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
being drawn as a WINNER of a Gift Certificate from the Sponsor, The Funkie Junkie Boutique !

                                     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: