Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Spring is in Full Bloom

Hi!  Welcome back, just in time for the Funkie Side of the Challenge "Spring is in Full Bloom"!   The talented Maggi is hosting the challenge and here is her description of the challenge:

"This is my favorite time of the year. Here in the south the trees and shrubs are all blooming and showing their splendor. Many are busy planting their vegetable gardens. The migrating birds have returned to build nests and raise a new family. Your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that illustrates the magic of spring in bloom!"

I have to confess we are sitting in 3 inches of snow right now. A late snowfall for us but it is definitely hiding the spring flowers right now!  :)  I played around with a variety of things but ended up with a vintage inspired spring card.

I love looking at magazines. I work all day on a computer and getting back onto the computer to scroll through ideas is usually not on the agenda for me. But give me a stack of magazines I am happy to browse through them and get inspired.  I was inspired by a series of all neutral layered cards and used that as my starting point for this card. 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology collage paper travel Stampers Anonymous Entomology Dina Wakely Media Tape Sizzix Wildflowers Stems #1 Distress Stain Spray Picked Raspberry Ranger Layering Stencil Nordic Holiday Knit for The Funkie Junkie Boutique
 I started with making some tissue paper flowers.  My first attempt I used on the card with was more of a round flower without too much layering.  I thought it turned out cute but wanted to see if I could get more layering.  I tore a strip of the collage paper and added a thin strip of double sided tape along the edge. 

I used the strip with the tape to fold over the tissue paper into a circle and I ended up with these fun flowers:

The flowers needed a center and I used a button to give them a focal point. I then used a heavy duty needle and stitched twine through the  button. I decided to use a thin wire to make stems for the flowers and I also pulled the wire through the button holes to keep the stem and the flower together. 

I also played with Dina Wakely mixed media tape. I acquired this tape awhile ago and have been wanting to play with the tape and finally got the chance! 

The tape is like tissue tape but with a surface that you can decorate.  I put embossing paste through the stencil onto the tape, I stamped on it, I painted it with gesso and I spritzed it with distress stain spray.  

I was really pleased with the effect. You can see pieces of it on the card in the background. 

I hope you are inspired to share your spring flowers with us at the challenge. 

 The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard! 

Thanks for stopping by! 



Ranger Distress Stain Sprays - Antique LinenPicked Raspberry
Ranger Distress Inks - Forest Moss, Antique Linen
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Jet Black 


  1. Suzz, I really love the softness of your beautiful card and whimsical flower arrangement. Those Wildflowers Stems have never looked better, and I'm so impressed with your used of texture! Gorgeous card; lovely composition! That mixed media tape sounds interesting--need to check into that. Sending warm sunshine and hugs your way!

  2. Oh I love your two lovely designs. Both share a sweet fairy like spring feeling. Your card has delicious layers. Have a fun day

  3. Love your card and flowers xx Hope the snow clears soon Have a lovely evening xx

  4. Perfect example of the beauty of spring! I love your card with its soft colors and those flowers are totally awesome!!

  5. Goodness me! I love those button flowers! Such a clever take on this challenge, Suzz!

  6. Oh Suzz I love all those beautiful delicate layers on your card and what a fantastic idea to use the paper for the flowers!


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