Monday 5 April 2010

Shabby Chic meets Grunge

Happy Easter Monday.
I seem to have 2 loves at the moment in the design and style elements of my work, both the Tim Holtz style of grunge and distressing AND the lighter shabby chic with vintage feel. I found a blog some time ago that I keep going back to, it is like a magnet and attracts me to go and see more of the designers work. It is called Iralamija and is well worth your time in visiting it. Bety uses gorgeous colours with vintage images and lacy designs; ribbons, buttons, bows and glitter are all included. This week she has a really cute image incorporated into a fab little card that is irresistable, so (with her permission), I set about making a card of my own using the layout she had created.

The challenge at Stamp Something is Pink Somethings so I chose scraps of paper that fitted in with the theme and which also linked to the Digital Tuesday challenge of using scraps. I chose the image from a set from Debbi Moore, it's a fun picture, and with grand-daughters I can see them dressing up and being like this. I also decided to use my brand new TH alterations scrollwork edge and ink distressed it with tattered rose, aged mahogany and frayed burlap. I ink distressed a small scrap of pink card, rough edged it using the TH distressing tool and addedd cosmic shimmer aqua twinkle as the mount for the image. Then outcame my sewing machine, this is the first time I have used it with papers. The tension wasn't quite right, but it's come out ok. I used a couple of paper petals and ink distressed the bottom one with the tattered rose and found a button, some ribbon and seam binding for the embellishment. The phrase is a rub-on.

I really quite like the effect and thanks to Bety for her inspiration, I just love your delicate work.

Here are the new additions to my stash - there are a few more still to come. But it's exciting to play with new things isn't it?  I have two weeks without any school visits so I will have more time to use them and see what I can create.

Enjoy the rest of the day.


Challenge List

Stamp Something - Pink Somethings
Our Creative Corner - Break out the Buttons
Creative Card Crew - Vintage / Aged
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Open challenge
Simon says Stamp - It's so distressing
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
For Fun Challenges - Anything goes
The Creative Cottage challenge 4 - Pretty Pink
Pollycraft - Anything goes
Quixotic challenges - Case It

Pics from yesterday's Easter Egg Hunt for Becca, Ella and Maddison.


Juls said...

this is just gorgeous!! I love the image, I baught this one because for some reason it reminded me of my sister when she was little! Love the gorgeous soft colours you have used, and the sentiment you have added! hugs Juls

Anonymous said...

very sweet vintage card! love the colour combo and layout of your card is stunning

thank you so much for joining us this week for a creative card crew & pollycraft challenge, good luck
love emma xxx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is beautiful! I love TH grunge and Shabby Chic too and am especially fond of the Iralamaja blog! You've done a lovely job on casing Bety! Wonderful job on the "button" challenge. So happy you could have some fun with Our Creative Corner this week.

Joey said...

Hi Brenda

your card is beautiful, I love the image, I really admire the distressed, shabby look but never quiet succeed with pulling it off. Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft. Your Children look like they had a fab time :O)

Sue said...

this is so beautiful,love the vintage look to this,thank you for joining us at pollycraft


Emma said...

Such a stunning card and so beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft & good luck.
Hugs Emma x

Becky said...

What a beautiful card, adore the pink, so pretty!!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Creative Cottage and Pollycraft!
Love Becky xx

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous card :-) The image is lovely and the papers and embellies are just perfect !

Love your new stash too ! :-) have fun :-)

thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)

Lols x x

Helen Dooley said...

How great you look like you had a fun Easter. Thanks so much for sharing with us at For Fun Challenges this week.

Diane Gilbert said...

What a sweet card, tooo cute! Thanks for playing along with Our Creative Corner this week!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card. Lot´s of amazing details. Love the style...!
Thank you so much for joining us at Stamp Something this week.
Dorte aka dot-scrap

Unknown said...

What a lovely card! I love the vintage look. Thanks for "breaking out the buttons" for this week's OCC challenge!

Saskia said...

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenge with your lovely work!

Saskia :)

Anonymous said...

last few days our group held a similar discussion on this subject and you point out something we haven't covered yet, thanks.

- Laura