Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To Everything There Is a Season Challenge

Hello, Friends! Kathy here to announce the latest challenge here on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The theme for the challenge is "To Everything There Is a Season." Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Brilliant leaves, fall flowers, crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation. You're invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors.

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.

Now let's see the wonderful inspiration from our talented Funkie team:

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot 

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons


Now let's kick off the challenge with beautiful inspiration from our talented Frilly team:

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Autumn Clark - Sew, Paper, Paint

Are you ready to get your craft on? I hope that you'll join us and share your vintage or shabby chic fall (not Halloween) inspired project with us. You have until midnight on Tuesday, September 26th to link up your project below. We cant wait to see what you make! 

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Challenge Winners - A Little Rusty

It is time to announce the winners of our A Little Rusty challenge. The entries were fabulous and required much deliberation by the Design Team.

Jane Royston was their choice for overall winner with this gorgeous mixed media hanging full of wonderful rust and patina. Congratulations to Jane on being our favourite and for winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge. You will be contacted shortly with details about this opportunity.

The three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top Pick badges are #5 Cathy Frailey, #6 &7 Nikki Acton and #11 Jane of Jane's Journal. Please email Linda at for the Top Pick badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally congratulations to our randomly chosen lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique - #10 Two Mad Dahlias (Jess Madaglia). Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

The Design Team thanks all of you who participated in this challenge and for sharing your wonderful creations. The current challenge, To Everything There is a Season, runs through Tuesday, September 26th so you have lots of time to participate and if you want more inspiration, the Funkie gals will be sharing their projects for this Wednesday, September 20th.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Focus - Wendy Vecchi Stamps & Stencils

Hi! Suzz here. It is Friday Focus today and we are featuring the fantastic Wendy Vecchi's stamps & stencils!

For the next two weeks, Wendy Vecchi stamps and stencils will be discounted an extra 15%* at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. To find the discounted products, simply click HERE. Don't forget to check out all the other great products in the store!

*Editor's Note:  Friday Focus extra 15% discount does not apply to pre-orders.  

I have a few different projects to share as I was playing around with various ideas all week long! First up is a tag that I created with a scrap piece of paper leftover from picking up some extra ink from my craft mat. I loved the mix of colors and used it for my tag and my flowers. This was a result of mixing up some of the new Distress Oxide inks.

I decided to mix it up with adding a touch of stamping in the background using Wendy's background stamp and one of her signature inks to add a faint layer of text.

I then used her stripes stencil and sponged on a hint of pink stripes. I followed that up with a bit of the circle stamp in violet.

I then stamped the flowers multiple times using the potting soil ink over the same inky scraps. I cut the flowers and layered them with purple centers and stems.

Something about those blue flowers just brings a happy smile to my face.

Next up was playing with the squares stencil and the silver embossing paste. I did this on a larger piece of cardstock. After the embossing paste dried I dripped and spritzed black and citron green sprays over the stenciled surface.

After I finished the background I thought it would be fun to cut it up and create three ATCs.  I was inspired to try a few different types including a Halloween inspired one.

On my third ATC, I stamped the sentiment on tissue paper and glued  it over the surface. I then stamped and cut out the little bouquet of flowers for my flowery accent. 

Finally I decided to emulate Wendy's lovely style and finished with a card.

I stamped the background using the leaf green ink. I then layered in the berries and the flower by stamping them and coloring them with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I stamped and cut another flower to pop up onto the card.  

I had fun using all my various Wendy stamps, stencils, embossing pastes, and inks!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday Step by Step - Fall Wendy Vecchi Card

Happy Saturday stampers!  Autumn with you today to share a Saturday Step by Step post.  I've created this rustic, fall card to coordinate with our current challenge, A Little Rusty.  While this project took a couple of detours, the process was quite rewarding and filled with discovers which I hope you will enjoy reading about.

Originally I planned to do a square card with the image stamped directly on my main panel.  I dipped my panel into watered Scattered Straw, then Dried Marigold, then Vintage Photo Distress Inks to create a subtle tint.  I used a Mixed Media thinlet die to cut a portion of my panel, then stamped the open space with the Garden Fresh stamp by Wendy Vecchi.

Next, I gently painted my floral image with water and lifted the water with a dry cloth.  This was such a pretty effect!  I can envision stamping this image repeatedly and lifting the color for a beautiful background panel.

I went back over the outer areas with watery Vintage Photo to make even more contrast.

As much as I liked how this looked, I was afraid that painting the image would loose the contrast I had created, so I ended up fussy cutting the painted image.  Next I coated it with Distress Crazing Collage Medium.

I used border dies from the Stitched Ovals and Stitched Rectangles sets.  I first cut the scallops with a half inch allowance, then lined up the stitched row die and ran it back through to get a finished edge on both sides.  I dipped this piece in watery Vintage Photo.

Next I stained some seam binding.

I wanted to make my own "designer paper" layer for the background.  I dipped in the same inks from light to dark, then sponged the edges a bit with Vintage Photo.  I stamped the swirl from the Flourishing Art stamp set by Wendy Vecchi repeatedly in Antique Linen.

I fussy cut the Mixed Media Thinlet panel from the first step and adhered onto my stamped background with the scalloped border.  I die cut the largest oval from the Stitched Oval set.

I used this to create a die cut inlay.  I added foam to the outer areas of the panel, then adhered to a base.  I then taped the center back in place, nice and flat.  This created a great frame and lots of dimension for my card.

I dipped another panel into my inks, even lighter this time.  I cut the next size smaller oval then adhered it to two ovals of the same size cut from children's fun foam.  This saves on all the foam tape and makes a nice sturdy base with little weight.  Using two layers raised it a bit more than the outer panel.  I mounted the flower, my bow and a small talk sentiment, then layered for a small green border.  Here's a glimpse of all that dimension.  I hope you will experiment with inlaid die cuts and watercolor lifting with your Distress Inks.  Why not create a project for our current challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Funkie Junkie Boutique?  Thanks for your visit today!  Happy stamping!

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