Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Focus: Venise Lace Appliques

Just a little woohoo!! from Linda... The Funkie Junkie Boutique is back in business!  Come shop with us this week with a 10% off coupon - that's 10% off the already discounted prices that are already 20% off MSRP! Use the coupon code stockup4summer (from 5/16-5/22) and get an extra 10% off.  

And now over to Nancy with her fantastic Friday Focus!

Hello! It's Nancy here today, and it is my honor to present this 'joy' banner for the Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus. The focus this time is on Venise Lace Appliques, and for the next week Linda will be offering an additional 15% off  these gorgeous products at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I began by cutting my banner shapes from Maja's Vintage Springtime Basics paper collection and layering them on to Tim Holtz Grunge Paper for added strength. I crafted the top of my banner with venise lace appliques. I love working with them as they add a shabby chic touch to absolutely everything. I've layered several pieces to craft the tops of my banner. You can purchase this product line in white or hand stained by Linda. I've used a sampling of both here.

The base layer for the top was originally white. I wet down the lace applique and stained the front of the above piece using a mixture of Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Stains. It was darker than I liked so I gave it several good rinses under the faucet. After it dried I found that the back (originally the unstained side) of the piece was the perfect shade to match the papers. The next layer of my topper is a heart stained in a mixture of Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose using the same technique. The tiny flower buds in the center of each heart arrived perfectly hand stained by Linda!

For the pale yellow topper I used a mixture Scattered Straw and Antique Linen in the same method as the other stained pieces. Once again the back of the piece was just the right color for my banner. The center heart was stained in the same way as the lavender banner topper, but came out looking more blue. It ended up being just right for the creamy base layer.

The pink topper is once again the Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose Distress Stains, the unstained back becoming just the right shade for the papers after a few rinses. The center heart is stained in the Scattered Straw and Antique Linen. 

The letters were cut using the Alteration's Word Play die and Grunge Paper, then painted with Tattered Rose Distress Paint. The plain center circles were cut using Alteration's Sized Circles die and Maja's Vintage Springtime Basics paper collection. The Venise Lace hearts were beautifully stained by Linda, adding the perfect finishing touch for my banners. 

Once all my pieces were completed I adhered them to a length of lace using Ranger Inkssentials Wonder Tape. It is the strongest tape I've ever used and perfect for use with lace. I added some lace bows around each banner piece and attached some more of Linda's stained rose buds to the center of each.

Thank you so much for visiting today! Don't forget about the 15% discount on Venise Lace Appliques at the Funkie Junkie Boutique! Once you try Linda's stunning laces you'll be as addicted as I am.  I wish you a week filled with joy and crafty fun! 



  1. What a magnificent banner Nancy!!! I love the way you've recoloured the lace pieces to work together perfectly. Jenny x

  2. There is nothing so feminine as Venise lace and your banner is gorgeous Nancy, feminine, delicate and very, very beautiful! Anne x

  3. Be still my heart! Nancy, this is exquisite! I love the way you have dyed the Venise lace - it came out gorgeous. Your banner is an absolute delight. What a great way to use these lovely appliqués!


  4. Absolutely beautiful Nancy! Fantastic layering of the lace and the die cuts. Sue C x

  5. This is so feminine, so pretty, so shabby and so unique. I hope that tells you how much I love it.