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Put on Your Inking Cap: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Frilly and Funkie Put On Your Inking Cap Challenge: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Hello, Friends!  I’m happy to be hosting the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Our theme this go round is “Put on Your Inking Cap”.  I’ve created a really fun Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal to inspire you today, but before we get started, here are the guidelines for the challenge:

Challenge Theme: Put on your Inking Cap
Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal with Eileen Hull and Tammy Tutterow

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Eileen Hull generously donated two sets of the die cut journal components to each member of the Frilly and Funkie team.  The pieces are cut from smooth mat board and are a dream to work with!  If you are familiar with  traditional Midori style travel journals, then you know the covers measure 8.75″ x 4.5″.  Haven’t heard about Midori style journals?  Then you are in for a treat! Search Midori style journals on Pinterest or Google.  But prepare a snack and a beverage, as you will be engaged for a good long time!

My Choose Joy HeARTfelt journal is done in a Junk Journal style.  I’ve mixed and matched all kinds of wonderful products in the three sections.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour that will do all the talking for me.  I hope you enjoy!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video Tour


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Do you like what you see here?  Then pop on over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog and take a look at the journals made by the rest of the team.  You’ll find loads of inspiration and ideas for creating with this wonderful die.

Now It’s YOUR turn

Now that you’re all inspired, I hope you will “Put on Your Inking Cap” and join this fun challenge.  Just create any type of vintage or shabby chic project without using designer paper and you’re good to go.

Then link your project up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog  before midnight on Tuesday, May 9th.  The design team will come by to take a look at your gorgeous creations and will choose our 4 favorite projects from the bunch.

Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three projects will receive a Top 3 badge to display proudly on their blog.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So what are you waiting for?  Go Put on Your Inking Cap and join the fun!

I hope you were inspired by my Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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Time to Bloom Altered Clock

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Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Time to Bloom Altered Clock

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  Today I have an exciting “off the page” project to share with you.  My Time to Bloom Altered Clock is loaded with dozens and dozens of handmade flowers from Heartfelt Creations.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed directions at the bottom of this post.

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I was given this lovely clock as a gift from a friend several years ago.  When Heartfelt released their amazing Once Upon a Time Collection I knew I wanted to give it a face lift with items from this collection and a whole assortment of HC flower dies.

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I began by painting the porcelain base with gesso and then painting with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint.  I also distressed the gold areas of the clock with this paint.  Then the real fun began: making flowers!  Let’s take a look at the clock without the cloche so you can really see them in all their glory. Remember, you can click on the photos to get a better look at the details.

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I die cut the clock face from the collection, distressed it, inked it and added Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  It was then glued over the existing clock face and sealed with Studio Matte Multi Medium Gel.

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I added artwork from the paper collection to my flower garden.

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This is the back side of the clock.  I covered up the black battery box with flowers so that the clock can be displayed on all sides, just in case you want to change things up.

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The clock with the cloche in place.  It will protect those flowers from dust and dirt.

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I had so much fun altering this clock and making all these flowers.  It was a lot of stamping, embossing, die cutting and shaping, but I think the results were worth it, don’t you?

Be sure to stop by the HC blog where you’ll enjoy dozens of gorgeous samples from the design team.  You can also click on their links in my side bar.  I know you’ll be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my Time to Bloom Altered Clock.  Creating all those flowers made me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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Time to Bloom
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:  Paper: HCDP1 241 Once Upon a Time paper collection; Stamps: HCPC 3590 Embrace Time Background PreCut Set, HCPC 3577 Vintage Morning PreCut Set, HCPC 3303 Posy Patch PreCut Set, HCPC 3318 Daisy Patch Flowers PreCut Set, HCPC 3495 Delicate Asters PreCut Set; Dies: HCD 742 Majestic Blooms Die, HCD 701 Posy Patch Die, HCD 703 Daisy Patch Die, HCD 726 Delicate Asters Die; 354806 Spellbinders Large Standard Circle die; Tools: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Other Products Used:  Paint:  Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberries, Antique Linen Distress Paint;  Ink: Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberries Distress Ink, Ranger Coffee Archival Ink, Versamark Embossing Ink; Embossing Powders: Gold, Wow Neutral Shimmer; Hot Glue Gun, Rhinestones, Tim Holtz Memory Pick; Dies: Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and Spiral Blossom One; Paper: pale pink and rose cardstock; Clock; Gesso; Studio Matte Multi Medium Gel; Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint; rhinestones.
Directions:  Paint the porcelain base of the clock with Gesso.  Let dry overnight.  Paint the base again using Evergreen Bough Distress Paint.  Let dry, repeat.  When paint is completely dry, ink the Embrace Time Background stamp with Coffee Archival Ink and randomly stamp the base.  Let dry.  Seal with Studio Multi Matte Medium Gel.  Let Dry.
Cut out the circle sentiment, tickets and stamps from the paper collection.  Use Matte Multi Medium to glue the sentiment to the center of the clock base.  Use the Spellbinder’s circle die to cut the large Roman Numeral clock face from the card front in the paper collection.  Sponge the front with  Vintage Photo, Picked Raspberries and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. Use a light hand. Spritz it with water and gently crumple it.  Dry with a heat tool, and gently unfold.  Ink with Vintage photo Distress Ink to highlight the creases.   Fold in half side to side and top to bottom and open.  Carefully cut from the XII numeral to the center of the circle. Use a standard hole punch to punch a 1/4” circle in the center.  Cover the back of the clock with Matte Multi Medium and carefully slide onto the clock face.  Coat the face of the clock with Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint and let dry.  Tap the hands of the clock with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint and let Dry.  Tap Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the gold accents on the clock to give it an aged look.  Let dry.
Stamp, emboss, die cut, shape and stack all the flowers and arrange on the clock, securing with hot glue.  Glue the two tickets back to back and display in the clock with the Tim Holtz memory pin.  Add the decorative stamps, securing with hot glue.  Add rhinestones to flower centers.

A Happy (Card-Making) Accident Chapter 2

Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Yesterday, I shared a happy card making accident.  While the Mojo was flowing, I grabbed another of these laser cut cards and began layering on the gesso and inks.  

001 (2) This time, I embossed the card after the gesso had dried, to add even more yummy texture.   And, I dipped bubble wrap into acrylic paint to create the fun blue dots.  More painting, pouncing and spritzing.  A little hand doodling, ink spattering and general playfulness were employed.  And a handmade flower, watercolored and spattered with ink just kind of set the whole thing off.  The corners were rounded and the front was done.  The hardest part of making this sort of card is waiting for the gesso to dry.  Stamp with Tim Holtz Lost and Found stamp on an embossed Spellbinders Die-D-Lites medallion and your’re home free!  A few more pics: (remember, you can click on the photo for a larger image)

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005 (2)  And the inside:

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009 (2)  Those of you who know me well are aware of my love for the original Winnie the Pooh, and this is one of my favorite quotes.   This is hand-lettered. I was going for whimsy here.  Here are a couple of shots with the decorated envelope:

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I also made another fun discovery while playing with this technique.  I’ll share that with you at a later date…it’s drying right now.  I’m also linking this to the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” Challenge.  

016 (2)  Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I love sharing my happy accidents with you, and would love to hear about some of your accidental discoveries as well.  Please leave a comment… it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers when you do!  Until next time,



Product used in this post:  Paper Wishes laser cut cards; Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Lost and Found Stamp; Claudine Hellmuth Gesso; Acrylic Paint; Spellbinder’s Die-D’Lites Medallions; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Layered Rose

A Happy (Card-Making) Accident

And Then it Happened: My Card Making Accident.  A Not so Happy Moment.

Has this ever happened to you?  You are working away on a card or layout or project, and everything is going along just swell. You ink up a chosen stamp, double check the placement, and then stamp away…with Archival Ink, of course, because it is permanent.  Oops.  The placement is off.  And the ink…permanent.  Yeah.  That’s what happened to me today.  A card-making accident.  Not a good moment.  Been there?


After a few moments of hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth…sudden inspiration hit me.  (Cue, angelic singing and harps playing in the background.) Gesso!  The card stock I was working with was watercolor paper weight…it would take Gesso just fine.  I pulled out my trusty bottle of Claudine Hellmuth Multi Matte Medium (say that three times really fast) and a paintbrush and began to paint over the jet black image.  Whoa!  Cool texture.  I wonder what would happen if I just layered this on the entire card?   It’s just paper, after all.  And, I’ve already had the accident.  What’s the worst that could happen? If I wreck it, Lord knows I have more.  I don’t know if it was the tea I had for breakfast, or if it was a divine intervention or just a glorious moment in time…but I felt free to PLAY!  With abandon.  And  I had FUN…serious FUN! 

009 (2) Here’s the finished product.  A very different look for me, but I’m loving it!  See that little birdie?  That’s where the goof took place.  (Oh, blessed, blessed birdie….you came to set me free!)  Here’s a close-up:

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A Slippery Slope

You know what happens when you begin to play with gesso?  You have to get out your acrylic paint set.  The one you’ve never used.  The one you’ve opened and gazed longingly at, but were afraid to play with.  Well, no more.  I mixed colors (first time in my life) I spattered.  I brushed.  I highlighted.  I didn’t even  know what I was doing…but I liked how it was looking:

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011 (2) I brushed paint onto metal bits and then rubbed it off. I dabbed, pounced and spritzed.  Oh, yeah….having a good time here. 

Joy in the journey

This may not be the most perfect card ever.  It may not look that great to you.  But this card represented something to me….it opened a door I’ve been knocking on for a really long time.  Suddenly, creative ideas were flowing…some of which I will share with you at a future date.  And, some didn’t work out exactly the way they looked in my head. They were just accidents.  And accidents happen.  But there was an energy in my studio this afternoon that’s been lacking for a while.  And it all started with an OOPS…a happy accident. 

There’s this great quote by Jerry Seinfeld: “It is good to play, and you must keep in practice.”  A good reminder to me that this journey is supposed to be enjoyable.  I’d love to hear from you about some of your favorite happy card-making accidents.  Oh, and here are a few more photos of this card, just because I like it so much.016 (2) 001 (2)

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Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,




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