Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A New Year, a new Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge, and a new role to play; "Out With the Old & In With the New"... Keeping Faith in 2022

      Happy New Year. and welcome back! For those new to my blog; WELCOME! I hope you'll join in with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog's 1st Challenge of 2022 ! I have been asked to be part of their Design Team for the first half of 2022! I'm very humbled as well as honored just to be asked. I've been having fun doing these Challenges with this same group for some years now, but as soon as I answered "Yes!" to the offer, I kind of freaked out a bit. Suddenly, it seems I have trouble getting my thoughts in line and making my blog do what I normally make it do. And my computer seems to want to add to the mutiny. So, bear with my excitement as I regain my balance- with a Team of awesome Designers leading the way. I feel as giddy as Grandbaby Pistachio- who, at the tender age of only TWO years old, just attended her first week of Preschool last week! She handled potty training like an old pro, and happily left Daddy at the door of the school- taking it by storm in her too-big-for-her backpack. Peanut already filled her all in about the rule for no running in his Big Bubby role. She's more than ready (obviously, not just her Memaw's opinion as her Sunday School Teacher) and has an amazing hunger to learn!  It's been...BRISK... here on the Gulf Coast, but nothing like the severe cold of the northern states. I do not miss the snow and especially the ice, but our Grandbabies have warm blood flowing through those YOUNG VEINS and they love it! Here's Peanut suited up to go shovel for his Grammy Fasha- yes! He's old enough at 4&1/2! And Jamie was born in MinneSNOWta, so he's born insulated!

   I've been a pretty busy Crafter in the past month, and I'm hoping to get those projects blogged as well as get situated in this side of the fence, so to speak. Starting out the gate with this first 2022 Challenge; "Out with the Old and In with the New", which is prompting us to create a project that has both something old and something new. This can mean an old ribbon used with a cut from a new die set, etc. This theme makes me think of the old year passing and the new year beginning, I chose to make my project from an old story passed down through the years of many Christmases... I'll explain a bit more under each photo. And for this, I have a LOT of photos. So, let's get to them...

                                                       Materials and Tools:

     Most of the tools shown in the following photos can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique,  Sponsor of the challenge prizes. Even with newly marketed craft items, owner Linda Coughlin always gives her best to find what you're looking for and get it out to you! I can vouch for being a customer of hers for many years now, and this group of Crafters joining in on these Challenges, are the ones who helped teach me all along the way of this journey! 

This is the latest order of goodies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Am I the only Tim Holtz Addict who likes to open up new IdeaOlogy- 
just to feel them and ogle the tiny details ?!

The TH Etcetera Tombstone and one package of the TH Paper Dolls Christmas 2022
are scores in pre-Christmas shopping. The second package is NOT a 'mistake'.
I absolutely ADORE these Paper Dolls and you just cannot have too many of them!
The little book is one of the things I spent some crafting time on- I'll be getting
the rest of those items blogged up soon, for viewing. Meanwhile, this one 'larger little' book
was made and set aside just for this very project. The pages can actually turn and are readable.

I'm not a big fan of the scoreboard/cutter shown here, but it's the one I found last year in Florida.
I'm hoping to get Tim Holtz's new 12-inch guillotine cutter for use here.
But we'll see how that goes as I have more work to do than shopping time.
As far as I know: the Ranger TH Distress Embossing POWDER is no longer around.
I totally will be lost when I finally run out of that.... unless Tim Holtz takes mercy on me
and will reintroduce more of it- along with my fave: Grungepaper! (Not shown here.)

Another score: one set was found pre-Christmas shopping and the other was found at TFJBoutique.
       While there was a mention on FB (Tim Holtz Addicts group) of using 'stacks' of paper glued        
           together verses using thin or thick foam for stand-out items, I wondered if doing BOTH would not only give me a clean, 'squared' edge on top, but also have the 'puff' of the foam?? I paired both
(adhered together with Glossy Accents) using some of Tim's new Paperie. 
You be the judge and decide from the end result!

The TH Etcetera Tombstone is easy-peasy to put together- the package shows it on the front.
But I was going full out for a front and backside, so I used the extra pieces from the cutout shapes, as well as a couple of the TH Etcetera Bracket Shelf pieces, to make what I wanted.
This stuff is very stiff and very durable, yet can be cut with your TH Scissors and making
a hole for Jump Rings or say...TH Long easy to do.
 This stuff is Etcetera stuff is BRILLIANT, and it's my new obsession!

Slipping in a ribbon for hanging- not just for drying all edges at the same time,
but for later display as well.

Glossy Accents is used in all the glue processes. I'm heavy-handed with it, but I've 
got projects that have lasted sitting out (and being handled and dusted) for over ten years.
I'm a firm believer in that glue!!

The main piece is all put together all around.
Here comes the fun part...

This is really the BACK SIDE, but I am showing it got done FIRST.

As you can see from the slightly-still-there-glue-marks, the LARIMORE lettering
was accidentally placed onto the FRONT SIDE by mistake.
Embrace your mistakes! I did I wasn't happy about it, but I did it.

Don't worry: those glue marks will just disappear underneath the layers I had planned!

After all my lettering was placed and glued, I used my scissors to scrappy-cut some odd ends of the foam to place around the edges of the Tombstone for faux "cracks" in the stone.

Now it's Gesso time! Coat it all over - front and back, sides, top and bottom.
I used a stiff brush to get in between all the spaces in the letterings. It dried pretty quick.

Some Ranger TH Texture Paste in Opaque Matte, which is not transparent, so it
can be used as a good 'filler' for spaces between the two sides that were still showing.

And here comes the BEST PART: Tim's (new to me- FINALLY!) Grit Paste!!
TH had some new extra-gritty Grit Paste come out over the Fall and Holidays, but I was not able to find any when I wanted it, but did manage to find this over pre-Christmas shopping. I grabbed that jar like my poor life depended on it! The only problem was; it was not as gritty as the other newer paste.
I'd brought my 3 precious jars of Distress Embossing Powder with me for this very project, not knowing if I'd find the new Grit Paste or not, so I got it out wondering....
if I could add some of that to the jar of Paste?? I tried it out on paper first.

And it WORKED! So from then on, I scooped out a gob of Paste with my brush, 
put it on my finger and then just gently dipped. The powder and paste just LOVED one another!!

The result was convincing enough to look like the newer Grit Paste, but in Antique Linen spotting.
(My other idea was to go out my front door with a wire strainer and use Florida Gulf SAND 
which is really the same Antique Linen shade inland and on shoreline, white.)

I used the brush to get right in there up against the edge where the lettering met the Etcetera board.
I wanted the lettering to stand out, yet look faded by the years. 
So having it all blend into the board was my main need here, and it did take some patience 
to build that up with the brush without tearing the lettering apart. I hung it to dry a full 24 hrs.
In one of my favorite main inspiration Crafter's blogs, Zoe Hillman - one of Tim's Makers,
her Tombstone had me totally hooked on the idea to do one with this story the main idea.
Click Here to see Zoe's extremely cool Tombstone Tag.)

While the Tombstone Tag was hanging out in the little Florida Craft Room...
I got busy playing with my TH Paper Dolls.
I colored with Ranger TH Distress Crayons, and the cool thing about these is that you can
color hard on these, wipe it all off with a baby wipe, and use another color, or another media.
These Paper Dolls are so versatile!!  And yeah- I finally stuck with this green on "me".

After smearing the Distress Crayon color, then going over tiny areas with a waterbrush, then the darker Distress Crayon over it's lighter color, I heat dried all of the Dolls between each layer, 
then added edging in TH Distress Oxide Ground Espresso with a Blending Tool.

After the 24 hour drying, this thing really felt like a real Tombstone's surface!
And that's when I looked for my grey-shade of Distress Paint and found I'd packed the METAL
Distress Paint. What's a girl to do?! She bes like TIM: just mix it and play around
till you get what you need and want! So I did and the finished coloring was...

...wait for it...

...PERFECT! (Top part is the final color.)

Time to embellish with the Dolls, book, chain, etc.
I did make a simple pocket for the book to slide right into- easy to get out as interactive!


Like Ebenezer Scrooge, each year we try to keep our souls fresh with the CHRISTmas spirit.
We are reminded of the world's chains that can hold us down and steal our focus- and our joy.
Spending time with, and teaching my Grandbabies, is VERY IMPORTANT to me- thus "I"
hold the key that unlocks and breaks away the weighted "chains" of the world.
The TH IdeaOlogy gates are pretty OLD,
but The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is much older.

The TH IdeaOlogy Lock & Key Sets are very new- just out in Fall 2021, but 
I'm just now getting the chance to FIND any. I actually found one package pre-Christmas shopping,
and the other available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I have another use planned for February
as these are the absolute Bee's Knees in cuteness !!!

Getting TH IdeaOlogy Jump Rings through a board??
If it's an ETCETERA's a can do!!

Of course, keeping faith means having faith that GOD's 'got this': every situation, every circumstance
that comes about in the NEW YEAR 2022. 
We practice our trust and our patience- especially in these days- with those around us... 24/7/365.

The book is easily taken out and read.
But those TH Thinlits Set Alphanumeric Stretch letters!!!
They make the name LARIMORE so realistic looking that I cropped this and am
adding the resulting pic to my FB cover. It's so CUTE!!!

And now, for the best NEW news of all:
Our younger Red Wing, MinneSNOWta Son, Daughter, and Grandbaby Pecan
are moving to Upstate New York! It's a done deal where he will now be a Nuclear Engineer 
at a facility on Lake Ontario. As of this posting (Wednesday; Jan 12), they are in Indiana
for a short visit while waiting on the moving company to get everything to their newly purchased home
As if that's not all...
They called us on Sunday; January 9th to surprise us:

GRANDCHILD #4 is on the way!!!
A Baby made in the OLD year who will be born in the NEW year!
How's that for the final Requirement? :)

Of course, I immediately had to run into my Craft Room to grab my Paper Dolls
to find the more suitable replacement: for Baby Pecan to now be a 
An "old" TH Paper Doll represents a new Baby!

Please join the FUN going on: The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog
where a new theme challenges you to create something artful!
Each Challenge gives you 2 full weeks, and you can enter a photo of your finished piece
which could earn you a blog Badge and some bragging rights!
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So...Until next time...

Stay Safe &

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge #19 Yuletide Delights... What if we're wrong; what if the Moon is really made of PUMPKIN?!

t's been a month and a half since my last post/Challenge, and what a trip it's been during that time! Most of it was spent being sick again; with an ER trip tossed in. After being whupped by Bronchitis, I'm trying to make my way back up to par. I'd been run ragged trying to get things finished up in our Indiana house, and we left for our Florida house after the oldest Grandbaby had his first-ever Christmas Program on December 6th. I did manage to spend time with all 3 Grandbabies over Thanksgiving since they all were home for that weekend. We did their Christmas with them; enjoying how they appreciated getting new toys and fun. The youngest- Baby Jamie- is moving to Upstate New York from Minnesota; Daddy having gotten the Nuclear Plant job he's wanted for so long. Mommy's older Sister lives just across the Niagra Falls, opposite of their new area, on the Canadian side. So Wittle Pecan will need his Passport to be able to visit his other Cousins. He finally got to meet all of them in person over Thanksgiving. We adults are having a very hard time with Covid19 limiting what our young Grandbabies get to do now. It feels like they are being cheated out of quite a bit that we did with their parents when they were our little kids. Waiting 2 years to meet your own family members just... downright SUCKS! 

     I will have more projects to post after this; no matter if they get into a Challenge or not; I've been busy here and there in the Craft Room at home in Indiana, and finally (after a full week of getting the place aired out and settled in again) ready to spend time in the Florida house Craft Room. I'll post some pics of that as I go, in case anyone is interested in ideas of how to make it work in a large camper trailer! Most of Florida- especially retired folks- live in campers like this that are spaced out among others in communities. Ours just happens to be inside Tri-State Christian Camp. I'll be posting photos to their FB page (link given), so feel free to pop in and see what's there!

     Meanwhile; back to TFJB Challenge; Yuletide Delights; this make has been worked on for bits of stolen moments in the past three weeks or so. It could have actually gone into several different Challenges that came up in that time, because it was meant to come out between the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays when we are eating the majority of PUMPKIN PIE to our heart's delight! I am admittedly one of those who stock up when all the Pumpkin & Spice stuff comes out. Not everything; I have particular faves, including the Mini Wheats! But the smell and the taste of the blend just drives some family members totally nuts. Our younger Son can put away an entire Pumpkin pie in one sitting. (The kid is 6' 4"... who's gonna tell him NO?? lol)  I put away a whole Pumpkin pie within one week, myself, still managing to keep the weight loss down with the help of all the sickness I went through. In any case; this is why my mind was on PUMPKIN. As for the has been a beautiful sky with a beautiful shiny Moon- once the rain stopped in Indiana! One evening, on the way home from Wednesday Night JAM (Jesus And Me) for the older 2 Grandbabies, Peanut was saying "The Moon is a banana tonight!" and the next week, it looked like a watermelon. We replied that we thought it was made of  cheese. That's when the thought came to me about the Moon looking the  color of Pumpkin. And there you have it. So let's see the make....

I wanted a TH Distress Ink Villainous Potion background, as Paula Cheney was challenged
just a few weeks ago. So the shading was going to use blue and black for the sky.

Tools I used...yes; cinnamon stick was a 'tool' !!

Additional Paperie used; TH Classic Stock and I got out some of the precious Grungepaper. 
The white is Mat Board.

This is the example I found when I googled images of "purple night sky".

I needed a bit of practice, so I chose a smaller stash piece of the very same 12 x 12 
from Tim Holtz's French Industrial Paperie.

The BACKSIDE of the paper was what I was hoping to use- it has very subtle images ghosted in.

Here's my practice take up against my larger piece.

I cut two each of the Pumpkin and Moon shapes, then stuck them together with Glossy Accents.
The stem was cut from Mat Board while an additional cover piece cut for the Pumpkin
as well as both sides of the stem- from the French Industrial.
I burnished the paperie to the TH Etcetera Mini Tag. I just LOVE the Etcetera Tags!!!

I then made up a sample and took a photo so I could look back on the arrangement for later gluing.

Making the shading was the fun part: that TH Villainous Potion PURPLE!!!
I have another use for it for yet another Christmas project in the works.
That shade of purple is so ROYAL looking!!!

I had to use TH Distress Oxide Carved Pumpkin, of course, on the TH Stretch Alphanumeric.

Coloring up the TH Letterpress word "SPICE" used with a "&" sign as another E.
I needed a second E, but couldn't find any out of the 2 sets I had, and the &
 ("and" key) did look like an E. Strange, yes...but works!

Dressing up the word "SPICES" to look like real spices on it!
Even though my body refuses to properly digest spices... I do love them!
I'm not a fan of spicey as in spicey HOT, but my fave spices are
probably cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Some sparkle, as smaller stars, was all that was left to do. 

And here's what I ended up with...

Can you see the left arm (with the Pumpkin lid) goo?
I did color him with TH Distress Crayon in Pumice Stone...
with a little TH Distress Marigold lightly over his tie.
It looks slightly washed out in this pic. I was trying to keep the light from bouncing off the excess
spilled Glossy Accents showing up all over his arm, and just at the side of him- on the Moon.

Here is where you can see the little tell-tale hint of excessive Glossy Accents.
NOT done with my usual 'heavy handedness', but actually done when
I tried to unclog the tip by grappling it off ENTIRELY...
with little string-like sprays ALL OVER MY WORK.
Thus...scroll back up to it....
on the TH Paper Doll guy, you can see Glossy Accents that I tried to get off his left arm
and part of his coat. I was just about ready to CRY.
Being run down and sick for most of those weeks doing this SIMPLE project;
I'm not entirely sure I DIDN'T sit and cry.

The cinnamon stick is an old one I keep in a jar on the kitchen counter as part
of my decor preference (Americana Primitives), but as soon as I broke it; it smelled nicely again!

That littlest TH IdeaOlogy Pumpkin Piece... so CUTE with some TH Stickles on it,
over the Distress Crayons in Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, and  Distress Paint Black Soot splatters.
The stem is a tiny piece of real cinnamon stick!

The backside: I left it a rarely-done plain, but scuffed it up a bit.

I'm VERY grateful if any of my Blog Readers are still around after my long absence;
such a long time was not anticipated, but it's been a "sick" year for me and several of my siblings.
Seems I've been sick since the day I got the first Covid19 shot, into the second, and well
through the summer months. Just when I started healing from the Bronchitis, I'm overdue for 
the Booster Vax. I'd rather NOT, but dying of the Covid19 is a very real possibility for me.

That's it for this TFJB Challenge; Yuletide Delights 

Please join us for the next one!

Stay Safe &