Saturday, May 22, 2021

Saturday Showcase - Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Alloys

Welcome to the Saturday Showcase featuring the beautiful Alloy Alcohol Inks! In celebration of the new sizes I thought why not share some inspiration for these beautiful inks.


I created two different projects and tried to highlight all the different  uses with the alcohol inks. 

I usually have a hard time covering up the backgrounds because they have such lovely color and movement.

To create this type of background I usually spend a lot of time dripping and layering the alcohol inks. The effect always turns out different every time and can be influenced by the paper you use as well as the time you wait between the layers.

I started by putting a large amount of alcohol blending solution on a 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of white Yupo paper. I then dripped on wild plum and sterling. I smeared it all together and let it dry. Sometimes I like to start with a color. I could have started with just the blending solution and leave the white background.

Next I dripped straight onto the dry background the sterling alloy. You can do smaller or bigger drips depending on what effect you want to achieve.

While the background is still wet, I dripped the plum color over the sterling spots and around them.

Next comes the blending solution again to help blend and weaken the colors.

I came back and dripped more of the plum into the sterling and blending solution. The metallic alloy has this effect of starting to break up into smaller pieces which is a cool effect.

You can continue to drip and blend. I also will take the foam pad with just blending solution and dab it to cause little bubbles of lighter colors into the mix. I didn't on this background because I wanted the metals to break up and be more of a little bits.

My other background on the card ended up like this:

On this background I used both Sterling and Foundry. I also kept letting it dry and coming back. I applied a bit of heat to make the metal bubble up while drying. You have to be careful on the Yupo paper as it will melt and buckle up if you heat it directly. You need to keep the heat gun further away to make sure you don't cause it to buckle.

I loved the metallic alloy and decided to apply it to various surfaces.

I sponged it onto some die cuts of white cardstock and onto paper flowers. It gave a lovely gray edge to the flowers and leaves. It also gave a beautiful metallic sheen to the die cut leaves. 

Next I took a few Idea-Ology pieces that were a lovely bronze color and modified them to go with my project.

I first sponged on Sterling Alcohol Ink and then directly dripped it onto the surface in places.  It gave it a lovely Patina.

I wondered how it would apply over a wood background. I put drops of the Sterling onto my felt piece and then added drips of Blending Solution to make it more translucent. I then sponged it onto the wood surface. I didn't cover it completely. I came back multiple times using just the blending solution to take some of the silver away from the surface. I also used a baby wipe in areas to sponge off the color.

After I finished all my pieces I assembled them onto the background. 

I hope this has you inspired to play with the new Alloy Alcohol Inks! 



Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Anything Goes

Hi everyone and welcome. Jenny with you to host a new 'Anything Goes' challenge here at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. We are excited to be back and looking forward to seeing all those wonderful projects from you all.

As well as welcoming our new DT members, we are going back to the old format of giving the winner a 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 new look Design Team have created their own projects to share with you;Now it's over to you - we'd love to see your vintage or shabby chic projects for this one. Use the link below to enter them and be in with a chance of winning.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Welcoming New DT Members and Sad Goodbyes

Hi everyone and welcome. After an extended break we are back with a new look Design Team and lots of new challenges to look forward to over the coming months, starting with the first one tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19th.

Before all of that we are really sad to say goodbye to two of our long serving DT members, Cec Wintonyk and Sara Emily Barker. They have been such valued team mates who have been such a huge, important part of the team, and over the years they have also become such good friends. We will miss them so much and want to thank them for everything.

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It is Cec here and I am just popping in to welcome the new members of the Design Team and say goodbye to all of you.  I was thrilled when Linda invited me to join this team in 2013 and I have enjoyed it thoroughly for all these years.  I am so grateful for her confidence in me and her generosity.  It is always so much fun to open up a package from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and find a little extra package.  Thank you Linda, it has been quite a ride.

While we have been on this break I have been playing with some different art and doing some online workshops.  It was during this time that I came to the decision that it was time for me to move on.  I am looking forward to having fun in my studio and using up some of my stash so I have room for new supplies 😀

I have been honoured to serve with a great group of very wonderful creators during my time on the team and still keep in touch with many.  I will definitely miss working beside Jenny, Sara Emily and Suzz - their talent has pushed me to be a better creator myself and they have taught me a lot.  Most importantly, who knew that I would get a BFF at this stage of my life but Jenny has become just that and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

I also want to acknowledge all the ladies that had the opportunity to be Guest Designers.  It was lovely getting to know so many of you in my role as the Guest Designer Coordinator and I enjoyed all our friendly email chats as we worked through the process.

Welcome to the new gals on the team and I hope you enjoy being here as much as I have.  I can't wait to see what you all create and to check out your blogs and social media pages.  I expect to be inspired and that might just encourage me to enter a challenge from time to time to show you that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.

Until later . . . . .

Hi! It's Sara Emily here! I don't ever like saying goodbye, but I'm stopping by to say I'll be taking an extended break from this wonderful team of talented and dear ladies. I will be focusing my time and energy on family matters in the near future, but I won't be far away!

Welcome to the new team members, and I'm looking forward to seeing your artwork on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog. You are going to love this team!

Thank you to all of The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge participants for your inspiration and entries over the years. I'll still be watching your entries in the challenges, and hopefully I'll get some time to play along with you!

Most of all, thank you to Linda for putting your faith in me and allowing me to be a part of the Design Team, for all your encouraging words, e-mails, tremendous customer service at the Boutique and for understanding that I always have to add one more thing to my order!

Jenny and Cec, thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping the Design Team running so smoothly and putting up with me! What a lot of hard work you ladies put in while making it look effortless. You are saints! Suzz, Cec, Linda and Jenny, you know I love you, and I will not let you forget about me!

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And now we are so excited to introduce and welcome four new members to the Funkie Junkie Boutique family;

Hi! I am Laura and I am so happy to be a part of the Funkie Junkie Design Team. I am a work at home mom to 2 fantastic and fun loving young men – Cody is 20 and just graduated college and Ty is 19 and works as a welder. I am happily married for 21 years to my best friend and awesome husband, Jon. He is hardworking, ambitious, determined and loving…I am creative, enthusiastic, emotional and passionate – together we make a great team! We own our own transport truck and he is a long haul driver so during the week, It is me and our boys, our two fur babies and my scrappy stuff!!!

I started scrapping years ago when my sister took me to a Creative Memories beginner class and I really enjoyed it, I just wasn’t a Creative Memories scrapper and soon struck out on my own. I found a few very helpful and friendly sites on the web and have been trying new things and learning ever since. I really enjoy trying new things and creating projects! I create mostly 12×12 layouts but I do really enjoy creating off the page projects, cards and canvases…anything where I can ink and paint and play and get my hands messy! My family is the focus of my life, my inspiration, and my motivation to scrapbook.

My name is Janna and I am a Tim Holtz addict. I love all things vintage and distress with an occasional sprinkling of distress glitter. I am super excited about joining the Funkie Junkie Boutique Design Team and look forward to seeing all of your creative challenge makes. Happy crafting!

Born and raised in California, I have been a mid-westerner most of my life. I consider myself a life-long crafter. An educator at heart, I retired from a career that is also one of my passions – Health Education. I now use that love of education to share the joy of cardmaking techniques.

I am currently on the Design Team for The Funkie Junkie Boutique, CutCardstock, TaylorMadeDesigns4U and A Blog Named Hero. I am a Certified Educator with Altenew where I also Guest Design. An active blogger, I post my designs on social media as Teris Mailbox. Floral stamps and dies are a favorite for my, but I enjoy many techniques including mixed media projects, watercoloring and working with Distress Ink products. I admit to being a Tim Holtz addict.

Hello! My name is Tera Callihan. I'm Ohio born and raised with day dreams of moving to the Carolinas some day. My husband and I were high school sweet hearts. We have been together 18 years, married for 12 this year. We have 5 fur children (1 dog and 4 cats). I'm a Dental Hygienist my day and rubber stamp/craft addict by night.

My style can be a bit all over, I am a Tim Holtz addict. I love vintage, grunge, shabby chic and masculine art. I also love all things strange medical and or creepy Halloweeny. I like occasional brighter and odd art as well. I design rubber stamps for Stampotique Originals as well as being on there DT. Mail art is one of my favorite forms of art, and I tent to rotate through other types.


We hope you will join us in saying a heartfelt farewell to Cec and Sara Emily and welcoming our new team members.

See you for the new challenge tomorrow!