1 November 2017

Trick or Treat for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Suzz hosts the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. She's called it 'Trick or Treat!'; "I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a trick or treat. If you are feeling funkie you might want to incorporate a trick in your design or if you are feeling frilly you can incorporate a treat. The trick or treat can be anything from a hidden pocket, unexpected design element, a treat hidden in a card or an unusual technique used on your project. Make sure to include in your blog post a description of your trick or treat!"

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, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

I went with the treat option for this challenge because giving people treats always makes me happy.
There's also a trick to creating the aged metallic look to that basket that I'll share in the description below.

The basket base was cut, scored and hole-punched by one die - Eileen Hull's 'Basket' die from Sizzix - being a Bigz die you can use thicker materials to create sturdy carriers (in this case I used mountboard). Before constructing the basket I applied Ranger's Opaque Matte Texture Paste through Tim Holtz 'Flames' Stencil across the sides. Every piece was coloured with a mix of Dina Wakley's Acrylic Paints (Ancient, Turquoise, Lime, and Evergreen) and then I embossed the stencilled areas with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder. This powder is special because it includes a mix of colours within the jar that give an instant aged effect. At this point the basket was assembled with Tim Holtz Matte Distress Collage Medium (this stuff is incredibly strong!) and some Long Fasteners. Now for the extra ageing trick - I sprayed water over the basket and dripped Butterscotch Alcohol Ink across it, allowing it to move in the moisture.

With the major assembly finished attention was turned to adding the finishing touches. Linda carries a huge range of filigree metals and charms in the store - I went for a Steampunk Gadget Bee Charm, an Owl Charm and a Tiny Jingle Bell, all of which were linked with bronze Jump Rings. To spice them up they were painted with a mix of Butterscotch and Snow Cap Alcohol Inks. When dry it's easy to take a black Sharpie to highlight the clock face features and owl eyes. They were all tied to the basket with some Seam Binding, dyed with Wild Honey Distress Spray Stain. Once loaded with treats and some Thanksgiving ephemera it was ready to be given to someone special.

Here's a short video sharing more views of this treat basket;

So for now that's my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Trick or Treat!' Make sure you check out what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring rust to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs. With the challenge open until Tueday, November 7th there's still time to join in the fun.

I'll be back on Friday with more ideas for using Carabelle Studio designs while the special discount still applies at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


  1. Oh WOW! Stunning creation Jenny love the antique look you have achieved and thanks for sharing the how too must give this technique a try soon.


  2. Stunning! I love the rusty background x

  3. This is absolutely Stunning, Jenny. I love it to bits - so beautifully created and just my style. It really does make one very special gift. Thank you ♥ x

    1. Thank you so much Amanda. I'm thrilled that you love it my friend xx

  4. Gorgeous Jenny, adore the aged antique look and that embossing is wonderfully deep and adds wonderful texture. Beautifully embellished. Tracy xc

  5. A real stunner Jenny, I love how you made the embossing look so vintage and the owl on the embellishment is coloured so beautifully - love this! Anne xx

  6. Oh WOW...that basket is fabulous! You nailed the rusted look sublimely! LOVE the idea too!

  7. This is stunning Jenny!! The colour is so rich and gorgeous and I love the embossing and the little charms!! Love it!! hugs x

  8. Jenny, your textured basket is off the charts incredible! I am really excited about how you colored the charms - fun! A truly inspiring project, thank you! Hugs, Autumn

  9. Gorgeous! I agree a trick and a treat all bundled into one beautiful gift! Lucky Lucky person who received this wonderful treat basket!

  10. Oh Jenny! Having just had a fabulous catch up of your blog here I am gazing at this beautiful basket! Your trick for creating that beautiful texture is brilliant and your embellishments look wonderful! Hugs, Chrisx

  11. AMAZING, Jenny! I could have sworn this was hammered metal! What a fabulous effect with a truly stunning result in this gift basket! Someone is indeed very, very lucky! Thank you for sharing your technique! Your work is truly inspiring! Hugs!


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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