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My blog called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of covering up mistakes. My fumble fingers drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly. Hence, the giggles and smiles of creative patience all throughout my crafting process. xx

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A little Shabby Chic - Moving Along With The Times Challenge

Hello, dear blogging friends!
To spice things up, I have a colorful take on the Shabby Chic theme.
(taking a few cues from my color-loving friend Sue Drees)

My wishes for you all...

And now... 

It's time to share a Project for the new Moving Along With The Times Challenge!

Challenge #91's theme is A LITTLE SHABBY - for the next 2 weeks upload your creations that feature Shabby Chic style in some way!

Verses Rubber Stamp "Today" is the star of today's show. Sigh. I just love this sentiment and would use it very often if I could. Perfect inside or out!

The edges of the blue frame are painted with glue and coated with Ultrafine Navy Glitter. The sentiment is popped up on top, after being stamped with Blue Belle VersaFine Clair ink and heat set with Satin Velvet Embossing Powder.

PERSONAL NOTE: The antique lace is at least 75 years old, from my Great Aunt Agnes's Stash - the lace is from the 1930s when she worked in a hospital as a registered nurse. Because of her skills, friends and neighbors came to her home for help during the Depression. They paid her with all kinds of barter and goods when they were able.

Along with my fingers, I died the lace with Blue Print Distress reinker.

For the interior, I dropped my distress ink applicator tool and smudged ink near the top of the insert. When picking the applicator up, I dropped it AGAIN, so I deliberately smooshed more ink on the panel, and stamped this lovely Penny Black Stamp rose "When I love you". 

I loved making this card! Hope you will join us this fortnight!

Some of the Products Used:
Verses Rubber Stamp "Today"
Penny Black Stamp rose "When I love you"
Darice Nested Ornate Rectangles
Spellinders Curved Borders Two, Bitty Blossoms Two, Foliage
MS borner punch
Bo Bunny Genevieve Paper
Blue Print Distress ink and reinker (for lace), Scattered Straw
Spellinders Curved Borders Two

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Scrapy Land Challenges #107 AG SL dies (Spellbinders, Darice) (2/20 sep post)
  2. Stamping Sensations "All things bright and BEAUTIFUL" 3/1 sep post
  3. Classic DT Challenge #2 AG DT 3/1 sep post
  4. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges (Feb) Embossed Sentiment, Glittered Frame
  5. A Perfect Time to Craft #2 AG 3/1 (sep post)
  6. Crafting With an Attitude #48 AG 3/1 (sep post)
Stamping Hugs,


Jackie T said...

Oh Donna this is a stunning card I love the design and the colours you have used. Thank you for stepping in to host this challenge. Take care. Hugs Jackie

SD pooja said...

Beautiful card !

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is so pretty! Love the yellow and blue combination and that gorgeous sentiment. Such a feminine piece with the died lace - wow that is an antique and the pretty flowery embellishments. Thanks you for joining us over at the Creative Challenge Blog at Sparkle N Sprinkle.

cuilliesocks said...

WOW, Donna what a stunningly beautiful card, I love the colours and the wonderful design, beautiful embellishments too, Kate x

Bunny said...

This is a fabulous card. I love the navy glitter. Your embellishments and dies are beautiful. The story about Agnes was so true of people back then. Helping each other when they could and not expecting money in return. You covered up your boo boo so well it looks great. That's what is called a happy mistake. [Bunny]`

Chris said...

Stunning card Donna...LOVE the colours, so bold and fresh, quite unusual in a shabby chic card...looks fantastic! Beautiful sentiment, flowers and lace, the deep blue lace looks gorgeous (hope your fingers do too!!!)- lovely story behind it too, makes it even more special.

Lisa said...

Wow, Donna, this is so stunning!! What a wonderful story about the lace!! It makes this gorgeous card extra-special!! Your colors and layers are beautiful!! And a happy accident about dropping the ink pad - I love the smudges!! Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Beebeebabs said...

Wow your card is absolutely beautiful - love the color combo, sentiment and embellies - you did a great job as always. Happy Valentine's Day!!

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, lots of super details and fabulous sentiment - I love your colour combination.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful card you have made Donna
Gr Karin

Wendy L said...

It looks stunning Donna, so gorgeous, thank you. Xxxx

Mia said...

Fabulous card, Donna. Happy Valentine's Day, my friend.

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, love the saying and the lace being a part of it is a lovely tribute to your great aunt!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Wow Donna this is so gorgeous. Such beautiful colours & layout. I wouldn't want to give it away, especially with that very antique lace on. You are so honest when you make mistakes but rectify them brilliantly & beautifully.
I have emailed you with your question you left on my blog.

Linda Simpson said...

Stunning Donna, loving the colours, lace and wonderful sentiment.
Linda xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, What a lovely card. The boo boo turned out great.

Hope you have a nice relaxing evening. Sue

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Donna love the colour combination-gorgeous lace and love the vibrant blue glitter-the inside looks brilliant we wouldn't have known if you hadn't said anything TBH.
Carol x

Jenny L said...

Hi Donna,
what a very stunning card and your design and work is excellent.
Love the colours you have chosen a person from Sweden would love this as it's the colours of their flag.
Beautiful layering and super vintage lace.
My you do go the extra mile with your superb creations.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Dawn Phillips said...

What a gorgeous card. There is so much detail and the sentiment is lovely. Love Dawn x

pam said...

Gorgeous card De, love the beautiful details and colours.
Hugs Pam x

aussie aNNie said...

BEAUTIFUL De, wow that lace it is beautiful, what a lovely memorable piece to add to a beautiful card. Your 'boo-boo' would not be obvious had you not mentioned it, looks like it is meant to be...hugs.

brenda said...

What an adorable creation Donna, blue and yellow is a colour palette I particularly love, it compliments so well and what can I say about that lace other than oh so special.

All in all a very beautiful creation, many thanks for joining in with our February theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Conniecrafter said...

I do so love blue and yellow together, love the small print on the paper, Lovely sentiment, and great sparkle framing of it! Love the border punches in the two colors. Beautiful job on the flower and the tulle behind it, with those sparkle leaves is just wonderful combo. I love the story behind the lovely lace you used, that is great that your great Aunt helped people in the depression. You did a wonderful job with fixing your boo boo on the inside!

Leslie Miller said...

I love your take on shabby chic, Donna! Colorful and glittery and just a little bit shabby. So pretty with the antique lace and flowers and the pearls and feather. I just love everything about it! Inside is absolutely gorgeous with the smudges of ink and the roses stamped in blue. In my past life I did a lot of shabby chic and I still think it's beautiful. I have a lot on my plate at the moment, but if I can fit it in I'd love to have a go at it. We'll see. Hugs!

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Love the touch of yellow on this blue card and your layering, as always, is spot-on!

Pia S said...

This is a stunner, Donna! I love how you combined blue and yellow, and the lace, leaves and everything else are beautiful details.

Joan said...

Beautiful card, love the colour combination, the lace and the pretty flowers

Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


Sue said...

DONNA, your card is stunning. You always do such wonderful creative cards, but this one is just amazing. Love the color combo of yellow and navy, the lace is fabulous and the sentiment, I just love the sentiment. Fabulous inside and love how you made a slip into a wonderful shadow effect. Awesome card.

Love the story of the lace, I have my Mom's sewing stuff and there is packages of rick rack marked 10 cents!! What treasures.

Anne Temple said...

Love this!!

SewPaperPaint said...

Such a beautiful creation with those awesome elegant layers, as is your special touch. ;0 It's great to get to see what you've been up to as I've missed your beautiful work. Big hugs from SC, Autumn

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow now this is such a sparkly beauty is I've ever since one Donna!! :) I love your color combo, your lace and those glittery details with the elegant borders are making me go "WOW!" Such an elegant design in every way and I'm so thrilled that you've added your design with us over at the Sparkle and Sprinkle Creative Challenges my friend!! HUGS

aussie aNNie said...

De I have added your link onto my current post re the Google+ information you have kindly investigated...a huge help and thank you also.. for all the lovely comments on my blog...big hugs have a wonderful weekend..xx

JanR said...

Lovely card! I especially like the lace and the bling. I also wanted to thank you for the wonderful comments you leave on my blog. They are much appreciated! (:

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

This is just gorgeous I love the blue and yellow mix so striking Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Michelle DT Owner/Admin for

Aimeslee Winans said...

I really love this card. The boldness of the colors and your attention to detail, love the white leaves and that lace is gorgeous. xoxo

Jessica K said...

Miss Donna! I LOVE the color choices you made and your ink smooshing is perfect (I know all too well the tactics of covering an "oopsie" lol). Thanks so much for joining us at SparkleNSprinkle Creative Challenge this month!

Jess - DT Coordinator

Melanie Smith said...

S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!!!!!!! Loveeeeeeeeee Thank you for participating in our Sparkle N Sprinkle challenges. DT Melanie


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