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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Happy New Year!  I can't believe it is already the 9th and this is my first post for the new year!  I have been creating but not sharing. :)  Today I am sharing a card created for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge hosted by the talented Cec.  The challenge is called Three is Not a Crowd.  Cec describes the challenge as:

"Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. Examples of three of something could be three different patterned papers, three colours, three layers, three flowers, three bows - the list goes on. This would be a perfect time to use some of the new supplies you received for Christmas or to make space in your stash by using up old supplies. Just remember to think in multiples of three."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us as a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I love using multiples of three.  I think it was one of the first lessons I learned in designing my cards was to use three to give it more balance.
The hard part was to decide what three items to showcase on my card?  I  pulled out the Paper Dolls and sorted through the images grouping them by the images.

I was looking for something fun and whimsical because I already had this lovely grungy background I wanted to highlight.  I found these adorable ballerina's in varying size and knew they would be perfect with my background.
I started with a large sheet of mixed media paper for this project.  I pulled out a variety of products I wanted to play with that haven't gotten any use or love for awhile.  And I created these pieces with a few different times of playing with the inks, pastes, and sprays.

I am going to save this tutorial for another time. Creating this background was a lot of fun and I loved pulling out all the various inky supplies and splattering, pasting and splashing the gold and browns!

Come play along with us in this challenge!  There is another week left and all you have to do is show us three of anything on your art!


Monday, December 25, 2017

Unto Us A Child is Born

Merry Christmas to you!

I decided to pull out one of my Nativity Scene stamps(Inkadinkado)  to create a special card to share just for today. 

All of my Nativity Scenes are very detailed stamps and this is no exception. This inspired me to create a cracked glass and lumpy embossing to give the effect of an old image that has been encased in resin. 

I added a raised arch and a hint of watercolor.  The background is a mix of stencils and other stamped pieces.  

A very blessed holiday to you and your family!


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Bells of Joy

Bells of Joy is what I named today's tag.  I was inspired by Linda's Week #10 in her Funkie Junkie Tags of Christmas challenge which is sponsored by her store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Her tag used the cool tinsel stencil which I loved as soon as I saw it.  I had decided to tinsel it up with some shimmery silver embossing paste sprinkled with glitter.

After I created this over the top shimmery background I was trying to decide how to play against the beautiful background.  I took inspiration from Linda's tag with her focal point of a wreath and scattered snowflakes and decided to use a big snowflake.

I wanted a bright color to go with the silver and the citron spoke to me.  I splattered, sprayed and died my snowflake, ribbon and background.  I then dangled some bells from the bottom.

When I think of bells of joy, I think of walking into church with the ground covered in snow, seeing my breath and listening to the bells sing. Christmas Eve Mass at midnight the church filled with everyone celebrating the birth of the Savior.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!


Friday, December 22, 2017

Wintry Scene

Brrr... The temperatures are dropping and we are hoping for a white Christmas.  I have been staying inside and playing with my crafty supplies. 

This tag was inspired by Linda's lovely tag for her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.  This is week #9 tag.  Linda had a beautiful snowy scene with the deer and trees.  I used stamps instead of dies but the design and images are very similar.  I am almost finished with my tags for Linda's challenge which has fun prizes offered from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The tag was created by splattering the white paint on cardstock.  Letting it dry and then coming back in with a mix of distress inks to create the blue/gray background.  

I then stamped the images and used brown embossing powder to help make them pop on the background.

I added a touch of stenciled embossing powder along the top and bottom to frame my scene.  I also cut my tag down to fit to my main images.

Thanks for coming over and visiting with me.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Glitter much?

Hi!  I am back with my final tag for Linda's The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.  I  have a few queued up for the next few days.  This one took a glittery turn and once it started I couldn't stop it!

The inspiration for this was Linda's week #12 tag.  You will look at Linda's beautiful vintage tag and wonder how did I get here?  Well it started with me trying to create a pattern in the background like the pretty pattern paper.  I pulled out stencils with patterns which I used to make a few background patterns with.  As I was doing that I thought what if I added texture with embossing paste and oh why not sprinkle it with glitter while it is wet.  

After that I was on the glitter train and it picked up speed!  Needless to say I am covered in pink and green glitter!  I decided to go with a vintage retro Christmas and did a little die diving (meaning digging through my extra pre-cut die images) and found this cardboard deer.  What deer doesn't want to be covered in bright pink glitter?

I then needed a sentiment and decided to use vellum to allow my shimmer background to shine. :) I finished it off with pearls and gems to really add some glam. 

I hope your day was brightened up with all this shimmer and shine. 

Linda's tag challenge is sponsored by her wonderful on-line store called the Funkie Junkie Boutique and I don't do much on-line shopping but I definitely shop at her store.  If you have a little time to get creative you should join in on the fun. 

As always I appreciate you stopping by! 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Howdy!  I hope you are getting some time off to get ready for the holidays!  I have been busy playing and catching up on Linda the Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas challenge.   This card is based on her beautiful Week# 8 tag.  The challenge is sponsored by her boutique The Funkie Junkie and she is offering prizes for playing along.

Linda's design and snowy background had me thinking of how to create snowflakes and add a banner as my focal point.

I used the snowflake stencil and crackle embossing paste to create a snowy background.  I then used a mix of sprays to create a blue green backdrop. 

I added the vellum banner and then pulled a few die cuts from my scrap pile and finished with a simple sentiment stamped and embossed in the center.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Merry Little Christmas

Hi!  I have been very busy with work and getting ready for the holidays.  I am now taking a few days off and hope to finish up all my tags for Linda The Funkie Junkie's Twelve Tags of Christmas.  Her boutique The Funkie Junkie sponsor's the challenge and there are randomly selected prizes if you follow along with the guidelines provided. 

Today's tag is inspired by Week #11.   I started by stenciling in green on the background to emulate the lovely background on Linda's tag. I also tried to follow Linda's lovely design with a main focal point of the clock.  But then I wandered into my own design. :) 

I misted the background with mowed lawn.  I then added a layer of pattern paper on the top and bottom. Once I did that then the background didn't match so I had to distress it with Antique Linen and some spotting of brown dye ink.

I then found the fun fringe (courtesy of the Funkie Junkie)  and added that as a divider between my background and pattern paper.  I added the fun lasercut clock and layered in the ephemera.

I hope you enjoyed my tag. I will be back with a few more of these before Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!