Frilly & Funkie : Out of the Cold

22nd February, 2017

It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

This challenge is hosted by Cec (CW Card Creations), who has chosen the theme OUT OF THE COLD …CEC says, “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.”

iGirlZoe : Out of the ColdBright colours are always a bit of a challenge for me as it’s just not really my jam, but I love a challenge…

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
Cut a piece of mixed media cardstock 7 x 5.25 inches. I stamped the new rectangle collage background stamp by Wendy Vecchi in cornflower blue archival ink. Overstamp in jet black archival ink with the botanical register background stamp, also by Wendy Vecchi. I LOVE this stamp!!

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
Blend pumice stone and broken china distress ink inside the rectangle collage stamped area. Then blend vintage photo distress ink over the outer area. Spritz with water and set aside to dry.

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
I used the new idea-ology block lower cling foam stamps by Tim Holtz with picket fence distress paint to stamp a series of numbers over my background. Once dry, ink up the cling foam stamps with potting soil archival ink and stamp onto scrap paper twice and then stamp, slightly offset over the original stamped image.

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
Stamp flowers from the flower garden and mini bouquet sets onto distress watercolor cardstock. Scribble distress crayons onto a non stick craft mat, (I used seedless preserve, fossilized amber and peeled paint). Using a water brush, pick up the distress crayon and watercolour the stamped images and fussy cut. I love the depth of colour you get when watercolouring with distress crayons.

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
Stamp a bee from the tiny things stamp set and watercolour distress markers, (I used wild honey for the body and tumbled glass for the wings). Once dry fussy cut.

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
Use this dry embossing technique by Tim Holtz to give the bee and the flowers a cool dimensional effect. Attach with glossy accents and 3D foam.

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
Bend the prongs off a fork from the idea-ology silverware set. To age, dab mushroom alcohol ink on with a cotton bud and allow to dry. Using the other end of the cotton bud, roll over potting soil archival ink and dab onto the fork. Attach with glossy accents.

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
Punch 2 banners with the Tim Holtz Large banner paper punch. Blend vintage photo distress ink into one and broken china distress ink into the other, spritz with water and once dry mount one over the other, slightly offsetting. Age an idea-ology adornment index clip, using the same technique as the fork, and clip over the banner. Add some remnant rubs inside the index clip window.

iGirlZoe : Out of the Cold
I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by.








  1. I LOVE what you’ve done here Zoe!!! That combination of backgrounds works perfectly to focus the eye on the bright flowers and I adore the clever alteration of the adornments and the offset stamped numbers xx

  2. Wendy Vecchi says:

    gorgeous!!! you used my most favorite new background stamp! lovely colors!

  3. Wow! Zoe, I love the use of the new stamps! Will have to add to my collection! Beautiful job!

  4. Sharon Young says:

    Adore it! Great composition. Love how the bright flowers just pop off the page. The offset number technique makes them look dimensional.

  5. Tracy Evans says:

    Gorgeous, love the background stamp and numbers and the pop of colour from the flowers. Tracy x

  6. Sue says:

    This is an amazing project Zoe, and the flowers just come to life. I really am loving this one!It really is looking like something found while “pickin” an old seed shop! Great job and love the stamps also.

  7. Deb L says:

    This is beautiful Zoe!

  8. stampersuzz says:

    Beautiful! The background is so dreamy with the soft shadowing, colors and sponged inks. Love this charming card!

  9. Autumn says:

    Zoe, this project rocks my crafty world! Such great points of interest throughout. Really love this! Hugs, Autumn

  10. A wonderful card, Zoe!!!

  11. Nancy Dynes says:

    Hi, Zoe!
    I’m sipping my morning coffee as I gaze at the perfection you’ve created from paper and ink! I have been pouring over your techniques with a fine tooth comb just trying to absorb everything. The attention to detail is amazing, down to every last little embellishment. You’ve given everything such depth and aged each piece expertly. I love everything about this beauty!

  12. Lucy says:

    This is really incredible. I was not aware of the dry embossing technique, but it is impressive. My initial impression of the Botanical Register stamp on its own is that it is rather plain, but that is not true at all as evidenced by how beautiful this project is. It is a perfect backdrop. Just incredible.

  13. Caro Taylor says:

    Zoe you are a crafting genius!!

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