6 November 2013

Thanksgiving at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone. Thanks for joining me here. Today sees the start of the second week of a 'Thanksgiving' themed challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. Rebecca, our host, wants us to create a card or project that reflects the abundance of the harvest season and the gratitude we express during the beautiful holiday of Thanksgiving.


I had a ball creating this, starting with a piece of woodgrain card from the Maja Design Vintage Summer collection (so that it looked like it was hanging up on something) and gave it some tooth with a light wash of gesso.


The branching leaves from my current favourite Wendy Vecchi 'From the Garden' stencil were the basis of the wreath, with sprigs in both white and translucent embossing paste layered in the basic shape. Using both is great because they have a totally different reaction to inks/paints.


Once dry I splattered them with various brown inks (rather than misting them) and misted these inks with water to get them to react and let them run into the paste. I find I have more control using this method rather than just spraying the card/paste.


The white paste absorbed the ink whilst the translucent paste resisted it, so to add colour to these leaves I rubbed them with some Distress Paint. It is never perfect but I'm learning to 'embrace imperfection' and actually liked the distressed feel.


At this point I layered over my seasonal die cuts to look at the finished effect and it looked too washed out. Out came a couple of Distress Inks from the opposite end of the colour wheel to provide some much needed contrast. And of course some spritzing/flicking of water was deployed to continue the weathered feel.


Now for those die cuts; you've seen the acorns before HERE, and they were joined by a combination of alcohol inked kraft glassine maple leaves, painted heads of corn, and twigs cut from Coredinations textured card. Finally the wreath was trimmed with a seam binding and twine double bow (which took almost as long as the wreath to put together!


At this point the base was a simple square, but again it needed more (sometimes all that planning goes out the window when it doesn't look right). So out came some more dies, firstly to cut the base layer into a shape (I drew round it and cut it out manually). Secondly I used some Coredinations Black Magic card to cut the intricate layers underneath and the ribbon banner for the sentiment. These were sanded to reveal the colour and had gilding wax applied to bring it all together.


Hopefully this has inspired you to create your own seasonal projects for the Thanksgiving season. I know we don't really celebrate this much in Europe but, like mine, it could be something used to let someone know how thankful you are for their friendship. Please do hop over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge post to see what my fellow team mates have been up to.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

43 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this is just so beautiful with awesome textures and dimension. So love the earthy tones combined with the purple.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  2. Wow Jenny, this is a stunner!! I totally love the colours you have used and the way the wreath turned out is gorgeous!! I now need that stencil! Love the treatment you gave to those twigs or branches or whatever they are, they look stunning layered up with the dies on top. And that double bow was definitely worth the effort!! Love this card big time!!!

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  3. What a wonderful mix of textures to create your distressed card love it:)
    Von ♥

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  4. Great composition and lots of interesting harvest embellishments - so good for thanksgiving.

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  5. This looks truly beautiful Jenny. One of my favourites of yours ever. Nicola x

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  6. Yay, Jenny,

    just read that you are on the new DT over at The Craft Stamper! This is soooo cool! You will add to the team so very very well!

    Big hug,
    Claudia x

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  7. Big congratulations jenny !!!! Very well deserved looking forward to seeing your amazing work in print xxxxx toni xxx

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  8. Congrats on getting on the Craft Stamper DT - looking forward to seeing more of your creations next year!!

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  9. A wonderful DT piece with such rich colours and textures

    Chrissie x

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  10. just beautiful. I love the dimension & every detail.

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  11. Absolutely stunning Jenny, gorgeous design, use of colour and texture. I love it. Tracy x

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  12. Beautiful work Jenny, I thought that background was made from real lace - how clever are you! Love that WV stencil too. Congrats again on becoming part of the CS Design Team, so well deserved! This has been the most amazing year for you, can't wait to see what is in store for you in 2014.. Hugs, Anne x

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  13. This is stunning Jenny! The mix of colours is out of this world! Chris xxx

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  14. Stunning layers and colours Jenny...compliments for this creation

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  15. Jenny, I love your use of Autumn colors! So much beautiful details in this gorgeous Thanksgiving creation! Love it!

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  16. Really beautiful Jenny. When I try to do something fancy, it always ends up in the trash with half of my hair that I have pulled out. Some people just do Frilly and Funkie and some of us can't. But you do it beautifully!!
    Sandy

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  17. Beautiful card Jenny, Annette x

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  18. Great card - just seen your news about the CS dt - congratulations I know you will have a ball making stuff for that - sorry I haven't been in touch for a while its manic here (not even done my CC102 course yet!) oh well onwards and upwards! speak soon.

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  19. Wow, Jenny!! What a stunning card!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog during the Handmade Holidays blog hop!! Your work and blog are so wonderful and I'm a new follower! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  20. Oh" WOW!!! Jenny, this is absolutely amazing. The textures, colours and embellishments.
    Congratulations on your appointment to the CS Design Team, well deserved that's for sure.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  21. This really is a most magnificent card Jenny and I can say with real knowledge as I am sitting here looking at the card as I write, that the colour palette is so beautiful with the wonderful autumn mauves, cream, orange, and bronzes that just delight the eyes. The little acorns ar so yummy with their glittery cases and gorgeous shiny shells. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art with me and for thinking of me. Also HUGE congratulations on being chosen for the Craft Stamper magazine DT, I shall look forward to receiving my copy just to see what wonderful creations you have been making for us.
    Enjoy the rest of the week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  22. Another stunning piece from you Jenny. So many different elements and you make it all look very sophisticated. :o) Mo x

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  23. Congratulations Jenny. I love what you have created here,the colours are so gorgeous and true to life at this time of year. Work like this will be right at home in the CS Magazine. Cannot wait the next issue arrives on my doorstep. Hugs Rita xxx

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  24. What gorgeous layers and so perfectly autumn!!!! I love the bow and Devine texture of everything!

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  25. Congratulations on being chosen for the Craft Stamper magazine. It is my most favorite magazine!!! Honor well deserved!!!!!
    sandy

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  26. Such a beautiful tag, great color combination.

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  27. Wow Jenny, what a wonderful tag! And congrats on de Craft Stamper Magazine! Hugs, Sandra

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  28. Wow, wow, woooo! This is such a beautiful card with this gorgeous tag taking the centre stage. Stunning colours! Congrats on being chosen for the Craft Stamper DT! WTG! xxx

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  29. As if this isn't the most wonderful tribute to autumn, you go and add such fantastic textures too! This is sensational and captures my favorite season perfectly!
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  30. Gorgeous project, Jenny, love all the layers
    Rosie x

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  31. Love all the different textures you have going on here and the bow with the fabric is brilliant

    Sam xxx

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  32. This is gorgeous Jenny, I love the purples and the leaves and just everything about this piece xx

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  33. Stunning make Jenny. I love the wonderful layers you have created and the colour palette is so rich

    Best wishes
    Annie x

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  34. Utterly gorgeous colours and the dimension and abundance of your autumnal wreath is just perfect for the challenge. Wonderful textures and techniques as always and a stunning end result.
    Alison xx

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  35. Totaly gorgeous! The detaisl are wonderful. Kim

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  36. I love it, just fabulous.

    Moira

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  37. So beautiful! Just love the colours and the fabulous texture. Chrisx

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  38. Hello Jenny - CONGRATULATIONS on your very much deserved appointment to Craft Stamper. I am sure you will continue your arty development which is delighting so many.
    The colours in your piece are moody and lovely - a real Autumn treat!

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  39. This is so lovely. It captures the essence of Autumn. Gorgeous! And your color choices are perfect. Love it!

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  40. Only me!!!
    Keep popping by to see what you have on offer.
    I know you very busy, as long as you are well I am happy.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  41. I've had a lovely time catching up on your recent posts, Jenny, culminating in this gobsmacking thank you card! I can see why you and Annie get on like a house afire. Like hers, your layered and textured creations just make my eyes bug out in wonder and awe! Hugs, Darnell

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  42. Jenny this project is a cornucopia of mixed media delights! You pulled out all the stops on this one. I must go and study this some more so much loveliness to soak in :)

    Amy*

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  43. Jenny, what a beautiful mix of colors and textures. I appreciate your pointing out the difference in the paste reactions... need to play with mine. Gorgeous work, and I see congratulations are well in order - how wonderful!!

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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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