Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Welcoming New DT Members and Sad Goodbyes

Hi everyone and welcome. After an extended break we are back with a new look Design Team and lots of new challenges to look forward to over the coming months, starting with the first one tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19th.

Before all of that we are really sad to say goodbye to two of our long serving DT members, Cec Wintonyk and Sara Emily Barker. They have been such valued team mates who have been such a huge, important part of the team, and over the years they have also become such good friends. We will miss them so much and want to thank them for everything.

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It is Cec here and I am just popping in to welcome the new members of the Design Team and say goodbye to all of you.  I was thrilled when Linda invited me to join this team in 2013 and I have enjoyed it thoroughly for all these years.  I am so grateful for her confidence in me and her generosity.  It is always so much fun to open up a package from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and find a little extra package.  Thank you Linda, it has been quite a ride.

While we have been on this break I have been playing with some different art and doing some online workshops.  It was during this time that I came to the decision that it was time for me to move on.  I am looking forward to having fun in my studio and using up some of my stash so I have room for new supplies 😀

I have been honoured to serve with a great group of very wonderful creators during my time on the team and still keep in touch with many.  I will definitely miss working beside Jenny, Sara Emily and Suzz - their talent has pushed me to be a better creator myself and they have taught me a lot.  Most importantly, who knew that I would get a BFF at this stage of my life but Jenny has become just that and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

I also want to acknowledge all the ladies that had the opportunity to be Guest Designers.  It was lovely getting to know so many of you in my role as the Guest Designer Coordinator and I enjoyed all our friendly email chats as we worked through the process.

Welcome to the new gals on the team and I hope you enjoy being here as much as I have.  I can't wait to see what you all create and to check out your blogs and social media pages.  I expect to be inspired and that might just encourage me to enter a challenge from time to time to show you that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.

Until later . . . . .

Hi! It's Sara Emily here! I don't ever like saying goodbye, but I'm stopping by to say I'll be taking an extended break from this wonderful team of talented and dear ladies. I will be focusing my time and energy on family matters in the near future, but I won't be far away!

Welcome to the new team members, and I'm looking forward to seeing your artwork on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog. You are going to love this team!

Thank you to all of The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge participants for your inspiration and entries over the years. I'll still be watching your entries in the challenges, and hopefully I'll get some time to play along with you!

Most of all, thank you to Linda for putting your faith in me and allowing me to be a part of the Design Team, for all your encouraging words, e-mails, tremendous customer service at the Boutique and for understanding that I always have to add one more thing to my order!

Jenny and Cec, thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping the Design Team running so smoothly and putting up with me! What a lot of hard work you ladies put in while making it look effortless. You are saints! Suzz, Cec, Linda and Jenny, you know I love you, and I will not let you forget about me!

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And now we are so excited to introduce and welcome four new members to the Funkie Junkie Boutique family;

Hi! I am Laura and I am so happy to be a part of the Funkie Junkie Design Team. I am a work at home mom to 2 fantastic and fun loving young men – Cody is 20 and just graduated college and Ty is 19 and works as a welder. I am happily married for 21 years to my best friend and awesome husband, Jon. He is hardworking, ambitious, determined and loving…I am creative, enthusiastic, emotional and passionate – together we make a great team! We own our own transport truck and he is a long haul driver so during the week, It is me and our boys, our two fur babies and my scrappy stuff!!!

I started scrapping years ago when my sister took me to a Creative Memories beginner class and I really enjoyed it, I just wasn’t a Creative Memories scrapper and soon struck out on my own. I found a few very helpful and friendly sites on the web and have been trying new things and learning ever since. I really enjoy trying new things and creating projects! I create mostly 12×12 layouts but I do really enjoy creating off the page projects, cards and canvases…anything where I can ink and paint and play and get my hands messy! My family is the focus of my life, my inspiration, and my motivation to scrapbook.

My name is Janna and I am a Tim Holtz addict. I love all things vintage and distress with an occasional sprinkling of distress glitter. I am super excited about joining the Funkie Junkie Boutique Design Team and look forward to seeing all of your creative challenge makes. Happy crafting!

Born and raised in California, I have been a mid-westerner most of my life. I consider myself a life-long crafter. An educator at heart, I retired from a career that is also one of my passions – Health Education. I now use that love of education to share the joy of cardmaking techniques.

I am currently on the Design Team for The Funkie Junkie Boutique, CutCardstock, TaylorMadeDesigns4U and A Blog Named Hero. I am a Certified Educator with Altenew where I also Guest Design. An active blogger, I post my designs on social media as Teris Mailbox. Floral stamps and dies are a favorite for my, but I enjoy many techniques including mixed media projects, watercoloring and working with Distress Ink products. I admit to being a Tim Holtz addict.

Hello! My name is Tera Callihan. I'm Ohio born and raised with day dreams of moving to the Carolinas some day. My husband and I were high school sweet hearts. We have been together 18 years, married for 12 this year. We have 5 fur children (1 dog and 4 cats). I'm a Dental Hygienist my day and rubber stamp/craft addict by night.

My style can be a bit all over, I am a Tim Holtz addict. I love vintage, grunge, shabby chic and masculine art. I also love all things strange medical and or creepy Halloweeny. I like occasional brighter and odd art as well. I design rubber stamps for Stampotique Originals as well as being on there DT. Mail art is one of my favorite forms of art, and I tent to rotate through other types.


We hope you will join us in saying a heartfelt farewell to Cec and Sara Emily and welcoming our new team members.

See you for the new challenge tomorrow!


  1. Thank you Cec and Sara for all your wonderful creations. Sorry to see you go but I totally understand evolving possibilities. Welcome to Teri, Tara, Janna and Laura. More blogs to read and youtubes to watch. Gotta love it. Thank too to Linda for keeping this all organized.

  2. Thank you Cec and Sara for your wonderful design inspiration, and welcome to the new DT members Laura, Janna, Teri and Tera!

  3. Welcome to the new team members! I am very excited to have you join the team! Goodbye to our dear friends Cec and Sara Emily. I am sad to see you go but I know you both will still be creating and inspiring me.

  4. Welcome to Laura, Janna, Terri, and Tara! You are going to love it here! I'm sad I couldn't hang in there with all that's going on in our family, but I'll be looking forward to seeing all of your inspiration and hopefully play along in the challenges when time permits.

  5. So sorry to read that Cec and Sara Emily are no longer part of the team, always inspiring and beautiful work shared. I hope you will both share your magical creations with us all somewhere in blogland.
    Welcome to all the new team members, creative wishes & happy crafting.
    Tracey x