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!



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!



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!



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! 



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! 



Thursday, March 11, 2021

Spread your Wings

 It is Butterfly time!  I am back to share a post with the new Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set called Spread Your Wings!  I love the butterfly stamps and was happy to play around with these! 

This set has 3 of the same butterfly in varying sizes.  I love the varying sizes as I could stamp and color them all the same and create a dimensional butterfly.

I took the die cuts and sprayed them with the same inky spray I used to color the butterflies.  I layered them behind the butterfly and placed it on the chicken wire background.  The set comes with a variety of wing inspired sentiments. 

I used the Warm Wishes flowers with the butterflies and the same background to create another pretty summery cards!

For the final card I used a vellum overlay to add a lovely sentiment with a sweet butterfly with a safety pin body. 

Hope you enjoyed my beautiful butterflies! 



Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Anything Goes

 Hi!  I am back with a special post for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge.  The design team is sharing the Saturday Showcase post on the challenge blog.  

I had fun creating a trio of ATC's with a variety of ideas and fun embellishments. 

My first one used a beautiful embossed background with shimmery highlights to host the adorable dancing star.  

She had to be accessorized to glam her up a bit with some tulle and stars! 

My next ATC is a nod to the dairy farm.

I used a few farm inspired stamps to create the background and the main image.  The embellishments were pure fun and I was glad I was able to dig through my stash and find a few things that blended with my theme. 

My final ATC was inspired by a lovely scrap of inky background.  I went with the silvery blue background and created a lovely flowery vignette.

The background was a scrap of spray inks antique pearl and blue.  I added some Faded Text stamped letters.  The flowers were die cut and sprayed with a mix of blue and brown sprays.  I love butterflies and couldn't resist stamping them and cutting them out to add to my scene. 

If you enjoyed seeing my ATC's  you need to hop over to the Challenge Blog and take a look at the design team ATCS!  

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Anything Goes

 Time for an Anything Goes challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Here is how Jenny describes the challenge: 

"We are going with an 'Anything Goes' theme for the following two weeks and are looking forward to seeing your vintage/shabby chic projects."

I am rather enamored with my new Eileen Hull Sizzix Mandala die and have been playing with the die cuts and the masked version of the die.

I started with using a cut out Mandala as a mask and sponging a soft distress oxide ink over the surface to leave a faint pattern. 

I then cut the sponged background into a tag shape. I layered the tag onto a cardstock tag base and sponged around the edges with the same ink.

I die cut flowers from white cardstock.  I Stamped script on the flowers and embossed with clear embossing powder. 

The background received a  splattering of shimmery spray ink all over to give it beautiful water spots. 

Please play along and share your art!   The overall winner will  receive a $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And the winner, along with our top three picks from the remaining entries will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Mostly Neutral

 Welcome back!  Today we start a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  The challenge is hosted by the fabulous Sara Emily and she has challenged us with "Mostly Neutral".  Here is how she describes the challenge: 

"For this challenge, I would like you to use mainly neutrals, but I will allow you one accent color or use of metallic accents. Let's see how you use beige, ivory, taupe, brown, black, gray or shades of white or any combination of these to make any vintage/shabby chic project you would like."

 I decided to go old school and do a flowery scene with my favorite butterflies.  

I love shades of grey, black and white and this allowed me to mix a variety of stamps, stencils and embossing glazes with various shades of black.

I loved the effect so much I created a second card.  (Although this one doesn't qualify because I added a hint of color around my embossed flowers)

This had me thinking about the all white cards I used to make and I decided to dig through all my die cut scraps and put together a card.

I forgot how fun it could be to assemble an all white card just using white die cuts.  This took me probably 10 minutes to sort through bits and pieces and assemble.

I love how it turned out and am thinking about how I can pull together a few more cards using my leftover scraps.

Please come show us your neutrals! The overall winner will  receive a $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And the winner, along with our top three picks from the remaining entries will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Groundhog Day

 Hi!  I am back with a new challenge for The Funkie Junkie Boutique hosted by yours truly! 

I challenged the team to "Groundhog Day"!  Now before you get worried that you have to have animals, weather, snow etc read on to see what the challenge is all about: 

"This challenge is inspired by the movie Groundhog Day.  In the movie Bill Murray is forced to repeat the same day over and over again for 10 years.  This past year has been a little challenging and people have felt like they might be in a little bit of a Groundhog Day time loop.  I am challenging you to create a shabby chic or vintage project that uses a technique, stamp, ink, or any other consistent tool that you find yourself using over an over in your art.  Think of this as your opportunity to share what you find yourself repeating in your art frequently.  Be sure to share with us in your post what it is that you keep repeating in your art"

For this challenge it was all about thinking about my favorite things I love to do... I decided the main thing I love to do is stamping images.  I started this blog many years ago and started with Stamping Suzz or Stampersuzz as you have all seen in my comments and posts... I am all about inking up new stamps and stamping the images... For me finding a new stamp that I love and using it different ways is what I enjoy the most. I decided to use the rose from the Stampers Anonymous set as my inspiration for this project. 

I stamped the flowers multiple times using the light brown ink.  I then colored with another favorite of mine (watercolor pencils and waterbrush)  I then fussy cut the flowers and assembled them together to create this tag.

I could say on this project I used so many of my favorite repeats:  tags, fussy cutting, watercolor, stamping and distressing the edges. 

I am all about the stamps. I love embellishments and other tools and techniques but for me my passion has always been about stamping the images and using them in different designs! 

Please come share your repeatable favorites with us in the challenge.  The overall winner will  receive a $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And the winner, along with our top three picks from the remaining entries will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

So Delicate

 Time for another beautiful challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!  This time Jenny is challenging us with So Delicate.  Here is how she describes the challenge:

 "Although it's not always evident in my projects, I have a real passion for delicate laces, fragile flowers, fine stitching, intricate artwork and exquisite architecture. For this challenge create something delicate or a vintage/shabby chic project that features delicate things in it."

I have been wanting to play some with the beautiful background stamps from the Tapestry set.  I decided to create a series of ATC's using the stamp and embossing on vellum and a paper bag. 

The first ATC has strips stamped on vellum and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then strips were ripped and attached to a white base. 

Then layers of flowers were attached with a big bow of twine.  To finish it the word Love was stamped in speckled egg and attached with a few mirror hearts. 

The next ATC used an ivory embossing powder and vellum to stamp a background panel and the butterfly.  

The ATC has a big ivory bow tied to the middle and the butterfly was cut out and attached behind the bow.  It couldn't shine without me cutting it in half and strategically placing it behind the bow.  A textured resin heart with a rub on of the word love was placed in the center. 

For my final ATC I switched things up and stamped on a piece of a brown paper bag.

I partially stamped the tapestry and embossed with ivory embossing powder.  Then a layer of die cuts and a metal heart were added for a focal point. 

Come share your delicate art with us!   The Design Team will choose their four top picks who will receive badges to display on their blog in recognition of their outstanding contributions and one overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Put a Good Word In

 Happy New Year!  Cec has challenged us to Put a Good Word In for the new year with for the first challenge of the new year at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Here is how she describes the challenge: 

"Create a shabby chic or vintage projects that includes a word or words that are positive or happy or uplifting in nature. Single words or sentiments/quotes can be used. Given what we have all been through for the last months nothing sad or negative please."

I have been wanting to play with my new Specimen stamps and couldn't wait to stamp the butterfly.  I used Victorian Velvet and Pebble Beach for my color palette.  

There is something about the soft hues blended with a mix of shimmer spray (Antique Pearl) and frosted crystal embossing powder to amp up the soft colors. 

I started with sponging the Victorian velvet over the Deco layering stencil.  I than stamped the tapestry using the pebble archival ink. 

After I finished that background I cut out a tag shape to create my background. 

Next I stamped the butterfly using the same ink and colored with a hint of Victorian Velvet. 

I then inked up the doily with the velvet and antique linen and sprayed with a shimmery pearl inky spray. 

I layered on a few accents that were painted white with gesso and sponged with coordinating colors.  

My sentiment that represents the good is to remember to have a greatful heart.  This is something I try to remember each day. 

Please join us in the challenge!   Our challenge has changed slightly.   

"Since this is a new year we have decided to change up the prize package slightly. Beginning with this challenge the Design Team will choose their four top picks as they always do but the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We will not have a Guest Designer going forward; instead all four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions."

Thanks for stopping by!