Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Press Release: The Funkie Junkie Boutique to Acquire eclectic Paperie

Hello friends!  We wanted to share some exciting news with you today!

The Funkie Junkie Boutique to Acquire eclecic Paperie
Acquisition solidifies company’s position as a top tier online supplier

Gainesville, FL and Fremont, NH – August 11, 2015 – The Funkie Junkie Boutique, one of the industry’s leading online craft supply stores, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eclectic Paperie, an ecommerce site selling supplies geared towards the mixed media market. The agreement further strengthens The Funkie Junkie’s market leadership position, and leverages additional resources in order to meet the needs of their expanded customer base.

“Kim has done a wonderful job of building a solid and successful operation that provides superior customer service and the industry’s most popular products to its audience,” said Linda Coughlin, owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique. “With our common approach to business and product offerings, the acquisition of eclectic Paperie is the logical next step for the ongoing growth of The Funkie Junkie,” added Coughlin.

Based in New Hampshire, eclectic Paperie was one of the premier online stores to offer art supplies to the paper crafting industry. The store quickly became a well-known fixture in the paper arts community, with an outstanding reputation for carrying the industry’s most popular products and partnering with top designers. Launched in 2007, the store has been owned and operated by Kim Schofield since 2012.

“Linda’s commitment to providing consumers with a personalized shopping experience, combined with her attention to detail and stellar customer service makes this a perfect fit for our client base,” said Kim Schofield, owner of eclectic Paperie. “I’m confident that our customers will continue to receive the same high quality service and products that they have come to expect,” added Schofield.

Under the terms of the agreement, The Funkie Junkie Boutique will purchase the entire eclectic Paperie customer database, and access to the eclectic Paperie Facebook page and blog (http://eclecticpaperie.blogspot.com). eclectic Paperie will continue to temporarily operate under that name until all assets have been transferred to The Funkie Junkie or liquidated.

About The Funkie Junkie Boutique
The Funkie Junkie Boutique, a sole proprietorship owned by Linda Coughlin located in Gainesville, Florida, U. S. A. The Funkie Junkie is a boutique craft seller catering to the papercrafting and mixed media craft community, and offers name brand craft supplies such as Ranger/Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Prima and many other name brands at a discounted price. The store also offers many fun, funkie, and out-of-the-ordinary findings, which are unique to the market.

About eclectic Paperie
eclectic Paperie is a different breed of craft store, conceived as more than just a place where you can purchase supplies, it’s a place to collaborate, to come together and share with like-minded crafters. The store’s goal is to offer a mixed media marketplace where a generation of artists can congregate, explore, imagine, and inspire one another.

Linda Coughlin, Owner
The Funkie Junkie Boutique
P: 305-733-5384

Kim Schofield, Owner
eclectic Paperie
P: 603-234-4000


1. How long will eclectic Paperie’s online store remain open?

a. eclectic Paperie will be working to liquidate all assets not being purchased by The Funkie Junkie. The expected close date is September 30, 2015.

2. What if I have a pending order with eclectic Paperie?

a. All pending orders will be fulfilled by eclectic Paperie before the closing date of September 30, 2015.

3. What if I ordered a pre-order product that isn’t scheduled to arrive until after the acquisition announcement?

a. Any pre-orders, specifically for Graphic 45 and/or Ken Oliver products, will be fulfilled by eclectic Paperie before the closing date of September 30, 2015.

4. How do I subscribe to The Funkie Junkie Boutique’s newsletter service?

a. Your email address is part of the acquisition and will be automatically entered into The Funkie Junkie newsletter system. You may also sign up here: http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/ (Scroll to the bottom of the page)

5. Will The Funkie Junkie Boutique offer the same products as eclectic Paperie?

a. The Funkie Junkie already offers very similar products and will continue to do so in the future. Additional product requests or inquiries may be sent to linda@thefunkiejunkie.com.

6. How do I get in touch with the owners of either store?

a. You may contact Linda Coughlin, owner of The Funkie Junkie at linda@thefunkiejunkie.com

b. You may contact Kim Schofield, owner of eclectic Paperie at kim@eclecticpaperie.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fly High

Hello friends and followers!  My apologies for being absent for almost a month.  I've been on vacation.  The DH and I were gone two and a half weeks, enjoying a cruise on the Baltic Sea and visiting such exciting ports of call as Tallin, Estonia, Keil, Germany, Stockholm, Sweden, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland and Copenhagen, Denmark.  It was an incredible trip and we loved every minute of it.  But now it's time to get back into the swing of things.

I didn't have a lot of time, but I wanted to join in my Funkie design team over at Frilly and Funkie and make a project for Cec's Things with Wings challenge.  I didn't have a plan when I sat down at my craft table so I just started playing around.  I started with a jumbo manila tag fro the shop, stamped it using Jet Black Archival and Wendy Vecchi's Script stamp.  Next I cut a couple of strips of white CS with one of my favorite dies - the Butterfly Frenzy die and glue them randomly over the entire card.  Squeezed Lemon distress stain was then swiped across the entire tag and when that was dry, I brushed on gesso to knock back some of the brightness of the Squeezed Lemon.  Of course, all the edges needed a bit of sponging with Vintage Photo to age it a bit.

I had printed the little tag from Meghan Berry's Lilac and Lavender blog for another project awhile back but never used it.  A small circle was cut from it and used for the bronze bow cabochon (which is actually a brooch, but I ripped the pin back off with pliers).  I layered the cabochon on the tag over the exact spot that the circle was cut from.

Next I got busy with Botanical Remnant Rubs.  They didn't want to stick to the gesso surface.  I had to rub really hard and lift the plastic very carefully when checking to see if they had adhered, going back over them numerous times.  But I finally got them adhered to the tag surface.

My butterfly is from Tim Holtz's Reflections set.  Stamped on white CS with Jet Black archival ink and sponged with Tattered Rose DI, then sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Wild Honeysuckle Coral.  It didn't give enough shine so I applied Inka Gold Old Gold with my fingertip.  Now it really shines :)

The black filigree piece at the bottom is black craft foam that was cut with the Spellbinders Garden Weave die.  The crinkle ribbon was dyed with a combination of Squeezed Lemonade and Vintage Photo Distress Stains.

That will do it for this challenge.  I hope you will drop by Frilly and Funkie to check out the team's inspiration samples.  And please do think about joining in our challenge.  It's a judged challenge and you could win a badge for your blog or be our random winner with a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The supplies to make this project can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique were name brand products such as Tim Holtz, Ranger, Wendy Vecchi and others are always 20% belowMSRP.

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