Friday, May 26, 2023

Suzz's Americana - Memorial Day Observation and Appreciation

Hi!  Suzz here!  I used the Americana theme as an opportunity to say a thank you to all our veterans and active United States Military personnel.

The new Stampers Anonymous stamp set The Inspector has an image that reminded me of a uniform and I  used it to inspire my card.  

To create my background I started with stamping the border with the long stamp that had stripes and a star.  It fit perfectly along the sides. 

Next I sponged some stripes using the stencil and red dye ink across the top.  I came back over the red ink and added a soft sponging of brown dye ink.  

Then the stars were sponged over the background using the blue dye ink and then another coat of brown dye ink.  I repeated this process on a die cut star to add to the front of the rosette. 

The inspector was stamped twice in blue ink and the goggles and hat were fussy cut and layered over the bottom image.  

I typed up the words and printed them out to cut up and place on the card.  I used the rosette die cut and Idea-ology Tim Holtz backdrop paper.  I sponged the surface with red and brown dye ink after assembling the rosette.

I stamped and tried the inspector with different colored inks and a different background while exploring the Americana ideas.

Happy Memorial Day! 



Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Lisa's Idea-ology Americana

Hello Lisa Hoel here! Our current theme is "Americana". I thought this was a great opportunity to raid my stash and combine old and new Tim Holtz products into a patriotic red white and blue make.

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Americana   #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique #sizzix

The new Etcetera Facades are perfect to use with Vignette Boxes! There are a variety of sizes and styles in the pack.

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Americana   #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique #sizzix

I love making little scenes in the Vignette Boxes!

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Americana   #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique #sizzix

I decorated the back too!

Let's take a look at some of the how-to!

Step 1) I have a long retired 12 x 12 Paper Stash pad (Seasonal) that was perfect for lining the Vignette Box!

Step 2) Also in my collection is a Paper Stash pad called Motif that consists of white and kraft papers with resist patterns printed on them. I chose the 'star' pages and colored them with Distress Ink.

Step 3) I love all the Impresslits Embossing Folders that Tim has designed. I used the Star Trim and Medallion folders for this project. (both retired) Metallic Cardstock works really well!

I used a brown Distress Crayon to add a little grunge.

Step 4) The base is a finial and the round cut out from the Etcetera Facades pack.

Step 5) Using Distress Watercolor Pencils is now my favorite way to color Idea-ology Paper Dolls. 

Step 6) I took the cut out from the facade I used to create a panel to glue into the back of the box.

Step 7) Another fun new Idea-ology product is the set of Figure Stands. Of course the star was perfect for this project! I used Gilded Foundry Wax to color the star gold and Distress Paint on the stand part.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep an eye on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog for loads of inspiration each week!

Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Impresslits -  Star Trim, Medallion (retired)
Tim Holtz stamp set - Typography

Monday, May 22, 2023

Americana-Home Decor-Teri

Let's celebrate our great country with a fun patriotic tag! It's Teri with TerisMailbox posting today for The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I have a video posted in case you'd rather watch that. Link:

Create the Base

I designed the background to look like an old cozy quilt! A small Etcetera tag is perfect as a base for this patriotic project! Cut red and blue papers from the Ideology Backdrops #5 into 1.5 inch squares. Trim a piece of paper to the size of the Etcetera Tag. Run strips of adhesive on the paper and arrange the Backdrop Squares in random order to cover the paper. Note use as little adhesive as possible as we are going to sew the edges on a sewing machine to create the quilted background. 

Use Collage Medium to attach the quilt to the Etcetera tag. Picket Fence Distress Paint is the perfect medium to age the quilt. After drying, apply the paint and use water to thin out and spread around.

Once dry, use THS 093 with Snowfall Git Paste to simulate fireworks at the top of the tag. Sprinkle with Rock Candy Glitter and the Glitter Duster.

Create the Embellishments

Die cut one of the Gentlemen from Navy Cardstock three times and stack together. Use Stencil number 093 with Translucent Texture Paste to add interest to the Gentleman.

Use black cardstock to cut the Old Jalopy and grey cardstock for the wheels and embellishments. Use Lost Shadow Oxide Ink on the edges. Glue the components together.

Stamp the flags from the Crazy Things Stamp set with Black Pigment ink and add Clear Embossing Powder. Heat set. Color the stars and stripes using Distress Watercolor Pencils. Fussy cut the number of flags you plan to use on the tag.

Assemble the Tag

Use a hot glue gun to attach the Gentleman and the Jalopy to the center of the tag. The fireworks had too much depth and texture for Collage Medium. Add the flags to the Jalopy bumper and in the Gentleman's hands.

Use a few sentiments from Small Talk Occasions. Glue the strips on two additional strips for depth. After gluing on the tag, use Glossy Accents or another glossy medium to add shine.

Glue three metal stars on the tag to complete the project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'd love to have you follow/subscribe on my social media sites InstagramFacebookBlogger and YouTube.  Be well. Be creative!

Products used: 
Tonic Trimmer
Old Jalopy
CMS 237 Crazy Things
Old Jalopy Bigz Die
Rock Candy Glitter

Friday, May 19, 2023

Janna's Americana Tag

Hello and welcome back to this week's TFJ Inspiration Ave blog post. This week we are creating to the theme of “Americana”. Today I have decided to create a red white and blue themed tag. On the tag, I have added some silver stars and an altered vintage photo from Idea-ology.

If you would like to see a video tutorial for this tag, go ahead and click here.

For supplies I used: the Inspector stamp set CMS465, Shifter Stencil set Stars THS111, Distress Watercolor Pencils, Sizzix 3D adhesive, Ranger Water Brush, Idea-ology photo, metallic dots, Metallic Craft Stock, Ranger Ink Distress Spray Uncharted Mariner, Frayed Burlap, Distress Mica Spray Stain Tart Cranberry, Mixed Media Tag, Foundry Wax Sterling, and Finnabair Gilding Flakes.”

To start this project I’m going to be using a Ranger Tim Holtz Mixed Media tag.

For the first layer of the background, I am using a combination of Uncharted Mariner Distress Spray Stain and Frayed Burlap. First, I sprayed the tag with some water from the Distress Sprayer. Then I added the Spray Stains over the top. After I dried the tag off with the Ranger Heat Tool.

Next, I added some Tart Cranberry mica spray stain. And since I wanted the red in a very specific area, I added water first to the tag before adding the Tart Cranberry. The water allowed the colour to travel on a very specific path and contain it to the bottom half of the tag.

Again, I tried the second layer, and then added some drip drops of water for a splattered and distressed looking background. I dried that layer as well before adding a few lines of Foundry Wax towards the base of the tag. I use the Sterling wax for some stripes on our Americana themed tag. Then using the Sizzix embossing gun, I heated up the Foundry Wax to turn it into bright silvery lines.

Now we are going to be adding some texture to this tag with some 3-D Sizzix adhesive and the Tim Holtz Star Shifter Stencil, THS111.

With the Ranger Tim Holtz palette knife, I applied some of the 3-D Sizzix adhesive through the stencil onto the tag. The adhesive has a texture of mayonnaise and spread very smoothly through the stencil.

Below are our stencilled results. The adhesive takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to dry. However, this dry time could change depending on your location in the world, since some environments have more or less humidity.

While the 3-D adhesive is drying, I pull out the main focal point for this project. Next we are going to be altering a photo from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection. I will be altering the photo with some distress coloured pencils and a water brush. 

I have to sharpen each of the pencils I do save the crumbly bits and place them into the Ranger ink pallet. This allows me to use the pencil shavings as watercolour paints. The colours are used include: Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Rustic Wilderness, and Mermaid Lagoon.

Now back to the tag. With the adhesive, all the stars, all nice and dry, it is time to add some shine to the tag. To do this I have brought in some metallic flakes by Finnibair. 

I use the Steampunk mix for the tag. Since that has three different colours in the jar, I just picked out the silver bits and added that to the tag. I gently pushed the flakes into the adhesive on the tag using the small Tim Holtz collaged brush.

After I brushed off the excess with the Collage Brush. I absolutely love how shiny all the stars are from using the gilding flakes.

Now for some trim and details. At the base of the tag, I added a strip of metallic cardstock that was embossed with the 3D Sizzix Stars Trim Impresslit. 

I also stamped with thin star trim from the stamp, set the professor CMS465. I stamped the trim with some black soot distress archival ink. Near the bottom I also added some Idea-ology metallic dots.

To finish off the tag, I added a piece of crinkle ribbon trim, dyed with Flickering Candle Distress Mica spray stain. Down below is the complete a tag for the theme of American. Here we have created a tag that has red, white blue and distress.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Lyla's Americana


Back at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, Owner Linda has been very busy; Tim Holtz came out with some new tools and I sorely needed one of them: Rotary Media Trimmer. It came just in time for my project I had planned for Inspiration Ave's "Americana", the new theme for this next 2 weeks: Let's scroll down to see where my tools took me...

Happy Mail from The Funkie Junkie Boutique brought me the new TH Backdrops Vol 4

Once again; a chance to use that fabulous new TH Rotary Media Trimmer

If you're a long-time Tim fan, you may remember when he first put out an"Americana" set of 3 new (back then) Distress Ink Pads. While no longer sold as a set, all three shades are still available separately. Seen here are TH Backdrops Vol 1 (reddish and bluish) & Vol 4 (tanish).

Before I started with my Background Vol 1 papers, I thought "if I end up overlapping, or underlapping (with gaps), I might want a base paper underneath. In moho: there is no better paperie to use than these Backdrop papers-they're tough but manageable for every crafting situation!

I did my fave technique of burnishing both sides with a couple sheets of Vol 4.

Then I went back to my chosen papers and started cutting 1 inch slices. You can choose another size, but I felt like 1 inch was good for me. The last one was just over the one inch, but instead of cutting it perfectly,
I decided to just go to the next step with it as is....

...using the Rotary Trimmer to then cut all the slices into one inch cubes.

When I got to inking them, I thought the Frayed Burlap Distress Ink was just a bit too much on the greenish side, and reached for my go-to-fave Distress Oxide; Vintage Photo, instead. After doing each cube all around the edges in its respective shade, I heat dried them all.

Not to be without a plan for fitting... I laid some out just to see how it looked and noticed those larger squares were overlapping and frankly, it looked CUTE! Reminded me of the patched red, white, and blue clothes we wore in the 70's - especially around 1976 during the Bi-Centennial when everyone had at least one American Flag-colored piece of clothing.

So I used Glossy Accents to start my layering and when I got finished with the Front of the Tag, I decided... do the Back of the Tag also!

Then my ArtMuse took me further- I got the Etcetera Scalloped Trims out for a shelf to go under the Paper Doll Portraits for the Front side.

Here's some links to help you find what you need:

And here's what it looks like...

Front of Tag

Back of Tag

I think the back side of this tag is my favorite because the seashell is the last one I picked up
from the beaches (my Happy Place) of the Emerald Coast new our Florida home just before we left to go back to Indiana. It's been many years since I was able to hear anything from a seashell, but the TH Large Word Band is a fitting description: if only I could hear the echoing story coming from it.

Thanks so much for joining me on another creative journey!
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Until next time...

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