Hi everyone and welcome! It's Kathy Clement's turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and she's asking us to 'Put on Your Inking Cap'. Here's what she has to say about the theme; "If you know anything about me at all, you know that I adore designer paper. It's my "go to" product for nearly everything I make. But not this time around! For this challenge we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project without using any designer paper. You can use inks, mists, paints, texture paste, fabric, felt, embossing powders, pencils, markers, pastels, chalks...the sky is the limit! As long as you are not using designer paper on the front of your project, you are golden."
The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.
For this challenge Eileen Hull generously sent the Design Team cuts of her 'Journal' die from the newly released Sizzix HeARTfelt collection, so each of us has created a Travelers Notebook style journal to share with you for this challenge. If you are inspired to create your own journal and fill it with your own choice of inserts Linda is taking orders for Eileen Hull's Journal die at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. However, you don't have to create a journal to play along with the current Frilly and Funkie challenge - just put on your inking cap!
I went with a distinctly oriental feel for my journal this time, using the Suburbia Cityscapes dies to create a Japanese village scene celebrating the arrival of the cherry blossom. The buildings and trees were coloured with Distress Oxides and covered with clear embossing powder to seal them. Before adding the collage elements, the cover had Blossom stencilled onto it with Texture Paste which was all coloured with Distress Paints. The ageing was added through a mix of Latte alcohol ink and water.
This journal cover holds three inserts (or signatures) each made from various pieces of 'junk', mixed in with paper from the Memoranda collection, lace trims and lots of die cut elements. There are a couple of photos below but the best way to see more is to watch this video walk-through;
Here are a couple of photos sharing a little of how the pages look inside the journal;
I hope you've enjoyed seeing this journal and feel inspired to give it a go too. That's it from me for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Put on Your Inking Cap'. Do make sure you hop on over to see how my talented team mates from both the Frilly and Funkie sides of the Design Team have transformed their journals. We also have a very special Guest Designer joining us for this one too so make sure you check out her beautiful journal as well. And remember to link your own inky, shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.
That's it for now from me. I'll be back on Friday with a new project to share so I hope you can join me for that. In the meantime, whatever you're up to for the rest of the week, take care of yourselves and have fun! Jenny xxx