3 April 2019

March Madness for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are taking inspiration from a famous book. It's Suzz's turn to host and she's called her challenge 'March Madness'. Suzz says "I want you to be inspired by Alice in Wonderland. I started from this quote of a conversation between the Mad Hatter and Alice: The Mad Hatter asks Alice: "Have I gone Mad?" and Alice replies "I am afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

The challenge is to take any idea or concept from this wonderful tale to inspire your project. There are so many wonderful bits or pieces to be inspired by like the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the looking glass, tea party or Alice herself. The possibilities are endless. Anything can be your inspiration but make sure you reference what inspired your art from the story!

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 challenge I took inspiration from the first chapter of the book where Alice is feeling bored and drowsy while sitting on the riverbank with her elder sister. She notices a talking, clothed White Rabbit with a pocket watch run past. She follows it down a rabbit hole when suddenly she falls a long way to a curious hall with many locked doors of all sizes. She finds a small key to a door too small for her to fit through, but through it she sees an attractive garden.

The idea sprang to mind to incorporate two of Wendy Vecchi's new stamp sets - Front Door Art and Delightful Art - as one has a door and the other some gorgeous flowers to represent the garden hidden behind it. The Etcetera Tag base was covered with a Gel Plate print using a mix of Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints on it including Sedona, Night, Ancient, Umber, Buff and White. I added to the white ghosted patches with splatters of dilute white paint and used Matte Collage Medium to glue it in place.

Behind the door the garden was 'constructed' with sprays of flowers from the Delightful Art set, stamped and painted on plain card and layered with the matching Mat Mini flower heads from the coordinating set. Opaque Texture Paste was applied underneath using the leaf clusters on the stencil that comes with the stamp set.

The fabulous door from the Front Door Art stamp set also has a coordinating Mat Mini so after painting the outer and inner parts with Umber and White paint it was easy to over-stamp the details with Archival Ink. The key added to the front is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and I linked it to a a couple of charms from my stash - a heart padlock and frame with white rabbit inside. Linda has lots of charms in stock now including an adorable White Rabbit one! To finish, the sentiment comes from the Front Door Art set.

And here's the finished tag;

So that's my take on the theme 'March Madness' 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 inspired by Alice in Wonderland 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

Links to Wendy Vecchi's stamp/stencil/ Mat Mini sets;


  1. Love your inspiration and tag for the challenge! The background is amazing. And the front door with the charms is perfect!

  2. Jenny, your tag is stunning! I love the rusty background and all the details referencing that initial chapter. The idea to use the door stamp is genius and the painted flowers set it off perfectly! Another masterpiece from your talented hands! Thank you for your inspiration! Hugs!

  3. I don't get here very often but when I do there is always a something fabulous to see! This is such a brilliant way to interpret this theme and it really does look amazing! Hugs,Chrisx

  4. This is such a brilliant take on the theme, Jenny! I love the way the door pops against the background. Adding in the wee white rabbit and key makes it all perfect!

  5. Such a delightful tag with a gorgeous background and beautiful focal design. The colours are beautifully striking and everything fits the theme perfectly. Love it xxx

  6. What a beautiful tag Jenny and how clever to incorporate the door and Garden from the story of Alice's adventures..... love the details/techniques...fabulous !!!

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x

  7. What a lovely bit of the book you pulled out and inspired us all with! I adore your mismatched door with larger flowers and keys! Beautiful design and lovely tag! As always you inspire with a beautiful piece of art!

  8. Oh my, this is so lovely, I adore the bright flowers! Love how you illustrated the theme!


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

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