Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year's Inspiration at Frilly and Funkie

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Hello friends and visitors,

Thank you for stopping by today to view my latest craft attempt.  I'm on the Funkie team over at Frilly and Funkie now and we have been challenged to make a project to depict our new year's inspiration.  This year, I'm inspired to simplify, declutter and get organized.  So I decided to make something very clean and simple as well as quick and easy for my DT project for the challenge.

This is actually a very pretty piece, but I struggled with my photography and lighting.  I normally use a light box as I have never had any luck with natural light.  Getting a decent photo is the worst part of blogging for me.  I have a fairly decent camera and use it on automatic and manual.  I set the white balance and shoot at a variety of settings but sometimes I just can't get a decent shot.  Most of the shots of this piece came out white and gray rather than white and Iced Spruce, which is a gray-green.

The piece started with a jumbo tag sized piece of white CS.  I smeared some Iced Spruce ink on my craft sheet, misted it and did a little "wrinkle free distress" technique with it.  That wasn't quite enough color for me so I dipped a broad brush into the watery ink on my craft sheet and gave it a few swirls with the brush.

Using the Mini snowflake layering stencil, I stenciled on silver snowflakes.  Then the sentiment was stamped with Jet Black Archival (perfectly stamped and aligned using my MISTI).  I cut a couple of white snowflakes using the Paper Snowflakes, Mini Thinlits set and two loves white evergreen trees using the Woodlands Thinlits set.

For stability, I glued my card stock onto a jumbo tag and then onto a layer of chipboard.  Now it is nice and sturdy.  I will probably add a chipboard easel so I can stand it up in my craft room as a reminder to streamline and organize in the upcoming months.

Please visit our challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  I hope we have inspired you to craft with us for this challenge. All you have to do is make a vintage or shabby chic project to depict your New Year's inspiration or resolution. Our team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot 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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mail Carrier Thank You

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Hello and happy new year to all!

Thanks to a recent visitor who reminded me that it's been awhile since I posted.  I needed that nudge to get going again.

I made this tag over the holidays to give to the mail carrier who serves us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  She is totally awesome.  Her route brings her by our shop around 10:30 each morning and we usually have dozens more orders to get out that day.  On busy days or days that I can't make an afternoon run to the Post Office she cheerfully makes a special trip back around 4:30 in the afternoon to pick up the rest of our outgoing shipments.  She helps us get your orders to you super fast!

Please forgive the quality of the photos as they were taken with my phone as I quickly created this tag.  I got out an old Verve thank you set.  I love that it has a number of thank you sentiments and I frequently pile them all on a single card/tag.

I got out my MISTI and set up the stamps in a pleasingly random way, inked them up with Jet Black archival ink and stamped the impressions.  These are clear polymer stamps and sometimes they don't take the ink well, especially for the first or second impression.

One of the great attributes of the MISTI is that you can reink and re-stamp until you are happy with the impression.  I had to reink the stamps a third time to get a perfect impression, but no worries with MISTI.

I'm sorry, I didn't take any further photos, but the next step was to use the Tim Holtz Correspondence stamp set to stamp all sorts of mail notices randomly over the entire tag.  Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can ink was used for the mail notice stamping because I wanted them to be background and to have the Thank You's pop and not blend in with the background.  I wanted it to have a little more background so the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Typo was stenciled using Weathered Wood distress ink.  Once I had all that done, my next step was to blend Vintage Photo DI over the entire tag and then ink the tag edges with Walnut Stain DI.

I thought the tag needed a little pop so I took a Ranger glue stick and went around the edges, then laid Prima foil over the glue, burnished it with my hand and pulled it off to give the edges a lovely gold foiling.  Unfortunately the gold doesn't show up well in the photo.

The tag was finished off with a couple of Tim Holtz Idea-ology embellishments and a wisp of dyed crinkled seam binding.  I rubbed a bit of Picket Fence distress point over the Word Band to make the sentiment stand out.

This tag was a blast to make.  It took less than an hour and our mail carrier LOVED it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!   

The products below were used to create the above tag and are available for sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, most are 20% off retail.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style - 2016 Challenge Winners

Once again, the time has come to wrap up the annual 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  A huge thank you to all who submitted their fantastic work.  I am so delighted to have 19 artists who completed the challenge this year.  Thank you also to all my visitors and to those who left encouraging comments.  
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Before we start, here is a recap of all the 2016 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.  There is a link on my sidebar for each of the tags, not only for this year but for the four prior years also, should you care to pursue them.

Now it's time to announce the winners.  Actually everyone who completed the challenge is a winner because they will all get a 15% discount code, good for one order in January.  And yes, it is good for the pre-orders that will be coming in January too so that could be a big savings for them.

I numbered the finalists in the order in which they submitted their #12 piece as follows:

1. Jane's Journal
2. Suzz's Stamping Spot
3. Craft Knife Chronicles
4. Astrid
5. Sara's Closet
6. Avril B.
7. LauraVi
8. Stefania
9. Butterfly
10. Inky splatters
11. Mandysea
12. Alison/Craftytrog
13. Alice K.
14. Barb Turpin
15. SewPaperPaint
16. Mitralee
17. Birgit
18. Carta e Cuci
19. MartyF.

The $50 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique goes to #14 - Barb Turpin

A $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique goes to #1 - Jane's Journal

And the other $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique goes to #12 - Alison/Craftytrog

Congratulations to our winners and to all the finalists.  Everyone, please email me at for your gift certificate codes and the 15% discount code for a January 2017 order.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Chalkboard Banner - Details #3

My apologies for the delay in getting the final letters of my Chalkboard Christmas Banner posted.  Things are pretty hectic in my life at the moment and I got behind schedule.  First let me correct an error in my prior two posts.  The chipboard letters I used from Hobby Lobby were 2 inches tall not 2 1/2 inches as previously reported.  My apologies to anyone who was frustrated looking for the 2 1/2 inch letters.
There's really not a lot of details I can share here that haven't already been shared in the first two posts, but I did want to give you individual photos of each flag.  Thumbnail links are below to take you to each product that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This one uses the Nordic stencil.  Glacier White craft ink and a Mini Ink Blending Tool were used to stencil it on the Swallowtail Chalkboard Banner, which we also sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.   It was a new release this holiday season and became a favorite of mine.  The deer die is an oldie but goodie Tim Holtz Bigz die - Reindeer Flight.  I used a snippet of Pine Twine and one of the silver bells from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The bell was altered with Red Pepper alcohol ink.  As stated in the earlier posts, I painted the chipboard letters with one coat of Picket Fence distress paint, but wish I had used two or three coats or even better, white gesso because it is a brighter white.  The letters have more of a gray tone on this banner which I am not happy with.  Once they were dry, I gave them a heavy coat of Glossy Accents and applied chunky white glitter that I purchased years ago at JoAnn Fabrics.
Next up, I used the Festive Gent Bigz die.  He's another favorite of mine that I always want to use at least once a season.  For my pop of red on this flag, I took a water color brush and colored his scarf and the bow on the wreath with Festive Berries distress said.  The stencil used here is Snowflakes.
The stencil used on this flag was Holiday Script and the trees are from the Woodlands Thinlits die set.  They are so delicate that I used the smallest pearls in the Kaisercraft Snow Pearls pack, colored red with a Copic alcohol ink marker, but you could use a paintbrush and the Red Pepper alcohol ink on them too.
And finally, the last banner uses the Concerto stencil and the Holiday Lamppost Bigz die.  I colored the holly leaves with a little Mowed Grass, edged with Vintage Photo and colored the tiny rhinestones with a red Copic marker.  They were strung together with Idea-ology Red Jute Christmastime twine.  The banner comes with regular jute twine, but because I was going for a pop of red with each flag, I chose to use the red and white twine.

That's it. Thank you for visiting!  I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Chalkboard banner that I did for a Holiday Home decor project over at Frilly and Funkie.

The products below are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% below list.

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