Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Step x Step and a Sad Goodbye

Hi everyone, Trace here. Well it is my turn for the Saturday Step x Step and that will follow, but firstly I would like to let you know that this will be my last post as a member of this wonderful team. Sadly life means that I am having to take a step away from blogging and so have to leave this wonderful team. It has been a huge honour to be part of this amazing and inspiring team and it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye x

I would like to say a huge thank you to Linda for allowing me the honour of being part of such an amazing team; it is an amazing team and one I was thrilled to be part of. Huge thanks too to Jenny who works so hard to lead us all and help us out. And finally huge thanks to all my lovely team mates.

So now here is my Step X Step; this was my piece for the 'Autumn Colours' challenge and I promised you a tutorial...

I started by covering a piece of mdf board with some paper in a reddy orange. I then applied some of Wendy Vecchi's yummy Embossing Crackle Paste in various thicknesses across the piece and left to dry.
Here is a close up as it starts to dry and crackle.
I then added some Distress Stain and dried to add colour to the paste.
I loved how it coloured up the crackle.
Now I spritzed with the new Tarnished Brass Distress Stains Spray from a fair distance to get this lovely splatters of colour and metallic shimmer.
Now I used one of Wendy Vecchi's stencils and applied some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to add some soft flourish detail. I love building up all the layers in this way.
Here is the background so far, with that stencilled detail.
Now for some coloured paste, I added some of the Stain and some of Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste and mixed them together.


Now I applied some Tissue Tape; any tape will do to hold the stencil, but mainly to mask off the area next to where I was applying the paste as I only wanted a small part of the stencil.
I then applied my coloured paste and repeated this in the other corner of the background too.


Now for the heart; I drew around the heart from Wendy's stencil, cut it out three times and layered these up to give a bit of thickness. This was then coated with Glue n Seal before I applied a generous layer of Crackle Paste.
The flowers were die cut using Tattered Florals die, spritzed with water, scrunched up and left to dry to give all those crinkles. They were then sprayed with the new Distress Stain Spray on both sides and then with water before being dried.

I added some more colour with Distress Ink and Stain so they didn't look too flat. The leaves had been cut, spritzed with water, scrunched up and left overnight to dry.
I then spritzed the leaves with water and swiped over surfaces with various Distress Stains, spritzing them and drying to get a lovely blended colour.
I continued to spritz them with Distress Stain Spray and water to get the right look.

To add another colour and tone down some of the orange I also added some Crushed Olive Stain, applied with kitchen towel to main background surface.
Here are the flower layers after spritzing with lots of water to remove the bright orange and adding in some other colours before layering up.
I love how you can layer colour and water until happy
I added a row of stamping to the top and bottom of the board using Jet Black Archival Ink.
I love how all the colours and that shimmer from the Distress Stain Sprays work together.
So here are the flowers and leaves in place...
And the crackled heart all coloured up with Stains rubbed in with a baby wipe before a focal sentiment is added.

Hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and maybe even give it a go yourselves sometime.

Thanks again to all my wonderful team mates and all those who have commented on my blog... I will be back in blogland sometime I hope xx

keep those fingers inky!
and those hearts full x
trace x

Editor's Note; Trace, you will definitely be missed. We have loved having you on the team and thank you for all the beautiful projects you have contributed for our visitors to drool over! The whole team are sad to see you go, and even though we understand and fully support your decision, we look forward to the time when you are able to refocus on your art. Wishing you and your family all the best for the future xxx



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Sara!

Today we welcome Sara of Sara's Closet as our Guest Designer. Sara was chosen by the Design Team as our winner of the 'A Haunting Halloween' challenge and therefore was invited to join us for a day!

So, let's move on to see what Sara has created for the current challenge 'A Grateful Welcome'.


Hello, everybody! I’m Sara Emily (aka sarascloset), and I live in Southeastern North Carolina with my husband of 19 years and 16 year old boy/girl twins.

I “retired” from my position as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant to become a stay at home Mom. I now work as a gardener, personal assistant and organizer for three very interesting and wonderful women. In my free time I enjoy gardening, running (recently sidelined with orthopedic problems), “junk” shopping at yard and estate sales with my daughter, and fiddling in my Closet!

My design experience is limited to sweeping up the cast-offs of two florists and pulling glue gun “spiderwebs” off their finished projects when I worked part time at the Secret Garden in college. I started making cards about 3 years ago after promising my gravely ill sister a daily homemade card. It became an addiction! I would describe my style as funky/eclectic, and my passion is altering and using found objects in my work. I can see potential in anything! I am greatly inspired by nature and have a fondness for vintage objects.


I am very excited and honored to be asked to be a Guest Designer for the extremely talented team at Frilly and Funkie. This fortnight’s challenge is “A Grateful Welcome”. I’ve never decorated for this holiday and own only one or two of this season’s craft items, so I decided to trust my instincts and stick with what I love - using and altering what I have. So this is how I arrived at my outdoor tabletop decoration


In this part of North Carolina, we have very mild Thanksgiving Day weather, and many people dine outdoors. I wanted to make something outdoorsy and rustic to reflect this trend. I’ve used a lot of natural elements and combined them with my love of vintage things and birds. I’ve made my own flowers and banners using some unusual materials. I also wanted this to be able to be viewed from all angles. Please visit my blog to see all the details and lots of photos.


Thank you, Frilly and Funkie, for choosing me to be Guest Designer for this challenge, and for all of your inspiration!

I'm sure you'll agree that Sara's project is stunning and perfect for the current challenge 'A Grateful Welcome'. Hopefully this has also provided you with lots more ideas! And if you want to be invited to become a Guest Designer for a future challenge you'll need to enter the challenge, so what are you waiting for?!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Grateful Welcome

Hello everyone and welcome. Rebecca here and it's my turn to host the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie. I love this time of year and really enjoy dressing my home for Thanksgiving. For those of you who don't celebrate this American holiday, just think about gratitude and how you can express it. Create an invitation, table decor, decoration for a door or home decor item with gratitude or the Thanksgiving theme in mind!

The winner will earn a Guest DT spot here at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a randomly drawn $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The guidelines for entering are simple: create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they have entered too many other challenges. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our design team can leave comments on your blogs.

Let's see what the Frilly side of the team have created for this theme (click on the photos for close up views and the links to see more on each team member's blog)...

Rebecca Deeprose ~ Paper Primrose
With all that inspiration to get you thinking it's now your turn to share your Thanksgiving and gratitude projects using the link below. We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Sending you blessings and hugs,