Shabby Chic and a Sketch

I have been trying to get started making this card for a few days now and always seemed to get sidetracked into making something else or started off 'shabby' but ended up 'retro' or 'bright and cheery'...
Finally tonight, I managed to put a card together to fit the 'Shabby chic' theme for this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge. There is a DT call on the blog for two new members so I am entering this card for it.

To aid me in making my card, I used the lovely sketch on the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog.
I used mostly papers from a K+Co Mat stack, I think it is a wedding themed stack but I love the muted colours. The backing paper which is the last layer at the back is from my stash and the Kraft card is an ancient folder which I retrieved from a recycling bin at work!

The sketch is absolutely gorgeous and was a dream to use. I loved the intricacy of the layers and decided to use a different backing paper for each one, inking the edges and then sewing around each one in faded pink cotton in various stiches to add to the patchwork effect.

Here is an 'arty' close up of the layers and the main flower. The sentiment I used is from Hero Arts and the gorgeous image of the girl with the dog on the swing is from Lili of the Valley. This is only the second time I have inked her up! I love her dress and pinafore and she was lovely to colour in to match my choice of papers with all my pale and interesting Promarkers. The flowers are a mix of various bits and bobs from my stash, including a canvas bloom from Making Memories. To finish the card off, I added some carefully placed gems.
I hope you had a lovely Monday, it was lovely driving to work today under 'normal' weather conditions. It makes such a difference to start the day without having to negotiate slippery roads or snow!


  1. Great card Jane! I used to live in bracknell!
    warfield to be exact!! just hoppped over your blog from cupcake! nice to meet you! love your card!! very pretty! Samantha :0)

  2. this is so pretty, Jane! love your shabby chic cards!!

  3. I totally love your card! That vintage look is wonderful and the LotV image is adorable. Great take on the sketch!

    Thanks for playing with Cupcake Craft this week.
    Kathrin aka Kruemel

  4. Gorgeous card Jane :-) I love this image , very cute , and the papers and embellies are perfect ! :-) fab sketch too ,, love all the scalloped edges :-)

    Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge and DT call :-)
    Lols x x x

  5. Oh Jane that is soooooo delicious; love the layers and the detail and the colours and well, everything!

  6. Such a gorgeous card and a great take on our sketch. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

    Liza x

  7. Hi Jane,
    I really love this, it's so sweet and really stunning. Good luck with the DT call.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  8. Such a gorgeous card and so many layers too !! Just love all the papers you have used and that gorgeous image.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week.

    Jo and the Simon Says Challenge DT x

  9. What a cute card. The image is adorable and the papers are perfect. Glad you enjoyed using Kathrin's sketch. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

  10. Fantastic take on this weeks sketch challenge! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake this week :) Donna x

  11. This is totally amazing I have this stamp but have never made it look this good your layering and stitching is fantastic its a master piece jane


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