Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lace Journal Cover

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and Autumn, who is our hostess is calling it Layers of Lace.

Lace, oh so lovely lace! Whether you add delicate layers of fine lace, or tattered and torn crocheted lace, we'd love to see you add dimension and depth to your vintage or shabby chic project with lace. Perhaps you have a favorite lace stamp or will choose to lace something up, we'd love to see your creations inspired by this topic.

I was walking around the dollar store a couple weeks ago and found an inexpensive journal - nothing is ever a dollar anymore so I hesitate to call it cheap.  It is in a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" format and I immediately knew I could make a removable cover for it with lots of lace.

I knew I wanted a sturdy fabric for the actual cover and found some canvas that I had picked up at the local art supply store in my sewing cupboard.  It tears both ways so I tore a piece 4 1/4" wider than my journal when it was opened fully and 3/4" taller.  Then I folded each side in 2" and used gel medium to glue the folded parts down at the top and bottom making sure to stay within 1/4" of the outside edges.  Now I have pockets for the journal cover to slide into and when the journal is full, I can easily replace it with a new one.

I wasn't sure if it would stay closed once it was done so I decided to add some seam binding across the centre of the outside so I would have something to tie it closed.

The next step was to add all the lace to the outside.  I knew I didn't want all white on this cover so I started with some cream laces on the top and bottom that came from my stash and then I added a wide strip of  very fine lace across the middle that came from my late Mother-in-Law's sewing stash.  I had to take it apart because she had started to sew it together in a v-shape perhaps to add to the neckline of a blouse since she made all her own clothes and did so without a pattern.  Then I added strips of different white laces, all of which came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Then it was time to embellish the front cover.  I did not add embellishments to the back cover so that it would lie flat on the desk.  The first thing I did was print a vintage image of Lily Elise on the computer and die cut it with a die called Fleur de Lis Squares (Spellbinders).  I inked the edges with Spun Sugar and Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and then added it to the cover with dimensional foam.

Another flower was made from card stock.  I die cut a couple of petals from the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) and inked it with Spun Sugar and Vintage Photo DI.  Then I shaped it and glued the two petals together with a button for the centre.  I also painted a wee bit of white Gesso on the petals.  When I added it to the cover, I tucked a couple of loops of pearl string underneath.

Next I created a flower from pleated ribbon by gluing it in concentric circles with my glue gun onto a card stock circle.  I found a resin flower in my stash that was perfect for the centre and added it with some dimensional foam.

I always hang on to the tiniest bits of lace so to make this lace flower I just gathered a little strip of lace with a running stitch and glued it to a card stock circle.  Then I snipped the edges away from three pieces of another lace pattern and glued them into the centre.  I added a pearl embellishment to the centre.

I added a bit of crochet ribbon topped with a lace applique and a flower from my stash that was already a nice shade of pink and I just painted it with a wee bit of white Gesso before I dded a button centre.

Under the focal image are a couple more flowers from my stash that were ivory and I inked them with some of the Spun Sugar and Vintge Photo DI before I added the Gesso and buttons.  I also cut a white fabric daisy in half and tucked it under the image.  I made a loopy bow from white twine and tucked that under the ribbon flower.

The crochet flower came from my Mother-in Law's stash and I added a pearl brad for the centre.  Under that I added a strip of burlap and more buttons.

This was a very easy project to make and I think it is very romantic.  I hope you will share a lace project with us.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique - FUN!!  The Design Team will choose their top picks and the overall top pick will have the opportunity to Guest design with us.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Surf's Up

The new challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie.  Kathy is our hostess and calls it Surf's Up.  She describes it this way:

Who's ready for a little sand, a little sun, a little surf? Let's take a little stroll beside the shore and create a vintage or shabby chic project with a beachy theme. Use ocean colors or beach images to add a fun seaside feel to your project.

When I started to think about what I was going to make for this challenge, I had lots of great ideas running around in my brain and then fate stepped in and changed the course of my creating when I stood up from my desk and heard the worst crunching sound from my knee and I almost landed on the floor.  I have spent a lot of time playing couch potato with my leg elevated and an ice pack on my knee.  Unfortunately this has prevented me from spending much time at my desk so I had to come up with a plan I could execute in short bursts and it also meant no process photos along the way.  I am improving and I am really, really bored although I have managed to read a few books and get caught up on some TV so I guess it isn't all bad.

Anyway, back to my card.  I started with some white card stock (Staples) for the blank and then added a distressed panel of patterned paper from a pad called Voyage Beneath the Sea (Graphic 45) that was inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Next I cut a panel of white corrugated cardboard (The Funkie Junkie Boutique) and inked it with some Abandoned Coral Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Two tags came next.  The first one is cut from a pad called St. Tropez (Prima) and the other one is cut from the fabric paper that I made for my Saturday Showcase that you can find HERE.  Both tags are topped with some burlap ribbon that I split in half lengthwise so it would be a little more frayed.

When I thought about how to embellish my card, I decided to add beach-themed icons.  First, I tied a little net from some twine and added it to the fabric paper tag.  Then I found some word art on my computer that I created a few years ago so I printed that, distressed the edges and inked it with Antique Linen Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz).

The sunglasses is actually a button that I altered by cutting the shank off and then inking the frame with Terracotta Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz) and then rubbing with some Rich Copper Wax Paste (Prima).

The starfish is made from Crafter's Clay (Martha Stewart) and a silicone mould (Wilton) and then it was coloured with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and a bit of Terracotta Alcohol Ink.  I used a White Pen (Stigno) to highlight the bumps on the starfish.

The flip flops are clip art that I coloured with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) using a water pen.  The umbrella is also clip art that I coloured with pencil crayons (Prismacolors) blended with OMS (Gotrick) and added a wooden skewer for the

I used the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) to cut the "Hibiscus" from a scrap of card stock and then coloured it with Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides (Tim Holtz) before I added the stamens, which were also coloured with Picked Raspberry DO.  If you are wondering why this flower, well I Googled "Flowers at the Beach" and this is what came up so I went with it - Google is such a great resource.  Finally, I added a miniature shell that I found in my shell.

Given my current physical state, I think sitting on a lounge chair at the beach would be more fun than hanging out on my couch and thinking about all the tasks/chores I should be doing.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Faking It

It is time for the next challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  Toni is our hostess for this one and she calls it Let's Fake It!  Here is what she has to say about it:

I love faux finishes of all descriptions whether it be rust, stone, leather or time worn vintage. You name it we have the power to fake it! I'd like to see your projects that include at least one faux finish. Produce anything you like but please include some stamping or stenciling or both if your heart desires!

I decided to make a steampunk inspired canvas with lots of faux rust.

I started with a 7" x 9" stretched canvas that I picked up at the dollar store and covered it with torn strips of old book paper that I glued on with Mod Podge to give it some strength.  Next I used some Molding Paste (Golden) through a stencil called Measured (Tim Holtz) to add some texture.  The whole canvas was given a coat of white Gesso (Liquitex) before it was given some colour.

The canvas was painted with Honey Brown Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) and then a coat of Mocha Mousse Chalk Acrylic (Paper Artsy), which was randomly wiped back with a baby wipe while it was still wet.

To give the canvas some life I used a sponge to add a variety of acrylic paints - Espresso (Craftsmart), Pure Black (Folk Art), Rich Espresso and Worn Penny Metallic (Deco Art) and then I added spray inks - Moonshadow Mist Burnished Brass (Lindys) and Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

Using some Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) I some markings with stamps - Border Lines (Seth Apter), Limor's Circles and Tasty Textures (IndigoBlu).

I made a background panel next by adding paper backed adhesive metal foil tape (Cantech) to a piece of light chipboard and then ran it through a Blueprint Texture Fade (Tim Holtz).  Before I cut it down to size I used an embossing stylus to add more markings.

The next step was to paint it completely with Pure Black Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) and then wipe off the paint from the raised areas.

The metal panel was given a rusty tone by covering it with alcohol inks - Rust, Terra Cotta, Pitch Black and Copper Mixative (Tim Holtz).  Some blending solution was added on the felt applicator to make the colours flow and blend more easily.

I stamped the focal image from a set called Steampunkesque (IndigoBlu) onto a scrap of white card stock using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).

The image was inked all over with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and then coated with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.

My husband cut some wooden gears for me on the laser cutter and to turn them into grungy rusted gears I first coated them with a mixture of Regular Matte Gel (Golden) mixed with some sand (borrowed from the playground).

Next the gears were painted with Payenes Grey Fuid Acrylic (DecoArt Media).  After this was dry I sponged on bits of Quinacridone Gold Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media) and Worn Penny Metallic Arcylic (DecoArt) and ojnce I was happy with the combination, I coated them with Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt Media).  The photo I took of this step was so blurry that no amount of edit would make it visible - my apologies.

I collected a bunch of other metal bits and pieces (Tim Holtz and My Husband's Workshop) to add to the canvas and altered them with a combination of Rust, Espresso and Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz).

To assemble the canvas I used some Soft Matte Gel (Golden) to attach the metal panel first, followed by the focal image and then the gears and bits and pieces adding a couple of buttons and a funky bead  from my stash to round out the embellishments.

I hope you will create something faux and join us for this challenge.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie

I am presenting the Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie today.  Here is a sneak peek at what I have made but you will want to check out the post to see what it is made from.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mostly Neutral

It is time for the newest challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time, Sara Emily is our hostess and calls it Neutral Point of View and describes it this way:

We're seeing a lot of pastel and brighter colors this time of year. For this challenge we're inviting you to step away from all that color and play with your neutral art supplies. You can add a few pops or hints of color, but be sure we see mainly neutrals on your vintage or shabby chic design. (Think black, white, gray, brown, beige, cream, ivory; even gold and silver.)

I went with mostly grey, white and black for my neutrals but there is a tiny bit of pink added.

I started with some grey card stock for my card blank and used a number of papers from a pad called Rose Quartz (Prima).  First came a large panel for the background and then I added two smaller panels of different designs along with a couple of tiny fishtail elements.

Next I added a doily cut from a scrap of black card stock using the crochet doily die from Prima and then a sentiment that I fussy cut from one of the papers.  Some venise lace was added as a border at the bottom of the sentiment.

The big Prima flower came next with a beaded stick pin that I created from my stash along with a feather and some tulle and then a bit of pink crochet lace ribbon was tucked underneath the flower.  Tip:  Always keep even the smallest leftover bits of ribbon because they can make great added elements for your cards even if there isn't enough to create a bow.

Finally I altered a metal flower corner with some Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink and added it.

I hope you will join us for this challenge. it runs until 11:55 pm EST on May 8th so you have lots of time to create.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Altered Bottle

I decided to play one day a while back and altered a bottle that I picked up from a charity shop for $2.00.  The bottle came with a glass and cork stopper so I think it was meant to be a wine decanter.

Sorry, there are no process photos because I was intending to use this for myself as decor in my great room.  I have a 15 foot ceiling so tall items look best but this turned out to be too short on its own even though it is 12" tall.  I guess I will alter a couple more bottles and make a grouping.  Lucky for me my Son-in-Law owns a restaurant and he has been giving me some cool whiskey bottles so I have lots to work with.

In the meantime, here is how this one came together:

1.  Painted it with white chalk paint (Americana) because that seems to stick very well to glass without any other prep.
2.  Coated it with a layer of Black Gesso (Finnabair).  Using black chalk paint would have saved me step #1 - live and learn.
3.  Covered it with Crackle Paste (Golden).
4.  Used Soft Gel Medium Matte (Golden) to adhere a variety of elements to the bottle - lace, flowers, buttons, metals, charms and wood bits.
5.  Painted everything with Black Gesso (Finnabair).
6.  Painted everything with Black Cherry Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).
7.  Sponged on some Aged Mahogany Distress Stain (Tim Holtz).
8.  Rubbed the highlights with Rose Quartz and Aquamarine Treasure Gold Wax Paste (Connoisseur Studio).

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - Pimp it Up! (Reuse or alter something).
We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes - Optional Dimensional Projects
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Recycle Something

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jewel Tones

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and I am the hostess this time.  I am calling the challenge Elegant Jewels and here is how I describe it:

Let's make a vintage or shabby chic project in jewel tone colours such as deep purple, emerald green, jade green, burgundy, bright turquoise to name a few AND to make your project extra special, add some sort of jewel or gem, which can be anything from a dollar store find to a piece of broken jewelry.

I created a z-fold card for this challenge and used papers from the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust pad.  I made this the week I looked after my Grandchildren and since I was so scatter brained at the time, I totally forgot to take process photos.  Forgive my lapse but I will describe how it came together.

1.  Cut a purple card blank 6" x 12" (Recollections) and score on the long side at 3" and 6".  Fold in half at the 6" score line and then fold the 3" score line back toward the 6" fold making a z-fold.

2.  Finish the inside first.  The right side has a patterned paper panel topped by a sentiment that I created on the computer, inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and mounted on a purple card mat.  Fussy cut stamps from the paper pad and adhere on either side of the sentiment.
3.  The left side has a patterned paper panel topped with corners cut from a different paper and punched with a lace edge punch (Martha Stewart).

4.  Add a panel of patterned paper to the front.
5.  Cut a purple mat large enough to cover the sentiment panel.
6.  Die cut a doily from purple card stock using a Crochet Doily die (Prima), cut it in half and add to the right side of the purple mat.  Top with a fussy cut image from the paper pad.

7.  Cut leaves from the Garden Greens (Mini) die (Tim Holtz) using purple and blue card stock.  Adhere to the front panel.
8.  Dye seam binding with Dusty Concord Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and create a loopy bow.  Create another loopy bow from burlap string and add with a button to the top of the seam binding bow.  Tuck a variety of purple toned flowers on both sides of the bow.

9.  Add a gem on top of the doily.

There you have it - a card in jewel tones. I hope you will join in on the challenge and show us your elegant jewels. You have until 11:55 pm on April 24th.

By the way, there is a story behind the gem.  I have a lot of my late Mother-in-Law's costume jewelry.  She wore clip-on earrings every day until her dementia got so bad that she was losing one or both - by then she was 92.  I figured there would be something in that pile that would work on this card so I dug through the bag and lo and behold I found this earring.  Now I was looking in the bag in a closet late at night and I thought I had a teal coloured earring and it would be fabulous.  

The next morning I realized it was royal blue so I had to balance it on the card, which is why there are some blue leaves.  I actually dyed some white flowers with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and put them on the card but after looking at it for a few days, I realized how much I despised blue flowers and replaced them, which made me much happier.  I come by my dislike of blue flowers and lots of other blue things honestly because my late Mother collected blue glass and I inherited over 800 pieces of it - needless to say, I have sold most of it and only kept a few sentimental pieces.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Broken Heart

A couple of months ago ago I created this steampunk inspired canvas with a large rusty gear and it has been sitting in my studio staring at me because I wasn't sure if I was happy with it - I wish I had put the gear on a smaller canvas.  Then yesterday, I saw the new challenge called Rusty and Crusty at A Vintage Journey and decided I would leave it as is and enter it in the challenge.  I started searching for the photos I took and couldn't find any.  I had a computer crash a while ago and I thought it recovered just fine but I guess not because I seem to be missing some folders. 😒

I took the photo of the finished canvas today and since Mother Nature is off her meds and can't decide if she wants it to snow or not and the sun can't decide whether to shine or not, I am getting shimmer from the metallic paint because I used my office lamps.  Next time I want shimmer to this extent, chances are good it won't happen.

Here is what I did:

1.  Stole a wooden heart from my husband's workshop.  It is 8" in diameter and was one of the first things he created and cut when he got the laser cutter.
2.  Conned him into cutting a wooden circle and three wooden hearts in various sizes and cutting a zigzag line down the length of the smallest one. (I know, I am so lucky to have him and the laser cutter available to me.)
3.  Glued the circle and then the largest heart to the gear using Soft Gel Medium Matte (Golden).
4.  Coated the gear and the circle with Coarse Pumice Gel (Golden).
5.  Glued a variety of hardware, electronic bits, buttons and small wooden gears to the circle around the heart.
6.  Covered everything in Black Gesso (Art Basics).
7.  Glued the next largest heart on and covered it in Black Gesso.
8.  Sponged randomly over everything with Espresso and Black Acrylic Paint as well as some Worn Penny Metallic Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).
9.  Painted the broken heart pieces with a mixture of Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) and Black Cherry Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).
10.  Joined the broken heart sections with copper wire and then sponged the edges with Worn Penny Metallic Acrylic Paint before I added it on top of the heart stack.
11.  Prepared the 12" x 12" canvas board (I wish I had used a 10" x 10" canvas) by coating it with White Gesso (Liquitex) and then gluing on some crumpled up tissue paper with Mod Podge.
12.  Stenciled clocks through a stencil called Mini Time Travel (TCW) using Light Molding Paste (Golden).
13.  Painted the canvas with Natural Tan Grout Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) and then sprayed with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).
14.  Adhered the gear using Soft Gel Medium Matte.
15.  Sponged more Worn Penny Metallic Acrylic Paint and more Black Cherry Acrylic randomly over the background.

This was fun to make and for a change there wasn't any deadline for it.  I need to play like this more often.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lying In the Meadow

It is time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  Rachel is our hostess for this one and is calling it In the Meadow.  She describes it this way:

Meadows are such amazing places - lots of different grasses, wild flowers and wonderful wildlife. Let your imagination run wild ...and use stamps or stencils too! Enjoy!

I decided to make a page for my art journal this time and wanted it to depict what I would be feeling if I was lying in a meadow - and taking time to do nothing.

The first step was to stamp some grasses on the page using a set called Victorian Garden (IndigoBlu) and Olive Archival Ink (Ranger) and Fern Green Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).  Sorry about the glare on the photos but it was miserable out when I took the photos and I had to turn the overhead light on in my studio to get anything half decent.

Next I stenciled some wildflowers by putting Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a stencil called Mini Wildflowers (TCW).

The next step was to ink the whole page using Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz).  The embossing paste acts as a resist so I just took some paper towel and rubbed over the wildflowers to bring them to life again.

I stenciled some butterflies (Heidi Swapp) with Fern Green Archival Ink and then I left the stencil in place and stamped over the butterflies with a set called Ultimate Grunge (Tim Holtz) and Olive Archival Ink (Ranger).

I decided there would be lots of bees in the meadow, especially if there are wildflowers so I added some using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and bees from the Victorian Garden set (IndigoBlu) and a set called Random Thoughts (Tim Holtz).

I added some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz) randomly over the page.

Finally I created some text on the computer, distressed it and inked it with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

I hope you will join us for this challenge - you have until May 2nd to create.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Inspiration at Stamps and Stencils

I am presenting an inspiration post at Stamps and Stencils today.  Here is a sneak peek at one of the elements I was working on for my project but to get details and see the finished creation, just click HERE and you will be taken to the complete post.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Zoe is our hostess for this one and is calling it Bloomin' Marvelous!  She describes it this way:

As spring pokes it's head through the frozen ground, let's celebrate the season and create a vintage or shabby chic project with flowers as the focus and in vintage muted pastel tones, (no brights).

Rather than using baby pastel colours, I thought I would go for creams and peach tones.  To add to my vision, I also included a few papers from the pad called A Ladies Diary from Graphic 45, which is very vintage.

I cut a couple of rectangles of paper, the second a bit smaller than the first and once they were distressed and inked on the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I added them to my card blank.  I also cut a half rectangle (a.k.a. a triangle 😃), distressed it, inked it and added it to the top right corner.

I had a wooden lattice in my stash and added it under the rectangle.

Next I grabbed some crinoline, cream tulle and cream lace and die cut some petals using the Shabby Posies die from Tammy Tutterow.  All the crinoline flowers were dyed with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I layered the larger dyed petals with some tulle and lace petals and stitched them together.  A gem from my stash was added to the centre of the large flower.

I layered the smaller petals to make two flowers but once I saw the flowers together I decided to add some Tea Dye Distress Ink to the smaller petals so they would stand out a bit against the larger flower.  All the flowers were adhered to the triangle.

Using the Garden Greens (mini) die I cut leaves from Kraft Core Shattered Collection card stock and tucked them under the flowers.

I found some seam binding in my stash that had come from The Funkie Junkie Boutique holding little packages together and they were already dyed (I think with Tea Dye Distress Ink) and scrunched.  I ironed them to make them smooth again and then looped them together to create a bow.  I added a loopy twine bow on top along with a button from my stash.

Next I coated a metal butterfly with some white gesso and then coloured it with Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink before I added it to the card.

Finally I coloured a paper doll and a quote chip with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added them to my card.  That little girl has no problem sitting on a lattice fence with a giant bow coming out of head - pretty original, I would say. 😃

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  You have two weeks to create and at the end, one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall top pick receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie

Today I am presenting the Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie.  Here is a peek at a tag that I made but you will need to pop over to Frilly and Funkie to find out what is special about it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Heart Hanging

It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Suzz, who is our hostess, is calling it Knock om Wood and here is what she has to say about it:

For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art. This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates some type of wood content.

I knew I had some wooden buttons from The Funkie Junkie Boutique in my stash so I decided to use them in my project and to take my colour palette from them.

The first step was to cut a heart from corrugated cardboard and punch two holes at the top where I could add a hanger.  Your heart can be hand cut by making a paper template first, tracing around it on the cardboard and then cutting it out.  Fortunately I am spoiled rotten because my husband has a laser cutter so I just got him to cut a 9" heart for me.

Next I stripped the top layer off the cardboard to expose the corrugations but leaving a strip to add some patterned paper.  Once I had the corrugations exposed, I dry brushed them with some white Gesso.

I inked the corrugations with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then added a hanger of jute through the holes.  I think next time I would make the holes a bit smaller because I had to do some serious knotting and run the jute around the top to keep the ends from sliding through the holes.

A combination of Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink was used to dye some lace and some seam binding.  The seam binding was crumpled up, dried like that and then formed into a loopy bow.

I used some Vintage Photo DI to ink a couple from the Paper Dolls pack, cut them down and adhered them just above the strip I left on the cardboard.  The lace was added next under the strip.  I tore some floral patterned paper from the St. Tropez paper pad inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and added it on the strip.  Next I added three inked hearts made from old book paper that came in a little bag of goodies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - a lovely surprise Linda tucks in each order.

Next I added the buttons and the bow along with a paper rose that I also inked with Vintage Photo DI.

Finally I inked a quote chip with More Vintage Photo DI and added it above the lace.

There you have it - a heart hanging in vintage tones with lots of fun elements, including some pretty cool wooden buttons.

Edit:  I thought my buttons were made from wood because they sure look like wood and are as hard as wood but when I was creating the links at the bottom of this post, I noticed that the description says they are Carved Coconut Shell buttons so I hope Suzz will forgive me.  I did look up coconut palms to see if the trees are considered to be wood and was happy to discover that they are and are considered a hardwood substitute in some countries - the six separations of coconut "wood".

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  It runs until 11:55 pm on Tuesday, March 27th and one randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique while the Design Team will choose their top picks and the overall top pick will be invited to be a Guest Designer at a future date.