Friday, February 23, 2024

Janna's Hats Off to Our Men

Hello and welcome to this week‘s TFJB Inspiration Ave blog. Our theme this week is “Hats off to Our Men”. Here I have decided to create a grungy steampunk birthday card.

If you would like to see a step by step tutorial click the link here for a full video tutorial.


Supplies used for this grungy birthday card include: Idea-ology phemera. Sizzix 3D embossing folder Typewriter, Distress Black Heavystock, Sizzix Alpha Numeric Theory, Distress Crayons Black Soot, Crushed Olive, Cracked Pistachio, and Salvaged Patina, Distress Mica Spray Stains Holly Branch and Decayed, Distress Watercolor Pencils Lumberjack Plaid, Prize Ribbon, Vintage Photo, Scorched Timber, and Tattered Rose, Collage Medium, DecorativeTape, and Metalic Cardstock.

For this card I wanted to go the grungy route. I started with a foundation of distress black heavy stock and the Sizzix 3D embossing folder typewriter.

To alter the cardstock, I will be using Distress Mica Spray Stains Decayed and Holly Branch as well as Distress Crayons Black Soot, Cracked Pistachio, Crushed Olive, and Salvaged Patina.

To start I spritzed the cardstock with the distress sprayer and added Distress Mica Spray Stains Decayed and Holly Branch. I then spritzed the cardstock several more times to get the pigments moving before drying the cardstock with the Ranger heat tool.

Below is the dried cardstock with mica spray stains.

Next to add a layer of grunge I smudged Distress Crayons to highlight the lows and highs of the folder. I started with Black Soot to darken up some of the letters. Then I added Crushed Olive, Salvaged Patina, and Cracked Pistachio. I smudged the Distress Crayon with my fingers.

For the main focal point I decided to feature an Idea-ology Paper Dolls I decided to alter this with some Distress Watercolor Pencils. The colors I used include Prize Ribbon, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, and Scored Timber. I colored the Paper Doll and then blended to color out with the Ranger Distress Watercolor Brush.

Below are the are finished watercolor results.

To put the card all together I decided to do a bit of collage with Idea-ology Ephemera. I picked neutral pieces and included a dial to add a steampunk vibe to the card.

To finish off the background of the card I added some decorative washi tape to the edges of the card.

For the sentiment I die cut Happy B-day using the Sizzix alpha numeric theory. I then die cut the letters out of Idea-ology metallic cardstock. Before die cutting I added some double sided stick tape to the cardstock.

Below are the finished results of this grungy steampunk birthday card.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Lyla's Tiny Scrapbook

Hello! Lyla here, starting off the latest theme for The Funkie Junkie Boutique that will be posting for the next two weeks. Owner Linda Coughlin has the Design Team creating something for the guys with "Hats Off to Our Men,"! Since I've had this project in mind for some time, parts of it were already cut out, but I found myself changing my mind at the last minute, of course. and re-designing my idea as I went. Come along with me and see how I crafted this Tag to become a Tribute to "EMERGENCY!"

You can see from this first picture; I already had the die cuts and (Sizzix) Shaker Domes for the television set ready (TH Bigz Alterations Die Retro TV- retired?), as well as brown paper wrap (packaging wrap from TFJB Happy Mail) already cut and stacked, ready to become a miniature scrapbook.

Some things I used can be found by clicking on these helpful LINKS:

I used regular kitchen foil onto cardstock for the 3D Foundry Folder, and a couple sheets of Backdrops Vol. 5 for the Brickwork & Mechanics 3D Folders all inked with either Black Soot or Ground Espresso Oxides.

Then adhered each of the embossed Backdrops to all the Etcetera pieces and cut them out before sanding down all the edges.

I distressed all the "metal" pieces with Black Soot Distress Paint using
a regular paint brush, then wiping with a paper towel- keeping the crevices with paint.

Finally: that Lost Shadow Distress Crayon! Using this shade helped keep everything from being too dark. I made sure to edge every piece, then heat dry before inking all the corners for age.

I printed out a color photo and a black and white, inking up the B&W pic with some Distress Black Soot Oxide (and heat drying it first) then covering both with some clear contact paper. This keeps the photos from getting smeared while I work.

I used some leftover pieces of Backdrops Vol 5 to make covers for the miniature scrapbook.  A simple 2& 1/2 inches wide by 2 inches long- same as the stacked paper wrap. After gluing the edges down, another scrap went on top of the end folds (the folds would face the inside pages on both ends) to add some stiffness to the covers. Putting the stack of wrap papers in between the 2 covers, I used hemp string to make a simple wrap-through tie to hold the book together. Inking with Oxides in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso, heat dry, then adding some odd leftover Remnant Rubs to make a title on the front cover.

I needed some paper photos to add to the miniature scrapbook; basically, just like what I had growing up!(I also had the Squad 51 Dodge truck, both Johnny and Roy dolls, with all the accessories, the EMERGENCY board game,  and an EMERGENCY! red helmet. I was all in!)

And a lot of cutting out and gluing- just like a normal-sized scrapbook.

To make the TV- I already had all the basic cuts and had used the TH Lumber 3D Embossing Folder on all the pieces- with Ground Espresso which seeped into the cracks, then heat dried them... and had packed them all away for what ended up being two years! I had been hoping to use them for the 50th Anniversary in 2022, but 52 is still a good number, too! To make the TV thinner- I simply scored the pieces that connect the front and back TV cuts thinner, and cut the V marks where I wanted them to fold- to make a folder or the mini-Scrapbook to hide inside.

The piece on the right is just the same "box" but smaller. It went into the far end of the larger box- to use as a 'stopper' so the scrapbook wouldn't slide too far inside.

Now, it was time to use that NEW TH SCORCHED LUMBER! Perfectly matched name for use on this project!

And this is what I ended up with... A Tribute to "EMERGENCY!one of my most favorite shows- ever!

FRONT of Tag

I used a lot of layering buildup on this FRONT SIDE.

BACK SIDE - Scrapbook is inside it's pocket.

Thanks so much for joining me on this nostalgic look back on a childhood favorite that made a huge difference in so many lives today! For this reason, I give a shoutout of THANK YOU FOR SERVING!
to those men who dreamed of a way to save lives faster & better-from James O. Page and the original small group, to all the men (and many women!) who followed in their footsteps. And it all began with "just a TV show"!

Be sure to pop back in as often as you can over the next two weeks, 
so you can enjoy more from the rest of the Design Team's coming posts!
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Until next time...

Stay Safe &

Friday, February 16, 2024

Suzz's Hearts & Flowers

Hi!  Suzz Here! Time to celebrate Valentine's with some hearts and flowers!  I was inspired by the lovebirds again!  

The lovebirds look so sweet nestled inside of the card peeking out from a larger heart framed with all the little hearts!  

The background of everything is covered with a soft pattern made from the bouquet stencil and some clear embossing powder. 

The images were created by laying the stencil over white cardstock and sponging over the stencil with versamark watermark ink.  Then covering the ink with clear embossing powder and shaking off the excess.  Then heat up the embossing powder until it melts completely.  

After that The hearts and birds were cut from the embossed paper and the card base was formed from the embossed paper.  The heart was hand drawn and cut out from the center of the card front. 

The hearts were layered around the edges of cut out heart and the birds were placed inside.  The single pink heart was sprayed with mica stain spray and placed over their hearts. 

My first heart card started with texture paste and mica stain sprayed over the surface and it was striking but didn't pop with the smaller hearts so this card base will have to wait until I get additional coordinating hearts ready for it!

Next I played with many hearts sprayed in beautiful shiny mica stain sprays and paired them with a pink heart placed on the front of the card.

This was just a smattering of purple and yellow hearts over the pink heart and some sweet lovebirds paired with the hearts.

Three different cards all using the lovebirds and hearts for inspiration!  



Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Lisa's Hearts & Flowers

Hello Funkie Junkie fans; Lisa Hoel here! Our theme this time is "Hearts & Flowers" Valentine style. I leaned into a traditional color scheme and put together a candy box made from Eileen Hull's new Cantilever Sewing Box Die.

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This die is based on the design of vintage sewing boxes. Maybe you have a full sized one yourself! They open up just like the originals:

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I filled mine with candies and a little note.

Top view:

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Here's a look at how I put it together:

1) Here are all the parts cut out.

2) I used sections of washi tape glued at the corners to assemble all the box parts. A rubber band around the top held it all in place while the glue dried.

3) To help reinforce the base of the box, I cut an extra piece of mat board 21/8" x 6" to glue underneath the two bottom boxes.

I folded and glued the feet to the base. A little piece of washi tape helped to hold the feet in the folded position while I was gluing them.

4) Using the brads and cross pieces, you just start building up and attaching the other boxes.

5) A section of the stamps cut from the Mini Slimline & Tickets Die fit perfectly onto the sewing box lids!

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Supplies used:

Eileen Hull Die - Cantilever Sewing Box 
Eileen Hull Die Set - Mini Slimline & Tickets 
Eileen Hull Die Set - Envelope, Folder & Flowers
Eileen Hull Die Set - Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves 662811 - retired
Tim Holtz Die - Heartfelt 660233 - retired
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Hearts THS017

28 1/8"/ 5mm brads
washi tape
Distress Spray - Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo