Helens Not So Shabby…

IMG_8097 (Large)IMG_8099 (Large)IMG_8102 (Large)Here are a few cards I taught in my Not So Shabby class at paper Flourish. I call them Not So Shabby because no matter how hard I try my shabby cards still come out looking quite clean! On the top two cards we did some stitching, layering and distressing, while on the bottom card we painted our frame with prima sparks paint and did some embossing. The weather here is so strange, we have had thunder, rain and lightning this morning, but it is 35C so very hot and humid. Not good weather for anything except sitting under the air con vent! We have picked all the cherries ( 15 Kilos this year) and this morning have started picking the apricots and tomatoes so the garden is very productive just now.. Til tomorrow….

Mintay Christmas Stories vintage style 1,2..

IMG_8103 (Large)IMG_8104 (Large)We are taking a short break from kaisercraft Chrismas Wishes to have a look at a few cards I made with MIntay Christmas Wishes collection. This beautiful Christmas collection is very much styled for shabby chic and  vintage card makes.On both cards I have just added a doily and some twine. Nothing else was needed here. I distressed all my edges on the top card and inked with tea Dye ink. I did a little fussy cutting on the lower card but that was it – very simple! til tomorrow….

Not so Shabby…Maja Design Sofiero

_MG_1780 (Medium) At paper Flourish we have discovered some new designer paper Companies, and Maja Design is one of them. This card and box is made from the Sofiero range. Their papers ( along with Pion designs, Lemoncraft, and Mintay ) are perfect for Shabby style and vintage and I have been having so much fun creating with them all! As I said todays card is made with Maja Designs Sofiero and I have layered papers, with distresses and inked edges onto a cream card base, and added lots and lots of gorgeous flowers along with a couple of die cut leaf flourishes , a punched butterfly, some lace and pearls. Once done I realised it would never survive an envelope so made a box and did a quick bit of decorating on the lid. I have since discovered the benefits of cutting an aperture in the lid and backing with Acetate, which I have shown you on a previous post. That’s it for today…I have a trip to the dentist later but I am going to take my mind off that in the meantime by heading into the craft room! Til tomorrow…..

Prima tales of you and Me …9 and 10

_MG_1817 (Medium)_MG_1819 (Medium)I made these two shabby chic style cards with an old Prima range that I found in the craft room,lots of layering of the matching empheria and a die cut gate…I think that was a stampin Up die, a few flowers and some of the frames and swirls that I made with silicone molds and No More Gaps ( from the local hardware shop!) I painted them with some Prima Alchemy paints. A day off today, so i have done my grocery shopping, planned what we are having for tea, and now time to think about some November lessons! Til tomorrow…..

Lemoncraft House of Roses…not so shabby!

_MG_1813 (Medium) One of the classes I teach at paper Flourish is called Not So Shabby because although I love the shabby chic look I still haven’t mastered the genre and so have created my own take on it.I also need a fair bit of practise so that I can stay one step in front of my pupils so you will be seeing my progress here. This is a card I made with a paper collection called House of Roses by a company called Lemoncraft. lemoncraft have the most amazing shabby style papers and also A4 sheets full of fussy cutting options, both of which I have used on this card. I did a little die cutting ,fussy cutting, added some lace and the focal point on my card is the resin frame which I made with a silicone mold and No More gaps ( available at your local hardware store!). I didn’t paint this one , it is as it came out of the mold. It has been a busy morning full of housework, Roast is in the oven and after lunch I plan to relax in the craft room – can not wait!! Til tomorrow….

Book Cards..Shabby Chic style..

IMG_0751IMG_0753IMG_0749This week I have been making book cards. These are my new favourite thing to make ,but a word of warning …they use a lot of paper! I didn’t come up with this design, although I did modify it a little bit, one of our talented teachers at paper Flourish taught something similar this week to a group of ladies. I have also made boxes to pop the finished product in and decorated the box as well, and I have included in the box a die cut card stand to stand the book up on for display. now to the nitty gritty… there are 5 layers of card and paper, the bottom layer the card and then 4 layers of papers, getting smaller by a centimetre for each layer. I have done them in a shabby chic style so I distressed and inked all my edges with tea dye distress ink, once the papers are cut and inked I folded them in the centre and then bowed out the pages to curl them. I stuck the layers through the centre fold and put 3d mounting foam on the page edges . It was then just a matter of decoration with ribbon, flowers and various die cutting of leaves and flourishes!. The papers I have used here are from two companies – I have just discovered them and their papers are gorgeous so you will see more of them on my blog. they are Lemoncraft ( the papers here were from their range House of Roses, ) and Stamperia. The bottom photo gives you a better idea of the card upright. For now I am off to teach a retirement village calss, til tomorrow….

Kaisercraft Miss Betty number 1….

_MG_9439 (Medium) I have managed to find a little time to play with Kaisercraft Miss Betty. This is my favourite kind of paper, it has a vintage shabby kind of look and I can go to town using my ribbons and lace! For todays card I distressed all of my edges ( 12 x 12 papers) and inked them with tea dye distress ink. I did some die cutting, including a lovely leaf die which I used on an old book page, and inked with more tea dye ink, and added some of the collectables from the same range , extra flowers, pearl strip, and a ribbon bow.Til tomorrow…..

Kaisercraft Romantique 3 …Another Shabby!

_MG_4257 (Medium)As you can see, the more I worked with this collection ( kaisercraft Romantique) the more I embraced the shabby! I distressed, ripped and rolled and enjoyed it so much …this card is going to be a lesson this month at Paper Flourish where I hope to inspire others to put down their scissors and use their fingers! All my edges are inked with Tea dye distress ink,and the top butterfly is from the collectables pack and the bottom butterfly is from the acetate sheet that kaisercraft brought out with the collection.Most of the flowers are by Prima, and all the leaves are various dies by Sue Wilson creative expressions. I used a flower tool die to encourage some lift and shape before inking them with my tea dye ink. Today is very very hot here and not  good in the craft room.. my glue does not like this extreme heat so it is an ideal day to pack the cruise card classes suitcases and make sure I have everything I need. Finally I  can say next month I am cruising! Til tomorrow…..

Not so shabby….

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On the previous post I explained how I made the background paper, and I used an A4 piece of cardstock. This actually gave me enough shabby cardstock to make a second card. For this one I foiled a chipboard birdcage, layered a piece of lace under one of the layers, inked around everything with distress tea dye ink, and then just layered up the flowers, gauze ( from the chemist) die cut leaves ( memory box loralai leaf branch) and ribbon bows. The weather here has been lovely…we even saw some sunshine for a brief time but it has turned cold again today, so this afternoon I am s5taying put in the lounge room, sorting out my dies into a more manageable system of storage and ability to find! Til tomorrow….

Shabby Chic..Helen style!

_MG_1961 (Medium) Before I start this morning I just want to let my American followers know I am thinking of them all, the ones in the East who are battling with Fire, and the ones down south who are battling with the aftermath of one Hurricane and bracing for more…my thoughts are with you all.

I am determined to master Shabby Chic. I love shabby, but I am struggling to get to the point where I can say I have succeeded, but I will continue to practise, and show you my progress. This card has a lot of product but a lot of it was put together with bits and pieces left on my work table from other projects so i didn’t prepare anything new for this project except for the background layer which was a piece of A4 white cardstock. I painted it with a light watered down layer of Gesso,and used a texture template to add some Liquitex Light modelling paste. When that was dry I tapped some tea dye distress ink over the raised bits and sprayed randomly over the whole piece with Prima Color Bloom Cotton candy spray mist. All that remained for this step was to cut to size, distress all the edges and ink with more tea dye distress ink and attach to the card front. decorating…. a strip of lace under one of the layers, a Prima Bird, a flower made with sizzix bigz 3d flower die and old book pages, memory box Lorelai leaves die,kaisercraft wooden flourish foiled in silver, pearls , Prima hessian leaf,and flowers. Til tomorrow…..