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Saturday, September 25, 2021

6 simple cards with only 1 stamp set


 Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my Saturday showcase day for The Funkie and Frilly challenge blog.

Today I wanted to share a fun challenge I gave myself. I challenged myself to use only 1 stamp set to create 6 simple cards that can be good for any occasion.  I chose to use the Tim Holtz Set - CMS385 "Into the woods".  I wanted a woodsy look that could be good for fall, Christmas, or masculine cards. 

3 of the cards are A2, one just a bit shorter than A2, a slimline card, and one that's about 2/3s the size of an A2 (made from the scrap from cutting the slimline card).

A simple frame card
 (you could easily switch out any of the animals to the bear or the fox from the set).

Simple and woodsy.

Woodsy with a splash of color.

A touch of plaid for simple color.

A simple and easy wreath card. 
(This could also be a bird nest. I should have done a touch less stenciling for my preferred look).

My favorite of all the cards, and yet the simplest!

What do you think of these cards?

This stamp set could easily make so many more simple cards, or awesome elaborate ones!!

Products Used: 

Stamp set- Tim Holtz Into the woods


    Distress oxides- vintage photofrayed burlapwalnut stainforest mosscrackling campfirecandied apple, and black soot

    Original Distress inksscattered strawwalnut stain

    Other inks- Delicata golden glitz, Embossing ink

Embossing powders- black and red

Tim Holtz layering stencil - THS021 Speckles

Tim Holtz small talk stickers

plaid scrapbook paper

blending tool

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Chalk it up to madness...

 Hello My crafty friends!! 

If you are a regular around here than you know how much I love Halloween cards and creations! 

I used my love for the creepy to inspire me for the new Frilly and Funkie challenge.

The theme this round is: "Chalk it up" 

The idea is to include chalk in some form. I don't own any chalk, so I went with a faux chalk effect.

I used a stamping tool, and stamped multiple times with the Distress ink in picket fence. Then on my final stamping when I got the right level of white I used frosted crystal embossing powder over the image.

After I heat embossed the frosted crystal I lightly went randomly over the rest of the black cardstock with the white ink again. to give a chalkboard look. 

Next I stamped the "table of the skeleton" in black archival ink on kraft paper. I flicked a few drops of black soot stain to give a little grungy interest, and lightly used black soot oxide ink to edge both layers of the kraft paper.
(I used my deckle edge trimmer on both pieces of black cardstock to get the tattered look.)

The skeleton piece is popped up on pop dots, as is the ephemera piece I finished off with.

I hope you like this simple and easy faux chalk card and will join us in the challenge.

Products Used:
Cardstock- Black and Kraft
Pop dots
Heat tool
Tape runner

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Die-na-mite Halloween card

  Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

It's that time again!!! Today starts the new challenge with the Funkie Junkie Boutique and I'm the Host!

Join us over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog HERE.

The Theme is "Die-na-mite" 

Dies can make a simple or boring project extra mighty... I want you to use your dies to make a project! They can be your main focus, or work in the background to make your project a little extra mighty.  

For my project, I chose to make a Halloween card. This year I am going to try really hard to get a few out to some family and a few special mail art friends I have been super neglecting for a while. 

To start I cut out the small pumpkin from the new Tim Holtz- "Pumpkin Patch, Colorize" die set. I added some of the new mica sprays to my black layer, and my top orange layer. I also lightly inked with vintage photo distress ink on the edges of each piece. To glue everything together I used collage medium (my go to matte glue).

Next, I went through my background box, and found a leafy background I had created using various distress inks and oxides with a Dylusions stencil (and water flicks of course).  I also had this wood frame sitting on my desk from another Idea that hadn't worked out like I wanted. I thought it looked so perfect with the leaves so I decided to add it (It was created using a 3D wood grain embossing folder on brown cardstock, then using a rectangle nesting die to cut out the center to create a frame). 

From here, I got in the groove, and totally forgot to take progress photos, but I stamped the "wishing you a spooky Halloween" from the "Monstrous" stamp set by Tim Holtz in black soot- Archival ink (since I am stamping over oxides I used my stamping tool to stamp it several times so that the color would really pop).

I also used white heat embossing with a spider web stamp from the "Tangled Webs" stamp set by Tim Holtz. 

The tiny bats I added were from the die set "Vault series: Halloween 2021" (Yes the pumpkin patch set comes with bats, but for whatever reason I liked these tiny bats better. lol).

To add to the look of the frame I added the screw heads to the corners of the frame. I thought this gave a little extra something to the look. I also added grit paste to the screws and the area around them for a worn texture (I used the new Halloween grit paste, but since I ended up covering it up any of the translucent grit paste would have worked). 

Once that was dry, I used distress crayons to make the wood grain pop more, and to add a bit of rusty/grunginess around the screws.  

Last to finish off the pumpkins, I used a white gel pen to add random highlights to the pumpkin so that it would really pop off of the card (which was adhered with pop-dots to give it dimension).

Products Used:

Dies: Pumpkin Patch, Vault series: Halloween 2021, Rectangle nesting die (I used an old retired set, but any would work).

Grit Paste (I used Tombstone, but THIS will work too)

Tim Holtz 3D wood grain embossing folder

Stamps: Tangled Webs, Monstrous

Inks: Distress inks, Distress Oxides, Black Soot Archival, Embossing ink pad

Prima Junk Yard Findings (these are old so not sure if they still make them) You can also use Hardware Heads by Tim Holtz (my usual go to)

White Embossing powder

Distress Crayons (sets 7 & 10 are perfect for rust, and #3 is of course needed for the white highlights)

Tim Holtz Halloween Mica Sprays -Set 1

Collage Medium

Dylusions Stencil - Leaves 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

De-stressing with distressing

 Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

It's that time again!!! Today starts the new challenge with the Funkie Junkie Boutique and I'm the Host!

Join us over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog HERE.

The new challenge is called "De-stressing with distressing"

The object is share a project with your favorite ways of distressing.

 My project was inspired by Stacy Hutchinson. you can see her project HERE.

I started with a smaller vignette box and a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz backdrops. I cute my paper to be able to cover all of the outer sides. ( I am still considering doing a 2nd project on the inside at a later date.) 

I cut my port hole and bits using the Sizzix Bigz die "Steampunk Parts". I used a combination of the old Distress powders, Distress stains, grit paste, and Distress crayons to get the rusty look. For the red part I used "rouge" Zing embossing powder.

(Close up for detail)

You can see I flicked off a lot of the red embossing powder before heating for a more weathered look. then the stains and crayons filled in the gaps. The image is one of the Tim Holtz "found relatives". 

Since I loved how Stacy stitched around her pieces, I chose to do the same before gluing anything to my vignette box. 

After all of my paper pieces were glued on using Distress collage medium, I then added my crackle pastes, and decorative elements such as the "be brave". When everything was dry I used Distress inks, stains, and crayons to add a bit of grunge.

I also added a heat embossed fish to the front with white embossing powder and the stamp set "Sealife" by Tim Holtz. The string bits were extra left over bits from stitching the panels, and I liked the look of them so I also added them. 

(Here's some of the side details)

(The other side...
I chose to keep both simple since I may add to the inside still and if so not sure if I may choose to carry whatever onto the outer sides.)

Well, I hope you like this little display piece, and don't forget to check out the AMAZING piece I was inspired by HERE

(Really, you should make sure you follow Stacy Hutchinson if you don't already! Her work is outstanding!!)

Products Used: 

Tim Holtz Backdrops Papers 

Collage Medium 

Opaque crackle paste 

Grit Paste 

Palette Knife 

Found Relatives (the new sets may not have this fella. Mine was from an old set) 

Quote Chips 

Paper Distresser 

Distress Crayons Set #3  

Walnut Spray Stain  

Vintage Photo Spray Stain 

Picket fence Spray stain (for splatters) 

Inks: Walnut stain, Vintage Photo 

Red Embossing powder 

Heat Tool 

Stamp Set CMS 304 "SeaLife" 

Steampunk Parts Bigz Die 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Best Day Ever

 Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

It's that time again!!! Today starts the new challenge with the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Join us over on the frilly and funkie challenge blog HERE.

The new challenge is called "HOT HOT HOT"... 

some places are getting up to those triple digits, and we want you to work in 3's. 

(use 3 of an item, 3 colors, etc.)

For my card, I used 3 layers, 3 flowers, and 3 of each type of leaf. 

I started by cutting out all of my flower and leaf pieces from some of my Tim Holtz Kraft core cardstock. I then lightly sanded all of the pieces to expose some of the core for a more distressed look.

I used distress collage medium to glue everything together then used various distress inks and oxides to add extra color. (I did add walnut stain distress ink to all of the edges before assembling) 

The background paper I added was also from the Tim Holtz backdrops. I used walnut stain distress ink around the edges then added some white stitching.

(detail of the flower layers)

I used kraft heavy cardstock for my card base, and the Tim Holtz black kraft core paper for my 2nd layer. (lightly sanded of course)

Next, I added some crackle paste in 3 different areas.

Once, it dried I used the walnut stain distress crayon to add detail and grunge to all the cracks, as well as along the stitching.

To finish the card off I added the "Best Day Ever" quote sticker over a scrap of gold, then mounted with pop dots.

Thank you for visiting! 
I hope you enjoyed this card.

Products Used:
Kraft stock Neutral (I used the old textured ones, but this is similar colors)
Kraft stock cool (also similar colors.. you could also use ink on watercolor)
Distress Crayons Set #3 (I used walnut stain from this)
Hickory Smoke spray stain (for splatters)
Picket fence Spray stain (for splatters)
Gelly Roll (white gel pen #10)
Tim Holtz detail water brush 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Encourage your hopes

 Hello again my crafty friends!!!

It's that time again! Time for a new challenge on the Funkie and Frilly challenge blog!

I'm sorry I didn't get step by steps on this one, but I did take some detail shots. This was a crazy week, almost didn't even get this done to share, so hope you enjoy it!

To create this piece I used paper from the stamperia paper pad "Romantic Collection" and the cracked base paper is from Tim Holtz newer "backdrops" volume 1 papers. 

I inked around the edges with distress ink (walnut stain). The splatters were created with distress spray stain in speckled egg. I also used this to stain the lace created with Tim Holtz "crochet" die. Agai. Speckled egg psint to color the main part of my paper dolls.

I hand made the flowers years and years ago for a project and never used them, so to make them match this I added a bit of grunge but straying them with distress stains (speckled egg, antique linen, and old paper). 

Behind the girls is one of Tim Holtz really old "industrious stickers". I have been hoarding for way too long! 

I added a few bits of Tim Holtz washi tape to add a little can see it peeking out from under the idea-ology word band. The ribbon was actually reused from my recent purchase from The Funkie Junkie boutique. It was tied around one of my packages.

The "stencil marker" is also an older idea-ology piece. (Can you spy any more hidden washi?)

To purchase the papers, inks, stains, paper dolls, glue and other cool idea-ology products like I used be sure to check out 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Things with wings


 Hello Again Crafty Friends!

It's that time again! Time for a new Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge

The theme is all about "Frilly Things" for this one

Check out the challenge details HERE if you want to play along.

I created a cute little matchbox using the older retired version of Tim's matchbox die. He said the New one is the same size if you are wanting to recreate this.

I used the pale pink Kraft paper from Tim Holtz pack of neutrals... I know it doesn't photograph as pink, but it looks pink to me in real life.

I added the lace die cut from Tim Holtz crochet die set.  If you've been by my blog recently, then you know I had to use more wings and a Pen Nib. I also, added one of the retired Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners ad a drawer pull.

Products Used:
Collage Medium (my go to glue along with glossy accents)
Tim Holtz Crochet die
Ideology pen nib (they no longer sell the one I used, but this has one)
Kraft Core Paper (the pink is in the neutrals)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Memory's of a time gone by

 Hello Again Crafty Friends!

It's that time again! Time for a new Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge

The theme is all about "Time" for this one

Check out the challenge details HERE if you want to play along. 

I chose to create a vignette box of captured memories for my piece. 

Here you can see how the distressing began with a lot of alcohol ink, grit paste, crackle paste, and distress crayons!

Close up so you can see how I used mushroom alcohol ink on the pocket watch, pen nib, and chip quote. You can also see the grit and crackle paste I used. I used mustard seed paint on the star, and collage medium to glue it to that milk tab. 

Close up of the 3 D embossed pieces I added to the inside. I used black soot paint for the distressing on these. This was the crackle before I added the crayon. 
(I did use collage medium over the crackle after it dried, because it did not want to stick to the wood)

I blended with a paintbrush and a little water after scribbling on the top of the crackle