Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Locales Tropicales

Hello, dear friends! How is your day going? We're steadily plowing our way through winter. It's nice to think that the worst is over for those of you who live in colder climates. We've been granted a reprieve from cooler weather this year. Charleston temperatures have been mainly in the 70's with plentiful sunshine. In the next week or two we should be seeing tulips and all of those long awaited tell-tale signs of spring. 

It's time for a bright new challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! Cec is our hostess for the next two weeks with the following guidelines: 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.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Frilly and Funkie Blog . Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! For entry specifics and inspiration from my fabulous teammates just click on the blog link above. 

Because I live in a well preserved colonial city with a mild, subtropical climate, my take on this week's palette may be a bit different from others. Our state tree is the Palmetto and our streets are lined with Palms, just as you would expect. However, Charleston's immense mansions boast pastels and subdued colors. Think whites, creams, pinks, and pale blues. When I think of the tropics my mind goes to dimity, detailed iron work, lush gardens, Charleston single houses with their long side porches, and the ladies who to this very day weave sweet grass baskets along the streets of Charleston. 

I decided the best way to stick with the challenge would be to create a project that brings to mind the citrus fruits grown here and in other tropical regions. 'Back in the day,' fruit vendors meandered through Charleston neighborhoods calling out their wares for all to hear. In my mind's eye (or ear) I can almost hear them calling out their carts filled with lemons and limes.  

You'll find distressed layers, stitching, and handmade tropical styled flowers in greens and yellows. The die cut Tim Holtz embellishments reflect the iron work patterns that are prevalent here.  

Of course, I included a twine bow as well as a bit of burlap which was a close as I could get to rattan. 

A splattering of Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Stain is added for additional intensity of color.   

Thank you for being with me on this beautiful day. It's time to turn the challenge over to your capable hands. The best part of the challenge is seeing the marvels you create in your craft rooms. May your week be filled with the presence of those you love and many, many blessings!  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Secret Garden!

Hello! A warm welcome to you on this beautiful Tuesday! I hope you're staying nice and cozy if it's frigid in your part of the world.  

I have the honor of posting on the Maja Design Blog today! A week ago I posted a complete tutorial for paper roses, so I'm using some of my handmade blossoms to bring this secret garden to life. 

I have a passion for secret gardens. Honestly, I can't get enough of them. My home, Charleston, is filled with private gardens sequestered behind tall brick walls with elaborate wrought iron gates. I'm always trying to peek beyond the gates to glimpse the beauty that lies beyond. 

You don't have to peek around massive iron gates to visit my garden! Inside you are greeted by distressed Maja Design papers, layered die cut doilies, abundant handcrafted blooms, shabby resin embellishments, and a sweet stamped sentiment. 

You can create your own rose garden anytime you wish by checking out the tutorial presented on the Maja Design Blog last Tuesday.  

Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me! Don't forget to check out our February Mood Board Challenge. We just launched it this week, so you have plenty of time to participate. May this day bring you untold joys and creative adventures!


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Additional Products Used: Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Doily Die, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Tim Holtz Mini Mister, Impression Obsession Stamp, Archival Ink, Twine, Melissa Frances Resin Lock & Key, Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Thread.  

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Maja Design February Mood Board Challenge!

Hello! How are you doing today? Are you up to anything crafty? It's February and Valentine's day is just around the corner. It's also time for a brand new mood board challenge at Maja Design! My interpretation is above. What I'm really excited to see is what you will create for the challenge. The mood board and entry guidelines can be found below. 

This is how we use the mood boards:  
Definition mood board – n
[a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other]
We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truly believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. Feel free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the color scheme.
We will pick a winner and present it on the Maja Design blog on December 26th.
Have in mind that these challenges are a really great way for us to discover new talents and maybe some future Creative Team members…

How to participate?
♥ Create anything you’ll like – a layout, a card, something altered or maybe a canvas, take a nice picture of it and send it to We also need to know your full name, address and a phone number. Please specify what collection you would like to win, if you are the lucky one. We will also want to know if you would like it in the size 12*12 or 6*6. Please send us the pictures in the size of 800 pixels on the width. We would be so grateful if you also could change the file name of the photo to your first and last name including your country.
♥ Feel free to send us more than one picture, from different angles or some close-ups – or why not more than one project?
♥ Publish the project/s on your blog (or/and any social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) with a link to our site. Please also add the picture of the mood board.
♥ Feel free to combine your entry with other challenges.
♥ The winner will be revealed the last Monday each month, at the Maja blog. The winner will be sent one collection by their choice, and also a digital Winner’s Badge to use and brag with. 

Thanks so much for stopping in today! It's time to get cozy in your craft space and begin creating your mood board project. Wishing you many crafty adventures!

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