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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Shabby Tea Room, Cardabilities and Lawnscaping Challenges

Happy Tuesday! It's a great day here in the Pacific Northwest and I hope it is a beautiful day wherever you all are.

After I am done with this post I am headed outside to catch up with the yard work and enjoy the sun. It has been such a glorious summer here so I want to take advantage of it whenever I can and I know winter will be here before we know it. The days are already noticeably shorter and the fireweed is almost done blooming which is a sign that summer is almost over and winter is fast approaching.

 Any way back to the reason of this post which is I have a card to share:
I used the inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room , Material Girl for the colors (green and blue) and then they wanted us to use material ( I used canvas for the material) and flowers (flowers are in the pattern paper and I also used teeny green paper flowers)
Isn't this a gorgeous photo! As I said before I used the colors green and blue and I also used the dress form as my focal image.
For  my cards design I used the sketch from Cardabilities:
You really need to stop by their blog and see all the pretty inspiration from their DT. 
I stayed pretty true to the sketch on this one.
After die cutting the dress form out of sticky back canvas I embossed it with a Tim Holtz folder (the die was also a Tim Holtz die). Next I inked the top part with Tumbled Glass distress ink and the bottom portion with Shabby Shutters distress ink.The edges were then inked with Walnut Stain distress ink. To dress the form up a bit more I made a pearl necklace and around the waist I added belt of tiny green paper flowers. To the flower centers I added two green sparkle gemstones and the middle one is blue.
Next I die cut the stand out of pattern paper, inked the edges with distress ink and pieced it together with the dress form and added it to the light green pattern paper with the stitched floral pattern which I thought fit the theme of my card very well. I distressed all the edges of my layers with my distress tool and inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink.
On the middle layer I added pen stitching with a black pen. I stamped the round spool top image with a Tim Holtz stamp with black ink on a scrap of white paper that I had swiped with paint and cut it out. The edges were then distressed and inked. I made a lace banner and the other banner is out of white cardstock and edges inked with distress ink. I stamped the Technique Tuesday "Happy Birthday" in black ink.
I love the fact that this card is flat even though it has lots of layers making it so much easier to mail.
And since this card has lots of distress going on I thought I would also play over at Lawnscaping.
They have a Distress Maniacs Challenge going on and this card fits the challenge very well don't you think? I used distress ink and paint and distressed the edges of my papers. This is my first time playing over there. You should drop by and take a peek at the inspiring projects of their DT. I'm sure they would love for you to play along too!

Thanks so much for dropping by and have a great day everyone!



  1. I love this, it is so cool. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Cardabilities. Come back soon. Hugs.

  2. Beautiful project! Thank you for joining us at Cardabilities!

  3. Oh wow. Just love the embossing. Really cool.

  4. Beautiful card!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Cardabilities!!! Agnieszka

  5. What a wonerfully shabby chic card!! I love the details you added to the dress form!

    It's funny, I dont remember seeing much fireweed living in Silverdale but its one of my favorite flowers here in Alaska and right now most of its gone to seed. Time for winter, wooohooo! :0)

  6. Awesome! Thank you for joining the challenge at Cardabilities!

  7. This is gorgeous!! Thank you for playing with Cardabilities! Good luck!

  8. totally awesome card, thanks for playing along at Cardabilities :)

  9. such an elegant card! fabulous! thank you for playing a long with us at lawnscaping :)

  10. How pretty is this! I love the details you put into it! Amazing job!


  11. lovely card!!
    Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping
    xx Tamara

  12. Wow this is so classy and elegant. I love your card.

    Thank you for joining the Cardabilities Sketch challenge.

    x0, Damaris


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