25 September 2019

Treats Not Tricks 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 Maggie's turn to host and this time the challenge is called 'Treats Not Tricks'. "Choose a theme and make something that will hold a treat for someone. It could be a Halloween treat bag, a Valentine's candy box, a birthday card for a special person that holds a treat (could be a gift card "treat" or a bite of chocolate), anything that can hold a treat. So, for this challenge, choose a theme and make a vintage or shabby chic treat project to treat your someone special!"

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 decided to use Eileen Hull's 'House Ornament' to create a gift box that could be used to hold sweets (candy) ready to hand out at Halloween, Christmas or even a birthday.

After cutting out the two pieces from chipboard (white one side, kraft the other) and assembling the basic house ornament shape I added a little brown Archival Ink to the edges to give them definition. To make the bricks on the walls I painted the little pieces that are waste from the windows with a mix of Ancient and Umber Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. The same mix was used to paint the roof.

With the bricks firmly glued in place I followed Brenda Brown's tutorial using Eileen Hull's 'Glistening Glass' Embossing Powder to create a faux enamel pitted surface on the box walls (see original post HERE). Adding and wiping back some Umber Acrylic Paint made the pitted parts really stand out well.

With the basic house complete it was time to add the decoration; I chose to use Tim Holtz 'Santa's Helper' Thinlits Die Set to cut the little elf from black card and scored him in a couple of places to enable him to bend around the corners of the house. A hint - by stacking together several layers you get a more robust shape to work with.

To add the 'gift' element I die cut lots of the present shapes from the Santa's Helper and painted them with a combination of Blackberry, Fuschia, Eggplant and Heather Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. These were then piled on top of each other around the walls and in the hands of the elf.

Here are a few more photos to show you the completed House Ornament in more detail;

So that's my take on the theme 'Treats Not Tricks' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My fantastic team mates have created lots more amazing treats 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 treats to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

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

Eileen Hull Emerald Creek Crafts Molten Dimension Embossing Powder - Glistening Glass
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit #3


  1. What an adorable holiday treat house! Love the cute elf carrying his gift load! Beautiful design and a special treat for anyone!

  2. Squeal! This is so sweet! I love, love, LOVE that little house with the bricks and faux enamel pitted siding, and Santa's Helper and his little gifts are the icing on the cake! Well done, and so precious! Hugs!

  3. Your little house is so cute Jenny and Santa's Helper is just delightful.....Love it to bits xx

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  4. I adore you sweet box Jenny. Love how you gave it an old world finish, so stunning!!

  5. Your little house is just the cutest . Also love your cards and booklets from earlier day.

  6. Love, love, love how you finished this little house. If I close my eyes I can picture many houses like this that I have seen on my travels around England. The purple gifts are a great pop of colour brought by Santa's Helper.

  7. Oh what a treat! This a brilliant idea Jenny! Hugs, Chrisx


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