Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Positivity/Gratitude Folio with Stamperia Time is an Illusion Paper

Hi there, it is Cec here with the Saturday Showcase for this week and I am going to show you a folio I made using the Stamperia Time is an Illusion paper pack.

I thought the papers in this collection would make a fabulous folio and while it looks a lot like a mini album, it isn't meant to store photos.  I made it with the intention of having a place for the recipient to write down thoughts and words that mean something to them.

I chose Positivity and Gratitude as the theme for this folio.  I do believe strongly that being positive works far better than dwelling on the negative. As I get older I am grateful that I have the ability to keep plugging away because slowing down is the first step on the way to stopping and I am definitely not ready for that.

Here is a look at my folio with a few tips along the way.  There are a lot of photos and if you click on any photo you can bring up a larger size to get a better look.  I am sorry they aren't a bit brighter but we had miserable rainy weather the day I took these so the light was horrible.

I started by making a base from card stock and here are the steps I took:

Cut 2 pieces of card stock 6" x 7". score at 1" on the long side of each, fold and then glue the two flaps together to make a strong 1" spine.  Note:  I used Scor Tape as my adhesive of choice.

Cut 1 piece of card stock 4 7/8" x 4 7/8", score at 1/2" on one side, fold and glue the flap to the top of the inside front cover to create a flip up.  Add a magnet pair to ensure that this piece will stay down when closed.

Cut 2 pieces of card stock 5 1/8" x 6 3/4", score at 3/8" on the long side of each and fold.  Glue beside each other inside on the spine facing in the opposite direction so the edge of the flap is against the edge of the spine.

Cut 1 piece of card stock 5" x 6 1/2", score at 1/2" and 3 1/2" on the long side.  Fold and glue the narrow flap to the inside back cover centering on the right side.  Add a magnet pair to ensure this flip out closes (the other half of the magnet is on the one section I forgot to photograph).  Note:  I designed this folio as I went and if I were to make this again I would just make a single page flip-out because it is pretty thick to fold over and then over again.

Tip:  Before gluing each of the narrow flaps, cut a small angle at each end - this will allow the patterned paper to hide the join.

Using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, ink all edges that will be visible after the paper is added.

Next add a strip of ribbon, which will act as a closure for the folio.  I used seam binding that I dyed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Now it is time to add paper to all the surfaces and this should be done before you add pockets, tuck spots and embellishments.  Note:  All paper was distressed and the edges were inked with Vintage Photo DI.

To make a regular pocket as in this close-up, measure the finished width and height and then cut a piece of card stock 1" wider and 1/2" taller than that measurement.  Score at 1/2" on each side of the width (long side) and 1/2" on the bottom (short side).  Cut the corners out at the intersection of the score lines and then cut a little angle at the ends of each flap.

Punch a thumb notch in the top of the pocket.  Cut patterned paper to fit the pocket and punch a larger thumb notch in the top of the paper.  Adhere the paper to the pocket front.  Fold the score lines, add adhesive to the outside and glue the pocket  in place.

To make my tuck spots I die cut some paper using Spellbinders Labels Thirteen and then sliced off one edge, added a strip of 1/4" tape to the flat edge and adhered it to the edge of the base paper.

To make the angled pocket I determined my finished height and width, added 1/2" to one side and the bottom and then cut the angled edge and straight side and top.  I scored at the extra 1/2", cut the intersection out and angled the ends.  Once the flaps were folded, I used the shape to create a pattern for my paper and then finished it by adding the patterned paper and adhering it to the page.

I collected a bunch of quotes about Positivity and Gratitude to put in the pockets and tuck spots along with a couple of images from the paper pad that I fussy cut and inked.

I also made four little mini journals by binding some old school lined notepaper in a card stock cover that I inked with Vintage Photo DI through a Bubble Stencil from Tim Holtz.  A belly band was added to each book to keep it closed.

The filigree metal corners on the angles pockets - and the filigree heart on the cover - were altered by coating with Versamark and then heat embossing with Patina Oxide Baked Texture (Seth Apter).

The leaves on the front were die cut from Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stock using the Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz).

I die cut a crochet doily (Prima) from card stock for the front cover and then rubbed it with a bit of Aquamarine wax paste for some shimmer.

Vintage Photo DI was used to dye some venise lace for a couple of pockets and to alter some quote chips (Tim Holtz).  The quote chips also had a bit of metallic patina acrylic paint splattered on them.  The quote chip on the front cover is actually recycled from a card I made for my husband's birthday - he won't miss it.

Here is how it looks inside after it was decorated:

Inside of Front Cover

Front of First Page

Back of First Page and Front of Second Page

Back of Second Page

Inside of Back Cover with Flip-out Closed

Inside of Back Cover with Flip-out Open

Back of Folio

I hope you are still with me and would consider picking up any one of the fabulous Stamperia paper collections and creating your own folio.  This one had a bit of a life of its own but you can certainly make one much more simple with less inside.  Just remember to do a bit of planning before you cut into your paper and if you plan to add magnets, make sure you do that before you add paper.  The same holds true if you plan to use ribbon as a closure.

Supplies List:

Stamperia - Time's An Illusion 12x12 Paper Pack SBBL33
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo TIM19527
Rayon Seam Binding
Venise Lace Trim - 5/8 inch
Antiqued Bronze Filigree Pieces - Set of 4
Antique Bronze Branch Heart - Set of 4
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Bubble THS002
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Patina Oxide 17g
Scor-Pal Scor Tapes (1/8", 1/4". 3/8")
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Paper Distresser 370E
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Artificial Flower Pearlized Stamen - One Bundle
Magnetic Snaps, Large MET522
Kaisercraft Pearls - Self Adhesive - Pewter
Sizzix Thinlets Die by Tim Holtz - Garden Greens
Prima Crochet Doily Die
Ideaology Quote Chips by Tim Holtz
Labels Dies, Circle Punches, Card Stock, Wax Paste, Flowers, Card Candy Dots, Adhesive Foam Dots, Hemp Cord

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Stamperia Wedding Paper Pack

Happy Saturday to you! Suzz here to share with you a showcase featuring the beautiful Stamperia Wedding Paper Pack. This paper is so lovely it inspires so many different layouts for tags, cards or page layouts for a wedding. 

Stamperia Wedding Paper Idea-Ology Baseboard Lace Frames Sizzix Crochet Thinlits for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

The first tag combined a frame with a tag cut from the papers. The dress was cut from one of the panels in the paper pack and accented with flowers and gems.

I then took a mix of the tags, panels and paper to create a second tag layering in the cut out images with the tags.

Stamperia Wedding Paper Idea-Ology Typed Token Sizzix Crochet Thinlits for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

The pieces were cut from the paper pack and distressed around the edges. Then layered with pop dots to create dimension. The hearts were colored with alcohol ink and then sponged with a touch of white gesso to soften the pink color. The lace was accented with the hearts and they look like little angel wings.

For my final project I layered the pieces onto a card base.

The background paper was distressed with a touch of black soot distress oxide using the blending brush. The excess ink was spritzed on the craft mat with water and picked up on the background to add an additional splatter of color.

The doily was cut from pink tissue paper and layered behind the heart and the groom coat. The hearts were hand cut and distressed with the distressing tool. Then sponged with a touch of black soot using the blending brush.
My tags and cards fit right in with our current challenge of Let's Play Tic Tac Toe as I used the combination of Layers, Bling and Die Cuts! I hope this inspires you to play along as the challenge is open until January 21st.



Stamperia 12 x 12 Wedding Paper Pack
Idea-Ology - Tim Holtz Baseboard Frames Lace
Idea-Ology - Tim Holtz Typed Tokens
Druzy Heart Cabochons Set of 10
Idea-Ology - Bouquet Findings
Idea_Ology Tim Holtz Quotations Metallic Stickers
12 Pack Rhinestone Buttons
Kaisercraft Pearls 
10 Piece Clear Resin Rhinestone Embellishments
Rayon Seam Binding
Ranger Distress Oxide - Black Soot 
Tim Holtz Blending Brush 
Dina Wakely White Paint - Gesso

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Guest Designer - Ann Barnes

It is time to introduce our first Guest Designer for 2020.  Please say hello to Ann Barnes of aksbarchitect CREATES.  Ann was the top pick from the Fabulous Fall challenge.

Happy New Year, I am Ann Barnes (a.k.a. aksbarchitect) from aksbarchitect CREATES. I am honored to have earned this opportunity to be guest designer for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog's current challenge.

I have always loved creating things. From the time I was young, I loved drawing and using my imagination to envision structures. I admire all the fine details and figuring out how things go together. This passion for creativity set my path to becoming an architect, as well as my love of art. I have a wonderful family who inspire me everyday to be the best that I can be. Most often I can be found in the studio getting inky, enjoying a walk in nature or with my family that I dearly love.

For the tic tac toe challenge, I have created a fancy fold card. The folded card, which incorporates heat embossing as well as ribbon, creates a winning vertical combination of components. Love is in the air with Valentine's day right around the corner, this definitely gives me a head start on my valentines.

You can find more details on my blog aksbarchitect CREATES; I hope you can stop by. Thank you so much to the talented team of FJB designers for this very special opportunity, it means so much to me. ~Ann

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Once you have gone over to Ann's blog to check out the details on her fancy fold card, please come on back and share the creation you have made for our Tic Tac Toe challenge. You can find the challenge HERE and it runs through 11:55 pm on Tuesday, January 21st.

There will be a Saturday Showcase each week so don't forget to come back often for lots of inspiration from our designers.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Challenge - Let's Play Tic Tac Toe

Editor's Note: Welcome back to the first challenge of 2020 here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Before getting started we have some news; sadly Ginny Nemchak will not be joining us for the coming term. We want to thank her for being such a wonderful part of the team and will miss her very much. We all wish her every success with her creative adventures in the future.

Hi there, Cec here to host the first challenge of 2020 and I thought it might be fun to play a game.  Here is what it is all about:

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.

The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

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 'Funkie Junkie Boutique 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.

Take a look at  all the fabulous inspiration our designers have created for you.  To get all the details of their projects, just click on their blog name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

Sara Emily - sarascloset

(Layers, Winter, Heat Embossing)

Maggi Harding - Scrap. Travel & Bark!

(Layers, Winter, Heat Embossing. )

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Stampers Anonymous Christmastime #2 Stampers Anonymous Tiny Toadstools Ranger Embossign Powder Tinsel For the Funkie Junkie Boutique
(Layers, Bling, Die Cuts)

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

(Layers, Sentiment, Ribbon)

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

(Layers, Bling, Die Cuts)

Once you have finished come on back and share a project with us - we would love to see what you create.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Fashion Forward Collection from Graphic 45.

Maggi here to wish you a Happy New Year and to welcome you to the first Saturday Showcase of 2020! I'm featuring Graphic 45's Fashion Forward calendar collection today and what could be more appropriate for this time of year? I have lots of photos to share with you today so make yourselves comfortable and grab a snack!

The Fashion Forward collection includes 2 each of 12 different design papers, one for each month. The colors and imagery are stunning and just what I love! One side is all the monthly cut-aparts and the other side is a coordinating patterned paper.

In addition to being a great collection for calendar making, it's also perfect for cards and tags as each month provides seasonal colors, imagery, and sentiments to go along with whatever theme you have in mind.

I wanted to make a calendar, but I didn't want the hassle of having to create the monthly date calendar pages and trying to assemble all that, so I had what I think is a great idea! I used a free calendar that I received in the mail, I usually get 5 or 6 of those. It was the perfect size at 10 1/2" wide and 8 1/4" tall. Perfect size for covering their photo pages with beautiful Graphic 45 imagery!!

Here's January. As you can see the top portion of the calendar is done with design paper and the bottom portion is the printed calendar I received in the mail.

I used papers from the 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids pad to first cover up the original printed calendar photo that accompanies each month. Then I cut apart the January design paper and made my design. I did a little fussy cutting and used a Tim Holtz Crochet Thinlit die cut to add a pretty scalloped design. Each month includes several border strips and I used those to decorate the bottom calendar portion just to tie the two pages together. The Post Card is the back side of an ephemera card from the Ephemera Pack.

This is such a fun way to personalize a calendar without making a monumental task out of it. You can use stickers to mark special days like Valentine's Day. The pink and green printed paper is the back of the February cut-aparts.

The calendar portion of each set of pages is the same so I have cut those off the photos so that you can better see all the details in the design. This is my favorite page, I just love this blue and green color combo!

The design papers for each month all have the same elements, just different designs so that made it easy. I even scraplifted myself by repeating the design on some months, I just flipped the designs from left to right. On the left is another ephemera card showing the back side with small cut-aparts adhered to it.

On the right side is another ephemera card.  I love the designs on the back of the ephemera cards!

This design is the same as June, just flipped left to right.  

 This is the March layout, just flipped.

In addition to using the Solids and Patterns Pad, I also used the 2nd page of the monthly design papers so that I'd have some coordinating patterned paper. Graphic 45 recently added a die cut assortment to their line up, At the top left I've used an oval frame from the assortment. There are lots of designs from a gorgeous clock face to flourishes. I was really happy to see this addition.

I don't know about you, but I MUST have a wall calendar by my desk, I just couldn't function without it! I love that I have a one-of-a-kind calendar that adds some great color to my white walls.

I'll share the cover of the calendar with you on Wednesday (1-8-20) when we kick off our 2020 challenges.  

We all here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique wish you a very healthy and prosperous New Year filled with love, laughter and lots of crafting time!  Thanks for joining us today.

Supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Scor-Tape 3/8"

Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Chipped Saphire, 
Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey

xxxoxo  Maggi

Monday, December 23, 2019

Challenge Winners - It's The Holidays

Today we announce our final winners of 2019 from the 'It's The Holidays' challenge. Thank you to everyone who shared their beautiful festive projects with us. We were totally spoiled for choice with so many amazing entries.

The team chose this stunning vintage Christmas card by #31 Zowie Dixon (Crafts from the Fairy Den) as our overall winner. We loved the carefully coordinated layers of papers with the vintage image all topped off with a music score poinsettia and kraft pine needles. Make sure to check it out HERE. Congratulations Zowie on being our favourite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog for a future challenge. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now our picks for the three winners of the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Top 3 Badges for this challenge. In numerical order they are; #7 Ann Chuang (Ann Chuang Crafts) #37 Jacqui Chimes (Jacques Junque) and #44 Elly (Elly's Creaties). Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And we have a randomly chosen lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #5 Vicki R (Heartful Validation of Vicki)! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details. Thank you again from all of us here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners.

So that's it for 2019 here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog! Thank you to everyone for joining us and sharing your creativity throughout the year. You'll be pleased to know we will be back on January 4th 2020 so make to join us then.

For now, from Linda, her team, and all of The Funkie Junkie Boutique Design Team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xxx