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Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

Frilly and Funkie April Showers Challenge: Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the lovely and talented Suzz.   I’ve created an adorable Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour to share with you today.  But before we get to that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fabulous challenge.

April Showers: Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.

We hope you’ll join the fun and create your own vintage or shabby chic “April Showers” project . Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 25th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will be popping by to visit your blogs and leave you some lovely comments.  Then the team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three favorite participants 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.

Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

I could talk about this album all day long, but instead, I’ve prepared a little video tour where I share supplies, techniques and tips with you.  Enjoy!

Supply List

Most of the items I used to make this album are available at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Some items I’ve had in my stash for a very long time, and have no idea where they came from.  I’ll provide product links wherever possible.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie

Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie: Happy Birthday Circular Twist Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  This go round, Nancy is our hostess and the theme is Welcome Spring!  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this great challenge!

Challenge Theme: Welcome, Spring!
Springtime! Its fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!

As you know, the Frilly and Funkie Design Team is excited to be celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi this month. We will all be using her fabulous products, new and old, in our creations. You’ll be blown away at how versatile they are since we all have different creative styles. When you enter the challenge, you are not required to use Wendy’s products in your creation but it would be great if you did. Don’t have any yet? Check out her product range at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Now, let’s get the party started!

Happy Birthday Easel Card and a Wendy Vecchi Birthday Cake

Our youngest granddaughter turns TWO this month.  How did that happen so fast?  Her favorite color is purple, so I dug out the May pages from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Collection where I found this darling little birthday girl image.  I was thrilled when I noticed that the magazine cover actually says “Two Years Old Today.”  How cool is that?

Just for fun, I turned the image into a mini card on top of a card.   It measures just 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4: and is held in place by that cute little green binder clip.  I can write a sweet note to Lydia on the inside, and maybe tuck some cash for her education fund in there, too.

Wendy Vecchi Circle Frames Stitching Template

Stitching is a wonderful way to add texture to a card.  Normally, I use my sewing machine to do this.  However, I’m not that great at sewing a perfect circle.  So hand stitching became the order of the day.  Normally, hand stitching on paper is an exercise in frustration.  But I had a secret weapon in my tool box to help me!

Wendy created this ingenious template that makes stitching on paper a joy!  I centered the template on my die cut scalloped circle, taped it in place, then laid the whole works on top of a thick foam mat.  Then, using my piercing tool, I worked my way around the perimeter of the stencil, creating a perfectly spaced border of holes.  All I had to do was  add the stitching!

I also used the template as a stencil and added two more rows of little dots by working Wendy’s Embossing Paste through the openings. Although much of  this is covered with my card design, you can see some of it near the balloon cluster in this shot.

Mat Minis Celebrations Set

These pretty purple balloons are part of the Mat Minis Celebrations set.  Instead of painting or using texture paste, I covered them with designer paper.  It’s great to be able to create embellishments that match a project so perfectly!

Every easel card needs a “stopper” to prop the card open.  For this card, Petaloo flowers and the birthday cake from the Celebrations set do the job perfectly. The purple flowers make me think of the crocus and grape hyacinth that bloom in the spring.

After sponging the cake layers with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, I spritzed them with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and heat dried them.  Next, I used Wendy’s embossing paste through another stencil from my stash to add the icing to the cake.  The cake plate and candles were sponged with Shaded Lilac ink, then spritzed.  I used the Flourish stencil from Tim’s #10 mini set to add more decorative elements here.

I used purple Stickles between the cake “layers” and all around the edges so that it would pop off the background.  I’ve never been great at decorating cakes, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

To make the candles shimmer, I first painted the flames with Mustard Seed Distress paint, then topped them with Stardust Stickles.

I think Lydia will get a kick out of opening this card and finding the birthday cake inside.  She already loves to color and play with paper…so it looks as though I have another little crafter to enjoy!

Now It’s Your Turn!

You’re invited to join the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring Challenge.  To do so, just link up your own vintage or shabby chic project.  You’ll find all the details HERE.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional participants  will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for helping me welcome spring!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Love is in the Air for Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Love is in the Air: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Layout

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Zoe is our hostess this time around, and the theme she chose is Love is in the Air.  How perfect for this time of year.  Here are Zoe’s guidelines for this challenge:

Create a vintage or shabby chic project with love as the central theme. Think hearts, cupid, love and romance in whatever colour palette your heart desires.

The Design 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.

Love is in the Air

I pulled out my Graphic 45 Mon Amour papers and created a 12 x 12 layout that fairly oozes with romance.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 02I created lots of layers by fussy cutting images from the 12×12 Mon Amour paper and elevating them with foam dots.  Fussy cutting always takes me back to my childhood when I cut piles of paper dolls during the long New England winter months. The edges were all inked with Black Soot Distress Ink and a mini applicator.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 03I encircled the main image with chipboard that was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I found this lovely sentiment in my scrap drawer and doubled matted it on cardstock and then spritzed it with Tattered Rose Distress Spray. Beautiful Petaloo blooms were tucked in around the fussy cut blossoms from the paper collection.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 04These antiqued bronze filigree ornaments were painted with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and then doused with superfine glitter while the paint was still wet.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 05I used the same technique to transform this silver butterfly .  The wings were gently lifted to give him the appearance of being in flight.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 01I topped everything off with a shabby chic bow made with rayon seam binding.  Adding the altered key from the Valentine embellishment kit was the perfect finishing touch.

That’s it for my Love is in the Air project.  Be sure visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG so you can see what the rest of my Frilly teammates have prepared for you, and I do hope you will play along in the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 


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.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

Hello, Friends!

What an exciting day it is here at Kathy by Design!  Today, I’m the Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie Challenge BlogPamellia is our hostess this time around, and she challenged us to “Raise it Up!”  “Use lots of layers, lots of panels, and/or lots of elements on your shabby chic OR vintage project.  But they must be raised up!  Whether you choose to use pop dots, foam squares, silicone glue or another means of support, make sure they stand proud.” 

I know you have heard me sing the praises of the Funkie Junkie Boutique here on the blog.  The prices are always 20% below retail so I do a lot of shopping there!  This challenge blog is connected to that shop.  I chose to work with the July pages of Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish Collection and created a really fun pocket card that I’ll share with you here. I adorned this card with fabulous Navy Diamond Satin Ribbon, White Iridescent Metallic String and 1.5″ Cream Mesh Ribbon, all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish July Pocket CardThis 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with an 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock base.  To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • Cut 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock on the short side at 5″.
  • The piece that is leftover from cutting ( which measures 3.5″ x 11″) is also cut twice, both times at 5″, creating two 5″ x 3.5″ rectangles.
  • join these two pieces to the end of the card base using glue or 1/8″ Scor-Tape.  I overlap as little as possible.  This creates a very long 5″ x 18″ rectangle.
  • Next,  score this panel at 7 inches, 14 inches and 17 inches.
  • Trim off the remainder, and then fold on the creases.
  • This gives you a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 3″ pocket on the inside.  Or the outside…however you choose to use it.  You will see a slight edge where the card is joined, but you are going to cover that with paper so no one will ever know.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 02aNext:

  • Cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ piece of the 12″ x 12″ July Time to Flourish paper.  Glue this to your card base.
  • Cut a 4.5″ x 3.5″ rectangle from the red 6″ x 6″ Patterns and Solids. Mat this with navy cardstock and set aside.
  • Cut a 2 7/8″ x 6.25″ panel of the floral paper from the 12″ x 12″ pad and mat on navy cardstock.  Place foam dots in the center of this panel.  Attach it to the red gingham check panel that you just created and press to adhere. See the photo for placement.
  • Wrap these panels with the cream mesh and navy satin ribbon.  Glue the red gingham patterned paper to the card base as seen in the photo.
  • Cut the July tag from the 12″ x 12″ pad and mat on navy cardstock.  Use foam adhesive dots to attach this panel to the card base so that it is offset from the floral panel.  Use the photo as a guide.
  •  Now you are ready to embellish your card front.Funkie Junkie Guest DT 03aTo make the flower:
  • Punch out 4 of the Time to Flourish Flowers.  I used the ones that match the July Floral Paper. I made the red side my base layer and then alternated red, floral, red floral.
  • Sponge the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.
  • Spritz the back of each flower lightly with water.
  • Use a flower shaping tool to round out each petal and then pinch the ends of each petal together to create ridges.  Set aside to dry.
  • When the flowers are dry, gently round out the petals once more. Be very gentle around the ridges. Cup the centers slightly. Really cup the final, smallest layer so that the petals are almost standing up straight, and glue the tips of the petals together to form the center of the rose.
  • Glue the layers together.
  • When dry, paint with Glossy Accents. This is a tip I learned from my crafting buddy, Glenda Brooks.
  • Cut leaves from old book pages, paint with glossy accents and dust with glitter while still damp.
  • Attach to card as shown.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 04aTo create even more elevation for my seed catalog, I crumpled the paper, then cut slightly larger rectangles from the flip side of the red patterned paper.  I crumpled these also, then used foam dots between the layers to hold them together.  More foam dots were used on the back to secure it to the punched out piece from the Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets Page.  A loopy bow was created with White Iridescent Metallic String.  I folded this in half and used the points of my scissors to push the knotted end into hot glue that was placed beneath the flower.  I also tied a little chipboard tag to the top of my fancy bow.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 05aThe inside of the card is fully decorated with elements and stamps from the collection.  The rose and sentiment are heat embossed with copper embossing powder. This “raises them up” from the card base. All my stamping was done with Ranger Sepia Archival Ink.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 06aI double matted the postage stamps to raise them up as well.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 07aHere’s the lovely pocket and some fussy cut elements from the 8″ x 8″ paper collection. I used foam dots between these elements.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 08aThe July ephemera card was slightly cut down and matted on navy cardstock.  Roses were fussy cut, glittered and stacked with foam dots between them.  I added more Navy Diamond Satin ribbon to this using Tim’s Tiny Attacher.  I covered up the staples with more chipboard elements. This little hanger would be so cute in a work cubicle or suspended from a cabinet or dresser knob.  And, there’s plenty of room in the pocket to add a gift card or other small, flat gift.

I know this was a long post, and I thank you for hanging in there with me.  I would like to thank the Frilly and Funkie blog for asking me to guest design.  I hope you will join in the fun challenge to “raise it up!”  You could win and be chosen as their next guest designer, or win the random gift certificate drawing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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