Tuesday, August 7, 2012

TSTR-Soft Neutrals

I had such a productive time this past weekend I thought it might be next week until I created more cards...until I saw this week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. The challenge is to create with only neutral colors - I'm on it! 

When I work with all neutrals, the challenge for me is to get a variety of contrasting textures worked into the design - that's where I have the most fun.  This is the inspiration photo for the challenge:

Last time I made an all-neutral card, it was monochromatic, using creams and whites. This time, I wanted to work with more colors. It was fun pulling some old and new supplies for this card. The background cardstock is a piece of core'dinations textured cardstock that I sanded and drybrushed around the edges. I found a piece of aida (crosstitch) cloth that I had put through my printer and printed with assorted words...a real "oldie but goodie" (and another good reason not to get rid of embellishments just because I haven't used them in the last year - or six :)).  I layered it on top of a heart die cut out of burlap and backed with chipboard and a snippet of lace.

I have a nice collection of colors of the shabby fabric flowers from one of my favorite Etsy shops, but the tans/browns blended with the papers too much, and the cream wasn't the "right" cream. So I pulled out my Tea Dye Distress Ink mist, diluted it a bit more, and recolored one of the cream flowers. It looks more "rust" colored here in the top photos than it does IRL-this photo is actually closest to the true color.

Patterned papers: BoBunny Back to Basics Kitchen Spice/Allspice (B side); K&Co Maison collection (diamond print)
Large fabric flower: Frogfeathers on Etsy     Dies: Papertrey Ink Heart Prints; My Favorite Things Royal Leaves
Lace: The Funkie Junkie on Zibbet      Pearls & paper rose: Prima     
Doily: local craft store      Making Memories Word Fetti stickers      Handcrafted stick pin    
Miscellaneous: burlap, aida cloth, cheesecloth, wide cotton lace

Thanks so much for visiting today!


  1. Very beautiful, love all details!!!

  2. Oh my! Kathy, this is gorgeous and embellished to perfection!

  3. Awww Kathy, what a gorgeous creation! The shades of the neutrals that you used are perfect together!The stitching and special details make it a shabby beauty! Thanks for sharing it this week at TSTR!

  4. Fabulous creation Kathy!!! Love your coordination treatment- makes such a great backdrop! and the layers of burlap, aida, cheesecloth, chiffon make it so rich!!!

  5. So So Beautiful Kathy!So many gorgeous elements....love all the layering:)

  6. I congratulate! your card is noted! it is very beautiful! with pleasure I will read your blog!!!


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