Wednesday, July 20, 2016

All Lined Up!


Thank you so much for dropping by my blog.  I'm filling in again for Zoe Hillman over at Frilly and Funkie.  Our challenge is "All Lined Up" hosted by the incomparable Jenny Marples.  Jenny has is thinking in straight lines, rows, columns, strips and grids.  We must make sure the vertical and/or horizontal lines and rows of things are clearly visible on our vintage or shabby chic project. Another requirement is that the edges don't count as straight lines!

I grabbed one of my jumbo shipping tags that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and stamped the gentlemen from the Tim Holtz Mercantile set with Jet Black archival ink.  Masking him off, I got to work with the Tim Holtz Stripes stencil, Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Mini Ink Blending Tool, ending up with stripes over the whole tag except for the gentlemen.  Once the stripes were created, I went over the entire tag with Vintage Photo DI to give it a vintage feel finish up with a little spritz and flick with Tim's Distress Sprayer.  Then I had some fun with the rest of the stamps from the Mercantile set.  Two of the stamps were stamped onto die cuts cut from the Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits die set and popped up on craft foam for dimension.  The edges of the tag were distressed a bit with my fingernail and then all the edges were sponged with Walnut Stain DI.

I had some galvanized wire fence material that I purchased at a local hardware store years ago.  I thought that would be just the thing for the horizontal and vertical stripes I was going for.  I gave it a coat of rust with a Viva Decor product called Rusty Paper - super easy to paint on and very fast drying.  You can use it on paper as well as almost any other surface.  It was also applied to the gears that I used to finish off the project.

That's a wrap for this challenge.  I hope you will stop by Frilly and Funkie and the other DT members blogs to leave them some love.   Thanks so much for stopping by today!

These products were used to create the tag above and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique were Tim Holtz/Ranger and most other name brands are always 205 below MSRP.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

All in the Family

Hello and happy summer!

I'm back again with a free standing art piece that I have put together for our Frilly and Funkie All in the Family challenge. Our host for this challenge is Suzanne Czosek. Suzz wants us to create something that was inspired by our family. Whether it is our ancestors, a favorite family memory or family outings, we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family.

You might already know this about me - our family loves to vacation in Key West.  We go there for a week or two every summer.  This year, we are renting a vacation home for a month and filling it with family and friends.  I was so excited to be able to put these cool new dies from Tim Holtz to such fun use!  This was a total labor of love for me.  

I started with an 8x8" piece of Speciality Stamping Paper.   Using Wendy Vecchi's Ranger Archival Inks, I painted a sunset beach scene with the inks and rubbing alcohol.  This was perfect to build my seaside scene on. 

I did an internet search for Key West vintage travel posters and came up with two fantastic ones.  The Southernmost Point is a true Key West icon and the Green Parrot bar is a place that we have loved for years to hang out and listen to music!

I wanted to mount my piece to make it less flimsy.  I ended up deciding on using a 10x10" piece of chipboard.  It was painted first with white gesso and when dry, painted again with two coats of  Tumbled Glass distress paint.  I chose Tumbled Glass for the significance of the color to Key West.  In Key West the porch ceilings on the old conch houses are painted sky blue.  Architectural historians seem to agree that this tradition dates back to African descendants from the West Indies who believed that spirits or ghosts (called “haints”) could’n't cross water and that by painting their porches some shade of water-color blue, they would confuse the haints and keep them from entering their homes.  As time went by another legend came to be as home owners continued to paint their Key West ceilings blue. The idea was (and for some still is) that blue porch ceilings act as a natural bug repellent because the porch looks like the sky and fools the bugs who obviously won’t build their nests in the sky.

So that's my family memory project.  So happy you stopped by!  Thanks so much.

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