Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday Showcase: Mad Hatter's Tea Box and Mini Album Tutorial with Stamperia Alice

Hello, Friends!  Kathy here with this week's Saturday Showcase. The current March Madness challenge invites us to create an Alice in Wonderland inspired project.  I created  a super cute  (almost) ATC sized  mini album in a box using Stamperia's Alice collection. Today I'm sharing the details, tips, ideas,  and a tutorial for that project. So go grab a cuppa and a snack because this is a photo heavy post.

One of the things I love about working with Stamperia papers is that they take the trouble to build all the wonderful mixed media effects we love so much right into the paper design.  Another great feature of these papers is that (almost) everything you need to create a project like this one is contained in one 12x12 paper pad: tags, fussy cuts, focal images, circular elements, borders, and backgrounds are just waiting to be brought to life. 

The Graphic 45 Clock Die provides a nice backdrop to the fussy cut teapot that serves as a focal image.

TIP: Back your focal image with foam adhesive to add depth and dimension to the design.  

The base for this boxed album is a Graphic 45 ATC box.  The box measures a dainty 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" and contains 3 Graphic 45 Kraft ATC tags with a brass binding ring. I've used the tags to create a faux lock on the front of the box.  I've dangled some antique bronze teacups, a teapot and a white rabbit charm from the binding ring. 

TIP:   Score each tag  1 1/2" from the domed edge and burnish well with a bone folder.  Then die cut the tag liner using the matching Graphic 45 die.  Cover the tags, then score a second time before adhering the tags to the box lid and bottom. 

I pulled this miniature spoon from vintage spoon collection and used it to decorate the spine of the box.  The bun feet are made by stacking wooden Bingo chips which are then wrapped with 1/2" Scor-Tape and a strip of designer paper. 

TIP: Glossy Accents is a great for attaching metal embellishments to a project.  Just add the spoon as the last detail, then set aside for 24 hours to dry.

A Peek Inside the Box

I've covered the inside of the box with panels of paper from the collection.  I'll share the cutting guide for that below this post.

You'll learn how to create the 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" x 1 1/2" mini album base and page units in the video tutorial below.  

I've wrapped the album spine with printed burlap fabric to provide strength and texture to the composition.  Because the album has to fit inside the box, I kept the fussy cut layers flat.  Use 1/2" Scor-Tape to attach the ribbon closure to the album cover.

The album is made up of 3 pocket page units.  Each unit has turn pages, a pocket page and either a flip page or a flap page.  You'll learn the formula for creating these page units in the video tutorial.  Even though this album is small, I had no trouble using the 12x12 papers to decorate it.  I simple scored pages to make accordion style pull out mechanisms, or flaps.  It was all good fun!

My husband's favorite tea adds lovely quotes to the tags, so I save them.  They add a fun element to this album design.  

I've tucked a tea bag into the side pocket of each page unit, just for fun.

TIP: Turn a fussy cut element into a tuck spot by adhering just one edge to the album base.  

This photo gives you an idea of the size of the album.  That's my hand in the photo.  

Here is another example of how you can make a large element fit into a small album.  The bookmark on the right hand page is almost twice as tall as the album base.  To make it fit, I scored a little flap along the bottom border.  Then I scored a second time to create this cute fold out page.

Here is is opened up.  It also folds down to reveal a quote hidden on the page behind.  I turned the second bookmark from this collection into a little magnetic folio.  You'll see that in the video below.

Here's one of the flap pages from the album.

To fit this fussy cut teapot in the center of the page, I scored it down the middle and folded it in half.  then I adhered one side to the album base, folded it, placed adhesive on the back and closed the page over it.  This way, it can span both pages.  Isn't it fun?

And finally, here is another pull out page with an illustration of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.  

Mad Hatter's Tea Box and Mini Album Video Tutorial

If you'd like to take a full tour of the album, then learn how to build the base and the page units, please enjoy this video tutorial.

 I hope I've shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I had such a good time creating this project, and hope you'll give it a go.  You'll find a linked supply list and cutting guide below.

Happy crafting!

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

For the box:  Graphic 45 ATC Box 
  • Inside box 
    • (2) 3 7/8" x 2 1/8" for long sides
    • (2) 2 7/8" x 2 1/8" for short sides
    • (1) 2 3.4" x 3 3/4" for box bottom
    • (1) 2 1/4" x 4 5/8" for inside spine
    • (1) 3 1/4" x 4 5/8" for inside cover
    • Cut the playing cards to 2 1/4" high and wrap around the outside box.
  • Outside box
    • (2) 3 1/2" x 4 5/8" for lid and bottom
    • (1) 2 3/8" x 4 5/8" for outer spine
For the Album

  •  (2) 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" Chipboard Covers 
  • (1) 1 1/2" x 3 3/4" spine
  • 9 1/4" x 4 3/4" kraft paper to cover the chipboard covers
  • 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" kraft paper for the spine mechanism
    • score on the long side at 1 1/2, then (9) 1/2" scores
Page Units

  • 5" x 7 1/4"  Score on the short side at 2 1/2" , long side fold in half and pinch, then score.  Each page unit will measure 2 1/2" x 3 5/8" when folded.  
  • Page liners: 2 3/8" x 3 1/2"
  • Fold out pages: 12" x 2 1/4".  Score every 2 3/8" then trim

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Guest Designer - Val Thorpe

We are pleased to welcome a Guest Designer for the March Madness challenge.  Val Thorpe was the top pick from the Let Me Count the Ways challenge and you can find her work on her blog, Val-Belle's Ramblings.

My name I Val Thorpe and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am married (42 years) to Simon and we have two kids, and three grandkids. I have been crafting most of my life in one form or another and I have been scrapbooking since about 2004. I love to make cards, tags, art journal pages and of course scrapbooking. I am honoured to have been chosen to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie. I have a blog if you would like to see more of what I do - just visit me HERE.

For this challenge I chose to make a tag. I love tags because I can really play without fear of messing up. I started with a white tag 4 ¼ by 8 ½ made from mixed media paper.

I chose to use two silk screen stencils, one is the stack of teacups and the other is the splats and script, and used white acrylic paint through them to create a resist. I love these stencils because you get such a thin coat of paint through them. I let it dry and then covered the tag with a tea dye distress oxide blend. I went around the tag with walnut stain to darken the edges, then buffed it up to reveal the white stenciling. I used a number stamp in a couple of places and watercolour painted the teacups with distress inks.

I added an acetate clock which I cut and added in two places. The characters from Alice in Wonderland I found on line and cut them out and used the quote from the Mad Hatter that says… ‘Have I gone MAD? I’m afraid so. You’re entirely BONKERS. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the BEST people are.’ I ended the tag off by backing it onto a slightly bigger black tag and put some seam binding in white and tea dye with a bit of black twine and I had attached a key to - to the tag and stuck in a couple of big pearl pins and a few flowers.

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To get all the details of Val's tag and see more of her wonderful work, check out her blog. When you are done there. come on back and share your March Madness creation with us. The challenge runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, April 9th and can be found HERE.

Don't forget to check in on Saturday for another inspiring Saturday Showcase and then next Wednesday, the gals on the funkie side of the team will be here to share their March Madness creations.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Seth Apter Baked Velvet Powders and Tim Holtz Typography Collage Paper

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 and kick start your creative weekend. Today I'm sharing the tutorial for two cards made combining Seth Apter's new Baked Velvet Embossing Powders with Tim Holtz new Typography Collage Paper and Wildflower Stems Thinlits Die Sets. Here are the finished cards (click on each image for a closer look);

Let's get started on making these cards. Begin by covering a 6 inch wide piece of white card with the Typography Collage Paper using Distress Collage Medium Matte and a Collage Brush to stick it in place.

Using the Wildflower Stems dies cut various stems and flowers from the Collage Paper card.

Apply embossing ink over some of the thinner stems and cover with the Aegean Sea Baked Velvet Embossing Powder. Since these powders are translucent when heat set you can still see all the detail from the Collage Paper underneath and the various shades of yellow/brown will also affect the colour seen on top.

Repeat the process for the leaf stems, this time using Dusk Baked Velvet Embossing Powder.

Repeat the process for the flower stems, this time using Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture Embossing Powder.

Cut pieces of white card to fit your card blanks and stamp lines of stitching using Tim Holtz Stitches stamp set with Wendy Vecchi Peat Moss Archival Ink. I used a Stamp Platform for this so that I could easily stamp the same images onto separate pieces of white card for each card.

Apply Opaque Texture Paste through some of the Stitched Layering Stencil between the stamping and leave to air dry.

Stick pieces of lace over the stamping - I used Venise Lace Trim and Metallic Gold Crocheted Ribbon, both available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

To finish glue the embossed leaf stems and flowers over the lace and ribbon before adding a Transparent Wings butterfly and stamped sentiment (the two used for these cards came from Wendy Vecchi's new Delightful Art Stamp/Stencil set). Matt the card onto a kraft layer before adding to the card blank.

Here are some close ups so you can see more of the detail;

Hopefully this tutorial will kick start your own ideas for using Seth Apter's new Baked Velvet Embossing Powders and Tim Holtz Typography Collage Paper. Don't forget, if you use tissue in your projects there's still time to enter the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Pass The Tissues, Please!'

All the products used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed below.

Have a great weekend,
Jenny xxx

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pass the Tissues, Please!

Hello and welcome! We really enjoyed seeing all those fabulous Artist Trading Coins in our last challenge! It's Sara Emily here to host our latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and I'm calling it 'Pass, the Tissues, Please!'.

Since we are still in 'cold season', I always make sure I'm stocked up on tissues in my home, in my purse and in the car. For this theme, I would like to see how you incorporate tissue paper into your vintage or shabby chic project. You can use regular tissues, tissue wrapping paper, sewing patterns or even collage paper, rice papers or tissue wrap designed especially for crafting.

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 fabulous Funkie side of the Design Team are up to share their challenge creations - click on each image for a closer look:

Sara Emily -- sarascloset

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Sizzix Wildflowers Stems 1 Stampers Anonymous Fragments Ranger Distress Oxide Sprays For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons


This week the amazing Frilly side of the Design Team are up to share their challenge creations - click on each image for a closer look:

Maggi Harding, Scrap, Travel & Bark

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Now it's your turn to join in the creative fun! We can't wait to see what you will create!

Tomorrow we welcome our latest Guest Designer and 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.

Happy Crafting!
Sara Emily

Monday, March 18, 2019

Challenge Winners - Artist Trading Coins

We are so pleased to announce our winners from the 'Artist Trading Coins' challenge. Thank you to everyone who shared their amazing ATC's with us. The team were yet again thoroughly spoiled for choice when picking our favorites.

(click on the image for a closer look)

Our final choice of overall winner this time was #16 Repolainen who made this amazing set of Artist Trading Coins inspired by dreams of travels to the South Pole. Congratulations to Repo on being our favorite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now our picks for the three winners of the Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices this time in numerical order are; #5 Inkysplatters #12 Clareene Forbes and #17 Deb Riddell. 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 #16 Shermi! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again from all of us here at Frilly and Funkie to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'Pass The Tissues, Please!' runs through Tuesday, March 26th and the Funkie side of the Design Team will be back here this Wednesday, March 20th with some more inspiration for you. We look forward to seeing your entries!

Have a great week everyone.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase today.  I ordered the Wildflower Stems #2 set recently and thought I would share some projects I made with it.

My first project is a little canvas I am calling a field of lilies.  This was a learning piece, which I will explain later.

I started with an 8" square of mat board that I covered in tissue that had been crumpled up and then opened back up before it was glued to the board.  Once the tissue was dry, I gave it a light coat of Collage Medium Matte(Tim Holtz) and then inked it with Peeled Paint and Stormy Sky Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Next I pulled out the dies from the Wildflowers Stems #2 set and cut some stems to be used as "grass" and coloured them using Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) and a water brush (Tim Holtz).

I added some stenciling with Forest Moss Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and the negative of my die cut.  Make sure you take a good look at this because you will see that I  covered it all up in the end - great use for your die cut waste though.

The next step was to cut and colour my lilies.  All the stems were done with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide and the stamen tips with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  This one was done with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.  I did go back and add a bit more shading to all the lilies after the photos were taken.

The colour combo on this one is Fired Brick followed by Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide.

This lily was coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide.

Mustard Seed Distress Oxide followed by Fosalized Amber Distress Oxide was the colour combo for this lily.

I used Dried Marigold Distress Oxide followed by Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide to colour the final lily.

The next step was to glue some of the "grass" to the canvas and then add the lilies.  After they were glued down, I added more "grass" with teeny pieces of dimensional foam.

Finally, I added some butterflies that were punched from this scrap of inked card stock that I found in my scraps stash.  It had been sprayed with Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Cherry Pie and Bubblegum Pink spray inks (Dylusions).

When this little canvas was done, I was looking at it and did not like it.  I wondered why the lilies looked like soldiers standing at attention and then it hit me that I had forgotten to give them some shape.  I decided to share it anyway as an example of what not to do.

The second project I made was a card.

I started with a 5" x 7" card blank.  I made a faux wood fence panel by scoring a piece of card stock, turning it over and dragging some Distress Ink pads (Tim Holtz) over it in this order - Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke and finally Walnut Stain.  This panel was added using double sided tape (Scor).

Next I made the bouquet of flowers.

I cut two lilies and used a water brush to colour them  The stems were done with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and the tops with a combination of Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks.  The stamens tips were coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

These stems were coloured with Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.

By colouring these stems with Peeled Paint, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress Ink, I made them look like flowers and not "grass".

For this greenery, I inked a piece of card stock with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then die cut them.

I created a vase by cutting a bottle shape from a scrap of black card stock and then covering it with some pumice gel.  Once it was dry I sprayed it with Tarnished Brass and Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

I fashioned a loose bouquet from my flowers and added them to the card front.  Notice that I remembered to shape all the pieces.  The vase was added next and then I made a loopy little bow from some burlap string, added a sentiment and adhered it to the vase.

A couple small clean and simple cards came next.  The patterned panel was already in my stash and if my pea brain remembers correctly I made it by blending some Distress Oxides and then removing some of the ink through a stencil with a baby wipe to create the pattern.

The stems were die cut as was the sentiment and both added to the patterned panel.  Finally the teeny bow, which came from a package in one of my orders from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I never throw the little bits of dyed seam binding away that come in those orders because they will always be useful at some point.

This one started when I found a scrap of gloss paper that had been inked with some Alcohol Inks.  Sorry but I can't figure out what colours I had used but I know that I had dripped them on and then dripped some blending solution over them to make them move.

I used a circle die to cut the inked scrap into a circle and then die cut the stem and added it on top.  A die cut frame was added next and then the focal point was added to the card blank.  Finally I matted a computer generated sentiment on more black card stock and added it to the card.

I hope you are inspired by just a few ideas for using the Wildflower Stems.  I know now that I want need the other Wildflower Stems sets because they will all work so well together and provide great design opportunities.

Supplies links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Wildflower Stems #2 by Tim Holtz
Distress Oxide Pads - Tim Holtz
Distress Ink Pads - Tim Holtz
Distress Spray Stains - Tim Holtz
Dylusions Spray Inks
Alcohol Inks - Tim Holtz
Tim Holtz Water Brush, Detailer Brush Tip TIP33080
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte TDA47933
Scor Double-sided Tapes
Burlap String - 12 Colors
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965