Monday, October 23, 2017

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - #2


Today I am presenting the card I have made for the second week of the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


Here is Linda's tag for the second challenge and you can see my take on it above.  I was inspired by the colour palette and the layout.  Since I was making a card I knew I needed some card stock for the blank and this time I went for some kraft card (Recollections).


I cut a piece of white card (Staples and added some Light Molding Paste (Golden) through a stars stencil (IndigoBlu).  Note:  The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries a number of wonderful texture pastes that would work but I had this in my stash and wanted to use it before it dried up on me.  Once it was dry I dry brushed some Champagne Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) over the panel and then roughly dry brushed some White Gesso (Liquitex) over that making sure to leave some of the metallic paint showing.  The edges were distressed and then inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).


Next I die cut some snowflakes using a die called Paper Snowflakes (Tim Holtz) and some heavy white card stock (Recollections).  I used my fingers to add some Light Molding Paste to give the snowflakes some rough texture.  When that was dry I rubbed a bit of the metallic paint on the snowflake edges.


I intended to use a Santa stamp that I had but it was way too big so I went online and found one I liked at The Graphics Fairy and printed it on some white card and then cut is out with a scalloped die (Nellie Snellen).  The edges were inked with Frayed Burlap DI.


The sentiment is computer generated, cut with a Fancy Tags die (Spellbinders) and inked with Frayed Burlap DI.


To assemble the card, I added adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft) to two of the snowflakes and a couple of Christmas tickets (Miss Cutie Pie) and a loopy jute bow (The Funkie Junkie Boutique).

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas #1


I don't know why I haven't done this before but this year I decided to participate in The Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge, which also allows for gifts, cards and home decor.  The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Linda does this every year so for me it was a perfect excuse to play and knock off some cards.


Here is Linda's first tag and above is a card I made based on her inspiration.  The whole tag had bits and pieces that inspired me but I gave it my own shabby twist.


I started with some kraft card stock (Recollections) for the blank and then stamped trees from a set called Lovely as a Tree (Stampin' Up) onto some cream card stock (Wassau) using Tree Branch Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and Coff Archival Ink (Ranger).


I convinced my husband to laser cut a deer for me from chipboard (Bazzill) and then I covered him with embossing ink (Versamark) and Copper Embossing Powder (Recollections).

I also stamped a pair of little deer from a set called Winterland Wood (IndigoBlu) and after I fussy cut them I rubbed Rose Quartz Wax Paste (Treasure Gold) all over them.


I had this little deer charm from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and decided to alter it by covering it with a blend of Caramel and Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink (Ranger).


I cut some greenery from scraps of card stock using a die called Holiday Greens (Tim Holtz). 

To assemble the card, I distressed my tree panel and inked it with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) before I mounted it on the card blank.  I added some Stardust Stickles (Ranger) at the bottom of the trees and as snowflakes falling.

Next I added the deer and the greenery.  I created a sentiment on the computer, inked the edges and mounted it with a brad.  Finally, I created a loopy bow from some organza ribbon (Fabricland) and attached the charm to it.

There you have it, my first project for the challenge.  Now on to the next one.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Inspirational Post at Stamps and Stencils

It is my turn to present the inspirational post at Stamps and Stencils. 


Here is a sneak peek at my project.  To find out what I made and how I did it, click HERE and you will be taken to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween in the Graveyard


The new challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Sara Emily is our hostess and calls it 'Tis Near Halloween.  Here is what she has to say about the challenge:

It's no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn't your thing, that's OK--just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!

Now that I live in a subdivision where the homes are owned primarily by old retired folks like us and the very few young people around are teenagers, Halloween doesn't really interest me all that much.  We usually get about 8 trick or treaters coming to the door but we buy enough treats for 90.  Why that much you ask - well we buy little bags of Nacho Chips because my husband likes them with chili or soup and we don't buy snack stuff any other time of the year.  For me, it is portion control that I don't have to worry about and always need :).

I decided against making a card because I knew it would never be sent to anyone so I made a little decor item.

I started with a cheap canvas from Dollarama and used it like a shadow box to create a vignette.  The first step was to add paper from Tim Holtz to create a gloomy background.  Next I covered the edges both inside and out with some texture paste using a palette knife to make it rough.



I used a variety of acrylic paints to add colour - Russet (DecoArt), Black and Coffee Bean (Folk Art) and Khaki and Silver Gray (Craftsmart).  Once it was dry, I decided it wasn't going to work with the elements I planned for my little scene so I painted over it with the Black paint but didn't take care to cover everything.


Now it was time to make some grave stones.  I hand cut the shapes from some scraps of card stock and corrugated cardboard and glued the layers together.


The stones were covered with Course Pumice Gel (Golden) and I used an embossing tool to scratch some cracks and engraving in them.


I mixed some Dove Gray Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) with some Mudstone (Delta Ceramacoat) and coated the stones.  Then I took a fine black Micron pen to highlight my cracks and engraving.


I found a spooky house in my stash that I had cut out a couple years ago so I covered it roughly with some Heavy Black Gesso.  There is no photo of this step because black on black didn't show up.  Then I made some windows and a door from acetate that I coated with Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Ink.  I cut a skeleton and a scary woman from the paper pad and put them behind a couple of the acetate openings.  This could be the haunted house of the keeper of the graveyard.


I altered some silver charms with a mixture of Pitch Black and Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink to use in my scene.  Then it was time to put everything together.

I found some clipart online of a spooky tree, printed it and fussy cut it.  The man in the moon was also found online.  I added a bit of Bronze Luscious Powder (IndigoBlu) to the house and then cut the house numbers from a piece of paper from the paper pad.  The "Keep Out" sign was handmade.

I used a bit of Crushed Olive Distress Ink to make the face of the paper doll boy more goulish before I adhered him.  Next, I added my grave stones along with some reindeer moss, skull beads and purple roses that I inked with some Black Soot Distress Ink.  All the charms were added next along with a beetle fussy cut from the paper pad.  Finally I added some spiders that I picked up at the dollar store along with their very prolific webs. 

The following products used to create this scene came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Leaf Tag


Today is the start of the new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time Toni is our hostess and calls it Autumn:'The Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' Here is what she has to say about the challenge:

I'd love to see your projects that are inspired by this beautiful season. You may love the rich, warm colours or the shapes of fallen leaves and natural forms. Let us celebrate the wonders to be found around us. The only catch, is that I'd like you to use a tag or several tags, as your substrate. Your tag can be any size or shape and made of any material but it must be a tag. It must also feature some stamping, stenciling or preferably both. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!


I started with a large tag that I cut from mat board because it will take a fair bit of wet media without warping and then I sponged on all sorts of Fresco Finish acrylic paints (Paper Artsy).  I used Pumpkin Soup, Haystack, Smoked Paprika, Blood Orange and Toad Hall.  This time I used one of those yellow synthetic sponges that looks like a flattened ball and was able to get great coverage.


To give the tag a bit of sheen, I sprayed on a variety of Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz for Ranger) - Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Barn Door and Tarnished Brass.



Next I dug out my Kraft Glassine and crumpled a sheet.  This is a great product but I think it has been discontinued.  I die cut a variety of leaves from Tattered Leaves Big-Z and Thinlets dies (Tim Holtz for Sizzix).


The leaves were coloured with Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz for Ranger) - Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Meadow, Sunshine Yellow, Ginger, Terra Cotta, Cranberry and Copper Mixative.  Blending solution was used to mixed some colours.


I cut a small panel from scrap card stock and inked it with Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger).


Next I added some Light Molding Paste (Golden through a wood grain stencil (Tim Holtz) and when it was dry I spritzed it with Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.


I added some more leaves by tearing a piece of scrap card stock and stamping it three times with one of the stamps from the Leaf Prints set (Tim Holtz).  First I stamped the leaf on the left side with Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger).  Next I stamped the right leaf with Versamark and added Copper Embossing Powder (Recollections.  Finally I stamped the third and centre leaf with Versamark and added Gold Embossing Powder (Recollections).  The edges of this little panel were inked with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

To assemble my project I mounted the wood grain panel on the tag and then added the stamped leaf panel.  The glassine leaves were mounted on the left side with a loopy bow made from jute twine, some berries, little silk roses and an acorn I found on my walk the other day.  I inked a butterfly that my husband cut for me on the laser cutter and added some pearls to the body.  Some organza ribbon was heated carefully to give it some curl and added to the top and then I scattered a few copper sequins around.

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

The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes with Autumn Colors
Country View Challenges - Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lovely Lady


It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Autumn is the hostess and is calling it Show Us Your Stamps.  She describes the challenge this way:

Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word - STAMPS! We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky. There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used - so come play along! We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations.

I have made a shabby card with a lovely vintage image - a card that would be perfect for Mother's Day or perhaps for the birthday of a lady in your life.

Using paper from the Wild and Free pad (Prima) I cut a couple of tags.  I used a small hole punch (EK Success) to create the holes and added a reinforcement (Avery) that was inked with Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  The tags were distressed and some burlap string was added through the holes.


To make the frame I used some black card stock (Recollections) and a die from Petite Ovals Large and a die Petite Scalloped Ovals Large (Spellbinders) together.  The image was printed on the computer and hand cut to shape before it was mounted on the back of the frame.


The flowers were stamped onto scraps of card stock using the rose from a set called Flower Garden (Tim Holtz) and Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and then fussy cut.  Shading was added using pencil crayons (Prismacolors) blended with OMS (Gotrick) - nectar for the two light flowers and Black Cherry for the darker one.


The leaves were made with scraps of gray card stock cut with a Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz).  They were shaped and inked with Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Finally, I added some black gem flourishes (Recollections) to the light tag, some pink pearl flourishes (Dollarama) to the dark tag and then tucked a feather under the frame.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

What the world needs now...


This is my project for the Grand Final of ITAC'17 - The World.  The sub text for this challenge is United We Stand, Together We Connect so I used that as my inspiration.  There is another list of elements of which at least one must be incorporated in the project.  I used circles, the colour white and most of the words listed.

I took a couple days off this week to celebrate my husband's birthday and our 42nd wedding anniversary so I am running behind, which means no process photos but I will describe what I did and give you some close-ups..

I covered a 12"x12" flat canvas panel (Artist's Loft) with crumpled up tissue paper using Mod Podge.  This is my go to technique for adding a bit of texture when I know I am not going to use stencils and texture paste.



I covered the canvas with some Silver Gray Acrylic Paint (Deco Art) and then used a sponge to add Dove Gray Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).  Then I sponged on some Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint (DecoArt), some White Gesso (Liquitex) followed by the two gray paints.


Next I prepared my focal point.  My husband cut the people silhouettes from chipboard (Bazzill) and I coated them with Black Raven Metallic Paint (IndigoBlu).  This paint doesn't dry really black but is more of a gun-metal colour with shimmer.  I drew the hearts on the computer and fussy cut them before adding some texture to them with Crackle Paste (Golden) and then Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).  A little aside:  I have a jar of of Golden Crackle Paste that has dried out in only a few months despite being perfectly sealed and stored in a plastic bin with a lid.  I don't want to throw $13.00 plus tax away so I am adding a touch of water to it and using it like texture paste now.

I found the globe circles on the internet, scaled them down, printed them and fussy cut them.


I created the sentiment in Photoshop inspired by one I saw online that had no credit.  Once it was printed and cut I decided to give it some subtle cracking (much like our world is cracking apart these days) by adding some Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a crackle stencil (Prima) - a little difficult to see in the photo but it is there.

The people were adhered using Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu), the globes were adhered with Double Sided Tape (Scor Tape) and I used Dimensional Foam to add the hearts and the sentiment.

I added lots of markings using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and stamps from a variety of sets - Ultimate Grunge, THMM101 (Tim Holtz) and Large Collage (Wendy Vecchi).  Finally I used the cap from a water bottle with some White Gesso (Liquitex) and Stormy Gray Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) to make some circles.

Now if only the leaders of the world would set an example for the citizens of the world to unite the way my little people have.  We are only on this planet for a brief time, so let's make it a happy time.

Thank you to the organizers, artists and judges of ITAC'17 for such a fun tournament.  I was really challenged both by the topics and the time frames but I stuck with it and had a great time.





Friday, September 22, 2017

Before the Storm


I decided I would make a second project to enter in ITAC'17 Challenge 5 - The Americas since my first piece was rather sombre so I started it over a week ago.  I remembered that on a few of our cruises in the Caribbean, many of the islands had an abundance of Bougainvillea.  This gorgeous perennial grows wherever it is hot so you can find it in South America, the Caribbean and the southern states in the US.

I found a photo online of a door in the Dominican Republic that had Bougainvillea growing over the top and thought I would make a happy coloured layout with the image as my focal point.  Little did I know when I started this project that Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria would plow through some of these islands ripping them to shreds and leaving so much in ruin, which is why I am calling this Before the Storm.

I have only used some of the elements in the list this time - specifically shades of green and metal.


I started with a 12"x12" flat canvas panel (Artist's Loft) and added some stenciling with Molding Paste (Golden) through a Checkmate stencil (Wendy Vecchi).


I added all sorts of bits and pieces using Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu) and Mod Podge.  The pieces are as follows:

Lace, Buttons (My Stash)
Metal Leaf (The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Metal Medallion (Bead Landing)
Roses (Wild Orchid Crafts)
Wooden shapes and Butterfly (My Husband)
Spiral Clips (Making Memories)



Next I covered everything with a couple coats of White Gesso (Liquitex) to unify the colour.  I brushed on some Bayberry Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) and then used a sponge to add some Lt. Avocado Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).   I followed that with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

Finally, I distressed the edges of the image and added it with some dimensional foam strips and then I dripped a little Cherry Pie Spray Ink (Dylusions) randomly over the painted section of the canvas.

There you have my second project.  With lots of help, I am sure the affected islands will recover and the Bougainvillea will flourish once more.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Scarecrow


It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Kathy is our hostess this time and she calls it To Everything There is a Season.  Here is what she has to say about it:

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Brilliant leaves, fall flowers, crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation You're invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors.

I have made a card with a very vintage image of a scarecrow out in the field with his warm clothing on.


I started with some Bazzill card stock for the blank.  Then I cut a panel of paper from Graphic 45 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for my background.  I stamped it with the Vintage Wallpaper stamp (Wendy Vecchi) using her Tree Branch Archival Ink.  I distressed the edges and inked them with some Gather Twigs Distress Ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger).

Next I cut a tag shape from some paper from Graphic 45 Time to Flourish, distressed and inked it and then added it to a larger tag of brown card stock (Recollections).  The hole was punched with an EK Success punch and then I added a reinforcement (Avery) that I inked with Gathered Twigs DI.

Some seam binding was dyed with Wild Honey DI and added to the top of the tag.

I cut the text from the bottom of the vintage image to use as a separate sentiment although it is really dark so you have to bring up a larger version of the photo to read it.  The image was distressed, inked and mounted on some brown card stock.


Next I die cut all the leaves and branches from the Fall Foliage die set (Tim Holtz for Sizzix) using a variety of colours from the Kraft Core Shattered Collection (Tim Holtz).  Each piece was inked on the edges and veins with Gathered Twigs DI and shaped a bit from the back with a large embossing tool.


The sunflower image was a digital freebie I got a few years ago from Beccy's Place.  I printed it three times on a scrap of white card stock and then cut two of them apart so that when I layered them, the flower had a dimensional look.  The flowers were coloured with  pencil crayons (Prismacolor) and blended with OMS (Gotrick).

I added some black microbeads to the centre of the top flower before I layered them together and then tucked a loopy bow made from burlap string under the sunflower when I added it to the card.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Climate Change

The fifth challenge for ITAC'17 is The Americas.  As with the other challenges there is a list of elements, at least one of which must be included (I used two this time - the green paints and something sharp) and this time there is also a mood board.

The judges have created their usual awesome inspiration but something struck me right off the bat - the mood board photos and the description of the inspiration pieces focus mainly on The United States and South America.  Certainly these are areas in The Americas but there are so many countries - 55 located in South, Central and North America as well as the Caribbean.  I live in Canada and we are the 6th largest country by population and the largest by area so naturally I wanted my project to focus on Canada.



I decided to make a statement piece.  Canada has a vast area of the north that is cold and usually covered in ice and snow.  Lately however, the changes in our climate have made sections of the ice break apart and there are larger areas of open water in the southern parts of the north.  This is devastating for the polar bear population and is causing a decrease in the number of animals in the wild as the migration gets more perilous for them.  My canvas shows a Mother and her two Cubs on one of the ice floes and I can only imagine them wondering how far it is to the next one is.

So now I had a concept but how to execute it, which proved more difficult than I thought.  As you will see, I changed direction part way through and in the end I wish I could have come up with a jazzier submission but despite its simplicity, it does say what I want it to.


I started with a 9"x12" canvas (Dollarama) and gave it a coat of White Gesso (Liquitex).  I crumpled up some tissue (Dollarama) and adhered it to the canvas using Mod Podge.


Next I painted it with three shades of green paint - Mint Julep (DecoArt), Village Green and Forest Green (Accent).


I was intending for this to be nothing but open water and very foreboding so I spritzed it with some Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz for Ranger).

I covered it with plastic wrap to show the shine of the water and then I added some sections of texture paste to replicate ice floes.  This is where things changed so there is no photo.  I hated the result so quickly scraped off as much texture paste as I could save and then peeled off the plastic wrap and tossed it in the garbage.  Thankfully it did not peel the paint off.


I painted over the top portion of the canvas with some Light Blue Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) and sprayed it with the Distress Spray Stains, adding some Tumbled Glass as well.  Then my water looked way too green so I covered it with some watered down Slate Blue (Folk Art).



Next I added some scraps of wood that I rescued from the garbage in my husband's workshop and glued it on with Super Thick Slap it On (IndigoBlu) to make a base for my ice floe.  I fussy cut the bears from an image I found online and then covered the floe with Light Molding Paste (Golden and added mirror chips (Michaels).

Finally, I sponged some white paint on to make a few clouds and then added some flying gulls with tracing paper and coloured them with a grey pencil crayon (Prismacolor).

To see all the other takes on The Americas, click HERE.