Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Lisa's Lovin' the Artsy Leaves!

Hello Funkie Junkie fans! Lisa Hoel here. Our latest theme is "Cut It Out" – using Tim Holtz's latest collection of Sizzix dies. The new ones are so cool! Let's see what I created…

a shaker card made using the Artsy Leaves and Layered Dots Die Sets!

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique #sizzix
Lovin' the Artsy Leaves!

First I started by having a play with Distress Sprays and Distress Mica Sprays (old and new colors.) For color inspiration, I looked to a new pottery coffee mug I recently acquired. I love the glaze colors on it. I used the backgrounds I created for the card base and to cut leaves out of.

Bonus card! I created so many leaves that I had enough to create an extra card.

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

Here are a few behind the scenes pics and a technique you can use to increase the uses you can get out of your dies.

1 – This is a classic trick but it never hurts to get a reminder. ;-) Cut shapes out of fun foam (adhesive backed foam is especially convenient). Apply the foam to scrap plastic packaging and use it to stamp. I made two stamps from the Layered Dots set and stamped the backgrounds of both cards using Distress Oxide Inks. (Paint works well too!)

2 – Here's a peek of the shaker "insides" and how I laid out the foam tape.

3 – I added hand stitching with thin string around the edges. I punched the holes first with the template in the Tim Holtz ruler and then stitched.

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Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Layered Dots
Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Artsy Leaves
Tim Holtz Die Set - Bold Text #1
Tim Holtz Die Set - Decorative Trims

Distress Archival Ink - Black Soot
Distress Mica Spray - used many, old and new!
Distress Spray - so many of them!
Distress Oxide Spray - so many of them!
Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Bundled Sage, Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Heavystock - White

fun foam
foam tape
clear plastic

Friday, August 25, 2023

Janna's Myron

This week at TFJB Inspiration Ave blog we are creating to the theme of Cut it Out! featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix release.  For this card I want to feature the new Tim Holtz embossing 3D folder reptile and die set layered dots. I’m going to be pairing these two new Sizzix products with a couple of old favourites, Myron, and Colorize Celebrate.

For process video click here.

Supplies used: Distress Mica Spray Stains Decayed, Wicked Elixir, Bally Branch, and Specimen, Distress ink Fossilized Amber, Distress Crayon Walnut Stain, Sizzix 3D embossing folder Reptile, Embossing Folder Tapestry, Myron, Colorize Die Set, and Celebrate Colorize Die Set, Distress Seasonal Halloween Crayons 2023, Distress Watercolor Paper, Metallic Kraft Stock, Mixed Media Cardstock 

This week over at the craft, Connor is very exciting. I finally have got my hands on the new seasonal Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and Mica Spray Stains. I absolutely love these new colours and these are going to be a fantastic collection to the seasonal colors.

So before we dive right into our card making project, I just wanted to take a moment and swatch out the brand new crayons. Check out the colours down below. They are so vibrant and beautiful and they look amazing on light or dark cardstock.

To start our card, we are going to be focussing on creating our centerpiece, which in this case is going to feature Myron from the Tim Holtz Sizzix colorize die set. For the foundation, I am going to be using Distress Watercolor Cardstock, and then altering it with some of the new seasonal colors.

Myron is put together in multiple layers of colour so I wanted to start with some foundations of green. First foundational level I’m going to be using Specimen along with Holly Branch for the first layer. For the next layer I used Wicked Elixir and Holly Branch and for the last layer, I used Holly Branch on its own. Then, for one of the background layers on the card, I use a combination of Ominous Twilight and Phantom Mist. These backgrounds were spritzed first with water then Distress Sprays were layered on top and dried with the Ranger heat tool.

Next, I ran the green layers through the new embossing folder, Reptile, to add some texture.

For the rest of the pieces that go to Myron, I die cut them on some more Watercolour Cardstock, and then coloured the pieces with some Distress Reinkers and a fine detailer water brush. The colours that I used included Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, and Black Soot.

After all the parts and pieces were colored, and have been assembled some together. To make assembly easy all of the Watercolour Cardstock pieces had been coded with double-sided, sticky tape I find this is the easiest way to assemble large die cut ensembles. With all the pieces assembled I then wanted to draw attention to the fantastic texture of the reptile folder that I used on many of the pieces. To do this, I added a bit of Distress Walnut Stain Crayon over the top. As an added bonus to the Myron die cut, I also hand cut a small golden crown for him.

With our focal point complete it is time to start creating some little embellishments. Here we’re going to start creating with the new Sizzix Tim Holtz die set Artsy Leaves.

For our tea leaves, I cut up a bunch of scraps from my scrap bin. Then for the fine details on the leaves I die cut the pieces out of some metallic gold kraft stock.

Next, we are going to layer up the background and foundation of our card. On the base layer, we have some metallic gold kraft stock cut at 4 1/2 x 4 1/4“ for the next layer we have a background of embossed Tapestry that was cut at 5“ x 3 3/4“. For the final layer, I cut down the paper approximately at 3” x 4 1/2”.

In between the embossed layer, and the sprayed layer, I added in the die cut leaves for some additional visual interest. I also popped up two of the layers with some small foam squares.

Now we get to add Myron into the equation. He was also popped up on some thicker from squares to add some dimension to this card.

Since I’m turning this into a birthday card, I decided to pull in some die cuts from the Sizzix colorize die set Celebrate. From this particular die said I’m going to be featuring the large birthday cake. I painted all of the pieces for the birthday cake on some of the Watercolour Cardstock and use the Distress Chipped Sapphire, Villainous Potion, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin.

After colouring the pieces I assembled them together to create the cake. All the pieces were backed with double sided adhesive. The finishing touches to this card were a little banner at the bottom that reads Hoppy Birthday. 

Thank you so much for joining me here today for TFJB Inspiration Ave. Until next time, happy crafting!

Janna~ 💕🎨💕

I can also be found on :
Instagram: dunhamtreasuresofthesea_jannak

YouTube: The Crafty Corner with Janna

Supplies used:

Halloween Distress Mica Spray Stains Set 5

Halloween Distress Mica Spray Stain Set 6 

Wicked Elixir from Halloween Distress Crayon Set #4

Distress Reinkers:  

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Lyla's Edison

The long wait is over: Tim Holtz Chapter 3 Dies for Halloween are at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Linda's busy taking orders and getting them out as fast as they come in! Lyla here, taking the first turn at giving some genuine TFJB Inspiration Ave lowdown on Edison, the latest newbie Pumpkin in Tim's collection of Colorize Thinlits. Talk about a FUN die; Edison is just the cutest, most versatile pumpkin yet! Grab your snack or soda and keep on scrolling...

Ohmygosh!! HAPPY MAIL!!

As soon as I opened up that Happy Mail from TFJB, I got out a list of things that had already been in my mind (and on my desk!) since I ordered EDISON!

I'm starting- as usual- with a handy list of LINKS to find what you need (at best prices!):

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clippings Sticker Book
Tim Holtx Idea-ology Ephemera Pack- Curator

This particular TH Bucket was in a "toss out" box in some shopping I'd found while in Florida.  It wasn't one of those I'd put into the same catagory as "new" but it wasn't bad, either. I picked it up for a princely sum of 25 cents and tucked it into my craft travel bag.  It would be the perfect carry for the red pip berries from my Guest Room. (You'll have to read the story to this aspect of my project on my blog: CLICK HERE.) I took it out to the barn and got out some of our favorite old tools to gently saw it in half...

... being careful to saw it right where the biggest chuck was missing on the lip of the barrel, and then back into my Craft Room to finish it up with my TH Sanding Grip (which is now retired by being replaced with some Sanding Discs listed in my links above), added some TH Distressed Crayon in Vintage Photo rubbed all over the painted areas, then heat-dried until the Distressed Crayon was set.

Here, you can see why I wanted to keep this little damaged bucket; I've got TWO halves that will each fit perfectly onto a TH Etcetera Bracket Shelf and no one will be the wiser! I go through the CLEARANCE at The Funkie Junkie Boutique looking for bargains like this!

It was time to have some fun with the brand new TH 3D Texture Fade, Cracked. I took out 2 sheet of the perfect start for this: TH Backdrops Vol 4. First, I sprayed my papers liberally with water, so it wouldn't tear during the embossing process. Then I used my Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Pad right onto the RAISED LINES side of the Folder, to make the ink go deep into the lines of the embossed areas. If you have a normal 6in wide Big Shot, you may need to cut your paper to fit that width. I have a Big Shot Plus, which means I have more than 6 inches of space to go through. I began at the top corner, then just kept matching up the 3D Folder all around the edges.

You can see the difference in color only because it's 2 different sheets of the Vol 4 Backdrops, but the same Distress Oxide color. I couldn't choose between the 2, so I used both!

I adhered one full page to the Etcetera Mini Tag with Glossy Accents and trimmed away the edges- saving them for the Etcetera Shelf pieces, as well as the included Etcetera Tag's Enforcer.

And I did the same with the backside of the Etcetera Mini Tag with the second Vol 4 sheet. You can see here that I traced a copy of the Etcetera Tag's Enforcer for this backside.

While I didn't do my fave technique this time (burnishing the sides of the paper), just leaving it as it was, I did pinch the embossed paperie flat to the ETC thickboard's edge for a good fit and then went over the entire areas' edgings of all the pieces.  I pushed deep onto the lines of the Tag's face and rubbed both Crayons all over with my fingers.

This was the finished FRONT - sans any other embellishment. Now, it's time for the main feature of this project: Edison !!!

I got out some older TH Classic Kraft Stock for this, but you'll remember my list above, where I've included links to NEWER Tim Kraft Stock stacks that are even better. While the newer stock paperie isn't textured like the older stock, it is tougher to last through more embossing, cutting, and general work with tougher technique wear. In other words; the newer stock falls apart waaaay less than the older does. But being one not to let waste my precious $$... I'm using up the older here.

If you haven't tried any of the TH Colorized Thinlits Dies line... raise your hand if you were like me: afraid of all those tiny pieces -c'mon, you know who you are...This is a GREAT DIE SET to start with!!!
Not only is it a low number of die pieces in this set, but each piece (like ALL the sets) is neatly and clearly marked for you to keep all your colors in order for assembling correctly. And Tim always includes You Tube instructions that are just as easy to follow, in case you're still needing a bit of help to organize your colors to each die piece. Edison is my choice of EASY-PEASY-top-of-the-heap-favorite in versatility, too!
(Keep that in mind because you're going to see more of Edison from me in my next projects!)

After getting the main pieces I wanted; just one full set is all I needed for this project, but in one of my coming-up projects, I'll show you how to use more cuts for a different use of Edison.  *The clouds were cut from WHITE FOAM SHEET out of a last-minute stash grab. I had an idea explosion when I used my heat tool to dry the inking on my die cuts.

I chose to use some bright Squeezed Lemonade into the middle of Edison's bottom-most layer
because I wanted the reason for his name to pop out a bit. Thomas Alva Edison was an inventor of earlier versions of the electric light bulb. So, I'm making a play on Edison glowing like a light bulb. This gives me ideas for matching up "The Professor" CMS373.... Oh! Where were we?

Those puffy-cute clouds!!! There are TWO sizes and with Halloween coming up; the sky's the limit, folks!
After cutting them out of single-layer foam sheet, I inked them up with Reg & Distress Inks for some depth and then heated them to set the inks. This was truly a mistake that turned out HAPPY: the clouds shrank but got perfectly stronger!

The last layer was sanded and inked with Carved Pumpkin Oxide. This gave him a bit brighter but aged look, too.

The two upper layers of Edison were secured together and then Sizzix double-sided foam was cut to add between those and the bottom cut to form a puffed-out mouth in which I used Glossy Accents to secure an apple between his teeth.

I made a tiny 'prescription' for Edison to follow. With all the physical things going on with so many of our dearest friends, the apples and crabapples of our New York travels,  trying to fit in my own Dr appointments, and the collection of the tiny pip berries all over the floor,,,apples were definitely on my mind-jumbled all toghether. Indeed: an apple a day won't keep you from getting old and sick, but they sure do taste good and Edison agrees!

Introducing: Edison!
(Courtesy of Tim Holtz... and The Funkie Junkie Boutique!)

FRONT with Closeups below...

I added a few TH Drippy Candles- these are so EASY to use and cute!


Isn't that 3D Cracked Embossing Folder just awesome?!

Thanks so very much for joining me on my crafting adventures this time around! I've been having a few physical issues of my own to deal with and life has been getting in the way of timing for me. Crafting has been an awesome outlet for telling my stories as I live them out. I'm doing my best to keep up with everyone else, despite life's little- and sometimes big- problems in the way. But that's all we can do: the best we can do! I appreciate Linda, owner of TFJB and how she understands this, and the over-the-top Design Team she leads in such great ideas for us to bring you more TFJB Inspiration Ave!

Join us back here, every couple of days, for more fabulous ideas and tutorials as we introduce more of Tim Holtz's Sizzix Halloween NEW PRODUCTS. And remember to visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so you can get yours ASAP!

Until next time...

Stay Safe &