Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"You've Got to Know When to Fold "em" Challenge

Hello, Friends! It's Kathy here today to introduce you to the latest challenge here at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I'm a huge fan of folded paper! Whether it's a fancy fold card, a one sheet wonder, a rosette or other folded embellishment, folds equal fun! So the theme for this challenge is "You've Got to Know When to Fold 'em." This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout. So get out those bone folders and start creasing!

As in the last two challenges, the Design Team is excited to be celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi. We will all be using her fabulous products, new and old, in our creations - you'll be blown away at how versatile they are since we all have different creative styles. When you enter the challenge, you are not required to use Wendy's products in your creation but it would be great if you did. Don't have any yet? Check out her product range at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

Here's some more inspiration, this time from the Funkie side of the team.

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Zoe Hillman - iGirlZoe


Here's some inspiration from the Frilly side of the team to get you started.

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Nancy Dynes - Tattered Treasures

So now it's your turn. You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th to link up your folded project below. Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see what our latest Guest Designer has created for this challenge, and in one week for the big reveal of the Funkie Team's folding projects.

We can't wait to see what you make!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Challenge Winners - Welcome, Spring!

Welcome to the beginning of a new week. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter our 'Welcome, Spring!' challenge. The Design Team were totally spoiled for choice with so many amazing Spring projects from you all!

This time we've chosen Alison (Butterfly) as our overall winner. Alison transformed Tim Holtz new Tiny Houses and really captured the delicate fresh feeling of Spring with them. Congratulations Alison on being our favourite for the 'Welcome, Spring!' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices, in numerical order, are... #17 Maria, #23 Shelly, and #65 Jannet!!! Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally has chosen a lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #54 Claire C!

A big thanks from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Once again, please email Linda at for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Alison), for the Top 3 badges (Maria, Shelly and Jannet) and for the gift certificate details (Claire).

Our current challenge, 'You've Got to Know When to Fold "em"' runs through Tuesday, March 28th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Step by Step - Dwell in Possibility

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Jenny here with a fun tutorial for a framed picture based on the new Distress Oxides and Sizzix Cityscape dies.

I started with a Tim Holtz Framed Panel and having given it a base coat of black gesso, moved on to cover it in a patchy dry-brushed fashion first with Ground Espresso Distress Paint, then Frayed Burlap Distress Paint using my Collage Brush.

The layers continued with a lighter coat of Iced Spruce Distress Paint and finally Antique Linen Distress Paint.

I have an absolute love affair with the new Tim Holtz Paper collection 'Memoranda' and selected a piece from the back to cover the frame base; I went to the trouble of stitching around the paper patchwork before adding it with the Crazing Distress Collage Medium.

Once dry I added some Ground Espresso Distress Crayon into the crazing to emphasise it before adding a little Evergreen Bough Distress Paint to the frame to coordinate it further.

Having put the frame together and created the scene inside I realised it looked a little too bright and clean, so added a layer of Vintage Collage Medium over the frame edge and base. In hindsight it would have been much more sensible to do that at this stage in the process rather than waiting to the end - hence my reason for including it here!

Now I got to play with those new Distress Oxides. I smooshed the Iced Spruce pad onto my craft mat, spritzed it with a little water, mopped it up with two thirds of a sheet of Mixed Media Heavy Cardstock and dried it with my heat gun. That process was repeated using the Vintage Photo pad, after which I spritzed and dried the card to get a beautiful mottled look.

The card was die cut with the two Cityscape Skyline dies (you need one and a half of each to fit the length of the frame) and the building portions of the Cityscape Suburbia dies. I edged each one with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide using a blending tool before covering them with Distress Glaze to fix the colour in place. Having applied the first Skyline towards the top of the frame (the one with the thinner bottom edge) I layered the second over it using Ranger Black Adhesive Foam to add dimension.

To add even further dimension (and fit with our current challenge theme of using folds) I folded a strip of the mottled card to create foam tape supported mounds onto which I added the Suburbia buildings.

Using the final third of the Heavy Cardstock I created smaller coloured pieces using a combination of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink first with Fossilized Amber ink, then with Fired Brick ink, then with Faded Jeans ink and finally with Peeled Paint ink. As before I spritzed each with water to mottle them before adding a coat of Distress Micro Glaze.

With the main Suburbia building portions already cut I used these coloured pieces to cut the roofs, window frames, balconies, trees, washing etc, gluing them in place before adding the finished buildings to their mounts.

To finish I added words from the Metallic Quotations Stickers, supporting them with more of the Black Adhesive Foam. I also glued the new Mini Foundations on the corners of the frame. And with that my framed vintage scene was complete! Here are some close ups to show the details;

I hope you've enjoyed seeing one idea for using the new Distress Oxides and Cityscape dies. You'll find links to all the products used below, now available to order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique for a permanently discounted price.

Remember our current challenge 'You've Got to Know When to Fold 'em' runs for another week and we'd love to see your folded creations. I'll be back with the rest of the Funkie side of the Design Team next Wednesday to unveil our inspiration for you.

Until then have a great weekend, take care of yourselves and have fun!
Jenny xxx

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Focus at the Funkie Junkie Boutique: Graphic 45

Hello, friends! It's Kathy here, and I am so excited to announce that The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus is on Graphic 45! This is my absolute favorite paper line. The vintage images, rich patterns, vibrant colors, and fabulous "extras" like chipboard, stickers, stamps, metals,  tags and pockets make my crafty little fingers dance for joy!

All Graphic 45 will be on sale for an extra 15% off the  regularly discounted prices (total of 35% off list) through March 30th. You can find all these bargains under our Friday Focus tab at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

It's my honor and privilege to design for Graphic 45 and any day that I get to play with my G45 goodies is a happy day for me. It brings me great joy to showcase projects made with the four latest G45 collections in this post. So grab a cuppa and a snack and I'll share some of my favorite ways to use Graphic 45.

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Get Well Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe is Graphic 45's latest Deluxe Collector's Edition. Graphic 45 has started releasing popular collections from the past in this DCE format. The patterns and images are all the same, but the collection comes with the matching chipboard and stickers. So now you can collect (and USE) your favorite collections from the past. Olde Curiosity Shoppe is a wonderful mix of vintage and steampunk with a very playful feel. If you love rust, teal, green, yellow, cream and black you will adore Olde Curiosity Shoppe.

Everyone needs a good "Get Well" card from time to time. This vintage lady looks a little "run down" so I think she's the perfect focal for this 5" x 7" side fold card. All the G45 patterns play harmoniously together, which is one of the things I love about this line. I also love that each collection is filled with focal images, border strips, and fun tags or postcards like the one I've used on this card front. I added Tim's Idea-ology monocle to the tag for extra fun.

Here you will find more pretty patterned papers and a pocket full of good wishes. I created a little "card within a card" because let's face it, you can really use a smile when you don't feel quite up to snuff.

This little folio measures about 4" x 6". I fussy cut the apothecary cabinet from the signature page of the collection, then added a sticker border strip and a chipboard element to finish the front of the card.

I used the stickers from the collection to spell out my well wishes, and then tucked in an instant soup mix, an herbal tea bag and a honey stick. These playful papers spark my imagination, and I have such fun creating unexpected elements in my G45 cards!

Portrait of a Lady Tent Fold Card with Pockets

Portrait of a Lady is quite possibly the most beautiful paper collection I've ever worked with. Elegance, style and shabby chic goodness fill every square inch. I created this 5x7" tent fold card using the 12x12 paper collection.

Not only are the images in Portrait of a Lady breathtaking, but the patterned papers are divine. And, if you love to fussy cut as I do, this is a fussy cutter's dream come true.

I had as much fun designing the inside of this card as I did the outside.

Little pockets make me happy, especially when you can add a hidden message inside!

I dug into my vintage button stash and created a button card to add to the larger pocket on the bottom of the card. I also tucked in an ephemera card and a tasty chocolate treat.

Vintage Hollywood Cutaway Card

The Vintage Hollywood collection captures all the glam and class of days gone by, and the color palette is just divine. I used the focal image from the signature page to create this shaped edge cutaway card.

I altered Prima Vintage Trinket flowers with Distress Paints then added it to the front of a tag and pocket from the collection. The vintage button on the gold taffeta ribbon bow is from my Grandmother's button box.

You can write your own personal greeting on the lovely tag that fits inside the pocket.

The inside of the card is filled with lovely images from the signature page layered over patterned papers from the collection.

Midnight Masquerade Tag Folio

The vibrant colors and whimsical images in Midnight Masquerade have taken the scrapbooking community by storm. These papers are ready to party! If you saw the Vintage Hollywood four fold folio that I made for our current "Know When to Fold "em" Challenge, then you can easily make this tag folio, as it is the same basic design.

The folio opens book style and is loaded with gorgeous images and fussy cuts from the collection.

Just like the Vintage Hollywood folio, the size of the album increases as you turn the pages. The final page is a full 5" x 7". It's a very fun design! I've prepared a YouTube video tour of the album for you so you can see how all the components work together.

You'll find a complete supply list for these projects below.

Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you'll fall in love with Graphic 45 papers as I have! I find them to be a never-ending source of inspiration.

Don't forget to take advantage of the additional 15% discount on all Graphic 45 at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It's the perfect time to stock up!


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