‘Craft Challenges’ Category

  1. Frilly & Funkie: Three Is Not A Crowd

    10th January, 2018 by iGirlZoe

    Happy New Year! I am delighted to be back with the Frilly and Funkie Design Team.

    This first challenge of the year is hosted by the very lovely Cec (CW Card Creations), who has chosen the theme THREE IS NOT A CROWD …CEC says, “Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. Examples of three of something could be three different patterned papers, three colours, three layers, three flowers, three bows – the list goes on. This would be a perfect time to use some of the new supplies you received for Christmas or to make space in your stash by using up old supplies. Just remember to think in multiples of three..”

    iGirlZoe: Three Is Not A Crowd
    For many of us, this time of year can be as busy as the holidays. Making samples for creativation (formerly CHA), getting kids back to school, returning to work, taking the decorations down and getting organised for the year ahead. A lot of my friends and family have birthdays in January, so I have plenty of cards to make. I decided to use this challenge to make a masculine birthday card…

    iGirlZoe: Three Is Not A Crowd
    I adhered a page from an old dictionary over mixed media heavystock with distress collage medium. Using the Tim Holtz stamp platform I stamped the large hot air balloon stamp from Remnants CMS130 stamp set. I stamped the tiny hot air from the tiny things set 3 times. I used distress crayons to colour the balloons and background and added remnant rubs.

    iGirlZoe: Three Is Not A Crowd
    The background is stamped in fired brick distress ink with walnut stain distress ink blended in and stamped twice using the stamp platform. 3 idea-ology adornment stars were added with distress collage glue.

    iGirlZoe: Three Is Not A Crowd
    Finally, I stitched with a sewing machine and mounted onto classic kraft stock.

    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: 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!”

    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
     



  3. Frilly & Funkie It’s A Small Small World

    17th August, 2016 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 IT’S A SMALL, SMALL WORLD …CEC says, “Create or alter something small in a shabby chic or vintage style. Your finished project can be anything from the size of an inchie, matchbook or domino to the size of a playing card or note card, which means anything from 1 inch to 4 inches and it does not have to be flat. Be creative and let us know in your post just how small your project is.”

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World
    You might think it’s a tad early for Halloween projects, but after the launch of Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Halloween stamps, there was no early! I picked up the mini Halloween #5 stamp set but I couldn’t decide how to incorporate all the stamps I wanted to use, (all of them), into one project, especially such a small small project. It was then that I spied the label frames stamp set and I had a crazy idea…

    Create lots of mini cards, each measuring 2 inches by 2.5 inches and play with all the stamps in the set…

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World

    iGirlZoe: It's A Small Small World
    These cards would be perfect for mini Halloween party invitations, card toppers for larger invitations and gift bags or even dare cards for Halloween parties. I’ll be back on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog on Saturday with a step-by-step for these Halloween cards and the finished project. I hope you’ll join me then.

    In the meantime, 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.

     



  4. 12 Tags of 2015 – July

    27th July, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    At the beginning of the month I made a July 4th wall hanging inspired by Tim’s July Tag. Since then Tim has announced his new Halloween products as well as some awesome accessory stamps and dies for those crazy birds we’ve all gone crazy over. It was all the excuse I needed…

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    I have been so inspired by Richele Christensen’s awesome crazy bird cards, (complete with names and personalities), that I had to create my own.
    …May I introduce, “Count Peckula,” an Undertaker from Twittervania. 😉

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    The base is black soot distress spray stain sprayed on a manila tag and watercolor cardstock and paper from the industrial stash, stamped with the new Undertaker set.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    The tag is edged with idea-ology industrious stickers, covered with a little mushroom and espresso alcohol ink and stitched.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    I wanted to give the impression of lots of bats hiding in the dark, so stamped the bird crazy eyes onto watercolor cardstock lots of times and cut with the corresponding die. I edged the eyes with black soot distress marker to fully immerse them into the dark background.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    This is how I made Count Peckula…

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    See a video on how to create the base bird here!

    CAPE POINTS: die cut an additional set of wings from watercolor cardstock, colour with festive berries and edge with black soot distress markers.

    VAMPIRE FANGS: die cut using the die pictured from watercolor cardstock, trim (as pictured) to create the fangs.

    WALKING STICK & TOP HAT: stamp the candy cane from the new crazy things stamp set and elongated the stem with a journaling pen. Coloure with the black soot distress marker to cover the candy cane stripes. Stamp the top hat from the Undertaker stamp set.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    Attach the cape points and the vampire fangs with a dab of glossy accents and then cover the vampire fangs with glossy accents to give an enameled look.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my tag. You can see this months tag and techniques on Tim’s blog.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    CMS #240 Undertaker / CMS#237 Crazy Things / CM#212 Bird Crazy / #660954 Bird Crazy Thinlit Dies


  5. Happy 4th of July

    4th July, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Happy 4th of July!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    This wall hanging was inspired by Tim Holtz’s July 12 tags of 2015.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    Tim Holtz new United States thinlits die is too cool. It cuts out the outline AND the individual states as well!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    I used tissue tape to mask out lines and then inked up with distress ink, (don’t worry, I kept the tape to use on another project)! 😉

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    The stars were die cut using the thinlits shape strips.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    Finally the entire die cut got swiped with vintage photo distress ink and spritzed with hickory smoke distress marker and spritzer tool. The hickory smoke is my new go to spritz colour!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    I used Tim’s cool technique using crinkle ribbon and distress markers. Check out Tim’s blog post to see how.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - July
    Thanks for taking time to stop by and I hope you have a happy July 4th weekend.