Dec 6, 2017

Framed Tim Holtz Christmas Tree and Deer


It's time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and our hostess Suzz has chosen the theme Most Memorable Gift.  She says, "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."


I really thought long and hard about this challenge theme.  I have two most memorable gifts.  The first was from my Grandmother giving me a $2 Transformer toy when I was little.  We had no money at all and she wanted so desperately to give something to us.  I was so moved by this small gift and thrilled to receive a BOY TOY!  My mom would never let me buy boy toys.  LOL!  However, I couldn't quite work out a Transformer art project...  Instead I chose to build a project around a single puzzle piece.  <3  Just before my husband got out of the Army, we were building a puzzle together.  He had to send us on ahead to SC a few weeks before he could officially leave TX.  Well, he carefully packaged that puzzle and brought it to SC with him in his car and when he got home he gave me small wrapped gift that contained the last puzzle piece.  He missed us so much and finished it on his own, but couldn't bear to add that last piece without me.  It was one of the sweetest things he's ever done.  I love you Johnny Clark!  <3


I cut this oldie but goodie Tim Holtz Evergreen tree die from matboard.  Thanks so much Madelyn!  You're the craft queen!  I used the reverse of the cut and painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics {Pewter}.  I used the new PaperArtsy Stencil 067 {by Kay Carley} for and BoBunny glitter paste in silver.  I embossed the edges with Stampendous Frantage embossing powder blend.  I used the same EP for the star and layered with a TH Paper Snowflake die cut from metallic kraft core.


I really wish you could see this IRL, it is the most beautiful elegant combination!    Linda is now carrying this paste in the shop and in a variety of colors (check the new products page)!  EEK!  :)  I layered over Tim's Christmas paper stash.


I used a Holiday Quote Chip to top off the panel.  The frame was painted with Barn Door Distress Paint and then inked with Candied Apple Distress Stain and Vintage Photo DOX.  I dabbed it with Versamark and added more Frantage to give it a frosty look.


The bottom was layered with Stampendous Shaved Ice and Grit Paste to make a snowy, shimmery background.  I tucked in some TH Greens dies, using pearl stickers to accent the berries.


I didn't have the bow die, but made a real bow from seam binding and layered with a TH pinecone and twine.  This was so much fun to make and I'm glad to have used my hoarded TH framed panel.  :)  I hope you're inspired to play along for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Make sure to visit the shop for the fantastic end of year sales!


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38 comments:

Maxine D said...

What a gorgeous card Autumn - and I do love your story behind it, especially the puzzle piece :-) what a man! Treasure him.
Blessings
Maxine

Helen Wallace said...

Just when I think you've surpassed yourself, you post something even more stunning! This is a delight, the recessed tree, the shimmer, the bow with the metal pine cone and the stories, oh how I love the stories - heartwarming and universal; truly about the magic of Christmas. Thank you. x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely beautiful. The Frantage does give a wonderful frosty look and the red is stunning. Adore the tree aperture. Tracy x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Oh, how I love this gorgeous framed piece...and the beautiful story that inspired it! You have such a deft hand when it comes to creating beautiful layers. I sat and stared at this one for several minutes...so much beauty to drink in. I love the use of paint/embossing powders together. Wow! Merry Christmas, Autumn!

Lois Wyche said...

A gorgeous card...love the frame and images.

Astrid Maclean said...

This is just outstanding Autumn, so many great ideas and stunning layers, a truly wonderful project! I also absolutely ADORDED the story that inspired it, - the best gifts are those that come straight of the heart, and both the gifts you mention certainly do that! xxx

wendy baysa said...

What a sweetheart! Great story and project! Love the layers and color scheme. I need to get me some of this EP!

Sara Barker said...

Autumn, I have been scrolling up and down looking at every detail as you describe in in your post. First, I was so mesmerized by your story, that the beautiful framed art became just a glance, and I totally missed the puzzle piece! Duh! What a wonderful gift; your husband is the sweetest, most creative man! I am so impressed that both your most memorable gifts hardly cost anything at all, except knowing exactly what would press your buttons! A boy toy and a single piece of chipboard! Who'da thunk?!

Now back to this amazing work of art. I'm pretty speechless; I love every creative step you took to weave this magical piece, but my eye goes directly to the frame! Love the Frantage on that gorgeous red! And that sparkle is fabulous! Wow, Autumn--a new favorite! How IS that possible?! big hugs, my friend! You totally made my Christmas!

Paradise Lost said...

What a fabulous story & a very inspiring creation to go along with it. I love it all! 💕

Cec said...

What a gorgeous frame with so many pretty details. I love the sweet story that inspired this project. Even if you hadn't included the little puzzle piece, the cutout of the Christmas tree looks like a blank spot in a puzzle.
Hugs!
Cec

Marjan Küppers said...

A wonderful story, very captivating! Ans I love this creation, so many beautiful things to look at, one of my favourite colourcombo's too.

Maggie said...

Oh Wow, Wow Autumn just love this piece gorgeous colour combo and lots and lots of sparkle, not forgetting my favourite Deers. Beautiful you have really inspired me to go rummaging to see what I can find to make a similar project.
MaggieH

Redanne said...

Your lovely story brought a tear to my eye, it is such a wonderful thing for your hubby to do for you! Your card is so beautiful, I love how you incorporated the puzzle piece and the frame looks fantastic with the frantage snow - so festive!! Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, this is amazing, Autumn!! First of all, what a beautiful story behind it!! The texture, the details, the sparkle, every single thing is spectacular!! As much as I love, love this, I would have also loved to see you try to recreate the singing hot dog condiment stand ;) Truly stunning, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

What an amazing piece of art Autumn, all that fabulous sparkle! What a great way to tell the story of your husbands gift. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

Susan said...

This is so pretty! Loved the stories too.

Becca Sadler said...

Stunning! So complicated with all the layers, techniques, textures, and patterns however beautifully designed!

Audrey Pettit said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Autumn! And I love, love the story behind your puzzle piece inspiration!

Monika Gulyas said...

Autumn, this is so beautiful!!! I love everything on it, the colours, the design, the frosts and glitters!!! A perfect place to keep your special puzzle piece!!! Thank you for joining the Deecember challenge of the Country View Challenges blog! xx

Denise van Deventer said...

Such a stunning project and loved reading the story behind it! Special gifts always find a memory and way into our hearts and it is great to document these! Love this to bits! ;-)

Marty Fishman said...

Another stunner! WOW, this is so gorgeous!!! Love the tree cut out with beautiful paper underneath and the deer are perfect on either side of the tree. Beautiful glittery and foil accents and that frame is...WOWZER - LOVE it!!! Hugs :-)

Darlene said...

Oh Autumn you are just SO CREATIVE! I love every little detail about this beautiful creation! Awesome inspiration! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Christmas Carols’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
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Dorthe said...

This is the sweetest and most beautiful framed card, Autumn.
So kind of old fashioned, which I love, and beautiful idea using the reverse cut out. I love the details, of golden leaves, and all the glitter.
Also thank you for telling your two sweet stories, they are surely lovely memories, for you .
Hugs, Dorthe

Stefania Salmi said...

Dear Autumn, you touched me with your story.
I have no words to describe the beauty of this panel and how much I like it!
You are an inexhaustible source of creativity, how much inspiration! Thank you!

Kate said...

This is too beautiful to be a card!! ;) I am all about glitter on holiday cards and that tree with the deer... A stunning work of art!

Jenny Marples said...

Such wonderful memories Autumn and what a clever and beautiful way to represent them. I love how you've transformed the frame with that clever cut out tree centre and the frosted finish xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Autumn, this is absolutely my new favorite of yours and the reson is that special puzzle piece and the wonderful story that goes along with it! Such a hallmark story! hehee Truly a wonderful, loving gesture on your husbands part-what a blessed family you are!
love & hugs,Jackie

Angela Radford said...

Hi Autumn, I love the way you've used the die, it's lovely. Your story is so sweet, beautiful memories. Sending you big hugs my friend, Angela xXx

Melissa L. said...

Hi, Autumn! This is absolutely beautiful. I always enjoy your work. It is a beautiful blessing to view! Thanks for playing along at STAMPlorations Mixed Media challenge.

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! I love how that pattern jumps out through the opening you cleverly left. The puzzle piece fit beautifully into the gorgeous design. What a beautiful present and what a wonderful husband for keeping that piece just for you! Thank you for sharing those lovely memories!

butterfly said...

That's a completely stunning creation, Autumn - definitely one of my favourite Christmas pieces I've seen - and what a wonderful story about the jigsaw piece - true love!
Alison x

Craftyfield said...

This is simply gorgeous, Autumn! I love the textures, the shadow box tree frame, the 3D embellishments, the shiny bits in different medias... Superb! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Country View Challenges this month!

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your gorgeous Christmas creation! All the details are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Stunning design Autumn. I so love all the layers, textures and embellishments.Your work is always a delight to look at.

Jackie C said...

Gorgeous work, I love the it!, such super fun! Thank you for linking at H&i. Jackie DT member xxx

Scrappin Sue said...

So pretty
Thanks for sharing at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges x

MariLynn said...

Autumn, love your piece. I love how you used the negative of the tree, it added a great dimension. Love the story behind your puzzle piece. I hope that you have a blessed Christmas. Thanks for sharing with the STAMPlorations mixed media challenge.

Sanna Lippert said...

absolutely gorgeous!!! <3 <3 <3 thanks for playing along with us at the STAMPloratinos Mixed Media challenge this month!

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