Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Grateful Welcome

Hello everyone and welcome. Rebecca here and it's my turn to host the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie. I love this time of year and really enjoy dressing my home for Thanksgiving. For those of you who don't celebrate this American holiday, just think about gratitude and how you can express it. Create an invitation, table decor, decoration for a door or home decor item with gratitude or the Thanksgiving theme in mind!

The winner will earn a Guest DT spot here at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a randomly drawn $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. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they have entered too many other challenges. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our design team can leave comments on your blogs.

Let's see what the Frilly side of the team have created for this theme (click on the photos for close up views and the links to see more on each team member's blog)...

Rebecca Deeprose ~ Paper Primrose
With all that inspiration to get you thinking it's now your turn to share your Thanksgiving and gratitude projects using the link below. We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Sending you blessings and hugs,

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Focus - Prima

Hello and welcome back everyone. Rebecca here with this week's Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie. Today I'm working with some new Prima products that have just arrived at my door from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you'll be pleased to hear that they are discounted by an extra 15% for the next fortnight. It was love at first site, when I spotted the 'Decor 2' stencil and wanted to try a simple treatment that I had in mind, but haven't tried before….

Here's how it was done...

Working on a non-stick craft sheet and a blending spatula, I scooped out a heaping tablespoon of embossing paste. You can always use a baking spatula by the way ;-) The reddish powder sprinkled on top is Perfect Pearls in 'rust'. Blend it into the embossing paste by smearing it back and forth against the mat...

Then I sprinkled some Perfect Pearls in 'heirloom gold' and blended it in again. The gold adds an amazing, rich shimmer that doesn't photograph well, but is really beautiful...

On a clean spot on the mat, tape a sheet of patterned paper down (from the new 'Something Blue' pad) and then tape the stencil, positioning it where you want the design. If you are using a portion of the design or a segment that is close to another open area, mask it off with tape...

After spreading a layer of the colored paste over the stencil, let it dry completely. Then using a small dry brush to pick up some more of the heirloom gold Perfect Pearls, and apply it over the stencil. I added more of the powder to the larger ends to create some shading and added some shadows to some of the shapes with rust powder. When you have added the Perfect Pearls to your satisfaction, I suggest a Swiffer duster to remove the extra powder from the paper. It's the best method I have found, to clean up this fine powder. For this project, I decided to trim around the outer edge of the design...

The gorgeous Prima border and the stencil embossed panel were added to the center of this gorgeous, satiny, soft metallic gold card stock. You can find different colours and designs of these beautiful borders at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I thought it needed another layer of design and texture, so I cut the gold paper at the edge of the prima border, punched a border from card stock that coordinated with the patterned paper and adhered it with Wonder Tape, leaving enough length to extend behind and beyond the gold panel and wide enough to create a thin, pink border around the gold panel. Sprinkle some distress glitter over the punched edge to fill in the design's open spaces and then adhere it behind the first panel...

You can see the layers above...

Using a piercing tool, a hole was poked through the layers and one of the new Genie stones was adhered with a brad and then the brad was topped with a colored rhinestone...

A separate piece of gold paper was cut longer than the front panel, scored, folded, the short end punched and then adhered to the front. A simple white panel was added to the inside and a tiny leftover sprig of the Prima border was used in the corner. The sentiment was heat embossed onto the face of the card for an elegant appearance.

Thanks so much for visiting and having the staying power to make it through to the end! And don't forget those Prima products have that extra 15% discount applied at The Funkie Junkie Boutique through October 30th.

Sending you blessings and ((hugs)),

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Colours

Hello! It's Sue here and I'm back for the second week of this fortnight's challenge. I love Autumn, the beautiful colours of the trees and here in the UK the cooler temperatures are now upon us. So let's celebrate this time of year by creating a project using the gorgeous colours of this season.

The winner will earn a Guest DT spot here at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new, vintage style project, link it below and make sure you add a link in your post (not just your blog) back to this challenge. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we've had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they've entered too many challenges. If you are entering through a public forum please use the keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our design team can leave comments on your blog.

So it's time to see what the Funkie side of the Design Team have made to inspire you (click on the photos to see closer views);

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Sue Carrington - Stamping Sue Style

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie


Let's also see what the Frilly side of the Design Team have made for your inspiration (click on the photos to see closer views);

Rebecca Deeprose ~ Paper Primrose

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Nancy Dynes ~ Tattered Treasures

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

So, now it's over to you to create some wonderful projects using these gorgeous colours!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Challenge Winners - A Haunting Halloween

Happy Monday everyone! It's time to announce the winners of the 'A Haunting Halloween' challenge. We had so many incredible entries for this one and the standard was so high that it made the DT's task of choosing a winner really difficult. After much deliberation our votes went to #25 Sara Barker (aka Sara's Closet).

You can't see it from this photo alone, but trust us, Sara has gone to immense lengths to add the most exquisite details to each and every part of this beautiful house. A trip to her post HERE is highly recommended. Our congratulations go to Sara, our Frilly and Funkie favourite this time, who has won the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here for a future challenge.

And has chosen a winner for our $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations go to #2 Mary Elizabeth.

A huge vote of thanks from the Frilly and Funkie Design Team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Please email Linda at for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Sara) and for the gift certificate details (Mary Elizabeth).

Our current challenge, 'Autumn Colours' runs through Tuesday, October 21st. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win. And remember, you can enter up to 10 challenges including ours, and add a maximum of 3 entries per person. Please remember to link back to our challenge in your entry and mention in your post that you are entering this Frilly and Funkie challenge.

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blooming Rose Tutorial

Hello and welcome! Nancy here, and I'm honored to be presenting the Saturday Step by Step on this lovely day. I've shared a couple of flower tutorials in the past and I hope you won't mind if I share just one more. This blooming rose is a flower I use often in my projects and I've had a few special requests for a tutorial on my blog. I started making flowers in 1980 and this technique is a bit of a throwback to the way we created flowers way back then.  

The supplies from the 80's are no longer on the market so I've adjusted my technique over the years, all for the better! Back then paper crafting wasn't the industry that it is today. Options were limited as there were none of the wonderful papers or dies that we use today. We made flowers with pre-made silk rose petals and with one item I really miss; shaped cotton buds on wire stems. I've looked for them everywhere to no avail, hence my own technique to replicate the same style. For this flower I like to use Tim's Tattered Florals die, a star punch, floral wire, and a small wooden craft bead that can be found at any craft store.  

Begin by cutting 5 flower petals and punching one star. I've used my favorite Maja papers; Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Autumn Basics. Pierce a hole in the center of each petal and the star.  

Take one petal and cut it into six separate pieces.

Lightly moisten each piece by spraying with a water mister then begin shaping each petal. I use shaping tools that have different sized balls on the ends. I used the two smallest tools for these tiny petals. I begin by rubbing the petal with the larger ball tool, gently breaking down the fibers in the paper and adding texture. Next I create a cavity in the side of the paper that I want to use for the inside of the flower by gently pressing into the center with the smaller tool.    

The second petal remains whole, but is shaped in exactly the same method.  

For petals 3 through 5 use a similar process, starting with the side that will be the back of the flower. Continue to moisten, gently rub, and shape each petal. 

Once you've completed the shaping on the back side of the paper, turn it over and press firmly down in the center of what will become the front side of the flower.

Proceed in exactly the same manner with the star punch. 

Below are all the shaped petals you'll need to assemble your flower.

Thread the floral wire through the little wooden craft bead. This will become the center of your flower and provide the base for a perfectly shaped bud. The floral wire stem makes it easy to add the petals and form your flower.   

Begin with the tiny separate petals and use glue to adhere them to the base of the wooden bead one by one. Squeeze the tops of the first four petals and adhere them so they completely cover the top of the bead. The next two petals can be applied a bit more loosely, adhering at just the base and a little way up the side. The photo below is what it will look like when you're finished with the layer of separate petals.        

Next adhere the second petal to the base of your bud. Apply a little adhesive to the sides and loosely form them around your first layer of petals to give the flower the appearance of a gently opening rose.   

Now for the easiest step. Adhere petals 3 through 5 to the base of your bud in an open position, remembering to stagger each layer as you go. 

The last step is to adhere the star punch to the base of your rose to give it a finished look.

I adore creating secret gardens. The photo below is an example of how I've used some of these roses in a past project. Having the wire stem gives you the option of attaching the roses to design your own floral sprays. If you don't wish to use the wire you can easily snip it off with your craft scissors.     

Thanks so much for visiting us at the Frilly and Funkie. I wish you a day filled with blessings and joy! I hope you'll have fun creating a garden full of blooming roses in your own craft room!