Monday, June 21, 2021

Challenge Winners - I'm Feeling Like Royalty

Thanks for joining us today as we announce the winners for our 'I'm Feeling Like Royalty' challenge and thank you to everyone who played along with your regal projects.


The Design Team enjoyed seeing all the entries and in the end picked #6 Chris (pearshapedcrafting) as our overall winner. Her journal page is a tribute to Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Hungary and you can find out more about the page and the Empress on her blog post.

Congratulations to Chris on winning an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. You will be contacted shortly with all the details.

And now our picks of three additional outstanding entries for the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Top 3 Badges. In numerical order they are #3 Tracey (hotchpotchcreations), #8 Roberta Carter Bouvier and #9 Catherine (Catherine's Crafty Corner). Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally for the lucky randomly drawn winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique; our congratulations go to #8 Roberta Carter Bouvier. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge 'Snarky, Sassy and Silly Summer Fun' can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, June 29th at 11:55 pm EST so there's still plenty of time to link your projects.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Graphic 45 Catch of The Day

Hi Everyone! This is my first Saturday Showcase for the Funkie Junkie Boutique! Today I am showcasing one of my favorite paper lines from one of my favorite companies Catch of the Day from Graphic 45! I love their collections because all the colors and patterns are awesome for layering.


Here is what I created;


To create this layout:


Step 1 - gather your supplies - I used the 12x12 paper pack, the ephemera pack, the stickers, and not pictured above as I decided last minute to include them is the mixed color sweetheart blossom flowers.


Step 2 - trim your papers to 12x12, 10x12, 8x12, 6x11, 6x8, 6x9, 6x4 and distress the edges.


Step 3 - gather your ephemera.


Step 4 - For dimension I use cardboard strips adhered to my paper.


Step 5 - start layering your papers as shown and add your photo (s) then add the rest of your ephemera and stickers!

Here are close ups of the details;





I added some cardboard under a few of of the die cuts and stickers to add dimension.



Love all the dimension!

Earlier this week for the challenge I also created with Graphic 45 Catch Of The Day and I still have enough products left to create 2 - 3 more projects!


Thanks for stopping by
Laura

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Snarky, Sassy, and Silly Summer Fun

Hello Everyone! Tera here, as your host to welcome to our newest challenge: 'Snarky, Sassy, and Silly Sumer Fun!'

Is the summer heat getting to you like it is me? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE summer...But, sometimes the heat can make me feel a little extra sassy! Show my you love of all things sassy, snarky , and just plain silly! I love a good bit of snark, so make me laugh!

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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional 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 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'. 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. 

Now, time for some samples from our amazing design team:

Teri Wilson - Teris Mailbox
 

Tera Callihan - The Crafty Sugar Addict


Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot
 




Laura Gilhuly - Angel Scraps
 

Thanks for joining us!


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Collage Backgrounds with Dina Wakley Media

Hi everyone and welcome to another Saturday Showcase, the Design Team's chance to share tutorials and products available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique with you. Today I have a couple more Parisian inspired journal pages to share with you together with a tutorial for creating collage backgrounds using Dina Wakley Media stamps, stencils, paints and gessos. I have used these collage backgrounds to draw architectural images onto but you could easily add flowers, faces or anything else that takes your fancy on to them.

So here's the first of two journal pages, this one featuring my take on the Arc de Triomphe;


The collage background begins with scraps of paper, torn into small pieces and layered together in a patchwork with matte gel medium.


If you don't have much in the way of patterned paper or pieces with text on don't worry because this can be added through using Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper and stencils. I used bits from the 'Elements' collection which are easily torn and applied, again with gel medium; the tissue is great because it is sturdy but thin enough to allow lower layers to show through. For me, I find it looks better if you keep everything in a horizontal/vertical plane rather than just adding patterned pieces at any angle but this is of course personal preference.


The 'Marks' stencil coordinates perfectly with the collage paper collection and I used some 'Black' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint with it to add the chosen pattern elements onto the background.


As mentioned earlier there is no need to worry if you don't have much in the way of paper with text on it because you can use stamps to add them. I took a couple of the phrases from the Dina Wakley Media 'Ledger Girls' stamp set and stamped them onto the collage background with permanent black ink.


To even out the background you then need to use a brayer or palette knife to apply a thin uneven layer of white gesso all over it. You may also want to add a layer of clear gesso over the whole background to ensure the various surfaces react in a similar way to additional layers of paint/ink etc. I also dabbed a used teabag over the surface to stain the surface lightly, giving it a more vintage feel in keeping with the other pages in my journal.


You can see below where I created a similar collage background in the same way for my second journal page - at this point I hadn't added the gesso layers or tea stained it.


I then sketched my drawing of the Arc de Triomphe onto the background, painting it in with white gesso before adding back the missing lines. You could use a stamping platform to do the same thing with one of your stamps.


Layers of 'Sedona' Acrylic Paint, 'Lapis' Scribble Stick and 'White' Acrylic Paint, all from the Dina Wakley Media range, were used to add colour to the image. I drew the details back in with a black Stabillo All pencil and highlighted some of them with a gold pen before adding some asemic writing along one edge. Dina Wakley has a really helpful free video tutorial showing how to do all of this over on Jeanne Oliver's website HERE.


As part of the finishing touches texture paste was applied through the 'Marks' stencil in one corner of the page and I sprinkled gold embossing powder over some of it, waiting until the paste was dry before heat setting the powder. Lace trims were added over the top along with hand stitching and some words - again you could embellish your collage with trims and words from your stash or even use the ones in the 'Ledger Girls' set if appropriate.


Here are a couple of close up photos of the completed first page;



My second page features more of the collage background and another iconic Parisian landmark;


On the second side of the page I've added a gel transfer print showing the view from directly beneath the Eiffel Tower - it is fascinating to see the structure in all its complexity this way.



Thanks for stopping by to see today's tutorial. I hope you've enjoyed seeing how to create this collage background and that it has given you ideas for using it with your own choice of focal images.

There's still time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'I'm Feeling Like Royalty' which runs through Tuesday, June 15th at 11.55pm. We look forward to seeing your creations.
Jenny

Products used to create these journal pages are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper - ElementsDina Wakley Media Mediums - Black GessoDina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - WhitePrima Art Basic Paper Texture Paste

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Challenge Winners - Anything Goes

Thanks for joining us today as we announce the winners for our 'Anything Goes' challenge and thank you to everyone who played along with your beautiful projects.


We had lots of wonderful entries and in the end the Design Team picked #4 Nancy Hill as our overall winner. Isn't that pipework so realistic and so fantastic on the card. Make sure to see more on her blog post.

Congratulations to Nancy on winning an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. You will be contacted shortly with all the details.

And now our picks of three additional outstanding entries for the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Top 3 Badges. In numerical order they are #2 Clareene Forbes, #5 Toni Burks and #7 Sara Emily Barker. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.


And finally for the lucky randomly drawn winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique; our congratulations go to #24 Aimeslee Winans. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge 'I'm Feeling Like Royalty' can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, June 15th at 11:55 pm EST so there's still plenty of time to link your projects.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

I'm Feeling Like Royalty

Welcome back to our newest challenge: "I'm Feeling Like Royalty". The challenge was inspired by the date: June 2nd.

"On June 2, 1953 the then 27 year old Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom. I thought why not honor this event by having a challenge that includes inspiration from royalty. Think crowns, castles, elegant and regal patterns, or gilding your project with touches of gold! Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by royalty!"

The overall winner will be offered the chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, 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. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional 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 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'. 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.

Now onto some inspiration from the design team:  

Tera Callihan - The Craft Sugar Addict


Teri Wilson - Teris Mailbox




Laura Gilhuly - Angel Scraps
 

 Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons


Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot


Come join us and play along and share your art!  
 
Suzz

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Alloys

Welcome to the Saturday Showcase featuring the beautiful Alloy Alcohol Inks! In celebration of the new sizes I thought why not share some inspiration for these beautiful inks.

 

I created two different projects and tried to highlight all the different  uses with the alcohol inks. 


I usually have a hard time covering up the backgrounds because they have such lovely color and movement.

To create this type of background I usually spend a lot of time dripping and layering the alcohol inks. The effect always turns out different every time and can be influenced by the paper you use as well as the time you wait between the layers.
 

I started by putting a large amount of alcohol blending solution on a 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of white Yupo paper. I then dripped on wild plum and sterling. I smeared it all together and let it dry. Sometimes I like to start with a color. I could have started with just the blending solution and leave the white background.

Next I dripped straight onto the dry background the sterling alloy. You can do smaller or bigger drips depending on what effect you want to achieve.

While the background is still wet, I dripped the plum color over the sterling spots and around them.


Next comes the blending solution again to help blend and weaken the colors.
 

I came back and dripped more of the plum into the sterling and blending solution. The metallic alloy has this effect of starting to break up into smaller pieces which is a cool effect.
 

You can continue to drip and blend. I also will take the foam pad with just blending solution and dab it to cause little bubbles of lighter colors into the mix. I didn't on this background because I wanted the metals to break up and be more of a little bits.

My other background on the card ended up like this:

On this background I used both Sterling and Foundry. I also kept letting it dry and coming back. I applied a bit of heat to make the metal bubble up while drying. You have to be careful on the Yupo paper as it will melt and buckle up if you heat it directly. You need to keep the heat gun further away to make sure you don't cause it to buckle.

I loved the metallic alloy and decided to apply it to various surfaces.


I sponged it onto some die cuts of white cardstock and onto paper flowers. It gave a lovely gray edge to the flowers and leaves. It also gave a beautiful metallic sheen to the die cut leaves. 
 

Next I took a few Idea-Ology pieces that were a lovely bronze color and modified them to go with my project.
 

I first sponged on Sterling Alcohol Ink and then directly dripped it onto the surface in places.  It gave it a lovely Patina.
 

I wondered how it would apply over a wood background. I put drops of the Sterling onto my felt piece and then added drips of Blending Solution to make it more translucent. I then sponged it onto the wood surface. I didn't cover it completely. I came back multiple times using just the blending solution to take some of the silver away from the surface. I also used a baby wipe in areas to sponge off the color.

After I finished all my pieces I assembled them onto the background. 

I hope this has you inspired to play with the new Alloy Alcohol Inks! 

Suzz

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