...


So following the birthday card theme I made this non-traditional collage style card using Sara Naumann's stamp set ESN36 from PaperArtsy, available from Topflight Stamps.


Here's a quick tutorial to show how this card came together;

The background card was made by taking a Gel Plate print from brayered layers of PaperArtsy Steel Grey, Cloud 9 and Granny Smith Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints.


The torn textured paper pieces were created using a combination of Mahogany/Toffee and Mahogany/Caramel Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints.


I used a small Gel Plate to apply Guacamole Fresco Finish Paint onto a tea stained piece of copier paper as the basis for this section. After stamping the nail and script image from the set with Tea Rose Archival Ink I used an embossing ink pen to draw over the nail, covering and heat setting it with a layer of Seth Apter's Chunky Rust Baked Texture Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Crafts.


The ledger image was stamped onto more tea stained copier paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.


The small leaf and script image from the set was stamped onto white card with the same black ink before being heat embossed with Seth Apter's Dusk Baked Velvet Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Crafts.


Left over from a previous project I had some more painted copier paper, this time brayered with layers of Gold Rush, Sorbet, Rose and Blush Fresco Finish Paints. Having cut into it to create a layer underneath the nail and script piece, I stamped the leaf from the smaller leaf and script stamp with embossing ink onto the paper and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. After cutting around the leaf I layered it over the Dusk embossed image.


As can be seen below I took all of these stamped/painted pieces and combined them over a 5 1/2 inch square white card base, adding a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide Ink to all the edges. The little piece of cotton lace trim was coloured with Buff Fresco Finish Paint and the sentiment from the set was stamped onto more tea stained copier paper, mounted onto thick card. Adding extra mats and layers to a card always helps to give them a more polished and cohesive look so I used a pink card layer in between the white base and the kraft coloured card base, machine stitching the edges of the white card for added texture.

Here are a couple of close ups of the finished card;



That's all from me. Follow along with the rest of the Birthday Blog Hop by hopping over to Autumn Clark's blog here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamp Blog. And don't forget to comment on each of the blog posts to be in with a chance of winning!



18 March 2020

Little Things for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. I'm your host for this one and I've called it 'Little Things'.

"Sometimes it can be the littlest of things that can mean the most. For this challenge create a small vintage or shabby chic project (or if you're feeling adventurous even a set!) It could be an Artist Trading Card/Coin, a tag or a little card for example, or you may have something else in mind - we can't wait to see them."

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 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 wrote this challenge theme a while ago, and now, in these uncertain and difficult times, even more it's the little gestures, offering to help where we can, looking out for our friends and neighbours, thanking people who are putting their lives on the line to look after us, that can mean more than we know. And maybe, in some small way, sharing our art with each other can be a positive focus where so much seems so negative. I hope you all stay safe and come through this in good shape.


So for the challenge my 'little things' are a set of 4 x 3 inch trading cards which have afforded me the opportunity to play with some older supplies. Here's how they came together;

I started by using a Gel Plate to pull prints onto a couple of pieces of 12 x 12 smooth card. The first used layers of Ancient, Turquoise, Sterling and finally Sedona Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint applied with a brayer.


The second print was pulled from layers of Peacock, Penny, Mineral and finally Turquoise paint, also from the Dina Wakley Media range.


After misting the first print with water I let drips of Rust Alcohol Ink run down the surface. Any Alcohol Ink with an orange/brown tone to it would work equally well.


The second print was again misted with water before drops of Pebble Alcohol Ink were applied. Again, similar pale brown shades such as Mushroom would work equally well.


To make the cards I chopped a 3 inch wide strip cut into three pieces 4 inches long from each print (leaving a good chunk aside for future projects or more cards). The edges of each card were dabbed with a little Black Acrylic Paint using foam.


The same paint loaded foam was used to stamp 'Ledger Script' onto the rusty coloured cards. Make sure to wash your stamps thoroughly and quickly when using paint on them.


Using the alpha pattern from Tim Holtz 'Mixed Media #3' Thinlits Die Set I cut letters, numbers and symbols from the rust coloured cards before sticking them over the blue coloured cards, retaining the leftovers for future projects. A hint or two here; it occurred to me after cutting into each card that it would have been sensible to add double-sided adhesive sheets to the reverse side first making it easier to stick the two layers together and giving the added bonus of self adhesive leftover letters. Also, concentrate when cutting into your cards - after answering a phone call my mind must have wandered and I ended up cutting one of them upside down! (you'll be looking for it now, I bet!!!)


To finish the bases I hand stitched patterns through them using a template - you could use your stencils and a basic running stitch, marking out your design with a white gel pen before sewing through the layers. To enhance the blue background I wrapped some aqua coloured wire along the length of each of the cards, securing it at the back with some masking tape.


Moving on to the decorative toppers I took a piece of tea stained copier paper (left over from making notebooks and journals) and stamped a couple of the Tim Holtz 'Fragments' images in a repeat pattern using the Black Acrylic Paint on foam sponge.


As the paper is quite thin I mounted it onto a couple of layers of card cut away from a regular manilla file. As well as being a thrifty base it's also flexible yet firm when used together. From this I die cut a Tim Holtz 'Tattered Butterfly', a Tim Holtz 'Large Stem' and a Tim Holtz 'Patchwork Bird', adding a few of the elements to make them slightly more dimentional.


When laying these focal elements onto the backgrounds (which are already highly patterned) they got lost so I went back over with a thin layer of Buff Acrylic Paint to tame down the pattern without obliterating it, blending Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink onto the edges for added definition.


After mounting these focal elements onto each card I finished them by adding a Mirrored Heart coloured with Turquoise Alcohol Ink and a die cut word - the new Tim Holtz 'Alphanumeric Tiny Type' dies would be great for this.




That's my take on the theme 'Little Things'. My hugely talented team mates have also come up with their own little things for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check out their gorgeous projects 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 art box are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Ledger Script
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Fragments
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Bigz L Die - Large Stems
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Bigz Die - Tattered Butterfly
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Bigz Die - Patchwork Bird
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterarions Thinlits Die Set - Mixed Media #3
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Thinlits Die Set - Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower
Dina Wakley Media Paints and Gessos
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Ideaology - Mirrored Hearts
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Walnut Stain

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