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;


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.


  1. Wow! Love the house and gift card holder! The orange with brick overlay is brilliant and the white flowers are breathtaking against the orange hues!

  2. love those 3d projects, great layering of colours with the bricks :)

  3. Jenny, this is a show stopper, blue ribbon winner of the fair! A+

  4. Beautiful! Love the accent of the flowers against that gorgeous background! And the gift card holder is brilliant! xxx Lynn

  5. Wow !!! Jenny you have showcased the EH dies beautifully and the colours are amazing. Wendy's flower stamps are the perfect choice and look so pretty. A great chalenge and hopefully I will get to play x
    Sending you my best wishes
    Annie xx

  6. Hi Jenny. Love all the bright colours used in this creation. It looks fabulous. Hope you and the Family are well. Hugs Rita xxx

  7. Love this project....both pieces are amazing! TFS! great technique with the black and white contrast! Love it! :)

  8. Jenny, your projects never fail to wow me, and this whimsical pair is no exception! The backgrounds you made are hot, hot, HOT, and the flowers add just the right amount of cool for the eyes to rest on! I love how you've done the flowers and sentiments, and the cool blue accents! Really fabulous box and gift card holder, so perfectly executed! Sending hugs!

  9. Ooh-La-La! Wonderful gifts with great colours. Love the white flowers and the bright blue - they both make the background pop.


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