Not so shabby….

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_MG_1962 (Medium)On the previous post I explained how I made the background paper, and I used an A4 piece of cardstock. This actually gave me enough shabby cardstock to make a second card. For this one I foiled a chipboard birdcage, layered a piece of lace under one of the layers, inked around everything with distress tea dye ink, and then just layered up the flowers, gauze ( from the chemist) die cut leaves ( memory box loralai leaf branch) and ribbon bows. The weather here has been lovely…we even saw some sunshine for a brief time but it has turned cold again today, so this afternoon I am s5taying put in the lounge room, sorting out my dies into a more manageable system of storage and ability to find! Til tomorrow….

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Shabby Chic..Helen style!

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_MG_1961 (Medium) Before I start this morning I just want to let my American followers know I am thinking of them all, the ones in the East who are battling with Fire, and the ones down south who are battling with the aftermath of one Hurricane and bracing for more…my thoughts are with you all.

I am determined to master Shabby Chic. I love shabby, but I am struggling to get to the point where I can say I have succeeded, but I will continue to practise, and show you my progress. This card has a lot of product but a lot of it was put together with bits and pieces left on my work table from other projects so i didn’t prepare anything new for this project except for the background layer which was a piece of A4 white cardstock. I painted it with a light watered down layer of Gesso,and used a texture template to add some Liquitex Light modelling paste. When that was dry I tapped some tea dye distress ink over the raised bits and sprayed randomly over the whole piece with Prima Color Bloom Cotton candy spray mist. All that remained for this step was to cut to size, distress all the edges and ink with more tea dye distress ink and attach to the card front. decorating…. a strip of lace under one of the layers, a Prima Bird, a flower made with sizzix bigz 3d flower die and old book pages, memory box Lorelai leaves die,kaisercraft wooden flourish foiled in silver, pearls , Prima hessian leaf,and flowers. Til tomorrow…..

Vintage card – elements of style

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IMG_0312 (Medium)If I had to pick a favourite style it would be vintage, though this one has a lot of shabby chic involved too! a big list of products used – here goes – stampin up cardstock – very vanilla, crumbcake and blushing bride. The embossing folder is stampin up lacy brocade and all the trim is also stampin up. the stamp set is Elements of style ( stampin up) and for the flower I punched out 4 circles, sprayed them with water and scrunched them up! the brad used is a stampin up vintage brad. I distressed all the edges just to add to the shabbiness! I also only coloured a couple of the flowers on the stamped image.Tea is cooking as we speak, so must be off… til tomorrow…..

Echo Park Love Story 4

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IMG_3657 (Medium)Sorry People, this image appears to have missed quality control and is a little blurry!It is still in my Echo park love Story series, ( Only one more post of this paper and we move on to something else) and I have layered, inked and embossed on this one. The addition of an inked doily,stampin up ribbon, kaisercraft rosette,and phone die cut from kaisercraft timeless collectables, and this was a very quick one to complete.It is extremely hot here today, but I have so much crafting piling up in my room that I will have to make the effort this evening when it is cooler to sit in there and get thingsĀ  back under control – I have so many new products on my desk that I haven’t had time to play with and I am very grateful that I am on holidays at the end of next week! Til tomorrow…