1. Frilly & Funkie: Free to Fly

    22nd March, 2017

    It’s Wednesday and time for the funkie side of the design team to share our projects for the current challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

    The current challenge is hosted by Kathy (Kathy by design), who has chosen the theme YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM …KATHY says, “I’m a huge fan of folded paper! Whether it’s a fancy fold card, a one sheet wonder, a rosette or other folded embellishment, folds equal fun! This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout. So get out those bone folders and start creasing!

    iGirlZoe : Free to FlyIt took me so long to decide what do to for this challenge. My usual creative enthusiasm has been rather lackluster of late. Having just moved to Denmark 10 months ago, we are now having to move out of our apartment completely while they put new floors in. So I’m packing again, and honestly, I feel really tired!

    Still, nothing like the lure of some distress oxides and a wink from my growing stash of distress crayons to get me back to my happy place.

    iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
    I started with those gorgeous distress oxides. I applied some to a manila tag with a mini blending tool. I spritzed with water and dried with a heat tool. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can build layers of colour without creating “MUD!”

    iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
    I used the postal marks stamp from the Tim Holtz Paris to London stamp set. Inked it up with black soot archival ink and stamped randomly onto the background without using a grid block.

    iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
    The fold in my card is the hot air balloon. I stamped the image twice, once onto a stamped label frame and the second image I cut the balloon out. I covered with collage medium and used faded jeans distress crayon to colour the balloon. I blended in vintage photo distress ink over the top to age. Using a bone folder, I scored a line down the center of the balloon. I ran a line of glossy accents on the back, just down the line and adhered over the top of the first stamped image. I also added a flag which I concertina folded and then adhered with glossy accents.

    iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
    Next it was time to accessorise! I used Tim Holtz vellum ephemera which I attached with a dot of glossy accents and then stitched into place with my sewing machine. I overlaid with remnant rubs and a sticker from the new quotations metallic stickers. Once finished, I mounted onto a black cardstock.

    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.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Zoe
     



  2. Frilly & Funkie : Welcome Spring!

    8th March, 2017

    It’s Wednesday and time for the funkie side of the design team to share our projects for the current challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

    This challenge is hosted by Nancy (Tattered Treasures), who has chosen the theme WELCOME SPRING …NANCY says, “Springtime! It’s fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!

    iGirlZoe : Welcome Spring
    I went for a variation of the last card I made but using a different background stamp and replacing the distress inks for distress oxide inks!

    iGirlZoe : Welcome Spring
    I started by stamping a circle collage background stamp by Wendy Vecchi in several places. I made masks with scrap paper so I could stamp the botanical register stamp (my current favourite) over the background, while keeping the collage circle clear.

    I blended the new distress oxide inks in broken china and peeled paint into the inside of the collage circles and then used the masks to cover them while I blended in vintage photo distress oxide into the background. I then spritzed with water from a distress sprayer and dried with a heat tool.

    iGirlZoe : Welcome Spring
    I stamped the daisy flowers from flower garden and mini bouquet stamp sets by Tim Holtz, onto the smooth side of distress watercolor cardstock with potting soil archival ink by Wendy Vecchi. Press distress oxide ink pads onto a non stick craft mat and pick up with a waterbrush and watercolour the stamped daisies. I love the depth of colour and slight chalkiness you get from distress oxide ink.

    iGirlZoe : Welcome Spring
    I used the same idea-ology foam stamps as last time. This time I used picked raspberry distress paint to stamp the first layer and then when dry, potting soil archival ink, slightly offset, for the top layer. Once stamped, I quickly rubbed with a piece of kitchen paper. The distress paint acts as a resist to the potting soil archival ink but the drop shadow remains. The potting soil does mute the brightness of the picked raspberry, (which I like).

    iGirlZoe : Welcome Spring
    I stitched the edges and over stitched some of the stamped detail inside the collage circle and added an idea-ology ruler ribbon.

    iGirlZoe : Welcome Spring
    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.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Zoe

     


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  3. Frilly & Funkie : Out of the Cold

    22nd February, 2017

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

    This challenge is hosted by Cec (CW Card Creations), who has chosen the theme OUT OF THE COLD …CEC says, “It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let’s head to the tropics. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm – think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest.”

    iGirlZoe : Out of the ColdBright colours are always a bit of a challenge for me as it’s just not really my jam, but I love a challenge…

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    Cut a piece of mixed media cardstock 7 x 5.25 inches. I stamped the new rectangle collage background stamp by Wendy Vecchi in cornflower blue archival ink. Overstamp in jet black archival ink with the botanical register background stamp, also by Wendy Vecchi. I LOVE this stamp!!

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    Blend pumice stone and broken china distress ink inside the rectangle collage stamped area. Then blend vintage photo distress ink over the outer area. Spritz with water and set aside to dry.

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    I used the new idea-ology block lower cling foam stamps by Tim Holtz with picket fence distress paint to stamp a series of numbers over my background. Once dry, ink up the cling foam stamps with potting soil archival ink and stamp onto scrap paper twice and then stamp, slightly offset over the original stamped image.

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    Stamp flowers from the flower garden and mini bouquet sets onto distress watercolor cardstock. Scribble distress crayons onto a non stick craft mat, (I used seedless preserve, fossilized amber and peeled paint). Using a water brush, pick up the distress crayon and watercolour the stamped images and fussy cut. I love the depth of colour you get when watercolouring with distress crayons.

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    Stamp a bee from the tiny things stamp set and watercolour distress markers, (I used wild honey for the body and tumbled glass for the wings). Once dry fussy cut.

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    Use this dry embossing technique by Tim Holtz to give the bee and the flowers a cool dimensional effect. Attach with glossy accents and 3D foam.

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    Bend the prongs off a fork from the idea-ology silverware set. To age, dab mushroom alcohol ink on with a cotton bud and allow to dry. Using the other end of the cotton bud, roll over potting soil archival ink and dab onto the fork. Attach with glossy accents.

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    Punch 2 banners with the Tim Holtz Large banner paper punch. Blend vintage photo distress ink into one and broken china distress ink into the other, spritz with water and once dry mount one over the other, slightly offsetting. Age an idea-ology adornment index clip, using the same technique as the fork, and clip over the banner. Add some remnant rubs inside the index clip window.

    iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
    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.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Zoe

     


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  4. Frilly & Funky : Follow Your Heart

    11th February, 2017

    Hello friends! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Today I have a SATURDAY STEP BY STEP over at Frilly & Funkie with a little Valentine inspiration.

    iGirlZoe : Follow Your Heart

    iGirlZoe : Follow Your Heart
    If you would like to see the step by step in full, pop over to Frilly & Funkie.

    Have a great weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with my final project from Creativation 2017.

    Zoe

     



  5. Frilly & Funkie : Be My Valentine?

    8th February, 2017

    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 BE MY VALENTINE! “Love is in the air, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this challenge is to make a card for your sweet Valentine in a vintage or shabby chic style.”

    iGirlZoe: Be My ValentineIt has been snowing here in Copenhagen this week. A light dusting in comparison to the snow we used to enjoy in Gruyere, but it definitely put me in the mood for a blue palette when making my valentines card.

    iGirlZoe: Be My Valentine
    To begin, I swiped broken china, frayed burlap and walnut stain distress ink onto a non stick craft mat. Spritzed with water, picked up the ink with a brayer and rolled it onto mixed media heavystock. Added numbers remnant rubs and lightly sanded with a sanding grip.

    iGirlZoe: Be My Valentine
    I inked the Tim Holtz newsprint stamp with potting soil archival ink and rolled the stamp lightly over the background in random places. LOVE this stamp, it’s one of my most used.

    iGirlZoe: Be My Valentine
    I created the hearts using Wendy Vecchi’s faux granite technique. It’s such an easy and effective technique. I used cornflower blue archival ink and embossing powder and the splatter background stamp, all by Wendy Vecchi.

    iGirlZoe: Be My Valentine
    Naturally I used the new idea-ology paper dolls. I used the photo tinting technique on the flowers, using a victorian velvet distress marker. I mounted the dolls onto 3D foam.

    iGirlZoe: Be My Valentine
    I inked the edges of a new idea-ology quote chip with potting soil archival ink and adhered under the paper dolls feet. I sanded the edges of a piece of the classic kraft stock, brushed with a collage glue stick and burnished with a foil transfer sheet from Ranger ink.

    iGirlZoe: Be My Valentine
    I flicked some black soot distress paint over the background and attached a fluted ring fastener and a discontinued idea-ology chain tassel. I’m dedicating this card to my crafty friend Sue Adams, who hoarded packs of these chain tassels and shipped them from the US for me. Friends help friends hoard discontinued idea-ology!

    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.

    Zoe

     


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