May 26, 2012

OCC: Not Too Shabby

Hi Friends! It's another great Saturday in the Pacific Northwest. 

This week at Our Creative Corner, Sue Butler is inviting us to do something "a little shabby chic". In Sue's words, "The Challenge requires you to pull elements together, the more old/worn and distressed the elements/images the better,  muted colors, layers and roses, burlap and pearls. You do not have to use all of these elements. The effect you are aiming for is a soft warm palette."

For my card, I chose to stick with a pink color palette. I love how a single color can tie a whole card together. 

 One of the focal points of this card is the worn pleat behind the bow. To achieve this, I trimmed a 12" x 2" piece, pleated it with my fingers, and then sprayed it with a bit of water. After I let it dry, I ran a stitch down the center to keep it all together. The result is a somewhat worn soft ruffle. 

The other element I really like about this is the tulle ribbon I used behind the seam tape bow. It adds another soft element to the card - one of the shabby elements I really like to use.

Why don't you join us this week in our Shabby Chic challenge? If you've never considered yourself a shabby or vintage designer, this is your chance to try something new with your papercrafting.  

For some inspiration, check out what our other designers have worked up this week:

Linda Coughlin The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler Scrumplescrunch
Anita Houston The Artful Maven Haven
Anne Marie Hile Stampin' Anne
Marcy Kaminski En Papillote Arts
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan Stampin Time
Lori Rider The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet Designs by Sharon 

I hope you stretch yourself a bit and join us for this challenge. You might be surprised what you come up with.


  1. Nope! Not too shabby at all! Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Oh my my Holly,
    I am absolutely enthralled by this card, you are so correct when you state a 'single Colour can tie a whole card together'. And your Pink does this beautifully.
    What you have created here in this toned-down Pink is romance, it has a tender and feminine feel, soft subtle and sentimental, all that I asked for and a most wonderful shabby-chic card. Your pleated trim that lies behind the gorgeous bow with your pins adds such dimension and interest, and the Bg patterned paper is just perfect.
    A most delightful card.

  3. Oh Holly, your shabby card came out magnificent! I am really loving the soft worn tones you have going on and that worn pleated piece behind the bow is fabulous. You really hit the nail in the head for this challenge. Absolutely lovely...

    Hope you are having a great Memorial Day weekend!


  4. Holly, you can never go wrong with a pretty pink palette, in my opinion! This is so soft and pretty and full of gorgeous detail.I hope you had a wonderful weekend, my friend. Big hugs sent your way! :)

  5. Not to shabby at a matter of fact...this is pure gorgeousness! I love the whole monochromatic pink! WOW!!!