Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge #13 Creating Die-Na-Mite....and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Fun With Stencils...My Sister; My Teacher

lease bear with; it's a long post. :)

    Like the lyrics of a favorite Rod Stewart song of the 70s, Maggie May: it's late September, but in this case; everyone really is back at school. When it comes to our entire family of nine, during summer months, there are only two adults working full time, and no one in school. Come fall, there are three in some form of school (used to be four until Older Daughter graduated with her Bachelor's in May) all through the week. While I teach Sunday School- for PreK to 1st Grade- it takes a good bit of time during my weekdays to make up the lessons and activities for my class of anywhere-up-to-12-kids on any given Sunday. I always loved school, myself, and spent several years in gifted/talented programs or being sent up one grade for reading, literature, or history subjects- all of which I loved. In grade school, I would gladly opt for staying inside during recess and reading a good book. To this day, I do my best work on my own, and our Younger Son is like that, whereas our Older Son is more of a 'works best with others' like Dad. I do have to say that every one of our family enjoys reading and keeping up to date with things. So education/learning has been a big part of our lives, and will continue to be so.

    Whenever I think of my life growing up as the youngest of 10 kids, I'm always grateful to have had older siblings who cared enough to teach me things. I got babysat a lot because I was only 7 when my Dad came into my life, and brought me 6 more older siblings. The oldest- my Sister Sharon- was already married and had a baby. From the first, I looked up to her because at 14 years older than I was, and through the years, she was more like a "mom figure" to me than a Sister. She got after me when I was being bratty, and she didn't mince words when she explained why. She took time to bring me nightgowns as a teenager, and I knew she was only trying to help me when she's admonish the way I dressed or acted. My Dad would tell me what the older kids had done, like Sharon graduated HS with 10 more credits than needed, trying to keep me challenged to do the same. He was proud that 2 of his Daughters didn't wear much (if any) makeup in their HS Senior photos- just at the time I was getting ready for my own Senior Year. Our Dad was a quiet guy who spent the majority of his early retirement weekends with visits from family: his kids or his 5 Brothers & 1 Sister. And on Friday night, before taking off for the skating rink, was when I would see my siblings, almost like clockwork. Once I got married, it wasn't as often as I'd have liked, and in the past 15 years, it's been hit & miss. But just this past weekend, their Mom (known in my own house as Grandma Minnie) held a 70th Birthday Party for Sharon, and it was my first real chance to see everyone, and it was Sharon's first real chance to be out with everyone since in the past 20 months, she's spent in the hospital or in nursing rehab. But Sharon's tough....she singlehandedly raised 2 girls, both of whom are successfully raising their own families. She's worked her own way in jobs during years when men had the best chance to make good money. It's not been a perfect family, but then; none are. As the youngest, it's easy to watch what your older siblings do and learn from their successes and mistakes. But it's hard to see them getting older and you want to pull back time because you're just now having fun in that coveted older age they always had. I actually have 14 siblings. It's complicated, lol! 2 Brothers and 1 Sister have already passed, and of those 3, I didn't get to meet 2 as an adult. Time flies, so I make sure to tell them "I LOVE YOU".

That's the bottom line of where I got my inspiration from, I actually began this project back in May, and just got fortunate enough for it to work out as a gift to my Sister. So let's move on down and see where I incorporated TFJB's Die-Na-Mite theme and the SSS Fun With Stencils...

If you look closely on the table, you can see my Folio inside workings.
I like doubling up the outside shells for good measure.

Yep- this happened!!!

The bearings just fell out all over, and with FIVE GUEST DESIGN SPOTS for OCTOBER,
I was ready to fall apart also.

Then I remembered SIZZIX helping me out with the broken handle pin some years back.
They sent the whole shebang for me saying it comes as a set.
I only needed ONE of the TWO bushings back then, and I dug it up to find the 2nd...
PS: SIZZIX is one of the BEST EVER companies, and very helpful!
Get to know your Big Shot. I do keep a Vagabond on hand for backup, though.


I made sure the bottom and top edges for the pocket were not going to be in the way of each side.

I always plan my placement before gluing or taping anything together.
Plan twice and adhere ONCE!

The waterfall is easy and fast to place.

You can see my fingers inside the pocket- with the tuck space pocket edges glued to the undersides.

These pieces were leftover from the Letter L post.
Tip: To keep these TH 3D Embossed raised areas from crushing inside your Folio,
add some Glossy Accents into the backside's indents- LIGHTLY as shown- to fill up those indents.
I spread mine with my finger, smearing into the valleys.
The Glossy Accents dries to a hard clear and makes the raised areas sturdier.

I've pretty much pared down my Stencils to these.
Eventually, I plan to add more TH Stencils to my stash.

Use scrap paper underneath stencil, 
or tape the top of the stencil, to cover up what you don't want shaded.

These are the four I finally chose to use for all the Tags and tuck-pieces.

               Here's what came out of all that due cutting...

This is the outside shell and the front I ended up with at the end of that Besties Scrapping
A lot of die cutting with the Eileen Hull Folio Die... easy and fun!

UPDATE: I did forget while posting this originally, to say that the very first panel
(on the far left) is CORK SHEET. I've used a TH IdeaOlogy Memo Pin and just before 
wrapping, I added our note of "Happy Birthday" into it.

     Plenty of places for photos and writing little notes to go with. I'll be making a visit with Sharon
             to take her the photos of her party that I took and help her put them into the Folio.

The Eileen Hull Folio Die makes clean, easy to assemble cuts and joins the other
 EH Books dies as come of my favorites to use.
I hope you've enjoyed this make and I'll send another SHOUTOUT!
to everyone for all the SOOOO SWEET COMMENTS!!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge #13 De-Stress With A Little Distress... Ma Bell's Girls

eptember brings a close to 2021's summer months, but my pool is still going strong and warm for now. It's hard to believe it will be time to close it in just a few more weeks, but that's the deal when you live in Indiana; changes, changes, changes! And speaking of which... we just got back from another trip up to Red Wing, visiting with the younger set of kids and Baby Pecan. Talk about changes; Jamie is fast on his way to mastering quite a few things. I'm always careful of their stairs to the Family Room- making sure the gate is closed so Jamie won't fall down the stairs. But this visit, I got a shock: Littlest Man is already going up and down on his own, like a boss! The only thing that kept him a bit down was an RSV (what I still call URI upper respiratory infection). It had already hit here with us and I was still dealing with the same infection going on for the past two weeks after having some kind of regular cold/flu passed around. So we only got in two walks in our 4 days. He showed off his skills at the neighborhood parks, letting me know how much he loves sliding down the circular slides, and swinging on swings. He especially likes to spin on spinning rides! Gets that from me & his Daddy, I think.

     When it comes to September, my mind is always taken back to 2001. As someone who watched it from the very start, and alerted our schools to the awful events unfolding that terrible day, I still find it very difficult to re-watch, re-hash, or even talk of that day. That event brought on a series of life changes to me personally, and the shock of seeing that always precludes the following years of physical & mental hardship. In my eyes, daily life in America changed that day. Our Sons had just begun 4th & 7th Grades as the youngest in both grades at ages 9 &12, and all I could think of was how their world would be a much different one now. And it was.  As a Fire Chief's wife, the WT stories hit  very close to home with us. Now I have Grandbabies, with the 20th September 11th upon us as we finally pulled out of Afghanistan. It's just 'how' we left the situation that concerns me for our country's future safety. Just like 2001; it's all best left in GOD's hands. What is important for this time is we honor those 13 who paid the ultimate sacrifice, joining thousands of their Brothers/Sisters in arms who did likewise in those 20 years. One of our own- from this county- was one of them: Marine Cpl Humberto Sanchez. I have tried to keep up with all those who have sacrificed over the 20 years, and we personally know another young man (grew up next door) whose truck was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq during those years- taking the life of his best Buddy, as well as his own leg. What happened to him & his on-going work with Sled Hockey & Wounded Warriors in Texas, keeps the thoughts always fresh to us, and certainly the prayers going up!

       In tackling De-stress With A Little Distressing, the theme for this Challenge, I was remembering the these things and how isolated I felt while watching September 11, 2001. We'd had our first car phone in the early 90s...called "the Brick"- was pretty much a take off from my fave TV show "EMERGENCY!" with their BioPhone. Didn't get much use as they got smaller and better, but in 2001, most ppl were still relying on what we know now as their "land line". I was fortunate to have had a speaker phone and also a TDD Unit (telecommunications device for the deaf) along with Indiana Relay to help me make phone calls. But during Sept 2001, phone systems went down all over the Midwest and with my ChiefHubby at work an hour away, our kids in school the opposite direction of him but also 45 mins away from me at home,.. for the first time in my life, I realized how being deaf was a terrible thing. I was alone way our here in the boonies.  Being deaf never really bothered me much before that. But during the events of that day, yeah, that was quite a day.

   With all that said, you can see why my background is the way it is. So let's get on with the rest...

You can see here; I got out that old Red, White, & Blue paper ribbon.
The roll is getting smaller, and I've looked for it when I think of it, but so far- nothing found.

I got out one of my collection of Tim Holtz's Movers & Shapers Die Sets for this-
Mini Telephone/Typewriter. This also gave me the first chance to use Tim's new Circuit Stencil.

I started by making a background for at least 2 plain cardstock pieces- tag and full sheet.

I heat dried both, then set aside the larger to work on the Tag.

Adding some Distress Oxide in Ground Espresso to the top inside of the TH Circuit 3D Impresslit Folder (also new to me), I ran the Tag through my Big Shot.

I then lightly used TH DO (Distress Oxide Ink) in Salvaged Patina in just one main area, for an aged look, heat dried, then lightly blended all over DO Vintage Photo & followed it with TH regular Embossing Powder on the rest of the raised areas, and heat dried again.
I also used the ink and powder all along the outside edges of the tag after I first ran
Tim's Paper Distresser over all those edges- gave a more worn look plus helped the embossing to 'stick out' more all along those edges. You'll see this in the next photo below.

I then took some Salvaged Patina Distressed Paint and rubbed it on top of the 
Salvage Patina DO ink already there- using my finger. 
The paint is thicker by far, and a bit brighter than the ink and allows a bit of texture.
Then I set the Tag part aside for now.

I used the TH Circuit Stencil with TH DO in Ground Espresso inked in even lines going up and down,
and used my paper cutter to cut all the sides evenly around just outside of those circuit lines.

And I couldn't resist getting my TH Ranger Crackle Texture Paste onto the top of the circuit lines
with another TH Stencil. I was in a hurry, so I did heat dry this and the crackling was fine!

Taking a cue from Paula Cheney on her One Lucky Day post in July, I got out
the TH Walnut Distress Stain for some color in the cracks of that crackling.
That was a FUN step if there ever was one!!

You see there are spots where I gave the Walnut Distress treatment harder pressing
for more stain to color the inside of a few of the numbers randomly; that's part of the FUN!
The look of it is pretty cool distressing !!
You'll note: after heat drying yet again- I used the Paper Distresser on all of these edges as well.

The third layer would be the RWB paper ribbon.
So I wadded this up (it's wired on both top and bottom, so I left that), crushed,
and crunched at it, then inked it on all edges and randomly over it all
with DO in Vintage Photo.

Lastly, I took TH Black Soot Distress Paint and flicked both backgrounds
and the TH Paper Dolls seperately, then heat dried a last time before putting them onto 
a TH "Blackout" Paperie sheet for the 4th layer. 

                              Results: Simply De-Stressed!

You can see a line of TH Tissue Tape that runs on top of the Blackout (which is sanded) Paper.
TH Blackout stack was in 8x8 and was not long enough for my background square,
so I simply cut another small piece to fit in and used Tissue Tape to hold them together,
adhering the whole piece to the backgrounded Tag.

I love all that yummy TEXTURE!!

Some TH IdeaOlogy came in handy here: a zero Number hanging top center
by a TH Jump Ring, stands for the old way of getting any kind of help over the phone
 - yes, this does date me-
we dialed the Operator with an 0.
A piece of TH Ephemera is held in place by a TH Clip.
(Give me a bit of a break here with the right IdeaOlogy titles because I usually
relied heavily on Tim's old app for my entire list of things I have of his. 
I'm still filling out the new site for my Inventory List. Nope- I didn't get the backup done in time.) 

A TH Numbered Brad sits in the middle of the Mini Telephone M&S die cut our of 
TH Grungepaper that is Distress Painted with Black Soot and Picket Fence- a tiny bit
of Salvaged Patina tossed over in the middle.

Here, you can see the TH Tissue Tape detail- typed keys.
I'll also mention that I have a VERY hard time tossing out ANY of my TH Paper Dolls!
I was crushed when I found just the right girls I wanted and the one on the left had
her ankle folded/torn. They were the only one I had of them, so I just sucked it up and used it!!

                                                               And that's a wrap, folks!

               This make is singly entered in  The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge

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                      Another Challenge begins tomorrow (Wednesday) and runs for 2 weeks;
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