6 February 2019

Winter Blues for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are in a decidedly romantic mood. It's Kathy's turn to host and she's calling her challenge 'Winter Blues'. Kathy says "January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the "winter blues." Let's take the winter blues in a positive direction by creating a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like to see the blues to be front and center in this project."

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.

I took the opportunity to combine some new releases from Eileen Hull Designs and Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART from Ranger to create this blue floral jewellery box.

After cutting the box from thick board using Eileen Hull's new Treasure Box die set I painted the insides and edges with Dina Wakley's Ancient Acrylic Paint. The paper covering the sides and lid was created by pulling a print from the Ranger Gel Press Plate coated with light layers of more of Dina's paints including Lapis, Sky, White, Ancient and Ruby. I love how it gives the effect of aged walls and makes the perfect base for stamping on.

The flowers and leaves cascading from the top of the box were made using Wendy Vecchi's new MAKE ART stamp, die and stencil set 'Flowers Say It All'. The leaves and flowers were cut from Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock using the dies from Wendy's set. After dampening with a little water I applied diluted paint to the edges, allowing it to bleed and blend randomly before air drying. You'll see above the leaves with the Ancient shade again and for the flowers I used the Marine shade. Once dry I used Ranger 'Jet Black' Archival Ink to stamp the corresponding images from the set onto them; since they are clear acrylic it's really easy to position the stamps over the die cuts and it saves having to fussy cut them all.

The close up photo below shows how I used some of the other leaf stamps from the set on the top and sides of the box, adding them with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink. Wendy Vecchi has recently released some adorable new MAKE ART Washi Tape Assortment sets featuring her own artwork, and this heart design worked perfectly for running around the edge of the lid. Before adding the stamped flowers I also used the stencil from the same Flowers Say It All set to apply Ranger Opaque Texture Paste leaves over the stamped areas.

You can see from the photo below how the flowers layered together beautifully with the leaves. For added dimension I re-stamped the flower centres on more of the card and cut around them before applying them with dimensional tape. The filigree skeleton Bronze Leaf Embellishments from a ranger that Linda sells at The Funkie Junkie Boutique are easy to bend and provided a great way of supporting the die cut flowers on the top of the box. In a final finishing touch I added dots of Ranger 'Slate' Liquid Pearls through the trailing flowers and leaves.

On the reverse of the box are the hinges, cut from Sizzix Paper Leather using Eileen Hull's 'Treasure Box' die set, painted with more Ancient Acrylic Paint and secured with Tim Holtz Long Fasteners.

So that's my take on using 'Winter Blues' 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 Valentines 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. YUM! This is so perfectly shabby and chippy! I love the shade of blue and that cluster of flowers on the lid is perfect. You never fail to inspire, Jenny! xo

  2. Fabulous. Love the floral spray and the sweet little border of hearts.

  3. Beautiful as always! I love your taste/style! So vintage fantastic!

  4. Everything about your box is just yummy & beautiful - I really like what you did with those hinges oh and the hearts & flowers.

  5. What a beautiful creation Jenny x I love the colours and the stunning florals x The washi tape hearts are the perfect trim for your box xxx
    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  6. This is beautiful Jenny- great idea to use the treasure box for jewelry! The flower topper is a perfect accent. <3

  7. Gorgeous treasure box! Love the fantastic floral accent on the top of the box and the heart trim is whimsical and lovely!

  8. Another great box, Jenny! I love the way you've bent the metal leaves and those gorgeous Slate Liquid Pearls dotted throughout your beautiful flower topper. The red hearts really pop on that beautiful blue background; I love this color combo! Sending hugs!

  9. A brilliant blue lovely make!! I love the stamping and flowers atop and the heart washi trim is perfect. So stunning Jenny.

  10. Beautiful Jenny and love your painting/stamping technique for the leaves and flowers, a gorgeous effect! Fabulous layering of your beautiful florals, a very lovely keepsake box. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  11. Beautiful & brilliant!
    My fave part (aside from showing me a new set of dies) is the topper- those 3D flowers!!
    Rounding (popping up) the middle stamens is a cool idea!!


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

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