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…..

Kaisercraft Rustic harmony 4,5 and 6

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IMG_4983 (Medium)IMG_4984 (Medium)IMG_4985 (Medium)Another three cards made with kaisercraft rustic Harmony.The papers are an assortment from the 6″ pad and the 12 x 12 papers, and I have used some of the matching collectables. lots of lace, doilies and die cut flowers,inked all my edges with tea dye distress ink, and even roughed up the edges on the bottom card!Love this range of papers, but had to put it away to concentrate on christmas cards, but now thats over I will be making more with this one. Til tomorrow….

Kaisercraft rustic harmony 1,2 and 3

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IMG_4980 (Medium)IMG_4982 (Medium)A new collection today – made with products from Kaisercraft Rustic harmony collection.The top photo shows two card I made using a dress template ( the skirt is just a semi circle folded to create the pleats)and I added some lace and ribbon.The layered circles are from the 6″ pad and the collectables pack. the bottom card has some punching ( martha stewart leaf punch) and die cutting ( stampin up and spelllbinders flowers dies) ,ribbon, lace and collectables.Another really warm day here, and too hot for the craft room, may have to do some crafty shopping instead! Til tomorrow….

All is Bright 5 and 6

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My Minds Eye All is Bright , cards 5 and 6. Here, the cardstock is Stampin Up Crumbcake, cherry cobbler, and Baja breeze. I used the papers, chipboard, and stickers on these two cards, and also used my Spellbinders 2012 snowflake penant die, and seam binding, bakers twine and an Ek success border punch.Tonight I plan to spend a little time in the craft room , I am working on a design, which is coming along nicely.. Til tomorrow….