Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chalkboard Banner - Details #1

Hello again, I'm back today with details on the first three banner flags from the Chalkboard Banner I posted yesterday.   It was so large that you can't really see the details of each letter so over the next couple of days, I will give you close up shots of all the flags.  

The first thing I did was sort through all my Tim Holtz Layering Stencils and pulled out all the Christmas/winter themed ones.  I needed 11 so I used almost all of them.  Using a Ranger Glacier White craft ink pad and a mini blending tool, I stenciled a different pattern on each of the 11 flags.  I heat set each stenciled flag with a heat tool to make sure it was fully dry.  Sometimes the craft ink has  tendency to be very slow to dry and then it smudges. The icicles were just painted on with a narrow brush using white Dina Wakley Gesso.

The chipboard is from Hobby Lobby 2 1/2" size.  I just didn't have an ABC die that made letters large enough to cut my own from chipboard.  I painted the chipboard white with Picket Fence distress paint.  If I was doing this again, I think I wold have painted them with the white gesso.  Too much gray from the chipboard showed through making them not as bright white as the stenciling. After painting and drying then, I gave each one a thick coat of Glossy Accents and then sprinkled on some very chunky white glitter from JoAnn's (a store brand I believe).

I used a couple of older Tim Holtz Bigz dies to create very simple embellishments.  For L, I used Tattered Poinsettia and Kaiser Kraft white pearls that I colored red with a Copic marker.  For E, the Pine Tree Bigz die was used along with a few more pearls and some rhinestones.  For T, I used the Prancing Deer Bigz die.  I wanted every flag to have a pop of red, so I gave him a red blanket that I stenciled with a Nordic pattern using the Mini Holiday Knit layering stencil and Glacier White ink.

The Chalkboard Banner kit that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique comes with regular twine.  But to keep my red and white theme going, I switched it out for the Tim Holtz red and white jute Christmas twine. It was hard for me not to pick up my Vintage Photo ink and give all the edges a little weathering, but I wanted to keep the my whites pure for this project.

That's it for today.  Stop back tomorrow to see the next few letters close up.  Thanks for stopping by!

These products were used to make the above project.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off list.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let it Snow Chalkboard Banner

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Hello, I'm filling in again this week on the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie challenge.  Our wonderful Kathy Clement is our host this time and her challenge is Home for the Holidays.  She wants us to create some type of home decor piece. You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes... basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme.

This challenge really stressed me out.  I hemmed and hawed about what I could make and finally settled on this chalkboard banner.  I used a banner kit that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Basically it's just a 12 piece black "chalkboard" type banner and it comes pre-punched and with a small bundle of twine.  I used Tim Holtz's Christmastime red and white jute twine in place of the plain burlap style twine.  Talk about biting off more than you can chew.  Wow, this took forever!  It would have been fun except my life is controlled by a schedule right now as I am having a large Christmas party this Saturday night and every second is scheduled from cooking to shopping to cleaning to prepare for the entertainment.

Because I am so short of time and this project is so involved, I'm just giving you a brief look today and will be over the next couple of days to share individual banner flags up close and detailed.  For now, just a quick overview.  I started with all my winter/holiday Tim Holtz stencils and using Ranger Glacier White and a Mini Ink Blending tool, I stenciled on the white craft ink, using a different stencil for each banner.  I also used a Tim Holtz die on each banner.  My color palette is black and white, but each banner has a pop of red.

Thanks for visiting.  Please stop back tomorrow for a close up of the LET banner sand the details on how they were made.

These products were used to create the banner above.  They can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where most name brand products are 20% below list.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #11

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This week it's Week #11.  We are on the downhill now folks.  If you haven't started this challenge yet, there is still time. You just have to make 12 winter projects and link them up to my weekly posts by December 19th.  The challenge is sponsored by my on-line shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique
and we are giving away gift certificates and discount coupons - good stuff!  You can find all the challenge details in my Week #1 post.

This week's tag was constructed on a jumbo manila tag that we sell at the Boutique.  I use this style tag for all of my tags.  I layered on design paper from the Tim Holtz Mini Stash Tidings (sorry, it's out of stock) and white embossed snowflakes from the Mini Weathered Winter stamp set.

I distressed the edges with my fingernail and Walnut Stain DI and did some stitching with my sewing machine.  I cut a doily fro the same paper with the Circle Delight Spellbinders die.  The sentiment is from Mini Doodle Greetings stamped with Glacier White ink on black CS and fussy cut.  The snowflake is chipboard cut with the Stacked Snowflake die.  I didn't have any white crackle paste so I painted the snowflakes white with Picket Fence distress paint and coated them with Prima Clear Crackle Paste.  I let it dry overnight because I slathered it on pretty thick.  I weathered the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  The tag was topped off with a scrap of crocheted lace that I found a couple of years ago at a second hand shop.  I cut a chuck off and adhered it to the top along with a scrap of ribbon, some baker's twine and a button.

I thought it still needed some bit of something and decided to use the same sentiment stamp and cut out bits to use as embellishments.  I even cut the snowflake from the top and used it to top off my stacked snowflake.

I struggled with getting going on my tag this week.  I had one half done and even though I was liking it, I felt it was too similar to one I had done earlier this year.  I've been wanting to use some of the new Idea-ology Mini Stash paper. and used that to get started.  This is different from anything I have made so far this year and it served to get my creativity going  I really love the way it came out.  It's sort of a throwback style for me and I very much enjoyed making it.

I can't wait to see what you all will make based on this week's inspiration.  Thank you so much for all the visits and comments.  And a special thanks to those of you who are playing along!


These products were used to make the above tag.  They can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% below list.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #10

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Well gang, here we are at Week #10 already.  Here in the USA, Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we are slammed into Christmas. My daughter was here for Thanksgiving and when we got up on Friday morning she cheerfully announced "It's Christmas!".  And just like that, we blinked and went from fall to winter.  Even the weather has been cold - we had frost two times last week here in north Florida!  I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving last week had a fabulous family holiday.  It's a huge amount of work to do all the cooking and baking, but it can be such a blessed time with family that makes it all worth the hard work!  I was rewarded after struggling a full day to make apple and pumpkin pies by my family's feedback.  They said it was the best apple pie they ever had :)

So on to our Week #10 tag.  I had fun with neutrals again this week, using kraft, white and black with a tiny pop of red.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and overlaid it with a sheet of kraft, cut to fit over the tag.  I used Ranger's Glacier White pigment ink, first stamping with Wendy Vecchi's polka dot stamp and then Tim Holtz's Mini Weathered Winter stamp set.

Then out came the Mini Doodle Greetings set, stamped with Glacier White pigment ink onto black card stock. I dry rubbed a small amount of the Glacier White with my finger over the stamped black panel to make it look like a chalkboard.

My central panel is a piece of corrugated cardboard, ripped and smeared with white gesso (used my finger),   Next a small remnant of shabby brown flocked dotted ribbon was wrapped over the cardboard.  Last, I cut three of three snowflakes from the Stacked Snowflake die out of kraft chipboard.  I rubbed white gesso over the three snowflakes and while wet, sprinkled Rock Candy distress glitter over it.  My focal element was topped off with a double twine bow and a tiny red flower that I made recently with the Tiny Tattered Florals die and never used.

The tiny deer was brushed with Picket Fence distress paint (to whiten it up a bit) plus a bit of Rock Candy distress glitter was added.  A Kaisercraft holly flourish was added to top it off.  I felt like it still needed something so I cut three of the Paper Snowflakes, Mini from the season's Tim Holtz Mini Stash Tidings.  It still needed something more so I used a strip of the Design Tape - Tidings along the top and bottom.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  My sincere apologies if you have linked up and I have't been by to visit. It's been crazy with Thanksgiving, the family in town and then the Black Friday sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I am determined to catch up this week an can't want to see what you all have been making!

If you haven't jumped into this challenge yet, there is still time.  You can get the full details here on my Week #1 post.  There are gift certificates to The Funkie Junkie Boutique being given away and everyone who properly completes the challenge will get a coupon for 10% off The Funkie Junkie Boutique in January - and yes, the coupon will work on the CHA pre-orders!

These products were used to create the project above.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off retail.

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