Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Shabby Chic And Sweet

Hi Blog friends!  A completely different style card for today's chosen piece.  Shabby chic, and really girlie too.  I picked out some background papers that have that sort of Laura Ashley feel to them (I hope that translates) to help achieve the desired shabby chic feel.  I started with a white background that I embossed with the Dainty Dots A4 embossibility folder.  It is very subtle, but gives the piece a bit of texture and interest that I just love.  I used the edge of my scissors to roughen the card, which I feel also adds to the look.  I taped down the printed papers but then used a sewing machine to add white thread sewn borders to them.  I stamped my sentiment then cut it out with the Marvellous Squares.  Once cut, I added a different die to the inside to emboss the design around my sentiment.  I wanted to add just a bit of colour to my focal element so I used another die and cutting insert in the set and cut the same flowered paper I used for  my background.  I mounted it directly around my sentiment to add a touch of interest. I utilised the cut outs from this piece and added the pieces to the corners of my card.  I used the Spiral Flower four to create a pretty rolled flower for my card.  I tied a messy bow out of seam binding and glued my flower to the centre.  I decided to add some white mats that were distressed rather than pierced to finish my card.  Although, I was really happy with the way this one turned out (would love to receive a card in this style), I think it would make a splendid card for a teenager or young girl too.  All for now, Sue x


151 comments:

Deborah said...

What a fabulous card Sue...love the colors and the embossing too.

Have a great day.
Deborah.H. :)

Deborah said...

I just love the shabby chic look...it's everything I want in a card.

Well done Sue!

Deborah.H. :)

Gail said...

Morning Sue, yes a very sweet card, and I like it.
Gail C x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I love your card today, it's beuatiful and I too would love to receive it

Xxx

Hellma said...

Love it Sue, love the distressing.

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue loveing the shabby chic look im not a fan of shabby chic but i love this one I think its cos of the colours that you have used and im a big fan of this die set you have used. Take care

Debs Artliff

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, stunning shabby chic card, very girly. Love the dainty papers and embossing.

Wilma x x

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
Nice card and I agree would be fun for a teen, my niece would love it.

Pam said...

A very pretty girlie card and the colours are so fresh.

Maryann said...

Absolut gorgeous Sue, and I sure wouldn´t mind to get such a card either, it´s awesome and looks sooo romantic, and I still just sooo love this die here.

Eemeli said...

I am not sure that I am too fancy about the colors on this card but the layout is great and I like the shabby chic look.

Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

Lis Kervill said...

Good Morning, Sue,
What a great little card today!
Absolutely love the Laura Ashley look as background and have been hunting the internet for suppliers of such paper, but to no avail.
Have even toyed with fabric to achieve this effect.
So here is a challenge to you, Sue (as if you needed any more challenges): Please, source some pads of 'petite Laura Ashley' paper/card for us. I cannot think of many dies that cannot be used with such petite patterns.
We miss your special style on C&C; I for one enjoy my recordings of your previous shows when I need inspiration. Thank you for being you.
And when you see Dean next time tell him from me that he needs to shave again; as my lovely ex-RAF husband used to say: "Why grow on your face what grows wild in other places". I cannot lip-read him any more.
Hugs, Lis x

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Beautiful card Ginny x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, a very pretty card, love the colour combo, really works well. Bx

Karen R said...

Absolutely brillian- love all the shabby bits - they look great

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue, this is a stunning card and i love the colours used. Hugs Sonia x

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
What a pretty card, suitable for all ages. Pretty paper too.

Donna Jones

maxine h said...

Hi Sue
Love the card today, not my usual choice of colours and style but it works so well.
Big hugs
Maxine xx

Crafty Nanna said...

Morning Sue, super card, I really like it, love the way you have used the paper behind the sentiment to match in too.

Have a good day
Hugs Lynn

Christine Harrop said...

Beautiful shabby chic card Sue. The delicate colours are just right. Christine x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely pretty card,it would look lovely on my mantle.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - I don't normally like the shabby chic look but I just love this! its a must try.
Rgs
Clare W

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card fabulous colour's and design
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Craftychris said...

ooh this is so pretty I love it! xx

sarah hyett said...

Hi Sue a very lovely girlie card. Love the shabby chic feel to it. And love the colours, it has a touch of spring to it too. Have a great day. X

Carole Z said...

Loving the feminine shabby chic Sue and Laura Ashley takes me back to my teens when I was mad about the florals! Carole Z X

hazel said...

Stunning card Sue love the colours and papers used. xx hazel

jacqui said...

Very lovely , little bit of spring.

cebelica said...

Another beautiful card.I love the papers you used. Hugs!xx

Joesgrandma said...

Bright and cheerful with the promise of spring to come after the winter. A lovely card Sue Thanks!

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Very pretty card love the style and the colours you have used.
We need papers like this with pretty small designs please can we get some?????

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the shabby chic look of this card, the stiching really tricks your eyes suggesting its fabric, which I think would work if you had any small designs in your sewing stash. The colours, textue and Marvelous Squares make this a really gorgeous card one I would definitely give pride of place.
Enjoy your day, Love BrenLel

Lin W said...

very pretty, I like it a lot
xxx

happy2craft said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely, pretty card today, love all the elements to this and the colours.
Have a great day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue A really pretty card....I love the look very girlie. Take Care Love Michelle xxx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. What a pretty card. I'm not normally a shabby chic fan but this is gorgeous. Take care.

Izzwizz said...

The paper and diecuts makes the card look really Lacey and no lace in sight! Very clever and pretty. Fab card as always Sue. Maddy x

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card as usual.

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the shabby chic look.

Clare x

nannapat said...

So unusual to see you using patterned paper Sue. I love shabby chic and the colours you've used really work well. Pat x

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
A lovely lacey, girlie card in fresh clean colours.
Just gorgeous!
Erica x

auscrafts said...

like this one Sue

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue another lovely,pretty card,love the shabby chic look and the Laura Ashley papers take me back to when I was little and sarah kay and Holly hobbit were very popular as well as Laura Ashley!! Lol love how you've done the sentiment it sounds complicated but is probably easy once you try. Love lesley xx

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card today, Sue, and the distressed edges nudge it from being just too sweet.
The marvelous squares die so effective.

'P'in Wales

Rose in Chester said...

A very pretty card and I just love the way you use the dies. I would have never thought of that, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

'morning, yes this card is a hit with me too...Very Victoriana reminds me of the old cards we sometimes see on the Antiques shows. Mabex

Kate's Cards said...

Beautiful!

Sandra F said...

A lovely card Sue. xx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
A very pretty girly card, love it. I too would be pleased to receive it.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
A beautiful card and definitely has the 'old valentine' look to it. I too would love to receive one like this and will certainly be having a go at making my version.
Janet x

gwen70 said...

Great card Sue, really must get those marvellous squares

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love, love, love it, absolutely gorgeous, beautiful colours. Would be a delight to receive.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, I love this card, I love Laura Ashley style, and the stitching is gorgeous, loving the ditsy spot embossing folder.
Lots of love from Patricia xx
PS I would love to receive this card too xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, very spring like card today, nice and fresh, great layout. Emma

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,

Very Laura Ashley 'look'. Simply pretty in colour and design. X

Seafield Jo said...

This is gorgeous Sue, I love the gentle colours and fab dies.

Jo x

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
A very pretty card today that anybody would love to receive.
Hugs x

Marion said...

Hi Sue what a pretty looking card .,i love the colours too,not in to shabby chic but like this one.
Marion

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, A lovely card, I think any young (or older lady) would love to get this one.

Love Rosemarie xx

marg said...

Hello Sue
What a sweet card!
Love it.
loveMarg

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Yes I would love to receive a card like this too! Love the colours used and that die is lovely (one I don't have).

love Jean x

HiggiSue said...

Lovely Sue.....i do like shabby chic.....colours especially nice too

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

A very pretty and sweet card. I use the dainty dots folder a lot and will be buying the magnificent squares etc very soon

Happy crafting

June x

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, beautiful card today, spooky that you have posted a shabby chic card as that was what I making last night :) Hugs xx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card Sue.
GR Elly

Debbie Tinks said...

LOVE THIS CARD LOVE THE COLOUR SUE
MUST TRY

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a lovely card today
love the way you have paper pieced
the sentiment would never have thought of that very clever I don't
think there would as many lovely
cards out there if not for you'r
inspiration thanks again. Nancyd xx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Love the Shabby Chic look, the colours and you have used my favourite Marvelous Squares die.I have a pad of Mariposa Stack and Papermania Summer Bloom which I may be able to find a backing paper out of these -
Hugs Carol

Anonymous said...

Love the look of this, although my attempts at distressing edges, never seem to look right!
Mol x

dutchess said...

this is a lovely girlie card...and I have managed to finally purchase the lovely majestic square...just waiting for them to arrive....have been having fun with my spellbinder s making large cards with the grand decorative circles....
hugs

Lacelady said...

It amazes me just how many times you manage to think outside the box- and you made such a pretty card!

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Sue this is beautiful, I love the fresh colour scheme. Gorgeous creation.

Cheers,
Kasey ~ in Oz

Anonymous said...

lovely card, pretty and light

Oksana said...

Very pretty, love the papers!x

corinne said...

not your usuall style but sooo pretty

kimberley said...

Very girlie and pretty-would do any age group.Can we maybe have some more masculine ones now-they are the ones that i need most inspiration for,take care,x.

Ayelet Barkay said...

It's amazing card Sue!
So soft and pretty. I think it can also be a great card for new born, boy or girl.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely fresh card, I would be delighted to receive this one. The colours are great. Have a nice day, take care, Jess

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A very sweet dainty card, love the soft delicate colours. I would love to receive this card.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Oh what a super card and such beautiful colours. A little word of warning stitching paper and card blunts a sewing machine needle I know from bitter experience so don't forget to change your needle before sewing fabric!
Have a great day
Margaret

beachie said...

Hi Sue
I am a big fan of shabby chic and this is beautiful, its prettier than shabby chic but I love it
Audrey x

utilitygirl said...

Hi Sue - always seem to be a few days behind at the moment but the last 3 days cards are, as usual, wonderful. I especially like the red and white, very bright and cheeful. Today's is very different but just as great.

alimecca said...

HI Sue
Beautiful - love the colours- very clean,fresh and crisp. It's a very girlie card that's gorgeous.

bluebell said...

hello sue i like your card the coloured papers work well. would love some fine design papers,for the spellbinders.i have lots of papers but designs not small enough. goy the gala set of stamps,found some papers for the dresses but could hve done to be smaller. as you did a card in project book with a dress.love bluebell-flowerwood.

Maggie said...

This makes a change. Such sweet papers and lovely colours. My daughters would simply love this card. I do too of course. xx

salem said...

woooooow card love colors etc laura ashley has lovelly papers keepers "!"!

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
I simply love it all

Elaine H X

Anonymous said...

Love this card Sue - Laura Ashley is a great way of explaining papers and I am always looking for very small printed papers but never seem to find many around. The dotty die is one I use quite a bit as it is very subtle. Looking forward to seeing you on our screens again soon - love YvonneMayxx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue,
This is a great card - I will be able to use up some of the papers in my stash!

Hugs, Belinda x

sharon kirkwood said...

I love the refreshing colours but I must admit I'm not as fond of it as I am of the majority of your cards.
S. x

Joan Hill said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card and I think would be suitable for a granny too with the chintzy feel to it, gorgeous x

Anonymous said...

Love the card Sue, as you say very girlie.
Val C Xx

Jackie Calvert said...

This card is beautiful.Totaly stunning, I would be so proud of this one.

Christine said...

Beautifully delicate, and I have the marvellous squares - woohoo!
thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Rebekah Foster said...

You definitely achieved Laura Ashley, am having flashbacks of primary school photo day dress with me and my younger sister in matching in Laura Ashley dresses (and crimped hair!)

I like the sewing machine effect but if you don't have a sewing machine I'm wondering if off-setting 2 rows of pierced dots and freehand linking them in funky ways would work - be time consuming though, especially as I haven't seen Sue's piercing ruler anywhere yet!

Great card

Rebekah

Claveh said...

This one is a little to chinz for me, I like the layout of the card and the dies used though! xxx

Sue C said...

An absolutely lovely card xx

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
very pretty and elegant card with plenty of interest. Think you pleased everyone with card. I am loving the detail. Brill job.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

fame01 said...

OH sue loving the shabby chic look soooooo much i would love to receive this card or one like it .. some more please .. hugs sarah ..xxx

guffie said...

brilliant card Sue love the layout and the colours xx gail from eastbourne

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Love the card it's nice to have a bit a shabby chic/chintz look. I have ordered the dies and hope today is the day they turn up whoop whoop lol!
Spellbinders POD is on tonight with Jo i do like her demos but she has some very big shoe to fill! lol!
Thanks you
Lizzie (serial copycat)xox
PS The postie just delivered my Marvelous Squares and cut rite wax paper, house work has gone out the window Whoop Whoop!!

Ita said...

hi Sue this card does not sing to me I think it is the only card of your that I do not like
sorry.
Smiles
Ita

iggy said...

OMG....ive just got the Marvellous Squares yesterday & spent lots of time [ too much time really ] playing with them yesterday.....love your card as always. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I absolutely love this style of card. To me it has a real country house feel (a place where everything is home made). This has gone straight onto my inspiration wall. I hope to see more of this style. It is gorgeous. With love & light Theresa.H

Susan White said...

Absolutely georgeous card Sue - love the ditzy prints and the way you have used the floral to accent your sentiment. Definitely one to replicate for all my girlie friends!

Susan

Meg said...

Very pretty card Sue.

I like the stitched effect on cards but not having a sewing machine I bought myself some border stamps which look like rows of stitching.

Margaret O
xxx

"Talk to the Tail" said...

A lovely soft looking card Sue and i also love the blue ribbon contrast xXx

Didleydimo m said...

Hi really like the square dies. Love the colours too! Thank you as ever for the inspiration Sue xx

CraftyJo said...

Very girly indeed, I like all those layers.

Jackie D said...

hi Sue,
A very pretty card suitable for all ages
love from Jackie D

Laura O said...

fab card love the colours and the papers,love all of this card ,very pretty.Laura O

Crafty Lark said...

Great gentle card and so very pretty. xx Flora

howdy said...

It would make a great card for this 50+ year old too! Lovely

lainey said...

I love the shabby chic look Sue!! lainey x

Fieldsend said...

Afternoon Sue, love it beautiful and clean

Love
June xx

Ann said...

It's lovely, very Spring - like, fresh but gentle colours.

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Vie Carter said...

Loved it

Vie
x

Paper Junkie said...

The distessed edges rescue this card from being a bit LOL (little old lady) and I think you are right Sue - this is a card for any agegroup. I think I'm right in saying that all the tash growing going on was for charity fundndraising in November. Hopefully Dean will be clean shaven again as I agree with Lis, it just didn't suit him one bit. My hubby of 25 years, on the other hand has a wonderful moustache, which I have never seen him without - however, I have seen a photo without it...so if he ever wants a divorce all he has to do is shave it off! X

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Sue....I love the shabby chic look ... and your card is gorgeous, love the colours you have used...

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue,I love, love, love this card. Not any one thing, just everything about it.
Dean (along with hundreds of men) grew his moustache in 'Movember' to raise awareness of prostate cancer. I agree that it didn't suit him but applaud him for sticking with it. You will be pleased to know he is on the TV now and is clean shaven once again.
Frances

Yvonne (seom) said...

Hi sue love this shabby chic look although its not so shabby haha it's very pretty sort of afternoon tea ish. Yep right up my ally. Well done you....

Jane said...

Very delicate and girly Love it

Jane xx

Barbara said...

Lovely card, very pretty and girlie. Am a big fan of shabby chic.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a gorgeous shabby chic card fo today !! I love every thing about it !! The mavellous squares dies look great and I love the papers and colours you have chosen. A really great shabby chic card. Lots of love Tres x x x

brenda said...

Hi Sue lovely look today , shabby chic is a favourite of mine and the colours go so well together x

Deeville said...

like this one just wondering what will be on ideal world tonight

Anonymous said...

I like how you have used the Marvellous Squares for your sentiment although I have to be honest and say I am not overly keen on the bow, I think it is the seam binding that doesn't appeal to me. I do, however, love the flowers.

Michelle E xx

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Janice K said...

I love the shabby chic look and this card is a great example of it, delicate and yet feminine. x

Linda Simpson said...

Oh Sue this is gorgeous! I love the papers and the dies you have used. That bow and roses are gorgeous.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Tandy said...

Hi Sue
Just love everything about this card

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, quite different today I rather like it very girly, well done.
love Avis D

sued99 said...

So gorgeous. I love it.

cheekypaws said...

Hi Sue
I love the card. I'm not keen on shabby chic but I really love this one. Keep up the good work.
Love Elaine

karenlotty said...

A beautiful clean card I could give this to my teenage niece and my 82 year old mum I have no imagination so love your inspiration So glad I treated myself to the majestic squares!

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue

A lovely card, very pretty.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

Karen Edwards said...

Lovely colours the die is beautiful

magpie said...

oh wow Sue, so different to your usual style but this is so so pretty! The background papers are perfect together, what a lovely blue & green. Love the stitching around the edges & the dainty dots. Very pretty xx Love Karen xx

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
I love this shabby chic look. The papers are beautiful with such a dainty pattern. I find it hard to source papers like these. Hoping to see you back on tv soon!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Joan B.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, lovely card very nice Jean Z xx

lorraine (classylady) said...

Really pretty card Sue totally different. Hope all is well with you and your family.

regards
lorraine - scotland
xxx

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
I absolutely adore this card, it's very much my cup of tea, so pretty and the colours are just gorgeous.
In fact it's pushed me over the edge! I've had the die on my wish list for weeks, feeling I should only be buying for Christmas, but I'm going to have to get it now!
Sue xx

Victoria said...

I love the shabby chic look. I used to practically live in Laura Ashley at one time!

lynda said...

I love this card The colours are very pretty and girly
Chic look .Lynda xx

Sandra said...

what an amazing card, i love it, its so girly, where are those papers from!
thanks,
crafty hugs,
Sandra Riley

melody said...

Hi Sue, very pretty card love the colours an the embossing an yes girlie to, all very much up my street. Spellbinders pick of the day it just ain't the same without you. Hugs Melody xXx

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nikkib said...

Shabby Chic, my kind of card... elegant and lovely colours too, what more could anyone want x

Paula Gale said...

yey - shabby chic, my favourite kinda card... this certainly doesn't disappoint Sue - I'd love to see more of this kind of card with some die cutting and embossing. Love the colour combo - would look even better with some pink on...

hugs

Paula x x x

yorkshiresue said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card and great use of Marvellous Squares
Hope to see you on C/C soon
Hugs
Sue XXX