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Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  The one and only amazing Jenny is our hostess this go round, and the name of the challenge is “Count Me In.”   I went “off the page” for this challenge and created a Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House.  But before I share it with you, here’s what Jenny has to say about this challenge.

Count Me In!
For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special ‘sum-thing’ to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last-minute addition!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 1Now this was a fun, fun project!  First of all, I adore G45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection.  Secondly, it’s always fun to go “off the page” and create a 3-D project like this.  The base is a Tim Holtz Vignette House.  I wish I had a dozen of these!  They are just a blast to work with!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Use Distress Paints to alter the brown base of the vignette house.  First, I put down a light layer of Picket Fence.  Next, I added a light layer of Weathered Wood.  Then I dry brushed randomly with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke.  The end product was mostly covered with designer paper, but you can see the paint around the edges.  It makes me think of an old Cape Cod house.

Learning to Fly

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 3

I just never get tired of using this adorable flying pig!  He took the place of honor in the attic of the vignette house where he stands guard over the Olde Curiosity Shoppe below.  I added a touch of Stardust Stickles to his lovely wings, because let’s face it…a flying pig calls for glitter!  Fussy cut one of the corner details from the signature page to serve as the spire on this funky little house. “Learning to Fly”  is one of Tim’s “Clippings” stickers.  (Product links are below the post.)

The Apothecary Shoppe

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 4To add depth and dimension, I used old corrugated packaging between my layers.  If you like to fussy cut, as I do, this collection will make you very happy.  I fussy cut the apothecary shop window from the signature page of the collection.  Add Glossy Accents to the clock faces (numbers) and to random bottles within the shop.  To add even more numbers to my composition, I used a sticker from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe DCE collection.

Butterflies!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 5In this photo, you can see the cute metal feet and the ornate keyhole that I altered with Vintaj Paints. I also fussy cut a bunch of beautiful butterflies, more border flourishes and a funky old key/clock image from the paper collection. (More numbers.)  I just love Tim’s new monocle, and it works so well with this collection.

Magical Roller Skate

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 6When our middle son was little, he wrote a series of stories about a flying boot.  This magical roller skate image always reminds me of those charming little stories, so it’s a favorite of mine!  After fussy cutting the roller skate, I layered it up with a bunch of other fussy cut images, some chipboard, and a Prima Roman Numeral,

A Cure for What Ails You

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 7Fill the apothecary shop window with lovely little glass vials.  I’m sure you will find a cure for whatever ails you within.  I filled the bottles with glass beads, then “labeled” them with stickers from the sticker sheet.

If you look closely at the steampunk bicycle border, you will see that the wheels are actually clock faces with Roman Numerals.  More numbers!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 8Cover sides and roof with designer papers, fussy cut images and more stickers.

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 9Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Now It’s Your Turn

We want to “count you in” for this wonderful challenge, so get out your crafty goodies and create a vintage or shabby chic project where numbers take the spotlight in the design. Link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 11th.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie.  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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Let the Words do the Talking

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Let the Words do the Talking Watercolor Thank You Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around, the ever creative Sue is our host and the theme is Let the Words do the Talking.  Here’s what she has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme:Let the words do the talking – I love to include meaningful sayings on my projects, sayings that speak to me and inspire me to do the things I do. What I would love to see on your projects for this challenge are the words and sayings that mean alot to you and inspire you.

I gave this challenge some thought, and decided that one of the words that is the most important to me is “Thank You.” Keeping a thankful heart keeps me in a sunny mood, makes me feel like I’m rich as a queen, and besides, it’s just good manners. Saying thank you to others is so important, and a short little thank you note can really lift their spirits as well.  With that in mind, I  decided to create a set of thank you cards, because I never have one on hand when I need one.

Let the Words do the Talking ChallengeTammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 01I dug my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame, and went to work stamping and watercoloring this gorgeous Tammy Tutterow stamp.  I do not consider myself a stamper.  Or a colorer.  And definitely NOT a watercolorer.  I love to see stamping/coloring from others, but it has been a skill that I’ve had to work hard at, and often I have been disappointed with the results.  But sometimes….you get lucky!  And I feel like I really did get lucky this go round, because I love these cards!  (Isn’t that shameful to say out loud?  But I dooooo…I really do!)

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 02I created a master board on Ranger water color.  The first step was to stamp a script stamp in Tea Dye distress ink.  Then I embossed with clear embossing powder so that the ink would not run.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 03Next I applied Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks with a sponge applicator.  Then I spritzed with water and spattered with Tattered Angels Creme de Rouge Glimmer Mist.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 04When I was happy with the background, I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival In.  Then i got out my Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Re-Inkers and a water brush to add the water color layer to my background.  And….I had fun!

For some reason, I seem to have the best success at coloring when I work with a water brush and re-inkers.  I’ve tried all kinds of distress mediums for water color, but I’m never happy with the result.  I shaded the left hand side of the heart, colored in the flowers, ribbons and flowers and added some splotches of water color over the master board background.  Then I used  a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add white highlights to the colored image.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 05Finally, the edges were inked with Tea Dye, and each panel was machine stitched onto patterned paper from Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary.  I custom dyed seam binding with Tattered Rose re-inker and added the bow and pearl button before gluing onto a pearl card base.

This is a different look for me…much simpler, and all the layering is in the ink instead of in the paper.  The finished product was so soft and feminine that it made my heart very happy. No two cards in the batch are exactly the same, which is really really fun.

I hope you’ll play along in this challenge.  Just create a vintage or shabby chic project where you Let the Words Do the Talking and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM on June 14th.  The F&F design team will pay you a visit on your blog, say lovely things and choose a winner.  The winner will earn the 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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!  And thanks…from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to stop by today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Dapper Wedding Card

Just for Fun: Dapper Wedding Card

Hello, Friends!  Hope you are all enjoying this Memorial Day weekend.  I treated myself to some free play time in the studio this weekend.  Not a design team assignment, not a special order for my Etsy shop, not a project with a deadline attached.  Just for fun. Just for me.  Just because I love to play with paper.  I had also treated myself to a Tim Holtz Dapper paper pad that I found on sale.  (Yes, people…it really is an addiction.  I just can’t resist beautiful paper.  Lord, help me!) It did not make it into the Closet of Shame.  Oh, no, no, no.  It landed right on top of my work desk.  And before I knew it, this super fun Dapper Wedding Card was born.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 01I had purchased this on sale (I think it is still on sale…) from my favorite online store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Linda Coughlin, the shop owner, always tucks a lovely little gift inside each order, and this time it was this vintage wedding photo, a sweet little wedding charm,  and the Dapper Die cut.  How could I NOT play?

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 02Linda cleverly included both the positive and the negative of the die cut.  I set the positive aside and opted to work with the negative.  First I painted it with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  (It was cut from black cardstock.)  Then I sprayed it with Dylusions White Linen which made it look really shabby chic.  I pulled out a small script stamp, and after inking it up with Black Soot Distress Ink, I stamped it off on a piece of scrap paper, then stamped it over the painted surface, leaving just a ghost of handwriting.  Oh, yes, having fun, fun, fun!

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 05Next, I backed the image with the small 3×3 squares from the paper collection, trimming off the excess.  I used the ticking pinstripe on the “tux” and the letterpress on the top hat.  I confess, this made me do a little happy dance.  (Yes, I do dance in my studio…but there’s nobody here but me, so it’s OK.)  I used a waterbrush and Black Soot Distress Ink to add a bit of a shadow around some of the edges, just to create a little contrast.  Then this assemblage was stitched onto a scrap of white burlap using gold metallic thread.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 04Now for that gorgeous vintage image Linda sent me.  In the same order, I had purchased these pretty Baroque metal frames (I couldn’t help myself.  They talked to me…they said “we will be awesome.  We are on sale. You will be so glad you bought us.”  How could I say no?)  These little beauties have an antique silver finish, but I was going with gold because of the Sophisticate  cabinet card that I cut into 2 pieces and layered into the composition.  This was an easy fix.  Ijust tapped the frame and the wedding charm with Gold Alcohol Ink.  Problem solved!  And as an aside, I love the way the gold and black cabinet card peek through the mustache in the die cut.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 03So here’s a straight on shot of this Dapper wedding card.  I gave a metal corner the same alcohol ink treatment so everything would match. The Venice Lace trim, black satin bow,Dapper brads and mother of pearl button take this card to shabby chic happy land!

Here’s the inside:

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 06A gift card pocket on top….

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 07With gold accents and cute little stamped card.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 08And a big pocket on the bottom with a stamped postcard.

So that’s my just for fun Dapper Wedding card.   Play time is over, and now I will have to go back to my regularly scheduled assignments.  I had a blast….and I need to remember to play more often.  How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Frilly & Funkie: Opposites Attract!

Opposites Attract!  New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Do you ever feel like your crafting is stuck in a creative rut, making the same old same old things all the time?  Well, there’s a new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog called Opposites Attract! and it might be just the creative shake up you need to move your mojo into a new gear.

I am the hostess for the challenge this go round, and here are the details for Opposites Attract!

For this challenge, the Frilly side of the team will be creating a project in Funkie Style, and the Funkie side of the team will create a Frilly style project.  We’re asking you to break out of your creative rut, deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.

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!
Because I am on the “Frilly” side of the team, my challenge was to create a project in the Funkie Style.  After conferring with members of the Funkie team, I felt that for me, that meant to spend loads of time building a background with inks, texture pastes, stamps and stencils.  Here’s what I came up with:
Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 01 I had never made a master board before, so I decided this would be a good place to start my challenge.  (In case you don’t know…a master board is a background that you create with inks, stamps, paint, texture paste, stencils, etc.  It’s usually a large piece of paper that you can then cut into smaller bits to use in multiple projects.)
And, I created a SnapGuide Tutorial so that you can see step by step how I went about creating my master board.

Check out How to Create Cards With a Mixed Media Master Board by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are a few more close up views of the finished product.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 02One of the things I loved about “going Funkie” was the amazing freedom I felt while playing with the inks and pastes and sprays.  It was FUN…and the texture was fabulous!

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 03I created a hand made flower and backed it with a custom dyed seam binding bow.  The little chipboard tag is from Graphic 45’s Artisan Style Collection.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 05Here’s a close up of the texture I was talking about.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 06On the inside of the card, I did more layering…but this time with papers from Artisan Style.  I did bring a little “Funkie” inside with the tag I tucked behind the mini postcard, though.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 07This is a Staples Ivory ATC tag that has been inked and stamped.  I had to “split” the sentiment stamp so it would fit on the tag.  If you’ve never done this before, I’ll tell you how I do it.  My secret is to block of the section of the stamp I don’t want to use with a Post-It note or Scotch tape.  Yes, I taped over the “we grow old” portion of the sentiment.  Then I inked my stamp, pulled off the tape and stamped the first half of the sentiment in place.  Then I reversed the process to stamp the remainder of the quote.  Simple, right?  Just remember to pull off the tape or Post it before you stamp, or you’ll end up with a horrible mess.  Just sayin’!

I really enjoyed playing at Opposites Attract, and I hope you’ll give this challenge a go.  You can link your Opposites Attract Challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog until 11:55 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 17th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Boy oh Boy! New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Boy oh Boy!  The King of the Seas Mixed Media Canvas for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a fabulous new challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our lovely hostess for the Boy oh Boy Challenge is the elegant and inspiring Jenny, and here are her instructions:

Challenge Theme: Boy oh Boy!
Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a man in mind. Let’s see those male themed creations come to life.

I love creating masculine projects, so I was excited to see this one.  I had one idea in mind, but when I was packing up my studio for our recent move, my hand fell on the incredibly gorgeous Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection from Graphic 45…..and I took a sharp turn in a new direction.  I’m so glad I did, because I had the BEST time creating my King of the Seas Canvas to share with you here today.

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 01I so rarely indulge in a Mixed Media canvas like this one, but Boy oh Boy, did I have FUN!!!!  My sweet husband Dale adores the ocean, and when he was a little fella, he used to dream that he had discovered the Lost City of Atlantis.  So when I saw these fabulous steampunk ocean images, this canvas began to unfold in my brain.  And Boy oh Boy, what an inky good time was in store for me!

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 02This is an 8″ x 10″ gessoed canvas.  I started my Voyage Beneath the Sea by creating a resist background with the Graphic 45 stamps that match the set.  Using Ranger Archival Coffee Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, I stamped and heat embossed the blank canvas.  Next, I spritzed on layers of Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Sprays Stains drying between layers so the ink would not get muddy.  Once I was happy with that, I used a gear layering stencil and crackle texture paste to add another layer to the canvas.   Waiting for that to dry was the hardest part of the process!  I am such an impatient crafter…and I confess I did pull out my heat tool to speed things along!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 04We’ve had such a strange journey with the sale of this house that this sentiment from the ephemera pack had to find its way into the design!  And, orange is one of Dale’s favorite colors.  I colored white corrugate board with the same ink colors and mounted the sentiment on that and some great bronze metallic paper I found in the Closet of Shame.  I also sprinkled the surface with various Stampendous embossing powders and potions to add touches of metal and cool texture. My chipboard gears were painted with Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints, then tapped with Broken China DP.  I love how rusty and old they look.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 05Doesn’t this dapper fellow look as though he might have come from Atlantis?  I added more steampunk chippies, seed beads and pearls to the mix  and I have to confess, I love the way this turned out.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 06And here’s our regal King of the Seas!  I die cut my seahorse onto the bronze metallic paper, then used a texture fade to add, well, texture.  A second layer was cut from corrugate to add thickness, and I tapped on some Broken China and Carved Pumpkin Paints.  The King of the Seas is wearing a crown adorned with sapphires, emeralds and pearls that have been harvested from his watery kingdom.  His netting “train” is made from a mesh garlic bag, stained with Mermaid Lagoon ink and filled with treasures from the deep.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 11These lovely fish are swimming in my faux reef, made from white corrugate.  I love the texture this adds to the overall scene.  And I’m sorry, but that itty bitty seahorse charm in the birdcage makes me laugh with delight.  And just look at all that yummy color and texture in the background.  I almost hated to cover it up!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 10I had already packed all my seashells away, but I manged to scrounge up a real sand dollar to add to the mix.  I painted the center with Carved Pumpkin stain.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 09Here’s Dale, exploring the watery depths.  This really is his motto…he’s always ready for a trip to the beach at a moment’s notice.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 03I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun in the studio!  I was so engrossed in this project that I lost all track of time, and Dale had to come hunt me down and remind me it was time to eat.

I hope you’ll play along in the Frilly and Funkie Boy oh Boy Challenge. At the end of the challenge the Frilly and Funkie team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  You can find all the guidelines and link up your project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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