Archive for ‘Shabby Chic’

December 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 314: Live with passion

Happy Sunday! I’m starting off the week with my project for 613 Avenue Create.  It’s anything goes but we’ve got an optional twist: create your own challenge with our chart. I don’t do so well with this kind of twist, but surprisingly, I was able to create a card using at least 1 item from every column — image, sentiment, glossy accents, flowers, and burlap/ribbon :o)

To make my card, I stamped a newsprint background stamp (Hero Arts) in coffee archival ink on white cardstock panel. Then I inked up an embossing folder with Distress inks, spritzed it with water, and placed the panel inside it to transfer the ink. (I recently did a photo tutorial using this fun technique and you’ll find it here.) I sponged Distress inks on the panel, ran my TH distressing tool along the edges, and inked it up with coffee archival ink. I added a strip of burlap ribbon on to one side before adhering the panel on my card base. For the main image, I used an image from our sponsor, Digital Delights, and used Japanese watercolor brush pens to color. I stamped my sentiment in black ink and added glossy accents on the word “Live.” And my card is done. I hope you’ll come check out the beautiful projects my teammates created this week and play along too! We’d love to see you in the ‘hood! :o)

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Sister Act Card Challenge #86 – Anything Goes and (2) Word Art Wednesday #161 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


November 6, 2014

Paper craft project no. 297: 4 cards = Shery loves doilies!

I’m a one layer card girl at heart, but I gotta say that the doilies from SRM Stickers had me hooked! Once I started using them, I couldn’t stop at just one card. I hope you’ll come check out the SRM Stickers blog where my cards are featured today.

Exhibit A: Simple But Elegant

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

So this is card #1. I thought I’d do a simple card first and because you know me and layers…we don’t go along well! (Besides, I had to channel my inner Nonni for this batch of cards. That girl can be the poster girl for doilies because the cards she makes with them are simply gorgeous…like this one here.)  I used an SRM White Heart Lace Doily. I thought it was perfect to use for a love or wedding themed card. I placed the doily on the bottom left corner of the card, trimmed the edges, and rounded the corner. I was after a clean look so I kept the design uncluttered and simple using the white stitches in the Sticker Stitches/ChristmasStickers by the Dozen/Wedding, and Fancy Sentiment/Love.

Linking up card #1 to these fun challenges: Creative Moments #55 – Anything Goes/Celebration and Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes.

Exhibit B: Clean And Graphic

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

Card #1 got my me all happy that I decided to step it up a bit on card #2 and add a little layer. I also wanted a clean and graphic look, so I stamped a newsprint stamp on my card base in brown ink and adhered Sticker Stitches/Christmas on either side. I adhered the labels with the fishtails in the Labels by the Dozen/Bright Blank then adhered the 4″ white lace doily on top and trimmed it to the edge of the card. Next, I took a large 2.5″ white scalloped circle punch piece, added a sentiment from the Fancy Sentiments/Thanks, adhered it onto the doily, and trimmed. I finished the card by adding black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black.

Linking card #2 to these fun challenges: The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #89 – Thank You and Word Art Wednesday #157 – Anything Goes.

Exhibit C: Clean And Simple for Fall

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

As for card #3, I decided to create a fall-themed card so I went with fall colors of yellow, orange and red. I stamped the newsprint and leaves on the card base and added black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black. I layered two scalloped circle punched pieces (2.5″ and 2″) and added a sentiment from the Sentiment/Fall. I cut a 4″ white lace doily in half, folded each half, and adhered on the back of either side of the layered punch pieces.

Linking card #3 to these fun challenges: Shopping Our Stash #176 – Leaf Me Alone! and Fresh Brewed Designs – Fall Colors

Exhibit D: Freestyle Collage

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

And now we come to card #4. This is the card that took me the longest to put together. I spent 45 minutes auditioning the different elements and I kept bugging DH and showing him different looks. Being the ever helpful husband, he gave encouraging comments (“That looks pretty, dear.” “I like the color of that butterfly.” “I don’t know what that thing is that’s sticking out, but I say keep it.” “How much longer are you going to take? It looks great already. I’m hungry.”) accompanied by glazed, helpless looks. The 6″ white lace doily was the perfect background for all the diecuts I found in my stash. First I stamped a newsprint background stamp in black ink on the card base and then added white cross-stitch stickers from the Sticker Stitches/Christmas around the edge. I adhered the doily, trimmed it, and then added black cross-stitch stickers. I went through my stash of diecuts and just layered the different elements onto the doily. I used a label from the Labels by the Dozen/Black & White and adhered it on the card base. I finished the card by adding a sentiment from the Sentiment/Thinking of You.

Linking card #4 to these fun challenges: Crafting by Designs November Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Good ‘ol Days (the diecuts from K&Company that I used have been in my stash for at least 4 years); and Mod Squad Challenge – Grandma’s Attic (Doily).

Hope you enjoyed my little parade of cards. And I’d love it if you could stop by the SRM Stickers blog. There are oodles and oodles of fabulous projects and inspiration there! Thanks for stopping by!


October 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 276: Life loves the passionate

2014-10-01 Life loves the passionate MMCC

This month at The Mixed Media Card Challenge, we’d love to see cards with a vintage theme with or without the optional element (key)! Easy peasy! You ought to check out the blog and see the gorgeous vintage-inspired mixed media cards that the girls in my design team made! After you’re done looking, how about creating one and sharing with us? The challenge is open until October 25 so you can’t say you don’t have time ;o)

For my mixed media card, I started with this beautiful paper with a vintage ledger design from 7Gypsies. I stamped some sunflowers and artsy words (STAMPlorations) and keys (Stampabilities) in VersaMagic chalk inks before sponging Jumbo Java chalk ink all over. Then I randomly applied rub-ons from 7Gypsies before distressing and inking the edges. For some 3D texture,  I added bits of drywall tape and applied rustic hinge Distress paint to blend it into the background. I took two ATCs with vintage designs (The Paper Studio) and did the same thing — rubbed on rub-ons, stamped, distressed, inked. On one of the ATCs, I decoupaged this lovely vintage girl. I have a couple of containers full of vintage images that I had printed at Staples (color laser copy images are great for decoupaging because the inks don’t bleed and the print is smooth and vibrant) and I found this girl — she was the perfect focal image. The sentiment is a sticker (I cut it out) from Cosmo Cricket’s Tiny Text (I love using them in my ATCs!). I found some scrap ribbon (Pink Paislee), doily (SRM Stickers), and die-cut flower (K&Company), so all I needed to do was layer everything and put this baby to bed :o) Oh, the card base I used is 120# (480 gsm) premium heavy recycled taupe brown card stock. I love this card stock!

I’m linking up my card to these fun challenges: Artistic Inspirations #111 – Anything Goes; Card Mania Challenge #56 – Doily; My Craft Creations – Anything Goes; and The Pink Elephant Challenge #270 – Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by!


August 28, 2014

Paper craft project no. 248: Happy everything mixed media card

2014-08-27 Happy everything mixed media card-A

Hello! Today is my turn to share a spotlight project over at the STAMPlorations blog. Here’s the mixed media card I made with stamps, chalk inks, Twinkling H2Os, gesso, gel medium, and gift wrapping paper. Check out my spotlight project post for the step-by-step photo tutorial featuring stamps from Bloom Sketches and Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds.

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Crafty Girls Challenge #25 – Anything Goes; Aud Sentiments #114 – Any Sentiment Other than a Birthday; Delightful Challenges – Layer It; Dream Valley Challenge #89 – Flowers; and Cute Card Thursday #336 – Anything Goes.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great Thursday :o)


August 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 246: Hello

2014-08-25 Hello

Happy Monday, friends! What are you all up to this week? I’m sharing a card I made for the current sketch challenge at STAMPlorations. This isn’t my usual style, but I had a play at my VersaMagic chalk inks. I thought I’d do a shabby/vintage card by using the gingerbread-mauve-pink petunia color combo.

I started by stamping the grunge floral strips and graphic squares on the left side of my card base. Then on a scrap piece of card stock, I stamped the back side of the sunflower in pink petunia all over. I flipped the stamp over, inked it up with gingerbread and stamped. It gave the panel an offset-print/retro look. I adhered it onto a vintage pink textured cardstock, distressed the edges, and inked them with gingerbread. I cut a smaller panel, did the same distressing, then stamped “hello” in jet black archival ink. I used foam dots to mount the two panels onto the card base and the card’s done :o)

Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: Come and Get It – Anything Goes with a Sentiment; Creative Corner Challenges – Girly; and Sister Act Card Challenge #71 – Anything Goes.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!


July 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 212: Thanks a million mixed media card

2014-06-30 Thanks a million mixed media card

Today marks the start of The Mixed Media Card Challenge! We are so excited to share our mixed media cards, as well as have you come play with us! Our theme for July is “Touch of Nature” with an optional element (tag). Not sure what a mixed media card is? Here’s how we define it for our challenges.

For my DT card, I cut a cardstock panel smaller than my A2 watercolor card base and adhered DP that has a nature & newsprint design. I created an aperture by taping a Li’l Inker stitched circle die onto the panel and then running it through my Cuttlebug. I sponged the edges with coffee archival ink (Ranger). Using the 12″ by 12″ Specimens stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop, I applied modeling paste over the panel. Next, I distressed the edges and inked with brown ink.  On my card base, I stamped a daffodil (one of the flowers I illustrated) and watercolored it with Inktense blocks. I stamped one of the grunge floral strips in olive green all around the card base and sponged with Memento cantaloupe ink and Ranger coffee archival ink. I mounted the panel to the card base with foam tape. I finished the card with a transparent sticker sentiment from SRM Stickers.

Please check out the blog and see what the girls in my design team created!

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Crafting from the Heart #25 – Anything Goes; Crafty Boots Challenges – Thank You; Crafting by Designs – Here Comes Summer; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Muse Challenge #74 (I was inspired by the circle in Muse Jennifer Wills’ card, as well as the colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 206: A scrapling and a tag

2014-06-18 A scrapling and a tag

Here’s a quickie post. I wanted to make a couple more for the current challenge at Virginia’s View hosted by no other than the super-wonderful Virginia Lu. It’s to include a recycled item in a tag or scrapling. I actually made the scrapling (right) a couple of weeks ago but I felt it needed a partner and I’d planned on doing a few more. But then life got in the way (i.e. tons of doctor appointments and lab tests, DH getting sick, more rush writing projects). Tuesday night I was able to get some serious crafting done (made 5 cards and 1 tag, and shot 2 videos) and got a tag made to go with my scrapling :o)

For my scrapling, I used a 2.5″ by 11″ 100# cardstock as base. It was left over from when I made a card that I needed to print a digi stamp on. I collaged leftover papers from the scraps I used to make this tag. They’re scraps of scraps…couldn’t throw them away so I saved the tiny bits and put them in a ziplock. Knew I’d be able to use them ;o). The doily is also a leftover from an earlier project. The stamps (background and funky birthday cake) are from the sets I’d designed for the STAMPlorations July release. I colored the birthday cake with markers and then fussy cut it.

For my tag, I recycled several items: a page from a 1967 issue of Reader’s Digest (background, middle), scrap burlap and strings, and cosmetic sponge that I turned into a flower. The cosmetic sponge is one of those in a pack of 50 or so that I bought from the dollar store several months ago. It mostly had orange and yellow inks on it so I simply added a bit more to it by stamping on it for texture. I snipped off some of the sponge to create the petals and I used my Shiva oil paint sticks (yellow and orange) to further color the edges. I also added a bit of white to the edges with my white PITT artist pen. I stuck an old brown button in the center. I stamped my sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments by STAMPlorations), distressed the edges a bit, added the burlap ribbon and twine, and it’s done :o)

2014-06-18 Hello tag   2014-06-18 Birthday scrapling

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week :o)


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