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Friday, December 7, 2012

Shabby Bird

Hello and good morning!

Today's card is a shabby Christmas card to play along with the challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room, "Pretty Baubles."  It's been awhile since I've made a shabby card and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Or maybe I enjoyed playing in girly, sweet, soft colors.  And glitter.  And ribbons and lace.  Whatever the reason, I had so much fun making this card.  Don't you just want to eat it up?

The challenge was to use the image below as inspiration and to include a bird.  I would LOVE to have a wreath like that!  I think I would leave it up all year.  The colors are just so delicious.

This card came together relatively quickly.  I knew I wanted to use a soft blue/turquoise with pink and white as the main contrast colors.  I embossed the white layer with the SU Fancy Fan embossing folder and sponged the top very lightly with TH Distress Ink Spun Suger using a sponge dauber.  Easy does it.  I stitched two layers of wandering straight stitch, one with pale blue, the other with pale pink embroidery threads.  I then layered two rows of pink scalloped borders, a layer of lace, then a thin velvet ribbon.

The bird was punched from pink printed paper using the SU bird punch (though it looks more coral in the photo), then brushed it lightly with Ivory Creative Inspirations paints.  Love that shimmer.  I applied glitter to the tail and wing and Gold Perfect Pearls to the beak.

The bottom tag really is a tag, I promise - it comes from the SB Antique Frame and Accents Shapeabilities set, and I stamped it with a pine branch stamp before adding the bird.  It's just a bit covered up by the bow.  

The bow isn't seam binding, it's a faux silk with a crisp hand.  I added a second little tag with the sentiment stamped in Versafine Smoky Gray.  Black just seemed too harsh.  

I inked the edges of the tag with more Spun Sugar and the edges of the blue tag with SU Marina Mist.  The stick pins are my own making, and the metallic gold thread is from my stash.

Some palest blue pearls finish this card.

Thank you for joining me today as I step out of the traditional Christmas color zone.  Sometimes you've just gotta be different.

Have a lovely day, and happy crafting!


Stamps:  Christmas Classics, All That Glitters (both by Flourishes)
Ink: Versafine Smoky Gray, SU Marina Mist and Certainly Celery, TH Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Paper: SU Pool Party, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Annalee by Prima
Accessories: SB Shapeabilities Antique Frame and Accents, SU Fancy Fan ef, Dienamics Double Scallop Border, SU Edgelits Adorning Accents, SB Tailor-Made Dies (small tag); SU Bird Builder, pearls, faux silk ribbon, lace, thin velvet ribbon, gold thread, custom made stick pins, Creative Inspirations paint (Ivory) and Resplendence Angel Dust, sewing machine, dimensionals.

Challenges Entered:

The Shabby Tea Room Week #143 - Pretty Baubles
There She Goes TSG184 - Tag, You're It
Incy Wincy Designs - Non-traditional Christmas Colours
The Pink Elephant Challenge TPE 177 - Make It Girly
Anything Goes Challenge 81 - Tags
SCS WT404 - Brown Paper Packages (use favorite things - mine are ribbon, glitter and lace).
CCEE1249 - Use a favorite new die (I used the SB Antique Frame and Accents)
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 34 - Label/Tag, Big or Small
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 184 - Christmas
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 77 - I Love Christmas
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 136 - Christmas Card, No Red or Green
My Sheri Crafts Challenge 99 - 'Tis the Season
Pile It On #49 - Pile On the Embellishments
3 Girl JAM Challenge #8 - Christmas Inspiration
Frosted Designs 12 Days of Christmas - First Day (Bird)

MOJO Monday - sketch 270


Paper Profusion said...

Wow Shea - I so love your take on the photo. This card is delicious!!! Love the soft pastels. Delectable make. I hope you win STR! Nicola x

Mum of 4 said...

Absolutely breathtaking card, Shea! The colors are so soft and perfect! Great job!

Laine said...

Yes Shea, this really is delicious. Love the colours and all the fabulous detail you have used. A real delight.
Hugs from

Jovan said...

OMG...this is so beautiful! Thanks for joining 3 Girl JAM!

wannabcre8tive said...

This is just beautiful, I love the lace. Thanks, for joining us over at Speedy Fox and Friends.

pinky said...

This is so so pretty. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.

Sandy Palmer said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

Creative M said...


Pat Garvin said...

Very pretty colors. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Angie said...

Stunning!!!! Love the soft ribbon and gorgeous lace!!!! Thanks for joining Speedy Fox & Friends this week!

Sarah said...

Oh this is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it! Wonderful! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

Cheri said...

This is beautiful. I like that you used non-traditional colors. Thanks for joining the 3 Girl JAM Christmas challenge.

Cheri - 3 Girl JAM DT

Tracey said...

Very pretty the embossed background and all the gorgeous details! Thanks for sharing this with us in the Shabby Tea Room.

butterfly said...

Such a pretty card - I love your alternative Christmas colour palette! Thanks so much for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.
Alison x

La Vikinga said...

Hi Shea; Your card looks great with all that lace (and embossing that resembles lace, too) and a great bow with a tag!

Thanks for participating in the tag or label challenge at Crafty Ribbons this fortnight and don't forget to pop over to our daily event at:

Greetings from La Vikinga / Charlotta

Laura said...

Very sweet! Thanks for playing at Crafty Ribbons. Don't forget to check out our Inspiration blog each day for advent prizes!

3 Girl JAM said...

This is gorgeous Shea! Such a fabulous take on your inspiration piece. Thanks for linking up with 3 Girl JAM!


Teresa Jaye said...

what a pretty card - just love the colors, lace, and darling birdy! Thanks for joining us for day 1 of our 12 days of Christmas at Frosted Designs - hope you'll continue to play along!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Beautiful card, love the color combo and all the sweet details! Thanks for joining us over at 3 Girl Jam Challenges! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

Bettina L. said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Love the shabby pastel colours for christmas and the design with the lace and bird too. Thanks for playing at Incy Wincy and good luck. Hope to see you back monday for another challenge. Bettina xx

jessica said...

This is gorgeous!! LOVE the beautiful non traditional Christmas colors!! Thanks so much for sharing and playing along with our Christmas Inspiration Challenge over at the 3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog!!

Krafty Kows said...

How pretty your card is. It's beautiful. Thank you for joining us at craft this week. Jeanette

Jessica S said...

Shea, your card is Shabby Delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to our Christmas Challenge at 3 Girl JAM. Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Jessica B.
3GJ DT Member

Ginger said...

Gorgeous card!!