15 April 2015

Springtime Die Cuts at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog it's time to get your crafting geared away from Winter and into Spring! Nicole is hosting this awesome Springtime Die Cut Challenge and says "I'm sure there's some foliage, flowers or butterflies somewhere in your stash! Just think SPRING!" We want to see your vintage and shabby chic projects so you can be in with a chance to win a Guest Designer spot for a future challenge or a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Here's my DT make for this one (click on the images for a closer look)...


Recently I got my paws on some Lindy's Stamp Gang goodies; having never tried these before (but seen them put to great use on my DT team mates blogs) I was intrigued to see how they'd perform. Needless to say they are now firm favourites! To create the background for this canvas I took a leaf out of Tim Holtz' book and stencilled the Flourish design all over before sprinkling it with a mix of Café au Lait, C'est la vie Cerise, and Merci Beaucoup Mint shimmery embossing powders. I then misted a blend of those same colours over the whole background using the Flat Fabio versions and allowed them to pool/set. As they dried the colours intensified. To finish this part I splattered Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap, Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough Distress Paints around (and added them to the sides of the canvas) allowing them to air dry.



I love the look of the pre-made flowers you see on mixed media canvases but wanted to make my own for this one to fit with the die cuts theme, so out came the Tattered Florals dies (along with several others) and a happy hour was spent cutting mounds of Spring themed card elements. As ever I followed Jennie Atkinson's tutorials for flower making, giving the pink 'cherry blossoms' a spritz with the Chateau Rose Flat Fabio and a Café au Lait centre. The 'daisies' got Bonjour Butter centres with gumdrop centres. Like how I matched up the colour of these with the buttery centres? It took the tiniest amount of Dandelion Archival Reinker mixed with Surgical Spirits (Rubbing Alcohol) to effect this transformation! And as for the stamens in each of the cherry blossoms, step forward and take a well earned bow Shelly Hickox for this superb tutorial using Liquid Pearls.



Flowers made, it was time to finish the canvas. There are; flourishes covered in Café au Lait embossing powder; die cut leaves and ivy coloured with Cracked Pistachio and Pine Needles Distress Stains; my very own 'catkin buds' made from texture paste dabbed with Scattered Straw Distress Paint and added to branches covered in Gathered Twigs Distress Paint; the butterfly contains a mix of Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet Distress Glitters; the central panels are two die cut ATC's layered over each other, with the lower one covered in Chateau Rose embossing powder and the upper one stamped/gilded using IndigoBlu's Heart Flourish and cut on one side with the saying coming from Tim Holtz' Life Quotes stamp set.



It is such a thrill to work with new products and find they coordinate beautifully with those you already have, and I'm so pleased how they came together to give a fresh, vintage feel to this canvas. There will definitely be more Lindy's Stamp Gang sets landing in to my craft room before long!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project from me. As ever, my uber-talented Funkie teamies have also come up with some incredible Springtime Die Cut masterpieces of their own so do hop on over to Frilly and Funkie and see what they've been up to. Then it will be your turn!

I'm entering this into the following challenges;

Thank you as ever for joining me today. Here's hoping that whatever the remains of the week holds in store for you it's all good.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


28 comments:

  1. Wow!Your flowers are amazing Jenny! I've never got that effect with my tattered floral dies. A gorgeous piece.

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  2. I must make some of these flowers too, they will be great to have ready and waiting for a project. I need more hours in my day or a week-end in the middle of the week to be able to do all the things I want to!

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  3. Another work of art Jenny, gorgeous. Hugs Veerle

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  4. Ooooooh, love your flowers Jenny, they look superb, as does that amazing background! A truly stunning mixed media canvas!!

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  5. Oh! My! Word! Jenny I Just LOVE your stunning Canvas.
    All those flowers are amazing.
    My Mojo has totally deserted me. I have not made anything for over a week, that's never happened before.
    Have a great day
    Patricia xxx

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  6. I really must not be tempted to buy any more new things.... but you make it so difficult Jenny with this absolutely stunning canvas. The background is fabulous (love the names of those gorgeous colours) and your flowers are just superb. I think I love this!! Anne xx

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  7. Gorgeous textural canvas and love the layout and fabulous sentiment, which works perfectly with the heart. Gorgeous flowers. Tracy x

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  8. You really have given a gorgeous shabby chic look to your canvas , Jenny . I have viewed in awe the beautiful work of others using the Lindy's stamp gang products - now its my pleasure to view yours ! Gorgeous colours ( fabulous names too ;) ) n as always an excellent arrangement of some lovely spring foliage n flowers finished off perfectly with the buttery centres pearl stamens . Tres Chic my talented fiend x

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  9. wonderful techniques Jennie and a gorgeous outcome - love this! Hugs rachel x

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  10. Absolutely stunning Jenny!! That background is beyond gorgeous, and I just put every one of those products on my wish list!! Beautiful flower arrangement! Very chic! hugs :)

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  11. Beautiful creation, the background looks amazing and the sentiment is lovely with the heart!
    Hugs, Elenor

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  12. The techniques and effects are stunning, Jenny! I love that background with those beautiful flowers! Gorgeousness! Hugs!

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  13. Wowzers Jenny! Your canvas is stunning! The shimmering texture on the background - pure lushness. And the flowers are just beautiful! xx

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  14. wow this is gorgeous and the texture you have created is amazing x playing catch up xx

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  15. Jenny this is stunning and I'm so glad you're hooked on the Lindy's, their stuff is amazing!!

    Great job on the flowers, I rarely find the patience or time to make my own, but yours are gorgeous and I wish I did. xx

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  16. Wow Jenny, that is just gorgeous! Love the beautiful colours and textures and your flowers are amazing!

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  17. A beautiful canvas Jenny, the background looks stunning and a gorgeouscolour. Love the flower arrangement.
    Avril x

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  18. Another Jenny classic and I love those flowers.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  19. A really glorious creation, thanks so much for joining in at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

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  20. Jenny this is beautiful! Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my blog.

    Please pass on my huge apology to you and the rest of the DT for not using dies - somehow I got it into my head that I had used dies but after I checked it was a punch!

    Then I realised I'd entered too many challenges I'm so very very sorry think I was having some doh days lol!

    I have double checked my first and third entries and I have used dies/die cuts and into no more than 10 challenges - which is my own normal maximum limit. And I will be entering in future: I'll try to be a bit more alert next time Karen x

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  21. Wonderful flowers and the textures are super on the backgrounds. Lots of information a big thanks for joining us at Stamp and Stencils.
    Sharon x

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  22. What a wonderful Springtime canvas. Gorgeous texturing to the background as well. Thank you for entering it in our challenge "Color Your World" at Our Creative Corner. xxx Cheers

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  23. A stunning piece of art!! Love the colour and the fabulous texture!! Beautiful!! xx

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  24. Great project! Thank you so much for playing along with the Colour Your World challenge at Our Creative Corner! xxx

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  25. What a gorgeous springtime canvas - that background texture is so fabulous!
    Alison xx

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  26. Wow! this is amazing canvas, Jenny. Lovely flourish background with wonderful lindy's inks...beautiful floral arrangement.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Artistic Stamper this month.

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous Jenny! The flowers are stunning (of course!) but for me the background is simply amazing. I love the stack of techniques packed into this beautiful piece and I'm so glad you were able to join us. Juliaxx
    (Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.x)

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  28. Back again Jenny to have another look at your fabulous make and to admire those handmade flowers again.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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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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