Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hip to be Square at Frilly and Funkie !

We're heading into the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and it's now turn for the Funkie side of the team to share their projects. The lovely Jenny has set the challenge which is Hip to be Square.

So, for this challenge; we want you to create a 3D vintage or shabby chic project based on a cube shape. The Design Team have used Artist Trading Block cubes (available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and discounted an extra 15% during this challenge period - that's a $39.99 die on sale for just $27.19!) but let's be clear, you can use your own templates, dies or hand cut cubes if you would prefer. Decorate, embellish and alter them in any way you choose as long as they are cube shaped and have a vintage or shabby chic feel.

As an added bonus this fortnight we are teaming up with our friends at 'The Artists on the Block'. They have a dedicated Design Team using Eileen Hull Designs cubes (and many other 3D die cut shapes) in incredibly imaginative ways so make sure you take a look for some added inspiration. And with their companion challenge blog 'Art With Heart' having an 'Anything Goes' theme this month you've got the option to enter your creations there as well to be in with a chance to win a brand new Eileen Hull Designs die!


So with all the formalities out of the way, we'll move on to my project. I have to say the Frilly side of the team set the bar very high for this challenge and it took me a while to think what on earth I was going to do !




I started to think about how I could change the ATB so that it wasn't actually a cube anymore and the idea of a set of drawers popped into my head. I cut off one of the sides and cut it into four pieces. I then assembled the ATB and painted it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint, when it was dry I spread Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste over the top. I then used Orange Blossom, Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink. I wanted it to look like a well worn, well loved piece of furniture


I thought it would fit nicely in the home of a single lady and this then led me to what would be on top of the drawers. I used a metal, vintage frame and added a piece of metal to the centre to create a mirror. The little journal is made from pages from an old book and I've added a little lace down the spine. The sun flowers are recycled from some gift packaging and the little key is from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. Coming back from a walk in the country I imagined the owner to put her journal down with the key to the front door and the flowers she bought while out walking.


The drawer fronts are made from wooden coffee stirrers that I've glued to the pieces of mount board. I've then painted them with Fresco Finish paint and when dry I gave them a coat of Satin Glaze too.



All of the drawers have been lined with card that I've stamped using the Wendy Vecchi Vintage Tapestry background stamp and Hydrangea Archival ink.


I stamped the daisy from the Wendy Vecchi Daisy Art set on the sides of the drawers with Potting Soil Archival ink and then lightly painted them with Orange Blossom Archival ink. I wanted the image to be quite faint as though worn by time.I then dabbed Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint around all the edges.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the fantastic projects from the rest of the DT.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Jumbo tag and a farewell !

Today I'm sharing my second DT piece for Country View Crafts and it will also be my last. It's time to move on, I've enjoyed my time at CVC but there are other things brewing and I need to make time for them.

So, on to today's piece which is a jumbo tag !



I started by covering the tag with a piece of fabric. I then gave the whole thing a wash of watered down Tikka Fresco Finish paint.



I then used various stencils building up the background. The two words are made using a JOFY stencil and Grunge Paste. When the paste was dry I replaced the stencil and used Renaissance Treasure Gold and brushed it over the letters.


I used a fine detail brush and added a shadow to the letters using Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint.


The small tag is also covered with fabric and I've used Lin Brown's 006 stencil with Grunge Paste to create the leaves.


The flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and I've cut it from Grunge Paper that I've also covered with fabric. I've then used Claret Fresco Finish paint over the fabric, the pattern on the fabric can still be seen as the paint is translucent.



The small flower in the centre is resin and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paint and brushed Renaissance Treasure Gold over the top. The two leaves are wooden and I've sponged Freco Finish paint over them.

There's still time for you to join in with this month's challenge of Word Play, I hope you get chance to join us !



Saturday, 9 August 2014

Butterfly journal page

I'm back with just a quick post again today as it's my turn to post over at eclectic Paperie. I was really inspired by one of Wendy Vecchi's journal pages recently, and this prompted me to play with the Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die. This was also quite timely as the new ePlay challenge over at eclectic Paperie is Embossing.


For all the details of how this page came together you'll need to hop over here.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Focussing on Art Parts !

Today I'm very lucky to be focussing on the fabulous Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts over at Frilly and Funkie.



I had a fabulous time making this project, for al the details you'll need to hop over to Frilly and Funkie.