Jun 30, 2018

Tim Holtz Framed Patriotic Patchwork Quilt

Hi again!  I'm back today to share a second Tim Holtz 4th of July panel.  I had an idea to do a quilted background with Tim's Stitched Square dies and am so happy that it worked out!  To me, quilts scream Americana!

I had updated my sofa pillows and created a coffee table vignette and thought this panel would tie in perfectly.  For those who wonder about the Sew in SewPaperPaint, the red pillow covers were sewn by me.  I use french seams on my pillow covers so I can wash them.  :)  I found the blue printed pillows on clearance at Pottery Barn and the gingham at a discount store in our town.  

I used the cut out letters from THIS sister panel for today's project. 

To arrange the "quilt blocks" perfectly I first cut a watercolor panel to 5x7".  Then I marked a pencil line straight down the middle.  I cut 15 squares from Tim's Correspondence paper stash.  The trick was to use wet glue so the pieces can be wiggled around as needed.  I used Eileen's Tacky Glue and it worked great.  Once all 15 pieces were in place, I cut the excess from the sides and used those little pieces to fill in the gaps around the perimeter. 

I glued my 1" Alpha Numeric letters to a piece of heavy vellum and stitched the border.  I wanted a transparent panel so the blocks would show through, but the letters would be defined.  I glued the stitching to the quilted panel.  I cut the bow from Tim's Festive Greens die set and sponged it with Fired Brick DI. 

And here she is atop another sewing project, a fringed linen table runner, which you can see in more detail on my Tim Holtz Tea Party Invites post HERE.  :)  I needed another frame, so I picked up this faux weathered wood frame from the Dollar Tree and it worked perfectly.  Make sure to check out my other Dollar Store craft projects HERE.  Here's to wishing you and yours a safe and festive 4th of July celebration!  God bless America! 

Jun 28, 2018

Finnabair Patina Paste Butterfly Tag for Tag Friday

Hi guys!  It's Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  We have changed things up a bit this year and have added a linky party for our Tag Fridays.  We'd love to see the tags you're making this month, so come play along!  I made this tag just wanting to try something new.  I thought it was a hot mess, then came back hours later and finished it up and now I'm mostly pleased...

I thought loads of texture would work for this technique, so I started with a burlap tag I cut from scrap and then added some of the "ugly flowers" in my stash.  These are HL clearance items.  I gessoed everything and then added some hot glue "drips".  I did a bit of dry brushing of the rust colored paste.

I stapled a bundle of basket filler to my piece, then added Art Stones and more gesso.

I sprayed with my Prima Color Bloom spray, then added some Tim Holtz butterfly die cuts from chipboard.  My goal was to use the rusty color for a shadowy effect.

I painted a brass key with the bronze paint in the set.  And used it to highlight bits and pieces here and there.

I painted around the edges to sort of frame things.

I do like the texture of the burlap, but it is a bit busy.  Next time I would do a smoother background or some stenciling.  I added a sentiment by 7Dots.

The ribbon topper from DL Art.  I love this ribbon!  What do you think?  Do check out the inspiring tags by my team and play along.  We'd love to see what you're up to!

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Jun 26, 2018

Tim Holtz 4th of July Patriotic Decor

Hi friends!  Thank you so much for your warm comments on my last couple of posts.  We are enjoying some much needed R&R and I've had some time to play in the studio.  I wanted to go all out for our 4th of July party this year and after making THIS patriotic card, so I have been busy decorating.  I started with this wreath, inspired by Pinterest.  I've never made a wreath before and probably needed to wire things a bit more, but so far I'm enjoying it!  Next, I wanted to do some word art, so I came up with this little Tim Holtz framed panel.  :)

{inspired by THIS pin}

For my panel, I started by taping my 1" Alpha Numeric Dies with washi tape to my cutting plate word by word and cut them from blue Bazzil.  I layered the strips over Tim's Correspondence paper.  I splashed the panel with watery gesso to resemble fireworks. 

I'm so happy to finally get hold of Tim's Funky Florals 3 die set.  I cut each piece for my floral swag from watercolor paper, then sponged them with Distress Inks to get vibrant color.  You could easily use Kraft Core cardstock for this, but I love the variegation you get from inking.  For the flowers I layered two flowers and two centers for a fuller look.  I molded them with my flower shaping tools. 

Finally, I gave Tim's Framed Wooden Panel a wash of watery gesso to compliment my farmhouse decor.  This was really fun to make and I'm already enjoying having it on display.  Now to do a second panel with the letters leftover from my word strips.  :)

Jun 20, 2018

Tim Holtz Style 4th of July Patriotic Card

Sadly, today is my last post for Frilly and Funkie.  While I have loved being a part of one of THE most creative teams in all of blog land, I have made the difficult decision to step down.  We have had much more than our share of sickness in our family this year and I am wiped.  I truly appreciate each and every DT member and their inspiration and support for this last year.  And I am honored to have worked for Linda to represent The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.  And to my readers, thank you for your comments, love and prayers during this difficult season.  I hope to continue to provide inspiration for you here at SewPaperPaint, but just need to do it at a little slower pace for a while.  <3

And now onto today's inspiration, my patriotic card for our current Frilly and Funkie challenge, By Airmail.  Our hostess Zoe says, "I just love sending and receiving letters in the mail. And especially love the stamps, airmail stickers and postmarks that these letters pick up along the way. For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic postal themed project. Think old fashioned aircraft, airmail stamps, post marks, postage stamps."

I snipped out part of a Found Relative card and distressed its edges to look like an old square photo.

I layered with little bits of postal paraphernalia that all have a very sentimental meaning to me.  The airmail stripes remind me of letters my husband sent me while he was in Iraq.  The crumpled letter addressed "Dear Sweetheart" reminds me of our correspondence. 

The Finnabair Mechanicals wings remind me of my Grandfather, a retired airman.  I tucked in a postal die and bits of vintage trims from my stash.  The USA letters are from an old church Sunday School sign (thanks Bonnie!)  You could definitely use Tim's Typography letters.  I added a Petal Lu poppy for remembrance.  Little bits of old postage are tucked here and there and an actual envelope I received from an old friend who passed away.  What a sentimental card this is!  I do hope you like it and will play along with our current challenge for a chance to win a $25 to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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Jun 17, 2018

Tim Holtz Tropical Handmade Flower Garden Card

This is the day that the Lord has made!  I hope you are well this Sunday morning.  I'm taking some much needed time away from work and our family is planning a little trip to the coast.  Thank you so much for your sweet comments and prayers.  Everyone is healthy again and I think some fun in the sun is just what the doctor ordered at this point.  Today's card features a flower I made for my friend Carol's Instagram party a while back.  She videoed me while we were together and shared it in her feed HERE.

The flower reminded me of this beautiful tropical plant I photographed last year at the beach so I decided to pair it with greens from the Tropical die set.  I played and played and ended up adding this sweet "garden club" lady who reminds me of someone special.  I cut the Archway die to frame her and layered with a piece of Worn Wallpaper.

My favorite part about making flowers like this one is that you don't need stamen!  

I was really pleased with this lush combination.  Mostly, with the colors I developed for the leaves.  I used a surprising combo of Bundled Sage and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide.  The flower was dyed with Wilted Violet and Milled Lavender.

My main background panel is watercolor paper with two opposite corners cut with Tim's new Mixed Media #5 thinlet die.  I wanted a subtle pattern, as not to compete with the flower.  To stain the edges I made a very watery bath of Wilted Violet then spritzed my paper heavily with water and ran the edges through the bath.  The ink bleeds inward and gives a lovely, soft edging.  I blotted with my baby wipe for an even softer look.  I lightly sponged a second sheet for a backing, then die cut the archway.  I added soft stamping in the other corners with Milled Lavender using the label from the Victorian stamp set.

I mounted my Small Talk sentiment onto scraps of the Worn Wallpaper and layered over Tim's beautiful crocheted lace.  And there you have it, Mrs. Lucy arranging her flowers in her garden club finery...

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