30 April 2014

On The Runway at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone. It's the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'On The Runway' and our host Cec is looking for vintage or shabby chic projects that depict sewing and/or fashion.

To be honest, as a DT member I'm supposed to provide you with inspiration and ideas. I took one look at the incredible projects our Frilly team created and thought "Well they've nailed those paper projects and hangings, what can I do?!!!"

And then I remembered the wonderful Amy Bowerman had sent me an Eileen Hull Heart Bag sample. Hallelujah!!!

The bag was cut from board to make it sturdy and that meant once constructed I could go to town with altering the surface. Firstly a layer of Sticky Back Canvas, then stencilled Translucent Paste, and finally a coat of Distress Paint inside and out.

'Vintage' head firmly on I went with a 'faux damask' look, stamping the birds nest onto single ply tissue with Archival Ink before adding it to the textured surface with matte glue. I used the 'Bird Feather' stamp set but have a feeling the smaller 'Nature Walk' one would work really well for this too.

Now for the trimmings to make this worthy of a glamorous night out. Venise lace, of course, applied carefully around the top of the bag to ensure it curled outwards rather than inwards for easier access to the interior.

DIY stores are great for getting chain link by the metre inexpensively and I remember seeing some evening bags from my late grandmother that had chain straps to them so this felt like the right way to go.

I finished the look with matching metal floral corners on both sides and some dyed seam binding double bows on the strap.

So there you have it. A bag fit for a night out at the Ritz just perfect for holding those touch up tools we girls need. Need some more inspiration? Head over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see what the others have created and then let's see what you can do. There's a guest designer spot and a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique up for grabs!! See you there.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. This is stunning-love the colour combo and all the textures.

    Chrissie x

  2. Another fabulous make Jenny - the damask look is stunning and I love your combination of colours. I have been looking at that die and wondering ....... wishing now! Jennie x

  3. Wow! This is just beautiful , very elegant. The surface you 've created looks like a piece of very expensive fabric. The chain handle and embellishments finish this gorgeous bag perfectly ! X

  4. Wow Jenny, I cant believe how much it looks like it has a covering of real lace over the front of your bag with the combination of the canvas and emboss paste. Which mask did you use? I think I need to add it to my wish list. This project is stunning and love how youve shown the versatility of the birds next stamp. Mo x

  5. Hi Jenny, I love the bag ... very glamourous and would suit any catwalk. You've nailed the vintage look as always, and the splash of colour for the stamping looks fabulous.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments too. Hugs Linda xx

  6. These are breathtaking pieces, gorgeous look.

  7. Oh wow Jenny, how over the top gorgeous and shabby chic is this? Brilliant make and what an inventive way to use that stamp set!! Now you have left me curious as to what stencil you used....?

  8. What a glorious vintage creation, Jenny - you've outdone yourself yet again... amazing damask texture on the surface and lovely feminine lacy finishing - beautiful!
    Alison xx

  9. A brilliant take on the challenge - a girl would be proud to carry this to somewhere upmarket. Enjoyed your project in CS this time - bet it is exciting seeing yourself 'in print'.

  10. You stepped it up another notch with this fabulous creation. The stenciling is wonderful and looks like real damask, the bird nest stamping is stunning and I love the little chain handle. Also love the way you staged your photo, looks like it came straight from a glossy magazine! Anne xxx

  11. Jenny I can't even type enough "Wows" to do this magnificent creation justice! It is magical on so many levels. I would rock this amazing heart bag all the way down the runway, red carpet and back! You have outdone yourself on this one my friend...bravo!


  12. Your bag is absolutely stunning. I love the damask look you created and the lace. I can picture this on an episode of Downton Abbey :)

  13. Jenny, how cow! What a great way to use that die. Lobpve the chain- I have some old bags from my grandma and that's what they have as handles. Love the damask look and stamping and embossing really dresses it up. Just lovely!

  14. So incredibly elegant, Jenny! I love how you turned this heart into a hanging and the damask background is gorgeous! Very inspiring you are! Hugs!

  15. WOWZERS...where to start?!? I love the red nests, the die usage, and of course the design! These both rock!!! You are amazing!

  16. Not that I am greedy (!!!) but I want every single item that is in this photograph - the bag and the bottle, yes please!
    Oh my goodness this is incredible, stylish and elegant and the most mind-blowing of ideas.
    I adore handbags so this is most definitely up my street.
    You might well gather that I love this lol.

  17. Holy moly, what an amazing project this is. I absolutely gasped when I saw it on the DT blog and couldn't wait to find out all the details. The sticky back canvas looks so gorgeous with the stenciling over it. Too bad that stencil is out of stock at Prima and I can't get any more for the boutique. Same with the Sticky Back Canvas. The red bird nest is absolutely brilliant - great idea and LOVE the red! The shabby seam binding bows on the side are the perfect finisher. You totally rocked this challenge, Jenny. Thank you so much for inspiring me to make more than just tags!

  18. Fantastic evening bag you created, love the texture and details! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  19. It looks like very expensive fabric from the past…you did amazing work Jenny!!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  20. Oh! My! Word! what a fantastic bag, great for the "bell of the ball"
    I love the texture you have created on the surface.
    Your amazing talents showing once again.

    Patricia xx

  21. Beautifully designed Jenny, you have such a wonderful creative mind and this bag shows just how imaginative and innovative you are. I just love the whole design xx


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