Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year Inspiration

It is time for the first challenge of 2017 at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Jenny is our hostess and she call the challenge New Years Inspiration.  She describes it this way:

"At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017."

I had the privilege of spending a week in November with the fabulous Jenny Marples and was able to craft beside her.  While there I tried to absorb just a fraction of her talent (not sure I accomplished that) and learn from her (definitely did do that).  One of the things she said more than once was that she just plays.  Since I tend to overthink things, I decided to use her comments as my inspiration for this year and have created a vintage inspired card to portray my plans.

Interestingly I had no mojo over the holidays so my card doesn't include any playing with new techniques because in the end I had limited time to complete it after I spent a number of days admiring the paper and moving it around my desk.  I promise to play soon.

I started with some Recollections card stock for my blank.  Next I found the vintage image online at and that dictated what I where I was going with this card.

I pulled three patterned papers from Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary and Secret Garden.  I distressed them and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The image was also distressed and inked and mounted on some burlap.

I made the sentiment on the computer, printed it on a scrap of white card stock and then die cut it with a Spellbinder die from the Labels Ten set.  Once cut I inked it with some Antique Linen Distress Ink and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.

Next I embossed a couple of filigree leaves with Wendy Vecchi Tree Branch Embossing Powder, giving them two coats so they looked like enamel.  The flower was cut with the Shabby Posies die by Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders and I added some Platinum Distress Glitter to the centre.

To finish the card off I added some crochet ribbon topped with a loopy burlap bow, then the leaves and finally the shabby flower.

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

Card Mania - Layer It
Ribbon Girls - Anything Goes with Ribbon

The following supplies used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. I feel so proud to have inspired you to just play in the coming year Cec and thank you so much for your kind words. It was lovely to get the time to catch up with you in person and share creative ideas. Wishing you a healthier, happy and creative 2017 xx

  2. I like the way you play, Cec! This is such a wonderful card with all those delicious distressed layers. I'm especially fond of that glorious flower! Looking forward to more goodies from you in 2017!

  3. Cec, I loved reading about your inspiration for this card; lucky you to get to craft along side Jenny in person! Your card is so inspiring! Happy New Year to you! May it be healthy, happy and full of time and inclination to just play! Hugs!

  4. Beautiful card Cec. Lots of wonderful layers and the image is just darling. Love what you did with the leaves!

  5. Wonderful card and love the fun image. What a great idea for the new year! Less stress and more fun!

  6. Really gorgeous, Cec! I love the patterned paper you used. I hadn't looked through those Graphic 45 collections and didn't realize how pretty they are! Your handmade flower is absolutely lovely and great idea embossing the filigree leaves. What a special piece of eye candy for our visitors to drool over at Frilly and Funkie! Wishing you all the best in 2017!


  7. Hi, Cec! I love your beautiful card and the wonderful sentiment! No mojo? HA!!! No way. You rang in the New Year with the style and creativity that you alone possess.


I love to hear what you think about my work, so please leave me a comment.