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

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


I am presenting the Saturday Showcase today at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and I have created this folio with the Time is an Illusion paper collection from Stamperia.  For all the details, pop on over to the blog and check it out.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Oriental Paper Collage


It is the start of the first challenge of 2020 at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and I am hosting this one.  I thought it might be fun to play a game so I am calling the challenge Let's Play Tic Tac Toe!  Here is how I describe it:

Let's play a game of Tic Tac Toe for this first challenge of the year. Choose any vertical, horizontal or diagonal line from the graphic below and create a vintage or shabby chic project using all three items on your chosen line. In addition to using all three items you must include a copy of the graphic in your post and tell us which line you chose.


I decided to make a paper collage on a canvas board and use the diagonal line with Layers, Sentiment and Ribbon.  All the patterned papers are from the Oriental Garden collection from Stamperia.

Here is how to put it together:

  • Cover an 8" square canvas board with White Gesso (Dina Wakley)
  • Paint the edges with Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley)


  • Mix a bit of Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) with texture paste (Ranger) and add to the edges through a Burlap Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz)


  • Distress the edges of a panel of patterned paper and ink with Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and adhere to the canvas as the background 
  • Fussy cut a couple of tags from the paper collection, distress, ink and top with seam binding dyed with Barn Door Re-inker (Tim Holtz)


  • Die cut a circle from card stock, add some Grit Paste (Tim Holtz) to the edges and then sprinkle a bit of Watering Can Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi) randomly on the edge and heat to melt


  • Top with a patterned paper circle using dimensional foam
  • Die cut a card stock circle and emboss with a Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder (Darice) and then top with a die cut patterned paper circle
  • Using Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi), stencil the bird and branches on a piece of watercolor card stock and cut into a circle before adhered with dimensional foam


  • Cut a square of patterned paper and top with a punched square of card stock that has been treated with Grit Paste and Embossing Powder
  • Fussy cut a circle element from the paper collection and add a couple more die cut circles of patterned paper with dimensional foam
  • Fussy cut a sentiment element from the paper collection and add
  • Ink a card stock scrap with Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) in that order
  • Spray with some Ramblin Rose Pink Starburst Ink (Lindys) and then some White Linen Spray Ink (Dylusions)
  • Dip a paint brush in water and take colour off a Rosy Scribble Stick (Dina Wakley) and add over the rest of the colour


  • Punch a bunch of tiny flowers (EK Success) from the pink card stock, add tiny pearls (Dollarama) to the centres and adhere to the bird panel
I hope you will play with us.  One randomly chosen entry will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and with all the new products coming in, that would be nice to have.  The Design Team will chose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to Guest Design with us 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 Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Sand - 1oz Bottle
Stamperia - Oriental Garden 12x12 Paper Pack SBBL58
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Victorian Velvet, Barn Door Reinker)
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks (Rosy)
Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Pad - Watering Can AID39006
Ranger Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder - Watering Can WEP43935
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Grit Paste - TDA53422
Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Ink Spray - White Linen DYC37873
Rayon Seam Binding
Scor Tape
Lindys Ramblin Rose Starburst Spray Ink
Tim Holtz Burlap Layering Stencil
Folk Art Birds Stencil
EK Success Circle and Mini Flower Punches
All Night Media "Good Luck" Punch
Sizziz Circles Framelits

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Today we have a new Saturday Showcase at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  This time all the designers are sharing the post and we have all made tags so you are going to be treated to a lot of fabulous inspiration all at once.

For my offering I created this snowflake tag featuring a couple of the Tim Holtz snowflake dies and here is how I went about it:
  • Glue music paper to both sides of a #8 Etcetera tag (Tim Holtz) and then coat the paper with some watered-down White Gesso (Dina Wakley)
  • Dip a wad of paper toweling into some Texture Paste (Ranger), pounce a bit off and then pounce over the gesso to create subtle texture
  • Use a ratty old paint brush to paint both sides with some watered-down Lapis and Mineral Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) and then ink over random areas with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz)
  • Use Silver Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a Falling Stars Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz) to add more texture
  • Die cut a large snowflake from the Flurry #3 die (Tim Holtz) and six smaller snowflakes from the Paper Snowflakes, Mini die set (Tim Holtz)
  • Coat the five smallest snowflakes with clear glitter
  • Dye some seam binding with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and add with silver thread and grey wool to the top of the tag
  • Adhere all the snowflakes to the tag along with a button for the layered one and then finish with a computer generated sentiment and a Christmas paper doll (Tim Holtz)
Supplies:

Tim Holtz Etcetera - #8 Tag Thickboards THETC-005
Dina Wakley Media Mediums - White Gesso MDM41689
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pad - Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Chipped Sapphire TIM27119
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Falling Stars THS115
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - Silver WVPASTESIL
Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte INK44444
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Sets - Flurry #3 (appears to be sold out now but you can substitute any other large snowflake die)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Paper Snowflakes, Mini by Tim Holtz
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Christmas TH94001

This Saturday Showcase is the final project for 2019 for The Funkie Junkie Boutique but I will be back on January 8th with a new project for the first challenge of the year.

I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Have a lovely time over the holidays and stay safe.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Joy to the World



It is time for the last challenge of 2019 at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Maggi is our hostess for this one and she has given it the title of It's the Holidays and describes it like this:

This is such a busy time of the year that it's hard to find anytime to pursue our paper passion! With that in mind, I designed a challenge that will hopefully give you some needed crafting time, while making something useful for the holiday season that is upon us! For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic card, tag, gift box, bag, anything holiday related, that you can use over the holidays.

I have the Graphic 45 paper pad called Joy to the World so I thought I would use it to make a card with a pocket inside to hold a gift card.  This is a little bit shabby so it won't be one that goes in the mail - that might require robbing a bank to pay for the postage.  I think my Daughter will be the recipient since she has numerous gift cards on her wish list for Christmas.  My Granddaughter has her beaten by a mile but this wouldn't be her taste even with the gift inside  I guess when you turn 13 and become a teenager, you don't trust Grandma to pick anything out for you, even with instructions, so that explains all the gift cards. 😃😃😃

This card was simply put together as follows:

  • Cut a panel of patterned paper for the background, ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and add to a card blank
  • Cut chevrons from two more patterned paper, ink the edges, mount on kraft card stock chevrons and adhere to background
  • Cut angel element from patterned paper, ink the edges, mount on kraft card stock and add to card
  • Add sentiment sticker element from collection
  • Cut flower petals from cream, salmon and kraft card stock using the Shabby Posies die
  • Ink petal edges, layer to create flowers and glue copper seed beads to centres with Glossy Accents
  • Use Skeleton Leaves die to cut leaves from Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stock
  • Use Holiday Greens die to cut greenery from green card stock and ink the edges
  • Add leaves, greenery and flowers to front of card
  • Cut another angel element from the patterned paper, add gussets to create a pocket and adhere to the inside of the card for a gift card holder

We would love to have you join us for this challenge.  It is a perfect opportunity for you to show off some of the cards and other festive things you are making for the holiday season.  The challenge runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, December 17th.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top 4 picks with the overall winner receiving an opportunity to Guest Design with us at a future date.

Supplies List:

Graphic 45 Joy to the World 12x12 (sold out)
Staples Cream Card Stock
Martha Stewart Wild Salmon Card Stock
Spellbinders Shabby Posies Die by Tammy Tutterow (no longer available)
Copper Seed Beads
Sizzix Alternations Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Holiday Greens 658759
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo TIM19527
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5pk - Skeleton Leaves by Tim Holtz 663094
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic 2 Kraft Stock - Rose Gold & Copper TH93780
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Scor-Pal Scor Tapes
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents GAC17042

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lots of Leaves


The new challenge begins today at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Jenny, our hostess for this one calls it Lovely Leaves and here is what she has to say about it:

At this time of year leaves take over from flowers as the stars of Nature's display - the deciduous ones take on beautiful Autumnal hues before falling to the ground, whilst the evergreen ones keep our gardens from looking bare as we wait for new flowers to appear in the Spring. For this challenge make sure to add leaves (or even Pine Needles if you like) to your vintage or shabby chic projects.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the colourful leaves here are long gone and what is left was buried under 10" of snow last week.  I decided though that leaves are a perfect image to use on note cards that can be used for all sorts of occasions so I made a little box and 4 cards to fit inside.  I think this will be a great gift for someone.

I started by making the cards so I had an idea what size the box needed to be.  I made 4 cards that are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" from kraft card stock and each one is different.


The first one was simply made by cutting three leaves from the Tattered Leaves die (Tim Holtz) using papers found in the St. Nicholas and Voyage Beneath the Sea paper pads (Graphic 45).  The edges of the leaves were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

To finish the card I inked the edges of a strip of paper from the Amber Moon paper (Prima) and added it to the front of the card blank and then topped it with the leaves and a loopy twine bow.



For this card I used the Fall Foliage die (Tim Holtz) to cut a bunch of small leaves from gel printed papers in my stash and adhered them to the card blank on top of an oval cut from the Old Lace paper (Stamperia).  The oval and all the leaves were inked with Vintage Photo DI.


I started with the background for this card by dragging a piece of card stock through puddles of Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Ink as well as Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz).


To make the leaves I coated a piece of waxed paper with some watered down PVA glue and when it was dry I coloured it with a variety of alcohol inks - Sunshine Yellow, Cranberry, Sunset Orange, Poppyfield, Ginger and Willow (Tim Holtz).  Next I crumpled it up a bit, cut leaves from the Tattered Leaves die (Tim Holtz) and added them to the background panel.


The last card has more layers but again was simple to make.


I cut a square of Copper Metallic Kraft Stock (Tim Holtz), embossed it with a flourish embossing folder, rounded the corners and then proceeded to cover the metallic look with a mixture of Mushroom, Espresso, Rust and Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz).


I used the Tattered Leaves die to cut the leaf from a scrap of mat board and then inked it with a blend of Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany DI (Tim Holtz).

To finish the card I layered a strip of paper from the Voyage Beneath the Sea pad, a strip of burlap and another strip of paper from the St. Nicholas pad.  I rounded the corners of another piece of paper from Voyage Beneath the Sea, added my embossed panel and finally added the leaf.


Before I made the box I stacked the cards to determine how much space I needed inside the box to accommodate the cards.  The box opens with the flap that you see with the leaves and the cards fit inside from the top.

The front, bottom and back of the box are one piece 5 3/4" wide and 10" long - scored on the long side at 4 1/2" and 5 1/2".

The flap, top and a small piece to attach at the back are another piece 5 3/4" wide and 4" long - scored on the short side at 2 1/2" and 3 1/2".  The remaining 1/2" strip was attached at the back on the outside before the patterned paper was added.  I cut the outer edges of this strip on a slight angle, which makes it almost invisible when it is covered.

The sides are two separate pieces 2" wide and 4 3/4" long - scored on the short side at 1/2" and 1 1/2" and score on the long side at 1/2".  This leaves a 1/2" piece on each side and one on the bottom to attach the side panels to the inside of the box.

A magnetic closure was added inside the flap to close it to the front.  After the magnetic closure was added all the outside pieces as well as the inside of the flap were covered with paper from the Amber Moon pad that were inked with Vintage Photo DI.

To decorate the flap I used the fall foliage die to cut a bunch of tiny leaves and inked them with a mixture of Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo DI.  I also added a teeny butterfly punched from some Copper Metallic Kraft Stock.

Now I have a sweet little box with a selection of note cards - all with lovely leaves.

I hope you will join us for this challenge, which runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, December 3rd.  One randomly chosen entrant will receive a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will select their top picks with the overall winner receiving the opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Stamperia - Old Lace 12x12 Paper Pack SBBL32
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic 2 Kraft Stock - Rose Gold & Copper TH93780
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Fall Foliage by Tim Holtz 660955
White Jute Mesh (Burlap)
Scor-Pal Scor Tapes
Sizzix Big-Z Die - Tattered Leaves by Tim Holtz
Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Paper
Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Paper
Prima Autumn Moon Paper Pad
Spellbinders Petite Ovals Large Die
X-Cut Corner Rounder Punch
Basic Grey Magnetic Closures
Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder
Recollections Kraft Card Stock