8 January 2014

New Year's Resolutions at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone. Over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog Linda is hosting the first challenge of the New Year.
"It's time again for new beginnings and New Year's Resolutions. We know you got 'em. Even though you might not have written them down, told your significant other or shared them with your BFF, there are still some positive aspirations lurking in the back of your brain. Now it's time to share them. Let's see a card, tag or project depicting a New Year's resolution. Be sure to tell us what your New Year's resolution is!"


This is mine. Of course every year I'm no different to so many others in having a myriad of desires and dreams, but rather than setting myself up for a fall I'm keeping it simple. If it's in my head and needs doing there will be no more procrastination!


This canvas is a case in point. I added the textured paste lines to this a few months ago and even slapped on a layer of paint. Then it sat there waiting for me to come up with more ideas.


You've actually witnessed the turning point if you followed me through December 2013. After selling pretty much all my Christmas cards at the November craft fair I had to get a pile of them made pdq...


So I set myself a challenge of getting all of Linda's Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas done in a couple of weeks, and guess what - I did it!


At that point I decided this needed to be my mantra for 2014 and promptly set about getting that poor canvas finished.


An extra layer of stencilled texture paste added much needed flourishes.


A layer of tissue tape added interest to the edges and blended beautifully when Distress Paints were blended over the top. I love that they blend really well when they are still wet and give you plenty of time to play.


Of course when you use a stencil for the paste you can then go back and use it again to add different colours to the same areas, like the Brushed Pewter flourishes. Drips and dribbles of contrasting ink added the final much needed injection of colour to the base.


Die cut letters coloured with contrasting Distress Paint cried out for some Glossy Accents.


I love Linda's crinoline. It cuts beautifully (even with an Alterations Strip Die) and copes with layers of ink and heat without flinching. Having tried out a couple of colours the Seedless Preserves/Aged Mahogany mix with some Watering Can stamping worked a treat. There's also a thin brown card layer at the base.


Adding the final touches is always my favourite part. I love to raid my coloured card stash and die cuts box to see what might work well. Adding even more interest to those shapes is easy with embossing folders.


One of my favourite parts of this project are the metal leaves. Linda sells a fantastic range of metal filigree embellishments that are so easy to alter. This time that was done by adding Distress Paint and then rubbing the leaves back when the paint was partially dry.


That's my resolution for 2014 - what's yours? Make something which depicts your resolution in some way, link it to the Frilly and Funkie challenge, and you could be a future Guest Designer or the winner of a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
So what are you waiting for? Just do it!!

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

37 comments:

  1. A beautiful canvas Jenny, the layers of paste and colour create a textural background that you want to reach out and touch and the beautiful deep flower adds wonderful visual contrast and extra dimension. I love the new mantra too, good luck with it, but I never saw you as someone who procrastinates, like me you just need some thinking time sometimes lol.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  2. A stunning piece which will keep on track every time you look at it. Love the fabric flower.

    Chrissie x

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  3. Oh my, Jenny, that is a stunningly gorgeous canvas! I do hope it's hanging on your wall now. So inspirational. I sure wish I had half your imagination for things like this. The colours & all the elements are so pefect.
    Happy Wednesday :o) x

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  4. Brilliant Jenny:) love the build up of layers :)
    Von ♥

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  5. Oh this is such a yummy piece Jenny, love everything about it. The texture is fabulous and the colour combo is just wonderful!! That red flower is just such a great hue with that mix of AM and SP, brilliant and perfectly balanced with the lettering. LOVE IT!!! Great resolution too!!!

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  6. Gorgeous canvas Janny,, love the colours and you've created so much texture. I had to smile at your resolution, I used to have post-its all over the house with those very words on lol - they did the trick but no where near as pretty as your project
    Claire xx

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  7. The Seedless Preserves/Aged Mahogany are stunning together and really make that gorgeous flower pop against the beautifully textured base! The bold lettering is so beautiful too.... this would certainly motivate me if it was hanging on my wall! It is a wonderful resolution - and much better than mine.... Hugs, Anne x

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  8. Hi Jenny, I love this canvas I actually thought it was corrugated cardboard on the back at first glance then looked closer and read you had done it with texture paste. I like the layers of texture paste through the different stencils and that combined with the beautiful crinolin flower and metal embellies, they all blend together perfectly. I am looking forward to having a go at this challenge, there gives a clue to my new years resolution! Hugs Mo x

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  9. Fantastic altered canvas, great texture and details.

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  10. Fabulous canvas Jenny - the textures and colours are just brilliant. And that flower ....... mmmm! I have just got some crinoline from Linda and that is my next fun trial! I love the colour mix.

    Great resolution too - I would need to use it too x

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  11. Your resolution sounds fab and your canvas is too, Jenny!

    Love all the awesome texture on it and the soft colour tones! Still struggling with my new years resolutions... ;)

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  12. Beautiful and I love the textures and layers.

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  13. Maybe the idea just needed to finish aging. :) Beautiful canvas. I'm a big hangin' procrastinator myself. (I've got a gessoed shoe that's been sitting on my desk for 7 months with a pinecone (?!) stuck in it.) I should make a similar canvas and put it where it will be RIGHT IN MY FACE. :) Happy 2014!

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  14. This is simply gorgeous. I love everything about this.

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  15. Stunning...i love texture and colours!

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  16. Stunning alteration Jenny...compliments, it has a great look!

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  17. So so so beautiful, and I love what it says! The layers of texture are fabulous! Saving this one for my files! Pinning!

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  18. I love your canvas and also the quote! Great New Year's Resolution!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

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  19. You "just did it" and made yet another stunning "work of art"
    I love all the wonderful colours and textures you have created.
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  20. Absolutely stunning piece of art Jenny. The colours are absolutely delightful and I love the dimensions. Gorgeous design. Tracy x

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  21. Brilliantly tactile and beautiful work Jenny! Scrumptious comes to mind - I think those glossy letters have started my brain thinking of jam! I'm having trouble getting my mojo started - I think I'll bookmark this as inspiration. Nicola x

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  22. Fabulous texture and color!

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  23. My middle name is PROCRASTANATION! Everyday I say I will this and start it early and then it is time to hit the shower and make dinner! Jenny, I am so in love with this canvas and all the gorgeous layers and stenciling! Beautiful flower to finish! Love it! Hugs!

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  24. This is gorgeous Jenny , a great idea for us all to remind ourselves, sorry the comment is late ! Hugs trace x , the flower is scrummy! X

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  25. Don't you love the feeling of accomplishment! Your canvas is gorgeous so glad you finished it. I have some half done in my closet too. lol Maybe I should do what you did!! So the paints did blend well and the color palette is beautiful. Love the textures you did, I bet this is very dimensional in person. I love your canvas and the positive sentiment Just do it!
    Happy New Year!
    Kelly

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  26. Outstanding! I am very fond of your letters. They have so much depth and weight. Your eyes just jump right to that red and a very good motto for us all (well at least me!).
    Sandy xx

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  27. Firstly, I've loved seeing all your gorgeous work inspired by Linda's challenge and secondly, this canvas is wonderful! love the colours , texture and the way you've used the embellishments, and the mantra is one I need to adopt, looking forward to seeing your work this year best wishes Toni x

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  28. Beautiful canvas - love the colour scheme! Keep going with your resolution and I look forward to seeing what else you make!!

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  29. Ahhhhh...this is so gorgeous! I love the colours, the texture and the flower and...every little bit of it!

    I hope I stay inspired long enough to drag out my canvases from under the stairs where they have been languishing for a couple of years. I want to give this a try and then maybe even staple some hessian over one of them and try that too.

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  30. Fan-tas-tic! Love the texture and the drips and dribbles - so cool, and the flower and the lettering are brilliant. Love the glossy finish on the letters...

    Love the resolution too - incredible what can be done if you just start!!
    Alison xx

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  31. Oh wow, this is a stunning little piece of art. And how true is the wording.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  32. Fabulous project and a sentiment we can all identify with too. I'm such a "procraftinator" I could do with your canvas in my craft room! Love the colours and textures again. That beautiful flower really pops off the canvas and your glossy letters are the perfect finishing touch. LOVE IT! MMx

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  33. Holy crumpets, this is extraordinary, Jenny! Exquisite! I'll stop there, but only because honestly the adjectives I know just don't seem big enough. What an artist you are! And now, what a motivationalist you are, showing us by your actions that we can just do it if we set our minds to it! Thank you for that!! Hugs, Darnell

    PS I'm pretty sure motivationalist isn't a word, but I'm also pretty sure it should be and I think it fits you today!

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  34. Wowzers Jenny! Your canvas is made to perfection! Love the textures, colours and embellies, awesome creation! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, take care, Ira x
    Ira’s Crea Corner

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  35. Oh my Jenny this is amazing. One of those makes that you just have to have another sneak peak at before you leave. Gorgeous.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  36. Jenny, a stunning piece, love the colours.
    Avril xx

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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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