Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Today is the start of another new challenge at Frilly and Funkie . Pamellia is our host for this challenge and she is calling it Be My Valen-twine. She wants to see vintage or shabby chic projects that can be used for Valentine's Day, an Anniversary or a Wedding but they must include some twine.

I saw this card on Gabrielle Pollaco's blog and decided to CASE it but of course, I gave it my own touches.

I started with some Recollections card stock for the blank and then used a piece of paper from a Maja Designs pad called Coffee in the Arbour for the background.  Next came a square of cheesecloth.  I mounted another piece of Maja Designs paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics pad to a square of Recollections card stock and added that on top of the cheesecloth.

The large heart was hand cut from a scrap of Maja Design paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper and I coated it with some Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  The little heart is hand cut from a piece of Maja Design paper from the Coffee in the Arbour pad and mounted on some card stock.  Some pearls from Dollarama were added to one side.

I put a border of lace topped with some satin ribbon across the bottom and added a frame with a computer generated sentiment.

The large flower that looks like a carnation was made from a strip of white crepe paper and coloured with Victorian Velvet and Milled Lavender Distress Ink.   The Milled Lavender is the most difficult pad I have to work with because it doesn't give off much colour so I had to go over the flower numerous times to get the depth of colour but I am really happy with the end result.  The best part was that my husband's first reaction when he saw it was to say "That looks just like a carnation."

The large rose came from a wholesale shop in England and I coloured it with a Maroon Promarker.  The other flowers are from Wild Rose Crafts.  I added a flourish that Pamellia gave me and made a stick pin from beads in my stash.  Finally I added some burlap twine and little lock and key charms.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with Optional Create Your Own Challenge (1. Patterned Paper, 2. Charms, 3. Solid Colour Paper, 4. Flowers, 5. Square Card)
That Craft Place - Love/Valentine
My Sheri Crafts - Valentine's Day
Time Out Challenges - Valentine's Day (optional twist of hearts)
The Crafting Cafe  - Lots of Layers
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog - Anything Goes (twist to add layers)
Creative Card Crew  - Shabby Chic

The following products used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Such a great choice of design to CASE and you've done it superbly Cec! Love the little details like the row of pearls inside the heart aperture and the beautiful lacy border. Jenny x

  2. What a shabby delight you have created, Cec. LOVE that Coffee in the Arbor paper and it looks beautiful the way you have used it here. The shape of the hearts is delightful and your carnation came out amazing - LOVE it! A truly beautiful piece of work!


  3. What a beautiful card Cec! You may have been inspired by someone else's card, but you really made it your own! I love those gorgeous quirky shaped hearts (I was kind of hoping it was a die set so I could purchase it) perfectly cut out! Glad to see you found a use for the flourishes, ha! LOVE your big luscious flowers and your fancy lace! Stunning from top to bottom! hugs :)

  4. A beautiful card! That carnation is gorgeous. Love your kind of swirly hearts, too.

  5. What a gorgeous creation Cec!!! Love the way you cased Gabrielle's card. The colors are stunning and all the little details perfectly complement each other! BRAVO!! Hugs :)

  6. Wow, so many different textures, colours and elements and you make them work together perfectly. This is incredible and I'm so happy you shared this with us at TIME OUT!!

  7. Gorgeous detail and wonderful texture. Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT

  8. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. PennyRae DT

  9. Stunning! Colours are wonderful and flowers are gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing at Suzy Bee' Bloomin' Challenge.

  10. Two extremely pretty designs! Love the layering and the creative use of stitching. Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create! We love seeing you in the neighborhood.
    Chana, Owner

  11. Very Vintage and Romantic Valentine cards, I really like them. Thanks for sharing them with us at the Crafting Cafe Janet DT

  12. LOVE all the gorgeous details you've incorporated in this Valentine -- thanks so much for sharing with us @ My Sheri Crafts!!!

  13. Beautiful card, I love all the pretty details! Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe for our January Lots Of Layers challenge!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  14. Lovely card. Thanks for joining our challenge at Creative Card Crew. Hope to see more of your work soon.
    Hugs, Yvonne

  15. Such a pretty card - lovely use of layers and embellishments :)

    Thanks for joining us at the Crafting Cafe for January's Lots of Layers Challenge, and good luck!


  16. Amazing layers on this beautiful card, Cec! And your husband is right about that carnation. I really thought it was real! Love the cheesecloth, the lace, the tiny frame, lock and key, and how it all just works together! Gorgeous!

  17. Beautiful Cec, love the whimsical shape of your hearts, they look like they are dancing!

  18. Just wanted to pop in and say congratulations on your Top 3 win over at The Crafting Cafe! Well deserved! hugs :)


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