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!



15 thoughts on “Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Getting caught up and it’s great to see you Guest Designing for Frilly and Funkie! You are a natural for Pamellia’s Raise It Up challenge, and this is just layered goodness in one card! There are so many great details to drool over, but I love that bow–you always make the best bows, and that wonderful flower. Congrats on your win and this GD spot! Big hugs!

  2. thecobweboriumemporium

    I ❤️ LOVE ❤️ this one, to the moon and back, plus tax! So many layers. So many things to rest your eyes upon. Surprises; Smiles; Warmth; Love and … oh so so much more. Another truly inspired make, Kathy, and I’d know it was yours even without the watermark. Only you can make something as amazing as this.
    Love in bucketfulls ~ Cobs. x

  3. Gloria Stengel

    I am bowled over. I mean, I fell out of my chair and whacked my head… 😉 This is a stunning use of this collection! You are a perfect fit for that challenge!!! Wonderful work, as always, my friend!

  4. JudyB

    Oh my goodness Kathy, I think you’ve topped yourself with this one! What a wonderful work of art this is. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, an awesome card. the detail and construction layout is amazing. super job. thanks for the detailed information…..have a good day.

  6. Candy Colwell

    Wow Kathy! This card is exquisite. Every detail so perfectly placed. Layers upon layers of those gorgeous graphics mixed with bling and ribbon and that creative eye of yours! The inside is fabulous as well…down to the lovely insert. What an incredible card for this guest design spot! Congrats!

  7. searcyme

    Greetings from Boone NC 🙂 So glad to visit with another NC crafter. Saw your work over at Frilly and Funkie — just gorgeous. The glossy accents is such a great touch to this card. Love your use of color and the way you put prints together. I’ll definitely be following you along this journey. Congrats on your win at Frilly and Funkie! — Mary Elizabeth

  8. Pamellia

    Wow Kathy, you never fail to amaze! This is just wonderful. So many fabulous layers and I love the little details like the paper clip and bling in the background! It is such an honour to have you join us as our Guest Designer and thank you so much for the inspiration for my Raise it Up challenge! hugs 🙂

  9. Carol

    Hi Kathy this spot as guest designer and the challenge couldn’t be more perfect for you. Layers and layers, beautiful flowers so you. This is gorgeous, thank you for all the details and instructions. One to come back to with a coffee and relax while I take it all in. X

  10. Jenny Marples

    Oh WOW!!! So pleased to see even more of this incredible pocket card and find out how it came together Kathy!!! LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Frilly and Funkie and being a brilliant Guest Designer. Jenny x

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