18 April 2018

Elegant Jewels for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are already half way through the latest challenge, 'Elegant Jewels'. Kere is how our host Cec Wintonyk describes it: "Let's make a vintage or shabby chic project in jewel tone colours such as deep purple, emerald green, jade green, burgundy, bright turquoise to name a few AND to make your project extra special, add some sort of jewel or gem, which can be anything from a dollar store find to a piece of broken jewelry."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

For this challenge I decided to build on the basics from my latest video tutorial, using the gesso resist technique to create the background for this card and adding the jewel colours to the centre.


When thinking about how to depict elegant jewels I was inspired by these beautiful postcards, sent from Belgium in 1915/16 home to my relatives. They have timeworn embossed frames and centres filled with the most detailed embroidery on fine gauze. Despite being over 100 years old the colours still pop against the neutral backgrounds.


To recreate the aged look to the background I used the gesso resist technique, this time using Tim Holtz Cutout Floral Cling Foam Stamps to apply it in the design of a bouquet. The remaining gesso was scraped onto the edges of the card with a spatula to create an uneven border. Just as in the video for my previous card I blended Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink over the dried gesso and removed the excess with a slightly damp wipe.


In an added step I sprinkled a little water onto the ink to reactivate it and create the look of aged watermarks. To enhance the lacy border I added some stamping using Tim's Ornate Trims stamp set with Watering Can Archival Ink and some uneven stitching, before blending Potting Soil Archival Ink onto the edges and scuffing them with a Paper Distresser.


To recreate those bejewelled pops of colour seen on the embroidered postcards I used Distress Inks as they are bright, not muted like Oxide Inks. Having blended my chosen colours onto scraps of white card I die cut them with the Sizzix Alterations 'Funky Florals #1' Thinlits set, assembling the blooms before arranging them over the background bouquet. A Small Talk sentiment and some Mirrored Hearts added the touch of bling required for the challenge.


That's it for my elegant jewel floral creation for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have also created lots of amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage floral projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx


4 April 2018

Bloomin' Marvellous at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are already half way through the latest challenge, 'Bloomin' Marvellous'. This is what our host for this challenge, Zoe Hillman, is looking for; "As Spring pokes it's head through the frozen ground, let's celebrate the season and create a vintage or shabby chic project with flowers as the focus and in vintage muted pastel tones, (no brights)."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

Funky Floral Mannequin



Having seen some beautiful mannequins recently I was inspired to create one myself, getting the opportunity to decorate it with flowers and leaves using Tim Holtz 'Funky Florals' Sizzix Alterations Thinlits Die Set. In line with the challenge requirements I kept the colour palette muted with shades of blue and green accented with pops of white and mustard.



First up I'll explain how I put the mannequin base together. The body is made from Papier-mâché that has been covered in a layer of white gesso and thick crackle texture paste. After a coat of Weathered Wood Distress Paint I've applied pieces of painted Collage Paper (Stormy Sky Distress Paint) before dry brushing it all with White Acrylic Paint.



At the base of the mannequin I've added one of the new Ideaology Vignette Bases which is a sturdy metal with a beautiful filigree pattern on it. Then I've added some of the Ideaology Vignette Finial Structures to the base and top of the mannequin to extend it's length. To make them match and give the wooden finials the look of burnished metal I painted them with Black Acrylic Paint before dry brushing both them and the Vignette Base with Sterling Acrylic Paint.



The two layers of lace trim at the bottom of the body are Venise Lace from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Linda has a good stock of different designs and they are perfect for adding a touch of feminine elegance to projects. The ruler tape trim is from the Ideaology Vintage Design Tape set - I used a little Matte Collage Medium to secure it in place firmly around the lace trim and neck of the mannequin.



And so to those flowers; Tim's Funky Florals #1 Die Set has a wonderful array of leaf and flower designs that cut intricate shapes which work together beautifully. I cut them all from Classic Kraft Cardstock which had been sanded to reveal the core. I love that there's no need to colour the reverse or edges of the card before shaping.


That's it for my muted floral creation for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have also created lots of amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage floral projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx


3 April 2018

Bridal Shower Gift Bag for Eileen Hull Designs with Sizzix

Hi everyone and welcome. I hope you've all had a good break over Easter and found a little time to get out those craft supplies. With the promise of sunshine and warmer weather on the way I've been focusing on flowers. First a heads up that I'm excited to share a new tutorial with you over on the Ranger blog using Wendy Vecchi's products and designs from Ranger and Stampers Anonymous. Please do make sure you check it out HERE.

Meantime, throughout April Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are following the theme 'April Showers', so with Spring nuptials in mind I have created a Bridal Shower Gift Bag;


Looking more closely you'll be able to spot the pearls on the leaves, the beautiful detail from the Sizzix Textured Impressions 'Eyelet Lace' Embossing Folder on the DCWV pearl card, the layers of ribbon and lace behind the bouquet and the gift tag with a greeting stamped using Ranger's Letter It 'Wedding' Stamp Set. It's amazing how the embossed panel, lace trims, die cut flowers and a gift tag can transform a basic small white gift bag into something rather special.



Flower Tutorial


The flowers may look complicated to make but actually they are relatively easy to do. Here's how;


For one flower, cut five same size 5-point flowers from the Sizzix 'Stitchy Flowers & Leaf' Thinlits Die Set (there's a larger and smaller version in the set) using watercolour paper. Apply Eileen Hull's 'Wildberry' Clearsnap Colorbox Blends Ink to a craft mat and mix with a little water. Spritz the die cut flower shapes with a little water and add the diluted ink so it spreads unevenly across (leaving white areas). Dry and repeat on both sides of the die cut flower shapes until you are happy with the colour intensity.

Blend a little brown ink around the edges of each die cut if you want a vintage look to your final flowers. With the first die cut flower use a ball tool to bend the petals inwards then add a little adhesive to the petal edges and pull them in to form a tight bud shape (as shown above).


Use the ball tool to reshape the second die cut flower inwards and add adhesive to the flower centre and base of the petals. Place the bud inside this second flower and draw the petals up in a slightly looser pattern (as shown above). Repeat this process with the third flower adding adhesive to the centre and placing the larger bud into it.

Reshape the final two flower die cuts using a ball tool on the reverse side so they bend downwards (as shown). Stick one flower inside the other, then add the large bud into the centre to finish. I created three large and two small flowers for my bag.


Cut leaf shapes from watercolour paper using the leaf shape from the Sizzix 'Stitchy Flowers & Leaf' Thinlits Die Set. Apply Eileen Hull's 'Frog' Clearsnap Colorbox Blends Ink to a craft mat and mix with a little water. Spritz the die cut leaf shapes with a little water and add the diluted ink so it spreads unevenly across (leaving white areas). Dry and repeat on both sides of the die cut leaf shapes as before and add brown ink to the edges if required. Fold each leaf in half, cut from the base to the centre and use adhesive to cross one side of the leaf base across the other (as shown above).

Cut the branch shapes from the Sizzix 'Birds & Butterflies' Thinlits Die Set and colour with Eileen Hull's 'Beach' Clearsnap Colorbox Blends Ink using the same method as shown for the leaves. Cut the multi-leaf shapes from the Sizzix 'Leaves, Spring' Bigz Die and colour with Eileen Hull's 'Bay' Clearsnap Colorbox Blends Ink using the same method as shown for the leaves. Shape the branch and multi-leaf die cuts with a ball tool.

The Close Ups


Here are some close up shots so you can see more of how these flowers and leaves look when arranged together over lace and the embossed background;




So that's how you can transform a simple white gift bag into something special for a bridal shower. I hope you feel inspired to give it a go. For more 'April Showers' ideas throughout the month make sure you check out Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team to see what they've created.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new project for the current Frilly and Funkie 'Bloomin' Marvellous' challenge. For now take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx

2 April 2018

Topflight Stamps 1 Year Birthday Blog Hop - Winners

Hi everyone and welcome. I hope you've had a wonderful Easter weekend. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to follow the Topflight Stamps 1 Year Birthday Blog Hop and to those who left comments here on my own blogpost.


As promised I'm back today to announce the winner of the $10 gift certificate, picked from those who kindly left a comment on my blog post. And the winner is.....

Karina Arreguin


Huge congratulations Karina! Please email me at buttonscraft@btinternet.com for the certificate details. And don't forget to go over to the Topflight Stamps Blog to find out who has won the Grand Prize, the $50 store credit!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new project for Eileen Hull Designs and on Wednesday with something floral for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge, so I hope you can join me for those. For now take care of yourselves and get creative!

28 March 2018

Seth Apter Dies Organiser with Eileen Hull Designs (Sizzix)

Hi everyone and welcome. All through March Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team have been sharing lots of brilliant ideas for using her dies to get organised - and when I say brilliant I really do mean it! Check out all the posts from this month on Eileen's website HERE.

Having seen what's being shared by the team a little in advance I know I've been inspired to use their ideas to help organise the chaos in my craft room, and today's project is a case in point. My incredible team mate Diana Hetherington came up with a perfect way to store her Eileen Hull Thinlits Dies and that got me wanting to make one for my Seth Apter collection. So........


The Seth Apter Dies Organiser


Diana's original used Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die 'Album, Mini' to create her organiser so that's exactly where I started too. But with wanting to make pages that could be moved around I opted to use the spine from Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die 'Passport' as it pre-punches the holes for the elastic and scores the bends in the spine.



Die-cutting done, I got down to the business of decorating the album; layers of vintage paper were combined with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints in shades of Night, Elephant, Umber, Sedona and White. I added a touch of stamping using Seth Apter's 'French Script' stamp and used his 'Splat' stencil from StencilGirl Products in the centre of each cover.


Now for a sprinkle of magic - by heat embossing a couple of layers of Seth's Baked Texture 'Vintage Beeswax' Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Crafts onto each side of the cover it added a warm, vintage glow as well as a strengthened protective surface. And it allowed me to melt an old metal washer onto the front! Some plaited jute ribbon and coordinating elastic completed the covers with a touch of extra texture. Inside I folded 5" x 10" pieces of patterned kraft card to create simple pages onto which magnetic tape could be applied. And hey presto, I now have the perfect place to store my Seth Apter die collection! Now, a few more of these are required for all the other thin dies... !



That's it from me for today. Please make sure you head on over to Diana's blog to see the original version of this die organiser, and check out the other amazing ideas from the rest of the team on Eileen's website.

Take care and get creative!
Jenny xxx

p.s. I threaded this little book with elastic in the same way as I do for the larger journals. Here's how;


Stretch your elastic cord across the inside of the book/journal from top to bottom, then feed it back through the holes from the outside back to the inside.


Pull the elastic cord to the desired tightness then knot in the middle and trim away any excess. Repeat with the other holes and then you are ready to slip your pages inside!

27 March 2018

Topflight Stamps 1 Year Birthday Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the Topflight Stamps 1st Birthday Blog Hop!!! I was thrilled to be asked to participate in this exciting event by store owner Donna Bowman and have a new project to share with you as part of these celebrations.



Before we get to that here's the lowdown on the Blog Hop itself from Donna: "The past year has been more successful than we ever could have imagined and it’s all because of our amazing customers. We are so excited to celebrate with you and give you our 1st Birthday Special Discount - 20% off ALL orders - use code BDAY20.

Topflight Stamps is a place you will find different and unique stamps from around the World. Today we have an AWESOME blog hop with some of the best paper crafters in the industry. They are each featuring some of our favorite stamps. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE - a $50 store credit!!! PLUS - each of the designers on this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 2. The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog the same day."

My Project


As Topflight Stamps sell a wide range of IndigoBlu designs in the US, Donna asked if I would create something using them to share with you. So here is a card created using the 'Anemone and Daisy' stamp set.


I had so much fun creating this card starting with a whole heap of gorgeous Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints from Ranger; the background combined layers of every one of her blue/aqua shades from Night through Sky before starting on the flowers. At this point Tim Holtz Stamp Platform became invaluable as I used repeat stamping with a mix of Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks and Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Inks (Carnation/Fired Brick and Leaf Green/Peeled Paint) before painting in the details with more of Dina's Sedona and Lime paints. The focal flowers were stamped with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and the colour drawn out using a fine detail water brush before being over-stamped with Leaf Green Archival Ink. And because a vintage finish always makes me happy the edges of the background and flowers were blended with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. The final touch was of course the sentiment, cut using Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Alphanumeric Thinlits Dies from Classic Kraft Stock. Here are a couple of close up photos to show the details;



I'm sure you'll agree that this 'Anemone and Daisy' stamp set has some beautiful floral images that are perfect for using on your own cards and other projects. You'll find these and many more IndigoBlu designs in store now at Topflight Stamps.

That's it for my contribution to the Topflight Stamps 1st Birthday Blog Hop - now it's time for you to hop on over to see the other wonderful projects. Be sure to comment on this blog to be in with a chance to win a $10 gift certificate. I'll be back to announce the winner on Monday, April 2.

And remember, by commenting on all the blogs on the hop you'll be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE - a $50 store credit!!! Here are the links to those all important blogs;
Topflight Stamps
Donna Bowman
Lindsay Weirich
Clare Messenger
Julia Stainton
Jenny Colacicco
Veronica Zalis
Tenia Nelson
Lisa Hoel
Teri Anderson
Jenny Marples - you are here
Nathalie Fournier
Karen Bearse
Kristina Song

Good luck everyone! Jenny xxx

21 March 2018

Knock on Wood for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are already half way through the latest challenge, 'Knock On Wood'. This is what Suzanne Czosek, our host for this challenge, is looking for; "I decided to challenge everyone with adding a touch of wood to your art this challenge. For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art. This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

A Woodgrain Background Card


A while back I picked up some wallpaper samples to use as photo backdrops and to cover journals. One of these featured colourful wooden planks, all timeworn and stacked to form a pattern. Whilst far too distracting for a photo background I was inspired to recreate the look for this card.



To create this effect use Ranger Woodgrain Paper and cut into strips of different widths. Blend over each of them with your choice of Distress Oxide Inks (my choices are listed at the end of this post) and dry before brayering unevenly over the raised grains with brown, black and grey shades of Distress Paint. Finish with a lightly brayered coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint if you prefer the shabby chic look. Cut a piece of card to the size desired background and glue the strips in place to form a pattern. I edged each strip with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink to make them pop even more. Use any surplus pieces to cut your sentiment letters from.

The Close Ups


The bottle, glass and grapes were stamped onto white card with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink using Tim Holtz 'Wine Blueprints' stamp set from Stampers Anonymous. I used a Detailer Nib Water Brush to draw out some of the stamping and create shadows before blending a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink around the edges. To create a contrast with the matte background I embossed them with clear embossing powder, deliberately creating a 'bubbled' surface by applying extra Emboss It ink from the Dabber so it would react with the heat.


The glass, bottle and grapes were layered on foam tape to give them added dimension. I also added stars, some die cut from Metallic Kraft Stock and some from Tim Holtz Ideaology Adornments range. The latter were covered with Picket Fence Distress Paint before being sanded back to reveal some of the metal.


So there you have it, my resist technique for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have also created lots of amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring a wooden element, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


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