4 March 2015

It's Time for a Vacation at Frilly and Funkie

Editor's Note: I really wanted you to get the chance to take a closer look at the details on my projects, so rather than sizing all the photos to extra large you can now click on each one to see a close up view instead - hope you approve!

Hi everyone and welcome! It's been busy here again - a demo day on Saturday and some filming on Monday - and with lots of prep to do I was struggling to get my head around this fortnight's Frilly and Funkie challenge theme, 'It's Time for a Vacation'.

Here's what Cec, our host for this challenge had to say about the theme; "If you are like most of us in the eastern half of North America, you are fed up with the brutal cold and snow that has been plaguing us for weeks and you want to get away so the challenge is called 'It's Time for a Vacation' - it could be a warm beach, an exotic locale with lots of sights to see or even in your own back yard".

So why was I struggling with this challenge? Well when it came down to it this was simply a matter of scale and purpose. Many of you who've been generously following me for a while will know I tend to make 6x6 cards which can then be used for family, friends and occasions. So mentally I approached this theme thinking about how to fit it onto a card and make it suitable for one of the many upcoming birthdays. For that reason the original intention was to go down the Parisian route but I also wanted to play with the new Distress colours and some of the new Thinlits dies.

Time to rethink... it feels like a lifetime ago (but in fact was only mid February!!!) that I created an A5 panel as a way of playing with some new Wendy Vecchi goodies (you can see that HERE) so I figured let's just pick some colours and a Found Relative and just play again!

The chosen colours (I used them in paint, ink, stain and stain spray format) were Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Abandoned Coral and Walnut Stain. You'll spot one of my favourite background stamps, IndigoBlu's 'Bubbles Background', at work here. I added Wendy Vecchi's Sky Blue embossing powder and some fine white embossing powder to create the foaming surface of the seashore, then spritzed the blue/green shades of Distress Stain Sprays over the top. Finally I splatted the Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Stains into a few areas to mirror the die cut splats that would be added over the top.

Turning attention to the 'toppings' I started with a beautiful image from the Occasions Found Relatives set that reminded me of one of my own childhood holiday experiences - I don't like adding personal photos of family members onto 'public' projects but this one reminded me of me and my sister paddling at Seaburn when we went to visit our Nana each year. To create a frame I used the ATC Bigz die on a central section, then set about adding colour to it all. Based on previous experiences I decided to use the blue shades of Distress Paint for this job, dragging/drying the 'frame' and brushing/patting the main image to help the girls stand out even more. This was mounted on more Distress Painted card, embossed and die cut with one of the new Mixed Media dies.

The splatters were cut from card covered with silver gilding flakes (Sheffield Steel Mega Flakes) before being dabbed with a little alcohol ink. You'll also spot a Distress Glitter covered starfish, a painted seahorse (covered in Crackle Accents before being overheated from behind for that bubbled effect) and sea greenery, inked up with Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. The bubbles were enhanced with a scattering of pearls and Glossy Accents and Remnant Rub Ons completed the panel.

Now, as well as acting as a reminder to my past, this has me dreaming of summer days to come and with any luck a chance to get to the beach again. Hop on over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog and you'll be able to see what my fellow DT members have been inspired to create.

Then it'll be over to you! Remember, the winner of this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and 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.

For now I hope the remainder of this week is happy and creative. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. I love the background on this Jenny! You have inspired me to dig out my scuba diving photos and have a play around with some layouts :) x

  2. Good morning Jenny, hope the sun is shining brightly where you are, it is here. Thick snow on the hills I see out of the kitchen window though.
    Yes! a vacation would be nice. What could be nicer than paddling your feet in the sea.
    Love, love, love your wonderful creation. Everything is just beautiful.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xxx

  3. What a fun kind of card Jenny, love what you did with the embellishments!!

  4. A very different kind of card with lots of wonderful ideas to inspire and admire

    Love Chrissie x

  5. I love your absolutely stunning background Jenny (love the bubble stamp too), the colours are just gorgeous and that pop of Abandoned Coral is superb. Great photo too, reminds me of summer at the beach.... Beautiful work! Anne xx

  6. Absolutely stunning ! Jenny You really have captured the 'sea' so fabulously! LOve all the layers n textures n those thinlits rock especially in the hands of someone as talented as ya self ! x

  7. Gorgeous background Jenny, love the bubbles. The touch of red is a lovely touch it pops against your background. Your photo is showcased beautifully. Tracy x

  8. GORGEOUS!! Wow, love that background, the white bubbles really pop on those fabulous blues and greens! Wonderful texture on your seahorse! An amazing splash of Abandoned Coral, LOVE IT!! hugs :)

  9. a gorgeous creation, love the use of the bubble stamp and gorgeous image xx hugsx

  10. Looks like playtime suits you very well ! So much to discover with this gorgeous piece Jenny, fabulous colours and textures ! I must have those thinlits, love the way you've used them here x

  11. A beautiful vacation project! Wherever you go I follow you, Jenny!

  12. Hi Jenny, sorry missed you on Sat. but had a prior arrangement.
    Love what you have done here, tho its not actually my thing, but love how yours always turns out bril....see ya soon...Kathy x

  13. OH THAT BUBBLE BACKGROUND!!! LOVE it! The whole design is wonderful!

  14. The background is amazing, love the effect and could not be more perfect for that wonderful photograph.

  15. As always Jenny you are a treasure trove of fab how to's. Didn't know about heating crackle accents from behind for instance for those perfect bubbles. The whole piece is beautifully playful and reminiscent with a brilliant layout. Wonderful to see these colours (new and old) together. I would never have thought to add in red as you have - it works a treat. Bring on the sunshine! Nicola x

  16. Fabulous page Jenny ! Love the frothy bubbles on the background and the image you've chosen is gorgeous. Sue C x

  17. Looks fantastic, Jenny! Love the watery feel in the background and the sweet image.

  18. That's a magical bubbly background, and I love the bold hit of Abandoned Coral right at the heart of it... fabulous seashore card!
    Alison xx

  19. Fun and funky Jenny and the background stamp is totally awesome.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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