Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Snap, Crackle, Crackle!

Hello Everyone! Pamellia here hosting our next challenge here at Frilly and Funkie and I have chosen the theme Snap, Crackle, Crackle! I would like to see some cracks on your creations! You can use crackle paint, crackle paste, crackle glaze, crackle accents, an old cracked image, a piece of cracked UTEE, a cracked pattern from a stencil or stamp, you can even doodle on your crackle design! Anything goes, as long as is cracks me up!!

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 be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $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.

And here is some beautiful inspiration from the Frilly Team;

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

OK everyone, now it's your turn! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Remember, we'll be back tomorrow with more inspiration from out latest Guest Designer, and next week the Funkie team will show you what they can do with crackle!

Hugs, Pamellia :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday Step by Step - Stencils and Crackle and Journals, oh my!

Hi everyone and welcome to a (delayed) Saturday Step by Step with me, Jenny, as your host. This should have been with you last week, but deadlines piled up to breaking point it seemed sensible to take more time and give you a tutorial of the standard you deserve. So here goes...

Having resisted for a long time I've finally been bitten by the journalling bug!!! My great friend Brenda Brown has been encouraging everyone to give it a try (see her current link HERE) and when I discovered an old academic diary it seemed like the perfect place to start. I decorated the cover for a spotlight at Our Creative Corner way back in 2012 (see the post HERE) and didn't want to get rid when the year finished. So, I opened it to the centre (a less scary place to start) stuck a couple of the adjoining pages together to create a thicker surface, and...

(click on the photos for a closer look)

Start with some strips of old book paper and a coat or two of white gesso. Then add a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint.

Add a medium layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

Stencil White Embossing Paste on through the Tim Holtz Wildflower Layering Stencil (an uneven layer is good).

When dry drip lines of Alcohol Ink down the pages, then add some Alcohol Blending Solution and tip the book to make it run.

Continue to add complimentary colours in lines until the pages are covered.

To make the foliage stand out add Snow Cap Ink over the stencilled areas (you could also use Picket Fence Distress Paint/Stain for this). The colours will come through a little as it dries so the results won't be as stark.

Reapply the Picket Fence Distress Paint to the edges to create a border.

Add some definition and depth by using a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker along one side of each stem, blending out the lines with a detailer nib water brush. You can see I added die cut flowers at this stage too.

Finally add buttons to the centre of your flowers, brush them with a little Forest Moss Distress Ink, add some botanical Idea-Ology rub ons and stamp one of the sentiments from the Tim Holtz Life Quotes set.

Here are some close ups...

If you've not tried journalling why start now? You can try things out, you've got a portable way of showing others what you can do (without storage issues) you have a record of techniques tried for easy future reference, and if a page goes wrong you can cover it up with a coat of paint and start again! Go on, I dare you...

Whatever you're getting up to this weekend, have a great one and take care of yourselves.
Jenny xxx

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Focus - Ken Oliver Color Burst

Hello, it's Linda this week with our Friday Focus.  I haven't done a Friday Focus in quite awhile so I'm  bit rusty but I did want to share with you a super fun new product that was introduced by Ken Oliver in January at CHA - Color Bursts.  I just got a supply in at the Boutique.   Ken Oliver's Color Bursts are so much fun that I wanted to get them out in front of you all and also to offer a special 15% off Friday Focus discount.
Warning:  This post is photo heavy.  I spent an incredibly fun Sunday in my craft room playing all day with these little gems  They are very addictive!  I normally cycle on Sundays but it rained all day giving me the perfect excuse to play, play, play!

What are Color Bursts, you might ask.  They are teeny tiny granules of intense color that are activated by water.  And I do mean INTENSE!  It's such fun to see them BURST!  Using watercolor paper and a mister bottle of water, here is my first shot.  I used the Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil to put down some embossing ink and then clear embossed it.  You can see the little sprinkles of the Color Burst powders.  
Double click any photo to zoom in for details.

See what happens with just a light misting of water.
Yellow and Ultramarine Blue
And then I gave it a few more pumps of water.  You can stop any time the pattern pleases you.

Above, Alizarin Crimson and Orange.  On the left, a light misting and a little more on the right. 

Oops, if you can see this much Color Burst sprinkled on your paper, you probably have too much.  These few sprinkles resulted in this intense explosion of color.  Not my thing, but might be right for some projects.  For me, this one went in the trash can.

Above,  I sprinkled a tiny bit of Colorburst on my craft sheet and picked it up with my finger. Then I rubbed it horizontally across the paper.  You can see a bit of color on the dry paper where I rubbed it back and forth.  When it was misted with water, the color popped.  
An example of a fun and colorful background for a card.  Very quick and easy!
Here is another example where I rubbed the Color Burst granules on with my finger.
Above, Color Burst was sprinkled on and the piece was given a wash with a few sprinkles and water mixed together on my craft sheet.  The butterfly was outlined with a black stabilo pencil which also bleeds when wet.
Here are a few finished pieces that resulted from my play session.
Just mopping up a bit from my craft sheet.  I never want to waste all that gorgeous color!  Now I have a few beautiful tag backgrounds to get me started on future projects.

Well, have I sold you on this new product?  If not, the price certainly should.  They are so affordable.  The MSRP on a small bottle of Color Burst is $4.99.  The normal price at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is $3.99 and our Friday Focus 15% off price is just $3.39 each!  I have a small supply in stock, but the listing is set up to allow back orders.  If our stock has been exhausted, your Color Bursts will be ordered for you and will take approximately 10 days for us to get in stock.  Back ordering will allow you to secure your Color Bursts at the Friday Focus sale price.

Ken Oliver has a great video on YouTube where you can see the Color Bursts in action.  And don't forget, everything you need to make the projects above can be purchased at 20% below MSRP at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!