Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gone Shabby Again...

I've rediscovered something about myself lately... my crafting style has become so varied that it's now difficult to describe in one or two words. One day I'm having fun with die cut shaped cards and frames, arranging them in a neat, symmetrical pattern...the next I'm going slightly-shabby with touches of paint and lace among the layers...then on to "extra shabby" with an "anything goes" feel, and finally (what you haven't seen here yet) playing with paints and texture mediums on an art journal page. There are certain elements that remain common for the most part - dimension, flowers, pearls and gems, bows of some type - but I'm definitely having the most fun when I'm totally inconsistent. (I hope I'm not alone in this! LOL)

Today's card is another fun extra-shabby card, that all started when I was looking for a way to incorporate some cute little carnations I made with my Carnations Creations dies. Here's how it all came together in the end...

Using the two smallest flowers in the die set to make these little carnations, I just varied the number of layers used on each flower, then placed one of them on top of a textured red and white Prima flower. Before assembling the carnations, I dry-brushed all the edges of the pieces with white acrylic paint to accentuate the layers...

There's a bit of dry-brushing on the leaves, too...just to shabby them up a bit...

In the upper corner, I took the twine used to thread the button and wrapped it around the corner of the background stays put after a drop or two of clear glue behind the background paper.  :)

Patterned papers:   My Minds Eye Bramble Rose collection
Dies:   Sizzix Flowers Branches & Leaves;  Spellbinders Carnation Creations
Pearl stamens:   Wild Orchid Crafts       Pearls:   Recollections       Aster flower:   Prima
Lace corners:   K&Company       Miscellaneous:   buttons, twine, crochet thread, Wilton doily

Thanks for visiting today...I hope your week is going well!


  1. Love the paper and flowers, awesome card!!!

  2. I love versatile scrappers, you never know what they are going to create next.. and it all is about the creative process anyhow.. This looks wonderful.. love your flowers and love the papers and colors too...

  3. Hi Kathy,
    I found a card of yours n pinterest and just had to come and have a peak at your blog!
    I love this post! I too find it hard to describe my style:) It's funny, but again like you one day I am crafting rather stylish elegant cards and the next I am finding that the more pearls and lace...the better...and just loving the shabby vintage style at the moment:)!
    Have had a quick look around your blog ( I am supposed to be crafting) and am now your newest follower!:)...stunning creations and just love your newest creation...just beautiful:)
    Crafting Hugs Nikki x


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