Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I Love It Because Challenge

Welcome back to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge.  This week the challenge is "I Love it Because" and is hosted by the talented Jenny who has asked us to share a project inspired by things we love.  Here is her description:

"How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn't it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile - don't forget to tell us why you love it so much."

I have so many different things I love to do while creating but I know there are a few I tend to use or techniques I love to use.  I don't always love the end result but I always love the process of creating or trying something new. 
Stampers Anonymous Entomology Stampers Anonymous The Professor Prima Marketing Wild and Free Stampers Anonymous Fragments For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

I have always been drawn to color combinations of neutrals.  I am fascinated with the idea of the old vintage gold leaf pages and how beautiful the stark contrast between a white / ivory backdrop with black and gold and brown.  A natural color palette with touches of grunge and metal. 

The reason I started paper crafting was for the stamping. I can use images provided in the stamp sets and use them in a variety of ways so my happiest place is using stamps and inking them up.
Stampers Anonymous Entomology Stampers Anonymous The Professor Prima Marketing Wild and Free Stampers Anonymous Fragments For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

I started with layering stamped images using masks and black archival ink over top of brown inky splatters. 

I stamped a sentiment (another thing I love to use in my art) in the bottom right corner.

I used a versamark ink pad and pen to draw a line over the ruler and around the inside of the circle and around the edges of the paper.  I then sprinkled with the embossing powder and heat set  and added a few touches of gold around the edges and on the edges of the bug.

I cut slits around the edge of the stamped circle to insert the bug and the metal clip. 

This is my favorite way to mix images with touches of gold and layers of stamping. 

Come join us in the challenge and show us what you love about your art!

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.

Thanks for sharing your time with me!



Stampers Anonymous - The Professor
Stampers Anonymous - Entomology
Stampers Anonymous - Fragments
Prima Marketing - Finnabair - Wild and Free
Yvonne Blair - Impression Obsession - Dreams
Ranger Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs 
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Versamark Watermark Ink
Versamark Watermark Ink Pen 

Ranger Embossing Powder - Gold
Idea-Ology - Clasp Fasteners
Bronze Jump Ring Set


  1. This really does look as if it was "lifted" from an old book, and I just love it! Your gold embossed bug is amazing, and my favorite element. You are so stinkin talented!

  2. OOOOH! I do love this combination of neutrals and metallic touches! And I always love coming to your blog, because I know it's always going to be inspiring! This card is fabulous, and I love how you've slipped the bee and clip into slits in the card--how clever! And a fabulous design altogether, Suzz! You're amazing!

  3. Gorgeous. Love the neutral colour palette with a touch of metallic. The little spotlights on the ruler are a fabulous touch.

  4. Oh this is beautiful Suzz! I love how you've followed your heart with the neutral/vintage colour palette and clever stamping. The gold embossing looks absolutely beautiful and really adds to the design. Thank you for sharing xx

  5. What a brilliant Saturday Showcase, Suzz! I left you some love on Frilly and Funkie! Have a great week!

    1. PS You enabled me on those Fragments stamps!

  6. So subtle and elegant - it's really lovely.
    Alison x

  7. Love the vintage colors and I so admire your stamping. Not something I do well, its not in my genetic makeup, LOL. I don't love bugs but I do love yours!


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