Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Most Memorable Gift for Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and visitors! Today the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie Design Team get to reveal their inspiration for our current challenge, Most Memorable Gift.


Our very talented Suzanne is our hostess this time, and this is what she has to say...December for many of us is a time where we give and receive.  That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years.  These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating.  Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

Choosing a most memorable gift had to be the most challenging part of this theme. Was it the engagement ring my then boyfriend surprised me with on Christmas Eve so many years ago? Was it the origami heart made from a twenty dollar bill my son made for me a few Christmas' back when he didn't know what on earth I could possible use? Was it the altered book my daughter made so lovingly for me with her own two hands when she was a young teenager? Or is it something deeper, like the gift of my twins (I discovered right before Christmas it was not one baby but two!), the gift of life and ability for my son who fell 40 ft. from a tree two days before Christmas 4 years ago, or God's gift to all of us-Jesus! There seemed to be a common element here--Christmas, so I chose to make a Christmas vignette to celebrate all those special gifts.

I used the Vignette Box Tops and the Vignette boxes and got to work.



To decorate the smallest of the boxes, I used Tim Holtz Stripes stencil, Distress Collage Medium Matte and Glitter dust over his Christmas paper stash. I added two tiny trees straight from the package.



I used Trophy Antlers, Christmas Fringe and Christmas Ephemera to decorate this one. The wood slice you see in the background to elevate the deer head is cut from one of my vintage bottle brush trees. I colored my deer with Wild Honey Distress paint and crayon. The antlers get their sparkle from the Glitter Dust. I hung a couple of sweet Silver Plated Jingle Bells from his antlers.


 I used Kraft Stock to line this box and added Stickles for sparkle. I added Glitter dust to a piece of card and cut Santa and his reindeer (Village Christmastime die set) from that and black card and layered them up.


This largest box top comes in two orientations and styles. Choosing the horizontal orientation allowed me to put a lot in this one space. I stenciled some papers using Starry stencil and Prima Clear Crackle paste and rubbed in some Distress Metallic Crayon.



I stained the small woodland tree and one tiny tree with Distress spray stain  and colored some Beaded Berries and Metallic Trimmings for decorations. I colored Santa with Distress paints and aged him with Distress Crayon. The deer was colored with Distress Oxide. The tree to the right is one of my vintage ones from my collection. Everything is set into drifts of 'snow' made from foil, masking tape and Grit paste sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

I added some fairy lights and here is what they look like illuminated. These are going off to my daughter's dorm room at college, so she'll have a bit of Christmas cheer as she waits for Christmas break.








 I hope you will have time to visit Frilly and Funkie to see all the wonderful ways my team mates were inspired by their most memorable gifts -- you will be in for a treat! Then I hope you will create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at Frilly and Funkie before midnight on Tuesday, December 19.  

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I'd also like to share with these challenges:
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Thank you so much for your visits! 
Merry Christmas!
Sara Emily

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


35 comments:

  1. You have well n truly spoiled us Sara with not 1 but 4 fabulous vignette boxes full of Christmas Charm. Not only do they look goodall together as a set but individually too. Each scene delights and really comes to life when you switch on the lights - magical!
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas lovely lady
    hugs x

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  2. Oh my gosh Sara Emily, these are just incredible!! The gold one with the Christmas trees is so elegant, that style and palette fits right in with our new decor! I adore the one with the reindeer, how amazing! Love his glittery antlers and the jingle bells hanging off them, ha! The one with Santa and his sleigh is so magical, reminds me off a wonderful movie poster! And that last one has just melted my heart, a scene straight out of a childhood dream, complete with Santa and Rudolph! You have really outdone yourself with these pieces my friend, what a creative mind you have!!

    Hope you're staying warm this week. Temperatures seem to have taken a dip in most places and I see that so many people have gotten some snow (even me), woohoo!! Did you get any snow? It's been years since we didn't have a green Christmas and I think I'll be happy for the change. sending hugs :)

    PS - finally got my card posted that you inspired me to create. Yes, I know, took me long enough. lol.

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  3. These are so amazing! Brings back memories!

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  4. My goodness! So many blessings have come to your family at Christmas - I can see why those special gifts should be commemorated. Love each individual vignette box that look even more magical as the lights are lit xx

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  5. You've created such a wonderful vignette with these box tops, Sara! I love the effect of the fairy lights! Wonderful memories of Christmas past! Wishing you a most joyous and blessed and peaceful Christmas 2017! xo

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  6. These are fantastical Sara Emily! Each one is so very cool and creative. I just love these tops and your amazing alterations/assemblages. A great take on the theme. Hugs, Autumn

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  7. These are amazing! So beautifully crafted. Thank you for sharing with is at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog this month
    Good luck
    Lynda x

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  8. What a wonderful use of your imagination and a "collage of memories" put into these abstract, but tangible, Christmas scenes, Sara Emily! Each one has a bit of wistful nostalgia, signifying that it is a memory - and so many darling vintage elements. An amazing take on the challenge! hugs, de

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  9. Oh my goodness, these are amazing!! Wow!! Each one is stunning!! I love the details you added to each one and they light up!! Awesome!! I seriously could not love these more!! You did a fabulous job, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  10. Perfect choice in not picking just one, toooo many blessings for sure. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your projects! Each one so lovely and bright.

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  11. What fun boxes these are Sara Emily..such a lovely vintage feel to them. They add real magic to the season..lovely work. Thanks for joining our Christmas challenge over at Country View. Merry Christmas! Hugs xx

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  12. Oh my goodness Sara, I have had these box covers for ages and just didn't know what to do with them - and here you are providing THE most wonderful inspiration!! They are all fantastic, I do love the last one with Santa and the little deer - and adding lights to your creations is just the best thing ever!!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  13. Oh wow Sara, your vignette boxes are absolutely amazing, so much detail in each one of them! I also loved your thoughts baout precious gifts, - so very true!

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  14. What a fabulous treat for your daughter! The treat for me was reading your reasoning behind your making these fabulous boxes!Big Hugs,Chrisx

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  15. Sara Emily,
    I love to read about all of your greatest gifts- how wonderfuul blessed you are, we are!

    Your vignettes are so sweet and each has it's own story inside!
    Lovely work my friend!
    Jackie xo

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  16. Oh WOW! Such amazing creations! I love how creative you are. Thank you for joining us at SumMore Fun challenges.

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  17. I love your vintage boxes, Sara Emily! You've done an amazing job on all of them, they are so fun and a treat to look at (bringing back memories of Christmases past - way past!). Love the lights - that makes them even more special. You certainly have made many blessings this time of year and I enjoyed reading about all of them. These are fantastic - hugs!!

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  18. What beautiful use of the vintage boxes Sara Emily! They remind me of childhood when my parents had some ornaments from their childhood in boxes like these! I love each scene you created and I'm sure your daughter will love decorating her dorm with them! Jujlia xx

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  19. Ooh, WOW! LOVE all the vintage designs! Fantastic projects! Thanks for playing along with us over at SumMore Fun Challenges!

    Theresa (SumMore Fun DT)

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  20. WOW! All your projects are absolutely stunning, love them. Thanks for playing along with SumMore Fun Challenge. Lisa ~ DTM

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  21. Oh WOW I really enjoyed all your shadow boxes. Thank you for playing along and I hope to see more of your projects/cards in the future. Design Team Member, MaryAnn

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  22. What fabulous shadow boxes Thanks for taking time to join our challenge over at SumMore fun and good luck
    Sharon - DT member for Sum More Fun!

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  23. These are utterly delightful, Sara Emily... and I'm now regretting not buying any of those vignette boxes. I thought they were a bit too colourful for me, but they have real vintage charm - especially in your hands. Brilliant little decorative scenes in every box.
    Alison x

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  24. You embellished and altered beautifully Tim's vignette boxes!!! Sweet vintage boxes, I love them all!!! xx

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  25. Gorgeous boxes containing beautiful precious memories.Wishing you many, many more happy memories for Christmas 2017 xx

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  26. Gorgeous vintage vignettes! The biggest gift on this challenge has been reading about everyone's beautiful memories. What lovely gifts you have received from God and your family! I loved reading about them! Thank you for sharing them along with these fabulous windows of Christmas! A very merry & bless Christmas to you and your family!

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  27. 4 beautiful vintage vignette boxes which are simply stunning! There's just so much work in each of them and they really are delightful, Sara! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

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  28. Beautifully decorated vignette boxes Sara. Gorgeous scenes in each created with a fabulous range of stamps, stencils, papers, textures and embellishments. They are all an absolute delight.
    Thank you for joining in with our December challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Merry Christmas and good luck x

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  29. Absolutely beautiful, so festive and love the vintage feeling. Thank you for joining us at SumMore Fun/Victorine Originals ~DT Heather

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  30. Such wonderful boxes ! Thanks you for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

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  31. Oh, my goodness, these are bonafide works of art! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent! Thanks for joining in on our challenge at SumMore Fun! ~DT Jamie

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  32. You absolutely amaze me!! I honestly thought when I first saw this post that these were the actual boxes from the 40' and 50's. Fantastic Sugar - you win this year's "You fooled me award!"
    I am always lurking around Dear Heart although I do not always leave comments!!
    sandy xx

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