Friday, 21 March 2014

Shabby Chic Butterfly

It was a miserable afternoon yesterday and impossible to do anything in the garden, so I thought I'd have a bit of a play.  The cover of the March issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine caught my eye recently, with cards created by Fleur using two sets of the Viva Decor My Paperworld stamps that I have, so I got it to see what she had made - some beautiful cards for inspiration.

I dug out my heat gun and some old white embossing powder (I must try the Frantage stuff some day) and got to inking and heating .. .. this is my first effort with white embossing powder on kraft card:

The finished card, another of the off cut bases and a pretty piece of paper from a Maja Design pack called Life in the Country that I recently won from Live & Love Crafts. I've added snowcap dabber to the image oval and the kraft scallop oval and the edge of the patterned paper, although it is not to clear in the picture.  I've also added Picket Fence Distress Stickles around the edge of the image and to some of the flower, again not showing up!  My embellishments are Marianne Design die cut leaves and swirls, punched flowers from the same paper with the edges inked with Pumice Stone DI, and little pearl stamens also from the same prize win. I've added pearls to the centres of my flowers with a Waco pearl pen, I see some have spread a bit, ah well perhaps it adds to the shabby chic style!

I saw this morning that the Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge is for Shabby Chic this week - perfect!

I have to go on the drug run this afternoon for all Mum's pills so will do a bit of shopping at the same time, although Tesco in Padstow is small and doesn't have everything I need but at least I can stock up on fruit and veg.  One side of the fence is painted blue now, I managed to get out between showers this morning, apart from the bottom piece that still has to be put on.  There wont be enough paint to do both sides, but I'm not totally convinced about the colour anyway .. .. still it might grow on me!


  1. Hi Annie, oh Wow I just adore your gorgeous card. Love the embossing and die cuts.
    Don't work too hard,hugs Sue xx

  2. This one really caught my eye - it's just gorgeous - the embossing in white on kraft is just fab and a really lovely design hugs Judith x

  3. Čudovita ;) Super kombinacija barv in metulja ;)
    Lp, Vilinke

  4. This is beautiful Annie, gorgeous colours and the floral arrangement is fabulous xx

  5. Your work is wonderful, Annie. I love it.
    Hugs, Anja

  6. Love the soft tones of this card. It's been pretty showery here too so I made the most of it and have tried the faux leather technique.
    Hopefully the paint colour might grow on you.

  7. This is totally stunning Annie, love the monotone look it has!
    Glad you got a bit of garden work done, I enjoyed a day in the garden last week then the next day it snowed again/!
    Have a great weekend, Debxx

  8. Oh your card is absolutely gorgeous.

  9. Oh Annie, this is gorgeous. Love the monochromatic look of your card. Beautiful designer paper and those Marianne diecuts are fabulous.
    Thanks for coming over to play with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.

  10. It reminds me of the chalkboard effect seeing the combination of kraft & white. Pumice Stone is such a lovely soft Distress Ink - neither brown nor grey but in-between.
    Paula (PEP)

  11. I love this card annie, I'm a big fan of Kraft card as you know. I'm sure I have white embossing powder in my stash somewhere, must give this a try myself.



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