Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Upcycle for Earth Day

Hello and welcome to another challenge for Frilly and Funkie!  The theme for this challenge is Upcycle for Earth Day.  Linda has asked us to use something in our craft project that we would otherwise throw away!

Recently, my niece posted a quote by James Austin to her Facebook page.  The quote was very thought provoking and can have many meanings.  So when I was thinking about what I wanted to make for this challenge I decided to use that quote on my tag.

I used plastic packaging for my upcycled element and cut lots of gears using Tim's large die and the smaller movers and shapers dies.  Then I colored the gears on both sides using alcohol inks in bright colors.  The tag was stamped with numbers from the Numeric stamp set in Antique Linen.  I used the spritz and flick technique and then distressed the edge of the tag with Brushed Corduroy ink.  Then it was just a matter of stacking and assembling the die cut gears along with some metal Idea-ology gears and long fasteners.   The quote was added using the new Label Letters.
I hope you like my tag!  And I hope you'll join the challenge and post your own upcycled project for us to see!  Thanks for stopping by!
The following items that I used on my project can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! The boutique offers it's merchandise at up to a 20% discount from the typical retail price! That's a great deal and you should check it out!! 


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Frilly and Funkie Challenge - April in Paris

Hello and welcome to another Frilly and Funkie challenge!  The theme for this challenge, hosted by me(!), is April in Paris.  Ooooh-la-la!  Think Spring in Paris...outdoor markets and cafes, daffodils, tulips and lavender in bloom, and flowering trees.  But to qualify, you must include an image of a French landmark, such as the Eiffel Tower, French text or a French word.
Well, in my entry I covered all three of those!!  I used Karen Burniston's Sizzix Accordion Flip 3-D album die along with her Frame & Label-Bracket die to create this Paris-themed accordion album!  The size made it a little difficult to photograph so if you click on the photos below you'll see more detail.

I started off with a paper from Tim's Lost & Found and Destinations paper stash pads. Then I pulled out some Tim stamps as well as various stamps from my own collection and stamped them on manilla cardstock with Ranger black ink. Some images were colored with distress markers using the detail water brush and all were distressed with brushed corduroy and/or walnut stain distress ink. Then the fun began! I chose which images to use and arranged them in the album, from beginning to end, to weave a journey through Paris!

A close-up of the front panel of the album shows the detail in the Eiffel Tower.  It was die cut from chipboard using Tim's new die and then embossed using the matching texture fade folder.  I confess I tried several different applications of paint and metallic stain, sanding and then repainting and adding stain again trying to get the right effect.  I'm not sure that I did but I finally realized that I wasn't really getting anything different so I stopped!

And of course I couldn't neglect the back of the album so I used my Sizzix Serif Essentials dies to cut multiples of each letter and then stacked them for dimension.  I also included the fleur-de-lis, interpreted "Lily Flower", which was cut and embossed with the same die mentioned above.  Then it was painted with a gold paint dabber, sprayed with white dylusions spray and then distressed with walnut stain distress ink.  Interestingly enough, even though the fleur-de-lis symbol is an enduring symbol of France it has never been officially adopted as such by any of the French republics!

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my challenge project!  I hope like it.  Maybe you are inspired to create something very Parisian and enter it over at Frilly and Funkie, oui?!  We'd love to see it!

I'd also like to enter this at Simon Says Stamp and Show where this week's challenge theme is "Fly".  One of my other goals is to someday fly in a hot air balloon and I've included one on this album!  Now if I was able to fly in a hot air balloon over Paris...that would be icing on the cake!!

The following items that I used on my project can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! The boutique offers it's merchandise at up to a 20% discount from the typical retail price! That's a great deal and you should check it out!!