White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Happy Saturday! I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step. For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog. This is the project I made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie. You can find the original post HERE.
The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers. I hope you enjoy!
Frilly and Funkie Most Memorable Gift Challenge: White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another great challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Suzz is our hostess, and the theme is Most Memorable Gift. I’ve created a frosty White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag to share with you today, but before we get into the details on that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge.
Challenge Theme: Most Memorable Gift
December for many of us is a time where we give and receive. That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years. These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating. Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.
White Christmas Etcetera Tag
I have been pondering this challenge for a long time. When I finally settled upon my most memorable Christmas, the gift became clear. This White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag sets the stage for the story, so I’ll share it first, then tell you the tale of my Most Memorable Gift.
The year was 1969. The weather in Central Vermont was unseasonably warm and there was not a single flake of snow to be seen. Our sleds stood idle on our porches, and even though Main Street in our small New England town was dressed up in holiday lights, it just didn’t feel like Christmas. Where, oh where was the snow?
This strangely warm weather pattern continued all the way up to Christmas Eve, which fell on a Wednesday that year. How well I remember trudging in to the Christmas Eve candlelight service with green grass all around. Dad remarked on the way through the doors, “Looks like it’s going to be a green Christmas this year.” My 13 year old heart sank at the thought of a Christmas without snow.
There was no time to worry about the situation, however. I had to don my white Junior Choir robe, tie the black bow tie and get in line for the processional down the aisle. Warm, soft candlelight filled the sanctuary as choirs and congregation sang the sweet familiar Christmas hymns. We wriggled impatiently in our pews as the pastor shared a short Christmas sermon. Then we all traipsed downstairs to the fellowship hall for Christmas cookies, coffee and a visit from Santa.
A Christmas Miracle
What I failed to realize was that while we were singing carols and munching sugar cookies, a Christmas miracle was taking place outside. Snow was falling…and not just a little! Huge fluffy white flakes of snow filled the now crisp wintry night. The snow came up over the tops of my shoes and coated the top of my head.
It snowed all the way home.
It snowed the whole time we opened our presents.
Snow fell all night long while we slept.
And when we woke in the morning, over 3 feet of snow had fallen…and it continued to snow.
A White Christmas to Remember
This was an epic snowfall. No one could make it to the top of the steep hill where our home lay blanketed with snow. I still remember the serenity and the silence of that wonderful scene. Not a car engine to be heard anywhere. Everyone on the hill and in the town below was tucked up inside where it was warm and cozy.
Since my dad and mom served as the manager/treasurer for our small community credit union, our home was always filled with local people coming to deposit, withdraw or make payment on a loan. We almost never had a day when we had our parents all to ourselves.
But this Christmas, the snow was so thick that we had 3 whole days where not a single soul braved the icy roads. Three whole days to play games with Dad, eat Mom’s good cooking, and enjoy being a family. That snow storm was the most memorable gift I’ve ever received.
The Best Gifts Don’t Come in a Package
Little did we know at the time, this would be Dad’s last Christmas with us. He died suddenly the following spring. When I think of Christmas past, this is the one that comes to mind. The memory of those precious hours spent as a family are worth more to me than any gift I’ve ever received. The laughter, the love, the fun and games of that Christmas held me through the darker, less joyous ones to come.
The timing of that snowfall could not have been more perfect or more miraculous. It was a gift from Heaven, and like most of life’s best gifts, it didn’t come in a package.
I haven’t shared any tips, tricks or techniques for this project in this post. That’s because I’ll be doing a Step x Step tutorial on the Frilly and Funkie Blog on Saturday, December 9th. You will learn how I prepared the base for this White Christmas Etcetera Tag. You’ll also learn how to create the shaker window element. I hope you will join me on Saturday.
Now it’s YOUR Turn
We’d love to see your Most Memorable Gift project, and invite you to share it with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic style project following the challenge theme. Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 20th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. Our favorite pick will be invited with to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorites 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.
This is our last challenge for 2017, so we hope you will find time to play along. We’re all going to enjoy a nice Christmas break and be back for the first challenge of 2018 in January.
Thanks so much for letting me share this White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag with you, and for taking the time to read the story of my Most Memorable Gift.
Wishing you all a Christmas to remember!
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You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge
Hello, Friends! Are you ready for Halloween? I created this super cute You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for the Trick or Treat Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first let’s see what our hostess, the sensational Suzz, has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: Trick Or Treat
I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a trick or treat. If you are feeling funkie you might want to incorporate a trick in your design or if you are feeling frilly you can incorporate a treat. The trick or treat can be anything from a hidden pocket, unexpected design element, a treat hidden in the card or an unusual technique used on your project. Make sure to include in your blog post a description of your trick or treat!
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box and Treat
In our area, grown ups enjoy Halloween by playing You’ve Been Booed. Sometimes called “Ghosting” or “the Phantom”, the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on “Secret Santa” or May baskets. Usually seen in neighborhoods–but sometimes in the workplace–BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.
To start a Halloween BOO, one neighbor secretly leaves a small gift basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbor’s doorstep.
The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that “We’ve Been BOO-ed!” That way, new BOO recruits won’t leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.
In turn, the neighbor is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction–and Halloween fun.
I thought it would be fun to create a little “boo box” for my next door neighbor as she looooves Halloween.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Prepping the Box
This cute little brie box was lurking in a dark corner of the Closet of Shame. It seemed the perfect vessel for my Boo Box. I created the shaker top with a little vintage image that I received in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. (Linda, the owner, always includes a cute little thank you package with every order. )
Here’s how to prepare the Boo Box.
First, ink all the edges of the brie box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Next, trace the cover and base onto patterned paper from Prima’s Amber Moon Collection.
Then cover the lid, inside and out with the cut out papers.
Now, ine the inside base as well.
Then, run Scor-Tape around the outside edge of the box and cover with Prima Amber Moon Washi tape. The Scor-Tape helps hold the washi tape in place.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Building the Shaker Element
Building the shaker top took a little time and patience. And oh, the glitter storm that filled my studio. Heres how I did it:
First, die cut a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Frame from medium weight chipboard.
Then cut it a two more Pocket Watch frames from Prima Amber Moon paper of your choice.
Next, cut a 4″ square of clear acetate cardstock. You can always use clear packaging if you have some on hand.
Now, ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Next, ink the edges of the designer paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Then use a craft knife to cut out the center portion of one pocket watch frame. Ink the edges.
Now, glue the whole pocket watch frame to the chipboard base.
Next, cut thin strips of foam tape and adhere it all along the edges. You do not want any gaps.
Now, glue the clear acrylic circle to the back side of the open pocket watch frame. I used binder clips to hold it in place until dry.
Then, glue the vintage image to the base section of the pocket watch frame.
Next fill the center portion of the base with sequins, small beads, glitter…whatever you like. Be sure NOT to overfill. Less is more.
Peel the backing strips off the foam tape strips and press the dome cover in place. Use binder clips if needed.
Next,run a bead of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive around the edge of the pocket watch frame, filling in any small gaps.
Dust the glue with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.
Repeat this step around the plastic dome area.
Finally, tie ribbon around the stem of the pocket watch and use hot glue to attach to the box cover.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Finishing Touches
Die cut Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves from Amber Moon patterned paper. I dipped mine in a lovely puddle of Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap and WIld Honey Distress Oxide Inks before shaping and stacking. Fill the centers with mustard seeds and spatter with Walnut Ink Stain. Attach to the box top along with a little tag made from scraps.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: A Peek Inside
Here’s a look at the interior of the finished box. Isn’t it fun?
Now It’s Your Turn
I hope you’ll find the time to play along in this fun Trick or Treat Challenge. To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project following the challenge theme and guidelines. Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 7th.
The Frilly and Funkie Team will select their top 4 favorite projects from all the entries. Our top pick will be invited to join us for a guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next 3 favorites will receive a favorites badge to post proudly on their blog or Facebook page. And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into the draw for a $25 shopping spree at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Be sure to stop by the Frilly and Funkie blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the team along with all the challenge rules.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge
Hello, Friends! Time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog. I’ve created this spook-tacular Halloween Night Etcetera Tag to go along with the challenge theme set by the frightfully fabulous Sara Emily. Before we take a look at the tag, let’s see what Sara has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: ‘Tis Near Halloween
It’s no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn’t your thing, that’s OK–just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!
Prima Amber Moon Shines on this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag
After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to try to take this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag in a shabby chic direction. So I pulled out my beloved Prima Amber Moon collection, a Tim Holtz small Etcetera tag, a huge stack of Sizzix Alterations Dies, and a pile of mixed media goodies and had myself a little Halloween party right in my studio.
Even though this is a small Etcetera tag, it is still huge, measuring a generous 5.5″ x 10″. This gave me lots and lots of room to create this gloriously ghoulish Halloween Night Scene.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Prepping the Base
If you’ve never worked with one of these wonderful Etcetera tags, I have to tell you…they are devilishly delightful. Made with thickboard, they provide a thick, sturdy surface that just begs to be altered and embellished. Here are the steps you need to take to prepare the tag base.
First, paint the outer edges and sides of the tag with Prima Heavy Black Gesso.
Next, while the gesso is still wet, sprinkle the edges with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder.
Now heat set the powder and dry the gesso layer.
Next trim out a panel of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon black/orange dot paper so that it is about 1/2″ smaller than the tag base.
Then distress the edges heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before gluing onto the tag base.
Now, tear a rectangle of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon woodgrain paper to approximately 4.25″ x 5.5″. The rougher the edges, the better!
Next, use the Tim Holtz Birch Layering Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink to create a shadowy woodsy background on the woodgrain paper.
Then, apply Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste through the same stencil and set aside to dry. As the texture paste dries, it will not only crackle, it will allow the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bleed through, creating a really creepy Halloween woods effect. To enhance this, once the paste was completely dry, I sponged it very lightly with Black Soot DI.
Finally, glue this panel in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Creating the Creepy Moon and Owl
Next, we will prepare the creepy moon, woodland owl and distressed stars.
Die cut the Ornate Owl from brown cardstock.
Glue the die cut owl to a piece of Amber Moon paper. I used the pattern that looks like marble.
Ink along the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Sprinkle with Distress Embossing Powders…not a lot…just a touch spread randomly around the surface. I used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw.
Heat Emboss. Glue in place.
Die cut Tim’s Crescent Moon and stars twice: once from medium weight chipboard, once from black cardstock.
Ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Paint the black cardstock moon and stars with Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture Paste.
While the texture paste is still wet, cover the moon liberally with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal Embossing Powder. Heat Emboss. The result is amazing. I got so excited at this point I could not stand my bad self.
While the texture paste is still wet, place stars in a funnel tray or on a sheet of plain paper and sprinkle liberally with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter. Tap off the excess and put it back in the jar. Set aside to dry. Some of the glitter will release as the texture paste dries and the finished effect is really cool. Trust me.
Finally, glue the stars and moon to the prepared die cut chipboard pieces. I backed the moon with waste chipboard to elevate it.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Cats and Bats and Jack-o-Lanterns
Now you will die cut the Hocus Pocus elements (cat, bat and witch hat) from both chipboard and black cardstock just as you did the Crescent Moon and stars.
For the Jack-o-Lanterns, die cut Amber Moon Diagonal Stripe paper and chipboard. Ink all the edges with Black Soot DI.
Next, add Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks to a non stick craft sheet.
Spritz with water until the ink beads up.
Dip the Amber Moon paper into the inky puddle until you like the way it looks.
Dip more of the marble pattern Amber Moon paper into this same inky puddle.
Spray liberally with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
Glue paper pumpkins and chipboard pumpkins together.
Back with the prepared paper and trim.
I lined the mouth, eyes and nose with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled in some Gourd-juss Prills for accent.
Add waste chipboard to the back side to elevate and glue in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Finishing Touches
To finish off this shabby chic Halloween tag, I die cut Tim’s Tattered Florals and Tattered leaves from an assortment of Amber Moon papers. Then I colored them with Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks. The flowers are shaped and layered then filled with mustard seeds.
I also custom dyed a long piece of seam binding ribbon for the bow.
Phew! That was a long post…I hope you didn’t faint!
Now it’s YOUR turn!
We would love to have you join the fun in this ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge. You have until midnight (how appropriate!) on Tuesday, October 24th to link upyour very own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project.
Frilly and Funkie design team will choose our 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.
Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie blog for more inspiration and to read all the guidelines for this challenge.
Frilly & Funkie On the Cutting Edge Challenge: Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another wonderful challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The incredibly inspiring Suzz is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “On the Cutting Edge”. With that in mind, I put together this little Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas. I’ll share all the details about it in a moment, but first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.
Having recently acquired some beautiful new dies 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 / punched image. Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a die cut or punch.
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas
Let’s see…how many ways did I use die cuts:
Sizzix Tiny House Die
Tim Holtz Lace Die
Fall Foliage Leaf Die
Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die #2 ( the cutaway portion of my focal image)
First, I added a layer of gesso to this 8″ x 10″ canvas. While the paint was drying, I hand stitched around the edges of an 8″ x 10″ piece of natural burlap. Next, I used Matte Mixed Media to attach it to the canvas.
While the glue was drying, I die cut chipboard and Tim Holtz Wallflower paper with the Sizzix Tiny Homes Die. This was assembled and transformed in to a wee bird house, complete with Spanish Moss Rooftop, some “found” string, and speckled eggs in a nest.
I colored seam binding ribbon with Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Inks. Then I tied a loopy bow. This was tucked in under the pretty yellow Petaloo Botanica Blossoms on the roof.
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas: It’s all About Texture and Layers
The burlap layer provides wonderful texture for my layered leaves, Prills, Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks, and lots of other goodies. I decoupaged some beetle eaten leaves that my fellow teamie Sara Emily gave me a few years back. First I spritzed them with Mica Spray, then I gently added Matte Multi Medium to both sides and pressed them into the burlap layer.
While the Matte Medium was still wet, I sprinkled some Gourd-geous Prills over it. This added wonderful color and texture.
Art is All Around You
Many of these botanical items were picked up on my walks at the park. The super tiny pine cones, lichen covered tree branch, sticks, moss, etc give this canvas a wonderfully woodsy feel. Art is all around you if you keep an eye out for it!
I also die cut a number of leaves, spritzed them with Antique Bronze Mica Spray and layered into the vignette.
Think twice before you toss an item into the trash!The negative space from the Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks Mat Board makes a great platform for my sentiment.
First, I tapped the Baroque Frame with Ginger Alcohol Ink
Next, I wanted to add this speckled egg image to the frame. So I used the inside of the frame as a template. I just traced around the egg, then cut it out slightly larger than the pencil line.
Erase the pencil line!
Next, I added a custom sentiment with Botanical Remnant Rubs.
Then, I added Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive to the back side of the frame and pressed it over the egg/sentiment.
Finally, I glued the frame over the scrap from Mini Bricks .
Now It’s YOUR Turn
You’re invited to play along with us! Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that fits in with the “On the Cutting Edge” theme. Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, August 29th. You can find all the guidelines for the challenge HERE.
At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer 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!
Frilly and Funkie Christmas in July Challenge: Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The one and only Cec is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “Christmas in July.” With that in mind, I broke out a bunch of my Tim Holtz goodies to create this Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card. Let’s see what Cec has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: Christmas in July
You might be experiencing summer heat but let’s think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations. Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card a la Tim Holtz “Dapper”
This was a fun card to make! You wouldn’t normally think of using Tim Holtz “Dapper” paper collection for Christmas, would you? But I found patterns in it that hit exactly the right rustic note for this card creation.
This 5″ x 7″ top fold card reminds me of taking a wintry walk in the woods. After distressing, matting and layering my designer papers I got busy with my die cutting machine. It was so much fun to die cut all these various elements from Dapper papers and then make them look like Christmas paper.
First, the sentiment from Doodle Greetings #1 was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the grid paper from the collection. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Next, I lightly sponged some Pine Needles Distress Ink to add just a touch of color. This step actually helped the sentiment to pop off the page.
It is just me, or is it hilarious to think of making Christmas flowers from paper with a cigar band pattern? But that’s exactly what I did here. Here’s how I did it:
First, cut 6 squares of Dapper cigar band paper into 3.5″ squares.
Next, stack the squares on the frayed flower in the Tattered Florals Die.
Then, run the stack through your machine all at the same time. All six layers will die cut beautifully as this is a steel rule die.
Now, flip half the flower layers over to the print on the reverse side of the paper.
Next, spritz the petals with Candied Apple Distress Stain Spray. Heat Dry.
Then, Sponge the flower centers with a little Fired Brick Distress Ink.
Now, shape and stack the petals. I shaped each layer a little differently for more fullness.
Finally, fill the flower centers with hot glue, then pour in Gilt Trip Prills. Let it set a minute, then tap off the excess Prills into a funnel tray.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The bow cluster
This Vintage Christmas plaid ribbon was exactly right for the bow cluster. I tucked in some gold eyelash ribbon, a little greenery and a Tim Holtz snowflake charm to complete the cluster. I filled out the floral arrangement with some of the die cut greenery.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The Frame
Tim’s Ornate Frame is one of my all time favorite dies. I cut it twice here: once from Dapper paper and once on heavy weight chipboard. The chipboard pieces are painted with Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste, then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink. I cut the chipboard frame in half, then glued the Dapper frame to it so that it was slightly offset, letting the gold peep through. The frame is surrounded with bits of greenery that I hit with a little Mica Spray.
The lovely deer was also die cut twice from Dapper paper, then layered together with small foam dots.
The Inside Story
Once again, I turned this card into a gift by adding a simple gift card pocket.
I matted this lovely vintage image onto forest green cardstock, then scored and folded it.
Add a tea bag to the pocket, and maybe a gift card and you have a lovely Christmas gift!
After stamping and embossing another image from Doodle Greetings #1, I sponged and colored the image. This was matted onto a long panel of ivory text paper. I left lots of room to write a newsy Christmas note here.
Now it’s YOUR turn
You’re invited to play along with the Frilly and Funkie teams in this fun Christmas in July challenge. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Christmas in July project and then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog. You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 1st to join the party. You can find the specific details HERE.
The Frilly and Funkie gals will be stopping by to admire your lovely creations. At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer 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!
I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog. Linda is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “The Sound of Music.” I’ve created a very fun Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to share with you, but before we get into that, let’s see what Linda has to say about this challenge.
“When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters’ Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.”
Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House
I’ve created this shabby chic vignette on a Tim Holtz Medium Sized Etcetera tag. Don’t be fooled by the word “medium” . This tag measures a whopping 6.5″ wide x 12″ tall. It’s made of what Tim calls “thickboard” which the package says is made to be “collaged, altered, and embellished.” In other words,it can handle anything you throw at it or on it!
I dug deep into all my TH supplies for this shabby chic crafting adventure, and you can find the links to all those items in the Thumblinky below.
The Story Behind Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
(This is a personal story, and if you’d rather not read it, just skip below and look at the pretty pictures. I won’t mind one bit! )
I’ve always loved the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the song “Our House” was definitely a favorite. But in 2013 an event took place that moved it right to the top of my list.
A few of you know that my darling husband Dale had emergency quadruple bypass surgery in November 2013. The main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and every nurse, physician and medical professional during our stay in the hospital told me that he was a walking miracle. Not only did he NOT die (Thank you Dear Lord) but he suffered no heart damage and came through the surgery like a champ.
He did, however, develop some complications after surgery that led to a 10 day hospital stay. These were some of the most stressful, scary, difficult days of our 40+ year marriage. When we were finally released to come home, it was a glad and joyous day.
A few days after getting home, we were sitting in my old studio. The sun was shining through the double windows, and I was playing the radio while I worked and Dale rested. Our House by Crosby, Stills & Nash began to play, and we both spontaneously got out of our chairs and began to slow dance with the golden sunbeams shining on us. In no time, we were both weeping tears of gratitude and love because we were so aware of how close we had come to losing one another. So, this song has deep meaning for the two of us. When Linda issued this challenge, it took me about 10 seconds to create a project that would include the lyrics of this song.
If you’re not familiar with it or if you’d just like to hear it again, have a listen on me!
On with the Show: The Details
First, I covered the tag with Tim’s “Dapper” paper collection, then sanded and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. To create a ledge for my Paper Dolls and Tiny House to rest on, I stained and cut a wooden ruler. Dapper Brads are inserted into the ruler’s round holes.
After covering the larger Tiny House with designer paper, i brushed on Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a weathered look. Next I created gingerbread trim by cutting cream cardstock with Tim’s Lace Thinlits Die. The house was so light in color that it seemed to “float” off the tag, so I added some black accents with various Idea-Ology Rub Ons.
I stained a wooden picket fence with Vintage Photo, then brushed it with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint. This was glued onto the base of the house. To reflect the “two cats in the yard” line from the song, I added this cute novelty button. Next, because the song mentions putting flowers in a vase, I added these Petaloo blossoms to the vignette. My round “window” is actually a wooden button topped with another novelty button.
A Beautiful, Abundant Life
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Happy. This darling couple is one of Tim’s Paper Dolls. I colored in their clothing with alcohol ink markers. The next step was running a Glassine Paper Bag through a texture fade to create some texture. Then I sponged the raised edges with Vintage Photo.
To give Mr. & Mrs. Happy a lift, I popped them up on foam tabs and added them to the distressed pinstripe paper panel. Next, I added a ticket, a rusty house, novelty buttons and more rub ons. I especially love the one I added below the ruler that reads “a beautiful, abundant life.”
A Song in my Pocket
The glassine envelope opens to reveal a little art tag that reinforces the challenge theme.
I printed out the lyrics and added them to the back of the tag.
The other ruler piece sits at the top of the tag along with some inked up Scrabble tiles, and other bits and bobs from Tim.
Now It’s Your Turn
Now that I’ve shared my Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with you, I’d like to invite you to share your own “Sound of Music” project with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply link your project up on the F&F blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 9th.
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 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. You can find all the details HERE.
I can’t wait to see what you make.
I hope this Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag project contains some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.