Monday, July 24, 2017

Challenge Winners - In The Good Old Summertime

Welcome everyone, it's time again to announce our latest Frilly and Funkie winners. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter our 'In The Good Old Summertime' challenge. The Design Team really enjoyed seeing the summertime inspired projects you created for this one.

This time we've chosen #13 JulD (JulD handmade) as our overall winner. We loved the level of detail and beautiful mix of textures in this tiny tin seascape. Congratulations to JulD on being our favourite for the 'In The Good Old Summertime' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges; the choices are... #7 Lys #17 Lisa Hoel and #20 Shelly Hickox!!! Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally has chosen a lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #16 Beverly!

A big thanks from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Once again, please email Linda at for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (JulD), for the Top 3 badges (Lys, Lisa and Shelly) and for the gift certificate details (Beverly).

Our current challenge, 'Christmas in July' runs through Tuesday, August 1st. 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 on Wednesday, July 26th.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Focus - Prima Marketing St. Tropez Collection

Hello, Friends! Autumn of SewPaperPaint here, and I am just so excited that it's time for a new Friday Focus at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Not familiar with Friday Focus? This is our opportunity to share with you ideas, tips and techniques with a specific product or range currently available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. For the next two weeks, all Prima Marketing St. Tropez products will be available for an additional 15% discount! I hope to share a project that shows the beauty and versatility of these lovely products.

I was super excited to work with an A4 paper pad. In the States, this size of paper us unusual and I was prompted to make a large scrapbook album to document my vacations this year. I'm sharing the details on construction and video on my blog, so join me today if you want to learn how to build a similar album.

There are several collage sheets in the collection and I used them to build multiple layers on each page. For my cover, I cut four Ornate Frame dies from thin chipboard and layered together to make a substantial focal embellishment. I used one of the collage images, an anchor charm and added some Mini Art Stones to mimic sand.

My dear friend suggested I make a closure from Jute, but I really wanted some sort of button closure. After days of contemplation an idea popped in my head. I glued jute in a circular design over a strung button. I pulled the strings through a hole I punched in the cover and secured. I added a loose jute string to the back to wrap around the button and am oh so happy with it.

Several of my pages have interactive elements, such as flaps which open to reveal even more photos. (The beautiful blue ribbon was from a little gift Linda includes in every package - what amazing customer service!)

The collage elements really speak for themselves and made it easy to create focal points.

The flap opens up to reveal even more collage and photo fun.

I tucked in a lot of dies, like the new Tim Holtz Scroll die, which were cut from the paper pad and sponged for contrast.

The little stamp set is so much fun and I loved mixing it with the various elements.

The Belle Isle flowers are dainty enough to work inside the pages. I layered them with flat flowers from my stash for extra impact.

All of my pages were made of kraft stock and the designer paper was stitched on top.  

One of my favorite products in this collection is the gemstones. They have so much color variation and light movement like real gems! I tucked them in where ever I could. :)

I just love the many "vintage" style graphic elements.

I cut tags from the papers and tucked them in everywhere.

This is my favorite collage, including the Tropical dies by Tim Holtz.

And the opposite page with another flipout and stamping.

One of my photographs of the Atlantic Ocean inside.

There are so many varied patterns, like this cabana stripe. I love the eclectic look.

I kept my layers relatively flat, but the binding method allows for a little bulk, like chipboard from my stash.

I have a flip through video on my blog if you're interested.

You can make this entire album with one paper pad! Grab a few embellishment packs to go along with while they are on sale.

I cannot believe I was able to produce so many collages from one pack of paper!

I ended the album with a waterfall and will have to wait until next year to finish that page, because I ran out of photos! But I know I will cherish this album for years to come. I truly hope you are inspired and will take a look at the Prima St. Tropez collection in the shop.

Here are the products I used, many of which you may already have. Happy summer and happy shopping!  Hugs, Autumn

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Guest Designer - Maggi Harding

Please welcome our Guest Designer for the Christmas in July challenge.  Meet Maggi Harding from Scrap, Travel and Bark who was the Top Pick from the You're My Inspiration challenge.

Hi, I'm Maggi Harding and I am thrilled to be guest designing the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

My style is all over the board as I do a little bit of everything, but two things I really love, are vintage styling and bright bold colors layered up. Paper art is an artistic adventure for me; I always ask myself, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life? I love the challenge of combining paper and medias to create a cohesive art piece. Paper art awakens my “inner artist” and satisfies the creative side of my brain that was long neglected during my career as a CPA. These days I am a happy retired, stay at home, crazy, paper loving scrap artist living with the loves of my life, my husband and my 2 standard poodles kids.

I am so tickled to be guest designing for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog! The challenge this time is so fun, and practical too, because it's all about Christmas. You know you are never ready for Christmas, so now it's Christmas in July and it's time to get a head start on those Christmas projects and play in the challenge at the same time. What could be better?

I love little Christmas houses so I decided to create this little cottage using Graphic 45's St Nicholas collection from 2016. This is such a fun little piece and will look great nestled in with some greenery on the mantel. Another idea for this piece would be to thread a loop through the roof so that you could attach a hook to it and make it an ornament. The house is small enough that it would be adorable hanging from a tree branch.

You need two dies to make this cottage, both are Sizzix Bigz dies, at the bottom I've listed all my supplies. One of the dies builds the basic cottage and the other die provides all the fun trim pieces, roof shingles etc. The basic cottage works with several other dies for building other structures. Check out the Funkie Junkie Boutique as the Boutique carries many Sizzix dies including the ones for this structure.

To make the snow effect, I used a very white modeling paste and just smeared it on with a trowel. Then I went back over that and added some Aleene's Glitter Snow. I didn't have a lot of Glitter Snow so that's why I used the modeling paste underneath. Just add a few fussy cut pieces and of course, I needed some flowers, that's it. All ready. One Christmas project down and ohhhh....who knows how many to go!

Supplies Used:

Graphic 45 - St. Nicholas 12 X 12 Patterns & Solids Pad 4501411
Graphic 45 - St Nicholas 12 x 12:
Bells and Bows
Sweet Tooth
Candy Cane Wishes
Red Cardstock (for the two large candy canes)
Sharpie - White (to make the stripes on the large candy canes)
Sizzix Bigz Die - Village Gingerbread by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Village Dwelling by Tim Holtz 660992
Aleene's Glitter Snow
White modeling paste
Petaloo Botanica Sugared Minis - burgundy

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To check out the details of Maggi's adorable little house, click here to be taken to her blog post and then come on back and join us for the Christmas in July challenge, which runs until 11:55 pm EST on August 1st.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July

It is Cec here and I am your hostess for the new challenge starting today. I am calling it Christmas in July! Here is what I have to say about it:

You might be experiencing summer heat but let's think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations. Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing 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 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.

The girls on the Frilly side of the team are starting off with their fabulous Christmas-themed creations to give you some inspiration. To get all the details (and even a bonus project in one case) just click on their blog name and you will be taken directly there.

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Now that you have checked out their projects, I hope you are inspired to get a start on your Christmas and create something for the challenge because we sure would love to see what you come up with.

For even more inspiration check back tomorrow when our Guest Designer joins us and then next Wednesday the Funkie side of the team will be up with their makes.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Step by Step-Flocked Wallpaper Wedding Card Gift Box

Hello friends and visitors! Sara Emily with you today with my first Step x Step at Frilly and Funkie! I wanted to share a technique I discovered while making my card for a past challenge 'With This Ring' HERE.  I am calling this my 'flocked wallpaper technique'. I was inspired to make a box for my dimensional card by blogging buddy, Samra (Paper Talk With Samra). She always makes gorgeous boxes to go with her beautiful cards.

Let me start by taking you through the steps of making a box using card stock. I have found the easiest way for me to make a box for any sized card is by following a simple formula. I've outlined my instructions below.

To make the box:
1. Cut 2 sheets of 110# card to size for base and top of box. Mine is 9 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches which will make a box to accommodate my 5 x 7 card.
2.Trim 1/8 inch from one side and one end for the base.
3. Score at 1 inch from all edges on top and base panels.
4. Cut each corner to score line and cut narrow triangles from both edges of that tab as shown in the photo.
5. Fold your score lines and glue corners.
6. Secure with clips and allow to dry.

If you should happen to have a different sized card to make your box for, the formula is as follows to determine what size panels you will need to cut:
1. Add 1/2 inch to size of your card to get your width x length measurements. For my example for 5 x 7 card  it is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.
2. Now figure what depth you want your box to be to accommodate the embellishments or layers on your card. I used 1 inch, which gives me plenty of head room. Multiply that by 2, which gives me 2. (If you needed a 1 1/2 inch deep box you would come up with 3.)
3. Add the above number (2 for my example) to each of your width x length measurements. I got 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. This will be the size panel you need to cut-one for the top and one for the base of the box.
4. Follow steps 2 through 8 above to complete your box.

Now onto the fun stuff...

Here's how I made my 'flocked wallpaper' background.

1. Stamp Wendy Vecchi damask  image on center of panel which has been cut to appropriate size--I used Mixed Media card. Tim Holtz' Design Ruler is very helpful in finding your center. I inked the stamp with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and spritzed the inked stamp lightly with water before making my impression.

2. Repeat with smaller damask image from the same set and heat dry.

3. Blend panel with Hickory Smoke Distress ink.

4. Spritz with water using slow pull on trigger of Distress Water Spritzer for larger droplets.

5. Dry with heat tool, blotting water spots with paper towel to remove some color.

6. Blot panel with Versamark pad, covering the entire surface with ink, cover with Ranger Frosted Crystal Antiquities embossing powder and pour excess back into jar. I love that Ranger offers this in a large jar-perfect for these larger projects.

7. Heat with a heat tool just until melted--it's difficult to see so don't overdo it. You will get a shimmery matte surface.

8. Scribble with Picket Fence Distress Crayon randomly (or as much as you like--I ran out of crayon; I wish they offered the crayons in a larger size!)

9. Run to store and buy another set of crayons to finish the panel. Heat with heat tool to melt the crayon into the powder. You will get a silky smooth finish that has the appearance of flocking. Because it's melted into the powder, it won't come off when you run your hands over it.

10. Adhere panel to complete box with Distress Collage Medium. Blend edges of box top with Hickory Smoke ink. (In hindsight, I would have adhered the panel before folding and gluing the box top, so I could use my books/paperweight to flatten.)

11. Make a puddle of DOX and water and dip crinkle ribbon into it, spritz with water to disperse the color.

12. Wrinkle ribbon and wad into a ball to dry. I love this crinkle ribbon from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It crinkles and takes color nicely. It comes wrapped on a pretty ephemera card, tied up with hand dyed ribbon and a floral button--all of which you can use on another project.

13.  Die cut and heat emboss 2 filigree hearts using Spellbinders Vines of Passion die set and a mixture of several powders. I used this embossing powder recipe HERE. Also cut 2 of the solid part of the heart die set out of vellum and adhere the filigree hearts to them with Distress Collage Medium. Adhere completed hearts to paneled box with collage medium.

14. Make fluffy bow from dyed seam binding and tie around box. I made it so the recipient can just slide this off the box.

15. Sponge chalky finish paint on brass toned metal key embellishment, allow to dry and affix to bow with jump ring colored with Snow Cap alcohol ink Mixative. (I show another of the keys in the set in the step out photo.)

Ta-dah! Completed box all ready to hold my wedding card! I hope you like it, and I hope you'll give my 'flocked wallpaper technique' a try!  Why not give your dimensional cards a place of honor by making a coordinating box! It's so easy, even I can do it!

Thank you for taking your time to visit Frilly and Funkie today and for your lovely comments you leave!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

The following are links to the products I used that can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: