Thursday, May 22, 2014

Friendly Chic

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You have 2 more days to join the "Shabby Chic" Pile It On! Challenge.

We're sponsored by Paper Sweeties and their owner, our former PIO teamie Debbie M, offered the DT a coupon so I couldn't resist splurging on some of her gorgeous seam binding! I really enjoyed using it for by Teapot Card, so I made a matching card.

I had a couple of crafting friends over the other day, and one of them gifted me these monogram wood stickers. I made these cards for them, and even include their monogram initial on their card, in adhesive pearls. Can you see the "S" on the teapot card and the "L" on this one? I know they'll get a laugh out of it.

I made the bow using a fork, following the Delicate Bow Tutorial at Useful DIY. The seam binding from Paper Sweeties is sold in 4-yard packs, which is perfect for this usage because I used an entire yard for this bow!

I created the phrase très chic using alphabet stamps from the "Happy Day" set that came free with a magazine (Future Publishing Ltd). The letters were stamped with Peeled Paint distress ink. I colored the banner parts of the wood piece with VersaMagic chalk ink.

I cut some Idea-Ology glassine paper with the Lace Medallion Sizzix die, scrunched it up, flattened in my BigShot, and inked it with Tea Dye distress ink. I used some commercial doilies for the background, inking one with green.

The banner was made with with recycled packaging. I used the printed packaging that came with this Cuttlebug embossing folder and matched up the embossing to the print version as best as I could. I cut the little banner pieces, sanded them a bit, and inked them with
Peeled Paint distress ink.

I cut some of the mint seam binding into thirds, and made a braid to "hang" the banners on.

The cream background is pre-embossed with a tiny dotted pattern, and I used my sewing machine and light green thread for the border.

Card and Scrap #76: Shabby Chic
Craft-Dee BowZ May Challenge: Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow (2nd entry)
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers: C is for Crap (I've kept the Cuttlebug packaging I used for the banners for probably at least 3 years, maybe longer...I knew I'd use it someday! Also, the white doilies are actually two scraps from a previous project. It's not hoarding if you use it eventually!)

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,


  1. Super cute cards, love that teapot, you're right it's not hoarding if you use it eventually!
    Thanks for joining the sisterhood!

  2. Really darling card. Your bow is so full I thought it was a flower at first. LOL Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  3. Here I thought I was the only one crazy, I mean creative enough to hold on to packaging... just in case. :D Both these cards are terrific! So glad you joined us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  4. Beautiful card! I love the glassine paper and what your beautiful seam binding bows. Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge!

  5. Way to use up that stash of hoarded items! The teapot is really cute and I love the seam binding flowers too! NJ!

  6. Such cute cards :=)
    Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap

  7. These cards are fabulous! Love the teapot die cut and those bows look amazing! And I agree, it's not hoarding if you use it....eventually! LOL! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  8. Great job. I keep packaging if I love it. Thanks for joining us at SoSS.

  9. Both cards are fabulous, and I agree, it's not hoarding if you use it eventually. keep chanting the mantra. Thanks for playing along with us at SOSS for the C is for Crap challenge.

  10. Using packaging is not hoarding , it's up cycling. Great cards. Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.


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