Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Creative Embellishments and The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog - Tickled Pink!

The Challenge - Tickled Pink!

Ok, all you lovers of all things pink, this challenge is fo you!  I'm hosting the challenge, Tickled Pink,  at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and this time around and it's all about pink.  Create  a vintage or shabby chic project using the color pink. You may use other colors as accents, but, pink must be predominant. There are many shades of pink ranging from fuschia to soft baby pink so let your pink imagination go wild!

Creative Embellishments

I created this fun project using chipboard from Creative Embellishments and their new laser cut mirror acrylic stars in pink!

My Take on the Challenge

Let me introduce you to Mlle Fairbanks, she is my nod to all things pink (I'm not a "pink" kinda gal)!  She is looking at the pink box embellished with Creative Embellishments chipboard and acrylic stars that I created for the challenge.


I diecut the box with Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix gift box die.  Before diecutting I covered the matboard with pink card stock.  Then I cut 5 panels, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", of white mixed media paper and embossed them with the  3-D Kaleidoscope embossing folder.  Next I inked the paper with several pink tone Distress Oxide inks.  And because more is always better to me I decided that a bit of embossing powder would add to the mixed media mayhem I was creating!  Sooo, I randomly sprinkled on a bit of embossing powder, using mostly white for some contrast.  After I was satisfied with the panels I adhered them to the sides and top of the box.




































On the front  side of the box I've used a grunge star corner chipboard piece from Creative
Embellishments and wrapped it around to the side.  I painted it with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink paint and then added clear glass embossing powder.  The star on the top of the box is also a grunge star corner but I cut it into pieces.


Creative Embellishments has added a great product to their lineup, laser cut acrylic mirrored stars.  I topped the two grunge star corners with acrylic stars and added others all around the box.


For a final touch, I splashed some white paint all over the box.  I needed a little something extra 'cause flowers just didn't work!  😊



How to Enter The Funkie Junkie Blog Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge, Tickled Pink! by 11:55 PM EDST June  9th.  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.


Creative Embellishments Challenge

I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  You could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc. of  the 1st of each month, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.

Products Used from Creative Embellishments



Products Used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Thanks so much for stopping by today!




Monday, May 25, 2020

Eileen Hull's Trinket Box

This is just the best time of the year, even with this nasty virus business.  It is so invigorating to walk outside and enjoy warming weather.   We live on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee so spring arrives later than it did for us in NC  and I am so enjoying that!  It would be hot by this time at our old residence.

We did a little landscaping here at our new house last fall and it has been fun to take my daily tour of our yard and see what has bloomed.  The rhododendron was spectacular, definitely one of my favorite things!

So all this spring weather and spring flowers inspired me to make a feminine flowered trinket box.  I used Eileen Hull's Sizzix ScoreBoards Trinket Box, Book and Frame die to make this floral delight.

Tutorial

Cut the pieces as shown in this photo.  Note that I cover both the front and back sides of the matboard before die-cutting.  I cut my paper and then apply Eileen's Adhesive Sheets to the design paper (I am using Graphic 45's Fruit and Flora collection,) and then apply to the matboard.  I find that if I apply the adhesive to the matboard, it tends to peel off a layer of the matboard when I peel away the backing from the adhesive sheet.  I am using the green patterned side on the outside of the box and the other pattern and solid on the interior.  Be sure you place the side you want on the outside face down on the die.



Ink the edges and the fold seams as desired.  I find that a Faber-Castell Big Brush pen works really well for inking in the seams BUT you have to be REALLY careful that the pen doesn't slip!





Join the two side pieces together forming a rectangle.  I like to cut away one of the side flaps so that the box sits flat on the bottom.  Apply two sided tape to the flaps.  I like to use Eileen's Red Liner tape as I think it holds better than Scor-tape but I ran out.  Scor-tape works and for this application it'll be fine.  (It's when I'm making journals that I really like the Red Liner tape.)

This photo shows the box sidewalls upside down and assembled with one side flap removed.


Cut away the corners of the smaller vertically scored rectangle piece (bottom right piece in the photo above) as shown in the photo below.  This is so that the side assembly will sit flush on the bottom. Adhere the scored rectangle to the bottom of the box as shown.



Adhere the wall assembly to the bottom of the box being sure to keep the box corners at a right angle and placing the side with the flap cut off over the attached scored piece.  Then adhere the top of the box to the other side of the scored rectangle.  Adhere the floor inside the box.




Now you have your basic box assembled and it's time for the fun part, embellishing!  I used a cut-apart from the collection and lots of flowers.  The darker solid pink flowers are handmade and I used Eileen's Thinlits Journaling Cards, Flowers and Leaves Set to cut the flowers.  I inked them up, gave the petals a twist with my tweezers, and stacked them.  Then I punched a hole in the center and added purchased floral stamens.



This is a perfect box for gifting, I think I'll give it to myself!!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Join me at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog where I'm showcasing a new DCE from Graphic 45, Safari Adventure.  I'll show you how to make this fun colorful card folio too.




Friday, May 22, 2020

Gift Box for Little Birdie Crafts

Today I'm sharing a Little Birdie Crafts flower bedecked box that anyone would love to receive, especially if you filled it with sweet treats or a special gift.



The box I am using is a plain paper mache box that I purchased. 


 The first thing I did was paint the box inside and out with white gesso.  Then I tore pieces of decoupage paper and applied to the box with decoupage glue but only below where the lid fits.  Be sure to apply glue to both the paper and the box for a good seal.   (If the lid does stick after painting you ca rub on a little wax and that will help keep it from sticking.)


I glue ribbon around the band of the lid and then added a beaded ribbon to add a festive touch!



Foi me, the best part of any project is adding beautiful blooms and I used lots and lots of gorgeous Little Birdie blooms on the lid.  I start off by adhering flowers at the edge and I glue them on their side so that I have some height.



Then I just keep layering up the flowers until I have a look that is pleasing.  I wanted a nice mix of flowers so I used a few flowers from several different packages to acheive the variety that I wanted.


Be sure to tuck in some leaves while you are building the flower layers.

And, don't forget a pretty bow to finish it off!






Little Birdie Crafts Products Used






Monday, May 18, 2020

Easel Cards with Creative Embellishments

Easel cards are easy to make and display so nicely!  You just cut a regular card whatever size you wish and then cut another panel the size of the front of your card.  Fold up the front of the card and then glue the separate panel to the top of the fold.  Inside the card, pop up an element to act as a "stay" for the easel panel.

This first one is made with Graphic 45's Cafe Parsian and chipboard from Creative Embellishments.  Chipboard from Creative Embellishments always adds that extra special something to your projects.




I've used a pretty corner flourish from Creative Embellishments on the right side.  The flourish is heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby White embossing enamel.  I love the sparkle that the glitter in the enamel adds!  


Here you can see how the easel mechanism works.


I left the inside of the card plain so it can be used for any purpose.  The strip at the bottom is popped up with dimensional foam so that it can hold the easel in place.



Here's another easel card and this one is for your dog lovin' friends!  I used Authentique's Purebred collection for this one.



I love the dog frames, they are so cute!  This one says "a dog's life".  I heat embossed it with Stampendous Aged Marine embossing enamel.  




In the upper left corner I used a paw print chipping and lightly inked it with Distress ink and heat embossed the heart in the center with Ranger Distressed Brick embossing glaze.  I love these little paw prints!


Inside the card I adhered a piece of ribbon and topped it with a heat embossed scroll. (The scroll is actually a Christmas Ornament, but on it's side, it makes a great scroll piece.)  Then I topped it with a sticker from the collection and finished it up with another paw print.



Chipboard from the Creative Embellishments Shop



I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  You could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  May 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

OH Man! Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Time to create something for the man in your life!  The new challenge, Oh Man!,  at The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog is hosted by Jenny and she explains it, "Fathers Day may be a way off yet but there are always other occasions and reasons for making something for the men in our lives. For this challenge create something which you feel has a more masculine look."

My Take on the Challenge

I used Stamperia's Imagine collection to create this card for my guy's birthday.  He's a car nut and spends his time turning piles of metal into streetrods.    I layered up some papers from the Imagine collection on the front.

 One thing I love about Stamperia's collections is that they always include lots of cut-apart elements and the circular tag on my card is one of those that I cut out with a scalloped die.  I wanted another layer so I added the oval kraft die cut.  That was kind of plain so I masked on some diamonds withantique gold paste and added the gent from theTim Holtz Baseboard Dolls collection.



I diecut two old jalopies from black cardstock and then smeared a bit of vintage photo paint on them to give them that old rusted look.  They now look just like rat rods! To finish off my card I added two Thought Tokens and a truck charm.




Inside I used Graphic 45's new policy die to make an envelope that is the perfect size for holding a gift card or cash.  I added some design paper to dress up the envelope and used Graphic 45's new Sentiment Stamps to add Happy Birthday.


And that's all there is to it!



How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge, Oh Man! by 11:55 PM EDST May 26th.  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.






Friday, May 8, 2020

Easel Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Easel Card
Let's make a card that is simple but has a lot of WOW value, the easel card.  These really are very easy to make, just follow along with my instructions.



Tutorial

I'm using Little Birdie Crafts beautiful Celebrate Life collection to make this fun easel card.  Ink the edges of all papers as desired.

1.  Cut the bright pink 12 x 12 paper into two pieces, each 6" x 12".  Then cut one of the pieces in half so that it is 6" x 6".   Take the long piece and score on the long side at 3" and 6". Fold the insides together at the 6" score and then fold the pink sides together at the 3" score.  It should look like this.


2.  Now take a 6" x 6" piece of blue paper from the Songs of the Sea Collection and die-cut or trim to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I used a scalloped edge die to cut mine.  Glue the blue paper to the 6" x 6" pink panel cut in Step 1.  

Sometimes things don't go as planned as you can see below.  I masked on the left side using the Script stencil and made a big mess.  No worries, I just smeared it all around and I think it looks fine!  


3.  After the paste has dried, adhere the top of the 6" x 6" panel to the white side of the 3" piece folded up in Step 1.  It should look like this.



4.  Now let's do the inside of the card.  Cut a piece of the banner paper to a 5 3/4" square and adhere inside the card on the bottom panel, (or use a piece from the 6" x 6" paper pack).  Then from the square left over from the solid pink paper cut a piece 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" and adhere as shown in the photo below.  Select one of the doily punch outs and adhere as shown in the upper right.  To hold the easel in place when displaying the card you need to pop up an element.  Fussy-cut the small tag shown and pop up with dimensional foam tape and place the bottom edge about 1 5/8" from the bottom of the card.  Add a small fussy-cut butterfly on the right side.  Now the inside is complete.




5.  To finish the front of the card, select a rectangular and circle chipboard frame.  I have heat embossed mine with Stampendous Shabby Chic White Embossing Enamel.  Select a journal card and adhere to the right side of the card.  Adhere the rectangular frame over the journaling card as shown below.



6.  Now select one of the doilies and adhere the circle frame over it and attach to the front of the card as shown below.  Now add some flowers and a fussy cut butterfly and it is completed!





See how the small tag acts as a stop to hold the easel in place when you display your pretty card?



This is the view of the card when it is opened and laying flat.



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you are inspired to make an easel card.  Be sure to post your easel cards to Little Birdie Crafters Cafe Facebook page so that we can admire them!  Thanks for joining me today.



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