19 February 2014

We're Bloomin' over at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. This fortnight I'm hosting the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and I picked handmade flowers as the theme. Flowers have been such a huge theme at the recent trade shows so with lots of dies and tutorials out there the team are looking forward to seeing your own creations. The winner gets the chance to join the team as a Guest Designer for a future challenge and there is also a random draw for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


Now for my floral project. Hopefully Mark, Brenda and Rosie will remember this frame. I was lucky enough to attend the Stitches show this week and as well as getting to see/meet lots of fantastic people and products I had great fun at one of Mark's 'make and take' workshops on the Decoart stand.


This frame was bare dark grey plastic before being 'pimped' with Chalky Paints, a wax resist and some gorgeous clear liquid wax. Mark used the same idea on a chair he had re-upholstered; please make sure yoy all pester him to post pictures of it as it is absolutely gorgeous!


Having completed the frame Mark challenged us to do something with it. To be frank he did me a huge favour as I'd had these handmade flowers sitting on my desk for a week but couldn't get them to work with the original project idea. Arriving home last night I put one with the other and the beginnings of this home decor piece was born.


I started by removing the glass from the frame and working on the chipboard back with a mix of Distress Paints. The silver Embossing Paste was applied through a stencil and, when dry, was rubbed over with Plum Archival Ink to give a beautiful shiny contrast.


Next came layers of die cuts covered in the same paint colours to provide a base for the design and flowers. Some of the film strip pieces can still be seen but I didn't worry too much about the rest of them disappearing from view.


It was an absolute privilege to watch Finnabair at work creating one of her masterpieces at the show. I love the way she keeps adding layers to her canvases to create a sense of depth and took this on board for this project. Over the die cuts I added lace, floral strips and filigree metal embellishments, all of which had more paint added to their surfaces.


The flowers were created from plain white card covered in the same colours of Distress Paint, stamped with Plum Archival Ink and once completed spritzed with Perfect Pearls. 


I followed a flower tutorial HERE from our Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie this fortnight, the wonderful Jennie Atkinson.


In order to add flowers to the base some foliage was required. I used the Garden Greens die on Kraft Core Coredinations and Clearly for Art/Frosted Film coloured with Watering Can Archival Ink (remember Tim's poinsettia tutorial at Christmas?)


The 'picture' was finished with an altered metal butterfly and a touch of contrasting gilding wax was applied to the prominent edges on the frame (for Mark's benefit - Treasure Gold Indigo :) As it coordinates beautifully with my colour scheme at home this will now take pride of place on display to remind me of a great day with such good friends.


I hope you'll now take the opportunity to see what my super-talented team mates have created for this challenge. We all hope you will feel inspired to join those who have already uploaded their own floral projects so you too can be in with a chance of winning.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



41 comments:

  1. Good morning Jenny,
    Oh! My! Word! this is mind blowingly beautiful. I love, love, love it.
    You are such a talented lady, I am in "awe" of your creativity.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xxx

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  2. a gorgeous make and the frame is stunning !wow what a great make and take, Mark is a clever man..the flowers are so rich and deep in colour , this will look wonderful in your home and will be admired for a long time to come I am sure! Trace x hugs x

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  3. Stunning creation Jenny, both the frame and the flowers look fantastic! Such rich colours and wonderful textures! You lucky thing being able to attend that workshop! I have seen Finn in action and it is always a treat!

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  4. Absolutely amazing - I can't stop looking at it - you know how much I love flowers! This is such a beautifully constructed design Jenny. It is perfect - I could go on and on and on about it! but that would get boring so I will just say that this goes onto my list of the most beautiful designs I have ever seen. Lots of love Laura xxx

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  5. Wow absolutely stunning.I love it a lot.
    Greetings
    Felicie

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  6. What a gorgeous frame Jenny, love the delicate paint textures on the flowers and the contrast of the mauve and white is stunning. xx

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  7. Wow Jenny. Absolutely stunning. Challenge well and truely passed lol. Those flowers have really brought the frame to life and the colour combo is absolutely stunning. it was great to finally meet you and I'm glad you had fun. Ps. Chair will be up soon xx

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  8. Absolutely stunning , I love the contrast of the flowers set against the frame. Your flowers are so eye catching as is the colour. Wonderful. Tracy x

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  9. What a stunner Jenny! You have outdone yourself! Those flowers and frame are exceptional and your decoration of the entire piece is sublime. Nicola x

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  10. I can only echo what is in the other comments, but VERY LOUDLY!! This is
    wooooooowwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!
    :o) xx

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  11. Stunningly beautiful. All of it looks wonderful with the rich colours and the amazing flowers.

    Chrissie x

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  12. Your frame is mind blowingly gorgeous Jenny! I loved the technique shown by Mark, too and can't wait to jazz up my wooden hanging! Shame we didn't meet on Sunday. Hopefully we'll get to meet soon! xxx

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    1. Asia I would love to see your fram when done too x

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  13. Breathtaking Jenny. I love the whole project. So Rich and Classy. Those flowers are stunning. Glad you had a great Day. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  14. The flowers are so gorgeous Jenny! You have inspired me to get going on a new arrangement. If you make the flowers does it help melt the snow?

    Love the new deco art line glad you got to see mark demo it up close and personal.

    Lovely make!

    Amy*

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  15. Anything but a card is my absolute FAVORITE and your frame had my jaw on the desk! The way your two elements found each other is fabulous and I absolutely love what you've created here Jenny. Thank you for sharing this and for the link as well. Your handmade flowers are spot on!
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  16. Now that's what I would call a match made in heaven..... how fantastic that the frame and flowers work so well together. Your flowers are beautiful and the frame is gorgeous! So pleased you had such a great time. Anne xx

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  17. Me again!!
    Keep an eye on Hazel's Blog over the next few days.
    She has had an order for a "nappy cake" they are also amazing.
    Nothing like the American ones, this is Hazel's own version. When we have done Craft Fairs people think they are "baked"

    Patricia xxx

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  18. Jenny, this is over the top gorgeous and would look just lovely in my living room :) I love how you transformed a plastic frame so it looks like something you picked up in an expensive antique store. The flowers are gorgeous and so is all the depth and texture you created with this beauty.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  19. Hi Jenny! Your framed flower garden is absolutely breathtaking!! I can't decide which I love more, the frame or the flowers...wait...I don't have to decide-lol! I love them BOTH!! I am so inspired to create something like this for my own home. Such a beautiful work of art!!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  20. OMG this is such a beautiful project for the challenge. I love it all! Everyone did such a beautiful job so I was so excited to play! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am SO EXCITED you voted for me with SIZZIX! I need votes every day until the 26th! Tell all your crafty friends PLEASE:)

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  21. Wow wow wow - a fantastic piece of art. These flowers are outstanding.

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  22. This frame and the flowers are absolutely lush!

    Lucy x

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  23. A beautiful piece of home decor.
    Difficult to imagine that this frame had a former life as you describe it as it is now so elegant and perfect for those flowers.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  24. Wow this is just fabulous Jenny! I just love the frame it really is beautiful and I love the softness of it. And the purple flowers look just wonderful with it! Thank you for the link to the tutorial (x) - your flowers look amazing.

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  25. This is such a gorgeous creation, Jenny. Love the beautiful frame and the pretty texture on the background. Those flowers are gorgeous! :)

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  26. This is beyond gorgeous -- I just cannot begin to tell you how very pretty your creation is and the colors? Wow!
    sandy xx

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  27. Beautiful project Jenny. Love that rich plum colour and the contrast with the creamy frame is gorgeous. The filigree butterfly nestled in the middle is the perfect finishing touch. MMx

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  28. I do believe I can smell the sweet scent of flowers! Jenny, those are some gorgeous and realistic flowers! Beautiful project! Hugs!

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  29. I love those variegated (is that how you spell it?)roses - what an incredible piece - I cant stop looking at every detail.

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  30. This frame is striking, and coupled with the uber GORGEOUS flowers, it is just eye popping! Love the color too! Marvelous work!

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  31. Ohh wow, Jenny! This frame is amazing! The flowers look so real! Love the colors too! Well I love everything about it! Hugs, Sandra

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  32. this is fabulous!
    wonderful frame too.

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  33. Gorgeous work Jennie and clear, straightforward tutorials. Im going to become a follower of your blog x

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  34. The flowers are glorious - and that fabulous shabby chic chalky frame just makes me all the keener to get my hands on those new paints - brilliant!
    Alison xx

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  35. Hi Jenny, WOW so pleased I didn't miss this. A beauty of a frame and those stunning flowers - the colour is so rich. Love it.
    Avril x

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  36. I saw this on FB Jenny and I thought how gorgeous it was. I have tried to comment 3 times but for some reason I just could not get on the blog!!!
    Then tonight I got on but it would only let me comment on the post above!
    Love the flowers they are a gorgeous colour & really compliment the colours of the frame & background.

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  37. I love what you did with this Jenny,
    Rosie x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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