Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Haberdashery

Happy Wednesday!  Today I am sharing a creation for the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge hosted by the creative and inspiring Zoe called "Haberdashery".

She describes the challenge as:

"A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers. For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project including items found at a Haberdashery."

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I was inspired the thought of buttons and threads.  I was thinking about Halloween and the finery a witch would be wearing for the holiday. 

Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Mini Halloween Sizzix Tim Holtz Ice Skates Idea-Ology Halloween For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
 I started with cutting out a few ice skates from the Tim Holtz Ice Skates.  I had a vision that if I removed the skate blades they would make some cool boots! 

Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Mini Halloween Sizzix Tim Holtz Ice Skates Idea-Ology Halloween For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
 All it took was a little snip snip and I had some wonderful witch boots.  I stamped over them with a text stamp and then sponged them with a nice coat of black soot distress oxide.  I laced them up with some string (died to coordinate) and tied them off with some fun buttons.  I then decided they needed a shiny coat on the tips and the heels.  I masked them off and sponged versamark.  (I did this after the dye ink had set for awhile.  If you can't wait you have to heat set the dye ink before doing this or your black embossing powder can stick elsewhere. :)

The hat was something I drew up after looking online for some inspiration.  I wanted it to look a little bit like the sorting hat in Harry Potter.

Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Mini Halloween Sizzix Tim Holtz Ice Skates Idea-Ology Halloween For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
I stamped the background with a different stamp from the Etcetera stamps.  The backrgound is a mix of orange and black inked Halloween stamp.

You have another week to join us in the fun!  The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Back to Nature

Hi!  Welcome back to the blog!  I have been busy playing with flowers!  The current challenge at Frilly and Funkie is hosted by the talented Sara Emily and she has asked us to be inspired by nature!

The challenge as described by Sara Emily:

"Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn't help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled image representing a natural object."

This had me thinking about all the flowers in our yard during the summer.  I ran out and started gathering them. 
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I shared the whole process behind the pressing of the flowers on the Frilly and Funkie blog on Saturday and this was one of the results of those experiments.


I saw this beautiful sheet of rose petals on pinterest.  That had me thinking what if I pressed a sheet of roses?  Well this is what happened:

First I set the flowers up like this in a folded piece of cardstock:

Rose Flower Pressing Big Shot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

After I ran it through the big shot it looked like this when I opened it up:
Rose Flower Pressing Big Shot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique
 And after I moved them around and ran it through a few times this is what I ended up with:

Rose Flower Pressing Big Shot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 It wasn't what I had expected but I used it as a background and created my card:

Stampers Anonymous Entomology Idea-Ology small talk Idea-Ology Story Sticks Wendy Vecchi Les Roses Tim Holz Paper Dolls Archival ink Watering Can For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
 I stamped over the background with a background stamp about roses.  I then created my butterflies and guess what their bodies are made of..... I used some dried lavender. The moths around here have such fuzzy bodies it just reminded me of them!

I hope this has you thinking of how you can incorporate nature into your art!  Come join us in the challenge! 

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can't pick just one favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August

Hi! Suzz here. I am hosting the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie Challenge called "August".  No surpise that it is inspired by the month of August. :) In doing a little online research I learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar. He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country. For this challenge I am asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns.

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I really wanted to do some marbling and so I created a huge pile of marbled backgrounds.  I tried shaving cream, alcohol inks, water, etc.  I liked the shaving cream the best and ended up doing multiple backgrounds just for this card:

Ranger Distress Re-Inker Black Soot Idea-Ology Bouquet Findings Sizzix Holiday Greens Marbling Arches For The Funkie Junkie Boutique

To create the marble background I did the following:

1. Spray a mount of shaving cream (Cream not gel)  onto your craft mat or a sheet of acetate. Basically anything that won't hold the color after you are done and is easy to clean up or throw away.
2. Drip re-inker or spray inks into the shaving cream.
3. Now you can try alot of different ways to marble. You can swirl the ink into the shaving cream with a plastic knife.  You can just smoosh it into the shaving cream with an acetate sheet on top and pushing and moving the shaving cream and ink around.  You decide.  This is the fun part and my shaving cream smelled good and conditions your paper!
4. After you get your ink and cream mixed you lay your paper ontop and smoosh it around until it is covered in inky shaving cream.
5. Pull back the paper and lay flat.  Using a flat edge scrape off the excess shaving cream.  I use my plastic rulers and shave off the cream.
6.  Let dry.

I ended up with so many pretty backgrounds it made it difficult to decide what to do next.  I spent a few days trying some ideas.  (I cut out some arches as I knew I wanted to incorporate arches into my project)  I think it was my husband laying bricks outside in a pattern that triggered the idea of creating a herringbone tile effect.

Ranger Distress Re-Inker Black Soot Shaving Cream Marbling Herringbone For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
 I love how this turned out and my family wandered in and out while I was laying my faux tile and were very impressed. :)

I googled an image of herringbone to get me started.

1. Cut your tiles to the size you want.  I cut mine 1/2" by 1 1/2".
2. Cut the background to the size you want before laying down the pattern. 
3. Sponge the edges of your tiles with a grout color.  I chose black.
4. Start in the middle with one of your tiles and start taping and laying them.

Ranger Distress Re-Inker Black Soot Shaving Cream Marbling Herringbone For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

5. Tape down the first on in the middle of you paper.
6.  Lay down the next one and line up to the edge.
7.  Repeat... Repeat.. Repeat..

A couple of tips:
  • I first laid this without sponging the edges. They didn't pop enough because of the marbling. They needed a grout effect.  You could do this by leaving space between the faux tiles but would need your space to be even. 
  • I had a few faux tiles that were slightly wider or longer.  Your pattern wont' work if that happens. :) I had to pull mine up and re-cut a few more. 
  • When you get to the edge of the page attach them as a full piece.  When you get done you can cut the pieces off to use as filler for the areas where you don't need a full piece. 
After that it was deciding how to incorporate my arches with the background. I decided it reminded me of the church and what a lovely wedding card it would make.

Ranger Distress Re-Inker Black Soot Idea-Ology Bouquet Findings Sizzix Holiday Greens Marbling Arches For The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I hope this has you inspired of playing with the marbling or the arches!  Come join us in the challenge.


The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!
Thanks for stopping by!
Suzz