Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bon Appetit French Country HeARTfelt Journal for Saturday Step x Step

Hello, Friends!  It's Kathy Clement here with another Saturday Step x Step tutorial.  In case you haven't heard the news, Graphic 45 is releasing French Country as a Deluxe Collector's Edition. Ooh la la!  To celebrate, I've created a really fun Bon Appetit recipe album using Eileen Hull's HeARTfelt Journal die.  Go grab a snack and a cuppa and we'll get started.

My thought process behind this album was to create a sort of heritage recipe album.  But as I was working on it and thinking about ways it could be used, this thought came to me.  So many people take photos of their food plates when dining either at home or out in a restaurant.  Wouldn't this be a fun way to catalog your favorite fine dining locations? 

And, it would make a great gift for the new bride.  

I made similar albums for each of my children when they moved into their first homes so that they would have all their favorite recipes from home. Any way that you decide to use it, prepare to have fun!

Bon Appetit HeARTfelt Journal Snapguide Tutorial

I've prepared a Snapguide Tutorial to guide you through the process of assembling the album, preparing the signatures and decorating the album cover.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal G45 French Country by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

YouTube Video Tour

I find it very hard to capture a project like this in still photos.  To remedy that, I've prepared a 15 minute YouTube Video tour of the album.  You'll find lots of ideas for way to add interactive elements like pockets, tags, flip pages, and fold outs to your album.  I also go over the basics of putting the album together.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I've shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Enjoy your weekend, break out your paper pretties and get your craft on!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Sound of Music

Hello! Linda here with the latest challenge for you. When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters' Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.

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.

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.

Let's see what the Funkie side of the Design Team has created to further inspire you;

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot 

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons


So without further ado, let's see what the Frilly side of the Design Team has created for your inspiration;

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

So now it's your turn to create something musical and enter to be in with a chance to win. Don't forget to come back tomorrow when our latest Guest Designer will be sharing a new project with us. And remember to visit again on Wednesday, May 17th when there will be more inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Challenge Winners - Put on Your Inking Cap

Welcome to the beginning of a new week. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter our 'Put on Your Inking Cap' challenge. The Design Team enjoyed looking at all the incredible projects to pick our winners - the standard was so high and it was another difficult decision!

This time we've chosen Autumn as our overall winner. What an amazing way to alter a house shrine without using any patterned paper! Congratulations Autumn on being our favourite for the 'Put on Your Inking Cap' challenge and winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie for a future challenge.

And now for the three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top 3 Badges for this challenge; the choices, in numerical order, are... #2 Lula, #11 Jane, and #21 Sara!!! 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 #30 Lucy!

A big thanks from the Frilly and Funkie team to everyone who took part in this challenge and congratulations again to our winners. Once again, please email Linda at for the codes for the winner's badge and to give us your email address for the Guest Designer details (Autumn), for the Top 3 badges (Lula, Jane and Sara) and for the gift certificate details (Lucy).

Our current challenge, 'The Sound of Music' runs through Tuesday, May 23rd. 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!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Focus - Seth Apter

Hi everyone and welcome! Jenny Marples here and it's my turn to share a brand new Friday Focus with you today. This is our opportunity to share with you ideas, tips and techniques for using a specific product or range currently available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And even better news, those products then have an extra 15% discount added through May 25th! In the spotlight this time are many of the products in the Seth Apter range.

I am totally in love with making books large and small, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to experiment with Seth's stamps and dies and a whole bunch of textures. Here's the book we will be making in this tutorial;

Let's get started. Use the outside ring from the Steering Wheel die set and the outside ring from the Robo Ring dies set to cut three large circles, three inner circles and three connected circles from card as shown. Stack each set together and glue.

Cut a piece of 8.5 x 11 inch or A4 stiff board into four pieces. Glue the two separate circles onto one quarter of board and the connected circles piece onto another quarter of board. Stamp one of the circle designs from the Rotators stamp set into the centre of the connected circles shape using archival ink to ensure the line is parallel with the bottom of the board.

Take pieces of plain calico or muslin large enough to cover the card and wrap around to the other side. Use Glue n Seal or similar to stick the fabric onto the card, adding a layer of glue both under and over to really soak in. Use a rub on tool to push the glue soaked fabric into the die cut areas and wrap the spare fabric around the back of each piece of card. Allow to air dry.

Paint the dry shaped fabric with Broken China Distress Paint and blend some Peacock Feathers Distress Paint along the edges of the die cut shapes for definition. Allow the paint to air dry.

Use a sanding block to rub away some of the paint and create an age worn look.

Blend Tree Branch Archival Ink over the raised die cut areas and onto the edges of the cards.

Cover the raised areas with embossing ink and sprinkle with Charred Gold Embossing Powder. Remove excess powder with a brush then heat set it.

Stamp the same Rotator image onto a piece of card using archival ink. Cut around the image .

Cover the card with embossing ink and sprinkle with the Charred Gold Embossing Powder before heat setting it. Repeat four times to build up the depth of embossing.

Cover the same Rotator stamp image with archival ink. Heat the embossed surface until molten and press the stamp into it. When cooled remove the stamp.

Apply Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Paint over the stamp and press into the embossed surface to give a verdigris look.

Glue the embossed piece on top of the connected circles embossed cover, matching the shape where the initial stamping was. Colour two small pieces of card with Fossilised Amber Distress Paint then stamp in Red Geranium Archival Ink with the French Text stamp. Then in Black Archival Ink stamp two of the quotes from the Tim Holtz 'Life Quotes' stamp set and cut around them, edging with Potting Soil Archival Ink. Glue onto the embossed areas. Bind the book covers to paper signatures using your choice of binding method (I used Coptic Stitching but other methods can also be used).

And here's a reminder of what the completed notebook looks like;

This first book was such fun to make that I went on to create two further notebooks using different textures and embossing powders.

For this one I covered the pieces of board with Texture Paste before adding a mix of Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Tumbled Glass Distress Paints over. Rust alcohol ink was then dripped over the surface with water. I used the same method as before to create the central embossed Rotator, this time substituting in the Oil Rubbed Bronze Embossing Powder. That same embossing powder was also added to the large die cut Robo Square around the outside and the stamped dots border, created  using the Spotlights stamp set. The lettering used card coloured in the same way as the previous notebook.

And here's the second notebook using Seth Apter's range. This one got slightly more complicated with three layers of detail;

The fabric on the top is a discarded wet wipe though you could create something similar with a mix of Shabby Shutters and Scattered Straw paints/inks. I stamped a couple of different images from the Spotlights stamp set using Cornflower and Red Geranium Archival Inks onto it after trimming to fit the front and back covers. You'll see another of those embossed Rotators, created in the same way as the first one but this time substituting Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder. The self adhesive dots were coloured with a mix of Rust and Pitch Black alcohol inks and Gold Mixative. The words were from the Life Quotes set, this time using a combination of Red Geranium ink on Fossilised Amber paint and Fossilised Amber paint on Broken China paint.

Below the fabric layer, the base board was painted with a mix of Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo Distress Paints before being stamped with the French Text in Potting Soil Archival Ink and more of the Spotlight dots in Cornflower Blue Archival Ink.

Well, we covered a lot of different design ideas there didn't we! I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial. Remember, lots of products in the Seth Apter range have that extra 15% discount added at The Funkie Junkie Boutique through May 25th. And if, like me, you are already hooked it's a great time to stock up on those designs you don't have yet!

Thank you for joining me today. Have a great weekend, take care of yourselves and get creative xx

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Guest Designer - Jess Madaglia

It is time to introduce you to our Guest Designer for The Sound of Music challenge. Please say hello and welcome to Jess Madaglia of  Two Mad Dahlias, who was the top pick from the 'Count Me In' challenge.

Hi! I am so excited to be joining the Sound of Music challenge as a guest designer. 

Thank you to the team for asking me to submit a project. I am a Boston girl now living in Arizona with my husband, daughter, and four kitties. I am an avid junker and a voracious reader I have been crafting for many years and love all of the different opportunities it has brought me.

I really wanted to push myself for this challenge so I tried something brand new to me and made an exploding canvas using tissue wrap, inks, vintage sheet music, embossing powders, and more. It was pretty stressful cutting into a canvas I had decorated and knew there was no going back once the knife sliced through.


You are going to want to pop over to Jess's blog to check out all the details of how she made this fabulous canvas.  When you are finished, come on back and share your music creation with us.  The challenge can be found here and runs until 11:55 pm EST on May 23rd.