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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

We're not too shabby over at A Spoonful of Sugar!

 (Please scroll down for my Totally Ladybug Tuesday DT post)
 
 Over at A Spoonful of Sugar today we are challenging you to use a vintage or shabby chic theme!  This isn't really my comfort zone - it (ahem) "distresses" me not to have my clean, neat lines!  But I've had to make a few of these styles recently and I think I'm getting the hang of them! What do you think...?


 
 




My Tim Holtz distressing tool is starting to get really blunt now and I handstitched all that - patience of an angel, don't you think?!!  This card also gave me an excellent excuse to use up some very, very old stash that's been lying around for years - it was very satisfying!  I did use something new too though - see that lovely organic thick twine?  I bought it from my blog friend Carly's Etsy shop called Perfectly Pretty.  She has some lovely, lovely stash perfect for this style!  And those crochet flowers are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts here.

That's it from me today!  You can see all the other gorgeous DT makes here.


I am entering my card into the BasicGrey challenge theme of wings and By the Cute and Girly theme of springtime.


Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey Wisteria paper pack
Mediums: watercolouring with Distress Inks, Gesso paint, Pebbles Inc pearlescent chalks
Accents: Laura Ashley brads, chipboard heart and lace from stash, crochet flowers, organic thick twine
Tools: Tim Holtz distressing tool, Nestabilities rectangle die inside card

30 comments:

Doreen said...

Ooh I do love your card,very shabby chic.xxx

Lisa Jane said...

I think you have totally got the hang of it lol.. i love the colours and the crochet flowers.. its gorgeous
Lisa x

theCook said...

That's so different from your usual style... but I love it (especially the beautiful lace!)

Fleur said...

Oh Mary, this is awesome ~ really beautiful
Hugz fleur xXx

M-J said...

I love the lace and the crochet flowers, I never really think of using that sort of material on cards but it has defintely inspired me! lovely card. x

Mrs.B said...

Love, Love this card, and you do this style beautifully.
Avril x

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

Well done. It' isn't easy to step outside your comfort zone.

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Wow! Very chic. I love the soft colours and the pretty flowers with brads.

ChickieChirps said...

I'm with you on the clean lines thing... I also struggle... but this looks great, you did a great job! Got to love those Simple Sassy girls : )

Arabella

Silli said...

sooo pretty Mary, love the funny image and the papers... CUTE!

Jenn Borjeson said...

This is soooo beautiful - I just love your style. :)

Michelle said...

Looks like you have the hang of it for sure, no sign that you were out of your comfort zone at all.

Michelle :-)

Anita said...

Absolutely beautiful Mary J. The image is gorgeous and I love your papers and stitching. And those flowers are amazing.

Frea said...

HI Mary, well I must say hun, this looks pretty distressed to me LOL!! You did an awesome job, love this card! Hugs ,Frea

Cindy Haffner said...

Mary I just love this!!!

Pami said...

You know what Mary, I think this is one of my favourites of yours. I think the colours help and I love the vintage look which is so hard to do! Wonderful. Pami x

cebelica said...

I love this card!!

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow such a sassy card. Love the colours

Diane xx

Fabiola said...

ce look vintage est trop chou! biz

Hannapanna said...

This is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous colours and details and I love that image. Thanks for joining us over at By the Cute and Girly this month and good luck. Hugs, Hanna

Vicky said...

Just gorgeous Mary and you do distressing very well ~ love the stitching too hun :o)

hugs Vicky xx

Sue said...

LOL, you certainly are getting the practice in on the shabby chic style lately and this card is fabulous!! Love the colours, image and love the flowers too :-) Sue xx

Molecraft said...

Well Mary I think you certainly got the hang of shabby chic! It's perfect!
Helen x

Lyndsey Marie said...

Gorgeous card, looks so pretty. Love the sweet image and the papers and stitching look fab. Pretty flowers and lace too.
Lyndsey xx

Kathleen said...

Complete contrast and I agree, this is not really me either, but each to their own. Nice work and a great attempt, I wouldn't have know where to start. Brilliant.

Kath x

Lorraine said...

Ooh, beautiful shabby chic card, Mary. Love the purple, your coloring of that sweet image, the lace and crocheted flowers! ok and you hand-sewed all those straight sewn lines?! really? are you nuts?! wow!

Carly said...

Oh WOW Mary! Your card is just divine! Gorgeous!! And so love what you did with the twine!!! Hugs, Carly

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

You got one more on my favorite color, wonderful creation, love that heart with string and the crocheted flower with button center is so beautiful!

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous card Mary, fab image and details.
luv
Debby

Jacqui P said...

Wow Mary, I love this card!! So soft and feminine!! Really pretty! I think you've cracked the distressing style!!
thanks for joining us this week over at basic grey challenge!
Hugs
Jacqui P xx

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