Thursday, August 15, 2019

Guest Designer - Lisa Hoel

Please say hello and give a warm welcome to our Guest Designer for the Let's Do It Again challenge.  Lisa Hoel of Creative Juice, Fresh Squeezed was the Design Team's Top Pick from the Water, Water, Everywhere challenge.

Hello, my name is Lisa Hoel and I’m a lifelong craft lover. I’ve been ‘arting’ ever since I first picked up a crayon! Paper crafts have been my main focus for the past fifteen years or so and I love to make detailed, layered, textured, mixed-media type projects. I am not usually a clean and simple type artist. ;-) My background is in graphic design and I'm blessed to be married to the greatest guy in the world and have two dynamic boys.

I created an altered Altoid tin garden scene back in 2012 but was inspired to "Do It Again" to incorporate more details and Tim Holtz dies and Idea-ology pieces that didn't exist the first time around.

Here is a side-by-side photo of the original project (on the left) and the do-over (on the right) so you can see the differences.

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You can see all the details of the original altered tin here and then you will want to see how the new version of this wonderful project by Lisa came together by clicking here.

Once you have checked out Lisa's projects, come on back and share your "made again" creation.  The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, August 27th,

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Let's Do It Again!

Welcome back to another Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge! It's Sara Emily here to host our new challenge called 'Let's Do It Again!'.  Have you ever made something that you wish you could do over? Perhaps it was a technique you tried and didn't get the results you were hoping for. Maybe you didn't have just the right product you wanted to make your project just perfect. Or maybe a friend asked you to make something like it for them. Now's your chance for a do-over. Choose one of your own posted vintage or shabby chic projects and do it over with a bit of a twist. Be sure to link back to the post of the project you are making over and tell us why you wanted to do it a second time and what's different about it this time. We like to see your entry be in the vintage or shabby chic style we prefer.

The winner will earn a 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.

The Design Team has created some wonderful 'Do Over' projects to get you started:

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Sizzix Timekeeper Die Sizzix Tattered Butterfly Stampers Anonymous Entomology For The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Sara Emily -  sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Ginny Nemchak -  Polly's Paper Studio

After you have checked out these fabulous projects, we hope you will come on back and share your Let's Do It Again projects with us using the link below. We can't wait to see what you make!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this time.  I am going to share a couple of projects I made with the Scribble Sticks from Dina Wakley.

The Scribble Sticks are the shape of crayons you used as a kid but don't have any wax in them, which is the part I love the most.  They react with water, are highly pigmented and can be used in a variety of ways.  There are three sets and the colours are the same as the Dina Wakley paints.

For my first project, I made a tag.

I started with a 4" x 8" tag that I cut from mat board because I needed something that would stand up to wet media and didn't have any of the many options available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique that are perfect for this type of project.

Some chipboard honeycomb bits that my husband cut for me on the laser cutter were added next and then both sides of the tag were covered with White Gesso (Dina Wakley).

Next I dry brushed some Lime Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) over both sides of the tag.  I used a Mini Mister (Tim Holtz) to spritz the front with water and let it run.

I used the Lime and Olive sticks to scribble on the tag in random areas (I added some Peacock but forgot to include it in the photo).  To blend the colour I dipped a paint brush in water and went over the scribbles.

To add more colour, I dropped water in a few spots on the tag and dipped the Evergreen stick in the puddles until I got the amount of colour I wanted and then moved the tag around to let it run.

I continued to drip colour on the tag alternating it with bits of White Gesso rubbed on with my finger until I was happy with the background.

Some Magenta was scribbled through a Polka Dotty stencil (Wendy Vecchi) on the top right and bottom left corners and then leaving the stencil in place, I blended it with water.  I found it bled a bit so while it was still wet, I gently patted it with some paper toweling and quite liked the result.

I added some additional stenciling with a Burlap Stencil (Tim Holtz) and Pink Peony Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).  Next came some stamping with Orange Blossom Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and a star in a circle stamp (Tim Holtz).  I found these elements a bit dark so I knocked them back with some watered down White Gesso rubbed on with my finger and then I stamped some Text from the Entomology set (Tim Holtz) and Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).  Some splatters of white paint were also added.

The medium flower from the Fancy Florals set (Dylusions) was stamped onto watercolour card stock with Versamark (Tsukineko) and heat embossed with clear embossing powder (Ranger).  I coloured all three flowers (the third one was out of camera range) with the Magenta stick.  This time I dipped my paint brush in water and then rubbed it against the bottom of the stick to pick up some colour before I applied it to the card stock.  I went back as many times as needed to add some shading.  I also made sure I coloured outside the lines so I could see where to fussy cut - any other time I would be making sure I didn't go outside the lines.

To make the topper, I dyed some seam binding with the Evergreen stick by dripping water about the size of a quarter onto my kraft mat and then dipping the end of the stick in it.  Note: Because the end of the stick softens in the water be sure to set it down where the end can hang over the edge until it dries so you don't lose any pigment by letting it rub up against something.

The sentiment words are stickers from the Big Chat collection (Tim Holtz) and they have been added to strips of card stock painted with the Evergreen stick.  One flower was adhered with Scor Tape and the other two with dimensional foam dots.

For my second project, I made an art journal page.

I started creating the background by mixing the sticks in little puddles of water and then dripping them on the substrate using a pipette.  To control the flow of the colour I used the end of the pipette to move it around rather than picking the sheet up because I didn't want long runs of colour.

I added some stenciling with a Harlequin Stencil (Tim Holtz) and Deep Purple Archival Ink (Ranger) as well as the Dots and Stripes Borders Stencil (Wendy Vecchi) and Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).  Then I took a brayer and rolled a thin coat of White Gesso over the whole page.

I used the Elephant stick to add some Asemic writing and went over it with a barely damp paint brush.

I hand cut some hearts from watercolour card stock and painted them with the Magenta and Blackberry sticks using them on their own as well as mixed together.  When they dried I added wiggly borders with a fine Pigma Micron pen (Sakura).

The next step was to stamp each heart with text from the Entomology set using Watering Can Archival Ink.  That was followed by stenciling using the Checkmate Stencil (Wendy Vecchi) and Twisted Citron Distress Ink (Tim Holtz, the Dots and Stripes Borders Stencil (Wendy Vecchi) and Picked Raspberry DI and finally the Bubble Stencil (Tim Holtz) and Picket Fence DI.

I painted some punched flowers with the Cheddar stick and added spiral centres with a Purple Glaze Pen (Sakura).  The hearts were adhered to the page using Scor Tape and the flowers were added with dimensional foam.  Finally I added a sentiment of words from the Big Chat sticker collection mounted on top of card stock painted with the Evergreen stick.

Dina says that the Scribble Sticks can be used on top of her paints so I painted a little manilla tag from the office supplies store with some of her Lime Acrylic Paint and then added marks.  I found that a barely damp paint brush was the best way to blend the marks but keep them distinct.  If you have too much water the pigment moves too much.

I also tested the bright coloured sticks on Kraft card stock and found the colours stayed lovely and vibrant.  I really should have tried to see what happens on black card stock.

I hope you will give these a try.  I love them and my very artistic Granddaughter saw them and tried to talk me out of them because she thought they were fabulous - I prevailed and they are still in my craft stash and not in hers.

Supplies used with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for those used or suggested:

Dots and Stripes Border Stencil (Wendy Vecchi) - no longer available
Fancy Florals Stamp Set (Dylusions) - no longer available
Tags (Various)

Monday, August 5, 2019

Challenge Winners - It's Heating Up

It is time to announce the winners for our 'It's Heating Up' challenge.  Thanks to everyone who took the heat of summer, translated it into a creation and then shared it with us.  We loved what you all made.

The team chose this wonderful panel featuring The Professor submitted by #5 Lyla Larimore.  You can check out all the detail she put into this project by clicking HERE.  Congratulations to Lyla on being our favorite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now for the team's picks for the three winners of Top Pick badges - in numerical order we have #8 Jane (Jane's Journal), #10 Lynn (Experiments in Paper) and #12 Elly (Elly's Creaties).  Make sure you click on their name so you can be taken to their blog and check out all the details of their wonderful projects. 

Please email Linda at for codes for your Top 3 badges.  We know you will want to display them proudly on your blog.

And now to announce the lucky person who was randomly chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Congratulations to #1 Carol (Carol Stamps).  Make sure you check out her project as well.  Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge and congratulations to our winners.  The current challenge 'Marvelous Metallics' runs through Tuesday, August 13th at 11:55 pm EST and we we look forward to having you join us.

Friday, August 2, 2019

It's Time for the August Give-away at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Congratulations to our July craft box give-away Shermi L.

We have another great craft box give-away and you could be the August winner!  This month's give-away contains Finnabair Vintage Trinkets, Pumpkin Liquid Pearls, Prima Wood Trinkets, fall themed scrapbook paper and more!

Click below to enter.  The contest is open through the end of August, no purchase necessary.  We hope to see your name come up as our August winner!