Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Graphic 45 Glorious Garden Goddess

Hello, Friends! Kathy here with a brand new Saturday Showcase feature. This is where we take time to shine a spotlight on some of the products available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Graphic 45 has recently released their Garden Goddess Paper Collection, and I have fallen hard for it! This vibrant garden themed papers are accented with gorgeous Art Nouveau style images, beautiful sentiments and intricate patterns.

I love to create projects that showcase all that a collection has to offer, so I designed a very simple 7" x 5" card folio with a 1/2" spine. Distressed/painted edges, machine stitching, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, textiles, florals, and metal charms give this folio a wonderful shabby chic vibe.

Many of you have asked how I create these 5" x 7" card folio bases, and I answer that question during the video tour of this folio. So for now, we will just take a little peek at some of the inside elements.

This is a simple folio with waterfall feature on the left and a pocket/folio insert on the right.

The waterfall is made up of six 4 1/4" x 4 3/4" and is held shut with a magnetic closure.

The area behind the waterfall houses an interactive flap and insert page that makes room for even more photos.

The pocket page on the right contains a 4" x 6" folio with magnetic closure. I just love the sayings in this collection!

There are 8 panels in the folio, and I managed to work in some fun spots for journaling and inserts.

While I had the collection out on my work space, I decided to use my scraps to create some Mixed Media tags.

The base for both tags is a Graphic 45 Large Kraft Tag. The mixed media background is created with the Tim Holtz 3-D Botanical Texture Fade. I can't seem to get enough of that tool! This time, I tried a few new mediums on the embossed tags, and I'll share that process with you in the video below.

The generous size of these tags allowed me to score a pocket on my second creation. And of course, where there's a pocket....I will fill it!

I hope I've managed to share my love for this glorious collection with you. To take a closer look at these projects, please enjoy this short YouTube video.

Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you find time to get your craft on this weekend!


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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! 😃