Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Butterflies, flowers and a teabag.

I keep seeing Lin creating wonderful cards like this and these for The Shabby Tea Room Challenges and keep thinking I must try the challenge. Although I love shabby chic style cards I find them very hard to make and never know if I’ve added too much or too little on my cards – maybe too much on this one! So here's is my first attempt at the challenge.

Stamps used (Hero Arts):- Antique Engravings & Silhouette Grass

The current Shabby Tea Room challenge is to use something old and something new. Since I only started making cards less than two years ago, I don’t have anything very old in my stash. So the things on the card that qualify as being old are the buttons which I’ve cut off old clothes over the years and the copper and diamond stickles which I bought when I first started making cards. The new things are the rhinestone flourishes, a technique which is new to me, the lace and a new teabag! Because of the faded flowers and the wheat in the background, I'm also submitting the card to the Everything Autumn Challenge at Hero Arts.



I just came across this brilliant video for making paper flowers and had to try it out. It’s great fun and I’ll definitely make lots of these in different colours and shapes. I made the two bigger flowers using this technique and the smaller flower is made up of two layers of Hero Arts flowers – thanks so much Vanessa and Linda for these!

I clear embossed the Silhouette Grass on a piece of silk and dyed the lace (originally white) with tea. The butterflies are stamped on paper which is cream and has green and copper swirls – thanks Paula and Dawn, I’m enjoying using the goodies you sent me. Sue (Stampersuzz) sent me these gorgeous rhinestone flourishes - thanks again Sue. I'm delighted to have used so many items on this card from blogging and non blogging (you need to start a blog Linda!) buddies in the U.S., Germany, Australia and New Zealand!



To finish I just added machine stitching, thread for the antennae, stickles and lots of buttons and beads.

30 comments:

Patricia said...

So elegant card love all the details =P

Lin said...

Heather, this is beyone gorgeous - LOOOVE these flowers (thanks so much for the link; can't wait to try this!) and everything else you put together here - a winner in my eyes! Thanks for the mention, too - hugs!

laurieloou said...

What a beautiful card Heather, love all the details, especially the flowers just beautiful!

Sarah said...

Absolutely STUNNING!

Suzanne C said...

STUNNING is right! Saw this in my google reader and had to come see all the gorgeous details. WOW!

jintyoo7 said...

Heather, this is magnificent!!!! Everything is just right. The flowers are amazing, I put the tutorial straight into my favs, can't wait to try it :o)

Julie M said...

Wow, Heather - this is beautiful. (I looked and looked for the teabag on the card, then I read your description - oops!!!). Love the soft browns and vivid blues, great combination.

Julie x

CinnamonSally said...

This is stunning Heather, love this fantastic shabby chic look. I will definately be making some of these flowers.

Vanessa said...

Wow, this is stunning! I love your card, Heather!

Vanessa said...

Me, again! Thanks for the link to the video! Great tutorial - sorry dear blogfriends, I am off to make flowers :)

Deirdre said...

absolutely amazing Heather... wow... love it... your first attempt??? just amazing.

Tiffany said...

Wow, think this is amazing! Not too much at all! Love all the big florals, you know I'm a lover of flowers! And the lace is so elegant looking!

Lisa said...

What a stunning card! I just love the butterflies, rhinestones and flowers! Such a lovely assortment of PRETTY! Thanks for playing along in TSTR.

cindy said...

WOW. That's beautiful.

Simone said...

So stunning! I can't believe its your first try - this card is gorgeous! :)

vera rhuhay said...

Wow..Heather...this is STunning...!

Audrey Pettit said...

How very pretty! I think you've done a great job with the shabby chic style here. good for you for giving it a go. I love your handmade flowers here and adore the embossed background. You've used a lot of fun techniques on here. Thanks for sharing with us at TSTR.

Jill said...

My jaw is on the floor! WOW! WOW! WOW! This is so stunning! I love the aqua with the distressed flowers! And that subtle grass stamp looks perfect in the background! YOU ROCK!

donna mikasa said...

This is so pretty, Heather! Love the vintage theme and that flower is gorgeous! Thanks for the link to the video!

Nancy said...

I know what you mean about Lin's cards. She is the poster girl for the Shabby Tea Room challenges. Your card is pretty amazing too. So girly and vintage. I think you got it! Gorgeous colors!

Debbie said...

Oh my shabby goodness!!!!! This card is simply stunning! I love all the shabby embellies you've added to your design -- the paper flowers and rhinestones are so yummy! You get an A+ for this design ... thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)

Rina Damay said...

Wow!!! this card is Fantastic...love everything!!! once again, Congrats on Fab5,happy shopping :)

Julie said...

I love that big shabby flower, absolutely gorgeous

Trinh said...

I've got one word - AMAZING! It's a piece of art and totally takes my breath away!

Heather P. said...

Oh wow, this is soooooooo GORGEOUS! Totally lovin' the colors, too! :)

Jenna Chere Wallace said...

Stunningly beautiful and elegant.

Virginia L. said...

MASTERPIECE!! You sure combine your two big talent into this one (I know I know... that's how you got your blog name). Cognrats on the HA tweet!

dustypenny said...

Just beautiful, Heather. Hugs.

78thistles said...

Beautiful card! So love the aqua with the tea bag color flowers and butterflies. You did a great job with your first try at shabby chic.

Nancy said...

oh my goodness...this is extraordinary, Heather! You are the queen of shabby chic!
blessings!

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