Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FLASH SALE at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone, I sent out a newsflash to the boutique customers, but in case you are not on the list, I have a clearance sale going on at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I decided to offer a flash sale of free shipping for orders going to USA addresses when they contain $100 or more of clearance products.  Here are the details:

  • Free domestic shipping with $100 purchase of clearance products
  • Honor system - use the coupon code CLEARANCE  (for USA residents) to receive free shipping on your entire order when delivered to a U.S.A. address when you order $100 or more of products from our Clearance section.
  • International Orders - sorry but we can't give free shipping but we will give you an extra discount. Take an extra 10% off your entire order when you order $100 or more of products from our Clearance section.  Use the coupon code CLEARANCE1 (for international customers).  
  • Coupons will be honored from 12:01 a.m. on December 31st through 12:00 p.m. on January 1st.
  • Coupons are to be applied on the honor system. Total up your clearance items and if you have $100 or more, use the applicable coupon.
Happy New Year 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year friends and followers!  I'm so glad you stopped by to share a bit of New Year's cheer with me today!  This is my project for a new "Anything Goes" challenge kicking off today over at Frilly and Funkie.   Nicole is our host this fortnight and I'm so glad she is starting off our year with a general theme.  I love to be able to pick my own theme and still have it count...I guess that's not a really challenge, but still fun, right?

And speaking of Frilly and Funkie, we are kicking off the new year with some team changes.  Frilly team member Rebecca Deeprose has stepped down from the team at the end of the year and Pamellia Johnson is joining us in her place.  We will miss Rebecca.  She has given us some incredible eye candy over the past two years but we know that Pamellia will also bring an amazing paper crafting talent to our team!

I knew I wanted to do a new year's themed project using a vintage image.  I sorted through some I had stored and found this one - perfect!  I could do something with the traditional reds and greens of Christmas - always close to my heart.  And I started thinking about red stripes and polka dots - how I love strips and polka dots together.  So I created my own using Wendy Vecchi's stamps and stencils and along the way decided to throw in Tim's Gothic stencil too.  Using Wendy's Red Geranium archival ink pad, I stenciled the Yipes Strips stencil onto white CS and did the same with the Gothic stencil.  
While I still had the red ink out, I used a Wendy Vecchi polka dot stamp to stamp the layers of Tattered poinsettias I had cut out.  The bottom green leaves were stamped with the Reverse Dots background stamp and Mowed Lawn DI.  They were scrunched up and unscrunched, then edged with Vintage Photo DI.  
I created the Joy panel by embossing white CS with the Holly Branch texture fade, then colored the leaves with a paintbrush and distress ink pads using Mowed Lawn and a tiny bit of Pine Needes.  It was then sponged with Pine Needles at the top and Antique Linen at the bottom to fill in the white space.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo and a bit of Queen's Gold EP was applied around the edges.  Red stickles colored the holly berries.  I love how this looks so much like a vintage  postcard.
I really didn't have any green inks that I was happy with for the greenery so I took a Mowed Lawn pad and applied it direct to paper on white CS.  I didn't saturate it leaving some random white showing through.  I went over it again with a Pine Needles ink pad. Then I spritzed it with Tarnished Brass distress spray stain.   I wish I had taken a photo of it as it was so pretty.  The greenery was die cut with the Holiday Greens thinlits dies. 
My masterpiece was too large to be a card, so I mounted it on white corrugated cardboard and added a chipboard die cut small easel on the back.  I love that die.  I don't know if it is still in production.  Probably not because it was one of the first Tim Holtz Bigz dies, most of which are now retired.  I edged the white cardboard with Vintage Photo DI and also added some heat embossing with Queen's Gold embossing powder around the edges.

I really love this.  All the wonderful red and white patterns make my heart sing for joy!  I hope you have a fabulous 2015!

I'm finally going to enter a few challenges too, including:

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Vintage
Winter Wonderland - Fussy & Fancy
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes

These products were used to make the above project.  The are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique were Ranger/Tim Holtz and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saying Goodbye to the Artistic Outpost Team

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Welcome!  I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!  I'm finally starting to get back on track after the chaos of Christmas :)  I've been running the past couple of days because we are having a CLEARANCE SALE  at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  It's been busy and my assistant has been on vacation.  

I'm back today with one last post for Artistic Outpost.  I'm stepping down at the end of this term.  It's been fantastic experience to be part of the Artistic Ouptost design team for the past two years, but my path has taken a different turn and it's time to say good-bye.  

I used a number of stamps from several sets for this tag.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and using Jet Black archival ink, I stamped from Whimsical Melange, Flower Market and Generation Redux.  Then the tag was inked with Faded Jeans and then sprayed lightly with Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain.  It was also edged with Walnut Stain.  To add a little texture and interest, Tim Holtz Texture Paste was applied through the Burlap layering stencil and when dry, inked with Walnut Stain.

A panel was stamped with the ledger stamp from Ephemera Backgrounds on white CS.  It was then inked with Vintage Photo and also sprayed with Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain.  I ran a couple of rows of messy stitching around the edges as a decoration.  
Two white CS tags were cut with an older Sizzix die, stamped with the sentiments in Jet Black archival and then the moth and dragonfly from Flower Market were stamped in embossing ink and clear embossed.  The tags were then inked with Faded Jeans and sprayed with Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains. 
The piece was finished off with a couple of filigree metals from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I wanted them to be a little more gold, so I put a drop of Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative on my craft sheet and picked up just a drop with a stiff brush and sort of dry brushed it over the high points of the filigrees.  I also added one of the acrylic pearl embellishments from the boutique that I altered with the Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative.  
I want to thank Kelley and Lisa for the amazing opportunity I have had with the Artistic Outpost DT.  It's been a wonderful experience.  I'm very sorry that I won't be playing with the new images that will be coming in the upcoming year and wish them all the best.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

These products were used to make the tag above.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, where Tim Holtz/Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off MSRP.
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