Friday 20 April 2012

Shabby Chic/Distressed at The Stamp Man

Hi Everyone

I am hosting the new challenge at The Stamp Man and for the next fortnight and we would like to see your shabby chic or distressed creations.

I had great fun making this card. Since my fabulous win at Terry's blog I have been totally inspired by Linda Coughlin's blog and her gorgeous shabby chic creations and my design has been influenced by her lovely work.

I have layered music paper washed with watered down white acrylic paint, an embossed piece run through the TH Postcard embossing folder then covered with distress stain, heat dried and white acrylic sponged over the top to catch the raise areas.

The doily die was stippled with picket fence crackle paint and when it was dry I blended some DIs on it very lightly.

The addition of 2 different types of lace a punched border and a fabric flower made from TH tattered flowers and a Sizzix flower dies (Funkie Junkie style).

The focal image is the 'I love Paris' stamp by Stampendous sent to me by Jill, with the flowers coloured in using distress stain and TH marker. The tiny tag was also from Jill and has been inked, spritzed with water, stamped with a TH mini, some lace added to the bottom and also white pearls.

Supplies -
Stampendous 'I love Paris' stamp
Music paper
Tim Holtz Postcard embossing folder
Tim Holtz alterations die - Distressed Doily
Distress stains - Victorian Velvet
Distress Inks - Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo
Distress Marker - Victorian Velvet
Tim Holtz Crackle Paint
White acrylic paint
Mini tag
Martha Stewart border punch
Star Dust Stickles
Shabby ribbon coloured with Victorian velvet DS

I hope we will see you at The Stamp Man for this challenge and if you join in you do of course stand a chance of winning a £10 voucher for Mrs Stampman's on-line shop.
Have fun.

hugs {brenda} xox

Challenges to have fun with
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - Die Cuts or punches
Card and Scrap - Flowers
Crafts and Me - Vintage
Papercraft Star - Something French

Saturday evening up-date -    firstly the lovely Diane at 1CardCreator has suggested I link this to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound. My pleasure to do so and I will be off to explore the other blogs that participate.

Secondly - I have no idea what has happened tonight but Blogger has changed the whole look of the back-rooms here so that I am finding it a nightmare to find my way round and to even find this post to edit!!!!! Do we really have to go with the changes without being asked if we want to? That really annoys me.

Have a great evening xoxox


lisa said...

This is stunning, Brenda. I love all the layers you've created and the colours are so pretty. I have had a real good nosey round it. I struggle with adding layers so am hoping to pick up a few tips from a real expert.
Your fabric flower is gorgeous too, what type of fabric have you used if you don't mind me asking?
Hope you had a good Easter.
Hugs Lisax

Junibears said...

Oh this is just glorious Brenda! You put so much work into your cards, I wouldn't have all that patience Big Hugs my friend! xx

Lisa Jane said...

ooh la la Brenda - c'est magnifique est tres jolie.
Love all the layers
Lisa x

cheryl said...

oh Hun this is just brilliant,just adore this saw this on the main blog and knew it was yours hugs Cherylxxxx

Gram's Treasures said...

Lovely card, Brenda. Wonderful colour choice and great embellishing.
Joyce xx

Caroline said...

Stunning card... you truly captured the shabby chic look. Love the stamp!
Wishing you a happy weekend.


Wow Brenda - this is divine! Love love love it!!!!
Have a happy weekend - Sylvia x

Margreet said...

Brilliant card, Brenda....reminds me of your Paris all your fab details....wishing you a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

Karin said...

Gorgeous card!
have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Ooh la pretty!

Nichola said...

Very cute!

lainey said...

love your shabbiness brenda beautiful soft colours!! really like the small tag. I love Linda's work too :) lainey x

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous card Brenda, you should join us at Beverly's Pink Saturday, it opens for posting after 3pm today. ~Diane

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your win Brenda.
Absolutely gorgeous. Love your colours and your stamps.

Siobhan Fyffe said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Brenda. I love all the layers and your fabric flower. I have this stamp too and I love it. Have a great weekend.
Siobhan x

Netty said...

Am so loving your shabby chic as you do it so beautifully Brenda. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

catherine said...

Brenda this is just gorgeous. love the delicate colours and all the little bits you have added
x catherine

Martina said...

Your Paris card is just amazing, dear Brenda!
I love looking at your creations.
Wish you a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and smile

craftymum said...

This is GORGEOUS Brenda!!!!Love everything about it.

How are you? I am back to school Monday. we had a different 2 weeks to everyone else!

I had a kids crafting day today , 9 kids and 8 adults. We had a great time.

Enjoy your rest!!!

hugs Sarah x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Brenda, love the embossed background and the use of the doily and gorgeous flowers too. Thanks so much for entering this beauty into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challemge. Tracy x

Cath Wilson said...

Lovely, Brenda - I keep ogling that image and since Paris is definitely my fave place, I may well just have to treat myself next week... love the pinks x

Helen said...

Brenda this is just amazing! Such soft subtle colours, layers and textures. Love it.

Pia S said...

Your card is gorgeous! So many details and a beautiful and soft color scheme - very nice!

Gabriela Delworth - Instructional Designer said...


Love this book!


Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Well, I love Paris in the Springtime, too, and your lovely card is amazing. You are very talented. I would not even know where to begin!! Happy Pink Saturday. Linda

Unknown said...

Love all the texture and layers you have created. Visiting you from Pink Saturday. Have a great weekend.
Shelley for Shell's Vintage Charm

Candy C said...

Brenda, your card is so lovely. It's got so much fabulous shabby chic detailing. Love the Paris stamp and how you distressed the edges. I also love Tim's postcard texture fade that you've colorized in pink and white. It looks wonderful sandwiched in between the sheet music and the stamped image. Your shabby flower is really pretty laying on top of the distressed doily and lace. Thanks for sharing yoyur card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Unknown said...

I'd love to get a card like that! I so wish I could do shabby chic, but it just won't come to me.

Unknown said...

I'd love to get a card like that! I so wish I could do shabby chic, but it just won't come to me.

Sue said...

This is just wonderful Brenda, I've had my eye on this stamp, and you've used it beautifully. Your shabby chic flower is perfect, as is everything about your card x

Unknown said...

Hi Brenda, WOW this is fabulous I love it all the beautiful details and the soft pastel shades. Well done
I am just catching up viewing as I have been poorly, feeling much better now and will be posting soon.
You have been making some fabulous cards , tags and projects since I have been away
well done Hugs Elaine

a Seeker of the TRUTH said...

Wow! This card is stunning.Truly inspirational.
Thanks for sharing
hugs Julie

Lorraine said...

I love Paris in the Springtime too! Your card is really lovely, love the shabby finishes on the doily and flower. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

May said...

Fabulous card Brenda! Love the textures and lace just lovely... Hugs May x x

Laura said...

These are stunning. Fits the bill perfectly!

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous Brenda and so feminine.
Love this pink and white theme.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Joan said...

wow! fabulous card Brenda ! love your background layers particularly the texture fade,looks amazing.Great flower too.

Berry said...

Well this is one of my fave pieces of yours Brenda it is totally stunning I love the white washed embossed paper and that amazing focal stamp all so wonderful hugs Rebekah xx

Marie Arden said...

It is a lovely card. I wish I had time to do some stamp projects. Have a pinkish day!

LV said...

What a pleasure it was seeing all these pretty cards. Nicely done.

Sylvia said...

Stunning card, Brenda, your image is surrounded with so much loveliness! I love the embossing and all the work you did there and your flower is fabulous! Thanks for joining us for the Papercraft Star "Anything French" challenge!

Dragon said...

Lovely work, as always... such pretty colours and shabbyness abounds!! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. As for blogger... you can get back the old settings by clicking on the little gear looking icon and choosing options... old blogger from there!! HTH

BG said...


Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, Brenda, it's a breathtaking card with fantastic details. Love this image, the flower looks great.

Dorthe said...

What a beautiful shabby card. Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.

Jackie McGuinness said...

Just popped over from Pink Saturday to visit!

Ineke Original said...

Happy Pink Saturday greetings from Holland!
with love,

Sue B said...

Wow! this is So beautiful Brenda - Shabby Chic perfection! I love the Paris stamp and the embossing and lace! So many wonderful details - it's a real stunner!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Big Hugs!
Sue xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what a gorgeous creation, love all the details and the soft color combination.
Have a nice weekend,

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Brenda ! The layers, colours, stamping, fabric all so perfectly combined to make this truly stunning piece of art. Sorry to hear about your blogger problems Its quite nive here on WP you should join us !


Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

This is beautiful Brenda..just my taste!!
Happy Pink Saturday! xo Tami

Tracy said...

Absolutely beautiful vintage shabby chic and perfect card for our French challenge this week. Great job with all those paints and inks and I love your Funky Junkie style flower. Thanks so much for playing this week at Papercraft Star!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Brenda... this is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it, but I can't take my eyes off all you've put on that little tiny tag. LOVE it!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Love your pink this week. So pretty!

My PINK..., have a great weekend!

Angela Weimer said...

Stunning and fabulous creation as always. Loving that flower and the soft coloring. Perfect. Hope all is well. Have a great day. Angela

Ephemera said...

Hi Brenda,

this absolutely gorgeous, we have great taste in stamps don't you think LOL! Loving the colour and all the layers and beautiful details, it's perfect. xx

FerrellGraph-x said...

Your card is simply stunning! You've made me want to rush out and find that embossing folder to create something as beautiful as this! I'm just thrilled you shared your card with us at Papercraft Star!
Kindest regards,

Jinny Newlin said...

You've done this week's challenge up right, Brenda! This is absolutely stunning! I want to reach right through this monitor and run all those fabulous textures through my fingers! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Papercraft Star!

Mina said...

beautiful card Brenda, I love the scrunched ribbon and shabby rose...beautifully vintage...thanks for joining in with the Crafts and Me challenge
Mina xxx
p.s. I have candy on my blog if you would like to join in...the link is at the top of the sidebar

Lynn Stevens said...


Heather said...

Brenda~ This is Gorgeous! Love your colors and your Flower is fabulous! Great overall the way you did the edges of the image!!

Anonymous said...

Stunning! Love the shabby chic look!