19 August 2015

Stitch in Time at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time our host, the wonderful Sue, has chosen a really fun theme, 'Stitch in Time (with a twist)'. Here's what she had to say about it; "I love to incorporate sewing into projects. Be it real or faux, it always adds an extra dimension to your artwork. So, for this challenge I want to see stitching somewhere on your vintage or shabby chic projects, real or faux will do! BUT, I would also like to see a timepiece too!"

And why enter? The Design Team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Having recently returned from a fabulous family trip to Paris I'm starting to put together a large portfolio in which will be stored all sorts of memorabilia, photos and recollections, totally inspired by a similar project created by the amazing Annette Green HERE. First step, add the 'stuff' you've collected and create the various pages/flip elements. Second step decorate and embellish in the arty way we love to do. Inspired by Sue's theme I made a start by working on the inside covers...

(click on each image for a closer look)

Throughout the portfolio I've used papers from Tim Holtz' French Industrial and Correspondence collections and it seemed appropriate to use this one as the jumping off point for the whole adventure. It needed chopping up to fit and I used some of the remainder to cover the leaf on the other side. To add some 'age' I splattered the paper with Antique Linen Distress Stain and blended Gathered Twigs around the edges.


Sue's requirement for a time piece fit perfectly on this page as time was an important part of our journey to Paris. Meeting up with the family (after a fabulous weekend in London with Sue for the Wendy Vecchi course - more of that soon) then check in, departure on the Eurostar train and arrival in Paris were all timetabled, and of course we changed time zones too! I added a mix of silver embossing powder and Brushed Pewter Distress Paint to an already painted kraft surface, scuffing it roughly on the large clock and blending the edges with Potting Soil Archival Ink on the smaller watch.



Sue's other requirement for this challenge was some stitching. Struck by the intricate interlacing of the metal struts on the Eiffel Tower I decided to echo this on my die cut version. This was layered over various bits of travel related ephemera, including some stamped from the Documented set.



To draw the eye in to the focal point I used stencilling (thank you Wendy for encouraging me to dip my fingers into your amazing embossing paste!) arrows, cut from the same paint distressed kraft card as the Tower and 'Euro' stars using the Possibilities Frameworks set again (LOVE this one). Finally sentiments from Tim's Life Quotes stamp set fit the whole theme perfectly.



And here's a peek at the whole portfolio to date. With most of the photos, memorabilia and journalling now included I'll enjoy adding those arty finishing touches over the coming weeks, so don't be surprised if you see even more Paris related projects on show!


That's it from me for now. I look forward to see what you come up with for the 'Stitch in Time (with a twist)' you pick for the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and for more inspiration please make sure you check out the projects created by my uber-talented Funkie team mates.

Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


27 comments:

  1. A wonderful project with such a lot of things to admire.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  2. Fabulous folio Jenny filled with so many wonderful treasures!

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  3. Fabuloso! My folio still waits for love.........

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  4. Your folio looks fabulous Jenny, I love the arrows and stars and the stitching on the Eiffel Tower is such a lovely touch. I look forward to hearing more of your adventures... Anne xx

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  5. Lovely way to capture the memories of your recent trip. I love the stitching on the Eiffel Tower, fab detail. Love your use of the weathered clock die too along with the smaller click in the centre. Fabulous details. Tracy x

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  6. Love it - and apart from a lovely piece of artwork it is a loving reminder of a few days away in the romantic city of Paris.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  7. THis is amazing! I don't know where to look first at all the great details!
    Lia xx

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  8. Fabulous idea and executed beautifully. I love the stitching on the Eiffel Tower and all the vintage bits pointing right to it. Using the map for a background - perfect.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  9. This is just gorgeous Jenny!! What a fabulous place to keep all those wonderful memories! Love the layered ephemera and the stitching on the Eiffel Tower along with the stamping and the touches of silver. Stunning work!! xx

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  10. Jenny,
    Your vintage themed portfolio is FABULOUS!! There could not be a more perfect way to showcase your memorabilia from your Paris trip. Your memories are now safely stored and ready for you to re-live the wonderful time you had on your holiday! I told Shelly and Sue that the three of you are drawing me over to the Funkie side, and I'm totally serious! I'm itching to try out some techniques and styles that are new to me, and it is because of your inspiration!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  11. This is so cool Jenny! I love every inch of your portfolio :)

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  12. Love how you worked that map page! Great design, Jenny! The added stitching looks wonderful as does every little detail! Hugs!

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  13. Absolutely stunning Jenny. Love this.
    Hugs Veerle x

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  14. what can I say that hasn't already been said...a wonderful treasure full of memories xxx

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  15. oh wow Jenny - amazing project and i look forward to seeing more. Hugs rachel x

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  16. wonderful folio Jenny! Would love to take a gander at the rest! Amazing how much stuff you can get inside!

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  17. Fantastic!! And what a great showcase of ideas and techniques as well - C'est épatant et trés jolie!! xx Lynn

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  18. I love all the delicious layers that you have going here and the iridescent colours too. Cant wait to see more pics of the pages as you finish them.

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  19. Wow Jenny this is fabulous! Clever, clever, clever xx

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  20. Gorgeous! Love how you used the inserts and of course the beautiful design!

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  21. Utterly brilliant, Jenny! So glad you had a fabulous time in Paris, firstly, and then on to your magnificent folio cover. The stitching on the tower is inspired, and your collage composition is, as always, sheer perfection. Fab textural finishes on the clocks, both die-cut and metal, and the colours are so cool, echoing the map behind. I completely love it!
    Alison xx

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  22. Gorgeous portfolio you have created and it has that neat aged look blended with stitching, shiny and a clock x 2 too.
    Hugs, Elenor

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  23. I am finally catching up with some of my commenting. I saw this folio the other day and just loved it. Jenny ... your layering and stenciling is fantastic. I adore the shimmer you get with that silver embossing paste ... it really does draw the eye in an amazing way to your focal images. Great "adventure begins" stamp in the backgroun. Then the decorative stitching on the Eiffel Tower ... such a brilliant idea. This is a wonderful way to collect all those magical Paris memories :) -- Mary Elizabeth

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  24. A stunning folio both inside and out.......love the gorgeous papers and ephemera.

    Love it xx

    Huge hugs Annie xx

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  25. Oh La La, Jenny!! This is wonderful! Oh my goodness--Just a remarkable creation to house not only the memorabilia you collected during your travels to Paris, but all of those fabulous memories you have as well!! You've put so much effort and time into this beautiful book!! C'est magnifique!! XOXO-Shari

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  26. Stunning folio! I'm in love with it! Barbarayaya

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  27. A long overdue visit, I've caught glimpses in passing and just had to pick out this fabulous creation, a wonderful folio full of beautiful details and clever touches. Inspiring as always jenny! Ruth 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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