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Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fun challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around the fabulous Suzz is our hostess and the theme is Winter Hues.  I pulled out all sorts of lovely blue and white goodies from so many different companies to create this little Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album.  This is the product mash up of all product mash ups! We’ll take a closer look in a second.  But first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge:

Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.

I hope you will link up and play along with us.  The design team will chose their favorite project from all the entries and invite that artist to join us for a guest designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The top three choices will receive a badge to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!  You can link up and find all the details HERE.

I have loads of photos and tips to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Let me start by saying how much fun I had creating this little album.  I cut medium weight chipboard to measure 3 5/8″ by 5.5″ and cut a spine to measure 1.5″ x 3 5/8″.  Sticky back canvas covers the spine and wraps around  to span the front and back covers.

I love making little albums like this “from scratch.”  To keep with Suzz’ directive to use shades of blue, white, silver and grey, I dipped into my Graphic 45 Place in Time and Botanical Tea papers and Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures and Paris Flea Market.  I’ve used Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies throughout the album, and I think you’ll be excited to see how they have been employed.

A Happy Accident

The pretty blue pinstripe paper is from Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures.  I wanted to keep the cover pretty clean and simple to sort of echo the way the world looks after a fresh snowfall.

Tammy’s innovative snowflake stamp is designed in such a way that it automatically creates a shadow layer every time you stamp it.  My thought was to Stamp it in French Blue Archival Ink.  Then I traced around it very quickly using Art Institute dries clear glue.  The plan was to then sprinkle the glue with superfine glitter.  Which I thought I grabbed from my bin.  But…guess what?

I grabbed superfine white embossing powder instead.

(Insert panic attack here.)

Once I calmed down, I decided I might as well just roll with the punches.  What’s done is done.  So I went ahead and heat embossed the glue/embossing powder mixture.

Happy accident!

It created this really cool raised edge effect on the snowflake. I think you can pick it up just a little in this close up shot.  But in real life, it looks slightly shiny and as this cool bumpy texture.  I would totally do this again on purpose.

Before gluing the snowflake in place, I put down a layer of Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon and gorgeous Venise lace trim.  These were attached with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and 1/8″ red line tape.  Then I fussy cut images from the January page of Place in time and layered those over the snowflake.

Wool felt Pom Pom Posies make the perfect floral  cluster.  I added in lots of vintage buttons from my button stash.  The tab in the top right corner is cut with Tammy’s die as well.

Paper Bag Pocket Pages

Say THAT 3 times really fast!  Tammy has this darling paper bag pocket die that makes great mini album pages.  See what you think.

The pockets were cut from white cardstock and then embellished with designer papers.  There’s a slash pocket on the left.

I filled it up with a little vintage button card and a post card from Place in Time.  Petaloo Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Blossoms add a fun touch of texture and sparkle.

Versatility in a die is a wonderful thing.  This sentiment is written on Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die.  I trimmed off the bottom edge so that it would fit the scale of this mini album then decorated it with crochet lace and vintage buttons.

The paper bag die comes with a sweet little insert and I cut a bunch of these to go inside the pockets as photo mounts.  Each is decorated with another of Tammy’s Tab Dies and a vintage button.

This little paper spool is from the Paris Flea Market collection.  I wrapped it with Venise lace and a vintage button.  Isn’t it just too shabbylicious for words?

And here we are at the end.  Since I had one more little die cut bag, I went ahead and glued it to the inside cover.

I love the soft, nostalgic feel of this shabby chic winter hues mini album, don’t you?  Combining so many different textures adds interest to the simple design.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use here.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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Let’s Make it A Trio Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Cracked Glass Technique for Let’s Make it a Trio Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Sue is our hostess this go round,  and this is her theme: Let’s make it a trio!  She is challenging us to work in 3’s on a project, 3 tags, 3 panels, 3 arches etc…. so for this challenge create projects including 3 of something, but this does need to be the main focal point of your project.

Here’s my Let’s Make it a Trio project:

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 01This was such a fun card to create!  I chose to work with Pion Design Paris Flea Market papers and they are soooo lush!  Now, how many three’s did I incorporate into my Let’s Make it a Trio design?

  • I die cut THREE of Tim’s Ornate Frames, then stacked them with adhesive foam to create a dimensional frame for my image, which was treated with THREE layers of UTEE, heat embossing between each layer.  I sprinkled in a few fine grains of glitter and embossing enamel so that the framed image would look like a very old photograph.  When the embossing had cooled completely, I gently bent it to crack it, giving it the look of cracked glass.
  • There are THREE loops on my woven black stripes linen
  • The linen is topped with 3 sweet Wild Orchid Craft blossoms
  • I used three different types of ribbon and trim (see the wrinkled pink ribbon and the white burlap string bow that is holding the bundle of love letters together?)
  • There are 3 fussy cut butterflies
  • There are also 3 postage stamps

So, I think I managed to meet Sue’s “Let’s Make it a Trio” Challenge

Here are some more photos for you to enjoy.

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 05I achieved the crackle finish on my frame by painting it with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  When it had dried, I spritzed it with a tincture of water and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I love this technique!

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 04To give my bundle of love letters more body, I distressed the edges and added layers of torn paper behind the image from the Paris Flea Market ephemera.  Everything was inked up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make them look like letters found in an attic trunk, and then I added the real bow, burlap string and painted bird cage charm. The sweet little key from the Valentine Embellishment kit was tapped with Distress paint, and makes a lovely body on my butterfly.

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 06The inside of the card uses THREE different papers from the paper collection and a lovely stamped quote from Wendy Vecchi’s brand new Blooming Art Stamp set.

You can find links to all these supplies in the Funkie Junkie Boutique if you click on the thumblinkys below the post.  Everything in the shop is priced about 20% below retail price, and you’ll never find better customer service anywhere.  Besides, her shop is GORGEOUS!

Be sure to pop over and visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG where you will find lovely inspiration from the Frilly side of the team for this Let’s Make it a Trio challenge.  And don’t forget to play along with us!

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie BLOG, 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!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



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