10 January 2018

Three Is Not A Crowd at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Here we are at the beginning of a new year and over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are already half way through the first challenge, 'Three Is Not A Crowd'. For this one we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something, be it three different patterned papers, three colours, three layers, three flowers, three bows - the list goes on. This would also be a perfect time to use some of the new supplies you received for Christmas or to make space in your stash by using up old supplies. Just remember to think in multiples of three. As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

With time being eaten up rapidly in preparation for the upcoming US AFCI trade show (Creativation) I've kept my project relatively simple but nevertheless effective - can you spot the 'three' in this birthday card?;


Here's a quick tutorial for recreating it; begin with a 5 1/2 inch square piece of white card. Stamp the numbers from the Purveyor stamp set across the bottom third of the card using Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint. Make sure you clean off your stamp with cold water as soon as you've finished. Dry the stamping thoroughly with a heat tool before moving on to the next step.


Blend Tumbled Glass Distress Ink all over the card (including the stamping) using a Mini Blending Tool. Use a slightly moist piece of cloth or tissue to wipe away any ink from the surface of the stamping. Then add droplets of water across the card, allowing it to 'bleach' the ink before drying.


Stamp the smaller of the script images from the Ledger Script stamp set using Carnation Red Archival Ink and dry it with a heat tool before moving on.


Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform stamp the cutlery image from the Daydream (or Nature Walk) stamp set using Black Archival Ink. When finished leave the stamp in place as you'll be re-stamping in exactly the same place later. Again, heat set the ink before moving on.


Use a water brush or paint brush dipped in water to apply water around the edges of the three images. When dry this will create a halo effect around them and becomes important later.


Paint over the images using a silver coloured acrylic paint. I used Dina Wakley's 'Sterling' paint because it has a heavy body that gives good coverage with just one coat and doesn't bleed beyond the image.


Place the painted card back into the Stamp Platform in the same place as before and re-stamp the image with more Black Archival Ink. This is why you needed to leave the stamp in situ after the first application.


When the archival ink is dry blend Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink over the three images and around the edges of the card. The colour around the edges of the images will be much 'cleaner' because it's not been mixed with the Tumbled Glass - the result of creating that halo effect with the water. You can remove ink from the painted images as before, rubbing over them carefully with some slightly moist tissue.


Layer this completed background onto Metallic and Classic Kraft Card, sanding the edges to reveal some of the kraft core. I added stitching to create another border but you could also draw a line or two with a permanent marker if you prefer. Cut the lettering from more sanded Classic Kraft Card using the Alphanumeric Thinlits Dies; the Sizzix Sidekick works perfectly with these small dies. I finished the design with a Remnant Rub, an Index Clip and a sentiment from the Small Talk Occasions sticker set.


That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have been hard at work creating lots of beautiful pieces for this challenge too so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own die cut shabby chic or vintage projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


26 December 2017

Gifts to Die For with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome! All this month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team have been sharing ideas for handmade gifts using her fabulous die designs from Sizzix. Make sure you check them out on Eileen's website. Since the Trinket Box and Card Box from the new Book Club release are perfect for creating gifts I set about altering them to match the Photo Frame previously shared HERE.


So you can see how easy the decorated die cuts are to assemble I've laid out the elements for the Trinket Box and Card Box below. The dies cut and score the pieces needed so it's simply a case of using strong glue to stick them together.
The pieces were altered in the same way as the Photo Frame (tutorial HERE) to give them a heritage look.



 And you'll see the products used to create the flowers and foliage on the image below; the dies come from the Festive Greens and Small Tattered Florals Thinlits sets, also from Sizzix. A couple of Quote Chips, Idea-ology Adornment Stars and Pen Nibs complete the trimmings.


Let's take a closer look at the finished Trinket Box; it's lid opens and the faux suede lining makes it perfect for holding heirloom jewellery. And the Card Box is compact yet sturdy so you can line several up together on your shelving to hold favourite thin die and stamp sets, handmade cards and more.







I hope you've enjoyed seeing these gift ideas; remember, there's lots more from the rest of the team on Eileen's website this month.

Need extra inspiration? With over 65 more gifting ideas using Eileen's dies there's still time to get the latest e-book 'Gifts To Die For' from Bella Crafts Publishing whilst it's on a special price (click on the image below).

GIFTS TO DIE FOR with Eileen Hull and friends

Thanks for joining me today to see these new dies in action. It's time to sign off for now and get back to sample making for the Creativation show in January. Whatever you're up to this holiday season I hope you have a peaceful and creative time. Jenny xxx

13 December 2017

Most Memorable Gift for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Suzz hosts our final challenge of the year over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog and she's called it 'Most Memorable Gift' Here's how she's described it; "December for many of us is a time where we give and receive. That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years. These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating. I want you to be inspired by one of your most memorable gifts. Use that inspiration to create a vintage or shabby chic project. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

Here's my final DT project of the year for Frilly and Funkie, a festive Oh Deer Clipboard for someone incredibly special.


Part of the challenge is to say what has been your most memorable gift and how it has inspired you. I wracked my brains for the longest time - in our house we tend to save getting the most special gifts for our birthdays, whilst Christmas is more about spending family time. However, each and every year my amazing husband willingly takes responsibility for cooking Christmas dinner (which we have on Boxing Day) and spends many hours pondering menus and making lists. It's such a wonderful gift of time and effort and we've had some stand-out meals over the years. This year I thought he could do with an upgrade on the usual fridge magnets for collecting his lists and thoughts.


As luck would have it I still had an Oh Deer Clipboard hidden in amongst the stash and felt inspired to transform it after having seen one created by Kath Stewart. I began by covering the back of the clear board with paper from Tim Holtz' Correspondence and Dapper collections, joining the two together with Passport Design Tape and covering them with Starry stencilling.


On the front of the board the tape measure paper from the Dapper collection was combined with Christmas Ephemera to form a 'frame' on which to add the focal point. I used Tim's 'Alcohol Ink Resist' technique (from his online course - Creative Chemistry 103) with his Great Outdoors stamp set to create the deer panel which has the look of a photograph negative. A little faux stitching around the edge, some Metallic Kraft Stock to make it pop and the Small Talk Occasions words helped finish it off.


Layering up Woodlands and Holiday Greens die cuts either side of this panel provided the backdrop for the festive scene at the bottom. Making a shelf from Letterpress Blocks (painted with Iced Spruce Distress Paint and sanded back) I used Grit Paste to cover the top in 'snow'. The small Woodland Tree looked more festive coloured with Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain, a touch of Grit Paste and Festive Berries. For a touch of extra sparkle some Pyrite Gemstones were tucked into the branches too. The Decorative Deer looked more realistic coloured with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. More Berries and Pyrite pieces were used with the Pinecones and Festive Greens to create a little bouquet to balance out the other side.


Funnily enough the last bit finished was the trickiest to get right. I painted the metal deer clip with Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint but it looked too plain. Zoe Hillman came to the rescue, suggesting I try a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint followed by dabs of Mushroom Alcohol Ink. It worked a treat, especially when sanded back on the edges. By adding strips of magnetic tape to the back this festive clipboard was ready to mount on our fridge awaiting those all important menu and shopping lists.


That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Most Memorable Gift'. Do make sure you hop on over to find out what my talented team mates most memorable gifts are and what they have inspired to create as a result. And remember to link your own die cut shabby chic or vintage projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes - the challenge is open until Tuesday, December 19th so there's still plenty of time. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


7 December 2017

Launching 'Gifts to Die For' with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome! There's some exciting news today - a brand new e-book called 'Gifts To Die For' has just been launched and you can get yours using the link below. Bella Crafts Publishing have put together a gorgeous and eclectic collection of gift ideas from lots of your favourite designers using Eileen Hull Designs Scoreboard Dies. With over 65 inspiring and varied projects included there's bound to be lots of ideas that will help you create gifts for friends, family and even customers at those ever popular craft fairs!

And as an added bonus the price for this e-book has been cut from $16.97 to just $9.97 through December 2017! Just click on the link below, order your copy and you'll be sent an email with the link to your downloadable pdf ready to be saved on your favourite device.

GIFTS TO DIE FOR with Eileen Hull and friends

And even more good news - if you don't have your copies already, Eileen's two previous e-books are also on offer at $9.97 through December 2017 too! You'll find links to 'Journal Treasury' and 'Die Cutting Magic' in my sidebar.

Make sure you get your copy of 'Gifts to Die For' and be ready all year round to make some very special gifts. Get creative! Jenny xxx

30 November 2017

'Letter It' from Ranger Ink - un-boxing video

Hi everyone and welcome! I promised to be back today with something special and ta-dah!!! Here it is! I was lucky enough to be sent a new collection called 'Letter It' from Ranger Ink - a carefully curated collection of stamps, pens, embossing powders, pearl powders, meduims, tools and surfaces designed to work together so you can create beautifully personalised cards, tags, gifts and more for all of life's occasions!

You'd much rather see it being un-boxed I'm sure so here's the video;


Of course now I'm going to have to play and will be back soon to share some samples to whet your appetite. In the meantime here's the link to the Ranger Ink blog to find out more about the collection; http://rangerink.com/new-ranger-letter-it-program

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you've enjoyed seeing the new collection. Jenny xxx

29 November 2017

Give Thanks at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Sara Emily's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog and she's called it 'Give Thanks!' This challenge is all about giving thanks as the title suggests; we have so much to be grateful for! The Frilly and Funkie team is thankful for our loyal readers and our newest visitors! For this challenge, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

We all have a need to say thank you to someone every so often and a handmade card is such a personal and thoughtful way of doing just that. Wendy Vecchi has designed so many gorgeous stamp sets that fit the bill for making these as this card shows;


The background was created by adding Dina Wakley's Ruby and Cheddar Paints over a piece of card before brushing her White Gesso over the top unevenly for a faded look. The dry card was embossed with Tim Holtz 'Flourish' Embossing Folder before a few drops of highly dilute Ruby and Cheddar Paints were allowed to run into the grooves with a spritz of water.


A small tag was cut from watercolour paper and I used the Stamp Platform to add the Simple Reality floral image to it with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink (leaving the stamp in place and removing any remaining ink from it). I painted the flowers with more highly diluted Ruby and Cheddar Paints, mixing Lime and Umber together with water to create an olive shade - on watercolour paper they blend together beautifully. Replacing the tag back in the Stamp Platform I restamped the image using Jet Black Archival Ink to finish it. The same process was used to create more flowers so they could be cut out and layered together over the tag.


By drawing around the tag on the background I could work out where to stamp the Lots of Leaves flourishes and add the Grit Paste through the Simple Reality stencil. Rather than remove the pencil lines I emphasised them with Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon (applied with the Detailer Fine Nib Water Brush) to create a shadow effect. Having added stitching along the edge of the background and blended Brushed Corduroy into it I layered the tag and flowers together with some die cut foliage, finishing it with the Thank You sentiment from the All Occasion Art set.


That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Give Thanks' I hope you've been inspired by my latest journal. Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create. And remember to link your own die cut shabby chic or vintage projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

I'll be back tomorrow with a big reveal... in the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


28 November 2017

Photo Frame and Family History for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome! Throughout November Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team have been sharing ideas and tutorials for using Eileen's new 'Book Club' collection Scoreboards Dies from Sizzix; you can find the range HERE. Back in September I showed you three ideas for using some of the dies and today I'm back to give you the lowdown on making new twist on one of them.

The Stamp & Photo Storage Die essentially cuts a pre-scored 4" x 6" x 1/2" box; that may not sound exciting but as ever it's the possibilities that this affords which gets those creative juices flowing. It's the perfect fit to go inside the Journal (so now you can make those storage pockets for Art Wallets with ease - make sure you check out Anne Redfern's tutorial!) Add handles and it becomes a fun little box bag. My twist is to add an easel and cut a hole in the front to create an interchangeable photo frame that can also be used for decorative storage purposes.



The first step is to cut two storage box sides and one easel piece (using the Small Easel Die). I used an oval Movers & Shapers die to cut a hole in one of the side pieces. You'll be pleased to hear one of these comes as part of the Trinket Box Die; it's a little smaller but that's still going to work perfectly for this project. Cover them all in Hickory Smoke Distress Paint then give them a coat of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint.


You'll notice from the picture below that I removed the end of one of the storage box sides as I wanted the top of the box to remain open. To give them an aged appearance use a sanding block to rub back a little of the paint, particularly along the edges. Blend Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink into the exposed areas using a mini blending tool then take a slightly damp piece of tissue and rub away any ink sitting on the painted areas.


Cut two 4" x 6" pieces of patterned paper (I've used some from Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' Paper Stash) two pieces at 3/8" x 6" and one piece at 3/8" x 4" adding a little of the paints and ink to the edges. Stitching can also be added to the edges of the of the 4" x 6" pieces for extra interest.


Glue the paper pieces to their matching sides. In a change from my original version you'll see in the photo below that I've added an extra frame detail to the front. This is cut from paper covered card using the Trinket Box Die and the Oval Movers & Shapers Die, and is then mounted over the top of the matching oval hole to emphasise the aperture.


Use strong glue to stick the sides and bottom of the frame together (I use Matte Distress Collage Medium).


Stick the easel piece to the centre back of the frame, lining it up with the bottom of the frame.


Now you can add those decorative finishing touches like Beaded Berries coloured with Red Pepper Alcohol Ink, Bouquet Findings coloured with Lemonade and Shell Pink Alcohol Ink, Classic Kraft Core die cut foliage, Quote Chips, Remnant Rubs and other Idea-ology Findings.


Your frame is now ready for those all important photos - leave them loose inside the frame box so that you can change them at will or fix one in place if you want to display a specific image (as I have for the finished sample). If you are interested in tracing your ancestry I thought it would be an idea place to add records and information relating to the people in the featured photo. Here are some close ups;




That's it for my inspiration post today. Make sure you check out the projects from the rest of Eileen's team on her website www.eileenhull.com.
You can also find all of Eileen's latest die collection releases over on the Sizzix website.

For now, whatever you're up to this week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

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