Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On the Cutting Edge

Hi! Suzz here. Welcome to the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'On the Cutting Edge'. I recently acquired some beautiful new dies and I thought it might be time to bring them out and show them off.
This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut, machine cut or punched image. Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a cut out.
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. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.
Let's kick off the challenge with beautiful inspiration from our talented Frilly team:

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

Are you feeling inspired? I know I am! Come join in on the fun! You have until Tuesday, August 15th to play along with us. We can't wait to see what you make! Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see what our latest Guest Designer has created and then in one week for more inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Step x Step - Mini Book

Hi there! Suzz here to share a mini book created using old dictionary pages.

I was thrilled when Sara Emily challenged us with books. I love reading and love up-cycling damaged old books into a new piece of art to enjoy again.  

I decided to create a mini journal with lots of stamping. I started with the idea of a house that opens up to show you inside. I decided to use Tim Holtz's tiny houses die and trim off the edges.

Here are my original pages die cut: 

I cut down a the crease where you would normally fold the die to form the houses. I did this with multiple pages from the dictionary and from two pieces of chipboard.

After I trimmed off the excess sides from the die cut pattern I then punched four holes on the main house that was to be the back of my book. I then used that as my pattern to draw where the circles should be on my other pieces.

I covered my chipboard with pages from the dictionary. I kept two of the houses from the dictionary pages in the full house shape to attach to the front and back of my book. I cut all the other pieces in half along with one of my chipboard pieces for my cover of the book.

I used glue to attach my paper to the chipboard. I also cut cardstock houses for all my pages as I wanted the pages to be sturdier than just the dictionary pages. I attached them all with glue as I have found that using tape tends to show through in the stripes of tape behind the text paper. Glue can also do this if you don't give an even coat. I painted a light coat of white acrylic paint across all my pages to mute the text and allow me to stamp over the texty background. Let this dry before continuing on to the next step.

For each of my pages I used a different distress ink on the page. I first dragged the ink pad over the surface.

I then smeared it first with my finger to soften the ink over the entire surface. I then put brown dye ink onto my craft mat and  used a sponge applicator to sponge the entire surface with brown dye ink.  I then gave them all a lovely sprinkling of water and heat set the ink and water spots.

Then the fun began with stamping and layering images over the surface of the various pages.

For my cover I decided to die cut a heart image and follow the same process of covering it with the text background and the inky process. I stamped the word love across the surface with black archival ink and hand drew hears and outlined with a black watercolor pencil. I made a tiny bouquet which was attached on the right side but overlaps the middle. This allows the page to still open but looks like it is attached in the middle.

I stamped the text along the top and bottom of the house. I pop dotted the hear so it could overlap my holes on the top but allow the book to be linked with jump rings.

As I continued to sponge the pages you can see I picked up some of the previous colors used in the other pages because my sponge picked up the distress oxide. I liked the blended colors and didn't mind the effect. Heat set the archival ink as it tends to stay wet on the painted.

I used white highlighter to help lighten up where the inky pages got darker and waterbrush to help blend my watercolor lines.

I also sponged archival ink over the stencils and cleaned off my stencils with the ink cleaner. I added a touch of watercolor pencil on top of the inky background. I also took the silver glittery design tape and dragged the black archival over the surface to give me a black shimmery stripe along the top.

For my final page I just used the Wendy Vecchi stamp as my focal point. I framed the sentiment with a house and heart using black and pink watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I splattered white paint and decided to add a moon along the top.

Next up was just layering on my pages with a jump ring in each hole. Lay them in order to make sure your matching pieces line up. :)

The finished album and how it looks opened page by page:

I didn't do it but you could continue your stamping on the reverse side to finish out your images on the main pages as well as coordinating the backside colors to match the center.

And the finale:

I hope you have enjoyed the mini house journal book and you are inspired to play along with us in the Read and Good Books Lately Challenge!  You have until Tuesday August 15th to join in the fun!