23 November 2016

Bountiful Harvest for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! With Thanksgiving just around the corner in the US and the Autumn leaves falling to the ground here in the UK, the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge hosted by the wonderful Nancy Dynes is called 'Bountiful Harvest'. For this one she wants us all to "create any vintage or shabby chic project celebrating the bounty of the season in the rich hues of autumn."

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


For me the bounty of this season comes from the array of trees in the park where we walk our dog. After the acorns and conkers have fallen and the berries have all been picked, it's the turn of the leaves to take centre stage; the rich hues dress the branches (and then the floor!) bringing much needed colour to the rapidly shortening days. Hopefully you'll see all of this captured in my card.


I've used Tim Holtz 'Leaf Prints' stamp set extensively for this, firstly in the background layers as a paint resist, then for the second Crushed Olive background with simple inky stamping, and finally for the embossed centrepiece. Contrasting the earthy layers was important for this design; kraft card blended with shades of brown and blue paint made the yellows, reds and greens really pop the way they do against autumnal skies. I also found a coordinating scrap of blue leather and piled ink on a piece of gauze for added texture.

The bottom leafy layer is so easy to achieve - just smoosh the four red Distress Paints on your craft mat, press the leaf stamps into it and stamp onto plain white card. Then when dry spritz over with the Distress Spray Stains and hey presto! autumn has arrived! I added a small sprinkle of black embossing powder to the final layer of heated gold embossing powder to get the aged look before pressing another of those gorgeous leaf shapes into it (cover the stamp in black archival ink first to make the final image stand out even more). The middle layer is a simple case of mopping up the remaining Distress Spray Stains with white card and stamping some of the leaves with Distress Inks (a touch of spritz and flick with the water makes it look as weather-beaten as me after my dog walks!!!)


So that's my contribution to the Design Team's inspiration for our 'Bountiful Harvest' challenge. Make sure you hop on over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the other fabulous makes from my super talented teamies and find out how they've celebrated this season, by which time I'm sure you'll be ready to join in the fun with us and of course be in with a chance to win! For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


14 comments:

  1. You have definitely captured the wonderful colours of autumn in this gorgeous card Jenny. I really love the leaf 'pressed' into the embossing powder, it has the look of a fossil - absolutely stunning! xx

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  2. Beautiful! Of course your many layers each have such beautiful mix of colors and interest. I love the background panel with it's movement in the design. The impressed leaf is gorgeous!

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  3. Gorgeous Jenny. Love the pressed leaf - I have not used that technique for a long time! The combination of the leaf and copper powder is stunning. xxx

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  4. This is gorgeous Jenny! Love the colours and textures.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous. Love the leaf focal image and the autumnal layers are stunning . Tracy x

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  6. This is my most favorite make without a doubt - it is magical and mystical. The colors are really so special together and they are all the exact hues that compliment each other. Do I sound like I know what I am talking about - well I don't ... I just did not know how to put how I felt about this color combo into words. Really beautiful Jenny. The leaf adds a touch of mystery - something from the past - while the blue is eternal. Can you tell I like this - I seem to have outdone myself in this critique!
    Sandy xx
    Sandy xx

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  7. So beautiful! The heart of Autumn is in this card!

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  8. This is stunning Jenny, I really like your golden leaf, this is one of my favourite techniques xx

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  9. Truly BEYOND BEAUTIFUL - it's PERFECTION. For me, who adores fall and all the colors that go with it - your colors are INCREDIBLY LUSCIOUS. It all just draws me into it's YUMMINESS but then I stop... because it's just to ELEGANTLY ELITE to do more than just be AWE struck. If I were to receive a card this MAGNIFICENT - I could never put it away. It has the essence of everything I love. WOW. Thanks bunches for creating this SPLENDID card Jenny. Xj.

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  10. Fabulous layers and gorgeous rich colour tones, love it xxx

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  11. I think this is my new favorite project from you. You captured the beauty of autumn perfectly with those colors. There's also a wonderful feeling of nostalgia embedded in all this lovely ink. I remember growing up in New England and feeling exultant at the beauty of fall while at the same feeling very sad that the dark, grey days of winter would soon be upon us. This gorgeous piece speaks to that play of emotion. You, my friend, are beautiful...and so is your gorgeous artwork.

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  12. Wow!! Absolutely amazing piece Jenny!! The contrasting blues work so beautifully with the rich autumn colours and the impressed gold leaf is simply stunning!! I am overawed by your art.

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  13. A wonderful canvas Jenny with rich autumnal colours, imagery and layers. Hugs 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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