Monday, January 21, 2013

Handmade Valentine Rose Garden Card for The Shabby Tea Room

Hello, wonderful blog friends! I hope the new year has brought you health and happiness. It's been a busy time in our home, as I'm sure it was for many of you. While I miss the excitement of the holidays, I'm also grateful for the return of normal routines. There is so much joy to be found in day to day life. I think the hustle and bustle of the holidays helps me to appreciate it even more.    

I'm super excited to share this card with you. I created it for my guest designer spot this week at The Shabby Tea Room. The guidelines for the challenge are to use stripes, the colors from the inspiration photo below, and a flower. 

So many ideas  ran through my mind when I saw the inspiration photo. I wanted my project to be shabby and sweet with lots of texture. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to get working on my cards.   

I chose this adorable digital image as my focal point, and that led me to the idea of creating a dimensional rose garden. I cut the frame using Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8, then painted it with Folk Art acrylic paint (my favorite brand.) 

The tiny heart tags were also cut with a Spellbinders die. The pearls are from Prima's e-line. I made the roses using Die-namics Royal Rose dies, then painted them with Folk Art acrylic paint. 

I stitched some ivory lace on the base layer of my card to add extra texture. After choosing patterned papers from Prima's Tea Thyme and My Mind's Eye Madison Avenue, I distressed and layered away to my heart's content.   

Thank you so much for stopping by! It makes my heart happy that you took a few moments to visit with me. May your day be filled with sunshine and laughter, even if it happens to be blustery or rainy in your part of the world! Hugs,