Wednesday, January 29, 2014

'Raindrops on Roses' Valentine Card with Maja Papers

Hello dear friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's probably the coldest day of the year here in Charleston. We will be dipping into the 30's and our forecast calls for freezing rain and maybe even (dare I say it...) SNOW! Schools are closed and we are burrowing in for a rare winter storm. I have chili in the crock pot and cornbread in the oven, hoping to chase away at least part of the chill. 
I have some fun news today. It is the beginning of a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! Cec is our host and her theme is 'Valentines Day with a Twist.' The mission, (if you choose to accept it:-)) is to create a card in red, white, and pink with NO hearts.

For this challenge I decided to create a card with a bounty of luscious roses, fresh with the morning dew. My favorite Maja design papers provided the perfect shades of vintage pinks and reds. The roses are courtesy of Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die, and the leaves are from a Magnolia Rose Leaf die. The dew drops were made using a Viva Decor Crystal Clear Gel pen.   

The vintage image is from the talented JanetKDesign offerings of free digital images. Janet is an amazing artist, and I highly recommend a visit to her blog. 

I kept piling on the layers, adding a bit of cotton twine to tie everything together and accent my focal point. I also tucked in some frayed cheesecloth for a bit of a soft, shabby texture. 

I distressed and sanded the edges of all my papers, and created the corner flourishes using a die from Whimsy Stamps called Large Leafy Flourish. 

As a perfectionist, I always embellish the inside and backs of my cards. Here is a peek beneath the cover. The verse is from a Penny Black stamp called Garden of Life.   

I hope you'll join along in the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! The challenge runs for two weeks, after which a winner will be selected. Your entry also qualifies you for a chance to win a 25.00 dollar gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Thank you for visiting with me today! My warmest wishes are being sent your way. May you have the comfort of a cozy home, a warm heart, and be surrounded by all the people you love the most! 


  1. Another layered beauty here Nancy and I love that you went with a darker, more vintage look with the deep red alongside the pink. Your flowers are as ever superb and the raindrops make them even more special. Jenny x

  2. Drop dead gorgeous. Nancy. All your distressed layers are sensational and that vintage image is really special! The dew drops are the perfect finishing touch! Super job on Cec's tough challenge!


  3. GORGEOUS card with all those beautiful layers and the stunning flowers - your specialty. Who needs hearts to convey love :)

  4. Your beautiful card made me gasp, of admiration Nancy-how stunning and lovely it is. All those layers are just wonderful, and LOVE your flowers with dew drops !!
    xo, Dorthe

  5. Sublime vintage loveliness Nancy! Especially love your flowers, foliage and dew. Nicola x

  6. Gorgeous...WOW. How is it possible to get all those layers??? Your roses are something else...another WOW

  7. Beautiful, stunning, lovely!!!! You know I love your style! :)

  8. What a gorgeous card - so much shabbiness :o)

    Thanks for the link to the postcards, too.

  9. This is an absolute beauty - such glorious dimension from the shabby paper layers, so beautifully distressed and the flowers are wonderful. Love the soft tones of the colour palette too - a stunning card!
    Alison x

  10. Nancy, this is beautiful every single element. Your whole blog is fantastic and my mouth is watering for your tray bake recipes. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog as I now have found your work. Must link up for updates on your posts now.
    Julie x

  11. Nancy, wow this is gorgeous. I love your style with all the layers. The gauze is such a great addition. This is fantastic.