Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shabby Chic Meets My Snowday!



One of the things I really wanted to work on this year was my ability to create amazing Shabby Chic cards, the likes of which can be found on Melissa Phillips blog LilyBean's Paperie. I found this challenge on Always Playing with Paper and thought I would case of my favorite cards by Melissa, found here.

A standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card seemed very limiting for all the elements I wanted to add to this card, and I recently found some 5x7 envelopes in my stash, so it seemed like a great idea to make a 5x7 card. I started with my color palette of Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Ridinghood Red.

This card began the night before when I dyed my Cotton Ribbon with a mixture of Rubbing Alcohol and Pretty In Pink ink. I had so much ink left over that I decided to brush it onto some Silver Glimmer paper that was sitting on my desk. I dyed a few other things as well, but I'll probably use them on a future project. When I woke up I felt that the Ribbon and Glimmer paper just were not quite pink enough, so I pulled out my custom blended Melon Mambo Shimmer Spray that I made with a combination of Alcohol, Reinker, and Frost White Shimmer Paint. This worked out so well, that I even colored a second piece. Note to self: Do this first the next time!

You might notice that I used lots of things from my retired stash on this card. Some paper I just love so much - this stuff comes from a variety of retired packages. I layered them onto a 5x7 piece of very vanilla, along with some more Glimmer Paper and a piece of Pink Pirouette Card Stock cut out with my Finishing Touches Edgelit Die. I stamped my snowman onto Very Vanilla with Stayz-On Black and then cut it out using the Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die. I used my blender pen to color him in with More Mustard, Old Olive and Ridinghood Red. Then I sponged the edges with a big of Early Espresso. I completed this little guy with a spray of Basic Jewels and teeny Basic Pearls.



I stamped the pink DSP with a snowflake inked in Riding Hood Red, and the red gingham DSP with a pair of mittens from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set. The Warmest Wishes stamp comes from a very old Stampin' Up! set, I believe I gave the remainder of them away but given my love for Snowmen, I couldn't part with this one! Both are inked with Early Espresso.


I used a combination of punches to create the snowflake medallion - Blossom Punch, Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" Circle. I alternated between the Pink and Silver Glimmer Paper and popped the whole thing together with Stampin' Dimensionals...then finished it off with a clear resin snowflake I found in a dollar bin somewhere.



The rest is just icing on the cake, so to speak!



You didn't think I could stay home on a day like this without stamping something, did you??

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful card! So many details to love. I'm always so chicken to die the ribbon but it turned out beautifully here.

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  2. What a stunning card you have created Katherine, I just adore all the pink elements and the glimmer on your card! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

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  3. Beautiful card Katherine, I love all the pink and glitter. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

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  4. Oh this is so fun and sparkly!! I love how you colored the silver glimmer paper! Gorgeous!

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  5. This is a "wow" card. I just love looking at all the details. You creativity and time show in the beauty of the card. Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Tina, I did spend a few hours on it. I am thinking that this coming Christmas, everyone is my family is getting a ginormous card like this - I might have to participate in the Merry Monday Challenge on a regular basis!

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  6. I like the way you tucked that cute snowman behind all that pink color and sparkly glitter! Pretty card!

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  7. Darling card! Now the challenge will be to actually give it to someone else who may or may not cherish it as it deserves :)
    That picture of your yard could be in my yard! we just got another 5-6" of snow on top of our 2 feet or so of ground cover snow.... ah spring in Minnesota!

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  8. Oh I love pink and green for Christmas, sweet image and great gingham! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

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  9. Wow is that ever gorgeous. I've gotten really simple with my cards lately but this is inspiring me to step it up!!! Love it!

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  10. Gorgeous card. Love the shabby chic look, bit I just can't replicate the look. You did a fantasic job. Love all the elements. Your pinks are beautiful.

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  11. Wow, Katherine, this is an amazing shabby chic card! Love all the pinks! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

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  12. Wow, so many beautiful details and they came together to make a gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing the card and your how-to notes with us!

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  13. Your card is stunning! There are so many great details! I love everything about it! Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

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  14. So cute, Katherine! I totally love every little detail about your adorable snowman card from the pretty papers right down to the snowman image! Such a fun card!
    Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

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