Wednesday, August 12, 2015

All Occasion Card

Hello to all of my crafty friends! What are you up to on this lovely day? Are you crafting, cooking, baking, or gardening? Maybe off having lunch or shopping with friends? Or best of all, curled up with an amazing book? Whatever you are doing, I hope it is something that makes you smile! 

We recently returned from a mountain getaway. We've made frequent visits to the Smoky Mountains over the last 27 years. It's our special place. A place where worries seem to melt away. We finally took the plunge and closed on our own cozy cabin on July 31st! Now that the stress of house hunting and never ending paperwork is over, we are totally excited. Not one ounce of buyers remorse. We hope to make happy memories here with family and friends.  

Today is especially exciting because we're kicking off a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog! Sue is our hostess for the next two weeks, and her Challenge Theme is: A Stitch in 'time'. Sue asks us to incorporate stitching (real or faux) and a timepiece into our projects. We're inviting everyone to play along with us! For full challenge details and exciting prize information simply click on the link above.  

I can't get enough of Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basics, so I layered and distressed their gorgeous papers, then added some stitching with my sewing machine. It's fortunate that shabby chic doesn't rely upon absolute perfection, because my stitches are never perfect. I did NOT inherit my mom's talent as a seamstress, though she patiently tried to pass her gift along to me.   

My timepiece is tucked away among a bounty of summer blooms, growing wild and unchecked in a long forgotten garden. As a child I read Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Gardenleaving me forever fascinated with hidden gardens and magical places. I love cultivating them in my projects.    

I wove twine randomly in and around the flowers, finishing with a pretty bow in the center. If you look closely you'll also spot some Prima pearls and cheesecloth peeking out here and there. The flowers were plain white ones I found in my flower basket. I colored the flowers and cheesecloth using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  

Thank you for visiting with me! May you be surrounded by love, peace, and beauty as you go through your day.


I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Through the Purple Haze - Flowers
Glitter n Sparkle - add some flowers
Tip Top Tuesday - Ribbon and Pearls
Let's Craft and Create - Pearls or Lace
All Sorts Challenge - Inspired by Summer (summer flowers)
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes, Family Friendly
Creative Inspirations - Flowers


  1. WOW ! Loving your card , i can see it sitting on Miss Haversham's Table lol , no i am not reading the book, At the moment, i am working on my Christmas cards , too early some may say but these weeks are coming around so quickly .
    Have a lovely day .
    Elaine H X

  2. Oh Nancy this card is a floral beauty!!! I love how you've added the clock into the centre. And as for your getaway home - AMAZING. I hope it brings you both the piece and tranquillity you deserve. Jenny x

  3. Oh, what a beautiful vacation getaway! Much happiness! Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Stunning Nancy! I love your hand coloured flowers, I will have to try that trick some time! Your cottage is just so wonderful, you must be just thrilled to have such a quaint place in the mountains to call your own!! hugs :)

  5. Congratulations on your new home away from home!!! Your card is stunning as usual!
    Thank you for the inspiration.

    Paper Talk with Samra

  6. Adore your card Nancy, a real beauty.
    Julie x

  7. Your card is stunning love the roses they look so real such a shabby/vintage feel . Congratulations on your new home away from home it looks so peaceful I'm sure you will enjoy it fully. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment really appreciate it . Hugs

  8. First of all - what a thrill to see your FABULOUSLY ADORABLE cabin - It is so picturesque - love it. May you and yours be blessed there.

    And then... your lovely card is such a treat to see Nancy. What a LOVELY creations. j.

  9. An absolutely beautiful piece of art!!! (not just a card!) simply stunning... Thanks for sharing your creation with us the week, at 'Glitter n Sparkle' -Vic, DT x

  10. Nancy, your art is just fabulous, so very beautiful! I love your hideaway in the mountains.

  11. A beautiful shabby chic card. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday final challenge. Elaine

  12. Nancy your cards are always beauties, but this is just STUNNING! Fabulous layers, such a gorgeous choice of colours and your treatment of the white flowers just amazing. Love love your new hideaway in the mountains. Big hugs Jennie x

  13. Thanks for joining my theme at allsorts tracy x

  14. Stunning card ! Love all !
    Thanks for joining us at Let's Craft and Create, and Good Luck !
    Maryvonne DT Member

  15. Absolutely stunning fabulously shabby chic love all the layers and gorgeous flowers-great turned back corners too
    carol x

  16. Nancy, this is an absolutely gorgeous card and just perfect for our Flower challenge at Creative Inspirations, thank you for sharing it with us...

  17. A wonderful creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  18. The pearls and cheesecloth amidst the roses and time on that wonderful. DP are all so beautiful. The card is a very pretty. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, in our 196th challenge.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  19. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Let’s Craft and Create challenge 104, Hazel, DT – hope to see you again soon. x

  20. This just oozes shabby loveliness with your gorgeous flowers and the bits of twine and cheesecloth. The colour palette is so serene. Love the cabin and I bet you will make beautiful memories there.

  21. Nancy, I love how you work your magic with the papers and your flare with flowers and design too all make for a magical creation ! Your cabin looks amazing, I'm sure you will enjoy every second when you're there. Sue C x

  22. Beautiful creation! So much lovely dimension and lovely, shabby-chic layering. I'm so glad you joined us at Let's Craft & Create.

  23. Beautiful! Thanks for joining in our "Pearls or Lace" challenge at Let's Craft and Create :)

  24. This is sooo beautiful! Long forgotten garden still in bloom. Love it! Thanks for joining our Flower chalenge over at Through The Purple Haze, good luck!
    Lisbeth, DT

  25. Just love your shabby chic card with all of those beautiful roses and gauze. Good luck in the challenge at Through The Purple Haze, Jackie DT x