Thursday, January 19, 2017

Guest Designer - Sara Emily Barker

Please say hello and welcome to our Guest Designer for our Winter Hues challenge.   Sara Emily Barker of sarascloset was the Design Team's top pick from the Bountiful Harvest challenge.


"Frilly and Funkie was one of the first challenge blogs I stalked, even before I started blogging. It took me a while to gather up the courage to enter the challenges, but I have been inspired by the talented Design Team over the years. I am so honored and totally thrilled to be asked to Guest Design along side this amazing team for this challenge!

I live in Wilmington, NC, which is on the South Atlantic coast of USA. The weather here is temperate in the winters, and we pretty much have the three remaining seasons of hot summer weather. Great for me, because I love being active outdoors, and my first love is gardening. I draw a good deal of my inspiration from nature, and I consider myself to be a curious crafter. I love to look at something and try to figure out how it came to be and love to see how different products react with one another. So much of my creativity comes out of experimenting with products I already own and just playing. I feel most comfortable with vintage grunge, but I love trying new styles."



"Suzz's ' Winter Hues' challenge theme was perfect for me, because I love to work in blues, and with our recent cold snap here in the south, I was inspired to make a winter scene on canvas, complete with a raging snow storm and a warm cabin in the woods. My tiny canvas measures just three and one half by five inches and is covered with Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap, colored with Distress paints in blues, and stamped with Tim Holtz images.

On top of all that is Distress Crazing Medium, crayons, Remnant rubs, glitter and embossing powder to get this snowy scene.

This is a little different than what I usually make, so I hope you like it! I would like to thank Suzz for her inspiring challenge theme and the entire Frilly and Funkie team for having me here today as their Guest Designer!"


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Head over to Sara Emily's blog to get all the details on her wintery little canvas and then come on back and share your Winter Hues project with us. The challenge can be found here and is open until January 31st at 11:55 pm EST.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Hues

Hi! Suzz here. The weather this time of year in the Midwest gets to be a bit chilly, icy, snowy and overcast. These elements of the season create a beautiful palette of colors which I am calling Winter Hues. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic 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. 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.

Here is some gorgeous inspiration from the Frilly side of the Design Team:

Pamellia Johnson - My Little Craft Things

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Nancy Dynes - Tattered Treasures

Feeling the chill? Join in and share with us your winter inspiration! We'll be back tomorrow with more inspiration from our latest Guest Designer and the Funkie side of the Design Team will be back with their projects next Wednesday.

Keep warm!

Suzz


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Step by Step: Wildflowers in Winter


Hello, friends! It's Nancy here, and I'm excited to share a new flower tutorial for our Saturday Step by Step. Just because we're in the midst of winter doesn't mean we can't be surrounded by lovely blooms, right?   

I love handcrafting my own flowers. It goes a long way in achieving a perfectly coordinated look. These blossoms are actually quite large, measuring in at around 3.25 inches, and are sure to make an elegant statement on your projects. They're super easy as well! 

Maja Design Papers are the perfect weight and durability for creating flowers. The colors in the different collections work together so well. You'll find it's easy to mix and match from what you have on hand. I'm using Vintage Autumn Basics and a little bit of Vintage Summer Basics today.    



Select your papers and cut four each of the two largest petal styles using the Tim Holtz Bigz Tattered Florals Die. This die is extremely versatile. It can be used for almost any flower you can dream up. 


Mist your petals with water using a Tim Holtz Mini Mister. You'll want to get them fairly moist (but not drowning in water) before you go to the next step. 


Now it's time to twist, scrunch, and roll. That sounds a little bit like a dance or an exercise routine, but you're prepping for the shape of your petals here. 


Once you've scrunched up every petal put them on a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven until dry, checking often. It takes me about 5-10 minutes depending on how moist the petals are. 

While your petals bake you may begin gathering what my mom called 'bits and bobs'. Here I have burlap, twine, lace, buttons, and cheesecloth.  


Once your petals are finished in the oven you will carefully unfurl them. Don't be concerned if a couple of the more delicate pieces fall off. It happens. You can adhere them back in when you assemble your flowers. 

Below are stacks of my unfurled petals. The larger petals form the base. The smaller, more delicate petals form the center. They'll be all twisty. This is exactly what you want.    


Adhere each stack of petals together being certain to stagger each one for a more full appearance. 


Below demonstrates just one way to embellish your flower. I'm adhering burlap and twine to the base of this one. A button is adhered to the center of the flower.  


Join both stacks to form a completed flower. 


I'm adding in a few burlap strands. It didn't look quite finished the other way. 


Below are additional embellished flowers. You'll find a full supply list (with links) at the end of the post. Everything you need to make these can be purchased in Linda's shop.  


The flowers below are embellished with lace and cheesecloth.  




The final flower is in a completely neutral tone. You can never have too many of those. 





Thank you so much for being here with me today! I send wishes your way for a wonderful weekend. Hopefully you'll be able to spend some cozy time in your craft area! 

Hugs,  


Nancy-sign



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Years Inspiration

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! Jenny here with the Frilly and Funkie Design Team back after our break for the holidays and ready to share lots of exciting challenges and projects with you all. We begin with some news; our longest serving DT member, Sue Carrington, has made the difficult decision to leave us as her life and creative journey take a new path. We all want to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for everything she has shared and done for the team over the years and are sure you'll all join with us in wishing her every success for the future.

Now for our first challenge of 2017; at the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve this year.

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. 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.

We begin the second week of this challenge with some amazing inspiration from the Funkie side of the Design Team;

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie

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WEEK ONE

Let's start this first challenge of the year with some wonderful inspiration from the Frilly side of the Design Team;

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Nancy Dynes - Tattered Treasures

Cec Wintonyk - CW Card Creations

Pamellia Johnson - My Little Craft Things

Now it's your turn! What are you inspired to do/achieve in 2017? We'll be back tomorrow with a fabulous project from the latest Guest Designer and the Funkie side of the team will share their take on this theme next Wednesday.

Until then take care of yourselves,
Jenny xxx