Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Focus - Stampers Anonymous Stamps

Hello Everyone! It's Pamellia, and I am super excited because today I am hosting my very first Friday Focus here at Frilly and Funkie! I will be showing you some different techniques and ways to use some of my favourite Stampers Anonymous stamp sets!

During the next two weeks there will be an additional 15% discount on the Stampers Anonymous Classic stamp sets at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I decided I would put together a card that I can use down the road for a Wedding, an Anniversary or even a Birthday, all I have to do is slap on a sentiment and it's ready to go. For this reason, I wanted to keep it elegant but nondescript, and I wanted it to be beautiful but not too feminine. Here is what I came up with.

For the focal panel I used the large stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Classics #19 stamp set. I embossed two panels with Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder, one with Ranger Silver embossing powder and one with Ranger Copper embossing powder.

I trimmed off the script to make four squares and then cut each of those down into four squares, giving me sixteen little tiles. I blended them with Tim Holtz distress inks Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye and Gathered Twigs. I arranged them randomly onto a 5" square base then flicked it with some ink using my paintbrush.

For the bottom layer I created a frame using the smaller of the two stamps from the Stampers Anonymous Fabulous Flourishes stamp set. I inked up the stamp with Ranger Archival ink Coffee and stamped three of the four sides. I used post it notes to mask the areas already stamped so I could stamp the last side without overlapping the designs. I flicked some Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass distress spray for a little metallic glitter.

For my focal art piece, I used the Fleur-de-Lis stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Classics #19 stamp set. I applied three layers of UTEE and one layer of Rangers Silver embossing powder and then while it was still hot I pressed the stamp down firmly leaving an impression in the UTEE.

I sprayed the panel with Moonshadow Mist, fussy cut around the design and then highlighted all of the raised areas with Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter spray.

For the belly band, I embossed a strip of vellum using the floral strip stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Classics #19 stamp set. I only wanted to use one of the flower blocks so I masked off the other ones using sticky notes before applying the Perfect Medium, then pulled off the sticky notes before stamping onto the vellum. I did this six times creating a row of the same flower.

For an embellishment, I painted a small wooden heart white and then sprayed it with Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter ink spray. I embossed it using one of the gorgeous stamps from the Stampers Anonymous Distress Damask stamp set and Ranger Copper embossing powder. I also flicked on a little Queens Gold powder.

Here are a few close ups of the finished card. I added some roses stained with Tarnished Brass, some crinoline between the two back layers, some seam binding coloured with Victorian Velvet and Tea Dye and some pearls on the corners.

In this last picture you can see how deep and detailed the UTEE is with the pressed stamp image. The red rubber of the Stampers Anonymous Classic stamp sets are deeply etched making them perfect for this technique. The fine detail achieved when using even the most coarse of embossing powders is very impressive and I highly recommend you give these stamps sets a try!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my very first Friday Focus here at Frilly and Funkie! I thank you all for dropping in. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!!

Hugs, Pamellia :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Julie!

Today we are welcoming Julie of Juliz Design Post as our Guest Designer. Julie was chosen by the DT as the winner of the 'Vintage Holiday' challenge and therefore was asked to join us as Guest Designer. So, let's move on to hear from Julie!

My name is Julie from Juliz Design Post. My earliest memories of starting to craft are on board Cargo ships. Growing up my Sister, Mum and I were lucky enough to go away to Sea a few times on trips as my Dad worked in the Merchant Navy. Taking with us school books and very little toys my Sister and I had to find things to amuse ourselves while away and I can remember my Mum handing us a large pile of A5 printed menu cards to play with. These fast became our favourite item, crafting houses with Snoopy on top, making cars, roads and shops. I guess this is probably why I have a love to create.

I was thrilled to win the recent Challenge - 'A Vintage Holiday', with my altered frame and delighted to be asked once again to Guest Design on such an Inspiring blog. With the current challenge – 'Winter Wishes'. I was asked to create something expressing what I love about winter. This was rather hard as I hate our cold wet winters in Scotland with the long dark days. But I do like on the rare times when we wake up to everything glistening white and I love to feed the birds in the winter time especially my beloved Robin – Ronald.

Now gathered with my inspiration I decided to make a wall hanging using a canvas board. Do check out my blog to see ongoing photographs of how I built my layers. Thanks so much to all at Frilly and Funkie for letting me guest design with you today.

And thank you Julie for joining us here! I'm sure you'll all agree that Julie's project is absolutely gorgeous and has provided even more inspiration for the current challenge 'Winter Wishes'.

If you would like to join us as Guest Designer, all you have to do is join in with the current challenge! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Wishes Challenge

Hello and welcome back to the second week of the current challenge! I hope that a happy holiday season was enjoyed by all. With the festivities over and the midst of winter upon us (unless you live in Australia, of course!) I thought it would be fun to share what we love most about the season. For this challenge create any type of project, layout, or card that expresses what you love about winter, whether it's sledding down a snowy hill or curling up with a book and cup of hot cocoa.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The guidelines for entering are simple and we need you to follow them: create a new vintage themed 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.

Please make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they have not followed these rules. 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.

As promised, today we have the Funkie team offering up some inspiration for Week Two;

Nicole Wright- Canadian Nickel Scrap'n 

Sue Carrington - Stamping Sue Style

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie


Today we have the Frilly team offering up some inspiration for Week One;

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Nancy Dynes ~ Tattered Treasures

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

Now it's time to get cozy in your own craft room and start creating. Each and every one of you is important to us. As a team we are constantly inspired by your work and are so excited to see the lovely entries this new challenge will bring.

We'll be back tomorrow when we will be joined by another Guest Designer with her take on our 'Winter Wishes' theme so please come back for that. Thank you so much for joining us here at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Challenge Winners - Anything Goes

Welcome to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog for the start of a new week, and it's winners day. Before we share our choice of winners for the last challenge, we want to take a moment to share news of a winner in our own team; DT member Nancy has recently been honoured by one of our favourite paper design companies here at Frilly and Funkie. Maja Design have put Nancy firmly in the spotlight for the incredible cards she makes using their collections. You can see the special post HERE. As a team we are so proud to congratulate Nancy on receiving this hugely deserved honour.

Now it's time to announce the winners of the 'Anything Goes' challenge. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter with some fantastic projects. There were so many fabulous creations on display and we were really spoiled for choice when picking the winner. In the end the Design Team voted for #47 Nancy Smith at Shelby Doodle Designs.

Nancy's superb layered card really captured our hearts and we loved how she'd put together so many beautiful elements and textures. Congratulations Nancy on being our favourite for the 'Anything Goes' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And has chosen a winner for our $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #9 Georgie C.

A huge 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 for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Nancy) and for the gift certificate details (Georgie).

Our current challenge, 'Winter Wishes', runs through Tuesday, January 27th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win. And please make sure you follow our rules as unfortunately we've already had a few who haven't; 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 everyone!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday Step by Step - Festive Fun

Hello Everyone! Pamellia here with you today to do my very first Step by Step here at Frilly and Funkie! I hope you're not too sick of Christmas yet, because I want to share a fun holiday card with you that I made using a bunch of products that I just purchased from the Funkie Junkie Boutique!!

I included lots of high res pictures, so feel free to click on any image for a super sized version that you can zoom right it on! I hope you enjoy!

First up is this wonderful corrugated cardboard that I've been dying to get my hands on!! I flipped a piece over and tore off the backing in some random spots. Next I dry brushed on some white paint. Not a full coverage, just in some areas because it acts as a resist for the stains I applied next.

I rubbed Iced Spruce distress stain in the middle and Gathered Twigs around the outside and then I misted it with water so the colours would blend together nicely. The moisture made the edges of the cardboard curl up, giving the panel an amazing distressed look!!

I stamped on a design with a Tim Holtz stamp from the Distressed Damask set and some Ranger Archival ink Coffee. I also stamped some snowflakes with Iced Spruce, but they are hard to see.

For the top panel I used Tim Holt's Gothic stencil to lay down some texture paste and while the paste was still wet, I covered the paste with clear embossing powder. After the paste is dry, heat the embossing powder to coat the pattern with a nice gloss.

I sprayed the panel with Iced Spruced distress ink spray and then rubbed Gathered Twigs stains around the edges, spritzed with water and let it dry. The colour will easily rub off of the embossing powder leaving a nice white pattern.

I cut out the jumping reindeer from Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight, but instead of using the cut out piece, I took the negative piece and very carefully fussy cut around the edges to make this hollow reindeer. I coated it with glossy accents and Tarnished Brass distress glitter.

Instead of using ink pads for my trees, I dabbed the stamps with the stain dabbers in both Gathered Twigs and Iced Spruce giving the trees a water coloured look. I splattered some white and Iced Spruce with my paintbrush to look like snow.

For the sentiment, I inked only one word at a time, so I could flush them to the left margin of the sentiment frame without having to do any masking. Some more flicking of the Snow Cap and Iced Spruce.

I ended up layering some really dark brown card stock between the painted layers, just to add a little contrast. I dyed some seam binding to wrap the corners and make a bow. I used a Tim Holtz Gumdrop that I coloured with Sunshine Alcohol ink as the center of the bow. Lots of foam bits to give the card dimension.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial . Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I would love to see any creations you make! There's still time to enter our current challenge "Winter Wishes", where we are looking for your shabby or vintage creations showing us what you love about the winter season! And we'll be back next Monday, January 19th to announce the winners of our last challenge, Anything Goes so put a reminder in your diary for that.

Thanks for stopping in!
Hugs, Pamellia :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Focus - Wendy Vecchi stamps

Hello it's Sue here and today I have the most pleasurable task of focussing on Wendy Vecchi stamps which will have an extra 15% discount applied through January 22nd at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Have you seen the new releases too, which you can pre-order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I started with some white card that I painted with Clear Gesso. I then covered the entire piece with acrylic paint, I wafted it lightly with my heat gun and then used a baby wipe and wiped it over the card. Some of the paint gets left behind and it creates a lovely distressed effect.

I repeated this process with two further colours of paint and as the Gesso is clear you still see the colour from the layers below.

I then stamped the card with Cornflower Blue Archival ink using the Wendy Vecchi Large Collage Background stamp.

Then I stamped it with the Dots and Dashes background stamp using Hydrangea Archival ink but without using an acrylic block.

I used the Splatter background stamp with white acrylic paint to add some contrast.

The vertical panel is made from white card then I used the Wendy Vecchi Add a Stencil with white Embossing Paste. When it was dry I used the same technique using the Clear Gesso and acrylic paint.

The flower is from the Forever Art set and was stamped using black Archival ink and then I've used my watercolour pencils to paint it.

The sentiment is from the Say it with Art set and I've added some lace, a button and metal embellishment to finish.

This is another example using the same design but different colours, I love how the flower looks painted with watercolour pencils! 

This tag is made using the Pansy SiSi and using the Clear Gesso technique on Kraft card.

This last piece is my DT project for the current challenge which is Anything Goes. The flowers and butterflies are from the Pansy SiSi set.

I hope you've enjoyed today's Friday Focus as much as I have!