Thursday, August 27, 2020

Guest Designer - Wanda Hentges

It is time to introduce our Guest Designer for the It's A Wrap challenge. Say hello to Wanda Hentges of Art By Wanda who was the overall winner from the Christmas Card in July challenge.

Hello!!! I'm Wanda Hentges and am thrilled to be your guest designer for the It's A Wrap challenge. I started rubber stamping in 1999 beginning with making cards and then expanding to all things related to rubber stamping and beyond. I enjoy creating cards, ATCs, altered art, mixed media, jewelry, art journaling, bible journaling, and more. When life is crazy busy even just a couple of minutes being creative can make such a difference in a day.

I've been married for 36 years and we are blessed with children, grandchildren and a great grandchild. Our family all lives close and we get to see the grands often. They are such a joy!!!!

What a wonderful challenge Sara Emily has chosen for us and I had great fun creating a complete wrapping ensemble for somebody's Christmas gift - wrapping paper, tags, and embellishments. Just in case you are wondering; no, I don't have a real present wrapped, and I used removable tape so I can actually use this once I'm ready to wrap.

The wrapping paper begins with a piece of packing paper received in an order. I used Gloss Spray to begin and then stenciled with Distress Paint. I wanted to use products that would dry permanent when creating on the paper.

The set of tags are a perfect match to the paper and allow for writing the name of the recipient and perhaps even a short note.

I have many pictures and complete instructions over on my blog, ArtByWanda. I hope you have time to stop by. There is still time for you to join in the It's A Wrap challenge.

Heartfelt thanks to Linda and the team for choosing my poinsettia card for the Christmas Cards in July challenge and for inviting me to guest here!!

Have a wonderful day!!! Hugs, Wanda

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Once you have checked out all the details about Wanda's fabulous Christmas wrap ensemble, come on back and show us what you have created.  The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm EDT on Tuesday, September 1st.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Challenge Winners - Stencilmania

It is time to announce our winners for the 'Stencilmania' challenge. Thank you to everyone who entered and played along with your wonderful stencilled projects.

The Design Team really enjoyed seeing how creative our players were with stencils and after much deliberation we chose this fantastic card by #10 Birgit Johansson as the overall winner. We loved how Birgit coloured the embossed image and used that delicate stencilling behind it.

Congratulations to Birgit 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 #8 Wanda Hentges #11 Donna Theilker and #14 Mary Ellen.

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 #4 Christi Conley! 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 'It's A Wrap' can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, September 1st at 11:55 pm EST so we hope you will join us.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Foliage Wrap Die By Olivia Rose for Sizzix

 Hello and welcome to our Saturday Showcase! It's Sara Emily with you today to shine a spotlight on the wonderful Sizzix Foliage Wrap die set Linda  carries in The Funkie Junkie Boutique. As promised, I am providing a step by step tutorial for this card I made for our current challenge, 'It's a Wrap'. Traditionally, we think of wraps for wedding, save the date and other invitations, but I wanted to show you just how versatile these dies can be.

Since I didn't use all of the dies in the set, I pictured the entire Foliage Wrap set for you below. The set includes the wrap die and six detailed floral and foliage dies that coordinate with it. I love that I'll be able to use these little dies on other projects aside from just with the wrap. When I get a die set, I like to put them on magnetic sheets and tuck them in a sealed bag or their original plastic envelopes before filing them. These are actually vent covers I purchased from a local hardware store that I cut into sizes I need for my dies.

I'm sharing a few different ways you can use this set, so let's get started with the first all purpose card. I'll show a couple photos of the completed card  (you can find more photos in my challenge post HERE), and then take you through my steps.

The wrap flaps tuck under the butterfly wings to keep the card closed. Un-tuck them and lift the top of the top fold card where you can write a personal message.

First, here's how I made the wrap portion of my butterfly card:

Cut 8.5 x 11 card to 5.25 x 11. Measure and mark at 2.25 and 6.25 inches from the left edge at the top and bottom of the card. Line up the straight edge of the die along the marks at 2.25 inches with design portion of die facing left edge, tape as shown and proceed with die cutting. With a die this intricate, it is helpful to use the Chrome Precision Base Plate for cutting and the die brush/pick from the Sizzix Mini Tool kit to quickly remove all those little bits.

Repeat taping the die in place at the second set of marks and die cutting as shown below. (The back side of the card is facing up.)

Although the die does have a scoring line, I find it helps to score it again before folding it 'closed' and burnishing with a bone folder.

To finish the inside of the wrap, I opened the flaps and blended the inside of the flaps with Distress ink and heat embossed just the edges with Embossing Glaze powder. This adds strength to the flaps so it can be handled without tearing the delicate flowers/foliage. You could emboss the entire inside of the flap if you choose, but avoid the score line or it will be difficult to keep the flaps closed.

(You will notice I used Broken China in my demonstration photo; I had forgotten to get a process shot when I was in the process of making this card. I chose another color for a different card I have in mind.)

Next, after folding the flaps back to a closed position, so the unfinished outside is showing,  place a piece of wax paper under the flap. I spread the outside of the flap with a thin layer of Translucent Grit Paste. Remove the wax paper and open the flap back up. Then pour Embossing Glaze powder over the wet paste. Gently shake off and replace the excess powder in the jar. Set this aside to dry. Once it's dry, heat the powder just until it melts.

While the paste was drying, I worked on the top fold card which will fit inside the wrap. Lightly spray a piece of watercolor paper with water and then with Distress Spray Stains, spraying again as needed to blend and then dry with a heat tool.

Ink a script stamp from the Faded Type set with Distress inks and spritz with water before making an impression on the prepared card. I use just my fingers to hold the stamp, so I can get just a partial impression. Repeat, making random impressions, drying between impressions. Splash with water, let it sit a couple seconds and dry again to get those wonderful vintage spots. 

I cut this card to size and adhere to plain white paper to make a top folding tent card. This is glued into the central portion of the wrap.

Because the die is so detailed, I kept the background and the embellishments simple. I die cut a Tim Holtz Scribbly Butterfly from white card and blended it with Antique Linen ink. I traced around the die onto blue vellum and cut a second, solid butterfly. I layered these, gluing just the body down between the layers and onto the prepared card. I topped it with a resin rose.

The next card was so simple to make, yet makes for a very elegant Christmas greeting. I followed the same steps as with the card above to make the wrap;  I just oriented the inserted top fold card horizontally instead of vertically. 

I used Tim Holtz Retro Merry Christmas dies to spell out the greeting and added a couple of die cuts from the Festive Greens set, also by Tim Holtz. Everything was adhered with Collage Medium.

I used the Distress Brush Embossing pen on some of the berries on the die cut and heat embossed with Princess Gold powder. You can see in the next photo how I used a piece of junk mail and the pen to draw a straight line to edge the card with the gold embossing, too. These pens are so handy!

After gluing in your top fold card, just fold the flaps and tie a pretty ribbon and you're done! This ribbon is from my stash, but I've put a link  below to the great selection of ribbons Linda carries in her shop. 

This die does not always have to be the star of the show, but can play a supporting role as on this Christmas card.

This card was inspired by a couple of flaps I cut from black card. I thought they looked like a delicate doily. After auditioning them on a variety of backgrounds, I settled on one from last year's Tim Holtz Christmas paper stash, which I blended with Frayed Burlap and edged with Walnut Stain inks.

I'll share the steps I took to make this card.

I thought the Sizzix Elegant Poinsettia would show beautifully against the black lacy design. My favorite poinsettia is the Wintersun White, and I tried to make mine look like this variety. (They really are ALL my favorite.) 

I die cut some bracts of differing sizes using the dies, and colored some of them with Bundled Sage ink and marker. All of the edges were blended with Antique Linen ink.  I ended up cutting a few more to make the flower more full. I poked holes in the flowers because I was originally planning to use some store bought stamens as the center, but went in a different direction.

I colored a scrap with Crushed Olive ink to cut the flower center with the accompanying die. I used the quilling tool that comes in the old Tim Holtz Tattered Florals set to roll the die cut before gluing it in among the layers.

I cut a pair of green leaves using the leaf die that comes with the Elegant Poinsettia. One is cut from water color paper, blended with Bundled Sage ink and spritzed with water. I inked a Nature's Wonder stamp with the same ink and wiped the ink from the edges of the stamp, so just the veins would transfer. I sprayed the inked stamp with water and made a watery impression on the leaf, drying with a heat tool.

I sprayed a scrap of card with Distress Oxide Sprays, and cut a second leaf and some pine foliage using one of the little dies from the Wrapped Foliage set. I ended up misting the leaf stamp water and stamping the green leaf with it to remove some of the color. While very subtle, you might be able to see this detail on the close up of the completed flower below.

I die cut some of the berry clusters (I guess they could be flowers, too.) from a sanded Metallic Kraft Stock scrap and colored Mummy Cloth with spray stain.

I wanted to show off that gorgeous detail of the die cut. Even though it's an intricate pattern, it works over a busy paper background in black. I just smeared collage medium on the back with my finger to adhere the die cut, but you could always use double sided adhesive sheets applied to your card before die cutting.

I stamped a Christmas sentiment from Tim Holtz Great Outdoors set in Black Soot Archival ink and then in Versamark using my stamp platform and heat embossed in clear. I edged with Antique Linen ink and mounted it on a scrap of chipboard before adhering to the card.

Finally, I had a play with some of those sweet little leaf die cuts to make this fall tag. I am definitely ready for summer to be over and switching over to fall and winter crafting!

I hope you've found some inspiration from my play with the Foliage Wrap die set and are encouraged to see your dies in a new light. Remember, there's still time to join us for our current challenge, 'It's a Wrap!'. I hope to see you there! Happy Crafting! Sara Emily

Here are links to the products I used, which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad  - Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Speckled Egg
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons  -Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain - Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Speckled Egg
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Speckled Egg, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
Ranger Embossing Powder - Princess Gold, Clear

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

It's a Wrap!

Welcome to a new challenge  at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! It's Sara Emily here, and I'm calling this new challenge, "It's a Wrap!".

 "Whenever I hear this term, I think of something that's finished or completed. But for this challenge, we want you to share your vintage or shabby chic gift wrapping, gift box or bag or perhaps a set of gift tags. Or maybe you might take a different approach and use a wrap die cut or gift packaging on your project -- just be sure to tell us what your 'wrap' is if it's not obvious!"

The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge 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 is sharing these fabulous projects to get you started. 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

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Now it's over to you - we would love to see how you interpret, "It's a Wrap", using your crafty supplies! Use the link below to enter them and be in with a chance of winning. Happy crafting!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Guest Designer - Veana R.

Please say hello and welcome back to Veana R., our Guest Designer for the Stencilmania challenge. Veana R. was the Design Team's overall winner for the Cattywampus challenge.

Hi ! My name is Zvezdana Rot , aka Veana R. With my husband, son teenager and lovely puppy Gaja, we live in a beautiful house, near the Adriatic sea. I come from Europe, Slovenia - the only country in the world that has the word love in its own name, so let's stay in love. I love my garden, where I am inspired by colourful and fragrant flowers , I love reading, because one life is not enough for my curiosity and I love scrapbooking, crafting and Mix Media .

My crafting began 4 years ago with greeting cards for my familly and friends. In June 2017 I started writing my own blog and I can say, that now I am enjoying in my hobby every day more.

Is the second time I am a Guest Designer at TFJB Challenge Blog THANKS to Cec and members of Design Team!

The Challenge Theme is STENCILMANIA ! Stenciling is so much great way to create unique art work and it really opens up your creativity.

For my card I used a stencil, but is a negative impress. Allways when I am stenciling with texture paste I made a negative on some papers, as I don't want to wash it away. And one of this negative stenciling I used here for the background. The amazing papers are from AB STUDIO - Aga Baraniak. I am just in love with them !

I cut the rose, leaves and buds with scissors. Than I add several layers of lace and a chiboard, shade all boarders with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued all together.

I love all stencils a lot ! I am using them mostly in my Mix media projects, not often with inks and paints, but I should, as you can make beautiful backgrounds for your greeting cards. If you like to see more about my lovely card, please visit my blog Veana R.

Warm hugs and may this day fill your heart with happiness!

Veana R.

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Once you have checked out how this gorgeous card came together, we hope you will come back and share what you have created with your stencils. The challenge can be found HERE and runs through 11:55 pm EDT on Tuesday, August 18th.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Challenge Winners - With This Ring

It is time to announce our winners for the 'With This Ring' challenge. Thank you to everyone who entered and played along with your beautiful wedding themed projects.
The Design Team really enjoyed seeing the entries and chose these clever altered tins by #1 Leanne (Fripperies & Butterflies) as the overall winner. We loved Leanne's choice of vintage images and the way each one was embellished. Make sure to check them out on her blog here.

Congratulations to Leanne 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 Sherry Hickey (Bits of Cheer) #3 Esther Asbury (Shoregirl's Creations) and #5 Zowie Dixon (Art by Zowie Dixon).

Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally for the lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique; our congratulations go to #4 Susan Botham! 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 'Stencilmania' can be found HERE and runs through Tuesday, August 18th at 11:55 pm EST so we hope you will join us.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Petite Petals Die by Emily Tootle for Sizzix

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase today.  I received a couple of new die sets from Linda and I decided to use the Petite Petals set by Emily Tootle to create some Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).

For my substrates, I used three old playing cards.  Playing cards are the perfect size for an ATC - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and they are a decent weight.  I started by gluing old book paper to both sides of each card.  I always glue one side first and trim the excess book paper away and then cover the second side.

I will show photos of the background for this first one and then describe how I created the others so this post isn't too long.

I started by covering both sides with a light coat of White Gesso (Dina Wakley) and then added some Thundercloud and Atlantis IZink Pigment Ink (Seth Apter).

Some stenciling was added using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and a Reverse Chicken Wire stencil

More stenciling was added with a Checkmate stencil (Wendy Vecchi) and Cornflower Blue Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi).

Next I used a stencil from my stash and Distress Texture Paste Crackle (Tim Holtz) to add more interest. Originally I planned to make the emebellishments a different colour so when I chose the black and cream paper, I had to go back in and use a teeny paint brush with some Sand Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) to change the colour of the texture paste.

Here is how all the floral embellishments were created - more recycling. This time I grabbed the box where I keep all the leftover bits and pieces of patterned paper and used some of the dies from the set.

The black and cream paper for the Petite Petals on this first ATC is from a collection called Mon Amour (Graphic 45). I also added a Chitchat sticker that I inked with some Cornflower Blue Acrylic Ink.

For this ATC, I did not add any Gesso to the old book paper, I put a little Lemon, Tangerine and Sedona Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) on my kraft sheet, watered it down and then dragged the card through the paint puddles. One side was dried with my heat gun before I repeated the process for the second side.

Next I added some Olive Drab IZink Pigment Ink (Seth Apter to each side. When everything was dry, I loosely dry brushed some Aloe Acrylic Paint on each side. Finally I used Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger) to add some random stenciling through the Burlap stencil (Tim Holtz) and to ink the edges of the card.

Finally I added the Petite Petals from the photo above and another Chitchat sticker. The sticker and the flowers were inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink.

For my final ATC I covered both sides with some White Gesso and then painted it with Carnation Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley). Thistle Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) was used with an old cross hatch stamp wo add some markings. This was followed with some of the Distress Texture Paste Crackle through the Checkmate stencil. Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and a Harlequin stencil (Tim Holtz) were used to add more markings.

The stem was cut from a scrap of grey card stock using the Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz). The Petite Petals flowers were cut from a Maja Designs collection called Vintage Autumn Basics and were inked with Thistle Archival Ink, which was also used to ink the edges of the Chitchat sticker and the card itself. The leaves were inked with Peeled Pain Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Note to self:  Try aiming for the centre when you add the centres to the flowers. 😂😂

ATCs are super fun to make and with these Petite Petals, you can easily create some very special floral ones.  I encourage you to pop over to the shop and purchase this super versatile die set.

Supplies List:

Emily Tootle Petite Petals Die Set for Sizzix
Dina Wakley White Gesso
Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste Crackle
Seth Apter IZink Pigment Inks (Thundercloud, Atlantis, Olive Drab)
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints (Lemon, Tangerine, Sedona, Carnation, Sand, Aloe)
Tim Holtz Stencils (Bubble, Harlequin)
Wendy Vecchi Stencils (Checkmate)
Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks (Watering Can, Cornflower Blue, Thistle)
Ranger Archival Inks (Jet Black, Coffee)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Wild Honey)
Scor Tape
Tim Holtz Chitchat Idea-ology Stickers
Playing Cards
Old Book Paper
Scraps of Patterned Paper