Saturday, November 30, 2019

Saturday Showcase - How to Make a Slider Easel Card

Hello friends, Maggi here to welcome  you to another Saturday Showcase.  Whew, I am still full from all the goodness that appeared on the table for Thanksgiving.  Which is better, Thanksgiving dinner or all the leftovers?  Ha!  Now that's a question to ponder.

Seriously though, it's the season where we like to honor our friends with handmade cards and gifts so I want to show you how to make a slider easel card.  There are so many great Christmas products in  The Funkie Junkie Boutique to choose from that would make beautiful slider cards, so let's get started!

Slider Easel Cards

We're going to make a slider card that is also an easel card. Below is a YouTube link to a short video showing you how to cut and assemble the basic card using measurements of your choice.

Here are two cards I made to show you and they are different sizes and that's the great thing.  You can easily make the card whatever size you like.

This one is 4 1/2" x 6" and is made from Stamperia Winter Boutique papers.

This one measures 6" x 5 1/4" and is made with Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper.

The Video

Easy enough right?  

The Finished Card - Details

This is a view of the card folded down.  Even with the flowers, this card is not too bulky and it could be mailed in a padded envelope .  Leave the flowers off or chose a flatter flower and it would easily fit into an envelope.

Many of Stamperia paper collections include circular elements and sentiments.  I've cut out one of each to embellish my card.  They make pretty but quick work out of embellishing!

The flowers I used are some older Petaloo poinsettias that I brushed with Stamperia's Glamour Gel to add a touch of snow and sparkle.  There are some beautiful Prima poinsettias in the Boutique that would work quite nicely!

In this view, you can really see the slide mechanism pulled out so that the easel stands up.

Stamperia Make a Wish (I used Stamperia Winter Botanic but Make a Wish has similar elements.)

A Horizontal Slider Easel Card

I made this card in the exact same manner as the one in the video, I just altered my dimensions and instead of leaving a 1/2" border around the slider mechanism, I made a 3/4" border on the sides and a 1" border top and bottom.  Why did I do it that way?  That's just what looked nice to me!

Inside the card I stamped a Christmas sentiment  It is easiest to do this before you assemble, but you do have to take care to get your sentiment where you want it.  Another way to do it, is to stamp the sentiment onto something else, cut out and adhere inside.

A Brief Tutorial

Cut 2 pieces of white cardstock 6" x 5 1/4".  Cut out a flap, as show below, on one of the pieces, on 3 sides leaving a 1" border at top and bottom, and 3/4" on either side. Cut a thumb-notch on the same piece as the flap is cut from.  (I have not yet cut the thumb-notch on the photo below.)

Score the flap at the top at 1", score the bottom of the flap at 1/8".  Score the flap in the center at 2 1/8", measuring from the flap top crease line to the bottom of the flap.  (Watch the video to see how this is done if it seems confusing to you.)

Cut another piece of white cardstock 5 1/4" x 4 1/4".  Adhere this piece to the bottom of the flap.  Be sure to watch the video to see how this is done.

Now glue the flap assembly to the 2nd piece of cardstock that is 6" x 5 1/4" on the sides and bottom only.  The slider should be sandwich between the 2 layers and slide out the top.  At this point you should have the basic card with the slider mechanism working.  Now the fun part, embellishing!

I used Tim Holtz's Christmas Worn Wallpaper to embellish my card. First I covered the flap front and back. I thought that white border was rather stark so I cut strips of design paper 1/2" wide and made a frame around the easel.

The slider is easier to operate if there is some sort of pull on it so I glued on a Christmas token.

To serve as a backdrop for my floral cluster I used Tim Holtz's new Mini Tree Rings Die w/Texture Fade to die-cut a couple of tree rings from Core'dinations cardstock.  Then I sanded, inked and glammed the tree rings up with Stamperia gold and white Glamour Gel.  Then some pretty poinsettias, a tidy bow and pine cone charms finish it off quite nicely, don't you think?

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I'm hosting the challenge next week here on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog and I'm hoping to see some slider cards!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Challenge Winners - Fabulous Fall

Today we announce our winners from the 'Fabulous Fall' challenge. Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful projects featuring this season. We really loved seeing them all.

The team chose this stunning Thanksgiving table centerpiece by #3 Ann Barnes (aksbarchitect CREATES) as our overall winner. We loved seeing how she transformed this intricate sleigh into such an eye catching home decor ornament complete with it's glorious Fall foliage.  Make sure to check it out in more detail HERE. Congratulations Ann on being our favourite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog for a future challenge. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now our picks for the three winners of the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Top 3 Badges for this challenge. In numerical order they are; #4 Tracey (hotchpotchcreations) #16 Lyla Larimore (A Chief's Wife's Heart's 'aFire) and #21 Clareene Forbes (In Reene's Room). 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 #2 Helene Huber (2amscrapper)! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again from all of us here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'Lovely Leaves' runs through Tuesday, December 3rd and we look forward to seeing your entries!

Have a great week everyone.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Vintage Christmas Cards With Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper

Hello and welcome to Saturday Showcase, the Design Team's chance to share tutorials and products available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique with you. Our latest challenge is called 'Lovely Leaves', and I've made a vintage Christmas card for my DT project featuring Ideaology Christmas Worn Wallpaper by Tim Holtz and several of his Christmas foliage Thinlits die sets. The gorgeous designs on these papers are reminiscent of vintage Christmas cards and wrappings with the texture and feel of old wallpaper. I would love to wall paper my home in them, but for now, I've just made some Christmas cards.

(more close up photos of my first card HERE)
*click on any photo to zoom in*

Let's get started making!

1. Trim and die cut an oval from one of the Christmas Wallpapers using a Stitched Ovals Thinlits die. Set oval aside for a future use.
2. Smear Wallpaper panel randomly with Crazing and set aside to dry.

3. Die cut the smaller of the two greetings from Christmas Ribbon Thinlits from red card and a second one from white card that has been blended with Old Paper Distress ink.
4. Heat emboss white greeting with Versamark ink and clear powder. Glue this one to red greeting using Distress Collage Medium Matte. Set aside to dry.

5. Trim remaining red card from die cutting Merry Christmas to make first layer. Trim a watercolor paper panel to use as a background to the Wallpaper panel.
6. Using the stamp platform, stamp the wood image from Tim Holtz Lumberjack stamps set in Frayed Burlap ink two times on dampened trimmed water color paper panel. Spritz card with water to blend the join line a little. Dry with heat tool.
7. Ink music image from the old Music & Advert stamp set with Pumice Stone ink. Blot some of the ink from the stamp with a paper towel, and make that impression at the center of the panel. Dry. Blend panel with Frayed Burlap ink. Splash with water droplets and dry. Adhere to red card.

8. Die cut smaller pine branch and pine cone from the Pine Branch Thinlits set, pine bough and holly sprig from the Funky Festive Florals Thinlits set and a couple of small leafy branches from the  Festive Greens Thinlits set. I used various scraps for this, including watercolor paper, pre-colored and stamped scraps and plain colored cardstock. Using the Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate for Thinlits to cut intricate die cuts and the brushy tool make easy work of this.

9. Color pine cones, pine needles/boughs and holly leaves with Distress Oxides and inks. Heat dry and shape as you are drying. The holly berries were cut from a scrap previously colored with red ink; I think it may be Candied Apple.

10. Machine emboss ribbon from Festive Greens and die cut from Metallic Kraft Stock. While the die cut is still in place, sand, allowing just the high spots to be sanded. Remove the die cut and sand just the edges of the bow and tips of the ribbon with a nail file.
11. Drip bow with Smolder Alcohol Pearl and allow to dry. This adds instant vintage aging to the bow.

12. Scribble Wallpaper panel (previously smeared with Crazing in step 2) with  Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and smooth into the cracks with a damp finger. Rub outer edges and oval rim with Ground Espresso crayon.
13. Assemble card using Collage Medium Matte to adhere all surfaces.

Here are a few tricks I used on the second card...

To add dimension to the frame, I found some corrugated card in the approximate size of my Worn Wallpaper frame to give some body to the wallpaper and add depth to the card. I used the ovals die and my kraft knife to cut the correct sized aperture. I sponged Ground Espresso paint around the edges so the bright color didn't show after assembly.

 I cut a portion of Merry Christmas 5 times, and adhered them to the original die cut to add depth and support the die cut within the recess.

Here is a set of A2 sized cards I made using the Christmas Worn Wallpaper. It was so easy to throw these together start to finish in less than a couple of hours with the help of a Tim Holtz die cut snowflake, Christmas Paper Dolls, Ephemera and Snippets and some sprinkles of Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter. Everything was given a worn vintage look with the help of Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo inks. I'm showing a couple close-ups so you can see the snowy detail.

 I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and that you have found some ideas for using these festive papers. There's still plenty of time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'Lovely Leaves' to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. We look forward to seeing your vintage or shabby chic projects!

Happy crafting! 
Sara Emily

The products were used on my cards and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Christmas Worn Wallpaper
Sizzix Chapter 4 Thinlits Die Set - Pine Branch
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Christmas Ribbon
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Funky Festive Florals
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Festive Greens
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Stitched Ovals
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wreath & Snowflake
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Lumberjack
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Christmas Snippets
Distress ink - Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Old Paper, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Candied Apple
Distress Oxide Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs
Distress Paint Ground Espresso
Distress Crayons Set #3, #5, #7
Distress Collage Medium Matte
Distress Collage Medium Crazing
Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls - Smolder
Stamp Platform
Sizzix Accessory - Chrome Precision Base Plate for Thinlits
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Ranger Embossing Powder - Clear - Super Fine Detail

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Guest Designer - Sandra Rupp

It is time to introduce our Guest Designer for the Lovely Leaves challenge.  Say hello to Sandra Rupp who was the top pick from the It's Halloween challenge.  Sandra can be found on Instagram at srpaperlove.

First I want to send a heartfelt "HELLO" to you Creatives and also a big "THANK YOU" for giving me the chance to be a Guest Designer at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

I live and work in a really romantic City called Heidelberg, germany. Ever since I can remember I have been a crafter with heart and soul. Dirty fingers, colors, pastes, paper, stamps and dies mean the world to me. For about 10 years I was a Demonstrator for a well known German Hobby Company. In this time I had the special fortune to work at German fairs and also to meet greats like Tim Holtz and other famous artists.

Due to the illness of my parents, whom I love very much, I had to take a break. In 2017, I had to say goodbye to my mother. She supported me in all creative projects and that's why I decided to start stamping and mixed media again. I´m sure, that she´s looking from heaven above to see what I do.

But now I want to tell you something about my idea for the theme "Lovely Leaves".

First I thought about leaves in every season of the year. They look so different in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. My idea was born: choose always the same stamps and dies and put them in scene appropriately. This is also important for beginners, because at the beginning we often do not have a range of materials. So I wanted to show how different they can look if you change colours and backgrounds.

Here are the dies, stamps and stencils I used to create every season.

First I used Structure Paste in Gold to stencil the Canvases. After the paste has dried, I sprayed with different colors matching to the Season.

Next I stamped several leaves and colored them in suitable seasonal colors. After cutting them out I did what I really love most and took out my boxes of ribbons, die cut elements, gemstones, embellishments and flowers. Once sorted by seasonal colors it was a pleasure to finish.

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We certainly are fortunate to have not one but four gorgeous projects from Sandra and they definitely show the versatility of our crafting supplies.  To see more of Sandra's work, check out her Instagram page.

When you have finished come on back and share your leafy project with us.  The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm on Tuesday, December 3rd.

Don't forget to check in on Saturdays to see what our designers have for you when they present the Saturday Showcase.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lovely Leaves

Hi there everyone, Jenny here with you to host the latest challenge here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. For this one I've chosen the theme 'Lovely Leaves'. At this time of year leaves take over from flowers as the stars of Nature's display - the deciduous ones take on beautiful Autumnal hues before falling to the ground, whilst the evergreen ones keep our gardens from looking bare as we wait for new flowers to appear in the Spring. For this challenge make sure to add leaves (or even Pine Needles if you like) to your vintage or shabby chic projects.

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.

Our amazing Design Team are here to kick you off with their projects for this challenge. Simply click on their blog names to find out more about their makes.

Maggi Harding - Scrap, Travel & Bark!

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Ginny Nemchak - Polly's Paper Studio

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Sizzix Fall Foliage Die Ranger Distress Stain Sprays Ranger Layering Stencil Woodgrain For The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Now it's your turn to get creating - we'd love to see how you feature those Lovely Leaves in your designs. Use the link below to enter and be in with a chance of winning.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Christmas with Tim Holtz Yuletide Gatherings Stamp Set

Hello, it is Cec here and today I am presenting the Saturday Showcase.  I have made a couple of Christmas cards and a tag to share with you featuring the new Yuletide Gatherings Stamp Set from Tim Holtz.

For the first card I started with a piece of watercolour card stock cut slightly smaller than my 5" x 7" kraft card blank and inked it by smooshing it through some Tea Dye, Scattered Straw and Old Paper Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz).

Next I added some stenciling with Mini Stencil #19 (Tim Holtz) and Old Paper DI.  A little more stenciling was added after the large image was stamped on the panel.

Once it was dry I stamped the large image from the set with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).

The image was  coloured using a water brush (Tim Holtz) and a variety of Distress Inks - Old Paper, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Fired Bricks, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Pine Needles.

I also stamped the small poinsettia image on another piece of watercolour card and coloured it with the same Distress Inks that I used in that portion of the large image.  Once the image was dry I fussy cut it and added it on top of the large image with some dimensional foam.  The edges of the panel were inked with Gathered Twigs DI before it was added to the card blank.

I cut a piece of card stock and ran it through an embossing folder called Starry Night (Sizzix) and then rubbed over the strip with Gold Wax Paste, inked the edges with Gathered Twigs DI and added it to the panel along with a computer generated sentiment that was also inked with Gathered Twigs DI.

Some seam binding was dyed with Antique Linen DI and formed into a loopy bow that was tied with another loopy bow of burlap string.  A pine cone charm was altered with some Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink (Tim Holtz) and added to the bow.

The second card blank is also kraft card stock and measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I started the layering with a panel of Gold Metallic Kraft Stock (Tim Holtz).  Next came a panel of cream card stock that was embossed with the Starry Nights embossing folder and rubbed with the Gold Wax Paste.

I cut an oval from some green card stock, stamped the small pine branch image with Versamark and heat embossed it with some Gold Embossing Powder.  A computer generated sentiment was inked with Antique Linen DI and added along with some tiny gold sequins.

The little tag measures 3" x 5" and was hand cut from watercolour card stock.  It was inked with Scattered Straw and Old Paper DO before I splattered it with water.  The small poinsettia image was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and then coloured with Ruby, Olive, Evergreen and Ancient Scribble Sticks (Dina Wakley).

I used the Christmas THS030 stencil (Tim Holtz) to add the word Joy in Forest Moss and Peeled Paint DI.  A piece of seam binding dyed with Peeled Paint DI was added to the top and finally a few tiny sequins were glued on.

I always love it when I can use one product in a variety of ways and by using different techniques for stamping and colouring this wonderful set shows how versatile it can be.

Supplies list with links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Yuletide Gatherings CMS390
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pad - Old Paper
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pad - Tea Dye
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pad - Scattered Straw
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad - Old Paper TDP40057
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Peeled Paint TIM20233
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Forest Moss TIM27133
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Antique Linen TIM19497
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Gathered Twigs TIM32823
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Fired Brick TIM20202
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Aged Mahogany TIM21407
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad - Pine Needles TDP40095
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black AIP31468
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Antique Silver Pine Cone 3D Charms - Set of 3
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Gold Mixative TIM22053
Rayon Seam Binding
Burlap String - 12 Colors Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks MDA54733
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks 2
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks 3 MDA65944
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Christmas THS030
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set 19 THMST019
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/8" x 27 Yards
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 Yards
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Tim Holtz Water Brush, Detailer Brush Tip TIP33080
Prima Art Alchemy by Finnabar - Metallique Wax - Vintage Gold
Ranger Embossing Powder - Gold - Super Fine Detail EPJ37408
Starry Nights Embossing Folder (Sizzix)