If looks like “your cup of tea” (see what I did there?) I hope you’ll pop on over and say hello at the Frilly and Funkie blog. I’m sharing a great video tutorial, tips for how to use these fabulous G45 Tag Dies, flower shaping techniques, gift card pocket tutorial and so much more! This is a great way to get your creative mojo flowing this weekend!
Graphic 45 Fairie Wings Shaker Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie
Hello, Friends! Welcome to the first Frilly and Funkie Challenge of 2018! I trust you had a happy and healthy holiday. Today I’m sharing a Graphic 45 Fairie Wings Shaker Card Folio made with the whimsical new Fairie Dust Collection. Before we take a look at it, let’s see what Cec, our gracious challenge hostess has to say about the theme for this first challenge of 2018.
Three Is Not a Crowd!
Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. Examples of three of something could be three different patterned papers, three colours, three layers, three flowers, three bows – the list goes on. This would be a perfect time to use some of the new supplies you received for Christmas or to make space in your stash by using up old supplies. Just remember to think in multiples of three.
Fairie Wings Shaker Card Folio: The Power of Three
I found a whole host of ways to add threes to this card:
Create each layering element with 3 layers: designer paper, dark amethyst and light amethyst cardstock.
Cluster flowers in groups of 3.
Create a triple layer bow.
Add 3 butterflies to the cover of the card.
Fairie Wings Shaker Card Folio: Creating the Shaker Element
To create this shaker element:
First die cut 2 Tim Holtz Ornate Frames from chipboard packaging.
Then paint one frame with Prima Heavy Black Gesso.
Next cover the other frame with embossing ink.
Now sprinkle the embossing ink with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.
Now, glue the black gessoed frame directly to the Fairie Dust ephemera card.
Then, place the embossed frame over a sheet of clear acetate cardstock. Use a sharpie pen to make little marks around the outside edge of the center oval.
Next, cut out the acetate using the sharpie marks as a guide. I cut just inside the marks so that they would not show. The oval does not have to be perfect. Just slightly larger than the inside of the frame. Glue this acetate to the back side of the gold embossed frame. Let it dry completely.
Fairie Wings Shaker Card Folio: Stick to It!
This is the laborious, tedious part of making the shaker element. Work on top of the black frame that is glued to the card base.
First, carefully place small pieces of foam (foam dots or foam tape) around the inside edge of the frame. Try to be as careful as you can with placement, as you don’t want the foam to show through the frame.
Place a second layer of foam over the first.
Next, use a black sharpie pen or alcohol marker to color the tops of the foam. This will make any little parts that might show less visible.
Finally, fill the cavity with your shaker elements.
I used Art Institute Dries Clear Glue to attach the two frames together.
Use Charred Gold Embossing Powder on the pocket watch, then add the sticker from Fairie Dust Sticker Sheet.
Fairie Wings Shaker Card Folio: A Peek Inside
I carried the Three is Not a Crowd theme over to the inside of the card folio. Here’s how:
Create 3 pockets (one is hidden)
Add 3 little tags in the largest pocket
Design a tri fold fold out element for the top half of the card.
The tri fold element is attached to the inside cover with Scor-Tape. The ribbon closure holds everything together nice and neat. Open the folder to find a series of decorated panels. There is a tuck spot for three teeny tiny tags. I used one of the glassine envelopes that Linda ships small charms and turned it into a fairie dust envelope. And then, there’s the hidden pocket with a little chocolate treat.
Each little tag is adorned with a charm from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Two of the tags are made with images from the sticker sheet.
I love this happy, dancing fairy! Her dress and wings shimmer. It must be that she has been playing in the fairy dust.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. Our top pick will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. And the next three winners will receive Top 3 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.
Hop on over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog for more inspiration. You’ll find all the challenge details, and see what the rest of the Frilly team has prepared for you. Next week, the Funkie side of the team will share their challenge projects, so you’ll want to check back again then.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge
Hello, Friends! Are you ready for Halloween? I created this super cute You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for the Trick or Treat Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first let’s see what our hostess, the sensational Suzz, has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: Trick Or Treat
I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a trick or treat. If you are feeling funkie you might want to incorporate a trick in your design or if you are feeling frilly you can incorporate a treat. The trick or treat can be anything from a hidden pocket, unexpected design element, a treat hidden in the card or an unusual technique used on your project. Make sure to include in your blog post a description of your trick or treat!
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box and Treat
In our area, grown ups enjoy Halloween by playing You’ve Been Booed. Sometimes called “Ghosting” or “the Phantom”, the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on “Secret Santa” or May baskets. Usually seen in neighborhoods–but sometimes in the workplace–BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.
To start a Halloween BOO, one neighbor secretly leaves a small gift basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbor’s doorstep.
The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that “We’ve Been BOO-ed!” That way, new BOO recruits won’t leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.
In turn, the neighbor is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction–and Halloween fun.
I thought it would be fun to create a little “boo box” for my next door neighbor as she looooves Halloween.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Prepping the Box
This cute little brie box was lurking in a dark corner of the Closet of Shame. It seemed the perfect vessel for my Boo Box. I created the shaker top with a little vintage image that I received in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. (Linda, the owner, always includes a cute little thank you package with every order. )
Here’s how to prepare the Boo Box.
First, ink all the edges of the brie box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Next, trace the cover and base onto patterned paper from Prima’s Amber Moon Collection.
Then cover the lid, inside and out with the cut out papers.
Now, ine the inside base as well.
Then, run Scor-Tape around the outside edge of the box and cover with Prima Amber Moon Washi tape. The Scor-Tape helps hold the washi tape in place.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Building the Shaker Element
Building the shaker top took a little time and patience. And oh, the glitter storm that filled my studio. Heres how I did it:
First, die cut a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Frame from medium weight chipboard.
Then cut it a two more Pocket Watch frames from Prima Amber Moon paper of your choice.
Next, cut a 4″ square of clear acetate cardstock. You can always use clear packaging if you have some on hand.
Now, ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Next, ink the edges of the designer paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Then use a craft knife to cut out the center portion of one pocket watch frame. Ink the edges.
Now, glue the whole pocket watch frame to the chipboard base.
Next, cut thin strips of foam tape and adhere it all along the edges. You do not want any gaps.
Now, glue the clear acrylic circle to the back side of the open pocket watch frame. I used binder clips to hold it in place until dry.
Then, glue the vintage image to the base section of the pocket watch frame.
Next fill the center portion of the base with sequins, small beads, glitter…whatever you like. Be sure NOT to overfill. Less is more.
Peel the backing strips off the foam tape strips and press the dome cover in place. Use binder clips if needed.
Next,run a bead of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive around the edge of the pocket watch frame, filling in any small gaps.
Dust the glue with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.
Repeat this step around the plastic dome area.
Finally, tie ribbon around the stem of the pocket watch and use hot glue to attach to the box cover.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Finishing Touches
Die cut Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves from Amber Moon patterned paper. I dipped mine in a lovely puddle of Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap and WIld Honey Distress Oxide Inks before shaping and stacking. Fill the centers with mustard seeds and spatter with Walnut Ink Stain. Attach to the box top along with a little tag made from scraps.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: A Peek Inside
Here’s a look at the interior of the finished box. Isn’t it fun?
Now It’s Your Turn
I hope you’ll find the time to play along in this fun Trick or Treat Challenge. To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project following the challenge theme and guidelines. Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 7th.
The Frilly and Funkie Team will select their top 4 favorite projects from all the entries. Our top pick will be invited to join us for a guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next 3 favorites will receive a favorites badge to post proudly on their blog or Facebook page. And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into the draw for a $25 shopping spree at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Be sure to stop by the Frilly and Funkie blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the team along with all the challenge rules.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge
Hello, Friends! Time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog. I’ve created this spook-tacular Halloween Night Etcetera Tag to go along with the challenge theme set by the frightfully fabulous Sara Emily. Before we take a look at the tag, let’s see what Sara has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: ‘Tis Near Halloween
It’s no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn’t your thing, that’s OK–just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!
Prima Amber Moon Shines on this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag
After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to try to take this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag in a shabby chic direction. So I pulled out my beloved Prima Amber Moon collection, a Tim Holtz small Etcetera tag, a huge stack of Sizzix Alterations Dies, and a pile of mixed media goodies and had myself a little Halloween party right in my studio.
Even though this is a small Etcetera tag, it is still huge, measuring a generous 5.5″ x 10″. This gave me lots and lots of room to create this gloriously ghoulish Halloween Night Scene.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Prepping the Base
If you’ve never worked with one of these wonderful Etcetera tags, I have to tell you…they are devilishly delightful. Made with thickboard, they provide a thick, sturdy surface that just begs to be altered and embellished. Here are the steps you need to take to prepare the tag base.
First, paint the outer edges and sides of the tag with Prima Heavy Black Gesso.
Next, while the gesso is still wet, sprinkle the edges with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder.
Now heat set the powder and dry the gesso layer.
Next trim out a panel of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon black/orange dot paper so that it is about 1/2″ smaller than the tag base.
Then distress the edges heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before gluing onto the tag base.
Now, tear a rectangle of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon woodgrain paper to approximately 4.25″ x 5.5″. The rougher the edges, the better!
Next, use the Tim Holtz Birch Layering Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink to create a shadowy woodsy background on the woodgrain paper.
Then, apply Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste through the same stencil and set aside to dry. As the texture paste dries, it will not only crackle, it will allow the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bleed through, creating a really creepy Halloween woods effect. To enhance this, once the paste was completely dry, I sponged it very lightly with Black Soot DI.
Finally, glue this panel in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Creating the Creepy Moon and Owl
Next, we will prepare the creepy moon, woodland owl and distressed stars.
Die cut the Ornate Owl from brown cardstock.
Glue the die cut owl to a piece of Amber Moon paper. I used the pattern that looks like marble.
Ink along the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Sprinkle with Distress Embossing Powders…not a lot…just a touch spread randomly around the surface. I used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw.
Heat Emboss. Glue in place.
Die cut Tim’s Crescent Moon and stars twice: once from medium weight chipboard, once from black cardstock.
Ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Paint the black cardstock moon and stars with Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture Paste.
While the texture paste is still wet, cover the moon liberally with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal Embossing Powder. Heat Emboss. The result is amazing. I got so excited at this point I could not stand my bad self.
While the texture paste is still wet, place stars in a funnel tray or on a sheet of plain paper and sprinkle liberally with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter. Tap off the excess and put it back in the jar. Set aside to dry. Some of the glitter will release as the texture paste dries and the finished effect is really cool. Trust me.
Finally, glue the stars and moon to the prepared die cut chipboard pieces. I backed the moon with waste chipboard to elevate it.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Cats and Bats and Jack-o-Lanterns
Now you will die cut the Hocus Pocus elements (cat, bat and witch hat) from both chipboard and black cardstock just as you did the Crescent Moon and stars.
For the Jack-o-Lanterns, die cut Amber Moon Diagonal Stripe paper and chipboard. Ink all the edges with Black Soot DI.
Next, add Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks to a non stick craft sheet.
Spritz with water until the ink beads up.
Dip the Amber Moon paper into the inky puddle until you like the way it looks.
Dip more of the marble pattern Amber Moon paper into this same inky puddle.
Spray liberally with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
Glue paper pumpkins and chipboard pumpkins together.
Back with the prepared paper and trim.
I lined the mouth, eyes and nose with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled in some Gourd-juss Prills for accent.
Add waste chipboard to the back side to elevate and glue in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Finishing Touches
To finish off this shabby chic Halloween tag, I die cut Tim’s Tattered Florals and Tattered leaves from an assortment of Amber Moon papers. Then I colored them with Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks. The flowers are shaped and layered then filled with mustard seeds.
I also custom dyed a long piece of seam binding ribbon for the bow.
Phew! That was a long post…I hope you didn’t faint!
Now it’s YOUR turn!
We would love to have you join the fun in this ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge. You have until midnight (how appropriate!) on Tuesday, October 24th to link upyour very own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project.
Frilly and Funkie design team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. 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.
Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie blog for more inspiration and to read all the guidelines for this challenge.
Pumpkin Season Eileen Hull Recipe Journal For Frilly and Funkie Challenge
Hello, Friends! One of the things I love the most about fall is that I get to pull out all my fabulous pumpkin recipes…if I can find them! To remedy that situation, I’ve created this Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal with Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal Die by Sizzix. It’s just perfect for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, where I get to serve as the hostess this month.
Challenge Theme: 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.
Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal with Prima Amber Moon Collection
Before putting the journal together, I first inked all the edges with a combination of Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Then I cut out my covers from the A4 Amber Moon papers. All the edges were inked and distressed. I also stitched around the front cover to add a little more texture.
When all the cover pieces were glued in place, I put the journal together using the directions that come with the die,
Next, I added a contrasting strip of paper to the spine. This was heavily inked, crumpled and distressed before gluing in place. Then I added the ribbon for the closure, and punched a hole for my metal charms.
I found these mustard seeds in my spice cabinet, and thought they’d look great mixed in with all these pretty Prima blooms.
To add extra texture, stitch your sentiment panel onto burlap.
Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal: A Peek Inside
Decorating the inside of this pumpkin recipe journal was really fun. I created 3 signatures, or inserts, for the journal. To change things up a bit, I got a little inventive with the creases and folds. You’ll see the results in the video below.
Lots of tags and pockets, of course! You know I love my tags and pockets.
Tuck spots and ephemera, too! Flipping through this journal is a real adventure. You never know what you’ll find when you turn the page.
Here’s a sweet slash pocket filled with another signature. I had not planned on doing this, but when my album got too chubby, I had to improvise. (Pumpkin recipes have a habit of expanding the waistline, after all.)
I turned one of Tammy Tutterow’s mini pocket envelopes into a shaker element. Isn’t it too, too cute?
Would you like to see more? Then I hope you’ll enjoy this 10 minute video tour!
Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal Video Tour
I hope you’ll play along with us in this “To Everything There is a Season” Challenge. Simply create your very own fall themed (not Halloween) project in a vintage or shabby chic style and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight, Tuesday September 26th.
The design team will chose their top four favorite projects from all the entries. Our top pick will be asked to join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next 3 entries will receive a challenge badge to display proudly on their blog. And everyone who plays along and follows the challenge guideline will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
You can find all the details for the challenge and inspiration from the rest of the team HERE.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own fall crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.