13 December 2017

Most Memorable Gift for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Suzz hosts our final challenge of the year over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog and she's called it 'Most Memorable Gift' Here's how she's described it; "December for many of us is a time where we give and receive. That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years. These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating. I want you to be inspired by one of your most memorable gifts. Use that inspiration to create a vintage or shabby chic project. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation."

The 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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

Here's my final DT project of the year for Frilly and Funkie, a festive Oh Deer Clipboard for someone incredibly special.


Part of the challenge is to say what has been your most memorable gift and how it has inspired you. I wracked my brains for the longest time - in our house we tend to save getting the most special gifts for our birthdays, whilst Christmas is more about spending family time. However, each and every year my amazing husband willingly takes responsibility for cooking Christmas dinner (which we have on Boxing Day) and spends many hours pondering menus and making lists. It's such a wonderful gift of time and effort and we've had some stand-out meals over the years. This year I thought he could do with an upgrade on the usual fridge magnets for collecting his lists and thoughts.


As luck would have it I still had an Oh Deer Clipboard hidden in amongst the stash and felt inspired to transform it after having seen one created by Kath Stewart. I began by covering the back of the clear board with paper from Tim Holtz' Correspondence and Dapper collections, joining the two together with Passport Design Tape and covering them with Starry stencilling.


On the front of the board the tape measure paper from the Dapper collection was combined with Christmas Ephemera to form a 'frame' on which to add the focal point. I used Tim's 'Alcohol Ink Resist' technique (from his online course - Creative Chemistry 103) with his Great Outdoors stamp set to create the deer panel which has the look of a photograph negative. A little faux stitching around the edge, some Metallic Kraft Stock to make it pop and the Small Talk Occasions words helped finish it off.


Layering up Woodlands and Holiday Greens die cuts either side of this panel provided the backdrop for the festive scene at the bottom. Making a shelf from Letterpress Blocks (painted with Iced Spruce Distress Paint and sanded back) I used Grit Paste to cover the top in 'snow'. The small Woodland Tree looked more festive coloured with Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain, a touch of Grit Paste and Festive Berries. For a touch of extra sparkle some Pyrite Gemstones were tucked into the branches too. The Decorative Deer looked more realistic coloured with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. More Berries and Pyrite pieces were used with the Pinecones and Festive Greens to create a little bouquet to balance out the other side.


Funnily enough the last bit finished was the trickiest to get right. I painted the metal deer clip with Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint but it looked too plain. Zoe Hillman came to the rescue, suggesting I try a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint followed by dabs of Mushroom Alcohol Ink. It worked a treat, especially when sanded back on the edges. By adding strips of magnetic tape to the back this festive clipboard was ready to mount on our fridge awaiting those all important menu and shopping lists.


That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Most Memorable Gift'. Do make sure you hop on over to find out what my talented team mates most memorable gifts are and what they have inspired to create as a result. And remember to link your own die cut shabby chic or vintage projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes - the challenge is open until Tuesday, December 19th so there's still plenty of time. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


19 comments:

  1. it's amazing and I'm sure hubby will love it for all his festive meal planning xxx

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  2. Jenny, what a fabulous and totally inspired gift for your lovely (and incredibly special) hubby, I am sure he will treasure this beauty and bring it out each year! I just love how you decorated the little tree and the 'naughty and nice' list image is stunning! A real triumph! Anne xxx

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  3. What a fantastic gift for your hubby a wonderful upgrade from fridge magnets. I adore the photograph negative look on the deer, brilliant idea. This is absolutely stunning and something that will be used each year . Gorgeous details. Tracy x

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  4. Fantastic project!!! You've inspired me to pull out my alcohol inks again! Awesome job Jenny!

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  5. Oh how I love this festive altered clipboard, Jenny! The "chalkboard" element with the stamped deer is fantastic and your embellies are absolute perfection! Your hubby deserves a medal for preparing your holiday meal! Such a treat for you to have the day off...unless of course...you get stuck with the dishes! LOL Wishing you a very very Merry Christmas dear friend! xooxox

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  6. What a stunning and thoughtful gift Jenny! I especially love the deer resist stamping - how cool! What a treasure to find in your stash and a beautiful, no stunning!, transformation!! :) Hugs, Autumn

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  7. this is wonderful Jenny! Your husband must love it. =)

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  8. What fabulous gift Jenny and so special that it has been made by you xx I am sure your DH will treasure it for sure. Wonderful details a real delight to view

    TFS and sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

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  9. What a priceless gift for sure! Your layers are fabulous! Blending so well, without overpowering or one taking over. xo

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  10. Wow Jenny!I hope it doesn't distract hubby from his task - it really is fabulous! Chrisx

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  11. Stunning project Jenny and A gorgeous gift for hubby Christmas dinner will extra special this year I’m sure.
    Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing your projects love everyone so much inspiration.......just need more time to create lol.

    MaggieH x

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  12. What a wonderful and creative project for your DH to help him organize your special dinner! So many beautiful details on this - love it all! Julia xx

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  13. Such a stunning gift Jenny! How wonderful of your husband to do the festive cooking .. he certainly deserves such a very special gift. So gorgeous and so inspiring. hugs xx

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  14. You had me at the deer clip head alteration...so perfect! LOVE all the layers! Gorgeous!

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  15. Wow! This is absolutely awesome - so much wonderful detail. Perfect for your hubby's lists and menu - how lovely that he creates such a wonderful Christmas meal! xxx

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  16. This is just... WOW! Fabulous clipboard and so many beautiful layers of goodness. The team and you have just so touched me with how this challenge inspired you. Now I am wondering what kind of meals you hubby has come up with? I love when other cook as I focus my talents in other areas. :) and the family gets very basic food. What a lovely gift for him to cook for you and family and this is a beautiful way to show your appreciation!

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  17. I forgot to wish you a Very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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  18. Jennie, your altered clipboard is simply AMAZING! I love that resist deer panel and the dimensional layer you've added with the tiny deer and letters and trees! What a clever way to write "Christmas"! Sorry for this horrible comment, but trying to type on this tiny keyboard, and having to do it twice, due to loosing my first comment earlier this morning. Just going to say Merry Christmas and try to come back when I can type a decent comment!

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  19. Jenny, I'm so sorry for my last comment. I was having a time with the internet at our hotel and typing on a tiny keyboard I could hardly see! Your gift idea for your wonderful husband is just so clever and creative! I love how you've altered the deer head and your paper layers are stunning, as always! The alcohol resist is perfect, and really looks like a photo negative! Lovely little vignette and tricky way to spell Christmas! What a wonderful gift YOU receive each year as your sweet husband cooks the Christmas meals! He is certainly deserving of this wonderful place to hold his lists! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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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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