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



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


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 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 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!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Step X Step - Peony Artist Trading Block

Editor's Note; Thank you so much to Cec for providing us with a step by step for her incredible DT project - we're all really excited to find out how she put this beautiful Artist Trading Block together!
Before handing over to Cec we wanted to remind you that our 'Block Hop partners' this fortnight are The Artists on the Block. Their Design Team will be coming up with inspiration of their own for using these versatile cube shapes, and Oxana's clever idea is available HERE. We'll keep you informed of further projects from this talented team during our regular posts.

Now, over to Cec...

Hello, it's Cec here and it is my turn to present the Saturday Step X Step.  Today I am going to show you how I made this Artist Trading Block for the current challenge 'Hip to be Square'. 

I actually started by making the big peony first - at least I think it looks like a peony.  First I cut six of the large flowers from watercolour paper using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  Then I inked both sides of each flower with Milled Lavender and Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

After they were inked, I misted them on both sides with water and then using a piece of dowel, I shaped each petal by first rolling them around the dowel and then while they were still on the dowel I squeezed the sides of the petals together to ruffle them.  Next I folded each flower in half between petals, then in thirds and twisted the bottom, which is the centre of the flower.  Once they were dry, I carefully unfolded them and scrunched them from underneath to form a cup shape as shown above.  I added more Milled Lavender DI to highlight the ruffles.

Once all the flowers were shaped and inked again, I started stacking them making sure that I scrunched the inside flowers so that the final product had a closed centre as a peony would.  Finally I spritzed it with some Perfect Pearl spray to give it a bit of shimmer.

The next step was to create some butterflies.  I cut three pairs in different sizes with my Cameo from some scrap card stock, embossed them with a script embossing folder and then inked the highlights with some Scattered Straw DI.  The pairs were then glued together back to back with a fine piece of wire in between and I put some pearls on the front for the body.   Note:  In the end the wire I used was not stiff enough because after I took photos of the finished box, the two larger butterflies started to droop so I am going to find another type of wire so they will still look like they are flying - off to raid my husband's workshop because I think he has some stiff copper wire.

Next I cut some leaves from some Color Core Card Stock using my Cameo.  Then I shaped the leaves a bit by taking a large embossing tool to the back of each leaf.  After they were shaped I inked the edges with some Ice Spruce DI.

The sentiment was easy to make.  I just printed a sentiment from Create with TLC on the computer, cut it out with a Spellbinders die and then inked the edges with some Frayed Burlap DI.

Now that all the embellishments were made, it was time to start assembling the block and the first thing I did was to cover both sides of two dies with a coat of Gesso. 

Next I cut 12 pieces of patterned paper from the Coffee in the Arbor paper pack from Maja Designs.

Then I inked each edge and fold area on both sides with Frayed Burlap DI.  Don't forget to ink where the folds are - my photo was taken and then I realized I hadn't done that.

The next step was to add the paper to the block and assemble it.  I started by gluing the paper to the sides that would be outside and the sides on the inside that would not have any attaching pieces.  Next I glued it all together and then added the paper to cover the final inside panel where it was fastened together.  I used a popsicle stick to make sure everything was glued down.

Next I added a panel of Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap over the patterned paper on the top and each outside panel of the block.

The next step was to decorate the sides (I forgot to take a photo at that point but did find it easier to decorate the sides before the top).  I ran embroidery floss around the block twice, crossing it in the front and keeping it parallel on the sides.  Then I added a big Prima button at the crossing point in the front and some filigree medallions on each side.

I created four words on the computer that reminded me of a friend, cut them into strips, inked them with Frayed Burlap DI and added one to each side in various spots.

Then I started to decorate the top.  First I added the leaves to each corner and then I lightly crinkled some seam binding and added it in a circle around the top looping it as I went.  The reason for the loops is that it would add some height to rest the flower against and provide a way to hide the mechanism that holds the butterflies.

I added some mesh and then the big flower.  I punched a tiny butterfly to rest on the flower.  The sentiment is glued to the back of the flower.  I cut a tiny rectangle of hard styrofoam (the kind you get as packaging when you buy a piece of electronic equipment), inked it with some Scattered Straw DI and then nestled it inside one of the seam binding loops and then stuck the "flying" butterflies in it.

And there you have my frilly little peony block, which is just 2 1/2" on each side.

The products listed below used in the creation of this little block came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and if you want to make an Artist Trading Block yourself and enter our 'Hip to be Square' challenge, the die set is further discounted by 15% for the remainder of the challenge.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Kerstin!

Today we are joined by the very talented Kerstin of Scrapbook Dreams. Kerstin was chosen by the DT as the winner of the Cool Water challenge. Let's move on to hear from Kerstin and see her fabulous project.

I'm Kerstin aka Vintagelady and I live in Germany. I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and unexplored territory in craftland. My big passion is colour and I'm a big 'Shabby' style fan and love the things that are old and nobody wants anymore, because they have a history! It's very important for me to tell stories and create feelings!  Recently I discovered the steampunk style. Inventive genius and adventurous romance are what makes Steampunk so very special and exciting to me.

Inspiration for me was the last topic by Frilly and Funkie Vintage Travel and of course  with a slight but unmistakable Steampunk touch!  The cube (or Artist Trading Block) was great fun for me and is guaranteed not to be the last of it's kind :-)! Thanks for the invitation from such a very talented team with always great inspirations!

One of my favorites are embossing folders, here T. Holtz Alterations Travel signs set, difficult to see here are the tyre marks and lettering. The cube edges are created with black crackle paint and my beloved even drawn ;-) rusty pigments.

Always suitable to the altered art style of course are various colours of Distress, I use the reinker liquid ink primarily diluted with water in the mini mister as spray paint. The mini book arose from old book pages, grey cardboard and the cover is an old piece of texture wallpaper ;-) For more detailed photo's hop over to my blog Scrapbook Dreams.

I'm sure you'll agree that Kerstin's Artist Trading Block is fantastic and has provided even more inspiration for the current challenge, 'Hip to be Square'.

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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Focus - Art Parts!

Hello! It's Sue here and today I have the pleasure of focussing on the fabulous Wendy Vecchi Art Parts which you can find at an extra 15% discounted price at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

There are lots of different types of Art Parts, above is just a small selection. All the pieces are pre-cut thick, durable paper board surfaces that are perfect for altering.

I decided to start with the Cake Stand and placed the base on some white card and then hand drew some scallops around the edge. I then cut it out and stamped over it using Cornflower Archival ink and the Reverse Dots stamp. I then stuck this onto the base.

I then cut a small piece of card and stamped over it using Dandelion Archival ink and the Vintage Tapestry stamp.  I then wrapped the card around the small post.

I painted the borders white with acrylic paint and when dry I stamped over the top using Cornflower Blue Archival ink and the Reverse Dots stamp.

I then  painted the top of the cake stand with white acrylic paint and stamped over it again using the Vintage Tapestry stamp but this time with Orange Blossom Archival ink.I also rubbed some Orange Blossom over the edge of the borders.

I took one of the frames from the Large Flourish Frames set and painted it with acrylic paint and when dry I spread some Crackle Paste over the top.

While the Crackle Paste was drying I painted one of the pieces from the Leaves set then patted Translucent Embossing Paste over the top. I put this to one side to let it dry and then blended Archival Ink over the top, which you'll see in a later photo.

Once the Crackle Paste was dry on the frame I used Potting Soil and Orange Blossom Archival ink and blended it over the frame.

I then die cut lots of flowers using the Tattered Flowers die, pressed Distress Inks on to my craft sheet and spritzed them with water. I then scrunched the flowers in the ink and water to break the fibres of the card.

I painted a piece of cardboard with brown acrylic paint then stamped the word Art from the Approved Art set. The panel was then attached to two little screw eyelets. I had this idea of the frame being the door to a garden, who knows where it will lead!

I layered the scrunched up flowers and then rubbed some Vintage Photo Distress ink over the edges.

The butterfly is from the Natures Art set and I stamped it onto card that I've blended Dandelion and Orange Blossom Archival ink over. I then stamped the butterfly again onto Clearly for Art, cut it out and layered it on top.

The fabulous dragonfly and the little ring handle are also from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I hope you've enjoyed today's focus on Art Parts which you can find for that extra special discounted price HERE at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! And remember, there's also a very special mid-Summer Sizzix sale taking place through August 11th on all in stock dies and embossing folders, with an extra 15% discount applied  there too (this does not include pre-orders) so grab those bargains!