Another Shabby Chic lesson card..

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_MG_2987 (Medium)Todays card is another shabby chic that I taught in a lesson. This was one of my first shabby classes and we were concentrating more on distressing and inking our papers. I love the Shabby chic style but I still have issues ripping my paper. I don’t mind distressing though so baby steps! There was another card in this class which I will post next time. The paper I used here is kaisercraft Pen and Ink, and we coloured the butterflies with weathered wood distress ink,and added flowers and die cut leaves. Today is my day off and I am gathering together lots of bits and pieces to turn into tags that i can use on future cards – I have lots of ideas, and I will show you the results! Til tomorrow….

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Not so Shabby lesson card 2..

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_MG_2992 (Medium)This was card 2 in the Not So Shabby class I ran at paper Flourish a couple of months ago, so the patterned paper we had as the first layer on the first card and which was very much hidden, just glimpses of it  through the second layer became the focus on the second card. We used a little more of the cardstock we coloured with antique linen distress oxide and overstamped with darkroom door french script stamp,and distressed everything! Flowers, doilies, string of pearls,and more leaves sprayed with the tumbled glass and mica powder mix to finish this card! Quick post today as I am teaching later today so must go and get myself organised! Til tomorrow….

Couture creations C’est la vie (3)

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_MG_9403 (Medium)Today we are having a look at another card i made with Couture Creations paper collection, matching collectables and a couple of the dies from the same collection. I love the gate die which I tucked behind the tag, and the layered flower die is fantastic. I die cut it from cream cardstock and lightly coloured the layers with victorian velvet  distress ink. the brad in the centre is a stampin up vintage brad. I have assorted greenery die cut with a kaisercraft die. I inked all my edges with Tea dye distress ink. Quick post today as I have just got home from work and have tea to organise! til tomorrow…..

kaisercraft Oh so lovely 2…

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_MG_6378 (Medium)I have had this paper for a while, but I don’t think I had done anything with it until I stumbled upon it in the craft room a couple of weeks ago.. I wonder how many more collections are hiding in there waiting to be stumbled upon? I have started teaching some Shabby Chic classes at work but I am only a beginner myself so I just practised a bit on this card. I distressed all my edges, and then inked with Tea dye distress ink, and up in the left hand corner I used some Nuvo Glitter paste through a stencil just to see how that would work..not badly as it turns out! I added some random flowers in the lower left corner and some of the collectables from the collection to finish.  I received all my boarding information today for the cruise I am teaching on next week, craft suitcases are packed, not long now!! til tomorrow…..

Kaisercraft Romantique 3 …Another Shabby!

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_MG_4257 (Medium)As you can see, the more I worked with this collection ( kaisercraft Romantique) the more I embraced the shabby! I distressed, ripped and rolled and enjoyed it so much …this card is going to be a lesson this month at Paper Flourish where I hope to inspire others to put down their scissors and use their fingers! All my edges are inked with Tea dye distress ink,and the top butterfly is from the collectables pack and the bottom butterfly is from the acetate sheet that kaisercraft brought out with the collection.Most of the flowers are by Prima, and all the leaves are various dies by Sue Wilson creative expressions. I used a flower tool die to encourage some lift and shape before inking them with my tea dye ink. Today is very very hot here and not  good in the craft room.. my glue does not like this extreme heat so it is an ideal day to pack the cruise card classes suitcases and make sure I have everything I need. Finally I  can say next month I am cruising! Til tomorrow…..

Echo park love story – not so shabby…

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IMG_3656 (Medium)I only bought a few 12 x 12 sheets from this range of paper – Echo Park Love story – and have only made a few cards with it so far – I have put it aside for now to work on some classes, but I thought I would show you what I have created so far. I used a base of black cardstock, and layered a couple of the papers on top – after distressing and inking the edges. I then raided my bits and pieces drawer, and found this chipboard dress form  and crown which I decorated.I inked a doily, and added it, as well as a seam binding bow. I made the flower by folding a length of netting in half lengthways and sewing a running stitch along the raw edge before pulling the thread to gather it. I threaded a brad ( kaisercraft) through the centre. These are amazingly easy to make, and I am going to sit in front of the t.v. tonight and make some more!This style is my cleaned up take on shabby chic, and it’s my favourite at the moment, so I think my ladies will be making some cards in April to this style too! Til tomorrow….