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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Going to the Chapel

Happy Wednesday!  I worked all weekend on this little wedding display and I am happy to share it with you today!  The Frilly and Funkie challenge is hosted by me this time around and I am challenging you all to show your "Cutting Edge" in the "On the Cutting Edge".  I was inspired by some new dies that I had recently purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut, machine cut or punched image. Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a cut out.

I decided to create a wedding display as I have had a nephew just announce his engagement and it had me thinking about weddings.
This project had me cutting lots of shapes and then inking them up and added subtle textures with embossing paste, dye inks, stencils, and stamps.

 I knew I wanted to use a cloche and this cake stand I bought a long time ago on clearance.  It has been hosting knick knacks on my craft desk for awhile and I thought how fun it would be to use it to hold my wedding chapel.

I wanted my flowers to be inside and out top and bottom:
 I died some seam binding and ribbon to match the colors of the flowers and church. I then rolled up the tattered pine cone into mini roses.  I did a wash of some antique linen spray mixed with abandoned coral in an empty sprayer. I added more water to get a softer color and used that on the backside of the flowers.  The front is antique linen spray with stamping of script in black ink.

 On the bottom is more roses and tattered flowers big and little with the same sprays and inks. I did a soft stencil with the antique linen sponged over the stencil on the larger flowers to add a hint of pattern.  The centers of the flowers have a mix of buttons, pearls and nothing depending on how tight the bud of the flower.

 The hardest part was getting a photo. I tried multiple times in multiple places and along the way found this doily that added such a lovely base to the flowers.  The church was stenciled with the music stencil and white embossing paste. While it was wet I sprayed it with the Antique linen to give it the aged look I was looking for.  I added the tissue tape at the end to contrast the platform, roof and steeple.
 I had fun draping the flowers along the side of the cloche and onto the platform. Some are attached to the glass with glue dots and some are just laid down onto the platform.  Every time I tried a new angle for pictures things got moved around and I loved how it looked each time.


A close up of the pearls in the centers of the flowrs as well as some of the stenciling on the larger flowers.

Well I hope you are inspired to get out the die cuts and play along!

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Get cutting!

Suzz




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Step By Step

Welcome back! Today I am sharing over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog a step by step how to create my mini journal.


Here is  a sneak peek of all the un-assembled goodies!   You will have to pop over to the blog to see how it all comes together.

I was really pleased with the fun pages that ended up in my journal book!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Suzz

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Read any Good Books Lately?

Happy Wednesday!  Are you feeling funkie?  It is time for the Funkie Design Team to share thir projects at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge for the "Read any Good Books Lately" challenge hosted by the wonderfully creative Sara Emily.

Sara Emily challenged us with:  "Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project, alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! Just be sure it's in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!"

I just left the library the other day with a huge stack of books which I have been working my way through!  I am always looking for damaged, or distraught books to up-cycle into my art.  I used a slightly older dictionary page as the base for my project today.  


If you are observant you will notice there are a few holes on either side of my tiny house.  There is a reason for that and I will be sharing that later this week over on the F&F blog with a full step by step and a few other fun pages.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Please hop over and check out the entire DT projects as they are all fabulous!  I hope you are inspired to play along with us!

Suzz 

Friday, August 4, 2017

16 Candles

Happy Friday! 

I am sharing a few birthday cards made for some upcoming 16th birthdays.  I went for a mixed media approach on one and a shaker card on the other.


I wanted to splatter it up with some pretty colors and I mixed a few distress oxide inks together and picked it up on my cardstock from the craft mat.

I then stamped the circle (wendy vecchi) and the numbers.  I added the sentiment and then went looking for something to add a little more details and found the old Hero Arts definition stamp for birthday and added that.

I stamped a few stars which then got outlined in black watercolor and white gel pen.  The funky girl was stamped and cut out and pop dotted to give her a little definition along with a few balloons for fun!

Next is a shaker card with a watercolor wash over the surface.


I water colored the paper first with a blend of colors an then cut out the stars in random places. I created a box underneath with foam tape to put my sequins inside of and attached it with a layer of acetate between.

I stampe dthe sentiment before layering and splattered white paint over the surface and added sequins outside as well.

Well I wanted to share the only crafting I have done since my last post!  The summer is flying by and so many family things happening which makes me happy as we get so much time spent together before school starts again.

Suzz


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July

It is fun to be creating Christmas art in July when we have sweltering heat with humidity levels at 90% and long sun filled days.  The current challenge with the Frilly and Funkie design team "Christmas in July" has us cooling down.

The talented Cec has asked us to get a head start on your Christmas projects.   In her words:  "You might be experiencing summer heat but let's think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations.  Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree."

I was inspired to pull out the dwellings die to create a Christmas cottage. 


I have this die because I love vintage paper houses and especially the churches.  I started by cutting all the pieces for the church and ended up with a rustic holiday cottage.



I cut all the pieces out and started by stamping text along the bottom half of the house.  I left it halfway to draw the eye upward.  I then sponged the bottom half a little darker and drew again up to the top with a lighter effect.

I decided to accent my house with a mix of reds and browns on the windows, door and chimney.  I stamped the door and chimney with a mix of stamps.


I continued with the same theme all around the house with my little holly and berries on the windows.
The roof and porch were just dragged brown die ink across the surface to give a grainy effect.
The wreath was a little inspiration from a previous project. I had cut a few of the wildflowers and had them leftover on my desk. I thought how fun it would be to use a paper punch and punch a hole in the center of the flower, cut the stem off and shift them a bit to create a small wreath to hang on my porch.

I cut up the leaves and created swags of holly with a few pearls colored red to coordinate.  I sprinkled it with mica flakes and a snowy little cottage on Christmas Eve.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


Please cool off with us and share some Christmas design with us at Frilly and Funkie this week!

Suzz

Friday, July 14, 2017

Live by the Sun

I am back!  I wanted to share the second card inspired by the Summertime challenge at Frilly and Funkie.

This one started with the same background and circle of the first card I shared earlier this week. But I wanted to use the sweet fairy from the Masquerade stamps from Graphic 45.

I tried to make her effervescent by stamping her skirt and wings onto acetate with StazOn and then painting the backside with the pretty gold shimmery paint.

I was thinking midnight on a summer night with the fairies dancing and the flowers appear to be black with the moon behind them.

Happy Friday!

Suzz















Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summertime

Hello!  Time for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie Challenge: "In Good Old Summertime".   Kathy is hosting this challenge for us and she describes it as: " it's time for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Whether you vacation at the beach, in the mountains, or enjoy a relaxing "Staycation" in your own back yard, your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that shows what you love best about summer. Use summer colors in your project. Be sure to tell us in your post what you love about summer, and how you've represented that in your project."

Thoughts of summertime had me thinking of family times both now and when I was young.  I remember long summer days rolling into night with running with the other kids in the neighborhood playing kick the can or ghost in the graveyard.  It inspired me to create a card using a few of the paper dolls along with the beautiful purple colors that are everywhere in my flowers right now.  I realized I probably have more purple flowers in the flower beds than any other color.

The highlight of the card has to be the adorable girls in their frocks and the way they are giggling int he photo.

 I started with an old sheet of music which I gessoed with a spatula.  (My gesso is getting a little thick)  I then stenciled on the pretty splashes which look like Hydrangea's to me. 

 I then moved to adding the stamped circle and then cut my piece of background to mount on the black cardstock and white card base. 
 Then I pulled out my misc ephemera and images to layer along with some fun tissue tape.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


Come join us and share your summertime fun!

Suzz