Wednesday, August 29, 2018


It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Zoe is our hostess and she is calling it Haberdashery.  Here is what she has to say about it:

A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers. For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project including items found at a Haberdashery.

When I saw Zoe's description, it kind of threw me because I always thought a haberdasher sold men's clothing. Well, it turns out we are both right. In North America men go to a haberdasher to buy their clothing although a true haberdashery is a stand-alone store and there are not too many of those around anymore.

In Britain the haberdashery sells the items Zoe describes and we call those items notions in North America and they are normally found in a store selling fabrics.  Since I sew once in a while, I have a cupboard full of the items sold by a haberdasher and made my card from that stash.  I also used some old and some discontinued crafting stash since I am on a mission to get some space back in my studio or I won't have room to buy new supplies - the method to my madness.  Here are the steps to create my card.

1.  Cut a large panel of paper from the Love Story paper pad (Prima) and distress the edges.
2.  Cut a smaller piece of paper from the Love Story pad and distress the edges.
3.  Tear a "v" shape in the smaller panel to accommodate a zipper.
4.  Attach the zipper pull (Prima - discontinued) to two lengths of zipper and adhere to "v" opening.  Note:  I took the stitching out of some ruffled zipper ribbon (Melissa Frances discontinued) and cut two lengths to create my zipper).
5.  Using the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) cut three petals from the Love Story paper.  Shape and layer the petals to create a flower and add a paper rose (Wild Orchid Crafts) to the centre.
6.  Using the Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz) cut some leaves from white card stock.
7.  Using a freebie graphic from Astrid Maclean as a template cut a ribbon holder from some paper from the Vintage Emporium pad (Prima).
8.  Wrap some dyed seam binding around the ribbon holder.  Note:  The seam binding came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique wrapped around some lace and was already dyed (I am guessing with Spun Sugar and Vintage Photo Distress Ink from Tim Holtz) but you could dye your own and I will link those products below.
9.  Thread a length of the dyed seam binding through some lace.
10.  Alter a metal scissors charm with Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz) and sand a bit off to make it look even more worn.
11.  Use a skin-toned alcohol marker to cover a floral button and then when it is really dry use an alcohol wipe and carefully remove some of the marker and some of the flowers to make it look aged.

To Assemble:

1.  Adhere the large paper panel to the card blank.
2.  Add some tulle behind the "v" opening and then adhere the smaller paper panel on top of the large panel.
3.  Add the lace panel to the bottom of the card.
4.  Glue the large flower and a number of other paper flowers along with the leaves to create a bouquet on the right side of the card.
5.  Using gel medium, add a resin dress form (Prima - discontinued) and the remaining embellishments on the left side of the card.

Some Close-ups:

I hope you will join us for this challenge. 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 picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Inspiration at Stamps and Stencils

Here is a sneak peek at a project I am sharing over at Stamps and Stencils for your inspiration.

To get all the details on how this was created, click HERE and you will be taken to Stamps and Stencils.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Off to the Beach

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Sara Emily, our hostess this time is calling it Back to Nature and here is what she has to say about it:

Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn't help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled image representing a natural object.

I knew I had some little shells in my stash so that dictated the direction I was going to go with my project - off to the beach!

This card is all about layers and here are the steps to put this card together:

1.  Cut a panel of paper from the St. Tropez paper pad (Prima) and distress the edges.
2.  Cut a panel of white corrugated cardboard, distress the edges and highlight the raised areas with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).
3.  Cut ephemera pieces (steering wheel, text and sign) from the St. Tropez paper pad.
4.  Stamp image from Boardwalk stamp set (Artistic Outpost - discontinued) onto some paper from th St. Tropez paper pad using Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and distress the edges.
5.  Print and cut bathing beauty image (Retro and Vintage online) and distress edges.
6.  Dye seam binding with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) and create loopy bow.
7.  Die cut flower petals from Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) and mulberry paper.
8.  Dye flower petals with Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide.
9.  Layer larger petals together and add stamens to all flower petals.
10.  Coat filigree leaves with Versamark (Tsukineko)  and heat emboss with Cornflower Blue Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi)

To assemble:

1.  Layer paper panels starting with large background panel followed by corrugated panel.
2.  Add images and ephemera using dimensional foam to pop the sign up.
3.  Add bow and flowers with leaves tucked under flowers.
4.  Add small shells and a piece of driftwood (a.k.a. wood chip stolen borrowed from the neighbourhood playground).
5.  Clip hanging loop off a little seahorse charm and add to card.

Some close-ups:

Embossed Filigree Leaf, Dyed Seam Binding, Dyed Flower

Stamped Image, Seahorse Charm, Embossed Filigree Leaf, Dyed Flowers

This challenge runs until 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, August 28th so I hope you will create a Back to Nature project and share it with us.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will chose their favourites with the Top Pick being given to opportunity to be a Guest Designer with us at a future date.