Wednesday, June 24, 2020


It is time for the new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and Sara Emily, who is our hostess for this challenge is calling it Cattywampus.  I am sure you are thinking what the heck is that so here is how she describes it:

Cattywampus is a funny sounding southern slag term I hear a lot around the house. According to the On Line Slang Dictionary it has several meanings including "appearing off center, diagonal from, crooked or not level, appearing askew, tilted or lopsided". Taking inspiration from any one of these definitions, include something cattywampus in your vintage or shabby chic project. Be sure to tell us what that cattywampus thing is; we might miss it!

I have a 13 year-old Granddaughter who is graduating from elementary school this week (albeit a virtual event because of the virus) so I thought I would make a card for her.  She takes after her Grandma and isn't into girly, girly things but loves more contemporary looks.  I loved the Alchemy paper collection from Stamperia and decided to use it for her card and include both frilly and industrial elements.

I started by distressing one panel of black patterned paper, inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and added it to a card blank.  Next I cut two more panels from different papers and cut the opposite corners on an angle.  Both were distressed and inked before they were adhered on top of the black panel.

I cut a narrow strip of yet another paper on a different angle than the two corners, distressed and inked it and added it to the bottom paper.  The different angles created on these three pieces of paper are part of my attempt at cattywampus.  Of course I then proceeded to cover most of it up.

The clock face was cut by my husband from a cracker box and I gave it a coat of White Gesso (Dina Wakley) and then tapped Versamark (Tsukineko) on it so it could be embossed with Aegean Sea Baked Velvet, Patina Oxide Baked Texture and Chunky Rust Baked Texture (Seth Apter).  An element from the paper collection was fussy cut and glued to the inside of the clock face.  I decided not to cover this element with clock hands.

A square element was fussy cut, distressed and inked and added on an angle - another example of cattywampus.  I chose this particular element because it describes my Granddaughter.  She is a competitive synchronized swimmer, bakes like a professional and has been accepted into the Advanced Visual Arts program for high school (one of 28 out of 70 applicants).  I am creative but can't draw at all or paint much but she is fantastic at both.  The key was altered with Versamark and Chunky Rust Baked Texture embossing powder.

I rubbed a bit of Old White Matte Wax (Prima Marketing) on the edges of the large turquoise flower and then all the flowers were inked with Vintage Photo DI  before they were added to the card.  Two are from the Pretty Mosaic sets (Prima Marketing) and the cream rose is from my stash.  I used the Garden Greens die set (Tim Holtz) and some Kraft Core Shattered paper (Tim Holtz) to make the leaves.

The bookmark from the paper collection was mounted on heavy card stock, fussy cut and dyed seam binding added to the top.  I had the seam binding in my stash and I think I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) to dye it but it was a while ago so don't hold me to that colour.

I added a distressed and inked panel of patterned paper on the inside and created a pocket to hold the bookmark and a gift card from the book store.

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge, which runs until 11:55 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 7th,  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will 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:

Stamperia - Alchemy 12x12 Paper Pack SBBL34
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo TIM19527
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Tumbled Glass TIM27188
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax Paste - Old White 967857
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Chunky Rust 15g
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Patina Oxide 17g
Seth Apter Baked Velvet - Mediterranean Kit
Prima Marketing Pretty Mosaic Flowers - Emerald Dream 646905
Prima Marketing Pretty Mosaic Flowers - Turquoise 646936
Rayon Seam Binding
Scor Tape
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Paper Distresser 370E
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Tim Holtz Garden Greens Die Set
Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered Paper


  1. Cec, I love your perfectly distressed card, and I know your granddaughter is going to love it! I love the manner in which you added those papers for your background--yep! That's cattywampus alright! And I didn't even notice it on first glance. That clock is gorgeous, as is the element you chose for it's center. the cattywampus square element on the top is so perfect for your talented granddaughter. I know you are so proud of her, and biggest congratulations to her on her graduation and on being one of the selected few for her upcoming school program. And YOU knocked this challenge out of the park, Cec!

  2. This is so beautiful! I adore the colors and papers you used and that background is gorgeous! Lovely design and lovely card! Congrats to your granddaughter!

  3. Oh Cec I love the way you created the design for the card using the angled pieces of paper in the background. The clock and key were altered perfectly to match with the colour scheme and I what a clever idea to add the pocket and bookmark inside for your super talented grand daughter xx


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