Hello, friends! I hope you are well and having a great day. I'd love to hear what is new with you and what you're working on at the moment.
I've been busy in my craft room. It's time for another new challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! Our hostess this time is the lovely Kathy with the theme of Put Your Inking Cap On. Her guidelines are as follows: Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!
At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Frilly and Funkie Blog. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! For entry specifics and inspiration from my fabulous teammates just click on the blog link above.
This challenge is super difficult for me. I'm quite disappointed with my results as it is obviously does not reflect my style. Y'all know how much I love my patterned papers, and I find myself a bit lost without any. I'm sorry I have not done justice with this wonderful new journal cover from Eileen Hull's brand release (from which she generously sent us each a die cut cover). I have reworked this three times and I am finally raising the white flag. But what a great learning experience this is! I'm thankful for the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. I rationalize that we all have projects that don't turn out as planned now and again, right? I'm bravely posting it and I haven't even made the photos as teeny tiny as possible (I actually thought about that!).
I'm working with plain white cardstock for this and it is rejecting my usual distressing and layering techniques. There is a ton of stamping but most of it is covered up by the Distress Sprays... 'sad sigh'. The flowers are from my stash and colored with Distress Sprays. There is also a die cut butterfly under there somewhere. Full disclosure: the journal base is supposed to be a pastel green.
I think the universe must know I'm a feeling little down and need a pick-me-up, as the below goodies arrived on my doorstep just as I was heading for my chocolate stash:
What girl doesn't love a little Chanel? It's actually only refills of some of my skin care and makeup products, but they always wrap it up like it's worth a million dollars. They even put the 'free samples' in sweet little Chanel pouches. Best of all, I didn't eat the chocolate!!
That's all I have for today, but don't give up on me. I refuse to be thwarted (except possibly by this journal) and I WILL be back-lol. I plan to purchase this die set and create one of these journals in my very own style. I hope to see you over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog so I can admire your beautiful creations! Sending wishes to you for all things wonderful.