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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shabby Chic/Distress Challenge

This week on the Stampman Challenge http://thestampmanchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ we were asked to make something Shabby Chic/Distressed. I adore this theme as I use shabby distress a lot in my work. I obtained some free Pink Paislee paper - Spring Jubilee in a card making magazine & knew it would be just perfect for what I had in mind. I love to read & every now & then I decide I need a new bookmark.
I decided that today was the day & I would use this theme.
I took some of the paper & dry brushed is with gesso to tone down the colours & then I stamped a TH Stuff to Say journal stamp down one side before dry brushing some more gesso over the top to give it the apperance of the stamped image already being part of the paper design I smugged it slightly to give a distressed look. I then stamped my main quote & added a small chipboard butterfly. I made the button by gluing a small piece of the same patterened paper to the reverse of a clear button. The bird image is courtesy of The Graphic Fairyhttp://graphicsfairy.blogspot.co.uk/ The lace was from Ribbon girl. I cut the actual frame of the bookmark from Xcut fancy frames.
It was important to try & keep it quite flat as it does have to go in a book!!

13 comments:

lisa said...

This is beautiful, Paula. I love the colour of that paper and it sets your bird off beautifully. Those fancy frames dies are gorgeous aren't they. I indulged when they came out and have used them loads, so reasonably priced too so even better.
It's a gorgeous bookmark and thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Stampman this time.
Hugs Lisax

contadinak said...

Beautiful and full of whimsy. I just made a bookmark for my guy, and I also had a tough time keeping it flat because I adore dimension!

lainey said...

delighful!! fab quote, good to remember!! lainey x

Chris said...

A beautiful bookmark, Paula. I love the frame and the colours. The bird looks just right perched on the flowers.

1CardCreator said...

Very pretty card, love what you did with the clear button, very clever. ~Diane

Hermine said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Frea said...

Hi Paula, just popped in to thank you for your lovely comment on my steampunk card. It was a first for me, never tried making one before, but I really liked the endresult. Love the card you made today! Great design and I love the sentiment! Hugs, Frea

lam said...

This is very elegant and beautiful on the smae time. Love the soft colours and the text is so right. Hope you have had a great weekend

Karin said...

Beautiful design Paula, love the colours you've used.

Susan said...

That's very special, Paula. Beautiful work. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am so sorry to hear of the crash of your computer and the loss of your earlier work. I do hope you find the hard drive can be salvaged.

Take care.

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Paula - love the shabby-chic look and the beautiful colours. A wonderful bookmark and a wonderful quote.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment - I really appreciate it.
Have a happy week - Sylvia x

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful book mark Paula. I do love your Xcut frame - wish I had one of those! Really like your idea with the clear button too - will have to use that in the future if you don't mind of course!
I'm your latest follower because I like the work you have on your blog. Look forward to catching up with you again.
Julia

Gio said...

Such an elegant and pretty card!