Monday, September 5, 2011

Not Too Shabby

Hello peeps!

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! 




Dan said...

This is such a great card, so many interesting details to admire and a great frosty, wintery feel to it! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

Mephisto said...

Really stunning Card.
Thanks for joining us in the Hop from SimonSaysStamp!!


Janette said...

Hi Dawn, Oh wow, this is stunning, what a gorgeous card, you did the shabby chic thing to perfection....

Had to laugh at the cat story...oh

Flutterby Trina said...

WOW an amazing card! Your colours are fab! Love you tip too! Love the papers! Thanks for playing along with us this week at TTT, good luck and hope to see you again next week for out Big Birthday Bash! xx

Lisa Minckler said...

WOW! What a great card and post and tip! You are like the one stop of inspiration and information. LOVE how and where you "acquired" your supplies too. LOL!
Beautiful colors and design and layout.
Thanks so much for playing with us at Top Tip Tuesday for our "Shabby Chic" challenge.
Good luck to you and happy stamping...
Lisa xx

Anne-Marie said...

Dawn, this is bee-oo-tee-ful! I love the cool colours, and all the lovely details....this new shabby chic look suits x

Mandy said...

Beautiful card Dawn, I love everything you've used and done, you sure cracked the shabby chic.
I did laugh about your poor cat's shower, that brought back memories lol :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our Stamptember blog hop
hugs Mandy xx

Anonymous said...

AWESOME recycling! love this card sooooo much! all the different elements so clever! love all the texture it gives too! Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas challenge this time! hugs Samantha :0)


Fabulous, and such a well put together Shabby Chic project with the baby blue winter scene for you Tilda! Great job, thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week, be sure to come back and play again tomorrow!
Hugs and good luck,
Tammy Louise

Unknown said...

wow, your card is just amazing... I just love the shabby look....and your old curtains surely gave it a nice look! :D

Miria said...

gorgeous card and recycling, thanks for joining ABC Christmas challenge, hugs, Miria

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card :-) I love the shabby chic look and the recycled curtains look fab ! :-)
the Snow Cap mixative is No 1 on my must get list :-)

thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas and Simon Says Stamp-tember hop :-)

Lols x x x

Helen said...

Beautiful card - love the soft colours...and your recycled curtains look fab!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

PS - I have candy on my blog if you're interested :0)

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is gorgeous love this image, fab colours too,thanks for joining us at JM/HS hugs pops x x x

Eulanda said...

Oh ma gosh!! You have NAILED shabby chic!! I luv it!!

Denise said...

very beautiful love the softness
thanks for sharing with us at Magnolia Down Under this week

Debbie Dolphin said...

Thankyou for joining in with us at MDUC this week xxx
Hugs Debbie xx

Minna said...

Wow, so wonderful and really Shabby Chic:) I love everything!! Thanks for joining us at StampARTic Shabby Chic challenge.

Laila said...

Ohh wow. This is REALLY beautiful.
Hugs Laila

check out my small candy on

Curly said...

Oh my isn't she stunning I love the soft blue colour theme and those snowflakes are gorgeous, I love the silky fabric around the outside of the image too.
Have a lovely Sunday,
Hugs Bridget :0) x
p.s I have some candy if you are interested.

June Nelson said...

Just found your blog and your cards are amazing Iadore this one, have al ovely evening love and huggis JUne xxxx

Carissa said...

Wow, this is stunning.Love everything about it. Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge.
Carissa :)

Anonymous said...

Great that you played along with Top Tip Tuesday too! thanks Samantha :0)

Dorte said...

A wonderful Tilda Christmas card. So many beautiful details. I do not hope you will miss your old curtains, they look really great as flowers. Thank you for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.
Hope to see you for our S challenge.
Hugs Dorte