1. 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

     



  2. 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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  3. Creativation 2017 : Sizzix 2

    7th February, 2017

    Hello everyone. Today I am sharing the second sample that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Booth at Creativation.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017For this card I tried to go a little less grungy than usual and tap into my pretty side. I used the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations floral texture fade folder and sentiment words thinlits die set to make this Mother’s Day card.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    To begin, I stamped one side of the new floral texture fade folder using a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous background stamp, inked with vintage photo distress ink and ran through my big shot machine. The stamped image will transfer onto the non raised portions of the cardstock.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I die cut an oval frame from mixed media cardstock and blended in vintage photo distress ink. I brushed with a sanding grip to snag some of the edges to give a worn look and adhered over the background. I die cut wildflowers with the thinlits die set from gold deco sheets. I LOVE this stuff!

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    Next I sprayed a crinkle ribbon with stormy sky distress stain spray and tied it around the embossed background. I mounted it onto paper from the new etcetera paper stash and idea-ology classic kraft stock which I sanded. I cut a strip of idea-ology classic kraft stock and die cut “Mother’s Day” from the new sentiment words thinlits dies and carefully sanded with a sanding grip. I mounted it over a strip of deco sheet and adhered to the card.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    The floral texture fade folder creates such a pretty background that needs very little added to complete a card. Mixed with the sentiment words die set you could make cards for lots of different occasions.

    A big thanks to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney for inviting me to be part of this amazing team. Do take some time to pop over to Tim Holtz Blog and see the list of designers who created for Creativation, I am in awe of them all!

    You can pre-order all of the new Tim Holtz products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

    I’ll be back tomorrow with the my design team card for the challenge I’m hosting over at Frilly & Funkie.

    Thanks for coming over to take a look.
    Zoe

     



  4. Creativation 2017 : Sizzix 1

    6th February, 2017

    Hello everyone. Apologies for the delay, I meant to come back on Friday with this post, but wasn’t very well. Today I am sharing first of two small contributions to the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Booth at Creativation.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017For the first sample I used the new  Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations croc texture fade folder and sentiment words thinlits die set to make this Father’s Day card.

    To start with, I embossed a piece of the chocolate brown idea-ology substrate with the new croc texture fades folder.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    Using a piece of the white substrate, I die cut a prize ribbon and covered with fired brick distress ink. I aged a new idea-ology adornment star with fossilized amber distress paint and attached with collage matte medium.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I sanded an idea-ology cabinet card frame with a sanding grip and blended in vintage photo distress ink. I mounted over an image from the new etcetera paper stash by Tim Holtz.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I die cut “father’s day” using the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations sentiments words thinlits die set from classic kraft core and mounted over  a strip of metallic kraft stock. Finally, I mounted the layers onto the card and added some stitching with my sewing machine.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    Thanks for the lovely comments you have been leaving me here and on social media. A big thanks to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney for inviting me to be part of this amazing team.

    You can pre-order all of the new Tim Holtz products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

    I’ll be back on tomorrow with part 2 of my Sizzix samples.

    Thanks for taking the time…
    Zoe

     


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  5. Creativation 2017 : idea-ology 2

    1st February, 2017

    Hello everyone. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my last post, I really appreciate it. Today I am back with part 2 of my samples for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Booth.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017My second sample, a clipboard memo pad, was inspired by the gorgeous new memoranda paper stash and I HAD to use one of the new idea-ology rulers!

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    To begin with, I disassembled an idea-ology mini clipboard. Covered the clip with picket fence distress paint, dried a little and then wiped away the excess with kitchen paper. I repeated this process using evergreen bough distress paint. Finally I dry brushed with tarnished brass distress paint.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I used the notebook stamp from the Tim Holtz school desk stamp set (CMS057), with jet black archival ink and stamped onto paper from the new memoranda paper stash. I scored a line near the top and punched holes.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I covered the mini clipboard with paper from the Memoranda Paper Stash, ephemera from the snippets ephemera pack and design tape. I used linen ribbon to hold the memo pad together and adhered it to the clipboard. I added an aged pencil with twine to an adornments index clip which I aged with distress paint.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    As a final flourish I added one of my new favourite idea-ology items, the adornments stars, which I aged with distress paint and attached with collage glue. …I won’t tell you how many packs of these I have ordered, but I would get in there quickly!

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I snapped an idea-ology ruler in half, sanded with a sanding block and stained with vintage photo distress stain. The buttons are actual vintage buttons that Paula Cheney kindly sent me from her personal stash, (you should see the collection she has… swoon)!

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    Again, a big thanks to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney for inviting me to be part of this amazing team.

    You can pre-order all of the new Tim Holtz products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

    I’ll be back on Friday with the samples that I made for the Sizzix booth.

    Thanks for taking the time…
    Zoe

     


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