Wednesday, 8 January 2014

New Year Resolutions at Frilly and Funkie

It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie DT to share their New Year Resolutions, which is the current challenge. The Frilly side of the team shared their fabulous projects last week, so if you've not seen them yet make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check them out.

I thought long and hard about what I could make for my project and decided that I could combine a couple of resolutions into one. I find that with the amount of crafting that I do and working full time, keeping myself organised and one step ahead is imperative so that the wheels don't fall off ! I also believe that keeping a positive attitude toward life is really important, though sometimes it can be a little tough ! So with all that in mind I decided to make a little book that I can carry with me. In this book I can keep all of the deadline dates I need to work to but also I've used a quote from the lovely Wendy Vecchi which I think really says it all. So, enough waffling !

For the background of the covers I screwed up a piece of white card then flattened it out and blended Bundled Sage DI over it and I ironed it on the reverse. It creates a wonderful pattern and as it's been ironed it's flat enough to stamp or stencil on to.

This is the front cover and you can see the quote I referred to earlier. This really strikes a chord with me so I thought it was perfect for my little book. I've used Wendy's stencils and on the front cover I've used From the Garden for the leaves using Green Olives Fresco Finish paint. The numbers are from the Classic Words stencil and I've used Ripe Persimmon DI. I've also used the reverse chicken wire stencil with Gathered Twigs DI. The centre panel is cut from thick cardboard and is the centre piece from the Ornate Frame die. I painted it with Green Olives Fresco Finish paint then added a layer of Crackle Glaze and the top coat is Guacamole Fresco Finish. The sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi's Be Happy....Make Art stamp set and is stamped with Fern Green Archival ink. I've rubbed some Green Amber Treasure Gold around the edge of the panel. I've then mounted it onto a piece of mount board that I've used Tissue Tape around the edge to neaten it up.

The back cover has been made in the same way and I've used the lovely Layered Tree stencil and Distress Inks. The little butterflies and binoculars are from a mini set of Tim Holtz stamps that we were given at his workshop last August.

Not only did I decide to have an inspirational quote on the cover but also on the tabs inside ! I used the On the Edge Tabs die and cut enough for each month of the year.  For the inside of the covers I used the Wendy Vecchi background stamp called Vintage Tapestry and stamped it with Fern Green Archival ink.

For all of the months I used one of those small alphabet sets and just stamped the first 3 letters of each month and stuck it to the tab.

To bind the whole thing together I dusted off my Bind it All (it really was very dusty!) and I have to say I'm quite proud that I managed to bind it all together on the first attempt ! I've not really had much success with it in the past but you never know it might make a come back !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work !


  1. Starting as you mean to go on, I love the way you've designed this Sue. The sentiment on the front is so inspiring and I can see you just wanting to reach for this all the time because it's so beautiful (as well as highly practical). Jenny x

  2. This is a gorgeous little book to use Sue, the wonderful colours, stamps and techniques are truly inspiring, this will certainly help to keep you organised.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. The sentiment on the front of your fantastic book is one of my favorites and I try to live it, although, as you said, sometimes it's hard! This book is wonderful, I love the cover and the tabs are perfect for keeping organized.

  4. A fantastic idea - cannot wait to see the next pages.

  5. Love, love, love this book, Sue. Gorgeous, dramatic colours give it such vivid life, and the quotes are fabulous. This will become a valuable tool in your organisational drive - and how could you feel anything but positive every time you get it out?!
    Alison xx

  6. Lovely work, Sue. I especially like the numbers and chicken wire. Very nice!


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