Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Music of the Sea


I'm back again playing in week two of the Frilly and Funkie challenge.  You may recall from last week's post that I am hosting this challenge which is called The Sound of Music and to join in, you need to create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a song or what music means to you.

I picked the challenge theme to line up with my trip to Key West, Florida for the annual Songwriters' Festival.  I have just arrived back home after six days in Key West and I have to say, the festival was amazing again this year.  We heard so much terrific music.  There were over 200 songwriters in town and there was music everywhere from morning til the wee hours (not that I made it to the wee hours).

For my song this week, I chose Kenny Chesney's The Key's in the Conch Shell.  I love the kick back melody and words which fit in so well with our time in Key West.  I started my project by applying Broken China Distress Oxide ink directly to my craft sheet, spritzing with water and dredging my tag through it.  I did that several times, drying each time, until I was satisfied with the results.  Then I applied embossing ink through the Splash layering stencil and applied Emerald Creek Fractured Ice embossing powder which was then heated on.

Ripping a page out of an old song book, I distressed it with Vintage Photo distress ink and then stamped various sea creatures on it with Jet Black archival ink.  I die cut the sea horses using the Mini Sand and Sea die and applied Broken China Distress Oxide ink to them too.  Next embossing ink was applied through the Ornate layering stencil and Emerald Creek Verdigris Sparkle embossing powder was applied and heated on.

I rubbed a bit of the new Finnabair White Gold Metallique Wax in the seashells to give them a little sheen.  The shells and the seahorse key were adhered with Distress Collage Medium.  The seahorses were popped up on Rnager adhesive foam.  The little sentiment is from the new Tim Holtz Clippings stickers.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you will also stop by Frilly and Funkie to check out our challenge and to see what the other designers have to inspire you.

The items below were used to make the above project and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off retail.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Sound of Music

Hello!  Welcome to my post for The Sound of Music challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  I'm the host this fortnight.  When this post goes live, I will be in Key West at the annual Songwriters' Festival.  It's an awesome music festival with over 200 performers (mostly country music) over a five-day period.  I thought it would be fun to have a challenge with a music theme - make a vintage or shabby chic project depicting a favorite song or showing what music means to you.

I love island style music with lots of lovely steel drums so I chose a favorite Jimmy Buffet tune Migration.  Here is a YouTube link to the tune:
I created a shabby chic beachy style project with a few bars of music.  Starting with a piece of corrugated cardboard as a base, I tore out a sheet of scrapbook paper, sort of greenish wood pattern.  It was a little bright so I knocked the color down a bit with white gesso and then randomly stamped sea creatures using Jet Black archival ink.

The flower was made with the old Tattered Florals die cut from plain white card stock, dampened, crinkled, dried and edged with Vintage Photo distress ink.  White cardstock strips were cut with the Tattered Banners strip die, stamped with a music stamp in Jet Black archival and then aged with Vintage Photo distress ink.  It was shabbied up a bit with dyed Venise Lace, eyelash yarn and twine.  The tiny sentiment "I know that I am home" reflects how I feel when I am in the Florida Keys, especially in Key West.  It's from the new Clippings sticker set by Tim Holtz.

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you will stop by our challenge over at Frilly and Funkie to see what the other designers have to inspire you.  And we hope you will play along too.  You could win a top spot with a guest designer appearance, a badge for your sidebar or even a $25 gift certificate to shop at my on-line store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Rain

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Hi friends,

It always takes a push to get me back creating and blogging these days.  I wish it wasn't so, but I'm afraid it is (at least until we get to September and get started with my annual 12 Tags of Christmas).  Here I am again, filling in over at Frilly and Funkie.

The current challenge is April Showers, but I chose to make my piece April Rain.  You know, the cold sleeting kind that we sometimes get instead of those happy light April showers?  I have a couple of friends who lost dear loved ones this month and wanted to do some sort of sympathy piece as a tribute.

I gravitated back to my favorite type of background that Wendy Vecchi created a couple of years ago - rubbing alcohol and archival inks.  I absolutely love the way these backgrounds turn out!  For this piece, I rubbed a Cobalt Archival ink pad on my craft sheet and spritzed it with rubbing alcohol.  I dragged a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper through the puddle, trying to keep it toward the top half of the sheet, then it was dried it with my heat tool.  I did that several times, drying it between each application.  The process was repeated with Cornflower Blue on the bottom half of the sheet.  I wanted the darker blue at the top to look like thunder clouds.

Once I had the background layer done, I randomly stamped Wendy's Script background stamp, rolling it instead of stamping flat, with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I didn't want full coverage.  Next a sympathy sentiment was stamped with a stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Card Art Sentiments.

After that, Wendy Vecchi's White Texture Paste was applied at the top right over the Tim Holtz Ornate Stencil.  (Just a small kudos to Wendy here on the jars she uses for her Texture Pastes - they keep the pastes moist for much much longer than most other brands.  My paste hasn't been opened in at least 3-4 months and when I opened it, it was like a brand new jar!).

Anyway, back to the whites, I was going for sort of a heavenly eretheal feel with all the white that I used on the piece.  White was carried through by stamping the tree from the Wendy Vecchi Card Art Sentiemnts set with Glacier White Pigment Ink and white embossing it.

The piece was finished off by die cutting the sentiment strips from the brand new Tim Holtz Pondering Words die set (great set - 33 word strips to create your own taylored sentiments).  Also the Wildflowers 2 Thinlits die set was used to die cut white flowers that were tied with crinked seam binding stained with Colbalt archival ink.

So that's it.  I had several peaceful evenings in my craft room messing around with inks, texture pastes, stamps and the like.  I had a couple of false starts before this came to fruition, but I really enjoyed making it.  I hope you enjoyed visiting and learning about this piece.  Thank you very much for stopping by.

The above project was created using these products.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger, Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi products are always sold at 20% below MSRP.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Count Me In

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I'm back, filling in over at Frilly and Funkie.  It's always great when they ask me to fill in, not that it is good when a design team member is out of commission, but I always seem to need a reason to make art these days!

This fortnight's challenge is "Count Me In".  Our amazing DT leader Jenny Marples is our host this time and she reminds us that "numbers are a huge part of our everyday lives so it is no surprise they are also often included in our creative ones too.  For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special 'sum-thing' to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last minute addition!"

For my sample I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide pads.  I created a base using a jumbo manila tag that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I did a smoosh and swish AKA Wrinkle Free Distress technique with the Worn Lipstick pad, then dried it with my heat tool.  Once dry, randomly stenciled on leaves using Tim Holtz's Roses (THS075) Layering Stencil and Peeled Paint Oxide Ink.

Next a focal image was stamped using the Wendy Vecchi Stamp It-Stencil It Orange Blossom Collage and Wendy's Potting Soil Archival Ink.  I stamped it a second time and used the accompanying stencil to sponge on Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint Oxide Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  Before adhering the fussy cut second layer of the orange blossom, I used Tim Holtz's Measured Layering Stencil to lay down a layer of the new Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste.  This created my numbers element to meet the challenge qualifications.

I absolutely love the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide color.  What a pretty pink it is.  And I have always loved a pink and green combination so this worked out great for me.  Next I cut a bunch of flower layers and leaf layers using the new Small Tattered Florals Thinlits Die Set.  I cut them from white card stock.  The leaves were colored with the same smoosh and swish technique using  Peeled Paint Oxide Ink Pad and the flowers were colored wih Scattered Straw distress ink.  They were dried with my heat tool and then edged with Vintage Photo DI.

How about those awesome branches?  They were also cut with the same Thinlits die set from white card stock.  Vintage Photo DI was sponged on after they were cut and then they were coated with the new Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Enamel Accents.  This was my first experience using Enamel Accents but it won't be my last!  I loved using them.  So fun and they dried really fast.  The flower centers were done with Liquid Pearls Rose Gold.  I meant to bring home Sunflower Enamel Accents from the shop but forgot.  Lucky I had the Rose Gold Liquid Pearls at home to use!

I cut a little tag and stained it with Peeled Paint Oxide ink and stamped a sentiment from Wendy Vecchi's Blooming Art with Potting Soil archival ink.  For good measure, I added a few numbers using Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs.  It was affixed with an Idea-ology Ring Fastener and to add a little frilly, I tied on a scrap of seam binding dyed with Worn Lipstick Oxide ink.  To finish it all off, I sent a little dotty with Wendy Vecchi's Leaf Green Enamel Accents.  Love the whimsey they add!

Thanks so much for visiting with me today.  I hope you will decide to play along with us.  You can find all the challenge requirements on the Frilly and Funke post here.

These products were used t create this above project.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

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