Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Fall Gratitude

 Time for another fun challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  The new challenge is called Fall Gratitude and here is how Teri describes the challenge: 

" I love the concept of Gratitude and being Thankful. Use fall colors and embellishments to create a tag or project expressing gratitude."

I have to admit I have a fondness for the fall and the colors, crisp air and beautiful weather.  Anytime I can stamp, die cut or play with leaf embellishments the art seems to create itself.  I decided to add the sentiment of light the way to show my appreciation to someone who has provided me many inspiration and lights the way for me every day!

I started with a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white cardstock.  I pulled out a few stencils and used texture crackle paste to stencil on leaves in the background.  While it was still wet I applied the Distress Stain Sprays.


That background paper got lots of use in die cutting extra pieces and stamping my sentiment. I also have a second card base created with the remainder.

I have been getting a lot of use out of my seasonal mica sprays from Ranger I coated all the flowers and background with a few other sprays thrown in. 

Please come join us in the challenge!  There is an opportunity to win a gift card at the Funkie Junkie which always has great deals on a variety of products!  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Suzz

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Tree Bark

 Hi!  I have been busy playing with the new Darkroom Door Release!  There are so many fun stamps.  I had a few samples I created for the Texture Stamp Tree Bark and thought I would share them out to you. 

I started with using the bark as a background to the beautiful butterflies.  I love the sentiment as it is so charming.  

Then I decided to mix up my background and use the texture bark mixed with the coffee stain.

I used the soft antique linen to blend into the background. It almost looks like cloth. 


The next card took me the longest because I wanted to add the feather and spend hours stamping and re-stamping the feather in different colors and then stamping the coffee stain over the feather image and cutting it out to place on the original card.

I knew it wouldn't stamp cleaning onto the bark so I spent the time to create it separately and fussy cut it and place it onto the circle exactly aligned. 

Happy Sunday! 

Suzz

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Chalk it up

Happy Wednesday!  Time for a new challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Laura is hosting the new challenge: Chalk it up and she describes it:

"September is normally when kids head back to school, it when the learning begins again....Create a project about learning, does not have to be a school themed project, learning is not just about books and school, sometimes it learning a new scrapbooking technique, or a cool fact and you must include chalk!  IE - chalk paint, chalk board, actual chalk...."

I have some pretty chalks and hardly ever use them. I decided to play with them and learn some new ways to try them out. 

The first card I stamped in archival ink.  I then used a combination of smearing the chalk inside the lines along with painting with water a bit of the chalk around the edges to add a depth of shadows.   

The chalks come with an applicator which I used to apply the background colors.  I then used a waterbrush to add the darker hues.  

I also added some shading with watercolor pencils on the leaves and some highlights with a white gel pen.  

On my next card I used the chalks to highlight the embossing on the leaves and background.


 I created the background with the texture paste and a stencil.  While it was still wet I spritzed it with distress stain spray.  After it dried I used chalk to rub over the surface in various areas to add a shadow and highlight the embossing. 

For the leaves I also spritzed with a mix of distress stain inks.  After they dried I used a dark chalk rubbed over the surface to accentuate the veins.  

Everything recieved a lovely layer of clear embossing powder to make them shine. 

Please come join the challenge!   The overall winner will be offered the chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique 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! 

 Suzz

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Twisted Tree

 Hi!  I wanted to share two new cards I created with the Darkroom Door Twisted Tree.  I love this new stamp set!

Some stamps speak to me and this is definitely one of them.  I created two versions of the same card this morning.  I wanted to try it out in a variety of sizes. 

I could see this on an Artist Trading Coin, Tag or ATC.  I used the new masks from Tim Holtz for the Moon and then the Twisted Tree stamps for the Tree, birds and sentiment.  

Very spooky and fun! 

Suzz


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Die-na-mite

 Hi!  Welcome back.  The new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique starts to day Tera is hosting and it is called Die-na-mite!  

Here is how she describes it: 

"Dies can make a simple or boring project extra mighty... I want you to Use your dies to make a project! They can be your main focus or work in the background to make your piece mighty."

 The new Halloween Ephemera from Idea-Ology and Tim Holtz has been sitting on my desk and this moon fellow has been smiling at me through the packaging.  I couldn't resist him. 



 

 Previously I was working on a project that left me with two leftover moth die cuts.  I decided to use them with the handsome moon and create a take off of the song. "Fly me to the Moon".  

The background started with embossing with the distress grit.  I added a layer of antique linen and Hickory smoke over the surface.  After all that dried a few strips of film strip and tissue tape finished the background.  

I finished with the stamped sentiment and the cut out of the words. 

I hope this has you thinking about what you could use your die cuts to inspire!  

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Suzz

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

De-stress with Distress

 Hi! Time for another fabulous Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!  This time it is hosted by the talented Tera.  The challenge: De-stress with Distress is described by Tera as:

"Are you feeling stressed? How about destressing with a bit of Distressing. Show us some yummy grungy distressed goodness."

I just received the beautiful Sizzix Leaf Fragments and couldn't wait to ink them up! 

 


 
I played around with them with some beautiful orange, red, yellow and brown distress inks and distress mica sprays.


I even created a few ATC's.  They are beautiful sponged with the lovely fall colors.


 

 They even make a beautiful flower!  I hope this has you thinking about playing along with us and sharing your distressed art! 

The overall winner will be offered the chance to be a guest designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the drawing 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.

Thank you for stopping by! 

 

Suzz

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Saturday Showcase - The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 Hi! Happy Saturday!  I am sharing on The Funkie Junkie Boutique a post today featuring the new Stampers Anonymous Floral Outlines Stamps. 

 

Pop over if you want to see the other cards I made while playing with my new stamps! 

Suzz

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Triple the Heat

Welcome back to another fun challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  I am hosting this time and I called the challenge Triple the Heat.  

Here is the challenge description: 

"August is always very hot for us in the Midwest. Our temperature can raise into the three digit numbers. I decided to use the number 3 as the inspiration for this challenge. I challenge you to use 3 of a kind.  You could use just three colors (white and black excluded), three of the same type of embellishment, three of the same images...  you decide how to incorporate the three of a kind in your project.  Make sure to mention what your three of a kind is in your post."

 

If you love something why not triple it up!  I got the new Sizzix Impresslit Butterfly and fell in love with them.  I started cutting multiple versions of the butterfly.  Perfect for a triple display of these beauties!


I love building a triptych especially when you have something you love like these beautiful butterflies!  

I started by cutting three house shapes.  I then cut out a series of butterflies from an old music book for beginning clarinet. 


The sheets of music were cut to fit onto the fronts and backs of the little houses.  I then added a design tape along the top and bottom to trim out the music. The panels were brought together with clear design tape.   I cut out the different butterflies and were edged in gold and accented with gold embossed buttons and twine.




Then an old broken chain from a necklace was highlighted with gold along with some safety pins to drape between the houses. The mini flair were edged in gold and attached to the topic.  The sentiments were stamped and embossed in gold. 

I hope you are inspired to triple it  up and join us in the fun!

The overall winner will be offered the chance to be a guest designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the drawing 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!
 
Suzz
 
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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Shimmering Summer Fun

Welcome back to a summery Funkie Junkie challenge.   Janna is the host for The Funkie Junkie Challenge Shimmering Summer Fun!’   Here is how she describes the challenge:

"Use bright summer colors in your project and add some shimmer, shine, or sparkle to it. Does summer make you think of sparkling blue oceans, family vacations, or flowers in full bloom? We want to know, so add some shimmer to your cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and journal spreads. Happy crafting!"

I decided some beautiful yellows, oranges and white would bring on the heat.

I created a vignette shrine with some beautiful shimmery summery background.

I used a mix of inks to ink up a watercolor paper background and line the inside of the shrine.

The flowers were also cut from the same background paper and the paper flowers were dipped and soaked in the inky goodness. 

For my shimmer I added splatters of shimmery white spray and little gems.  I hope this has you inspired to play along with us!

The overall winner will be offered the chance to be a guest designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the drawing 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.
 
Keep cool! 
 
Suzz
 
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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Funkie and Frilly

 I am back with the newest challenge from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Teri has challenged us to a Funkie and Frilly Challenge!  

Here is how she describes it: 

"Make a frilly project - add some lace, buttons and other fun embellishments."

This gives you lots of opportunities to explore!  I am calling my project "Broken Promises".  I was thinking about all the mementos kept from lost love.  

 I jotted down some thoughts of things that would be kept.  I thought of faded flowers, love letters, tickets, and trinkets. 

I started with the lovely tapestry stamp.  I inked it up in a soft pink color and repeated the pattern.  Then I decided to go outside and find some roses to dry and add to my project.  I had just trimmed back the roses yesterday so I didn't have anything already faded.  I decided to clip off a stem with a bunch of buds and blooming mini roses.  

I googled how to dry them in the microwave.  It was so easy and took me three minutes.  Basically you just place the flower between two pieces of paper towels place a heavy dish that is microwave safe.  Set the power to defrost and heat it for 1 minute.  Remove the flower and check if it is dry.  If not put it back in and repeat at 30 second intervals.  

When I finished that the flowers didn't match my background so I switched my ink to seedless preserves and got a perfect match. 

I then pulled out a frame cut previously from gold and decided to accent everything in gold.  I stamped a love letter on a piece of tissue paper.  I crinkled it up and sponged a little distress ink and gold highlights.  

After everything was layered together I mounted the card on the ivory cardstock. 

I even took the heart and embossed in gold embossing powder.  The ribbons, lace and twine were sponged with gold ink.

 

A close up of the flowers and how they dried so beautifully.
Hopefully this has you inspired to join us in the challenge!  The overall winner will be offered the chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique 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!

Suzz

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Silly and Sassy Summer

There is a new challenge - Silly and Sassy Summer at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Tera is challenging us to be Silly or Sassy!  Here is how she describes the challenge: 

"Is the summer heat making you feel silly, sassy or snarky? Let use see your silly snarky side. Make a funny, silly, or snarky project showing us a bit of funky or frilly"

I don't mind a bit of sass and decided to create a series of sassy cards to share with my sassy friends! 

 I started with a masterboard created by doing the following: 

1. Embossed script using crackle embossing paste on white cardstock.  I randomly embossed over an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of cardstock. 

2. While that was still wet I sprayed on layers of distress oxide and distress ink sprays along with a shimmer Izink spray.  

3. Let dry.  

4. Pour spots of paint onto a craft mat in dark pink and light pink. Spritz with shimmery white spray. 

5. Place inky side down of background onto pink paint randomly. 

6. After dry I doodled flowers over the background. 

I used a variety of paper dolls and snarky chit chat to add my sass.

I love the vintage photos because they didn't smile in many of them and they look so serious and gives them extra attitude.

These little ATC's are perfect to send out to my sassy friends as a little pick me up.

Please come join us and share your silly or sassy summer.  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! 

Suzz

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

I'm Feeling Like Royalty!

 Happy Wednesday!  Today we have a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and I am hosting it.  The challenge is called: I'm Feeling Like Royalty!

Here is the description of the challenge: 

"On June 2,  1953 the then 27 year old Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom.  I thought why not honor this event by having a challenge that includes inspiration from royalty.  Think crowns, castles, elegant and regal patterns, or gilding your project  with touches of gold!  Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by royalty!" 

I was thinking of how I was going to approach this challenge when I was having a conversation where I said "She is the Queen Bee"  and that was it. 

I thought of the beautiful layered bee and how to use it in a card inspired by royalty.  I was playing with the Mandala die trying to form a crown.  I cut a little bit of the inside circle to frame the Queens head. 


The background consists of: 

  1. Sheet of Backdrops sponged around the edges with brown dye ink.  Embossed with a touch of gold embossing powder. 
  2. Mandala die cut from white cardstock and misted with a mix of blue and pearl ink spray. 
  3. Die cut the embossed frame from gold paper and emboss with a touch of gold/black embossing powder. 
  4. Die cut the bee from the backdrops paper and sponge the edges with vintage photo and emboss with gold embossing powder. 
  5. Cut the inside ring of the mandala and use as crown for the bee. 
  6. Accent with gems. 
  7. Cut sentiment from Clipping and emboss edges with gold embossing powder. 
  8. Spray flowers to match and accent frames. 
  9. Assemble Card. 

A different angle on the bee and frame:



 

Come join us in the challenge and check out the awesome projects the design team  has created! 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 dropping by! 

Suzz

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

I'm back!

Welcome back!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge is back!  With a fabulous new design team (although I am very sad to see some of the design team members leave) and new challenges!  

The first challenge is Anything Goes hosted by the inspirational Jenny Marples!  


I had gotten some of the new wallpapers and other items from the latest Tim Holtz Idea-Ology release and couldn't wait to play with them. 

I started by cutting different shapes with a thin piece of cardboard.   I cut a few tags and a square background.  I painted the worn wallpaper with a thin coat of white paint. 

After it dried I covered the cardboard with the wallpaper.  I then used the flowers to pop up with pop dots and attached them tot he tags.  

I trimmed the edges with some of the linen tape.

I taped on the top tag and attached it using the linen tape.  I added a contrasting sheet of wallpaper behind the tag when it flips open. 

I mixed in some fun ideo-ology charms and remnant rub-ons to finish the accents on the card. I accented the flowers with a few glass seed beads. 

Come play along with us in the new challenge!  You can win a chance to be a Guest Designer at The Funkie Junkie Boutique 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.

Suzz

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Four Legged Friends

 Happy Saturday!  

I am going to share a card made for friends of ours who recently lost their dog.  



I used this sweet stamp from Prickley Pair called Murphy.  I chose the colors specifically to look like Molly.  This image was closest to how Molly looked. 

I paired it with a set of stamps from My Favorite Things - Critter Condolences. 

The background is stamped with a mix of Versafine Toffee and Ranger Archival Sepia.  I inked with the lighter color first and slightly inked with the darker color overlaid. 

The inside has a lovely sentiment from the condolences set. 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Suzz

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Super Mom

 Hi!  I am back to share a new set of cards for all our wonderful moms or mums out there! 

I just received the lovely Darkroom Door  Sentiment Strip - Mother's Day and decided to create a few Mother's Day cards. 

I pulled out some of the beautiful flowers and the bird stamp to create two different cards with similar components. 

I stamped the bird first on a separate sheet of cardstock. I cut him out with detail scissors and colored with watercolor pencils. 

I stamped the Sentiment Strip along the right side of the background and then layered in a few flowers.  I colored the flowers with water color pencils.  The background was splattered with some inky sprays and then sponged with distress oxide ink. 

I then created my second card.  I started with stamping the bird first.  I could have created a mask for the bird and then stamped the flowers but instead I inked up the flowers without attaching them to a acrylic block.  I just used them by placing the flower where I wanted it and pressing gently on the back to stamp the image and kept the stem up and pressed it down up until the stamped bird image.  Then I picked it up and turned it to finish the stem on the other side of the bird.  

I was pleased with the results. :)  I also did this same layout on the envelope which was very pretty! 

I masked off the rubber sentiment stamp and only inked up the portion I wanted to stamp and then stamped the sentiment on the bottom right of the card front.  

I finished with a few drops of inky spray. The images were all colored using watercolor pencils and waterbrushes. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Happy Spring!

 How about a little bit of spring? 


I made this springy background on a mixed media paper using the Darkroom Door large stencil with fun circles. 

I sponged on all these beautiful distress oxide colors using a mix of spring hues.  Then I came back and added some checkerboard stamping in the same colors. 


Then I brought out the butterfly stamps and made a collection of butterflies to coordinate.

To finish them off some flowers and butterfly sentiments.  I created an ATC, tag, and card.  I also have 2 more ATC backgrounds and another card base.  These colors make me happy while we patiently wait for some of our spring flowers to bloom in the  yard. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Suzz

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

German Shepard

 Hi!  I am back with a new photo stamp called German Shepard from Darkroom Door.  

I loved the intelligence in the eyes of this Shepard and I decided to highlight them with a fun light blue accent.

She also got the royal treatment with a crown made of butterflies!  I tried to put one on her nose but it didn't show off her beautiful features.  

I added a bit of clear embossing on the butterflies to make them shine a little bit.  The dog is stamped in brown archival ink and I cut her out and added a touch of watercolor pencils to shade her fur. 

The background is a stencil with a mix of brown and blue dye inks. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Suzz

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Sunflowers and Sunshine

 Hi!  I am looking forward to the garden and all the beautiful flowers and sunshine!  I am going to share a card using the new Darkroom Door Planted Sunflower.  

I stamped the image multiple times.  I tried with a brown, gray and black.  I decided to go with the gray to allow me to add some color and make the images pop with some shading and layering.

This lovely image had me pulling out my watercolor pencils to color the images.  I used a waterbrush to soften and blend the colors.  The flower and leaves were colored twice and cut out to layer a ring of petals and leaves.   

The center of the sunflower was colored with the watermark pen and then I sprinkled with the distress embossing powder.  It gave it a nice bumpy texture. 

To add a few highlights and deepen the colors, I took a versamark watermark pen and highlighted the metal images.  I then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the surface and heat set it.  

I hope this brings you a little sunshine to your day! 


Suzz

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