Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Stitched Panels with Lace, Buttons and Ribbons

It is Cec here to bring you the Saturday Showcase this week and I am going to show you some different but fun panels you can make with bits of fabric and lots of products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I recently came across a group on Facebook called Stitch Meditations.  The premise is that you take bits of fabric that you think would go well together and add a little hand-stitching to create a panel.  I made one for myself and after it was finished I thought I could kick the panels up a few notches by incorporating some lace, buttons and ribbons along with a few charms and die cuts.  So I set about creating a few samples to show you.  There are no process photos simply because the panels are meant to be individual and you are meant to play but I will describe how I made the samples and give you some tips.

The Basics:

First off you will need small pieces of fabric and if you do not sew, not a problem because you can use a variety of fabrics you have around the house - old scarves, old shirts or blouses, scraps of upholstery fabric, sheets, burlap, etc.  If you do sew you can combine any kind of fabric you have on hand.

You will also need something to stitch the fabric to - flannelette is the best option because it is soft and the needle goes through it easily.  And of course you need thread and a needle.  For threads you can use regular sewing thread, metallic threads or embroidery floss.  The floss comes with six stands of thread and I found I liked the look when I used three strands.

The Rules:

While there are really no rules, you should remember the following:
  • Don't take any more than 10 minutes to select your fabrics.
  • Don't try to make your hand stitching perfect, which means no ripping it out and starting over.
  • Do make simple stitches but if you know how to do fancy stitches, then go for it.
  • Do add beads to your stitches, if you wish.
  • Don't worry if the finished product isn't square even though you started with a square of flannelette.
  • Do add as few or as many embellishments as you want.
  • Do add papers or other mediums if you can sew through them.
  • Don't add any glue or other adhesive.
  • Do tear your fabric, or cut it if you wish.
  • Do finish the edges if you want but you will have to allow extra fabric to turn them under.
So here are the samples I made and if I hadn't run out of time I would have made more because they were fun to do.  I didn't meditate while I was making them but I didn't feel stressed - and I did not rip out a single stitch, which is saying a lot for me.😄😄

Salmon and Yellow - Sewn with embroidery floss

1.  Start with 4" square of flannelette
2.  Top with slightly larger square of yellow floral print
3.  Add strip of plaid ribbon (remove wires from edges first)
4.  Add square of salmon linen fabric
5.  Add strip of venise lace

Cream and White - Sewn with embroidery floss

1.  Start with 4" square of flannelette
2. Top with slightly larger square of white brocade fabric (it only shows at the bottom - oh well)
3.  Add a strip of burlap
4.  Add a strip of eyelet fabric
5.  Add a strip of muslin
6.  Add a strip of lace
7.  Add another strip of lace between the burlap and the eyelet
8.  Add some knotted fibres between the eyelet and the muslin
9.  Add a die cut flower made from crinoline and dyed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink - french knots added for the centre

Purple - Sewn with embroidery floss

1.  Start with a 3" square of flannelette
2.  Add one strip of purple floral fabric
3.  Add second strip of lilac fabric
4.  Add two pieces of venise lace
5.  Add die cut flower made from crinoline and dyed with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
6.  Add floral wooden button to centre of flower

Black and Rust - Sewn with embroidery floss

1.  Start with 3" square of flannelette
2.  Add square of cream and black floral fabric
3.  Add strip of black fabric
4.  Add strip of rust fabric over edge of black fabric
5.  Add bow made from black crochet ribbon
6.  Top with tiny heart charm inked with Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink (the charm was in a little goodie bag from The Funkie Junkie Boutique)

Denim - Sewn with silver cord

1.  Start with a 3" square of flannelette
2.  Add a strip of silver metallic crochet ribbon
3.  Add die cut snowflakes made from mulberry paper and topped with a silver sequin and a crystal seed bead

Red and White - Sewn with embroidery floss

1.  Start with a 3" square of flannelette
2.  Add a slightly larger square of red gingham fabric
3.  Add a strip of red and white polka dot fabric
4.  Add a strip of venise lace
5.  Add a vertical strip of red burlap ribbon
6.  Add a snowman wooden button

Now you are probably asking what you can do with the panels.  They could be used as one element in a collage, in junk journals, on cards or on a tag like the one I am sharing with you next.  OR, you could just sit and admire your handiwork and meditate while you make them.

The tag is hand cut from mat board and is 3.5" wide by 7" tall.  I found the background paper with the snowflakes in my saved box - it was a reject from an earlier project.  I had used some checked paper from my stash and added some silver embossing paste through a snowflake stencil.  To add it to my tag, I cut it to the proper width and then split it in half since it wasn't long enough.  I used a fan paintbrush and splattered some watered down white Gesso on the snowflake background.  It ended up being way too busy so I inked over it with Candied Apple Distress Ink and then buffed it with some paper towel to bring the silver back up since the embossing paste acts as a resist.

I adhered my fabric panel to a square of silver card stock and then added it to the tag.  Snowflakes were cut from a scrap of white card stock using the Paper Snowflakes Mini die and then splattered with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain (the spray nozzle wouldn't work).  They were topped with some crystal gems that came in one of the little goodie packages from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I used some Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink to alter the colour of a snowman charm and added him to a bow that I fashioned from some silver crochet ribbon and tied together with silver thread from my sewing stash.  Another gem was added to the centre of the bow.  Finally I added some white satin ribbon to the top of the tag.

There you have it - a new way to use lace, buttons and ribbons from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I love the frayed look so any of my stitched panels that I make for use on projects in the future will have some extra added to the fabric so I can give them a good quarter of an inch of fray around the edges.

If you don't want to spend time hand stitching the panels, feel free to machine stitch them but believe me there is some sort of satisfaction in doing it all by hand.  I hope you will give this a try no matter how you choose to do it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Knock on Wood

Hi There! Suzz here with the next challenge! I decided to challenge everyone with adding a touch of wood to your art this challenge. For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art. This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch.

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 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 the wonderful inspiration from the Funkie side of the the Design Team. Use the links to find out more about their projects:

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Zoe Hillman - iGirlZoe


Here is the beautiful inspiration from the Frilly side of the Design Team. Use the links to find out more about their projects:  

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

It's time for you to go pull out those wood embellishments or platforms and join us in the challenge! Don't forget to come back next week to see the Funkie side of the Design Team's wood inspired art!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Challenge Winners - Get In On The Action

Hi everyone! Today we announce our top picks from the 'Get In On The Action' challenge. We were treated to some very clever entries showcasing ideas for adding action elements to projects. Thank you to all of you who took the time to join in the fun.

Having taken time to look at them all the Design Team chose #7 Jennalee Anderson who shared this beautiful tag with a hidden tag. We loved the vintage layered look to this birthday card and the clever way she 'redacted' her message. Congratulations Jennalee 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 this time were, in numerical order; #3 Rox Boyce, #6 Sabine and #10 Drea Slee. 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 #5 Sharon Fontenot! 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, 'Knock on Wood' runs through Tuesday, March 27th and the Funkie side of the Design Team will be back here on Wednesday March 21st with some more inspiration for you. 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, March 17, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Shadow Box Card Tutorial

Happy Saint Patrick's Day friends! Autumn with you today to share a simple shadow box card tutorial featuring the new Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper.  A good while ago I came across THIS pin (cute, I know!) and wanted to recreate the idea Tim Holtz style, then my friend Julie posted THIS and it really inspired me to finish my concept.  The beauty of a shadow box card is its ability to fold flat for mailing. This particular card will fold to 6 x 5 3/4" to fit into a 6 1/2" square envelope. The front section measures 6 x 4 3/4".

I was having so much fun that I made two of these cards. I just couldn't stop! First let me share the details of my spring design, though the measurements apply to both cards.

To begin, cut one panel to 6 x 6 3/4" and two panels to 6 x 5 3/4". Score the longer panel one inch from each side. Score the second two smaller panels half an inch from each side.

I cut my panels from watercolor paper. I cut one sheet of Tim's new Worn Wallpaper to 5 7/8 x 4 5/8" for the front section. The side sections were cut to 5 7/8 x 7/8". To make my window, I used Tim's largest Stitched Oval die, first cutting the wallpaper, then attaching to the center of my largest watercolor panel and running through again. This makes sure things are even without being too thick for the machine.

Next I cut a Paper Cut Bird die from Metallic Kraft Core. I sanded with an emery board (thanks for the tip @carolinasweetlee ) then inked it with a variety of Distress Oxides for an aged look.

I cut an oval from one of my smaller two watercolor panels. Then I glued my bird to the back, cutting off one section and adding it to the bottom to fill the space.

I gave the final of my smaller two watercolor panels a light sponging with a variety of Distress Inks.  I spritzed the panel and lifted some of the ink for a mottled look.

Next, I assembled my pieces. I folded the flaps of the center bird panel up and used wet glue to attach inside of my front panel. Then I folded the flaps of my inked background panel up and adhered inside of the front panel, butting up to the middle panel.

You can see how they line up better here.

I decorated with a Paper Doll, a handmade flower, a quote chip and an embossed butterfly, all relatively flat for mailing.

I made the flower with the Small Tattered Florals die and Tattered Rose Distress Ink. The center is a Say It In Crystals gemstone by Prima (SIIC).

I embossed the Mini Detailed Butterfly in the GORGEOUS new Metallic Sage embossing powder by Ranger. SWOON!

For card two I stained my Worn Wallpaper panels with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I thought this particular pattern resembled four leaf clovers.

I used a base of kraft card and used the second largest Stitched Rectangle to cut my front panel window, slightly offset. I used the largest Stitched Rectangle to cut my middle window.

I stained Wildflower dies and mounted on black bases for stability then glued my flowers to the perimeter of the middle window.

I embellished the front with handmade four leaf clovers made from tiny punched hearts. I used a spring of die cut greenery as a base to glue my petals onto. The flower was made with a Tim Holtz flower punch and dyed with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I used the same ink with a bit of Pumice Stone for the stamped background panel and stamped a Tim Holtz text stamp in Watering Can.

These cards were so much fun to make and I have so many variations running through my mind. I hope you do too and are inspired today. Leave me a link in the comments if you try this tutorial. :) 

Check out these and other new releases at The Funkie Junkie Boutique today: