Wednesday, March 30, 2016

60's Style

Happy Wednesday!   It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly & Funkie Design Team to share their art for Cec's Hip to be Square challenge  over at Frilly and Funkie. Here's what Cec says about the challenge; "Let's go retro and make a project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images and patterns of the hippie era of the late 1960's/early 1970's. Your project must either be square or include at least one square element.".
The Design Team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive 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 decided bright colors and fun geometric shapes would be my muse for  60's inspired cards.
I thought what is a great way to bring out a tye dye effect with bright colors?  Alcohol Inks of course and I had some brand new Yupo paper I have been wanting to try with the inks and it is fantastic. I have used glossy cardstock before with my Alcohol inks but depending on what type you use you get different results.  The Yupo paper was perfect to use with the Inks.

For my first card I mixed a variety of pinks, yellows, oranges and the blending solution to get a pretty bright background. I then cut it up into different rectangles and squares.  I used the circles to layer in wonky circles and added a touch of tissue tape over the surface. Then I laid it out in a square card.

For my second card I went with darker colors with hints of brighter shades peeking through.

I started with dripping different colors of inks onto the Yupo.  The key to doing this is to cover the background with a light color first so your surface as some alcohol ink base.  Then start dripping drops of color onto the background.  Let them dry between colors.  Then drop the next color and watch it expand.  Then to finish it off you can flick the blending solution over the finished product to get little water bubbles of no color over the surface.

After the background was created I cut out flowers from white cardstock to layer over the background. Creating the background is fun to experiment with different colors and dripping in the different circles.  I warn you it can be quite addictive.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Don't forget to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see everyone's beautiful creations!



Monday, March 28, 2016


I had time this weekend to play a little and was inspired by the Mixed Media Place Dream March Challenge.
I created a journal page with the soft blues, and pink colors.
Here is the inspiration board:

 Mixed Media Place - Dream On March Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 27, 2016

He is Risen!

Happy Easter to everyone!  I hope your Easter is filled with family and blessings.
I  tried a little faith journalling.
Stampendous - Cross stamp, Sentiments - Simon Says Stamp, Stencil - Tim Holtz

I have a second hand hymn book purchased at my local library for $1.00.  I love it because it has all the songs and music from various hymns. 
 I just opened it up to the Easter section and used a few pages to celebrate the holy day today.

A blessed Easter Sunday to you and your loved ones.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Starfish, Pink Coral and Cherry Red

Edited to add: I had my post ready to go and saw the sad news about Brussels.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by today's tragedy.

I am always intrigued with color palettes and the Words and Paintery March Challenge has a beautiful monochromatic color scheme in lovely shades of corals and reds.  The quote from Marilyn Monroe is quite inspirational as well. (I just realized I have a Marilyn Monroe stamp that I have been wanting to use and didn't even think of it when I was creating these!)  I took the pretty colors mixed with the "Vintage" challenge a the Mixed Media World Challenge #12 and created a series of ATC's.

I started with a lovely background created with my Tattered Angels Glimmer mist (The aforementioned Starfish, Pink Coral and Cherry Red).  I spent some time dripping, smearing and playing with them on a sheet of mixed media paper.   After that dried I cut it up into the atc's and started stamping and stenciling and playing with texture on the backgrounds of the ATCs. 
 Darkroom Door has some beautiful photos and I dug through them looking for images to use from them.  My first ATC started with a layer of tissue paper misted and stamped behind the fun image. I then brought in the twine and starts and added the stamped word over the background.  I finished with a splattering of paint and the sentiment.
 My next one started from bits and pieces I pulled out to use on the ATC's and I like how she came together.  I stamped the polka dots in the background using the Darkroom Door Eclectic polka dots stamp and white paint.  The butterfly is from a DRD collage stamp and is stamped on the misted tissue paper.  The sentiment is from the Idea-ology stickers.

 My next one is difficult to see because it is layered with vellum and misted tissue paper flowers.  It is very pretty in real life but doesn't photograph well. :)  
Last but not least is one of my all time favorite stamps from AO.   I went looking for an image to go on this and pulled her out to put in the center of my hand drawn heart.

Products:  Darkroom Door Texture Stamps - Dots, French Script, Darkroom Door - Tick Tock Set, Tim Holtz Layering Stencils (Numbers, Alphabet), Artistic Outpost - A star is born,  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Starfish, Pink Coral and Cherry Red, Idea-ology - stickers, Idea-Ology - Staples, Idea-Ology - Filmstrip, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Darkroom Door - Butterfly Garden, Darkroom Door - Photobooth Hats

That's it for today!


Words and Paintery Inspiration Photo:

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's a Banner Day!

Who's ready for a blog hop?  This hop involves some bunny hopping as it is all about spring art!  Canvas Corp Brands and Bella Blvd have partnered together in a creative hop this week.

There are two prizes with a retail value of over $100 each.  To be eligible for the prize please leave a comment on one of the facebook, instagram, or canvas corp brands post and use the #BBCCBTEAMUP in the comment. The prize winners will be randomly chosen from all the comments based on the #BBCCBTEAMUP.  Prize is open to USA and International hoppers.  

I had fun creating a Banner Book using the Bella Blvd Papers, Embellishments, and the Canvas Corp Brands Banners, Tattered Angels Paints and Mists.

Hop along to see all the beautiful inspiration from the teams!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Longing for the Sea

Good Morning!  It's time for the funkie reveal at Frilly and Funkie challenge, the theme this time being 'Let's Make it a Trio' hosted by Sue C.  The challenge is to include  3 of something on your art.  This can be three tags, three embellishments or any trio you can think of to include.

I knew I wanted to do something with three parts to my project so I decided to cut up a few tags and piece them back together in a different way.

I cut two tags into pieces and covered them in the Voyage Beneath the Sea paper.  I then used the beautiful gold embossing paste and the flourish stencil to create a Seaweed inspired background. While the embossing powder was wet I sprinkled it with gold glitter.

Then I wanted to create a steampunk touch so I punched holes in the different pieces to link them together.  I then used gold ink to ink up the jump rings to make them gold. I used versamark to cover my chain which I embossed with gold embossing powder. 

The images on the paper are so fun and funkie. I decided to take the steampunk mermaid and give her a seaweed inspired skirt.
If you look closely you can see the seaweed are the new wildflower dies cut from the same Graphic 45 paper. I cut a series of the flowers and then added glitter around the edges. I layered them over the skirt.  I also hid a trio of sea-horses on my tag.

I added the beautiful sentiment from the paper with a gold glittery edge to the background. 

Don't forget to play along with us!  The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot over 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!