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Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie: Graphic 45

A Trio of Graphic 45 Communique Cards for Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  This is an exciting day for me, as it’s my turn to host Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie.  Twice a month, we focus in on one of the fabulous product lines carried in the shop and share a special project or two with you.  For the next two weeks,  the Funkie Junkie Boutique offers an additional 15% discount on Friday Focus products. It’s a great time to stock up on fabulous goodies for your crafty stash.

This time around, we’re featuring one of my all time favorite product lines: Graphic 45!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique has a great selection of Graphic 45 papers, chipboard, pockets and tags and stamps.  They also offer fantastic BUNDLE DEALS at excellent prices. I dug into my stash of Communique papers and worked up a trio of cards that I’m sharing over on the F&F blog.

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie This is just a sneaky peek of one  project I’m sharing. I’ll meet you over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog where I’ll share more details.  And then I’m going shopping…because the only thing better than Graphic 45 papers, is a Friday Focus SALE  on Graphic 45 papers!  You’d better get there before I do!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by!



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Let’s Make it A Trio Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Cracked Glass Technique for Let’s Make it a Trio Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Sue is our hostess this go round,  and this is her theme: Let’s make it a trio!  She is challenging us to work in 3’s on a project, 3 tags, 3 panels, 3 arches etc…. so for this challenge create projects including 3 of something, but this does need to be the main focal point of your project.

Here’s my Let’s Make it a Trio project:

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 01This was such a fun card to create!  I chose to work with Pion Design Paris Flea Market papers and they are soooo lush!  Now, how many three’s did I incorporate into my Let’s Make it a Trio design?

  • I die cut THREE of Tim’s Ornate Frames, then stacked them with adhesive foam to create a dimensional frame for my image, which was treated with THREE layers of UTEE, heat embossing between each layer.  I sprinkled in a few fine grains of glitter and embossing enamel so that the framed image would look like a very old photograph.  When the embossing had cooled completely, I gently bent it to crack it, giving it the look of cracked glass.
  • There are THREE loops on my woven black stripes linen
  • The linen is topped with 3 sweet Wild Orchid Craft blossoms
  • I used three different types of ribbon and trim (see the wrinkled pink ribbon and the white burlap string bow that is holding the bundle of love letters together?)
  • There are 3 fussy cut butterflies
  • There are also 3 postage stamps

So, I think I managed to meet Sue’s “Let’s Make it a Trio” Challenge

Here are some more photos for you to enjoy.

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 05I achieved the crackle finish on my frame by painting it with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  When it had dried, I spritzed it with a tincture of water and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I love this technique!

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 04To give my bundle of love letters more body, I distressed the edges and added layers of torn paper behind the image from the Paris Flea Market ephemera.  Everything was inked up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make them look like letters found in an attic trunk, and then I added the real bow, burlap string and painted bird cage charm. The sweet little key from the Valentine Embellishment kit was tapped with Distress paint, and makes a lovely body on my butterfly.

Let's Make it a Trio for Frilly and Funkie 06The inside of the card uses THREE different papers from the paper collection and a lovely stamped quote from Wendy Vecchi’s brand new Blooming Art Stamp set.

You can find links to all these supplies in the Funkie Junkie Boutique if you click on the thumblinkys below the post.  Everything in the shop is priced about 20% below retail price, and you’ll never find better customer service anywhere.  Besides, her shop is GORGEOUS!

Be sure to pop over and visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG where you will find lovely inspiration from the Frilly side of the team for this Let’s Make it a Trio challenge.  And don’t forget to play along with us!

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie BLOG, 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!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



Links to these items in the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Frilly and Funkie: Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge

Frilly and Funkie: Enjoy your Embossing Challenge

Hello, Friends!  I am so excited about today’s post, as I get to tell you a secret that I’ve been bursting to share for a while now.  As many of you know, I am huge fan of The Funkie Junkie Boutique and their amazing Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Their design team inspires me so much that even though my schedule does not allow for a lot of blog reading these days, I never fail to check in and see what they are up to.  So imagine my surprise and delight when I was invited to join the team!  Yippee! The first project I get to share with you was made for their Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge,  I’m still pinching myself to make sure this is not just a lovely dream.  (If it is, I may just keep right on snoozing!)

Mon Amour Embossed Tag for Frilly Funkie 01You all know how much I already enjoy my embossing powders, so this  challenge theme is right up my alley: Make a vintage or shabby chic project of your choice and remember to include some embossing. Use your favorite embossing methods (wet, dry, heat, or any other techniques you want to share) – just enjoy your embossing! 

Mon Amour Embossed Tag for Frilly Funkie 02Since we are coming right up on Valentine’s Day, I decided to create a romantic tag using the Mon Amour papers from Graphic 45.  I have links to all the products I used to make the tag below so that you can make one of your own if you wish.   I began the project with an 8″ x 8″ paper (Precious One) from the collection.  After die cutting a standard tag from the flip side of the paper, I stamped the flat side of an embossing folder with embossing ink and ran it through my Big Shot.  The tag was then covered with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  The end result was a richly textured tag with loads of sparkle and shine!

Enjoy Your Embossing processYummy!  One tip: when working with this type of embossing powder, heat from the underside to prevent blowing the powder everywhere!  And be patient: it takes a little longer to melt.  I generally get it started on the back side, then finish the process by applying heat directly to the top side.  It saves a lot of mess! Next, I spritzed the sides of the tag and distressed the edges with a distressing tool.  The embossed tag was then glued onto a black Ranger tag.  This added both stability and a nice black border around the edges.,

Enjoy Your Embossing Mon Amour Tag for Frilly Funkie 03But we are not done embossing yet!  We are enjoying it far too much!  So I created this fabulous butterfly using Tim’s Layered Butterfly Die/Embossing Folder combo.  The butterfly was die cut with a pearlized cream cardstock, then placed in the matching embossing folder.  I had prepped the flat side of the folder with embossing ink, just as I did for the tag.  A quick trip through the Big Shot, a dusting of gold embossing powder and the butterfly was ready for its beauty treatment.  I squished Victorian Velvet, Spun, Sugar and Tattered Rose onto my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed it lightly with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  I pressed the embossed side of the die cut butterfly into the ink and voila!  A gorgeous pink butterfly emerged!  After heat setting the color, I shaped the wings and attached it to my tag.

Enjoy Your Embossing for Frilly and Funkie 02This was topped with fussy cut roses,  a fussy cut lady from the paper sheet, and a wooden button that I had in my stash.  Venice lace was added to the base of the tag along with  a hand painted Baby Blush Venice Lace Heart .

Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge Frilly Funkie 05The title and little butterfly were cut from the paper pad and layered under the roses.  The antique bronze heart and arrow charm was filled with the word “love” from the paper collection and then tapped with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  How’s that for romance?

The shabby chic bow was made with seam binding that I custom dyed with the same pink Distress Inks I used on the butterfly wings.  I topped it with that sparkling black Petaloo Jeweled flower for contrast.

All my edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used Glossy Accents to secure all the elements on the tag.

Now the best part of this whole Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge is that YOU get to play along!  Just visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG to link your project up and the team will be stopping by to leave you lovely comments!  A winner will be chosen as a guest designer on the blog, or to win a favorites badge that you can proudly display on your own blog.  And one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions about the challenge or the construction of the tag, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.



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Desperately Seeking Sunshine

Grey.  Gloomy.  Sunless.  That pretty much sums up the weather lately. Sunday was a rare exception with sunshine and warm temps…warm enough to get out of the house and walk at our favorite park.  But today….the skies are grey.  Good thing I have paper supplies that allow me to create my own sunshine!

Just Add Sunshine

I have a wonderful paper collection from K & Company.  Mira, by Brenda Walton,  has been around for a long time, but the colors and patterns are fresh and contemporary.  The artwork in the collection reminds me of a lot of the mixed media art that I love so much…only the work has all been done for me.  When I’m desperate for sunshine colors and a mood lifter, it’s my go to collection.  When it was completely overcast and rainy on Friday, I knocked out a few cards, and basked in virtual sunshine.

The really amazing thing about this card is that there is not one single stamped image on it!  The images were torn from the 12 x 12 paper sheet, inked, distressed and glued down.  If you do a lot of paper tearing, you probably already know this trick, but on the off chance that you don’t, I’ll tell you a secret.  To get paper to tear right where you want it to tear, “paint” around it with a small brush dipped in water.  Let it set for a minute or two, and it will tear beautifully along the dampened paper line.  The SOAR ticket is from Tim Holtz’ wonderful adage tickets. And the cabochon is from Webster’s Pages.  Some vintage sheet music, inked up, some twine and some inky spatters and voila!  The front of the card is complete. 025 (2)

Inside, it’s equally sunny:  026 (2) This card is a great congratulatory card: job promotion, good grades at school, project completed, etc.  The “shine on ” sentiment is from a stamp set by Ali Edwards.  Lots of fun, sunny sayings and wonderful fonts!

Still Longing for Sunshine?

Take a look at this fun anniversary card.  Again, the elements were cut from the paper: 040 (2)   042 (2) I fussy cut the paper lanterns, inked them up with Versamark, clear embossed them to make them stronger and then hit them with a little bit of Stickles to make them shine.  They were mounted on foam tape, then attached to the fun twine.  The butterflies were treated in a similar manner.  I won’t drag on about all the details, but you can ask me if you have any questions.  And  here’s the inside: 045 (3) 046 (3) I flicked some Tattered Angels spray onto the paper to add that fun spattered effect.

I’ve Got Sunshine, on a Cloudy Day…

Here are some more photos of cards created with this same paper collection.  Enjoy!014 (2) 013 (2) 015 (2) 016 (2)

And, just one more card, and then I’m off to face the dreaded treadmill:

Sorry...out for publication.  This card will be re-published in July.  Thanks for your understanding.

Sorry…out for publication. This card will be re-published in July. Thanks for your understanding.

This one’s my favorite.  I love the metal medallion, and the insert I created by stamping, embossing, using faux batik and then embossing again with UTEE.  It looks like cracked glass.  I love it!   If you’re interested, I can maybe do a tutorial on how to do this technique.  Just let me know.    I hope I’ve been able to add some sunshine to your day.  These colors and images surely brighten my world.

Thanks again for taking the time to read my little blog.  If you’ve hung with me for this long today, special thanks are in order…that was a lot of pictures to get through.  Your comments mean the world to me…each one is savored and replied to, and knowing that you are with me on this creative journey makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time….



Products used in these projects:

K & Company Specialty Paper Collection, Mira; Ranger Industries: Distress Inks, UTEE, Stickles, Memory Pins, Adage Tickets; Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch; Spellbinders: Medallion 4, fancy labels die; Lawn Fawn: bakers twine: Webster’s pages: cabochons and lace trims; Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist; Ali Edwards: Sunshine Stamp; Crafty Secrets: Born to Fly Stamp Set; Pearls and Vintage sheet music from my stash. 



Faux Batik Technique How-to

Faux Batik Stamping

Oh, my…we are going to have FUN!  For those of you who have never played with Faux Batik before, you are going to love the technique I’m sharing with you today.  It’s been around for a long time, it is simple to do, and adds a ton of visual interest to any stamped project. 

What is Faux Batik?

Batik, as defined by Mr. Webster is ” a fabric printed by an Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed; also : the method itself.”  That’s as clear as mud, isn’t it?  But a picture is worth a thousand words: 017 (2) Want to learn how?  Read on!

Faux Batik Technique

Begin with a stamped image.  For this project, I used Stampin’ Up’s Sweet Floral Background Stamp.  I used my Distress Markers to color directly onto the stamp. You can use whatever color palette you like, but I chose Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Broken China, and Shabby Shutters.  Once the stamp was fully inked, I lightly “huffed” over the ink to re-moisten and stamped onto a sheet of vintage dictionary paper.  I immediately covered the inked page with clear embossing powder and used my heat gun to emboss the image.  Then, I used Distress Markers to add some contrasting colors to the centers of the flowers and the leaves.

Oh, the IRON-y!

Sorry…I love puns.  For this part of the technique, you will need an old iron.  You can use your good iron if you want to, but bear in mind that there is a chance of ruining the iron.  Of course, if you hate to iron, and are looking for a good excuse to quit ironing, by all means, use your good iron.  I found an iron for $2 at a yard sale, and I use it for my messy, crafty, ironing needs.  You will also need clean newsprint, or brown paper (like lunch sack weight, or the kind used for packaging. ) I , of course, have about a mile of brown paper saved in the Closet of Shame, so this is what I used.

  I set an old towel on a countertop, heat the iron to high and lay my stamped/embossed image between two pieces of brown paper.  I then iron over the top sheet of brown paper.  This will melt the embossing powder, and the brown paper will absorb it.  You may have to move to a fresh section of paper as you repeat this step until all embossing powder has been remelted and absorbed.  You will want to remove the brown paper quickly and carefully.  If the embossing powder cools, it will stick to your image! If it sticks, just reheat with the iron. It should look like this: 016 (2)

This is one of those techniques that is addictive!  It also looks more impressive in real life, but I encourage you to give it a whirl.  It’s a ton of fun, and gives you a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak.  Here are some more images of the card I made using this technique: 015 (2) 021 (2) 020 (2) 019 (2) 018 (2)

Coming soon: Emboss Resist Technique

Join me tomorrow for another great embossing technique.  If today’s post didn’t send you running out the door for a fresh supply of embossing powder, then tomorrow’s post featuring an “emboss-resist” will for sure!  In the meantime, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about the faux-batik technique I’ve shared with you today.  As always, I thank you for taking the time to read my little blog.  I greatly appreciate your comments and thoughts, and will do my best to reply to every comment you leave for me.  Until tomorrow,








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