Monday, August 3, 2015

Challenge Winners - Raise It Up!

Welcome to the start of a new week here at Frilly and Funkie. It's time to announce the winners of the 'Raise It Up!' challenge. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter with your incredible layered projects. The whole team commented on how much we are continually inspired by the work you produce. In the end the Design Team picked our winner and it's #39 Sara Emily Barker.

We thought Sara Emily's card was superb, lots of layers and dimension and so many clever techniques on each one combining perfectly. Congratulations Sara Emily on being our favourite for the 'Raise It Up!' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And now for the next three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges... #8 Samra, #15 Max and #32 Catherine (Ammaris Art)!!! 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 winner for our $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #18 Lorraine (Rainey's Craft Room)!

A huge thanks from the Frilly and Funkie 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 Emily) for the Top 3 badges (Samra, Max and Catherine) and for the gift certificate details (Lorraine).

Our current challenge, 'Things With Wings', runs through Tuesday, August 11th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win. And please make sure you follow our rules; you can enter up to 10 challenges including ours, and a maximum of 3 entries per person to our challenge. 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 everyone!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday Step by Step - Folk Tag

Hi everyone and welcome. Jenny here to share a step by step tutorial for a fun mixed media tag. I was inspired by the recent fashion trend displaying the colours and designs from Eastern European folk costumes. Dark backgrounds contrast beautifully with bright colours and white outlines, flora and fauna designs, and wonderful trims. Let's get started...

(click on each image for a closer look)

Place a Kaisercraft Berry Vine and Bird Cage at the top of a jumbo tag and draw around them.

Spread Black embossing paste through the leaf section from the Build a Blossom SiSi to cover the pencilled areas.

Paint black gesso over the dried stencilled tag and wooden embellishments.

Paint over the stencilled areas with white gesso (this will help the colour layers to stand out more).

Spritz Frosty Frolic Green Starburst over the leaves, allow to run a little and dry with a heat gun.

Over spray in a few sections with Time Travel Teal Starburst, using a little water to help move it around if required, and dry with a heat gun.

Add a few drips of Rusty Lantern Lime Starburst and allow it to run. If your ink runs into places you're not happy with dab with tissue to remover the excess. Dry with a heat gun.

Using a small brush drip Frolic in the Forest Black Starburst down from the top of the tag and add a few splashes too. Dry with a heat gun.

Having previously used Wendy Vecchi's instructions to cut up my Lots of Leaves Background Stamp I took the single lines and bent them on my acrylic stamp block. This meant I could stamp trailing vines with embossing ink prior to adding Fern Green Embossing Powder. Heat set with a heat gun.

To highlight the stencilling I mixed a little Cornflower Blue, Sky Blue and Fern Green Embossing Powders together, replaced the stencil, applied embossing ink and scattered the mixed Powders over the top. Once again these were heat set with a heat gun.

I heat embossed the Berry Vine wooden embellishment with a mix of Fern Green and Tree Branch Embossing Powders.

I stamped the small flower head from the Art And You stamp set with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using a detailer brush I painted each flower with Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stain before cutting them out.

Now it was time to assemble the tag. I glued the Berry Vine and Bird Cage back in place before adding the flower heads under and over the cage. White Pearl Embellishments were added to the flower centres and across the rest of the tag. Finally I stamped one of the sentiments from the All Occasion Art stamp set in white pigment ink and added a seam binding bow to the top. The tag was mounted onto a tall card blank. And here's the finished card (with a couple of close ups)...

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and give it a go. We'll be back on Monday with to announce the latest challenge winners so make sure you join us for that.

Whatever you're up to this weekend have a great one.
Jenny xxx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Things With Wings

Hello, Cec here and I am the hostess for the new challenge starting today.  I am calling this one 'Things With Wings'. Use anything with wings as the focal point on your vintage or shabby chic projects this time. Be it of the animal, fantasy or mechanical variety we want your creativity to take flight!

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. 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.

The Frilly side of the team are bringing these projects for your inspiration today.  To get the details of their wonderful creations, just click on their blog names to be taken to their blogs.

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Pamellia Johnson - My Little Craft Things

Nancy Dynes - Tattered Treasures 

Georgie Connelly - Little Blue Craft Box

I hope you will all spend some time in your craft space over the next two weeks and create something with wings to share with us - we love seeing your creations. Jenny will be here on Saturday with a new Step by Step so make sure you pop back then, and the Funkie side of the team will be here next week with even more inspiration.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Step X Step - Build a Mixed Media Cluster

Hiya, Georgie here, and for this Saturday Step x Step I'm sharing one way of doing a mixed media cluster on a card.

I know a lot of people starting out in mixed media feel a little nervous or unsure about how to proceed, or what order to do things in (there are many), so I thought I'd share one way in which I create a mixed media piece!

Take a sheet of either 6x6 or 8x8 paper (this is from Graphic 45's Gilded Lily collection) and stick to some board. This allows you to add mediums without risk of too much buckling.

Tear up some strips from the corresponding papers in the pack - I went with a pink theme.

Start to add a bit of interest with some stamps and embossing powder to build up a background.

See how this 'ties' the pieces together?  :)

Add your elements you want to use, just arrange them in a layout which is appealing to you, but I find asymmetry is always good for mixed media. So your main cluster in one place, then something a little smaller in an opposite corner. 

Paint over everything with a couple of coats of white gesso. This knocks everything back to give a blank canvas again, ready for some colour, although you could skip the colour,  just lead with this, as it looks pretty on its own and add flowers.

I know people say start with light colours first and go darker but in this case when working with permanent paints I find it easier to work with darker and go lighter as this keeps the knocking back process going. Here I've used a darker red (Aged Mahogany Distress Paint) to shadow some areas.

Next using a lighter pink add it over some of the red and and to other higher areas. When it comes to these paints, I like to work from the lid, especially if I don't need much - saves wastage or avoids adding too much to your paint brush.

Here I went in with a soft blue to add a different colour.

Close up of finished 'paint job' :)

Next add further embellies, I went with flowers and some jute.

Create Super Easy Mini Flowers....
Mini Step by Step: 
Using the new punch from Tim Holtz, think this was the medium flower, punch out three per flower, mist with water. Scrunch. Dry with heat gun. Sit them one in the other and voila, you have these... :) The same as what I do with the big tattered florals but on a smaller scale and perfect size for clusters or filling out a big cluster. Plus I made these three in less than ten mins!!

The leaves were cut using his medium Leaf Punch, quick and easy!!

You could leave as it was above, looks perfect shabby but I wanted something more, so some light and heavy stamping was added. I love this stamp set from G45, Gilded Lily.

Lasly I added the little charm, adding some jute through the top and inked the edges lightly in black too. Once you're happy it just needs to be mounted on to a card and some pearls for a bit extra something-something! :) 

So that's it from me today, hope you all have a lovely sparkly weekend. 
Georgie xx