Hope everyone is well! Things have been a bit exciting for us this week as our son is getting closer to becoming fully potty trained. Well, my poor cat might not use the word 'exciting.' We all know that cats don't enjoy getting wet on the best of days, but an unexpected little shower as she wandered across the bathroom was a whole new level of insult...
But speaking of exciting - I am very excited to share my latest creation with you. I was very inspired by a shabby chic tutorial I saw on the Stampartic blog and I knew the moment I saw it that I wanted to give it a try. Luckily, there were a couple of shabby chic challenges this past week with even more great inspiration and examples, so I just had to make a card. This really is quite a different style than I am used to and I found it very challenging.
Stamps - Silent Night Tilda (Magnolia) and Bells and Boughs (Stampin' Up)
Paper - Bazzill and Stampin' Up card, 300g watercolour paper and Bo Bunny Midnight Frost DP
Ink/Colouring - Stazon (black), Distress inks (walnut stain, antique linen, pumice stone, weathered wood, stormy sky, black soot, forest moss), watercolour pencil (skin), Distress Stain (picket fence) and Adirondack Mixatives (snow cap)
Other - Distress stickles (rock candy), pearls (stash), Tim Holtz ribbons, Stampin Up snowflake die, Spellbinders fancy tags 2, jingly bells (found in my stash), crochet lace (from a friend's garbage - no that isn't a brand name; a friend of mine actually threw that out after using part of it on a scrapbook layout), cotton fabric (from my old curtains), liquid applique (unheated because I'm a bit of a chicken and was afraid I would wreck my image and I liked how it looked without heating it) and I think that is all.
Tilda's close up:
And an artsy view:
I would like to enter my card in these challenges:
Stampartic - Shabby Chic
Top Tip Tuesday - Shabby Chic
(my tip - Picket fence Distress Stain is the perfect product to use on porous surfaces to create the white washed look commonly found in the shabby chic style. I used it on the blue snow flakes and the crochet lace - it is sooo easy to use! Adirondack Mixatives in snow cap is the perfect product to use on metal to give it that painted white look that is also common to shabby chic. I used it on the jingly bells, which started out gold.)
ABC Christmas Challenge - R is for recycling and ribbon or rhinestones (I recycled my old curtains)
Magnolia Down Under - frame it (I framed my image with TH ribbon; hope this counts!)
Just Magnolia - Anything goes with optional circles
Simon Says Stamp/Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes and a fun blog hop
Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment - I really appreciate them! Have a great week!