What a beautiful weekend we had here in our neck of the woods -- it was lovely and warm (bordering on hot) which allowed for some spring gardening! It’s a bit too warm for our norm for this time of year but the lawn mower, gardening shears, shovel, and rake were all put to good use this weekend. All of the work in the garden inspired me to create this project for the Frilly & Funkie Challenge – You've Got to Know When to Fold ‘em. The challenge is generously sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
When I first started this project, I wanted to create an origami flower. Truth be told – I’ve never truly done anything origami-related but figured I would give it a try. I folded and folded and folded. I resized and started folding again. I glued all the individual petals to create the flower and then I just couldn’t get it to work with the background I already created for the project. So, just like the Kenny Rogers song about knowing when you fold them and when to walk away – I walked away. That’s is, however, after all of my folding!
As I was about ready to put the whole project aside, I saw the Frank Garcia Antique Pulls which made me think of a drawer lid and, hence, a flip tag. While I recognize it is a bit light on the “folds,” I had a great time playing around with the new Finnabair waxes and paints. The colors and textures are a bit like spring right now – purple for the crocus, yellow for the daffodils (yes, our neighbor’s have made their appearance), the hay-like grass cuttings from the lawn (the ribbon), stepping tiles in the garden (the resin piece and the stencil image), and the colors of the robin’s rust-colored breast (the color on the resin piece). And, I did see a lone butterfly on Saturday while in my garden!
As the waxes are new to me, I just gave it a go. I learned a bit -- a soft touch is best and keep only a small amount on your finger. The sun was very helpful in drying things naturally but quicker than during the last several months! The colors of the new Sparks paints are beautiful! They have a bit of a different consistency than the metallique paints but still very fun to use. And, I really, really like the Tim Holtz stencil. At first I wasn’t sure about the image but once I used it and saw the outcome, I think it will be a well-used stencil. For the quote, I pulled out my Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powders to make it pop against the black cardstock.
I hope you enjoy this project and it inspires you too! Happy Spring to everyone – we’ve now met the equinox and the time change which, for me, is a signal that summer is really on its way!!