Friday, August 18, 2017


There is a great challenge going on for the next six weeks at AALL and Create called the International Tournament of Art and Craft.  I thought it might be fun to try and participate so this is my offering for the first challenge, which is called Europe.

I have made a collage around a photo of Edith Piaf, who was a French cabaret singer who died in 1963 at the age of 47.  I love old music (and jazz) and remember seeing her on TV.  The song she sang was called La Vie En Rose, which translates to Life in Pink, which is why I added the pop of colour in the form of a rose.

There are a list of criteria for the challenge and while you are only required to use at least one element in your creation I thought I would go for as many as possible.  Here is the list and in red is what I have used.
  • A face - Photo of Edith Piaf
  • Papers (newspaper, printed paper, rice paper…etc.) - Music paper that I printed
  • Letters, numbers - The words of one of her songs
  • Blue for the colour of the European Union, Union Jack... - The background pint colour
  • Ribbon, twine, string or lace… - Lace and thread
  • Textures – take inspiration from history from ancient civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall - Background stenciling 
  • Something both vintage and modern - Black and silver button is vintage and Washi Tape is modern
Here are the steps I used to make my collage along with a few process photos.

1. Use some texture paste and add stenciling to a flat canvas
2. Cover canvas with white gesso

3. Paint canvas with blue acrylic paint
4. Sponge some metallic blue acrylic paint over the base paint
5. Glue thread randomly over paint
6. Water down white gesso and spatter over canvas
7. Dry brush a thin coat of white gesso over canvas and blot off while still wet

8. Print music paper and roll around a piece of dowel

9. Talk your husband into designing an Eiffel Tower for you and then cutting it from chipboard on his laser cutter :)
10. Coat the Eiffel Tower with heavy black gesso leaving it bumpy

11. Rub pewter wax paste over the raised areas of the Eiffel Tower and some metal pieces

12. Stamp feather on a scrap of card stock and emboss with black embossing powder
13. Fussy cut the feather

To finish the canvas:

14. Coat some chipboard honeycomb texture pieces with white gesso
15. Print text on the computer, distress and ink the edges
16. Dye a paper rose in some watered down distress ink
17. Adhere all the pieces to the canvas and add a few gems

This was fun to make and now I am on to challenge #2, which was launched today.  I sure hope I can keep up.

Supplies List:

  • Flat Canvas (Artist's Loft for Michaels)
  • Geometric Stencil (Teresa Collins)
  • Molding Paste (Golden)
  • White Gesso (Liquitex)
  • Heavy Black Gesso (Prima Art Basics)
  • Chipboard Honeycomb & Eiffel Tower (My Husband)
  • Pewter Wax Paste (Treasure Pewter)
  • Metal Bits (The Funkie Junkie)
  • Lace & Button (My Stash)
  • Washi Tape & Gems (Dollarama)
  • Butterfly (Prima)
  • Music Paper & Text (Computer Generated)
  • Rose (Excelsior Warehouse)
  • Feather Stamp (Inkadinkado)
  • Watermark Stamp Pad (Versamark)
  • Ebony Embossing Powder (Recollections for Michaels)
  • Black Thread (My sewing cupboard)
  • Mod Podge
  • Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu)
  • Worn Lipstick Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vintage With Die Cuts

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Suzz is our hostess and calls it On the Cutting Edge.  This is what she has to say about it:

Having recently acquired some beautiful new dies I thought it might be time to bring them out and show them off. This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut / punched image. Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a die cut or punch.

I decided to make a shabby card with a vintage vibe and started with some Recollections card stock for the card blank.  Then added a couple panels of paper from the the Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary collection.  I also cut one of the images from the paper.  The image and papers were distressed and the edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I dyed some crochet ribbon with Antique Linen Distress Ink and placed it over the spot where the two papers join.

I die cut a doily from a Prima die and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI before I laid it on top of the papers.  The image was mounted on some black card stock and added to the card next.

Next I die cut some flowers.  I used some paper from Graphic 45 Precious memories to cut the flowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die and some card stock to cut the flowers from Tammy Tuttrow's Shabby Posies Die.  In the end I changed my mind and only used the cream flowers shown in the second photo since I realized that three big flowers would never fit on the card.

The flowers were all shaped, the edges were inked with Vintage Photo DI and the petals layered.  For the cream flower, I just added a large pearl to the centre but added a black flower punched with an EK Success punch first for the peach flower .

The leaves were hand cut, shaped and inked.  Before I added the flowers and leaves to the card, I dyed a bit of cheesecloth with Antique Linen DI and tucked it underneath.  Finally, I scattered a few black sequins on the card.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Deep Ocean Challenge - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Ooh la la Creations - Flowers
Avenue 613 Create - Anything Goes (Optional Twist - Shabby Chic)
Simply Create Too - Use Flowers
Through the Purple Haze - Vintage

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Colouring with Crayons

It is time for the new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and Autumn, our hostess this month is calling it Technique School.

Here is what she has to say about it:

This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment. Document your findings with at least one process photo. We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas! Remember to use stamps or stencils or both!

I decided to try something new to me but not a new technique by any means.  I chose to colour a stamped image with crayons - but not in the usual way. Let me show you how I did it.

I started by stamping an image from this Inkadinkadoo stamp onto a scrap of card stock with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).

I shaved some crayons over the stamped image putting each colour in random areas.

The next step was to melt the crayon shavings, which is actually quite easy because all I did was put a sheet of parchment paper on my ironing board and put the image with the shavings on top.  Then I covered it with another sheet of parchment paper.  Make sure the parchment paper is quite a bit larger than your image.  

Then I took a fairly hot, dry iron and gently ironed the parchment paper covering the image and watched the wax melt.  I moved the iron back and forth until I could see that all the card stock was covered and then removed the top layer of parchment paper.  I wish I could have taken a photo of this step but I was concentrating on the melting and protecting my ironing board because I do still iron and did not want wax all over it.

There was still some melted wax on the parchment paper so I grabbed a background from my stash and ironed the wax onto it, moving the parchment paper around so that it was fairly well dispersed.  I will use this on a future project.

I gave a dollar store thin canvas a coat of white Gesso (Liquitex) and then I painted it with Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy).  I dry brushed some Zesty Zing Fresco Finish on next making sure to leave some of the first coat visible.

The next step was to use some Crackle Paste (Golden) through a clock stencil (TCW) to add some texture to the canvas.

Then I used a bunch of spray inks to add more colour - Crushed Grape (Dylusions) and Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral and Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

Using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger), a stamp called French Script (IndigoBlu) and a butterfly from an Inkadinkadoo set, I added some random stamping to the canvas.

I found some yellow natural paper in my stash that I had bought eons ago at the dollar store and thought it would make a great background for the image.  I tore the edges and then inked them with Tumbled Glass, Abandoned Coral and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

To finish the project, I tore some black card stock (Recollections), mounted the image on it and then added it to the natural paper.  This panel was adhered to the canvas with dimensional foam tape.

I love this bright canvas and the very colourful image.  I have been searching around the internet and have discovered other ways to use crayons in my creations.  My Grandchildren have moved past crayons for colouring but I haven't. :)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jazzed Up Notebook

Today is the start of a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Sara is our hostess and has titled it Read Any Good Books Lately?  Here is what she has to say about it:

Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project, alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! Just be sure it's in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!

I was at the dollar store and saw this notebook with a textured vinyl cover and an elastic closure.  It was actually $3.00 - so much for being the dollar store.  I thought it might be fun to alter the cover so despite the price, I picked it up and brought it home.

I changed my mind and decided not to try to pull it apart since the cover was quite nice but whatever I did would have to tie in the chocolate brown colour so I settled on adding an assemblage panel that would have some brown on it.

I took a piece of chipboard from Linda's shop and cut it to size and then gave it a coat of clear Gesso before gluing on all sorts of bits and pieces.  There are pieces from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, my husband's workshop and my stash - lace, flowers, buttons, charms, pop caps, screws washers, etc.

To unify the colour I gave everything a coat of white Gesso.

Then I added the colour starting with a coat of Khaki Acrylic Paint (Craftsmart) followed by a dry brushed coat of Poodleskirt Pink Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).  I sponged on some Espresso (Craftsmart and some Rich Espresso Metallic (DecoArt).  Then I sprayed on some Worn Lipstick and Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.

To finish the cover off, I distressed the edges and added some tiny chocolate brown seed beads in random clusters before I glued it to the notebook cover.  Once it was dry I discovered that my distressing had left enough lift on the edges for the elastic closure to slide underneath - bonus because it doesn't hide any of my bits and pieces like I expected.

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  The Design Team will choose their top pick who will have a Guest Designer opportunity with us and also their next top three who will receive a badge to display on their blog.  A random winner will also be chosen to receive a $25 shopping spree in The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday Step x Step at Frilly & Funkie

It is my turn to present the Saturday Step x Step at Frilly and Funkie.

It is for Christmas but I am sure you figured that out already with this sneak peek but you can find out exactly what I made  and how I did it by popping over to Frilly and Funkie.  I hope I inspire you.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Inspirational Post for Stamps and Stencils

Today I am presenting the inspirational post over at Stamps and Stencils.  Here is a sneak peek at what I have created.  To find out what it is and how I made it, pop on over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas Gift Set

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  It is called Christmas in July and I am the hostess this time.  Here is what it is all about:

You might be experiencing summer heat but let's think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations. Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

I decided to make a gift bag and then thought I would add a card to go with it. I thought this would be a good project to use all my bits and pieces of Graphic 45 Christmas themed papers. Let's start with the bag:

1. Start with a plain bag. (This one was a sample from a packaging supplier and is 5 1/4"x8 1/4")
2. Cut a panel of patterned paper from Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol, distress the edges with scissors or a distressing tool, ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and add to the centre of the side of the bag that doesn't have the bottom fold

3. Dye a strip of venise lace with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by pouncing the ink pad on your craft sheet, spritzing with water and dragging the lace through the puddle
4. Dry the lace strip and add to the bottom of the centre panel

5. Cut three strips of patterned paper and notch out one end to make a chevron
6. Distress and ink the edges of the chevrons and add on top of the centre panel

7. Die cut a poinsettia from plain card stock or heavy paper, emboss the veins and shape (I have a die from Marianne Creatables but Linda carries a great one from Tim Holtz and I will share the link to it below)
8. Brush the poinsettia with Gold Luscious powder from IndigoBlu, layer, add seed beads to the centre using Glossy Accents and add to the bag
9. Fussy cut some of the ephemera from the paper pad, distress and ink

10. Create a tassle with floss and add to the book excerpt ephemera
11. Finally, add all the ephemera to the bag

Using many of the same products as the bag, here is how to put the card together:

1. Cut kraft card stock to create the card black (this is a 6"x6" card)
2. Cut three panels of patterned paper, distress, ink the edges and add to the card
3. Add dyed lace to the patterned paper
4. Add some ephemera to the centre panel
5. Create poinsettias in the same manner as the one for the bag and add to the card
6. Dye some seam binding using Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick Distress Ink
7. Alter the colour of a little charm using Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink
8. Create a loopy bow from the seam binding and tie together with a bow made from burlap string to which the charm is added

I am going to enter these projects in the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Die Cut Divas - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas Cards

The following products used to create these projects came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Floral Canvas

It is time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time our hostess is Ruth who calls it Colour, Texture, Shape and describes it this way:

This month it's almost anything goes as I have a picture inspiration board for you.

Maybe it's the colour palette ranging from cream and peach through to gold, warm browns and soft greens that inspires you...or you want to use different colours and use fabric, lace or metal in your project as texture? As for shape, what about flowers, leaves and architecture or the design elements that are gothic, steampunk or romantic? Whether your inspired by one or all of the pictures, please share your mixed media creations with us, the only restriction - you must use a stamp or stencil somewhere in your project. Can't wait to see what you're inspired to create!

I decided to make a display in a frame and incorporate a little bit of everything from Ruth's description.  Here are the steps to make this project:

1. Grab a frame with a deep back and take it apart.  Set the glass and mat aside for a future project.  Remove the easel stand from the back of the MDF panel that comes in the frame.  Note:  The frame has a short part on the front where all of the mechanics are but the project will be built on the deep back part of the frame. 

2. Cover the MDF panel with old book paper using Mod Podge and then give it a light coat of Liquitex Gesso with a dry brush.

3. Add some stenciling with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger) and Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil.

4. Add some stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and a variety of stamps - Circles, Collector's Edition #2 and #4 (IndigoBlu) and Honeycomb (Tim Holtz).
5. Give the panel another light coat of Gesso with a dry brush.
6. Add a strip of lace across the panel and then glue the panel back into the frame on the deep side.

7. Use a palette knife and some Light Molding Paste (Golden) to give the frame some texture inside and out being careful not to get the paste on the panel insert.

8. Paint the texture with Butter Pecan Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).  Note:  Sorry that there is no photo but at this point I added a dry brush coating of Gesso because I thought the paint was too dark.

9. Make the flowers from scraps of white card stock cut with dies or punches (mine were laser cut by my hand husband on his fancy machine) and dye the petals using Distress Inks (Tim Holtz).

  • Gerbera Daisy - one dyed with Abandoned Coral and one with Dried Marigold, add pearls (Recollections) to centre of both
  • Lacy Zinnia - dyed with Dried Marigold and then painted with Abandoned Coral, add microbeads (Recollections) to centre
  • Rose and Rose Bud - dyed with Antique Linen, calyx from green card stock

10. Die cut leaves from scrap card stock using Garden Greenery Die (Tim Holtz), ink with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss DI and cut into pieces.

11. Ink a plain and filigree butterfly (laser cuts) with Tea Dye and Tumbled Glass DI (Tim Holtz).  Add pearls to body (Recollections & The Paper Source) and layer the filigree butterfly on top of the plain one.
12. Add all the flowers and leaves to the panel, tucking a few tiny sweetheart blossoms grouped in threes (Wild Orchid Crafts) among the paper flowers.  Add the layered butterfly.

There you have it - a very floral canvas.  Now if I just had those lovely blooms in my garden.   I hope I have inspired you to come and join us in Ruth's fabulous challenge.