Aug 16, 2017

Eileen Hull Journal with Seth Apter Stamps and Dies

It's time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and our fabulous hostess Suzz has chosen the theme On the Cutting Edge.  She say, "Having recently acquired some beautiful new dies I thought it might be time to bring them out and show them off.  This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut / punched image.   Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a die cut or punch."

I was inspired to use the infamous Eileen Hull Journal Scoreboards XL Die by Sizzix.  This die is causing quite the stir in the crafting world and I couldn't wait to try my hand with it!  I played with a couple of these Seth Apter Ray of Light dies and found a happy composition, which fit perfectly onto the journal cover.

I covered the dies with Prima texture pastes and then watered Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to tone it down, wiping away as needed.  I wanted to make some contrast in between the rays, so I created an overlay for my journal.

I cut my watercolor paper to size and then cut out the two shapes to make a frame for my inlaid textured dies.  Around that, I cut some holes with the Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies.  I often use texture paste for this, but created a reverse effect for my cover by using the MM dies.

I decided the smallest of Seth's Coffee Ring Dies would make a great frame over the circles in the ray die.  I embossed them in Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can EP twice to create an enamel effect.  Later I added a third larger circle to complete the look.  I mixed in a Paper Doll and some ephemera with a Quote Chip.  The cloth label was a gift from my friend Carol from IKEA.  I hand cut the gentleman's crown and embossed it with gold EP.

I glued a Clipola paper clip to frame his face.  What a whimsical character!  :)

I treated my cover with a variety of Distress Oxides and embossed a Carabelle Studio text stamp in white for contrast.  I splashed on some black gesso and outlined everything with a fine black pen.

I don't have any elastic, so I punched more holes in the center and used a pamphlet stitch and waxed linen to bind my pages.  I attached this awesome snip of upholstery tacks with brads.  My fabulous teamie Sara Emily gave me this when we met up at the beach - love love love!  Thanks sweetie!   Here's a gaze at my inserts.  I used TH Memoranda paper to cover some loose-leaf grid paper, that I cut to size.

Not many flaps and fussy elements inside.  I want to use this to actually write on the paper, so I left out that kind of bulk.

The back inked up so well that I actually wished I could use it to start a new journal and make a second back for this one.  Ha!  But time didn't allow.  I used matte Mod Podge to adhere the die cut overlay to the front cover and then decided to seal the entire cover with MP.  The feel of it is great!

How about you?  What dies are you itching to put to action?  Break them out and play along!  We'd love to have you join our challenge.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to the Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Do you want to learn more about creating books and mini albums?  Would you like another opportunity to win a Funkie Junkie Boutique gift card?  Follow along with my new blog, Mini Album Makers, which will be filled with book making tutorials, showcasing even more Funkie Junkie products!

I'm also sharing with:
(I was inspired by THIS post, the size, the composition, the colors)
A face - Gentleman
Papers - Patterned Paper & Grid Paper
Letters, numbers - Text Stamp on Cover & Words
Blue for the colour of the European Union, Union Jack - Blues & Greens
Ribbon, twine, string or lace - Waxed Linen and Twine
Textures – take inspiration from history from ancient civilisations to the fall of the Berlin Wall - Texture with the Circle Die Cut
Something both vintage and modern - Vintage Images with Modern Graphic Design Die Cut
#itac17 #itac17challenge1 #aallandcreate

Aug 15, 2017

GIVEAWAY Tutti Designs Die Cuts

Hello sweeties!  I'm sharing this card on the Tutti Designs blog with our new Holiday Dove Tapestry die cut today and thought I would pair it with a giveaway on my blog.  I truly appreciate your support and kind, encouraging words and wanted to show a little love back through this giveaway.  To win these three dies, just leave a comment.  I will announce the winner next Tuesday along with my Tutti Designs post.  Have a lovely day!

Speaking of giveaways, head on over to my new book makers challenge blog, Mini Album Makers for another chance to win an amazing price!

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:4-7 NKJV

Aug 10, 2017

Stenciled Transparent Gel Tutorial at Stamps and Stencils

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to share a fun little class over at Stamps & Stencils today!  This month we are playing teacher along with our Technique School challenge - what fun!  Hop on over and check out today's tutorial.

Aug 7, 2017

Giveaway Winners - Darkroom Door Stencil Blog Hop

Thank you to everyone who stopped by all the blogs this past week in our Stencil Blog Hop! it was wonderful to read all of your messages and enthusiasm for the new stencils and the artwork that was created by our wonderful contributing artists!

We would now like to announce the winners (drawn at random) from each of the blogs. If you see your name and comment below, please email us: with your choice of 3 stencils and your mailing address so we can ship out your prize!

Here are the winners:

Alison Bomber 
I've already been admiring the new stencil line - especially those gorgeous Wildflowers and Blossom - so it's fantastic to see them in action here as well as in the hands of the amazing team. A great addition to your range, and thank you so much for the chance to win some! Alison x

Heather Miller
So many amazing projects!! Wow! Each one showcases so many ways to use the stencils... I want them all now! You are very talented!

Peg Hewitt
Such pretty cards, I'm really loving all the different projects with these new stencils!

Jackie P Neal
WOW and WOW! Robyn, your showcasing of these stencils is just incredible!!! If I had to pick a favorite card, tag, journal spread,etc. I don’t think I could! Each is as lovely as the last! Great work and fabulous inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!!

Wat een prachtige pagina Anneke, supermooi, zoals we van jou gewend zijn ! Die stencils zijn prachtig, en ik ben ook al benieuwd naar je kaartjes ! Groetjes, Enny

These are both so gorgeous, Autumn!! You've showcased the stencils so perfectly!! The first card is stunning!! I love the colors and texture!! The second one is so beautiful!! I love the stencil bumping technique - need to try that!! Love these!

Sara Barker
Ooh, la, la! Amazing samples! I thoroughly enjoy the neutral journal page! Great use of that wonderful stencil and crackle paste! Two fabulous designs from you, Teresa!

Thank you for following along with our Stencils blog hop! We will continue to share more projects here on the blog and on social media - join us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube!
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Want MORE Darkroom Door Inspiration?  Click HERE to visit these posts you may have missed.  I have some samples I will be sharing soon, so check back here on my blog and thanks to everyone for supporting me in this endeavor!  Hugs, Autumn

Aug 6, 2017

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog GIVEAWAY!

Mini Album Makers Challenge is pleased to announce the launch of this new challenge blog that focuses on handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  If you've longed for a place to share and learn more about creating such books, please take a moment to become a follower!  Our monthly challenge theme is any handmade book goes.

Follower's Giveaway!
To encourage growth in this new venture, I'm offering a giveaway of a $25 gift card to the Funkie Junkie Boutique to one lucky follower.  All you need to do to enter is become a follower.  I would love for you to add our blog badge below to your sidebar to help us grow.  Please link it to our homepage.  If you do so, please leave a comment and you will receive an extra entry in the draw.  If you copy and paste this post and repost it on your blog you can receive a third entry.  Just say so in the comments below and give a link to your post.  The winner will be announced on September 1st in our inaugural challenge post.

Design Team Call!
I’m looking for a team of five or so creative individuals who will share design team duties to include:

1. As a part of the monthly challenge inspiration, one project photo per month with link to your own personal blog post containing a tutorial or tips and tricks for assembling one of the abovementioned book forms.
2. Rotating with other DT members to post one complete tutorial on challenge blog per month.  (If five team members, then one complete project every five months.)
3. Encourage, comment and support challenge entries.

Please email Autumn at with questions or applications.  Include your blog and social media links with a permalink to your favorite handmade book(s).  Please note this is a teaching blog and all projects, even if they are CASEd from another designer, must be tutorial based (photos or videos).  Applications will be taken through August 25.  Selected applicants will be notified by August 28.  Challenges begin September 1 with DT announcement (including a photo of your application book and backlink to that post – no new project necessary for September).  Thanks and best of luck!

Please share with your friends and get projects ready for our first challenge September 1!

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