Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Top Tip Tuesday #49

What is Shabby Chic?

This week's Challenge will be

...Shabby Chic...


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So.......What exactly is Shabby Chic???

This tutorial is a little different to our usual offerings - Each member of the playing team this week has written a few words and added an inspirational picture of what THEY envisage Shabby Chic to be.

The theory behind this is that unless you are familiar with the term, Shabby Chic can be a little confusing....

We want to show that there are no definate 'rules' as there often are with other styles - we all know that Vintage is old, Retro is not quite as old and CAS is minimalistic - but what on earth does Shabby Chic mean...

This is my Shabby Chic offering for this week and I must admit to not doing a card specifically in the style of Shabby Chic before - I've done plenty of cards that were Shabby so added the word 'Chic' on the end to make it seem like I've known what I was doing.......is that allowed???

But after looking into the meaning of Shabby Chic for this week's Team Tutorial I must admit it doesn't scare me so much any more :)

I've used lots of elements that I've mentioned in my little write-up on TTT, however this card was very much a 'suck-it-and-see' project - plenty of the elements didn't start out the colours they are now - I'd do them with something and then add a bit of something else!

For example the plywood 'HOME' (picked up from The Works last week, a pack of 'Family' words - about 20, for £2!) started out being distressed with some TH inks - light browns & blues, but then when it was on the card I felt it didn't tie in with my 'white-washed' vision so painted it with some watered down Brilliance Moonlight White Pigment Ink!!! I'd used the same ink to distress around the image and sentiment piece.
The 3 little round metal bits on the left and the rectangle piece bottom left of the picture came off an old T-Shirt I 'took apart' yonks ago!

The image I've used is from one of our sponsors over at TTT this week and is called - Time To Clean - isn't she sweet?
The sentiment is from Sentimental Sunday's and was one of the freebies they offer each week - take a look!

Some Challenges I'd like to enter my card into...

Crafty Catz - Metal & Lace

Stamptacular Sunday - Diva with Attitude!

Pile It On - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Crafting For All Seasons - Bingo ....Ribbon/Shine/Flowers

Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Choose 3 of... Ribbon/button/Brad/Charm/Hat Pin/Swirl/Popped-up Image

Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes


  1. Great job with the sponsors image hunny love your card... so darn cute :0)

  2. gorgeous card carol.fab image and i love your beautiful colours and details ;D

    xx coops xx

  3. Hi Carol
    A gorgeous card love all the detail thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
    Hugs Dianne xx

  4. Well, I think you've captured Shabby Chic perfectly with this card. It's gorgeous.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  5. Gorgeous card!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  6. Hi Carol,
    WOW This is fabulous, really love it, thanks for sharing it with us at Craftycatz this week.xx

  7. Oh wow! How fun is this!!! Love your take on shabby chic! Love the feather! All your embellies are great! Thanks for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

  8. Wow Carol - I am in Shabby Chic Heaven - this is divne! I love that sentiment - gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda SSIC Design Team

  9. soooooo shabby chic...luv the look and the fabby details...hope you have a great day!

    enjoy *~*

  10. Wooaaw, what a fantasic card!!! The bear is very cute and I love all the embellies. And the feather ♥

    Thanks for joining our "DIVAtacular" challenge at Stamptacular Sunday this week.
    Hugs, Nina.

  11. Great card Carol, love all the detail. Thanks for joining us at CFAS this time and I hope we see you again soon. Carol DT x

  12. This is so pretty Carol - love the feather!
    Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  13. Such a pretty card. The image is a cutie and I love the shabby Chic style with the soft blues and that feather is perfect! Thanks for joining us this week at Stamptacular Sunday Challenges
    Jo xx

  14. beautiful work, love all of the details. thanks for joining the PIO challenge!!!