4 April 2018

Bloomin' Marvellous at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are already half way through the latest challenge, 'Bloomin' Marvellous'. This is what our host for this challenge, Zoe Hillman, is looking for; "As Spring pokes it's head through the frozen ground, let's celebrate the season and create a vintage or shabby chic project with flowers as the focus and in vintage muted pastel tones, (no brights)."

As ever, the Design 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 Top 3 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.

Funky Floral Mannequin

Having seen some beautiful mannequins recently I was inspired to create one myself, getting the opportunity to decorate it with flowers and leaves using Tim Holtz 'Funky Florals' Sizzix Alterations Thinlits Die Set. In line with the challenge requirements I kept the colour palette muted with shades of blue and green accented with pops of white and mustard.

First up I'll explain how I put the mannequin base together. The body is made from Papier-mâché that has been covered in a layer of white gesso and thick crackle texture paste. After a coat of Weathered Wood Distress Paint I've applied pieces of painted Collage Paper (Stormy Sky Distress Paint) before dry brushing it all with White Acrylic Paint.

At the base of the mannequin I've added one of the new Ideaology Vignette Bases which is a sturdy metal with a beautiful filigree pattern on it. Then I've added some of the Ideaology Vignette Finial Structures to the base and top of the mannequin to extend it's length. To make them match and give the wooden finials the look of burnished metal I painted them with Black Acrylic Paint before dry brushing both them and the Vignette Base with Sterling Acrylic Paint.

The two layers of lace trim at the bottom of the body are Venise Lace from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Linda has a good stock of different designs and they are perfect for adding a touch of feminine elegance to projects. The ruler tape trim is from the Ideaology Vintage Design Tape set - I used a little Matte Collage Medium to secure it in place firmly around the lace trim and neck of the mannequin.

And so to those flowers; Tim's Funky Florals #1 Die Set has a wonderful array of leaf and flower designs that cut intricate shapes which work together beautifully. I cut them all from Classic Kraft Cardstock which had been sanded to reveal the core. I love that there's no need to colour the reverse or edges of the card before shaping.

That's it for my muted floral creation for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have also created lots of amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage floral projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx


  1. THUD! Oh, my Heavens, Jenny! You have made my jaw fall to the floor with this incredibly well thought out and beautifully made mannequin! I love the crackled, papered and weathered bodice, those sweet flowers (oh, those colors!), metallic vignette pieces--just EVERYTHING about this! So I just want to know, when will this be auctioned off???? This is my favorite of all projects I've seen in blogland! Can you tell I'm just ga-ga over this fabulous piece of home decor??? Sending hugs!

  2. A fabulous mannequin, so elegant! I love the crackle background, and the colours you chose are Great idea these sanded paper flowers.

  3. You made a gorgeous project and I like every detail of it.
    Lia xx

  4. I absolutely adore this! It is so beautifully creative and oh so gorgeous! the colors are subtle with that pop of mustard and white, so in love! thanks for sharing!

  5. Love the collage paper on the mannequin, such a great effect. Those florals look amazing sanded and arranged like so, just amazing! Hugs, Autumn

  6. Most excellent...to the collage bodice to the floral wreath...like a beauty pageant winner! LOVE this idea!

  7. Beautifully done and very fashionable with all the flowers and the lace hem. I could picture this on the runways at the spring fashion weeks around the world.

  8. Very clever, original and appealing!

  9. Inspired creation as always! Love the colour palette on this!

  10. This is really a awesome piece of creativity. Love, love, love it. I have a mannequin, not paper mache`. It is a bodice covered in lace so you have inspired me to try. I am not a professional at this mixed media. Anyway just love your piece.

  11. This is magnificent! I’m just completely gob smacked, Jenny! The color palette, the crackled texture, the rows of lace, those gorgeous flowers...the base!!!! Wow wow and wow! What a gorgeous, imaginative, inspiring and beautifully crafted piece. I’d have to say it’s Bloomin marvelous!!!

  12. Your mannequin looks fantastic Jenny x Love the body and the stunning embellishments...perfect for your DT project at F&F

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x

  13. Wow, just wow! What a keepsake! I adore this; the colors, the flowers, the details, the construction!

  14. Okay... I saw this on FB and was in awe of the sheer beauty but seeing all the different angles and details is even more inspiring! Gorgeous!!!

  15. WoW! This is a real 'stop in your tracks, jaw to the floor' piece of creativity, Jenny. Such an inspired used of all products. Absolutely exquisite ♥


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

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