Jun 7, 2017

My First Frilly and Funkie Design Team Post


I'm ever so happy to announce that I am a new design team member of Frilly & Funkie!  This has been such a dream of mine and I keep having to pinch myself to see if it's real!


Our June challenge hostess, Nancy Dynes has chosen the theme You're My Inspiration.  She says, "Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don't need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it."


I recently broke the frame that housed this beautiful copy of a very old picture of my Grandmother.  I thought it would make a great starting point for a collage.  I decided to use a Bible that was in the giveaway from the library for my base.  This way I can use the pages for Bible journaling later, something I have been wanting to try.  The side of the pages were stamped with the library stamp so I sanded the edge of the pages to fade the marking, then stamped with a Tim Holtz stamp repeatedly along the sides of the pages.


I used clear gesso to prime the cover, because I wanted my transparent color layers to show some of the cover pattern beneath.  I created texture with Tim's Mini Layering Stencil and texture paste, repeating the design all over my cover and spine.  I love the tiny design of this stencil.  Next, I mixed mini Art Stones with gel medium and brushed over the seams where the stencil pattern repeated.


I painted the cover with brown DecoArt fluid acrylic, then sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang to add shine and the blue puddles.  I added a little aqua DecoArt fluid acrylic over the blue spray for depth.


I stamped Seth Apter's background stamps randomly to add more texture to the cover.


I layered a Prima Wild & Free flower over a bundle of sisal.


I cut a Weathered Clock die from chipboard and embossed with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves EP.  I added some DecoArt aqua fluid acrylic to the embossed clock, then lightly tapped with my Versamark again and embossed over the paint.


I really loved the effect of blending paint with embossing.  You can see I attached Mica Flakes with gel medium randomly on my finished collage.


I gave the same treatment to the Scroll dies.  I am wildly in love with this Bigz die!  It is my favorite of Tim's releases this year.


The paint adds a bit of patina and dulls the shine of the EP.  I tore a tea bag and tucked it under my photo.


I left the wood chippie raw and added one of Tim's new Clippings sentiment stickers, which I thought was so appropriate for this project.  The joy of the Lord was exuberant in my Grandmother and her joy was contagious!  I hope this coffee table book will inspire everyone who comes into my home.  I also hope you'll be inspired to enter our challenge for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  

"The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV






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37 comments:

  1. What a treasure you have created, love the Bible verse, too. Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Congratulations Autumn and a wonderful project. Love all that shimmery texture xx

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  3. Oh Autumn, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am for you joining such a wonderful team!! Huge congratulations to you and so richly deserved, your work is always outstanding!

    The photo of your Grandmother is so beautiful and you really have done her justice on the cover of your altered bible - the colours and texture are wonderful. I am sure this will inspire everyone who visits your home! Hugs, Anne xx

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  4. Wow, look at all the texture and colour, love this! A fabulous creation!

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  5. Autumn, it is so exciting to have you on the team! You well know that I've been a huge fan from the first moment my eyes fell on your lovely artwork. This altered Bible cover is gorgeous with all the wonderful texture from the various materials you used. I love that you put your grandmother's photo on the cover. It makes it that much more special. Looking forward to many more beautiful projects from your gifted mind and hands. xo

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  6. Congratulations on your new design team post and what a fabulous project to showcase for your first outing too. The texture and detail is amazing.
    Lorraine

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  7. congrats on the new DT position Autumn! Your book cover is gorgeous and I love the steps you took to get the patina effect.

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  8. Congratulations on your new DT Autumn and such a fabulous project. Loving all the textures and such a beautiful photo.
    Avril xx

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  9. Welcome to the team. You are already like family so it is perfect that you are joining us. I love your altered Bible with all the yummy texture and embellishments but it is made even more special by the lovely photo of your Grandmother.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  10. Many congratulations Autumn, so very well deserved. What a fabulous project you've made, lots of texture, techniques and so personal. One talented lady x

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Those textures and colours are amazing! Not hard to see why they picked you ;) Congratulations!

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  12. Big congratulations on achieving your goal and what a stupendous way to make your debut. I'm in awe of your talent and I'd love to sit and watch you create such a multi layered, beautifully co-ordinated piece of art. But the tyranny of distance prevents that and I am grateful for the ability to visit your blog and be inspired by your creativity.

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  13. Absolutely stunning and an amazing colour palette choice and textures. Huge congratulations to you Autumn and I look forward to your future posts at Frilly and Funkie.
    Julie x

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  14. Autumn this is gorgeous. Congratulations on your new dt.

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  15. First off, I just have to say Hip, Hip, Hooray to you for joining the Frilly and Funkie Design Team! I know it's been your dream, and you are the most deserving to realize every one of your dreams! Good for you, sweetie!

    Now onto this amazing transformation of your Bible cover. (We know it's still a Bible on the inside, and what a great idea to use it for your Bible journal.) The photo of your grandmother is so gorgeous--what a beautiful lady! You have given her photo pride of place with your stunning textured background and those precious stone-like embellishments! I love your technique--I'm so going to steal that! What a knock out for your first project! I'm looking forward to your future artwork at Frilly and Funkie! I'm so honored to be joining you on this new art journey, Hugs!

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  16. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday.

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  17. Congratulations, Autumn! Your talented fingers will do incredible things for F&F! Your grandmotherly creation is especially beautiful. I love seeing vintage family photos. Your collage is endearing and very feminine! xoxo

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  18. This is spectacular. Congratulations on being on the team.

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  19. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  20. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft & Create, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  21. BIG hugs and congrats on your placement, well done and a gorgeous inspiring project too..xx [aNNie]

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  22. This is such an amazing cover Autumn, and what a great idea for the challenge! The textures are amazing and it is so beautifully finished with the additional elements, stunning, stunning work and of course HUGE congrats on your new DT!! They are so lucky to have you!!

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  23. First up welcome to the team!!! So pleased you've joined us at Frilly and Funkie. What a wonderful way to display that gorgeous photo of your Grandmother on something so special. I adore the alterations you've made, even on the side of the bible, and feel sure you will be treasuring this for many years to come xx

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  24. Congratulations Autumn on being part of the Frilly and Funkiw team. Your work of art is amazing - I love how you have added textures and colour to the cover of the Bible, and how you have used the photograph of your grandmother.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  25. WOW...this is amazing. Lovely creation. Thank you so much for participating in the current challenge at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges. We appreciate you so much and hope to see you the next time too!

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  26. A beautiful project. The book cover looks amazingly opulent with the soft metallics and fabulous textures. The gorgeous photo is wonderful.
    Thank you for joining in with our June challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

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  27. When I saw this on FB I just totally fell in love with it Autumn, it is so beautiful and huge congratulations on your new DT position, such wonderful news. Xxx

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  28. THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! The best covered Bible or book I can ever remember seeing and I love everything you did. Please start BAJ - I know I would learn from you and be inspired by you. Love this project and could hug you for sharing it!

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  29. Welcome Autumn!!! What a beautiful first project with the team! I am very excited to have you join us and share your awesome art as part of the team! Fabulous patina and texture on your gorgeous book!

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  30. Wow is all I can say, Autumn!! You have created such a beautiful keepsake in honor of your grandmother! I am in awe of your artwork...thanks so much for joining us at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges! And congratulations for being chosen for the DT!!

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  31. Congratulations on your DT post, exciting times ahead. I adore your project, it is stunning. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Caz DT.

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  32. Hey, you! I was loving the text block of this project... did I see it on Insta??? Anywho, just saw your win at Make My Monday... well-deserved! XOXO, hope you are having a blast!

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  33. Congratulations Autumn! You deserve to be in the fabulous team and I always find your work so amazing. This artwork has special meaning I am sure. Your Grandmother is so beautiful. It's so wonderful to see your submission again at STAMPlorations June Mixed Media Challenge Thank you for playing along with us.
    Hugs and smiles,
    Asmah
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

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  34. Congrats on your new DT post! Wow, what a way to start off! Love all of your amazing textures and colors and will have to re-read it a few times. What a sweet and awesome tribute to your beloved Grandmother. Beautiful, beautiful project, Autumn! Hugs!

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  35. What a stunning project Autumn. It is fitting for a memory of your grandmother.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

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  36. Fabulous altered bible cover. How lovely and loving. I had given my Mother's and Grandmother's bibles to my daughters after they went to be with our lord. I will be reviewing this post again. TFS

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