Monday, August 15, 2022

Challenge Winners - Scotch It Is!

Suzz's Scotch It Is! challenge asked us to create a project inspired by "Scotch" - the tape, plaid, liquor, whatever the word brings to mind - in honor of National Scotch Day. For many, it brought up thoughts of plaids, but some chose to highight their Scotch-Irish heritage. In the end, our Design Team choose the amazing Creepy Clown Box made out of a Glenlivet Box that Morena created as our overall winner. Her transformation of the box using decorative papers and a thrifted doll defies description - click on the link below to see her blog post about the project!


We look forward to seeing Morena's return as a Guest Designer at a future date here on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. You'll be contacted shortly with all of 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 #1 Meghan Kennihan, #3 Meghan Kennihan, and #5 Barb Turpin. You'll be contacted shortly with 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 Barb Turpin. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge - 'Chillin' in the Heat' - can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, August 23rd at 11:55 pm EDT, so there's still plenty of time to link your projects. Please be sure to read the rules carefully before you submit your entry.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Saturday Showcase - Hipster Halloween

Hello there Funkie Junkie Fans, Lisa Hoel here and I have a "Halloween in August" make for you today! I think now is not to early to start holiday crafting. Every year I have more ideas than time so starting earlier is a good strategy. This Idea-ology Vignette Shrine decor piece makes use of old and new Tim Holtz Halloween products. Let's take a look…


Mr. Hipster Skellie makes an appearance and we can clearly discern his main interest in the holiday, especially when we turn on…


… the Halloween Idea-ology Tiny Lights! I used an orange strand from years past (the 2022 lights are green and purple). You can also use regular Tiny Lights and put a drop of orange alcohol ink on each bulb to color them yourself. Mr. Hipster's message, "I'm here for the candy" was cut using the new Sizzix Bold Text Halloween Die Set.


The sides of the Vignette Shrine feature another new die set, Mischievous. I love those little cats and can't wait to add them to future projects.


More words from the Bold Text Halloween set also included!


The lights really make an impact when it's dark:


Sweet! and spooky!

Now for the how-to:
1) I drilled a hole in the back of the Vignette Shrine to thread the strand of Tiny Lights through. (I was originally going to use green lights but changed my mind to use orange.)


2) I used Distress Paint to create the backgrounds to cut the side strips from. I dripped Villainous Potion, Wilted Violet, and Twisted Citron onto my craft sheet, lightly spritzed with water and swiped my paper through it.


While it's wet, Distress Paint is highly reactive to water. I also dripped water on the paper and added more layers once the first layer was dry. It is a really fun technique! You can see Tim demo it in his Distress Paint Demo video.


The finished backgrounds!

3) Next I made the little light box. I cut the sentiment out of Distress White Heavystock and trimmed around it. The box was made with black foamcore to fit my sentiment piece. To give the front piece a "candy" feel, I applied Embossing Ink with a Ranger Emboss It Dabber and then heat embossed with Villainous Potion Distress Glaze. To diffuse the lights that were going to go behind it, I applied Frosted Film (a retired product) to a piece of clear plastic and cut it to fit inside the box behind the front piece. (Heavy vellum would work too.)


I also applied Crypt Grit Paste to the sides of box to cover up the black foam core.

4) I cut strips from my painted papers to fit the sides of the Shrine. I die cut the words and cats through the top purple and green layer. I backed them with strips of paper I had spritzed with last year's Seasonal Halloween Mica Stains - Jack-O-Lantern and Flickering Candle. (I can't wait to see what this year's colors look like!)


5) Next it was time to work on the background paper that was going inside of the Shrine! I decided to make a custom ink pad using an empty Oxide Distress It Yourself Ink Pad and Oxide reinkers in Villainous Potion and Crackling Campfire. Tim gives DIY pad ideas and instructions in this video demo.



I used my custom pad to ink the woodgrain background stamp from the CMS384 Lumberjack stamp set. I wanted to have a striped look so the custom pad made that really easy to achieve. I wasn't sure if I'd like black or grey paper better so I stamped on both to see. (Black won!)


6) I lined the Shrine with my stamped background. The box edges I covered with Trims Design Tape.


7) Mr. Hipster came from the Wicked Hipsters Stamp Set (currently on sale!) I stamped it on White Heavystock, watercolored it and then fussy cut it.


8) Most of the lights I twisted into a bundle that would lie behind the sentiment window box. I tacked the wires down with hot glue to keep them in place.


9) Final steps were creating all the candies using the Sweet Treats Die Set and attaching them to the back. I also added some black and grey pearl gems I had. Tim's new Halloween Idea-ology Droplets would be perfect for a similar look.


I hot glued the end of the light string into place where it would lie under the skull piece.

Thanks for stopping by! Lots of exciting Halloween products are coming out this month so get ready to get your creep on! Pay the store a visit and check it all out.


Products Used:
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Lumberjack CMS384
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Sweet Treats 664204
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints - Villainous Potion TDF78845, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron TDF50216
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers - Villainous Potion TDR78838, Crackling Campfire TDR72324

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Chillin' in the Heat Challenge

It's the last days of Summer before School begins. What's your favorite part: the heat of the sunshine and lying by the pool or on the beach... or keeping cool in the water, and loading up on cold lemonade in the shade? Let's see a make of your choice with either HOT design using warm colors (red, orange, yellow. etc) or COOL design using cool colors (blues and greens). Use anything at your will to dress up your design and compliment your idea of the perfect degree!


Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Laura Gilhuly - Angel Scraps

Teri Wilson - TerisMailbox


Lisa Hoel - Creative Juice

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.

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.

Whatever you create, enjoy the making! We look forward to seeing your projects! This challenge is open through 11:55pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Challenge Winners - Moving Parts

Lisa Hoel's Moving Parts challenge asked us to get creative to make all of the moving parts in our busy, complicated lives work together. Some of the entries had actual moving parts and others used the concept as a metaphor for their creations. Our Design Team ultimatey choose the masculine birthday card that Barb Turpin created as our overall winner. Barb's tribute to her son's love of motorcycles has a great color palette and texture, and her use of Idea-ology products is very imaginative.


We look forward to seeing Barb return as a Guest Designer at a future date here on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. You'll be contacted shortly with all of 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 #3 Zowie Dixon, #5 Susanbcards, and #6 Katy D. You'll be contacted shortly with 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 #2 Meghan K. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge - 'Scotch It Is' - can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, August 9th at 11:55 pm EDT, so there's still plenty of time to link your projects. Please be sure to read the rules carefully before you submit your entry.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday Showcase - Underwater Love


It's another Saturday Showcase! Lyla here, taking you into another cool project with a very cool product: Underwater Love, a Ciao Bella Paper with a sweet summery theme! Like many others, I pass over paper after simply glancing at the photos since I know what usually will work as far as color shades with a planned project. But even as I passed over this particular paper, something kept drawing me back to it; there was just something about that particular shade of blue... aside from the 'flowery' images that I usually don't care much for. Wow, wow, WOW; was I set up to be surprised! No sooner had Tim Holtz come out with the newest shade of Distress Ink, Unchartered Mariner, than it began to click together; that beautiful shade of blue was the same in Underwater Love! And more surprise was in store for me once I got the latest 'happy mail' from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. This paper is not only beautiful, double-sided, and very sturdy (I'm even going to go as far to say it's as sturdy as Tim Holtz's newer Kraft Stock), it's a pleasing perfect match for the Unchartered Marine Distress Oxide! Follow along with me and see if you agree!


This project is using the Eileen Hull Folio Journal Die and Eileen Hull compatible thin die sets as shown in photos below. The 'star' of this Showcase is the Ciao Bella Underwater Love 12x12 Paper.


The camera simply does not do the colors in the photos enough justice. We're talking a beautiful shade of blue, and I've put my Unchartered Mariner Oxide Ink into the middle of the double-sided papers so you can compare with your own. I fell in love with the 'wood' as well as the 'map' papers and there are 2 of each! The other side of the stack is just as pleasing, but to get better views than this, you really need to see it HERE (BONUS: It's on SALE for $10.00 !!)


I chose one of the 'wood' sheets for my outside with one of the 'map' sheets for the inside. Normally, I am one of those who insists on putting another cardstock in between these layers, just for stability. Not this time; this Underwater Love stock is all that's needed!


I did my normal opposite layering (left blue to right blue then left wood to right wood) since it always gives a good spine. I did use my usual Glossy Accents for adhering. I also had a plan for the leftover strip up there at the top of this photo...you'll see.


After getting the outside and inside covers together, I chose a plain ribbed white ribbon for closure. A 'slice' of that wood leftover became a sweet board to overlay onto the spine- inside and out. It hid the holes as well as secured the closing ribbon.


I got out the compatible Eileen Hull Thin Die Set Page Pocket and Flowers to cut pages and corner pockets. The leftover pieces of stock were cut into one-inch strips - just short of the length for the pages - for use in making the pages into tuck pockets themselves.


Next, I used the other two compatible Eileen Hull Thin Die Sets (Card Waterfall/Tags and Bookbinding/Label) for waterfall pages, the tags I planned to fill several pockets with, and the binding for the pages to layer onto.


Then it was time for the assembly of all the inside. I gave all the edges and corners (including the cover) a bit of the Tim Holtz Unchartered Mariner Oxide Ink, and heat dried everything.


I'm showing how I put together my pages to form a pocket in the middle of them. This page above, was to have nothing else on the outside. Others will have tuck pockets on the outside lower corners. You can see in the next pic, how I added the corner tuck spots before putting the pages together.



Making the top-to-bottom waterfall pages was easy. I inked them up all around the edges and that Unchartered Mariner just PERFECTLY matched!


I used ALL the pages except for one: the mermaid/secrets page. I did have plenty of leftovers even after cutting more tags than I initially had. That 12x12 stack went pretty far! Now, my only problem was to figure out what I wanted on the front of the entire book. Flowers? Nah. Tim's Paper Dolls? Much as I love them...nah. More wood cuts stacked up? Nah. Everything I suggested got flat-out rejected by my ArtMuse. A memory came out of nowhere, along with a voice in my head saying, "Less is more. Less is more!" The memory is so peaceful: my favorite Happy Place...



I spied the bag of Tim Holtz goodies I have for a future project on my desk. The package of Idea-ology Window Frames caught my eye. Why not? So I went to my computer, looked up the date to find that set of photos, and found IT - the perfect shot.


After printing it out on regular white cardstock, I laminated it with clear shelf paper. I used only one thing on the Window Frame: Distress Crayon in Speckled Egg all around the edges.

And it looked simple and simply amazing to me!




This is where that one strip of wood went to... cute, eh?










Some of the other 'wood' and fish paper...


... and more of the other side of these papers.


These are probably my favorite designs of the Underwater Love 12x12 Ciao Bella Paper. I hope you enjoyed this Saturday Showcase as much as I enjoyed making this folio!


Products Used:
Eileen Hull Page Pockets & Flowers Die 664883
Eileen Hull Bookbinding & Label Die 665153
Eileen Hull Waterfall Pages & Tags Die 665154