20 November 2013

Christmas Preparations at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and thank you so much for joining me. If you are reading this before Saturday 23rd I will be knee deep in preparations for a two Christmas craft fair at Barton Marina, Staffordshire. Hopefully it will remain fine and be really busy as there are loads of stalls attending. If you're in the area it would be great to see you there. Back to today where it's the second week the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie - Christmas preparations! - and our host, Sue, wants to see projects which can grace either your table or tree during the festive season. So...


...it's a tree table decoration!! (12" tall to give you a sense of it's scale). I've definitely taken the 'shabby chic' route with this and there's not an ounce of black in sight.


When I first saw the theme for this challenge it had me a little stumped for ideas. The MDF man came to my rescue, providing the perfect sturdy base which got an initial coat of white acrylic paint.


I went to town with the Maja Design 'It's Christmas Time' collection papers, tearing strips and applying them randomly to the base after it was assembled.


Next came die cut garland/bow strips, coloured with Distress Markers and highlighted with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Then Venise Lace (a must if you are creating anything shabby chic).


Never one to make things easy for myself, it was at this point I reached for the embossing paste. It's a mark of how forgiving this stuff is that it layered over the lace beautifully, and then provided the perfect base for the star at the top. Wendy Vecchi's tip of adding Rock Candy Glitter to the wet paste worked perfectly too. It looks like frosted icing!


Brass filigree metal stars then worked really well over the top (and are relatively easy to bend into shape too considering the bends were at right angles).


In order to successfully complete the central floral arrangements I had to 'channel' my favourite paper florist, Jennie Atkinson. Lots of tattered florals, ink and Antique Linen Distress Glitter needed to be employed to fashion 32 flowers, 16 mini rosettes and various bit of foliage.


Having done all this, the tree only really came together when the stamping was added; not much I grant you, but it was amazing what a difference it made. And so, I will be entering this into the following challenges;


I hope you feel inspired to make your own festive decorations. Please pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog to see the beautiful projects created by the rest of the team, and if you would like to join in we'd be thrilled to see your entries.
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



42 comments:

  1. A gorgeous make Jenny! Love the colours and your usual attention to detail, . Good luck with the craft fair, wishing you all the best...meant to be at one myself Saturday xx love trace x back in blogland now! Xx

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  2. What a fabulous decorative piece Jenny, such gorgeous colours. Patterns and textures. Will be thinking if you over the weekend and wishing you lots of sakes.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  3. Great table decoration Jenny, so many interesting little details, love the shabby chic look of it all.

    Good luck with the fair, - wished I lived closer....

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  4. This is so beautiful with the stunning chose of colours you have used.

    Love Chrissie x

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  5. Such a lovely and unusual (for Christmas) colour choice. Despite the pink it really does make me think of Winter. Beautiful!

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  6. Beautiful Jenny and just love how the flowers nestle :)
    Von ♥

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  7. This is a beautiful tree Jenny, it is quite a good size to work with as well I must look out for it. I love all the different little flower elements you have put on it with those gorgeous papers. Hugs Mo x

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  8. Wow that is fabulous Jenny. Fabulous colours and so many different embellishments. Good luck with the Craft Fair - we had a great three days at ours last weekend, but still pretty shattered.

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  9. Fabulous Christmas tree Jenny! Love how you've bent the snowflakes to create your star ! Good luck at the week end, unfortunately I won't be able to make it but I hope the weather stays fine for you. Sue C x

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  10. A wonderful table decoration Jenny, with lots of stunning details. Love the lace and snowflakes x
    TFS and have a great time at the fair x

    Annie x

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  11. A fabulous tree which would grace anyone's table

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  12. Wow, 32 flowers, plus rosettes. They're beautiful combined together, a very good idea. This is a beautiful centerpiece.

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  13. Wow! Jenny this is stunning, I love it.
    All the embellishments are just wonderful.
    Another "work of art" you are such a talented Artist

    Patricia xxx

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  14. This is stunning Jenny! Beautiful colours and the composition is fab! A lovely work of art! Chris xxx

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  15. Hi Jenny, I don't think I have seen a more beautiful Christmas table decoration! I just love the colours of those papers, the lace is gorgeous and the flowers are stunning. You do shabby chic VERY well indeed, this is just so beautiful. Hope the craft fair goes well for you and that the weather holds. Hugs, Anne x

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  16. Meant to say, I have pinned it! Ax

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  17. Now I know why I have not seen so much of you! I would wish you luck at the craft fair, but judging from this, you won't need it! Have a great time! Love this Christmas tree and how beautiful it will look on any table! Hugs!

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  18. Have you been visiting the mdf man? He has these 3d trees, fab aren't they!!

    Love how you've decorated it.

    Sam xx

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  19. I love your pretty tree Jenny, am sure it will take pride of place in your house, Annette x

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  20. A stunning and unique Christmas tree JennY!

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  21. This is indeed shabbily gorgeous Jenny! I hope you enjoy the Fair!

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  22. Full on Christmas goodness here Jenny! Love this stunning tree, fit to grace the finest of Christmas tables. Love the shabby chic look with all those pretty flowers. Good luck at the Christmas fair fingers and toes crossed for the weather xx

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  23. Wahoo for the MDF Man Jenny. Fabulous Christmas decoration with a very very pretty shabby chic feel to it sweets. This is going to look gorgeous as a centre piece on any Christmas table

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

    Thank you also for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

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  24. What a beautiful project Jenny! Thanks for sharing it with The Artistic Stamper Challenge.
    Alison x

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  25. Wow, this is gorgeous, Jenny. Very nice artwork

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  26. Wow, I'm missing words, that's an amazing creation, just FANTASTIC.

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  27. This is stunning! Just love those colours and patterns along with the flowers and lace! Chrisx

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  28. SOooo pretty Jenny! Iace, snowflakes and flowers= one gorgeous combination!!!

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  29. This is so lovely, Jenny. I need to get my Christmas mode on!

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  30. Jenny
    This is splendid and any home would look so festive with this on display.
    Of course I like the shabby route you have taken and those flowers are glorious.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  31. What a very beautiful tree you have created Jenny. I love the colours & the lace & the tree topper is gorgeous :o)) xx

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  32. Wow Jenny! What a stunning Christmas table decoration piece! Love the colors you used! And the flowers are so lovely! Amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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  33. Just catching up Jenny - this looks wonderful and I can image its sparkle i.r.l. is fabulous. I really love that bow and garland die and your flowers are well to Jennie's wonderful standard. Hope your day has been happy and prosperous. Nicola x

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  34. fabulous make Jenny, gorgeous colours and I love all the little details. Thanks so much for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
    Claire xx

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  35. Hi Jenny
    I think this is lovely. Good luck with the fair
    Rosie x

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  36. Hi Jenny, WOW this is a wonderful decoration. love all the details and texture. Love how you've bent the stars at the top.
    Hope you had a good weekend at the Fair.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril xx

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  37. Such a pretty, shabby chic look - beautifully done. Do hope all has gone brilliantly at the fair - if you're selling these, I should think they've gone like hotcakes, as should any of your amazing creations. Love to know how it's gone...
    Alison xx

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  38. Good evening Jenny just popped in to say hope the Craft Fair went well and you sold lots of your beautiful goodies.
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  39. This is wonderful, it will be centre of attraction at Christmas, so beautifully made with all those lovely papers, I love it! X

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  40. This is so pretty!
    Have fun with your art fair. :)

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  41. Beeeautiful shabby chic Tree Jenny .love all the little details you added along the way.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Premium Crafts Brand and good luck.
    Hugs
    Tracy xxx

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  42. Wow lucky me, got to see this beautiful creation again Jenny and finally got here to say thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x 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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