Friday 19 June 2015

Wow - a double DTMSM post today!

Hi there Crafters!

It's Friday, the end of the week and, for some of us, looking forward to the weekend off!  If you're not so lucky and have to work then what better than to cheer you up with a double post today.  It's not often that we award TWO DTMSM badges for a challenge bu this is what happened in April and this morning we are lucky to have both Linda and Liz here with us sharing their interpretations of our theme...

Hi, I am Linda Simpson, a mum to 2 sons and a step son.  I have to gorgeous granddaughters Alice and Florence. I was born in Malta and lived in the Far East and now live in the UK with my very understanding and supportive husband Rick.  I love to create and share my creations on my blog.  Thank you to everyone at Country View for asking me to be GDT this time.

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I love Shabby Chic and don't do it very often.  My card was created using an array of beautiful papers and embellished with a doily, flowers and pearl heart gem.
I love embellishing my card and my love is lace, pearls, ribbons and flowers.

I have always crafted one way or another since being young, I was always found colouring with felt pens and still love to colour  now, though I use  copics or distress re-inkers, in my teens I did Tapestry, embroidery, and sewing and used to make my own clothes, when i was pregnant with my son my mum taught me knitting.
I am happily married and it is was our 35th Wedding Anniversary last month, we have two grown up children, a boy and a Girl and one Grand daughter which I look after 4 days a week, In my free time I love to craft, my style varies from Shabby Chic which is my favourite to grunge and anything in between, I love to add texture and embellishments on my projects too, some of which are 3D.

I am very lucky to be on some fabulous design teams including The Ribbon Girl and Sweet Lilac flowers, I have a blog where you can see more of my work.

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I made my card base 17.9cm x 12.7cm, cut a layer of paper 17.5cm  x 12.3cm, then my designer paper 16.5cm x 11.9cm, these I edged with distress ink in vintage photo then distressed with my distress tool. On the top edge I took my Maja Design paper and used the wet paper technique to make folds in it, for the hint of lace to peek out of from  behind, I then used a  top stitch thread around the rest of the paper, I tore some corrugated card, lightly added white Gesso and layered this on top of a doily.
I added my large Lace on the bottom of my card, then added flowers, a Prima birdcage, Prima rusty type zipper, and some rose organza lace too, to finish it off I added some butterflies from maya Road and to these I added a Tim Holtz pen nib coated with a hint of white Gesso, a Bark heart, Cheesecloth and some pearl string.

Linda, Liz, both of your creations are gorgeous!  They are wildly different and such an excellent example of how 'Shabby chic' as a style can be added to any other, vintage or contemporary, to give it a wow factor.  These are both beautiful in their own right, thank you both so much for joining us and sharing your creativity!

Nikki will be back with us on Sunday so in the meantime, have a great weekend, whatever you're doing!

Chris and the CVC team xx