Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Christmas in July

How about a cool down?  We are experiencing very warm temperatures right now and the challenge at The Funkie Junkie is just the trick to take us to cooler temperatures.  The talented Cec is leading the challenge this time and she has challenged us to "Christmas in July"!  Here is how she describes the challenge:

"If you are like me, you are anxious for 2020 to be over and done with. To speed things up let's pretend Christmas is around the corner even though it is only July and get a start on creating shabby chic or vintage inspired cards. This challenge is all about cards so please save other Christmas creations for later."

I have to admit that I always order the Christmas stamps, stencils and dies when they come out but end up sometimes not getting to use everything from the release during the holiday season. I was happy to pull out a few things that never got used! 

I was scrolling through pinterest for a few ideas of things that were Christmas related.  I saw a beautiful card that had die cut Christmas greens.  That had me foraging through my pattern papers and dies to see what I could come up with. 

Along the way I thought what about the Christmas design tape?  I hadn't used it and wanted to play with it so I pulled it out.  I decided to take some scrap cardstock and tape it up to cut some pretty flowers and leaves.
Here are the leftover pieces.  Which I haven't discarded as I can either find smaller dies or use the scraps of design tape on other cards.


I also cut out random leaves and flowers from the Holiday Wallpaper.  


Here are the leaves and flowers left over from the cards.  They are very pretty and will be stored for future accents. 


After I had my various bits I then created two backgrounds for my card with the layering stencils and the crackle embossing paste. 


I stamped the vintage Santa and gave him a slight coloring with distress inks.  The rest was just layering up the cards and stamping and attaching a sentiment.

I hope this has you feeling the chilly wintery breezes and inspired to play along! The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Suzz

Products:
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Plaid,
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Festive
Sizzix Tim Holtz Die - Funky Foliage 
Sizzix Tim Holtz Dies - Wildflowers
Sizzix Tim Holtz Dies - Holiday Greens
Ranger Texture Paste Crackle
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks - Aged Mahogany, Black Soot 
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Ranger Distress Stain Sprays - Aged Mahogany
Ranger Distress Oxide Spray - Hickory Smoke
Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Christmas Design Tape
Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamps - Yuletide
Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamps - Watercolor Trees
Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Christmas Worn Wallpaper

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Flowers

 Happy Saturday!  The whole design team at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog is sharing a special Saturday Showcase!  Everyone is creating a tag with flowers to share with you.  Hop over here to see all the wonderful inspiration.
The challenge was to be inspired by flowers and create a tag.  I love these flower stamps by Dina Wakely as they are outline stamps and you can use different prints, stamps, or coloring to fill the inside of the flowers.


 I knew I wanted to use up some of my index cards from the Positively Pensive challenge. I had created probably 30 index card backgrounds.  :)  I don't usually put all my scraps up on the blog unless they end up in a project or have some type of technique. 

I had spent some time mixing paints (new dylusion paints and distress ink paints) on my craft mat  and then picking up the paint colors on index cards.   I swirled together the colors and then used an acrylic block to ink it up and put it on the cards or I placed the cards directly into the paint on my craft mat.

For this index card, I painted the background with a bright pink.  I let it dry completely and then painted over with a stencil partially using a light orange color.  After that dried I outlined the painted area with a ball point pen on some of it to give it extra texture.

I used all my different painted backgrounds to create my flowers and leaves. I stamped the flowers and petals on different sections of the painted cards and cut them out to layer them. 


Here are the remnants of the petals and leaves stamping and cutting. I was using up almost every piece of about 4 index cards of paint. 

After that it was a matter of just putting the petals on a base flower. I used glue dots to attach the base of each petal to layer them and create a 3D flower.  I then used another inky background as the base for my flowers.  I stamped the flowers onto the background to give me a placement and then built out the flowers.

I finished the tag with the lovely sentiment that comes with the stamp set and stamped it on the same background as the tag and cut it out and layered it in.

Thanks for stopping by to see the flowers!

Suzz

Products:
Dina Wakley - Always Flowers Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Dylusions Paints - Bubble Gum Pink, Vanilla CustardBalmy Night, Lemon Zest
Ranger Ink Paints - Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - Bouquet
Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Antique Linen, Milled Lavender
Dina Wakley White Gesso

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cattywampus

Hi!  Welcome back for another fun challenge from the Funkie Junkie Boutique Team!  The talented Sara Emily is hosting and she gave us a wonky challenge this week called Cattwampus:

"Cattywampus is a funny sounding southern slag term I hear a lot around the house. According to the On Line Slang Dictionary it has several meanings including "appearing off center, diagonal from, crooked or not level, appearing askew, tilted or lopsided". Taking inspiration from any one of these definitions, include something cattywampus in your vintage or shabby chic project. Be sure to tell us what that cattywampus thing is; we might miss it!'"

I knew I wanted to play with diagonal  on a tag and here is what I ended up with:


I started with drawing a line on a diagonal and  using that as my guidance.  I then stenciled the numbers using the crackle paste. I stenciled the left side as you would expect and then flipped the stencil upside down and stenciled the numbers the right side.

After everything dried I spritzed with antique linen and milled lavender.

I repeated the process on the butterflies to put them on the angle in the split colors and stenciling.

I then added a few wildflowers in alternating colors and the sentiment.

Here are two other tags with backgrounds using the diagonal approach:


These used two opposing stencils and stronger colors for more of a contrast.



While making my first tag I was picking up excess ink and happen to get a shadow print from the wildflowers on the card.  I decided to  use that to make a quick card.  I added a hint of the butterflies by sponging over the die cuts. 


Thanks for stopping by!  Come share your Cattywampus inpsired projects with us!  The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Products:
Stampers Anonymous - Tiny Text
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - Digits
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - Dashes
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - stripes
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Antique Linen, Milled Lavender, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Salty Ocean
Ranger Archival Ink - Pebble Beach
Sizzix - Wildflowers Die (I couldn't find the one I used but the new one has a similar shape)
Sizzix - Detailed Butterflies Mini 
Idea-Ology - Antiquated Gems 
Idea-Ology Baubles
Ranger Texture Paste Crackle

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Positively Pensive


Today is Ballpoint Pen day!  I am hosting the challenge this time around at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and it is called: "Positively Pensive" in celebration of Ballpoint Pen Day!

Here is how I described the challenge:

The challenge is to thoughtfully use a ballpoint pen on your project.  You can doodle, journal, sketch or trace an outline using any color ballpoint pen on your art.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project with some form of ink from a ballpoint pen and if it isn't obvious how it was used make sure to tell us in your post!


Because I knew I wanted to play around and try some different ideas I decided to create Index Card Art.  It led to so many fun backgrounds I ended up with a variety of ideas, and pieces for future art!


I first created a variety of backgrounds: 
 I used the new dylusions paint on some of my background. I couldn't find my gel plate so I used my craft mat and acrylic blocks to try for a mix of colors.  I then used various tops to trace circles with my black ball point pen.

Then I used a stencil to overlay a pretty yellow on hot pink!
 After it dried I traced the outline with the black pen.  I love the effect it reminded me of a hawaiin shirt!
 I used a lot of number stencil backgrounds with distress oxides to vary the intensity and color of the numbers over the index card.  I thought it would be fun to parallel lines with the header line on the index card.

Then I thought what if I traced the outlines of the stencil onto the card directly?  So I traced the pattern and then sponged in the colors and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  That way I could put on another color and not worry about the overlay of the ink. 
For this one I just mixed together some stamping with a little doodling. 


 Then I thought why not draw something...


 I drew a few dragonflies and inked them up and even frosted one of them with a shimmery embossing powder.  The butterfly was die cut and painted.  I wrote words about the butterfly and summer.

I had played in an interpretative paint challenge before and decided to try it again with one of my inky backgrounds.

A few more backgrounds with a stencil and handwritten notes. 

 and finally a few more index cards turned into small cards:

The professor peeking out of a lined card: 

 Well I hope this has you wanting to get out your ballpoint ink pen and play along! The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by...

Suzz

Products:
Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text 
Stampers Anonymous - Flower Shop
Stampers Anonymous - Faded Type
Stampers Anonymous - Glitch 1 
Stampers Anonymous - The Professor 2
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Tim Holtz Digits
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil #47
Stampers Anonymous Stencil Tim Holtz Rosette
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Latticework
Ranger Distress Oxide - Iced SpruceBroken China 
Ranger Archival Ink - Saffron, Jet Black,
Ranger Distress Oxide Sprays - Picked Raspberry
Ranger Distress Sprays - Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender,  Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed
Dylusions Paints - Blue Hawaiin, Bubblegum Pink, Vanilla Custard, Balmy Night
Sizzix Die Cut - Wildflower
Idea-Ology - Antiqued Gems
Prima Arts Basics Heavy White Gesso 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Tickled Pink

Hi!  Glad it is finally Wednesday and we have a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!     Maggi is hosting us this time and she has challenge us with "Tickled Pink".

Here is how she describes the challenge:

"Design a vintage or shabby chic project using the color pink. You may use other colors as accents, but, pink must be predominant. There are many shades of pink ranging from fuschia to soft baby pink so let your pink imagination go wild"

I have been wanting to try a wall hanging and decided to use this challenge to mix and match some pieces. 


I am not going to share too much about my project because I am going to be sharing the details on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog on Saturday for the Saturday Showcase.

Just a few close up photos of my favorite pieces:
The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text Urban Elements Seth Apter Inkz

 I love this and think I am going to reproduce it for a card front:
The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text Urban Elements Seth Apter Inkz

I hope you are feeling pink inspired and want to join us in the fun!  The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Please be Safe!

Suzz

Products:
Ranger Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
Ranger Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
Seth Apter Ink Sprays - Izink - Antique Pearl,  Izink Dye Spray - Grenadine
Ranger Archival Inks - Watering Can, Pebble Beach
Stampers Anonymous - Flower Shop
Stampers Anonymous - Tiny Text 
Stampers Anonymous - Baroque
Stampers Anonymous - Urban Elements 
Stampers Anonymous - Field Notes
Prima Art Basics Heavy White Gesso
Sizzix - Thinlits Mini Detailed Butterflies
Sizzix - Thinlits Chapter 2 Crochet 
Sizzix - Tattered Butterfly
Ranger Mini Layering Stencils #47 
Ranger Layering Stencil - Nordic
Ranger Distress Oxide Spray - Worn Lipstick, Ground Espresso
Ranger Distress Texture Paste - Crackle 
Dina Wakely Blank Media Tape
Ranger Embossing Powder Clear
Ranger Embossing Powder - White
Ranger Distress Tattered Rose Embossing Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink
Idea-Ology Display Hanger 
Idea-Ology Hitch Fasteners

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Oh Man!

Welcome back to another Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!  The talented Jenny is the host for the challenge this time and she is challenging to think masculine with a "Oh Man!" challenge.  Here is how she describes the challenge:

"Fathers Day may be a way off yet but there are always other occasions and reasons for making something for the men in our lives. For this challenge create something which you feel has a more masculine look."

I decided to have the professor as my focal point in a fun flip book!



 I have been having so much fun with my new stamps.  There is nothing like inking up and stamping on all different shapes and sizes!  I stuck with a series of more male related colors like blue, green and a deep plum all aged with distress inks.

I started with a few die cuts and then cut random shapes and sized to layer.  I laid them out on the table and tried different combinations until I got the layers I wanted.  Once I had that I started stamping images.

I took all these photos of the flip pages and just realized I didn't flip the little butterfly down to show you the bigger butterfly. :)  So I will show you what the page behind the big butterfly looks like.


I took and created a little tab with a little pocket and some circles stamped and cut out to create my mask for my professor.  :)


 When you flip that down you see the professor and I clipped him to a timekeeper clock with a tiny clip. 

When you flip that you get to another short tab:


A fun circle with a game spinner and the label that folds over to the other side.

 I kept using the same colors and variations of the stamped images to add a different view.


The last tag is stenciled with embossing paste and stamped over with text. 

The reverse flip goes like this:

The back side of the last tag.  I inked up all the tiny text with a few pulled out of the sheet.  I stamped them onto a inky background. 

The english gentlemen (from an old Stampers Anonymous set made it on the tags in two different sizes)  I have him in a cling mount and wood mount set. ;)


Then I had the back of the timekeeper die which I didn't show again.  And then onto the umbrella man.


 Then the short tag with the circles. (I stamped these twice to make sure the circle was full on both sides of the tag.


And back to the butterflies:
To the back of the baby butterfly. 

I put them all together with an accordion fold:

I used a clip to get it to hold the fold to start with:
I hope this having you thinking of masculine inspired projects to share with us in the challenge! The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.  There are always good deals at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Linda and her team are busy working away and getting orders out to everyone!

Thanks for stopping by and please keep safe!

Suzz

Products:
Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text
Stampers Anonymous Glitch 1
Stampers Anonymous Professor 2
Stampers Anonymous Field Notes
Ranger Mini Layering Stencils #48
Ranger Archival Inks - Thistle, Bluebird, Fern Green,
Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Ground Espresso
Sizzix Timekeeper
Sizzix Tattered Butterflies
Idea-Ology - Game Spinner
Idea-Ology - Machinery Head
Idea-Ology - Tiny Clips

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Sew Sweet

Welcome back to another fun Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!  This time the challenge is called "Sew Sweet"  and is hosted by the talented Cec.  Here is how she describes the challenge:

"Create a shabby chic or vintage project with a sewing theme incorporating items and/or images related to sewing - think rubber stamps of sewing machines or dress forms e.g., fabric, pattern tissue and even notions such as buttons, zippers, thread, etc."
Stampers Anonymous Faded Type Stampers Anonymous Professor 2 Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text For The Funkie Junkie Boutique
I decided to go a different route and use the professor and layer him  up with some sewing embellishments.

Stampers Anonymous Faded Type Stampers Anonymous Professor 2 Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text For The Funkie Junkie Boutique
I created the background on the card by spritzing some leather cardstock with antique linen spray.

After it dried I sponged on brown dye ink using the stencil.  While it was wet I heat embossed with embossing glaze. 

I wanted to show you how the embossing glaze adds texture and depth of color.  I stamped the same image in brown archival ink and then sprinkled on the embossing glaze.  
Stampers Anonymous Faded Type Stampers Anonymous Professor 2 Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text For The Funkie Junkie Boutique


You can see the paper wasn't dry from my first coat of antique linen spray so the entire image was glazed with the embossing glaze.  It made it much more rich in color. 
Stampers Anonymous Faded Type Stampers Anonymous Professor 2 Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text For The Funkie Junkie Boutique
I ended up creating various pieces and created two cards with my tailor? :) .  The background faded type is stamped on a pattern paper from a robe pattern.

I pulled from the snaps, ribbon spools and safety pins to accent my cards.

I hope you can play along and share your sewing goodies!  The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.


Please keep safe!


Suzz

Products:
Stamper Anonymous - Faded Type
Stamper Anonymous - Professor 2
Stamper Anonymous - Tiny Text
Ranger Archival Ink - Cobalt, Coffee, Jet Black, Light House
Ranger Distress Spray - Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Oxide - Ground Espresso 
Ranger  Mini-Laayerining Stencil #30
Embossing Glaze - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Leather Cardstock