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! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Timeless Beauty Card using Prima and Maja Design Paper

Hello to all my blog friends on this chilly winter day! I hope your staying safe and warm. Even here in Charleston we're having frigid temperatures at night. 

Today I'm excited to share a card I created for the Friday Focus on Prima at the Frilly and Funkie Blog
 I adore all things Prima, so I'm excited to let you know that for the coming week Prima products sold at The Funkie Junkie Boutique have an extra 15% discount applied. You can find them HERE. I recently acquired some of their Vintage Trinkets, Vintage Mechanicals, and Vintage Baubles and it was love at first sight! I'm showcasing several products from these lines and demonstrating how they set the stage for the theme of my project.

Here's a close up of several Prima products I used. The small clock on the bottom is from the Vintage Mechanical collection, the clock on top is from the Vintage Trinket collection, and the little crystal treasure  is from the Vintage Bauble collection. I wanted to make my Mechanicals a bit darker and more 'time touched', so I applied Gesso followed by layers of  Ranger Old Paper and Walnut Stain Distress Paint. After everything was totally dry I sanded gently to reveal a hint of the lighter paint layer below. The bauble started out white, but I did a little of altering with Alcohol Ink to age it up.   

This is a close up of the opposite corner. Here I used the larger Vintage Mechanical clock and  Vintage Trinket  gears, aging them in the same manner as the other items. If you look in the background you'll see a new product I received from the Frilly and Funkie Boutique. It's from a roll of Linda's rusty tin wire net. I've been wanting to use this since the moment I first saw it, and it was a perfect accent to my project. 

The word 'beauty' is another Vintage Trinket. I did nothing to change it except for a little shaping to add dimension. I kept layering everything up, created some leaves from a Tim Holtz Alterations Die, and some handmade flowers from Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die. All the gorgeous Prima embellishments pulled my entire project together. They add the perfect touch to everything!  

Thank you so much for coming by to take a peek at my card! If you're interested in any of the products I used you'll find a list just below my post. I wish you a day filled with beauty and wonder! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Frilly and Funky Challenge: A Friendship Rose to Warm a Heart

Hello my friends! I hope you're managing to stay warm and cozy, not to mention avoiding the nasty bugs that seem to be hitting everywhere. We have a mixed bag of weather in Charleston. There were a couple of miserably frigid days last week, but thankfully it warmed up to the 70's over the weekend. 
Wherever you are and whatever the weather, I hope you'll join us for another exciting challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! The theme is 'The Warmth of Winter,'  the challenge being to create a card, lay out, or project to warm the heart of someone dear to you. 
My project features one of the pastel roses I made for the step by step tutorial last Saturday. Living in a subtropical climate allows me to enjoy the beautiful blooms of my Knockout Roses year round. I have a friend living in the North who is an avid gardener. She loves her summer roses, so I thought I would warm her heart a bit by sending her a rose in everlasting bloom. There are detailed directions for my roses on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

 I also crafted a soft, shabby nest using hand dyed seam binding and Fun Fur fibers. I die cut some leaves with a Heartfelt Creations Spellbinders die, spraying them with Perfect Pearls for a pretty shimmer. Next I punched a scalloped oval, stamped the sentiment, and accented the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Stain. To finish it off I added some Prima pearls and a couple of stick pins. The whole project is supported on a small stand that I fashioned from two scalloped circle punches. You'll find my supply list directly below this post.
I hope you'll share your creations with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog! We really do have the MOST fun!! Sending wishes for happiness and love!