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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Butterfly on a Brick Wall

Hello!  I am back with a post for the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge hosted by the fabulous Autumn and the challenge is: "Dare to Resist".


Here is how she describes this fun challenge:

"I've chosen the theme Dare to Resist. For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we'd love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project. There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new. Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!"

I have to admit this was the perfect challenge for me because I already was playing around with a project that used a form of resist and inspired my stucco effect!


I started with a big sheet of mixed media cardstock that I painted with white acrylic paint.  I let the paint dry and then moved onto the next steps.
I added a layer of pink and antique linen sprays.  I spritzed them on my craft mat mixed with spritzes of water.  I then smeared them randomly over the surface and let it dry.  You can also spritz directly on the painted background and drip off or sponge off excess.

After that dried I stamped text and other images over the background.

Next up is adding the resist layer.  Lay the stencil over the background and unevenly smear translucent embossing paste through the brick stencil.

Repeat with multiple areas of embossing paste.  Unfortunately you then have to patiently wait for the embossing paste to dry.  (Since I was waiting for those to dry I kept trying variations on the stamping)

This was my first background.  I continued on to make my next background because I wanted one lighter background and one darker background.   After the embossing paste dries you then drip and spray the darker ink spray over the surface.  You need to let it pool and dry to get a darker background.  
The paint will resist the ink and not allow it to soak in.  If you want to do this without the paint it will give a much darker effect.


I stamped the butterfly using brown archival ink on the same painted and inked paper. I heat embossed the stamped image with brown embossing powder.  After it dried I used more brown spray to spray the background of the butterfly.

I added a sticker sentiment and sponged it with antique linen and attached to the background.

I wanted something fun for the center of the butterfly and spent some time hunting through my charms, embellishments and miscellaneous stuff.

I sprayed a spool with brown inky spray. I wrapped it with gold thread.  I then embossed a charm with gold embossing powder and added a few pearls and a crystal.  I hooked them on a piece of gold wire which I threaded through the spool.

I hope you are inspired to share your resist technique with us in the challenge.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for hanging in with me on this long post!

Suzz 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Hi!  I wanted to share a few cards I recently created for Darkroom Door using their new Boat Shed Stamp.  I kept humming the song "sitting on the dock of the bay" while stamping this image.  It had me thinking of warm sunny days on the edge of the water with a light breeze blowing.


I am lucky to have a great collection of Darkroom Door stamps and I was able to pull them out to go with this beautiful image.  I used a stencil to create a lovely sunset behind the boat shed along with the wordblock stamp with all the great words to go with the image.

I created a tag card with a few dangling stamped images. 
 I used a rich peacock color in the background with a splattering of white paint in the sky and a fun red trim and doors on the boat shed.


My final card uses the new stencils that darkroom door just introduced to create a beautiful sunrise behind the boat shed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Products:  Darkroom Door - Boat Shed, Darkroom Door Stencil - Sunshine,  Darkroom Door Word Block Journey,  Darkroom Door - Sail Away,  Darkroom Door - Simple Sayings

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I wanted to share this cute card I created for someone.  They love the interactive cards and this was fun to make!

 The dogs were adorable and I wanted to highlight them on the card.  I cut and colored and popped them up.  Just now I realized I should have used one of those springs to make them wiggly too! :)

These stamps were from Michael's in their valentines section.  I used Worn Lipstick - Ranger Distress Oxide for the background stamping.   The sentiment is from Hero Arts a very old set of stamps. 

Here is the full card with the shaker heart:
 And for all you who love cats here is my cheetah valentines. :) 

The cheetah and sentiment are from a Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set - Wild Africa Vol. 2.  The background is a  mix of fossilized amber and worn lipstick distress oxides spritzed with water. 

Have a lovely Valentines day!

Suzz

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Love

Hello!  I am back today sharing a lovely tag for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge "All You Need is Love".  The fabulous Zoe is hosting the challenge this time and she describes the challenge as:

"With Valentines just a couple of weeks away, I've chosen "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE" as the challenge theme. It's time to let cupid draw his paintbrush and create a vintage or shabby chic project with the word "LOVE" somewhere on the project. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail."


I can't tell you how many half finished projects I have on my desk right now. I started with so many wonderful ideas and got lost along the way in finishing them. 


I found this lovely little script and started stamping it over and over again on a painted background and that is when I finally picked up steam and finished this sweet tag.

I painted mixed media paper with white gesso to give a base to my creations.  I then stamped repeatedly the love letter using archival ink.

I took out the Abandoned Coral Spray and dripped and splashed and spritzed with water to get the inky mess in the background.

I let that dry and then traced a few hearts in black watercolor pencil.  Used a waterbrush to soften and shade those hearts.

Then the lovely couple jumped onto my tag.  I then had this thought of draping baby hearts as banners and voila!  The tag finished itself.

Well I hope you have time to share your love with us and join in the challenge!  The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz