Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pastels and Pearls

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Thanks so much for visiting!  And heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to leave me a comment after my long posting hiatus.  It's good to be back in bogland :)

Today I have another post for a Frilly and Funkie challenge.  This week I am filling in again for Zoe Hillman who is on leave.  The challenge is Pastels and  Pearls and it has another week to run so you have time to whip something up and play along with our fantastic designer team!

I used Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue, which I love.  I tried to water it down so it wasn't so intense by using rubbing alcohol but wasn't very successful.  I used Wendy's technique of wetting a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and then dripping a bit of archival ink over it, allowing it to bleed and run.  It's a really fun and easy technique.  You can keep adding alcohol and tiny drops of ink until you get an effect that pleases you.  It's best to dry the card stock each time wth your heat tool.

I started with a half sheet of speciality stamping paper from Ranger (4x5.5") and did the archival ink technique.  Next I did a little stenciling, first using the Checkmate stencil and Watering Can archival ink, then the Layered Tree stencil with Cracked Pistachio distress ink.  I dried both with my heat tool because ink is very slow to dry on Specialty Stamping Paper.

After that, playing around with my MISTI stamp aligning tool, I stamped the bird on branch stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Simply...Art set and the lovely sentiments from Wenyd's Exceptional Art set.  The bird on the branch stamp was colored with Distress Markers and the sentiments were inked with Watering Can archival ink.  I also did a little second generation stamping with the Vintage Text Background stamp.

The die cut is the Tim Holtz Frameworks Trellis die.  It was cut from heavy chipboard and coated with Viva Decor Rusty Paper.  When it was dry, using my finger, I smeared a little Viva Decor Inka Gold - Old Silver over the die cut and the chipboard branch, which had been painted with Cracked Pistachio distress paint.  A few tiny flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and a smattering of pearls finished off the trellis element.

To finish it off, I added a small flourish of Prima pearls and a Dream key from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.  I'm delighted that a few people are still reading my blog after such a long absence.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Back Crafting Again With Frilly and Funkie


If you are visiting my blog, I have to say a wholehearted thank you and welcome!  It's been almost six months since I have created anything or shared a post.  I'm so sorry to have let so much time go by.  Things sort of got away from me with the January trip to Anaheim and the Winter CHA.  And then it was crazy for a few a months at my store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  And right in the middle of all of that, I had to look for new space for the shop and organize the move...and then get everything settled and running again.  But we are down one team member at Frilly an Funkie for a couple of months so I'm stepping in to fill the gap.  Zoe Hillman has taken a leave of absence to move and will be back with us at the end of the summer.

The current challenge at Frilly and Funkie is Let The Words Do the Talking.  Here is my sample.  I'm not thrilled with how it turned out, but for now and for me, at least it is a start to get me back in my craft room and feeling good about it.

This is for the Funkie side of the team so I wanted something with vintage hues and sort of rough.  I started with  jumbo manila tag and stamped with Wendy Vecchi's background stamp Just Say It in Cornflower Blue archival ink.  Using the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and Wendy Vecch's Translucent Embossing Paste, I laid down a nice layer of the translucent paste.  Once dry, I spritzed it with Antique Linen Distress Spray and let it dry.  Then I went over the high points on the embossing with  Walnut Stain distress crayon.

The boy and girl are from Found Relatives. The branches are from Southern Ridge Trading Company and the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. This challenge is all about the sentment and what it means to us.  I have always loved this quote from Washington Irving.  It's an old back-in-the-day Stamping' Up! rubber stamp.  When I make a tag, I always seem to struggle with what to stamp my sentiment on.   For this piece, I decided I wanted to stamp on a heart, but didn't have a heart die large enough or the right shape.  So I layered two together and stamped on them.

To top it off, I used one of the heart wing cabochons we sell at The Funke Junkie Boutique.  The bird was cut from a piece of ephemera from one of Tim Holt's packs but I don't know which pack as they are all mixed together in a drawer in my craft room.  I  used a rub-on to add one more little sentiment.

That's it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

SaveSave The products below were used to create this tag and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi products are always 20% off!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Special Day

I guess it is a special day when post something to my blog these days!  But actually the special day was the birthday of a friend that I took time to to make a card for.  Oh my, did it ever feel great to get into my craft room after such a long absence!

I took inspiration from the current theme over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  Jenny is hosting a challenge called Enjoy Your Embossing.  That got me started with a texture paste embossed background.  I applied it through the Tim Holtz Flourishes stencil onto white card stock.  When that was dry, Whale Watch Blue from Lindy's Stamp Gang Nantucket Pearls spray set was sprayed on.  I also sprayed the Lindy's on another sheet of white CS and then used a pretty Spellbinders die to cut the panel at the bottom of the card.  Then, using Tumbled Glass DI, I stamped with Wendy Vecchi's polka dot stamp and cut my flowers out of that.  The die cut flower shapes were misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist, scrunched and dried with my heat tool.  That made them nice and firm and all to take the Vintage Photo DI that I sponged the edges with.  I layered them together and added a gold center.  

Next I got out my Inka Gold Old Silver and applied it to just about everything. Using a Mini Ink Blending tool, I applied it to all the high spots on the embossing and to all the edges of the flower petals (actually I did that before layering them together).   I even applied it to the curved die cut.  Using the new Wildflowers die from Tim Holtz (coming in next week - I got mine at CHA) I cut the wildflowers from Kraft CS and edged it with Vintage Photo.  

After assembling everything together, I added a stamped sentiment from an ancient stamp set from PaperTreyInk (looks like it is still available here).  I decided it needed a few more flowers in the upper left and just for kicks, I added a metal charm.  The charm started out as bronze but I rubbed on a bit of the Inka Gold Old Silver and added a scrap of seam binding dyed with Tumbled Glass.  The sentiment was cut with a Thinlits die from the Tim Holtz Labels set and the little banner for the Happy Birthday was hand cut.  

Thanks so much for visiting me today.  I'm sorry it's been so long since I posted but January is incredibly busy for store owners with CHA and so much new product coming out.  I ordered so many new products while at CHA.  Some of the new products are brand new on the market such as the MISTI and Mini MISTI, real wood paper and the PenBlade retractable craft knives.  It was like springtime this week when we received a huge shipment of gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  We are getting a huge order in from Prima this week, next week all the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology is coming in and the first release of the Tim's Sizzix Alterations dies too.  Stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and click on New Arrivals to see all the new products in the shop.  Check the Pre-orders tab too and you will be able to see all the other new products that will be arriving over the next month or so.

The products below were used to make this card.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Tim Holtz/Ranger/Sizzix and most other name brand products are always 20% off list.

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