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Pretty, Pretty Petaloo: Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus

Three Pretty Pretty Petaloo Projects For Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  How happy are we that it is Friday?  And it’s a long weekend for many of us, too!  Happy Memorial Day!  I’m just popping in quickly to let you know that it’s time for a new Friday Focus on the Frilly and Funkie blog, and this time, I’m at bat.  The spotlight is on Petaloo Flowers and I’ve prepared 3 projects and a fun little step out tutorial that you might want to take for a spin.

Not familiar with Friday Focus?  Oh, my friends….Friday Focus is a wonderful thing!  Every 2 weeks, The Funkie Junkie Boutique features a product from their gorgeous online store with a special blog post…and (here’s the really good part) an additional 15% off their already low prices.  So from now until June 9th, you can pick up  baskets of beauteous Petaloo Blooms at really great prices!  Woo hoo!

I’ll share some sneak peeks of my projects with you here, and then I hope you’ll pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog to get all the juicy details and my step out tutorial for a sweet l’il gift tag!

The first Friday Focus project featuring Petaloo Flowers is this beach themed collage.  Mmmm-mmmm…teal and brown and cream…my all time favorite color palette with my all time favorite theme!

Friday Focus French Riviera Mixed Media Collage by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique 01

The next Friday Focus project is a shabbylicious beach themed card made with the Graphic 45 Children’s Hour July papers.

Graphic 45 Childrens Hour July Card for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus on Petaloo by Kathy Clement 01

And last, but not least, I’m sharing a step-out tutorial for this pretty little shabby chic gift tag.

Pion Designs French Flea Market Altered Tag for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus on Petaloo by Kathy Clement01

Interested?  Then meet me over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog for more photos and information…or if you just can’t wait to shop, go to the Funkie Junkie Boutique and click on the Friday Focus tab where you’ll find pretty, pretty Petaloo posies in every style and color imaginable!  I’ve included product links at the end of this post for those of you who want to shop first and read later!

I just love a good sale!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you all a safe, happy and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend!



Friday Focus Petaloo Flower Project Links:


Boy oh Boy! New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Boy oh Boy!  The King of the Seas Mixed Media Canvas for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a fabulous new challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our lovely hostess for the Boy oh Boy Challenge is the elegant and inspiring Jenny, and here are her instructions:

Challenge Theme: Boy oh Boy!
Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a man in mind. Let’s see those male themed creations come to life.

I love creating masculine projects, so I was excited to see this one.  I had one idea in mind, but when I was packing up my studio for our recent move, my hand fell on the incredibly gorgeous Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection from Graphic 45…..and I took a sharp turn in a new direction.  I’m so glad I did, because I had the BEST time creating my King of the Seas Canvas to share with you here today.

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 01I so rarely indulge in a Mixed Media canvas like this one, but Boy oh Boy, did I have FUN!!!!  My sweet husband Dale adores the ocean, and when he was a little fella, he used to dream that he had discovered the Lost City of Atlantis.  So when I saw these fabulous steampunk ocean images, this canvas began to unfold in my brain.  And Boy oh Boy, what an inky good time was in store for me!

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 02This is an 8″ x 10″ gessoed canvas.  I started my Voyage Beneath the Sea by creating a resist background with the Graphic 45 stamps that match the set.  Using Ranger Archival Coffee Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, I stamped and heat embossed the blank canvas.  Next, I spritzed on layers of Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Sprays Stains drying between layers so the ink would not get muddy.  Once I was happy with that, I used a gear layering stencil and crackle texture paste to add another layer to the canvas.   Waiting for that to dry was the hardest part of the process!  I am such an impatient crafter…and I confess I did pull out my heat tool to speed things along!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 04We’ve had such a strange journey with the sale of this house that this sentiment from the ephemera pack had to find its way into the design!  And, orange is one of Dale’s favorite colors.  I colored white corrugate board with the same ink colors and mounted the sentiment on that and some great bronze metallic paper I found in the Closet of Shame.  I also sprinkled the surface with various Stampendous embossing powders and potions to add touches of metal and cool texture. My chipboard gears were painted with Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints, then tapped with Broken China DP.  I love how rusty and old they look.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 05Doesn’t this dapper fellow look as though he might have come from Atlantis?  I added more steampunk chippies, seed beads and pearls to the mix  and I have to confess, I love the way this turned out.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 06And here’s our regal King of the Seas!  I die cut my seahorse onto the bronze metallic paper, then used a texture fade to add, well, texture.  A second layer was cut from corrugate to add thickness, and I tapped on some Broken China and Carved Pumpkin Paints.  The King of the Seas is wearing a crown adorned with sapphires, emeralds and pearls that have been harvested from his watery kingdom.  His netting “train” is made from a mesh garlic bag, stained with Mermaid Lagoon ink and filled with treasures from the deep.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 11These lovely fish are swimming in my faux reef, made from white corrugate.  I love the texture this adds to the overall scene.  And I’m sorry, but that itty bitty seahorse charm in the birdcage makes me laugh with delight.  And just look at all that yummy color and texture in the background.  I almost hated to cover it up!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 10I had already packed all my seashells away, but I manged to scrounge up a real sand dollar to add to the mix.  I painted the center with Carved Pumpkin stain.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 09Here’s Dale, exploring the watery depths.  This really is his motto…he’s always ready for a trip to the beach at a moment’s notice.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 03I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun in the studio!  I was so engrossed in this project that I lost all track of time, and Dale had to come hunt me down and remind me it was time to eat.

I hope you’ll play along in the Frilly and Funkie Boy oh Boy Challenge. At the end of the challenge the Frilly and Funkie team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  You can find all the guidelines and link up your project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!





Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies

Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies: Opportunity Knocks!

Hello, Friends! Are you familiar with Junque Journals?  They are all the rage in the papercrafting world.  Junque Journals are kind of hybrid between traditional journals and scrapbooks or mini albums.  These mixed media creations combine fabric, different kinds of paper, found items and small souvenirs to capture memories in a fun and playful way.  7 Gyspies has recently released a fabulous new collection called Wanderlust that is tailor made for this kind of memory keeping.  I spent a glorious day of crafting with their Wanderlust Junque Journal and ended up with a really funky, fun, mixed media book that oozes with vintage goodness.  Take a peek:

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 01The great thing about this Wanderlust Junque Journal is that half the work has been done for you.  7 Gypsies thoughtfully stitched up a gorgeous base album with beautifully vintage cover art and 6 machine stitched pages made from cardstock, burlap, kraft paper, canvas and corrugate.  All I had to do was add the fun.

I did make a video of this project so you could really get a feel for the flow and all the various elements.  But for those of you who prefer “still” shots, I have loads of them below.  Before we get started, you might want to go get a snack and a beverage…there’s a LOT to look at!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 02I cut out the cover focal image with my craft knife, then stitched it onto some brown faux leather paper.  I love the dimension this adds to the cover and the custom feel it gives the journal.  The little metal hasp was on an old medicine cabinet that I found at a local yard sale.  I added a fussy cut suitcase handle from Pack Your Bags to give the focal the look of a vintage suitcase.   I fussy cut other elements and added them to the cover with foam tape.  Can you spot the “luggage tag” I made with the faux leather?  I love the little post card charm!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 04The inside pages are so much fun to build up.  I fussy cut various elements from papers found in the 12×12 Mixed Media Kit and layered them up until I was happy with the way they looked.  On the left hand page I tucked a Gypsy Moments tag into a tiny kraft bag.  You could add small photos, journaling, or small souvenirs in the bag as well.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 05I built hidden pockets and fold outs throughout the Wanderlust Junque Journal because I wanted to have that feeling you get when you are out on a really great junkin’ trip with your best buddy.  The top of this fold out was left open so that I could tuck a Postcard and photo mount in behind it.  (All my photo mounts and tags were created with Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.)The focal image was cut from the “Stay Focused” 12×12 paper and then “hinged” with washi tape to create a door.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 06When you open it, there’s room to mount some photos, or to journal in white ink.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 07This two page spread displays the corrugate and burlap pages.  I love the texture you get from these. There’s a pull out pocket behind the doors on the left, and another pocket above the photo mount on the right.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 08I used my craft knife to split the doors on the image and backed it with another image from the
“Stay Focused” paper.  I spattered on some TA Chalkboard mist to add to the artsy feel of this wonderful paper.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 09This double paged spread is on burlap and kraft papers.  I cut out tags and images from “Open New Doors” and layered them in. So quick and easy!  The page on the right has a pocket/photo mount filled to the brim with tags, mini file folders and other goodies.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 10I think this might be my favorite page.  The tag pulls out from behind the wonderful “Open New Doors” image.  The lined kraft paper behind has been spattered with ink to give it a great grungy feel.  But the image on the right is so artsy and fun.  I painted the canvas page with ink.  Then I “painted” around the focal image with a water brush to make it easy to tear out from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. This gives you great control but you still end up with that wonderful torn edge look.  A little more inking, a torn paper layer that looks like a grassy knoll and a vintage label fussy cut from the paper and this page is done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 11Here’s another photo mount pocket filled with tags and mini file folder.  The background paper came from a Junque Pack that I had in my stash.  I also opened up a Gypsy Moments file folder and used it as a photo mat.  All I had to do was add a little hand journaling and another focal image/pocket and this page was done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 12I love the vibrancy this red burlap page adds to the Wanderlust Junque Journal.  I created a journaling spot on the left with a Gypsy Moments ATC Printed Folder. The little die cuts were in my stash, and they fit in with this so well that I couldn’t resist using them. The corner of the typewriter to hold the folder closed.  The inside could house journaling, or small photos.  Interactive elements in a journal make me super happy.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 13This door image is from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper.  It reminds me of Dublin, and memories of Dublin make my heart sing.  I’ve used another file folder as a mat on this page.  Think outside the box when you are using your supplies…a postcard or a file folder can be a mat, or a pocket!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 14This page is the inside back cover.  I fussy cut some keys, turned an image into a pocket and then added a file folder behind it.  This took maybe 10 minutes to do…because fussy  cutting the keys was a little bit “worky”.  But you get the idea.  You can build a fabulous album like this in less than a day because the basics have all been done for you.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 03I tied some burlap twine around the spine and then added on these fun wine charms I bought at a thrift store.  Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!

This Wanderlust Junque Journal was so much fun to create.  I think it would be a fantastic activity for a bridal shower weekend, a girls’ retreat, a family trip.  The album is already about half done…you just add the fun details and your memories and you’ve got a great keepsake that captures a special event or time in your life.

My Gypsy Soul is so happy right now, I can hardly stand it!

Thanks for stopping by!