Thursday, October 20, 2016

Guest Designer - Shilpa Nagaonkar

Please welcome our Guest Designer for this Halloween challenge.  Say hello to Shilpa Nagaonkar of Neon Diary who was the Design Team's favourite for the Thing with Wings challenge.

"Thank you to the Frilly & Funkie Blog Design Team for inviting me to join as a guest designer. I live in India, Country of various Colours !! I get lot lot of inspiration from our Culture and traditions.

I am a mixed media artist love to make altered art, canvas and art journals and there is always paints and inks on my hands. I have created Halloween theme canvas for Zoe's this fortnight Vintage Halloween Challenge."

"It was fun to use Tim's Crazy Cat stamp on this spooky creation. For the background I stenciled cobweb texture with Ranger Gloss texture paste. To bring on colours on canvas, I used Distress paints and sprays (Carved Pumpkin and Wilted Violet). Fall leaves are stamped and cut to adhere. Haunted house is die cut from Rickety House Bigz die, which I colored with Wilted Violet distress paint, after it dried I applied Tim's Crazing medium to get that cool crackle texture. I loved how it turned out. Hope you will like it too."

Thanks again Frilly and Funkie team for having me today!"

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What a great mixed media Halloween project Shilpa has created. If you want to get more details about her creation just pop over to her blog and then we would love it if you would come on back and share your Vintage Halloween project with us. You have lots of time because the challenge is open until November 1st at 11:55 pm EST.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Very Vintage Halloween

Hello and welcome! Zoe here hosting the first week of the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge. With Halloween just around the corner, I have chosen "A VERY VINTAGE HALLOWEEN" as the challenge theme. It's time to get your witches hats on and create a project in a vintage style with a Halloween theme.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

The guidelines for entering are simple: create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs.

This week we are thrilled to welcome a very special Guest Designer who is joining the Frilly side of the team to share their spooky vintage creations;

Annette Green - Guest Designer -

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Pamellia Johnson - My Little Craft Things

Now it's your turn to share your vintage Halloween projects here at Frilly and Funkie! Enter your projects below and remember to come back next week to see some more vintage Halloween projects from the Funkie side of the Design Team. And of course tomorrow our latest winning Guest Designer will be joining us to share her own Halloween creation.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Focus - Idea-ology

It is Cec here and today I am presenting the Friday Focus segment and it is all about Idea-ology.

I have made a couple of cards to show you the versatility of the Idea-ology line of products.  Of course you too will need some Idea-ology products to create with so they will be on our Friday Focus sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique with an additional 15% off - that's a total of 35% off retail - from now through October 26th.  Editor's Note:  Friday Focus 15% off does not apply to the new Christmas Idea-ology collection in our New Arrivals Tab.

Of all the different things you can get in this line of products, I love the paper pads and decided to use the one called Dapper to make this masculine card for my husband's birthday.

I started with some Kraft card stock from Michaels for the blank and added a panel of ticking paper for the background that was distressed and inked on the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Next I put together a small panel using three different papers, distressed them and added it with some dimensional foam tape in a "U" shape to provide a pocket for the tags.

I cut tags from two of the paper patterns, distressed them, added reinforcements that were also coloured with the Vintage Photo DI and then some burlap string.

There is also a stamp set to match this paper pad so I used some Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the vintage ad and four copies of the hat.  I gave the hat some shape with a large embossing tool and mounted them across the little panel with some dimensional foam dots.

Next I altered some of the Idea-ology metal embellishments by  colouring them with a mixture of Rust Alcohol Ink, Copper Mixative and Blending Solution.  The token was added to the key with a jump ring.  I adhered the metal embellishments with IndigoBlu Super Thick Slap it On.

I also made a Christmas card with a few of the products.  This card started with some Recollections card stock for the blank and then I added some Graphic 45 paper from the St. Nicholas collection.

I made a panel from card stock that I ran through the Sheet Music embossing folder and then inked with some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.

The Santa image is from the Found Relatives - Occasions collection and I have gone over it with Vintage Photo DI to give it a more aged look.  Next I added a word band from the Christmas set that I altered with a mixture of Cranberry Alcohol Ink, Gold Mixative and Blending Solution.  Some gold brads from Making Memories were added to each end of the word band.  The sentiment on the band is a bit difficult to see in the photo but it says "believe in the magic of christmas".

The snowflakes were cut from card stock using the Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes die and then painted with DecoArt Champagne Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint.  A teeny button from my stash was added to the centre of each snowflake.  Finally I added one of the Holiday Flashcards and a bow from gold crochet ribbon that was tied together with some Artistic Wire.

I hope you will take advantage of the current sale on Idea-ology products (sale does not apply to New Arrivals) to add to your stash and perhaps to create something to share with us.  There are all sorts of new items now in stock, so act fast so you don't miss out.

These products used to create the cards came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Author, Author

Hi! Suzz here. I am the hostess for the current challenge here at Frilly and Funkie. I have a great love for reading and was a permanent fixture at the library growing up. I decided it would be fun to host a challenge inspired by books.

There are so many wonderful books that inspire the mind to imagine the worlds created within them. Think fairy tales, mysteries, romances or even science fiction and use that to inspire your art. Your challenge it so create a shabby chic or vintage styled project inspired by a book. Provide an explanation of how the book and author inspired your project.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and 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.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past when they have entered too many other challenges. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs.

With a member of our Funkie team taking a leave of absence we are delighted to welcome another special Guest Designer this week, the amazing Mary Elizabeth Searcy. Here's what she and the rest of the Funkie team have created;

Mary Elizabeth Searcy - Guest Designer -

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Zoe Hillman - iGirlZoe


With members of our Frilly team taking a short leave of absence we are delighted to welcome a special Guest Designer this week, the wonderful Autumn Clark. Here's what she and the rest of the Frilly team have created;

Autumn Clark - Guest Designer - 

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Now it is your turn to showcase your favorite book or author. Enter your projects below and remember to come back tomorrow to see what our latest challenge winning Guest Designer has created. And of course there will be more inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team next week.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Challenge Winners - Going Round in Circles

Welcome to the beginning of a new week! It's time to announce our latest Frilly and Funkie challenge winners. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter our 'Going Round in Circles' challenge. The Design Team were so excited to see all the beautiful entries you created and had lots of favourites to choose from. This time our overall winner is #22 Karen Bearse.

Karen created this gorgeous altered frame incorporating crackle paste and some wonderful embossing. Congratulations Karen on being our favourite for the 'Going Round in Circles' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And now for the next three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges; this week's choices, in numerical order, are... #10 Reshmi, #15 Agnieszka, and #21 JulD!!! Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally has chosen a lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #4 Leanne S!

A huge thanks from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Please email Linda at for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Karen) for the Top 3 badges (Reshmi, Agnieszka and JulD) and for the gift certificate details (Leanne).

Our current challenge, 'Author, Author' runs through Tuesday, October 18th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday Step x Step: The Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Saturday Step x Step! It's Kathy Clement here with a Snapguide tutorial to share with you.

I created this 5" x 7" mixed media canvas for the current "Author, Author" challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  My canvas is based on O. Henry's poignant short story titled "the Last Leaf."  

So grab a cuppa and a snack, relax and enjoy this Saturday Step x Step. You can even wear your jammies! I'll never tell!

Thanks so much for sharing your Saturday with me!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Our Guest Designer - Donna Billek

It is time to welcome our Guest Designer for this challenge and she is another familiar face.  Please say hello to Donna Billek of Inkysplatters.  Donna was the Design Team's top choice for the Floral Infatuation challenge.

"Thank you to the Frilly & Funkie Blog Design Team members for inviting me to join them as a guest designer! I’m thrilled to be joining everyone again! As some of you may know, I live in the beautiful state of Colorado with my English gentleman of a husband and our five (rescue) cats. I almost never have my craft room to myself and thankfully my craft table is standing height as there are usually piles of fur curled up in the sunshine, sunning themselves in the window, sleeping right at the back of my feet, or at my feet waiting for a piece of ribbon to fall so they can play with it! My craft room is a great way for me to leave my “day job” as a prosecutor."

"For this challenge we have to look to good old fashioned books for inspiration. Since I’m an English major, the list of potential books that I could choose from is long! Despite all of the technology around us, I still prefer a good paper bound book over reading on my IPad! To introduce to you to this challenge I decided to pick one of the books that I read while we were on vacation – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

As a caveat – I don’t want to spoil the plot so I’ve limited the summary of the book and briefly described the imagery that inspired the project. The book is set in 17th century Amsterdam and the season for the book is mid-October to mid-January. The story is seemingly controlled by a ghost of a character – the miniaturist. When the husband of the main character purchases her a doll’s house as a wedding gift, she engages the services of a miniaturist to create the pieces for the house. Each miniature piece that arrives has its own twist in the story of the family. The miniaturist seemingly forecasts the family’s future – everything from wealth, love, forgiveness, and perseverance. The story of The Miniaturist holds many secrets.

My husband and I visited Amsterdam a couple of years ago and stayed at a hotel and wandered around in the very area discussed in the book so it had a specific effect on how I viewed the imagery in the book. The book involves a shipment of sugar that needs to sold and hints of a sugar “shortage” in Amsterdam because the burgomasters control everything in the city; the ebbs and flows of the wealth of the families in the story; and the different tragedies that become them. And, for some of the families, a new beginning. The imagery in the book involving sugar and marzipan (the paler version of colors); the descriptions of the canals and life under the Dutch East India Company in “old” Amsterdam (the grey shades, the red for the color of the burgomaster coats, and the gold and copper to show wealth); the beauty of women and the various ways of how they love those near them (the dress form); the descriptions of the snow and cold of winter (the gray shades); and the layers of a family’s story and history unbeknownst to those outside of the family home (the layered paper) all inspired my project.

I hope everyone enjoys this challenge! I look forward to seeing all of your projects and reading how the book you chose inspired you!

Happy Reading and Happy Crafting to all of you!


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Check out all the details of Donna's wonderful project by clicking here to be taken to her blog and then we hope you will come on back and share your literature inspired project with us. The Author, Author challenge is open until October 18th at 11:55 pm EST so you have lots of time to create and enter.