Monday, 28 January 2013

Shabby Frock!

We've got rain here now - all the snow has disappeared too. We managed the walk this morning without getting wet though - just as we walked back in through the gate it started to rain - so that was good timing!
In a complete contrast from the last couple of posts  I sat yesterday and fiddled about with the distressing tool and sewing machine.
The Fifth Avenue pad  paper pack has about a third left in it and in trying to keep my promise to myself to 'use up before you buy more' I decided to use a few more sheets and some of the odd half pieces which were too big to throw away.

The light here is seriously bad so the photo is not the best.

The dress form was slightly larger than the card so I chopped off the bottom,and simply positioned it a bit higher at the back and glued it!

I used Antique Linen on the shape then covered it with an off cut of the paper.

The lace skirt is a very old scrap from my stash but I thought it looked good with the circular shape. After glueing it I put some cream seam binding ribbon around the middle, tied it and stuck on a blingy pearl and crystal embellishment.

The flower was made using cut out nestie shapes, then sprayed with a little water scrunched up  and assembled together with a brad. I dusted a little bit of Diamond stickles over it for a wee bit of sparkle.

The 'Beautiful' was a free stamp from a crafting magazine.

The papers and the cotton scalloped edging stitched,and some leaves, a die cut corner and a flourish again cut from scraps added. 

Finished with a few pearls and decorated the inside with some more of the papers.

Challenges -
Sugar Creek Hollow - Lots of Layers
Inky Chicks - Bingo Board and I chose - Flowers, Lace and Pearls
Sweet Stamps - Pearls and Lace
Incy Wincy - Pearls and Lace
Cards Galore - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Anything Goes

I'm off for a little walk through blogland - have a great day whatever you're doing. x   


  1. Beautiful! exactly Viv this is beautiful I really like the different mediums you've use in this card - stunning
    jacqui x

  2. Viv this is just so pretty and feminine. Love the layered flower and textures.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  3. So shabby chic. Very elegant.
    Monica xxx

  4. What a gorgeous shabby chic card Viv and love the soft muted colours...


  5. Oh is just shabby chic and it. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create. Hope to see more.

  6. Oh my! This is exquisite Viv. I love everything about it. Just GORGEOUS.
    Caz x

  7. This is such a lovely, feminine card, Viv! Love how you've dressed the dressmaker with lace, ribbon and a beautiful metal ornament, and the colors you've chosen give this card a beautiful, soft look. Also I love spots and stitching, and your card has that too! Fab!

  8. Love the shabby chic style of your card Viv I can never seem to do these and they are so pretty! Gorgeous lace too x

  9. Very pretty tres chic, Congratulations for DT place on Crafty Cardmakers. Caz

  10. This is so pretty Viv, Love the detail on it.
    Thanks for link :))
    Hugs Mau xx

  11. Hi Viv - this is beautiful and definitely shabby but chic! Love the different elements you've used together. Thanks for sharing your card in our "Pearls and Lace" challenge at Incy Wincy Designs this week.
    Helen x (DT)

  12. Hi Viv
    Stunning card .... Love the dress form.....
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

  13. Gorgeous and feminine , the colours are beautiful. So pleased that you have shared it with us at SCH this week.
    Yvonne x

  14. So very delicate and beautiful.

  15. Wow, what a beautiful card! I love the textures; every element is just so nicely done! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!

  16. Gorgeous,so feminine and soft. The lace just makes the dress pop. Thanks for visiting our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create.

  17. Beautiful, very dainty; thank you for stopping by the neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create.

  18. What a gorgeously feminine card. The use of the patterns and textures with the pastels is just stunning. Beautiful card


  19. A gorgeous card, I love that wonderful flower :o)
    Jackie xx

  20. so beautiful viv.really pretty design and papers and i love your soft colours :D

    xx coops xx

  21. GORGEOUS!! Love everything about it, her lace skirt is perfect! Thanks for visiting my blog,waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  22. Beautiful shabby card Viv! Love the dressed up mannequin, beautiful flower and soft pastel colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.
    Amelia (DT Sugar Creek Hollow)

  23. This is gorgeous! I love the colors and all the fabulous texture :)

  24. Very pretty card Viv - and like you I am trying to use my stash before buying more - so far so good, but will it last.......? X

  25. And very beautiful it is too. Love the pretty pastel shades. Hugs Mrs A.

  26. Hi Viv

    This is gorgeous.

    Love the shabby look and the soft delicate colours.

    I have those pearl and diamante embellishments coming out of my ears at the moment.

    Lots of my brides have fallen in love with them for their stationery!! LOL!!

    Hope you manage to stay dry all week!!!

    Love Jules xx

  27. Fab papers and gorgeous result Viv, love this too:)Gay x

  28. Delightful and gorgeous card. I love to do the flowers this way too...luv aNNIe


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