Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge #1 ... Put A Good Word In... 2021 Fresh Start Cards (Guest Designer)

   HAPPY NEW YEAR; 2021!

   For those of you who may be new to my blog, my name is Lyla Larimore and I've been blessed to have been Guest Designer for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog several times now. I've been crafting with paper in some way or form just about my entire life, beginning with making my own dollhouses, furniture, and then worked my way up to reality as a homemaker. Those skills came in very handy when my kids got into school. I spent my afternoons making whatever paper project the school's hallways needed for each subject of study, event, or holiday where help was needed. My projects since having to retire from school and photography have toned down quite a bit- but not in the sharing of it! And just this very week- Monday the 4th- my ChiefHubby joined in on the retirement- living the dream of being able to stop his paying job so that he can still have time to do the work he wants to do for The LORD. Papers were signed and we rode off into the sunset- literally- crafting gear came with!!

We made it! We're officially retirees; "snowbirding" from snowy, frozen Indiana to warmer, sandy Florida Emerald Coast for the next three months! We took off on Tuesday, arriving in the evening, and

by Wednesday afternoon, we were all set up for housekeeping in the Panhandle. A huge THANKS to the  Tri-State Christian Camp for use of the (original) Director's House! This house was built, and originally occupied by family which we've been part of for 23 years now. And while we have been working at, staying in, or helping with this Camp and the First Christian Church of DeFuniak Springs during all that time- the camp itself has just made leaps and bounds in changes! They are now equipped to host handicapped campers in full! (Removing The Barriers). That makes me very proud since I am handicapped myself, but the pride is for GOD. Totally!! This is what we came to do for our retirement time down here; to help at the Church and the Camp. Our current situation is temporary since our hope is to work for the Church, bringing things up to date, and give help on the side to the Camp. It got switched around for this year, but until we decide to build a home or purchaser a larger RV than we already have (the option we are leaning with- for use in future travels as well). So this next few months is our 'dry run' so to speak. As far as my own usual crafting... I'm all set!! I was able to purchase (after finally FINDING one) an XXL Crop In Style box/rolling tote, and I am amazed at how much I was able to fit into that thing!! For weight concerns;  I brought along the Big Shot instead of my Vagabond, totally leaving behind the CriCut. Stowaways included all my Tim Holtz brands: a dozen Bigz Alterations Dies, and at least 20 Alterations Thinlits Sets (extremely easy to travel with), and some matching sets of SA Stamps and all my Stencils (those take up almost no space at all).I had a little 'fit' trying to choose just 15 Distress Reg/Oxide Inks, but took all three sets of Distress Crayons, all my TH Tonic Scissors sets, and almost all my little TH tools, quite a bit of my newer TH Pastes, Emboss Powders/Glazes, plus a good  bit of my fave papers. When the ChiefHubby saw me stressed out over which papers to bring, he said "Now Dear... we can always FIND you the paper you need down there- you don't need to try to take it ALL with you. He's just sooo gonna REGRET saying that, lol!

After my surprise win of The Funkie Junkie Boutique's Challenge #25; "Celebration", I was happy to find out the timing was perfect; winning the 1st spot as GD for January, meant having almost 3 weeks free. I needed that time to finish packing and for the trips we made. We'd driven up to Red Wing, MN, to see the younger set of kids and Baby Pecan (who is growing by leaps and bounds both in body and mind!), then back to Indiana to see the older set with Peanut and Princess Pistachio, then down to DFS.I think we need to invest in our own plane, or rail car. In any case; during those 2 weeks, I DID manage to get my project totally finished, with only the blogging and turning in of the deadline blurb/photos. I must say that I am very pleased how these turned out! So....LET'S GET TO IT....

                                                                          The start:

                 The first FIVE photos are a repeat from previous card posts-                 having prepped the entire deck all at the beginning of all projects done with this deck.

 (And MANY THANKS to all the Tim Holtz Addicts folks who made ATC Cards from a deck of        playing cards- or their own ATCs from which the inspiration came! You know who you are!)

I started out by playing with a full deck.

I really wanted to keep the backside the way it is: pretty old and well used.

The gesso job I wanted needed to be LIGHTLY done.
I really wanted the card itself to show through- at least for now.
I did the entire deck- thinking if I wanted to cover any of them more, I could do it as I crafted them.

So here's the first batch lightly covered...

you can see I was fighting my usual "coat it thick" habit.

The very first thing I did was come up with WORDS.
My ChiefHubby helped me with this- I was shouting out to him about my WIN!
As I read the details from Cec what was expected from this project to match the theme,
I said to him "I need to come up with - I'm choosing FIVE - words that
are important and fit this coming year."
Not surprisingly; we came up with the very same 5 words at the same time.
After the COVID19 of 2020, and the tumult of the 2020 Election,
we were both on the same thought level.

*A needed note here...
You'll notice later on in the photos that the ribbon tape is light blue OVER black.
The reason is hilarious...
I actually began with black, and during the last thing (splattering with Black Soot Distress Paint)
I accidentally MELTED the black ribbon tapes! The wording disappeared but left the black tape intact.
Not being discouraged since I was not all that fond of the black tape look overall;
I simply cut new letters from light blue and clipped the words closer so that the black ribbon 
showed up underneath as a backdrop. In the end: I liked it much better.

Also in that order was TH CRACKLE PASTE!!!! 
Can you tell I am excited to finally get my pallet knife on this stuff?!.
I'm going to want more if I keep going at this rate; it's TOO FUN to use!!!
Here, I'm using the TH Stencil Numeric. I thought using words or letters was overkill.
(PS: I really wish they still added the title to the stencils- to make it easier for "How-To"s,
but having my iPhone Tim Holtz app is a huge help during this- I simply look up
the items I have on my "Inventory" list to find the correct names of what I used.)

I finally chose to get the Speckled Egg Distress Ink- in Oxide-
and am VERY PLEASED with it!
YES, folks, it IS that cool of a color!!

Packing was a chore; only in CHOICES.

Step 1 (for this project) : I shaded the entire surface with Speckled Egg Oxide,
then heat dried.

Step 2: I colored HEAVILY -onto the Crackle Pasted areas only-
using Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon...
then used a paint brush, with plain water, to rub all that Distress Crayon into all the cracks
and around the raised edges of the numbers.
Heat dry again.

Step 3: I went around the EDGES with full force on the TH Blending Tool... holding it in one hand and "hitting" the edges all around.
This really coats the edges and actually 'fogs over' the numbers again.
*Note: The usual way to add ink with a Blending Tool is to start on the GLASS MAT (or Craft Sheet)
rubbing circles as you go onto the paper, going back to the glass mat/craft sheet to pick up more ink.
Repeat Heat Dry.

Step 4: Using Distress Spray Stain in Brushed Pewter,
spray a good-sized puddle onto the Glass Mat, and scrape the card edges through.
Heat Dry.

Isn't that cool?!

I now had the background for embellishing with Tim Holtz IdeaOlogy - to my heart's content.

Here's where I "Put A Good Word In"...

I sincerely believe we - as a United States- need these words desperately,
and need to put their meanings into practice IMMEDIATELY!

-Distressing some IdeaOlogy items with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink
-Choosing and adding TH Paper Dolls (using same Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink)
-Punching out ribbon type (not TH brand) in light blue with chosen words
- Adding various Tim Holtz IdeaOlogy items (distressing with same above Ink) such as:
*Mirrored Hearts
*Salvaged Stickers: Crowded Attic (retired)
*Ticket Booth
*Snippets Ephemera
-Lastly; splatterings of Black Soot Distress Paint.

Again: I've left the backs the same- other than where I needed one TH Long Fastener.
I've added a TH (retired) Salvaged Sticker on top.

What FUN this has been to be the first Guest Designer of 2021!
I pray that these WORDS- and all the words chosen by the various Crafters who chose to join

will have a positive and lasting effect that will ripple through the rest of the world!

So come join in on the FUN, and be included into the $25GC random drawing
Sponsored by:

Until next time...

Stay SAFE, Wear the MASK, Wash the HANDS, &

Sunday, December 27, 2020

SSS Monday Challenge "Celebrate!" and A Vintage Journey ends with a "Merry Little Christmas" December Challenge... Part 2: Deck The Cards!


This is Part 2- I guess it's the part where I say "See ya next year," lol. Actually, that's pretty close to the truth as this will be my last posting until after January 1, 2021. It's been quite a year, and I know you've heard just about everyone comment on that. No less here; I'm ready to be sooo done with COVID19 and get back out there to being with my friends and family once again. I missed way too many things in order to still be here and enjoy it more, so that vaccine had better work it's duty. Some folks are more afraid of the shot, but with me...what's one more when you do shots every week and your legs have all the tiny bruises to prove it? As long as it works, and the side effects are minimal (I also have the worry of 21 medications it may interact with); the pain of another shot- myeh! 

Missing my friends and family has inspired me with this set of makes. Each one is meant to be a gift in itself to bring a smile to its receiver. My church Besties (whom I did take gifts to and finally get one-on-one time with) each will get one, delivered with the help of one passing them out for me (in just a few hours from this typing- 'my' church time is during the video repeat in the afternoon). And the set of 4 3D-embellished that are the same/yet different, were delivered to my next-older brother, Gordon.

Gordon is only 2 years older than me, & grew up delighted over decks of cards- still enjoys them- collecting different kinds of decks (we both especially enjoyed the tiniest decks of cards from the gumball machines), or drawing his own. Among the favorite drawings he's ever done for me-, hung for over 20 years in my hallway. I finally scanned them and set them into packages for safe keeping. I can use the scanned photos of them for decor or even in my crafts as printed out grey/B&W photos to color, or just to use as is for embellishments. I even won Tim Holtz's The Tags of 2013 with second year of 5 years doing Tim's "Tags of" line for each month. (Yeah.. *sniff-sniff*...that set of challenges ended, too. I must be a jinx, or what??) I thought it'd be fun to make some "Christmas Cards" to share since I was keeping the Part 1 cards "A 2020 Christmas Carol of Cards" for myself. People- who are the important part of life- are the inspiration for most of my makes.( FurryKids are included in that, also!)

                       So, here we go; Part 2 of the Cards...

              (These first photos are the same as in Part 1 but added once again.

                  For texted details- click on the link in the previous paragraph above.)

             (Begin new photos which complete the "How To" for the Part 2 Cards.)

I rubbed over all the stenciling and then used a paint brush with dabs of water,
to smear the TH Antique Linen Distress Crayon for some depth.

I chose another route with this Distress Inking...
More of a different colors layering to look like a fog kind of appearance.
You can see the brightness of it in the following photos below...

Some TH Metallic Spray Stain in Tarnished Brass- for a gold look that was brighter. 

I cleaned the nozzle out for a fine spray to work,
but then the 'blotches' on the paper towels from the cleaning, caught my eye.
I decided to do both: I 'blotched' the spray on some cards by sticking the nozzle close up,
and kept it at a distance to spray more like sprinkles.
The effect was actually pretty cool- you can see here how different
they all look rather than from plain sprinkle-spraying.

Then, it was time to embellish- I got out quite a few of my fave TH Christmas dies,
as well as the TH Paperie "Blackout".

After cutting all the die cuts, I sanded each piece very carefully,
and also chose more 3D embellishements (such as TH IdeaOlogy Icicles-
in which this is the old retired Icicles and Showflakes).
I do have the new Icicles, but have yet to open them- till I get done with these.

Part 2: Deck the Cards!

I did keep the backs, yet again. 

The set done with 3D embellishments- for my Big Bro, Gordon.

Can you see the TH IdeaOlogy Snowflakes peeking out?

Don't worry about that heavy-handed Glossy's officially "ice" here. LOL

This is probably one of the cutest ideas I've come up with- admittedly- even though I detest snow.
My Grandbabies all got snowglobes with their photos inside, this year.
Our younger Son always had a love for them- still having kept a real globe
from the Christmas his Grandma Larimore (my late MiL) gifted to him.
The Grandbabies have 'starter' globes; very kid-friendly that are not glass.

All gift-wrapped and ready to make smiles happen!

These sets are being entered into the same challenges as Part 1 set:


the very last challenge that will be held for

      Once again; THANK YOU! for joining me during this very strange and challenging year. I look forward to more Challenges, but hopefully not from COVID19! May you also be inspired enough to rise to the challenge of creating something that you can call your very own handmade project...

              ... And come ENJOY THE JOURNEY with me

                                              in 2021!

             Stay SAFE, Wash the HANDS. Wear the MASK,

                                 HAPPY BLOGGING, &

                      Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!