Friday, March 17, 2023

Spring Frolic

 Hi!  Today I am sharing a card inspired by Spring Frolic!  The Funkie Junkie Inspiration this time around is highlighting spring!  

I started this project with the inspiration of the beautiful new Tim Holtz Transparent Layers. 

The subtle flowers through the beautiful acetate lends itself to a beautiful window.  

I started with a few gentlemen die cut from various backgrounds.

I used embossing paste which was sprayed with a pretty distress ink.  I then cut out a second gentlemen who was sprayed with the mica stain spray. 

The window gave the perfect opportunity to have a shaker card filled with shimmery coordinating bling.

Then the flowers were died in coordinating pink spray mixed with white acrylic paint.  They were layered around the edge of the window. 

Then a mix of sequins and pearls were randomly scattered around the edge.   The background of the card was sprayed in coordinating mica stain spray. 

The sentiment was stamped in the same ink as the flowers and attached to the front of the shaker card. 

Hope this has you thinking of spring flowers and sunny days to come! 



Friday, March 3, 2023

Aren't We Lucky?

 Hi!  I am back today to share a post for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Inspiration Ave.  The team are sharing their inspiration around Aren't We Lucky?  

In my family we have a few St. Patty's Day birthdays coming up and it had me thinking about the 3 leaf clovers and how they bring luck.  I decided to use the hearts dies to create the leaves of the clover and  a few flowers. 

I thought it would be fun to use alcohol inks and yupo paper to create some clovers and flowers using the stacked hearts dies. 

The alcohol inks are magical in how they apply to glossy surfaces.  I have found that playing with them is the best way to get to something that you like.  For this effect I will give you just a few tips and let you explore and see what effect you can achieve.

  1. Start with Yupo paper.  This will help the inks move on the surface.You can use translucent or white Yupo.  
  2. I usually put down a base of alcohol blending solution to allow the alcohol ink I am applying to spread.  
  3. Then I will drip on the different colors allowing them to spread.  I will usually let the circles I drip dry. 
  4. Next drip a different color or the alcohol blending solution over the original circles and by themselves. Let the second layer dry. 
  5. Repeat with as many layers until you have beautiful circles overall. 
  6. Using the alcohol application tool drip several drops of blending solution onto the felt.  Dab over the surface
  7. This wills soften the edges of the circles and give the small bubbles of white across the surface.  If you blend too much you can always come back and add more drips of color and blending solution.

For the purple alcohol ink background I did two additional steps.  I added an alloy to give a silvery metal effect and I added salt to the pools of alcohol ink.  After it dried I brushed it off and it removed the pockets of color. 
Then I decided to cut out my many many hearts in varying sizes to make my flowers and clovers. 


Assembling them was easy as I took a big circle glue dot and attached it to a scrap piece of cardstock.  I then arranged the hearts around the circle.  I cut little stems from the extra pieces.  

I also decided to use some mica stain sprays to create a series of hearts and made a second card.

I stamped a mix of images using coordinating brown and green dye inks and then attached a few of the clovers along with a few embellishments.  

Thanks for stopping by! 



Friday, February 17, 2023

All about Love

Hello!  Happy belated Valentine's day!  I am posting about love today for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Inspiration Ave. 

I have the wonderful Tim Holtz Sizzix Stacked Tiles Hearts dies  and they were the inspiration for my art this time.

The inspiration was from over 30 hearts cut from white cardstock.  They were all cut out and then spritzed with a mix of pink, yellow, and cranberry mica stain sprays. 

They originally were sprayed a few at a time with different colors.  But then I thought wouldn't it be fun if I created a background by layering them onto a sheet of cardstock and spraying layers of colors.

That ended up looking like this.  Then I decided to add another layer of texture and used the Valentine's stencil and opaque distress paste to randomly apply words across the surface.  

After that dried, I laid the stencil back over the words and sponged with red distress ink over the letters.

I enjoyed using the hearts in a different way so I created a background using the dies as a mask and overlapped them on each other on a sheet of mixed media paper. 

I spritzed over the dies and captured the layered hearts on the background.  Before cleaning the inky spray off of the dies I laid another sheet of mixed media cardstock on top of the dies and picked up the reverse hearts.

After that I took some of the hearts and used another stencil to add a layer of opaque stars randomly over the hearts.  I let the past dry completely and then used the stencil again to sponge on the contrasting ink colors over the stars to make them pop. 

Using the hearts with various other pieces a few different Valentines cards were created.
Happy Hearts Day to you!



Friday, February 3, 2023


Hi!  Sharing today on The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Blog a few tags celebrating the idea of Frozen!  I decided to play with the Mica Stain Sprays in a frozen color palette. 

The tag was created using mica stain spray, ranger opaque distress texture paste and a layering stencil.

 To create the background: 

  1. Lay the stencil down on the white cardstock. 
  2. Smear the Opaque texture paste over the stencil. 
  3. Let the paste dry.  (I let it dry partially so the color blended into the paste) 
  4. Spray a mix of the frozen colors (blue and grey) over the surface and add spritzes of water to blend. 
  5. Dab off the excess or hold on the side to allow it to drip off. 
  6. Let dry completely. 
  7. To highlight the shimmer from the sprays an additional coat of clear embossing powder was added over the surface. 
  8. Sponge Versamark Ink over the surface. 
  9. Cover with clear embossing powder and shake off excess. 
  10. Heat up the embossing powder. 


 The clear embossing highlighted the richness of the mica stain and the shimmer from the stain sprays.  To finish the tag a layer of embellishments with some holiday sticker for the sentiment and a touch of flowery trim for the top.

 For the next tag an additional shimmer and iciness was built into the background of the tag. 

To create the background of the tag: 

  1. Stamp the snowflakes randomly across the surface using Versamark Watermark Ink. 
  2. Heat emboss the snowflakes with white or clear embossing powder. (If you use clear you will need to make sure not to spray too much shimmery spray as it can spread under the embossed snowflakes) 
  3. Spray the mica stain sprays onto a craft mat and add water. 
  4. Drag the stamped background across the inky mat.  
  5. Add more spray directly to tag to add more color. 
  6. Let the tag completely dry. 
  7. Cover the surface of the tag with versamark. 
  8. Heat emboss using clear embossing powder. 
  9. Repeat the process of the versamark and embossing powder multiple times. 
  10. During the final coat while the embossing powder is still liquid sprinkle on rock candy distress glitter. Heat set. 

  • After the tag dries you should be able to crack the surface by bending it slightly.  If it doesn't crack add another coat of versamark and embossing powder. 
    To finish the tag just add the snowflake accents and the paper doll image. 

    Thanks for stopping by! 



    Friday, January 20, 2023


     Happy New Year!  Welcome back!  Today I am sharing from the newest Sizzix Tim Holtz Release.  I picked the fun Celebrate Colorize dies.  I am always in need of birthday cards and these dies are perfect for celebrating!  

    I wanted to use balloons using text based inspiration!  I pulled out my old torn up dictionary and looked up a few different pages with definitions from celebrations and birthday to cut out my layered balloons. 
    I had fun pairing them with some accessories in a shimmery yellow.  The background was created using the layering stencil with a mix of the same ranger die inks used on the balloons. 
     I cut out additional balloons and tried different effects with them with stamping and sponging on inks. 

     I also tried various backgrounds to highlight the balloons.  First there was a general misting of the shimmery yellow mica stain spray. 
    Next was a series of numbers stamped across the background using versamark on white cardstock.

    Then the numbers were embossed with clear embossing powder.  Yellow mica stain spray was spritzed across the entire surface.  After the spray dried brown dye ink was sponged across the surface to highlight the numbers.  Tiny text from a stamp was stamped over the surface.  To finish off the effect a dry buff of the background was done to remove any excess ink on the embossed numbers. 

    The next background used a stencil to add some texture.

    The background was embossed with distress paste and a stencil.  After it dried the background was spritzed with mica stain over the entire surface.  After the spray dried then brown dye ink was sponged around and over the raised background.  Then a script was stamped using the same brown ink over the surface.  To finish the background a splattering of brown and yellow sprays were splashed across the background. 

    Hope this has inspired you! 



    Friday, January 6, 2023

    Favorite Things

    At the Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave we are highlighting our 2022 favorite things from Tim Holtz.  I picked a few of my favorites to highlight in the post today. 

    When I saw the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Crest I fell in love.  The image is so lovely and elegant.  I decided to pull that out along with the Ranger Distress Mica Seasonal Stain Sprays another of my favorite things from 2022.   

    I spent some time just playing with the stencil and various mediums.
    Some of the backgrounds involved just spraying the mica stain sprays over the stencil on white cardstock.

    Using the inky stencil itself to pick up the reverse image with the mica stain spray remnants.
    The opaque crackle paste on the black cardstock made quite an impression. :) 

    While the embossing paste is still wet, sprinkle the rock candy distress effect and spray it with the gold mica stain spray.   The effect was beautiful! 

    A paper bag left over from shopping was used as the next backdrop to the embossing paste and mix of mica stain sprays.

    The embossing paste was spread over the layering stencil and let it dry.  After it dried spritz it with multiple layers of pink, gold, and water.  The water helps blend the colors together and allows them to blend together.  At the end it was splattered with white watered down paint.  

    To get the next image with depth the stencil was place on white cardstock and  distress opaque embossing paste was applied.  Without removing the stencil blue mica stain spray was spritzed over. 

    After all the images were dry they were all mounted on various backgrounds.

    Sometimes deciding what should be used as the frame is like finding the perfect color of pants to go with a favorite shirt. 

    Lovely gold cardstock was used to frame the pink and gold combinations.

    Then it was time to use a few of the backgrounds in a few different projects.  I started with the black and gold because the effect was so striking.

    The angel seemed like a beautiful accent for the rich black and gold tag.  I had a string of rusty stars on wire in my stash. I pulled them out and painted them with gold paint.  I then coated them with the rock candy and sprayed them with the same gold mica spray.  I attached them with the tiny attacher but painted the staples gold before I put them in the stapler.   I found a tiny text sentiment (another of my all time favorite stamp sets)  and stamped it to coordinate.  

    Next I took the beautiful reverse image in silver and created a wedding inspired tag.

    I added a layer of sparkle with the shimmery stars splattered around the background.  Some vintage lace created a beautiful bow that emulated the lovely crest pattern.  

    I hoped you have enjoyed the inspiration!