Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy weekend, folks!  I'm back to share my make for Our Creative Corner where Kristin Tierney is hostess again this week.  She wants us to take inspiration from this photo AND the twist is that you must use something that you use in baking - either an ingredient or a baking supply.  Here's the inspiration photo:
Doesn't this photo just make your mouth water?  I'm afraid I didn't do justice to this inspiration.  I really wanted to make a patriotic card to celebrate the 4th of July so I pushed the limits of this inspiration challenge and used the red, white and blue hearts for my inspiration.  For my baking supplies, the red circle is a cupcake paper that I colored with Barn Door Distress Stain and the white rosette was cut from a piece of parchment paper.  The other team members really embraced this challlenge.  You must stop by Our Creative Corner to see their wonderful out-of-the-box designing for this challenge.  

If you are interested in my card deets, read on.  The background piece is Ranger manila card stock, stamped with a Wendy Vecchi script stamp in Coffee archival ink, then overstamped the stars from the TH Wild West set with Distress embossing ink and clear EP. Then I stamped again using Cobalt archival ink.  When the ink was dry, I sponged the entire panel with Vintage Photo distress ink and then did a bit of spritz and flick on it.  

I did a bit of photoshop work, removing the background from a LunaGirl image and layered it over a vintage prescription from The Graphics Fairy.  The stars are Claudine Hellmuth's sticky backed canvas that I adhered to chipboard and die cut.  Then I applied Faded Jeans Distress Stain to the sticky pack canvas.  Two sets of white CS letters were cut with the Vintage Market die, one was stained red with Barn Door DS and the other stained blue with Faded Jeans DS.  Once dry, I adhered them together, just slightly offset for depth and gave them a coat of Crackle Accents.   

That's pretty much it for the deets on this one, but if you still have questions, please feel free to email me at  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities2 - Challenge 10 Winner

My Funkie Junkie Boutique is now a once-a-month sponsor over at Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities2 Challenge.  This past challenge was to make a flower using Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap and the entries were just amazing.  If you get a chance, stop by Linda's blog to check out the thumb links and visit some of the players.  Really cool flowers to drool over!
This time, has picked entry #41 - Lorna from Lomosworld wins a $25 gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Congratulations Lorna!  Please email me at to get your gift certificate code,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Material Difference

Hello and happy Wednesday!  I'm back again helping to kick off another two-week Frilly and Funkie challenge.  Sue Carrington is our hostess this fortnight and she wants us to make something with lots of texture and we must include material (fabric) in our project.  Well, I'm all about texture and I adore using material in my crafting so this challenge was a real delight for me - as you can see I really dove in with the material.  I used three different kinds - canvas type ticking, burlap and sticky backed canvas.  Let's get down to the details.

I was in the mood for blue and was delighted when I found this wonderful ticking fabric at my local sewing center.  It set the color palette for this piece.  I had fun making my own kraft resist background paper using plain kraft paper that I clear embossed with stamps from the TH clear stamp set Flights of Fancy.  Before I clear embossed the images, I stamped script and post mark stamps in Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.  Then I did a little marbled stains with Picket Fence and Faded Jeans distress stains - love the way they look over the kraft CS.  The burlap and ticking hearts were both die cut with Spellbinders hearts dies.  I added a white doily but of course I couldn't leave it white so I spritzed it with Vintage Photo Distress reinker and water in a mini mister, the sponged it a bit more color on with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I had one of the tissue wrap flowers left over from my last make and used it along with two ticking flowers cut with the Tattered Florals M&S dies.  I found this cool rusted washer when I was out walking last week and of course it went into my pocket.  It and a pale blue button made a perfect center for my shabby flower.
I created my sentiment "You're the Genuine Article" on my computer and printed it on sticky backed canvas.  I was a bit apprehensive about sending the sticky backed canvas through the printer.  First I stained it very lightly with Faded Jeans Distress Stain and dried it with my heat tool.  Then I peeled off the backing and adhered it to a sheet of card stock which I put through my printer and printed the sentiment on it.  I used the mini ticket Movers and Shapers die to cut the ticket shape.  It was really difficult to line the die up with the sentiment and get it centered and straight.  It's just a tad crooked, but I went with it anyway.

This was a blast to make - I LOVED working with the material.  I hope you will decide to play along with us in this challenge.  How about checking out the Frilly and Funkie blog to see what the other designers have created for your inspiration.  And it would be great if you could visit their blogs and leave them a little love!

Thanks for stopping by!  And many many thanks for all your lovely comments.  I'm sorry I have been such a bad blogger and haven't gotten around to visit you all.  The shop and some personal issues have been keeping me crazy busy, but please know how much I appreciate your visits and your comments!

These items from The Funkie Junkie Boutique were used to make this card.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

An Anniversary Celebration

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Happy weekend, friends!  Thanks for kicking off your weekend with my Saturday post for Our Creative Corner.  This week, Kristin Tierney is our host and we are celebrating her 10th wedding anniversary by creating something with either the number 10 or ten of the same thing on it.  I decided to make a very romantic tag.  I covered both bases here, using the number 10 and, although the flower has covered the 10th number, there are 10 numbers on this Tim Holtz stamp.  I also made this to fit Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities II, Challenge #10 challenge which this time is to make a tissue wrap flower.  And how cool is it that my Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor for Challenge #10.
I made my tissue wrap flower a little differently than on page 37 of the Compendium II, using the Tattered Florals and Mini Tattered Florals dies to cut my tissue wrap and tulle.  If you haven't tried the tissue wrap, you should.  It is awesome to use.  It's probably two times as thick as regular tissue paper and has a bit of a waxy feel to it.  It holds up nicely when wet rather than turning to mush.  With the waxy feel, I wasn't sure if I could dye it, but it worked out perfectly.  I didn't have any premade brown spray inks so I mixed water and Vintage Photo reinker in mini mister and sprayed the cut pieces. 
 In these two photos, you can see how when I misted it initially the dye mixture beaded up, but after waiting a few minutes, the tissue paper absorbed the ink spray.  Then I sprayed a second coat using Cappuccino Perfect Pearls which gave it a splotchy, shiny copper look.  After drying with my heat tool, I crumpled all the flower layers up into a ball and then VERY carefully unfurled them, stacked and glued them together.  I absolutely love the way the tissue wrap looks when it's been dyed like this and it has nice body resulting in a fluffy dimensional flower.  

The tag is a jumbo tag from my boutique and I used Sue's Multi Medium Matte stamping technique, sponging the tag with Weathered Wood, Tattered Florals, Victorian Velvet and edged with Vintage Photo and Walnut stain distress inks.  The script from Wendy Vecchi's Live and Make Art set was stamped in Coffee archival ink and the number stamp was stamped in Vermillion archival ink.  
The cupid is carrying the key to someone's heart and I created/printed the sentiment on my printer, the first heart says "I love you more today than yesterday" and the second heart says "but not as much as tomorrow" (and if you are old enough to remember that song by The Spiral Staircase, you are old like me - LOL).  And I finally got my mitts on the Word Play die and couldn't resist using it to make the 10 also out of the dyed tissue tape covered chipboard.  

This tag was so much fun to make.  I really enjoyed the blend of colors and playing with the tissue wrap.  Hope you like it too.  Please stop over to Our Creative Corner for more inspiration from the talented design team - a great way to get your weekend started in a crafty way!

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