Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Shabby Valentine

The new challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie.  Zoe is our hostess and calls it Be My Valentine!  She describes the challenge this way:

Love is in the air, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this challenge is to make a card for your sweet Valentine in a vintage or shabby chic style.

I originally thought I would make a card for my husband but once I got going, it became shabbier and frillier and definitely not one for a guy so I will have to come up with something else for him.

I lost some files when our anti-virus software started churning out false positives and quarantining hundreds of thousands of files so I don't have process photos for this one but am happy to describe what I did. I am also happy that only a few photos could not be restored or I would be sitting in a corner blubbering because sadly, we have become so dependent on our computers and I am no exception.

I started with some Bazzill card stock for the blank and then added a panel of paper called True Love from Graphic 45 Mon Amour 8"x8" pad.  I topped that with a panel from Prima Vintage Emporium and then a couple chevrons from the Graphic 45 Mon Amour 6"x6" pad.  All the paper was distressed before I added it.

Next I made a pleated heart from some scrap paper in my stash.  I started by making a template based on one I saw online and then formed it the same way you would a round rosette.  I cut the shank off a fancy button and added that to the centre.

I hand cut some leaves from black card stock, shaped them and rubbed some Pewter wax from Treasure Gold on them.  Next I topped them with a Wild Orchid magnolia flower along with a couple flowers from the dollar store.  I made a big plaid bow, added a loopy bow from black cord and then the big button with hearts and flowers.

I cut the sentiment from the Mon Amour 8"x8" pad and attached it with a little red clothespin.  Finally I scatted some Kaisercraft pearls around.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


  1. Gorgeous, love all those details!!!

  2. Beautiful valentine's card. I love the pleated heart. What a brilliant idea. Sorry about the computer glitch I hope it gets resolved so you can get to all your art photos!

  3. Wow, Cec! You have really knocked my socks off with this Valentine! I love the black/white/red color combo--so effective and right up my alley! Your pleated heart is genius and is so elegant with that button on top! Love your ribbon with the heart button, too! Just so many details to LOVE! Well done!

    So sorry to hear about your computer, but happy things could be mostly retrieved. I totally can picture the corner blubbering--I've been there! Sending warm hugs!

  4. What a fantastic Valentine's card, Cec. I, too, love the black and red color palette and that pleated heart is a show stopper. Great details and hey ho, that black and red heart button is a perfect fit for this card! It all adds up to perfection!


  5. This reminds me of a big heart shaped box of dark chocolate. Sooooo fabulous! I love the bold black and red color palette. How on earth did you make that fabulous pleated heart? The red plaid bow, cording and button seal the deal for me. What a beauty!

  6. I love your card Cec! The palette is strong enough for a man and anyone would be lucky to receive that gorgeous pleated heart! Sorry to read about your computer, technology fails are the worst.

  7. That heart is magnificent Cec! and I'm sure hubby will love it - the clever use of black and white really sets off the pops of red. Hope your computer issues are sorted asap - such a pain! xx

  8. Gorgeous card Cec, I adore your fluted heart and that wonderful colour palette, thank you so much for sharing it! Deb xo


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