Monday, September 1, 2014

Challenge Winners - Hip to be Square

It's the start of a new week (and a new month!) and time to announce the winners of the 'Hip to be Square' challenge. Before doing that we would like to say thank you all of those who took the time to enter with some incredible projects. The standard was so high and we had a hard time picking a winner, but of course there can only be one challenge winner and this time the Design Team voted for #6 Donna.


We were amazed by the inventiveness Donna showed with this topiary design and how much attention to detail she'd shown in its exquisite execution. Congratulations Donna on being our Funkie Favourite for the 'Hip to be Square' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And Random.org has chosen a winner for our $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations go to #2 Sharon.


A huge vote of thanks from the Frilly and Funkie Design Team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Donna) and for the gift certificate details (Sharon).

Our current challenge, 'A Summer Garden' runs through Tuesday, September 9th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win. And remember, you can enter up to 10 challenges including ours, and a maximum of 3 entries per person to our challenge. Please remember to link back to our challenge in your entry and mention in your post that you are entering this Frilly and Funkie challenge.

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Step x Step - Birthday card

Hello, it's Sue here with today's Saturday Step by Step, and today I'm sharing a birthday card that I've made for a significant birthday for my other half!


I started by using Wendy Vecchi's Translucent Embossing Paste through her brick stencil.


When the paste was dry I started to layer up colour using watered down arcylic paint.


With each layer of paint I used a slightly darker colour.


For the darkest colour I didn't use it all over the card just around the edges.


I then used the Prima Checked stencil and stencilled around the edge. I then stamped with the script stamp from the Artistic Outpost French Flight using Potting Soil Archival ink. The balloon is from the Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition set and I stamped the first with Potting Soil Archival ink then masked it off and stamped it again.


I then painted another piece of white card and used the numbers stamp from the Tim Holtz Mercantile set using Tree Branch Archival ink.


I then used the On the Edge dies to cut the numbers panel and a second piece that I've blended Distress Ink over.


To give the edges a burnt look I dabbed dark brown acrylic paint along them using cut 'n' dry foam.


I then stamped 2 sets of diamonds from the Classics 3 onto some painted card then cut them out.


The bird and sentiment are from the Classics 16 set, the bird has been stamped onto card that I've swiped Distress Stains over and the the sentiment onto painted card. I've then cut both out.


I then layered all my different elements up, you'll also see that I stamped the square stamp from the Classics 19 set as the top layer.


I added some Idea-ology and also some numbers by Prima (which sort of give the game away!) The pen nib has been coloured with alcohol ink to darken it slightly as has the arrow. 

Hope you've enjoyed todays step x step!

Sue
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome to today's Guest Designer Pamellia!

Today we are so pleased to be joined by Pamellia of My Little Craft Things as our Guest Designer today. Pamellia was chosen by the DT as the winner of the Vintage Travel challenge. Let's hear from her and see her fabulous project...


Hello Everyone! I'm Pamellia and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and our two little girls, Scully (a teacup Maltese) and Pebbles (a teacup black Pomeranian). Creativity runs in my family, so it's no surprise that I enjoy crafting. I have been dabbling in all sorts of crafts for most of my life, but I only recently discovered my true passion, card making. I enjoy cards and paper projects of all styles, but I think my favourite is shabby chic! I love the soft muted colours, the big shabby bows and the girly laces.


When the Frilly and Funkie team asked me to be a Guest Designer, I was just so honoured. When they gave me SUMMER GARDEN as the theme, I knew I had to do something extra special with some frill and some funk. So in honour of both the Frilly and the Funkie teams, here is my Summer Garden Flower Box.


Whenever possible, I try and make every aspect of my projects by hand. I prefer to make my own backgrounds and flowers, I dye my own ribbons, I even make some of my embellishments out of clay. I find such a sense of accomplishment in knowing that I made it myself. My flowers here were made with a poinsettia die and coloured with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade. The butterfly is made out of clay. I painted it bronze, covered it with Crackle Accents and then rubbed some Black Soot distress stain into the cracks.


I am just starting to learn the ins and outs of Tim Holtz, thanks to the Frilly and Funkie team. They, among others have really inspired me to learn some new techniques and styles, which I am slowly trying incorporate into my work. The base of my project was made out of a cereal box and inspired by the Tim Holtz style. Sure hope you enjoyed my project!

Thank you so much to the Frilly and Funkie team for inviting me to spend a day with them. If you would like to see more photos and lots more details, please visit my blog at My Little Craft Things.

I'm sure you'll all agree that Pamellia's project is beautiful and has provided lots more inspiration for the current challenge of 'A Summer Garden'. If you would like to be in with a chance to join us as Guest Designer too all you need to do is join in with the challenge!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Summer Garden

Hello and welcome back to Frilly and Funkie. Let's start today by saying thank you to all of those who entered our previous challenge. There were so many fantastic projects created that it is going to be a very difficult job for the Design Team to pick a winner. If you missed out on seeing them, our 'block hop' partners, The Artists on the Block, have posted a wonderful recap HERE. Thank you so much to their Design Team for joining us for the fortnight and sharing their clever creative ideas.

And now it's time to unveil a new challenge here at Frilly and Funkie! It is Cec here, and as your hostess for this challenge I thought I would call it A Summer Garden. Your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a summer garden but it doesn't have to be just flowers, it could be about the landscaping or even about fruits and vegetables.

The winner will earn a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a randomly drawn $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they have entered too many other challenges. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our design team can leave comments on your blogs.

Now check out the wonderful inspiration that the Frilly side of the team have created for you and then come back to show us your summer garden.

Rebecca Deeprose ~ Paper Primrose

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

Nancy Dynes ~ Tattered Treasures

Having seen these it's now your turn to share your Summer Garden projects using the link below. The Funkie side of the team will be here next week to show you their take on this theme so make sure you remember to come back for that added inspiration.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Focus: Burlap Flower Tutorial!

Editor's Note; before we hand over to Nancy for a fabulous tutorial and details of our Friday Focus products for this fortnight, we wanted to remind you that our 'Block Hop partners' this fortnight are The Artists on the Block. Their amazing Design Team has been joining in with the 'Hip to be Square' fun and have come up with even more inspiration of their own for using these versatile cube shapes. Make sure you hop on over to their blog HERE to see what they've created and let them know if you like what you see!

Now, back to Nancy for that exciting tutorial...


Hello! Nancy here, and I'd like to welcome you to the Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie! Our focus this period is on burlap and jute, and for the next two weeks Linda is generously offering an additional 15% off this line of products at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I have a simple technique to create these rustic yet elegant flowers using burlap and crinoline. Working with burlap can be challenging because it likes to shred and fall apart, but I've found a fool proof solution that makes these flowers sturdy and long lasting.   


I begin by die cutting the petals using a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. You need two burlap petals and two crinoline petals for each flower. It's amazing how easily the die cuts through the burlap and crinoline. I cut two layers of each at a time. 


The next step is to coat both sides of the burlap petals with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Medium. (You can substitute Ranger Multi Medium Matte for this, available in a range of sizes at The Funkie Junkie Boutique). I do this using a foam brush. This is the step that will prevent your burlap petals from shredding apart on you. The petals will look very white when you first apply the medium, but it disappears as it dries.   


Layer your petals while the Matte Medium is still moist. I use crinoline as my bottom layer and end with the final layer of jute on top. Be sure to stagger your petals as you layer.  


Next I simply roll them up. Place each flower in an egg carton and let them sit until they are almost dry but still tacky and pliable.   


At this point I use a needle and thread, pinch the bottom of the flower and stitch a couple of times through all the petals in both directions. 


Trim away any stray threads from the back then turn your flower over and begin shaping it. I do this by pinching the bottom with my left hand while twisting and shaping the petals with my right hand. I repeat this process until I get a look I'm happy with. The Matte Medium keeps the burlap from shredding and helps you mold your petals to give them a bit of shape.   


The final step is to set the flowers aside to finish drying. Once dry you can get creative with adding leaves or other embellishments. I chose to keep mine 'as is' for a beachy project I have in the works.      


These flowers are so fun and versatile! Add additional layers, use larger or smaller petal sizes, use only burlap, or alternate lace with the burlap, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.      


I wish you a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by, and don't forget to take advantage of the 15% discount on burlap and jute at the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hugs,

Nancy

Don't forget, you can use Ranger Multi Medium Matte for this technique.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hip to be Square

Hi everyone. Jenny here as your host for this fortnight and we are back for our second week of the current challenge; we want you to create a 3D vintage or shabby chic project based on a cube shape. The Design Team have used Artist Trading Block cubes (available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and discounted an extra 15% during this challenge period - that's a $39.99 die on sale for just $27.19!) but let's be clear, you can use your own templates, dies or hand cut cubes if you would prefer. Decorate, embellish and alter them in any way you choose as long as they are cube shaped and have a vintage or shabby chic feel.

Share your 3D cube projects with us to be in with a chance of winning a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie or a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! To enter you must create a new project, link it below and make sure you add a link in your post back to this challenge. 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 please sue the keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave you comments.

As an added bonus this fortnight we are teaming up with our friends at 'The Artists on the Block'. They have a dedicated Design Team using Eileen Hull Designs cubes (and many other 3D die cut shapes) in incredibly imaginative ways so make sure you take a look for some added inspiration. And with their companion challenge blog 'Art With Heart' having an 'Anything Goes' theme this month you've got the option to enter your creations there as well to be in with a chance to win a brand new Eileen Hull Designs die!

Having been bowled over by the projects created by the Frilly side of the Design Team last week (see them below) it's now the turn of the Funkie side of the Design team to inspire you. Click on the pictures for a zoomed view of each and click on the link to each designer's blog to find out more about their samples;



Sue Carrington - Stamping Sue Style

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie 

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons


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To get your creative ideas flowing here are the projects created by the Frilly side of the Design Team. You can click on the pictures for a zoomed view of each and click on the link to each designer's blog to find out more about their samples;

Rebecca Deeprose ~ PaperPrimrose

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

Nancy Dynes ~ Tattered Treasures 

Having seen these it's now your turn to share your 3D cube shaped vintage or shabby chic projects using the link below. The Funkie side of the Design Team will be back next week to show you their take on this theme so make sure you remember to check back for that added inspiration.

For now, take care of yourselves,
Jenny xxx


Monday, August 18, 2014

Challenge Winners - Vintage Travel

As promised we are back to announce the winners of  the 'Vintage Travel' challenge. Before doing that we would like to say thank you all of those who took the time to enter with some amazing projects, but of course there can only be one challenge winner and this time the Design Team voted for #3 Pamellia.


We all absolutely fell in love with this carefully crafted little vintage travel bag and all of its hand stamped/altered contents. Congratulations Pamellia on being our Funkie Favourite for the 'Vintage Travel' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.


And Random.org has chosen a winner for our $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations go to #9 Darlene Pavlick.

A huge vote of thanks from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Please email Linda at thefunkiejunkie@gmail.com for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Pamellia) and for the gift certificate details (Darlene).

Our current challenge, 'Hip to be Square' runs through Tuesday, August 26th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win. And remember, you can enter up to 10 challenges including ours, and a maximum of 3 entries per person to our challenge. Please remember to link back to our challenge in your entry and mention in your post that you are entering this Frilly and Funkie challenge.

Have a great week!