Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Winter Blues

We have certainly having the winter blues!  The weather dumped about 8 inches of snow and then dropped to negative degrees temperature and now we are getting warmer! 

The extremely talented Kathy is hosting the challenge at the Frilly and Funkie this time around.  She challenges us with the "Winter Blues".   Here is how she describes the challenge:

"January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the "winter blues." Let's take the winter blues in a positive direction by creating a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like to see the blues to be front and center in this project."

I love a good monochromatic color scheme and blues are beautiful especially in the winter time!  I decided to create a vintage valentine montage with shades of blue.

 I was playing with my Distress Stain Sprays and salt.  I love how it pulls the ink into an intense color where the salt absorbs the color. 

I thought it would be interesting to create a shape with the salt and then add the color.  And this is where I ended up:

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 How did I get there? 

  1. Draw a heart.  Cut it out.  (Use a heavier piece of paper)
  2. Place the heart onto a sheet of mixed media paper. 
  3. Sprinkle table salt around the edges of the heart and onto the mixed media paper. (I made sure there was a pile of salt all around the edges.)
  4. Arrange the salt to the outside edges of the heart onto the mixed media paper.  Smooth the salt to allow it to flare out towards the edges of the paper. 
  5. After the salt is arranged to your liking.  Spray with your desired distress stain spray color.
  6. At this point I realized the salt was absorbing the ink completely. (Which make sense. :) So I pushed it around and added some more salt.  
  7. Let dry and then scrap off the salt. 
I think I would have only done a few things differently. I would have either:
  • Sprayed the heart mask around the edges first with a pool of ink.  Added the salt while it was wet and let it dry. 
or
  • Sprayed another sheet of paper and sprinkled the salt into it.  After it dries used that around the edges of the heart.  Re-activated the ink with spraying water or more distress ink. 

Things to try in the future. :)

Other pieces to this project included:

  • Painting the metal gate
  • Adding a touch of feather with the heart on her hat
  • Sponging blue distress ink over the paper doll
  • Painting the chain with white paint and sponging on some blue die ink and accenting my numbers with bits of chain
Come share your shades of blue with the team!  The winner will earn the chance of a guest 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 hanging out with me!

Suzz

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Vintage Valentine


Hi!  Time for another wonderful challenge at Frilly and Funkie!  The Challenge this time around is hosted by the fabulous Maggi and she has aked us to share a Vintage Valentine.

"It's sweetheart time and what could be more fun than creating Valentine's for our loved ones? For this challenge we want to see vintage valentines in vintage colors like pinks, blues, purples. No bright red please. Show us your vintage side with vintage colors and images. If you need some inspiration, click here to link to a great vintage color palette."


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 I started with a vintage heart tin.  I decided to layer in some images over a sweet piece of wallpaper.

I stamped the Elizabeth Barrett Brown poem over the background.  I then added the splattering of paint along with the fun couple  from the paper dolls.

I died the pearls, flowers and seam binding with pinks and brown hues using Ranger Distress Inks and Alcohol Ink (pearls).

I just layered in the image with foam squares and then added the flowers and ribbon.  

I then got inspired to create a farm-house inspired valentine. 

 I started with the fabulous Prima Farm-House Papers and used that to dig out my sentiment from the remnant rub-ons.  I took a little license with the sentiment to make it cow appropriate. :)


I hope you are feeling inspired to join in the fun at the challenge.  The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot 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. 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

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Inspired By

Welcome to a New Year!  I am sending you all blessings for a happy and blessed New Year!  The new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog is "Inspired By" and hosted by the talented and creative Cec.  Here is how she describes the challenge:

"I don't have access to quality craft classes locally so I spend time online to learn new things. For this challenge I want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by or using a technique or tutorial that you have found online. You must provide a link to the site that is inspiring your creation and please do not make a direct copy of anything you found."

I like to use my magazines to look at different ideas but I also enjoy using the Splitcoaststampers forum with their awesome tutorials for new ideas.  I used the Double Diamond Fold by Joann Jamieson as my inspiration.



What I enjoyed about this fold is it stands open by itself beautifully and gives many surfaces to cover with different prints or stamped images. 

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 After you first open it up it will look like this. I added a belt and a change so it looks a little messy but if you decorated with flowers or bits on each side it would look just as lovely just like this.

 When it is fully open it give a whole other view! 
Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper Paper Dolls Snippets Ephemera Swivel Clasp Story Sticks Game Pieces For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

This is partially open  and again has a fun view with different angles.
Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper Paper Dolls Snippets Ephemera Swivel Clasp Story Sticks Game Pieces For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

 Closed up and ready to send off.
Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper Paper Dolls Snippets Ephemera Swivel Clasp Story Sticks Game Pieces For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
I hope this has you thinking about who inspires you and using their inspiration to join in on the fun before the challenge ends! 

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot 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. 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