Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shabby Chic for Our Creative Corner

Looking for my Dynamic Duos post? It's right after this post. :)
Hello again! This week at Our Creative Corner, the lovely and talented Sue Butler is our hostess and she is challenging us to create a "Shabby-Chic" project. Here are the details in Sue's own words: 

"The theme this week is unequivocally 'Shabby Chic'. This means the shabby part of Vintage! The challenge requires you to pull elements together, the more old/worn and distressed the elements/images the better; think of muted colours, layers, roses, burlap and pearls. You do not have to use all of these elements. The effect you are aiming for is a soft warm palette." 
Ok, do you want to know a secret? I am NOT a shabby-chic gal. (not shocking, right?) I absolutely love this style, but it is a style that doesn't really come easily for me. After being a part of the Our Creative Corner Design Team (and having a friend like Ann Schach), who are masters of the "shabby chic-ness", I was hoping that I learned a thing or two from viewing their fantastic projects. In searching around "blogland" before I got started on my card, I was also inspired by the Crafty Creations Challenge featuring Pastels, Pearls and Lace.
When I thought "shabby-chic", the stamp set that came to mind was Artistic Etchings. I was going to try to make it work with the pink/yellow/ivory/kraft color combo I had decided on. There are a lot of details on this card. I sponged ink on all of the edges, used the Color Spritzer Tool for some soft accents, glittered up the edges of the scalloped frame, dyed the seam binding, distressed all of the edges, busted out some acrylic paint to color the corner accent, heat embossed the stamped was a lot but I totally had fun with the process of creating the card. I left the inside of the card dressed-up yet blank. I figure I can add a sentiment when the occasion suits. (anniversary, engagement, wedding)
I dyed some Very Vanilla seam binding to match Blushing Bride. It's really easy, just fill a small bowl with water and a couple drops of re-inker. Add your seam binding, swirl it around, (don't splash it on your white shirt like I did) let it dry and BAM...custom-colored seam binding! All of the supplies used are listed at the end of this post. 

I hope you will join us and play along this week over at Our Creative Corner! Please stop by and see what the rest of the gals on the Design Team have created for inspiration this week, as well: 
Linda Coughlin- The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick- It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler- Scrumplescrunch
Anita Houston- The Artful Maven Haven
Anne Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne
Wendy Janson-  It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts
Holly Kean- Kean On Paper 
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu- Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan- Stampin Time
Lori Rider- The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney- Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet- Designs by Sharon

Have a SUPER day!! 

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Stampin' Up! Supply list: 
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Paper: Subtles Patterns DSP, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla card stock
Punches: Small Oval (ret.) and Scalloped Oval punch
Accessories: Very Vanilla seam binding (dyed with Blushing Bride re-inker), Color Spritzer Tool, Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker, Cutter Kit (for distressing), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder,  Stamping Sponges, Basic Pearls, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non-SU! Accessories: lace trim and flower sent from a friend in Denmark, metal corner accent and metal accent behind sentiment from Linda Coughlin at Our Creative Corner and acrylic paint (for metallic corner accent)


  1. Oh this is definitely 'chic'. I love the vintage look and beautiful colour combo.


  3. Just gorgeous!!! Love how you dyed the seam binding!

  4. Of course you tried to dye your shirt pink too... Obsession! :) For someone who doesn't normally do this style, I think you ROCKED it! It still has the AM layers and pink, but it's most definitely shabby chic!

  5. This is beautiful, AM! Love the soft look and the layers you created. LOL at the dying your shirt story - sounds like something I would totally do as well. I'm a NBK (natural born klutz). Hope you have a great weekend, my friend! Lesley sends some schnauzer love to Emmitt and hopes his dental visit went well yesterday!

  6. Jaw hit the ground! This is amazing! Love that gorgeous bow and flower.

  7. WOWSERS!!!! What can I say other than breath taking beautiful!!! STUNNING!

  8. Ann Marie this is gorgeous, and femanine and oh so OOOh La la!

  9. You've transported me to Paris Anne Marie~GORGEOUS card!!

  10. THIS. IS. GORGEOUS. You don't do shabby chic? Pshaw! You are a queen of shabby chic!!!!!

  11. Totally delightful Anne. I love how you have used this stamp with these colours, so pretty, absolutely gorgeous.

  12. Just F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!!

  13. Take my breath away gorgeous! Wow!

  14. Hello Anne-Marie
    oooohhh..... this is just what I envisage when I think Shabby-Chic, there is something about Pink and Pearls that is calming to the senses; a subtle palette always WOW's me, and you have designed this card to perfection. I love all your different textures and your embellishments, they are all sitting on this card very comfortably your form and composition is always excellent Anne-Marie. It oozes romance and femininity, with a little sultriness thrown in; it is sensual and theatrical, all together a stunner for me.

  15. Wow - this is so beautiful! Love everything about it - the softness and all the embellishments. Stunning!!

  16. THIS IS STUNNING!!!!!!!!!! I don't think you can say that you can't make this style card. This is absolutely beautiful!! WOW...........

  17. Anne Marie, I just love your card. I love the colors you chose, which are perfect by the way. And the fact that you did take the time to distress and add character and play with all your goodies. these types of cards do take time. but there is a sense of accomplishment when you are done. and just look at your gorgeous card!
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your card!
    have a great weekend. hugs, sharon

  18. This is a fabulous shabby chic card! I love it. Those extra corner and bottom pieces really take the card over the top!

  19. Totally shabbilicious, Anne Marie! Love the soft delicate feel you have achieved - it is oh, so girlie! Wonderful texture, distressing, sponging, oh my, I could go on and on. Your really did a sensational job with this challenge.

    Hope you tootsies are feeling better and that you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!


  20. AM, this isn't your normal style - but, girl, you ROCKED it. I love the fact that you went with the pink theme (instead of your original thought). It's soft, pretty, chic and all the elements scream (in a really good way!) shabby-chic.

  21. Your card is beautiful! I guess you can't say you don't do shabby chic anymore. lol

  22. GORGEOUS!!!! You have managed to keep some of your natural artistic style present in this amazingly beautiful shabby chic card! Can't imagine what you could do if you were 'good' at this! ;-)

  23. Oh my... you have created one gorgeous, shabby chic creation ... I love that you pushed your boundaries everything is beatufiully detailed and your attention is superb ... welcome to a brand new genre ... can't wait to see more of this from you!!!

  24. You certainly knocked this one out of the creative park! Think you have found a new style! It suits you as well! I love the whole look here...and the bow is perfect...absolutely stunning Anne Marie!!!!

  25. This just beautiful Anne Marie! I love shabby chic and French country decor..and of course, cards too. Is the corner accent a punch by Stampin' up? I just love it! Your card is just gorgeous!

    email me @
    Thanks so much.

  26. This card is absolutely stunning. I love the shabby chic of it. There is so much detail everywhere I look. Thank you for the inspiration!

    ~Shawnie B.


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