1. 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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  2. Creativation 2017 : idea-ology 1

    30th January, 2017

    Hello everyone. If you’re anything like me, the weekend before last was a write off as I spent it glued to social media waiting for facebook live videos and photos from this years Creativation, (formerly CHA).

    Last week I spent pre-ordering all the new products and this week I’m going to share the samples I made for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology and Sizzix Alterations Booths.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017My first sample is a secret garden inspired altered assemblage clock, using lots of the new idea-ology line by Tim Holtz.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    To begin with, I disassembled an assemblage clock. Covered it 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. Once dry I reassembled the clock.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I added an crinkle ribbon that I stained with antique linen distress spray. I glued a little green moss to the top of the clock with glossy accents, adding some of the new bouquet findings flowers which I stained with fossilized amber and picked raspberry distress spray. I covered the center or the flower with scattered straw distress paint and added a few tiny drops of glossy accents to give a faux water droplet effect. Finally I attached my favourite piece from the new snippets ephemera. I seriously love this! Everything was edged with vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I aged a swivel clasp with adornments treasures and adornments keys with gold mixative alcohol ink and hung from the clock handle.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    I covered the inside of the clock with paper from the new memoranda paper stash. Glued moss along the bottom of the clock and added botanical layer flowers. I added mushroom alcohol ink to a salvaged doll, altered her dress with a little victorian velvet distress paint. I added a crown and wand from the adornments treasures that I stained with gold mixative alcohol ink. I then nestled amidst the botanical layers.

    iGirlZoe: Tim Holtz Creativation 2017
    It was such an honor to make a small contribution to the incredible Tim Holtz booths. A big thanks to Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi and Paula Cheney for inviting me to be part of this amazing team. Also to you, who take the time to visit my blog and instagram and leave comments cheering me on, I really appreciate it.

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

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

    Thanks for taking the time…
    Zoe

     


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  3. Frilly & Funkie Winter Hues

    25th January, 2017

    It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog! I’m delighted to be back on the Frilly & Funkie design team for another term. This week it’s the funkie side of the team to join the challenge.

    This challenge is hosted by Suzz (Suzz’ Stamping Spot), who has chosen the theme WINTER HUES …SUZZ says, “The weather this time of year in the Midwest gets to be a bit chilly, icy, snowy and overcast. These elements of the season create a beautiful palette of colors which I am calling Winter Hues. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.”

    iGirlZoe: Winter HuesI love this challenge! I used blue, white, grey and silver in my card… and yes, brown, plenty of brown!

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    I worked in layers and blended pumice stone distress ink onto mixed media heavystock and spritzed with water. I love this technique and especially love the fantastic mottled effect the distress sprayer gives. I dried with a heat tool, stitched the edges with my sewing machine and mounted onto black core’dinations kraft core, which I sanded of course.

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    On top of that, I layered a piece of silver idea-ology metallic kraft stock. I sanded the edges with a sanding grip and blended in vintage photo distress ink.

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    For the next layer wanted to try and recreate an embossed technique Tim Holtz demonstrated in Creative Chemistry 103 with the shadow press. It didn’t work exactly as I had hoped, but I managed to make it work for me, and quite liked the effect. I rubbed a versamark ink pad over the raised portion of the embossing folder and ran it through my big shot with mixed media heavystock. I then poured embossing powder over the top. This is where it didn’t work properly… I can’t find my brayer, I had it at the weekend but now it’s MIA and when I used the versamark ink pad it touched the flat portions of the folder and there was embossing powder everywhere! Using a dry paintbrush, I carefully brushed the powder off the negative portions and melted the powder with a heat tool.

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    I blended stormy sky distress ink onto the card, edged with vintage photo distress ink and spritzed with water. I used this particular embossing folder as it reminded me of the cold winds blowing. I was pleased with the effect as there is powder in the debossed detail and a little splattered around which looks like it was an “on purpose!” I am trying SO hard to “embrace imperfection” and not “freak my freak” as Tim says in Creative Chemistry.

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    Next, I die cut a stitched rectangle frame and snowflakes with more of the silver idea-ology kraft stock. Sanded with a sanding grip and blended in vintage photo distress ink. I adhered them with glossy accents.

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    I added a sentiment from the new idea-ology clipping stickers. I sanded the edges and blended with vintage photo distress ink. This sentiment just worked perfectly with the frosty cold colours.

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    I also added a new idea-ology adornment index clips which I LOVE LOVE LOVE! I mounted it over a scrap of ephemera I had leftover from another project! Did I mention LOVE?!

    iGirlZoe: Winter Hues
    Finally I added an idea-ology fluted fastener to the center of the largest snowflake which I flattened with a hammer. My favourite bit though, was adding a new idea-ology paper doll! There are no words to truly describe how much I love these!

    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.

    Zoe

     


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  4. Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus

    20th January, 2017

    Happy New Year friends!

    Sorry that it’s been over a month since my last post. I spent Christmas in the UK with family and have been working on some projects for Creativation (formerly CHA)… but more on that in a later post. 😉

    Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! We’re featuring Tim Holtz and Ranger Collage Mediums and Texture Pastes, and for the next two weeks The Funkie Junkie Boutique are giving an additional 15% discount off these products! YIPPEE!

    iGirlZoe: Friday Focus
    For a closer look at this weeks Friday Focus, pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

    Have a great weekend and if you’re at Creativation, have a great show!
    Zoe

     



  5. Frilly & Funkie Holiday Gift Tags

    10th December, 2016

    Hello friends! I have a SATURDAY STEP BY STEP over at Frilly & Funkie with some holiday gift tags.

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Tags

    iGirlZoe: Holiday Gift Tags

    If you would like to see the step by step in full, pop over to Frilly & Funkie.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Zoe x