Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Shades of Purple

It is the start of a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and this time Sara Emily, our hostess is calling it Repeat Performance.  Here is what she has to say about the challenge:

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.

I recycled an empty cracker box and had my husband cut this fancy frame for me on his laser cutter.  Then I set about to alter it.  The inside of the box looks like chipboard and while it is thinner than most chipboard, it is thicker than card stock and holds up quite well to wet media.  I probably should have taken a picture of the other side so you could see that this is cut from the cracker box but I forgot (that happens a lot lately - hmmm).

The first step to alter the frame was to give it a coat of White Gesso (Dina Wakley) and then add some Texture Paste (Ranger) randomly with a palette knife.

Next I covered the frame with a coat of Blackberry Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and let it dry completely before I added a coat of Paint Crackle Medium (Folk Art).

Once the medium was completely dry I covered it with a fairly thin coat of Heather Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) using a small, worn paintbrush with stiff bristles and then let it dry. I used an X-Acto blade to remove any medium and paint that crept into the holes.

Next I altered a large metal butterfly with Purple Twilight and Wild Plum Alcohol Ink along with some Blending Solution.

Next I rubbed the butterfly with some Amethyst Magic Antique Brilliance (Prima) followed by some Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls powder (Ranger) to give it lots of shimmer.

I made some leaves from the Metallic Jewels paper (Tim Holtz) and the Skeleton Leaves Thinlets die set (Tim Holtz).

Now it was time to use all these elements to make the card.  I started with a white card stock blank and added a layer of patterned paper from the Stamperia Lilac Flowers collection that I distressed first.

Next I added the frame and the butterfly.  I added a white flourish from my stash and then some flowers (Recollections and I Craft) and a loopy white twine (Recollections) bow.  I cut the skeleton leaves into sections and tucked them under the flowers and then I made a stick pin with beads from my stash and added it.  Finally I added a couple teeny adhesive pearls (Dollarama) to the corners of the frame.

Please join us for the challenge and show us what you have recycled.  One randomly chosen entry will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and with all the new products coming out, you probably have a long wish list so that sure would help.  The Design Team will also choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Dina Wakley Media Mediums - White Gesso MDM41689
Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte INK44444
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Blackberry, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Heather - 1oz Bottle
Bronze Tone Butterfly Set of 2
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock
Artificial Flower Pearlized Stamen - One Bundle
Scor Tape
Stamperia Lilac Flowers Paper
Sizzix Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves
Flourish, White Twine, Paper Flowers, Beads, Stick Pin Card Stock, Paint Crackle Medium, Adhesive Pearls


  1. Cec, this is a fabulous shabby chic card, and I love that you used your triscuit box to make the frame. (That's our cracker of choice, too!) I love the Stamperia Lilac paper and you have embellished it beautifully with the crackled frame, flowers, loopy bow and stick pin (squeal!) A lovely card in colors that I adore. Hugs!

  2. Beautiful card and who knew an empty cracker box could become such a beautiful and elegant card! I am loving your hubby's laser cutter... All the elements you get him to make for you end up in such beautiful art!


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