Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Staying in the Background

 Welcome back to another Funkie Junkie Challenge!  This time it hosted by the wonderful Cec and she is challenging us to Staying in the Background.   This is how she describes the challenge:

"My challenge to you is to create your own background and use it in a shabby chic or vintage project - no pre-printed patterned paper this time. You can create the background in any number of ways and it can be simple or intricate. Using embossing folders. stencils, dies, stamps, washi tape, paints, inks or a gel press are just a few ideas. Make sure you give a brief description of how you created your background in your post."

Well I love a good background either stamped or mixed media. My problem is I never want to cover it up!  

I wanted to try to do something in shades of green and pulled out the gradient square stencil as I have never used it on anything.

I played around with a mix of stamping tiny text as a whole sheet of rubber of different versions of a sprayed/embossing paste mixes of the diamonds. 

For my card I took a remnant of something I was playing with.  I sprayed through the stencil and it was very messy and the squares became indistinct.  I then used another sheet of cardstock to pick up the excess.  

After it dried I then stamped over a piece and cut off a scrap which became a panel in my background. 

I stamped a mix of brown and green ink for the circle and cut it out.  I stamped over that the watch hand in brown.  I then attached my panel and circle together with a bit of design tape and put them onto a white cardstock background. 

Next I stenciled embossing paste over all the layers and waited for it to dry and sponged brown ink over the embossing. 

I added a double flower with some stamping and twine to finish the card. 

Here is an alternative background using the same tools: 



I stamped the circle over the stenciled background and enhanced with some watercolor pencil around the edges.  I layered more design tape over the image. 

I originally started the challenge with the idea to create my own pattern paper.


I stamped a mix of the roses with text on white cardstock.  I colored with watercolor pencils.  I then took the brick stencil and softly sponged brick around the images.  

I added touches of clear embossing on the flower to help with the glossy effects and also added water drops using glossy medium. 

The butterflies were to add depth and make my background a backround. :)  

Come show us your backgrounds!  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

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Feathered Friends

 Hi!  I have a post over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog today showcasing a few cards with Feathered Friends and lots of Idea-Ology goodies.

If you want the details and to see the  other cards in the series please pop over here

Have a beautiful Saturday!

Suzz


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Birds

 Happy Wednesday!  Time for another fun Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge! I am hosting this time around and I am challenging you to be inspired by the Birds


 

Here is my description of the challenge: 

"For this Challenge I want you to be inspired by our flying friends.  You can take the challenge literally and have images or die cuts of birds on your art, you can be inspired by the words describing birds or even showcase their homes.  Make sure to share with us how you were inspired by the birds"

I was inspired by this lovely stamp from Aall & Create with had me happily coloring and using my waterbrush to create a simple card with lots of color. 


  This was a simple process of stamping the image and I used a mix of plum and black ink for my image.  (Didn't clean the stamp of the black ink and layered on the plum over it) 

I stamped the image and then happily colored with a variety of watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.  I multiple layers of color and shading.  I outlined the images with a soft gray to create more depth. 

After I finished with my coloring and it was dry I used the white gel pen to add highlights and some speckling.  


Then I used an craft knife to carefully cut up the petals randomly and bent them to add texture.  I had some die cut pieces from my Saturday showcase (peek to come) sitting on my desk.  I stuck in pieces of the piney branches behind my cut up flower petals. 

I stamped the bird a second time and colored him.  I then cut him out and popped him up over the original colored bird.  

I then stamped the sentiment and attached it to the bird.  I finished by layering the image multiple times including a watercolored piece to add emphasis. 

Now onto my sneak peek for Saturday: 


If you want to get your grunge on... Fly over to the Funkie Junkie Blog on Saturday and see how the bird flys! 

Come join us in sharing your birds!  The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date  at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, (and the guest designers have been wow!) 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

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

It's a Wrap

 Welcome back to another The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!  This week the creative Sara Emily is inspiring us to "It's a Wrap!"


Sizzix Courtyard Bloom Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop For The Funkie Junkie Boutique


Here is how she describes the challenge:

"Whenever I hear this term, I think of something that's finished or completed. But for this challenge, we want you to share your vintage or shabby chic gift wrapping, gift box or bag or perhaps a set of gift tags. Or maybe you might take a different approach and use a wrap die cut or gift packaging on your project -- just be sure to tell us what your 'wrap' is if it's not obvious!"

I think you will be able to tell what my wrap is...

Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop Sizzix Courtyard Bloom Stampers Anonymous Mini Layering Stencil 47 For The Funkie Junkie Boutique
I started with a Christmas Box and covered all the sides with newspaper print.  I cut the newpaper print paper to fit the sides.  I then sponged distress oxide ink over a stencil over each piece.   I attached each piece and then used design tape to add a vintage trim around each edge. 


The flower was die cut from newspaper print and stamped with script using a gray ink.  The edges were sponged with the same pink ink and a touch of brown as well. 


I assembled the flowers following the guidance on the sizzix site.  I taped the edges together on the first one and then cut the bottom triangle out. I then took the second die cut flower and cut off a petal and repeated the process. I did this for three flowers.  Then I took the leftover petals and cut them down and used them to fill the center.  I liked the newpaper print paper because it was more flexible.  


I also created one with regular white cardstock with a splattering of sprays. 


You can see it is much more structured and could be curled more on the edges. 

Here is the view from above the box:

Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop Sizzix Courtyard Bloom Stampers Anonymous Mini Layering Stencil 47 For The Funkie Junkie Boutique

The vines were created with a bit of wire and design tape: 

I cut a few strips of wire and then just wrapped them with Design Tape as if I was creating flower stems.  After it was completely covered I wrapped it around my stylus to get the curls. 

Everything was hot glued together. 

I hope this has you thinking about creating a piece of gift wrap.  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.


Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Stencil Mania

Welcome back to another Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge.  This time Jenny is hosting a fabulous challenge to use our stencils called Stencilmania.

Here is how she describes the challenge:

"Stencils are such versatile tools - you can add colour through them, add texture and patterns with them, draw with them, emboss with them, print with them and so much more. So for this challenge we want you to get creative with your stencils, adding as many layers as you dare to create a vintage or shabby chic project to share with us all."

Well.... I had tons of stenciled art laying around my craft desk as I had been playing with different ideas for a variety of challenges. 

I decided to take a few similar toned pieces that I had created previously and create a few more.

I started with one of my index cards created previously and cut it up.  I then took a second one and cut that up.  I created a new background using a embossed background and sponged blue ink over the background to create a third layer.

To finish it off I created a background and stamped the script and then embossed with translucent embossing paste over that.

I layered the bits and pieces together.  I then wanted a focal point so I pulled out the professor to add a fun touch to the card.

For my second card I masked off some areas of the card and used the stencil to add a flowery section.
This one just received a sponging of dye ink across the center and some stamped script in a softer tone of ink.

I then stamped and layered the flying bees along with a pretty sentiment.

I hope you will hop over and check out the magic the rest of the design team created using the stencils. 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Products:
Mummy
Ranger Archival Ink - Watering Can,
Wendy Vecchi Dyeable Ink -Acorn

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

With This Ring

Hi!  I am hosting the challenge this time at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The challenge is "With This Ring".   Here is what inspired the challenge:

"Summer is a traditional time for weddings. This year we have seen many of the celebrations become virtual, rescheduled or limited to few people participating. We as craft makers can still share our art with the happy couples by creating something beautiful to celebrate their special occasion. I challenge you to create something celebrating a wedding, it can be anything including: layout, card, decor, or gift."

I created a series of wedding cards for my daughter to pick from for friends of hers that are getting married in the next few weeks.  I am sharing those cards on Saturday at the Funkie Junkie Boutique for the Saturday Showcase.  I decided to add a few more with a few different styles.

I used some scraps and other bits left out on the table from my previous card making session and created this soft lacy wedding card:
A very traditional card with an embossed background accented with a crochet trim die cut from wax paper.

Layered the flowers with seam binding and added a lovely sentiment along the side. 

Then I decided I wanted something much more mixed media and funky for a different type of wedding. :)

This was made with multiple sprayed backgrounds.  I tore strips of different backgrounds and taped them together onto another sheet of cardstock.  The hearts were die cut from those taped together backgrounds. 

I placed it on a stenciled background with embossing paste and splatters of coordinating spray inks.

I hope this has you inspired to create a wedding based project and you can 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 gift certificate for a 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
Ranger Archival Ink - Vibrant Fuchsia, Pink Peony
Wendy Vecchi White embossing Paste 
Ranger Layering Stencil - Bouquet
Ranger Layering Stencil - Splatters
Prima Marketing Flowers Coastal Surf 
Prima Marketing Pretty Mosaic Susie
Rayon Seam Binding
Ranger Dylusions Shimmer Spray - Peony Blush
Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Spiced Marmalade 
Sizzix Tim Holtz Crochet Die

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