Frilly & Funkie: Free to Fly

22nd March, 2017

It’s Wednesday and time for the funkie side of the design team to share our projects for the current challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

The current challenge is hosted by Kathy (Kathy by design), who has chosen the theme YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM …KATHY says, “I’m a huge fan of folded paper! Whether it’s a fancy fold card, a one sheet wonder, a rosette or other folded embellishment, folds equal fun! This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout. So get out those bone folders and start creasing!

iGirlZoe : Free to FlyIt took me so long to decide what do to for this challenge. My usual creative enthusiasm has been rather lackluster of late. Having just moved to Denmark 10 months ago, we are now having to move out of our apartment completely while they put new floors in. So I’m packing again, and honestly, I feel really tired!

Still, nothing like the lure of some distress oxides and a wink from my growing stash of distress crayons to get me back to my happy place.

iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
I started with those gorgeous distress oxides. I applied some to a manila tag with a mini blending tool. I spritzed with water and dried with a heat tool. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can build layers of colour without creating “MUD!”

iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
I used the postal marks stamp from the Tim Holtz Paris to London stamp set. Inked it up with black soot archival ink and stamped randomly onto the background without using a grid block.

iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
The fold in my card is the hot air balloon. I stamped the image twice, once onto a stamped label frame and the second image I cut the balloon out. I covered with collage medium and used faded jeans distress crayon to colour the balloon. I blended in vintage photo distress ink over the top to age. Using a bone folder, I scored a line down the center of the balloon. I ran a line of glossy accents on the back, just down the line and adhered over the top of the first stamped image. I also added a flag which I concertina folded and then adhered with glossy accents.

iGirlZoe : Free to Fly
Next it was time to accessorise! I used Tim Holtz vellum ephemera which I attached with a dot of glossy accents and then stitched into place with my sewing machine. I overlaid with remnant rubs and a sticker from the new quotations metallic stickers. Once finished, I mounted onto a black cardstock.

I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Gorgeous colors, Zoe! Your stamping is always perfection! I love the dimension the folded balloon adds to the design. Just a gorgeous card! I’m so sorry you are having to move again in such a short time. I’ve done that…and it is not fun! Hoping you will soon be settled. Hugs!

  2. butterfly says:

    Fabulous tag – the colours are gorgeous, and I love the dimension of the folded balloon. Sounds horrible having to pack all over again… I was supposed to do much the same – I moved, then was supposed to move again in 6-12 months. Nearly four years later, I’m still here!
    Alison x

  3. Autumn says:

    Oh how dreadful! I simply cannot imagine packing up twice so close together. I hope things will be fixed and unpacked in a jif. I certainly cannot tell from this amazing tag that your mojo is hiding out. This is a wonderful take on the folding theme. Well done!

  4. Deb L says:

    This is beautiful Zoe! I love your idea for the balloon. I can relate to your current situation, replacing flooring is a lot of work. Just think about the end results and you’ll get through it.

  5. Tracy Evans says:

    Gorgeous , love the focal image and the vintage tones. Gorgeous design and the Oxides work beautifully. Tracy x

  6. Anne R says:

    I really do feel for you, it must be daunting to have settled and then be on the move again, albeit for a short time! Hopefully it will all be done quickly…

    The background you created with the Oxides is beautiful and I love how you gave the hot air balloon dimension with your folding! Anne x

  7. stampersuzz says:

    I think your mojo is just fine! Fantastic fold idea and beautiful card. I do hope everything starts to settle down for you and quickly gets you back into your crafty space!

  8. A fabulous idea for using folds Zoe. I know life is not treating you well right now but your creativity remains intact enough to produce magic as ever. Hopefully the builders will have you all sorted and finally settled soon. Hang on in there my friend xx

  9. This is an adorable project. Fun layers and unique ways to use them. Would be unique for a guy. Great colors too. I feel for you, nothing worse than packing and unpacking. Hoping you have sunshine, it always helps.

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