Wednesday, September 12, 2018


It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Maggi is our hostess this time and she calls it All Creatures Great and Small.

Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile. Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life. My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home! For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals. It could be your pets or a vintage photo. Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone??? Eeeek!!!! No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

I have made a small layout on a canvas featuring a photo of two Golden Retrievers but before I tell you how I made it, I need to give you a bit of information about how this came about.

I am not an animal person so when I saw this challenge I went into panic mode because I don't have any pets and have never wanted any, especially after I was bitten by a dog when I was five.  And then as bad luck would have it, I was bitten by a neighbour's dog a few years ago.  So I made a card with birds on it and the more I looked at it, the more I realized I did not like it.  Then something came across my Facebook feed that provided an ah-ha moment.

A couple years ago I started following a Facebook page called Prayers for Finn, which chronicles the challenges and successes of a little boy from Virginia who was born with heart problems.  Finn still has some challenges but after a number of major surgeries, he is fantastic, improving constantly and has just started pre-school.  Finn's family recently got a new Golden Retriever puppy to fill the void left when they lost a couple of older dogs and I asked the Mom if I could use this photo of the puppy and her sister from another litter (same parents but born a year and a half apart) to make a layout.  She gave her permission so I am sharing it with you.  If you can, check out the story of Finn and his lovely family - it is so heartwarming.

Here is how to put this layout together:

1.  Use texture paste (Ranger) and the Checkmate stencil (Wendy Vecchi) to add some stenciling down one side of a 10"x10" canvas.
2.  Coat canvas with White Gesso (Dina Wakely).
3.  Add a bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint (Tim Holtz) to White Gesso (Dina Wakely) and give the canvas another coat.

4.  Using a sponge add full strength Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint (Tim Holtz) over the textured stenciling and horizontally across the middle.
5.  Use Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Broken China Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) through the Checkmate stencil to make random marks.
6.  Use Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) with honeycomb and crisscross stamps (Tim Holtz) to make more random markings.
7.  Thin some White Gesso and apply with a cheap brush to knock back colour in some areas.
8.  Use Garden Patina Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and a Harlequin stencil (Tim Holtz) to add more marks.
9.  Spritz the canvas with some Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz).

10.  Ink a piece of card stock with Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio DI and cut into strips.
11.  Punch the edges of the strips with some edge punches (Martha Stewart), distress the edges and ink with Tumbled Glass DI.

12.  Use Watering Can Archival Ink with the script stamp from the Entomology set (Tim Holtz) to stamp onto a scrap of white card stock.  Cut to size, distress the edges and ink with Tumbled Glass DI.
13.  Turn image to greyscale on the computer, print it, distress the edges and ink with Tumbled Glass DI.

14.  Alter half of a wooden flourish (Kaisercraft) with White Gesso and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paint.
15.  Use Alphamumeric die (Tim Holtz) to cut FAMILY from a scrap of card stock.

To Assemble:

1.  Adhere punched strips, some strips of venise lace, a little ruler (my stash) and the FAMILY strip.  Glue the flourish on next.
2.  Add the script panel followed by the image using dimensional foam strips.
3.  Glue a selection of flowers and leaves next along with some buttons (all from my stash).
4.  Add some striped braid (my stash) to one strip of lace and then glue the Together Chitchat strip (Tim Holtz) on top of a punched strip.
5.  Add a punched butterfly and a coloured butterfly that I recycled from an old project.

The following products used to create this layout came from The Funkie Junie Boutique:


  1. Oh, this is gorgeous, Cec! The color palette grabbed me right away...then the textures and stenciling drew me in for a closer look. I love the way you built a corner for your photo to rest in. And the black and white photo is perfection. This is a new favorite for me! Thanks for sharing the details! xo

  2. Oh my, this is just wonderful! Of course I love the photo and I am so sorry you have had two bad doggie experiences but I do understand. Gorgeous layout and colors!!

  3. Well for someone how has not been treated very kindly from the canine world you have really created a beautiful beautiful layout with a wonderful picture featuring the dogs. This canvas is gorgeous!

  4. Oh Cec this is inspired!!! What a great place to go to find your focal point and what an incredible layout design you've produced to do it justice. Absolutely blown away by this!!!


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