Wednesday, November 7, 2018


The new challenge at Frilly and Funkie starts today and Kathy is our hostess.  She is calling it A Harvest of Gratitude and describes it this way:

There is always something to be thankful for. In this gratitude themed challenge we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.

This project is meant to reflect my gratitude for the fall season.  I live in Canada and we are fortunate to have four distinct seasons but I could happily get rid of three of them and just have fall all year long.  Our winters are COLD and usually we have a lot of snow.  Spring tends to be WET and summer is HOT and HUMID (especially this past summer).  Fall is usually sunny, warm and very pleasant because of the weather and the gorgeous colours.

Here is how to make this card:
  • Start with some gold card stock for the card blank
  • Add a panel of patterned paper from theAmber Moon collection (Prima - no longer available) after distressing the edges and inking with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Top with a second panel of patterned paper from the same collection
  • Cut the word Grateful from the patterned paper, distress and adhere on top of the second panel

  • Cut a variety of leaves from the Tattered Leaves and Fall Foliage Dies (Tim Holtz)
  • Ink the leaves with Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Add leaves to bottom left corner of card

  • Coat some burlap with matte medium (Ranger) and allow to dry
  • Cut some petals from the stiffened burlap with the Shabby Posies Die (Tammy Tutterow)
  • Cut one section from each flower petal, glue the remaining petals on each side of the gap to create a cupped flower
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Add the flowers on top of the leaves and then add little fall flowers for centres
  • Finally glue a butterfly to the card

I have a shelf in my clothes closet that has a bunch of plastic bins on it and the other day I decided to look in them and see what I had been ignoring.  Lo and behold one of them had a bunch of unused craft supplies from a store that went out of business 15 years ago and that is where I found the fall flowers and the butterfly.  Does that make me a hoarder or just forgetful?  I really need to go through the other bins and discard the items I won't ever use so I can make some room - one has macrame supplies in it and I know I am not doing macrame any time soon.

Do join us for this challenge.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall pick getting an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.


  1. Cec, this is such a happy card! I always love your handmade flowers and these are especially lovely with those vibrant centers. Amber Moon is a gorgeous collection, and you have shown it off beautifully here! Like you, I love fall best of all! Thanks for inspiring us with your gorgeous gratitude card!

  2. Beautiful! I love that you mixed the butterflies with the fall leaves! I love that saying that fall leaves are like fall butterflies and you pulled them together into a gorgeous card!

  3. Beautiful fall card, Cec! You have pulled all these elements together in a stunning card! I am particularly happy to see the butterfly, as I have been struggling with whether to add butterflies to my fall makes--your's looks perfectly at home. I agree with your thoughts on the seasons, and no, stashing craft supplies in your closet does not make you a hoarder. You've taken steps to dispose of what you know you will never need. A hoarder keeps it all. Now, me, I would have talked myself into keeping the macrame supplies....I think I need professional help. Hugs!

  4. Oh gosh what a feast of textures and autumnal colours Cec. This is such a beautiful card Cec xx


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