Frilly & Funkie: 2018 – The Year of…

24th January, 2018

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 fellow funkie team member Suzz (Suzz’ Stamping Spot), who has chosen the theme 2018 – THE YEAR OF… …SUZZ says, “Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.”

iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year ofMuch like our lovely host Suzz, I’m not very good at new years resolutions, so it took me a while to find a suitable word. I wanted to combine travel and time, as this year I plan to do more of one and get better at keeping the other. Then I stumbled upon the “expedition” word band and it was a match! Expedition can be a journey undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose (travel) and it can also mean promptness or speed in doing something – promptitude (time). OMG I love that word! “Promptitude!” I digress, which only adds to my time keeping issues!
…I’m a work in progress…

iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
I have been desperate to use the new Tim Holtz inventor stamps and it was perfect for the challenge. I had to use my favourite stamp from the Tim Holtz Dapper set as well (of course)!

iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
I used faded jeans and brushed corduroy distress inks and a waterbrush to watercolour the hat and suit. I added the expedition word band and globe from the adornment souvenir set.

iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
I confess I am a little addicted to these adornment index clips. I altered it by adding picket fence distress paint and, once dry, adding archival distress ink. Wendy Vecchi has this brilliant technique on her blog.

iGirlZoe: 2018 The Year of
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.

I will be back to share the samples that I made for this years Creativation (CHA). Thanks for stopping by.



  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Every wonderful bit and alteration are wonderful!!!

  2. Cec says:

    Fantastic card that portrays your word to a “T”. Love that dapper fellow although I must admit that Silence of the Lambs came to mind for a split second when I saw him. Love the background!

  3. Deb L says:

    What a great word! Love how you pulled everything together. I think the Inventor 1 stamp set is a must have. TFS Zoe!

  4. Stefi says:

    I love it crazy! An extraordinary masterpiece!

  5. Autumn says:

    I love this new stamp set and yes it is perfect with the dapper man. A fabulous card design. So happy to see you working it with the Funkie team! <3 Hugs, Autumn

  6. Zoe, I’m so happy to see you on the Funkie team once again! Great inspiration here, both in word choice and in your artwork! Love the altered index clip. Going to give this a whirl! And lucky you to have that Inventor set already! Looks fabulous with Mr. Dapper! Hugs!

  7. ann barnes says:

    Oh I love this! It captures the essence of your “word” so wonderfully! Your pieces with this Dapper are always captivating, and your use of the distress inks never disappoints!

  8. What a good word! And I love this wonderful collage card. The inky background, the wonderful imagery, the great use of color…it’s just inspiring. You have such a gift with Tim’s goodies…it’s really a treat to see. Love having you back on the team, Zoe! You were missed!

  9. Anne R says:

    Such a great choice of words Zoe and you have summed it up beautifully with this project! Loving the word promptitude too, not sure why but it makes me smile… thank you! xx

  10. stampersuzz says:

    Brilliant! “Can I say again how happy I am you are back creating with us? :)” Love the word expedition! What a great word for the year. I also loved that you looked at the definition and found another great word! This is wonderful how the hat tops the world (and I have that stamp set on order!) Fabulous card.

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