Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Sponsor Spotlight No.2

Hello everyone, Alison here.  I'm delighted to offer up the second Sponsor Spotlight of October, highlighting our fabulous sponsor this month, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

There's a $25 gift voucher at the Funkie Junkie Boutique on offer as the prize - so come and play along with our Go Rust-ic! challenge theme.


I love The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  As well as fantastic prices on products from Ranger and Tim Holtz, and lots of other great companies too, Linda Coughlin (a.k.a. the Funkie Junkie herself) also has a whole range of really funkie (of course) vintage charms and fabrics and other goodies that you don't find everywhere.

I decided to focus on some of the fabulous Metal Embellishments, specifically the set of 

And here's the tag they inspired…
(Almost all the products I used are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique - just click the links to go shopping!)

I started with a tea-stained tag, and used the Tim Holtz Shatter Stencil, blending through some Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.

Over that I applied some Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste through the Hearts Stencil.

Once that was dry, I repositioned the Hearts and applied some of the Crackled Texture Paste over the top.  

Once dry and crackly, I used Distress Stains in the same colours to create the depth of colour and highlight the crackles.

Having not quite lined up the stencil in exactly the same place, the Distress Stains seeped into the card in some places and met the resist of the translucent paste in others.  And, being liquid, they also occasionally seeped under the crackle.  I really love the imperfections caused - more than happy to embrace the look!

The shatter pattern underneath disappeared slightly, but I decided to mount the whole thing on a jumbo tag using the same stencil.  As well as the Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge, there's also some Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade involved in the background tag.

I spent some time arranging the keys to please the eye.  

I love all the different filigree shapes…

Some of them have had a little touch of Florentine Gold Treasure Gold just to warm up the colour tone in order to complement the inks.

…and there's a great variation in sizes - something for every project!

With all that shattered stencilling and the cracked hearts, the sentiment just bubbled up.

I used Distress Stains to dye some Seam Binding for the topping, and secured it with some rustic raffia.

So that's my Funkie Junkie tag for you.  Claudia will be here later in the month with Sponsor Spotlight No.3, and if you missed Laura's amazing Dylusions tutorial, check it out here.


Don't forget to check out this month's challenge to be in with a chance of winning the $25 gift voucher for The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  

We are Going Rust-ic this month - so get out those rusty shades of ink and paint, or show us your favourite faux-rust technique.  Perhaps you might like to show us some real rust!  No matter how rusty you are, we would love to see your rusty creations.

Happy Crafting!
Alison xx


  1. Great looking tag and those keys certainly look funkie! (funky)....

  2. A wonderful selection of keys and those colours are creating such a wonderful autumn glow on a grey morning!


  3. Beautiful tag Alison the backgrounds are spectacular...Love the keys the designs are perfect... Hugs May x x

  4. A great work on textures and inks for a fabulous tag!

  5. those keys are fabulous! Love the hearts too.

  6. Alison love your tutorial! the crackle hearts is stunning! barbarayaya

  7. Fabulous tutorial and use of those gorgeous keys, set off by the textured background. Ruth x

  8. Gorgeousness! I love the colors you chose for the background- goes so well with those keys! xo

  9. Fabulous!!! Love this, thank you Alison for the great step-by-step as usual, this is such a delight to both admire your amazing creations and read you! Coco xx

  10. Beautiful colored tag and those keys look great on it!
    Groetjes Karin

  11. A real Alison make...a great tag with a stunning background Alison!
    greetings, Alie :-)

  12. Lovely, Lovely--Both tags are outstanding, Alison! :) I LOVE the layer of crackle texture over the stenciled hearts!! FABULOUS!! Also love the clean and simple display of keys--so pretty! A wonderful showcase of the goodies at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!! I love Linda, too :) XOXO-Shari

  13. Stunning again, love the warm colors and the filigree keys! And the crackle texture is adorable.
    xxx Evelyn

  14. I love that sad little twist at the end of the sentiment and the crackle is perfect symbolism...another stunning make Alison!

  15. Such a clever way to show off those fab keys Alison. I love the crackled heart background. Jenny x

  16. Wow, what a cool way to spotlight the keys! Your background, as always, is just spectacular. I love the fractured theme and how you tied it to your sentiment. Very clever and inspiring piece!


  17. Wow! Love those keys! That background is fabulous! Chrisx

  18. So sorry it's taken so long to get over here! I LOVE those offset hearts ... what a wonderful idea!! I must try this!!!!! Love the way this sets off those gorgeous keys. Details are finally coming together for my trip to NY. Will email soon. Looking forward to catching up with you. Hope you are enjoying your week and that everything is coming together for Preview! Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

  19. Catching up after my holiday - sorry! Love your backgrounds so much Alison!
    Julia xx

  20. Wonderful, warm background and I have a weakness for vintage keys! This sentiment fits perfectly too! xxx


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