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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42 thoughts on “Frilly and Funkie: Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge

  1. Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art

    Congratulations on being chosen for the Frilly and Funkie DT Kathy and what a gorgeous project for your inaugural post! So many gorgeous layers and the embossing is fabulous, lovely textures and a perfect colour palette. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  2. Becca Cruger

    Wow!! Talk about layering – this is amazing! Every bit of this has texture and there are so many pretty elements to admire that I don’t know where to start! Gorgeous!

  3. Nancy Dynes

    Hi Kathy!
    I’m late stopping be as I was a little overwhelmed last week. I’m so excited to finally get a closer look at your FABULOUS tag! Oh my goodness, I adore the embossed background you created, then all of those luscious feminine layers, and the icing on the cake…that wonderful embossed butterfly. You are amazing. I’m so excited you’ve joined the Frilly and Funkie DT!!



  4. Nancy Dynes

    Hi Kathy!
    I was overwhelmed last week so Im late in getting here, but it certainly isn’t because I haven’t been admiring your FABULOUS tag!! WOW! The embossed background is amazing. Then all those luscious, feminine layers and the icing on the cake… the pretty embossed butterfly! You are totally awesome. I’m so happy you’re on the Frilly and Funkie DT!!

  5. stampersuzz

    Every time I look at this I see something new in this beautifully layered and textured stunning tag!

  6. pricelc

    Congratulations, Kathy! You are a wonderful addition to the team!! I LOVE this frilly and romantic make, with all the fabulous embossing! Just stunning! xx Lynn

  7. Mac

    Absolutely stunning, great layers, colours and embossing. Thank you very much for the inspiration and congratulations on your wonderful achievement on joining the DT

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Mac! I’m just delighted to be on the team, and I look forward to sharing many more Frilly projects with you in the months to come! You are so very kind!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Shirley! I am just over the moon and as excited as I can be about this DT! So glad you enjoyed my first project for Frilly and Funkie!

  8. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, I’ve actually been ogling your tag for 2 days now, but never have enough time to write one of my novels! :):) First off, let me say congratulations on your appointment to the wonderfully talented Frilly and Funkie team! It is no wonder Linda asked you to join; your work is gorgeous ALL the TIME, and this is no exception to that rule! What an amazing first project you share with us!

    What a pretty tag, using your embossing powders in their finest hour! I am in love with that glittery, enameled lacy looking tag–fabulous use of the pink Frantage. I love your tip on how to heat it; where were you when I first used mine???! I got a face full of dust! Your butterfly and ribbon are simply breath taking, and I’m now a huge fan of PINK! Love your color choices and how everything looks so beautifully placed on your tag! A true work of art!

    (Thank you for your sweet comment on my first journal page, but I will have to just share with you I entered that in the last challenge at F/F; Sing, Sing, Sing.) I saw the snow you got there in your neck of the woods, you lucky girl, you! Big hugs and a huge congratulations!

  9. Anita Houston

    YAY YOU!!! I’m so happy you are on this team! And what a glorious first make!!! LOVE the background and that butterfly is stunning! LOVE the lady on it, and love all the fabulous layers! Woohoo!!!

  10. Zoe Hillman

    Such a beautiful and romantic tag Kathy! I love all the layers and the colours. You’ve rocked the vintage valentine look. Welcome to the team, it’s so lovely to have you here. :)

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much Zoe! Building this tag was pure joy, so I’m glad that carried over into the project. I’m just so honored to be on the team, and I know I will be learning and growing working alongside each one of you fabulous ladies! Hugs!

  11. Linda, the funkie junkie

    What a gorgeous piece of art, Kathy. You have truly outdone yourself for your first project for Frilly and Funkie. Welcome to the team! We are so delighted to have you on board and looking forward to having you share your wonderful projects with our visitors. This tag is an exquisite piece of work. The background embossing on the tag is fabulous as is the sensational butterfly. So many lovely deals to take in here. It’s a real feast for the eyes. Thanks again for agreeing to join our team!


  12. Susan Smit

    Hi, Love this tag!…loved the embossing…same all the goodies hid most of it…hidden The goodies are also a treasures worth seeing…inky hugs

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Kavita! I’m very excited to be part of this wonderful team! I hope you will play along in the challenge with us this time! I can’t wait to see what you make!

  13. cherry

    Awwwwww congrats girlie!!!! You deserve it……and this has got to be one of the sweetest projects to date from you!!! swoooooooooooooning, cherry

  14. Judy B

    Another gorgeous piece of art Kathy. Your butterfly is amazing and I do so love all your girly pink touches. Thanks for sharing with us and I’m looking forward to more fun ideas from Funkie Junkie.

  15. Linsey

    What a gorgeous tag, Kathy! I love how you’ve embossed the base, making it completely handmade and all your own! This is so romantic and pretty! And what awesome and exciting news!! A huge CONGRATS to you on your latest artistic accolade–it is so well deserved and I will be visiting the Funky and Frilly challenge blog more often now that you’re sure to be there sharing your gorgeous inspiration!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful news with us and I hope you have a GREAT day my sweet friend!!! :D <3

  16. LuvtoKraft

    Congratulations, Kathy, and well deserved! This tag is GORGEOUS!!! As always, thanks for the inspiration and a cheery bit of pink lusciousness to pour over and start my day out right with my cup of English Breakfast tea, of course!

  17. soozyb2013

    Love this one Kathy, love the technique. I do enjoy embossing, makes things look so posh. Congrats on joining yet another wonderful team and the big move!

  18. Jenny Marples

    No Kathy, you’re not dreaming! We are thrilled to have you aboard and this is why – LOVE that embossing and the clever building of element/layers behind that gorgeous butterfly! A stunning way to start this exciting journey. Jenny x

  19. Candy Colwell

    Kathy…huge congrats on your new design team appointment! Linda Coughlin is SUCH a lovely lady. You will enjoy working with her and the other delightfully talented ladies on her team. Your tag is lovely! Very romantic and beautifully done.

  20. jenscull

    well of course you were invited to join the team! you will shine like the rock star you are!!! be happy knowing that you an amazing artist full of so much talent and gifts that so many of us enjoy!!! :)

    and this is absolutely gorgeous, as always! :) love every single detail and embellishment. always perfect! :)

  21. Diane Hover stunning and GORGEOUS!! Love your technique you did for the embossing!!! A VERY creative butterfly..I just love, love this!!! Congrats on joining the team…you will be such a fabulous asset to them!! So, when is the big move…soon?? Sounds like fun!!! Work..but still fun!

  22. Pamellia

    Wow Kathy, this is just stunning! I love the pink shabby enamel on the dark background paper, what a gorgeous effect you achieved! Your butterfly is so beautiful and I just love all the little details tucked into every corner!! The Petaloo flower works so well with this decadent tag! Welcome to the team my friend! hugs :)

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