Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Step x Step - Mother's Day Project

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Hi everyone,

It's Linda, the Funkie Junkie, here this week to share a sweet Mother's Day frame. This was such a fun project to make!  I wanted to make it very girly and retro so I set out to make a chintz fabric type of background using a Wendy Vecchi Stamp It, Stencil It image.  And don't forget, you can double click any image to get a great close up.

Step 1. The finished background piece is to be matted on a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Framed Panel. Cut a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper 6¼ x 8½ inches to fit the frame. 

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Step 2. Create a multi colored background by misting the Specialty Stamping Paper with rubbing alcohol and then dripping a few drops of Wendy Vecchi Leaf Green Archival ink from a reinker onto the surface. Spread the ink around the surface with a palette knife. Dry with a heat tool and watch the magic happen.

For this project, you don’t want to get your background too deeply colored. It should be kept fairly light so the stamping will take center stage.

To create a second layer, once dry, spray again with rubbing alcohol, drip on a few drips of Pink Peony Archival Ink and distribute with a tool. Heat this layer with a heat tool and your background will be finished.

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Step 3. Stamp the floral stamp From Wendy's Bouquet Stamp It Stencil It using Jet Black Archival Ink in a random pattern. Be sure to heat set your archival ink before going on to the next step. Archival Ink takes a few minutes to dry on Specialty Stamping Paper. It’s best to heat set it to avoid smearing. It’s also important to note here that the background (Step 2 above) using the rubbing alcohol must be done before stamping with archival ink. If you stamp first, the alcohol will remove the archival ink stamping.

Add an extra pattern to the background. Use Leaf Green Archival Ink to stencil the Fern stencil using the Mini Ink Blending Tool. Heat set your stenciling.

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Step 4. Using the stencil that came with the Bouquet Stamp It Stencil It, stencil on Leaf Green Archival Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Each time a leaf is stenciled, apply Ranger Clear Embossing Powder over the wet archival ink and heat on. Repeat process with the flowers, stenciling them with Pink Peony Archival Ink and then clear embossing. Archival ink works great as embossing ink and embossing gives your project a little extra boost of texture and dimension. Embellish the flower centers with Wendy Vecchi Sunflower Enamel Accents.

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Step 5. Using the Wendy Vecchi Checkerboard stencil, stencil Pink Peony archival ink onto white card stock with the Mini Ink Blending tool. Remove stencil and wipe off excess ink, reposition one square over so the white squares show.  Stencil on Leaf Green Archival Ink to create a checkerboard of pink and green. This will be the background for your letters.

Step 6. Die cut 3/4” letters for Happy Mother’s Day. For this project, the Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Die Chip Block was used. Apply Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink to the letters by pushing the letters face down into the pad. Apply Wendy Vecchi Violet Embossing Powder to each letter and heat emboss.

Affix letters to strips of the checkerboard paper to spell out Happy Mother’s Day. Embellish strips with Leaf Green Enamel Accents. Reinforce sentiment strips by adhering a piece of chipboard to the reverse side. Use Ranger Black Foam Adhesive to mount and to add dimension.

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Step 7. Give the frame a distressed look by painting it black with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Paint. When dry, paint on Distress Embossing Ink with a paint brush and emboss with Wendy Vecchi Violet Embossing Power. Apply to one side of the frame. Tap off and return the excess powder to the jar. To give it a distressed look, lightly rub off some of the embossing powder so some black shows through. Discard embossing powder that was rubbed off. Don’t mix it with the good embossing powder as it may be clumped from being exposed to the embossing ink. Heat emboss each side and let cool before going on to the next side of the frame. Repeat this process with the sides of the frame base to which the card stock will be applied. You want a uniform color between the frame and the sides of the base.

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Step 8. Affix the card stock to the base by brushing on a moderate coat of Distress Collage Medium and quickly applying the cardstock. Flatten it down with a clean brayer to make sure there are no air pockets. Run a thin bead of Distress Collage Medium around the back of the frame and affix to the base. Weight it down with heavy objects and let dry.

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Step 9. Handmade florders - stain one sheet of white card stock with Pink Peony reinker and one with Violet reinker. Spray or pour rubbing alcohol onto craft sheet, drip and swirl one color of ink in alcohol and lay cardstock face down into it. Dry and repeat if you want more color. Do the same with the other sheet of card stock using the Violet ink. Cut pink and violet flower layers from stained card stock using the new Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals die. Scrunch up the layers, flatten back out and assemble layers into flowers. Stain more white card stock with Leaf Green archival ink and cut with Spring Greenery Decorative Strip die. Embellish with Leaf Green Enamel Accents. Affix to frame to embellish.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you like my Mother's Day project.  All the products used are listed below.  They are available at 20% off list at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Showers

Hi there! Suzz here. I am the current host for the Frilly and Funkie challenge which is April Showers. The weather by me is very unpredictable with plenty of wind and rain. The weather had me thinking about showers. For this challenge create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here 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.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

The Funkie side of the Design Team brings us more wonderful inspiration:

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot 

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie


The Frilly side of the Design Team has kicked us off with some gorgeous inspiration:

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Nancy Dynes - Tattered Treasures

Come join in on the fun and share your showers inspired creation! You have until Tuesday, April 25th to play along in this challenge. Don't forget to come back for a visit tomorrow when our latest Guest Designer will be sharing a new project. And then in one week there will be more inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team.

Keep your umbrellas nearby!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Challenge Winners - Count Me In!

Hi there everyone and welcome to the beginning of a new week. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter our 'Count Me In!' challenge. There were lots of wonderful examples of ways to include numbers in projects from our entrants.

This time we've chosen Jess (Two Mad Dahlias) as our overall winner. She came up with such a clever idea for framing her delightful vintage floral dog house, cheerfully inhabited by Bingo. Congratulations Jess on being our favourite for the 'Count Me In!' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices, in numerical order, are... #3 Harriet, #6 Eszter, and #10 Donna (Inkysplatters)!!! Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally has chosen a lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #18 Julia Aston!

A big thanks from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Once again, please email Linda at for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Jess), for the Top 3 badges (Harriet, Eszter and Donna) and for the gift certificate details (Julia).

Our current challenge, 'April Showers' runs through Tuesday, April 25th, with the Funkie side of the team sharing their inspiration this coming Wednesday. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Focus - Prima Papers and Flowers

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Friday Focus segment today on Prima papers* and flowers that are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The prices in the shop are normally 20% off list but for the next two weeks these select products will be our Friday Focus special and you can get an additional 15% off but act quickly because this special only runs through through April 27th.

I have made a couple of cards with the new paper collections and I don't have a lot of process photos for you because I decided to make shabby cards that were easy to construct but I will describe how I made each one.

The first card features the Rose Quartz 6"x6" pad.

1. Prepared the card blank (this is a 6"x6" card).
2. Cut two papers making one slightly smaller than the other and distressed the edges.

Tip:  If you are anything like me, you never want to waste your papers, especially if they are double-sided like these are so what I did was cut a big square from the middle of the background paper and saved it for later since I knew I was adding a panel on top of it.

3. Used the Prima Crochet Doily die and some scrap black card stock to cut the doily.

Tip:  I recommend that you put a piece of wax paper between your card stock to ensure that you can remove the cut from the die since it is so intricate.  I don't have a heavy duty machine so in order for the pieces to come out easily I also taped everything down, made multiple passes through my machine and rotated it part way through.

4. Made some leaves using scraps of white card stock and a Tim Holtz die called Garden Greens.
5. Shaped the leaves with a large embossing tool and inked the edges with some Black Soot Distress Ink.
6. Chose a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers and inked the edges.
7. Printed the image, fussy cut it and distressed the edges. (The vintage image came from the internet and is an actress from the late 1800s by the name of Lily Elise.)

Now it was time to put the card together.

8. Added the largest paper to the blank first and then added the floral panel.
9. Added the doily followed by the image.
10. Adhered some black gem flourishes next and then the tailored bow.
11. Added the flowers and tucked the leaves underneath them.
12. Glued the sentiment sticker on.

Easy, peasy and so pretty.

This next card was made with the Wild and Free 6"x6" Collection and was just as easy to make.

This time I decided to tear and distress some of the papers to create layers.

1. Added a main panel to a card blank.
2. Tore and distressed a variety of paper pieces.
3. Added the embellishments starting with a feather.
4. Next added the big Prima flower and tucked some leaves cut with the Tim Holtz die underneath.
5. Added a copper coloured button from my stash (I just cut the shank off first).
6. Punched little flowers from some of the background paper and topped them with a couple of the little Prima flowers that coordinate with the collection.
7. Created a loopy bow from coloured twine (I used strands from some fabric that had frayed) and tucked it under the big flower.

Now you could add all manner of mixed media to these cards but I decided to let the papers shine through on their own.  I hope I have inspired you enough that you will pop over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and pick up some Prima papers and flowers to play with.

*Friday Focus sale does not apply to the new pre-order St. Tropez Collection, a limited edition to be released in May.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Guest Designer - Alison Bomber

It is time to introduce our Guest Designer for the April's Showers challenge.  Please say hello and give a warm welcome to Alison Bomber (a.k.a. Butterfly) of Words and Pictures.  Alison was the Design Team's top pick from the Welcome Spring challenge.

Playing with stamps, inks, paints and textures still feels like a fairly new thing to me - my creativity has always revolved around words and theatre - but it has become as necessary as breathing over the last few years. I love the experimentation, the learning curve, the discoveries. I almost always work with textures and layers, and with words and ideas too. It's a joy to be invited to guest here at Frilly and Funkie - and I've got a surprisingly simple creation (for me!) to share with you for Suzz's lovely challenge theme.

I love those April days when you have blue skies, sunshine, and gentle showers all intermingling. It seems to me the flowers and trees always look their happiest at this time of year, so my tag is playing with all those elements.

There are some brightly coloured flowers and butterflies (a Calico Craft Part altered mainly with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics) enjoying the warmth, light, and blue skies..

... just as the gentle shower begins to fall (Glossy Accents raindrops against a Distress Ink and PaperArtsy Fresco Crackle sky), refreshing the earth with moisture. The sentiment, a favourite Tim Holtz phrase of mine, is clear-embossed too for that glistening look of water in sunlight. Do come over and visit Words and Pictures if you'd like to see some more details.

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After you check out the details of Alison's lovely tag, come on back and share your April's Shower project. There is lots of time as the challenge is open until 11:55 pm EST on April 25th and you can find it here.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Step by Step - Travel Postcard

Hello friends and welcome, Zoe here and I'm delighted to be hosting this Saturday step by step. This time I've cooked up a travel inspired card, incorporating the current challenge theme "Count Me In" with a dash of numbers and the Friday Focus with a sprinkle of Emerald Creek embossing powders. Here's the recipe...

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Step 1: Die cut a globe from manila heavystock using the Tim Holtz thinlits globe die.
Step 2: Blend in vintage photo distress oxide to the land portions of the globe.
Step 3: Press a distress embossing in pad over the globe and then cover with Emerald Creek fractured ice embossing powder.
Step 4: Melt the powder with a heat tool and then check out the cool reaction between distress oxide and fractured ice embossing powder...

When the powder melts it reacts with the distress oxide and you get this incredible marbled liquid!

Step 5: Blend faded jeans distress oxide into manila heavystock with a mini blending tool.
Step 6: Blend iced spruce distress oxide lightly over the top.
Step 7: Blend vintage photo distress oxide into the edges.
Step 8: Give a generous spritz with water using a distress sprayer bottle. Dry with a heat tool.

Step 9: Rub vintage photo distress oxide onto a non stick craft mat and spritz with water so that droplets form.
Step 10: Take the heavystock background and gently tap parts over the droplets. Dry with a heat tool.
Step 11: Die cut a stitched frame from manila heavystock.
Step 12: Tap distress embossing ink over the frame and cover with hammered metal embossing powder by Emerald Creek. Melt with a heat tool.

Step 13: Run a tiny piece of scor-tape over the edges of the heavystock background and rip off to create small tears.
Step 14: Blend vintage photo distress ink over the tears and mount onto metallic kraft stock. Sand the edges and blend with vintage photo distress ink as before.
Step 15: Trim the edge of the globe die cut. Use a guillotine or craft knife as a paper trimmer may snag on the delicate pieces of the die cut.
Step 16: Tuck the globe slightly under the frame and adhere with glossy accents.

Step 17: Sand some idea-ology classic kraft stock, blend in a little vintage photo distress ink and mount to a card.
Step 18: Trim the edge of an industrious border sticker and adhere to the top of the black kraft stock.
Step 19: Sand the edge of a small talk sticker and blend in vintage photo distress ink.
Step 20: Tie natural cotton string around a mini fastener.

Step 21: Pierce holes in the globe and push the mini fastener through. Push a second mini fastener into the globe and run the string from the first fastener to the second and wrap around once, then push the mini fastener down fully and secure at the back. Repeat with a third mini fastener, this time tying a knot and then pushing through the globe and securing. You could use this to indicate a specific route for a holiday or trip.

Step 22:  Paint parts of an idea-ology adornment airplane with ruby heavy body paint by Dina Wakley. When almost dry, rub some of the paint off.

Step 23: Adhere the airplane to the edge of the frame with glossy accents. Add numbers to the inside of the globe with idea-ology special delivery remnant rubs. Again you could use numbers that are memorable to a trip or mark the date.

Step 24: To create the postcard header, rub remnant rubs from the special delivery set onto white cardstock, fussy cut and adhere with scor-tape.

Step 25: Adhere the small talk sticker to the footer of the card. Cover with a layer of glossy accents and set aside to air dry.

I hope you have enjoyed the step by step. Be sure to pop over and take a look at the current "COUNT ME IN" challenge and Friday Focus

Have a great weekend.