Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Harvest Home Wall Hanging

Hello, I'm back with m weekly Wednesday post for Frilly and Funkie, a little late today because I had the Artistic Outpost blog hop post earlier today.  Rebecca is our hostess this fortnight and her challenge to us is to make a home decor piece for Thanksgiving or if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, then based on gratitude.  I had a really tough time getting started on this piece.  My mojo seems pretty flat lately, but once it got flowing, I had a ball making this piece.  It's a little wall hanging made with two tags.  I turned them into little houses by giving them a roof line with cardboard.  I started with two jumbo manila tags, initially spraying Walnut Stain distress stain spray over the Tim Holtz woodgrain stencil.  Then I flipped the stencil over and laid another tag on top, burnishing it to absorb what was left of the stain.  I liked that better than the first one so I took another fresh tag and did the same thing again.  That one came out lighter, but I liked it and decide to use it anyway.  

I created worn enameled plaques for the gratitude words using the Tim Holtz ____ texture fade.  I cut them apart and embossed with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom embossing powder, knocking some of it off to give a worn appearance.  LOVE the way they look!

I attached the middle plaque to the tag with eyelets and jump rings.  For the bottom, I needed something very narrow because the only place to fasten it to was the tip of the roof.  I decided to use on of the small Tim Holtz hanger clips, coloring it first with Teakwood alcohol ink.  I added a small loop of wire to the back of the lower house so it would hang on the clip.
I loved using the Wendy Vecchi embossing pate on the layered leaves die cuts.  Using the checkmate stencil, I stenciled on Tree Branch embossing powder.  On the other leaf, I stenciled on Orange Blossom EP using the Stripes and Dots stencil.  I added a couple of tiny keys because I think that
gratitude for our blessings is the key to a happy home.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie too.  The Frilly team has put together some show-stopping home decor pieces for the autumn season!

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

Christmas Grunge

Hello and welcome to the October Artistic Outpost blog hop.  This month our hop theme is Winter/Christmas and we are sharing projects created with various Artistic Outpost winter and Christmas stamps.  I decided to play a bit with a mixed media tag using the Snowy Woods set. For more inspiration, be sure to visit the Artistic Outpost blog to see the other designers projects, or click their blog links below:

For my piece, I started with a jumbo manila tag and affixed white cheesecloth to it using Ranger multi medium matte.  When that was dry, I applied white Wendy Vecchi embossing paste through Prima stencil.  After letting that layer dry, a coat of gesso was applied and again, I let it dry thoroughly.  Once dry, I misted the corners with Salty Ocean distress stain spray and then spritzed it with Walnut Stain Distress Stain Spray.  The greens were cut with the new Holiday Greens thinlits dies and colors with Brushed Pewter distress stain.  

The sentiment was cut apart and I drew around the edges with a stabilo pencil.  That didn't work very well on such a rough surface so I took a water brush and went around the edges when the pencil line was.  Wow, the water reacted with the graphite and the lines got super dark and thick.  Not the look I was going for and I don't like it, but after all time I spent creating all the layers, I didn't have time go start over again.  Just beware if you use a stabilo pencil, don't watercolor over it unless you want it to be very dark!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying the hop!

 The products below were used to create the above tag. They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tim Holtz and mot other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #4

Hello friends!  I'm back to share my week #4 inspiration piece for The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  But first I want to send a big thank you hug to everyone who has played along so for.  I know it's still far from Christmas and it's hard to get into the mood.  A huge thank you to everyone who has started to play along.  And I hope to see even more of you linking up this week.

This week I went very country/homespun with a simple stenciling and then used the Christmas Chalk stamp set from Artistic Outpost, which I thought coordinated so perfectly with the Tim Holtz Festive stencil.  I probably spent 30 minutes carefully masking off different ares of this stencil and meticulously stenciling the lovely design on this stencil - and then covered most of it up - LOL!

I started with one of my jumbo manila tags and masking taped my stencil over the tag and onto my craft sheet.  Then I masked off everything that wasn't the color that I was going to be stenciling.  That's what took most of the time.  The stenciling was done with Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs and Barn Door.  I love the way it came out - very simple by very charming.  I should have a taken a quick photo of it before I covered it up!  I did the stamping of the frame, sentiment and decorations onto another tag with the same colors of inks.  I wanted it to match.  I used distress markers to color the stamp at the top since I only wanted part of the stamp to be stamped.  So much easier than having to mask the area.

I added very simple ink edging after trimming the edges with pinking shears.  I though the red and green edging gave it more of the country style look.  I dug deep in my stash and came up with the red gingham ribbon and the red jumbo rick arc - perfect for the look I was going for.

That's it for this week.  I hope the simplicity of this week's tag will give you at least one or two things to inspire you.  Can't wait to see what you will make!  And if you are new to the challenge, check out week #1 post for all the do's and don'ts of this challenge.

The following products were used to make this tag and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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