Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Flowers

 Happy Saturday!  The whole design team at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog is sharing a special Saturday Showcase!  Everyone is creating a tag with flowers to share with you.  Hop over here to see all the wonderful inspiration.
The challenge was to be inspired by flowers and create a tag.  I love these flower stamps by Dina Wakely as they are outline stamps and you can use different prints, stamps, or coloring to fill the inside of the flowers.

 I knew I wanted to use up some of my index cards from the Positively Pensive challenge. I had created probably 30 index card backgrounds.  :)  I don't usually put all my scraps up on the blog unless they end up in a project or have some type of technique. 

I had spent some time mixing paints (new dylusion paints and distress ink paints) on my craft mat  and then picking up the paint colors on index cards.   I swirled together the colors and then used an acrylic block to ink it up and put it on the cards or I placed the cards directly into the paint on my craft mat.

For this index card, I painted the background with a bright pink.  I let it dry completely and then painted over with a stencil partially using a light orange color.  After that dried I outlined the painted area with a ball point pen on some of it to give it extra texture.

I used all my different painted backgrounds to create my flowers and leaves. I stamped the flowers and petals on different sections of the painted cards and cut them out to layer them. 

Here are the remnants of the petals and leaves stamping and cutting. I was using up almost every piece of about 4 index cards of paint. 

After that it was a matter of just putting the petals on a base flower. I used glue dots to attach the base of each petal to layer them and create a 3D flower.  I then used another inky background as the base for my flowers.  I stamped the flowers onto the background to give me a placement and then built out the flowers.

I finished the tag with the lovely sentiment that comes with the stamp set and stamped it on the same background as the tag and cut it out and layered it in.

Thanks for stopping by to see the flowers!


Dina Wakley - Always Flowers Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Dylusions Paints - Bubble Gum Pink, Vanilla CustardBalmy Night, Lemon Zest
Ranger Ink Paints - Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - Bouquet
Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Antique Linen, Milled Lavender
Dina Wakley White Gesso

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Hi!  Welcome back for another fun challenge from the Funkie Junkie Boutique Team!  The talented Sara Emily is hosting and she gave us a wonky challenge this week called Cattwampus:

"Cattywampus is a funny sounding southern slag term I hear a lot around the house. According to the On Line Slang Dictionary it has several meanings including "appearing off center, diagonal from, crooked or not level, appearing askew, tilted or lopsided". Taking inspiration from any one of these definitions, include something cattywampus in your vintage or shabby chic project. Be sure to tell us what that cattywampus thing is; we might miss it!'"

I knew I wanted to play with diagonal  on a tag and here is what I ended up with:

I started with drawing a line on a diagonal and  using that as my guidance.  I then stenciled the numbers using the crackle paste. I stenciled the left side as you would expect and then flipped the stencil upside down and stenciled the numbers the right side.

After everything dried I spritzed with antique linen and milled lavender.

I repeated the process on the butterflies to put them on the angle in the split colors and stenciling.

I then added a few wildflowers in alternating colors and the sentiment.

Here are two other tags with backgrounds using the diagonal approach:

These used two opposing stencils and stronger colors for more of a contrast.

While making my first tag I was picking up excess ink and happen to get a shadow print from the wildflowers on the card.  I decided to  use that to make a quick card.  I added a hint of the butterflies by sponging over the die cuts. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Come share your Cattywampus inpsired projects with us!  The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampers Anonymous - Tiny Text
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - Digits
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - Dashes
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil - stripes
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Antique Linen, Milled Lavender, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Salty Ocean
Ranger Archival Ink - Pebble Beach
Sizzix - Wildflowers Die (I couldn't find the one I used but the new one has a similar shape)
Sizzix - Detailed Butterflies Mini 
Idea-Ology - Antiquated Gems 
Idea-Ology Baubles
Ranger Texture Paste Crackle

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Positively Pensive

Today is Ballpoint Pen day!  I am hosting the challenge this time around at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and it is called: "Positively Pensive" in celebration of Ballpoint Pen Day!

Here is how I described the challenge:

The challenge is to thoughtfully use a ballpoint pen on your project.  You can doodle, journal, sketch or trace an outline using any color ballpoint pen on your art.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project with some form of ink from a ballpoint pen and if it isn't obvious how it was used make sure to tell us in your post!

Because I knew I wanted to play around and try some different ideas I decided to create Index Card Art.  It led to so many fun backgrounds I ended up with a variety of ideas, and pieces for future art!

I first created a variety of backgrounds: 
 I used the new dylusions paint on some of my background. I couldn't find my gel plate so I used my craft mat and acrylic blocks to try for a mix of colors.  I then used various tops to trace circles with my black ball point pen.

Then I used a stencil to overlay a pretty yellow on hot pink!
 After it dried I traced the outline with the black pen.  I love the effect it reminded me of a hawaiin shirt!
 I used a lot of number stencil backgrounds with distress oxides to vary the intensity and color of the numbers over the index card.  I thought it would be fun to parallel lines with the header line on the index card.

Then I thought what if I traced the outlines of the stencil onto the card directly?  So I traced the pattern and then sponged in the colors and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  That way I could put on another color and not worry about the overlay of the ink. 
For this one I just mixed together some stamping with a little doodling. 

 Then I thought why not draw something...

 I drew a few dragonflies and inked them up and even frosted one of them with a shimmery embossing powder.  The butterfly was die cut and painted.  I wrote words about the butterfly and summer.

I had played in an interpretative paint challenge before and decided to try it again with one of my inky backgrounds.

A few more backgrounds with a stencil and handwritten notes. 

 and finally a few more index cards turned into small cards:

The professor peeking out of a lined card: 

 Well I hope this has you wanting to get out your ballpoint ink pen and play along! The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by...


Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text 
Stampers Anonymous - Flower Shop
Stampers Anonymous - Faded Type
Stampers Anonymous - Glitch 1 
Stampers Anonymous - The Professor 2
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Tim Holtz Digits
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil #47
Stampers Anonymous Stencil Tim Holtz Rosette
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Latticework
Ranger Distress Oxide - Iced SpruceBroken China 
Ranger Archival Ink - Saffron, Jet Black,
Ranger Distress Oxide Sprays - Picked Raspberry
Ranger Distress Sprays - Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender,  Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed
Dylusions Paints - Blue Hawaiin, Bubblegum Pink, Vanilla Custard, Balmy Night
Sizzix Die Cut - Wildflower
Idea-Ology - Antiqued Gems
Prima Arts Basics Heavy White Gesso