1. Frilly & Funkie Going Round in Circles!

    28th September, 2016

    It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

    This challenge is hosted by Sue (Stamping Sue Style), who has chosen the theme GOING ROUND IN CIRCLES …SUE says, “Including circles in my projects is one of my favourite things to do, so for this challenge I want to see circles, lots of circles, not just one! Stencilled, stamped or even a circular project such as a wreath!”

    iGirlZoe: Going Round in CirclesIf you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been unpacking my craft stash into it’s new home. After a week of organizing, I was desperate to break open the lost zombie die that arrived last week.

    iGirlZoe: Going Round in Circles
    I created a background by stamping the newsprint stamp in black soot archival ink onto mixed media cardstock. Then swiping various distress inks onto a non stick craft sheet and spritzing with water and pressing the mixed media cardstcok into the inks. Once completely dry I blended frayed burlap distress ink over the top to mute the base colours and grunge it up. I placed the ringer stencil over the top and brushed white picket fence distress paint through the stencil with the dauber end. I have converted to the flip tops for my distress paints, but have a second bottle of picket fence, black soot and evergreen bough with dauber tops. Finally, blend ground espresso distress ink through the mini skull stencil. This stencil is SO COOL!

    iGirlZoe: Going Round in Circles
    The lost zombie was cut from Tim Holtz white substrate sheet, (I’m finally coming round to the fact that the new substrate is awesome. In my mind, it replaced grungeboard and grungepaper and in all honesty, I’ve been holding a bit of a grudge….)! The substrate took the distress ink really well and gave a very cool mottled effect, but the clothes looked too washed out against the background. I had finished the card and turned all the lights off to go to bed when I had an idea and turned all the lights back on and went back to my desk, (a little fun insight into my creative madness)! I die cut clothes for my lost zombie from the textile surfaces, frayed a little and then blended with ground espresso distress ink to make dirty.

    iGirlZoe: Going Round in Circles
    I die cut “beware” from the new Sizzix halloween word thinlits die set from substrate and mounted over the top of a piece of filmstrip.

    iGirlZoe: Going Round in Circles
    I wanted to include a circular embellishment to continue the challenge theme and this idea-ology adornment monocle seemed perfect. I snipped the loop off an adornment wicked spider with wire cutters and coloured the spiders back with a distress crayon. It amazes me what surfaces the distress crayons work with!

    iGirlZoe: Going Round in Circles
    I added chains to the lost zombie to look as though he had broken free from somewhere and hung the spider monocle from his arm.

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

     


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  2. Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus

    16th September, 2016

    Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! We’re featuring Designer Multi Media Palettes, Reinkers and Mica Sprays, and for the next two weeks The Funkie Junkie Boutique are giving an additional 15% discount off these products! YAY!

    iGirlZoe: Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus
    For a closer look at this weeks Friday Focus and see how I made this card, pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

    Have a great weekend!
    Zoe

     



  3. Frilly & Funkie Things With Wings

    14th September, 2016

    It’s time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog! This challenge is hosted by Pamellia (My Little Craft Things), who has chosen the theme THINGS WITH WINGS, …Pamellia says, “I would like to see anything that has wings, use your imagination… just make sure your project is shabby chic or vintage in style.”

    iGirlZoe: Things with Wings
    I love the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. It gave me the opportunity to take the new Tim Holtz Regions Beyond and Mini Halloween stamps for another spin! …crows have wings! 😉

    iGirlZoe: Things with Wings
    I started with a background using a technique I saw this week on Bobbi Smith’s blog Vintage Muse Designs. On top of that I used the new Tim Holtz Twisted stencil from Stampers Anonymous with hickory smoke distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Things with Wings
    I created rooftops by stamping the haunted house from the Regions Beyond and Mini Halloween stamps sets which I fussy cut, blended with vintage photo distress ink and adhered along the bottom of my card. I added an incantation word band with picket fence distress crayon rubbed over the top and attached with a tiny attacher.

    iGirlZoe: Things with Wings
    I glued the crows into place by the body, leaving the wing and tail slightly raised off the cardstock to give dimension. I don’t have a photo, but the background looked too plain so I added some renmant rubs from the new gothic set. I love the chaotic look it gives and one of the scribble rubs worked perfectly as smoke from the rooftop chimneys. Finally I used a splatter brush loaded with ground espresso distress ink to create splatter to the background. I mounted the card onto papers from the Materialize Paper Stash.

    Thanks for stopping by, I will be back on Friday over at Frilly and Funkie with a Friday Focus. I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

     


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  4. Scribble Woodland Deer Card

    13th September, 2016

    Hello. I’m back again with another sample card that I made for the Tim Holtz facebook LIVE event on Friday, where he showcased his incredible new Stampers Anonymous holiday stamps and stencils. If you missed the live event, you can still watch it on replay and see the stamps on Tim’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Deer CardYesterday I shared another sample that I made using the gorgeous new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps and stencils. Here’s how I created this sample…

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Deer Card
    Die cut an oval. Blend antique linen distress ink into the frame and walnut stain distress ink onto the edges. Colour the snowflake stamp with stormy sky distress marker**, spritz lightly with water and stamp onto the frame. Repeat creating a random pattern, making sure you dry the stamp before adding more distress marker. Once completely dry, blend a VERY LIGHT layer of vintage photo distress ink over the top to give an aged look.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Deer Card
    **TIP* you will need to “season” your stamp first. Ink with archival ink and stamp twice onto kitchen paper and set aside to dry. If you don’t do this, distress ink and distress markers will just bead on the stamp and you won’t get a clear image! Go on! You can do this! You can always clean the stamp afterwards… but I would leave it “seasoned” and spend the time crafting instead. 😉

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Deer Card
    On the reverse side of the birch stencil scribble on pumice stone, iced spruce and stormy sky distress markers and spritz with water. Turn the stencil over onto the smooth side of distress watercolor cardstock. Place a piece of kitchen paper over the top and smooth out with your hands. Carefully lift the stencil off the cardstock and air dry or with a heat tool.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Deer Card
    Position the stencil back over the dried cardstock and secure with tape. Scribble pumice stone and stormy sky distress markers directly onto a non stick craft mat and pick up with a waterbrush and brush through the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil and dry the cardstock. Once completely dry, drawer along the outline of the birch trees with the fine tip of a frayed burlap distress marker and then go over with a waterbrush to soften the lines and create shadow. Blend weathered wood distress ink around the edge of a slightly larder piece of distress watercolor cardstock than the frame and edge with walnut stain distress ink. Mount the frame over the stenciled birch background and on top of the edged watercolor cardstock.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Deer Card
    Stamp a sentiment onto a strip of distress watercolor cardstock with vintage photo distress archival ink. Blend in weathered wood distress ink and edge with vintage photo distress ink. Mount the strip over the bottom of the oval part of the frame. Leave the top center part unstuck to slip the deer under slightly. Stamp 2 deers onto distress watercolor cardstock and fussy cut. Cover one with vintage photo distress marker and watercolor the other carefully with a variety of brown tone distress markers. Glue the detailed deer head over the other and adhere to the front of the card just tucking slightly under the sentiment strip.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Deer Card
    Cover an adornment snowflake with picket fence distress paint and dab away excess with kitchen paper. Attach the snowflake to the sentiment strip with glossy accents.

    Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back tomorrow to share my take on this week’s challenge over at Frilly & Funkie. If, like me, you adore this deer stamp, be sure to stop by and checkout Bobbi Smith’s stunning card sample created for the Tim Holtz facebook LIVE event over at Vintage Muse Designs.

    Zoe


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  5. Scribble Woodland Christmas Card

    12th September, 2016

    I am delighted to share a card sample that I made for the Tim Holtz facebook LIVE event on Friday, where he showcased his incredible new Stampers Anonymous holiday stamps and stencils. If you missed the live event, you can still watch it on replay and see the stamps on Tim’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    I absolutely LOVE the new stamps and stencils and I can’t wait to create this years Christmas cards and holiday home decor with them. Here’s how I used some of them to create this sample…

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 1: Cut an oval using the sizzix stiched ovals thinlits dies from distress watercolor cardstock.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 2: Lightly blend weathered wood distress ink through the birch stencil from mini stencils set 21 using a mini blending tool.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 3: Draw lightly along the outline of the birch trees with the fine tip end of a frayed burlap distress marker. TIP* you could trace the outline using the stencil, but the imperfections of freehand make it look more natural and less “stenciled”

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 4: Edge the card and oval with walnut stain distress ink using a mini blending tool.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 5: Go over the frayed burlap marker lines with a water brush to soften the lines and create shadow.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 6: Colour the back of this stamp from the scribbled woodlands CMS282 stamp set with gathererd twiggs, peeled paint and stormy sky distress markers. Spritz with water and stamp onto distress watercolor cardstock.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 7: Once dry, ink up the stamp with black soot distress archival ink and overstamp the watercolor image.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 8: Scribble frayed burlap, pumice stone and stormy sky distress markers onto a non stick craft sheet. Pick up the scribbled marker with a waterbrush and create a background wash onto the distress watercolor cardstock around the stamped image.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 9: Take a mini blending tool and VERY LIGHTLY blend vintage photo distress ink over the stamped background and birch stencilled frame to give a vintage hue. TIP* if your vintage photo distress ink pad is “juicy” blend away some of the excess onto scrap paper before blending over the top of the background and frame.

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Step 10: Lay the polka dot stencil from mini stencil set 20 over the card. Spread texture paste through the stencil with a palette knife and once completely dry, adhere the frame over the background. TIP* To get a more natural looking snowfall (card below), use the stencil vertically or horizontally, NOT at an angle (card above).

    iGirlZoe: Scribble Woodland Christmas Card
    Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. I’ll be back tomorrow with a tutorial for another card sample that I made for Tim’s facebook LIVE post.

    Zoe

     


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