29 May 2019

Mother May I? for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog it's Suzz' turn to host, calling her challenge 'Mother May I?' Suzz says "May in the U.S. is when we celebrate Mother's Day and honor our mothers. I am challenging you to create something that is vintage or shabby chic which is inspired by your Mother or any mother figure in your life. It can be a favorite memory, something based on her style, something she said/says to you, or anything that reminds you of your mother figure. Make sure to share with us how your mother inspired your art!"

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 theme we're challenged to be inspired by our mothers; mine loves to read (she can polish off a good biography in a couple of days!) really enjoys her garden and is always appreciative of cut flowers. So a new floral notebook seemed appropriate for the occasion.

Mum made lots of clothes for us as kids so I began this book by applying sewing pattern pieces to the mountboard cover before dry brushing with white gesso over the spine section. A thin coat of Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint in 'Heather' was used on the front and back covers as a subtle contrast (LOVE this new colour!) Keeping the base decoration simple some Tim Holtz Thinlits 'Crochet' die cut strips were cut from card painted with 'Sterling' Acrylic Paint.

To top the front cover it had to be a bouquet of flowers. The Impresslits 'Leaf' shapes were painted with 'Evergreen' Acrylic Paint before being highlighted with a mix of 'Sublime' Alcohol Pearl ink and 'Pearl' Mixative. The flower heads were cut using Tim Holtz 'Wildflower Stems #1' die set and painted with 'Lapis' and 'Eggplant' Acrylic Paints before having 'Intrique' and 'Alchemy' Alcohol Pearl inks and 'Pearl' Mixative applied over the top.

It felt appropriate to finish some of the flowers with shirt button centres (covered with 'Alchemy' Alcohol Pearl ink) to compliment the sewing pattern background. A Tim Holtz Ideaology Adornments Butterfly was brushed gently with the 'Sterling' Acrylic Paint before being added to one of the flower heads and the Big Chat sticker was mounted on some thick card. Inside the book is hand bound with tea stained paper pages for a vintage feel.

So that's my take on the theme 'Mother May I?' for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created 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 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 linked below.

Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints - Heather


  1. This is a stunning gift for you mum Jenny and I know she will treasure it x You have put so much thought in to it and I love the way you added the paper from clothes patterns x

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  2. Gorgeous. Love how the happy flowers pop against the neutral background. This is a gift to treasure.

  3. My word, Jenny! This is a masterpiece! The colors grabbed me straight away...especially the yellow gold button centers in those purple flowers. But it's the little details that thrill me the most: the subtle background with that gorgeous lace border treatment, the soft texture of the book cover, and the masterful binding. It's a proper book, and it makes me giddy with glee just to look at it here. Your Mum will cherish this forever! I'm so lucky to know you...you inspire me more than words can say! xo

  4. Fabulous! I love that you layered the cloth onto the book covers. Beautiful bouquet of vibrant flowers with a gorgeous design! Fabulous book!

  5. Oh, my goodness, Jenny! this is so pretty! The water-color look you've achieved on the flowers and leaves melts my heart and adding the buttons is such a lovely touch. The sewing patterns peeking through at the spine and the soft colors and delicate textures of the cover are details that I love! You have achieved the perfect balance of subtle and bold and your attention to detail is incredible. Another mind blowing book from your talented hands! Your Mum is going to treasure this! Hugs!

  6. Love the beautiful texture added throughout the book! The flowers pack a punch- love the colors. Your Mum will love it!

  7. Wow! What a gorgeous book! It is so wonderful. tfs


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