Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Halloween Treat Tower

I'm back again with week #2 of our Frilly and Funkie 3-D cube challenge.  I don't know why I went with a Halloween theme again this time...I tried Autumn, I tried Christmas but nothing was working until I went back to the Halloween theme.  This week I chose to make clear cubes using Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art with Frosted Film layered over it.  After the plastic was cut, I ran it through the cobweb texture face and sponged a little Black Soot ink over the raised embossed areas.  As I creased the blocks on the score lines, I had a bit of trouble with the plastic cracking on the score lines.      It broke all the way through in a couple of areas.  I'm not sure if I would recommend using clear plastic sets for these blocks as the whole piece is pretty fragile.  

The blocks were filled with candy corn.  The Vintage Lace die was used to cut white card stock, which was then colored black with a Black Soot distress stain dabber.  Once dry, I covered it with Glossy Accents and sprinkled on Black Soot distress glitter.  The same glitter adhesion process was used for the spider, cat and the BOO.  

I created a double rosette in black and orange for the topper and glued my cat straight up with Ranger Multi Media Matt.  And that's that!  Not a very detailed project, but I did have fun eating the candy corn :)   Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Now why don't you hop over to Frilly and Funkie to see the really great pieces made by my team mates?

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Be Transformed

Hi Artistic Outpost friends, this week I decided to play around with clear embossing for my background - just experimenting to see what I could create.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and gave it a light coat of Frayed Burlap distress stain, then using a Prima stencil I sponged on embossing ink in a flourish pattern.  I also did some stamping with embossing ink and a sentiment stamp from Serenity.  Next clear embossing powered was applied, the excess tapped off and it was heated on with a heat tool.  Then I whitewashed the entire tag with watered down gesso and blotted off some of it from where it was embossed. 

The sentiment panel was stamped with a sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom using Gathered Twigs and clear embossed.  I also sprinkled a little Enamelware embossing powder around the edges to add  interest.  Once the embossing powder was heated on, I sponged the panel with Gathered Twigs.  I cut the feather from white card stock and made a splat with Gathered Twigs distress stain. Vintage Photo distress stain was blotted at the bottom, sort of like a pen had leaked.  I've had the pearl flourishes in my stash for probably about four years - one of those hoarded things that we hate to part with!  I finished my tag off with a crinkle bow that had been dyed with Vintage Photo distress stain.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Halloween Hip to be Square

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Hi everyone, I'm back today with a ton of fun!  This is my first ever project using the Eileen Hull ScoreBoards XL die - 3D Cube.  It makes three sizes of these cute little cubes 2.5", 2" and 1.5".  I made this for the new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie - Jenny's Hip to be Square challenge. It's a special challenge for us because we are joining in with other challenge blogs - The Artists on the Block and Eileen Hull's Art With a Heart challenge.

For this challenge, we want you to create a 3D vintage project based on a cube shape. The Design Team have used Artist Trading Block cubes (available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and discounted an extra 15% during this challenge period. That's a $39.99 die on sale for just $27.19.) but let's be clear, you can use your own templates, dies or hand cut cubes if you would prefer. Decorate, embellish and alter them in any way you choose as long as they are cube shaped and have a vintage feel.

As an added bonus this fortnight we are teaming up with our friends at 'The Artists on the Block'. They have a dedicated Design Team using Eileen Hull Designs cubes (and many other 3D die cut shapes) in incredibly imaginative ways so make sure you take a look for some added inspiration. And with their companion challenge blog 'Art With Heart' having an 'Anything Goes' theme this month. You've got the option to enter your creations there as well to be in with a chance to win a brand new Eileen Hull Designs die!
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I started my project by cutting the three cubes from good solid gray chipboard.  Then I cut squares of white card stock in the three sizes of the blocks to cover the chipboard.  Using Wendy Vecchi stencils Checkmate and Yipes strips and Wendy's black embossing paste, I stenciled the bottom two cubes.  I used the Prima Flourish stencil (which, BTW is back in stock in the boutique:)  When they were completely dry, I carefully adhered them to the sides of the cubes.  

I found some vintage Halloween images on line and resized them to fit, then printed them out on card stock.  The edges of everything were lightly sponged with Vintage Photo DI because I can't stand too white colors in vintage work.  

The decorative band around the middle cube was a strip of white CS cut with an old Martha Stewart border punch, then stamped with the tiny spider from Tim Holtz's Mini Halloween 3 set.  Then it was edged with Black Soot distress glitter.  The banner was stamped with an Artistic Outpost stamp and cut by hand.
I created a gothic looking flower by stamping white CS with the script stamp from the Mini Halloween 3 set and edged it with both Black Soot and Vintage Photo DI, then misted it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls.  I created an epoxy type button with the spider stamp and Glossy Accents which was used for the center of the flower.  The "greenery" was cut from black CS with the Spring Greenery strip die and covered with Black Soot distress glitter - LOVE that stuff! 

I used some bronze box feet that I sell in the store for the feet.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to put them on it or not, but I'm glad I did.  I painted them black with Vintaj patina paints.  

I had so much fun creating this project.  I was a little challenged at first working with such a small "canvas" but once I got going on it, I had a blast putting it together.  I hope you enjoyed seeing it.  Please do be sure to check out the other creations by our Frillies this week at Frilly and Funkie and be sure to come back next week to see what the Funkies have been up to!

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Traveling in Style

Hi there, I' back again with another card for the Frilly and Funkie Vintage Travel challenge, celebrating the summer vacation season.  This week I went a little grungy with lots of distress ink and kraft-tone colors.  I started with a piece of the map paper from the Tim Holtz Paper Stash Kraft Resist pad which I used as a base.  I scraped up the edges and then sponged with Walnut Stain.  

A piece of plain white CS was cut with the Postage Stamp die and stamped in Jet Black archival with Tim's Travel Ways set.  It was then sponged with Faded Jeans DI and edged and splattered with Walnut Stain.  I found a couple of pieces of ephemera in the Expedition pack that I thought fit and they were also edged with Walnut Stain.  I stamped #wishyouwerehere from the #hashtags set in Jet Black archival.  

Sifting through my rejects stash, I found this silver aluminum fleur di leis which I painted bronze with some Vintaj patina paint.  I aded the compass and key from my store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and mounted it on a piece of corrugated cardboard, also from my store.    This card was very quick and easy to make, thanks to the Expedition Ephemera Pack.  

Hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie to see the travel-inspired projects from both the design team and the shared pieces of our challenge players.  I guarantee they will get your mojo revving!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

These products were used to make the card above and are available at 20% off MSRP at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
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