Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Stampers Anonymous Tiny Toadstools

Happy Saturday! Suzz here with a post full of toadstools! I was inspired by the newStampers Anonymous Tiny Toadstools rubber stamps. We have been experiencing a bit of wet weather here in the Midwest and my yard has Tiny Toadstools popping up everywhere!

I started with the idea of creating tags using the funky toadstools for the current 'Terrific Tags' challenge.  But not just any tag but tags inspired by the tiny toadstools!

I stamped out a series of the tiny toadstools and used the general shape of the toadstools to create a tag template.

For this toad stool I started with spritzing all pieces with mustard seed distress stain spray. I let the backgrounds dry completely before stamping. The toadstool cap is stamped with the Fragments using black ink. The edges were sponged with black die ink. The center where the slit was also sponged to create the shading from the stem.

The toadstools were stamped on the inky background and cut out. The sentiment was stamped and cut out and a coordinating butterfly was die cut stamped, heat embossed with black embossing powder.

It was assembled with the tiny toadstools pop dotted to give dimension.

For this toadstool the same process was followed as above. The cap is stamped with the fragments using potting soil archival ink. The stem is stamped with On the Farm advertisement. The background was sponged with a brown dye ink. And the butterfly is sponged with red dye ink. A touch of red was added to the tiny toadstools and the background using watercolor pencils.

Once I had the template for the first mushroom and played around with it I decided to try another style and created a second template.

For this mushroom I was inspired by the texture on the tiny toadstools. I used black embossing paste and the doily stencil to add a layer of texture on the cap. The bottom has sponged and embossing paste using the coffee stain stencil.

The tiny toadstools are embossed to give the black caps even more texture. The background is sponged on with a soft antique linen and stamped with a tiny script.

To create and assemble the toadstools I created templates and cut out the tags. For my tilted toadstool:

I drew the general shapes inspired by the tiny toadstools. The top is around 3 1/2" x 2" and the bottom is around 2" x 1". After I drew the first one and cut it out I used it to to trace the top of the toadstool. Cut a slit in the toadstool top to put the stem into. Cut two stems.

Decorate your stems. (On this one I used Design Tape on this Mushroom)

Insert the top layer of your stem through the slit. Attach backside of stem to front after inserted through cap of the toadstool. Once the stem is attached you won't be able to remove it unless your slit is big enough to slide the bottom of the stem through the opening.

I also taped the stem to the back side of my cap to stabilize it. I attached the butterflies after I had completed my toadstools and they caused it to be a little tipsy because of the weight of the butterfly. So you might need to shave the bottom of your stems at the end.

The second template attaches the stem behind the cap of the toadstool. You decorate your toadstool first and then attach the two stems together at the top. Then attach the top of the stem to the backside of the toadstool cap.

I hope this has you inspired to create your own toadstools!

You still have time to join us in the 'Terrific Tags' Challenge until 11:55 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019.

Products from the Funkie Junkie:

Stampers Anonymous Tiny Toadstools
Stampers Anonymous On The Farm
Stampers Anonymous Fragments
Stampers Anonymous Stuff to Say
Stampers Anonymous Entomology
Stampers Anonymous Documents
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Doily 
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Splatters
Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste 
Sizzix Die Flutter

Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Mustard Seed 
Eileen Hull Molten Black Magic
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Coffee
Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Quotations Metallic Stickers
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Festive Berries
Watercolor Pencils
Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Designer Tape

Monday, September 16, 2019

Challenge Winners - Bits and Bobs

Today we are here to announce the winners from the 'Bits and Bobs' challenge. Thank you to everyone who used up some of their leftovers and shared the resulting creations.

Our Design Team had a tough time picking their overall winner but in the end chose #5 Nancy Hill. Make sure to check out her fabulous steampunk creation in more detail HERE. Congratulations Nancy on being our favorite 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 Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge. We recommend you hop on over to take a look at them all. In numerical order they are; #3 Nancy (oops designs) #4 Nancy (Creative Moments on Camas Prairie) and #8 Ann (Ann Chuang Crafts). 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 Lisa Hoel! Again, please do make sure you check out her fabulous project for this challenge. 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. The current challenge, 'Terrific Tags' runs through Tuesday, September 24th and we look forward to seeing your entries!

Have a creative week everyone!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Guest Designer - Cathy Frailey

Please say hello to our Guest Designer for the Terrific Tags challenge.  Cathy Frailey of It's Oddly Appealing was the Design Team's top pick from the Marvellous Metallics challenge.

I'm a mixed media artist from West Virginia, USA. I love mixed media, art/junk journaling, & upcycling and use everything from cardboard boxes to utensils to cans & bottles - nothing gets wasted! My style is grungy, vintage, steampunk, odd - anything weird & different & experimental but I can incorporate any style. You can see a good cross-section of my style & projects on my blog! I'm a DT member (past and present) for various craft companies, such as Emerald Creek and Canvas Corp Brands. I'm also a contributor to Mixed Up Magazine and have my own challenge blog - Bleeding Art.

I'm so thrilled to be back again as a guest designer for this wonderful challenge blog! The theme for this challenge is Terrific Tags and I knew exactly what I wanted to do! We're getting close to fall and the Halloween season so I got a head start.

Tim Holtz has some fabulous Halloween products (which you can get right here at the Funkie Junkie Boutique! ) and I knew I had to use his wallpaper as a backdrop for this hauntingly beautiful tag as well as a couple other items!

Tags aren't just for gifts - you can display them as decor or hang them up! I hope you'll stop by to see more details!
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To get all the details of Cathy's tag and to see other fabulous projects she has created, pop on over to her blog.  When you have finished checking things out, come on back and share your Terrific Tag with us.  The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, September 24th.

Don't forget to come back each Saturday to see what wonderful inspiration our designers have for you when they showcase something that is available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Terrific Tags

Welcome back to a new challenge on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge! Ginny here and I'm so excited to be hosting my first challenge "Terrific Tags". Do you love to create tags? I know I do. Not only are they fun to make but they're also practical.  Whether you need to add a sentiment to a gift or label a tasty homemade treat you can count on tags. I also like to add them to card fronts or include them in my home decor. For this challenge create a tag with your own personal style. It can be large or small.  Let us know in your post what you're going to use your tag for so we can be inspired by your creativity. "

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.

Look at all this fabulous art created by the design team:

Maggi Harding - Scrap, Travel & Bark!

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Ginny Nemnchak ~ Polly's Paper Studio

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Stampers Anonymous The Professor, Stampers Anonymous On The Farm Idea-Ology - Halloween Adornment Idea-Ology Remnant Rubs For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Now it's your turn to make some terrific tags and join us in this challenge using the link bellow. Can't wait to see what you create!


Monday, September 9, 2019

Our September Craft Box Give-away!

We are back today to announce the winner of our August give-away.  Congratulations are going out to Barbara C. of Saint Clair Shores, Michigan.  Barbara, we hope you will enjoy using the box of crafty goodies!

For September we have another box of goodies with a fall theme.  This month's box contains Finnabair Mechanicals Rustic Washers, Purple Stickles, Petal Textured Elements Burlap Leaves, Canvas Artist Trading Cards, fall themed scrapbook paper and more!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Cards Made With Stamperia Papers

Hello friends!  I am back on board after spending two wonderful months wandering around the wilds of Alaska and Canada.  Many thanks to Linda and all the design team for filling in for me while I was rejuvenating my soul with the sights of this beautiful land.

Today's spotlight shines on an Italian company, Stamperia.  Their gorgeous products are a favorite of mine so I am delighted to share tutorials to make three different cards with three different lines from Stamperia.  You can find many Stamperia products at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so be sure to stop by and take a look at all the loveliness!

Let's kick things off with one of my favorite card types, the step card.  I love this card because it stands on its own and has so much dimension.  I used Stamperia's Oriental Garden to make this card.   I have always loved the unique imagery of Oriental art and this collection does not disappoint.

Step Card with Stamperia's Oriental Garden

TUTORIAL - Step Card

1.  Cut a step card base, 5 7/8" x 11" from black cardstock.  Click this link, downloadable template, to download the card template so that you can read the measurements.   (If you have a Silhouette Cameo or similar machine you can set the card up on the machine to cut for you and then you'll always have the card base ready to use for other cards and you can adjust the size to your requirements.  Silhouette has a template that you can purchase also.)

The step card looks like this when folded.

2.  Locate the paper shown in the photograph below.  Cut off the white edges all around the page.  Then cut from the bottom sides as shown in the photograph 2 - 1" x 4" strips, from the bottom , a 5 3/4" x 1 1/8" strip and then a rectangle 3 3/8" x 4 3/8".  (All measurements in my tutorials are width x height.) Ink the edges as desired with Distress Black Soot.

3.  Cut out the circle and sentiment shown in the photo.

4.  Adhere the pieces cut in Step 2 as shown. The shorter strips go on the side strips of the fold mechanism, the rectangle goes on the center panel with the longer strip at the bottom.

5. Add dimensional foam to pop up the circle and adhere over the center panel being sure NOT to adhere any part of the circle to the side strips.

6.  Now let's work on the inside of the card.  Cut a piece 5 7/8" x 4 1/8" and a piece 3 3/8" x 1 1/8" and adhere as shown in the below photo to the bottom panel of the card.  Add a silver medallion  in the center as shown.

7.  Oriental Garden includes a nice selection of sentiments, cut one out and adhere to the front left panel as shown.  Use foam tape to pop up the sentiment.  And a pretty bow tied from seam binding or whatever you wish.  Now the card is ready  and is relatively flat so that it can be easily mailed.  

Well, you know me, I put flowers on everything so this is how I chose to finish up the card.

Other Products
Black Cardstock
Seam Binding
Petaloo Roses

Card with Stamperia's Grand Hotel

Now let's take a look at Stamperia's Grand Hotel collection. This is a lovely collection filled with vintage images and florals that will take you back to the era of big fancy hotels patronized by finely dressed ladies and dashing gentlemen.

TUTORIAL - A Simple Layered Card

1.  Begin by cutting a cream card base 11 1/4" x 7 1/2", score at 5 5/8".  Then cut a rectangle from the blue floral shown 5 3/8" x 7 1/4".  Cut from the red striped paper a piece 4 3/8" x 6 1/4" (I cut mine with a scalloped die).  Next trim the cut-apart shown from the page of cut-aparts to 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".

2.  Wrap red twin around the cut-apart  and tie on a small charm as shown.

3.  Adhere the red striped paper to the blue floral centering.  Then use foam tape or cardboard on the back of the cut-apart to pop up and adhere onto the red striped paper, centering.

4.  Adhere the assembly from step 3 to the front of the cream card base.  Add some tiny flowers over the twine as shown.

5.  Cut a border 1 3/4" x 7 1/2" and adhere inside the card adjacent to the score line.

Nice, easy to make card, easy to mail, score!

Small Charm - There's a great selection of charms in the Boutique

Other Supplies
Cream Cardstock
Tiny Red Flowers

Masculine Card with Stamperia's Cosmos

Cosmos is a beautiful collection of images that evoke the night sky and the creatures that roam in the evening.  It appeals to the side of me that loves nature.

1.  Begin by cutting a khaki colored card base 10 1/4" x 6 1/4".  Score at 5 1/8".    Cut out the owl cut-apart, 3 1/4" x 5 1/8", as shown below from the cut-apart page and a sentiment from the sentiments page.

2.  Cut a piece 4 7/8" x 6" from the patterned paper shown below.  Then tear from the cardstock used for the base, a piece about 4" x 5 7/8".  Paint a thin line of water along where you want the cardstock to tear.  This ensure that your cardstock tears where you want it to tear!

3.  Pop up the owl cut-apart with foam adhesive tape and adhere to the cardstock.

4.  Adhere the patterned piece from Step 2 to the front of the card base, centering.  Then adhere the owl and cardstock from Step 3 over the patterned paper on the left side as shown in the photo below.    Attach a Typed Token to the sentiment as shown and then adhere the sentiment on the side,  just under the edge of the owl cut-apart.

5.  Cut a piece of cream cardstock for the inside 4 3/4" x 4 1/2"v and adhere to the right side. Cut a border from the back of the last page in the paper pack 4 3/4" x 1 3/8".  Add a piece of washi tape over the border 4 3/4" long.  Adhere two Typed Tokens as shown to the washi tape.

All finished.

Washi Tape - choose from the many selections in the store

Other Supplies
Khaki Cardstock
Cream Cardstock

I hope you've been inspired by this look at Stamperia's beautiful papers.  In addition to fabulous papers, Stamperia also has beautifully detailed stamps, rice papers and mixed media products.  Visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique to see these great collections.  

You still have time to join in our current challenge, Bits and Bobs ending at midnight on September 10th.  I hope to see your entry!

xxoxo  Maggi

Monday, September 2, 2019

Challenge Winners - Let's Do It Again!

Today we are excited to announce our winners from the 'Let's Do It Again!' challenge. Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful 'do overs' with us. We loved seeing them all.

The entries for this were so well thought through and it was such a treat to see the originals and the new updated versions. We loved so many but in the end we chose #1 Beulah Bee who shared both of the wonderful Summer vignettes shown above with us. Make sure to check them out in more detail HERE. Congratulations Beulah Bee on being our favorite 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 Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge. As already mentioned it was so difficult to choose between these entries and we recommend you hop on over to take a look at them all. In numerical order they are; #3 Chris (pearshapedcrafting) #4 Esther (Shoregirl's Creations) and #5 Carol (Carol Stamps). 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 #11 Lyla Larimore! Again, please do make sure you check out her amazing project for this challenge. Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again from all of us here at Frilly and Funkie to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'Bits and Bobs' runs through Tuesday, September 10th and we look forward to seeing your entries!

Have a great week everyone.