Wednesday, February 8, 2023

This Skinny Mini Book Box Is All About Love


"All About Love" is the theme for The Funkie Junkie Boutique's Design Team.  Lyla here and I'm kicking the 2 week period off with an easy make that pairs up my favorite crafting designers, Eileen Hull and Tim Holtz. I got out my Skinny Mini Book Box die (Eileen's) and started out with a sweet surprise gift from a Bestie last fall- a retired stash of 12x12 Tim Holtz Paperie! I know, right...goosebumps of excitement!

The Skinny Mini Book Die is really easy-peasy to put together. The great thing about this die is how versatile it is!  Now, I know you've heard me say that about several of these XL Dies, but it's true. This die can be either a book box, a book, or- as you'll see here: a gift box! To understand my project better, it's best to see Eileen's video first. (FYI: Closed Captions are available on Eileen's videos as well as Tim's!)

The first thing I did was to use the die to cut matboard, making a shell cover the size I wanted. In this case, I trimmed off everything past the first fold on the spine creases. (If you're into measurements, it's probably 1/4 inch.) Then assembled the two "book cover" pieces as usual to make a book shell. I'm using Score Tape here - it sticks VERY well without warping your project.

This photo shows the inside of the book cover shell. The matboard gives me a firm material for my gift box. Then set this aside for the next step.

There were 3 sheets in the 12x12 stack for Valentine's Day, in black, red, and pink. I set aside the black for now and took both the red and pink, cutting a full set of each to form both front and back covers, as well as three sides of a box.

I cut each piece according to what the design had on the sheets. Each sheet was exactly the same design and wording, so it was easy to simply match the top and bottom of the front cover, and then do the same matching on the top and bottom of the back cover. As for the sides of the box, and the spine (which actually is the 4th side of the box), I used the edges of the sheets as they had a cute curly design all around. By dividing up the sheets this way, I ended up with a bit extra left over. ;) I did use Score Tape here as well- even being picky to cover every area of each cut sheet so the (planned) sanding would be even.

Here's the inside - note later on that you will see the exact same thing on that outside top cover that you see at the top of this photo (which is really the inside of the front cover- photo is turned).

Now it's time to move on to those box sides. The instructions Eileen gives for making the regular Book Box means using the full sides (about an inch high). All I did here, was score these pieces TWICE for three sided folds. Instead of having one flat wall, I simply folded the wall into itself to form a shorter, squared wall.

I repeated the same folds on the pink pieces putting them wrong sides facing together, and ended up with a nice little strong wall. The spine forms the 4th wall. Glossy Accents used in this step because it's just easier.

I then sanded the entire thing lightly- just enough to let some of the wording and design show through. I chose not to color any of the edges and the overall look came fully together after I added some elements....

My first chance to play around with the all new Tailored Thinlits Set from Tim Holtz's Everyday Collection was a bit of an adventure. It took me a few tries until I figured out exactly how I wanted  my ChiefHubby's heart to look. Good thing I had that leftover paperie!

My stash of Idea-ology came with me to Florida, and I did fill my dividers with some old and more recent Valentine items. The heart-shaped ring at the top is leftover from one of our Grandbabies. It'd been scuffed up, loved, and used well before it found its way into the couch cushions where I rescued it and tossed it into my stash. It seemed to be the perfect reminder of LOVE and I decided to use it. I used my Tim Holtz  Scissors to snip the finger mold off the back.

Tim Holtz's Paper Doll Portraits come with lots of choices to match oneself up with... 

... and some color added by those new Distress Watercolor Pencils matching the swatch of Kitch Flamingo in the ribbon freebie from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. She's edged with some Distress Crayon in Walnut Stain rubbed on with my fingers.

Here's some links to help you find your way to some of the things used:
Sizzix Chapter 3 ScoreBoards XL Die - Skinny Mini Book Box
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set - Tailored
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments - Quill & Arrow
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Heirloom Florals
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Fasteners
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 Yards
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Kushgrip Snip w/Non-Stick Blade & Cap 7"-Small
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Black Kushgrip Snip w/Non-Stick Blade & Cap 5"Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils (12 Pack) Set 1Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils (12 Pack) Set 3Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - Set #2
Now, let's see what came out of all this...

I made a closure using hemp twine secured to the front cover using 2 Idea-ology Long Fasteners. When looking at the twine as it lies underneath the hat and collar; it gives me the memory of all those made-with-love hanging mobiles my kids brought home... and now my Grandbabies make!


The box is the perfect size to hold just enough: Valentine chocolates for 2 at the beach.

(Pardon the sun shining on her.)

Last of all: the inside (retired Tim Holtz) Gummy Heart belongs to me. The point is not to listen to your own heart, but to listen to one another's.

I hope you've enjoyed your first look at "All About Love" and you're sure to get more at TFJB Inspiration Ave in the next 2 weeks from the rest of the Design Team from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so check back often!

Until next time...

Stay Safe &

Monday, February 6, 2023

Laura's Layered Frozen Winter Scrapbook Page

 Hello from Laura!  This week's design team theme at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is Frozen Winter!

One of the things I love about G45 paper - including the Let's Get Cozy paper pack and the Patterns & Solids paper pack is how easy it is to create layers.

I used a sequence of photos from a couple years ago of our oldest when we went sledding and he was having a good time jumping the little jump we set up.

I created clusters using the wonderful Let's Get Cozy Ephemera Assortment

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 3, 2023

Suzz's Frozen Winter Bouquet Background

Hi! Suzz here, sharing today on TFJB Inspiration Ave Blog a few tags celebrating the idea of Frozen!  I decided to play with the Mica Stain Sprays in a frozen color palette. 

The tag was created using mica stain spray, ranger opaque distress texture paste and a layering stencil.

 To create the background: 

  1. Lay the stencil down on the white cardstock. 
  2. Smear the Opaque texture paste over the stencil. 
  3. Let the paste dry.  (I let it dry partially so the color blended into the paste) 
  4. Spray a mix of the frozen colors (blue and grey) over the surface and add spritzes of water to blend. 
  5. Dab off the excess or hold on the side to allow it to drip off. 
  6. Let dry completely. 
  7. To highlight the shimmer from the sprays an additional coat of clear embossing powder was added over the surface. 
  8. Sponge Versamark Ink over the surface. 
  9. Cover with clear embossing powder and shake off excess. 
  10. Heat up the embossing powder. 


 The clear embossing highlighted the richness of the mica stain and the shimmer from the stain sprays.  To finish the tag a layer of embellishments with some holiday sticker for the sentiment and a touch of flowery trim for the top.

 For the next tag an additional shimmer and iciness was built into the background of the tag. 

To create the background of the tag: 

  1. Stamp the snowflakes randomly across the surface using Versamark Watermark Ink. 
  2. Heat emboss the snowflakes with white or clear embossing powder. (If you use clear you will need to make sure not to spray too much shimmery spray as it can spread under the embossed snowflakes) 
  3. Spray the mica stain sprays onto a craft mat and add water. 
  4. Drag the stamped background across the inky mat.  
  5. Add more spray directly to tag to add more color. 
  6. Let the tag completely dry. 
  7. Cover the surface of the tag with versamark. 
  8. Heat emboss using clear embossing powder. 
  9. Repeat the process of the versamark and embossing powder multiple times. 
  10. During the final coat while the embossing powder is still liquid sprinkle on rock candy distress glitter. Heat set. 

  • After the tag dries you should be able to crack the surface by bending it slightly.  If it doesn't crack add another coat of versamark and embossing powder. 
    To finish the tag just add the snowflake accents and the paper doll image. 

    Thanks for stopping by! 



    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Lisa's Frozen Winter Shrine

    Hello, Lisa Hoel here and welcome to my take on the current Funkie Junkie focus! The theme is Frozen Winter so I happily created a home decor piece to display since I had to put all my Christmas decorations away.

    Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Frozen Winter  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique #sizzix

    I've used new and old favorites in the creation of this project. The structure is the Halloween 2022 Vignette Arched Shrine box. (It's not just for Halloween!) 

    Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Frozen Winter  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique #sizzix

    The outside is covered with strips of Holiday Gray Two-tone Woodgrain Cardstock and diecut snowflakes.

    Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Frozen Winter  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed  #mymakingstory #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique #sizzix

    I wanted to capture the joy of snowy weather when you are a child. This little girl is ready with her snowballs! (Baubles covered with Snowfall Grit Paste.) I also thought this was a perfect opportunity to use the new Tim Holtz Wood Slice Thinlits Die Set. I like that it comes with the alphabet so you can "carve" whatever message you want.

    Let's take a look at some of the "how-to":

    Step 1 - I love the new Wood Slice Die Set! I first inked the inner wood portion die with Archival Vintage Photo ink so it would transfer when I cut that piece. I thought the rings ended up too dark and there wasn't enough contrast with the letters. I recut the pieces with different brown cardstock and used a lighter brown Archival Ink on the die. (Heart on the left.) Much better!

    Step 2 - I lined the shrine with paper spritzed with Tumbled Glass and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains. I also brushed on Collage Medium and sprinkled it with Distress Mica Flakes. That added great sparkle to the background.

    The wood slats behind the heart were cut out of inked Kraft Heavystock and then embossed using the Lumber 3-D Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz. The wood edges of the shrine I covered with Trims Design Tape.

    Step 3 - Coloring Paper Dolls
    I used Distress Watercolor Pencils to tint the Paper Doll I chose for my vignette. Paula Cheney has a great tutorial post on all the ins and outs of using them for coloring the dolls. Definitely check that out.

    This particular figure is from a Paper Doll pack from a few years ago but there are plenty of options in the 2022 Christmas pack too. I used a combination of coloring directly onto the figure, then blending the color with a water/brush as well as 'painting' with the pigment pulled directly off of the tip of a pencil that had been dipped in water. 

    Thanks for stopping by. Keep an eye on the Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, TFJB Inspiration Ave. because you are now getting regular doses of expanded (and inspiring) content each week. Don't miss it…

    Supplies used:

    Distress Embossing Glaze - Twisted Citron
    Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Christmas Paper Dolls
    Distress Oxide Spray Stain - Brushed Corduroy

    Monday, January 30, 2023

    Teri's Dimensional Frozen Winter Tag

    Create a Home Decor Tag using multiple create techniques! Hi its Teri with TerisMailbox and I am posting for The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

    Wintery Tags Using Multiple Techniques

    I continue on my tag decor journey with a Wintery Scene using multiple creative techniques.

    The video is here:

    Create the Base

    Trim a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper to fit a Mini Etcetera Tag.

    Emboss the top left side with the Pine Branches Embossing folder.

    Using a stamp positioner and Embossing Ink, arrange a stamp a few snowflakes on the watercolor piece. Use clear embossing powder and heat set.

    Ink smoosh the background with Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Speckled Egg Distress Inks to create a cloudy winter sky. Once the inks are completely dry, use Distress Crayons (Rustic Wilderness and Vintage Photo) to add color to the Pine Branches. Use a Watercolor Brush to smooth the color out.

    Attach a few small snowflakes from the Twig & Stump die set. I used sparkly paper.

    Die Cut the Houses

    Die cut two houses and coordinating Roofs using the Paper Village Die set. Use chipboard or recycled cardboard such a Kleenex boxes or cereal boxes. Paint with white Gesso. Once the pieces are dry, glue two house pieces together and trim so you have one front plus about 1/2 inch of the two side panels. Score the side panels at 1/4 inch so you now have 1/4 inch side plus1/4 inch to attach to the base. Paint the roofs with Black Acrylic Paint.

    Coat the two houses with an Embossing Dauber and coat one house with Rustic Wilderness Embossing Glaze and the other with Prize Ribbon Embossing Glaze. Heat set and set aside.

    Finish the Additional Pieces 

    Select two small tress and set in a box so you can spray without covering your craft area. Spray the trees with Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink and Oxide Sprays and set aside. Once dry, add some Collage Medium to the craft mat, pick up with a pallet knife and spread vertically up the trees. Add Mica Flakes and set aside.

    Use Rustic Wilderness Embossing Glaze with the Embossing Dauber to cover the Quote Chip of your choice. Heat set.

    Make a shelf for the scene using chipboard. Cut the board to the width of the Etcetera Tag and 2 1/2 inches wide. Score at 1/4, 1 inch, and 1 3/4 inches. Fold and glue the 1/4 inch piece together.

    Assemble the Tag

    Use Collage Medium to attach the Watercolor Panel to the Etcetera Tag and set aside to dry. Ink the edges with Uncharted Mariner Ink.

    Use a glue gun to attach the shelf. The houses can be attached with hot glue on the side 1/4 inch panels. Attach the roofs.

    Using the pallet knife, spread Snowfall Grit Paste on the shelf and the roof edges. Add Rock Candy Glitter using a Glitter Duster.

    Use the hot glue gun to attach the trees in the center between the houses and the Quote Chip below the shelf.

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique and their fabulous creative blog. I'd love to have you follow/subscribe on my social media sites InstagramFacebookBlogger and YouTube.  Be well. Be creative!

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    Friday, January 27, 2023

    Janna's Frozen Winter Dire Wolf Journal

    This week at TFJB Inspiration Ave we are creating to the theme of Frozen Winter. I recently finished watching “Game of Thrones” season 8 and was inspired by the cold north to create a white dire wolf. Most definitely a creature of the frozen winter.  For this project I will be creating a journal spread.

    Today’s tutorial is going to be broken into three parts.
    1: Frozen Winter themed Ranger Tim Holtz mediums and journal elements 
    Click here for video.

    2: Sizzix Abstract Elements: Building a Dire Wolf
    Click here for video.

    3: The Frozen North Art Journal Spread
    Click here for video.

    Part 1: Frozen Winter themed Ranger Tim Holtz mediums and journal elements 

    Materials list below.


    What is tutorial? I want to start with a quick swatch card using a variety of Ranger mediums that fit the theme of Frozen Winter. To begin I have spritzed a standard sized mixed media tag.

    For the base layer on this tag, I am using some distress spray stains Salvaged Patina and Broken China.

    After laying down my base layer of colors, I also added some distress oxide spray stain Speckled Egg over the top to get a patina look. In between each layer, I dried with the Ranger heat tool before finally speckling the tag with droplets of water.

    Once the tag was dry, I applied four different Ranger mediums.  Here I am starting with some Snowfall Grit Paste. I also added Distress Crackle Paint, Distress Translucent Crackle and Icicle. The drying times on these mediums varies between different climates. For lower Quebec, the average drying time is 30 minutes for these mediums.

    Below is the tag with all of the mediums, dried and crackled. I absolutely love how the crackles turned out on this tag, but we still need to make the crackle pop even more.

    To help make the crackle stand out even more, I have added some Distress Crayon over the top of this tag. For distress I have used Speckled Egg, Picket Fence, Pumice Stone and Salvaged Patina.

    To finish this tag off I altered a piece of crinkle ribbon with some Winter Frost Distress Mica Spray Stain.

    Now, for some journaling embellishments. For the first embellishment, I am pulling some die cuts from an older Tim Holtz die set called Labels. From the die set I chose two different sized shields to stick together. The larger one was cut from some leftover Tim Holtz packaging, and the smaller one was cut from some black kraft stock. For the base, a thin layer of ink was used to darken up the edges. Then, on top of these two layers, I am going to be placing a wax seal. I altered the detail of the wax seal to make it more noticeable with some Distress Brushed Pewter paint.

    Down below, we can see the finished results of our first alterations.

     Again, we are going to be dipping into the die set Labels for the next alteration.


    Here I am also pulling in an older stamp set CMS078 Just Thought. For stamping, I used Distress Archival Back Soot and then blended onto the edges of each of these labels with some Distress Vintage Photo. For stamping, I used Distress Archival Back Soot and the blended onto edges of each of these labels with some Distress Vintage Photo ink.

    For finishing touches, I added a small amount of Snowfall Grit Paste around the edges of the sentiment, to make the words more noticeable.

    The next alteration is going to be featuring three colours of distress, archival ink that remind me of the frozen winter. Here I am using the colors Mermaid Lagoon, Savage Patina, and Prize Ribbon.

    With the Distress Archival Ink, I am creating a gradient on the stamp seet CMS078 Fabulous Flourishes. Below I overlapped each ink.  To get a gradient on top of the stamp, I started at the bottom of the stamp, and then work my way up from the lightest colour to the darkest color.

    Here I have stamped on collage paper. It is really neat to see how the gradient transitions between all of the colours on the stamp images.

    For our last alteration, I wanted to create a bright silvery Moon. I painted on some craft stock with a splash of distress paint brush pewter..

    Once the distressed paint was dry, I then added a layer of distress, crackle paint. After the crackle paint was dry, I then added some distress crayon picket fence to help highlight the crackles.


    Below are all of the finished journalling embellishments.


    Part 2: Abstract Elements and Dire Wolf Creation.

    For the dire wolf I used the following: Abstract Elements die set, Distress Watercolor Paper, Distress Watercolor Pencils, Tumbled Glass, Back Soot, and Candied Apple, Ranger Fine Detailed Water Brush, Vagabond die cutting machine, and double sided tape. 

    Before diving into today’s project, I wanted to show another tag using the Abstract Elements die set from Tim Holtz's new Everyday Collection from Sizzix. Abstract Elements is a collection of shapes that can become pretty much anything you can imagine. In my example below I turned a few shapes into a goldfish.  When creating with this die set there are three ways that I would recommend going about the creation process. 1: imagine and build, 2 draw your idea and fit shapes to the drawing, and 3 print a picture and then fit the shapes over the picture. 

    I also highly recommend spreading out all of the shapes on a magnet sheet. I have found this makes looking at the shapes much easier.

    For starting my wolf I pulled shapes together and lined them up to give myself the shape of my wolf. To create the dire wolf I used a half circle, medium sized tread drop, two small circles, and one larger circle for the nose to create the wolf face.

    Next I started looking at parts for the body of the wolf. Here I chose a large oval and a skinny oval for the body and legs.  For the paws I found a lemon shaped piece and the tail is an interesting cloud squiggly shape

    With all my pieces assembled I then die cut all the pieces outbox distress watercolor cardstock. Before die cutting I added double sided tape to the back of the paper. For cutting I used the precision chrome base plate with the vagabond. 

    To start the wolf I began with the big oval and attached the half circle piece.  ThenI added the tear drop shape for the face and snout of the wolf.

    Next I added the nose of the wolf. This I colored black with some Distress Watercolor Pencil. Then I cut a lemon shape in half and added them as ears. For the legs I added two skinny ovals and attached two small lemon shapes for paws.  For the body of the wolf I added another oval and a large half circle for the back leg.

    Next, I added to half moon shape to form eyebrows for the wolf. Then I added two of the squiggly longer pieces to form a bushy tail. I also added one more lemon shape and a skinny oval to finish the back leg.

    Since the wolf I’m creating is based on the Game of Thrones character ghost, I also added a set of bright red eyes. Only a little for highlights and I added touches of Broken China distress watercolor pencil.

    To make the application process easier with the Distress Watercolor Pencil, I used some of the pencil shavings along with the Tim Holtz ink pallet and a water brush.

    Below I placed the dire wolf on an icy cold background.

    Part 3: The Frozen North Art Journal Spread

    For the journal lay out, I am going to be creating a frozen winter scene from the north in a mixed media art journal by Dina Wakely. Below are the materials that I use for the journal spread.

    To start the journal layout, I am first, putting down a layer of white acrylic Gesso paint.

    To start the background I am going to be using Distress Spray, Stains: Salvage Patina, Chipped Sapphire, and Broken China. 

    In the background, I also added, Winterfrost and Snowfall Distress Mica spray stains for a touch of sparkle in the background. After I dried the background, I added a few drip drops of water to create a splattered and sparkly look.

    We are not done with the background yet and since our water activated the distress spray , I have sealed this background with distress resist spray. This will allow me to work over the top with Collage Medium and Texture Paste and not have the spray start to lift and bleed.

    For my next step, I am now placing down the altered collage paper that we have stamped on with this distress archival ink. I used collage medium to apply the collage paper and pressed down the collage paper until the paper was semi translucent, showing our background through the stamp images.

    Down below I am now adding the iconic ice wall from the Game of Thrones. The colours are used in the ice wall are Mermaid Lagoon, Speckled Egg and Broken China. For painting the wall, I dry brushed on these colours to attempt to get an icy gradient.

    For more frozen fun, I also added some Texture Paste to create snowfall. Here I used a snowy stencil from the Tim 2022 Stamptember stamp and stencil set. 

    To finish up the background, I also added a layer of Distress Crackle Paint to the edges of this icy scene. I also included a few dashes of Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter, for some added sparkle. The distress crackle paint took approximately 45 minutes to dry before I started seeing crackles. After the paint was dry I then switched in some Distress Crayon Picket Fence and Broken China to help highlight all of the wonderful crackles in the background.

    Before I reassembled the journal page, I wanted to add one last embellishment. For this bonus embellishment, I am creating a raven using stamps from Royal Script CMS016. I stamped the image of the wings onto some collage paper.

    I stamped the wings from the set with some Distress Black Archival Ink and then I painted on the body of a raven.

    Below, this is my journal spread. I cut the silver moon in half so that I could easily close the pages and glued each half directly to the page. At the last minute I decided to take the dire wolf off of his original background and featured him as a standalone piece.

    For finishing touches I also added a tall dark tree on the right hand corner using Distress Ground Espresso paint.

    This completes the journal spread for Frozen Winter featuring many icy, cold Ranger Tim Holtz mediums.