Today is probably one of the most exciting days for me and I have been just busting at the seams to share the good news with you! I have been invited to join the design team over at the FRILLY AND FUNKIE CHALLENGE BLOG!!
This is a challenge blog that I have been following for a couple of years...long before I started my blog. They were the inspiration behind my very first Tim Holtz purchase, a Vintage Photo distress ink pad. I have learned so much from the amazing artists, past and present who have worked with Linda Coughlin, that when I read the email that the she sent me, inviting me to join the team...I actually stood up and did a happy dance!! It's a dream come true for this small town girl! I'm on top of the world!
The wonderful designers on that team continue to inspire me and I am beyond thrilled to get to work along side the biggest talents out there! Thank you to the entire team for the inspiration, the honour and the warm-hearted welcome!! 2015 just got a whole lot yummier!
OK...so for my first challenge at Frilly and Funkie, the theme is ANYTHING GOES, hosted by the super talented Nicole. I decided to make a winter journal to put all my winter project ideas in. I do hope you will join me in this fun challenge, I can't wait to see what you come up with!!
The strip across the middle is a piece of vellum which I just ripped to get an uneven look. I used some home-made texture paste and Tim Holtz'z Gothic stencil to lay down the pretty pattern. While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled it with Tim Holtz Rock Candy dry glitter for a gorgeous shimmer!
The ribbon was hand dyed using Tim Holtz distress ink pads Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage.
The silver embellishments were hand made out of crafter's clay and a Wilton fondant mold. I painted them with Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter distress paint and then a layer of Tim Holtz Rock Candy crackle paint. After it dried I highlighted the cracks with some white wash.
The snowflakes were cut from acetate using the Tim Holtz Snow Flurries die. I edged them with my Krylon silver leafing pen, coated them with clear chunky glass glitter and then dabbed on a little Picket Fence distress paint to make it look like snow crystals.
The frame is cut using Sizzix Ornate Frame 2. I splotched on some home made texture paste to make lots of grooves and peaks. I sprayed it with Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter distress spray, dabbed it with Picket Fence distress paint and then covered it with Rock Candy dry glitter. It's much prettier in real life.
The filigree corner started out bronze. I used some Ranger Perfect Medium and Ranger clear embossing powder to cover up the bronze. While the embossed surface was still hot, I sprinkled on some chunky clear glitter and pressed it in for a crystal look.
HOW DID I DO THAT?
- I started with a journal that I picked up during the summer. I carefully removed the cover from the binding
- I used some Ranger Glue N Seal to apply a crinkled up piece of tissue paper over the entire surface
- I applied two coats of white Gesso and then cut out all of the grooves for the binding
- Using Tim Holtz distress sprays Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage and Brushed Pewter, I spritzed and sprayed - and sprayed and spritzed until I liked how it looked. That Brushed Pewter is so metallic...LOVE IT!!
- I took some homemade texture paste in white and mixed it with some Iced Spruce distress stain to get a matching paste. I think re-inker would work better though...that's going on my wish list for next time!!
- Next I used the Tim Holtz Speckles stencil and the Memory Box Lanthenay and the texture paste to apply a pattern in the bottom and top corners. While the paste was still wet, I covered it with Rock Candy dry glitter
- After that dried, I used some Rock Candy crackle paint around the edges for some extra texture
- I took some white wash (watered down white paint) and covered all of the cracked sections, then a little dabbing of white paint over the glitter to make it look like snow covered ice.
Presto, ready to decorate!!
I am entering my Winter Idea Book into the following fabulous challenges:
All of the following products that I used can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique
That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.