10 April 2013

Springtime in Paris

Hello everyone and welcome to another DT card for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge - April in Paris. The constant cold weather in the UK means springtime this year seems to have been put on almost permanent hold. Looking at photos from the same time last year there were lots of flowers in bloom and nest building aplenty - that's not the case this year.


 So, I let my mind wander back to those lovely warm days and and grabbed my new stamp set - Tim Holtz 'Paris to London' - for inspiration. The Postcard Texture Fade was used on the white base card. It is a bit of an art using an embossing folder on a piece of card 6"x 6". Next I die cut various elements with the same white card, including a postage square (Spellbinders) for use as a base element.


The postage square was embossed with in white with the background stamp part of the set. I also stamped/embossed/fussy cut a fleur de lis, postage stamp, postcard and the Eiffel Tower (which looked better in copper). These elements were layered onto the postage square and the white texture paste leaves were applied to the background. 


Then it was time to take my heart in my mouth and grab the coloured mists (this is always scary as the end result is unpredictable!) The idea was to  echo the colours in the flowers so layers of orange, yellow and brown-red were spritzed onto the background/white elements. Initially I masked off the outer edges, but having a patch of colour in an off-centre position looked wrong so the whole lot got covered and the edges ink distressed.


I'll be honest - panic set in at this stage as all that lovely die cut/fussy cut/stencilled detail had been lost, with only the embossed areas remaining obvious. Then I reached for my white Uni-ball pen and coloured over those elements again to make them pop once more (with the added extra of some Treasure Gold gilding wax) and hey presto, card salvaged.


Then it was time to go mad with embellishments, including the handmade flowers, the distressed tape measure (cut from one of the new Texture Fade folders) and a copper metal corner that got snipped in half. Linda may recognise the little Paris tag, a die cut freebie that was sent with one of my first orders from her - anyone who has ever ordered from The Funkie Junkie Boutique will know that Linda wraps her orders by hand and has been known to drop in extra goodies too which makes the whole shopping experience so exciting:) 


Hurrah! You've made it to the end of this post! Hope you've been inspired/encouraged along the way, if only the recognition that things go wrong but can invariably be fixed with a bit of perseverance. Please make your way over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see what my awesome teamies have been up to. You may even be inspired to have a go at joining in yourselves, especially with a $25 shopping spree up for grabs. Hugs, Jenny xxx

33 comments:

  1. Jenny another truly gorgeous make , love all the details . Gorgeous xx hugs trace x

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  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything you have done on this. Certainly makes you think of Spring and no doubt as to where...........!!!!beautiful work.

    Patricia xxx

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  3. A glorious tribute to Springtime in Paris Jenny, you have filled this with wonderful colours, textures and contrasts and us a delight to study. Hopefully our Spring will really start soon - we wish lol.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  4. Fantastic colours and images. I love the embossing folder you used for the background

    Love Chrissie xx

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  5. I look at this beautiful card and ask myself 'why I aren't I using my embossing folders and dies?' What are the stamens made from?

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  6. This is wonderful Jenny, I love your base colours, and here's another embossing folder for my nose bleedingly high wish list. Thanks for the tip about the white pen and the Treasure Gold definitely one to remember xx

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  7. Beautiful, Jenny! Colours are gorgeous and I love the flowers! xxx Keren

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  8. Stunning card Jenny and I love how you "rescued" it, the end result is amazing! The colour scheme is so beautiful and really spring like! Love all the embellishments too and I am now feeling I need to add that stamp set to my wishlist.... oh dear....

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  9. Love your card Jenny - great textured background and colours! And all the flowers and elements are so well placed - when I try that it always looks a mess. Thanks for your comments on my post too!

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  10. Love your detailed posts telling us how the end results are achieved. Scary to be spraying when you'd almost finished the piece but it is gorgeous and certainly springlike which as you say is more than the weather is giving us.

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  11. Hi Jenny...wow, this is incredible! The background is to die for...and everything just seems to blend so well. I really like the muted background :)
    Dot x

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  12. Lovely as always Jenny! I love the color palate and all of the details. Thanks so much for rocking my challenge theme!

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  13. I knew it would spectacular! Lovely "Springtime in Paris" card! Love the colors and all the bits! I have my dies out and a few other goodies and getting ready!!! Hugs!

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  14. That stunning textured background is a perfect backdrop for what else is to come.
    Paris is always such a favourite of mine.
    Adore this.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  15. A wondeful card with great details and fabulous spring feeling.

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  16. Hi Jenny, I love this card, you have rescued it beautifully, I love all the colours used and all the textures and die-cuts, conjours up beautiful memories of Paris, I love the embossing folder and all the gorgeous embellies.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  17. Hi Jenny.
    I love this, I think it's a great challenge, unfortunately being in Wales I have nothing remotely French with me, however, I will keep thinking about it.
    Have fun
    Rosie x

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  18. Wow Jenny, what a marvelous card. Every time I look at it I spy something else. Love all the textures too. Hugs Rita xx

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  19. Wow Jenny! This card is such a beauty! Love the textures and the flowers, and of course the magnificent Eiffel Tower. I'm going to climb it for the first time next month! I'm so excited! Hugs, Sandra

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  20. Fabulous card Buttons, Love all the great texture & colours...Love the background & flowers... Hugs May x x x

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  21. What a fabulous make, and a great read too... Wonderful work with the embossing and die-cutting for all those layers of texture, and I love the warm palette and beautiful embellishing - total triumph!
    Alison x

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  22. I love it! The colors are just marvelous, love the background/texture and the clever way you used the metal corners. Beautiful flowers and embossing paste leaves too. A totally lovely piece, Jenny!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  23. Anytime in Paris would be good Jenny! Your piece is beautiful today - lovely colour and texture!

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  24. OOh love the lucious layers! Love the colors and embellishing. Wonderful card.
    Hugs Kelly

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  25. Love, love, love this card! The background is just so lovely and texture is beautiful! Fingers crosses Spring will be here soon! xxx

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  26. Beautiful card Jenny. The colours and embossing are wonderful and I love the florals. Stunning make ...crafty hugs

    Annie x

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  27. Wow Jenny, Absolutly GORGEOUS! your work is just incredible, I love it. Hugs Mo x

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  28. Absolutely stunning as always Jenny! You are a genius! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Lots of love from Laura xxxxxxx

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  29. Gorgeous again Jenny. Those little blossoms are to die for and I love that you went in with the white pen and toned things down. Perfect details, right down to the little Paris tag which you've now found a use for! Beautiful card.
    Hugs, Juliaxxx

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  30. Ooh la la!!! Love the metal corners and embossing!!! Great warm colors too!!!

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  31. Wowww Jenny , love your embossing type and the birght colors,,,,,,, horayyy for Eiffe tower and Parìs.

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  32. This is beautiful Jenny. A great design, I love the composition and the colours. Chris xxx

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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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