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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Things that Fly

It's time to fly!  The challenge at Frilly and Funkie this time around is "Get in on the Action".  The extremely talented Kathy is hosting and here is her description of the challenge:

" Adding an interactive element on a card, tag, layout or canvas adds a bit of fun to any project. For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates an interactive element of one sort or another in the design. You can add a pocket and tag, a hidden tag, a hinged page, a flap, a flip, a tuck spot, a special fold or any kind of interactive element that appeals to you. Be sure to tell us in your post what makes your project interactive, as it may or may not be apparent in a photo. "

Having just received the new Stampers Anonymous Entomology stamp set it  had me thinking of flying tags!

And since Kathy challenged us to be interactive. I thought it would be fun to use the bugs as the pulls on the tags.  I created multiple pockets with multiple tags to pull in and out.

Each tag has it's own stamped images along with a layered bug.  I stamped each bug in black on the same background paper and then added acetate wings.

The background is a mix of smooshed water and ranger distress oxides.  I also just acquired the new colors of inks and wanted to try them out.  I smeared, spritzed and smeared again the colors on my craft mat.  I added lots of water and swirled together the colors and then dabbed it up on mixed media cardstock.

After I had finished everything I matted it onto black cardstock and then flicked white acrylic paint over everything to lighten up the dark areas.

I hope this has inspired you to try out an interactive project!  If you play along you will have a chance of a Guest DT spot 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Butterfly on a Brick Wall

Hello!  I am back with a post for the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge hosted by the fabulous Autumn and the challenge is: "Dare to Resist".

Here is how she describes this fun challenge:

"I've chosen the theme Dare to Resist. For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we'd love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project. There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new. Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!"

I have to admit this was the perfect challenge for me because I already was playing around with a project that used a form of resist and inspired my stucco effect!

I started with a big sheet of mixed media cardstock that I painted with white acrylic paint.  I let the paint dry and then moved onto the next steps.
I added a layer of pink and antique linen sprays.  I spritzed them on my craft mat mixed with spritzes of water.  I then smeared them randomly over the surface and let it dry.  You can also spritz directly on the painted background and drip off or sponge off excess.

After that dried I stamped text and other images over the background.

Next up is adding the resist layer.  Lay the stencil over the background and unevenly smear translucent embossing paste through the brick stencil.

Repeat with multiple areas of embossing paste.  Unfortunately you then have to patiently wait for the embossing paste to dry.  (Since I was waiting for those to dry I kept trying variations on the stamping)

This was my first background.  I continued on to make my next background because I wanted one lighter background and one darker background.   After the embossing paste dries you then drip and spray the darker ink spray over the surface.  You need to let it pool and dry to get a darker background.  
The paint will resist the ink and not allow it to soak in.  If you want to do this without the paint it will give a much darker effect.

I stamped the butterfly using brown archival ink on the same painted and inked paper. I heat embossed the stamped image with brown embossing powder.  After it dried I used more brown spray to spray the background of the butterfly.

I added a sticker sentiment and sponged it with antique linen and attached to the background.

I wanted something fun for the center of the butterfly and spent some time hunting through my charms, embellishments and miscellaneous stuff.

I sprayed a spool with brown inky spray. I wrapped it with gold thread.  I then embossed a charm with gold embossing powder and added a few pearls and a crystal.  I hooked them on a piece of gold wire which I threaded through the spool.

I hope you are inspired to share your resist technique with us in the challenge.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for hanging in with me on this long post!