12 June 2019

Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are embracing the Spring season and all it brings. It's my turn to host and I've called the challenge 'Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims'. Linda sells a huge array of beautiful embellishments, trinkets and trims in her store, from metal filigree pieces and charms to buttons, laces and ribbons. They can be the important focal point on a project or the final finishing touches that complete it. However you wish to use them lets see those embellishments, trinkets and trims in action on your vintage or shabby chic entries.

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 Frilly and Funkie 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.

My DT project for this challenge is another notebook this time featuring a new Prima Mini Mould and of course embellishments, trinkets and trims from Linda's store.

Here's how this one came together. In the tutorial shared over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog HERE I showed how to use Eileen Hull's 'Notebook' die as the basis of a bound book, covering the whole book with sticky back canvas. For this version I cut a strip of the canvas 2 3/4 inches wide by 10 1/4 inches long and stuck it to each inside cover edge 3/4 inch in from the edges as shown below. I didn't measure the gap between the covers and the spine piece, just centred it knowing that the size of the strip would ensure a 1/4 inch either side.

To add texture and dimension to the cover and spine I added some burlap ribbon and string, Venise lace, some paper pad ends, Crochet Thinlits die cuts, embossed card (using the 3D 'Elegant' Texture Fades Embossing Folder) and one of the Paper Clay moulds from the Prima Marketing IOD 'Object Labels 1' mould set. A quick hint here - if you stick the wet clay onto your project with glue and push it together a little it dries flatter and doesn't crack as much.

The whole cover was given a coat of White Gesso to even out the finishes and give them more 'tooth' ready for the addition of paint.

A blend of slightly diluted Evergreen, Olive and Turquoise Acrylic Paints were added over the whole cover to create the look of verdigris.

To help highlight some of the detail and add a more vintage look the cover was dry brushed, first with the new Aloe Acrylic Paint, and then with Ancient Acrylic Paint.

At this point a little more of the Olive and Turquoise and some Ocean Acrylic Paint were diluted and reapplied to enhance the contrast.

I used the new Prima Marketing Midnight Garden Mini Mould with more Paper Clay to create two flowers and their leaves - by overlapping the flowers and the leaves whilst wet and marking out the waste with a knife I was able to remove any excess clay so the flowers could overlap when glued onto the cover.

After painting the dry clay flowers and leaves with White Gesso I added dilute Fushia, Evergreen and Peacock Acrylic Paints over the top, allowing them to run into the moulded pieces and dabbing away the excess on top with a piece of tissue.

To finish I removed the dragonfly from an Antiqued Bronze Dragonfly Safety Pin Brooch from Linda's store and glued it in place surrounded by a trail of Brass Liquid Pearl drops and gold Drusy Resin Dome Seals. Inside is a junk journal style tea stained bound text block with lots of different pages. Here are some close ups of the cover so you can see the details more clearly;

For now that's my take on the theme 'Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims' for the current Frilly and Funkie 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.

All the products used to create this notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Aloe


  1. WOW!! What a fabulous journal cover Jenny x I adore the beautiful lace background and paint colours applied. The flowers..... well they are to die for and the mould is now on my wishlist x
    The embellishments are just stunning x Such an inspiring post xx TFS

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  2. Fabulous cover and such a consise and easy visual tutorial to follow. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. I was going to say Fabulous and I see it is the word of the day to describe this gorgeous cover! I love the molded flowers and the way you assembled the layers of texture on the cover. Beautiful!

  4. I hardly know where to begin, as there is so much to love here...but the color grabbed me straight off, so that is where I will start. I love the way you combined the paint colors to create that gorgeous patina finish. Really amazing! Then the textures...so many wonderful layers of texture! I'm so glad you included the picture of the covers before you added gesso or paint, so I could really study the clever way you layered it all together. The pop of pink in those lovely flowers is peony perfect! You really have mastered the art of the handmade book, and every single one thrills me beyond words. These are little masterpieces made by the marvelous Jenny Marples. Thank you for sharing your art with the world. It gladdens my heart and inspires my creativity. xo

  5. My goodness, Jenny, your cover on this little book is just jaw dropping! First, I your clever way of adding texture in just the perfect quantity so as not to be overbearing. And your coloring makes for the most believable patina--excellent! And the icing on the cake--those stunning flower embellishments that must certainly carry the delicate aroma of the sweetest rose, they are so lifelike! Jenny, you have outdone even you with this amazing work of art! Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration! Hugs!

  6. Just fabulous - love the verdigris lace, and the paper clay flowers look stunning. What a glorious creation.
    Alison x


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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