Monday, January 23, 2017

Challenge Winners - New Year's Inspiration

Thanks to everyone who entered out first challenge of 2017 and shared your New Year's Inspiration.

The Design Team has chosen this fabulous tag by Trace Metcalfe of inkypinkycraft as the winner. Congratulations Trace on being our favourite for the 'New Year's Inspiration' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices, in numerical order, are... #5 Liz, #27 Anne, and #32 Jess!!! Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally has chosen a lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #23 Trisha!

A big thanks from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Once again, please email Linda at for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Trace), for the Top 3 badges (Liz, Anne and Jess) and for the gift certificate details (Trisha).

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Focus - Tim Holtz/Ranger Collage Mediums and Texture Pastes

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Zoe here with a brand new Friday Focus. This is our opportunity to share with you ideas, tips and techniques for using a specific product or range currently available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And even better news, those products then have an extra 15% discount added through the coming two weeks!

In the spotlight this time are Tim Holtz and Ranger Collage Mediums and Texture Pastes. I have made a couple of tags to go into a travel journal using distress collage medium matte, vintage, crazing and texture paste. Here's how...

Start with a #8 manila tag and gather ephemera and distress collage medium matte.

Layer and overlap the ephemera and adhere to the tag with distress collage medium matte and trim the excess. Add a final layer of distress collage medium matte over the top. The dry time on this is seconds but the surface remains slick enough to blend in distress crayon.

Which brings me nicely to my next step... trace around the ephemera with a distress crayon and blend with your finger. Spritz with water and allow the crayon to wick slightly. As the distress collage medium matte creates a waterproof barrier, the water droplets will sit on the surface of your tag so you will need to dry with a heat tool or pat dry with kitchen paper.

Distress the edges of the tag with a paper distressing tool and run distress crayon around the edge and blend with your finger.

Using a splatter brush, flick picket fence distress paint onto the tag and set aside to dry. Once dry, spread texture paste through a stencil using a palette knife and also set aside to air dry. You can mix a drop of distress reinker or distress paint with texture paste on your craft matt to colour it, however, as my tags were so grungy I left the texture paste white.

Age an adornment charm by rubbing a tiny drop of weathered wood distress paint between your fingers and rub onto the charm. Using a cotton bud add a hint of mushroom alcohol ink. Die cut a hole reinforcer and adhere both with distress collage medium matte. I love that it adheres paper as well as metal embellishments and substrate surfaces.

For the second tag, follow the same steps but this time instead of covering the tag with a final layer of distress collage medium matte, use distress collage medium vintage.

The distress collage medium vintage creates a really gorgeous vintage hue over the tag, whilst still sealing it like the collage medium matte. It also provides a slick surface to blend distress crayon into the edges of the ephemera for definition.

Cover several pieces of ephemera with distress collage medium crazing using your finger, (it does not need to be a thick layer), and set aside to air dry.

 Once dry you will see that cracks have formed. Rub distress crayon onto your craft mat and add a tiny drop of water. Mix with your finger and rub over the ephemera. I really loaded it on and then wiped away the excess with kitchen paper so the crayon just sits in the cracks. Seriously, the crazing medium is ridiculously cool!

I painted an adornment charm with mermaid lagoon and peeled paint distress paint and glued into place with distress collage medium matte, along with a hole reinforcer. I added texture paste as before.

I punched holes into the side of the tags using a page pocket as a guide.

Have you seen these cool idea-ology pocket cards by Tim Holtz?

They fit perfectly in the idea-ology page pockets and make journaling or memory keeping really simple.

I intend to use one of the new idea-ology worn binders for my travel album, but until then, this 2 ring binder keeps it all together while I build my album.

I covered the reverse of the tags with a card from the idea-ology pocket cards using distress collage medium matte.

I will make some more tags to put between the page pockets ready for travel later in the year. This is a such a quick project to make to take when you travel and the page pockets will keep any ephemera you collect along the way. Tim Holtz and Ranger have also just released a small bottle of the distress collage medium matte which would be perfect travel size to take with you and journal on the road, especially if you have a instax or other portable photo printer.

I hope that you've enjoyed this tutorial and that you're inspired to check out more of these products, especially while they are carry that extra 15% discount at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Guest Designer - Sara Emily Barker

Please say hello and welcome to our Guest Designer for our Winter Hues challenge.   Sara Emily Barker of sarascloset was the Design Team's top pick from the Bountiful Harvest challenge.

"Frilly and Funkie was one of the first challenge blogs I stalked, even before I started blogging. It took me a while to gather up the courage to enter the challenges, but I have been inspired by the talented Design Team over the years. I am so honored and totally thrilled to be asked to Guest Design along side this amazing team for this challenge!

I live in Wilmington, NC, which is on the South Atlantic coast of USA. The weather here is temperate in the winters, and we pretty much have the three remaining seasons of hot summer weather. Great for me, because I love being active outdoors, and my first love is gardening. I draw a good deal of my inspiration from nature, and I consider myself to be a curious crafter. I love to look at something and try to figure out how it came to be and love to see how different products react with one another. So much of my creativity comes out of experimenting with products I already own and just playing. I feel most comfortable with vintage grunge, but I love trying new styles."

"Suzz's ' Winter Hues' challenge theme was perfect for me, because I love to work in blues, and with our recent cold snap here in the south, I was inspired to make a winter scene on canvas, complete with a raging snow storm and a warm cabin in the woods. My tiny canvas measures just three and one half by five inches and is covered with Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap, colored with Distress paints in blues, and stamped with Tim Holtz images.

On top of all that is Distress Crazing Medium, crayons, Remnant rubs, glitter and embossing powder to get this snowy scene.

This is a little different than what I usually make, so I hope you like it! I would like to thank Suzz for her inspiring challenge theme and the entire Frilly and Funkie team for having me here today as their Guest Designer!"

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Head over to Sara Emily's blog to get all the details on her wintery little canvas and then come on back and share your Winter Hues project with us. The challenge can be found here and is open until January 31st at 11:55 pm EST.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Hues

Hi! Suzz here. The weather this time of year in the Midwest gets to be a bit chilly, icy, snowy and overcast. These elements of the season create a beautiful palette of colors which I am calling Winter Hues. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.
The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. 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; 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 Frilly and Funkie 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.

Here is some gorgeous inspiration from the Frilly side of the Design Team:

Pamellia Johnson - My Little Craft Things

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Nancy Dynes - Tattered Treasures

Feeling the chill? Join in and share with us your winter inspiration! We'll be back tomorrow with more inspiration from our latest Guest Designer and the Funkie side of the Design Team will be back with their projects next Wednesday.

Keep warm!