Friday, July 1, 2011

Shabby Chic!

Hi guys! How are you?  I am just trying to stay cool this way.  It is hotter than blue blazes here.  Tom got off work early yesterday and we went boating just us two.  It was nice to relax on the water!  We also have the Fourth of July this weekend, well on Monday, which means a long weekend for us!  I hope to see fireworks even though there has been a ban a lot of places due to the drought!  Enough of that, on to my card.

I have a new card for you today for the Just Magnolia and Hanglar Stanglar Challenge!  The theme is "SHABBY CHIC".  I did a little looking to see exactly the meaning of shabby chic and it is basically taking something new and making it look old and usually softer colors are involved. So this is what I did:

This is a little Hanglar girl that my friend Tammi sent me eons ago.  Isn't she cute? I sure wish they sold them individually.  There are so many stamps I would like, but not all the sets.
The idea for this card came from a picture on the web of a pillow that was in the shabby chic style! It was a quilt material.  I just took some of my Papermania scraps and went to town!  This is what it looked like before being decorated!

I distress all the pieces before gluing them down and made them nice and distressed like fabric might look.  It still didn't look like I wanted, so I added white paint to the distressed edges.

You can see I added the Romanic Lace doohickey all around the border and then started decorating my card with all the pretty stuff from Wild Orchid Crafts!  Here's a picture of the NEW butterfly appliques.

 I must have a thing for the flowers with little yellow centers haha! They are my very favorite!!!

I would love to see you come and play along with us at the Just Magnolia and Hanglar Stanglar Challenge!!! If you have a moment, please go check out the other DT's work!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Hugs, Dena


  1. OH my goodness Dena, you've taken my breath away with this gorgeous card. Wow!! it's perfect in everyway.
    Hugs xo

  2. Wow!! What a beautiful card! : )

  3. Dena, what a great idea! It's so sweet! Love it.
    hugs Yvonne

  4. Gorgeous Dena! Love the shabby chic look and awesome coloring as always!
    Have a great weekend!

  5. OMG Dena, this is very very Shabby Chic. Gorgeous.
    Hugs Astrid

  6. This beauty takes my breath away....sooooooo gorgeous!!!!!

  7. Wow Dena, what a fabulous card. Love your distress background thanks for sharing your technique. Fabulous grouping of flowers too.

  8. This is soooo beautiful, Dena. I just looooooove shabby chic! Surprised....?.....haha.... The Hãnglar-girl is so cute. I haven't used my Hãnglar images in ages. Actually I almost never use them, but now I got really inspired. Maybe I'm going to make a card with one of them, maybe....:)
    Hope your weekend will be really great.
    So far the summer here
    has been very wet. Rain, rain, rain......, and rain. Really hope the sun will come soon:)
    Big hugs,

  9. beautiful!!! I love the fabric look, and that gorgeous butterfly! Hugs Juls

  10. Hi Wow this is so pretty ! I love the wee heart ! and how you made the background ! Perfect Shabby chic . Love it all ! Super inspiration . Thanks Kitty ;0)

  11. This is gorgeous Dena, love your patchwork quilt background, genius!
    Helen x

  12. Hi hunny!
    I almost dont know what to write anymore ;) I must have used all the good words I have here with you because all if your work is sooo scrummy! :D
    I absolutely love this lush card :) It's beyond words beautiful, love the idea behind it and your end result is smashing! Amazingly beautiful papers and soft colouring :) The cilouring makes the image come to life in a fabby way :) GORGOUES flowers, I also love the ones with yellow centers ;)

    I think you might have to send some of that heat my way ;) We have a typically Swedish summer wheather :o Rainer some says, cloudy and extremily hot some says. Ends in thunder and lightning!
    Have a great 4th of July hunny! Hope you do get to see some fireworks!


  13. Dena I just love your cards and you have been a great inspiration to me. Keep up the absolutely awesome work - I just love it and everything about your cards. Hazel x

  14. Gosh, took me awhile to look at everything on this beauty! Love the quilt background and soft colors, wow, just gorgeous!

  15. Beautifully lacey! And so pretty in pink and blue. Seems a shame to cover up your pretty patch work but that gorgeous image made it worthwhile! Hugs, Lesley


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