16 April 2014

Flights of Fancy at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome back. It's the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Flights of Fancy' and Trace would like you to create any vintage project inspired by the onset of Spring. Your project must include wings somewhere, either in the form of birds, bees or butterflies.

Spring, birds, had to be that Wildflower paper! This is probably the busiest card I've made recently but as the layers built so the drama unfolded.

I started this by cutting one of the 6" square panels from the paper collection and ran white embossing paste onto the areas without flowers. Once dry I used Distress Stain lightly over the top to colour the paste unevenly. Then Glossy Accents were used to highlight the flowers on the paper.
Finally a thin layer of gesso was washed over the whole background, and wiped away from the glossy sections.

Next to start building up those layers; sanded Kraft Coredinations cut with a Frameworks die, a torn piece of paper from the same collection and a piece of sheer lace. These pieces helped to build a structure to the design by adding 'straight' lines to direct the eye to the bottom left corner first.

Again in the paper collection there are some small rectangular versions of the larger designs, so I used the same design, distressing the edges. A coordinating piece of paper was cut with the large ticket die and stamped with the 'Fig' strip stamp.

Now I stamped both the bird and the nest onto paper, covering them in Distress Embossing powder to add texture. This also acts as a resist so you can paint each of them with Distress Stains. Then it was just a question of fussy cutting them both and layering them onto the background elements.

Finally more Distress Embossing Powder was used on die cut branches to simulate lichen before being slotted under the nest. The sentiment strip was stamped in coordinating inks and tucked under the bird.
Great news, it fits with the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme - Winged Things.
There's also an 'Anything Goes' theme at Vintage Stamping Challenges sponsored by Flonzcraft.

So that's my idea of wings in Spring... what's yours? Take a look at the ideas from the rest of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team to give you more inspiration for your own creation. If you enter you are in with a change of winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie and there's a random draw for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. Good sunny morning Jenny, hope it is sunny with you as well.
    Once again another stunning creation, I love it. Wonderful contents, colours and design.
    Had my inks and stamps out again, I now need to progress to creating textures.......fear of the unknown for me I think.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xxx

  2. I did wonder how you managed to keep the flowers looking good in the midst of the embossing paste - that's a great tip with the Glossy Accents. I love all your layering on this beautiful card. Anne xx

  3. Stunning card with wonderful textures, colours and images.

    Chrissie x

  4. Another wonderful layered card Jenny, love how you put it together! The background looks fantastic, love the idea of the glossy accents to hight light elements on the paper. Very clever altogether, love it!!

  5. Great layers, very impressive card Jenny

  6. Beautiful card Jenny, I adore the texture and the added Glossy Accents and Framework pieces too. The swallow sits beautifully in your design. Thanks so much for,joining in the Simon Says stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

  7. Really pretty card, Jenny! Love it! It's looks really Spring-y! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  8. Wowww Jenny, GREAT work, love how you layered the card!!!!

    Hugs and have a nice day,

  9. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the texture with the embossing and all the other great layers you have created.

  10. That is VERY pretty Jenny. You truly have a way of bringing nature indoors. I could stare at the layers, colors and textures forever. Can you tell I'm pinging for Spring???
    Gorgeous work here and thank you so much for the inspiration!
    Lisa x

  11. Wow, gorgeous, fabulous layering going on there xxx

  12. It is really lovely and that addition of the branch is fabulous.

  13. Fabulous layers Jenny and the embossing on the paper is wonderful. A wonderfully busy and exciting composition! x

  14. A really gorgeous creation, thanks so much for sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  15. Hi, Jenny, wow... this is such an amazing creation. The colors, textures and all the details you created are totally gorgeous. Wonderful design! :)

  16. Wow, that's a stunning project, fabulous details.

  17. Hi Jenny this is a fabulous card and I adore the layers and fabulous stamped details. Hope to play along. Have a lovely weekend with the family and Happy Easter to you all

    Hugs Annie x

  18. I am so behind! What a gorgeous card and I love that Wildflower paper, which is on the way to my house! Gorgeous texture! Hope you have a wonderful Easter. Hugs!

  19. I just love how you layer things...so perfectly positioned! Gorgeous card!!!

  20. This is gorgeous Jenny! Love the background and all the layers. Great textures and birds are of course a favourite of mine. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  21. What a delightful springtime card, Jenny - missed out on it earlier, but so glad to have some catch-up time. Am pretty obsessed with that latticework stencil and you've used it beautifully here - the gentle shading on the texture is just gorgeous. Great stamping and use of the papers, and brilliantly layered up - a star card!
    Alison xx


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