Oct 18, 2017

Enameled Frame and Faux Mother of Pearl Christmas at PaperArtsy

I'm thrilled to have a second appearance on the PaperArtsy blog today!  I'm sharing my processes for creating faux mother of pearl and stamping over embossing powder, both used to create this gift frame and matching Christmas card.  I hope these concepts will spark your interest and you will pay a visit to the PaperArtsy blog for more details.

Eclectica³ {Sara Naumann} 17

Oct 13, 2017

Faux Enameled Metal Charms Tutorial Snowy Christmas Peace

I'm sharing a Friday Focus post on the Frilly and Funkie blog today.  Our entire range of filigree metals and charms are an extra 15% off for the next two weeks.  I had such a great time altering these embellishments and have shared all of those tricks and tips for my faux enamel process on the Frilly and Funkie blog, so do hop on over!

'Tis the Season to Shop at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Find these exquisite products in the shop today:

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Oct 11, 2017

College Colors Handmade Graduation Card

It's time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Our hostess Sara Emily has chosen the theme 'Tis Near Halloween.  She says, "It's no secret. I. Love. Halloween.  With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme.  If Halloween isn't your thing, that's OK - just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project.  (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!

I am NOT a fan of Halloween, so I used the color combo challenge to create a purple and orange Clemson University graduation card.  Go tigers!  I stained my seam binding and doily die with Dried Marigold and layered over a white embossed black background.  I added a few purple flowers from my stash and the new Prima Amber Moon flowers.

A simple stamped sentiment strip and some glittery die cut accents complete the look.  I hope you'll be inspired to play along with our current challenge for a chance to win a $25 giftcard to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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Oct 10, 2017

Autumn Plaid and Pumpkin Tag

Happy Tuesday!  I'm sharing the details on this autumn plaid and pumpkin tag on the Tutti Designs blog today.  I am so in love with this Echo Park plaid stencil!  What a beautiful backdrop for our new Fancy Pumpkin die.  I hope you'll join me for the details.  <3

In case you missed my other projects with this fabulous die, see my DIY Free Printable Cinderella card HERE.

And my 3-Fold Mini Album Tutorial HERE.  There are fun tags and inserts and detailed step outs if you click on over...  

Oct 8, 2017

12 Tags of Christmas Reindeer and Plaid

Oh how excited am I that our very own Linda, owner of the Funkie Junkie Boutique, has launched her 12 tags of Christmas challenge!  What an amazing way to build your holiday stash and win some new crafty toys!  Hop on over to the Tag One post for more details.  I was inspired by Linda's use of the deer die and tree background.

I had in mind to do a rustic card with a plaid background as pictured in the first photo.  I saw THIS beautiful tag and just had to do a similar background.  I got carried away and used blues.  I softly inked my background with Chipped Sapphire, then did 2nd generation stamping and 1st generation stamping of this very old Stampin' Up! Christmas tree image.  Then I taped the edges (heavier at the bottom) with my Versamark pad and embossed in white to give a snowy edge.  I applied texture paste through my DIY holey stencil then sprinkled with IndigoBlu Unicorn Sparkle glitter.

I was going to layer the scene onto plaid.  Well that didn't quite match, so I ended up making two different cards.   I stained my deer die cut with Chipped Sapphire DI and then clear embossed.  Isn't he lovely?  I won from the Coffee Lovers Blog hop.  :)  I curled the stamped sentiment banner and mounted it over the panel with a simple navy mat.

I was still wanting to do something with the plaid, so I made a lightly inked Frayed Burlap panel and did the same process of stamping on it.

I used Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo on the sentiment banner and deer.  I made the plaid by sponging my panel with FB, then using an Echo Park plaid stencil and sponging with Chipped Sapphire.  Oh I love this stencil!!!

I stamped a stitch stamp to give it a border before mounting.  I thought it would be fun to use the same sentiment and see how different the two designs would be with basically the same products.  What do you think?  I am so into the rustic plaid, but the simplicity of the glitter and blues also calls to me.  These cards are so much prettier in real life and I decided not to make them too thick so I would have some cards to mail.

I hope you'll be inspired to play along with Linda's challenge.  For me, it is a time to use my oldie but goodie products with no pressure and limitations - a crafter's dream!  One lucky winner will receive a $50 giftcard!  Two winners will receive $25 to spend at the Funkie Junkie Boutique, the event sponsor.  Just by playing along you can get a 10% off coupon to use in January.  I hope you'll join me in this.  Hugs, Autumn

To see all of my 12 Tags of Christmas click HERE.

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Oct 5, 2017

Altered Scrabble Board with Seth Apter & Bozzy Bear

It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our hostess Jennie has chosen the theme  Crazy for Autumn Colours.  She says, "Choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!"

How ironic is it to say that I'm just not into autumn quite yet?  Ha, I know!  In my neck of the woods, it is still 90 degrees outside and some leaves have fallen from the hurricane winds, but are falling green!  No sight of color just yet.  I cannot get in the mood for fall, but I hear that we have a colder weekend coming.  Perhaps that will change my opinion...  Anyway, I decided to just get crazy with my mediums and play in a fall palette.  It's been a while since I altered one of my Scrabble boards, so I grabbed one of the few remaining and went to work.  Before now, I have only altered the printed side.  This time I decided to use the back because it has a lovely texture.  I gessoed it (and it bled pink) and then added a few Seth Apter die cuts my friend Bonnie shared with me.  Thank you Bonnie!  I layered two for extra dimension in then laid them in a random pattern.  I adhered them with Mod Podge, then Mod Podged the rest of the panel to seal the bleeding pink.  While wet, I added some hymnal pages and let them dry slightly to peel away.  Finally, I scraped on some texture paste here and there.

I layered with acrylic paint, then added some stenciling and spray inks.  I partially embossed the die cut areas with both copper and a brown/gold mix of EP and splashed with black gesso.  Oh yeah!  I was in the groove!  I could have stopped here (perhaps I should have...)

But I raided the chipboard stash and found this amazing Steampunk Cameo chippie by Bozzy Bear.  I won this prize pack and have been hoarding it!  I gave her a coat of crackle paste, then inked with VP DI.

I liked the contrast between the white crackle and the oozing colors.

I stained and embossed some wooden gears that Sara Emily gave me when we met at the beach.  Thanks sweetie!  I thought the smaller one mimicked eye lashes so I added it to her face.  I layered some naked ones on top, with a little sponging to grunge them slightly.

I decided to give the panel a galaxy feel and added glass glitter and splashes of gold ink, even sprayed it with gold Glimmer Mist.  What fun!  I really hope you're inspired and will play along with our Crazy for Autumn Colour challenge.  :)  As you see, the sky's the limit as long as you use autumn colors.

I went through my studio and pulled together most of my altered Scrabble boards.  I've given one away, but here they are all lined up...

From Left to Right:
1. Hope

Not Shown: Little Girls' Adventures

I think I shall frame them.  Would you like to win some awesome chippies yourself?  Why not play along with our current challenge for a chance to win a wonderful autumnal bundle from our sponsor, Calico Craft Parts?  

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