1. A Vintage Journey – Sew Special

    27th May, 2016

    Hello! I am guest blogging over at A Vintage Journey today where Jenny has set the challenge theme “Sew Special!”

    A Vintage Journey: Sew SpecialI hope you’ll take a moment to stop by A Vintage Journey to see my finished project in more detail.


  2. Frilly & Funkie Oh The Places You’ll Go!

    25th May, 2016

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

    This time it’s my turn to host the challenge and I’ve chosen the theme OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! “For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project with travel as the central theme. Think planes, trains, auto-mobiles, ships, maps, globes.”

    iGirlZoe: Oh The Places You'll GoI am moving from Switzerland to Denmark in a week and with this in mind, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to make a travel journal.

    iGirlZoe: Oh The Places You'll Go
    I want to record my first few weeks in Denmark, it’s something that I wish I had done when I moved to Switzerland from the UK 8 years ago.

    iGirlZoe: Oh The Places You'll Go
    The background was created by stamping the travel labels from Tim Holtz stamp set with various different distress inks onto Wendy Vecchi’s newsprint paper. It’s the first time I’ve used the newsprint paper and it’s so cool. It takes the distress ink with no trouble. I fussy cut the travel labels and covered with a layer of glue ‘n seal and rubbed distress crayons over the top.

    iGirlZoe: Oh The Places You'll Go
    I spread crazing paste through a mini stencil with a palette knife and covered with distress crayons.

    iGirlZoe: Oh The Places You'll Go
    This sentiment from a Tim Holtz stamp set seemed very fitting. I accidentally tore the globe die cut as I was removing it from the thinlits die, but I actually liked the distressed look to it, so went with it.

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    I will be taking a short break from the F&F Design Team while I move, but I’ll be back just as soon as my shipment arrives and I unpack my craft stash!

    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.

     



  3. Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus

    13th May, 2016

    Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! We’re featuring Tim Holtz Stamps and for the next two weeks The Funkie Junkie Boutique are giving an additional 15% discount off Tim Holtz Stamps! YAY!

    iGirlZoe: Friday Focus Tim Holtz Stamps

    For a closer look at this weeks Friday Focus, pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

    Have a great weekend!


  4. Frilly & Funkie Opposites Attract!

    11th May, 2016

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

    This challenge is hosted by Kathy (Kathy by Design), who has chosen the theme OPPOSITES ATTRACT …Kathy says, “For this challenge, the Frilly side of the team was asked to create a project in Funkie Style, and next week, the Funkie side of the team will create a Frilly style project. To play along, we’re asking you to dig deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.”

    iGirlZoe: Opposites AttractThis really was a challenge for me, but I embraced it wholeheartedly, I even used PINK!!!

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    Distress markers direct to the stamp, spritzed with water and stamped onto distress watercolor cardstock.

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    Create a watercolor wash with antique linen distress marker and water onto a craft mat and brush over with a large flat brush.

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    Paint the back and inside sides of an idea-ology burlap panel with walnut stain distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    I wanted to use the rose stencil inside the burlap panel but it wouldn’t fit, so I did the unthinkable and cut the borders off! Paula Cheney made me do it! She cuts her rubber stamps!!! I’m not quite there yet, but this was a brave move for me! 😉

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    Tape the stencil into place and spread texture paste through with a palette knife.

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    Once completely dry, blend picked raspberry distress ink over the top with a blending tool.

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    Cover the watercolor distress card with a layer crazing medium, working quickly and not over brushing so as not to smudge the distress marker underneath. I LOVE this crazing effect!

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    Mount the watercolor distress card into the burlap panel with matte multi medium.

    iGirlZoe: Opposites Attract
    I added some idea-ology and trinkets to the bottom of the burlap panel and secured with a dab of glossy accents and stamped “handmade” onto woodgrain cardstock and coloured with distress markers.

    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.

     



  5. Good Ole USA

    29th April, 2016

    I really do love the techniques used in this month’s 12 tags of 2016 by mix master Tim Holtz! So much so, that I had a third go at making something using the remixed techniques.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    Something a friend said about the “good ole usa” inspired this post. There’s clues about this person on the project! It’s someone you’ll know! 😉

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    I die cut a sheet of Americana images from the seasonal paper stash with the United States thinlits die.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    When you have run your die through the die cutter, keep the cutting plates together and flip over and slide the die off the plate. The individual states remain in the die which will make it easier later.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    I used the leftover paper which I die cut the USA from, as a stencil. Spread the grout from the mosaic kit through with a palette knife onto chipboard.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    I carefully placed each state onto the dried grout using the distress mosaic kit. I worked in sections leaving small gaps between each piece. Once completely dry, I fussy cut around the USA map and put 3D foam on the back ready to mount onto my background.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    I embossed two pieces of distress watercolor cardstock with one of Tim Holtz’s texture fades folders and taped together at the back. I followed the techniques on Tim’s blog as with the woodgrain cardstock. I die cut shape strip stars into the side and under-mounted metallic kraft core. I mounted onto chipboard backed kraft cardstock and covered in walnut stain distress stain.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    I added a vial label, remnant rubs and an adornment arrow covered in picket fence distress paint.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    Finally, I added “USA” which I die cut from the new alphanumeric marquee die set from distress watercolor cardstock and covered with distress inks.

    iGirlZoe: Good Ole USA
    Thanks for stopping by, you can see all the techniques for this months tag on Tim’s blog.