Saturday, November 17, 2012

Alcohol Inks and Foil...and Some Moving News

Good Saturday morning friends!  I'm back today with my project for this week's challenge over at Our Creative Corner and a little update on my upcoming move and temporary store closing.

This week, Sue Butler is again hosting our challenge and Sue is asking us to use foil and alcohol ink - how fun is that!  You know how I love using the metal foil tape - there are so many different ways to use it!  This time, I stuck it to heavy card stock, die cut and embossed it.  Then I took a paint brush and dipped it into a small pool of Stonewashed Alcohol Ink and carefully painted it onto the raised embossed snowflakes.  When dry, I went over it with Crackle Accents, but I guess it put it on too thick because it didn't crackle much.  It looks more like Glossy Accents.  I also die cut two snowflakes from acrylic packaging and then embossed them with the Snow Flurries Texture Fade and then painted them with the Stonewashed AI too.  
The blue background started as a piece of plain white CS that I sponged with Faded Jeans DI the silver embossed the evergreen stamp from TH's Mini Holidays 3 and the snowflakes stamp from TH's Mini Holidays, but I thought the background was too bland so I dotted a bit of Faded Jeans Distress Stain on my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and then laid my CS on top of it, giving it some blotchy color variations.  Next I distressed a strip of sheet music and then die cut it with the Mini Snowflakes Movers and Shapers.  This piece was then layered over a piece of white burlap that had in turn been layered over a piece of brown CS.  I liked the brown behind the white burlap - sort of made the snowflakes pop.  The snowflakes that were cut out of the music sheet became the base of the acrylic snowflakes.  Merry Christmas from Mini Holidays 3 was stamped in Gathered Twigs DI and given one coat of UTEE, then sponged heavily with Vintage Photo DI and trimmed out.  

Now an update on my move.  We finally decided on a house in Gainesville and made an offer.  That's the great news - we FINALLY agreed on a house - we both love it and are very excited about living there.  The bad news?  It's not available until January 10th and then we probably won't be able to get in for a week or 10 days after that because of a lot of work we want to do on it before moving in.  We have to be out of our Miami home on November 27th.  That means we will be "between homes" for 6-8 weeks.  Major bummer!!!  It's killing me because I will have to extend my temporary closing at The Funkie Junkie Boutique from the anticipated 2 weeks to around 8 weeks.  It will likely be the end of January before I reopen.  The 10% off sale continues through the closing date of November 23rd (Black Friday).  Some items are sold out now (good news that I won't have so much to pack and move) and I will be restocking heavily before I reopen.  I hope you will stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique to check out the sale - 10% off my already discounted prices makes for some real bargains!

These products were used to create this card and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful card Linda. The acrylic snowflakes and the textured bauble are the highlights for me, but saying that I also live the snowless on the music birder. Neat.
My parcel has arrived safely thank you. I hope your move goes as smoothly as possible now you have found your dream home. Good luck with it all.
Hugs Brenda xxx

ursula Uphof said...

What a lovely card. Thanks for the details, I am going to try some of it. Good luck with the move.

Anonymous said...

Your card is stunning Linda! Hope your move goes smoothly! xx

Lisa Minckler said...

The packaging, the brown CS behind the burlap that peek through the sheet music and that gorgeous foil ornament. All a show stopper and make for a beautiful Christmas card!
I'm glad there's still some time to get to your store. I'll see what you still have in stock. :)
Have a good weekend,
Lisa xx

Unknown said...

Love your card!!! I am going to have to miss out on this challenge since I do not have any alcohol inks.

Sorry you are going to have to extend your absence and I hate that you have to wait so long to move in to your new home!!! Hopefully all will go well.

Take Care

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Wow is that ever Gorgeous, such terrific techniques and it all comes together beautifully.
Sorry to hear you can't get in to your new home for quite some time and over the holidays too, but glad you were able to find a place you both like!

Words and Pictures said...

Completely stunning card! You know I love the music elements, and your embossed, inked bauble is wonderful!

Glad to hear you're excited about the house, but very sad to hear it's going to mean a tricky transition... good luck with it all!
Alison x

Marjie Kemper said...

What a gorgeous card Linda! Love all the embossed texture and the way you showed the burlap through the snowflake openings.

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Linda, hard to believe the background started off as white - it looks fabulous! Then the ornament is a beauty. And further, your music strip minus snowflakes looks FANTASTIC! Finally, I love how you then recycled to make top snowflakes. Stunner of a card!

Delighted you have found new abode you are both happy with. I do hope that the period in-between will be as stress free as possible, and that you will have your craft necessities to hand to keep creating! Nicola x

Lili said...

Beautiful card Linda! I love the way you have worked the foil and the wintery look you gave to your project.
hugs ;)

Meihsia Liu said...

Oh, Linda, this is another stunning creation you've made. I love the beautiful texture of the background. And the alcohol ink and foil together turned out amazing!.. :)

marda said...

Beautiful card the texture and the I'm so sorry to hear you'll have to find temporary housing... bummer for sure!!! At least you found a house you both like, so hopefully it will all be worth the wait.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Linda, the ornament really shines so beautifully ! Hope all your plans are going smoothly, Sue C x

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card Linda and so many details to look at.
Good luck with the move. Rather you than me but it does sound like you are in love with the house!

Sharon Wheet said...

Linda, what a spectacular holiday card! I love it. but, I always love looking at what you create!

have a wonderful holiday. and I hope you get a chance to 'catch up' on a few family things, so you don't feel so overwhelmed and behind. hugs, sharon w.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

This card is the most gorgeous snowy scene ever!!! The snowflakes are FABULOUS!!!!!! Yummy metal goodness!!!

Art By Wanda said...

Gorgeous card!!!

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