Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's Valen-twine's Time

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Greetings friends and followers.  We are kicking off a new challenge this week at Frilly and Funkie.  Our hostess is Pamellia and her challenge theme is Valen-Twine.  How fun is that?  And it gives me the perfect excuse to indulge my LOVE of RED!  And isn't this red just yummy?  It has a pink hue to it that I am just loving!

I started out with a jumbo manila tag.  I had been over to Wendy Vecchi's blog and she had a little tutorial on a new technique she just devised that she is calling the splattered plaster technique.  Check it out - it's so cool, super easy and not even messy :)  I followed Wendy's instructions but only used one color of archival ink - her Red Geranium, mixed it with the rubbing alcohol and gave it a nice spritz of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.  I stirred it around and sure enough it started curdling.  I smooched my tag in it a couple of times, dried the tag and smooched a couple more times.  It was a little pink so I went over it lightly with a ink blending tool and more Red Geranium ink, then used Tim's heart stencil and additional Red Geranium to stencil on some hearts.  After the tag had dried, I inked up the new Wendy Vecchi Background Stamp - Script with Jet Black archival ink and added vintage style script by rolling the stamp.  That gives it spotty coverage and looks more worn and vintage style.  

The pink flowers and hearts were made the same way only I used more alcohol and less archival ink resulting in pink rather than red.  The flowers were edged with full strength Red Geranium archival ink.  They were cut from white CS using the Tattered Flowers decorative strip die.  I cut three small hearts from Frosted and embossed them with an Texture Fade.  The clear didn't show up so I cut backing hearts fro the same paper that I used to cut the flowers.  I affixed the Frosted over the pink hearts with a new product I saw demonstrated at CHA and ordered for the boutique.   It's by Ken Oliver and it's called StickIt.  You can check out the product and Ken's YouTube video on our shop listing here.

Aren't these little resin heart beads just the cutest?  I actually ordered them just to give away in the Thank You packages that I tuck into each order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  But I thought they were so sweet that I ordered bunches more and have a fun little Valentine's collection available at the Boutique.  It also includes the sweet pink tiny pearly hearts.  
And then there is that yummy new Mays Art ribbon.  I stopped by the May Arts exhibit at CHA and fell in love with a number of styles of ribbon.  I'm a sucker for ginghams and plaids so I stocked the store up on those as well as some more rustic jute type ribbon.  They came in last week and my mom and I have been in heaven cutting and bundling them all up ready to sell.  And I couldn't resist using one of the great new Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.  I sanded the edges to grunge it up a bit.  

To finish it off and break up all that pink/red, I cut some ivy with the Spring Greenery decorative strip die, added Cracked Pistachio ink pad direct to paper onto white CS, spritzed it with Pumice Stone distress spray stain and then gave it a mist of Picket Fence distress spray stain.  It still lacked a little something so I hit it with a pump of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold spray mist.  That did it!  I inked the edges a bit with Vintage Photo and it was good to go.  

The Joy was cut with the Holiday Words:  Script die with StickIt on the back of the card stock.  Worked great!  This was such a fun make.  I hope the glorious shade of red made you smile!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The products below were used to make this tag.  They are all available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi/Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off MSRP.

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.

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