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Thursday, April 16, 2015


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Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I have a Funkie project for Frilly and Funkie's Spring Die Cuts challenge hosted by our lovely Nicole.  I was strongly influenced by a play I saw over the weekend at our local community theater - Little Shop of Horrors, not that I think any of these lovely flowers is apt to eat anyone - LOL.  But the play was set in New York City's Bowery district and the stage set was largely brick walls.   So when I started thinking about a funkie backdrop for my spring die cuts, all I could think of was those brick walls.

I started with a 5x7" sheet of chipboard for my canvas and sponged it well with Jet Black archival ink.  I was planning to use Ranger embossing paste over it so I didn't want to use anything that was water soluble that the color would be absorbed into the embossing paste.  Once the chipboard was nice and back, I used Wendy Vecchi's brick stencil to apply the embossing paste.  I had to do it in sections and let each section dry before stenciling again so as not to smear the previously laid down paste.  I let it dry overnight and then sprayed it with Dylusions Post Box Red spray ink and hit it with a couple of mists of Lindy's Stamp Gang's Van Dyke Sepia to knock back the red a bit.  In the end, the black mortar was not dark enough so I used a black Stabilo pencil to blacken between each brick...going for a more grungy look.

I just got my hands on the new Tiny Tattered Florals die that arrived in the shop on Tuesday and thought it was a great approach to the spring die cut theme, plus I was dying to try it out :)  I cut out white card stock and used Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac and Squeezed Lemonade stains to colorize m flowers.  I dried them with my heat tool and the sponged all edges with Vintage Photo.  I had these very cool little bronze leaves that came in recently and rather than cutting leaves with the dies from the set, I decided to use my new tiny bronze leaves.

I added a little graffiti to my brick wall using Remnant Rubs and Tim's awesome new Remnant Rub tool. The ART stamp is from Wendy Vecchi and I stamped int in Jet Black archival in a ripped piece of Melange Tissue Wrap.  My vine flourish is green paper cord from May Arts that also just came into the shop.  I have it in three colors - very fun embellie (and cheap too).  We have the great DREAM keys in stock too.   So there is my spring die cut project, straight out of the inner city!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will also swing by Frilly and Funkie and leave some love for the other designers on the team.  They have some terrific projects that are sure to inspire you!

The following products are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Wendy Vecchi, Tim Holtz and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It's All About the Die Cuts

Hello and welcome!  I'm so glad you have stopped by today to see my contribution to the design team's line up for the new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  It's the Frillies' week to post.  Nicole is our hostess this time and she wants us to showcase spring die cuts.  Well, of course, for me that means flowers - YAY!

For no rhyme nor reason, I got started with Cracked Pistachio and went completely monochromatic with it.  I loved the way the crisp white die cuts looked against the CP green.  A couple of months ago, we got some new Spellbinders fancy layers dies in the shop and I've been looking for an excuse to grab a pack for my own.  This set cuts four different edges plus two intricate inserts.  Instead of cutting just one edge, I decided to cut opposing edges.  They are really gorgeous.  They don't show great in the photo, but IRL they are really lovely.

All my CS started out white, the green was sprayed with Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain. I also gave it all a couple of shots of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain to, just to give it some variation.  The Picket Fence came out on blotches and blobs rather than in a mist, which I really liked.   I used Cracked Pistachio paint for one layer, but it didn't match exactly with the spray so i chucked it and created the same layer again with the spray.

For the center layer, I cut a vase shaped panel from white CS, then sprayed it with CP spray stain.  After dry it with my heat gun, I stamped the Wend Vecchi script stamp in Jet Black archival.  Then I applied embossing ink through the Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil and the embossed using white EP.

The butterfly was cut from vellum and embossed using the new Butterfly Duo Bigz die.  I flipped it over and colored in the recessed areas with a Cracked Pistachio marker.  I edged the butterfly just slightly with Vintage Photo DI to give the edges some definition and make it stand out a bit.

My flowers were also cut from white CS using the Tattered Flowers Garland decorative strip die, always my go to die for making flowers.  It cuts a lot at one time in all different sizes.  The smaller sizes of the flowers on the strip are perfect for card and tag making.  The sticks and ivy were cut from the Spring Greenery decorative strip die.  I colored white fatback pearls with a Cracked Pistacho marker for the flower centers.

That's about it.  Lots and lots of die cuts on this card.  I hope it inspires you to pull out your dies and create a vintage style springtime card with us.  The challenge is open for the next two weeks.  Hope to see you playing along.  Please do stop over at Frilly and Funkie and see the yummy eye candy our Frilly gals have shipped up for your inspiration.

Just a reminder that all my cards and tags are for sale.  If you would like to purchase this card (it needs a good home :), please email me at   The price for this card is $10, which includes the postage for mailing it to an address within the USA.  You will receive it in a 6x6x1 mailing box so you can mail it again without it being crushed.  

These products were used to make the above card and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tiny Affirmations

Hello again, I'm back with Week #2 of my Put a Ribbon on It challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  I hope you will play along with our challenge.  Just make a vintage style project with a ribbon and link up to our challenge.  It's open through April 7th.  You have a chance to be voted our Funkie Favorite, winning a badge for your blog and a guest designer spot on the challenge blog.  And there is also a random draw prize too - a $25 gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  

I have to admit my ribbon project this week isn't very clever.  I've been working long hours in the shop and my craft time has really dwindled along with my inspiration.  Not too original as everyone and their sister has used a brick wall stencil or stamp combined with a floral vine.  But even though it lacks originality, I did have fun playing with all the colors and inks and textures.  

I started this piece with a 5x7" piece of white CS and used the Tim Holtz Bubbles stencil to layer on white Ranger embossing paste.  We had just received a shipment of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays in the shop and I grabbed a couple to play with.  I used Starburst sprays in Sea Mint Green and Wild Honeysuckle Coral, spraying portions of the card and embossing paste.  I did a little background stamping with Jet Black archival ink, using a Wendy Vecchi text stamp from Love to Make Art and a Tim Holtz brick stamp.  The gorgeous lady is Wendy's "Megan" stamp from A Passion for Art as is the  subtle sentiment "Perfect just the way you are".

The flowers were cut with the Tattered Flower Garland and the greenery with the Spring Greenery decorative strip dies.  The flowers were white CS sprayed with the Lindy's Wild Honeysuckle Coral and the paper for the greenery was a piece of card stock that I used as a backing when I was spraying other elements from another project - LOL!  It looked so nice with the green shimmer with just a few sprays of sepia.  And of course all the edges on both the flowers and greenery were inked with Vintage Photo.  I used Kaisercraft pearls in Copper - love the graduated sizes, perfect for different size handmade flowers!  I altered a copper filigree from my shop with black alcohol ink as an accent.  

My one little ribbon piece is some of the lovely new burlap ribbon I started carrying in the shop lately.   I cut three tiny tags, distressed them and added Remnant Rub ons (using Tim's awesome new Remnant Rub tool) from the Words pack.  They were secured with a tiny loop pin from my shop.  

That's it.  The supplies used for this piece as well as links to the products in my shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique, are listed below.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to visit us at Frilly and Funkie to see the amazing ribbon products our talented designers have created!

The products below were used to create the above art piece.  They can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Wendy Vecchi, Tim Holtz and many other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

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