Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Frilly & Funkie Challenge - Stamps Be Gone!

Happy Wednesday, all! Today I'm sharing my piece for the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge. Pamellia is our hostess and she wants us to put away our rubber stamps and get creative with other supplies. She says, 'How would you decorate your project if you didn't own any stamps? Embossing folders, stencils, or perhaps a little hand doodling? Well, let's put it to the test for this challenge. Other than a small sentiment, I would ask that you use no stamps at all on your vintage or shabby chic creations.'

I just got the new Fall Foliage dies by Tim Holtz and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to break them in. I've seen several fall lanterns on Pinterest lately and decided to make my own version - but out of paper, of course! Here's a quick look at how I made my lantern:

Begin by spraying a piece of lightweight white cardstock with various fall colored Distress Spray Stains. Spray both the front and back. Let dry.

When your paper is dry, place the new Fall Foliage dies where desired. I love that you can choose exactly what part of the paper you want to cut with these!

Die cut the leaves using your preferred machine. If you'd like to emboss them using the dies,  this tutorial by Tammy Tutterow shows you exactly how to do that. The extra dimension is a bonus with these dies! Once the leaves are embossed, highlight the veins with brown ink.

To create the lantern, cut the pieces shown above using Eileen Hull's Canister die from Sizzix. Cut the openings with Tim Holtz's Sized Arches.

Emboss the pieces and assemble, highlighting the embossing with gold paint. Cut pieces of clear plastic for windows and adhere (not shown).

Stain a length of seam binding with Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain. Cut two flowers from burlap using Tim Holtz's Mini Tattered Florals die and adhere together, along with a Gumdrop that's been colored with Butterscotch alcohol ink. Create a hanger with wire and attach to lid.

Now the fun begins! Decorate the lid of the lantern by first adhering the ribbon to the base of the hanger. Add the flower, then leaves, building up layers. Add a couple of acorns and you're done! Since this is made from paper, you can't burn a real candle, but the little LED votives work beautifully!

The supplies I used can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique via the links below. Make sure you check out all the new arrivals!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you can join in with the Frilly and Funkie Stamps be Gone Challenge! We also have a new Art with Heart challenge on Eileen Hull's blog. We're celebrating your Favorite Fall Things and we'd love to see your creations!

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp 'Love This Technique' challenge - you can see all the great submissions here.

Have a great week!


  1. oh my soul!!! this is beautiful!!! I missed the tutorial by Tammy so thanks for linking it back!! I must try!

  2. I didn't think that you made the lantern until I started reading your post. Amazing piece Shelly. TFS!

  3. Oh so pretty and creative! I Love love love all your projects! No ho-hum usual stuff here! I love how you incorporate different die cuts and even make your own special effects and paper! So talented and inspiring! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Beautiful lantern Shelly ! The burlap flower is fabulous ! Sue C x

  5. Love how you incorporated so many different diecuts into creating a simply stunning center piece! Wonderfully done!

  6. What a fabulous autumnal lantern - it's just lovely.
    Alison x

  7. What a stunning autumnal lantern.
    Julie x

  8. Wow Shelly! I'm floored, this is just sublime! xx

  9. Gorgeous piece Shelly. I love the embossed card and the foliage is gorgeous as is the use of the hessian. Tracy x

  10. Boy, you really are a whiz with those dies. Love this piece and how it shows the warmth of the fall season.

  11. Such a gorgeous creation! Love it. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  12. You make me happy. Your projects make me happy. I'm just happy, happy, happy. Freaking GORGEOUS!! Nicely done.

  13. Wow, Shelly! If you hadn't shown us your step by step, I would have sworn the lantern is iron and the foliage freshly fallen from trees! I love your little burlap bloom to top it off! Such a pretty fall arrangement!

  14. LOVE the way you've used these dies!!! I need to remember the embossing part ;) Jenny x

  15. This really is just the most amazing way to use your stamps and dies! Perfect project! Congrats on your SSS spotlight! So well deserved!


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