Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Most Memorable Gift

Hi! Suzz here. I am back to bring your our final challenge for this year! We will be hosting the challenge for the next two weeks and then we will all be off until the New Year!

December for many of us is a time where we give and receive. That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years. These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating. I want you to be inspired by one of your most memorable gifts. Use that inspiration to create a vintage or shabby chic project. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us as a Guest Designer here 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.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

To add to the inspiration here are some fabulous creations from the Funkie Design Team Members;

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot


To get you started here are some beautiful creations from the Frilly Design Team Members;

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Autumn - SewPaperPaint

I hope this has you remembering wonderful times and places with loved ones. Be inspired and share with us your memories and your art!

This challenge is open through 11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 and the Funkie Design Team Members will be back next Wednesday December 13th with more inspiration for you.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Challenge Winners - Give Thanks!

Hi everyone! Today we announce our latest Frilly and Funkie winners but first, a big thank you to everyone who entered the 'Give Thanks!' challenge. We had some lovely submissions and the Design Team really enjoyed seeing them all.

This time we chose #3 Tenia Nelson who shared three gorgeous Thanksgiving cards. We loved how she'd teamed the colourful images with delicious backgrounds on each of them. Congratulations Tenia on being our favourite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices in numerical order are... #1 Carolina, #4 Carol and #5/6 Mimi! Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally we have a randomly chosen lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #9 Lagene! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

A big thank you again from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'Most Memorable Gift' runs through Tuesday, November 19th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win. And don't forget to check out the inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team which will be shared this coming Wednesday, December 19th.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday Step x Step Tutorial: How to Make a Christmas Window Shaker Element

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Saturday Step x Step!  I know that many of us are busy at work on our Christmas home decor projects, so I thought I'd share a "how to" for this White Christmas Shaker Etcetera Tag,. The tag was created for the Most Memorable Christmas Challenge going on right now at Frilly and Funkie.

The base is a Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag.  I love working with these large sturdy tags!  The small tags measure a generous 6.5" x 12".  Perfect for a tag layout like this one.

The focus of the tag is this wintry window scene flanked by Tim's Victorian Carolers.   The window is actually a shaker element.

I used product packaging from the Victorian Carolers Die as my window glass.

The reverse side of the tag has a fun waterfall photo album where you can preserve all your holiday memories.

I've prepared a Snapguide Tutorial showing you step by step how I built the shaker window, prepared the tag base and added the layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

My Christmas wish for you is that you find a little time to relax, create and enjoy this beautiful season.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Guest Designer - Lisa Hoel

Say hello and give a warm welcome to Lisa Hoel, our Guest Designer for the Most Memorable Gift challenge. Lisa was the Design Team's Top Pick for the Trick or Treat challenge. You can find Lisa's blog Creative Juice Fresh Squeezed HERE.

Hello, my name is Lisa Hoel and I’m a lifelong craft lover. I’ve been ‘arting’ ever since I first picked up a crayon! Paper crafts have been my main focus for the past fifteen years or so and I love to make detailed, layered, textured, mixed-media type projects. I am not usually a clean and simple type artist. ;-) My background is in graphic design and I'm blessed to be married to the greatest guy in the world and have two dynamic boys. You can find me here:

Blog: creativejuicefreshsqueezed.blogspotcom

When I was in grade school, I received a dollhouse one Christmas. I was ecstatic! It was a four room, yellow Victorian with real shingles! The inside was completely empty, waiting for my decorating touches. That gift sparked a passion for miniatures that lasted all the way through high school. As I got older, I gave away my dollhouse (my boys weren't interested lol) but I retained that love of tiny houses and settings.

These days I indulge it by making little vignette boxes/ projects and of course diminutive settings for Tim Holtz Village houses. For this challenge, I decked out the village for Christmas! The neighbor down below is quite festive. ;-)

Hop on over to my blog for more photos and details on how this all came together.

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Once you have checked out all the details for Lisa's wonderful project we invite you to come back and share your 'Most Memorable Gift' project and story with us.  The challenge runs until 11:55 pm EST on December 19th and can be found HERE.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Letter It Sunday Step by Step

Hi everyone and welcome! Jenny here with an impromptu post to brighten your Sunday which is part inspiration, part tutorial. As many of you may have seen on social media the lovely folks at Ranger Ink have just released the 'Letter It' range, a carefully curated collection of stamps, pens, embossing powders, mediums, tags and surfaces designed to work together so you can create beautifully personalized cards, tags, gifts and more for all of life's occasion. You can see Linda un-boxing her collection HERE and me diving into mine HERE. And now you can pre-order your own 'Letter It' products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

So many people loved what they saw and were keen to see the range in action, so I've put together three cards to share with you today with hints and tips along the way; as you would expect they are not CAS, partly because it's not my style and mainly as I wanted to see how the range worked with my favourite Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' Paper Stash.

For this card I layered up some Memoranda Paper Stash and used the 'Letter It' Metallic Markers to colour some flowers to add on top. I stamped the image with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, coloured it with the gold, blue and green Markers, then re-stamped with the Jet Black Archival Ink. These Markers give an instant opaque cover with a beautiful sheen and they dry permanently on porous surfaces.

The Hello sentiment from the 'Greetings' set was also stamped with the Jet Black Archival Ink onto some of the Letter It Ivory Cardstock, ageing it a little with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Make sure you 'season' the acrylic cling stamps with Jet Black Archival Ink before using them with other inks as this will ensure a clean sharp image.

This next card again uses the Memoranda Paper Stash as a base and also inspires the textured layer beneath the sentiment.

I embossed some of the Letter It Grey Cardstock with an embossing folder and coloured the centre of each circle with the silver Metallic Marker. I then gently tapped the Embossing Ink Pad over the raised areas on the card and covered them with Marigold Embossing Powder, using my Heat It tool to melt/set the powder with a golden shine.

The sentiment for this card came from the 'Thank You' set and you can see here where I'm applying the Jet Black Archival Ink onto the stamps before pressing them onto some white card.

As the papers are aged I repeated the process of ageing the white card with more Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. The edges of each element were also blended with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink to make them stand out.

The final card is also based on Memoranda Paper Stash, though in this case it's a much more subtle background to allow the embossing to shine through.

After spreading Ranger Texture Paste through the Flourish Layering Stencil I poured Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder over it and allowed it to air dry. It's at that point the powder could then be heat set to produce a beautiful smooth sparkle.

To produce the bridal bouquet die cut foliage was coloured with Gold Tinsel and Silver Tinsel Embossing Powders and Sunflower Sparkle, Perfect Pearl and Pewter Perfect Pearls. I strongly suggest mixing the Perfect Pearls powders with water and using a paintbrush to apply them to your diecuts for a consistent coverage. The resultant shimmer and sparkle throughout the bouquet is magical. The bow had two coats of Navy Embossing Powder and the words from the 'Wedding' set were stamped in Cobalt Archival Ink.

That is by no means all of the Letter It range used here so I'll be creating more cards over the coming weeks to share. Hopefully this first batch have whetted your appetite and shown you how the range can be combined with your existing stash as well as in their own right. Remember, Linda is now taking pre-orders at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Inspiration

It is Cec here and today I am presenting a Friday Inspiration segment for you featuring Graphic 45 papers that I had in my craft stash.

Due to the recent Black Friday sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, most Graphic 45 stock is temporarily sold out but there are lots of other products available throughout the shop at discounted prices.  For instance, check out the fabulous buys in the Clearance section - what a great opportunity to treat yourself to a Christmas present.

I decided I would make a couple of easily created projects to share with you and where possible, I would use up leftover bits and pieces to make some room in the ever-expanding stash.   I don't have any process photos for you because I didn't do any fancy techniques but rather made use of my cutter, scissors, some punches and die cutting machine, which are tools you all probably have.

The first thing I made was a Christmas ornament.  As I normally do for these big round ornaments, I used an old CD as my base.  I cut some deep red card stock (Recollections) and adhered it to both sides of the CD.

Tip:  After you adhere one side, remember to re-punch any holes (this time there was just a top hole for the hanger) and then after you adhere the card stock to the second side, you can easily find where to re-punch the same hole(s).

Next I die cut some snowflakes from some gold card stock (Recollections) using the Paper Snowflakes die.  I added a strip of lace from my stash across the middle and then added the snowflakes down the left side of the ornament.

Then I did a lot of fussy cutting of images from the paper pad called A Christmas Carol and mounted them with large image first and the smaller ones next using dimensional foam.

Finally I added some gold pearls to the snowflakes and a bit of gold ribbon for a hanger.  I only decorated one side this time but since I wire my ornaments to the tree, it won't swing and the back side will not be visible.  These CD ornaments are great space fillers.

When you get a Graphic 45 paper pad, there are some patterns on the inside of the back cover, including one for a tiny tag.  I thought it would be fun to make some gift tags for Christmas but while I like the shape of the tag, I really wanted it to be a bit larger so I enlisted the aid of my handy husband and he drew one the size I wanted in his graphics program and then cut some for my on the laser cutter.  They are cut from extra  heavy cream card stock (Recollections).

I inked the edges of the tags (and all the papers) with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stamped "for" and "from" on the back with Jet Black Archival Ink.  All tags have a background panel cut from the Winter Wonderland paper pad with fancy corners made with a punch (EK Success).  All tags have a gold cord or satin ribbon  hanger and a satin ribbon bow.

Next it was time to embellish with a combination of pre-made items and things made by me.  A list of what I used is under each photo.

Left Tag
Holly Leaves die cut from Green Card Stock (Recollections) using Holiday Greens Die and inked with Forest Green Distress Ink
Poinsettia fussy cut twice from a Winter Wonderland paper and layered with dimensional foam
Ephemera cut from Winter Wonderland paper

Centre Tag
Band punched from cream card stock (Recollections) with snowflake punch (Martha Stewart)
Centre band cut from Winter Wonderland paper
Little snowflakes come from the punched band and are topped with little gold pearls
Metal snowflake charm is a leftover from last year's Christmas crackers

Right Tag
Centre band cut from Winter Wonderland paper
Greenery die cut from dark green card stock using Holiday Greens die
Tickets cut from Winter Wonderland paper
Paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts)

Left Tag
Greenery die cut from dark green card stock using Holiday Greens die
Poinsettia die cut from cream card stock using tiny poinsettia die (Marianne Creatables) and topped with a gold pearl
Stamens dipped in Champagne Gold Acrylic Paint (DecoArt)
Ticket cut from St. Nicholas paper pad

Centre Tag
Tiny red gems (Dollarama) added
Metal snowflake charm is a leftover from last year's Christmas crackers

Right Tag
Sentiment cut from paper pad and mounted on cream card stock
Greenery die cut from dark green card stock using Holiday Greens die
Poinsettias die cut from paper pad using tiny poinsettia die (Marianne Creatables) and centres were highlighted with a gold pen

Left Tag
Centre band punched from black card stock with Deco Punch (Martha Stewart)
Centre band topper cut from A Ladies Diary paper
Flourishes (The Paper Source)
Flowers (Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts)

Right Tag
Organza Ribbon (Offray)
Flourishes (Dollarama)
Ephemera cut from Mon Amour paper

Finally, I thought I would make a couple of tags in the same manner but ones that could be used for other occasions.  Since I used papers from A Ladies Diary and Mon Amour these ones are pretty girlie but tags for fellows could easily be made by choosing more appropriate papers and simple embellishments.

I hope I have provided you with some timely inspiration for your Graphic 45 papers, especially the little leftover bits.