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!