Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Most Memorable Gift for Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and visitors! Today the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team get to reveal their inspiration for our current challenge, Most Memorable Gift.

Our very talented Suzanne is our hostess this time, and this is what she has to say...December for many of us is a time where we give and receive.  That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years.  These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating.  Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

Choosing a most memorable gift had to be the most challenging part of this theme. Was it the engagement ring my then boyfriend surprised me with on Christmas Eve so many years ago? Was it the origami heart made from a twenty dollar bill my son made for me a few Christmas' back when he didn't know what on earth I could possible use? Was it the altered book my daughter made so lovingly for me with her own two hands when she was a young teenager? Or is it something deeper, like the gift of my twins (I discovered right before Christmas it was not one baby but two!), the gift of life and ability for my son who fell 40 ft. from a tree two days before Christmas 4 years ago, or God's gift to all of us-Jesus! There seemed to be a common element here--Christmas, so I chose to make a Christmas vignette to celebrate all those special gifts.

I used the Vignette Box Tops and the Vignette boxes and got to work.

To decorate the smallest of the boxes, I used Tim Holtz Stripes stencil, Distress Collage Medium Matte and Glitter dust over his Christmas paper stash. I added two tiny trees straight from the package.

I used Trophy Antlers, Christmas Fringe and Christmas Ephemera to decorate this one. The wood slice you see in the background to elevate the deer head is cut from one of my vintage bottle brush trees. I colored my deer with Wild Honey Distress paint and crayon. The antlers get their sparkle from the Glitter Dust. I hung a couple of sweet Silver Plated Jingle Bells from his antlers.

 I used Kraft Stock to line this box and added Stickles for sparkle. I added Glitter dust to a piece of card and cut Santa and his reindeer (Village Christmastime die set) from that and black card and layered them up.

This largest box top comes in two orientations and styles. Choosing the horizontal orientation allowed me to put a lot in this one space. I stenciled some papers using Starry stencil and Prima Clear Crackle paste and rubbed in some Distress Metallic Crayon.

I stained the small woodland tree and one tiny tree with Distress spray stain  and colored some Beaded Berries and Metallic Trimmings for decorations. I colored Santa with Distress paints and aged him with Distress Crayon. The deer was colored with Distress Oxide. The tree to the right is one of my vintage ones from my collection. Everything is set into drifts of 'snow' made from foil, masking tape and Grit paste sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

I added some fairy lights and here is what they look like illuminated. These are going off to my daughter's dorm room at college, so she'll have a bit of Christmas cheer as she waits for Christmas break.

 I hope you will have time to visit Frilly and Funkie to see all the wonderful ways my team mates were inspired by their most memorable gifts -- you will be in for a treat! Then I hope you will create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at Frilly and Funkie before midnight on Tuesday, December 19.  

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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Thank you so much for your visits! 
Merry Christmas!
Sara Emily

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: