Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Flower Box

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Nancy is our hostess this time and wants us to Welcome Spring!  She describes it this way:

Springtime! It's fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!

In keeping with our celebration of all things Wendy Vecchi, I decided to use some of her new and old floral stamps and create a flower box hanging on a fence, rather than a window.  I was going to make a card but decided instead to use a canvas as the substrate for my flower box.

I started by coating an 8"x8" canvas from the dollar store with Gesso and then painted around the edges with some Espresso acrylic paint mixed with a bit of black Gesso.

To make my "fence" I cut a square of grey card stock and scored it every 1/2".  Then I turned it over and on the side where the score marks are raised I ran down the length with Pumice Stone Distress Ink followed by Walnut Stain.  I used the ink pads themselves and went in one direction.  Then I took a brown marker and made lines and dots to show the ends of the board and the nails.

Next I made a shallow window flower box from scrap card stock and used the rust pastes from Prima to make it look rusty.

Now it was time to make some flowers to fill the box.  I used a couple of the new floral stamps as well as one of the older stamps.  All the flowers have been coloured with prismacolors and fussy cut.

I have an urn that I fill with flowers for the summer and I always make sure that there are vines or ivy that is going to hang down so I decided my box should have something similar and that was accomplished by cutting some branches from a Tim Holtz die called Garden Greens.  I used some scrap card stock from Bazzill and then spritzed them with Shabby Shutters Distress Spray Stain before I cut them up.

The flowers and leaves were all shaped using a large embossing tool and then planted in the box.  Finally a little butterfly from a Martha Stewart punch with some dollar store gems for a body was added to the canvas.


  1. Oh my goodness, Cec! You are a genius! I just assumed your background was from a rubber stamp or patterned paper until I came here and checked out your tutorial. I love the wooden fence background you've achieved in such a clever way. If I tried to do this mine would never have such perfect lines or character. Your flower box is so lusciously aged and rusty looking, and the flowers beautifully colored. This is a real treat for the eyes. I'm having the best morning blog hopping around and enjoying all of this eye candy!

  2. What a brilliant and beautiful idea! I love your flower box full of a lovely bouquet of flowers. Gorgeous card!

  3. WOW, I love this gorgeous box!!Those flowers are beautiful!

  4. Cec you are on a roll!!! This is magnificent!!! I love those carefully hand crafted flowers (well done on that fussy cutting) and textured container. This canvas positively screams Spring to me! xx

  5. Oh my word! I adore this, Cec! The posies just burst against that rustic fence background and rusty flower box. The colors are so perfect for spring. This is awesome!

  6. great floral arrangement! great colors! love it!

  7. Your flowers look so lovely against the wood look background - great card for springtime.
    Alison x

  8. Ahhh - well... of course... you know I ADORE this creation Cec because it's so 'ranchy'! Your fence is GENIUS. I am just so impressed by how you made it look EXACTLY like fence posts just on paper without doing it in pieces etc. AWESOME. And the flowers are so PRETTY - perfect in prep for spring! In Texas... we everything is budding already! This was a treat to see - thank you Cec. Xj.

  9. Fabulous Cec, love how you created your fence and the posies are lovely, a real vision of Spring! Deb xo

  10. Wow!!I loved the handmade wooden wall and flowerbox! The flowers and vines are so pretty too!! Great inspiration for this challenge too!!

  11. Your card would fits with our challenge #3 (spring) at Do-Al(l) Kreatives! I like to invite you to play with us.

    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  12. Oh, dear, Cec, I will never catch up with all your crafty projects, but I just had to stop in and tell you how wonderful this is! I adore wood panels, and I'm always looking for ways to make some nice ones. Yours look so authentic, and this is going onto my Pinterest board for future play! Thank you so much for the inspiration! I hope you are doing OK with all your snow! Hugs!


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