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!


  1. Oh Julie, what beautiful Valentines you have created for us to enjoy this morning! I just love them! I shall be checking out the shabby roses tutorial for sure!! How very lovely! Oh, I have not seen this version of Emma. I must check it out!! Thanks so much for pointing me in it's direction! I expect you are sleeping now my dear friend. I hope it is a peaceful sleep. Love and hugs from across the sea!! xxoo

  2. Beautiful and your roses turned out so lovely. I saw Sandi's post on this. I see lots of things I would like to try but never get around to most of them. Do you stay up late creating fantastic cards? Wishing you a fabulous Friday! :) Tammy

  3. Oooh, those look like a shabby version of the ribbon roses I used to make for wedding guest books - must check that out, thanks Julie! Love the way yours turned out, your Valentine cards both look fabulous!

  4. Hi Julie,
    yourroses are wonderfull, abd
    the cards so gorgeus too,
    thanks for the tip.


  5. Dear Julia!-)*

    I like you new vintage card very,very much!

    She is cute and romantic!

    With love and care,


  6. Fabulous roses, Julie! The Glimmer Mist does look wonderful on the muslin. Hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead!

  7. Beautiful roses!You have so much talent ith those lovely cards.

  8. Gasp!!! Gorgeous roses and beautiful art.

  9. I totally caught Emma thanks to your tip and I ADORED it!!!! Happy Valentine's Day to you :)

  10. Beautiful Valentines, I love those roses, thanks for the link. I love the glitter on the heart on the platter too. Take care, ~Diane

  11. I missed Emma :( I will have to see if Netflix offers it. My Mom loved it.

    Love the cards!! I got to use glimmer mist last night for the first time. Love it. And the flowers you made are so pretty!!

    Have a great day :)

  12. Hi Mama Julie!!! I love these cards and the roses are way too gorgeous! Good job doing it on your own! Sly little perky mama! Quick question for ya! do you when creating a a url to words in your you did today? What do you hit to do that missy?

  13. Julie, your cards just keep getting prettier and prettier! I Love those roses. Thank you so much for the link. I'm going to have to check that out! Happy Valentine's Day! Twyla

  14. Lovely roses. Sweet cards, I especially love the angel/cherub one. Another of my passions...cherubs. :)

  15. Oh Julie these roses are AMAZING!! You are so talented and brave ... yes brave because I doubt I would have even attempted this on my own without someone instructing me! HOWEVER, with that being said, I will check out the link and see what I can do ... you are a true inspiration my dear!!!
    I too LOVE Jane Austin or anything along those lines. I'll be checking out this version of Emma.
    Thanks for the chit-chat ... you are a true friend!!

  16. Julie these roses are so perfect and thanks for the link I can't wait to try these out. You do such gorgeous work girl I love coming to your blog to see what you make next. Nan

  17. you did a fantastic job on the roses and cards. you make me want to try and make my own cards :) i only saw parts of emma on tv. i do love the story.

  18. Julie!!! I did it!!! You taught mama a new trick! You really area a techy girl!! Thanks for your help missy!!!

  19. I have awarded your blog the Sunshine Award!
    Please go to this link to snatch it up!
    Have Sunny, Perky, Happy Day!

  20. I love the roses. They look beautiful on the cards.
    Well done!!

  21. What lovely roses, to be sure! Your talent just keeps expanding and your creativity is infectious!

  22. hi julie!

    your roses are lovely. i will be sure to follow the link. thank you so much!

    all of your creations are so pretty.

    happy valentine's day to you!


  23. Love the Valentines! Maybe someday, I will get one of your cards in my mailbox!?!?!
    You just keep getting better and more creative!
    Love you and love your talents!!

  24. God has greatly gifted you
    I enjoyed visiting your blog
    God Bless;

  25. Gorgeous projects, and I love ribbon roses! Thanks so much for the link!

  26. Julie, I love your valentines! I was wondering where I might find the Font that you used. I love it too. Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity.