Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Shabby Chic ?



Morning to you all, hows' your week going ? Mine seems to have been disappearing before I know it, I'm so behind with blogging, but promise I will be catching up with you all very shortly.

Some of you may have seen the fabulous card Ruth from A Passion for Stamps made at the weekend as her GDT piece for Allsorts challenge. I absolutely loved what she made, the colours and sheer originality and thought I would case the lacy mannequin principal as I knew two of the girls would love it. So I set about making two, a pink and a purple one in their favourite colours, but taking in some inking and stamping to create on of my favourite messy backgrounds.

Two cards finished I mailed them off to Ruth with the firm understanding that they were not for the gallery or blog use, just to say thank you for the inspiration. Ruth however wanted to add them to her gallery so we struck a deal and here I am blogging them.


Two along the same lines, using the same TH Papillion stamp set, distress inks and glimmers mist for the background, roses made using a five petal punch and copier paper and butterflies from the stamp set covered with glossy accents.

I've never been completely sure what fits the Shabby Chic category but thought these may be close, let me know. I am entering this into:

Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
LEJ Designs - Anything goes

Have a good Wednesday everyone and I really hope those of you in the UK see a bit of sun for a change.

71 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

These are so beautiful. Love the touches of texture and colours.
Hugs
Desire

Stamps and Paper said...

Brenda these cards are gorgeous....I love the background stamp and might just have to put this on my wish list! Gorgeous colours and love how you have placed the lace...


Anne

Ruth said...

I'm so glad you blogged them. They are far too beautiful not to share!! Thanks so much, Ruth x

Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun,these are fantastic oh just love those images,and your added attention to detail makes,2 stunning cards,hugs Cherylxxx

Vicky said...

Just so beautiful Brenda...really love the colours and touch of lace too hun..:o)

Big hugs Vicky xx

Jackie said...

Two gorgeous cards. I love them both but the purple is my favourite :o)
Jackie xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, two wonderful cards, great colors on both.

walchowDesign said...

Gorgeous shabby cards, Brenda! Love the bg stamping and the lace skirts are beautiful!

nnalorac said...

Brenda, great how getting all messy ends up with such beautiful cards, keep being drawn to the purple one, must be those gorgeous wee butterflies. Carolxx

The Sparkly Fairy said...

These are gorgeous. I love the backing papers you have used x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Beautiful girly cards Brenda - love the mannequin image and the frilly skirts. Great background stamping too.
Sylvia x

Kelly Lloyd said...

Really wonderful cards. Love the dress and the papers you have used too.

Hugs Kelly

Linda W said...

Both cards are beautiful Brenda.
I love the backgrounds and the colours you've used. Will have to have to put the Tim Holtz stamps on my must have list I think!

Fliss said...

These are both just gorgeous Brenda and love the shabby chic look to the backgrounds. Lovely dressform and beautiful embellishing.
Hugs, Fliss xx

susiestacey said...

Hi Brenda, these are two stunning cards, l love the concept of lacey mannequins they are so pretty. I saw Jules use one on her blog a couple of days ago and was just blown away. What a fantastic idea x Susan x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both such beautiful cards Brenda ! The lacey skirts are so cute ! Love all the other elements as well. Shirley x

Debs said...

Two stunning cards Brenda - gorgeous image and the lace skirts are beautiful.
Have a wonderful day.
Debs xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Both are beautiful Brenda, I like the lace skirts and the fab papers and the embellishments
Kevin xx

Елена Казарцева said...

Замечательные открытки!!!

Nikbee said...

These are gorgeous. I love the lacy skirts and the backgrounds are fab.
Nikki x

GoonerGirl said...

Beautiful cards I love the design and the colours. Thank you for taking part in LEJ Design challenge. Chris xx

Nicola said...

Beautiful details on two perfect cards Brenda, love the way you've dressed up the mannequins and the colours are stunning!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Whisper said...

Both of them are absolutely stunning, especially the lace and pearls, Luv Sam x

lisa said...

Hi Brenda. It seems an age since I managed to catch up with you. I don't have as much blogging time nowadays and I suddenly realised I haven't caught up with my favourite blogging buddies for weeks. Trying to put that right today!!!
You have some absolutely gorgeous creations as always. I see you've used my all time favourite stamps on these two beauties. I love the Papillion set and use it all the time.
It's been lovely to see the sunshine, it certainly lifts the spirits doesn't it. Thanks so much for your comment. I do appreciate them.
Hugs Lisax

Helen said...

They are fabulous! Love the purple one! Least said about yesterday's result the better - no wonder you weren't able to spell in your fury, lol!! Hope Saturday will be better.....

Ellie said...

Really amazing cards Brenda! Loving all the details, especially the lace turned into skirts, absolutely fantastic!! So glad you were able to blog them!!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Fabulous chic styling Brenda!!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are both gorgeous.

Sarah said...

These are stunning Brenda, love the colours and aged look x

Maria Matter said...

gorgeous Brenda!
I love seeing dress forms...dressed! :)
blessings

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Love this Chabby chic card Brenda. What a beauty. Nice combination and beautiful details.
Lovely greet
Marja

chillin with Quillin said...

There both gorgeous, love them!!
Good luck in the challenges!!
Paula

Jane said...

They are really stunning Brenda. I love both colourways. The background is fab too. I think more rain is on it's way but we have actually had a dry day here today,
Jane x

Lau W said...

Oh Brenda, i'm in love with these cards !!!! Fantastic details, so romantic !
xxx

Isa said...

Brenda, this two cards are really beautiful !! I love it :)

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

I'd say more chic than shabby and that suits me fine,for my money Fleur is the best in the business for that. I think they are both gorgeous love the image and the added lace skirt. janex

Anesha said...

Two super cards!!!!

Sally H said...

stunning cards, Brenda! I love them both

Lisa Jane said...

ooh they are fabulous .. they remind me of the postcards people used to send from Spain that had spanish dancers on
Lisa x

ALI said...

These are gorgeous!

rachel said...

Both cards are stunning - I especially love that skirt in the first card - thanks so much for joining us at LEJ Designs and hope to see you again soon! Hugs Rachel x

Dora said...

Two stunning cards Brenda, love the style and colours, so elegant xxx

Julie said...

Hello my lovely B, I don't know which of your cards I like best, love the stamped backgrounds and the manekin looks so pretty with the lacy skirt! Sorry I've not got round so much lately, don't know where the the time goes! Hoping you're well,Julie.x

Annmaree (Emu) said...

so gorgeous Brenda, adore the purple as purple is my fav colour!!!

awesome elements butterflies and dressform and love the stamped background!!!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

These are so Gorgeous Brenda! I love the colours you have chosen and those papers are gorgeous. I am never quite 100% sure what counts as shabby chic either, but I would say that the papers have a shabby chic look to them, what I do know is that they are very beautiful. Thanks so much for joining in with the LEJ Designs challenge blog.

Lindsay xx

Beryl said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda. Love the lacy mannequins and those roses are gorgeous. I thought you needed a six petal punch for them
Beryl xx

snailzpace said...

hi brenda! you're probably getting tired of my saying wow, but wow!! these are both so gorgeous and i'm glad you posted them too.
linda

Elaine said...

I loe both colourways Brenda what fabulous card s. I love the image and the colours are great well done.
Hugs Elaine

Elaine said...

LOVE ...opps typo sorry Hugs Elaine

cardz said...

Those little skirts are so perfect! I love the whole card but the skirts just stand out (literally!)
Heather T.

maga magica said...

Beautifull!!

Wendy Fraser said...

Stunning cards, love your take on Ruth's idea. xx

butlersabroad said...

Absolutely beautiful Brenda

Hugs
Brenda

Kat said...

These are both gorgeous Brenda. Love the lacy skirts! And the flowers are beautiful.

Quite dull yesterday but ended up being a lovely evening. Still dull here today!

Take care,

Kat xx

Paula (PEP) said...

I for one am thrilled to get the chance to see these. I think they both fit the shabby chic criteria & I love those backgrounds. The lacey skirt is gorgeous in both & those pearls really give such style & elegance. I think the second is my favourite with the black & brilliant pink of the mannequin. Chocolate Baroque has just released a Haberdashery set of stamps & with my bookshop duties this week I've ordered them.
Wet here & not many customers about but I covered my wages plus some.
Paula (PEP)

Linby said...

Oh I love these, this is so what I would love to create. Lynn x

pinky said...

These are just gorgeous Brenda, I want to try that now!! Got my raffia in Home Bargains shop, lots of colours.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Hi Brenda, just popping back to say a massive thank you, the aqua markers arrived today, thanks so much for the gorgeous little card as well, it's so pretty, it will be taking pride of place on my wall where I have up all of the crafty bit's and bobs that I have been sent. Thanks so much again
Lindsay xx

frances joy said...

pretty card!!! like the style... :)

Nannieflash said...

Oh wow Brenda they are both stunning and so cleverly done, my own favourite is the purple on, its my fav colour. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

Beryl said...

Hi Brenda, Thanks so much for the links to the rose turorial I've recently got myself a glue gun and haven't had occasion to use it yet. I'll def have a go at these roses - I have a five petal punch already - so no excuses.
Beryl xx

Debbie said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. I love the backgrounds and the mannequin is stunning.Great colours and lush embellishments.Hope you're doing okay dearie.Hugs Debbie x

Sonia said...

Two wonderful cards in beautiful colours! I like the lace detail :)
Hugs,
Sonia

Shari said...

Brenda they are abosolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow so stunning! I am favor to the pink one, so pretty =)

Hugs;
Shari

CraftyLoops said...

Stunning, beautiful, gorgeous. Love these Brenda. Ohhhhh and I got my Distress inks and just for good measure the reinkers, lol. They are gorgeous. Lee x

Tracy said...

Two great minds Brenda, i've been coating my butterflies with glossy accents, and i've just started doing dragonflies the same way I do my butterflies too.

These creations are so striking and beautiful. Love all your finishing touches and the designs.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

l00pyscraftcreations said...

Beautiful hun, those butterflies are superb!
thanks for joining in at LEJ Designs, and making the first challenge such a success,
Good Luck,

Lou DT

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, gorgeous cards Brenda.

Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

luv

Debby

Montse said...

oooh!! I like it a lot!!! Colours are very beautiful and it's a wonderful job!! Hugs!

Nurse said...

These cards are beautiful! Great work.

lachsekatze said...

Amazing cards.
I love the backgrounds and the way you used the images.
It was totally worth spending some time to click the "older posts" button to find these cards. I could spend hours at your blog.
I bookmarked your post in my "think outside the box"- folder. Thanks for the inspiration.