Wednesday 14 April 2010

Shabby Squares

Good day everyone. It's now a glorious late afternoon and evening and the sun is streaming into my craft room. We had a great day yesterday at Chessington and there were 23 of us altogether. A real family day out which the children (big and little) thoroughly enjoyed. Again we had glorious sunshine and blue skies all day which was wonderful.

On to my next creation. I was inspired mainly by two challenge blogs for this one, both Pollycraft, to use pink, brown and either green or yellow (as you can see I chose green) and the Shabby Tea Room which has a lovely photo of patchwork and the theme is squares. I was also inspired to try new things by watching some of the demonstrations at Alexandra Palace at the weekend. This is the result.
I started by making the frame and used a mix of PVA and water to make layers sandwiched by lime acrylic paint and heat blasted the top layer of paint to get this cracked, weatherboard effect. Then I dabbed the TH acrylic paint over the top in raspberry, heat blasted it again and then rubbed most of it off so that the cracks are filled with the pink colour. I made the layer underneath this by using all squares to make it look like a montage of patterns and colours.The layer beneath this I used the Spellbinders butterfly impressabilities on white card, edged it with DI vintage photo and sprayed it with coffee shop Glimmer Mist. Lastly I mounted it on white card edged with a MS punch and onto green card. The flower I made myself by cutting out about 7 different sized squares and folding them to cut petal shapes, then spraying them with tea rose Glimmer Mist, scrunching them up to get the shabby look and layering them up and securing them with a pearl brad. During this process I found that the colours in my box I use for spraying came through on the edges of the petals and gave it a real vintage look. This was a happy experiment that worked better than expected. My butterfly was one I printed off and cut out and then covered it with crackle accents, this has given it a nice effect. The button flower was another experiment using coloured string and sparkly thread and I added lace and a pin with beads on it. I finished off with a brown ribbon, a brown flourish and a pearl trail from the butterfly. With the vintage image in the centre I am quite pleased with the overall effect. Another shabby chic vintage card to add to the collection.

I love reading the comments that come with entering challenges, so I always look to see what other challenges I can enter with my cards. I have quite a list this time. There are some fabulous challenge blogs out there that give real great ideas. Thanks evereyone for providing such inspiration and support.

Enjoy the rest of the week.
LOL Bxxx

Challenge List
Pollycraft Challenge - Pink, brown and green or yellow
The Shabby Tea Room Week 5 - It's hip to be square
Totally Papercrafts Challenge 11 - Distressing
Our Creative Corner - Bows
Allsorts Challenge 47 - Petals and Pearls
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle week 35 - Birthdays
Totally Gorjuss Challenge 25 - Texture
Corrosive Challenges 59 - Texture
One stitch at a time - Torn, distressed or shabby
Sophisti-cat Challenge 29 - So distressing
The Cuttlebug Spot - Bling
Practical Scrappers - Glitter and bling  and blog hop
Tuesday Taggers - Happy Birthday
My Time to Craft Challenge 87 - Pretty Pearls
Creative Card Crew Challenge 48 - Birthday
Flutterby Wednesday # 105 - Butterfly



Debbie said...

Love all those shabby squares, Brenda!! Thanks for joining us in the Tea Room again this week. See you on Monday for the next challenge :)

Nicole said...

Great job with all of those challenges!! Love that square button! Thanks for playing along with us at The Shabby Tea Room! :)

Fuzzy Slippers said...

How lovely! The detailing is wonderful. Thanks so much for playing with us at SSDS this week! :)

cheryl said...

oh such a gorjus card,love the colurs and image too thanks for joining us over at OSAAT hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

stitchy said...

Brenda, WOW that card is gorgeous..I love that distressed looking green bp and the butterflies look so's just beautiful..thank you so much for sharing with us at OSAAT - please come back again - good luck hun

stitchy xoxox

Linda said...

Wonderful card! Thanks for joining us at SSDS this week.
I am having a celebration at my blog and I would love to have you stop by if you haven't already.

brenda said...

Hi Brenda

What a wonderful piece of artwork.

Very much my type of project and all my favoutite products, great work.

Thank you for joining in my Petals and Pearls theme at Allsorts this week.

B x (another Brenda)

Sue said...

Hi Brenda
beautiful card, luv all the vintage feel to it, lovely embelies, thank you for joining us at Tota;;y Papercrafts this week, hope to see you next week, sue,x

Sam said...

Another lovely creation Brenda. Thanks for joining us here at OSAAT and I hope we'll see you again on Sunday to check out the winners and the next weeks challenge.
Take care
Sam x

Unknown said...

Such a Beautiful card, love all your ink detail, Thanks for joining us over at OSAAT hope to see you again soon, Good Luck
Sarah xx

Audrey Pettit said...

Love all the cool techniques you used on this card, and that flower you made is beautiful. And even better that it was created with a bunch of squares. So perfect for the Tea Room's square challenge. The montage background is very fun, too. Thanks for playing along with us.

Pat said...

Gorgeous card Brenda, love the image and the beautiful flowers. Thanks for joining in at MTTC.

Pat xx

Donna aka Lil Diva said...

Brernda i like this card..Love the colours..Good luck at OSAAT this week Donna x

craftymum said...

Hi Brenda
glad you had a good day out.
A really lovely card. Thanks for joining us at TG
LOve sarah XXX

Zoechaos said...

Very special beautiful card just love it. Thank you for sharing with us at TT again.

Unknown said...

lovely. thanks for joining us at tt's this week. Emma xx

Debs said...

just beautiful ... Thanks for playing along at TG this week…Debs

Kat said...

What a lovely card. Love the texture and that great flower. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

Kat x

Mary said...

So many cool elements! Lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at Corrosive Challenges!

thread-bare said...

OMG what a brilliant card. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at OSAAT x Clare (DT) x

Danni said...

How beautiful! Thanks for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Unknown said...

Stunning card, absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us at Sophisticats this week

Jan xx

Jodi said...

This is a gorgeous vintage page!! Love this! Thanks for joining us at FBW!!
Jodi =)

Brandi said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for fluttering with us! :)

Mandy said...

Beautiful card Brenda, love your flowers and your distressing looks fab.
Thanks for joining us at Sophisticats
hugs Mandy xx

Juls said...

beautiful, vintage image! and the flower is gorgeous!! Hugs Juls