20 February 2019

Let Me Count The Ways with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are in a decidedly romantic mood. It's Sara Emily's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Let Me Count The Ways'. Sara Emily says "Since it's just a day away from Valentine's Day, the opening line of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's famous love poem "Let Me Count the Ways" (Sonnet 43) comes to mind. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." For this challenge, I would like to see your vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. This could be three colors, three words, three stamps (you get the idea); just be sure to tell us what those three elements are."

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.

For this one I've altered a Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag and featured his new Sizzix Alterations 'Large Stems' and 'Tattered Butterflies' dies.

The base of the Tag was covered in a Ranger Gel Plate print using Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints (Turquoise, Sedona, Evergreen, Ancient and White) over which I stamped Tim Holtz 'Ledger Script' in Jet Black Archival Ink. A line of numbers from his 'Merchant' stamp set was heat embossed with Ranger's 'Turquoise' Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi's 'Garden Patina' Embossing Powder is a great alternative). Then a layer of Ranger's Texture Paste 'Opaque Crackle' was applied through Tim Holtz Layering Stencil 'Code' and allowed to air dry. The base was finished by blending Wendy Vecchi's 'Potting Soil' Archival Ink around the edges.

Since the new 'Large Stems' die is a Bigz die it was possible to cut them from heavy weight chipboard, making them ideal for weaving together with wire and burlap string in three different shades. The three stems were painted in Dina Wakley Media 'Evergreen', 'Sedona' and 'Turquoise' Acrylic Paint and edged with the Wendy Vecchi's 'Potting Soil' Archival Ink and I added small gemstone chips from Emerald Creek Crafts to the binding once secured. They were added to the Tag over offcuts of lace and burlap ribbon from The Funkie Junkie Boutique (Linda always has a lovely selection of designs in stock). The 'Tattered Butterfly' was cut twice from card covered in Tim Holtz Design Tape and I chose to use three words from Tim Holtz 'Quote Chips' pack to finish the Tag.

Here are a couple of close ups showing more of the details;

So that's my take on using 'Let Me Count The Ways' for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more 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 projects featuring multiples of three to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed below.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx


  1. Beautiful tag! I love the color scheme! Gorgeous background and the twined stems with wire is lovely!

  2. And again, the background is stunning, Jenny! The layers and colors are gorgeous. The focal point is beautiful with the wire wrapped stems! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Absolutely fabulous jenny x I love the wonderful background and the way you have intertwined the dies with wire x The tattered butterfly looks perfect sitting there x
    Best Wishes
    Annie x

  4. Love it Jenny...so many fun layers unique inspiration and your colors are great.

  5. Oh so yummy Jenny! The peeling background is superb, and love the wire wrap. Gorgeous layered butterfly too. This is art divine!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous my friend, I adore the colours, background and beautiful wired wildflower stems together, so delicious xxx

  7. Loving this shabby, chipped paint look of the background, and those wired flowers look beautiful stacked up with that fluttery butterfly! You create lovely art! Hugs!

  8. Jenny this is really beautiful, from textured background to that camouflaged lace acting as a bed to rest those three long stem flowers. Another delight for us all showcasing the beauty of the latest TH releases I adore it. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Wishing you a super Sunday Hugs Tracey x

  9. I'm such a huge fan of your trademark "chippy paint" backgrounds, Jenny! This technique adds such a wonderful vintage feel and never fails to draw me in for a closer look. The stenciling on top adds such wonderful texture and dimension! I noticed the wire wrapped stems next, and I just love how that simple technique makes your clustered elements feel like a brooch or an antique pin. Everything is so perfectly placed and so perfectly "enough but not too much." You really are a genius!

    1. Thank you so much Kathy. You are so kind xx

  10. Oh my goodness Jenny, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! Love everything about this!! ❤️

    Hope you have a great weekend
    Lols x x x


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

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