Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Showcase at the Frillie and Funkie Challenge Blog

Join me at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog for a tutorial to make these 2 cards and tag from Stamperia Christmas papers.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique has lots of Stamperia paper collection in stock so stop by and see the goodness!

Christmas Cards & Tag Tutorials Stamperia Christmas PapersChristmas Cards & Tag Tutorials Stamperia Christmas Papers

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Vintage Styled Layout Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello Little Birdie Crafts fans!  I am thrilled to be back with my second post as a guest designer for Little Birdie.  If you missed my first post, a step card tutorial, you can view it here.   Today I am sharing a heritage layout with you AND a tutorial where I'll show you how to make this layout and the floral vine.

A Vintage Style Layout

I am using a vintage photo taken in the early 1940's during WW II on this layout. Vintage layouts are some of my favorites.  To achieve a vintage look, think muted colors, browns, creams, the softer color palette.  Torn edges and papers add an authentic look.  I always think to myself, what would something look like if it had been created 50 years ago and had been handled by many people?  The edges would be ragged, perhaps a few tears and stains, these looks characterize the vintage look.


Step 1:
I like to save every scrap of paper that I can, so when you see a paper on top of another paper, you can believe that I have cut the center out of the back paper!  So for the first layer, trim a 1" frame from a  12" x 12" paper.
Step 2:
For the next layer, trim a 12 x 12 paper to 11 ¾" x 11 ¾" and distress the edges.  Then use the Script Stencil to stencil on some words.

 Step 3:
Tear contrasting strips of paper and layer as shown in the photo below.

 Step 4:
Now let's make a floral vine to use on our layout.  Take 5 small wire stemmed roses and twist 3 roses together.  Next, twist two roses together.  Now glue the two sets of roses together as shown in the photo.  You can twist the ends of the two sets together.   

Step 5:
Glue some greenery from the flowers along the wire stems. 
 Step 6:
Select 3 larger flowers to use in the center.  Trim away excess cardboard so that it doesn't show beneath the flowers.  There you have a pretty vine that will look lovely on your layout!

Step 7:
Add the floral vine to one side of the photo and arrange more flowers on the opposing side. 


Now add a title and any other embellishments you like.  Now you have a beautiful keepsake heritage layout.

Thank you for joining me a Little Birdie Crafts today!

Supplies Used from Little Birdie Crafts

Flowers - Rosalind Swiss Coffee
Flowers - Pauline Swiss Coffee
Flowers - Daisies Swiss Coffee

Other Supplies
Maja papers:  Frost Basics, Vintage Romance, Vintage Summer

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

All Creature Great and Small Challenge at Frillie and Funkie

I'm thrilled to be hosting my first challenge at the Frillie and Funkie Blog!  I bet you can guess what the subject of my challenge?  Yep, of course it has something to do with animals!  Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile. Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life. My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home! For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals. It could be your pets or a vintage photo. Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone??? Eeeek!!!! No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

The Process
I used a large Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to create this piece.  I love the Etcetera tags because they are made of a sturdy thickboard and take mixed media applications so well.  The first step was covering the entire tag with a coat of thick gesso.  I didn't try to smooth it out as I wanted a textured appearance.  Next I grabbed my set of Prima Old Walls Rust Effect Paste.  I applied that with a palette knife starting with the darkest color, moss.  I added the next color, cool grey, before the moss dried so that the colors would blend together.  

In this photo you can see the process part way through, where I have add some color to the tag.

 Here's the tag after I finished adding the third color, cream.  The large white spots you see are where I added no color as these places are covered with paper.  No need to waste product there!

While the background was drying, I fussy cut flowers from Stamperia's Wonderland collection. That is the most gorgeous collection, its so artsy and vintage, pretty colors.  I am a huge fan of Stamperia papers!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries many of the Stamperia collections too!  Hurray for that. 

Next I glued the paper flowers to the dry tag with Distress Collage Medium - Crazing.  This medium leaves subtle crack beneath the surface adding to the aged appearance.

The background of fussy cut flowers paired with pretty Petaloo roses gives this piece lots of dimension.  I used white roses and tinted them with Lindy's Cream Brulee Cream and Salt Water Taffy Starburst Mists.

I used a frame from Tim Holtz's Baseboard - Frames set and I covered it the same way that I did the background with Old Walls Rust Effect paste.

That sweet pup is my Chili who went over the bridge when she was only 7 years old.  She had multiple auto-immune diseases and we could not save her.

 This quote is a transparent sticker from my stash.  It's really old, maybe from 2006.  The butterfly is caste from paper clay and then painted.  Along the edges I painted on some embossing ink and used beeswax embossing powder to give the wings some shine.

 To finish off the tag, I went around the edges with Prima Metallique Wax in Rich Copper.    In this view you can see how I popped up the framed photo adding to the dimension.

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project centered around animals and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge.

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Frillie and Funkie challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here!


Supplies from the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mixed Media rice paper canvas with Stamperia

Stamperia Rice Paper Canvas

Hello friends, I'm back with another Stamperia rice paper canvas.  Mixed media applications are the perfect treatment for the rice papers.  I've used crackle paste, embossing enamels, gold modeling paste, inks and waxes on this one.

The Process

I began the process by gluing the rice paper to a 9 x 12 canvas with Stamperia Mixed Media Glue.  This is a product that I really like, it is thin and just applies so nicely. Matte medium or clear gesso also works just fine.

After the glue dried I used black gesso to stencil on the mustached man at the bottom and then I used gold masking paste to stencil on a clock face, crown and harlequin pattern.

Next, I applied crackle paste all around the edges and after that dried, I misted with gold and brown mists.  Then I added some gold embossing powder and heated in random places around the edge.

I chose some great Steampunk gears from Creative Embellishments and heat embossed them with Stampendous Aged Bronze and Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze and Charred Gold.  I rubbed on some Rich Copper Prima Metallique wax in a few places to add a rusty look.

Some of the chippies are simply misted with gold mist such as the large gear in this photo behind the clock face.  The flower I used is metal and I enhanced its look by dabbing on embossing ink and Stampendous Aged Gold embossing enamel and heat setting.  If you try this, be careful as the metal does get hot!

To finish up the canvas I used Prima Metallique Waxes to highlight and bring out the details. 

If these techniques interest you, here are some other canvases I've made using similar techniques, Roses Canvas,  Clockwise Mannequin and Red Poppies.


Stamperia Rice Paper - Clockwise Clock & Keys
Stamperia Mixed Media Glue
TCW Black Gesso
TCW Gold Gesso
Ranger Texture Paste - Opaque Crackle
Prima Colorbloom - Worn Leather, Tea Stain
Stampendous Aged Bronze
Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze and Charred Gold
Prima Metallique Wax - Bronze Age,Aged Brass
Prima Antique Brilliance - Red Amber

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Little Birdie step card tutorial

A thank you card
I am excited to be guest designing for Little Birdie Crafts today. I am saying thank you to Little Birdie for inviting me to guest design with a thank you step card!  I am a mad fan of their  exquisite flowers.  In addition to their drop dead gorgeous flowers, Little Birdie Crafts has an extensive range of crafting products.  I bet you can shop their store and find many things you need!

Elements of the card

In the center of the card I used 2 pieces of Little Birdie Chipboard.  It comes already primed (I love that!) and ready for whatever medium you decide to use.  I chose my favorite go to product, embossing enamel.

Of course, we must take a look at these gorgeous flowers!!  The 3 center flowers are Symphony Orchid Sparkle flowers, they are divine!  They have a subtle orchid color and  pretty sparkle.  I've flanked them with Pauline Swiss Coffee.  I love these, they are like little vines with 2 blooms and leaves on a floral stem.  You know what I love most about Little Birdie flowers?  It's that they come with beautiful greenery that is so realistic in appearance.

To finish it off I added this gorgeous vellum butterfly that came from a package of Florita flowers.

Now that we've taken a close look at my card, let's see how you can make this card.


Step 1:
Carefully cut out the card base following the template below.  You can download the template here.  I suggest you make a practice card base first so that you understand the cuts and folds before cutting your good design paper.  It is not hard, it can just be a little confusing the first time around.  Once you are comfortable with the design, cut the card base from your choice of papers or card stock.  It does need to be a heavy weight paper so that the card will stand up appropriately.

Fold where indicated on the dotted lines so that it looks like this:

Here is a side view of the card base with the proper folds.

Step 2:
Cut 2 strips of white wood grain paper from Little Birdie's Texture Brew paper collection,
1 1/4" x 3".  Then, cut another strip 1 1/4" x 6 3/4" from the same paper.

Next cut two circles, one with a 4" diameter and one with a 4 3/4" diameter.

Ink the edges of the strips and circles if desired.

Step 3:
Now adhere the two 3" strips to the sides of the card and adhere the long strip at the bottom as shown in the photo below.

Step 4:
Now adhere the larger circle in the center of the card as shown.  Next use dimensional foam tape to pop up the smaller circle and adhere it to the larger circle.

Step 5:
Next we'll use a Little Birdie 3" chipboard circle and the chipboard words Thank you.  Dab the circle and words with embossing ink and sprinkle with your choice of embossing powder.  I've use white as it goes nicely with the wood grain paper.  heat set the embossing powder and then adhere to the front of the card as shown in the photo below.

Step 6:
Time for my favorite part, adding the flowers!  Arrange the flowers in a manner that is pleasing to you and adhere to the card.  Take care to adhere the flowers only to the center panel or bottom of the card.  If you glue to the folded step part, your card won't fold out properly.

Tie a pretty bow and tuck in underneath the largest flower.

That's all there is to it, add a message inside and you have a beautiful one of a kind card to gift to a special person.

Supplies Used from Little Birdie Crafts

Primed Circle Chipboard
Primed Thank you chipboard words
Texture Brew Paper Collection
Symphony Orchid Sparkle Flowers
Valerie Orchid Sparkle Flowers
Pauline Swiss Coffee Flowers
Butterfly from Florita Flowers 

Other Supplies

Stamperia Lilac Flowers paper collection
Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel
Cheery Lynn circle dies
Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violet

Thanks so much for joining me today for this very special post!


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