22 January 2020

Repeat Performance for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with a new challenge. Sara Emily is our host and she's getting us playing a game of 'Repeat Performance'.

"A popular New Year's resolution is to save money. I challenge you to save money (and the environment) by using at least one thing you would normally throw out on your vintage or shabby chic project. Please be sure to let us know what that one (or more) item is."

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.

Feeling in need of some positive affirmations I created a mini accordion book featuring some of the stamps, stencils and wise words of Wendy Vecchi. Measuring just 2 inches by 3 inches it may be small in stature but packs and punch and is perfectly portable too. I've put together a step by step below to show how it came together.

Start by cutting a 6 inch long piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock and add torn strips of paper onto the smooth side (mine is some leftover tea stained copier paper). When secured in place use a brayer or spatula to apply a little White Gesso over the top in random patches. After this dries stamp Wendy Vecchi's background stamp 'Register' over the top using black permanent ink.

Dilute a little Peacock Acrylic Paint and brush in 'waves' over the dry ink/gesso. Allow this to dry.

Repeat the process with dilute Cheddar Acrylic Paint, this time working on different areas of the cardstock. Allow to dry.

Spritz the surface of the card with water before stamping Wendy Vecchi's background 'Wire with a Twist' on top using Eggplant Acrylic Paint, allowing the lines to bleed through the water. It doesn't matter if your stamping isn't perfect at this stage. When dry cut the card into two 3 inch strips horizontally.

I used the stencil from Wendy Vecchi's Stamp, Die, Stencil Set 'A Million Thanks' as it is the perfect size for cards, ATC's and other mini projects like this. Apply White Acrylic Paint through the stencil, repeating the pattern across the card.

I cut the strips into 2 inch wide pieces and stuck them onto a torn piece of calico, leaving a 1/4 inch gap between each piece to allow the accordion to fold over properly. For the first piece of recycling I used the edges of a used aluminium pie dish, die cutting them with one of the dies from the Tim Holtz 'Crochet' die set. These were added to the 'pages' as shown below.

For my second piece of recycling I used card from the myriad of packaging that is always left over after the Christmas festivities, adding some coordinating Design Tape and adding a little dilute Eggplant Acrylic Paint over the top to eliminate any obvious 'white lines' that might show. This was then die cut using dies from Tim Holtz 'Wildflowers' die sets.

After adding the flowers I machine stitched around the edges of each 'page' and then stamped, cut , inked and added sentiments from a number of Wendy Vecchi's stamp sets. Here are some close ups of the finished pages;

That's my take on the theme 'Repeat Performance' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. There is a little more to come with this one but for now that has to remain under wraps... For now my amazing team mates have also been on the hunt for things to reuse for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check out their gorgeous projects 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 that's up for grabs.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

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

Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Background Stamp - Register Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Stamp, Die, Stencil Set - A Million Thanks Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Crochet


  1. This is beautiful! I love the small size but powerful message! ♥️

  2. fabulous as always Jenny!! I will have to delve into my "things I've saved from the trash but could be used in projects" hoarding bin lol

  3. Jenny, as always, you floor me with your creativity! I love this positive affirmations booklet and seeing how the pages came together. How clever to use an aluminum pie pan to make your crochet pieces! I would never have guessed! Fabulous project, and I can't wait to see what the 'little more to come' is going to be! Hugs!

  4. I love how the bright colors shine and blend together beautifully with the stamped sentiments as the focal point. Your upcycle was so clever and I am going to keep that in mind. I never thought to try that!

  5. Such a neat technique. Love how it turned out.


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

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