Wednesday, March 28, 2018


It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Zoe is our hostess for this one and is calling it Bloomin' Marvelous!  She describes it this way:

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).

Rather than using baby pastel colours, I thought I would go for creams and peach tones.  To add to my vision, I also included a few papers from the pad called A Ladies Diary from Graphic 45, which is very vintage.

I cut a couple of rectangles of paper, the second a bit smaller than the first and once they were distressed and inked on the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I added them to my card blank.  I also cut a half rectangle (a.k.a. a triangle 😃), distressed it, inked it and added it to the top right corner.

I had a wooden lattice in my stash and added it under the rectangle.

Next I grabbed some crinoline, cream tulle and cream lace and die cut some petals using the Shabby Posies die from Tammy Tutterow.  All the crinoline flowers were dyed with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I layered the larger dyed petals with some tulle and lace petals and stitched them together.  A gem from my stash was added to the centre of the large flower.

I layered the smaller petals to make two flowers but once I saw the flowers together I decided to add some Tea Dye Distress Ink to the smaller petals so they would stand out a bit against the larger flower.  All the flowers were adhered to the triangle.

Using the Garden Greens (mini) die I cut leaves from Kraft Core Shattered Collection card stock and tucked them under the flowers.

I found some seam binding in my stash that had come from The Funkie Junkie Boutique holding little packages together and they were already dyed (I think with Tea Dye Distress Ink) and scrunched.  I ironed them to make them smooth again and then looped them together to create a bow.  I added a loopy twine bow on top along with a button from my stash.

Next I coated a metal butterfly with some white gesso and then coloured it with Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink before I added it to the card.

Finally I coloured a paper doll and a quote chip with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added them to my card.  That little girl has no problem sitting on a lattice fence with a giant bow coming out of head - pretty original, I would say. 😃

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  You have two weeks to create and at the end, one randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall top pick receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.


  1. Absolutely beautiful floral confection Cec! The touches of lace in one of the flowers and altered butterfly add so much romance to it all xx

  2. My mom had an arbor where her roses climbed and bloomed. When I was a little girl, I loved to sit under the arbor and read books. This lovely vintage vignette took me right back to that memory. This is so sweetly vintage and nostalgic, Cec. I love your Bloomin' Marvellous textile flowers. So beautiful!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  4. This is so incredibly beautiful Cec! I adore your handmade flowers here and the colors you've chosen. This is one of my all time favorites. I just love every detail! Hugs, Autumn

  5. Very beautiful! I love the paper doll sitting in the garden on the lattice, and crinoline flowers are so vintage and romantic. Yours are even more so paired with the bit of lace, gorgeous shabby bow and lovely papers! I'm so happy to see this nostalgic color palette. Hugs!

  6. I am drooling over this project, so delicate and feminine ~ I LOVE it Cec!!!!

  7. Cec I LOVE this card and those vintage soft colours you used...and, of course a paper doll...the perfect touch!
    Take care xxx

  8. Feminine, soft, shabby, and charming! I love the neutral pastels with the shabby chic effect. Beautiful card!

  9. Just gorgeous Cec! I love those flowers and the paper doll peeking out from under them and your soft vintage colour palette is divine! Thanks so much for sharing your creative inspiration for this challenge. <3

  10. Lovely colors, lovely flowers, many ideas. Overall beautifu, sweet, charming and vintage!


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