Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Welcome to My Parlor...

Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly, 
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy; 
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair, 
And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there."
-Mary Howitt

Hello! I hope this day finds you happy and well! It's time for a bit of spooky fun for our new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I have the honor of hosting this time around and I've chosen the theme of A Haunting Halloween.  Simply create any type vintage project, card, or layout with a Halloween theme and get ready for some exciting chills and thrills!

I confess I have a terrible fear of spiders, but I overcame my arachnophobia long enough to create my cobweb covered little parlor. My spider has been busy spinning away but don't let that frighten you off. Step inside, for mystery awaits those hardy souls brave enough to enter! 

I wanted to create something that was elegant yet eerie at the same time. I have a spider die from Tim Holtz and some cobweb dies from Poppy Stamps and Memory Box. The cautionary poem of the Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt popped into my head and became the inspiration for my card.  

I hope you'll put on your ghostly thinking caps and play along with our challenge. You have two weeks in which to enter, so there's plenty of time.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! You are dear to me and your visits and kind words warm my heart. I am thankful to call each of you my friend. 


I've entered my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Lots of Layers
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: At least one flower
Through the Craftroom Door
Inky Chicks: Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Anything goes
Sugar Creek Hollow: Word Play

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cherished Friend Card

Hello! I hope this day finds you happy and well! It's been a bit of a whirlwind here and probably will remain so for a couple of weeks, but it's a joyful whirlwind with visiting friends and family so I am truly blessed.
I was excited to hear the announcement earlier this week that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby brother or sister for little Prince George! After the tragic loss of Princess Diana it does my heart good to see Prince William and Princess Kate so happy and openly in love. 
On another exciting note, we are beginning a new challenge at the Frilly and Funky Challenge Blog! Trace is our host and her theme is From The Heart. She asks us to craft a vintage project with hearts as the focal image, whether it be a dimensional piece, card, or tag. The challenge winner receives a guest design spot on the blog, and all entrants have the chance to win a $25.00 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  Just click on the blog link above for some amazing inspiration by my teammates, as well as the challenge entry details. 

I wanted to give my card a rustic feel with a touch of romance. I gathered my favorite Maja papers and began layering, distressing, and stitching to form the base of my card.

I fashioned my heart by layering die cuts to create the look of a grape vine wreath. 

I simply embellished my card with a stamped sentiment, die cut leaves, some hand painted flowers from my stash, a little twine, and a few pearls. 

Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at my card. I am so honored you've shared your time with me. I can't begin to tell you how much your kind words and comments mean to me. I send you heartfelt wishes for a bright and beautiful week!