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Friday, January 23, 2015

More Cracked Pistachio Inspired by Tim's January Tag

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I'm still loving the new Cracked Pistachio January distress color.  I was fortunate enough to receive some sample products at CHA and have made another tag based on Tim Holtz's January tag.  This time I started with a jumbo manila tag and affixed Melange tissue wrap with Glue 'n Seal as Tim showed in his January tutorial.  Rather than use distress paint, I spritzed on a bit of Cracked Pistachio distress spray stain and a bit of Walnut Stain spray too.  I love the color that resulted, almost olive but with a bit of extra zing to it.  
The trellis die cut was painted black with Black Soot distress paint and then given two coats of UTEE.  I used the trellis cut outs as my glittered embellishment, first painting them with antique linen distress paint and then applying Antique Linen distress glitter using Glossy Accents according to Tim's instructions.  I also used Alpha Parts this time with a smear of Antique Linen distress paint for my year.  The tag was edged with Walnut Stain DI.

I used the fabulous new Small Talk quotes and phrases in place of Tim's Chit Chat stickers and outlined them with a black stabilo pencil, smearing the pencil lines with my finger to create shadows. I added some Botanical Remnant Rubs using Tim's awesome new Remnant Rub tool (available for pre-order at The Funkie Junkie Boutique) and also black butterflies cut with the Butterfly Frenzy die.  And then in keeping with my theme, I boldly added a bright red triple bow made of crinkled seam binding dyed with Post Box Red Dylusions.  

It was fun just having an opportunity to play.  I like this one better than my first January Tim Tag, more feminine I guess :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS - in response to a reader's inquiry, the new Idea-ology products are being released mid-February and mid-March.  The new Small Talk and Big Chat stickers are scheduled for the February release.  You can pre-order them from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  

The products below were used in making this tag and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Tim Holtz/Ranger products are always 20% below MSRP.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Love

Winter greetings, friends and followers.  I'm back with a little piece I made for the Funkie week of the Winter Wishes challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  Nancy Dynes is our host this fortnight and we wants us to make something depicting what we love about winter.  I thought about making something wintery and icy, but I really don't like that about winter.  I started thinking about seasonal delights and Valentine's Day popped into my head.  And I do love vintage Valentine art.  So I had some fun with this piece.  

I started with a 4.25x5.5" piece of white card stock and sprayed it liberally with Post Box Red Dylusions spray (and I have to admit I am now in love with the red spray:)  I wasn't going for complete coverage and like the sort of spotty look that resulted.  Next I stamped the Love definition from Tim's Love Struck stamp set in black archival ink.  Then I applied a new crafting technique I learned at CHA at the IndigoBlu booth.  IndigoBlu have developed a sensational glue that you can stamp with and their metal flakes adhere to it beautifully.  They have a kit that contains everything you need to get started (I have 20 kits on order for The Funkie Junkie Boutique - you can pre-order one here:)  I got a little carried away and covered everything with the metal flakes.  

First I stamped the flourish with the Flitter Glue and applied the flakes over the glue, then I did the same with the heart stamp.  Once you rub off the excess flakes, the stamped pattern shows up perfectly - VERY cool!  The metal flakes show up best on a dark background so I stamped the To My Valentine stamp from Love Struck on black CS and applied the flakes.  In this kit the flakes are silver, gold and sort of a copper so you get a variegated color look.  You can pull individual flakes out and control the color if you wish or just throw down everything and go with what comes out.  The kit contains everything you need as well as clear, easy to follow photos and instructions.  You can also purchase additional jars of flakes in various colors.  

I adde a couple of silver tone heart keys, red seam binding that was dyed with the Post Box Red Dylusions and a Love die cut.  I had a difficult time getting a good photo.  I really like the way this came out but the photo doesn't do it justice.  I had a ball messing around with this new metal flake technique.  You will definitely be seeing more of it and a whole batch of the brand new CHA released stamps from IndigoBlu!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you will stop by Filly and Funkie and leave some love for the designers over there!

These products were used to make the above art piece.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where most name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cracked Pistachio Snowflake

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Hello!  I'm back after an exciting few days of travel out to Anaheim for the Craft and Hobby Association's annual MegaShow.  It's the time when most of the hobby industry launches their new products.  It's such an exciting time for we hobby enthusiasts!  I had a fantastic time, took classes with Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Tammy Tutterow and also I was totally thrilled to be able to meet and take classes with Marjie Kemper!   And I got to rub elbows again with my friend Wendy Vecchi.  Plus I got to meet some on-line friends including Candy Colwell, Linda Ledbetter and most of her Curiosity Crew - Cheryl Grigsby, Yvonne Blair, Annette Green, Susan Mostek,   I got introduced to Sherry Cheever whom I have long followed and admired and ran into my former DT mate from our time at Simon Says Stamp and Show Lynn Forsythe!  Holy moly, what a fantastic line up, huh?

Okay, more about CHA later, let's get on with the business at hand - this week's kick off for the new Frilly and Funkie challenge.  Nancy Dynes is hosting this fortnight and Nancy is challenging us to create a vintage project depicting what we "love" about winter.  I think there was a collective groan from the design team when we read that challenge, comments such as "I don't like ANYTHING about winter" ensued.  But as a Florida resident, I can say that I LOVE winter.  Most days are from 50 to 70 with temperatures at night from 60 to 30 usually just enough cold to give a little bit and snap to the air - such a relief from the sweltering summers  I do love winter crafting, especially playing with die cut snowflakes so that's the direction I took with my project.  I love the icy beauty our new DT member Pamellia is creating lately so I sort of channelled her when making this project.  She does amazing work with her homemade texture paste and glitter.   I used Tim Holtz's texture paste and a combination of chunky glitter from Jo-Ann mixed in with Clear Rock Candy distress glitter.  

I started with a 5x7 piece of gray chipboard and gave it a coat of gesso.  Then I got out the yummy new Cracked Pistachio distress spray.  We all received the complete set in Tim's class (pre-order your bundle at 25% off MSRP today - click here).  Tim coached us to combine it with Pumice Stone for a fabulous vintage effect.  I sprayed a couple of sprays of Cracked Pistachio and a couple of sprays of Pumice Stone over the dried gesso and let them blend and run.  It was a bit dark so I gave it a couple of shots of Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence, letting all the colors blend and run again.  There wasn't much Cracked Pistachio showing so I gave it a final very light mist of Cracked Pistachio again and dried it all with my heat tool.  

Once dry, I added a layer of Tim's texture paste through a Prima Stencil and sprinkled on the glitter.  It stuck all over, even to the dried distress stains.  But it didn't stick real well because it continued to flake off as I worked on it.  It did stay on the texture paste.  
Most of the classes I took at CHA were heavy on the use of rub-ons so I have developed a real love for them, as well as Tim's new rub on tool - very cool (I have ordered 30 for the shop and they should be here in a few weeks).  Going with my love of snowflakes, I cut one from chipboard and one from acrylic packaging with the Stacked Snowflake die.  The chipboard snowflake was painted white with Picket Fence Distress Paint, edged with Cracked Pistachio and had Remnant Rubs applied.  The clear acrylic one was sprayed with Brushed Pewter distress spray stain and set aside to air dry.  A resin flower was painted with Brushed Pewter distress paint and used to top off my stacked snowflake.  The Thinlits Holiday Words Script die was used to create the sentiment, cut from white CS and colored with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.  
My crinkled seam binding was colored with distress sprays - Cracked Pistachio and Pumice Stone.  The pin and snowflake are from my boutique.  The snowflake was colored with Cracked Pistachio distress paint which was sanded off the high points.  Tim shared that Mushroom Alcohol ink works terrific for lending a nice vintage tint to many products.  It was applied lightly over the distress paint on the snowflake for a nice vintage feel.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today.   And thank you for your comments too!  I hope you still stop by Frilly and Funkie to see what the Frilly side of our team has been up to.  You don't be sorry that you did!

These products were used to make the project above and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Tim Holtz/Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.
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