Saturday, December 16, 2017

Personalized Christmas Gifts - Tim Holtz Burlap Panel

Happy Saturday!  Autumn with you today for a little Saturday Step by Step project.  Today I'm sharing a simple tutorial on transforming a burlap panel into a personalized Christmas gift, Tim Holtz style!

I needed to make four of these gifts. I wanted each element in my collage to be substantial and decided to make my own chipboard embellishments.  Sadly, I didn't pick up any Tim Holtz ephemera in time, so I resorted to printing my own images.  Now, you can use this technique with his ephemera, paper stash images, or your own laser ink printed images/personal photos.  Use Glue N' Seal or matte Mod Podge and coat your chipboard base to adhere the cutouts.  I used the back of a watercolor paper pad for this.  Apply an additional coat over the image to seal.

Allow the sealer to air dry.  Use scissors to cut out each tile (they will be thick), then sand the edges in a very rough manner.  This makes the tiles resemble old box tops.

See those jagged edges!  :)

I mounted my tiles in a grid onto my prepared burlap canvas.  I followed Tim's tutorial HERE for the snowy edge.  Basically, scrape on Grit Paste around the edge of the canvas then apply Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to the wet paste.

My photo tiles were the only ones which I applied Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to the edges.  I sponged one side at a time, then wiped with a damp cloth.  The ink resists the Mod Podge, but soaks into the distressed chipboard.  My treasured photo is of us girls trying on silly Christmas hats at last year's party.  <3

To embellish my square panels I made dimensional snowflakes from the Paper Snowflakes dies.  I sponged the edges of the two sizes with Weathered Wood DI and Vintage Photo DOX, then embossed with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.

I mounted the snowflake atop a ribbon wrap then added some floss and a bell to further accent.

I cut the word "joy" three times from a strip of Metallic Kraft Core and layered it over the ribbon.

For my 5x7 rectangular panels, I chose a different configuration.

I scraped crackle paste onto my trees (similar to the above photo).

When these were dry I sponged pigment ink onto them and heat set between application.  After three coats, they were dark enough to suit me.

I snipped off the brad prongs from the Jingle Bell Brads, then glued with a loopy twine bow to the base of the trees.

I cut the fancy star from the Dimensional Stars die from Metallic Kraft Core and sanded heavily.  The trick to assembling these stars is to use your bone folder and burnish each fold well.  A bit of wet adhesive and layers of foam inside helps maintain the shape.

I glued the letters "joy" from the inside of my die cut sentiments I made for the first panels onto the photos on my rectangular canvases.  I liked how this helped carry the metallic accent through the design.  I hope you've enjoyed these tips and tricks and are inspired to create a personalized panel of your own for your loved ones.  What images and embellishments will you choose?

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Most Memorable Gift

Hi! Suzz here. I am back to bring your our final challenge for this year! We will be hosting the challenge for the next two weeks and then we will all be off until the New Year!

December for many of us is a time where we give and receive. That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years. These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating. I want you to be inspired by one of your most memorable gifts. Use that inspiration to create a vintage or shabby chic project. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us as a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 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. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

To add to the inspiration here are some fabulous creations from the Funkie Design Team Members;

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot


To get you started here are some beautiful creations from the Frilly Design Team Members;

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Autumn - SewPaperPaint

I hope this has you remembering wonderful times and places with loved ones. Be inspired and share with us your memories and your art!

This challenge is open through 11:55 Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 and the Funkie Design Team Members will be back next Wednesday December 13th with more inspiration for you.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Challenge Winners - Give Thanks!

Hi everyone! Today we announce our latest Frilly and Funkie winners but first, a big thank you to everyone who entered the 'Give Thanks!' challenge. We had some lovely submissions and the Design Team really enjoyed seeing them all.

This time we chose #3 Tenia Nelson who shared three gorgeous Thanksgiving cards. We loved how she'd teamed the colourful images with delicious backgrounds on each of them. Congratulations Tenia on being our favourite and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge. You will be contacted with all the details.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices in numerical order are... #1 Carolina, #4 Carol and #5/6 Mimi! Please email Linda at for the codes for the Top 3 badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally we have a randomly chosen lucky winner for the $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our congratulations this time go to #9 Lagene! Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

A big thank you again from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations to all our winners. The current challenge, 'Most Memorable Gift' runs through Tuesday, November 19th. We hope to see you entering this time around so that you too can be in with a chance to win. And don't forget to check out the inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team which will be shared this coming Wednesday, December 19th.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday Step x Step Tutorial: How to Make a Christmas Window Shaker Element

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Saturday Step x Step!  I know that many of us are busy at work on our Christmas home decor projects, so I thought I'd share a "how to" for this White Christmas Shaker Etcetera Tag,. The tag was created for the Most Memorable Christmas Challenge going on right now at Frilly and Funkie.

The base is a Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag.  I love working with these large sturdy tags!  The small tags measure a generous 6.5" x 12".  Perfect for a tag layout like this one.

The focus of the tag is this wintry window scene flanked by Tim's Victorian Carolers.   The window is actually a shaker element.

I used product packaging from the Victorian Carolers Die as my window glass.

The reverse side of the tag has a fun waterfall photo album where you can preserve all your holiday memories.

I've prepared a Snapguide Tutorial showing you step by step how I built the shaker window, prepared the tag base and added the layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

My Christmas wish for you is that you find a little time to relax, create and enjoy this beautiful season.

Thanks for stopping by!


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