Monday, March 8, 2021

Challenge Winners - Mostly Neutral

It is time to announce our winners for the 'Mostly Neutral' challenge. Thank you so much to everyone who entered with all of your wonderful projects.


The Design Team loved seeing each of the entries with their neutral colour schemes and picked #9 Lyla Larimore (A Chief's Wife's Heart's 'aFire) as our overall winner this time; we were all in awe of her incredible tag which has been so cleverly designed. Make sure to check out Lyla's blog post as she gives a step by step guide showing how she created her tag.

Congratulations to Lyla on winning the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the gift certificate details and Top Pick Badge.

And now our picks of three additional outstanding entries for the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Top Pick Badges. In numerical order they are #10 Lucy (Paper Glitter Glue) #12 Catherine (Catherine's Crafty Corner) and #31 Drea (Drea's Scraps of Inspiration). Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the codes for the Top Pick Badges so that you can display them on your blog.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge from all of us here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge 'Anything Goes' runs through Tuesday, March 16th at 11:55 pm EST so we hope you will join us.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Artist Trading Cards

Today we have a fun Saturday Showcase for you. All the gals on the Design Team are participating in this one and have created Artist Trading Cards that they plan to swap with each other using products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

To get the details and step by step tutorials for each set of ATC's you just need to click on their blog names and you will be taken directly there.

Sara Emily Barker - sarascloset


Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot




We hope you've enjoyed seeing how these ATC's were made. Remember there's still time to link your own vintage and shabby chic projects to the current 'Anything Goes' challenge which runs through Tuesday, March 16th. We look forward to seeing them.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Anything Goes

Hi everyone and welcome to the latest challenge here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. We are going with an 'Anything Goes' theme for the following two weeks and are looking forward to seeing your vintage/shabby chic projects.

The overall winner will  receive a $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And the winner, along with our top three picks from the remaining entries will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

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 'Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge'. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately, we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

The Design Team share their own projects below to get you started. To find out more about each of them click on their blog names.

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations
Sara Emily Barker - sarascloset



Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot




Once you have checked out the details, come on back and share your project(s) with us using the link tool at the end of this post. We always love seeing what you create.


Monday, February 22, 2021

Challenge Winners - Groundhog Day

It is time to announce our winners for the 'Groundhog Day' challenge. Thank you so much to everyone who entered with all of your wonderful projects.


The Design Team really enjoyed seeing each of the entries and picked #4 Tracey (Hotchpotchcreations) as our overall winner this time; we loved her delicately watercolored blooms and stunning embossed notebook cover.

Congratulations to Tracey on winning the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the gift certificate details and Top Pick Badge.

And now our picks of three additional outstanding entries for the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Top Pick Badges. In numerical order they are #11 Judy McKay (In Search of My Creative Side) #12 Jo (Let's Art Journal) and #31 Elle (Empire of the Cat). Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the codes for the Top Pick Badges so that you can display them on your blog.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge from all of us here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge 'Mostly Neutral' runs through Tuesday, March 2nd at 11:55 pm EST so we hope you will join us.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Prima Marketing Paper Collections and Ranger Distress Mediums

 Hello and welcome to another Saturday Showcase where the Design Team gets to share creations and tutorials with you featuring products available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It's Sara Emily here, and I'm sharing a Vignette Tray collage I created featuring one of Prima Marketing's beautiful paper collections and Ranger Distress mediums.

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First, I'll share a few photos of my completed project, and then step by step photos, tips and instructions for creating your own tray.

*click on any photo to zoom in*

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I've used Prima's Pretty Mosaic A4 paper pad, 6 x 6 paper pad and coordinating ephemera pack. As of the writing of this post the A4 pad and ephemera pack have already sold out, but don't worry, Linda has all of her in-stock Prima products on sale for 45% off MSRP while supplies last! You could  use any one of the other beautiful available collections to create something similar. You will want to hurry over for the best selection, because at these prices, they are bound to go fast.

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I love the graphics on Prima's paper collections, and it's these flowers from the Pretty Mosaic papers that tugged at my blossom loving heart and inspired me to make this framed tea cup filled with blooms.

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 I used lot's of different Ranger Distress mediums, pastes and colors to create an aged look to the papers. It really is so easy, and I'll explain further down.

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Tip: Save leftover bits of foam and cardboard to vary the heights of the stems and blossoms to give dimension to your project.

So, now let's get started on the fun part--the making! To keep the post from getting too long, I've prepared collages of my step by step photos and bulleted instructions below the corresponding photo collage.

Prepare the tray.

1. Paint Idea-ology Vignette Tray with gesso. Allow to dry.

2. Trim papers from A4 pad to fit inner and outer walls and back of tray and cut out tiles from 6 x 6 paper pad that will line the inner back wall of the tray.

3. Adhere A4 papers with Distress Collage Medium Matte, and apply a coat of collage medium to all outer surfaces. Allow to dry until just a bit more than tacky. This is only a few minutes, because this stuff dries fast. Spritz with Frayed Burlap Oxide Spray and spritz lightly with water to activate. Dry with heat tool. Because the collage medium hasn't fully dried, the spray bakes into it as it dries and doesn't smear off.

4. Adhere brown patterned strips to inner walls and using a palette knife, spread with Distress Crazing medium about the thickness of mayonnaise on a sandwich. I find this makes for the best cracks--not too thick; not too thin. Allow to dry completely before smearing with Cracked Pistachio and Frayed Burlap Distress Crayons. I do this by scribbling crayon onto my craft mat and lifting the color with a dampened finger and rubbing it over the cracks.

5. Apply Distress Crackle Texture Paste to spines of tray and in random areas on inner and outer walls. Allow to dry completely. Apply Walnut Stain crayon to highlight the cracks as described above. 

Move onto making the tiled background.


6. Adhere the cut out tile squares to a piece of matboard with collage medium, leaving a small space between each tile. I had to trim a few along the edges after they all were adhered.

7. Using a palette knife, apply Distress Opaque Grit Paste in 'cracks' between tiles. Allow to dry.  

8. Apply a layer of Crazing medium to entire panel as on inner walls above and allow to dry.

9. Apply Distress crayon using same technique as previously described. I later used Walnut Stain crayon to edge the panel and splattered lightly with Black Soot Distress paint (not pictured). This panel is adhered to foam core and that is adhered to the inside of the tray.

Time to make the details!


10. I used an old Tim Holtz die to cut a tea cup from the brown pattered paper from the collection. (You could use Eileen Hull's 3D Teacup and Spoon which I've linked below.) I coated with Distress Embossing Dabber and heat embossed with a mixture of Speckled Egg and Cracked Pistachio Distress  Glazes.

11. After cooling then buffing the shine off with steel wool, I edged the die cuts with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and later scribbled with Walnut Stain crayon to make deeper shadows (not pictured). 


12. Fussy cut some flowers from this paper from the collection. I blended the edges with Gathered Twigs ink.

13. Die cut Wildflower stems from water color paper using Tim Holtz Wildflowers, Wildflowers #2 and his new Wildflower Stems #3 sets (pictured above). I colored them with a variety of Distress Oxide inks (see links below for the colors I used) smooshed onto my media mat and spritzed with water along with a waterpen. I seriously could do this all my waking hours!

14. Select some ephemera from the ephemera pack and fussy cut Beautiful Life from the cut apart page in the collection.

15. Blend edges with Gathered Twigs ink (not pictured). 

From there, it was just a matter of layering and assembling all my pieces! Here's one last look at my completed Vignette Tray.

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Thanks for dropping by to see how you can use Prima Marketing's Paper Collections along with Ranger Distress Mediums to make a shabby Vignette Tray. I hope you've been inspired to make some art using a favorite Prima collection and adding a mixed media twist to make them your own.

There's still plenty of time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'Mostly Neutral' which runs through Tuesday, March 2nd at 11.55pm. We look forward to seeing all your creative makes! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Prima Marketing Pretty Mosaic - 6x6 Paper Pad

Prima Marketing Pretty Mosaic - A4 Paper Pad (Link to Prima sale)

Prima Marketing Pretty Mosaic Ephemera Pack (Link to Prima sale)

Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - Cracked Pistachio, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays  - Frayed Burlap

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads  - Gathered Twigs, Kitsch Flamingo

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pads  - Tattered Rose, Kitsch Flamingo, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, Shabby Shutters 

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze  - Speckled Egg, Cracked Pistachio

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing

Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte

Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste 3oz Opaque

Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste 3oz Crackle

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Tray Structures

Sizzix Chapter 1 Thinlits Die Set - Floral Layers #2 by Jen Long

Eileen Hull Bigz L Die - 3D Teacup & Spoon

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Mostly Neutral

Hello and welcome to a new challenge! It's Sara Emily here and I'm calling this challenge 'Mostly Neutral'.

"For this challenge, I would like you to use mainly neutrals, but I will allow you one accent color or use of metallic accents. Let's see how you use beige, ivory, taupe, brown, black, gray or shades of white or any combination of these to make any vintage/shabby chic project you would like."

The overall winner will  receive a $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And the winner, along with our top three picks from the remaining entries will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

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 'Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge'. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately, we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

The Design Team is sharing their mostly neutral creations below to get you started. Click on their blog names to see all the details of their projects.

 Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations


Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot





Sara Emily Barker - sarascloset


After you've checked out all their details, please join us by linking your mostly neutral vintage or shabby chic projects below. We can't wait to see what you'll make!


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Guest Designer - Suzi McManus

It is time to welcome our Guest Designer for the Groundhog Day challenge. Say hello to Suzi McManus of Suzi Mac Crafty Creations who was the Design Team's top pick from the Deck the Halls challenge.


I live in Scotland, married for 43 years with 2 grown up children and 5 beautiful Grandchildren. I started paper crafting 10 years ago when I retired and it has become my life passion. One of my 1st DT positions was with Linda on The Prairie Fairy challenge blog.


I make albums for my female friends and family members for Birthday's, Christmas, Anniversaries etc. I have a few coming up this month so thought I'd make a start on my Album Stash (so to speak)


For this one I used Tonic Studios My Memory Book Gift box collection, which gave me all the basic dies to create the gift box and album.




I chose to use Gi Kerr's Happiness in crafting digital butterfly collection papers to decorate and of course my water colour card to create my handmade flowers and leaves.

The page layouts are created using my imagination so it gives every album a different look and layout.

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To get all the details on how this album and matching box came together along with the gorgeous handmade flowers, pop over to Suzi's blog post. Once you have checked out her blog, come on back and share what repetitive crafting item or technique you use in our Groundhog Day challenge.

The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, February 16th.