Thursday, August 28, 2014

Frilly and Funkie Guest Designer

Hello Everyone:

Today is a really exciting day for me! I am the Guest Designer over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!!

This is a challenge blog that I have been following for a while...long before I started my blog. They were the inspiration behind my very first Tim Holtz purchase, a Vintage Photo distress ink pad. The talented designers on that team continue to inspire me to push my creative boundaries and to go beyond the limits that I believe I have. Thank you to the entire team for the inspiration and the honour!!

And the challenge is...A SUMMER GARDEN

Last time I did a summer garden project I, I told the story of my Mom's garden in the country when I was growing up. Today I thought I would share my city version of a summer garden. I live on the 11th floor of our building, situated in the middle of the city. I have a balcony, but there's certainly no waterfalls or pond on it. What I do have are flower boxes, they are a compact way to spruce up a balcony and they can be easily moved for the construction and maintenance guys. My balcony full of flower boxes is my little piece of the country, in the middle of the city.

So this is my FRILLY AND FUNKIE - SUMMER GARDEN FLOWER BOX


For the Frilly half of the team, I made lots of flowers and foliage!

- the flowers are handmade using a old poinsettia die, of all things, and coloured with Tim Holtz distress inks Spun Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade. The foliage is made up of dies from Spellbinders Foliage and Create-a-Carnation, Marianne Designs Ivy and Garden Branch.




- for the lattice, I took a large piece of cardboard and textured it with a home-made crackle technique and DecoArt Acrylic paints Tan and Burnt Umber and then overheated with my heat gun to make it all bubble up. I cut the piece into 3/4" strips and then made a weave pattern. Then I just trimmed it to size.

- for the sign, I used a combination of distress inks and stains, blending and dragging and smooshing until I got a texture I liked. For the final touch, a little spritz of diluted DecoArt Titanium White paint. I just cut the pieces out with scissors. The sentiment is from BoBunny.

- I made the butterfly from polymer clay and a Martha Stewart mold, painted it bronze and then applied Crackle Accents. I rubbed Black Soot distress stain into the cracks for a wonderful texture!




For the Funkie half of the team, I really put my Tim Holtz skills to the test and made a bronze box.

- OK, so it's not actual bronze, but it looks pretty close, don't ya think! It's actually made out of a Rice Krispies cereal box!!

- I drew out my template, glued the box together and added my design with a Prima stencil. I made the flower embellisments out of polymer clay and a Martha Stewart mold, then glued them to to box. Painted everything with DecoArt Ebony paint, then painted everything with my home-made bronze paint (gold, green and black mixed together).

- then I applied a layer of Black Soot distress stain over everything and lightly dabbed the highlighted areas with a cloth to remove some of the stain. I then highlighted the raised areas with a tough more of the bronze paint and a little gold paint just for good measure!




- I love to make my projects functional, so I decided to add a little drawer in the box. I am going to keep all of my little bronze embellishments in it and place it in my craft room window for a little inspiration!


Thought I would include a couple of in-progress pics...just so you can see the cereal box before, during and after the transformation.

 

I am entering my Summer Garden Flower Box into the following fantastic challenges!

(my flowers are made with an old poinsettia die that I haven't used in a couple of years)

Scrapping4fun Challenges - #24 - Technique Challenge
(I used a couple of my favourite techniques - home made crackle paint texture for the lattice and home-made texture paste with a stencil to give dimension)

(They asked that we use at least 3 things that start with B - I used butterfly, black paint, bronze paint, a box, blossoms, blooms and brads)



That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


80 comments:

  1. I am speechless Pamellia,this is the most fantastic creation you have made. I absolutely adore it,it's so delicate and beautiful and practical too! You girl are amazing,you have a wonderful talent,running out of words to describe you :)

    Extra big hugs

    Donna xxx

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    1. Aahhh! Thank you so much Donna! You sure know how to brighten my mornings!! big hugs :)

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  2. This is really beautiful Pamellia. I love the butterfly and the bronze effect on your box.
    Well done. Hugs, Veerle x

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  3. I forgot to say congratulations on your GDT spot Pamellia.
    Sorry about that. xXx

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    1. You're so sweet Veerle, thank you! double hugs :)

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  4. Congrats on your position my friend and wowowowow this is stunning beautiful and gorgeous...love the flower box, flowers and butterfly....just amazing and you are inspirational...xxx

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    1. Thank you so much my crafty friend! big hugs to you! :)

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  5. This is so creative and shouts summer garden - in a flower box. Love the butterfly and the recycled cereal box. I am anxious to know what medium you used to get everything to stand up in the box and am going to send you an email. Thanks for sharing this with us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Thank you so much Cec! I can't believe I forgot to explain that! What I did was cut out the Marianne Designs Garden Branch, which is a gorgeous twisty die cut. Then I took some florist wire and bent it into the same shape as the stem, then very carefully glued it onto the back. I did this for each branch. Thanks again, and big hugs :)

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  6. This is a stunning creations, I love everything, the flower box, and those flowers Wow, the butterfly is gorgeous.
    Thank you so much for your lovely entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT
    http://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com

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  7. My first thought was, did she make the flowers, and then I started reading your post...sure enough you did!! I am super impressed with the box and that little drawer! Of course entire project is absolutely stunning, but my favorite is the box. I bet Tim Holtz would give your A+ for it. Till next of your amazing posts...Big Crafty Hugs!

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    1. You can't see me right now Samra, but if you could, you would see the biggest smile on my blushing face! Thank you so much for that wonderful comment! big bear hugs to you! :)

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  8. And then this gets even better (if that were possible) with extra photos and more explanations about how you created every part of this! Pamellia you are so incredibly clever and I adore every inch of your now useful garden box/drawer. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Wow, thank you Jenny for the wonderful compliment! hugs :)

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  9. Congrats on your GDT spot!
    Oh my goodness Pamellia, this is absolutely stunning! Your design and attention to detail is truly breath-taking. The flowers are so beautifully made and the 'bronze' box is just wonderful. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I love visiting your blog!
    hugs Sue xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sue, you are so sweet!! big bear hugs! :)

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  10. Well if I were entering any of those challenges I'd change my mind ... How could I compete with this magnificence! Your flowers are amazing and the box WOW!! I would love to sit and craft with you ... Have a lovely day!

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    1. Wow Ros, you really made my day! Thanks for such a lovely comment! big hugs :)

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  11. I just have to say that this is so incredibly beautiful that I hope you win every one of the challenges you have entered! This is not just clever, it is stunning! Congratulations on your GDT spot - well deserved too. Anne xx

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    1. Thank you so much Anne! Quite a compliment coming from such a talented artist! big crafty hugs :)

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  12. Wow ... this is an incredible project Pamillia. Every element is done to perfection and every detail is perfect. Loll xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Loll! big hugs to you! :)

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  13. What a beautiful flower garden, took my breath away, and the box it's in is wonderful. Thank you for joining us at the Come And Get It challenge . Barb

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  14. What a wonderful flower box!!! Such a wonderful creation with attention to detail. You put so much work and detail into your creations .Thanks for joining us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

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  15. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I mwan, this is what you can do with a cereal box, some paint, poinsettia die (still trying to figure out how you did the flowers) and a couple of other thingies?! O.o Girl, your creativity has no limits. Amazing! Hugs! xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Cebelica! What is it you would like to know? I will try and answer any questions you have sweetie! hugs :)

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  16. This is perfect.The flowers ,the texture,the embellishments ,everything.Awesomeeeee!I live on the fourth floor of a building and have a thriving balcony garden too.Same pinch!

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    1. Thank you so much Pallavi! Yeah, those little flower pots and boxes really make a difference, don't they! Sometimes I forget that I live in the city...and then I hear the sirens. lol Big hugs :)

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  17. Wow, this is absolutely brilliant. Thanks for playing at OBAG and Good Luck!! Sarah

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  18. Hi Pamellia! When I saw your project this morning on the challenge website my jaw literally dropped! How amazing is this project. And to think this beauty was a cereal box to be recycled!! JUst stunning and very, very clever too! Love it!! Xxx

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    1. Thank you so much my crafty friend! Big bear hugs! :)

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  19. Well, first of all, I think you are going to win every challenge you enter with this amazing piece! I am totally blown away by the detail and fantastic craft work here. I don't think I have ever seen anything like it. I can't decide which I love more - those fabulous flowers or the box that I am positively drooling over. The box design and embellishment is just incredible. I love the fact that it is functional and you are going to use it in your craft room as it is a piece to cherish. BYW, I recently got those stencils to sell in the boutique and have been thinking that I needed to grab one for myself before they sell out. You have totally convinced me. It made such a beautiful textured pattern on your box. Thank you so much for the amazing job you did as our guest designer this week...and for your sweet words about our blog and design team. Looking forward to having you join us many more times in the future!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Wow, Linda, thank you so very much! It's an honour to have a visit from you and I cherish all of the wonderful praise! Thank you so much for having me as your guest, I was truly thrilled! Big hugs :)

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  20. Congratulations on your GDT spot. A stunning project. Love your flower box, so decorative and summery. The details and flowers look amazing.
    Yvonne

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  21. Incredibly beautiful work !!!
    Unbelievable that everything was created from paper and paint!
    I admire your talent Pamellia!
    Congratulations on your wonderful participation as a Guest Designer!
    Max :)

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    1. Thank you so much Max, you are so sweet! big hugs :)

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  22. Oh I love your garden flower box Pamellia!! Your flowers look real and the box is amazing!! I love all of the textures and how you've added the MS clay embellies, beautiful butterfly too! Congrats on your GDT too!
    Hugs, Tammy

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    1. Thanks so much Tammy, for the kind words and the congrats! hugs :)

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  23. Hi Pamellia
    I have just shown this to my hubby who said "Wow". High praise indeed as not much causes him to "Wow" lol!
    Simply stunning, you clever girlie.Couldn't be 11 floor up without my garden but you're getting your lovely inspiration from somewhere.
    You must get through some Rice Krispies in the Johnson household lol!
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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    1. OMG, you're hilarious Ang! Thank you so much and tell your hubby I said thank you also! My balcony is pretty fancy, I needed it to be, or I would go crazy stuck way up here in the sky! big hugs :)

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  24. This is just extraordinary to say the least! An over-the-top beautiful creation that just dazzles the eyes! And to think it all began with a cereal box just blows me away! Well done, take a bow!

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    1. Thank you so much Carol, so sweet! hugs :)

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  25. WOW and WOW again !!
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

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  26. Congrats on your Guest DT spot first of all, and I would like to say it is stunning, and love it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful art on both Come and Get It Challenges, and also Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge.
    Cindy DT

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  27. What a gorgeous project!! Love the creative idea of your design!! Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Throwdown Hugs - *Vicki*-DT member

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  28. Wow! So much thought and depth to this project! I love the little home garden, it's so perfect and cute!
    <3 Emily L.

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  29. woooow this is soooo stunning! Just love the great texture and details for this!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I have a giveaway you need to check it out at 600 followers giveaway

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    1. Thank you so much Vicky, I will go check out your giveaway! :)

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  30. Hi Pamellia,
    wow, so much work! Stunning creation, love it.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Scrapping4Fun Challenge! I hope we see you again!
    Sandra DT

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  31. As someone who loves making flowers in various art forms, this appeals to me big time. Just exquisite, the box is so stunning and the use of threads is such a delicate touch! Stunning! Ruth x

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  32. Fabulous bronze box a brilliant transformation love the beautiful flowers and all the details and embellishments a brilliant result
    Carol x

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  33. WOW what a stunning work of art this is Pamelia-- loved reading every detail and your box is pure genius!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  34. Hi Pamellia,
    Sorry I haven't been to visit all week - I'm very behind with blogging but I have looked at all of your posts and your creations are gorgeous, as always. I love your beautiful garden box, I've never seen anything like this before - so original!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! It's been crazy around here too!! That time of year I guess! hugs to you :)

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  35. Gosh, only seeing this now! It's a majorly fabulous piece - love how you catered to both the frilly and the funkie so brilliantly. The flowers are so so natural looking - really clever crafting. Hats off to you Pamellia - will head over to F&F too. Nicola x

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    1. Thanks Nicola, you sure know how to make a crafty friend smile! hugs :)

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  36. This is such a fabulous project, not only is it so pretty (gorgeous flower display) but very practical - love the finish on the box. A perfect take on the Frilly and the Funky.
    Avril xx

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  37. Oh wow, this is just stunning! Absolutely fantastic creation! I love all the details you've made and the flowers - they look so real! Thanks for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun, Good Luck! Hope to see you soon again!

    Hanne, DT

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  38. I never would have guessed that your gorgeous bronze box once held Rice Krispies!!! Amazing!! The flowers look exquisite too! What a super way to make use of your poinsettia die!

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    1. Thank you so much my crafty neighbour! big hugs :)

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  39. A cereal box?! WOW. I'm amazed!!! So many wonderful techniques and love how you added a drawer and created the lattice. Truly creative. Glad you joined us at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges. :D

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