Frilly & Funkie: Kraft and Twine

F&FKraft+TwineThis week’s challenge at Frilly and Funkie is to use kraft and twine on the project of your choice.  I’ve used Kraft Glassine and Burlap String for mine.

I started by covering an oversized tag with book paper, roughing up the edges with Tim’s distressor, and warming it up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Using the Sizzix tag and bookplate die, I cut a sheet of Kraft Glassine.  After wrinkling it up I embossed it with a hot air balloon embossing folder by Couture Creations. I played around a bit to have the smaller balloon positioned where it is, then colored parts with distress markers and waterbrushes filled with Dylusions ink sprays.

I cut the ticket and letters from other Sizzix dies and added hitch fasteners to tie down my balloon. The rickrack punch is a favorite. I added it and a few snaps to finish the tag off.

Hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week. There will be two prize winners ~ a random one for a store gift certificate to Linda’s Funkie Junkie Boutique, and a design team favorite. This one’s open until midnight on Tuesday, June 12.

I’ll also put this in the All Things Tim Holtz yahoo group challenge for June, which has a travel theme.


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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Up up and away in your beautiful ballon. Fabulous tag today! do take care, gerri

  2. oh, I love the visual angle of the balloons – and, your colors are fabulous!

  3. Fabulous tag, Marjie!!

  4. Wonderful tag, Marjie–great details and colors!

  5. How perfect for the challenge Marjie!! Great job – very cute 🙂 I agree that rikrak punch is super cool…

  6. Gorgeous!

  7. Love it! Working on my entry…

  8. The tag is awesome Marjie. Love the way you used the glassine. I just love all the hardware and details.

  9. Holy Cow! This is awesome!! I love everything about hot air balloons (except for being in one). Lovely, your choice of warm colors, spotted the glassine paper right away.
    Great job there missy! I really like this piece of art.

  10. Gorgeous! Loving this! The balloons are wonderful!

  11. Cool! The colors are really nice. Glassine is so fun to work with.

  12. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    Love this! That big fat balloon looks like it could just float away if not for the fact that you’ve tethered it down so handily! Love the texture here…and the whimsy. Made me smile.

  13. He he…it’s a good one, isn’t it?? lol..This is fantastic Marjie, love how you’ve used this folder!!!

  14. You have ALL the fun stuff! We’ve only just got bakers twine in the UK, haven’t seen the burlap twine yet. Although I can get hairy string (as for wrapping parcels old style) which may work, although it’s not all that strong. I do have the ticket and tag dies though, so I don’t feel too jealous, lol. LOVE your balloons and how you’ve tethered the big one!

  15. I sense an upcoming Vacation. Very pretty.

  16. A fabulous design Marjie and love the techniques and how you used the glassine.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  17. Marjie, this is just beautiful! I love those airballoons. What a great choise of colors and materials.

  18. Wow, how cool. It’s a fantastic tag, the glassine looks fantastic, also love the colors.

  19. Super cool, Marjie! I love the look of the crumpled glassine and the way you colored on it is sensational. Wonderful embossing folder – I just really like the whole overall look of this piece! Terrific take on the kraft and twine theme!

  20. Rocking awesome!!!! I never have even thought to use Distress Markers on Glassine…love the effect! Your whole design is just awesome…wow!!!!

  21. love the contrast between the glassine and the background, really looks like a sunset! gorgeous tag 🙂

  22. Love how the balloon looks on the glassine paper and a great idea to use the hitch fasteners to anchor the balloon. Wonderful Tag! Thanks for playing along with the Travel challenge.

  23. This is awesome! I love the balloons!

  24. Beautiful tag Marjie – I love the colors and that hot balloon is gorgeous!

  25. Well I want to fly in your beautiful balloon! I just love how you used the glassine. It has a cool leather look! Wonderful tag, GF!

  26. This is a fabulous creation. Adding it to my folder of things to try.

  27. This is fabulous! It looks so old from the crumpled glassine. I am really loving how you colored in those balloons.

  28. Nice piece, love the balloons! Valerie