6 January 2016

Holiday Hues at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Sixth day in to January, third post - not bad eh? Over at Frilly and Funkie we are kicking off the year with a 'Holiday Hues' challenge hosted by the amazingly talented Pamellia. Here's what she has to say; "It's been a wonderful year full of shabby chic and vintage projects with all sorts of amazing themes. For our final theme this year I have chosen HOLIDAY HUES. I would like to see your favourite colours for your favourite holiday. Choose whatever holiday you like, just make sure your project is shabby chic or vintage in style."

The Design Team will vote for their top four picks, the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three receiving badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. So plenty of reasons to enter! And there's still time, with the challenge being open for another week.

And so to my Funkie DT project for this challenge; I went for my favourite holiday colour combo (Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood, Brushed Pewter and Aged Mahogany) using it in a decidedly non-Christmas way. There was also an opportunity to play with the Industrious Metals method employed by Tim Holtz in his first of the 12 Tags of 2016.

(click on each photo for a closer look)

I started this with a square of white card, dipping it in a mix of Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood and Brushed Pewter Distress Paints on my craft mat and spritzing it with water to let it blend together a little. Once dry I blended Iced Spruce Distress Ink over the top to cover any gaps and bring it all together. Adding to the aged feel of background I splattered a little Picket Fence Distress Paint onto some areas before embossing the lot with the Tiles embossing folder. I added a final swipe of Hickory Smoke Distress Ink around the edges and onto some of the raised areas.

My general rule of thumb is that if the background is detailed (as in this case) it only requires a simple focal point. I love this Watering Can die and knew it would be the perfect place to hold a bouquet. Covering a piece of card in metal foil, I embossed it before running it through the die to produce the body and band. I followed the Industrious Metals method shown by Tim Holtz this month with an added twist; by pouncing Denim and Mushroom Alcohol Inks onto the metal before sanding it back I achieved a darker look. Like the rivets on the central band? Pewter Liquid Pearls are going to feature a lot more on my projects this year methinks! 

The bouquet was die cut and punched from Kraft Core card with the flower centres created by heating large blobs of silver Stickles. You'll spot that I raided my stash for some Tissue Tape behind the watering can and the sentiment was covered in Brushed Pewter Distress Stain before being coloured with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink to achieve a softer look.

Adding a coordinating backing layer always helps to frame a background and make a card look more professional, particularly when that background is mottled and multi-tonal. It doesn't have to be your 'best' card either! I used simple kraft card blended with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink again.

That's it from me for today. I urge you to jump over to see what the my Funkie DT team mates have been up to for this 'Holiday Hues' challenge. You are in for a real treat! Then it's over to you to show us your own projects created with your favourite holiday colours - can't wait to see them!

I'm headed back to the craft room now as there's new stuff to share... more to come! Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. Fantastic card Jenny, and wow, yes that is one gorgeous colour combo! Love the embossed background and the watering can looks fantastic!! The strips of tape provide the perfect back drop behind the flowers! A real stunner and a new favourite me thinks....

  2. A beautiful card Jenny, I love the distressed metal watering can and the colour of the flowers flowing out from the top of it. Untill I took a closer look I thought the background was patterned paper - silly me I should have known better it is obvious really you would have to treat us to more than that with this lovely textured and inked background which is given even more depth with the addition of the tissue tape and kraft mount. Yet another really lovely card. Mo x

  3. Wow!! A stunning card Jenny!! Love the effects achieved on the background and the watering can is amazing!! Gorgeous colour combo too!! Absolutely fabulous!! xx

  4. Wow Jenny, what a gorgeous colour combination!! I love your theory about the background, and I usually puts lots of detail in my backgrounds...problem is, I can't stop adding things on top of it so they usually end up getting covered up! UGH! lol. This is just stunning and your background truly is detailed. Love your metal watering can and the flowers are incredible!! Love it! hugs :)

  5. Fabulous! Jenny
    Love the colour combo of your gorgeously embossed background . Fabulous metal watering can holding a wonderful flower and foliage arrangement.
    HUgs x

  6. Loving this card not only because it fabulously created but because the watering can full of flowers remind me of one I have on the shelf of my bedside cabinet - yours is prettier though. Love the hammered tin look to the background and your very metallic watering can with the pretty flower arrangement.

  7. Love that scrumptious grungy metal watering can and the flowers look fantastic. I agree with Astrid and Mo about the tape adding a beautiful depth. Lovely!
    Alison xx

  8. Do you have any idea how gorgeous this is!!! Thank you for the hints - I really do need to learn them Jenny. Now how many buttons do I have to push to make something this wonderful!!!!!!!
    Sandy xx

  9. Such a pretty compilation, I do love these hues! That pot is just darling!!!

  10. The background you created is most impressive, I too, thought it was patterned paper, it looks so good. The watering can looks beautiful with the rivets and the flowers are so, so pretty. An altogether pretty amazing card Jenny! Anne xx

  11. Such a clever combination of techniques and materials. Love everything about this xx

  12. awesome work Jenny - I love the background and tht watering can is just awesome - brilliant!!! Big hugs rachel x

  13. Fabulous colours Jenny and what gorgeous textures, love those Liquid Pearls rivets! The addition of the tissue tape behind the watering can is a fabulous touch as well. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  14. Love the background Jenny, but the watering can and flowers are just stunning. TFS and hugs
    Annie xx

  15. I so love your patched metal watering can and gorgeous flowers! What a great idea, so well put together! Love it! Hugs!

  16. Absolutely fabulous card, Jenny! That watering can is amazing!

  17. LOVE the whole of it, but the watering can and flowers are just perfect!

  18. Jenny, I love the "tin ceiling tile" look of your background, the colors and of course that industrialized watering can! I have a antique galvanized (???) watering can on my screen porch which I am reminded of by yours filled with the lovely bouquet! The card is just so filled with inspiration!

  19. A great combination of background and focal point. The flowers add life and it's perfect!

  20. There are things I have forgotten or decided to 'skimp' on when making cards and when I visit your blog, I realize how much I miss them and how much of a difference taking the time to to add them makes. Your card is hands down AWESOME! That's the coolest dang watering can I've ever seen. The rivets in it just won my heart AND it looks like you did it all on one of them vintage tin ceiling tiles, even though I know it isn't...it's sensational!
    What a kick butt card you've made!!
    Big hugs,
    Lisa x

  21. Hi Jenny!!
    I saw your gorgeous card on Facebook while I was on vacation and couldn't wait to come by for a closer look. You are the master of combining inks, paints, and texture to create the most fabulous and inspiring backgrounds. The watering can and florals add the perfect embellishment! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season!


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

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