Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Mixed Media Cards with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades and Seth Apter Baked Textures

Hello, Friends! It's time for another edition of Saturday Showcase. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Frilly and Funkie Team to shine a spotlight on techniques and products that can help you take your art adventures to the next level. This week, we are looking ahead to Halloween! What fun!
Most people don't connect Graphic 45 papers with mixed media techniques. But today I am going to show you how to create a really spook-tacular mixed media background using the new Distress Oxide colors from Tim Holtz along with his fabulous new 3-D Texture Fades. Distress Resist Spray and Seth Apter Baked Textures add to the mixed media mayhem. These are the mixed media backgrounds we will be creating in today's SnapGuide Tutorial.

Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland is their all time top selling collection. It's traditionally very hard to find. But I have good news for you! Even as I write this post, the Deluxe Collector's Edition is at the printers! You can pre-order this wonderful collection right now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

These top fold cards measure 5 1/4" x 7 1/4". The mixed media backgrounds take this whimsical G45 collection to a whole new place. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun playing with paper!

The background for each card started with a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" panel of Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock. It holds up so well to all the abuse that mixed media requires. I'm not sure another base would turn out so well.

3-D Texture Fades are amazing! I used the Mechanical folder on this card. All the details can be found in the SnapGuide tutorial at the bottom of this post.

Here's a peek at the card interior. A small slash pocket holds an ATC sized accordion folio.

The bottom pocket holds a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" accordion fold photo folio. The colors in this collection are a fabulous match for the new Distress Oxides! I used Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Ripe Persimmon, Ground Espresso, and Dusty Concord in my mixed media backgrounds.

You wouldn't naturally think of using the Botanical 3-D Texture Fade on a Halloween card, but it really came out great! I used Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax and Patina Oxide Baked Textures to add some funk. Seth's Ancient Amber Baked Texture gave both of the Weathered Clock Die Cuts a ghostly hue as well.

The interior of this card has a fun flap feature on the top half.

A hidden pocket holds another ATC sized accordion folio.

And I created another accordion fold folio for the large pocket on the bottom.

To learn how I created the mixed media backgrounds, just follow the simple steps in this SnapGuide Tutorial.

I hope this post has your creative wheels turning and your fingers itching to get inky! Thanks so much for joining me!

Happy crafting,

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Hi! Suzz here. I am hosting the current challenge and it is inspired by the month of August. In doing a little online research I learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar. He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country. For this challenge I am asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie, 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. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

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.

The Funkie side of the Design Team shares more gorgeous art to inspire us all!

 Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot
Ranger Distress Re-Inker Black Soot Idea-Ology Bouquet Findings Sizzix Holiday Greens Marbling Arches For The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Sara Emily Barker - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Zoe Hillman - iGirlZoe


The Frilly side of the Design Team has provided some beautiful art to inspire us all!

Maggi Harding - Scrap Travel & Bark
Easel card with an arch

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

I hope you are feeling August inspired and come play along with us in the challenge! Link up your shabby chic or vintage project below. Our latest Guest Designer will be here with us tomorrow so make sure you come back for that and next week the Funkie side of the Design Team will share their August projects.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Challenge Winners - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Hi everyone! Today we announce our top picks from the 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' challenge. We loved seeing your wonderful entries incorporating travel in so many ways. Thank you to everyone who took the time to join in the fun.

The Design Team loved seeing the wide variety of travel related projects and finally chose #17 Lucy (Paper Glitter Glue) who shared this wonderful wall hanging. We loved the crackled frame, the spooky background and of course the witch in her upgraded transport. Make sure you check out her post where she shares a full step by step tutorial. Congratulations to Lucy on being our favourite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge. You will be contacted shortly with all the details.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices this time were, in numerical order; #7 Cathy, #13 Helen and #15 Barb. Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally we have a randomly chosen lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #14 Nancy! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

A big thank you again from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'August' runs through Tuesday, August 14th and the Design Team will be back here on Wednesday August 8th with some more inspiration for you. 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, August 4, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Techniques with Emerald Creek embossing powders and Distress Oxide Inks

Hello dear friends! It's Maggi here and I'm excited to share my very first Saturday Showcase on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Today I want to show you some of my favorite coloring techniques.  We'll use Distress Oxide Inks, Emerald Creek embossing powders, and mists.  And in that process we're going to make a really pretty Etcetera tag that makes a great display piece.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

1. Let's get started by first painting a medium sized Etcetera tag with white gesso. These tags are a great size at 6 1/2" x 12" and take mixed media so well because they are a sturdy thickboard. You could also use the oxides directly on the board but I wanted a white layer underneath the oxides to keep the color light. Putting the oxides straight on the board would result in a different look.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

2. After the gesso dries, color the tag with distress oxides. I chose several colors to work with, and just randomly dabbed on color, then I spritzed lightly with water and let the colors muddle a bit, dried with my heat tool, repeating this process until I was satisfied with the result.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

3. Now let's give the background some contrast and interest by adding some Botanical Collage Paper. Tear off a piece of collage paper and tear along the sides for a nice look. Adhere the torn paper to the tag with matte medium or collage glue. Be sure to paint all over the tag and the paper as this will also seal the ink. The matte medium may cause the ink to bleed a little but I was ok with that. The colors just blended a little more.

Tip: It's really easy to tear paper if you paint a thin line of water along where you want to tear. Let the water soak in and just tear. The paper tears right where you want it, and you get a great torn edge look.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

4. Time to dig out the embossing powders. First let's color a chipboard sentiment. I used Emerald Creek's new Baked Texture embossing powder from Seth Apter's "altered page". These powders are fabulous, they add so much texture and deep color. I used Chunky Rust on the sentiment and I love how it looks!

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

5. Next I want to create a die-cut layer using collage paper and card stock. First, adhere some collage paper to plain card stock. I use Xyron's Creative Station to apply my adhesive but any sort of adhesive sheets works well. Now your paper is ready to run through your die-cut machine. I used a die from Cheery Lynn Designs to cut my design. Now comes the fun part! Dab some embossing ink randomly on the edges of the die-cut, sprinkle on some embossing powder and heat. I used another Baked Texture embossing powder, Ancient Amber. It is such a rich amber color with darker flecks throughout. See how the embossing powder edge creates a frame? Love how that looks!!

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

6. Before adhering the sentiment, we need to tone down the bright white of the collage paper. Some Distress in in Antique Linen should do the trick. Now adhere the sentiment to the die-cut piece. Looks good I think with the textured letters and gilded frame look!   

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

7. Let's try out another technique for coloring chipboard. Squeeze a little embossing ink onto your craft mat, and, with a thin paint brush, paint the area you want to emboss. In my case I want to use Emerald Creek's Baked Texture Dirty Sand to color the trellis. The first photo shows how I've painted just the trellis and covered with embossing powder. The center photo shows the Dirty Sand after heating. Next, I painted embossing powder on the leaves and heat set. I love the detail of the two colors of embossing powder.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

8. Let's assemble this piece now. Glue the chipboard trellis in the upper left corner and use cardboard or dimensional foam tape to pop up the die-cut and position as show in the photo.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

9. Of course what we need now is flowers! But first let's make another fun embellishment. Embossing powder does wonderful things for metal. Just dab or paint on some embossing ink, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat. The effect is so striking and varies considerably depending on the type of powder you use. I again used Dirty Sand on these pieces and look what a textured finish these pieces now have. Try some metallic embossing powder too, that looks really WOW!

Don't they look pretty tucked in with the flowers?

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Just to show you how embossing powder can change the look of your metal pieces, I had to sneak in this little photo from another project of flowers embossed with gold embossing enamel, pretty cool right?

10. Ok, let's get back on task. 😃 Die-cut some greenery to go with the flowers. I've used a leaves dies from the new Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag and Flowers Die. Now that's one of my favorite new tools! Love these leaf clusters with the pretty embossed details. Now to give your leaves some real pizazz, lightly mist and dry with a heat tool. The mist adds subtle shades of color and drying with the heat tool causes the paper to curl a bit so that the leaves do not have a flat appearance. No mist, no problem! Lightly ink the leave with one or several colors. I often combine ink and mist.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

11. Now for the final assembly!  Place some pretty flowers on the trellis and all around. Tuck the greenery around the blooms and that should do it. All finished!
Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Close up of all the pretty blooms at the top.

Etcetera Tag Tutorial by Maggi Harding for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Now it's time for you to dig out your mists, inks and embossing powders and get to creating! Be sure to visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique where you can find many of the products I've used today.

I hope you'll stop by every weekend for our Saturday Showcase. The Frilly and Funkie team always has a fun project/technique to share with you. Plus we have fun challenges kicking off on every other Wednesday. I hope you'll craft something and join in our challenges.
Thanks so much for joining me!
Maggi xxx

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