Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Frilly and Funkie Challenge #9 "Surf's Up" ... It's s Treasured Sailing Journey!

     This Challenge, "Surf's Up", was right down my wake! I love anything that has to do with ocean, water, beach, boats, etc. I practically live outside whenever the weather is fine, and since we have a pool and a private lake...I can honestly say I spend quite a bit of time on my "sea legs". We just made the first fishing trip of the year on Saturday- and took the Wittle Peanut (nickname for our First Grandchild, Cole) on his very first boat trip. Yep; he's definitely a Sailor Boy!! Four hours out there and not one single toy with us; he had a blast! And slept sooooo good afterward! I really hoped to be able to get my sailboat launched as well as the pontoon, but we scarcely had time for getting one boat out, let alone two. So here's hoping by tomorrow (or rather TODAY since this is either very late Monday, or very early Tuesday- depending on if you're an Early Bird, or a Night Owl like me)… I'll be out on the lake flying with the Wind In Her Sail!! Said sailboat was my inspiration for this project.
       And while I really WISHED I could be posting photos taken as this was created, I am not able to since after church on Mother's Day, I invented the Flip iPhone!! I really don't think it will catch on, though, since it was a very expensive lesson in time and money both in searching for said learning how to find your lost iPhone that ended up destroyed. Got the new one right here and ready to launch. (Thank you, ChiefHubby; esp since you went through THREE cell phones in one year- including teaching ME the original "Flip ur iPhone off the top of the car" trick. lol!) So. That's why no BTS pics. Sorry, folks.
                                 Let's get to what I DO have to show....

The finished project becomes one of my favorite!

When you're out there with the wind behind you, and the sun in front of you...
it really DOES awaken the soul!

I had a lot of FUN doing the layers on this!
Not just the boat itself, but the background and the water are layered as well.

The keychain needed a bit more: a TH (retired) IdeaOlogy Bauble pearl
matched up nicely with a seashell charm out of my stash.

The TH IdeaOlogy Compass Coins are one of my VERY FAVE items!
I try to keep a nice pile of them handy. This Compass points to the SE direction...
we're headed for WARM blue waters!
But the Compass needed The North Star in order to set the right direction- 
so a TH IdeaOlogy Mirrored Star was perfect!

Just flip the entire thing over...
and you'll find TREASURE!!!!
Again: I am using the TH Big Ticket M&S Die since this will also be on the ringed items to form a booklet type of thing when I am satisfied which projects I want to add in on that.
The TH IdeaOlogy Hitches that are on the front side roping the sailboat in,
now do double-duty as "feet" for the Treasure Chest!
And yes; the layered Chest is a take-off idea from my last project
(Frilly & Funkie Challenge #8- in Archives).

Backside of the Chest lid: using TH Long Fasteners both directions on
this "faux leather" made from TH Grunge Paper (another VERY FAVE item).
The 'straps' were cut using TH Alterations Die Hardware Findings (which again was used on the Booklet of the F&F Challenge #8). The 'lock' was also made from the same die and Grunge Paper, only double-layered and embossed with just a touch of fussy fake rust added by using Distress Ink Vintage Photo and embossing lightly but not letting the embossing get glossy.

I cut off the 'filigree' end of the die cut...and used the hole to attach to the other side of the lid.
It just made sense and looked nice, too. The lock closes with tiny stickon Velcro.

And we needed some items to be able to add little notations, or a photo or two.
So inside the Chest, you find a wealth of TREASURE!

The entire setup shown opened up.

First up: 2 Captains Tickets and 2 Passenger Tickets...
for only TWO PEOPLE!
You see; both the ChiefHubby and I have a boat- he has the pontoon and I have the sailboat.
So each of us is a Captain (and the Captain is ALWAYS RIGHT!) and each of us is a Passenger.
Unfortunately, the ChiefHubby is not equipped with REALLY good Sea Legs.
Short of it: his balance sucks. So he's not that great at fitting down into the sailboat and making those FAST rollovers to keep you from getting bonked in the head by the Boom. So I really get out there and fly with the wind (or sit with no wind) while he motors around taking videos of me. hehe!

The double-sided fish are die cut from Sizzix Tags #1 then fussy-cut into fish.
I used TH corestock colors, sanding, then using my TH Distress Ink Markers to make some
details. Then roped them up and used the ends of the rope for 'handles' of the Chest on the outside.

Even the tiniest fish can be used: I chose to use a date stamper for our first trip - 
we took 2 Besties with us and the 3 of them (I spent my time playing with Wittle Peanut and enjoying his laughter!) caught 46 fish!! Mostly Crappie (Bluegill or Sunfish) but Mark 
caught the very first... a nice 8 inch large mouth Bass. Now THAT'S good luck! 

And at the very bottom: lots more layers...I used TH Embossing Folder Travel on the 'water' and 'sand', then began making the rest from TH corestock using TH Alterations M&S Mini Sand and Sea and TH Decorative Strip Die Spring Greenery. Tim did a "12 Tags of" one year- when the Sand and Sea Dies first came out. I fell in LOVE with those dies and as soon as I could- ordered both online. The Tag from that month was - and still is- one of my faves ever! So I always wanted to revisit that Tag...and here it is in a Treasure Chest! I chose not to add any emboss to the clear cut that separates the bottom from the other items stored on top. On Tim's Tag- we added bubbles embossed into it back then. I wanted to keep it looking like you were at the Aquarium (and we've been to two of the largest ones on the East Coast)- I think I nailed it. :)

This project is entered onto the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog
and these are open to anyone!
You might even win a Gift Certificate from the Sponsor,

Even if you're just looking for some cool ideas or tips on crafting;
checking out the amazing talent on these Challenges is worth taking a peek in!!

Thanks for stopping in- no matter if you are here for the first time, or the XXth !
I am ready to make the post of the hardwood flooring job
my ChiefHubby and I did in our home over March and April, and hope I'll be able to
get that posted up this week. That new iPhone will get its first big workout. :)

Stay Safe & Happy Blogging !!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Frilly and Funkie Challenge No.8- Neutral Point of View.... An Original Little BIG TICKET Booklet!

      Wow: it is SO GOOD to be able to MOVE without total pain!!! And, when I am able to move- I usually never stop! So that means I have not only finished with the flooring in the house, cleaned every single item in the house (we began in mid-March and finished totally at the end of April!), but also got all the decking stained this past week. And considering the fact that we have almost as much decking as we have inside square living space.... that is a HUGE job FINISHED!! I am happy to say that we are now only having to open the pool and just take a lazy day to ENJOY planting all my summer flowers! The hostas have all come up almost full now- the nicest, largest hostas I have seen in the neighborhood!! WOW: I am usually the last one to get mine blooming! (Growing plants on the inside is NOT one of my specialies...I am definitely an OUTDOOR Grower who just plants it and allows GOD to keep them all alive.)
    So let's get this going (and I can make the 11pm deadline and then fall totally exhausted into bed)! Allow me to lead on.....

Using the Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Dies are SO FUN!!! I have (I think) every one of them and almost all of the inside cutters, too- THANX to some AWESOME Ladies who do the Destash Sales and get rid of their "junk" to become others' TREASURES !!
I used some plain old cardboard from Amazon trashed boxes my ChiefHubby saves for me from all his purchases. I started calling him "Mr. Amazon" because he LOVES the ease of ordering from that site for both home use and church use. You would NOT BELIEVE the stuff our UPS Driver has delivered here. He often starts to ask me...then just shakes his head and gives me that "look" we both have gotten used to sharing over the ChiefHubby's finds.

I wanted some 'old look' on here so I chose to use the TH GrungePaper and cut up some of my own "hardware".

Then, I finally had gotten my hands on some HUGE CLEARANCE scores at JoAnn Fabrics on a bunch of TH items they were getting rid of to make room for new items....AND also begin selling certain items online only; included in this is most of the heavy TH dies.
(But: they usually have shipping "specials" and the ChiefHubby says it is "cheaper" for his wifey to order online and have it shipped....because my cart is SMALLER...???? What. Ever. *eyeroll*)

The photo I used here was taken as a "ReEnactment" with a bunch of our Besties at King's Island, Ohio, during our 25th Anniversary. We had gone there over our Honeymoon in July 1984, since the entire family had come for the whole week of our wedding (to also go to the Family Reunion the next weekend), so we chose to go a short distance in order to spend time back home during that week also, after our big wedding. We had taken a "fun" photo during that Honeymoon, and wanted to do it over again- with all our friends during a SpiritSongFest at the same amusement park. Our kids were in this one, too. But I chose to fit just the ChiefHubby and I in this one. Sorry, guys!!!  :)

 This is the inside....and the photos of me (that little curly blonde TH Paper Doll is veeeeery close to what I looked like)...still have naturally UNRULY hair....that I iron flat now!!!

Close-up of the inside lid....

...and the inside bottom.

Detail of the stacked box cuts which I used TH Black Soot Distress Paint and then smudged some Distress Walnut Stain onto the top edge with my distress the black a bit.

                                                                 The bottom backside.
                                         I used some tiny clear Velcro stickers to keep it shut.
           The "lock" cut on the outside and the key being on the inside is just MY kinda oxymoron !!

             Don't forget to check in at The Frilly and Funkie Blog to see all the other entries!
AND; if you're up to embracing a Challenge; GO FOR IT! Even if it's just joining in on ONE; they are SO FUN to make something cute, useful, or just to get your hands INKY! And you could end up
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                                     THANX for stopping by!
   I'm hoping to have time enough to share a "big reveal" of the flooring job we did on our home,
since "home flipping" is such a close thing to art and I really enjoy being a Crafter who is also a Homemaker! But, until then- the next FFChallenge will keep me busy in my mind- planning what I'll be doing in my studio! In the meantime....

                              Be safe & Happy Blogging !

The Frilly and Funkie Challenge that GOT AWAY; #7 Elegant Jewels...."GOD Bless The USA!"

This was "the one that got away" and not because I was up to my ears in busy-ness this time,
but because of an RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) flare-up....a very bad one this time. In fact; the second flare so far this year. It seems like it was just a really bad nightmare now, but at the time- WOW.
I already had all my stuff done for this one, but only had to post it up in time for the deadline. And then, once the flare-up was over, and recuperation was done, the busy-ness of my usual life kicked back in and caught me up in it like a small protozoa in a whale's mouth. There's just no stopping life!

So, here's my own take on that missed Challenge from the Frilly and Funkie Blog - you can check out the other STUNNING ENTRIES and AWESOME WINNERS!
(Winners receive a Badge and 1 lucky Dude gets goodies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique
the Sponsor of these Challenges.)

Oh, those little tiny TH Salvaged Dolls!!! They are sooooo CUTE!!
I got this idea of using some oven-bake clay on one to form my own "Lady Liberty" and copied her (a bit 'fussy' molded) so she's not entirely perfect-looking... after all; she's SALVAGED!

I detailed her book and torch, hair, crown, and gown...according to some internet stock photos...then smashed her flat onto her back so the Glossy Accents could keep her onto the project. She was oven-baked at only 200* for about 20 mins. So the TH Salvaged Doll did very nicely !!!

After baking and cooling completely (I left her sit a couple of days till I could get the chance to decorate her background), I used some (Ranger TH) Silver Metallic Alcohol Ink to color her up. A tiny touch of Gold Metallic Alcohol Ink on the tip of the torch made the 'fire' glow. By not filling in the alcohol ink entirely into the cracks, it automatically gave it some darker dimension- with no effort!
You can see her feet peeking out of the bottom!

The "lines" showed up with no effort since I just didn't fill the cracks in with the ink.

Those TH GrungeBoard Letters came out of storage and are still AWESOME!
And the TH IdeaOlogy items of yesterday- the Memo Pins, Airmail Paper String (TH Trimmings) & Mirrored Stars...and a cut from the TH Alterations Strip Die Tattered Ribbons....matched up with some Americana stickers, misc. jewels and stars. 

Can't do without a BACKSIDE to the Bigz M&S Big Ticket Die used for this project....
The entire thing will be one "page" in a ringed "book" after I am finished and satisfied I have enough pages for it.
When the year of Challenges is over- I may have SEVERAL different pages to choose from !

To those who sent "Get Well" notes or dropped in to check my Blog!!!
I am keeping in mind that we sometimes have to back off of our "best-laid plans" and call it a day. The Perfectionist in me doesn't like doing that, and I often end up "over doing it" by a mile...
or two....or five.... :)

Up next is the current F&F Challenge due tonight! 
So Stay Tuned, and:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Frilly And Funkie Challenge #6 Bloomin' Marvellous!... "Everything's Coming Up Roses"

     UPDATE: I just missed the deadline (by about 40 mins) for the FFChallenge #6, but this posting will stay up as is, and I'll work at getting the next Challenge done!
       Another deadline I am hoping to make just by the skin of my knuckles! We are literally burning our candle at both ends...and in the middle on both ends! The flooring is coming along sooooo nicely! Sure, we have had our share of little shakeups in problems to take care of, but by and large; we are getting things done that have needed to be fixed or taken care of for ages !!! So much traveling has put a huge dent in our detail of the little things (you know.... that hole in the wall that needed spackling, but you just moved the pictures and kinda let that go). So all of that, and more, is being done NOW as we put in the new wood flooring. But what a GREAT feeling it is to do it on your own!! We have certainly learned a lot of things in our years at Carpenters For Christ, and other building Missions we have helped in. So all that experience has really helped US as well as so many others! (We even helped put up real log cabins at at Camp!) But, as most good things: it has it's bad side, Time happens to be the No.1 Enemy right now. Plus- a huge cruncher came along last week: the ChiefHubby hit a deer on the way to work and totaled Little Blue (Toyota Prius 2012). Since it was paid for long way back, I had absolutely no desire to have another brand new car. We just bought the Ford 4 dr 150 15 months ago (& were hugely blessed to be able to just write a check for a brand new truck)! So having another to purchase since we still have a need for two vehicles so I can make my ( least a DOZEN every year) doctor appts, as well as a backup just in case of anything comes up (family or friends have used them when emergencies happen, as they often do for everyone). So he found a new car just today and we'll see how it goes before the next posting, but the arrangements already are made for paying the dealer, so I assume he will be driving it home in the next day or two. The rental (with its COLORADO plates!) goes back Friday. So CrunchTime is here for just about EVERYTHING!!
Can I scream now?!?!
        Now that scream is out; I feel better. So, here we go....

This is what began 2 YEARS AGO as a booklet (put together with a metal ring when all 'pages' are finished) made from the TH Alterations M&S Die Big Ticket. I cut several matboard Tickets from scrap stock purchased from Hobby Lobby. (They usually sell the unused portions of matboard used to frame photos in big packages in the Clearance section of the store. Or just ask for them in the Framing Dept and I always find a very nice deal on a big stack of them!)

Cutting the edges of the INSIDE parts I wanted for the Ticket page-without harming the folder I made from plain cardstock to sit in between the main Ticket board and the frame (of another cut) presented the problem of getting a CLEAN cut... until I looked through my hand die cutters and found that the end of a heart made the perfect same cut!

Using Distress Oxide Ink in Vintage Photo, I made a base for the envelope/folder that would hold the inside tag, and be the background for the frame.

After using one of the TH grunge stamps to 'ghost stamp' in numbers on the Oxide (drying in between each step is a must for the adhesive to stick the layers together later in the project), I then chose to do a technique Tim did on several of the "12 Tags" that I fell in love with: Texture Paste and Embossing Powder. I love the TH Stencil Collection and my fave is the "Brick". but I added a bit of "Gothic" in there also. 

Now, the roses were actually made 2 years ago- my first practice with the new die cutting and then gluing all these. You can see that I was not too versed in it yet, because the plastic from the glue gun is showing up. But, I really hated to toss these away because as I made more of them- they tended to look too pretty to just toss out. 
So saying; here they BE!

So here are the finished pieces of the "page" without all the embellies. The frame was easy- just slapped some TH Tissue Tape over that baby and hit 'er with some Oxide Distress and a little water, then finished it up with some regular Distress Ink in the same Vintage Photo as the Oxide.
I kinda' 2-layered it! And I LOVE IT!

Yep- the blue and red were also done at that same time (2 years ago), and I think I DID get better as I made more roses!

So the inside Tag- TH Pocket Cards made this EASY: I chose the one I wanted (they are all double-sided cardstock) and then cut the end with the TH Alterations On the Edge File Tabs Die.
Inking all the outer edges then put two TH Dolls that looked like my 2 girls, making them stand out a bit by letting the glue dry a bit. (If it dries too much, you can just use your heat gun to melt it out a bit while it sits where you want it. You can also use this trick to 'pull it back out' to make it stand out from the paper more.)

And then the boys' side... these two 'fit' my boys better than the sets of two, and an added little cartoon sticker of books just put the older boy up a bit higher to have his hand on top of the head of the younger boy.... my two did A LOT of silly poses together over their growing up years. *sigh*

From the start (even 2 years ago) the plan for this page was that the dark roses would stand for the men (my ChiefHubby, Older Son, and Younger Son) and the red roses stood for the girls (myself, Older DiL and Younger Dil) and then Cole was coming along and I made up a tiny light blue to stand for him. But NOW? Well, I want MORE Grandbabies! Oh, not right away, you know. I mean, I hope they get 'spaced out' evenly enough for the kids to keep up ok...and for us OLD FOLK to be able to SPOIL THE HECK OUTTA EACH ONE!!!
So- that little butterfly up there stands for the HOPE I have in those 'more' still to come.

These TH Dolls are sooooo adorbs !!!
They make it so easy to add a little touch of personalization but making it "old" at the same time!
I have had mine since they first came out (a splurge online got them here), and I find myself  just feeling like a little girl again...picking and choosing, then going back through them all and doing it all over again! They're so addicting !!!

The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog has some awesome Crafters putting up some really COOL projects if you can pop in to take a look!
And if you are inspired by these projects to gear up and join us;
The Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors a random prize drawing as well as Award Badges for your own Blog! They carry just about everything you need to get started - if you aren't already 'equipped' with the basics. There are new posts every Saturday to help you learn some new tricks, too. 
Even the long-time Crafters (such as myself) learn new things all the time!!!

And for those who pop in (and esp to those leaving those SOOO NICE COMMENTS!):

Ya'all Be Safe, & HAPPY BLOGGING !!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Frilly And Funkie Challenge #5; "Knock On Wood"....I mean REALLY knock on wood- as in new wood flooring all through our house. Fun.

          This Frilly and Funkie Challenge is one that has REALLY been a CHALLENGE!
I've got literally 20 mins before the deadline closes, so here goes just the basics...

The one on the left is covered in clear contact paper so as to perform its intended duty as a bookmark for the younger Son and Daughter (both huge book readers/collectors). They are the ones who took this trip with us to an overnight stay in Deluth, MN, just to see Lake Superior up close, and then on to Ely, MN...."The Last Stop At The Top" in the USA before getting to Canada. You really ARE next to Canada, but only by International Waters- impossible to cross without a lot of very careful planning, and even then...highly unlikely. A BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!!!

The backside is filled with photos from the Family Expedition, and it really WAS an "expedition" in every way! We found and saw things we had never before seen. What an experience!
Plus; I've never laughed HARDER in my entire LIFE!!
What a hoot! Kids, remember: We'll always have ELY!!!!! ;)

The trees were made from the actual bark of a Birch Tree from the very camp we stayed in. The Birch Trees are very hard to keep alive in over-covering pines that tower and shade them out of the sun. So the bark is very plentiful on the ground- everywhere! I took home a small "sheet" of it. It peeled in several layers to use!! So I was able to build my Tag's tree up to 3 layers.

The "star" of my Tags is the WOOD itself! And with good reason, I have only gotten SOME of this on here, even though I did two tons of pics for the process. The reason is simple: we are redoing THE ENTIRE HOUSE from the carpet/linoleum we have had over all the years replaced with the all new wood flooring that we are installing OURSELVES. Not an easy process, but as you can see from the background of these photos; OH SO VERY SWEET!!!
BONUS: I am cleaning and washing every item in the house as we go. Yep. You read that correctly!

So saying, I have literally busted my behind this past three weeks, and so has my poor, raggedly tired ChiefHubby. Thankfully, he pulled out the days off - just TODAY- for us to go up to see the younger set of couple kids THIS WEEKEND for EASTER !!! I am SO EXCITED!!! We have not seen them since Christmas and usually, it is longer than that (from Thanksgiving till May 1st). So I am really, really MISSING my younger kids!! We had Easter for our GrandSon last Sunday during his Mommy's (older Daughter) Birthday, and now we won't miss the younger Son's Birthday, either!!

This Challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique where you can find tons of very affordable craft items (you'd be surprised how many of these things we are using to put in the new wood flooring when we need a tool that will help us better)!! And these Frilly and Funkie Blog Challenges are open to EVERYONE- 'pro-crafty' or just wondering what you can make on your first time out. So join the fun on the next Challenge and YOU might be a lucky PRIZE WINNER!!

Thanks to all those who pop in to see what is happening here, and for all the OH SO VEEERY KIND COMMENTS that give me a HUGE SMILE to pass on to others !!!
Until next time....

Be Safe & Happy Blogging!!!!