Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Believe in Magic

Happy Wednesday!  I am thrilled to share a special project for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge "Put on Your Inking Cap".  Kathy challenged us to:

"For this challenge we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project without using any designer paper. You can use inks, mists, paints, texture paste, fabric, felt, embossing powders, pencils, markers, pastels, chalks...the sky is the limit! As long as you are not using designer paper on the front of your project, you are golden."

The design team was also lucky enough to have a journal that Eileen Hull generously donated.  The   HeARTfelt Journal cover sets  gave us each a chance to play with a Traveler's Notebook style journal. 

I kept thinking of spring colors and wanted to use my new Distress Oxide inks to do some blending and inking.
I created an ombre effect with wilted violet blending into worn lipstick onto spiced marmalade finishing off with fossilized amber.
I pulled out a variety of pieces all blended with the same colors. I had to pull out a dragonfly stamp which became the inspiration for all the various pieces.
What really happened was I created many orphan bits from trying to design my cover. Which was a lovely surprise because as I opened up the journal and though about the inside I decided to take all the pieces that didn't work for the cover and build out the inside pages.
I love that I could take the leftovers and pull them together with more fun touches and details and add them to the inside.
I folded over some pieces and created a tri-fold and inked up some favorite stamps to add additional images.
I even pulled out the black embossing paste and stenciled bits and pieces in various places.
This  was an excellent way to showcase bits leftover from various projects and to use my favorite sentiments.
I also can add to the journal as the strings/elastic strings used to hold the pages in allow me to expand and add more and more to the journal as the inspiration hits me.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here 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.

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to come share your inky projects with us this week!



  1. That dragonfly is magnificent! I love the iridescent wings against the gorgeous ombre background. You achieved such brilliance with your DOX, and I love all the stampy bits and the sentiment. The interior covers are so incredible, as are the pages. Clearly, you put on your inking cap and are at the head of the class for this challenge, Suzz. I love it

  2. Oh Suzz I do believe in magic having seen this! LOVE that beautiful ombre effect on the front that works so perfectly with the ethereal dragonfly and iridescent sequins. And how clever to use coordinating elements that weren't right for the front inside on your signatures. This is an absolute gem of a journal. Thank you so much for sharing xx

  3. What wonderful spring/summer colors on your bright journal Suzz! Love the texture of the stenciling and all the little gems (they look like dew in the morning sunshine! And your pages inside are awesome! Julia xx

  4. So beautiful! Lovely stamping and gorgeous colors. Can I ask whose stamp that is with the swirly foliage flowers? It is on two different pages, I love it.

  5. Sensational, Suzz! What gorgous colors you have achieved with the oxide inks! The layers and textures are wonderful and the dragonfly is the frosting on the cake! Love the inner pages too. This looks like it was so fun to make! I'm sure our readers are totally inspired by it - I know I am!


  6. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the blend of colours on your covers and the fantastic stamping you added . The dragonfly is stunning. Tracy x

  7. Wow, Suzz! I couldn't wait to get over here to see how this all came together! What a gorgeous journal from cover to cover! I love the ombre effect you made with the Oxides and your dragonflies all look marvelous! Great project and thank you for your inspiration! Hugs!

  8. Amazing uplifting colours on the cover, and fabulous stamping on the inside - this is a real treat for the eyes.
    Alison x

  9. Beautiful. I love the cover. Stunning and then the inside is beautiful. Love what you created.


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