‘Craft’ Category

  1. Frilly & Funkie: Count Me In!

    5th April, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    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 Jenny (Pushing the Right Buttons), who has chosen the theme COUNT ME IN! …Jenny says, “Numbers are a huge part of our everyday lives so it is no surprise they are also often included in our creative ones too. For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special ‘sum-thing’ to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last minute addition!

    iGirlZoe : Count Me InI admit that when I saw this challenge I was delighted, as I love numbers. I wanted to create a Spring home decor piece to hang on the wall.

    I started by painting a vignette house with iced spruce distress paint, with water added to dilute and create a wash and set aside to dry.

    iGirlZoe : Count Me In
    The background was created with a piece of manila heavystock, cut to fit the vignette house. I die cut wildflowers from heavystock and adhered them to the background with matte collage medium. Then painted another layer of collage medium over the top. Once dry, I began adding distress crayons to the flowers, working in small areas and blending with my finger.

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    I sanded the edges, blended in a little vintage photo distress ink and added water droplets using a distress spray bottle. To continue with the challenge theme, I added remnant rub numbers. Then adhered the panel into the vignette house with matte collage medium.

    iGirlZoe : Count Me InI used the stencil numbers thinlits die set to create side panels for the vignette house from heavystock. Once die cut, I covered with a layer of matte collage medium. Once dry, I blended in distress crayons.

    iGirlZoe : Count Me InUsing a cotton bud with a tiny mist of water, I removed some of the crayon to create highlights. I then adhere to the side panels of the vignette house.

    iGirlZoe : Count Me InI painted a vignette finial with picket fence distress paint and then added vintage photo distress ink to areas to age. I added a mini plaquette with twine, a decorative dome with a letterpress block inside which was painted with weathered wood distress paint and sanded when dry. I adhered a butterfly to the top of the letterpress and a little moss to the bottom of the dome.

    iGirlZoe : Count Me InFinally I added another letterpress, which I had painted the same way as before and added some of the new paper dolls. These things are selling like hotcakes and I can see why!

    iGirlZoe : Count Me In
    For the roof I added numbers cut from grunge paper using the wordplay die. I confess to hoarding grunge paper and grunge board since it was discontinued. I used walnut stain distress stain to colour the numbers. I find the stains work really well with wood and grunge board/paper.

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    I decorated the top of the vignette with some bouqet findings, which I coloured with distress sprays. I added a ruler ribbon which I added a belt buckle to and adhered with glossy accents.

    iGirlZoe : Count Me InI added corners which I rubbed gold wax onto. Just add a wall hanger to the back it’s ready to hang up for Spring.

    iGirlZoe : Count Me In
    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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  2. Frilly & Funkie: Free to Fly

    22nd March, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    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!”

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    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.

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    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
     



  3. Frilly & Funkie : Out of the Cold

    22nd February, 2017 by iGirlZoe

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. CHA 2016 Tim Holtz Periscopes Day 2

    12th January, 2016 by iGirlZoe

    Hello! Back again with more periscopes from CHA 2016 featuring Tim Holtz. Thanks so much to everyone who scoped from CHA and shared this amazing show with people from around the world!

    If like me you’re going to miss getting the daily “whistle”, check out the following instagram accounts for loads of Tim Holtz BTS (behind the scenes) from CHA 2016.

    Tim Holtz
    Mario Rossi
    Paula Cheney
    Richele Christensen
    Sizzix
    Ranger Ink

    Enjoy…

    CHA2016 periscope – More with Tim (by Sizzix)

    CHA2016 periscope – What’s New at Sizzix with Tim Holtz (by Sizzix)

    CHA2016 periscope – Tim Holtz Good Morning from CHA (by Mario Rossi)

    CHA2016 periscope – Ranger Booth (by Brianna)

    CHA 2016 periscope – Tim Holtz (by Yvonne Blair)


  5. CHA 2016 Tim Holtz Periscopes

    11th January, 2016 by iGirlZoe

    Good Morning! It’s been an exciting and busy weekend for the craft world with the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) 2016 show in full swing. If like me, you were glued to your screen all weekend watching Periscope and listening for the next “whistle,” you would have seen some of the incredible products being demonstrated. I also know that for some, it wasn’t possible to get Periscope or stream it in the 24 hour limit the videos are available for, especially those working their socks off at CHA!

    SO, my very clever and time generous husband spent his weekend saving and converting the scopes. A big thank you to him, as each video took several hours to download, convert and upload. Also a big thank you to everyone at CHA who took the time to periscope so people from around the world could feel part of the show.

    You can see the sneak peaks for all the new products on Tim Holtz Blog.

    Enjoy…

    CHA2016 periscope – Tim Holtz Opening Day

    CHA2016 periscope – Tim Holtz Sizzix Booth

    CHA2016 periscope – Tim Holtz Alterations here we go (by Mario Rossi)

    CHA2016 periscope – Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 demo (with Richele Christensen)

    CHA2016 periscope – Tim Holtz Sizzix booth village (with Annette Green)

    CHA2016 periscope – Tim Holtz Distress Crayons in Ranger booth