Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tattered Roses, Cupid...and "Emma"

Good evening, one and all!

I've got a few things to share with you tonight...had so much fun with these cards!  I think I enjoyed this first card so much because I love learning how to do things for myself, and that's just what I did today!

Here's my new addiction...

Aren't these fun?!  I was browsing around my favorite blogs a few days ago, and was visiting Sandi at her lovely blog, Wayside Treasures, and she showed these tattered roses, and linked to the blog where she found the, my goodness!  I'm hooked!  They just take a few minutes each to make, and they look SO good!

I played around with some of my reproduction vintage fabric, and loved how the roses turned out...but I wanted to make something especially to fit my Valentine for today... I decided to make a bunch of them using some bleached white muslin I've had laying around forever...and then I sprayed them all to bits with Glimmer Mist--perfect!!!  (Click on the photo to see it better close-up--the Glimmer Mist is fabulous on the muslin!)  I needed some leaves, too, so I just cut them out freehand out of the muslin and sprayed them as well...I love the way they turned out!  I'll be making quite a lot of these, I think!  Thanks, Sandi!

The beautiful Victorian image for my Valentine is from Crafty Secrets' newly re-done "Girlfriends" Images & Journal Notes booklet...this particular image wasn't in the old version.  I just love the colors here!

The beautiful rose print paper is from Crafty Secrets' "Radiant" paper pack.  I made my own sentiment on the computer using one of my favorite vintage-style fonts "Rose", added silver shavings glitter, a truly vintage mother-of-pearl button, some ribbon and lace, and that's about it!

Next, a sweet cupid Valentine...

I love this adorable image found in Crafty Secret's "Homemade" Images & Journal Notes booklet...again I made my own sentiment using the same font...was going to say something sappy like "You have my heart on a platter", but my daughter Sarah said, "No, Mom".  Sometimes we need our kids to keep us in line, don't we?!

Some beautiful chocolatey lace, pink grosgrain, my favorite brown/cream gingham ribbon, again the silver glitter & some topaz crystal rhinestones...a bit of Glossy Accents on the heart with Dazzling Diamonds sprinkled in while still wet, and more diamonds on cupid's wings.

If you head on over to Crafty Secrets' blog, you'll find a couple of free downloadable vintage Valentine images, courtesy of Sandy Redburn--thanks, Sandy!  I'll be sharing the Valentines I made using them tomorrow--they're adorable!

Did you all see "Emma" on PBS the last few Sundays?  Oh, it was fabulous!  I collect all the British dramas I can--especially Jane Austen films...I love them all!  This new one, however, may be just about my favorite!

Emma, in this version, is played by the lovely Romola Garai, who plays her with such humor and spunk--you just kind of love her even though she causes so much trouble for everyone--including herself!  If you missed this on t.v., or even if you didn't--just do yourself a favor and add it to your collection!  I promise you'll want to see it over and over again!

That's all for tonight...

Sweet Dreams!