Thursday, 12 February 2015

Frilly and Funkie Guest Design - Winter Blooms

It is a pleasure to be the Guest Designer today at Frilly and Funkie following winning one of their challenges recently ( for Winter Dreams). I am sharing this wall hanging I made. 

I started with a piece of hardboard measuring 20x10x0.5cm. I made sure I added a hanging devise to the back and covered front and back with gesso. I used paper artsy chalk paints (dry brushing) on the wood, some inking of the edges and added some background stamping in archival. I stamped a wonderful lace stamp (Stampin' Up) on some card and carefully ripped to fit my base and then distressed it and added some ink. I decided this needed to sit on a lighter piece of card so added another layer. I took some mesh and coated with gesso and then distress paint to give it a variegated colour. (For those in the UK, the mesh is from Poundland - I think it is supposed to be used in the oven!).

My flowers are made using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I prepare my cardstock in advance by wetting and scrunching it up and leaving to dry. I then lightly ink over it – as the paper has been screwed up this highlights the lovely, subtle texture. Once complete I die cut various sizes and added a little more ink to the edges before creating my large flower and some smaller ones. Some of my leaves were created in a similar way using the Garden Greens die and the individual ones were pre made and just inked by me. I added some lace, some pearl string and seam binding.

Finally I stamped one of Tim Holtz ‘Simple Sayings’ and carefully curled the card for added dimension on the project.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Utterly delightful Nikki, this is wonderfully shabby and with gorgeous colour tones. Love it.
    Have a great day.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  2. This is just beautiful,love all the

  3. This is stunning Nikki with such beautiful colours and textures

    Love Chrissie

  4. This so so beautiful Nikki, I love how you've made the flowers look like they're climbing up trellis. Stunning as always xx

  5. Absolutely breathtaking Nikki! There's not a thing about this I would change!!! Those scrumptious flowers, wow, and the dreamy soft palette! Lace and pearls and OH shabby!!!! I have bookmarked it and pinned it! You are such an inspiration Nikki, what a treat to have you as our guest designer at Frilly and Funkie! big hugs :)

  6. Blimey Nikki,you've pulled out all the stops on this one! It's gorgeous,the colours and textures are so delicate.
    Glad you said where you got the mesh from....guess who's going to pound land this weekend ;)
    Congrats on your GDT spot,well deserved
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  7. WOW Beautiful Nikki such great project you make, i love it.
    Hugs Astrid

  8. A stunning hanging Nikki, gorgeous textures and soft colours.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Stunning Nikki, love your colour tones and wonderful design. Congrats on your GD spot.
    Julie x

  10. Absolutely stunning project Nikki! Love the colours you chose, and oh that flower is so gorgeous!! A brilliant make and of course big congrats on guesting at F & F!!

  11. Nikki your wall hanging is awesome. I love the colors, the texture is a chapter of its own. Gosh ... LOVE the mesh, the ribbon, your flowers are fantastic too.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your fab work.øhugs from Monica... Spain

  12. This is so beautiful Nikki, all the layered details work so well together, that beautiful lace stamp, the dots on the leaves, a soft subtle pallette and of course the beautiful bloom that looks so fragile....delish! Ruth x

  13. Simply stunning Nikki! Anne xx

  14. absolutely stunning Nikki - I love all the layers - beautiful - big Hugs rachel xx

  15. Nikki your wall hanging is stunning! I like vintage looking, mesh and flowers...superb!!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  16. That's absolutely stunning, Nikki - the mesh, the flowers, beautiful subtle colours - it's fabulous!
    Alison xx

  17. Nikki this is awesome. Gosh what a lot of texture lovely embellishments. Fabulous project !!!! Thanks a lot for sharing.. Also for repeating the technique about your incredible lovely flowers.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain


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