Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Step By Step - Golden Leaves

Welcome!  Suzz here.  I love fall and any opportunity to play with leaves and the warm autumnal colors is something I love to do.  I decided to play around and create a fall tag using stencil, glue stick color bursts and glitter.

1. Take a manila tag and stamp text in the background  using Archival blank ink.
(Don't worry about uneven or faded stamping it works very well as a background.)
Tip: I used a manila tag but this involves a lot of water. Watercolor paper or a mixed media paper would have worked better in absorbing the water.

2.  Place the leaf stencil  over the stamped tag. Rub on glue from a glue stick in the openings.  Repeat until entire tag is covered with leaves. Make sure to clean off your stencil thoroughly after you are finished with the glue stick.  Baby Wipes or warm water will clean it up quickly.

3. Squirt puffs of color randomly over the surface of the tag.  The colors on this tag are Merlot, Burnt Orange, and Yellow Ochre.
Tip: Do this in a box or contained space.  The color bursts are gift that keep on giving. I have picked up the tiniest speck of a color burst on other projects because I didn't get them all off my crafting mat.
4. Take a brush and spread the color burst powder over the stenciled images.  This doesn't need to be perfect as the colors will spread.

5. Shake of excess powder from tag into your container or garbage.

6. Spritz water over the entire tag.  Ensure that all the powder/crystals are activated.
Tip: Move to a craft sheet, piece of acetate, or something that you can wipe down after you are completed.

7.  Remove excess ink and water by dabbing up water with a paper towel. 

8. Repeat water and dabbing off excess ink until desired color is achieved.

10. Sprinkle tag with glitter. Shake off excess glitter.  

11. Optional:  Spray tag with glossy finish.  (This will seal the color and glitter.)

12. Die cut leaves and branches.  Sprinkle color bursts onto slick surface. (I used a cool whip container top). Spritz with water.  Die ribbon, leaves with various colors.  Apply glue stick to branches and dip in glitter.
Here is a second tag with a lighter mix of the same colors. Each time you do this process you will end up with a different look.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial as much as I enjoyed playing with my toys.  The products are available in the store including the new leaf stencil and dies.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Have a lovely weekend!



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Guest Designer - Autumn Clark

It is time to introduce our Guest Designer for this challenge and she is a familiar face.  Please welcome back Autumn Clark of Sew Paper Paint.  Autumn was the Design Team's top choice from the It's a Small, Small World challenge.

"I am married to an amazing man, and my biggest supporter. We have four children, yes four! I work full time as a church secretary. I have been stamping for over 15 years. Creativity is my outlet, passion and purpose. I define my style as grunge meets elegance.

Though I love to distress everything, I like to balance my work with a touch of pretty and neat. In addition to stamping, I love to draw and paint and have found that mixed media allows me to blend these skills and create rich artwork, filled with depth and texture."

"I'm so pleased to be creating alongside of this fabulous team for the Going Round in Circles challenge. I decided to do a good old fashioned upcycling project and created a Christmas ornament from a jar candle lid. I adhered a circle of burlap paper inside the jar, then glued jute twine around the seam. I adhered more braided jute trim along the rim. 

 I embossed a pattern with tinsel embossing powder onto the burlap, then layered my elements for dimension. I used Tim's photo booth images as a special nod to motherhood. I mixed a couple of Tim's pine bough dies with a festive Prima flower. This very simple project would be an easy one for you to recreate for your holiday gifts. Thanks again to the Frilly & Funkie team for having me today!"

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Pop over to Autumn's blog to get a closer look at her sweet ornament and all the rest of her wonderful work and then come on back and join us with your circles project. By entering you have the opportunity to be one of our future Guest Designers and we love to see what you create.  You have lots of time as the Going Round in Circles challenge is open until 11:55 pm EST on October 4th.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Going Round in Circles!

Hello and welcome! It's Sue here and I'm your host for the new challenge which starts today. Including circles in my projects is one of my favourite things to do, so for this challenge I want to see circles, lots of circles, not just one! Stencilled, stamped or even a circular project such as a wreath!

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here 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.

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. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they have entered too many other challenges. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs.

Here are the wonderful creations from the Frilly side of the team!

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

Now it's your turn to share those circles here at Frilly and Funkie! Enter your projects below and remember to come back tomorrow to see what our latest Guest Designer has created. And of course next week there will be more inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday Step by Step - Fall Blossom

Hi everyone and welcome! Purely by accident (experimenting, going wrong, then discovering how to make it look right) I discovered a Fall look that is easy to do and makes use of those new Distress Crayon colours. Let's make a start (and remember, you can click on any of these photos for a closer look)...

Take a piece of patterned paper with pale/neutral tones (this piece is from Dapper) and cover it in a thick and uneven layer of Crazing Distress Collage Medium. Allow this to dry thoroughly and develop those beautiful cracks.

Seal those cracks with a thin layer of Vintage Distress Collage Medium; this stops the Crazing layer from peeling off when you add inks and stops the blending solution from soaking straight through the paper. You can dry this layer with your heat tool if impatience kicks in!

Apply lots of Alcohol Ink Blending Solution to the surface before adding drops of Fall colour alcohol inks (I used Rose Mountain, Latte and Butterscotch but many others will work too). Tip your paper at different angles to encourage the inks to blend (you can also use a paint brush to do this) then dry with a heat tool.

Apply Distress Grit Paste through the Blossom Layering Stencil and allow to dry. Again, you can't use the heat tool for this layer to achieve the best effect as the Grit Paste isn't heat stable. It also gives the paste the opportunity to absorb a little of the ink colour.

When dry apply a generous amount of Antique Linen Distress Crayon (from Set #3) over the whole surface, blending with your finger to work it into the cracks and over the Grit Paste. It gives reveals the crazing and gives the strong colours a softer look, more like those Fall leaves when a light frost covers them.

Blend a smaller amount of Dried Marigold Distress Crayon (from the new pastels Set #5) into the middle two thirds of the flowers and leaves with your finger. The more Distress Crayon you layer up the less you need as it blends more easily. By using your finger rather than a wet wipe the colour hits the top layer of the Grit Paste and leaves a little of the whiter colour underneath.

Next add an even smaller amount of Rusty Hinge Distress Crayon (from Set #2) into the centre of the Dried Marigold areas and blend again with your finger. Each layer is adding more definition to your blossoms.

Add some Frayed Burlap Distress Crayon (again from the new pastels Set #5) onto the edges of some of the leaves and stems to create shadows, blending with your finger as before.

Finally add the tiniest amount of Candied Apple Distress Crayon (from the new Set #4) into the centre of the flowers and blend again. Next to nothing of this is needed to add that final pop of colour to your blossoms.

Stamp one of the Patchwork Pieces stitched lines along the bottom of the line of blossoms using either Black Soot or Jet Black Archival Ink.

Add a few Remnant Rubs (these are from the Botanicals set) using the Remnant Rub Tool. I apply a small amount of Matte Distress Collage Medium over the Remnant Rubs (using a paint brush so as not to disturb the Distress Crayon layers underneath) to secure them in place.

With the base of the card done a focal point is needed. Cut a watering can from thick card or chipboard and cover with a blended layer of Brushed Corduroy and Rusty Hinge Distress Paints. Allow them to dry and 'muddle' together.

At this point I realised a touch of Distress Grit Paste would add more texture and age, so I applied some with my finger onto a few areas. I suggest you do this before adding your paint as otherwise you'll need to add more paint over it!

Now add a generous layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint and immediately add droplets of water on top with your Distress Water Bottle. Dry with your heat tool to the point where the water droplets remain and the rest of the paint is dry. Blot with dry tissue or kitchen towel to remove a little of the wet paint/water and reveal some of the colour underneath.

Finally lightly dab Black Soot Distress Paint onto the Distress Grit Paste areas to add more age and dirt before drying.

Mount your watering can over the Remnant Rub leaves and add some black die cut Wildflower pieces with Big Chat words (or whatever words you prefer) then mount your completed design onto a card blank. And there you have it, an Fall Blossom garden card. Try using the same techniques on a larger card or canvas so you can extend the design even more (yep, there's one in progress in my craft room) and most of all have fun with those Distress Collage Mediums and Crayons!

(click on the image for a closer look)

Thank you for joining me today for this tutorial. I hope you feel inspired to play with these new products if you've not done so already. And if you now need them in your life there's no better place to shop than The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Have a great weekend and whatever you're up to, take care of yourselves.
Jenny xxx