1. Frilly & Funkie Bountiful Harvest

    23rd November, 2016

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

    This challenge is hosted by Nancy (Tattered Treasures), who has chosen the theme BOUNTIFUL HARVEST …NANCY says, “Create any vintage or shabby chic project celebrating the bounty of the season in the rich hues of Autumn.”

    iGirlZoe: Bountiful Harvest
    I confess that since moving I’ve suffered from a fair amount of creative block. I think the stress, exhaustion and mind overload has left me a little creatively flat. Even with this super challenge theme, I sat for the longest time and nothing happened, so I turned to Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2016 for help. Tim guides you through the techniques and before I knew it, I was covered in ink, big smile on my face…

    iGirlZoe: Bountiful Harvest
    You can see this background technique over on Tim’s blog. I’d forgotten how much I love the remnant rub resist.

    iGirlZoe: Bountiful Harvest
    I used the Tim Holtz Alphanumeric thinlits dies to create “Thankful,” die cut from cork and laid over the top of textile surface. I created the little pumpkin ticket using the mini pumpkin stencil from set number 22 and applying a little spiced marmalade and peeled paint distress marker through the stencil with a water brush. I added a remnant rub to the bottom and blended in walnut stain distress ink. SO CUTE!

    iGirlZoe: Bountiful Harvest
    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. Festive Frame

    13th November, 2016

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… I’m delighted and very humbled to be following the exceptional talents of Audrey Pettit and Emma Williams, to share a project that I’ve made for the holiday inspiration series over on Tim Holtz’s blog.

    iGirlZoe: Festive Frame
    I wanted to make a home decor piece to display in my new home over the holiday season. I’m head over heals for this years Tim Holtz holiday products, many of which I used in my project, including the new gilded remnant rubs (YES I SAID GILDED)!!

    If you haven’t seen the new holiday products, they are HERE and HERE. Once these holiday hotcakes are gone, they’re gone, so get them while you can!

    You can see the full project and tutorial HERE. I really hope it inspires you to make something during the holiday season. Be sure to pop back to Tim’s blog regularly to see more holiday inspiration to come.

    Have a great week.
    Zoe x


  3. Frilly & Funkie What a ‘Mesh’!

    9th November, 2016

    It’s Wednesday and 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 WHAT A ‘MESH’ …PAMELLIA says, “I would like you to create a vintage or shabby chic project using any type of mesh (crinoline, cheesecloth, tulle, burlap, canvas etc).”

    iGIrlZoe: What A Mesh
    This holiday card is so quick and easy to make. I used papers from the Tim Holtz tidings paper stash, as well as new Tim Holtz Sizzix holiday release dies.

    iGIrlZoe: What A Mesh
    Die cut a cameo frame with the movers and shapers oval insert from distress watercolor cardstock. Emboss with a texture fades folder and blend in vintage photo, walnut stain and ground espresso distress ink.

    iGIrlZoe: What A Mesh
    For the center of the frame I die cut a star from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlits dimensional star set from metallic kraft core cardstock. I sanded over the top with a sanding grip and spritzed with gathered twig distress marker.

    iGIrlZoe: What A Mesh
    Using the same technique as with the cameo frame, I die cut “Believe” with the new Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlits holiday words thin set, underlaid with metallic kraft core cardstock and mounted over burlap.

    iGIrlZoe: What A Mesh
    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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  4. A Very Vintage Halloween

    26th October, 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 A VERY VINTAGE HALLOWEEN… “It’s time to get your witches hats on and create a project in a vintage style with a Halloween theme.”

    iGIrlZoe: A Very Vintage Halloween
    Halloween is probably my favourite “crafting holiday” of the year and it’s no secret that I have a small pumpkin and skull obsession! This year I haven’t had as much time to get my creepy on because of our move and all of the chaos that moving brings. With new walls to decorate, I decided to make a home decor piece to display until the Christmas decorations go up!

    iGIrlZoe: A Very Vintage HalloweenI picked up a RIBBA frame recently on one of my many visits to IKEA! I love these dimensional frames and thought it would be fun to add a few trinkets (or apothecary vials) in front of the background. I wanted to make use of the nice frame mount that comes with the frame, however, things did not go according to plan! All surfaces are not made equally and it really made me appreciate how well the mixed media and distress watercolor cardstocks hold inks and paints! The IKEA ribba frame mounts DO NOT! I added distress inks and water direct to the frame mount and it was an utter crafting disaster! So I got on my thinking cap and pulled out my tissue wrap!

    iGIrlZoe: A Very Vintage Halloween
    I tapped the distress mixed media ink palette onto the ledger script stamp and then stamped directly onto the tissue wrap, turning the stamp each time to give a less unified background. I wrapped the tissue wrap around the frame and adhered with glue n seal. I swiped various distress inks onto a non stick craft mat, spritzed with water and pressed the tissue wrap covered frame mount into the ink, dried with a heat tool and then repeated several times until happy with the look.

    iGIrlZoe: A Very Vintage Halloween
    I stamped my favourite skull stamp of all time onto mixed media cardstock, blended in some distress ink and coloured the teeth with white gel pen to make them pop. I adhered it with 3D foam over a mixed media cardstock background, stamped with a specks stamp and used a frayed burlap distress marker to create a shadow.

    iGIrlZoe: A Very Vintage Halloween
    Using a pack of idea-ology apothecary vials I distressed the labels and filled with various embossing powders and dyed the cork stoppers with walnut stain distress ink. I adhered the vials to the inside of the IKEA ribba frame with glossy accents.

    iGIrlZoe: A Very Vintage Halloween
    I added an idea-ology bone and spider to the tops of 2 of the vials and adhered cheese cloth dyed with antique linen distress ink. I stamped “Happy Halloween” down the side and attached some hanging spiders from a ring fastener.

    iGIrlZoe: A Very Vintage HalloweenI photographed the frame without the glass because of glare when photographing, but replaced the glass, (which sits in front of the vials), ready to hang on the wall or stand on a sideboard.

    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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  5. Frilly & Funkie Author Author

    12th October, 2016

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

    This challenge is hosted by Suzz (Suzz’ Stamping Spot), who has chosen the theme AUTHOR AUTHOR …SUZZ says, “There are so many wonderful books that inspire the mind to imagine the worlds created within them. Think fairy tales, mysteries, romances or even science fiction and use that to inspire your art. Your challenge it so create a shabby chic or vintage styled project inspired by a book. Provide an explanation of how the book and author inspired your project.”

    iGirlZoe: Author AuthorI am a bit of a William Shakespeare fan! My favourite plays are, (in no particular order), Romeo & Juliette, Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet! I chose Hamlet for my project as it’s set in the Kingdom of Denmark, which seemed poetic given my recent move. For those unfamiliar with Hamlet, you may have heard the famous line “something is rotten in the state of Denmark!”

    The inspiration for this particular card comes from Act 5, Scene 1 where the gravedigger hands the skull to Hamlet, he holds the skull up and says, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it.”

    iGirlZoe: Author Author
    I used the card packaging that comes with Tim Holtz idea-ology burlap panels. I cut 2 strips to create borders to give the card a book feel. The Tim Holtz Sizzix skull die was perfect for this project. I blended distress ink in, flicked with water and mounted over the mottled packaging background.

    iGirlZoe: Author Author
    I created a custom stencil using the alphanumeric thinlits die set and mixed media cardstock, then blended fired brick and ground espresso distress ink through.

    iGirlZoe: Author Author
    I used a the “smudge stamping stenciling” technique from one my other favourite books, “Compendium of Curiosities 3!” It gives the stenciled image a lovely worn look. I added remnant rub borders to the card to finish.

    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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