Tuesday 19 July 2011

Shabby chic Bella Toile

At the Make My Monday challenge site this week they're looking for shabby chic cards involving tearing and crumpling. Hmm. Sounds like a normal day in my crafting square metre! Well, I had a little think and came up with this:

I made a background with the fabulous Bella Toile background stamp using Pear Pizzazz ink then masked the edges and sponged Blushing Bride ink over it. I've only recently discovered Blushing Bride, which is one of this year's in-colours, and I love it - it's a pale coral really, not sugar pink at all.

A Blushing Bride paper was used to make my torn and crumpled flowers. The paper is from a big designer paper stack which is just one of the options you can choose as a free gift with an order of £150 or more - and you get to choose other freebies too!

The flowers are really easy to make: you just tear rough circles out of the paper, crumple them up and open them out again, layer them up and secure them with a brad. I used these gorgeous circle ice jewel brads - they come in a mixture of sizes and colours - turquoise, pale blue, lilac and green. I love the way the flowers look with the leaves from the Little Leaves die.

I used my favourite Confetti Cream card stock again and the Bella Toile background stamped beautifully onto it. This sentiment from Sincere Salutations seemed ideal to layer over the top.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Bella Toile, Sincere Salutation
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Always Artichoke
Card stock: Confetti Cream, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke
Other: In colour designer paper stack (hostess gift), Circle Ice rhinestone brads, Little Leaves die, Eyelet border punch
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Friday night was a hectic night for me. All the children were doing different activities and I'd scheduled meals and car journeys with military precision. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, my final task of the night was to collect my daughter and some of her friends from the cinema in a nearby town where they'd been watching the final Harry Potter film. It was nearly midnight when we got home and I was tired. But my spirits lifted when I opened the door and found this note on the rug from my youngest son.

Aaaaah! I really am blessed.

I feel very lucky to have you visiting me and leaving comments for me too, so thank you, and a very big welcome to my new followers. I'll be back here tomorrow with a handy way of making bees and other flying creatures. Do come back and see what I've been up to!


  1. Gorgeous card, Vicky!! Your paper flowers are devine! I love the layers and your stamping is perfect! x

    PS. The note from your son is so sweet...Bless his little heart! x

  2. Toh tweet! Aaww...God Bless your little son!
    Super card Vicky! Loving the flowers and the tearing! :)

  3. Oh so pretty! You really do flowers so well. The colours you have chosen are gorgeous.

    That note from your son is indeed precious. I have a few like that myself tucked away.

  4. Hi Vicky

    What a gorgeous card.

    I love the colours and those scrummy flowers!!

    Ahhh ... what a lovely note to find!! That will be one for saving.

    Love Jules xx

  5. Those flowers are just lovely, I can see I'm going to have fun with those, I do like a bit of tearing! Notes like that make being a mum so worthwhile.

  6. What a gorgeous card Vicky, the colours are fabulous and such devine flowers. I do so love to visit your blog as your creativity is amazing.


  7. Absolutely stunning card . . . and I just LOVE your son's note. Something to treasure.

    Hugs, Sandra x

  8. Very pretty and feminine. Love the little note, Bless! x

  9. I love the colour combo on this card. Thanks for joining in again over on Make My Monday.


  10. Hi there Vicky am stalking you now I entered this challenge also ! What a fabulous card and that flower is divine ! Your shabby chic is so elegant just love it ! The note from your son was so sweet Ι filled right up !


  11. Arrr bless him that's so's a shame they have to grow up isn't it :)
    Stunning card Vicky, love the torn and crumpled flowers on the stamped background. You've certainly got the shabby chic feel here :)
    Jenny x

  12. What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing how to make flowers. I love learning new techniques. Such a sweet note from your son. Enjoy all the busyness, as it is gone in a heartbeat. Take care!

  13. Aww that note is so sweet, bless him! Love your card. Gorgeous colours and your crumpled flowers look fab. I've never been able to bring myself to tear paper... just can't do it! Lisa x

  14. Great card and certainly plenty of tearing and crumpling

  15. Hi Vicky, another fab card and I love the torn flowers,what a great idea.
    Your son sounds so adorable,it's such a shame that they cant stay at this age for ever!, I want my nephew Nathan to stay at 3 1/2 as sometimes he comes out with some things that are so funny you just have to laugh,and when he gives you a hug you just melt.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you have for us tomorrow. Bev.x

  16. Ah! love your son's note. I adore your card, everything about it, the colours, the papers and your tearing, all combine to make a splendid vintage card. Thanks for your regular visit to Make My Monday it is appreciated. Caz.

  17. Awww.....dont you just love sons! I have three but my youngest (18) is so affectionate, so messy and disorganised but so loving!
    Anyway back to your absolutely gorgeous card. As always I love it! Thank you so much for playing along again with us at Make My Monday!
    Suzanne B
    Your son sounds as though he is a little gem!

  18. your cards are always so beautiful!
    I don't know about shabby (that word doesn't sound very nice) but your card is very very chic!

  19. Not a fan of Shabby Chic but love yours Vicky. Bless your son, bet that brought a lump to your throat!
    M x

  20. I like the way the torn edges of white show around the 'petals'and the colour combination is lovely.

  21. Yup! Totally fabulous again, love the card and your note, ha ha! a real sweetie but don't tell him I said so, he'd hate it, LOL , Gay xxx

  22. Fabulous card Vicky.. love the colours and those shabby flowers are gorgeous.

    fabulous note from your son...what a treasure.
    Its my youngest sons 40th B/D today.. yikes and I'm only 21! lol

    Sue :)

  23. What a gorgeous card Vicky, you've created such a beautiful flowers. Everything fits perfectly!


    Lins ;)

  24. Beautiful card, love the torn paper roses.
    Such a sweet note from your son, how lovely!

  25. Beautiful card-I love the background and the flowers are lovely.I can never get my handmade ones to look that good!Love that little note-what a sweetie!

  26. Aw, the note from your son melts my heart! So sweet!! So envious that your daughter got to see Harry Potter already! I can't wait to see it. Love the whole franchise. Gorgeous torn and crumpled flowers. Great idea!

  27. Love the flowers! Beautiful card!

  28. Don't you just adore love notes? My 6-year old loves to deliver little notes, and I dread the day they stop coming!

    Your card is gorgeous. Those flowers are wonderful. I love the look of shabby chic, but it's not something I do well at all! You've done it perfectly.

  29. Those flowers are so simple but gorgeous. A perfect complement to your card. And thanks for sharing the wonderful note from your son. So sweet!

  30. Hi vicky - your card is amazing - as always. Thank you so much for your continued support at Make My Monday.
    My son has just turned 18 but I have little notes like that stashed away from him! - Jacqueline xx

  31. Beautiful card, love the flowers too and awwwww doesn't that note from your son just melt your heart( sob sob) :O) Viv xx


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