Saturday, January 15, 2022

Saturday Showcase - Stamperia Alchemy

Good morning!
I saw this gorgeous line in the store and knew I had to have it! The colors and the designs are awesome for projects of my guys!

I created this layout using a photo of my son's senior photos from high school.

I covered the base paper with clear gesso, allowed it to dry, then painted with white gesso.

I took my Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink pad and pounced it on the gessoed part.

I sprayed it with water.

I painted over with Prima Art Alchemy Metallic Rustic Brown paint, then dabbed with a paper towel.

Texture paste was used with Tim Holtz Schoolhouse stencil and heat set.

I sprayed the stenciled area with Salvaged Patina Distress Spray Stain, heat set it, then distressed the edges of the base paper.


Trimmed a piece of paper to 8" x 7 1/4" then adhered it to cardboard to add dimension and to allow a couple of flowers under the edge.

I added the fabulous Stamperia Alchemy Clear Die Cuts.

I fussy cut the book marks and accent papers then distressed the edges.

I added some flowers and gems to finish the layout.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Out With the Old, In with the New!

Happy New Year! 2022 begins on a bittersweet note at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog as we say goodbye to two team members and welcome two new members. We are sad to say goodbye to our Design Team Leader, Jenny Marples, who has provided so much inspiration and support through her creative work and her many contributions behind the scenes through the years. We're also sad to say goodbye to Team Member Tera Callihan, whose creative voice has provided so much inspiration through her challenge samples and tutorials over the last six months. We wish both of these talented artists the very best in their future creative work. 

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is also excited to welcome two new Design Team Members: Lisa Hoel and Lyla Larimore. We have enjoyed their work as challenge winners and Guest Designers, and we are thrilled that they have agreed to join Suzanne Czosek, Laura Gilhuly, Janna Ketchum and Teri Wilson as our new Design Team. We're looking forward to lots of amazing inspiration in the months to come!

The first Challenge of the New Year is "Out with the Old, In with the New!" Create a vintage or shabby chic project using something old and something new. Perhaps you found an exciting new stamp, die, or embossing folder that you're excited to experiment with, and it will be the ideal way to show off some of those special papers or embellishments that have been waiting for just the right opportunity to shine. Maybe one of the sample projects from our Design Team will provide exactly the inspiration you need to create something marvelous:

Teri Wilson - TerisMailbox

Lisa Hoel - Creative Juice

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Laura Gilhuly - AngelScraps

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link 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 for 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 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 drawing in the past.

The overall winner will be offered the 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 drawing for the chance to win a $25.00 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Whatever you create, enjoy the making! We look forward to seeing your projects!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Mini Memories Tin

Hello crafty friends! It's me Tera, here to share one last piece of inspiration before the New Year.

I have been loving the mini tins and journals by "Suzy ShabbySoul". She has some great tutorials on Youtube; one of them can be found HERE,

I also took some step by step photos below.

My little mini journal was a gift for my mom. It features photos of her and her dad. He passed away when she was young so I thought this would make a good memory keepsake.

The outside of the tin I added eyelets to for the ribbon, as well as an extra for charms

(Ok, yes...Originally I just punched the hole in the wrong spot...haha. However, it worked out perfectly for the charms!)

I chose to make the tiny journal so that it could come out to be easily looked at. The charms attached to the journal are hanging from one of the Tim Holtz tiny paper clips. (I thought it could be a fun decorative piece as well as a pull tab).

Here you can see the full layout with it opened.

Ok, on to the details...

This project is a little photo heavy, so you may want to grab a drink before you dig in.

I started by cutting my chosen papers to 1.75in x1.75in. I then rounded the corners with my corner punch. After I laid out my 6 papers, I then flipped them over to start gluing them together. I put a little collage medium down, then used strips of mummy cloth to bind everything. (leaving about 1/8in between each piece) I added a little more collage medium over the tops of the mummy cloth to really make sure it would stay and be sealed. 

I also decided to add some fabric tape over the mummy cloth for extra strength and visual interest.

For the tin I used clear gesso, translucent grit paste, and distress crayons to get a rusty look. (rusty hinge, walnut stain, and black soot by the time it was all done).

I also used fabric tape as the hinge on here too (I did glue it down with collage medium and set aside to dry).

As you can see I added the tape to both sides :) 

Now that the fabric binding was dry I went back to playing with the mini journal strip.
(the blue flowers remind me of forget me nots, so that's why I picked that one).

I copied and printed the photos since my mom have very few photos of her dad. This kept me from feeling guilty about cutting them up. 

You can see I started by laying out all of my main elements before gluing everything down. 
(I even changed my mind completely on the one square). 

Once I had everything how I liked it, I glued things down and added pop dots under the 2/6 and the 5.

I also added more crayon to the tin. 

To truly finish everything I added some Tim Holtz stickers and a quote chip I peeled thinner.

I used my water brush with vintage photo distress ink to lightly shade around the quotes, and some of the pictures. 

(you can kind of see that the 2/6 is elevated here).

I of course also added the charms, eyelets and ribbons. 

I did end up making a wrap around cover with a brad to tie the cord around. This helped to give it that mini book feel for me. 

Thank you for visiting! I hope you all like my mini memory tin!!

Supplies Used:

Tim Holtz tin tops (there are also some cute Christmas ones out right now too!)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology sticker book (older one)
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Tim Holtz water brush (These ones don't leak! I love them!!!)
Distress crayons: Rusty Hinge, Black soot, Walnut Stain
Distress Stains- Antique linen and speckled egg (for the ribbon)
Random charms I had find other charms HERE

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Guest Designer - Elle (Empire of the Cat)

There is just time before Christmas to welcome our final Guest Designer of 2021. Say hi to Elle (Empire of the Cat) who was the Design Team's top pick from the 'Tag It' challenge.

Hi there! It's Elle from Empire of the Cat. I'm so excited to be Guest Designer at Funkie Junkie Boutique blog for the first time! I really enjoy the FJ challenges and great DT inspiration so it's very exciting to win a challenge and get a chance to be the featured GD. I have always loved making things, whether it is sewing, crochet, painting, DIY or baking... you get the idea. Yes, I'm a multi-crafter - I just like to make things! I really love mixed media art and especially love art journalling and try to work every day in my journal if possible. I love to try out new ideas, and my journal is a good place to experiment - I also don't have to show anyone the failed experiments! LOL As you can probably tell from the name of my website, I love cats! My blog is where I share my arty experiments and feature my little cat family. I hope that you will feel inspired to drop by and say hello!

Since it is so close to Christmas, my project today is some last minute Christmas cards! If you find yourself in the same situation and need more cards, perhaps you might take some inspiration from this set. I love Distress Oxide on dark card, so for these cards I started with a black background. There's a few steps to making these cards but none of them are complicated and it took no time at all to make them.

I used two of my favourite Distress colours - Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough - over white acrylic paint and some Kay Carley Christmas stamps from Paperartsy for my gold heat embossed trees, sentiment and snowflakes. There are more photos and details on my blog.

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Elle's cards are so beautiful aren't they! Making use of Distress Oxide Inks to create those snowy backgrounds is such a fantastic idea and when teamed with gold embossing they become so magical . Thank you Elle for your amazing inspiration and for being our latest Guest Designer. Make sure you check out Elle's blog to see and find out more.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Challenge Winners - Yuletide Delights

Thanks for joining us today as we announce the winners for our 'Yuletide Delights' challenge and thank you to everyone who played along.

We loved seeing all of your festive makes and in the end picked this fabulous vignette created by #24 Carole J (Craftilicious Creations) as our overall winner. We loved how Carole had taken so much trouble to build the layers of this winter scene and embellish it with the stone effect on the sides and seasonal foliage at the top. Make sure to take a look at all the details on her blog post.

Congratulations to Carole on winning an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now our picks of three additional outstanding entries for the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Top 3 Badges. In numerical order they are #6 Tracey (hotchpotchcreations), #13 Tone (Tones scrapperom) and #17 Alison (Words and Pictures). Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally for the lucky randomly drawn winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique; our congratulations go to #11 Karen D (Tap Thump Art). Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. Make sure to be back on Wednesday for a wonderful festive post from our Guest Designer.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Festive Fun

Hi everyone and welcome. As it gets so busy this time of year we will not be setting a challenge theme or requesting submissions for the final challenge post of the year - in it's place the Design Team are sharing some fun festive makes with you. As ever just click on the links above each photo to check out the projects in more detail. Enjoy!

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot 

Tera Callihan - The Crafty Sugar Addict

Janna Ketchum - treasuresofthesea_jannak

Laura Gilhuly - AngelScraps

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Thanks for joining us!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Guest Designer - Lisa Hoel

It is time to welcome our Guest Designer for the 'Yuletide Delights' challenge. Say hi to Lisa Hoel who was the Design Team's top pick from the 'Living Things' challenge.

Hello, my name is Lisa Hoel and I’m a lifelong craft lover. I’ve been ‘arting’ ever since I first picked up a crayon! Paper crafts have been my main focus for the past twenty years or so and I love to make detailed, layered, textured, mixed-media type projects. I am not usually a clean and simple type artist. ;-) My background is in graphic design and I'm blessed to be married to the greatest guy in the world and have two dynamic boys. You can find me here:

I love all things vintage Christmas and when my Mom mentioned her fond memories and childhood fascination with their Christmas tree bubble lights, an idea was sparked! I happened to have a stash of old bubble light bulbs and vintage candoliers in my stash that I knew would be perfect to craft-ify.

I mixed truly vintage holiday bits with Tim Holtz Idea-ology and die cuts. I love how his products mix so well with the actual vintage! I hope my Mom enjoys this merry Kitschmas decoration as much as I do.

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How special is this vintage Christmas vignette and so perfect for the current challenge! Mixing some modern makes with your vintage stash is such a great idea and so special. Thank you Lisa for your amazing inspiration and for being our latest Guest Designer. Make sure you check out Lisa's blog to see more. Then come on back and share your 'Yuletide Delights' projects with us.

The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, December 14th.