5 February 2014

Valentines Day with a twist at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone. We are entering the second week of the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Our host, Cec, wants to see projects in red, pink and white with no hearts. So here goes...


Now you know what it's like, when you are told you can't use something there is this overwhelming desire to use it! So it was with the ban on hearts. How do you create a Valentine's project without them?! Time to think about all the other things that are associated with love, including the word itself and of course flowers.


I went with a vintage style background to get the ideas flowing, cutting an aperture in the base paper to show the flip side (softened with gesso and stamped/embossed with the gorgeous Wendy Vecchi 'Vintage Mesh'). The sewing around the oval edge was done by hand as I needed to go through several thick layers.


The new Sizzix greenery dies are already a favourite, and teaming them with Kraft Core Coredinations is perfect for any vintage project. The little flowers are cut from crinoline and coloured with Distress Stains. Do you like their gem centres? They were cut from a fabulous Prima border strip to add the smallest touch of bling.


It was fun adding some slightly more grungy layers underneath the flowers with Distress Stain splats and Archival flourish stamping. And it occurred to me that X's and O's are always fun to add to this theme.


Linda sells the most beautiful metal butterflies and they are so easy to alter with Alcohol Inks and/or Distress Paints. Rather than leave this one at that stage I rubbed it back with some wire wool to reveal the brass colour underneath.


So that's how I tackled this theme, and my DT team mates have lots more ideas for you over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I highly recommend you take a look before getting started on this theme as it will really get your creative juices flowing. And remember, if you enter this challenge you are in with a chance of winning a Guest Designer spot or a shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. What are you waiting for!

Thanks so much for joining me and a special thank you to all those who take the time to leave comments. They are very much appreciated.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny x



28 comments:

Patricia said...

You DID it..........!!!!
A Valentine card with NO "heart" that's a bit "heartless"........LOL!!!
I love what you have done on your wonderful card, says what it needs to say without a "heart"
Have a fantastic day
Hugs

Patricia xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Great card Jenny, love that mesh stamp behind the aperture, looks so cool. Beautifully put together with the other elements too!

Rita said...

Beautiful card Jenny. Lots of lovely textures too. I like what you've done with the mesh, it definitely attracts the eye. Stunning work. Hugs Rita xxx

Sunshine Girl said...

Very nice :)

chrissies said...

Lovely soft colours and beautiful textures. No hearts needed at all

Chrissie x

Redanne said...

Beautiful work Jenny, your hand stitching is amazing. I love the layers and the gorgeous butterfly. Anne x

Inkypinkycraft said...

A really great card on quite a tricky theme! Xnhugs x

butterfly said...

Love the muted colour palette of this - and those fabulous regency stripes in the background. Who needs hearts?!
Alison x

Marci said...

Lovely card. You stitched around that oval through several layers BY HAND? That is a labor of love!

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely stunning and I love the mixed media feel.
Hugs
DesĂ­re
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Your heartless Valentine came out beautiful, Jenny. I love the layered aperture (so hard to do!) with the Vintage Mesh stamp behind it. (I just reordered that stamp and am taking one for myself before I restock the store:) Great flower cluster and that altered butterfly is drop-dead gorgeous!

Hugs,
Linda

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful card, love the mesh and the stunning butterfly. Lovely design Jenny. Tracy x

Terry said...

What a lovely devoid of heart card, Jenny! I love the butterfly on the floral arrangement! That mesh stamp looks like metal! Love this!

Netty said...

Beautifully designed card Buttons.
Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeous card Jenny with enough 'grunge' to keep me happy! I love the idea of no hearts but I can imagine hit's hard to not use them! I like your aperture idea with the stamped mesh.
Juliaxxx

Ellis said...

Stunning Valentine you have made! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Valentines with no hearts? ?? Gasp! And you've pulled it off beautifully Jenny! Beautiful make and lovely grungy-ish look :) xxx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful heartless card for Valentine's day. Love the butterfly.

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Gorgeous details Jenny! Your card looks fab!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Jenny, I wonder if you received my comment. Blogger is telling me I have a problem!
Wishes
Lynne

Brenda Brown said...

It's amazing how the brain processes a negative isn't it? But you did a great job managing without a heart to be seen, a wonderful design and construction as always xx

Candy C said...

Jenny...once again you've created such a lovely vintage card! Love the papers you've used. You've really done a superb job with coordinating papers and colors. The Kraft Core paper that you've distressed makes for beautiful die cut trims and foliage. Love the stripe on the front of the card and the machine stitching around the oval cut out. Wendy's mesh in the background of the oval really pops...love that! And that butterfly...gorgeous! <3 Candy

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Jenny! Love all the layers and the fabulous butterfly! Thanks for the inspiration!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Incrediblly gorgeous, the colours, layout, textures & embellishments. ALl perfect :o)

Sandra said...

I can imagine that this was a true challenge! And you've mastered it! Great valentine's card! Hugs, Sandra

Von said...

Love the window style layout :) a gorgeous card Jenny ☺
Von ♥

Anita Houston said...

What a gorgeous card! I love the frame and the netting is super special here!

Laurart said...

Beautiful as always Jenny! So difficult to do Valentine creations without using hearts and you did it so well! This is gorgeously romantic! Love from Laura xxxxxxx

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