Wednesday, September 12, 2018

All Creature Great and Small Challenge at Frillie and Funkie

I'm thrilled to be hosting my first challenge at the Frillie and Funkie Blog!  I bet you can guess what the subject of my challenge?  Yep, of course it has something to do with animals!  Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile. Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life. My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home! For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals. It could be your pets or a vintage photo. Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone??? Eeeek!!!! No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

The Process
I used a large Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to create this piece.  I love the Etcetera tags because they are made of a sturdy thickboard and take mixed media applications so well.  The first step was covering the entire tag with a coat of thick gesso.  I didn't try to smooth it out as I wanted a textured appearance.  Next I grabbed my set of Prima Old Walls Rust Effect Paste.  I applied that with a palette knife starting with the darkest color, moss.  I added the next color, cool grey, before the moss dried so that the colors would blend together.  

In this photo you can see the process part way through, where I have add some color to the tag.

 Here's the tag after I finished adding the third color, cream.  The large white spots you see are where I added no color as these places are covered with paper.  No need to waste product there!

While the background was drying, I fussy cut flowers from Stamperia's Wonderland collection. That is the most gorgeous collection, its so artsy and vintage, pretty colors.  I am a huge fan of Stamperia papers!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries many of the Stamperia collections too!  Hurray for that. 

Next I glued the paper flowers to the dry tag with Distress Collage Medium - Crazing.  This medium leaves subtle crack beneath the surface adding to the aged appearance.

The background of fussy cut flowers paired with pretty Petaloo roses gives this piece lots of dimension.  I used white roses and tinted them with Lindy's Cream Brulee Cream and Salt Water Taffy Starburst Mists.

I used a frame from Tim Holtz's Baseboard - Frames set and I covered it the same way that I did the background with Old Walls Rust Effect paste.

That sweet pup is my Chili who went over the bridge when she was only 7 years old.  She had multiple auto-immune diseases and we could not save her.

 This quote is a transparent sticker from my stash.  It's really old, maybe from 2006.  The butterfly is caste from paper clay and then painted.  Along the edges I painted on some embossing ink and used beeswax embossing powder to give the wings some shine.

 To finish off the tag, I went around the edges with Prima Metallique Wax in Rich Copper.    In this view you can see how I popped up the framed photo adding to the dimension.

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project centered around animals and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge.

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Frillie and Funkie challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here!


Supplies from the Funkie Junkie Boutique


  1. Really lovely texture here, Maggi! I knew I would find a poodle, and you did not disappoint! I love the pop of red from your paper clay butterfly! You do such beautiful mixed media work! Thanks for sharing the details with us! Hugs!

  2. Fabulpus tag. Love the textured background and all the flowers you surrounded your lovely fur baby with.

  3. really like the depth all the layers give—such a sweet subject, that Chili. The gentle pink flowers are wonderful.

  4. What a beautiful tag to have as a keepsake for your sweet puppy. I love how you created that gorgeous backdrop for your beautiful photo! Wonderful tag!

  5. Oh Maggi, the alteration of the tag base means the framed photo of Chili and all those gorgeous flowers really pop perfectly!


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