Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Prima Love Story Altered Paper Bag Pocket Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It's Kathy on board for this week's Saturday Showcase.  One of my favorite crafting pursuits is to alter common household items into a beautiful piece of art.  Paper lunch bags are loaded with potential, cheap and readily available and so much fun to alter.  I've dressed this standard lunch sack up with soft, shabby chic papers from  Prima's Love Story 12" x 12" collection.

This is a real Cinderella story!  The humble brown bag (white in this case) has been transformed into a multi-pocket card filled with all sorts of goodies like ATC tags, mini photo wallets, gift card wallets, art tags and more.  The lunch bag I started with measured 5 1/8" wide x 10" tall.  With just a few simple folds, a quick visit to the sewing machine and the addition of hand dyed seam binding ribbon and Prima flowers, you have a gift fit for a Queen!

You can create this bag without using a sewing machine, too.  I just find it's the quickest way to get the job done.  But if you prefer to use adhesive, go for it!  Just be sure to only add it to the sides, or you lose the ability to open the pockets.

I've prepared a quick video tour of the altered bag and all its contents for you, followed by a very simple tutorial showing you how to create the base and the pocket liner panels.  I've left it to you to fill and decorate your bag as you see fit.

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just click on the play button, and we're off on another crafty adventure!

I hope you'll never look at a paper lunch bag the same way again!  Thanks for joining me!


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Note: I could not get the Thumblinky to grab the image for the Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Album, but you can find it HERE.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Elegant Jewels

It is Cec here and I am your hostess for the current challenge. I am calling it Elegant Jewels and here is how I describe it: Let's make a vintage or shabby chic project in jewel tone colours such as deep purple, emerald green, jade green, burgundy, bright turquoise to name a few AND to make your project extra special, add some sort of jewel or gem, which can be anything from a dollar store find to a piece of broken jewelry.

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.

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 have 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 team are here with some wonderful inspiration for you. To get the details of their creations, just click on their blog names and you will be taken directly to their posts.

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Zoe Hillman - iGirlZoe


The Frilly side of the team are here today with some fabulous inspiration for you. To get the details of their creations, just click on their blog names and you will be taken directly to their posts.

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Once you have checked out their projects, we hope you will join in on the challenge and share your creation with us. The challenge runs until 11:55 pm on April 24th so you have lots of time to create.

In the meantime come back tomorrow to see what our Guest Designer has created and then next Wednesday the Funkie gals on the team will be here with their inspiration.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Challenge Winners - Bloomin' Marvellous

Hi everyone! Today we announce our top picks from the 'Bloomin' Marvellous' challenge. We were delighted to see lots of beautiful entries showcasing flowers. Thank you to all of you who took the time to join in the fun.

Having taken time to look at them all the Design Team chose #16 Martina Stoycheva who shared this pair of beautiful tags. We loved the vibrant colours and wonderful layering. Congratulations Martina 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 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 Sabine, #19 Carol and #23 Wendy. 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 #3 Mimi! 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, 'Elegant Jewels' runs through Tuesday, April 24th and the Funkie side of the Design Team will be back here on Wednesday April 18th 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, April 14, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Distress Oxides, Foam Stamps and a Gesso Resist Background

Hi everyone! Jenny here with the latest Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase - a weekly series designed to share ideas, tips and techniques for using the huge variety of products stocked at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Today I'm sharing a video tutorial which uses Distress Oxides with Tim Holtz Ideology Foam Stamps and shows how to create a simple Gesso Resist Background. When combined they create the cards shown below;

Let's get started with the video tutorial;

With the basis of the background and flowers completed it just took a few more steps to create the finished card. I completed the background with further stamping using Tim Holtz 'Ornate Trims' Stamp Set with more Watering Can and Jet Black Archival Inks. After adding a little machine stitching Potting Soil Archival Ink was blended around the edges and the background could then be mounted onto black sanded Classic Kraft Card.

I fussy cut around the flowers, blended the edges with more of the Potting Soil Archival Ink and glued them in place on the background. You'll notice I added some extra leaves, turning to Bundled Sage Distress Oxide to stamp them as it coordinated with the existing colours. A few dots of Liquid Pearls (which can also be found in stock HERE) were added to the centres of some of the flowers.

You will have spotted that I ended up making two cards with the identical design - having cut out the flowers and added them to the Antique Linen background I wondered whether a different colour choice could have been better. The second was created in exactly the same way as the first, this time using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide as the ink of choice. Which do you prefer I wonder?

I hope you've enjoyed today's Saturday Spotlight tutorial video and encourage you to drop by every weekend to see what the team have to share. And don't forget, we have a new challenge, 'Elegant Jewels', running through April 24th. The Funkie side of the team will be back on April 18th to share their projects and we look forward to seeing your own jewel toned projects.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Guest Designer - Jennalee Anderson

It is time to introduce our Guest Designer for the Elegant Jewels challenge.  Please say hello and give a warm welcome to Jennalee Anderson of The Papered Soiree.  Jennalee was the Design Team's Top Pick for the Get in on the Action challenge.

Hi!! I am so thrilled to be here as Guest Designer for the Elegant Jewels challenge.

My name is Jennalee Anderson. I live in the Salt Lake Valley with my husband and our dog, Pepper. And yes, I am one of those crazy fur mommas!! I am a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and spend most of my free time in the studio making messes. My current love is combining paper and textiles with lots of messy stitching. I love sharing my creative journey on my blog, Instagram, and various Stampington publications.

When I first read about the Elegant Jewels challenge I was truly stumped!! After throwing around a few ideas, I finally landed on making a piece of jewelry. A mini house journal necklace had been on my list to try for awhile, and I thought why not now?

Can you believe that this is made from Shrinky Dinks? Distress Inks and a bit of Distress Paint offer up that warm, rich color. It’s a simple project, with huge impact. The addition of a Tim Holtz Assemblage charm took it to the next level. The jewel tones from the various fibers really brought everything together.

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To get all the details on how Jennalee made this little gem, just pop over to her blog and then come on back and share your creation for the Elegant Jewels challenge.  The challenge can be found HERE and runs until 11:55 pm on April 24th so you have lots of time to create.

Don't forget to come back for a visit on Saturday when one of the Design Team members will have a terrific showcase for you and then next Wednesday the funkie gals will be sharing their inspiration for the Elegant Jewels challenge..

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Framelits and Stamps

Hello and welcome, Zoe here hosting this weeks Saturday Showcase. This week I am showcasing the Tim Holtz flower jar stamps and framelits dies. Occasionally, Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix partner up to create matching stamps and dies for the Tim Holtz line. Not to be confused with "thinlits" dies (which are standalone dies), "framelits" are named (quite literally) because they frame the stamp. So if you ever wonder if there are dies to match Tim's stamps, check and see if there is a framelits set.

I had so much fun using the flower jar sets to make a card for the Bloomin' Marvellous challenge that I wanted to share how I made it and even made a smaller card and a tag too. Here's how (click on each image for a closer look)...

Step 1: Squish antique linen and frayed burlap distress oxides onto the craft mat portion of the glass media mat and spritz with water.
Step 2: Pull distress mixed media heavystock through the antique linen distress oxide.
Step 3: Dry with a heat tool.
Step 4: Spritz the frayed burlap distress oxide with lots of water to wash out the colour and drag the edges of the heavystock through it and dry with a heat tool.

Step 5: Ink up a background stamp with frayed burlap distress ink and mist with water, (I used Tim Holtz Slight Alterations CMS060)
Step 6: Holding the stamp in your hand (without a grid block) gently stamp in random places on your background,
Step 7: Blend frayed burlap distress ink into the edges of the background with a blending tool.

Step 8: Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, stamp a background stamp over the heavystock, (I used Tim Holtz Etcetera CMS302).
Step 9: Distress the edges with a paper distresser tool and blend in walnut stain distress ink with a blending tool.
Step 10: Create a a faux background with Tim Holtz Design Tape. Adhere around the edges of your cardstock. Simple right?!
Step 11: Stitch the edges of both backgrounds using a sewing machine. For those of you with "the fear" you could use the Tim Holtz Ornate Trim stamps (CMS326) as an alternative to sewing. ;)

Step 12: Gather the flower jar stamps (CMS297) and framelits dies.
Step 13: Stamp onto heavystock using archival ink.
Step 14: Colour the stamped images with distress markers and then brush over the top with a water brush and dry with a heat tool.
Step 15: Position the framelits dies over the matching stamped image, secure with a tiny piece of design tape and run it through your die cutting machine, (I used my sidekick). I know it seems like a waste to use design tape in this way, but I honestly haven't found a better tape for this. It stays in place but also peels away without tearing your cardstock or leaving a horrible sticky residue.

Step 16: To create the flower stems in the bottom of the flower jar, stamp the stem of one of the flower jar stamps onto heavystock, run a distress marker down each one and mist with water. Die cut the stems, (or you can fussy cut these if you find it faster).
Step 17: Adhere the stems inside the jar making sure they meet the twine bow to look as though they continue up to the flowers*. Blend walnut stain distress ink into the edges of the flower jar with a blending tool.
Step 18: Cut a large and small jar from acetate, (Sizzix packaging from the BIGZ dies is perfect for this too). As the acetate is quite thick, I recommend using a precision base plate for this, alternatively, just keep running it through your die cutting machine until it cuts. With the base plate, it cut through in just one pass.
Step 19: Run a few dots of collage medium glue along the bottom and top edge of the flower jar, adhere the die cut acetate piece over the top and hold in place for a few minutes until dry. Adhere the separately die cut twine bow over the top of the acetate.

*If, once you have assembled your flower jars, you can see where the stem ends, snip a couple of leaves of foliage and adhere under the twine bow to hide the join.

Step 20: Stamp and fussy cut a small and large flower jar lid. Using a craft knife, cut a hole into the lid top. I cut directly onto my glass media mat and it didn't scratch the tempered glass or dull my craft knife blade. This glass media mat is a serious game changer for me!
Step 21: Poke your flower stems through the hole in the lid. You may need to snip off some of the leaves near the base of your foliage to get it to fit through the lid. Secure in place at the back with a dot of distress collage medium and a strip of design tape over the top. Once dry (takes seconds) trim the stems flush with the bottom of the lid.
Step 22: Adhere the lid to the top of your flower jar with distress collage medium.

Step 23: Using distress collage medium, adhere JUST the flower jars to your background, leaving the flowers to lift slightly from the card/tag and give a nice dimensional look.

 A5 card 
 #8 Tag
 A6 card

I hope you have enjoyed this Saturday showcase and take a look at the current Bloomin' Marvellous challenge. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I hope you have a great and creative weekend.