Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Out of the Cold

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time I am the hostess.  I am calling this one "Out of the Cold" and when I set the theme a few weeks ago, I didn't realize how much I would want this to be my reality today.  Here is how I describe this challenge:

"It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let's head to the tropics. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm - think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest."

As I sit here creating this blog post, my husband is outside shoveling snow for the third time in 24 hours. It is cold and miserable and I want to go somewhere warm and fuzzy but since that isn't happening, I am just going to lose myself in my card with warm colours and lots of wonderful products from Wendy Vecchi.  February is heart month so I just had to add at least one and as you can see it works perfectly with the sentiment.

I started by creating my background.  I took a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper and smooshed it through some of Wendy Vecchi's Archival Inks that I had put on my kraft sheet and added some rubbing alcohol to.  I used Tree Branch, Dandelion and Orange Blossom.

Next I marked off a part circle on one side using the circle mask from Wendy's set called Four Spotlight Frames & Masks and a Micron pen.

I left the mask in place and sponged some of Wendy's Tea Rose and Red Geranium Archival Inks on the rest of the background.

Next I did some stenciling with Wendy's Watering Can Archival Ink.  I used the circle frame with a Pointed Star stencil from Jenni Bowlin Studio to keep it inside the part circle.

Note:  After I had done this I remembered that I had one of Wendy's background stamps called Vintage Wallpaper that would have been perfect and wished I had used it instead so I will link it below.

Then I put the mask back on and used Wendy's Checkmate stencil.  I didn't like how bright this part was so I sponged a thin coat of Gesso over it.

Using Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped two copies of the little flower from Wendy's set called Mix and Match Art on each of three different scraps of paper from Graphic 45 and then fussy cut the bloom portion from each.  I shaped the petals of one of each colour bloom and mounted it on top of the flat bloom.  I used a gold gel pen to highlight the stamens.

Now it was time to assemble the card.  The sentiment is from Wendy's set called All Occasion Art and was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink on a scrap of Graphic 45 paper and the edges were inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink.  I popped it up with some craft foam and added a little dollar store gem.

I cut some leaves with Tim Holtz's Garden Greens Die and inked the edges with Forest Moss DI.  The flowers were adhered to the card with leaves peeking out here and there.

Finally I used Martha Stewart punches to make the heart and the butterfly.  A couple gems were added to the body of the butterfly.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Cec beautiful card with warm sunny flowers! Love the layered flowers and the pretty colors!

  2. What a wonderful card! I love the clever way you used the flower stamp, too. The colors are all golden and peachy like sunshine on a summer day. The inky stenciled background is fab! Home rain!

  3. Oh Cec this sure warms my heart! I love the layering using the stencils and flowers on this. Those bright beautiful flowers really pop against the more subtle stencilled background and I love the sentiment you've chosen xx

  4. Hi, Cec!!! I've been pouring over how you put together this gorgeous card. Your background by itself is a stand-alone work of art. The beautiful flowers are like the icing on the cake--and not plain icing like a store bought cake, but that really delicious cream cheese icing they put on carrot cakes!! Thank you for always inspiring me to be a better artist.

  5. Gorgeous Cec, I love the stenciled background and that warm colour palette.


I love to hear what you think about my work, so please leave me a comment.