Thursday, 18 September 2014

Would you like to win ?

Have you seen the gorgeous new embossing powders from Wendy Vecchi ? Well, Linda at The Funkie Junkie is offering the chance for one lucky person to win the whole set !

You can enter the random drawing multiple times in multiple ways.  Here’s how:
  • Leave a comment on the Funkie Junkie post – one entry
  • Like the post on The Funkie Junkie Facebook – one entry
  • Post the give away add on your blog (code below) – one entry
  • Post the store badge on your blog’s sidebar (code below) – three entries!!
Contest ends midnight Eastern Time on Monday, September 22nd.  Results announced on Tuesday. 

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If you post the contest badge or the shop badge on your blog, please email to let Linda know so she can add your name extra times to the contest drawing!  Good luck! 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Heart and Soul

It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie DT to share their projects for the current challenge. Trace is the host for this challenge and has chosen From the Heart.  Here's what Trace has to say:

Your challenge is to create a vintage project that has hearts as the focal image; you could make a dimensional piece, a card, ATC or tag, as long as hearts are the main focus.

I spotted this wooden heart in a local garden centre and I loved the shape, which I know sounds funny, but some hearts, well they're just not the right heart shape ! It was already distressed and I liked the neutral background so mixed some Fresco Finish paint to match the colour and painted the front.

I then used the Wendy Vecchi stencils 3 Flourishes and the 2 Fancy Flowers with Fresco Finish paints, building the shades of blue up layer by layer.

The crown is a Melissa Frances embellishment and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paint and then brushed Treasure Gold over the top. The letters are die cut using the lower case Block Talk die from cardboard and then painted with Fresco Finish paint. I've added a little key charm and a Tim Holtz Heart Charm. The ribbon is remnants of seam binding and I've dyed them with Faded Jeans Distress Stain. The script is an Artistic Outpost stamp and I've used Cornflower Blue Archival ink.

The large flower is made using the Jumbo Tattered Floral die. I put some Faded Jeans Distress Stain on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then scrunched the die cut flowers in the liquid. I then left the flowers to dry hanging over the top of Distress Stain bottles to give them some shape. When they were dry I layered them up and then brushed some Treasure Gold over the edges of the petals. The smaller flower you can just see is a Melissa Frances embellishment which I've painted with Fresco Finish paint and again brushed over the edges with Treasure Gold.

I hope you can join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Find your Balance

I'm back with just a short post today as it's my turn to share a project over at eclectic Paperie.

I love this stamp by Donna Downey and finding your balance is something that I always seem to be doing ! For all the details of how this page came together you'll need to hop over here.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Travel Journal

As you read this we are at the start of our second week on the Isle of Skye. One of the things that I always like to do when we're on holiday is keep a journal, not a painty, inky one, but a record of where we've been. I love to read through them years after and remember what we were doing. So, with this in mind I decided I wanted a new journal to take with me to the Isle of Skye.

I found this kraft covered note book at the local supermarket and thought it was perfect for what I had in mind. I wanted to keep the black binding clean so used some masking tape to cover it.

I then used my brayer and added lots of Fresco Finish paint, London Bus, Pumpkin Soup and I think there's a little Cheesecake and Tango in there too. Love the texture that the brayer gives you with the Frescos. I then used Potting Soil Archival ink and stamped over the top of the paint using Wendy Vecchi stamps (I can't remember which sets they're from !)

I used the Wendy Vecchi Mesh background stamp without an acrylic block and stamped with black Archival ink. The word journal is from the Wendy Vecchi Approved Art set and I've stamped with black Archival ink and to make it stand out a little more I've used a black Fude Ball pen to draw around the letters. I then masked off the word and also an area slightly above with masking tape. Using a Prima stencil and Golden Regular Gel, I spread the gel over the stencil using a palette knife. I dried the gel then replaced the stencil so that I could cover the front completely.

Now, I meant to take a photo before the finished piece but got carried away ! Once the gel was dry I masked off the word again and this time rubbed Cheesecake Fresco Finish over the whole cover. Before it was dry I wiped it back with a baby wipe, the colour and stamping still shows through.

I die cut the letters for the word travel using the Tim Holtz lower case Block Talk die. I painted them with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint and brushed them with Onyxite Treasure Gold. I added the key and beads for embellishments, I didn't go mad as I knew it would be pushed in and out of bags while we're away so they would no doubt be knocked off ! I really love how this has turned out and will definitely be playing again with this technique when I'm back in my craft room !