Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tropical Seahorse

Howdy!  I am sharing today my Funkie DT project for the Frilly and Funkie "Out of the Cold" Challenge.   Cec is hosting the challenge and here is what she said about the 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."

Well, I took her words to heart and channeled the warm tropical winds and here is what happened...
I started from these pretty Wendy Vecchi flowers and made a large batch of them. I like fussy cutting and cut them out while watching t.v. with the hubby.   If you like to fussy cut with scissors like me I want to recommend getting the mini scissors.  I have about 4 pairs.  I keep one just for my ribbon, thread, or material and the others for cutting paper.  They make such a difference when cutting if you have a smaller pair of scissors to navigate through the intricate designs or small spaces.

I stamped them with black archival ink on mixed media paper.  I then sprayed them with distress stain spray. I started with Squeezed Lemonade but decided I needed a stronger color and loaded them up with Abandoned Coral.

 I wanted something summery to go with my flowers and I looked through my dies and the seahorse caught my eye.  I cut multiples of him as well as pulling out some previously cut horses. 

They all got a special treatment of crackle embossing paste through the harlequin mini stencil.  While it was wet I tried a variety of colors but loved the orange and yellow mix the best. I left them soaked to dry with all the color pooling up in areas.  I came back later and heat dried the embossing paste to get even more bubbling and texture.

I then cut out a variety of leaves and branches which were sprayed with a mix of yellow, green and blue.  I then laid a big sheet of mixed media paper over it and got the cool background you can see with the reverse image of the branches.

 I had so many extra seahorses and flowers I set up journal page with all my leftover bits. Our weather this week has been tremendous for February and this challenge fits right in with the great weather we are having.

Come play along with us and share your warmth with us in the challenge.   The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here 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.

Sending you warm tropical breezes...




  1. Wow, Suzz! I love these punchy colors and pretty flowers. Seahorses are my favorite, so I totally love this gorgeous mixed media piece, especially that awesome background. It really does feel like you are underwater. I'm such a fan!

  2. What an inspired use for those flowers Suzz!!! LOVE the bright citrus colours, clever underwater inky background and fabulous embossed seahorse xx

  3. Suzz, this definitely brightened my day! I love the harlequin embossed seahorse and the gorgeous flowers & color combo! Hugs, Autumn

  4. One word...OUTSTANDING! And WOW, too!

  5. Suzz,
    How do I say this? Let me start with WOW!!! You've captured the tropics and wrapped them up into this stunning card and journal page. Those sea horses are the sweetest little fellows I've ever seen. I love the bright palette with the contrast of the oranges and greens. An absolute feast for the eyes!


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