Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Sew Sweet Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog

The Challenge

There's a new challenge up at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, it's called the Sew Sweet Challenge and Cec is hosting.  Her challenge is to, "Create a shabby chic or vintage project with a sewing theme incorporating items and/or images related to sewing - think rubber stamps of sewing machines or dress forms e.g., fabric, pattern tissue and even notions such as buttons, zippers, thread, etc."

My Take on the Challenge

I decided to create a card and used the beautiful Stamperia Atelier paper collection which has lots of sewing inspired images.
I started by die-cutting 4 pieces of paper lace using a die from the Tim Holtz Crochet Lace die set and adhering around all four sides.  I cut a piece of design paper 4" x5 3/8" and adhered that on the right side of the card.  Next I cut piece from the front of the paper packaging showing the thimble and layered over the larger piece. Then I popped up a fussy cut dress form with foam tape and adhered on the left side as shown.





Have you seen the new dies and stamps in Graphic 45's Staples line up?  They have some stamps and dies that know I'll use over and over!  On this card front, I used two of their word dies to create my sentiment, "Hello Friend."




Inside the card, I adhered a file folder that I cut with Graphic 45's new folder die.  I stamped the front with a sentiment stamp, yes, from Graphic 45's new Sentiments Stamp set.  It's such a pretty stamp!




When you open the file folder there's a fussy-cut thread card from the Stamperia collection with a die-cut Graphic 45 "thanks" word adhered to it.  The thread card is large enough so that you could attach a gift card to the back of it.




That's it!



How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge, Sew Sweet.  The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Funkie Junkie 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.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words 'Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge'. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately, we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.





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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure and stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog to see all the great projects from all our designers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Kitchen Decor from Creative Embellishments and Graphic 45


I think this chipboard cuttting board may be my next crafting addiction 'cause it is just so stinking cute!!  It's 6" x 10" and just so perfect for making kitchen decor!  

Graphi 45 has a great new collection, Farmhouse, that I thought was perfect.  It has everything I love, my favorite colors and chickens!!  Have I told you that my kitchen looks like a barnyard?




I used two Distressed Chevron Pieces to accent the focal point of the board, the "Happy Place" ephemera card.  I heat embossed them with mustard color embossing powder.  Perfect color match with the design paper!




Of course, nothing I do is complete without some lovely Little Birdie flowers.  Aren't these just exquisite?



I used cardboard and foam tape to pop up various pieces in my composition to give it lots of dimension.



Products from Creative Embellishments Store:

Other Products
Graphic 45 Farmhouse Collection
American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder - Mustard


Thanks for stopping by today, I sure do appreciate it!


Monday, April 27, 2020

Treat Box with Eileen Hull's Tiiny Book Case Die

Have you used Eileen Hull's new Tiny Book and Tiny Book Case dies yet?  They are just so cute and make the sweetest little book and box.

Today, I want to share a special treat box that I made for a friend with a new puppy.  What could be better than a new puppy anyway?  I made two Tiny Book Cases and glued them together back to back.

Treat Box


Tutorial

1.  Cut two pieces of chipboard about 6" x 8 1/2".  Cover both sides of the chipboard with paper of your choice and then die-cut two boxes.  My intention was to use the same paper on the outside of both boxes but I goofed and ran one piece through my die-cut machine with the wrong side down.  (You want to place the front of your box down on the die)  Well, you know, sometimes you just goof up and so you make lemonade from lemons right?  Ink you edges before assembling, its a bit easier that way.   I use a Faber-Castell Big Brush pen to ink in the creases.  It does a great job  BUT you have to be really careful that the pen doesn't slip, 'cause if it does you'll have "artwork" on your project, perhaps in a place you didn't want it!  Now assemble the boxes by folding in the sides and adhering to to the bottom flap.
2.  Cut two pieces of ribbon about 22" long.  Place double sided tape on the back of one of the boxes and then adhere one piece of ribbon over the back center.  Adhere the other piece of ribbon over the center of the 2nd box.  Then place another piece of double sided tape over one piece of ribbon as shown below.





3.    Now stand the boxes up on their ends and push together being sure to line them up perfectly on the sides.  The should look something like this with ribbon coming out the top and the bottom.



 Now you can decorate the boxes however you wish!  I actually like that the two sides are different.




I used some fun dog quotes that I had to decorate the boxes as well as a few fussy cut images.






Fill the boxes up with puppy treats and tie the ribbons to hold the contents secure.  Of course, you could use different papers and make a gift box for any occasion.  How a bout a Mom's Day gift with earrings on one side and a necklace on the other?


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Want to know who liked this project best?  My two poodles 'cause they got to eat the photo props!  Love my girls!





Saturday, April 18, 2020

Graphi 45's new Staples and Farmhouse Collection

Stop by The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog to see my creations with the new Graphic 45 Farmhouse Collection and some great new Staples dies from Graphic 45.  Click here.






Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Layout for Little Birdie Crafts

Go9od morning friends!  I hope you are all well and managing through these trying times.  Many of us have nothing better to do but but stare at the 4 walls of our shelter in place abode.   It's really odd, I've had the hardest time concentrating on anything lately.  I think the weight of the world is weighing me down.  I am really heartsick at all the sadness present in the world today.  However, staying busy is the best therapy so I urge you to go make something!!

Today I am sharing another layout featuring the beautiful Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea collection.  The layout is deceptively easy, just lots of layers of pretty papers and some mixed media.


1.  Let's begin with the bottom layer, it's just this sheet of paper inked around the edges.


2.  The next layer begins with this paper.   First stencil on a pattern with Mixed Media Paste 2 in 1 Gesso over the entire 12 x 12 paper and allow it to dry.  Then randomly mist with Color Splash  in Lime Splash and Ocean Mist.  Allow that to dry and then randomly ink with some purple ink, I used Distress Wilted Violet.    


3.  Cut a 1" border off each side so that you have 2 - 1" x 12" strips.  Then cut 1" off the remaining sides so that you have a 10" square left.  Cut 4 1/2" x 12" strips from the two long strips.  Adhere the 10" square in the center of the page.


4.  Take the 4 - 1/2" strips and glue around the page about 3/8" from the outer edges making a frame.  Miter the corners for a finished look.  (Note that you will be removing a small piece of the strip from each end so don't glue that part securely.) See the layout photo for reference.

5.  Trim this paper to 8 1/2" square.  Border punch around the edges if you like.  Center this paper over the previous layer.



6.  Trim a 6" square from this paper OR use a sheet from the 6" x 6" pad and adhere over the previous layer about 2 1/2" from the left side and 3" from the top.


7.  Now add your photos.  My photos are 5 1/2" wide and I mounted them on some of the design paper.  Choose one of the doilies and use for journaling.  Adhere as shown on the bottom right corner. 


8.  Now my favorite part, flowers!!  Choose several sizes of flowers and arrange in a pleasing manner.  Tuck in some chipboard leaf sprigs to add variety.  I also die-cut some flourishes and layered them underneath the floral clusters.







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A Mother's Love Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

The Challenge!

Time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog and Sara Emily is hosting "A Mother's Love" challenge this time around. She says: "A mother's love can mean so many different things to different people. With this challenge I invite you to take some time to reflect on what it means for you and create a vintage or shabby chic project for your mother or a special woman in your life to let them know how much you love them. Be sure your project has the word "love" somewhere on it where it will be noticed." Be sure to check out the Funkie Junkie designer projects too, lots of great ideas!


My Take on the Challenge

I lost my Mom just a year ago which made this challenge a little hard for me.  I didn't want to do a Mother's Day card or anything like that so I just decided to concentrate on making a notebook that any woman would like.  My Mom was forever writing notes so I know she would have liked this.

To make the cover, I first cut two pieces of chipboard 6" x 9" and covered one side of each with Distress Cracked Leather cardstock and the other side with design paper from Graphic 45's Birdsong collection.  Then I diecut the two pieces of covered chipboard with Eileen Hull's Journal Die.

Now the fun part begins and that is turning the distress cardstock into a worn piece of leather.  I first inked with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  I wanted a rich deep color so I layered Walnut Stain Distress Oxide over that .  That seemed a bit dull to me so I went over all that color with Distess Vintage Photo.  At this point the covers had developed a rich brown color.  But I'm never one to leave "well enough" alone and if a little is good, then more has to be better right?  So I dug out my Vintage Gold and Bronze Age Prima Metallique waxes.  I rubbed the gold in first, applying over the entire cover.  I decided that was a bit much, so I toned the gold color down with Bronze Age.  That combination was just what I wanted!  


Now that I had a rich leather look base, I added some design paper to the front cover.  I used a cut-apart from Graphic 45's Birdsong DCE and added a die-cut lace strip on the right side.  A button and stickers completely the look.  Now to finish it off I used a Creative Embellishments border word "love" heat embossed with ancient amber embossing powder along the side.  I think it's a nice clean look with an oriental flair, just what I wanted!



Inside the Journal

Inside I used a purchased lined notebook and a plastic sleeve that is good for holding business cards, notes, etc.  I used design paper from the collection to cover the notebook.



Inside the front cover of the notebook I made a tuck spot.

On the back cover, I made a pocket.



Back of the notebook covered in design paper.

Elastic threaded through the pre-punched holes in the cover hold the signature and plastic sleeve in place.  Then I used a simple elastic wrap to secure the notebook.  I wanted to keep it simple and utilitarian along with a distinctive cover.


How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge,  A Mother's Love.  The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Funkie Junkie 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.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words 'Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge'. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately, we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.


Prima Art Alchemy by Finnabar - Metallique Wax - Bronze Age




Sunday, April 12, 2020

A Vacation Mini Album for Creative Embellishments

I'm working on a mini album for my photos from our recent vacation in Hawaii and I've used some great chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments to accent my book.

These two pages are the front and back covers.  The mini will be bound when I finish all the pages with a Cinch coil.

The left page is the back cover and I used the Travel Corner chippy heat embossed with Ancient Amber embossing powder on the right side.  These corner chippies are some of my favorite.  There are some great grunge corners, take a look here.



The right page is the cover and I used a film strip chippy heat embossed with Ancient Amber embossing powder.  The film strip looks really great as an "anchor" for the flowers.






This is a photo I took at sunset from an outdoor restaurant overlooking Waikiki Beach.  I love how the palm trees appear just as silhouettes.  I used a chipboard palm tree as an embellishment that I simply inked with Distress Black Soot.




This is one of the pages.  I added a chipboard border word that I painted and coated with Glossy Accents.






Creative Embellishments Chipboard Used:


Other Supplies:

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue 
Emerald Creek Baked Texture Ancient Amber Embossing Powder
Dylusions Fresh Lime paint
Distress Black Soot ink


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Creative Embellishments has a great selection of chipboard, stamps and stencils.  Be sure to stop by the store and take a look.











Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog and I'm hosting the challenge this time around. The theme is "April Showers Bring May Flowers."  To meet the challenge you need to design a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates a wet "something" with flowers.   Here are some examples: Stenciled or doodled raindrops, water distressed or crumpled paper, Tim Holtz's Umbrella Man, you get the idea, just have something that represents wet and then, add some flowers to your project!  Be sure to check out the Funkie Junkie designer projects too, lots of great ideas!


My take on the challenge


I started with a large tag and covered it with papers from Graphic 45's Fruit and Flora 12 x12 collection.  Then I stenciled on raindrops with Ranger Texture Paste. After that dried, I l distressed and layered on the several paper layers from the 8 x 8 pad, popping up some with cardboard.







I used a word chippy, Spring, heat embossed with Ranger  Antiquities embossing powder as a title for my tag.




I heat embossed using the same embossing powder a chipboard flourish and placed it underneath my beautiful Little Birdie flowers.  I love the metal watering can charm that I found in my stash.




Wondering how I got the nice printing on the Graphic 45 ephemera card?  I printed onto transparency paper, trimmed it out and glued with glue that dries clear.




How to Enter the Challenge



Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge, April Showers Bring May Flowers. The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Funkie Junkie 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.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words 'Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge'. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately, we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.



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