All in the Family Challenge: Roots and Wings

All in the Family Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge at Frilly and Funkie!  This go round, the amazing Suzz is our host, and the challenge theme is All in the Family.  Here’s what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge:

Whether it is your ancestors, a favorite family memory or family outings, create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family.  

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 1This is my mom and dad on their wedding day, February 14, 1943.  I’ve always loved this photo for the hope and love you can see in their expressions.  They were the best parents a girl could ask for, and their raised my three brothers, my sister and me to be strong and true, loving and kind and filled with faith in God.  They gave us roots and wings. What more could you ask for?

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 2Normally, I would be sharing a tutorial with you today, but I am saving that for my Saturday Step x Step post on the 4th.  I will tell you that this mixed media vignette is mounted on a piece of corrugate packaging material that measures 6″ x 8″.   I cut apart a 4×6 Cabinet Card and then framed the back side with the frame portion.  Lots of distressing here…but we’ll talk about that more on Saturday!

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 5Here’s a side view so you can see what I’m talking about.  It’s about an inch thick.

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 3This is a scanned copy of the original photo printed onto glossy photo paper and trimmed to fit inside the wooden frame.

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 4

The Story behind the scenes

Every element in this piece has a meaning.  Pink was Mom’s favorite color, and if you look closely at the dress she is wearing in the photo, you can see pink and blue embroidery on the shoulder.  That set the color palette for the piece.  Mom loved flowers, always wore pearls, collected buttons (which I was blessed to inherit) and the first card Dad gave her had a butterfly on it.  Mom believed that love was the key to open any door. It was fun to add elements that not only made the piece look pretty, but had special meaning to me.

Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG for more inspirational samples from the Frilly side of the team.  Then work up your own vintage or shabby chic project following the All in the Family theme and link it up before midnight on Tuesday, July 12th.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

You’ll find product links below.  Just click on the image an you’ll be taken to the item in the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



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10 thoughts on “All in the Family Challenge: Roots and Wings

  1. Jenny Marples

    Kathy this truly makes my heart sing. Your love for your parents shines through in this very special tribute and I can’t wait to see the tutorial xx

  2. LuvtoKraft

    This is so beautiful, Kathy, and what a wonderful Family Heirloom full of special symbolism and cherished memories. You, my friend, look a great deal like your beautiful mom and have followed in her footsteps in many ways. Thank you for sharing some cherished family memories!

  3. Pamellia

    Wow Kathy, I am just captivated by this stunning piece of art! What a glorious way to pay tribute to your parents and such a lovely idea to use their wedding photo! So many beautiful elements here and they all work together to create such a lovely vintage piece! Flowers and butterflies and lace, can’t go wrong with that! Stunning Kathy. hugs :)

  4. Cec

    This vignette is so special. I love the textured background and how you added touches of colour everywhere that reminded you of your parents. I also love the way you fussy cut the photo because the little border you left makes them glow, which I am sure they did on their wedding day.

  5. stampersuzz

    Beautiful! Gorgeous idea with the cardboard and the photo is so lovely as well as the memories and the meanings you built into this beautiful canvas!

  6. Carol

    Kathy you’ve brought tears to my eyes talking about your mum and dad. I can certainly see just how they’ve influenced your life and made you such a wonderful person. It’s a pleasure knowing you and your work depicts inspiration and love. Proud parents and proud daughter hugs Carolx

  7. Nancy Dynes

    I don’t even know where to begin, Kathy! Your mixed media vignette is one of the most visually stunning pieces I’ve ever seen, but the meaning behind all the details is what really makes it stand out. This is a beautiful and fitting tribute to your parents. You’ve created a timeless treasure that will be cherished for generations to come. I can’t wait to see your tutorial!!

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