Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Reuse & Upcycle

 Happy Wednesday!  Time for another great challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Lisa is hosting and she is challenging us to Reuse & Upcycle.  Here is how she describes the challenge:

"Ready for some spring cleaning? Try using something that would end up in the trash as part of your creative project! Upcycle thrift store finds, use your junk mail or product packaging in creative and 'arty' ways. Let's see what you can do with "trash"."

I started pulling out my leftover pieces of cardboard, cardstock and old lacy bits.

 I cut my tags from multiple pieces of cardboard leftover from shipping packaging.  I cut my mandala die from leftover tissue paper wrapped around something I purchased.  The lace trim is from old lace bits found at a flea market.  The heart used strips of plastic from the gold pearls that were embossed as part of the embossing on the pearls.

I love playing with recycled bits and have plenty in my craft room waiting their turn to be incorporated in the next project.
After the tags were cut they were painted with white gesso.  Then I applied embossing paste using  different sized stencils.  After that dried I spritzed the surfaces with distress inks.  I let that dry and then sponged brown dye ink around the edges.  

I layered lots of pretty embellishments.  The mandala die cut was painted with foundry wax and heated up to a shimmery gold.  

Come join 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 go into the drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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, May 4, 2022

Sunday in The Park

 Happy Middle of the week!  Today starts a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique hosted by Lyla and she calls the challenge "Sunday in The Park".   Here is how she describes it: 

"Weather-wise, you might not be spending time outside in the park, but we've all got memories of playing in one! Get out your stamps, dies, mixed media, or embellishments that remind you of what you might see on a beautiful sunny day in the park. Make a Tag, Panel, or even a 3D project, & bring the outdoors into your craft space!"

I started thinking about spending the day in the park right now and it made me think of all the birds we have.  They are building their nests and chirping away enjoying the shift from winter to spring. 

I decided to make a beautiful batch of birds using the Sizzix dies.  I cut 36 birds from cardstock. To make a banner of birds.

They make me happy... I had them hung up in my craft room and my daughter walked by and was drawn in to see them up close.

After I cut the birds out, I spent some time pulling together the Distress Oxide Inks I wanted to use to sponge the edges of the birds.  They needed to be a light enough and bright enough color palette.

After I sponged all the birds I pulled out my stamps to add some visual interest on the birds.  I had fun sorting through different stamps and decided where to place the stamping.  

I then pulled out the rub-ons and tiny text and gave each bird a little word personality. I have to say this was very fun to put together. 

Now I have a beautiful banner of birds and just need to decide where to display them! 

Come join the challenge and share your Sunday in the Park.  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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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 flying by! 

Suzz

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

A Study in Contrasts

 Hello!  Today is a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge.  It is hosted by the talented Lisa and she is challenging us to be inspired by A Study in Contrasts

Her description: 

"The seasons are changing and the cold greys and browns of winter are giving way to the warm greens and colors of spring! For your challenge highlight contrasts in your projects.  It could be themes, colors, textures or forms.  We are looking forward to your creative interpretations and juxtapositions of things that are contrasting!" 

I have been recently reading the book The Book of Hope - A survival guide for Trying Times -  by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams.  In it they discuss hope and here is a direct quote from their conversation:  "There is a lot of darkness, but our actions create the light. (Jane Goodall)  "So it seems we can shift our perspective to see the light and also to work to create more of it.(Doug Abrams)"  This inspired me of how hope is a light in times of darkness.  

I used that idea to start with light and show how darkness can spread as well as light. 

Which started from this:


The power of the water added to the dark or light colors makes them spread exponentially.  

In the Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle said “A book, too, can be a star, “explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,” a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

I started with one large sheet of mixed media cardstock.  I sprayed a yellow background across the paper. 

Then I started adding red spray ink along with spritzing with water. 
After that started blending I brought the black spray ink in areas. I used additional water to force the dark to disperse and more yellow spray ink with water to push the colors.
Once I finished with my mix of dark and light inks I dried the layers and then added a splattering of white paint mixed with yellow inky spray.  I wanted to add light spots of hope into my dark areas.
I cut up my paper into sections to form three cards.  Then I decided to look for words of hope, inspiration, or of light to add to my cards. 
After playing with the phrases on the backgrounds, I decided to add a sheet of acetate over every front of the card to give a added sheen to the backgrounds.
That gave a highlight but I went one step further and cut some shapes out of the acetate to highlight the sentiments but not detract from the contrast of the background.
The hearts for love and the stars to represent our universe.


 
Please come share your contrasting art with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique 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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Sending you light and hope. 

Suzz

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Saturday Showcase - 3D embossing folders

 Hi!  I am sharing a long post on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Saturday Showcase using the 3D embossing folders. 


I had a lot of fun embossing, inking, spraying, and layering up!  Pop over to check it out! 


Suzz

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 Hi!  Welcome back for the next challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Janna is hosting and she has challenged us with: April Showers Bring May Flowers

"Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming. Add flowers to this weeks creation. They can be your main focal point or hiding in the background. Let’s get into the swing of spring with flowers. Happy crafting!"

I love the flowery stencil from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bouquet and that became the backdrop to my card. 


I paired the stencil with the salt water taffy distress oxide for a soft pink backdrop. 

Then I used some of the pretty Prima flowers to accent a heart doily.  I used one of the bee charms who was dust coated with some white paint and the quote to finish off my simple love note. 

Come play along with us in the challenge for a chance to win prizes and a chance to guest design! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Suzz

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Industrial Grunge

 Howdy!  Time for some Industrial Grunge!  The new challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique hosted by Teri!  She describes the challenge as follows: 

"Get those gears and other metal pieces out to create a project with an industrial feel to it. Great opportunity to create a guy card or project."

I went golden with my metallic inspiration... I tried to put some pages together for a junk journal and started with some pieces of cardboard as my base. 


I made the pages two-sided using the pretty back drop papers to cover my cardboard.  I then pulled out the idea-ology goodies and some other metallic pieces to adorn my pages. 

Each page was an exploration in layering textures, papers, stamping and embellishments.  All covered with golden browns.
I love added hints of texture with embossed stamping, embossing paste, or just sponging on a darker color using a stencil.

I cut my cardboard pieces 5 x 5 and then used the left over bits to have half pages which leads into intrigue as to what is behind the next page. 


All finished the journal will layer the pages over each other alternating half page to full page. 

Are you feeling the industrial grunge? Come 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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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, March 9, 2022

Rather Blustery Day

 Hi!  Time for another challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog.  This time I am hosting and I am inspired by our windy spring weather and have called it "Rather blustery day".  Don't panic it isn't about the weather. :)  The challenge is: 

"I am inspired by Pooh Bear's quote from A A Milne of "It's a rather blustery day."   Pooh Bear struggled against the windy day and you can share something you struggle with in your art!  It can be a technique, color palette, tools, or supplies that you find difficult to use.  Share them with us along with your story on what you struggle with!  I can't wait to see your blustery day!"

So bring on your difficult techniques or things that challenge you!  I am afraid of white space. :)  Being a grungy, shabby, and collage inspired artist that white space or negative space is very hard for me. 

It takes me 4 or 5 times to get a simple card done.  When it has to be clean and neat I always have a smudge or cut that causes me to redo it.


I thought I would highlight the wildflower die cuts as the focal point with a soft quiet background.


I also had the new embossing folder with the doily and love the texture it provided behind my simple bouquet. 

I hope this has you inspired to come show what you struggle with in your crafting.  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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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, February 23, 2022

For the Love of Mixed Media

 Time for another challenge!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge this week is about Mixed Media! 

We challenge you to create a mixed media project about or for someone /something you love. 

I spent some time creating a heart cut out of fabric tape.  I added a layer of goodies which are a mix of Idea-ology  embellishments, buttons, and baubles.  

I  used a lovely gold, pink and white paint mix to highlight and add depth.  The back is a vignette box painted with gold and embossed over with embossing paste. 

Please come share your mixed media with us! 

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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Sentiments

 Hi!  I have been playing with two new quote stamps from Darkroom Door. I love quote stamps and both of these are beautiful! 

This first one Light Remains is so lovely and will be perfect for a sympathy card.  Unfortunately we have lost some of our friends and family this year and this is a lovely reminder of them.  I am thinking how lovely this would be on a scrapbook page.

For the second card I just used a few soft wildflowers in the background.  The quote as the focal point.  


Next is the stamp Wild as the Sea and I wanted to pair this with some alcohol inks splattered like the bubbles in the froth.

I mixed in the images from the Darkroom Door rubber stamp set called Sailing Away along with a fishing net stamp. 

This is such a pretty sentiment and works well with the sea inspired images! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Funkie Frilly Valentines

 Happy Wednesday!   The new Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge is all about the Valentine!  The challenge is called Funkie Frilly Valentine!  Janna is hosting and she has asked us to create a frilly or funkie valentine.  

I was inspired by paper bag hearts!  I had a lunch bag sitting on my desk to be recycled and decided to hand draw some hearts and cut them out. 


After I had those paper bag hearts I just started playing with mediums and ended up here: 

I started by taking the paper hearts and spraying them with a mix of pink distress stain spray and antique linen.

After that dried I splattered with some white paint mixed with some water to thin the paint.  I let that dry and embossed the entire heart with clear embossing powder.  It gave the paper bag a beautiful translucent effect. 

After that I pulled out the beautiful gold leaf metallic effect from Prima Marketing.  This was embossed into the hearts to add a beautiful gold effect.  

I paired up the various hearts and created backgrounds using layering stencils and distress inks.

I hope this has you inspired to share with us your Funkie or Frilly Valentines!  Come 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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi!  Just popping in to mention I am sharing a long Saturday Showcase post over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog highlighting Dina Wakley Chipboard Shapes. 


Pop over if you get a chance to see all the projects I created using the chipboard as inspiration! 

Suzz

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Icy and Cold

 Hi!  I am back with a new challenge that I am hosting on the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  I titled it Icy and Cold because that is how our weather is right now!  I described the challenge as: 

"For this challenge I wanted to reflect how the weather is in January in my part of the world.  Highlight anything that speaks icy and/or cold to you which could include:  snowflakes, icy tones of colors, icicles or winter activities.  Come share what icy and cold inspires in your art!"

I wanted to stay monochromatic and started playing with some purples and blues.  I ended up going silvery, grey and white.  When we get to our icy cold weather it is very grey and white outside.




 
The background is a softly stenciled text with a gray distress oxide ink.  I sponged the edges and heat embossed a touch of silver. 

Next was die cutting a mix of flowers and branches.  I sponged them with black soot and heat embossed with a clear frosty embossing powder. 

I took glass beads and embossed them with a silver embossing powder.  

I then sponged the flowers with hickory smoke and clear embossed them with a frosted embossing powder. 

I layered all the flowers and branches on the front with touches of the silver beads.  I found the Joy stamp and used the same embossing powder and cut it out to place it on the front of the card. 

Please come share your icy and cold inspiration. 

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 go into the drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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, January 12, 2022

Out With the Old, In With the New

 Happy to be back in the new year sharing a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  We have some new design team members and said goodbye to some old team members.  The new challenge celebrates the new year with the theme of Out with the Old and in with the New.  

All you have to do is create something using something new and something old.  

I have these new chipboard sprigs from Ranger that I have been wanting to play with. I decided to pull them out and use them! 

I also had my old Stampers Anonymous stamps Faded Text that I wanted to use in the design as well. I also mixed in some old lace from my lace collection. 

The background is embossed with the burlap texture from an layering stencil.  I used lots of sprays and inks to add colors and shine!  

Come check out the new challenge and inspiration from the new design team! 

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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 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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