Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Sentiments, Quotes and Words

Happy Saturday! Suzz here to share with you a Saturday Showcase celebrating the beauty of sentiments and quotes and words with a tutorial on pressing flowers. I love using sentiments, quotes and words on my art.
I wanted to create a background that was the perfect complement to my sentiments, quotes and words. The "Back to Nature" challenge hosted by Sara Emily had me foraging in my yard for  flowers to press.

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Quote Chips  Stampers Anonymous Entomology Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Ranger Distress Oxides For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
(click on each image for a closer look)

I am going to share the results of my flower pressing and how the addition of the words makes all the difference!

Many times when I am working through a design the sentiment or words or quotes are the design element that pulls together the art.

When pressing the flowers you end up with a beautiful soft background that you want to highlight but you also want to add something visual that pops.

On my card I ended up using the Quote Chips because they have dimension to add texture and they have few word with a larger font to really pop on the front of the card.

I started with the a scripted background (Stampers Anonymous - Entomology) to create a soft effect. I then pulled my dried lavender and the children and played around with a design.

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Quote Chips  Stampers Anonymous Entomology Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Ranger Distress Oxides For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

After I laid them out I wanted to frame the design so that the dried flowers could be protected. I created a frame by cutting out a frame and embossing with the Sizzix Lumber Texture Fade embossing folder.

I laid out the design on the paper and then applied foam tape around the edges. I then attached acetate to the frame and laid the frame with acetate onto the foam tape. I accented the sentiment with the butterfly to highlight the quote!

Many times when creating a sympathy card I like to have a soft background and a beautiful sentiment as the focal point. The Darkroom Door Part of You sentiment is one of those that I love to use on a sympathy card.

It worked beautifully as the focal point with the soft imprints of the flowers after they were pressed.

Darkroom Door Part of You Stampers Anonymous Entomology Ranger Distress Oxide Lilac Blueprint Sketch Ranger Watercolor Marker For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

I started with the pressed flower image and trying to place where to put the sentiment to draw the eye to the sentiment and the flowers. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of vellum and moved it around the page until I liked the placement.
Then I inked up the sentiment and stamped it in coordinating brown ink.

I then mixed up some distress oxide inks to emulate the pretty bluish purple color and added some splattering of inks.

I finished with a few more touches of nature by stamping the bees and coloring them with a ranger watercolor marker (Wild Honey).

I used the reverse side of the pressed flower and created a second card:

Darkroom Door Part of You Stampers Anonymous Entomology Ranger Distress Oxide Lilac Blueprint Sketch Ranger Watercolor Marker For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

When looking for sentiments that fit with my nature theme I found the lovely sentiment from Wendy
Vecchi's Art in the Jar set. 

Idea-Ology Story Sticks Lavender Pressed Flowers Stampers Anonymous Entomology Tim Holtz Design Tape For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

I used the Wendy Vecchi Art in the Jar sentiment along with some more of my lavender pressed images.

I have also used the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology story stick tied to an index clip and attached with a fastener. The story sticks give you the chance to add a word or a number for a fun detail that enhances the design.

Wendy Vecchi Les Roses Stampers Anonymous Entomology Idea-Ology Story Sticks Idea-Ology Small Chat

Now onto the Pressed Flower Tutorial:

First thing I did was go flower gathering:

Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I picked a variety of flowers fresh from the garden. I was soon to find out that some flowers work better than others in the pursuit of the pressed flower.

The lavender was one of my first flowers to play with and actually worked really well in the process. Because it has small petals and holds up well when drying it gives a great image. As a side benefit it also is very fragrant when crushed so my craft room smells delightful!

Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I am going to take you through the process of how I experimented and give you a few tips/hints. This is all about trying it out and enjoying the process!


1. I started with laying the flowers in a pattern I wanted to achieve for my background on a sheet of cardstock. I used regular cardstock with my projects but would recommend using a watercolor or mixed media paper because of the moisture from the flowers.
2. Lay a second sheet of cardstock over the flowers. (I used a folded piece of cardstock only because I had some already folded.) 

Helpful Hint:  Add wax paper or acetate as part of your outer layer to keep the extra juices from staining your plates. (I will talk about drying out the flowers at the end which will help with this as well)

Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

3.  Place the sheets of cardstock between the two plastic panels and run through with the all tabs and the base.

Variation:  You can use Tab 1 and one plate and an impression mat. This will give you a letterpress effect with the lavender imprint on the outside.  

4. Remove the plates and look at your result:

Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

5.  Let the flowers dry completely and scrape off excess flowers.

Variation/Helpful Hint: With the lavender because of it's petal and stems I was able to wait 4+ hours and still press them. Waiting with the lavender worked better because the moisture had decreased and they also left me with pressed / dried lavender that still gave me an impression and the flowers stayed together to give me a pressed dry flower. With this sample I didn't let them dry and you can see it disintegrated and stuck to the paper.

I ended up using my extra scraps of  dried up pieces for other projects. One of them I am sharing on Wednesday, so you will have to come back to see what the Funkie side of the Design Team created!

I created a variety of backgrounds using various flowers:

Coreopsis Cone Flower Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Coreopsis(tickseed), Petunias, Roses, ConeFlowers, Phlox and Geraniums all were part of my experimentation with pressing of flowers.

Tip: The larger  the petals and stamen the more moist and messier the imprint.

Coreopsis Cone Flower Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique
The smaller petals and stamen left more delicate impressions and less moisture:

Phlox  Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I found with the lavender because of its structure it actually could be left out and dried without shriveling up.

Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I also found that I could run the lavender through a second time and end up with a second imprint.

Lavender Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I did a little online research and you can dry them and press them in the microwave. I decided to try that with the little purple flowers in my front yard.

Geranium Flower Press Bigshot for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I took a few and put them in the microwave on a paper towel and heated them for 30 seconds on half power.  This dried them out and then I ran them through the big shot.  You can see the difference in the images. 

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful sentiments, words and quotes!

You still have time to join in on the "Back to Nature" Challenge!



Thursday, August 16, 2018

Guest Designer - Zowie Dixon

Say hello and give a warm welcome to our Guest Designer for the current 'Back to Nature' challenge. This is Zowie Dixon of Crafts From the Fairy Den and she was the top pick from the "B" Happy challenge.

Hello my name is Zowie and I am so thrilled and honoured to be here as the Guest Designer for the 'back to nature' challenge!

I started crafting around eight years ago, with just scrapbooking. For the last few years though, I have developed a love for vintage and shabby chic crafts, alongside mixed media and collage art too! Tim Holtz is one of my favourite designers, and I use a lot of his products in my artwork. I also like to use vintage photographs in my craft projects, I am quite sentimental and always wonder what stories those people in the photos would have to tell.

My design was made using various papers from Maja Design and lemon craft. I wanted to capture a real feel of nature on my tag so I used this wonderful bird image and earthy colour tones.

I distressed all layers using Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink.

I have used a Tim Holtz Bingo embossing folder on the top layer of paper and I also tore the edges.  The paper was quite thin, which made the fibres break down a little, but the end result gave more of an old and worn distressed look, which I was happy with.

To complete the final look, I used a grunge background stamp along with Black Soot distress ink, which I applied onto the main image. I also have used the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens die set to use as a natural element and I printed out the words 'go where you feel most alive' and adhered those to the bottom of the tag.

I really enjoyed creating this vintage tag. Please visit my blog for more photos and details.

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When you have finished checking out all the details of Zowie's tag, come on back and share your project for our 'Back to Nature' challenge. You have lots of time to create since the challenge, which can be found HERE, runs until 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, August 28th.

In the meantime, don't forget to visit us on Saturday when one of our designers will have a fabulous Saturday Showcase to inspire you.  And, if you need more inspiration for the challenge come back next Wednesday and see what the gals on the Funkie side of the Design Team have created.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Back to Nature

Welcome fellow crafters and visitors! It's Sara Emily here today, happy to bring you our current challenge, 'Back to Nature'. Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn't help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled image representing a natural object.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can't pick just one favorite!

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below 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 Frilly and Funkie 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.

Let's start off with some ideas and wonderful projects from the Frilly side of the Design Team. Click on each photo for a closer look and on the links above to find out more about them.

Maggi Harding - Scrap, Travel, & Bark

Kathy Clement- Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Now it's your turn to get creative! Enter your nature inspired vintage or shabby chic projects by clicking on the link below. We can't wait to see what YOU will create!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see what our latest fabulous Guest Designer has created. And the Funkie Design Team members will be back again next Wednesday with even more natural inspiration! We hope you will be back to check that out, but until then, happy crafting!

Sara Emily

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Mixed Media Cards with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades and Seth Apter Baked Textures

Hello, Friends! It's time for another edition of Saturday Showcase. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Frilly and Funkie Team to shine a spotlight on techniques and products that can help you take your art adventures to the next level. This week, we are looking ahead to Halloween! What fun!
Most people don't connect Graphic 45 papers with mixed media techniques. But today I am going to show you how to create a really spook-tacular mixed media background using the new Distress Oxide colors from Tim Holtz along with his fabulous new 3-D Texture Fades. Distress Resist Spray and Seth Apter Baked Textures add to the mixed media mayhem. These are the mixed media backgrounds we will be creating in today's SnapGuide Tutorial.

Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland is their all time top selling collection. It's traditionally very hard to find. But I have good news for you! Even as I write this post, the Deluxe Collector's Edition is at the printers! You can pre-order this wonderful collection right now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

These top fold cards measure 5 1/4" x 7 1/4". The mixed media backgrounds take this whimsical G45 collection to a whole new place. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun playing with paper!

The background for each card started with a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" panel of Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock. It holds up so well to all the abuse that mixed media requires. I'm not sure another base would turn out so well.

3-D Texture Fades are amazing! I used the Mechanical folder on this card. All the details can be found in the SnapGuide tutorial at the bottom of this post.

Here's a peek at the card interior. A small slash pocket holds an ATC sized accordion folio.

The bottom pocket holds a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" accordion fold photo folio. The colors in this collection are a fabulous match for the new Distress Oxides! I used Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Ripe Persimmon, Ground Espresso, and Dusty Concord in my mixed media backgrounds.

You wouldn't naturally think of using the Botanical 3-D Texture Fade on a Halloween card, but it really came out great! I used Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax and Patina Oxide Baked Textures to add some funk. Seth's Ancient Amber Baked Texture gave both of the Weathered Clock Die Cuts a ghostly hue as well.

The interior of this card has a fun flap feature on the top half.

A hidden pocket holds another ATC sized accordion folio.

And I created another accordion fold folio for the large pocket on the bottom.

To learn how I created the mixed media backgrounds, just follow the simple steps in this SnapGuide Tutorial.

I hope this post has your creative wheels turning and your fingers itching to get inky! Thanks so much for joining me!

Happy crafting,

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