Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Number Stamps

Happy Saturday friends!  Autumn with you today to share some ideas for using the new Tim Holtz numbers stamp set, Merchant.  I've created several simple card designs to help get your wheels turning for ways you can incorporate this fabulous stamp set into your work.  First up, the always needed graduation card.  My youngest daughter will graduate next year, so I made a Class of 2019 card.  I used a couple of Christmas products with a spin.  I embossed the snowflake stamp in three different colors to make the confetti background.  I used Gold and the new Sage and Navy powders by Ranger.  These are sooooo beautiful!  Then I added a metallic bow from the Festive Greens set. 

It's always fun to highlight a special birthday year.  I used Tim's Glorious Bouquet for a subtle background.  I sponged an ombre effect with Worn Lipstick, then made a simple wrap with cardstock and gold thread.  For these cards I embossed my numbers onto a Baroque label die.  To make the mat, I cut a second piece of the same size and cut it in half.  I used wet glue to help align each half a little above and a little below the focal die.

We have lots of ten year olds in and around our home this year.  I used the largest numeral stamps to make an embellishment for this simple shaker card.  I made an ombre background with Distress Oxides, then used a texture fade to give it a pattern.  I love using DOX with my embossing folders because you can easily sand off the top of the embossed areas for contrast.

Of course, the stamp set will be perfect to commemorate each New Year.  Here I embossed Tim's new Batik stamp in gold and sponged a little Antique Linen DI on the edges.  I layered with a jeweled Prima flower and a Small Talk sticker.

I know that most of you will be using the stamps for your altered style mixed media work, but remember to break them out for other occasions, such as Valentine treats, Christmas Advent calendars, etc.  I was slightly anxious about lining up the numbers, but with the image printed on the cling foam it was a breeze.  I hope your wheels are turning with some ideas of your own now.  Happy stamping!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Surf's Up!

Hello, Friends! It's Kathy here to announce the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie. Who's ready for a little sand, a little sun and a little surf? Let's take this challenge for a stroll beside the shore! Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a beachy theme. Use ocean colors and beach images to add a fun seaside feel to your project.
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 go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

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.

How's that tan doing? The Funkie side of the team has produced more beautiful inspiration for you. Remember, you can click on the image for a larger view of each project.

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Zoe Hillman - iGirlZoe


So get your sun tan lotion and flip flops ready because Surf's Up! The Frilly side of the team has produced some wonderful inspiration to get your creative juices flowing this week. Remember, you can click on the image for a larger view of each project.

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Do you hear the sea calling your name? Answer the call, and link up your vintage or shabby chic beach themed project to play along in this fun 'Surf's Up' Challenge. You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 22nd to link up below.

The Funkie side of the team will be back next week to share more beachy inspiration with you, so be sure to come back and enjoy those. And tomorrow we'll be sharing a post from a fabulous Guest Designer. I know you won't want to miss that!

We can't wait to see what you make!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Challenge Winners - Neutral Point of View

Hi everyone! Today we announce our top picks from the 'Neutral Point of View' challenge. We were delighted to see so many outstanding entries showcasing the use of a neutral color palette. Thank you to all of you who took the time to join in the fun.

Having taken time to look at them all the Design Team chose #8 Jan Hobbins who shared this fabulous textured frame. We loved the textured stencilling, the crinoline blossoms and altered die cuts. Make sure to check out Jan's helpful tutorial HERE. Congratulations Jan on being our favourite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices this time were, in numerical order; #1 Stacy, #6 Julie and #11 Susanne. Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally we have a randomly chosen lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #14 Ann! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

A big thank you again from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'Surf's Up!' runs through Tuesday, May 22nd and the Funkie side of the Design Team will be back here on Wednesday May 16th with some more inspiration for you. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday Showcase -- She Paints Seashells By the Seashore with Tim Holtz

Welcome to this week's Saturday Showcase where we share techniques and tips using products available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It's Sara Emily here today, and I'm sharing some tips on how to decorate Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades - Seashells by Tim Holtz using Ranger Distress products. Hopefully I can provide a bit of inspiration for our current challenge, Surf's Up

 For each of these shells, I used the new Seashells Bigz die by Tim Holtz and the Texture Fade which is included. I used various papers including Distress Heavystock, Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock, Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper in white, and scraps from my stash. For most of my samples, I applied gesso to the shells before adding any products. I did not use gesso with Yupo or Metallic card, and I didn't use it for the blue shell that I used Distress ink alone to color. Most of my shells are shaped, and I did this by first spritzing the back with water, shaping and then drying with a heat tool. 

Here are the steps along with a photo collage for each set of shells pictured above, with the exception of the 'brass' and yellow shells. Things were not going well with the brass colored shell, so I thought I was going to trash it and I just forgot on the yellow one.. I will try to recreate my steps.  Remember, you can click on any image to zoom in.

Brass shell:
1. Using metallic Kraft stock, die cut shell. Sponge with Ground Espresso Distress paint. Allow to mostly dry.
2. Apply drop of Denim alcohol ink. Spritz with water and dry with heat tool.
3. Apply drop of Teakwood alcohol ink. Spritz with water and dry with heat tool.
4. Sponge with  Picket Fence Distress paint. Dry slightly with heat tool.
5. Wipe with clean cloth.

Metallic Blue shell:

1.Cut shell from silver Metallic kraft card and emboss.
2. Sponge on Picket Fence Distress paint. Drip a few drops of Denim alcohol ink and spritz with water. Heat dry.
3. Blend edges with Frayed Burlap ink.

 Yellow shell:
1. Apply Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide to gessoed shell. Do this by the 'dip and dry' method--apply oxides to mat and spritz with water. Dip your card into puddle, then dry with a heat tool. Repeat until satisfied with results.
2. Using a brush apply Worn Lipstick Oxide.
3. Blend edges with Frayed Burlap ink.

Blue shell:

1. Blend cardstock shell (no gesso) with Faded Jeans Distress ink.
2. Spritz with water and let dry or dry with heat tool.
3. Apply touches of Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.
4. Blend with Faded Jeans and Black Soot Distress ink.
5. Scribble raised areas with Faded Jeans Distress Crayon.

1. Outline with Walnut Stain Distress Marker.
2. Blend with water pen.
3. I included a photo of the embossing process, because I wanted to mention I sometime used design tape to hold the shell in place if I was concerned about getting a perfectly aligned impression. It's also worth mentioning to be sure you are coloring the 'right side'. This is particularly important in some upcoming shells. You want to be sure you are embossing, not debossing the colored side of your shell. In some cases, I purposely debossed, for a different outcome.
4. Blend edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink.
5. Apply touches of Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.

***My Favorites!***

 1. Color (gessoed) shell with Tattered Rose  and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide using the dip and dry method.
2. Apply  Distress Vintage Collage Medium with a palette knife.
3. While wet, sprinkle with  Distress Glitter Dust.
4. Dry with heat tool, from a distance at first to avoid a glitter dust facial.
5. When the collage medium is dry and bubbly, apply Frayed Burlap Oxide using the dip and dry method.
6. Apply more Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide using a wet brush.
7. While the shell is still damp bend into shape.

1. Apply Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide to heavily gessoed shell using blending foam, then by dip and dry.
2. Apply Frayed Burlap Oxide by dip and dry.
3. Blend edges with Frayed Burlap ink.
4. Apply additional Worn Lipstick Oxide with brush to 'inside' of shell.

***My Second Favorites!***

1. Apply Distress Grit Paste to shells with a palette knife and allow to dry.
2. Apply Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce Oxides to the shells using dip and dry.
3. Do the same with Frayed Burlap Oxide.
4. Shape shells using a ball stylus on the Horse Conch and by pinching bottom of the scallop shell.
5. Add Worn Lipstick Oxide on inside of Conch using a brush.
6. Blend edges with Frayed Burlap ink.

1. Apply alcohol inks in Sailboat Blue and Mushroom to Yupo paper. I dribbled drops and spritzed with rubbing alcohol. I used a heat tool to move the color around. It looked like a hot mess.
2. Die cut shells and emboss.
3. Scribble with Picket Fence Distress crayon and heat set. Be careful with the heat, because Yupo acts like Shrinky Dinks when too intense heat is applied.
4. Blend edges with Ground Espresso ink.

I hope you enjoyed today's tips and will give one of them a try! Our current challenge, Surf's Up,  is open through Tuesday, May 22nd, and these shells would fit in perfectly with the theme. Our Funkie girls will be posting their inspiration on Wednesday. Be sure to stop back next Saturday when another Design Team member will be sharing more tips and techniques. 

Happy creating!
Sara Emily

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