11 September 2019

Stamperia Oriental Garden Tag for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog (formerly the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog). It's Ginny's turn to host and this time the challenge is called 'Terrific Tags'. "Add it to a gift, label a homemade tasty treat, or display it with your favorite home decor, tags are not only fun to create they also have a million uses. For this challenge create a tag that's big or small, mixed media or layered, or added to a project as a fabulous focal point. I can't wait to see your creations!"

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

For this one I have used Stamperia's new Oriental Garden paper pack to create a vintage style tag with lots of delicate layers.


Before adding any of the gorgeous Oriental inspired paper I began by painting the tag with a base of black gesso followed by Dina Wakley Media Paint in Aloe, sanding it back slightly when dry to match the worn look of Stamperia's designs. The largest piece in the background is actually taken from the front cover - there's no need to waste a scrap of this pack! Texture Paste was then applied through one of Tim Holtz floral stencils before fabric, lace from Linda's store (coloured with more Aloe and Ocean  paints) tea stained copier paper and one of the panels from the paper pack.


After adding one of the circle images from the pack to the centre of the tag it was time to get more texture onto the tag and add some more detail. The lace from Linda's store was coloured with Aloe and Ocean Dina Wakley Media Paints (water it down to get a softer look in keeping with the paper collection). Linda also carries a great range of filigree metal embellishments in her shop and the circular ones fit perfectly with this theme.


The flowers and leaves were die cut using a couple of Tim Holtz Thinlits Die sets - I used paper from the pack for the flowers and painted the leaf stems with a mix of Aloe, Umber and Ancient Dina Wakley Media paints. The tag needed a dimensional focal point so I opted to cover some moldable plastic with red fabric and cut a Tattered Butterfly, shaping it with a heat tool. This was then layered over wire and a word (Dina Wakley Collage Words) and the tag was done!


So that's my take on the theme 'Terrific Tags' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My fantastic team mates have created lots more amazing tags for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out and find out which ones they are doing over again HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage tags to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Products used to create this Oriental Garden Tag are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Stamperia - Oriental Garden 12x12 Paper Pack
Tim Holtz Etcetera Small Tag Thickboards Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Set - Funky Floral #1 Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Roses Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte Antiqued Bronze Round Filigree Pieces - Set of 4

28 August 2019

Bits and Bobs for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog (formerly the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog). It's Suzz's turn to host and this time the challenge is called 'Bits and Bobs'. "Do you have a pile of leftover scraps from projects previously made or even a half finished project waiting for you to get the time to complete it? This is the challenge for you! It is time to pull out those scraps, remnants or half finished projects and pull them together into a fabulous shabby chic or vintage project. Make sure to mention in your post what part of your project was a scrap or remnant."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

Collaging is a fantastic way to use up those bits and bobs so many of us have lying around (or hoarded - LOL) and having really enjoyed creating a mini collage on an Eileen Hull Designs 'Gift Folder' recently HERE, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to create more for this challenge. Here's the first of three sets;


Before showing you more let's take a look at my scraps pile - oh my word!!! Until doing this I hadn't realised how much had been accumulated in a dis-organised folder. Where to start?! For me projects usually start with the selection of colours so it was important to sort this lot into colour families and separate bags.


To create each folder I began by die cutting them from Dina Wakley Cotton Watercolor Paper because it is robust enough to take paint, gesso and water and has a soft, fabric feel to the finish. After applying White Gesso across the main body of the folder some yellow ochre watercolour wash was painted onto the edges and dabbed dry with a paper towel. You can see from the photo below how the gesso acts as a resist to the watercolour wash to create an uneven aged border.


Before folding and gluing the sides and bottom together on each folder the main inside flap was painted (as shown below). Dina Wakley's pastel shades are perfect for retaining that delicate vintage look to a project like this.


The first folder finished was the one painted with 'Heather' Acrylic Paint inside and I teamed some purple bits and bobs with green and neutral ones to match.


Rather than making a gift card holder insert each of these folders contain coordinating mini gift cards measuring roughly 12.5cm by 9cm (5 by 3 1/2 inches). The one below features Wendy Vecchi's beautiful 'Faded Floral' background stamped with her Thistle Archival Ink and a butterfly from her 'A Million Thanks' Stamp/Die/Stencil set with other bits and bobs. You'll also see more of those altered metallic leaves that were made for a recent Saturday Showcase added to each of the folders and mini cards.


The folder itself features the gorgeous butterfly from Wendy Vecchi's 'Artful Thoughts' stamp set on more die cut foliage, book paper and calico. The bent wire stitched to the centre of the butterfly is a rusted hairpin I found on the floor when taking the dog for a walk and I added an old shirt button underneath one of its wings.


The second folder to be completed was the one with 'Aloe' Acrylic Paint inside and this time I went for a more autumnal feel using orange, green and neutral coloured bits and bobs on it.


The background to this mini gift card is a piece I've had for the longest time, just waiting for the right project. It was created using Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink and the rings background from his stamp set 'Halftone and Rings'. The flower stamp is from Wendy Vecchi's 'Delightful Art' stamp set and was applied to gel plate printed paper left over from a previous DT project HERE.


You can see a couple more of those flowers on the coordinating folder, alongside some orange painted paper embossed with one of the images from Tim Holtz 'Fragments' stamp set (ideal for using with your scraps!) and a fabric painted leaf using his 'Nature's Wonder' stamp set.


The final folder was the one painted inside with 'Mineral' Acrylic Paint and I added blue bits and bobs with neutral and contrasting gold ones on it.


The background for this mini gift card was created using Wendy Vecchi's graphic style 'Tic Tac Toe' background, whilst the little butterfly image comes from her 'Country Flowers' Stamp/Die/Stencil set. Gold die cut foliage added a touch of bling against the matte blue Tim Holtz 'Crochet' die cut lace border.


As with the previous two folders I used the same bits and bobs on the front as I did on the mini gift card, adding a large flower stamped using Wendy Vecchi's 'Country Flowers' set again.


So that's my take on the theme 'Bits and Bobs' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My fantastic team mates have created lots more amazing projects using up their scraps and leftovers for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out and find out which ones they are doing over again HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Products used to create this Notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

21 August 2019

Floral Collage Gift Folder for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team continue to share ideas for using the latest Sizzix Scoreboards Dies from Eileen Hull Designs. The first is called 'House Ornament' and the second is 'Gift Card Folder & Label #2' and both are so much fun to play with. Make sure to check out all the team's fabulous posts on Eileen's website HERE.

Today I have a new Gift Card Folder to share with you, showing how even on the smallest of packages can be decorated in a collage style;


On one of Eileen's recent Facebook Live videos HERE she showed how you can cut the folder from paper or card and fold to make a thinner pocket version so I gave it a go.


The painted card came from the leftovers of a project I made for PaperArtsy HERE using a mix of Fresco Finish Acrylics (Chalk, Venice Blue, White Fire, Lilac and Pansy). The reverse side of the card was untreated so after painting it with a coat of the Lilac Fresco Finish Paint I stamped script from PaperArtsy's Scrapcosy ESC18 set with Eileen's Colorbox Blends Ink in Coconut and embossed it with clear embossing powder. To give this side more of a marbled finish I diluted some Pansy Fresco Finish Paint and dropped it onto areas of the embossed side, spritzing with water to make it run randomly across the surface.


The stamping on the folder and gift card holder were done using the same PaperArtsy's Scrapcosy ESC18 set in combination with Tim Holtz Archival Inks in Dusty Concord and Hickory Smoke. I stamped the leaves onto card painted with Tinned Peas, Venice Blue and Chalk Fresco Finish Paints, whilst the flower was stamped, painted with the Pansy and Chalk Fresco Finish Paints and re-stamped before being stuck to some mouldable plastic. After cutting it out I could then heat the flower and manipulate the petals to create more dimension.


You'll notice the centre of the flower has been glazed and it has a yellowish purple hue - this is what happened when I applied Glossy Accents over the Archival Ink and some of the pigment coloured it. To emphasise it further I added a strip of tea bag paper that had been dyed with PaperArtsy's Golden Sands Infusions and a small gold cabochon from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. You may also spot from the photos below that a small piece of lace trim and some waste from a used paper pad spine were also included in the floral collage.




That's it for this month's Eileen Hull project. For lots more from the Inspiration Team make sure to check out Eileen's website this month HERE. And the 'House Ornament' and 'Gift Card Folder & Label #2' will be available at your retailers now.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

A list of PaperArtsy stockists can be found on their blog HERE.

14 August 2019

Let's Do It Again at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog (formerly the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog). It's Sara Emily's turn to host and this time the challenge is called 'Let's Do It Again!"Have you ever made something that you wish you could do over? Perhaps it was a technique you tried and didn't get the results you were hoping for. Maybe you didn't have just the right product you wanted to make your project just perfect. Or maybe a friend asked you to make something like it for them. Now's your chance for a do-over. Choose one of your own posted vintage or shabby chic projects and do it over with a bit of a twist. Be sure to link back to the post of the project you are making over and tell us why you wanted to do it a second time and what's different about it this time. We like to see your entry be in the vintage or shabby chic style we prefer. "

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

This was a tricky one, trying to decide which project to 'do over'. I opted for seeing how a different choice of colour scheme and embellishments would change the look of a recently completed notebook - so glad I did! Here's how the new book turned out;


In the original version (first seen HERE) I covered a notebook cover with a mix of die cuts, embossed panels, lace and burlap, adding a moulded clay label to the spine. The whole surface was then covered in a combination of paints to give it a verdigris look.


For this new version I covered the notebook covers with almost identical trims and textures (omitting the clay label on the spine) and covered the lot with a coat of White Gesso. To add colour a layer of Tim Holtz Collage Paper was added using Distress Collage Medium Matte to seal it in place to reveal the patterning beneath.


Once the Collage Paper was glued in place I gently dry brushed some White Gesso over the raised areas to reveal the different patterns below.


Here's a photo showing the back of the finished notebook so you can see in more detail;


With the basic finish completed I re-imagined the embellishments on the front cover, this time opting for lots of die cut elements in place of the clay flowers and cabochons used on the first version. After placing a large die cut Skeleton Leaf over some Tim Holtz Layers I added on a couple of metallic leaves (from the Saturday Showcase tutorial HERE) and some die cut Large Funky Floral elements. The die cut pieces were coloured with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints and everything was given an aged look with Acorn Archival Ink blended onto the edges.



To finish the book I added a couple of metal embellishments (an Index Clip Fastener and a Mini Paper Clip) and wound burlap string around the spine. A little dilute Black Gesso was painted around the edge of the Layers to add a shadow and make them stand out further.



That's my take on the theme 'Let's Do It Again!' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out and find out which ones they are doing over again HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Most of the products used to create this Notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Funky Floral Large Venise Lace Trim - 1/2 inch wide

31 July 2019

Marvellous Metallics at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog (formerly the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog). It's my turn to host and this time the challenge is called 'Marvellous Metallics'. "There are so many ways to add metallics to your projects, from embossing powders and pastes, metallic finish cards and foils, metallic inks and paints to metal embellishments. And you can leave them untreated for a touch of glamour or alter them for an aged or more grungy look. Show us how you like to use metals on your vintage or shabby chic projects."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and the next three will receive Top 3 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 obsession with creating notebooks continues - this one was the perfect vehicle for showing how metallic elements can make such a difference to a mixed media collage. Amongst many pieces it features a Metallic Confections Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits Leaf created as part of my recent Saturday Showcase tutorial over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.


This notebook began as so many have before with the Eileen Hull Designs Scoreboards Die Notebook, cutting the two covers and spine from mountboard for strength. After cutting these pieces apart and reassembling them with flexible fabric tape the covers had a layer of baking parchment applied to give that kraft colour to them. Adding sewing pattern tissue would give a similar look. After applying layers of calico fabric and old French book paper I added some paper lace, cut using the Tim Holtz Thinlits Die 'Crochet' and some beautiful Venise Lace from Linda's shop.


The main frame was also die cut, this time using Tim Holtz Bigz Die 'Trinket Frames' both from Metallic Confections Kraft Stock and from mount board. After layering them together for strength I altered the metal surface by adding black gesso, rubbing away some of it when partially dry, then adding a little dilute Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint in 'Ancient' and some Alcohol Pearls Ink in 'Smolder'. To finish the look Tim Holtz Ideaology Nailheads were glued into the corners. Hint - to get a better look to the finish paint the edges with black gesso and a little of the Ancient Paint to blend them with the Metallic Kraft Stock on the surface.


Inside the frame is a Tim Holtz Ideaology Large Keyhole with a little Alcohol Pearls Ink in 'Smolder' dribbled over it to alter the colour. Having stitched through the Metallic Leaf, Quote Chips words were added alongside a Tim Holtz Ideaology 'Bouquet Findings' flower (coloured with a little yellow ink).


Some black May Arts Crochet Lace was glued onto the spine and a metal key altered in the same way as the frame) was tied onto it using Burlap String. Linda stocks a great range of metal keys in different sizes which are perfect for adding to collages and for use as charms.


Inside the notebook has a text block inserted made up from a mix of different tea stained pages to compliment the neutral colour of the cover and vintage look of the metal.


That's my take on the theme 'Marvellous Metallics' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Most of the products used to create this Notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Trinket Frames Bigz Die 664186
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet 664178
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Nail Heads
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quote Chips

22 July 2019

Beach Huts and Freebies for Craft Stamper Magazine

Hi everyone. As the heat descends on us this week I'm sharing some new beach hut themed card ideas over on the Craft Stamper magazine blog today, teaming the August 2019 freebie stamp with one of Eileen Hull's new dies. To whet your appetite here's a few sneak peeks;




I hope you can hop on over to the Craft Stamper magazine blog HERE to see the tutorials for each of these cards.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

17 July 2019

It's Heating Up at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog (formerly the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog). It's Suzz turn to host and she's called the challenge 'It's Heating Up!' "July is when the weather here in the Midwest really starts to turn warm and muggy. This is the inspiration for our challenge to interpret the heat with using one or more of the following colors: Yellow, Red or Orange. Your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project where the main color is yellow, orange or red. I can't wait to see how you turn up the heat in your art!"

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and the next three will receive Top 3 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.

With Eileen Hull's latest Sizzix Scoreboards Dies - House Ornament and Gift Card Folder & Label #2 - newly arrived at The Funkie Junkie Boutique it was the perfect opportunity to add a Summer heat twist to them. Here's what I came up with;


Tutorial


Step 1: To start add light touches of Ruby, Cheddar, Olive and Sedona Acrylic Paints by Dina Wakley Media to a Gel Press Plate, finishing with a layer of Lemon to pull the print. You'll need a couple of prints to cover both the House Ornament and Gift Card Folder.


Step 2: Stick the printed paper to black chipboard or matboard and cut two House Ornament pieces. The die will also cut the adorable mini house labels.


Step 3: Remove the base from one of the pieces and glue the two pieces together (it doesn't matter which way round you do this). Add brickwork detail to the walls and base with Red Geranium Archival Ink - I used a Wendy Vecchi background stamp to do this but you could also use a stencil with a Mini Blending Tool.


Step 4: Picking flowers from the Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Stamp, Die, Stencil sets 'Country Flowers' and 'Flowers Say It All' cut the shapes and stamp the images using permanent black ink.


Step 5: Stamp the flowers directly onto the House Ornament where you want to place the die cuts then stamp leaves and stems from the same sets around them. I used a white gel pen to add little dots onto the stems.


Step 6: To give the die cut flowers a 'journaling' twist colour the edges with a permanent black ink pen or gel pen and add white dots with a white gel pen.


Step 7: Glue the flowers in place over the stamped images and when completely dry carefully run a sharp knife across the scorelines, taking care not to cut through them.


Step 8: On black card stamp and emboss words from the 'Flowers Say It All' set using white embossing powder. Cut out and add to the House Ornament.


Step 9: Finish assembling the House Ornament by sticking together the sides and base. I found it helpful to hold the structure in place with a band and peg as the glue dried.


Step 10: Colour seam binding with Ocean Acrylic Paint and use it to close the roof, attaching a house label and charms from Linda's shop.


Step 11: Moving on to the Gift Card Folder, stick the printed paper to black chipboard or matboard and cut one set of shapes.


Repeat Steps 3 - 8 above on the two largest pieces to add the wall and flower detail. Re-colour the card holder piece with Ocean Acrylic Paint (as shown below).


Step 12: With the Folder assembled, add several layers of red liner tape or dimensional tape to the reverse of the card holder piece to ensure a card can slip underneath it when added to the front.


Close Ups


Here are a few photos showing the House Ornament and Gift Card Folder in more detail. You'll see how the addition of metal charms and filigree pieces helps to elevate the look of the finished projects. To make the filigree corner fit the gift card holder piece better I used snips to remove the top corner.





That's my take on the theme 'It's Heating Up!' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My talented team mates, including a wonderful new team member, have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Products used to create the House Ornament and Gift Card Folder are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

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