WISH… A Very Funkie Junkie Birthday Card

Yesterday was a  rainy, gloomy, raw North Carolina Saturday .  It was too nasty to even want to go outside, so I decided to spend the day right here in the studio.  Since Linda Couglin, over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique,   had just issued a new challenge on her wonderful Frilly and Funkie Blog  I decided to play along. (If you are not familiar with Linda’s blog, you really must check it out.  Her artwork is inspiring, and her online store is one of the best kept secrets on the web.  I absolutely love her shop.  Go! Check it out!  Drool! )

A Change of Heart about Challenges

I have to chuckle just a little bit, because for someone who has resisted challenges for so long, I’ve kind of ended up taking to them like a duck takes to water.  This challenge Layer it On and Share a Word looked like a lot of fun.  The general idea was to create a project of your choice, using lots of layers, with the focal point of the project being a word.  I chose to work with one of Tim’s adage tickets with the phrase “Wish” for my word, and wonderful papers from Graphic 45. Oh, and did I forget to mention peacock feathers? 004 (2)


Building the Background

I began by stamping a text background stamp onto a kraft card base (5×7, my go to card size).  Stitching was added around the perimeter, and then the edges were distressed using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I then used a gold metallic pen  around the edges.  It’s subtle, but adds a nice touch in person.

Building the card base

For this card, I decided to use one of Ranger’s marvelous manila tags.  These tags are fast becoming one of my favorite vehicles to work with.  You can ink them, spray them, paint them, stamp on them or, as I did here, cover them with paper: 002 (2) Here you can see the tag covered in Graphic 45 papers.  (You’ll find the collections listed below.)  I began with the cream and black polka dot paper, then fussy cut elements to layer on top: border pieces, the whimsical roller skate, the curio cabinet and the flourish.  The glass bottles in the curio cabinet were coated with glossy accents and the peacock feathers were lightly brushed with Diamond Stickles.  The flower was hand crafted, dyed with Distress Inks and adhered with more glossy accents.  A bit of vintage lace was layered below the tag, and Tim Holtz’s adage ticket, WISH, was adhered above the curio cabinet.  The paper was colored in using a water brush and Distress Markers.  Let me know if you are interested in learning how to make the flower.  007 (2)


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Pretty as a Peacock

Three peacock feathers were added behind the roller skate to mimic the feathers stashed in the boot.  When the light hits this beautiful plumage, they shine and glitter…always a good thing!  004 (2)  Some elements were mounted to go beyond the borders of the tag.  This adds visual interest, and dimension.

Finishing touches….the sentiment

I used coordinating papers from Graphic 45 to finish the inside of the card.  I couldn’t find a stamp that said exactly the right thing, so a quick verse was written, programmed into Word and printed using the computer.  I do this a lot with cards, and often write an original poem to finish things off.

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And the envelope, please…..

The card was completed once I lined the envelope and stamped a peacock feather on the front:

010 (2)        009 (2)  And there you have it: lots of layers and a word!

Be sure to check out Linda’s shop.  I’m not connected to her business in any way, other than as a fan of her work and her beautiful products.  Her prices are some of the best you’ll find, and she is quick with delivery, too.  As a bonus, every single item is packed with care.  It’s like unwrapping a gorgeous present when your order comes in the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I hope I shared something with you here today that will inspire you to create your own unique art.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will help you in any way I can.  And, if you have a moment, I’d love for you to  leave me a comment!  I read every single one and reply to them as well.  Your comments mean the world to me, and make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,




Products used in this project;  Recollections  5x7kraft card base and matching envelope; Inkadinkado background stamp; Ranger Manila tag, Glossy Accents; Tim Holtz Adage Tickets, Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Graphic 45 papers: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Kraft Reflections; ribbon, lace and feathers from my stash. 
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8 thoughts on “WISH… A Very Funkie Junkie Birthday Card

  1. Linda, the funkie junkie

    This is totally wonderful, Kathy, on so many different levels – colors, textures, that terrific sentiment/verse that you created and that totally stunning peacock feather. (We had many peacocks roaming the neighborhoods in Miami and now you have me missing them 🙂 So great to have you joining in the fun with us for this challenge at Frilly and Funkie and a special thank you for the shout out you gave my little boutique.


  2. Donna Gibson

    Kathy, This card is gorgeous! I love all of the layers and the “fussy cut” details! L.O.V.E. the peacock feathers! They are my favorite and I have several stashed around my craft room. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

  3. ncguygirl

    What a fun and gorgeous card! I know just the friend I would send this one to! Love it – the colors and textures and layers all work so well together.

  4. Buttons

    Superb demonstration of layering Kathy. Love the whole design and what a clever idea of using the peacock feathers. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Hugs, Jenny x

  5. Anita Houston

    Challenges are addicting!!! They do challenge our own crafting skills and that is why I love them too! Love your texture here! I love peacock feathers…the colors enchant me! Gorgeous!

  6. Sue C

    Gorgeous card Kathy ! Love all the layers you’ve created and the feathers are stunning ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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