Frilly & Funkie Challenge #3: Repurpose/Upcycle

Marjie Kemper mixed media canvas with Dylusions ink sprays and wax-dipped paper flowers

This week’s Frilly & Funkie challenge calls for repurposing at least two things on the project of your choice.  Last week the frilly side of the design team posted their projects, and this week my funkie cohorts and I get a turn.  

Before I go into the project I just want to remind you the Frilly & Funkie challenges are sponsored by The Funkie Junkie’s Boutique, and each week a random prize winner receives a store credit and a second winner is chosen by the design team. We’re thrilled with all the support being shown our new blog! Besides the bi-monthly Wednesday challenges, we have special posts each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sharing tips, demos, and discounts.

I chose this shadow box frame that I’d tried to jazz up sometime last year. Forgot to take a before pic. I started by coating it with matte medium and applying plain brown burlap strips. I spritzed those with Dylusions Ink Sprays and it immediately looked better. I recently bought a bunch of the new Tim Holtz water brushes after seeing Dyan Reaveley use them in class, and I realized they’d be perfect to color the tiny bits of frayed burlap that I missed with the mist. I filled the water brushes with Dyan’s ink sprays using a pipette:

              Waterbrushfilling Waterbrushuse

Go ahead and laugh at the little post-it that says “take before pic!”  Love it when reminders are right there where they should be, yet still get overlooked.

Anyway, I now have my own stash of Dylusions Ink Spray paintbrushes… how cool is that?  You can control the volume of color used, your fingers don’t turn colors, you can do fine detail work with all those gorgeous colors… the list goes on and on. Linda’s prices really are the best I’ve seen anywhere on these and many other Ranger products… check out her boutique!

I played with beeswax over the weekend and did all the flowers then. My new kick is to have a basket full of stamped images that need cutting, and to keep my hands busy while watching TV.  It was a great time saver to be be able to grab those pre-cut flowers and get right to it when the mood struck.

The flower stamps are by Studio 490 and Outlines, stamped in black archival ink on Ranger’s manila card stock. I colored them with distress inks using an ink blending tool and dipped them in the wax. I cut the Sizzix flourishes out of manila card stock and dyed with coffee archival ink. The butterfly is stamped twice in black archival ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I attached a scrap of Wendy Vecchi’s Clearly for Art to it, heated it, and was able to bend the wings and keep them upright.  The butterfly and the panel behind it are colored with distress inks.

My second piece of repurposing is just plain old packaging… I used it to get a preview on what my border stamp might look like (in this case, for the zigzag stitching).  Just stamp your image with archival ink on the plastic and hold it over your project to see if you really want it there before commiting. It’s great because you can move it around till you find the right spot:

This week I’m joining in at  Our Creative CornerFashionable Stamping Challenges, and the Sizzix blog. 

Hope to see you over at Frilly & Funkie… this challenge is open through Tuesday, May 1st.  I appreciate your visiting today.  Have a great one!


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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Juliana says:

    What a fabulously cool project! I really wish I could this kind of artsy style!

  2. Hi Marjie! Beautifully executed. Bravo! Thanks for joining us at FSC. Best wishes, Yvonne

  3. What an amazing creation with the vrbrant colors, the fabric and the stamp…love it !!
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  4. ..and you are back with another gorgeous project! Marjie, you are so creative and I just love the detail you add to your projects! 🙂

  5. A fantastic creation with great details!
    Thanks for joining us at the Fashionable Stamping challenges !!
    xxx Ellie xxx

  6. Incredible piece my dear! love the colored fabric.Thanks so much for visiting lately. take care, gerri

  7. This is amazing! Thanks for the info–it’s always appreciated! Fabulous!!!! 🙂

  8. Another bright and beautiful piece–pipettes are one of the handiest things to have around, you wouldn’t believe all the stuff we use them for!
    ANYWAY I really like the burlap, what great texture.

  9. Marjie, this is gorgeous! I love the sprayed burlap – so colorful.

  10. Fabulous project and those wonderful colours on the burlap really make the butterfly ‘pop’!
    Thanks for joining our embossing challenge at FSC

  11. So pretty and such a great idea!

  12. Beautiful! Had not thought of using those sprays on fabric. Must try!

  13. Your shadow box is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous colouring of the burlap, love, love, love it!
    Thank you for joining our Fashionable Stamping Challenge ;). Joanna x
    Ps. Please come and join my 2nd Blogaversary candy ;-). Hope to see you there and good luck!

  14. This is an absolutely stunning piece of work, love the burlap, the colours and the composition.

  15. How fun!! Love the burlap around the frame and the butterfly turned out great! Thanks for all of the great tutorial!

  16. Lynn Stevens says:

    So creative! Who would have thought to color burlap!
    hugs Lynn

  17. Oh my goodness … Marjie, this is stunning …. love love love the burlap and your creative colouring is superb …. love your tips too, thank you!

  18. Aren’t you incredibly clever! I love using the packaging materials, but hadn’t thought about it as a test stamp for the page. love it! Your framed art is gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to get the water pens for the inks too — I thought Dyan really nailed it with that one. Love the pipette for filling them too. Look at you, all clever! You go girl. =)

  19. Gorgeous project Marjie, the colours are just stunning and the texture of the burlap is fabulous ! Sue C x

  20. WoW, this is soooooooooo cool!

  21. W.O.W. this is so vibrant and colorful! I love the idea of spraying the burlap! I’ve got some laying around here…. hee hee hee… it’s gonna get sprayed!!

  22. I totally love this. The fringed burlap is great texture. And how nice to have the flowers all ready to go.

  23. A fabulous project, such beautiful colours Marjie! x

  24. SUPER PROJECT, Marjie!!!!!! Your colors are absolutely GORGEOUS. I can’t believe you turned the brown burlap those vibrant colors with just the sprays! Totally clever way to use the new water brushes too. BYW the rest of the brushes will be in the store on Friday. Love your flowers and am intrigued by the wax process. Would love to see a tutorial on that! Really amazing challenge piece!

  25. love your creation and thanks for all the crafting tips!

  26. – I do love your work! Oh, I know I have burlap somewhere and now I must find it! Absolutely gorgeous Marjie!

  27. Love the way you made the burlap so colorful! I am going to have to rethink how I think about burlap!

  28. I love the way this turned out. Really gorgeous!

  29. So gorgeous! Love your wonderful art piece!

  30. Just “my” colors. It’s a wonderful project.

  31. Super, awesome colors! I love this project! You nailed it this time. Don’t you love how past failed projects can sometimes become one of those all time favorites! Makes it worth it to store it and allow it to take up needed space! Now I want.some of those sprays. Next on my list.

  32. you are so clever, this is very striking, Debi x

  33. Wow Marjie this looks super special. When I have more time I am going to come back and study all the details 🙂

  34. Fantastical idea!!! This is gorgeous! I love the colors and pattern…awesome design!

  35. Love this one! Great job on this one! Look at those fun colors and all that texture!

  36. What a great idea, Marjie! Love it!

  37. Wow!

  38. this piece is over the top gorgeous: such vibrant colors and such a harmony in the combined elements. Wow!

  39. Gorgeous!!! Love it!

  40. Absolutely LOVE it! Colors are terrific!

  41. Fantastic, I love the burlap, and the colours in fact all of this!

  42. Oh, this is way cool! Love the texture of the burlap, those colors are wonderful!

  43. Love the bright colors, such a happy looking frame.

  44. Some of my favorite colors! Fabulous upcycle project and I do love how that butterfly pops! Happy Wednesday!

  45. soooooo cool!
    every bit love:)

  46. This is so cool and the deep colors are gorgeous!

  47. This is so pretty!

  48. this is gorgoeus!!!

  49. Such great use of items and those colours certainly brighten up the grey day that exists over here.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC with her dry/heat embossing challenge.