Friday, February 3, 2023


Hi!  Sharing today on The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Blog a few tags celebrating the idea of Frozen!  I decided to play with the Mica Stain Sprays in a frozen color palette. 

The tag was created using mica stain spray, ranger opaque distress texture paste and a layering stencil.

 To create the background: 

  1. Lay the stencil down on the white cardstock. 
  2. Smear the Opaque texture paste over the stencil. 
  3. Let the paste dry.  (I let it dry partially so the color blended into the paste) 
  4. Spray a mix of the frozen colors (blue and grey) over the surface and add spritzes of water to blend. 
  5. Dab off the excess or hold on the side to allow it to drip off. 
  6. Let dry completely. 
  7. To highlight the shimmer from the sprays an additional coat of clear embossing powder was added over the surface. 
  8. Sponge Versamark Ink over the surface. 
  9. Cover with clear embossing powder and shake off excess. 
  10. Heat up the embossing powder. 


 The clear embossing highlighted the richness of the mica stain and the shimmer from the stain sprays.  To finish the tag a layer of embellishments with some holiday sticker for the sentiment and a touch of flowery trim for the top.

 For the next tag an additional shimmer and iciness was built into the background of the tag. 

To create the background of the tag: 

  1. Stamp the snowflakes randomly across the surface using Versamark Watermark Ink. 
  2. Heat emboss the snowflakes with white or clear embossing powder. (If you use clear you will need to make sure not to spray too much shimmery spray as it can spread under the embossed snowflakes) 
  3. Spray the mica stain sprays onto a craft mat and add water. 
  4. Drag the stamped background across the inky mat.  
  5. Add more spray directly to tag to add more color. 
  6. Let the tag completely dry. 
  7. Cover the surface of the tag with versamark. 
  8. Heat emboss using clear embossing powder. 
  9. Repeat the process of the versamark and embossing powder multiple times. 
  10. During the final coat while the embossing powder is still liquid sprinkle on rock candy distress glitter. Heat set. 

  • After the tag dries you should be able to crack the surface by bending it slightly.  If it doesn't crack add another coat of versamark and embossing powder. 
    To finish the tag just add the snowflake accents and the paper doll image. 

    Thanks for stopping by! 



    Friday, January 20, 2023


     Happy New Year!  Welcome back!  Today I am sharing from the newest Sizzix Tim Holtz Release.  I picked the fun Celebrate Colorize dies.  I am always in need of birthday cards and these dies are perfect for celebrating!  

    I wanted to use balloons using text based inspiration!  I pulled out my old torn up dictionary and looked up a few different pages with definitions from celebrations and birthday to cut out my layered balloons. 
    I had fun pairing them with some accessories in a shimmery yellow.  The background was created using the layering stencil with a mix of the same ranger die inks used on the balloons. 
     I cut out additional balloons and tried different effects with them with stamping and sponging on inks. 

     I also tried various backgrounds to highlight the balloons.  First there was a general misting of the shimmery yellow mica stain spray. 
    Next was a series of numbers stamped across the background using versamark on white cardstock.

    Then the numbers were embossed with clear embossing powder.  Yellow mica stain spray was spritzed across the entire surface.  After the spray dried brown dye ink was sponged across the surface to highlight the numbers.  Tiny text from a stamp was stamped over the surface.  To finish off the effect a dry buff of the background was done to remove any excess ink on the embossed numbers. 

    The next background used a stencil to add some texture.

    The background was embossed with distress paste and a stencil.  After it dried the background was spritzed with mica stain over the entire surface.  After the spray dried then brown dye ink was sponged around and over the raised background.  Then a script was stamped using the same brown ink over the surface.  To finish the background a splattering of brown and yellow sprays were splashed across the background. 

    Hope this has inspired you! 



    Friday, January 6, 2023

    Favorite Things

    At the Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave we are highlighting our 2022 favorite things from Tim Holtz.  I picked a few of my favorites to highlight in the post today. 

    When I saw the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Crest I fell in love.  The image is so lovely and elegant.  I decided to pull that out along with the Ranger Distress Mica Seasonal Stain Sprays another of my favorite things from 2022.   

    I spent some time just playing with the stencil and various mediums.
    Some of the backgrounds involved just spraying the mica stain sprays over the stencil on white cardstock.

    Using the inky stencil itself to pick up the reverse image with the mica stain spray remnants.
    The opaque crackle paste on the black cardstock made quite an impression. :) 

    While the embossing paste is still wet, sprinkle the rock candy distress effect and spray it with the gold mica stain spray.   The effect was beautiful! 

    A paper bag left over from shopping was used as the next backdrop to the embossing paste and mix of mica stain sprays.

    The embossing paste was spread over the layering stencil and let it dry.  After it dried spritz it with multiple layers of pink, gold, and water.  The water helps blend the colors together and allows them to blend together.  At the end it was splattered with white watered down paint.  

    To get the next image with depth the stencil was place on white cardstock and  distress opaque embossing paste was applied.  Without removing the stencil blue mica stain spray was spritzed over. 

    After all the images were dry they were all mounted on various backgrounds.

    Sometimes deciding what should be used as the frame is like finding the perfect color of pants to go with a favorite shirt. 

    Lovely gold cardstock was used to frame the pink and gold combinations.

    Then it was time to use a few of the backgrounds in a few different projects.  I started with the black and gold because the effect was so striking.

    The angel seemed like a beautiful accent for the rich black and gold tag.  I had a string of rusty stars on wire in my stash. I pulled them out and painted them with gold paint.  I then coated them with the rock candy and sprayed them with the same gold mica spray.  I attached them with the tiny attacher but painted the staples gold before I put them in the stapler.   I found a tiny text sentiment (another of my all time favorite stamp sets)  and stamped it to coordinate.  

    Next I took the beautiful reverse image in silver and created a wedding inspired tag.

    I added a layer of sparkle with the shimmery stars splattered around the background.  Some vintage lace created a beautiful bow that emulated the lovely crest pattern.  

    I hoped you have enjoyed the inspiration! 



    Friday, December 16, 2022

    Envelopes of Fun!

     Hi! Time for some holiday fun!  I was inspired by the Sizzix Chapter 3 Thinlits Tim Holtz Postale dies! I love the idea of mini envelopes!  

    I pulled out a mix of papers, stamps, and embellishments along with my dies to cut out the envelopes and embellish them. 

    I cut out a series of envelope shapes from white cardstock and then played around with stamping different images.

    For my first mini envelope, I created a woodland scene using a few different stamps with brown and green archival ink.  I cut out a mask of the deer to allow me to place a tree in the background.  


    Next I used the papers from the worn wallpaper to cut the envelope from and then embellished it with stickers from Christmas sticker book.   

    A little embellishment with some paper flowers behind the sticker flower along with some white gel highlights to make flower the focal point. 

    The papers were so pretty I decided to create a second envelope from another pattern. 

    Only this time I lined the inside of the envelope! 

    Then I went back to stamping and used the festive collage stamps to drape the boughs of holly across the front of the envelope.

    The little sprigs of holly along with the sentiment filled out the rest of the envelope.  The berries were all stamped twice and pop dotted to raise them up and add a little texture.  Then a sprinkle of glitter was added all over the branches and berries.   

    The next envelope used some pretty mica sprays over a stenciled background. 

    The envelope was laid flat and crackle embossing paste was  used with the layering stencil to add the festive words.

    After the embossed background had dried the spray was misted over the front and then a different mica spray was spritzed over the back. I am going to add a lovely snowflake to the front when I get a few minutes! 

    Next up is jolly St. Nick!

    He was stamped on the white envelope while it was open and then colored with a hint of watercolor.  He has a little shimmer on his fur to highlight his lovely hat!  

    Now I have a set of mini envelopes ready to put a special message and attach to a gift!

    Thanks for stopping by!



    Friday, December 9, 2022

    Festive Collage

     Hi!  I am sharing some inspiration for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Inspiration Avenue!  We are focusing on Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps.  I love stamps and they always inspire me!  I used the Festive Collage stamps and played around with them using a variety of inks and ideas. 

    This actually was my last card created and I loved how it turned out.  I started with stamping a background using a lovely green ink and various stamps at different angles.  I added a touch of inky distressing around the edges of the card and some splotchy ink spots. 

    I then stamped Mr. St. Nick and colored him to put on the front.  I needed a little background to show off his fine attire so I stamped a tag using a lovely mix of gold and brown inks. 

    The star was a piece of white cardstock that a star had been cut out from.  I just used my paper cutter to cut around the star shape and created a star frame.  The star frame got a coat of shimmery gold and brown dye ink.  I finished with a fun little sentiment and some embellishments. 

    Next up is a cute little treat bag.  I purchased these muslin bags at the craft store.

    I knew stamping directly onto the fabric would not give me the best effect.  I decided to stamp on tissue paper and then apply the tissue paper to the bag.

    I stamped on the tissue paper multiple times.  It is really important to use an archival ink to get an image that won't be lost when applying the medium to adhere it to the fabric.  Also too much ink and too much pressing on the tissue paper will allow it to bleed and lose the sharpness of the image.  This was a rejected image because it bled a little too much on the leaves. 

    Next I applied the decoupage medium to adhere it to the fabric.  I like to use a decoupage medium and find that if I put it on the surface first and then lay the tissue paper onto the wet surface and then apply another coat over the tissue paper I get the best results.  Also make sure you go over the edges with the medium. 

    I also made sure to put a non stick surface inside my bag to keep the bag from sticking to itself. :) It made a cute little gift bag and I can stamp coordinating tissue paper to put inside with the gift! 

    Next I decided to pull out my white ink and try it on a few different surfaces.

    First I stamped on the kraft cardstock.  I used watercolor pencils to add a hint of color to the image. I then sponged the entire surface with versamark watermark ink.  I then embossed with clear embossing powder.  It added a lovely depth to the color of the cardstock and highlighted the coloring and the image. 

    The next card was stamped on kraft as well but I used a neutral color and highlighted and shadowed with coloring pencils and white gel pen.

    The image was stamped with a brown archival ink.  I then added color with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.  I finished with a white gel pen to make areas pop on the card. 

    After the soft effect of the white ink on the kraft card I decided to try to really pop the ink on a black background.

    The image was stamped with white ink on a black background.  Then colored using the watercolor pencils.  A very simple effect but very eye catching!

    Finally my favorite way which is to just stamp the beautiful image using a neutral color and then color the image with watercolor pencils. 

    I stamped with a soft brown ink and then colored it with watercolor pencils and a brush.  I left it plain to have the image shine. 

    I hope this has you inspired to try out the festive collage stamps!



    Friday, November 25, 2022

    Shimmer & Shine

    Hi!  The team at The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave is inspiring us this time around with the Christmas Tim Holtz Idea-Ology!  This is where my inspiration led me!


     There was so much beautiful shimmer and shine between the deco papers, droplets, and bells!  I decided to use the beautiful droplets to create a Christmas wreath.

    I used a circle die cut to trace a circle in the center of the card and then I applied tape in the circle.  I then pulled out the color combination of droplets I wanted to use in various sizes. (light blue, silver, white).  

    I placed the largest droplet size in one color and place them equally spaced around the circle.    I repeated the process with the next color until all the large sized droplets were placed.  I then repeated the process with the next size down.  I ended up having to shift some of them at the end with the smallest ones. 

    To finish off the card I stamped a sentiment in gray ink and sprayed a shimmery ribbon with mica stain spray to blend with the colors of the wreath.

    Next I started to play with the deco sheets.  I wanted to cut some snowflakes and stars from the shimmery paper.

    I used some parchment paper and a metal shim to get a clean cut.  The thinlets required the extra pressure to help keep the edges cut with all the details.  I also ran them back and forth a few times to get the best cut. 

    I used two different sized stars laid together on the cutting board to get my star outline.  I then cut a piece of deco as the background layer of my tag.  I accented with a few droplets and the sentiment.  I finished it off with some died ribbon and a shiny bell!  

    My final tag highlights the shimmery snowflakes. 

    The background was stamped with a silver ink using the beautiful renaissance stamp.  Then heat set the ink before adding an edge of silver embossing and a sentiment embossed in gold.  The snowflakes were cut and added with a touch of bling using the droplets.  

    The ribbon was embossed using silver tinsel embossing powder.  I used versamark ink  to sponge the ribbon and then dipped it in embossing powder and heat set the embossing powder.  

    Thanks for stopping by! 



    Friday, November 11, 2022

    Gift Here and Gift There!

     Hi!  Posting some inspiration for inspiration Ave over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  

    We are highlighting the beautiful Distress Colors from Tim Holtz this season.

    I decided to create a series of envelopes to hold gift cards as they are a popular gift for us to give over the holidays! 

    Here are the variety of envelopes created with the beautiful seasonal mica stain sprays and stencils.

    I used a variety of mini layering stencils to cover my gift card holders both on the front and back of the envelope.  

    I made my own template by starting with a gift card and measuring around it.  Here is my template and measurements. 

     The full measurement is 5 1/4" x 3 3/4".  After you cut this you will score along the one side 1/4" and do the same along the bottom.  starting from the side with no score go in 2 1/2" and score in the middle.

    I then cut out the corner piece and on the right side the bottom 1/4".  This is to allow you to fold the pieces inwards and put tape along them to close the holder and have a pocket to hold the gift card.  

    I also died ribbon to match my envelopes and tied them around my gift card to give them fancy toppers and to pull the card in and out of the envelope.  (With that addition it doesn't even require the bottom to be taped closed. :) 

    I then took a hold punch and cut out the circles on the top.  If you don't have a punch big enough you can use circle dies and position them to cut half a circle. 

    Next up was to come up with some bits and bobs to use for embellishments.  Does this look familiar to anyone?  I hope other people's crafty space looks like this while they are creating. :) 

     I die cut, sprayed and stamped a few different images and pieces of cardstock in different color palettes to coordinate. 

     Then it was a matter of assembling a design.  On this one I used a layered poinsettia and some of the sweet stamped sentiments.  The topper included the died ribbon and a holiday token.

    When pulled out you can see how the ribbon was tied around the gift card to make it easy to pull in and out.

    The background was the revers of the stencil.  After I had sprayed another piece of cardstock with the stencil I took the stencil saturated in ink and laid a piece of white cardstock and got a beautiful reverse image on the paper.  I cut it up to create the holder shown above. 

    Up next is my ugly sweater card holder.  For this one the background is opaque crackle distress paste.  After it dried it was sprayed with the pretty tart cranberry mica stain spray.

    I stamped the fun puppy image and gave him a sweet twine bow and bell and tag!  I color coordinated the ribbon with a silver bell.  

    Then I wanted a holiday plaid and used the cocktail party mica stain with the plaid stencil.  I decided to pair the Shiny bauble colors with the pretty pink.

    The Santa image was stamped with the archival ink and surrounded with the cool Tim Holtz ideology tinsel. 

    Next up continuing with the same color scheme I reversed the background and accent colors.

    I stamped the images and sentiment with a pretty pink raspberry ink and added a star to the mix. The background was a mini stencil with the mica stain spray spritzed over it. 

    I hope this has you inspired to make a few gift card holders and get out the fabulous mica stain sprays.  The shimmer is fabulous!