Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Simple MidWinter Card

Hello everyone!  I'm still vacationing but back with a scheduled post share another sample I created with the fab new MidWinter plate just released by Artistic Outpost.  This is such a versatile set with so many wonderful images.  For this piece I focused on the cardinal, stamped in Jet Black archival ink and colored with Copics.   I used one of my favorite stamps from the Ephemera Backgrounds plate to create a faux post card and also stamped a few pine branches stamped in Iced Spruce.  It was as easy as that to create a quick focal panel for my winter season card.

The background paper is seriously old Cosmo Cricket paper that I have been hoarding for years and I created a woodgrain panel with at TH texture fade, sponging over it lightly with Gathered Twigs DI and then very simply edged with a strip cut from the Vintage Lace decorative strip die.  The pinecone was created with the Tattered Pinecone die but now that I look at it, I think I need some practice in rolling it to look more like a pinecone and less like a rose - I've been using that die mostly to make flowers!  I dry brushed the edges with a bit of gesso.  The bow was created with a ripped strip of country style gingham and the piece was finished off with a filigree snowflake topped with a button.

And that's it - very simple!  Thanks for stopping by - hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

These items used to create this card can be purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Color Challenge for Our Creative Corner

Hello and happy weekend!  I hope your summer is going great.  I am still on vacation, but was able to schedule posts beforehand and am doing some blogging on the road.  I'm back today to share a tag I made for Lori Rider's Our Creative Corner challenge.  This week Lori has a color challenge for us:  Poppy, Lime, Pink, Black and White with the required twist of adding either fabric or circles or both. 
Well, I don't mind telling you the colors threw me for a loop!  Holy moly, I thought, how on earth can I use those colors?  Well, sometimes, you gotta just jump in and that's what I did.  I started by sponging a doily with Ripe Persimmon DI, which I used for my poppy color.  Then I sponged my tag with Shabby Shutters (lime) DI and stamped in black archival ink with the Elements of Style toile stamp from Stampin' Up!  I cut my doily apart before affixing it in two separate pieces to the tag.  I created a faux butterfly button using a PTI die, a TH stamp and some Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and added a few more black buttons as decorative elements.  The sentiment is from the Lovely Day stamp set by Artistic Outpost.
My handmade black crinoline flower was the defining black element.  I found a gorgeous black and gold button for the center in my vintage button stash.  My pink is just a tiny pop with the itty bitty pink butterfly and the pink stick pin. A strip of black crocheted lace finished this piece off.

Now that my colorful tag is finished, I must say that I love the way it came out.  The colors are incredible together, especially the poppy and lime!

Now it's time for you to hurry on over to Our Creative Corner.  We have a sensational design team and they are sure to have a gorgeous line up of samples for your inspiration.

These products used to make this tag are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 14 Winner

It's time again to announce the winner of Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge from the past week, sponsored once again by my Funkie Junkie Boutique.  
The challenge was Guilded Kraft Glassine, which unfortunately I wasn't able to play in being that I am on vacation.  Be sure to check out Linda's blog for so many fabulous entries and blogs that you can visit.  It looks like a really cool technique and one that I definitely need to try!

Our winner this time is entry #25 - congratulations to Melody from Up to My Elbows in Ink.  Please email me at to get your gift certificate code.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MidWinter With Artistic Outpost

Welcome to the July Artistic Outpost July release blog hop.  Here's our designer line up - hope you will visit all their blogs and see the fabulous samples for this release.

Baby, it's cold outside! (We wish!)

Artistic Outpost is experiencing the same record heat as the rest of the U.S., 100 degrees in the shade. What we wouldn't give for one day of snow - just one!

Well, if we can't get the snow in real life, we can just stamp it. "MidWinter" is our newest release featuring scenic snow drifts and seasonal flora and fauna. This collection was inspired by one of our favorite Christmas hymns,"In the Bleak Midwinter", however, the stamps have been designed to be versatile beyond the holiday season.

Images in the collection include: a frozen creek scene, a cabin in the woods, a strong reindeer, a forest hare, a royal cardinal, and appropriate sentiments. We hope you love them as much as we do.
For my MidWinter sample, I made two holiday cards using library cards and pockets.  The pockets are manila and to color them, I used a puddle of Picket Fence and Barn Door distress stains.  The stamping was done with Coffee archival ink plus a bit of Iced Spruce for the pine branches.  For the main image panels, two different UTEE techniques were used.  The one on the left had just one layer of UTEE applied and then aggressively flicked off.  After heating it on, I sponged it with Gathered Twigs distress inks.  The one on the left was treated with the cracked glass technique - two nice thick coats of UTEE, then put into the freezer for 10 minutes or so, when frozen cracked multiple times.  The white doilies were sponged with Gathered Twigs DI also.  Crinoline was cut to create the mini flowers with the Tattered Flowers decorative strip die.  The red ones were died with Barn Door distress stain.  The holly leaves were cut with Festive Greenery decorative strip die, colored with Iced Spruce DI and then covered with Clear Rock Candy distress crackle paint, the edges were also sponged with Gathered Twigs DI.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you enjoyed seeing the new MidWinter plate and all the great samples from our design team!

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The Renaissance Men

Hello and welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I have made for the newest Frilly and Funkie challenge, which kicks off today. Anita Houston has a very interesting challenge for us and I can't wait to see what everyone will be making for it. She is asking us to pay homage to the four big Renaissance Men who have inspired us all at one time or another - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael. Show us a project depicting any one or more of their works, tell which it is, and who created it.

My card was inspired by Raphael's Cherubini (I just happened to have a stamp of it that I picked up on eBay years ago). The cherub is stamped in Coffee archival ink and I used my favorite UTEE technique on it - applied one light coat and flicked it off aggressively before heating it on, after heating, sponged with Vintage Photo DI. The LOVE sentiment was treated the same way.

The first BG mounting panel was stamped with the TH Fabulous Flourishes stamp in embossing ink and then gold embossed. The main BG panel is a song sheet downloaded from a free vintage site on the 'net. The cherub is mounted on a die cut from corrugated cardboard and I went around the edges with a mixture of gold EP and UTEE. The doily was sponged with Vintage Photo DI. The Venise lace was hand dyed with a coffee solution and the crinoline with a tea solution. The heart in the upper left was cut from light chipboard with a Spellbinders die, stamped with an SU stamp in Aged Mahogany and I added a couple of brass pieces that I aged with Pitch Black alcohol ink.

That's it on the deets - let me know if you have any questions. I hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie to see what the other designers have made with this theme. You are sure to be inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are having a great week!
These products used in making this card can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
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