Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Harvest of Gratitude Challenge

Hello, Friends! It's Kathy here to welcome you to the current challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. November has arrived, and we find ourselves settling in for the winter months and all its wonderful festivities. Here in the US, we are getting ready to celebrate our Thanksgiving Holiday, which is my favorite holiday of the year. What could be better than a day set aside to give thanks for this good life with friends, family and food? This is the inspiration for the Harvest of Gratitude Challenge that I am honored to host this fortnight. Here's the scoop:

Challenge Theme: A Harvest of Gratitude

There is always something to be thankful for.  In this gratitude themed challenge, we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving.  Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie, 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

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 Frilly and Funkie 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.

This week the Funkie side of the Design Team share their own projects to inspire you further;

Sara Emily -- sarascloset

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot
Stampers Anonymous Music Stampers Anonymous Wildflowers Wendy Vecchi Autumn Art Ranger Distress Oxides Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons


First up, the Frilly side of the team will inspire us with their lovely creations;

Maggi Harding - Scrap, Travel & Bark

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Now it's your turn to share your Harvest of Gratitude with us! Enter your Vintage or shabby chic projects below; we can't wait to see what you will create! Remember to come back tomorrow to see what our latest Guest Designer has in store for us.

There will be even more inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team next week too, so be sure to visit us again next Wednesday.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Challenge Winners - Impress Us!

Hi everyone. Today we announce our top picks from the 'Impress Us' challenge. We loved seeing your beautiful and varied entries incorporating embossing in a variety of ways. Thank you to everyone who took the time to join in the fun.

After taking time to look at each entry the Design Team finally chose #8 Nikki Acton as our overall winner. We loved how Nikki used torn strips of embossed card to create texture that, when combined with colour, became the perfect backdrop to the dramatic butterfly. Congratulations to Nikki on being our favourite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge. You will be contacted shortly with all the details.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices this time were, in numerical order; #10 Debbie von Grabler-Crozier, #11 Lyla Larimore and #12 Nicola (Paper Profusion). 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 #5 Joy Wilson! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

A big thank you again from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'A Harvest of Gratitude' runs through Tuesday, November 20th and the Design Team will be back here this Wednesday November 14th with some more inspiration for you. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Stamperia Garden Journal

Spotlight on Stamperia's Garden Collection

Hello friends, Maggi here with the Saturday Showcase! The spotlight is shining on Stamperia's Garden collection today.  These papers are colorful and filled with delightful garden images that just might entice you to do a little fussy cutting.  I've created a garden journal that is simple to make, but oh so lovely, and, since it's the time of year for gift giving, this journal is perfect for the gardener's in your life!

Journal - Garden by Stamperia
I chose to use a 3 binder notebook that has a see through sleeve on the front, back and spine because it is practical.  You can make really pretty covers that will stand up to constant use because of the cover protector.  You can get notebooks in many different sizes and shapes and I chose to use a small notebook that  holds 5.5" x 8.5" paper.

Inside the journal I created pockets, tags, and divider pages for organizing the gardener's tasks.

Journal - Garden by Stamperia

This journal is all about vegetable gardening and so I created pages to track the yield from the various vegetables. I like to know how much is put up every year so that I'll know whether to increase or decrease how much I've planted.

Ok, let's get busy!  You can ink and/or distress your pages, that's up to you.  I don't distress as much as I used to but I do love the effect. All my pages are inked with Distress Oxide Ink in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap.  Some of the papers are distressed using Tim Holtz's paper distresser.

Step 1: The Cover
Here's how I did the cover.  I started with a piece of cream card stock that I cut to fit inside the cover sleeve.  I inked it with Distress Oxide Antique Linen and then stenciled on the dots using tan acrylic paint and a stenciling brush.  

This collection includes some great cut-aparts and images that work for fussy cutting.  I selected  square and  rectangular cut-aparts for my cover and adhered as shown below.  I fussy cut the circle sentiment, the boots, and the "my garden" elements and adhered with dimensional foam to pop them up.

Journal - Garden by Stamperia

I finished off the cover with a few small flowers and 3 cute little buttons.

Journal - Garden by Stamperia

For the spine I simply cut a strip of design paper about 1 1/8" wide and then placed a narrow strip down the center, adhering with scor-tape.  That's my choice of adhesive for jobs like this, you can certainly use whatever is your favorite adhesive.

I think the back cover is stunning, yet it's nothing more than a piece of design paper with fussy cut birds added.  No need for fancy embellies, it's beautiful just like it is!

Journal - Garden by Stamperia

Step 2: Calendar
As a gardener, I'm always looking at the calendar, checking planting dates and such, so I printed a calendar (you can find lots of free printable calendars on the internet) and mounted it on a sheet of design paper.  On the backside, I fussy cut the birdhouse and added a chipboard word that is heat embossed with Emerald Creek Rose Gold embossing powder.  The backside is a great place for a gardener to make notes.

Step 3:  Dividers
I cut tabbed dividers for the notebook on my Cameo but you can also buy them or cut your own.  You could also cut rectangles and add tabs to them.  

The collection includes a page that has 4 printed 6" x 6" cut-aparts.  I've used one of those on this divider to create a pocket at the bottom.   The pocket is popped up so that I can include a packet of seeds.  I also made a pretty tag to slip in the pocket with an ivory Graphic 45 tag.  Then I used Graphic 45's regular tag die to die-cut design paper to adhere to the tag, front and back.  I like to finish off my tags with a pretty bow made from seam binding.

Journal - Garden by Stamperia

I really love the imagery in this collection and the colors, wow!!  That teal and pink is just so spectacular!  Here's the backside of the Planting Guide divider.  I made a vertical pocket and slipped in little monthly cut-aparts that are part of this fun collection.

These pages are all fairly simple, to recreate, you just need to first cover your dividers with base design paper and then find the various elements that I've fussy cut and adhere.
Journal - Garden by Stamperia

The divider below is super simple, just a piece of design paper and a strip of burlap. Then create a window  using a Tim Holtz Baseboard frame over a window from the design paper.

Tips:  The cover of Stamperia papers often has little elements that you can cut out and this window came from the front cover.

Notice how the bottom left corner of the frame is cut away.  I did this so that I could adhere the fussy cut flower with the button center to the base paper. This way the button is not over the frame and so it's less bulky.

The little black butterflies are Remnant Rubs.

Journal - Garden by Stamperia

The back of this divider also has a vertical pocket with more of the calendar cut-aparts.

Journal - Garden by Stamperia

I used two different pieces of design paper for the front of this divider.  Then I fussy cut the bird, the flower pots, and the thyme element from design papers and adhered.  The back of the divider is just a piece of design paper cut to fit along with two plant markers die-cut from another sheet of design paper.

Journal - Garden by StamperiaJournal - Garden by Stamperia

I used two different pieces of design paper on this divider, and then adhered to herbs plant marker over the seam where the striped paper joins the multi-printed collage paper.  I distressed the edges of the paper where the two pieces meet just to add to the shabby appearance. The paper is so pretty that it doesn't need a lot of embellishment, it pops just like it is!
Journal - Garden by Stamperia

I used another of the 6" x 6" square cut aparts to create a pocket for the back of this divider page.  Then I covered another Graphic 45 tag to slip in the pocket.
Journal - Garden by Stamperia

I love Stamperia's collections because their papers are so colorful and they include many elements that are perfect for fussy cutting.  Also their papers have the appearance of being collaged so that it is not necessary to add a lot to the page.  You can easily create journals and mini albums that are not so bulky as the pages don't need a lot of embellishment to be pretty.  I am a person who likes to throw "the kitchen sink" at every page, but I am able to control myself with these papers! 😃

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Guest Designer - Cathy Frailey

It is time to introduce our Guest Designer for the current challenge.  Say hello and welcome back to Cathy Frailey of It's Oddly Appealing. Cathy was the Design Team's Top Pick from the 'Just My Type' challenge.

I'm so thrilled to be back again as a guest designer! The theme is A Harvest of Gratitude and it is such a fitting subject for me. I lost my mother in January to Alzheimer's and my father now has Parkinson's. This season is not only about appreciating your family, but the gorgeous color palette outside! Here in WV, we get the marvelous golds and red and greens. So I put together a mixed media piece that reflects all that the season has to offer.

There are so many layers in our life and in nature: family and jobs, plants and animals. I wanted to capture that in a piece that could be displayed year 'round.

I hope that everyone has a blessed holiday season and that we will all have grateful hearts in our daily lives!

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To get all the details about Cathy's project, check out her blog.

We hope you will share a project that shows what you are grateful for and since the challenge, which can be found HERE, runs through 11:55 pm Eastern time on Tuesday, November 20th you have plenty of time to create.

Do remember to check in with us often because we always have lots to share.  One of our designers will be here on Saturday with a new Saturday Showcase and next Wednesday, the gals on the Funkie side of the Design Team will have some fabulous inspiration for the challenge to show you.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Whimsy Decor Vintage Baubles

Hi everyone and welcome. Jenny here with the latest in the Saturday Showcase series here at Frilly and Funkie. This is where we take time to shine a spotlight on some of the products available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. As the countdown to Christmas is now well under way I thought I would share a tutorial for creating cards using some of Tim Holtz latest Sizzix Alterations die sets.

Going in search of inspiration I found this picture of vintage baubles that reminded me of some my Mum used to hang on our tree when I was younger. They were brightly coloured over a silver base with a retro design and glittered patterns. This got my head whirring with 'what if' ideas. Reaching for Tim's new 'Whimsy Decor' dies I made baubles with a similar style to them and used them to top some simple Christmas cards which can be seen below (click on each image for a closer look);

I took photos along the way when creating these to show you exactly how they came together.

The Tutorial

Start by sorting the various bauble pieces in the Whimsy Decor die set into piles using the packaging picture as a guide. Cut pieces of silver Metallic Kraft Stock large enough to cut all the pieces three times as shown below.

Beginning with the first bauble colour the surface of each of the pieces of Metallic Kraft Stock with Alcohol Inks using a standard felt applicator. In this case the colours I used were Stream, Lettuce and Shell Pink. With the deeper colours like Stream I found it only takes one layer to get a good coverage but with the lighter colours like Shell Pink I reapplied the ink a couple of times to get a deeper shade.

Repeat the process for the smallest of the baubles; I used an older colour, Raisin (Cranberry would be a perfect substitute) and Valencia and then left one piece un-inked.

Finally repeat the process for the last of the baubles; I used Meadow, Red Pepper and Butterscotch, but then decided that the Butterscotch one was too bright so reverted to using un-inked gold Metallic Kraft Stock instead.

Once the ink is dry die cut the baubles pieces from each of the pieces of coloured Metallic Kraft Stock and assemble them using Distress Collage Medium Matte. Apply more of the Distress Collage Medium to small areas on the finished baubles using the fine tip applicator and sprinkle with Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter.

Once the glitter is dry gently sand back some of the edges and raised surfaces to make it look like the silvering has been revealed after years of being handled. Take care not to remove too much of the colour.

Now for the background; cut pieces of the same silver Metallic Kraft Stock to fit onto your choice of card blank (I used some of the new Wendy Vecchi Perfect Cardstock Landscape Cards). Use a spatula to smear a little white Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint onto the surface of each piece of Kraft Stock and set aside to dry.

Cut several snowflakes from white card using Tim's new Flurry #2 die and ink the edges with a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

Glue the snowflakes onto the background card, trimming along the edges when glued in place. The Distress Collage Medium is great for adhering these snowflakes because as it dries it becomes clear and shrinks back so you don't see any excess.

Cut some pine needles using brown and green Classic Kraft Stock and Tim's new Funky Festive die set. The branch elements need gluing in place over the needle pieces to give a two colour realistic look and make them more sturdy. As this die piece is so small I found it more convenient to use my Sidekick to cut the elements.

To finish the cards add the pine needles and baubles to the snowflake backgrounds, using a little dimensional tape to raise the baubles from the surface. I mounted mine onto some white card before adding them to the card blanks. I also added sentiments from the Scribbly Christmas stamp set. Here are those finished cards (click on the image for a closer look);

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and feel inspired to create your own vintage Whimsy Decor baubles.

A list of products used can be found below.