Wednesday, October 24, 2018


It is the start of a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This one is called Impress Us and is hosted by the lovely Sara Emily who describes it this way:

Who doesn't want to make a great first impression? For this challenge, we would like you to use your embossing folders or any other way you can make an impression on your vintage or shabby chic project. Go ahead and 'Impress Us' with your creativity!

I decided to make my frilly project with a lot of mixed media this time and here is how it came together:

  • Coat a 6"x6" stretched canvas with White Gesso
  • Cover with Melted Chocolate Acrylic Paint
  • Use an old gift or credit card and randomly scrape some texture paste over the paint layer 
  • Knock back the white with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Note:  I originally wanted to knock back the white with some diluted Melted Chocolate paint but discovered that it turns pink when you add water or white paint to it - baby food meat was not the look I was after.

  • Create a leaf texture plate by cutting various leaf shapes with chipboard and the Fall Foliage die and then glue them to another piece of chipboard
  • Run the custom texture plate and some card stock through a die cutting machine using a variety of plates and shims to create an embossed panel
  • Ink the panel with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bring up the highlights (I could have used a heavier hand so the camera could see what the eye sees in real life)
  • Cut a rectangle out of chipboard and use Versamark with Copper Embossing Powder to cover
  • Repeat this process four more times
  • While the last layer is still hot, ink a leaf stamp from Nature's Wonder with Jet Black Archival Ink and press into the embossing and leave it there until the embossing gets cold before you pull off the stamp
Note:  If the stamp impression looks too dark in spots because of the design, you can rub some copper wax on it to lighten it up as I did.

  • Cut a narrow strip of brown card stock and emboss with a border folder from the set called Love
Note:  This is an old texture fade set but there are other Tim Holtz texture fades at The Funkie Junkie Boutique that would work.

  • Use the smallest flower from the Tattered Florals die and some scraps of patterned paper to cut six petals (I used some Memoranda paper)
  • Shape the petals and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Layer the petals in pairs to create 3 flowers and add adhesive pearls for centres
  • Cut some branches from brown card stock using the Garden Greens die
To assemble:
  • Add a strip of burlap to the canvas and top with the embossed border
  • Ink a little strip of venise lace with some Antique Linen Distress Ink and add to the right side of the embossed border
  • Adhere the embossed leaf panel and then add the leaf impression mounting it on foam dimensionals
  • Add the flowers and branches and then tuck a loopy bow made from burlap string under the top flower

Here is a close-up to show you some of the embossing that is difficult to see on the main photo, especially the leaf panel at the top.

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  It runs until 11:55 pm Eastern time on Tuesday, November 6th so you have lots of time to create. 

The following products used to create this canvas came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Jenny is our hostess and calls this one Haunted Halloween.  Here is what she has to say about it:

It's time to get your freak on and go all out for Halloween. We want to see your ghouls and ghosts and things that go bump in the night. It's going to be spooktacular!!!

I don't get all carried away with Halloween, especially now that I live in a neighbourhood where most of the people are like me - retired and old.😃😃  My Grandchildren don't live close by so I don't get them knocking at the door on Halloween but we still buy treats for them to have when they come to visit.  Of course whether they get any depends on if my husband doesn't eat them all first.  Anyway, despite all that I did create something Halloween themed and even made it frilly.  Here is how it is done:

1.  Crumple up some tissue, open it back up and glue it to both sides of a large tag.

2.  Cover the tissue layer with Black Gesso and allow to dry thoroughly.
3.  Coat the Gesso layer with Crackle Medium and allow to dry thoroughly.

4.  Paint over the Crackle Medium layer with Squeezed Orange acrylic paint.  Note:  The thicker this layer of paint is, the larger the cracks but working the paint too much can produce smaller cracks as you can see on the back side.

5.  Once the top layer of paint is dry spray with Crushed Grape Ink Spray and Twisted Citron Distress Spray Stain.

6.  Cover some wooden letters with Black Gesso and then rub with Amethyst Magic Antique Brilliance Wax.
7.  Cover a wooden skull (cut and engraved by my husband) with Black Gesso and then use a blending foam to add Watering Can Archival Ink.
8.  Use a metallic green gel pen to fill in the eyes of the skull.

9.  Using the Shabby Posies die, cut petals from scraps of various patterned papers from Graphic 45.  Shape the petals, ink with Black Soot Distress Ink, layer and add buttons for centres.
10.  Alter a bat charm with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink and add to a bead chain.
11.  Dye some seam binding with Twisted Citron and Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

To assemble:

1.  Weave a strip of narrow purple ribbon through some black crochet ribbon and add to tag.
2.  Add flowers and tuck some leaves (leftover from another project) underneath.
3.  Use Gel Medium to adhere the skull and the letters.
4.  Add the seam binding to the top of the tag and then tie with some burlap string.
5.  Use jump rings to add the bead chain to the burlap string.

I hope you will join us for this Halloween challenge.  You have a chance to be a Guest Designer with us at a future date if the Design Team selects your entry as their Top Pick and one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The following products used to create this tag came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique: