Monday, June 29, 2020

Challenge Winners - Positively Pensive

It is time to announce our winners for the 'Positively Pensive' challenge. Thank you to everyone who entered and played along with your wonderful projects including the use of a ballpoint pen. The Design Team really enjoyed seeing how you incorporated this element in them.

We had several favourites and it was a really close run thing, but after much deliberation the team chose this fantastic tag by #10 Lyla Larimore (A Chief's Wife's Heart's 'aFire) as the overall winner. We loved how Lyla had used a pen to enhance and embellish elements on her amazing 3D tag. As ever Lyla has shared a full step out of her process for creating it which you can see on her blog here.

Congratulations to Lyla 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 Carol (Carol Stamps) #8 Jo (Let's Art Journal) and #9 Lagene (InkyLageney).

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 #6 Elly (Elly's Creaties)! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge from all of us here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog  and congratulations to all our winners.

The current challenge 'Cattywampus' can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, July 7th at 11:55 pm EST so we hope you will join us.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Floral Tags

Welcome to the last Saturday Showcase of June 2020 here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog. To round off the year the Design Team have all created tags with a floral theme and each one has it's own tutorial. All the tags are shown below (click on the images to see them up close) together with a link to each of the blog posts that will explain in more detail how they've been made.

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Maggi Harding - Scrap, Travel & Bark!

Sara Emily Barker - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot 


We hope you've enjoyed seeing how these floral tags were made. Remember there's still time to link your own projects to the current 'Cattywampus' challenge which runs through Tuesday, July 7th to be in with a chance of winning.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Guest Designer - Ann Chuang

It is time to say hello to our Guest Designer for the Cattywampus challenge.  Ann Chuang of Ann Chuang Crafts was the Design Team's top pick from the Oh Man challenge.

Hello everyone, My name is Ann Chuang. I’m so pleased and honoured to be here as Guest Designer today. I live in Taiwan. I started crafting about 2012. At that time, I started crafting about 2012. At that time, I started making very simple cards that would take me hours to make, but the look of pure joy that people give you after receiving a handmade card is worth every second! I have always liked creating, inspiration comes from random places. I love to share my love of stamping/cardmaking with everyone.

For the Cattywampus challenge here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog I had lots of fun creating this card. I took inspiration from the crooked castles stamp set that is in my stash - I hope you like it!

I used Distress Inks, Texture Paste and Distress Embossing Glaze to make the background and colored the castle images with distress inks.

I wrinkled the vellum paper and used a stapler to fix it under the panel.

Thanks so much for having me as Guest Designer. I hope that you are inspired by the challenge too and are able to join in the fun! You can find the rest of the process on my blog. Hope to see you there.

Thank you. Ann x

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We encourage you to check out the details of Ann's Cattywampus project and all the rest of the fabulous creations she has on her blog. Once you are done, come on back and join us for this fun challenge, which runs through 11:55 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 7th and can be found HERE.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Welcome to a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! It's Sara Emily here, and I'm hosting this challenge which I call 'Cattywampus'. Here's my challenge to you...

'Cattywampus is a funny sounding southern slag term I hear a lot around the house. According to the On Line Slang Dictionary it has several meanings including "appearing off center, diagonal from, crooked or not level, appearing askew, tilted or lopsided". Taking inspiration from any one of these definitions, include something cattywampus in your vintage or shabby chic project. Be sure to tell us what that cattywampus thing is; we might miss it!'

The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, 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 these fabulous projects to get you started. To see what's cattywampus  and to see all the details of their projects, just click on their blog name to be taken directly to their blog.

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Maggi Harding - Scrap, Travel & Bark!

Sara Emily Barker - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

After you have checked out these amazing projects, we hope you will come on back and share your own vintage or shabby chic projects including something cattywampus with us using the link below. We can't wait to see what you make! Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Decor Frames and Stencils

Hello, it's Sara Emily here! It's time for our Saturday Showcase feature, and today I'll be shining a spotlight on Tim Holtz Decor Frames Bigz Die by Sizzix and Tim Holtz Layering Stencils by Stamper's Anonymous.  Linda has the Decor Frames in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and also offers an extensive stock of stencils. I have two projects to share with you and then, as promised, I'll share my steps on how I made my background and Decor Frame for my DT project for our current challenge, 'Positively Pensive'. 1

First here are some close ups of the card. 2 3

Now, let's get started with making the card shown above.

Die cut the rectangle frame from Metallic Kraft Stock in silver. Using a ball point pen that is dried up and the Halftone stencil, outline circles randomly on the frame.

Apply Black Soot paint over the surface and dry.

Now do the same with Picket Fence paint.

Apply a second coat of Black Soot paint. Allow to sit until paint is just dry to touch.

Using a clean cloth, vigorously wipe the frame, switching to another clean area of cloth as soon as it becomes soiled. This will leave the paint not only in the recesses, but some on the flat surface as well, giving it a vintage patina. 4

Cut a second frame from black Classic Kraft Stock, gently sand and adhere metallic frame to it, offsetting slightly.

Next, I use the same technique on a lightly sanded metallic panel that will become the focal panel. I used the mini Splash stencil from set #26.

I cut a panel of Cracked Leather Cardstock that will be my background, and lightly color around the edges with Cracked Pistachio Paint and dry.

I sprayed it with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain and dried. I wasn't totally happy with it, so I lightly brushed it with Patina Green Matte Wax on my finger to lighten it up a bit.

To finish the card I chose a couple of metallic flowers from Adornments Florals pack and colored them with Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough paint and Mushroom alcohol ink. I also chose some Field Notes ephemera pieces and unified them by applying Black Soot crayon thinned with water to each of the pieces.   I used a Wildflower Stem die cut from my stash that was cut from black card and smudged with Patina Green wax. All of my elements were assembled and adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte. 5

Here's a quite different card I made with another rectangle Decor Frame die cut and lots of stencils.  I'll share my steps following some close ups. 6 7 8

Let's get started...

I start by making my Decor Frame, not really knowing how this will all come together. (Sometime you just have to play and let your creativity take on a life of it's own.)

1. Paint Decor Frame die cut from chipboard with Chipped Sapphire paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.

2. Apply coat of Collage Matte Medium to seal the color. Allow to dry thoroughly. (collage medium omitted in photo)

3. Apply Crackle paste through the Falling Stars mini stencil (set #38 ), sprinkle with Antique Linen Embossing Glaze and allow the paste to dry. When it's dry, heat the powder to melt.

I recently got my hands on a large supply of medical tapes when our local movie studio sold off some of it's props, including rolls of cloth and paper washi style tape (directly above). Inspired by teammate Suzz,  I wanted to try some stenciling on them to make my own washi tapes. I used ink and then spray on the cloth tape and paint and spray on the paper tape above. I ended up only using the striped tape on my project.

I used Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink and blended it through the Stripes Mini stencil onto a scrap. (Not pictured; I later cut Stacked Postage from it to back the Decor Frame.) I sprayed the inky stencil lightly with water and flipped it onto a watercolor panel to make a monoprint (shown in photo above).

I blended Chipped Sapphire ink through the Stars stencil.

And spritzed with water to allow the ink to bleed.

I spritzed a little Antique Linen spray on my mat and sprayed it with water. I dipped the panel into the watery color here and there, drying between dips so as not to allow the background to blend too much.

After drying the panel, I blended with Antique Linen ink and added some of my tape. I then did some stamping with Black Soot ink and the script stamp from Tiny Toadstools and Tiny Text in Archival ink.  A couple of old Remnant Rubs spell out a few more descriptive words. I later blended the edges with Chipped Sapphire ink.

Now I start on the back panel. I used the mini rays, mini falling stars (both from set #38) and regular Stars stencils and Translucent Grit paste on silver Metallic Kraft stock and allowed the paste to dry.

After trying a bit of Chipped Sapphire paint on the panel, I decided it needed to be roughed up a bit to allow the paint to grab better. I buffed the surface with steel wool. 9

I scribbled Tarnished Brass crayon over the embossing and heated to bake it into the surface. From here on, it looks like I forgot to take process photos, but you can see by the close up photos that I painted a coat of Chipped Sapphire paint over the edges of the background that would show and sprayed with water. I allowed the watery paint to mingle around the stenciled rays and stars by tipping the panel as I dried it. Lastly, I applied more of the crayon to the embossing and then edged with Faded Jeans Archival ink.

I layer the watercolor background over the shimmery back panel with a layer of fun foam between them and work on my collage. 10

I spelled out July on a scrap on silver metallic kraft stock by adhering Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper die cut letters, and also used the letters to spell out USA. The July panel was embossed with Fired Brick Embossing Glaze and scribbled with Frayed Burlap and Chipped Sapphire crayons. USA was painted with Chipped Sapphire paint.

The patriotic Paper Doll is colored with Chipped Sapphire crayon and a water brush, and Fired Brick Embossing Glaze. I buffed the Fired Brick stripes with steel wool to remove the shine.

A couple of Field Notes Labels were inked and fussy cut and a few ephemera pieces from the Keepsakes pack add to the layers. The Type Chip '4' is altered with paint and crayon. 11

To finish the card, I stamped and heat embossed the quote from Tiny Text onto a scrap and inked it with Chipped Sapphire. 12

And now I'll move on to my Choose to Shine vignette. First, here's how I decorated the oval Decor Frame.

Apply Texture paste through the Ornate mini stencil (set #25) and allow to dry.

1. Paint with Black Soot paint and dry.

2. Swipe just the raised surfaces of the frame with Copper Metallic Wax. (not pictured; see closeup above)

Don't forget to use the 'waste' from the Decor Frames. Here I cut an Oval Decor Frame from a scrap of Wood Grain paper I had already colored in my stash. I'll set the frame aside for a future use. To unify the oval, I blended with Tumbled Glass ink and then splattered it with watery Black Soot paint. I adhered waste chipboard to the reverse side of the oval before adhering to the background to elevate it within the frame.

And now here's the how-to for the background.

1. I chose Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stock and grabbed my defunct pen. I place the Bouquet stencil on the panel and tape to stabilize.  I outline the floral design into the paper. You can see that I scribbled lines within some of the outlines.

2. I blend Matte Wax over the scratched surface and wipe excess with a clean cloth leaving the color in the recesses.

3. I paint over the entire surface with Picket Fence paint, allow to dry a bit, and again wipe excess with a clean cloth.

 I pounce the etched panel with Mushroom alcohol ink applied to felt applicator. I spray with alcohol and dry with my heat tool.  Lastly, I do some stamping with Black Soot Archival ink and Field Notes stamps. Then it's just a matter of assembling the panel and all of it's elements. Closeups and additional details of the completed project can be seen here.

I hope I've given you some ideas on how the Decor Frames can be used in very different ways and  inspired you to use your stencils in a unique way. Remember there's still time to get those Positively Pensive projects linked up! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Bigz Die - Decor Frames
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stencils: Bouquet, Stars, Halftone, Mini Set #25, #26, #38
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Field Notes
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Tiny Text
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Scribbly Butterflies
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack, Keepsakes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera, Field Notes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments Floral
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Type Chips
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Metallic Kraft Stock - Silver, Rose Gold
Tim Holtz Distress Cracked Leather Cardstock 
Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste - Matte, Crackle
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Pen 2pk
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Weathered Wood, Fired Brick, Antique Linen
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad  -  Ground Espresso, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad - Faded Jeans, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad  - Fired Brick
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - Chipped Sapphire, Black soot, Frayed Burlap, Tarnished Brass
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain - Black Soot, Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Paint -  Black Soot, Weathered Wood, Fired Brick, Chipped Sapphire, Picket Fence, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax Paste - Patina Green
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink  - Mushroom
Ranger Embossing Powder - Clear - Super Fine Detail

Monday, June 15, 2020

Challenge Winners - Tickled Pink!

It is time to announce our winners for the 'Tickled Pink!' challenge. Thank you to everyone who entered and played along with your wonderful pink projects. The Design Team really enjoyed seeing them all.

We had lots of favourites but after much deliberation the team chose this fantastic card by #12 Amelia B (Stamped for the Occasion) as the overall winner. We loved how Amelia used up some scraps and combined them with beautiful embellishments, even going as far as decorating the inside too - you can see more on her blog here.

Congratulations to Amelia 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 #5 Erika N (BioArtGal) #9 Jo (Let's Art Journal) and #13 Jolanda.

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 #6 Vicki R! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in this challenge from all of us here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog  and congratulations to all our winners.

The current challenge 'Positively Pensive' can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, June 23rd at 11:55 pm EST so we hope you will join us.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Junk Journal featuring Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stamps and Stencils

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. As part of the current 'Positively Pensive' challenge I put together a junk journal featuring the designs of Wendy Vecchi and some ways of using ballpoint pens to decorate the pages.

If you just want to take a look at the junk journal in more detail here's a short flip through video to show the pages inside - for those who want to know how it all came together I've added a tutorial below;

The Tutorial

As mentioned in my challenge post I took to YouTube to find a way of decorating stamped images with ballpoint pens and found a brilliant tutorial by Alphonso Dunn HERE. Armed with this new found knowledge I stamped and coloured a heap of Wendy Vecchi designed flowers.

To show you this stage in more detail here's just one of the flowers from one of Wendy's older stamp sets, stamped with a couple of coordinating Archival Inks and shaded at different stages with the coordinating ballpoint pens. It's worth checking out the range of Archival Ink colours that Linda has in stock as it's a great alternative to the black ink I am sure we all reach for instinctively.

And here's a close up of some of those flowers, trimmed and inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink.

Next up I used blue, pink and green Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints with my gel plate to create a bunch of coloured papers ready for use on the tea stained pages. As well as using regular copier paper I also pulled prints on some of the white tissue and brown paper that our orders come lovingly wrapped in. It's also well worthwhile looking through some of those scrapbook papers you may have in your stash - I found a couple in mine that worked well once tea stained.

And so now it's on to creating the junk journal - I began by cutting two Pocket Notebook cover pieces from regular cardstock using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboards Die. After gluing them together along the spine I covered the outside with one of the gel plate prints. To add extra decoration I stamped the beautiful lacy flower from Wendy Vecchi's stamp set 'Friends & Art' randomly across the back and front. To strengthen the inside I covered it with fabric, frayed around the edges, before stitching along the edge of the cover. Since at this stage the coloured paper on the outside was already starting to tear a little along the scorelines I embraced that and used a pair of scissors to scuff the paper along those lines.

Below you'll see how I layered a few of the painted papers beneath one of the stamped flowers. Adding a little fabric and some stitching is really effective, as is stamping onto some of the painted tissue before applying it over the flower with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I'm definitely going to be doing this a lot more in future.

Eileen's 'Pocket Notebook' Die has a section for cutting basic pages so I made a few from tea stained copier paper, stamping them with lines ready for someone to journal on. Use the Archival Inks that have been used for the flowers and you get a coordinated look throughout your journal. I would also mention at this stage that if you are not a fan of tea staining paper and card you may prefer to use Seth Apter's 'Tea' Izink Dye Spray. To make more sturdy pages I used a couple of long envelopes, glued together at the top and trimmed to fit as shown below.

Pockets need things to go in them so I stamped the flower images onto the edges of tea stained index cards and postcards with 'Acorn' Archival Ink. Since there was no margin line on the index cards I added one to each of them with the pink ballpoint pen.

Below you'll see how I attached punched strips of patterned paper to the outside of the envelope pages to create pockets. These can be decorated with a mix of the coloured paper/tissue, design tape and lines drawn with ballpoint pens.

Turning to the inside of the envelope pages I added gel printed paper to one side, adding a smaller pocket and part of a stamped flower image. On the other side I stuck down a medium glassine bag from Linda's store and stamped a Wendy flower and phrase onto it with Archival Ink. Since the bag is translucent you can see the tag that's been added inside.

More interactive pages were created using an A4 sized piece of tea stained graph paper; I folded it up to fit inside the cover and then folded it roughly in half. After cutting down the fold line on the folded up piece I glued down one side to create a large pocket for a tag (the page on the left hand side). I left the piece on the right hand side so that it could be folded down to reveal a hidden panel. The right hand flap was stamped with Wendy Vecchi's 'Tiled' Background stamp whilst the pocket on the left hand side was trimmed with a piece of book paper. Flowers were added to both along with more paper, design tape and ballpoint pen lines.

And here's how I decorated one of those hidden flaps with gel plate printed paper, a flower and ballpoint pen marks made by using a stencil from Wendy Vecchi's 'Thank You' Stamp/Die/Stencil set.

All those pockets need filling so I made a bunch of tags, adding gel printed papers, stamping with the 'Tiled' background and design tape to them.

And just a final idea for another pocket to be added to the back of one of the graph paper pages - I found these brown wage packets ages back and decided to decorate a few in the same way as before with papers, tape and hand drawn ballpoint pen lines. I also added a checkerboard pattern to one of the tags using the stencil in Wendy Vecchi's 'Flower Pot' Stamp/Die/Stencil set.

Now here's a reminder of how just a couple of the pages looked when assembled;

Thanks for visiting to catch today's Saturday Showcase tutorial - I hope you've enjoyed seeing some ideas for using Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous designs in combination with ballpoint pens.

There's still time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'Positively Pensive' to be in with the chance of being a Guest Designer here. We look forward to seeing your amazing creations.


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

Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set - Friends & Art
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set - Funky Flower Art